Posts Tagged: Japan Times

Interview: Luna

“Earnest, to me, is a bad word.”

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Interview: Luna

“Earnest, to me, is a bad word.”

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Interview: Los Lobos

“…how many bands create challenging music for 30 years? Most just play their hits for the millionth time . . .”

Interview: Los Lobos

“…how many bands create challenging music for 30 years? Most just play their hits for the millionth time . . .”

Shaking it up on Sado

“Roughly six hours away from Tokyo by shinkansen and ferry, Ogi’s remoteness, he says, is both physical and psychological.”

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Shaking it up on Sado

“Roughly six hours away from Tokyo by shinkansen and ferry, Ogi’s remoteness, he says, is both physical and psychological.”

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Live Music preview: Think of One

“If Lonely Planet ever opens a club, this should be the house band.”

Live Music preview: Think of One

“If Lonely Planet ever opens a club, this should be the house band.”

Gerling: “Bad Blood!!!”

“Their eclectic third LP is the kind that critics describe as either ‘ambitious’ or ‘unfocused’…”

Gerling: “Bad Blood!!!”

“Their eclectic third LP is the kind that critics describe as either ‘ambitious’ or ‘unfocused’…”

Shake it, baby, shake it

“If your lower extremities didn’t gyrate instinctively to last year’s album, ‘Kish Kash,’ make an appointment with a cognitive therapist.”

Shake it, baby, shake it

“If your lower extremities didn’t gyrate instinctively to last year’s album, ‘Kish Kash,’ make an appointment with a cognitive therapist.”

The Album Leaf: “In a Safe Place”

“…where his Nordic brethren arch achingly toward the heavens, LaValle seems content by the fire, contemplating the beauty before him through frost-tinted windows.”

The Album Leaf: “In a Safe Place”

“…where his Nordic brethren arch achingly toward the heavens, LaValle seems content by the fire, contemplating the beauty before him through frost-tinted windows.”

Kenji Jammer: “Hula Hula Dance 4”

“…a reinterpretation of Hawaiian-style steel guitar, sauntering past the luau for the sleek sofas of club-lounge culture. “

Kenji Jammer: “Hula Hula Dance 4”

“…a reinterpretation of Hawaiian-style steel guitar, sauntering past the luau for the sleek sofas of club-lounge culture. “

Interview: DMX Krew

“Do you prefer eating or drinking?”

Interview: DMX Krew

“Do you prefer eating or drinking?”

De La Soul: “Live at Tramps, 1996,” “De La Mix Tape”

“Only on the classic ‘Potholes in My Lawn’ does DJ Maseo sound like he’s in the same room.”

De La Soul: “Live at Tramps, 1996,” “De La Mix Tape”

“Only on the classic ‘Potholes in My Lawn’ does DJ Maseo sound like he’s in the same room.”

RJD2: “Since We Last Spoke”

“…strays further from the medium’s usual rap/soul axis and delves into arena rock, circa 1984 (Van Halen reference intended).”

RJD2: “Since We Last Spoke”

“…strays further from the medium’s usual rap/soul axis and delves into arena rock, circa 1984 (Van Halen reference intended).”

The Beta Band: “Heroes to Zeros”

“….more eclectic, off-kilter pop, but from a point much closer to the center than kaleidoscopic EPs of yore.”

The Beta Band: “Heroes to Zeros”

“….more eclectic, off-kilter pop, but from a point much closer to the center than kaleidoscopic EPs of yore.”

Sufjan Stevens: “Seven Swans”

“…his verbal sketches outline stories, characters and emotions that listeners color in with their own experiences….”

Sufjan Stevens: “Seven Swans”

“…his verbal sketches outline stories, characters and emotions that listeners color in with their own experiences….”

Live Music Preview: Junior Senior

“…toast of pop-culture intelligentsia they ain’t, but [they] have a knack for making booties bounce.”

Live Music Preview: Junior Senior

“…toast of pop-culture intelligentsia they ain’t, but [they] have a knack for making booties bounce.”

Interview: Lightning Bolt

“We had some surprise visits from building inspectors,” he says, chuckling, “and the whole area was condemned.”

Interview: Lightning Bolt

“We had some surprise visits from building inspectors,” he says, chuckling, “and the whole area was condemned.”

Interview: Ben Harper

“That’s what’s pushed [my voice] to where it is.”

Interview: Ben Harper

“That’s what’s pushed [my voice] to where it is.”

Savath & Savalas: “Apropa’t”

“…soft, sad and sensual, like the last embrace of a lover before a long absence.”

Savath & Savalas: “Apropa’t”

“…soft, sad and sensual, like the last embrace of a lover before a long absence.”

