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For Erik Luebs's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

The shape-shifting landscape of Japan's electronic underground

Jan 3, 2016

The shape-shifting landscape of Japan's electronic underground

Detroit techno pioneer Derrick May joined Tokyo’s DJ Emma on New Year’s Eve to say goodbye to one of the capital’s most respected electronic music venues, Air. Since opening in 2001, the 600-capacity club in Shibuya Ward focused almost exclusively on techno and house. ...

Dark sounds for dark times from avant-garde group Goat

Nov 20, 2015

Dark sounds for dark times from avant-garde group Goat

It’s at a showcase for Berlin’s Pan record label, where I first stumble on Osaka band Goat. As I walk down the concrete steps of Shinsaibashi venue Conpass, I can already hear the music. The gradually increasing reverberations of sound grow ever more tight ...

Kanazawa artists play with genres

Jun 13, 2013

Kanazawa artists play with genres

It’s 11 p.m. and Kanazawa venue Puddle is packed. The space is a two-room, wood-furnished cafe/bar in the city’s Katamachi neighborhood. There’s a mediocre jam band playing later that night, but the DJ set by Yasuhiro Tsukamoto is what catches my attention. With little ...

Finding an artistic home for fashion

May 23, 2013

Finding an artistic home for fashion

Almost everything in the room is transparent. From the ceiling dangle two clear plastic jackets. Against the glass walls are empty glass display cases. Past the jackets on the opposite side of the room are four flat-screen TVs set to static. The room is ...

LA and Tokyo mix it up at Dublab

May 9, 2013

LA and Tokyo mix it up at Dublab

As cities, Tokyo and Los Angeles could not be more different. But as creative places, both cities resonate with one another as creative partners.

On the mechanics of <em>anime</em> illustration

Apr 25, 2013

On the mechanics of anime illustration

The 1970s was an important decade for the development of Japanese pop-cultural icons. Kindergarten children back then would likely have been introduced to the characters Doraemon (1969), Anpanman (1973) and Hello Kitty (1974).

Colo brings tribes together in Osaka

Feb 14, 2013

Colo brings tribes together in Osaka

It’s December and small flocks of young, creative-looking types are making their way to a shipyard in Osaka’s Namura district. Tucked among an expanse of otherwise drab warehouses there is Creative Center Osaka, and tonight is “Hot Docks 2,” an art and music spectacle. ...

Eadonmm

| Jan 23, 2013

Eadonmm

Known to most as Eadonmm, Shinya Wada is a Kansai-based producer and DJ. In addition to organizing an event called Idle Moments in Kyoto, he is now busy finishing a new album, “Aqonis,” due out this spring on Osaka label Day Tripper Records. Here’s ...

Expe 'Emeralda'

Dec 20, 2012

Expe "Emeralda"

As Expe, Takatoshi Yoshitake’s October release “Emeralda” approaches the technical thresholds of guitar and percussion, but avoids the egotistical posturing that characterizes much progressive music. Instead, “Emeralda” dives deep into meter and timbre all while maintaining a cool, nuanced sensibility. It’s a funk record ...