Posts Tagged: Music

Tokyo venues thinking outside the box

“Each member of the audience is provided a champagne tasting and a pair of headphones.”

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Tokyo venues thinking outside the box

“Each member of the audience is provided a champagne tasting and a pair of headphones.”

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Latin lovers

“These bands frequently mix traditional musical elements with punk ethos or political predilections. Sometimes both.”

Latin lovers

“These bands frequently mix traditional musical elements with punk ethos or political predilections. Sometimes both.”

Privacy you can dance to

“The dance floor is only 2 sq. meters and about the size of a walk-in closet, but it has a doorman, manager cloakroom, smoke machine and dedicated DJ. “

Privacy you can dance to

“The dance floor is only 2 sq. meters and about the size of a walk-in closet, but it has a doorman, manager cloakroom, smoke machine and dedicated DJ. “

Fell in love with a Gypsy

“Imagine if the Clash gigged at a Jewish-Ukrainian mafia wedding in late 70′s Detroit …”

Fell in love with a Gypsy

“Imagine if the Clash gigged at a Jewish-Ukrainian mafia wedding in late 70′s Detroit …”

The art of the party at Fuji Rock

“…sculpture doubles as furniture and the fashion leans toward leather, feathers and fedoras”

The art of the party at Fuji Rock

“…sculpture doubles as furniture and the fashion leans toward leather, feathers and fedoras”

Interview: Masa Hidaka

“Joe [Strummer] called and said: ‘Masa, I’m coming. Is there anything you want me to bring?’ And I said: ‘Bring wood.'”

Interview: Masa Hidaka

“Joe [Strummer] called and said: ‘Masa, I’m coming. Is there anything you want me to bring?’ And I said: ‘Bring wood.'”

Interview: Deerhoof

“I wouldn’t call it compromise, but maybe I’m having a knee-jerk reaction to that word.”

Interview: Deerhoof

“I wouldn’t call it compromise, but maybe I’m having a knee-jerk reaction to that word.”

Interview: M.I.A.

“I have to learn how to make gasoline out of coconut oil…”

Interview: M.I.A.

“I have to learn how to make gasoline out of coconut oil…”

Interview: The Go! Team

“…I did want it to sound action-packed…”

Interview: The Go! Team

“…I did want it to sound action-packed…”

Art Brut: “Bang Bang Rock & Roll”

“Argos simply raises his voice, rambling with the articulate, impulse-driven zeal of someone who planned to use cue cards but decided to wing it.”

Art Brut: “Bang Bang Rock & Roll”

“Argos simply raises his voice, rambling with the articulate, impulse-driven zeal of someone who planned to use cue cards but decided to wing it.”

Interview: Yo La Tengo

“The tone of the questions really freaked me out. They were all in past tense. I felt like I was already dead.”

Interview: Yo La Tengo

“The tone of the questions really freaked me out. They were all in past tense. I felt like I was already dead.”

Interview: Broken Social Scene & Stars

“It’s like you’re making a painting and someone comes along and throws a blue splotch in the corner and you’re like, ‘Why the f**k did you put that blue splotch there?’…”

Interview: Broken Social Scene & Stars

“It’s like you’re making a painting and someone comes along and throws a blue splotch in the corner and you’re like, ‘Why the f**k did you put that blue splotch there?’…”

Out Hud: “Let us Never Speak of it Again”

“…her child-like voice hovering above the din like a feather over a circular saw. “

Out Hud: “Let us Never Speak of it Again”

“…her child-like voice hovering above the din like a feather over a circular saw. “

Live Music Preview: LCD Sound System

“…like a drum machine fighting off a mosh pit with a shovel…”

Live Music Preview: LCD Sound System

“…like a drum machine fighting off a mosh pit with a shovel…”

Interview: Scissor Sisters

“We didn’t grow up in the days of rock ‘n’ roll vs. disco and we don’t really care.”

Interview: Scissor Sisters

“We didn’t grow up in the days of rock ‘n’ roll vs. disco and we don’t really care.”

Live Music Preview: Death From Above 1979

“…sure to scrape the walls and shatter furniture — that is, if you can fit it through the door”

Live Music Preview: Death From Above 1979

“…sure to scrape the walls and shatter furniture — that is, if you can fit it through the door”

Interview: Interpol

“Journalists,” he says, searching for the words, “don’t . . . often . . . portray you in the way you thought you came out in an interview.”

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Interview: Interpol

“Journalists,” he says, searching for the words, “don’t . . . often . . . portray you in the way you thought you came out in an interview.”

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Interview: Diplo

“…there were all these ridiculous people screaming Portuguese lyrics and hard drums, samples of Morrissey, cartoon sounds. It was loud and punk rock and hardcore dance music.”

Interview: Diplo

“…there were all these ridiculous people screaming Portuguese lyrics and hard drums, samples of Morrissey, cartoon sounds. It was loud and punk rock and hardcore dance music.”

Live Music Preview/Interview: The Faint

“Chunky, growling basslines now compete with synth frequencies that could cut glass and curdle milk.”

Live Music Preview/Interview: The Faint

“Chunky, growling basslines now compete with synth frequencies that could cut glass and curdle milk.”

King Twist: Rock ‘n’ roll that survived the trip

“…like kissing your high-school sweetheart in her prime — instead of the one at the reunion party, hiding her wrinkles behind a Bloody Mary and too much mascara.”

King Twist: Rock ‘n’ roll that survived the trip

“…like kissing your high-school sweetheart in her prime — instead of the one at the reunion party, hiding her wrinkles behind a Bloody Mary and too much mascara.”

Live Music Preview: Kodo

“Dancers, drummers, traditional instrumentalists and stagehands moving massive drums — some weighing nearly 400 kg. — alter the aural and visual landscape with almost superhuman alacrity.”

Live Music Preview: Kodo

“Dancers, drummers, traditional instrumentalists and stagehands moving massive drums — some weighing nearly 400 kg. — alter the aural and visual landscape with almost superhuman alacrity.”

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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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.”

Interview: Asylum Street Spankers

“Everywhere we go there’ll be some kid with a Mohawk and black fingernail polish who’s brought his grandparents.”

Interview: Asylum Street Spankers

“Everywhere we go there’ll be some kid with a Mohawk and black fingernail polish who’s brought his grandparents.”

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.”