Live Music Preview: Bob Log III

“…his three favorite things: scotch, women and, um, women…”

Live Music Preview: Bob Log III

“…his three favorite things: scotch, women and, um, women…”

Live Music Preview: Robert Randolph

“…these riffs are searing, unadulterated joy — too hot for heaven and too sweet for hell.”

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Live Music Preview: Robert Randolph

“…these riffs are searing, unadulterated joy — too hot for heaven and too sweet for hell.”

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Live Music Preview: The Mooney Suzuki

“TMS sling around keyboard soul and late ’60s power chords like a pair of 50-pound hammers.”

Live Music Preview: The Mooney Suzuki

“TMS sling around keyboard soul and late ’60s power chords like a pair of 50-pound hammers.”

U.N.K.L.E. “Never Never Land”

“…a murky, cathartic ride through the smoky psyche of one of the U.K.’s biggest record junkies.”

U.N.K.L.E. “Never Never Land”

“…a murky, cathartic ride through the smoky psyche of one of the U.K.’s biggest record junkies.”

Live Music Preview: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

“Oh, the joy of being the ‘it’ band…”

Live Music Preview: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

“Oh, the joy of being the ‘it’ band…”

Mutated beats for postmod grooving

“Somebody has to use their brain to play the note or push the button.”

Mutated beats for postmod grooving

“Somebody has to use their brain to play the note or push the button.”

Fuji’s hipper hop

“…beats as thick, dark and sticky as the back of your stove.”

Fuji’s hipper hop

“…beats as thick, dark and sticky as the back of your stove.”

Goldfrapp: “Black Cherry”

“…the syrupy symphonic samples found in the creamy center of ‘Black Cherry’ reveal the same spy-novel ambience that made ‘Felt Mountain’ so engaging.”

Goldfrapp: “Black Cherry”

“…the syrupy symphonic samples found in the creamy center of ‘Black Cherry’ reveal the same spy-novel ambience that made ‘Felt Mountain’ so engaging.”

Four Tet: “Rounds”

“…tambourines trickle through cracks of a lumbering bass line while piano clips lifted from Tori Amos float Ophelia-like down a treble-laden tributary.”

Four Tet: “Rounds”

“…tambourines trickle through cracks of a lumbering bass line while piano clips lifted from Tori Amos float Ophelia-like down a treble-laden tributary.”

Prefuse 73: “One Word Extinguisher”

“The new release offers more choice clips of verbal origami, but now Herren’s soul seeps through the incisions.”

Prefuse 73: “One Word Extinguisher”

“The new release offers more choice clips of verbal origami, but now Herren’s soul seeps through the incisions.”

Aoki Takamasa, Ogurusu Norihide and Takagi Masakatsu: “Come and Play in Our Backyard”

“…a collection of mixed media varying from delicate to decadent…”

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Aoki Takamasa, Ogurusu Norihide and Takagi Masakatsu: “Come and Play in Our Backyard”

“…a collection of mixed media varying from delicate to decadent…”

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“Saddle Creek 50”

“To the surprise of many, the American underground’s most fertile soil is now found on the parched plains of Omaha, Nebraska”

“Saddle Creek 50”

“To the surprise of many, the American underground’s most fertile soil is now found on the parched plains of Omaha, Nebraska”

Cody ChesnuTT: “The Headphone Masterpiece”

“…he is able to breakdance, cry on your shoulder and hump your leg all in the time it would take him to squeeze into those tight leather pants he fancies.”

Cody ChesnuTT: “The Headphone Masterpiece”

“…he is able to breakdance, cry on your shoulder and hump your leg all in the time it would take him to squeeze into those tight leather pants he fancies.”

Concert Preview: Q & not U

“… pushing power-punk to the dance floor for a drunken pirouette.”

Concert Preview: Q & not U

“… pushing power-punk to the dance floor for a drunken pirouette.”

Interview: The Breeders

“Do you love them? Yeah. Do they make you insane sometimes? Yeah. “

Interview: The Breeders

“Do you love them? Yeah. Do they make you insane sometimes? Yeah. “

Bright Eyes: “Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground”

“Some made him out as the indie Dylan or emo-Jesus; others called him a pubescent poster-boy for Zoloft.”

Bright Eyes: “Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground”

“Some made him out as the indie Dylan or emo-Jesus; others called him a pubescent poster-boy for Zoloft.”

Mary Lorson and Billy Cote: “Piano Creeps”

“…these tracks stretch out in the back seat and stare out the window while you do the driving”

Mary Lorson and Billy Cote: “Piano Creeps”

“…these tracks stretch out in the back seat and stare out the window while you do the driving”

Concert Preview: Massive Attack

“Their collages of seductive vocals and slow, fleshy beats appears to activate all the appropriate hormones and makes that itch — to dance or something more intimate — all the more crucial to scratch.”

