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Men Of The World: Yuki Yoshioka aka Control Freak!!

Oct 3rd, 2011

The evening of my first encounter with Yuki Yoshioka – who performs and records as Control Freak!! – in April 2006 in Tokyo’s Red Bar sparked a cherished friendship but turned out to be more momentous for a member of our party, Meri.

Introduced that night, these days Meri and Yuki are married and live in London with their gorgeous daughter, Marika.

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RIP Gustaf Kjellvander

Jun 20th, 2011

While I was writing an obituary for Clarence Clemons today, my friend Yuki Yoshioka texted me with the information that our mutual acquaintance the Swedish musician Gustaf Kjellvander died suddenly in his sleep on Saturday. He was 31.

Yuki says Gustaf popped into his thoughts this morning. On a whim, Google led him to Gustaf’s Wikipedia entry, which had been updated with this sad news.

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On The Shelf with Värttinä

May 30th, 2011

Värttinä ON THE SHELF from ON THE SHELF on Vimeo.

My friend Yuki mentioned this to me; as Rogerio introduces Finnish vocal trio Värttinä on his online TV show On The Shelf, spot the copy of The Look on conspicuous display behind him.

But Värttinä are the reason I’m posting this bewitching acapella performance.

On The Shelf TV – broadcast from Bar Trench in Shibuya – has been up and running for a couple of months. See more here.

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