Second opinion: Our Top 3 films in cross-review

Dec 26, 2013

Second opinion: Our Top 3 films in cross-review

by Mark Schilling

Regular JT film critics Mark Schilling, Kaori Shoji and Giovanni Fazio got together at the Uplink theater/restaurant in Shibuya to talk about each other’s No. 1 films for 2013: “Cloud Atlas” (Fazio), “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (Shoji) and “Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The ...

From Kyary to Yosi: The best Japanese albums of 2013

Dec 17, 2013

From Kyary to Yosi: The best Japanese albums of 2013

Overseas it was a year of big rollouts. There was a lot of hype behind releases by Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Miley Cyrus. But will these acts be remembered for paparazzi fights and “twerking” more than their music? Instead of ranking the year’s ...

The best Japanese albums of 2013: Melt-Banana, 'Fetch'

Dec 17, 2013

The best Japanese albums of 2013: Melt-Banana, 'Fetch'

by Ian Martin

Back in June, I picked up on minimalist psychedelic postpunk trio Extruders’ “Colors” as the album of the year so far. Six months later, it’s still right up among the very best of the year. Its carefully unwinding songs, murmured vocals and understated yet ...

The best Japanese albums of 2013: Yosi Horikawa, 'Vapor'

Dec 17, 2013

The best Japanese albums of 2013: Yosi Horikawa, 'Vapor'

by James Hadfield

Few albums this year rewarded repeat listens as generously as Yosi Horikawa’s “Vapor.” The Chiba-based producer makes fecund, wide-eyed electronica constructed from manipulated field recordings, percussion, ethnic chants and slightly new-age keyboards. If that sounds awful on paper, it’s intoxicating in practice: each track ...