I Need Your Help! (Please Read and Share)

I will be unemployed as of September 30, 2017.

It has been said that finding a job is a matter of who you know (while keeping a job is a matter of what you know). Thanks to social media (and this blog), I know a lot of people. And now I’m asking my friends and connections for their help.

I would never ask anyone to give me a job. What I am asking for is your assistance in finding a new job – via referrals, introductions, tips, etc.

Here are the details:

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Bands I’ve Seen Live

Pointless time killer … or a way to distract myself from everything else going on that I prefer not to think about …

There was this thing going on over at Facebook where people were posting “here’s a list of 11 bands, 10 I’ve seen live, 1 I haven’t, guess which one.” And I did not participate, but it did get me thinking about all of the bands I’ve seen live over the years. I suppose some psychiatrist or sociologist could tell me why the shows I saw 45 years ago are often more vivid in my memory than something I saw just a year or two ago.

So with that in mind, here’s a list of the bands and musicians that I can remember seeing live – I’m sure I’ve forgotten dozens of opening acts, as well as dozens of bar bands, cover bands, and the local indie bands in Hong Kong (Sleeves, Bastards, Hazden, Killer Soap, Icebox, Dr. Eggs are a few that come to mind immediately). And there’s some performers, I look at the name and think to myself, I must have seen them live, but I can’t put a time or a place to it so I’ve left them off the list. There’s even some where I’ve come across pictures that I took and yet I have no memory of actually seeing them.

I’ve tossed in a few random-ish photos, all taken by me – some day I’ll have the time to get my archives organized better.

A * means I’ve seen them live more than once.

ABBA, ABC, Aerosmith*, Ian Anderson, Aztec Camera

Bangles, Jeff Beck*, Berlin, Leonard Bernstein* (as a kid, I used to go to tapings of the PBS series “Young Peoples Concerts” (or something like that) for many years), Chuck Berry, Blondie, David Blue, Blues Brothers, Blues Project, David Bowie* (Ziggy Stardust at the Rainbow, Diamond Dogs & Heroes tours), David Bromberg, Jackson Browne*, Roy Buchanan, Tim Buckley, Sam Butera, David Byrne

The Cars, Cheap Trick, Harry Chapin*, The Church, Eric Clapton*, The Clash, Joe Cocker, Coldplay, Lloyd Cole, Albert Collins, Commander Cody, Julian Cope, Chick Corea & John McLaughlin* (as “Five Peace Band” and otherwise), Elvis Costello*, Jim Croce, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Cure

Miles Davis*, Deep Purple, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends with Eric Clapton, Sandy Denny*, Dr. John, Doobie Brothers*, Bob Dylan (with The Band, on the Rolling Thunder Review, several stops along the years on the Never Ending Tour)*

Eagles, Echo & the Bunnymen, Jonathan Edwards, Electric Flag

Marianne Faithfull, Flaming Lips, Fleetwood Mac, Flo & Eddie, Focus, Fools, Steve Forbert, Robben Ford, Franken and Davis (yes, comedy, but with music – who opened for them? It was the SNL band, I think led at the time by G.E. Smith? I ended up sitting next to Pete Townshend and was too petrified to open my mouth)

Peter Gabriel, Rory Gallagher, J. Geils Band, Genesis*, Philip Glass (well, the opera Satyagraha), Steve Goodman, Gorillaz, Grateful Dead*, Grin, Stefan Grossman, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells

Hampton Grease Band, George Harrison,  Wilbert Harrison, Donny Hathaway, Helen Humes, Hello People, John Hiatt, Dan Hicks

Insect Trust

Bob James, Jefferson Airplane, Billy Joel, David Johansen, Journey

Albert King, B.B. King*, King Crimson*, Kinks, Kiss, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Al Kooper*, Kraftwerk

Adam Lambert, Lindesfarne, Little Feat, Lene Lovich, Nick Lowe

Madness, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Mansun, Marshall Tucker Band, Carolyne Mas, Dave Mason, Imelda May, John Mayall, Roger McGuinn,  James Montgomery Blues Band, Monty Python (it sort of counts, right?), Van Morrison, Mott the Hoople, Mountain, Mungo Jerry

New Riders of the Purple Sage, New York Dolls, New York Rock & Roll Ensemble, Willie Nile

Phil Ochs, Orleans

Eugene Pao, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd* (Dark Side of the Moon and Animals tours), Plasmatics, Pogues, Pretenders*, Prince


Bonnie Raitt*, Raveonettes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lou Reed, Steve Reich, Terry Reid, R.E.M., Renaissance, Rihanna, Rockpile, Rolling Stones*, Linda Ronstadt, Roxy Music*, Todd Rundgren, Leon Russell

