Ryan Gander OBE is a leading conceptual artist. He creates artworks full of symbolic meaning - images, sculpture, installations and films that may appear to be about one thing, but contain further messages for the thoughtful. And this, he believes, is why he is "big in Japan." Ryan believes he is appreciated there because the country has a highly sophisticated visual culture, expressed through images and symbols that broadcast cultural messages to the world, as well as to the Japanese themselves. The geisha and the samurai are obvious examples; bullet train, tattoo art, and Tokyo street style are less so.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Ryan Gander: The Idea of Japan - Celebration Rock - Netflix
Celebration Rock is the second studio album by Canadian rock duo Japandroids, released June 5, 2012 by Polyvinyl Record Co. The album was recorded in Vancouver. It blends classic rock influences such as Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty with punk rock influences such as The Replacements and Hüsker Dü. The album received critical acclaim upon its release, appearing on numerous critics year-end best-of lists. Celebration Rock was named as a short-listed nominee for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, and was also nominated for the Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year. Pitchfork Media recognized the album as one of The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far in August 2014, describing it as “the most beautiful, life-affirming rock record of the decade”.
Ryan Gander: The Idea of Japan - Lyrics - Netflix
King has cited the novel Under The Volcano by Malcolm Lowry as a primary influence, inspiring him to try using more descriptive and poetic language in his lyrics: “In retrospect, the only work I can see reflected in the lyrics of Celebration Rock is Under The Volcano by Malcolm Lowry, a book I read twice during 2010-2011.”
Lyrically, Celebration Rock has been described as a callback to classic rock conventions for its use of universal, mythic rock & roll language, including the use of contrasting themes such as good and evil, heaven and hell, life and death, young and old, etc. As Ian Cohen of Pitchfork noted, “Japandroids have gone from having almost none at all [lyrics] to packing their songs with an astonishing command of legend and literalism that all but dares you to feel something.” Regarding his use of language and themes, King stated:
Personally, I really like the concepts of good and evil, heaven and hell -- the extreme boundaries of how people can feel and how fast things can change. I like that language. I'm not talking about just some night you felt a certain way, I'm talking about the night you felt that way -- that one time. People have always alluded to those extremes as a way of characterizing the most intense feelings since blues and the early days of rock. A blues singer won't say, “We broke up.” He'll say, “Satan stole my baby from me.” You just pick it up.
Ryan Gander: The Idea of Japan - References - Netflix