Category Archives: Music

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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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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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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Best albums 2013

This post coincides with the final closure of Expert Witness, Robert Christgau’s wonderful blog, which, during its brief existence, garnered a following as dedicated and lively and acerbic as any you’ll find in cyberspace. Though I’ve only been a (semi-) … Continue reading

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January 2014 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the January issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on Wednesday. The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You -Neko Case … Continue reading

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December 2013 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the December issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo yesterday. Artpop -Lady Gaga (Interscope/Universal) Avril Lavigne (Epic/Sony) The title implies that the biggest pop star on the planet wants her … Continue reading

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November 2013 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the November issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. Coming Apart -Body/Head (Matador/Hostess) Last Night On Earth -Lee Ranaldo and the Dust (Matador/Hostess) Sonic Youth was the last … Continue reading

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Lou Reed (and Yo La Tengo) in Oct. 2000

from The Japan Times A rock musician flaunts his intellect at his own peril, which is why Lou Reed is more of a survivor than his tired rep as the droning voice of the New York demimonde would have you … Continue reading

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The Selector playlist, Sept. 26, 2013

Here is the playlist of songs I programmed for the Sept. 26 edition of InterFM’s show, The Selector. Defiance & Doubt: songs I think would sound good on the radio (2) 1. “New Wave,” Against Me! When she recorded this … Continue reading

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