About patrickstmichel

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far patrickstmichel has created 332 blog entries.

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

Talking to tricot for The Japan Times

Caught up with tricot for The Japan Times: It has never been easy for Japanese bands to find success both domestically and abroad. For the most part, they can muster notable attention on one side or the other, but rarely both — regardless of how many awkward English-language songs or cringe-worthy collaborations they attempt. However, [...]

By | June 28th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Talking to tricot for The Japan Times

Writing about the state of the Osaka club scene (and Austin Mahone) for Japan Times

I went to Osaka recently and wrote about the state of the city's club scene a year after the "anti-dancing" law was revised: OSAKA – Around two dozen people shuffle about the dark interior of Alzar, a recently opened nightclub on the eighth floor of a building in Osaka’s Chuo Ward that also features a [...]

By | June 23rd, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about the state of the Osaka club scene (and Austin Mahone) for Japan Times

Talking to AI about her new album

Last week in the Japan Times, I caught up with R&B and hip-hop J-Pop artist AI to talk about her new album, among other topics. There was a time when Japanese music labels were concerned that Ai Carina Uemura’s music sounded too American due to her R&B style. “Like, from the beginning of my career. [...]

By | June 5th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Talking to AI about her new album

Reviewing Kikagaku Moyo for Pitchfork

Reviewed the latest from Kikagaku Moyo for Pitchfork. Japanese underground artists possess a flair for myth-making, from Les Rallizes Dénudés’ shrouded history to eventual Boredoms founder Yamantaka Eye driving a bulldozer on stage for a gig. Tokyo’s Kikagaku Moyo have their fair share of good yarns since forming in 2012. The first song on their [...]

By | June 1st, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Reviewing Kikagaku Moyo for Pitchfork