Patrick ST. Michel

For Patrick ST. Michel's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tofubeats: the art of reality in an era of 'post-truth'

May 23, 2017

Tofubeats: the art of reality in an era of 'post-truth'

The final months of 2016 left Yusuke Kawai feeling confused. The electronic artist who records under the name tofubeats came across a BBC news segment touching on the concept of “post-truth” — the Oxford Dictionary named it word of the year and defines it ...

Deep dive into the 1980s with the music of Satellite Young

May 12, 2017

Deep dive into the 1980s with the music of Satellite Young

Synthesizers, drum machines and Vocoder-filtered vocals in the style of pop star Chisato Moritaka — this was 1980s Japan, and it’s the sound of Satellite Young. However, singer Emi Kusano points out that most of the Tokyo band’s songs are about life in the ...

Politics and pop: a perfect pairing

| May 4, 2017

Politics and pop: a perfect pairing

It’s official: You can’t escape politics in America. On a recent trip to Seattle, everyone I spoke to wanted to talk about President Donald Trump. Fittingly, the 2017 edition of the Museum of Pop Culture’s Pop Conference, which I was invited to speak at, ...

Pop music catches up to De De Mouse

Apr 25, 2017

Pop music catches up to De De Mouse

Daisuke Endo made peace with EDM thanks to Mister Donut. The electronic artist, better known by his stage name De De Mouse, eats at the snack chain frequently. Recently, he says he has been enjoying the American pop music they pipe into the store. ...

Japan, take pride in 'Your Name.'

| Apr 20, 2017

Japan, take pride in 'Your Name.'

Two weeks ago, the United States’ box office saw a surprising animated feature take the top spot and generate large amounts of discussion — and memes — on social media. That was Dreamworks’ “The Boss Baby,” starring Alec Baldwin as a dapper, sassy infant. ...