Rainbow Chan: Long Vacation EP

Rainbow Chan: Long Vacation

Silo Arts & Records; 2013

Rainbow Chan has been getting a lot of love from Black Porridge, mainly because the strangeness surrounding her music seems utterly natural — unlike the contrived eccentricity coming out of some acts today. Also known as the “Oh-my-god-I-just-understood-that-joke-from-Big-Bang-Theory-I’m-such-a-geek Phenomenon” in other aspects of modern life. Continue reading

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Rainbow Chan – “Haircut”

Rainbow Chan: "Haircut"When last we saw Rainbow Chan, she was lying naked on a beach, covered in dead sea creatures. This time around, she’s in a weirder place — premiering the track “Haircut” at the bottom of a long post on the Huffington Post, underneath an interview with Anton Fig about an Alzheimer’s benefit, a video premiere for an utterly derivative L.A. noire/soul revival singer, and an interview with Booker T. Jones that starts like this: “How are you? / I’m doing well. How are you? / I’m fine, thank you for asking.” Continue reading

Rainbow Chan – “Skinny Dipping”

Rainbow Chan: Long Vacation

Silo Arts & Records; 2013

While “Rainbow Chan” is a pretty attention-grabbing stage name, what caught my eye was the cover art for Long Vacation. You might think the album (out July 30) is an homage to the classic K-Mart portrait, but I’m certain its value is further east. A little while back I discovered a blind spot in my musical tastes by the name of Teresa Teng — a juggernaut of romantic Asian pop that is so well known my own mother looked at me funny for never having heard of her. (For reference, her tastes shifted from Indonesian surf rock to Tom Jones and then stayed there.) Continue reading