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The Pacific Shift brings you music from around the Pacific Rim, Asia and beyond. J-pop, K-pop, T-pop and more, Monocle is the soundtrack to your day by the Pacific.
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SXSW: ones to watch
Reporter Mar Sellars heads to Austin, Texas, for SXSW – America's biggest music showcase – and tells us what bands to look out for in 2017.
Hong Kong versus Singapore
Our Hong Kong bureau chief James Chambers recently spent a few weeks in our Singapore bureau and couldn’t help but make a comparison between the technological revolutions happening in each city.
In the mid-1990s Australia-born Jasper Cuppaidge ended up in London after missing his connecting flight while on a surfing trip. Years later and still in London, he founded one of the city’s most famous and beloved beer brands, Camden Town Brewery, which he recently sold to much fanfare and controversy to the world’s largest brewer – for £85 million. This week Cuppaidge tells us what happened between that missed flight and that big sale, and what he’s learnt along the way.
On Design 26: Can you own a colour?
This week design journalist Kassia St Clair unpicks a row that’s rolling on in the aftermath of sculptor and artist Anish Kapoor’s much-publicised attempt to copyright a colour. We hear who’s come out red faced and which parties stayed whiter-than-white in the fall out.
The Close-up: Bear Grylls
We turn this popular segment of Monocle magazine into an audio treat. The Close-up is where we profile a cultural figure – say, a Japanese popstar or Spanish television presenter – with a light touch. This month the spotlight is on UK adventurer, TV personality and former soldier Bear Grylls.
Can a city ‘feel’ happy or sad?
Following the Brexit vote here in the UK we believe it’s fair to say that London “felt” a bit sad but can events such as this really have an impact on the mood of a city? Monocle editor Andrew Tuck is joined by Ruut Veenhoven, an emeritus-professor of social conditions for human happiness at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Tattooing the Holy Land
Tucked in a narrow alleyway in the old city is Razzouk Tattoo, a family-run institution and the oldest tattoo shop in Jerusalem. Nigel Wilson meets the latest in a long line of family members to take on the business.
Knud Erik Hansen on classics and copycats
Knud Erik Hansen is the CEO of Carl Hansen & Søn, a Danish furniture-maker and the largest manufacturer of furniture by renowned Danish designer Hans J Wegner. He joins us on the phone from New York to discuss the brand’s values and the threat posed by copycat producers.