journal entry from June 6, 2000
USA 1981 – 1990:
aged 14 to 22
Ellington, Basie, Miles, Coltrane, Parker, Diz, Ella, Billie, Monk, Jobim, Gilberto, Getz, Bill Evans, Irakere, Hancock, Corea, Hubbard, Breckers, Stravinsky, Strauss [Richard], Debussy, Copeland, Bach, Brahms, Mussoursky, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Beethoven, Stevie Wonder, Carol Kane, Elton John, The Police, the Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow, Rapper’s Delight, Duran Duran, The Cars, Devo, Billy Joel, Talking Heads, Public Enemy, Tears for Fears and then at college: The Housemartins, Sade, Trip Shakespeare, The Cure, The Smiths, Morrisey and Indigo Girls, Bob Marley, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell and every Beatles record ditto REM and U2 and a big Dylan period and The Stones and Public Enemy and RUN DMC, and (finally) Zeppelin and CSNY and de la soul, Sinead O’Connor, James Brown, Maceo, Prince, Fishbone, Buckwheat Zydeco, and live music where I was: Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Reivers, Timbuk 3, Poi Dog Pondering, twang-twang-shock-a-boom, but basically I bought what I was sold for a long time until leaving the US and worse, I bought it late.
aged 22 to 24
International music in Asia, Tribe Called Quest, Jane’s Addiction, Nirvana, Dylan, John Prine, Dead, The Band, Tom Petty
New Orleans, USA 1992 – 1993:
aged 25 to 26
Nevilles, Howling Wolf, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Fela, Aster Aweke, Lucky Dube, Screamin Jay Hawkins, Marsalis’s, Rebirth Brass Band, Boozoo Chavis, Zydeco, Cajun, Los Lobos, Nina Simone, Klezmer-shit, Arrested Development, Gangstarr, Disposable Heroes of hiphoprisy, gypsy kings, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, L. Subramaniam, Zakir Hussain
SF 1993 – 1997:
aged 26 to 30
primary musical influence was dj consuelo who brought me to much of the following: Funkadelic, 4 hero, ten city, horace silver, mingus, roach, ellington, coltrane, strayhorn, roni size, nu yorican soul, anohka, talvin singh, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Abdullah Ibrahim, Paul Horn, Ravi Sankar, Shakti, Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan, John McLaughlin, Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, maxwell, charlie hunter trio, broun fellinis, wallace roney, pharoah sanders, disposable heroes of hiphoprisy, warp, photek, bjork, Cachao, Steely Dan, Johnny Cash, Bob Wills, more Willie Nelson and Paul Simon, Brothers Johnson, Harlem Underground, digable planets, Nick Drake, Cesaria Evora, Ben Harper, countless unknown labels and sounds.
New York City 1997 – 2000:
aged 30 to 33
Hariprasad Chaurasia, mos def, talib kweli, common, djpremier, asian dub foundation, LKJ (live), Hendrix, Medeski Martin and Wood, D’Angelo, Dead Prez, Mobb Deep, DMX, Prodigy, John Zorn, Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, James Carter, Eric Allen, Michael Burns, Brent Kirkpatrick, Nusrat Fate Ali Khan, Fiona Apple
— MTK June 02, 2000