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December 2014 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the December issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. 1989 -Taylor Swift (Big Machine/Universal) Girls With Guitars (Ace/MSI) As Taylor Swift’s career arc has bent toward pop the … Continue reading

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December 2014 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the December issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. Fury With his cop-buddy movie, End of Watch, David Ayer tried to subvert the genre he lovingly embraced, and … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Nov. 23, 2014

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about that fourth-year university student whose informal employment agreement to be an announcer for Nippon TV was cancelled by the broadcaster when it found out she used to work part-time as a bar hostess. Though … Continue reading

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November 2014 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the November issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on October 25. Syro -Aphex Twin (Warp/Beat) The Physical World -Death From Above 1979 (Last Gang/Victor) Richard James may be the … Continue reading

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November 2014 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the November issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on October 25. Boyhood By now everyone knows how this film was made. In 2003, Richard Linklater started shooting a core … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Oct. 19, 2014

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the rise of “black baito” and how the mass media decides which companies to out by name. Yuri Takano is cited at the end of the column as a corporate leader who has exposed … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Oct. 12, 2014

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, about the new idol group, The Margarines, and how the media conditions adolescent girls’ self-image. My main criticism has less to do with the overt sexual meaning of the group than with the less obvious … Continue reading

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