I was featured in a BBC documentary about Babymetal (and Japanese music in general) recently. Watch it -- and see what I look like! -- here. Elsewhere, I wrote a list of cool hostels in Tokyo for CNN Travel, read that here.
Wrote a piece for The Daily Dot about J-pop group Lyrical School's recent viral video, and what it means for the Japanese music industry: "The opening seconds of Japanese pop group Lyrical School’s video for “Run and Run” might seem strange—but only if you’re watching on a PC. It’s meant to be watched on a [...]
Catching up on a busy week: Reviewed a best-of compilation from Tokyo's Trekkie Trax for Pitchfork. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/21614-trekkie-trax-the-best-2012-2015/ Wrote about Kyoto's musical history at MTV 81. http://www.mtv81.com/features/specials/sounds-of-japan-vol-4-kyotos-imperial-sonic-history/ Also made a small guide to record stores in Osaka for 81. Last, reviewed Tominaga's lovely new album for The Japan Times. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2016/03/20/music/cd-reviews/tominagas-suprise-flourishes-make-repeat-listens-echoes-megaliths-must/
"Like nearly everyone who lives in Japan, Momoka Muto remembers where she was at 2:46 pm on March 11, 2011. “Me and my grandparents were driving to Fukushima City, then the really strong shaking started. I saw water pipes explode. People in shops and restaurants rushed outside,” she says. “Everybody was panicking.” Up until then, [...]
This week in The Japan Times I talked to Caroline Lufkin (who records solo as Caroline and is also a member of Mice Parade) about her upcoming live show in Tokyo, amongst other topics. In another time, Caroline Lufkin could easily have ended up as a chart-topping J-pop star. After graduating from Boston's Berklee School [...]
This week in The Japan Times, I profile indie-rock group Gellers, a band of childhood friends including blog darling Shugo Tokumaru. The story behind Gellers seems like the stuff of made-for-TV movies. A bunch of kids meet one another on the outskirts of the city, and eventually form a band. They stick together and, despite [...]