God Save the Queen-The 40 Years of Punk Anthem-by Min Wang

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Now the address is the home of Leicester Square,  people passing by as usual to this cinema right next to China Town in London. But only a few know the little history behind it – those loyal punk fans, in March 1977 Notre Dame Hall played host to the Sex Pistols first performance with their new bassist: Sid Vicious.

“Things would never be the same after he joined the band.”

You may not know about Sex Pistols but you must hear of God Save the Queen, not the national anthem. It’s also the anthem for Britsh punk rock. The same titled song as an arena that connected punk rock to politics, rebellion, and culture, became an anthem all over the world ever since it released.

The content and its anarchism undertone which critiques Queen Elizabeth II quickly made the band public enemy, following headline like “The Filth and the Fury, ”…

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Spillers in Cardiff -the Oldest Record Shop in the World since 1894. -by Min Wang

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by Min Wang 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Spillers Record shop. Image: Min Wang

How old a record store could date back? The square space located at 31, Morgan Arcade in Cardiff, Wales may give you a shocking answer. It’s been serving music lovers since 1894 where The original store was opened by Henry Spiller in the Queen’s Arcade in Cardiff, selling music on wax cylinders and shellac discs.

3020337JPG Spillers Record at Queen’s Arcade, 1920s.

Yet it’s not too long after the Record Store Day weekend which has been celebrated by records lovers all over the world on April 22nd. This festival just had its 10th anniversary this year.  During record store day, a bunch of music-related events was happening, live music and of course, new record releases.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Record Store Day collection was sold at Spillers. Image: Min Wang

Going to the record store is a good way to get to know the local music scene…

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A culture lover’s guide to Dublin, Ireland.- by Min Wang

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by Min Wang 

Dublin’s rich cultural heritage is a not only pride for its locals but also a heaven for people who enjoy Irish music, literature, and films as strolling down Eustrace Street, no one wants to miss those precious haunts.

Irish Film InstituteIrish Film Institute


IFI is the national cultural institution for the films. Throughout the archive, you can get a sense of Irish movie industry history while the shop by the door sells tons of film DVDs and posters.

Inside of Irish Film Institute in a minimal style architecture.

At the cinema inside, it shows the finest independent movies every day, both internationally and local Irish movies. Not to mention the Cafe inside is tasty with a reasonable price.

For visitors without membership, you can easily check films info, showtime table, and purchase a ticket via its website.

IMG_0108 The hallway of the cinema with the posters of coming movies.

IMG_0109 Currently on show, a movie about Syrian refugee life in Finland.  Image:…

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Skating in London & the “Skateboarding Hero.” -by Min Wang

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London as one of the big cities, I didn’t notice too many skaters until I went to skate parks to explore the scene here.

Here’s a video of London’s unique skate scene I produced. In this short video, I talked to a few skaters about their passions to skateboarding changes it brought to their lives at Southbank Skatepark and Mile End Park, two major skateparks in London.

“He died as a hero.” 

Beyond the culture part, the terror attack in London Bridge got the whole city in grief. Noticeably in the humane side, a skate hero’s brave action got him honored by Spain.

Ignacio Echeverría a Spanish skateboarder, who died during the attack because he hits one of the attackers by his skateboarder with his skateboard.

I interviewed some of his skateboarding buddies about his life in this video as he will always be remembered.

Mile End Park, the local skatepark he used to skate…

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5 Things I love about U.K. -by Min Wang

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Today marked the last day of our trip, 35 days, all over U.K and Ireland. I have been traveled a lot over the world, so before I come to this trip I was ready to be amazed.

1. Of course…Music.

Unknown Pleasures record

For people who know me, they won’t be surprised that I found U.K. fascinating by its music history, especially rock and roll. From post-punk to Brit-pop, punk to shoegaze, sex pistols to Joy Division, the Jesus and Mary Chain to my own friend Hamish. During my trip in the United Kingdom this time, my musical desire has driven me to lots of locations related to rock and roll.

  • Irish Rock experience museum
  • Sun Studio
  • Abbey Road
  • Manchester – bridge where Joy Division took album cover picture.
  • Camden Town

Last but not least- Records Store! I got to visit the oldest record shop in the world, Spillers Record in…

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Facing the Location Change, the Community Showed Supports To Local Record Store.

