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I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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  • Tuesday, January 11, 2005

    Mr. Eyeball of Taiwan and Coach Carter

    When I was in Taiwan, another reporter (Max Woodworth of the Taipei Times) recommended I listen to Taiwanese artist, Mr. Eyeball. (click on the bolded words to find out more about the man behind the eye)

    Mr. Eyeball is the alter ego of musician and eccentric fashion designer Chen Bo-wei.

    Several theater groups have worn costumes he designed and his art sometimes hangs in pubs and galleries around Taiwan.

    His music is an interesting mix of spoken word, Chinese opera, and Taiwanese folk song - all spun together with a sense of humor. The glossy album cover alone is worth collecting. On one side is a happy man with a giant eyeball for a head walking his dog and singing while the other side shows a much darker eyeball man with skulls. The poster that comes with it is as weird. As eccentric as he is, I think Mr. Eyeball grows on you and soon you find yourself humming along.

    But, if you're into more mainstream rap, the soundtrack for Coach Carter comes out today. It features singles by Fabolous, Chingy, Ciara and Kanye West. It's a fun listen. The album also showcases newcomers Red Cafe (sounds a bit like Jay-Z) and The Game (from G-Unit whose album drops next Tuesday, Jan. 18th). Coach Carter (featuring Samuel L. Jackson) comes out this Friday. The story happened in our own backyard of Richmond.

    3 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Pretty interesting fellow there with Mr. Eyeball...sounds like a jack of all trades. Looking forward to checking out his art if it ever comes across to the U.S.

    Does the Coach Carter soundtrack live up to the hype? Impressed by some of the well-known artists on the track...Thanks for the heads up!

    Curious

    12:03 AM  
    Blogger Marian said...

    I rather liked Coach Carter's soundtrack - at least it's something to boom in your car while cruising

    11:24 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I met Mr. Eyeball recently at "Design Festa" in Tokyo, a huge exhibition featuring all kinds of artists. What I really liked was not only his art (lots of very cool stuff) but also his Eyeball Philosophy, based on realistic optimism. He said he'll be in New York for a few months this spring bringing a mixture of his artistic works, so be on the lookout...

    10:09 PM  

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