De De Mouse sets an electronic trap

Oct 1, 2010

De De Mouse sets an electronic trap

“I am a musician, not a celebrity,” says the shy fop when asked about the bumbled between-song banter in his otherwise triumphant set that finished just moments earlier at a music festival. Facing in toward his backing band, rather than outward to the crowd, ...

| Sep 22, 2010

Fans line up for previews

With record figures of 81,469 attendees last Saturday and 77,185 on Sunday, the public days at Tokyo Game Show were swamped with more people than the game companies could handle. Despite many of the bigger booths — Sony, Sega, Capcom and so on — ...

Noodles stir up instant indie rock on latest album

Sep 17, 2010

Noodles stir up instant indie rock on latest album

“In the beginning, I had no interest in touring abroad,” says Yoko, guitarist and vocalist with indie-rock outfit Noodles, who have toured the United States nine times over the last seven years. “Then in 2003, we opened for The Breeders in Osaka, and they ...

Web series taps comedy, drama of <em>eikaiwa</em>

| Sep 14, 2010

Web series taps comedy, drama of eikaiwa

Teaching English is hilarious! At least, it is now: A new Web TV show starting Thursday will attempt to show the lighter side of eikaiwa, as Japan newbie Tom Kellerman (Jonathan Sherr) finds his feet in the world of “English Teachers.” “It’s part drama, ...

Hokkaido festival Rising Sun keeps its cool all night

Aug 20, 2010

Hokkaido festival Rising Sun keeps its cool all night

Could this be the most chilled music festival on Earth? At Rising Sun Rock Festival in Otaru, Hokkaido, no one seems to mind about the mud, the result of typhoon rains that drenched the festival site just hours before kickoff. The staff look like ...