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September 2014 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the September issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. Alvvays (Polyvinyl/P-Vine) Nabuma Rubberband -Little Dragon (Because/Warner) Since pop and, especially, rock don’t exclusively belong to youth any more, … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Aug. 31, 2014

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the media’s reaction to Asahi Shimbun’s retraction of its comfort women reporting in the 1980s and 90s. Though I point out how right-leaning publications have used the retraction to their own advantage and offer … Continue reading

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September 2014 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the September issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. Broken Korean crime movies appropriate a cartoonish male brutality that can be tiring, but this thriller by Lee Jung-ho … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Aug. 24, 2014

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about Hirofumi Watanabe, the convicted extortionist who has enjoyed an unusually high degree of exposure thanks to Tsukuru magazine. Though the nature of that exposure has been problematic, it’s also been interesting in the way … Continue reading

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August 2014 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the August issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. What Is This Heart? -How To Dress Well (Weird World/Hostess) In My World -Matthewdavid (Brainfeeder/Beat) Though Tom Krell’s evolution … Continue reading

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August 2014 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the August issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. Ida Austerity is often a comfort to the psychologically oppressed, a means of focusing on something simple so as … Continue reading

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Media Mix, July 27, 2014

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, about the arrest of artist Rokudenashiko. For the column I spoke to American filmmaker Anna Margarita Albelo, who was in Tokyo to screen her movie, Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?, at the Tokyo International Lesbian … Continue reading

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