Santana*, Boz Scaggs, Seals & Crofts, Seatrain, Patti Smith*, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes*, Bruce Springsteen* (you’ve probably guessed – I’ve seen Bruce live more times than anyone else, probably 30 or 40 times starting in January 1974 up until 2009), Steeleye Span, Steely Dan, Steppenwolf, Al Stewart, Stone Roses, Stories, Strawbs, Style Council, Supertramp

Taj Mahal, Koko Taylor, Livingston Taylor, Temptations, Thompson Twins, Robin Trower, Tubes*


Wendy Waldman, Jerry Jeff Walker, War, Weather Report, The Who*, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright

Yes*, Neil Young*

Frank Zappa (original Mothers, Flo & Eddie edition, w/ Captain Beefheart, maybe more)*, Warren Zevon


Artists that I really regret never seeing live – Velvet Underground, Led Zeppelin, Muddy Waters, Bonzo Dog Band (they opened for the Kinks at Fillmore East and to this day I still don’t understand why I didn’t go), Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Bob Marley, John Coltrane and probably dozens more.

Everything is Broken

Random thoughts on a random day ….

I Read the News This Week Oh Boy

Manila’s MRT commuter rail line breaks down almost daily. This past Monday it was due to “tracks failure.” Meanwhile, there are reports that 48 new train cars ordered 4 years ago and built in China and yet to be deployed are defective and unusable – repairs slated to take three years.

A safety net at a construction site that wasn’t so safe.

Power failure at Rizal Hall when President Duterte was hosting a state banquet.

4,000 police will be guarding the area around the ASEAN summit this weekend. They forgot to order portapotties for them.

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Riot at Rio

Riot being the name of the band playing at the Rio Club in Wanchai, Hong Kong. Here’s some shots of them in action – getting used to shooting with my Fujifilm X-T2, taken with the Fuji 23mm and 56mm lenses.

(This is one of those places where the stage lighting changes color every second, washing out photos with deep reds, greens, blues, purples, oranges. I wonder if one day they’d let me shoot the band with just “normal” lights in the club.)

Are You Following Me On Instagram? Who Should I Follow?

Are you following me on Instagram yet? I’m there as SpikeHK8. I’m posting more often there now, and lots of stuff that never makes it to here. I’ve got 248 followers on Instagram, as opposed to over 4,200 on Twitter. (I’ve just added the Instagram icon/link to the “Follow Me” box on the upper right.)

Who should I be following? When you look at what’s in my Instagram feed, the pictures seem to be mostly food and Filipinas in bikinis. The discovery feature on Instagram is mostly useless – it seems like most of the recommendations that I get are for Facebook friends (no surprise) who have accounts but haven’t posted anything. Sometimes I even get recommendations to follow accounts that I’m already following!

I have this love/hate relationship with Instagram because they try to force you to use it on a mobile device – and by that I mean that it is much more feature-rich when viewing on a phone than on a browser on a desktop or laptop. Lots of features are non-existent on the desktop, not the least of which is the ability to post photos.

Which kills me because the photos that I most want to share are photos that I’ve taken with my “real” camera and processed on the desktop. So far I have just two work-arounds for this – the sane option is to transfer the photos to my phone when I sync; the insane option is to post them to Facebook, bring up the Facebook app on my phone, go to the photo, save it to my phone, and then post to Instagram.

There’s gotta be a better way! But I have yet to find it.

I’ve found options in the Google web store that make it easier to save Instagram photos to your computer (I just right-click, select view source, find the direct URL for the photo, open that up in a tab, right-click and save as).

As for why I’m on Instagram, there are a couple of reasons, one of them sane, one of them not so much.

The sane reason is that I like to get my stuff seen as widely as possible. I’m not trying to earn a living from photography or social media, I harbor no illusions about doing so, but I like to get my stuff seen and get some feedback.

The stupid reason is that one day I was at BGC High Street and went to the Nike store. There was a huge line inside of people picking up the latest Jordans they’d pre-ordered. They looked cool but I was told they were all sold out. Outside, there were people sitting there putting on their new Jordans. I asked one guy how he knew about it in advance so that he could pre-order. “Instagram.” Not Facebook, not Twitter, Instagram.

So I figured I needed to get on there and as long as I’m there, might as well post stuff too. So, if you’re on Instagram, please think about following me … and leave me some comment somewhere about some of the accounts you follow. Thanks!



Subculture Live at B-Side

My buddies in the band Subculture played a Sepultura tribute show at B-Side and I tagged along, quite happy that I would finally have a chance to shoot a band with my Fujifilm X-T2. When I arrived there, I saw the bands were setting up to play in an area that had zero lighting – just the ambient lighting from the surrounding bars and the almost-full moon above. But I was there, I had the camera with me, I bit my lip and got on with it. Everything was shot with the Fujifilm XF 23mm F2.0 lens, most shots were at ISO 10,000.

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