Mass of the Fermenting Dregs 'World is Yours'

Jan 30, 2009

Mass of the Fermenting Dregs "World is Yours"

The release of Mass of the Fermenting Dregs’ self-titled debut this time last year marked them out as a band to watch. The Kobe-based three-piece (known to fans as Masudore) betrayed a rare knack for melding pop sensibilities with the aural assault of the ...

The Fireman 'Electric Arguments'

Dec 12, 2008

The Fireman "Electric Arguments"

Nearly four decades after ending his songwriting partnership with John Lennon, Paul McCartney still hasn’t tired of insisting that he was the more experimental of the two. Just last month, he announced that he was hoping to finally release “Carnival of Light,” the “lost” ...

Zazen Boys

Nov 14, 2008

Zazen Boys

At 35, Shutoku Mukai is practically the elder statesman of Japanese indie rock. The guitarist and singer, whose nerdy demeanor suggests an off-duty salaryman rather than a rock star, has been behind some of the most abrasive and inventive music to make a dent ...

Club tricks and treats for Halloween

Oct 31, 2008

Club tricks and treats for Halloween

With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, there’s a countrywide wealth of ghoulish fun on offer over the weekend — and even less excuse not to indulge in some serious sartorial inelegance and hit the town. Of course, some people don’t need Halloween ...

Flying Lotus brings a deeper hip-hop beat

Sep 26, 2008

Flying Lotus brings a deeper hip-hop beat

Even when he’s speaking from the other end of a crackly long-distance phone line, Steve Ellison sounds a lot like he does on record. As Flying Lotus, the Californian producer makes records of woozy, largely instrumental hip-hop whose beguiling surfaces conceal a restless, fidgety ...

Tokyo Conflux

Sep 19, 2008

Tokyo Conflux

Like natto (foul-smelling fermented soybeans), men’s handbags and John McCain, free jazz — and its European corollary, free improvisation — doesn’t inspire moderate reactions. But love it or loathe it, there’s no denying that this noxious subgenre is still in a rude state of ...