Austin Music Lovers, Your New Favorite Bar Is Hidden Away in a Former Storage Room
If you were living in Japan in the mid-twentieth century, and you were cool, intellectual, and politically conscious—or, at least, you were pretending to be those things—your go-to hangout would almost certainly have been a jazu kissa, a cafe dedicated to listening to jazz records. Jazz, invented in America, boomed in midcentury Japan partly thanks to French New Wave films; jazz made up the bulk of their soundtracks. Japan was soon a country infatuated with the genre, but jazz artists at the time rarely toured in Japan, and jazz records were very expensive since they had to be imported from the States. That didn’t stop some entrepreneurial obsessives from spending the cash to build record collections that would serve as the foundations for kissa, which quickly…
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