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22 July 2005 to 30 June 2005
Waltham: "Holiday" (1.5M mp3)  

Because it's summer, and I really want to tie everyone down in the sun and blast these songs until you give up and get happy. This one is from the Awesome bonus EP, which here in Boston, at least, comes rubber-banded to Waltham's insanely unselfconsciously magnificent (and predictably self-titled) Rykodisc major-label debut.
After playing the Waltham album and the bonus EP a couple times each, I'm even more thrilled. This is basically the 2005-production band version of 80s solo Rick Springfield. If that doesn't seem like a good idea to you, it probably won't sound like one either.
Waltham: "Cheryl (Come and Take a Ride)" (1.9M mp3)  

I haven't even listened to the rest of the album yet, this is just track 1.
And lastly, if for no other reason than that the time-stamps on our photos are the only journal I kept this time, the stubbornly and inexplicably interested are cautiously and apologetically welcome to click as fast as possible through the otherwise potentially interminable Japan+Bali 2005 extended instrumental all-plot remix.

Tokyo Metro, Tsukiji to Omote-Sando  

Tokyu Hands, Shibuya  

Nishi Shinjuku Hotel, Shinjuku  

Tokyo Metro, Asakusa to Shinjuku  

Mori Center 50F, Roppongi Hills  

Mori Center 52F, Roppongi Hills  

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum, Shin-Yokohama  

Pronto, Shinjuku  

Pura Dalem Agung, Ubud  

Segara Giri Kencana, Menjangan Island  

Taman Sari, Pemuteran  

Delta Dewata supermarket, Ubud  

Ngurah Rai Airport, Denpasar  

shinkansen platform, Shinagawa  

Hikari shinkansen, Shinagawa to Kyoto  

Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto  

Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto  

Ryoanji, Kyoto  

OPA department store, Kyoto  

Shinagawa station, Tokyo

toro and hamachi, Daiwa Sushi, Tsukiji  

breakfast hotdog, Presto, East Shinjuku  

unidentified pastry, Presto, East Shinjuku  

takoyaki, sidewalk cart, Ueno Park  

Japan half-and-half, Bar Del Sole, Roppongi  

bi bim bap and bulgogi, Saikabo, Shinjuku My City  

ramen, Komurasaki, Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum  

lukewarm soup, unnamed warung, Candi Kuning  

banana fritter, Ngiring Ngawedang, Munduk  

palm-sugar crepes, Taman Sari, Pemuteran  

Pocari Sweat, boat off Menjangan Island  

nasi goreng ananda, Ananda, Candi Kuning  

random ekiben #1, Shinagawa  

random ekiben #2, Shinagawa  

ramen, near Kinkakuji, Kyoto  

tea spigot, Musashi kaitenzushi, Kyoto
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