Category Archives: Music

June 2017 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the June issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. In-ter a-li-a -At the Drive In (Rise/Hostess) Slowdive (Dead Oceans/Hostess) It probably says more about At the Drive In’s … Continue reading

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April 2017 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the April issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last month. SweetSexySavage -Kehlani (Atlantic/Warner) Ensen -Emel (Partisan/Hostess) The question posed by Kehlani Parrish is, How could someone so young sound … Continue reading

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Lou Reed/Yo La Tengo, Oct. 2000

I recently realized that almost all of the music reviews I wrote for the Japan Times in the 90s and the movie reviews I wrote for the Asahi Shimbun during the same decade are not available on the Internet, so … Continue reading

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February 2017 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the February issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last month. Oczy Mlody -The Flaming Lips (Warner) Cuidado Madame -Arto Lindsay (P-Vine) Though the Flaming Lips are deservedly famous for … Continue reading

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Best albums 2016

If 2015 was the year of Black Lives Matter, then 2016 was the year Black Lives Matters mattered, since the meaning of the movement—recognizing that conditioned racism not only still existed, but continued to have a deadly impact—was borne out … Continue reading

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December 2016 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the December issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last month. Warm on a Cold Night -Honne (Atlantic/Warner) Eric Benet (Victor) Blood Orange deserves all the accolades he’s received for … Continue reading

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Cheap Trick, Oct. 1999

I recently realized that almost all of the music reviews I wrote for the Japan Times in the 90s and the movie reviews I wrote for the Asahi Shimbun during the same decade are not available on the Internet, so … Continue reading

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