On this show, minimal junk three-piece band Transkam from Tokyo, Japan joins us for a Shards Session. The band recorded their session during their tour stop in Bethlehem in October 2016 before their set at the Funhouse. We also talk with Transkam's tour manager Michael Young from Baltimore who brought Transkam to the U.S. for their first tour of the country. We'll be playing a mix that Michael put together with his favorite Japanese punk, indie, psychedelic, and experimental bands.

This show premiered on WDIY 88.1 FM (Lehigh Valley's NPR station) on March 2, 2018.

---------PART ONE---------
Transkam: An Introduction (0:37)
Michael Young Interview (2:18)
----> Beginnings of his Japan/U.S. connection (2:52)
----> Baltimore's Japan/U.S. arts history (4:58)
----> Alan Smithee's Mad Universe (6:24)
Alan Smithee's Mad Universe - Solid I (6:46)
Michael Young Interview (13:14)
----> Playing dates on the tour (13:49)
----> DADARAY (16:23)
DADARAY - 少しでいいから殴らせて [Sukoshideiikara Nagurasete] (16:03)

---------PART TWO---------
Transkam - Fairchild (23:48)
Transkam - ⌘F (31:00)
Transkam Interview Part 1 (33:10)
----> What to expect at a Transkam show(33:37)
----> The band's eclectic music tastes (34:11)
----> The meaning of junk (34:59)
----> The start of the band (35:38)
----> The tour so far (36:30)
Transkam - Giant Steps(37:09)
Transkam - Indicator (42:14)
Transkam Interview Part 2 (48:24)
----> Thoughts on the U.S. and Japanese music scenes (48:29)
----> Band picks (50:25)
BAND PICK: The Great Depression - Purple Skirt (51:49)
BAND PICK: Rita Fishbone - Stubborn (54:31)

---------PART THREE---------
Michael Young Interview (58:38)
----> The band gets international driver's licenses (58:50)
----> Otori (1:00:00)
Otori - 反転 [Hanten] (1:00:49)
P-iPLe - Starbucks' Curse (1:05:02)
Michael Young Interview (1:07:38)
----> P-iPLe (1:07:53)

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