Dr Rob lives in Japan. This is his response to recent happenings. Help where you can people. Ed.


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Be Not Defeated By The Rain by Kenji Miyazawa
Translation by David Sulz

Be not defeated by the rain, Nor let the wind prove your better.
Succumb not to the snows of winter. Nor be bested by the heat of summer.

Be strong in body. Unfettered by desire. Not enticed to anger. Cultivate a quiet joy.
Count yourself last in everything. Put others before you.
Watch well and listen closely. Hold the learned lessons dear.

A thatch-roof house, in a meadow, nestled in a pine grove’s shade.

A handful of rice, some miso, and a few vegetables to suffice for the day.

If, to the East, a child lies sick: Go forth and nurse him to health.
If, to the West, an old lady stands exhausted: Go forth, and relieve her of burden.
If, to the South, a man lies dying: Go forth with words of courage to dispel his fear.
If, to the North, an argument or fight ensues:
Go forth and beg them stop such a waste of effort and of spirit.

In times of drought, shed tears of sympathy.
In summers cold, walk in concern and empathy.

Stand aloof of the unknowing masses:
Better dismissed as useless than flattered as a “Great Man”.

This is my goal, the person I strive to become.

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[Dr Rob]


Everyones likes to eat and even better when some of the best disco DJs in the world are stood in the corner providing the soundtrack. This is the blog of a restaurant and bar in NYC. They record everything and slowly share them. Get involved here



More goodness from the man like Jan…

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More new music for you. From bonkers drum tracks to full on syncopated disco and a lovely beatless version excursion this one has it all. If we had a value for money rating Terje would get a hearty 9/10. Running Back now have a tumblr by the way so take a look here if you haven’t seen it yet. Anyway, back to the tracks. I always like the way Gerd of Running Back describes his music so here we go…

“Touched by the hand of Todd…Drumroll, please…New 12-Inch with original productions since…Ragysh, Bonysh and Snooze 4 Love…First edition comes in super nice recycling sleeves, second edition in not so nice sleeves… Trans dance from the Norwegian Chief inspector that is Todd Terje…Greatysh hypnotism, properysh beats and a lovelysh Terjerine dream to round it all off…Vinyl contains some hidden tracks and extra elements… Cannot stop listening to it… …Touched by the hand of Todd…”

Todd Terje: Ragysh (Excerpt)

Todd Terje: Snooze 4 Love (Excerpt)

Todd Terje: Bonysh (Excerpt)

Todd Terje: Snooze 4 Love (Version) (Excerpt)


It’s a good day for new music. Just got this one and the new Todd Terje on Running Back (more on that later). The Mythical Beasts are Felix Dickinson and Toby Tobias who will be familiar to most of you. Felix has just done the last Originals compilation on Claremont and Toby Tobias has been doing stuff on Rekids amongst other things in recent times.

Both do it for the right reasons so we are happy to hear this one coming out sounding like a super super slow mo disco track in original form. It’s so slow you could almost push it over but it’s all the better for it. All the remixes add a different flavour so check them and make up your own mind. This one comes on 180g vinyl and in a nice sleeve to boot. Not sure when it’s out to be honest. I’ll try and find out.

The Mythical Beasts: Communicate (Excerpt)

The Mythical Beasts: Communicate (Alphabet City Remix) (Excerpt)

The Mythical Beasts: Communicate (Permanent Vacation Remix) (Excerpt)

The Mythical Beasts: Communicate (Brennan Green Remix) (Excerpt)

The Mythical Beasts: Communicate (Das Volt Remix) (Excerpt)


Loads of nice stuff going on over at Ying Yangs. These images are of a character called Adesivo Del Vagabondo Con La Chitarra which apparently means vagabond with a guitar. They were associated with the cosmic scene in Italy in the early 80’s. Well hippie.

Thanks to Jiro at Ying Yangs.


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