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Japanese fans cheer Bob Dylan's Nobel win

Oct 17, 2016

Japanese fans cheer Bob Dylan's Nobel win

Japanese fans of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan gathered at Tokyo bars that play his music last week, in celebration of his surprise winning of this year’s Nobel Prize in literature. At Polka Dots, a bar in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district run by Tokyo Bob, who ...

A hive of sonic activity stirs on Kafka's Ibiki release

Oct 9, 2016

A hive of sonic activity stirs on Kafka's Ibiki release

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There’s something curious happening on “Nemutte,” the sophomore album by Tokyo-based instrumental trio Kafka’s Ibiki. When it performs live, the group specializes in long, patiently evolving improvisations that occupy a liminal zone between jazz, ambient, minimalism and experimental rock. One such performance, at SuperDeluxe ...

Netlabel Maltine mulls a move to the majors

Oct 3, 2016

Netlabel Maltine mulls a move to the majors

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Music runs online in 2016. Songs become smash hits via YouTube, while global superstars command attention by giving exclusives to streaming services. Looking back at a time when web-only artists were novel seems absurd now. “Around 2010, I think the internet music scene really ...