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A year of tough choices at Fuji

| Jul 31, 2013

A year of tough choices at Fuji

by Mike Sunda

Wandering around on the opening day of this year’s Fuji Rock, I got the impression that numbers were down on previous years. Of course, anyone who has ever been stuck in the event’s seemingly never-ending lines for the portable toilets — or who’s been ...

Tame Impala

| Jul 31, 2013

Tame Impala

by Shaun Curran

You’ve been to Japan as visitors before, how does this trip compare? Kevin Parker (vocals, guitar): It was pretty similar to this, just being overloaded by visual stimulation and generally wowing at all the things in the culture. Japanese audiences are … whenever you ...

Jul 31, 2013

Trillions for rebuilding Tohoku go unused

The Reconstruction Agency says that ¥3.4 trillion — 35.2 percent — of the ¥9.74 trillion in the fiscal 2012 budget slated to rebuild areas hit by the March 2011 disasters went unused.

Savages

| Jul 31, 2013

Savages

by James Hadfield

Is there anyone you’re hoping to catch at the festival? Jehnny Beth (vocals): I don’t think we’ll have time. I mean, Bo Ningen at breakfast was amazing. (Laughs.) I just had Bo Ningen at breakfast, and that was the best breakfast I’ve ever had. ...

Steruss

| Jul 31, 2013

Steruss

by Mike Sunda

You’re performing on the Red Marquee this year as a result of winning the Rookie A Go-Go competition at last year’s festival, how does that feel? crime6 (MC): Last year we didn’t expect to win at all. There were so many great bands — ...

Yo La Tengo

| Jul 31, 2013

Yo La Tengo

by James Hadfield

They had you playing just after noon today. Do you find it’s hard to be switched on so early in the morning? Ira Kaplan (guitar, vocals): Well, luckily we’re so completely turned around: we’ve been on tour all month, working very hard, and then ...

Toro y Moi

| Jul 31, 2013

Toro y Moi

by Shaun Curran

You’ve played Japan before, were they festivals? Chaz Bundick: The first two times were at festivals. We haven’t done club shows in Tokyo yet, that’s pretty hard. I’m not really sure about what goes into it, but I imagine it’s difficult with us being ...

Missed chances come back to haunt Marinos

Jul 31, 2013

Missed chances come back to haunt Marinos

Yokohama F. Marinos missed out on an excellent opportunity to move into second place after being held to a last-gasp 1-1 draw by Kashiwa Reysol on Wednesday. The J. League resumed after a two-week break for the East Asian Cup in South Korea as ...

Jul 31, 2013

Nishioka hopes to return this season

Hanshin Tigers second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka began rehabilitation on his injured left knee on Wednesday and said he hopes to be able to contribute to the team’s pennant chase. The switch-hitting Nishioka, who had been batting .275 with three home runs and 28 RBIs ...

Jamie xx

| Jul 31, 2013

Jamie xx

by Mike Sunda

This is your third time at Fuji Rock, you must like it? Jamie Smith: I do like it. It’s really nice out in the actual festival; backstage … not so nice! It’s a really good vibe out there, which is what really matters. You ...

Big works buoyed by Dojima River's 'Little Water'

Jul 31, 2013

Big works buoyed by Dojima River's 'Little Water'

by Mio Yamada

Standing in front of the largest work at the Dojima River Biennale, currently showing at the Dojima River Forum in Fukushima, Osaka, is a mesmerizing experience. A 10-meter-tall digital projection of an ethereal cascading waterfall, it glows mysteriously as its gentle rumbling permeates the ...

Understanding the fun side of Surrealism

Jul 31, 2013

Understanding the fun side of Surrealism

by C.B. Liddell

Part of the reason for the success of Surrealism in the 1920s and ’30s was its sexual dimension. This element, covered over by a veneer of respectable intellectualism, had a powerful attraction at a time when sexuality was much more circumscribed by social morality ...