I have two new stories in The Japan Times this week. First, I profiled Tokyo-based online record label Maltine Records:

Tomohiro Konuta didn’t have lofty ambitions when he and his friend Syem started the online music label Maltine Records in 2005. They were just two teenagers looking for a little attention.

“Syem and I were making tracks at that time and needed a place where we could release them,” Konuta says. “We were freshman in high school. Before we started Maltine, we were just ordinary students.”

Read the rest at The Japan Times.

I also contributed a CD review for The Japan Times, about the Tokyo band MacDonald Duck Eclair. Read that here.