Heather’s husband William Frarey is moving the record rack out of store. Image Sherry Min Wang

On Mar.28, a Facebook announcement posted by Heather Frarey, the owner of a local record shop in downtown East Lansing, MI got more attentions than normal among the community.

“We were informed today that the owners of this space need this space, as we were on a month to month lease,” wrote Heather, she was shocked by the sudden notice.

She explained that the owner of the current address gave her a short notice to relocate her shop in 2 days since the rent type is month-to-month which she had nothing to argue.

The place owner, managed by Corn management clarified the reason to the State News in the story published by the State News on Mar 29, which is related to rent payment issue.

But there is something that the State News story didn’t tell, or update, ” I paid my rent last week for this month but there was a $1000 court fee I did not see, and that was it. The court officer came on Tuesday afternoon around 2 pm and said I had until the next day to move, he then called Crons lawyer and gave me an extra half day to get an entire record shop moved. ” Heather posted on Mar.30 morning.

Yet she ordered some limited releases for the upcoming Record Store Day in 3 weeks, “I am not quite sure how we will work that out, as we made our order and everything already. Bear with us until we can get things in perspective,” she added on the post, still worrying about the big musical event for customers.

Not to mention that The Record Lounge is the only music venue in East Lansing area, while there are two shows booked in Record Store Day weekend, featuring an EP release show by a local artist.

“We have been a good tenant that never delays rent,” says Brian Beckwith, one of the employees. He said it was an unexpected change.

A few hours late after the post causing a discussion over Facebook among those people who are heather’s friends, customers and generally, music lovers in the community. A fundraiser launched by Ted Wilson, a fellow record store owner of Replay Entertainment Exchange, in the purpose of saving The Record Lounge has gained hundreds of shares.

In the description of this campaign, he stated “As someone who had to make the painful decision to move our business out of East Lansing, I can liken it to watching your firstborn go through a traumatic experience, and the feeling of desperation and not knowing if it will survive is unlike any pain I’ve ever felt.”

To help Heather go through the transition, he set the goal as 10k and explained “Anything you can spare. $5, $10 or $20. It all adds up.” In the GoFundme page, he listed other actions for customers who want to support her in this circumstances. Such like to call the owner and buying store T-shirts online.

By 9 pm Mar. 29, one day after the traumatic change, the fundraiser has raised $825, and it’s still been shared and raising.

After the statues being shared, many people practically helped Heather, and her shop looks for a new location.

Fortunately, there is a space available in REO Town area in 1132 s. Washington St that fits The Record Lounge and store supporters are quickly getting to move the store out.

As Frarey updated on Facebook in the morning of Wednesday, a night after the announcement, “Thanks to all that made that happen. Zack offered up the old All of the Above space, so we will let you know when we open (hoping for this weekend).” She also called for help loading up when she moves out.

Nicole Geller was one of those helpers who arrived store at noon. They said they were heartbroken initially when they heard that news. “But optimistically knowing that there’s a lot of support for the Record Lounge and Heather,” said them. They play in a local band Tidal, who has been in rapport with Heather Frarey.

The first-round large boxes’ moving went smoothly with people’s friendly hands from 111 Division street to the new place where around eight other supporters waited there to help with unloading.

“By the time we had everything unloaded into the Reo Town location, we were all just chatting, and Heather had this big smile on her face,” said Geller, happily seeing Frarey’s good mood.

Geller also agreed that the new location would be a new direction for The Record Lounge to step forward.

In the second round moving, Samuel Sprague, co-founder of a local record label Tape Hiss Music, has expressed his hope on the new location.

“We will continue to play shows at her store and most importantly, to buy records wherever the store moves to,” said Sprague.

There are endless supports by local musicians and artists. “The Record Lounge must remain,” wrote by another founder of this label, Josh Starks along with his donation. Apparently, this music shop has fostered a home for them in East Lansing.

While the new location for Frarey’s shop has been settled down in 12 hours shortly, and the entire business is going to a brand new direction under the supports and loves of the community, The Record Lounge is blessed.

“Thanks, everyone, this community is beyond great.”

The Record Lounge is almost empty. Image Min Wang