Sunday, August 10, 2008

Rock the Olympics: Hsu-nami

If you haven't caught the local band Hsu-nami in person, get ready to be blown away. I heard them at an outdoor festival at the Fort Lee Community Center last summer, and can honestly say I never expected this level of musicianship from a free concert. A virtuoso of the erhu (a Chinese 2-stringed violin), band frontman Jack Hsu (a Fort Lee High School graduate) is electrifying with energy and a completely unique rock sound. You can catch their music airing during the Olympics when the Beijing athletes are on screen, and a local shows throughout the fall, including a gig at Ramapo College on September 20.

Their album, Entering the Mandala, is a fine example of good old fashioned indie rock--I bought my copy from a a bored looking Asian woman manning the Hsu-nami table at the summer festival, presumably Hsu's mom, and was really pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed the music. She may have no idea how talented her son is. Click below to see their video for the "Rising of the Sun."

Friday, August 8, 2008


This is a big weekend for summer fun--not only is the annual San Rocco festival happening through August 10, 2008 along Martha Washington way (rides, food, games) the Mitsuwa Japanese supermarket is having a traditional festival tomorrow, August 9, 2008, (taiko drumming, masks, food, lanterns.) I plan to gorge and sausage and peppers and mochi ice cream all weekend long.