Asians in rock music?
Well, there's James Iha of the Smashing Pumpkins. Miki Berenyi of Lush.
As impossible as it may seem, Asians are even more invisible in rock and
roll then in the other major forms of popular culture -- Hollywood flicks
But we think that's about to change. We at explode.com see an explosion
of young, talented Asian youth who have picked up the guitar pick and are
rocking out. Sure, most of 'em are pretty obscure now to the masses:
Seam. Buffalo Daughter. Cibo Matto. And a slew of others. But as Valerie
Moorhead, lead singer of indie pop band Enda, states in our main feature
this month, Asian rock has been around for a long time in the
underground, independent scene. And it's just now starting to gain
notice from the mainstream. We here at Blast say: it's about time.
Elsewhere in this issue, Jewish Mom from New York shares her chicken soup
recipe. Freeze some for your Year 2000 disaster packs. You'll need the
comfort. Hiker Christina Stoltzfus shares her latest diary entry from her
recent march through the Appalachian Trail. And long-distance runner Matt
Johanson reminds us of the true meaning of the Olympics.
We have mentioned that Blast was planning to go monthly - well, we lied.
Sort of. We didn't anticipate the intrusion of real life into our Blast
activities. But we promise that we WILL go monthly, and you'll be the
first to know it. See you in May.
-- Wylie Wong and Amy Pang