Keiji Haino at 65: 'I want to be a bad boy, right until the end'

Jul 18, 2017

Keiji Haino at 65: 'I want to be a bad boy, right until the end'

“I don’t want people to treat me like a god,” says Keiji Haino, chuckling. “I want to be a bad boy, right until the end.”An audience with the 65-year-old iconoclast, a towering figure on Japan’s underground music scene, is always memorable. When I meet ...

Honoring Hideo Ikeezumi, a hero to the Japanese underground

Jun 20, 2017

Honoring Hideo Ikeezumi, a hero to the Japanese underground

Few figures have played as pivotal a role in the recent history of Japanese avant-garde music as Hideo Ikeezumi, founder of P.S.F. Records, who passed away on Feb. 27 at the age of 67.For more than three decades, Ikeezumi ran the label from the ...

A new generation of jazz comes to the fore at Tokyo Lab

Jun 15, 2017

A new generation of jazz comes to the fore at Tokyo Lab

Pinning an exact birth date on any genre is a tricky business, but 2017 has been deemed the 100th anniversary of jazz, in recognition of the first recordings released back in 1917. A century after the earliest jazz, “jass” and “jazbo” groups entered the ...

Hollywood's 'Ghost in the Shell' remake misses the mark

/ Apr 12, 2017

Hollywood's 'Ghost in the Shell' remake misses the mark

After the online petitions, the countless think pieces and Twitter tirades, Hollywood’s “Ghost in the Shell” was never going to have an easy passage. Rupert Sanders’ film — a $110 million live-action movie based on a beloved manga and anime property — was ill-fated ...