Monthly Archives: August 2012

September 2012 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the September issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last weekend. Some Nights -Fun. (Fueled By Ramen/Warner) Time Capsules II -Oberhofer (Glassnote/Hostess) You drop your guard for only a minute … Continue reading

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September 2012 movies

Here are the movies I reviewed for the Sept. issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last weekend. Carlos In one of his numerous trite pronouncements, the internationally famous terrorist born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez in Venezuela who later … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Aug. 26, 2012

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about the Otsu bullying case. The main point of the piece is that above and beyond the whole issue of bullying in school is the issue of violence. What immediately struck me when … Continue reading

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Notes on Summer Sonic 2012

What a difference a year makes. As with last year’s Summer Sonic, Tokyo edition, I started the festival Saturday morning with the first act on the Sonic Stage, which this year happened to be Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, the mostly self-invented … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Aug. 19, 2012

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about Japan’s territorial disputes with two of its neighbors, South Korea and China. Both conflicts are in flux as I write this and much of what I said in the article already feels … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Aug. 12, 2012

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about a recent trial in Osaka that ended with a man diagnosed with Asperger syndrome being sentenced to the maximum 20 years in prison for killing his sister. Though I touched on the … Continue reading

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Talking to The Very Best

One of the very best shows at last month’s Fuji Rock Festival was The Very Best, an electronic dance act built around the beats of Johan Hugo, formerly of the production duo Radioclit, and the vocals of Malawi musician Esau … Continue reading

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