Catching up on a busy week:
- Reviewed a best-of compilation from Tokyo’s Trekkie Trax for Pitchfork.
Between social media streams delivering seemingly endless awful news and the creeping sense that we’ve entered content singularity, it’s pretty easy to feel cynical about the state of the Internet in 2016. That same sense of digital constriction extends to music, a place filled with lukewarm takes and fast food restaurants toddling towards relevance.
- Wrote about Kyoto’s musical history at MTV 81.
In recent decades, Tokyo has become the center of Japan in many people’s minds. And as unfair as that might seem to the rest of the country, it is understandable given that it is the biggest city in the nation, as well as the capital. Everything does sort of flow through the sprawling megapolis.
- Also made a small guide to record stores in Osaka for 81.
- Last, reviewed Tominaga’s lovely new album for The Japan Times.
Electronic music-maker Natsumi Tominaga excels at details. “I feel the color from the music, also smell and taste it,” she wrote on her artist page on Facebook, and this attention to every aspect of sound helps turn her latest album “Echoes of Megaliths” into a consistently enveloping work.