Jan 192010
 

I’ve always loved Japan, but one thing Japan has never been cool for (in fact downright worse than any other country in the world) is the whaling industry, which along for whales kills 23’000 dolphins a year in the small town of Taiji alone!

Why is this so awful? Many reasons, first and foremost the fact that dolphins are probably the smartest animal known to man (think smarter than dog, to the point where some scientists agree they should be granted the same rights humans have). In addition to that dolphin meat (which very few people eat, even in Japan where most people don’t even know that dolphin meat is sold) is one of the most mercury-loaded meats, and mercury is the most toxic non-radioactive substance known. However Japan’s fishing industries are quietly selling dolphin meat in supermarkets marking it as whale meat, which is obviously illegal and dangerous to consumer’s health.

The press release reads: “In The Cove, a team of activists and filmmakers infiltrate a heavily-guarded cove in Taiji, Japan. In this remote village they witness and document activities deliberately being hidden from the public. To really make an impact on this issue, we must get the word out in Japan and urge action from our own leaders. We believe that once the world and the Japanese people know, they will demand change. Help us save Japan’s dolphins.”

You can sign a petition here.
You can read more about the movie here.
You can read about the Ocean Preservation Society who created this movie here.
Or you can text the word “DOLPHIN” to 44144 to get news on how to help.

Anyway, long story short, a very interesting documentary that you should see.
Here’s the trailer:

Jan 182010
 

Unless you have lived under a rock for the past week you have heard about the terrible earthquake in Haiti and how it killed more than 200’000 people. The numbers are staggering and hard to comprehend. The poorest island of the Carribean sea, flattened beyond what I’m afriad we can’t even begins to comprehend.

The easiest and most immediate way for you to help is to text the word HAITI to the phone number 90999 and let’s hope that the Red Cross bureocracy won’t delay the arrival of this money to the people who need it the most!

Jan 152010
 

My friend Bridget O’Neill has always been a comedian but as far as I know this was the first time she took the stage (the Moth at the Bitter End in NYC) for more people to appreciate her hilariousness… This is the PG rated version and it’s funny already, but I hear she’s got a rated R version that she performs privately for friends… I’ll have to ask her next time I see her.

P.S.: She’s funny and nutty alright, but did I mention she is single? I guess if you look like a firefighter and you think like an artsy person you stand a good chance with her ;-)

Jan 092010
 

Smile Kid :)

“Smile Kid :)”, the second full length album by youg Florida-native band WE the Kings just came out in December. I did some engineering work on it at EastSide Sound and could tell these guys were really talented and had their shit together. The tracks sounded great and their playing was right on. I just heard the record and it’s as powerful, catchy, melodic and good sounding as you’d expect… If you are into radio-friendly power-pop definitely give this a listen, they are great!

Jan 032010
 

Just got back to the beautiful skyline of NYC after an amazing trip that took me to three countries and seven cities in a little over 10 days. I did so much in 10 days that I feel like I need a vacation to recover from this vacation ;-)
The best of all is that I did it with miles accrued from flying around on tours and other trips. Sweet!

South East Asia is a truly incredible place, full of excitment, nice people, culture, traditions, heritage, music… Of course I couldn’t resist coming back with some new instruments and field recordings of local musicians performing traditional tunes. If I could attach one from my iPhone for you all I would but I’ll just attach some pictures of Thailad, Cambodia and New Year’s Eve in Japan.

Speaking of, I would like to wish all of you ALL the best for a successfull, painless, healthy, recession-free new year, sincerely. I hope it brings you all what you need and deserve!