Koinu Entertainment Showcase Volume One

| Aug 6, 2003

Koinu Entertainment Showcase Volume One

Japan has produced so many great hip-hop DJs, like Krush and Kensei, that it is easy to overlook the dearth of equally great MCs. No surprise then that most of the intriguing artists at this weekend’s underground hip-hop confab, sponsored by hybrid metal rap ...

Ze Records: 'N.Y.  No Wave'

| Jul 23, 2003

Ze Records: "N.Y. No Wave"

For New Yorkers, “downtown” is more than just a location — it’s an attitude, an aesthetic. From the explosion of punk and new wave that came out of CBGB in the ’70s to the improvised music that emerged from the Knitting Factory in the ...

From town to country, tie-dye to leather

Jul 16, 2003

From town to country, tie-dye to leather

Geography as destiny might explain the different characters of the summer’s mega-festivals: Fuji Rock and Summer Sonic. The sylvan hills and babbling streams of Naeba have undoubtedly contributed to the slow insinuation of a hippie-dippie vibe at Fuji Rock, with its Field of Heaven ...

OOIOO: 'Kila Kila Kila'

| Jul 9, 2003

OOIOO: "Kila Kila Kila"

As drummer and sole female in the Boredoms, Yoshimi Pee Wee has often been overshadowed by Seichii Yamamoto’s virtuoso guitar playing and Eye Yamataka’s idiosyncratic charisma. But listening to the fourth album from, OOIOO, her all-girl group, one wonders if Yoshimi hasn’t quietly been ...

| Jun 22, 2003

Complacency-bustin' beats

Despite the slowly growing hype around DJ Klock, he arrives at for the interview, not with a label rep, but with his wife, Yuki. At the office of his small record company, Clockwise, he even answers the phone. His music provides the same sort ...

Classic country without the hair spray

| May 25, 2003

Classic country without the hair spray

Neko (pronounced like Nico) Case certainly has the tresses to make it in Nashville. Her long luxurious auburn locks would need only a little coaxing and a lot of hair spray for a Loretta Lynn do. She’s got the voice, too — a big, ...

The wandering laptop minstrel

| Apr 27, 2003

The wandering laptop minstrel

With his long black hair pulled back in a tight, neat ponytail and his pale complexion, electronica musician Nobukazu Takemura has an otherworldly quality somewhere between a computer geek and a monk. That he lives and works in Kyoto seems entirely fitting. During an ...

Space Invaded

| Mar 26, 2003

Space Invaded

“Space Invaders,” an exhibition of cutting-edge architecturally inspired design from the United Kingdom currently showing at the TN Probe space in the Hanae Mori building, explores the way visual design shapes and defines space. Space Invaded, an evening of electronic-based music featuring Janek Schaefer, ...

A beautiful day in the life of sound

| Mar 23, 2003

A beautiful day in the life of sound

The phone line buzzes, the electric heater drones and the pitter-patter of rain can be heard in the background. Not the perfect sonic environment for a phone interview, but for Yuko Kitamura, it is perfect. “It’s beautiful. I wish I could record it!” she ...

A rare chance to tap into Cat Power

| Jan 26, 2003

A rare chance to tap into Cat Power

Chan Marshall sits in her record company’s office toying with a partially eaten apple. It is a fitting symbol. In Tokyo to promote her new album under the Cat Power moniker, “You Are Free,” Marshall (first name pronounced Shawn) is dealing with her own ...