Category Archives: Music

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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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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July 2014 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the July issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. Lazaretto -Jack White (Third Man/Sony) Turn Blue -The Black Keys (Nonesuch/Warner) It’s safe to say that classic guitar rock—blues-based, … Continue reading

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June 2014 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the June issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last weekend. Sheezus -Lily Allen (Parlophone/Warner) Shakira (RCA/Sony) You envy Lily Allen at your own peril. She’s one of the most … Continue reading

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May 2014 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the May issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. This Is What I Do -Boy George (Very Me/Sony) Kiss Me Once -Kylie Minogue (Parlophone/Warner) It’s a given that … 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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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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