Concert Preview: Massive Attack

“Their collages of seductive vocals and slow, fleshy beats appears to activate all the appropriate hormones and makes that itch — to dance or something more intimate — all the more crucial to scratch.”

Baka Beyond: “Heart of the Forest”

“In Japan, ‘baka’ may be what you call your boss behind his back, but this four-letter word also denotes the pygmy tribe indigenous to the rain forests near the Cameroon/Congo border.”

Baka Beyond: “Heart of the Forest”

“In Japan, ‘baka’ may be what you call your boss behind his back, but this four-letter word also denotes the pygmy tribe indigenous to the rain forests near the Cameroon/Congo border.”

“Synkretizm: A Mountain Thinking the River Fire.”

“For the faithful, the communion of saints and shamans offers even the most piteous peasant his own sliver of paradise. But to outsiders, voodoo only conjures up images of curses, chicken blood and pin-pricked rag dolls.”

“Synkretizm: A Mountain Thinking the River Fire.”

“For the faithful, the communion of saints and shamans offers even the most piteous peasant his own sliver of paradise. But to outsiders, voodoo only conjures up images of curses, chicken blood and pin-pricked rag dolls.”

Common: “Electric Circus”

“Hip-hop and Hollywood share at least one thing in common: Star-studded lineups never guarantee a work of art. “

Common: “Electric Circus”

“Hip-hop and Hollywood share at least one thing in common: Star-studded lineups never guarantee a work of art. “

Concert Preview: The Sea and Cake

“Post-rock seems to have been born a genre already approaching middle age. “

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Concert Preview: The Sea and Cake

“Post-rock seems to have been born a genre already approaching middle age. “

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Concert Preview: Doves

“…gloom-free effects and soaring optimism search for silver linings in the murkiest Mancunian skies.”

Concert Preview: Doves

“…gloom-free effects and soaring optimism search for silver linings in the murkiest Mancunian skies.”

“el Christmas: The World in Winter”

“A holiday compilation album pulled from el’s catalog of aural confectionary makes perfect sense as so much of the holiday season nowadays revolves around sweets and booze.”

“el Christmas: The World in Winter”

“A holiday compilation album pulled from el’s catalog of aural confectionary makes perfect sense as so much of the holiday season nowadays revolves around sweets and booze.”

Amon Tobin: “Out From Out Where”

“…adds to a small collection of jungle/techno that still has flesh and blood beneath the circuits…”

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Amon Tobin: “Out From Out Where”

“…adds to a small collection of jungle/techno that still has flesh and blood beneath the circuits…”

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Sigur Ros: “( )”

“When Birgisson sings, his mesmerizing falsetto sounds somewhere between a choirboy and a very, very lonely whale.”

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Sigur Ros: “( )”

“When Birgisson sings, his mesmerizing falsetto sounds somewhere between a choirboy and a very, very lonely whale.”

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The Polyphonic Spree: “The Beginning Stages Of . . .”

…upon seeing this group of 25 young Texans in white robes, you might wonder how much weaponry they’ve already stored up for doomsday…

The Polyphonic Spree: “The Beginning Stages Of . . .”

…upon seeing this group of 25 young Texans in white robes, you might wonder how much weaponry they’ve already stored up for doomsday…

Mr. Lif: “I Phantom”

“…a magniloquent saga that satisfies your ears as well as what’s between them.”

Mr. Lif: “I Phantom”

“…a magniloquent saga that satisfies your ears as well as what’s between them.”

Doug Martsch: “Now You Know”

“Has Martsch traded in his ratty jeans and Gen-X sneer for dark glasses, a porkpie hat and a dingy room on Bourbon Street?”

Doug Martsch: “Now You Know”

“Has Martsch traded in his ratty jeans and Gen-X sneer for dark glasses, a porkpie hat and a dingy room on Bourbon Street?”

Manu Chao and the Radio Bemba Sound System

Manu Chao and the Radio Bemba Sound System

“…he quickly attracted a circus-like entourage, replete with trapeze artists and magicians…”

Manu Chao and the Radio Bemba Sound System

Manu Chao and the Radio Bemba Sound System

“…he quickly attracted a circus-like entourage, replete with trapeze artists and magicians…”

Hot Club of Cowtown: “Ghost Train”

“Like all good revivalists, they honor their influences without riding on their coattails.”

Hot Club of Cowtown: “Ghost Train”

“Like all good revivalists, they honor their influences without riding on their coattails.”