There are a few J-Pop podcasts to which I'm currently subscribed. At timely and sometimes not so timely intervals each one will download automatically to my mp3 player to serve up a tasty new batch of East Asian audio treats. The best of these, averaging three episodes per month and thus being the one I enjoy the most often -- as well as simply the most -- is the very affable KJAMM podcast. Devoted to the modern music of Korea and Japan, the show is hosted by the sweet-n-sexy Sam Brown, the diva-licious Jon Black and the willing 'n' able Abe White. With each episode the trio lovingly caters to listeners a very thoughtful mix of contemporary 'jamms' that range from r&b, pop and hip-hop to electro rock, dance and even jazz (apparently just to make sure the show provides all of the essential vitamins and minerals a growing ghost in the shell needs). On top of the musical main courses, each episode also offers various side dishes of pop culture laced opinion and commentary--courtesy of the multiple-personality disorders of the show's insanely quick-witted hosts. The 26th of January brought the hardworking KJAMM crew to the show's 50th episode, a noteworthy notch on the belt of any such labor of love. If you, like I do, often find yourself famished for the newest sounds in K and J-Pop (Yeah, it's filling--but then you're hungry again twenty minutes later, right?), pour yourself a cup of jasmine tea, grab a hot buttered biscuit and spread on a honeyed heap of KJAMM. The show is available at iTunes™, PodOmatic™ and through other fine podcast providers.
St. Paco writes on walls and draws on bathroom stalls. He has written for Giant Robot magazine and is author and editor of Kung Fu Grip!, In His Image, Octopussy, and other critically acclaimed 'zines. His xeroxed underground publications have been included in zine-related exhibits in Istanbul, San Jose, Baltimore, Halle and other nice places. His publications have also been added to the special collections of New York's Museum of Modern Art/MOMA (Franklin Furnace Artist Book Archive), the Marguerite Duras Public Library of Paris, and the Booklet Library of Tokyo. Artwork produced by this dually talented creator can also be found in a number of private collections, on bus stop shelters, and on the walls of abandoned buildings. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Paco currently lives a very monkish existence in the southwest desert city of Tucson, Arizona, where he dreams of moving to an isolated isle somewhere in the Pacific. Feel free to email an invitation if you're already there, or if you just wanna wax poetic about hip-hop, Asian cult cinema, comics, graffiti art, cultural anthropology (or anything else discussed on his blogs) at firstname.lastname@example.org.