Former manager of San Francisco's Open Mind Music, John Keaka Friend, unveils debut album

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  • The Far East Is The Near West And The Wild West Is The Near East arrives under his TRIP SHOW alias on June 5th.
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  • John Keaka Friend, a former manager of San Francisco record shop Open Mind Music, has shared details of his first full-length. Released under his alias TRIP SHOW, The Far East Is The Near West And The Wild West Is The Near East spans eight tracks that touch on house, dub and ambient. Influenced by Pépé Bradock, Easy Street Records and bleep techno, the LP arrives on June 5th via Broken Clover Records. “I tried to make the kind of record that wouldn't leave my bag," Friend described in a press statement. Now based in Honolulu, the artist was previously active in San Francisco's electronic scene. In addition to managing Open Mind Music from 1995 to 2005, he also DJ'd as JOHNJOHN and worked at Pulse Soniq Distribution. He's previously released remixes and singles under the names Landau, CTMS, Coins and Citymouse. Listen to "Pro Levelling" from The Far East Is The Near West And The Wild West Is The Near East.
    Tracklist 01. Trailhead 02. At 03. Turf War 04. Downtown Coyote 05. Easy Rough 06. Sobriquet 07. Pro Levelling 08. Cold And Brilliant Light Broken Clover Records will release The Far East Is The Near West And The Wild West Is The Near East on June 5th, 2021.