Category Archives: Music

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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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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