The complexities of living too close to Tokyo

| Nov 27, 2015

The complexities of living too close to Tokyo

While traveling in the northeastern part of Japan last month, I was struck by the way quirky, alternative and avant-garde music carves out a space for itself in parts of the country that are isolated from the major cultural centers. Since moving on into ...

Keep up the hunger to find new music

Jun 28, 2015

Keep up the hunger to find new music

Have you heard or had this conversation recently? “Hey, long time no see! How are you? Are there any cool new bands where you are?” (Pained expression) “Not really, no.” Exchanges like this are going on between touring musicians and local indie scene faces ...

Leave charts to fans of music, not gimmicks

| Mar 24, 2015

Leave charts to fans of music, not gimmicks

Anyone who pays any kind of attention to the music charts in Japan knows that for many years now they’ve been a joke. Year-end charts are increasingly clogged up with mass idol collectives, sales buoyed by multiple purchases from “otaku” (obsessive fans), encouraged by ...