cultural-collision

TOKYO DAYS, BANGKOK NIGHTS TP
Written by Jonathan Vankin
Art by Seth Fisher and Giuseppe Camuncoli & Shawn Martinbrough
Cover by Seth Fisher and Giuseppe Camuncoli
Two tragicomic tales of cultures in collision. When Americans venture abroad, they find that their assumptions about everyday life don’t fit in a backpack. Collecting eight issues of the critically heralded VERTIGO POP!, written by Jonathan Vankin and featuring Eisner-nominated art by Seth Fisher (GREEN LANTERN: WILLWORLD) as well as Giuseppe Camuncoli and Shawn Martinbrough (BANGKOK), TOKYO DAYS, BANGKOK NIGHTS presents a journey to the far side of the world where Americans learn that they may be neither ugly nor innocent, but they still have everything to lose.
Advance-solicited; on sale January 21 * 192 pg, FC, $19.99 US * MATURE READERS

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The Story of Skinhead with Don Letts - BBC Four
Don Letts looks at the very particular and provocative British subculture of skinhead.

Don shows in fascinating detail how the roots of skinhead are in a brilliant cultural collision between the young white working-class kids and their Jamaican counterparts in British inner cities, a moment of multicultural harmony. He traces the history of skinhead from the late 60s to the present, looking at the music and styles of skinhead from the reggae-influenced ska to the punk-influenced Oi. Throughout Don meets people who were committed members of various skinhead scenes, and he considers the conflicts and the contradictions that skinhead has attracted over five decades.

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First Listen: Laura Mvula, 'The Dreaming Room'

U.K. singer-songwriter Laura Mvula first broke through in 2013 with a full-length debut, Sing To The Moon, and a fully formed sound that bridged eras and genres with the aid of bright, elastic pop production. Ping-ponging from springy dance-pop anthems to sullenly introspective ballads, Mvula set the bar extremely high for the career to come.

For her second album, The Dreaming Room, Mvula tugs at the boundaries of her sound while letting a few more of her own life’s details into the mix. She even includes “Nan,” a short, pleasantry-filled recording of a conversation with her mother that hints at (without overtly spelling out) some of the most powerful forces at work in Mvula’s life — most notably a collision of cultures that can’t help but feel freighted with a sense of distance. The Dreaming Room opens with a similarly brief statement of purpose that bears a telling title: “Who I Am.”

Who Laura Mvula is, of course, is an artist versatile enough to preside over both the funky affirmations of “Overcome” (featuring a guest appearance by Nile Rodgers) and the heavily layered, brooding, six-minute slow-build of “Show Me Love.” Tellingly, both of those very different songs land at more or less the same hallowed spot: hard-won confidence, with an eye on transcendence. [Read More]