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Spoke with She Talks Silence for Metropolis

For the August issue of Metropolis here in Tokyo, I caught up with She Talks Silence, one of the indie rock scene's better artists. In 2017, music has become more fragmented than ever, and this is true especially in Japan. The arrival of streaming services — not to mention increased attention given to YouTube as [...]

By | August 16th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Spoke with She Talks Silence for Metropolis

Sounding off about trash for The Japan Times

Wrote about trash, and how people online in Japan are reacting to it. By all accounts, this year’s Fuji Rock Festival was a success. Punters of all ages and demographics enjoyed the laid-back vibe at the three-day music spectacular — give or take the constant rain — and most social media posts about the event [...]

By | August 12th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Sounding off about trash for The Japan Times

Writing about Parkgolf and netlabels for The Japan Times

Catching up on the netlabel community and talking to artist Parkgolf for The Japan Times. Tokyo’s first netlabel parties were filled with nods to internet culture. You’d see customers ordering their drinks via Twitter, robotic hands clapping in time to DJ sets, and people live-streaming themselves from the dancefloor. It’s not certain whether any of [...]

By | August 8th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about Parkgolf and netlabels for The Japan Times

Visiting Japan’s only active vinyl pressing plant for Discogs

Went out near Yokohama to check out what is the only current vinyl pressing plant in Japan for Discogs. At the end of June, Sony Music Japan announced they would start pressing their own vinyl records in their own plant for the first time since the end of the 1980s. It was big news both [...]

By | August 7th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Visiting Japan’s only active vinyl pressing plant for Discogs

Writing about “Gangnam Style” for Pitchfork

Very important anniversary this month, as PSY's "Gangnam Style" turned five. I wrote about its legacy for Pitchfork. Earlier this week, “Gangnam Style” was knocked off its perch as the most viewed video on YouTube. Korean pop star PSY had held the title since November 2012, when he became the first person to reach 1 [...]

By | July 21st, 2017|Korea, Music|Comments Off on Writing about “Gangnam Style” for Pitchfork

Talked to The Anime Man for The Japan Times

Met up with one of most popular Japan-based YouTubers around, The Anime Man, to talk about his path to attention and the current boom in anime. “The Anime Man” has a busy summer ahead of him. The 23-year-old, whose real name is Joey Bizinger, will be on the road over the next two months making [...]

By | July 13th, 2017|Anime, Japan, New Media|Comments Off on Talked to The Anime Man for The Japan Times

Sounding off about Twice and K-pop for The Japan Times

I'm sounding off about K-pop group Twice...and Japanese media's coverage of Korean pop culture...for The Japan Times. Last week, Korean pop group Twice made its “official” debut in Japan, featuring the release of a Japanese-language best-of compilation and a showcase at Tokyo Gymnasium on July 2. In between, the members appeared on the popular weekly [...]

By | July 7th, 2017|Japan, Korea, Music|Comments Off on Sounding off about Twice and K-pop for The Japan Times