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March 2015 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the March issue of EL Magazines, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. Non-Fiction -Ne-Yo (Motown/Universal) Black Messiah -D’Angelo and the Vanguard (RCA/Sony) The title of Ne-Yo’s sixth album is a dodge. … Continue reading

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March 2015 movies

Here are the reviews I wrote for the March issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. American Sniper Few American films of recent memory have set off such a flurry of passionate, crossfire opinions as Clint … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Feb. 22, 2015

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about the state of Japanese journalism in light of the death of Kenji Goto. One aspect of the story that hasn’t been thoroughly discussed is the nature of freelance reporting in high risk … Continue reading

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February 2015 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the February issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on January 25. No Cities to Love -Sleater-Kinney (Sub Pop/Traffic) A Better Tomorrow -Wu-Tang Clan (Warner) It can’t be said enough … Continue reading

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February 2015 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the February issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on January 25. Begin Again Director John Carney tries to recreate the magic that made Once such an unexpected hit. If … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Jan. 18, 2015

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about the media reaction to NHK’s New Year’s Eve song contest, “Kohaku Uta Gassen.” Part of the article discusses the Southern All Stars’ surprise appearance and the controversy that followed. I didn’t go … Continue reading

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Best albums 2014

I think it was a great year for music in general, but since my living circumstances changed radically last February I haven’t been able to listen to new stuff in as dedicated a way as I used to. Much of … Continue reading

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