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SF Gate talks to Walton about his Watts influence

Thanks to Masaki Koike for digging deeper into the story and showing "Face the Facts" some San Francisco love. Below is an excerpt from the article:

📷  Sasha Arutyunova

📷 Sasha Arutyunova

Jas Walton sets Alan Watts’ words to music

Guest post by Yoshi Kato

"For its inaugural project, Jas Walton’s “Face the Facts: Words by Alan Watts,” the Brooklyn-based Figure & Ground record label is drawing on the Bay Area’s spiritual legacy. The four-track EP will be released digitally with PDF booklet (when purchased at the label’s on-line store) on May 19 and will be available in physical form as a thoughtful — and thorough — 10” vinyl package with digital download card on May 26.

"Watts’ influence as an Asian Studies and Eastern philosophy scholar, author and KPFA regular remains strong. His son, Mark Watts, recorded lectures that he gave on his famed Sausalito houseboat and elsewhere that are now available online as podcasts and via a related iOS app. 

"Walton was introduced to Watt’s writing while studying jazz as an undergraduate at NYU. A saxophonist, composer and producer who frequently gigs with Antibalas, he was best friends with a philosophy major.

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