Monthly Archives: October 2013

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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November 2013 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the November issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last Friday. 2 Guns The Lethal Weapon series has a lot to answer for. Or is it 48 Hours? Either way, … Continue reading

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In memory of Takashi Yanase

Takashi Yanase, who created the beloved manga and anime “Anpanman,” died last week. His creation was the subject of the first Media Mix column I wrote, and I’ve reproduced it here. Media Mix, Jan. 19, 1995 Faster than a speeding … Continue reading

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BIFF Day 5

It was unexpectedly a nostalgic day for me at the festival, and bittersweet, as well, though I suppose nostalgia is always bittersweet. The last screening I attended today was Tsai Ming Liang’s “Stray Dogs,” and afterwards the director and his … Continue reading

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BIFF Day 4

Sunday turned out to be Philippine Day for me. As a kind of companion piece to “Ilo Ilo,” there’s “Transit,” a first feature by Hannah Espia about migrant workers in Israel, more specifically the ones who are determined to stay–which … Continue reading

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BIFF Day 3

Supposedly a typhoon is on its way. It’s been windy and overcast since yesterday morning, but strangely warm, too; warm enough for T-shirts. And last night there was a brief squall, but luckily I was inside at the time. Though … Continue reading

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