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Writing about Maltine Records for The Japan Times

Revisited an online label I love for The Japan Times, Maltine Records, which will hold a big event this weekend in Shibuya. Talked to founder Tomad about it, and the state of the imprint. "Music runs online in 2016. Songs become smash hits via YouTube, while global superstars command attention by giving exclusives to streaming [...]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about Maltine Records for The Japan Times

Talking to Yasutaka Nakata and Oliver Heldens for The Japan Times

Two new features in The Japan Times this week. I had a larger feature about artist and producer Yasutaka Nakata, ahead of his festival. "Yasutaka Nakata’s schedule tonight is packed. He’s being photographed by a Japanese magazine in a basement studio after 10 p.m. on a Friday, and it’s taking a little longer than expected. [...]

By | September 30th, 2016|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Talking to Yasutaka Nakata and Oliver Heldens for The Japan Times

Writing a guide to Korean electronic indie music for Bandcamp

Returned to Bandcamp with a large feature about Korea's burgeoning indie electronic scene, featuring interviews with a lot of artists. "Earlier this year, Seoul synth-pop artist Neon Bunny embarked on a tour that took her to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest and a jaunt around Europe. Wherever she went, she was labeled as a [...]

By | September 20th, 2016|Korea, Music|Comments Off on Writing a guide to Korean electronic indie music for Bandcamp

Writing about Kento Yamada for The Japan Times

This week in The Japan Times, I talked to a member of rising band yahyel...and a very successful video director, Kento Yamada. "Music in 2016 is every bit as focused on the eyes as it is the ears. Videos play a pivotal role in helping artists stand out in the digital age. One viral clip [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about Kento Yamada for The Japan Times

Covered Summer Sonic — featuring Radiohead, Underworld and more — for The Japan Times

Went to the Summer Sonic music festival outside of Tokyo last weekend, and reported on it for The Japan Times. "Few bands can draw a massive round of applause for 15 minutes of ambient music, but that’s just what Radiohead received at the start of its Sunday night headlining set at this year’s Tokyo leg [...]

By | August 28th, 2016|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Covered Summer Sonic — featuring Radiohead, Underworld and more — for The Japan Times

Reviewing Atomic Bomb Compilation Vol. 4 for Pitchfork

Latest for Pitchfork is a review of the great Atomic Bomb Compilation Vol.4, a great collection of juke and a politically charged set too. "Nuclear energy produces anxiety in Japan. Long a controversial topic, it became a renewed source of worry following the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi power plant during the 2011 Great East Japan [...]

By | August 26th, 2016|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Reviewing Atomic Bomb Compilation Vol. 4 for Pitchfork