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Now Tsukiji, Now You Don’t

Photographs by Bahag de Guzman Words by Erin Emocling “Now Tsukiji, Now You Don’t” is an accidental photo-series that explores a closed-for-the-day Tsukiji Fish Market: a visually saturnine preview of its scheduled relocation in preparation for the Olympics in Tokyo on 2020. You’re standing in the middle of this alleyway, living in the present, and […]

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Ten Cities – Where the Literary Meets the Beat – Goethe Institut

TEN CITIES, brought to you by the Goethe-Institut, is a journey of musicians and writers. It is musical research project that brings together 50 DJs, producers and musicians from the ten cities (BERLIN BRISTOL CAIRO JOHANNESBURG KYIV LAGOS LISBON LUANDA NAIROBI NAPLES…& EVENTUALLY WORLDWIDE), enabling them to cooperate and produce music together. Guided by ten […]

Dybbuk, the dislocated soul of the dead, Illustration by Ephraim Moshe Lilien.

The Resurrection of the Unoriginal Spawns A Revival of Mogwai

Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, (29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.                   […]

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Wall Street, The Crack-Up Edition – Pop Zeitgeist

There’s no nobility in poverty. I’ve been a poor man, and I’ve been a rich man. And I choose rich every fucking time. The most surprising quality of The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese’s epic about yuppie-broker-asshole apotheosis is not that it might be the best movie of 2013, but that it might be […]

Is Utopia a dream of sleeping fools?

Pop Zeitgeist – A Great Society for the Hundred-Percenters

What is it about storytellers’ imagination that it is inspired by the dystopian rather than the utopian? Dystopian novels are intriguing, for sure, and they reconfigure our social, political, and economic failings in a contextualized environment. They are literary caveats, Cassandra-like parables about what our world could become if we give in to our fears […]

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Bling, Babes, and the American Way – Pop Zeitgeist

Sometimes the facts of the matter just don’t add up. The sum of human knowledge being what it is, the Internet benefiting us near total access of poetry, literature, philosophy, and music, and yet Kim Kardashian is among the most famous Americans on the planet. Triumphant geeks in apotheosis boast of their roles in the […]

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Pop Zeitgeist – The Great Spaz-Be

In America, our cultural institutions tend towards blowing shit up — think Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman and various buff villain-thrashing superheroes. Yet for all our notorious bubblegum philistinism, we read too, and there are certain literary characters that are quite beloved: Sal Paradise, Holden Caulfield, Ignatius Reilly, and Captain Ahab, to name but a […]

Delhi On The Corner - Pop Zeitgeist by Sean Lotman

The Delhi on the Corner – Pop Zeitgeist

I asked my soul: What is Delhi? She replied: The world is the body and Delhi its life. –The poet Ghalib quoted in Khushwant Singh’s Delhi: a Novel It was almost ten years ago but I don’t suppose I’ll ever forget the first time I arrived in Delhi. This was back in the day before […]

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Pop Zeitgeist The Long Journey That Some of Us Call Coming of Age

In the summer of 1995, I was 19 years old, living on my own a few blocks from the sea in Isla Vista, a suburb of Santa Barbara, adjunct to the city’s university. Though I had summer school classes and a job, it was a good time for me. Romantically, I was unattached, my bout […]

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Pop Zeitgeist A Prophet Finds an Audience

As far as years in music go, 1970 was a good one: Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, Black Sabbath’s Paranoid, and Iggy Pop & The Stooges’s Fun House were all released, as were swan song LPs for The Beatles, The Velvet Underground, and Simon & Garfunkel, while John Lennon and George Harrison launched their […]

Interviews

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Interview with Damian Taylor

I was lucky enough to be invited along to the Björk Volta concert in Tokyo, on both nights to met up with and interview Damian Taylor, the musical director and band member, watch the show, take photos and find out more about the tour and instruments. Unfortunately Björk couldn’t do an interview herself, as she […]

The Animation Show Year 4 Promotional Poster © TAS

The Animation Show

HESO interviews Robert May, co-producer of The Animation Show, and independent animator Bill Plympton. HESO: Can you tell us a bit about the history of Animation Festivals in the US and abroad? Robert May: In the 1950’s a group of international independent animators formed Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (ASIFA) to help bring animators and […]

Fragments of Tokyo - Interview with Jon Ellis

Fragments of Tokyo 2011

Jon Ellis is one of those people whom you never expect to meet. But there he is. At the end of the table sipping his Guinness with a polite smile on his face. He wears dark clothing and knows way more about goth music than you ever will, though in fact he is quite a […]

The Flaming Lips at Summer Sonic (HESO Magazine)

Summer Sonic ’09

They made me sign a contract stipulating I wouldn’t badmouth the show. By writing this I will most likely not be invited back. I am fine with this. I am of the opinion that these massive festivals should be done way with altogether. The only thing a baseball stadium should be used for is burning […]

A Floating World in Bloom - HESO Interviews Tokyo-based photographer Michael Nguyen

A Floating World in Bloom – Interview with Michael Nguyen

I first met Michael Nguyen on a beautiful spring day in Tokyo, the flowers in bloom. We were in a Shibuya park on Meiji Dori, where an anti-nuke rally climaxed in a costumed hippie drum offensive, bursting in the dappled light. If I remember correctly, Mike had a can of beer and a cigarette (he […]

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BeardyMan: The Interview

The two-time UK Beatbox Champion takes time out of his packed schedule to tell Heso Magazine about the inspirational genius of Bach and recording his solo album naked while surrounded by monks… HESO Magazine: Your hometown is Brighton. For the benefit of readers outside England, enlighten us about the little town by the sea that […]

Apocalyptokyo © 2010 Lomodachi (HESO Magazine)

Interview with Undercover Tokyo Street Photographer Lomodachi

HESO:Can you tell us a little bit about the name “Lomodachi”? What does it mean? Where did it come from? Who are you? Lomodachi: Lomodachi is almost like an alter-ego that was born in Japan sometime in 2004. It’s a portmanteau combining the Japanese word for friend (tomodachi) and Lomography…which I got into back in […]

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Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia" starring Kirsten Dunst (HESO Magazine)

Pop Zeitgeist A Bummer Trip to the End of the World

Because we live in a 24-hour news cycle you’ve probably heard the story slipped in somewhere between nuclear contamination fears, carnage in Afghanistan and sexual indiscretions of Republican candidates—2005 YU55, a massive asteroid four hundred meters in diameter will pass within the orbit of the moon on November 8th. It’s the closest an asteroid this […]

The Loving Embrace – 1950s ASAHI Beer Poster

You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline — it helps if you have some kind of a football team or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer. Frank Zappa