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Media Mix, April 6, 2014

The photo and caption my editor chose for this week’s Media Mix touched on an aspect of the consumption tax hike I didn’t mention in the column itself, mainly because there wasn’t enough room and seemed sort of incidental, but, … Continue reading

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April 2014 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the April issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on March 25. Atlas -Real Estate (Domino/Hostess) San Cisco (RCA/Sony) The promises made by independent rock labels since the 80s have … Continue reading

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April 2014 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the April issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on March 25. The Act of Killing Certainly the most unusual documentary to hit theaters in recent memory, Joshua Oppenheimer’s cinematic … Continue reading

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The art of satisfaction

We had already gone through security before finding out we were at the wrong gate. The representative of AEG Live, which was managing the Rolling Stones’ tour through Asia, had told me to go to the VIP booth at Gate … Continue reading

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March 2014 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the March issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on Feb. 25. Pure Heroine -Lorde (Virgin/Universal) Fire Within -Birdy (Atlantic/Warner) As is often the case when a Japanese record company … Continue reading

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March 2014 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the March issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on Feb. 25. All Is Lost Literally a down-to-earth version of Gravity, this seafaring thriller, written and directed by J.C. Chandor, … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Feb. 16, 2014

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the Samuragochi scandal. In the past week all the media that covered the fraud composer have issued apologies, including NHK, which made a fawning documentary about him. As I said in the column people … Continue reading

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February 2014 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the Feb. issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on Jan. 25. Wig Out at Jagbags -Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks (Matador/P-Vine) Too True -Dum Dum Girls (Sub Pop/Traffic) A … Continue reading

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February 2014 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the February issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on January 25. American Hustle If you didn’t actually live through the 70s, you probably think it was all about hair, … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Jan. 5, 2014

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the influence of money on issues related to Abe’s Yasukuni visit and the announcement by Okinawa governor Hirokazu Nakaima that he will approve the application to start the proposed air base in Nago. There’s … Continue reading

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