Over at Time Out Tokyo, I was asked to review fellow music writer Ian Martin's book "Quit Your Band." It's good! Read the review here.
Busy month, but almost forgot to mention two recent articles in The Japan Times. First off, I caught up with the folks behind Showa Kayo Night for their recent Ooomori Edition: Justin Miller isn’t a stranger to Japanese TV. He has been a guest on various morning shows to promote Showa Kayo Night, a party [...]
Two stories this week, both of which I'm quite happy with. First off, I looked into the ever-growing world of English-language YouTubers in Japan. Specifically, I wanted to see if making a living from this — and obtaining the proper visas — was possible. I met up with one of the country's most popular vloggers, [...]
Two stories to start 2017...first, for Ethiopian Airlines in-flight magazine, I wrote about some of the best traditional Japanese hotels in Tokyo. Read that here, unless you find yourself on one of their flights sometime soon. I also talked with a few of the artists in Japan who had big years in 2016, and asked [...]
Looked back at the year that was for The Japan Times, and focused on a divide in power that has emerged over the last 12 months. Media, both domestic and overseas, spent a lot of time focused on the streaming services arriving in Japan in 2016. Months of “Can these platforms thrive in CD-loving Japan?” [...]
Caught up with one of my favorite artists tofubeats for my first-ever magazine cover story, for Metropolis Magazine: Yusuke Kawai grew up just outside of Kobe in a “new town,” the Japanese term for a planned community. Kawai, who records music under the name tofubeats, describes his government-developed hometown: “There’s no city center and no [...]
Two new stories in The Japan Times this week. In the bigger of the two, I talked to electronic producer Toyomu about imagining Kanye West's The Life Of Pablo and moving on from that. American rapper Kanye West’s seventh album, “The Life Of Pablo,” felt inescapable when it emerged this past February. But that wasn’t [...]