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Music Jul 21, 2004

Turn up the AC!

If, like me, you're a hardcore rock fan but not into nature (all those bugs) or Chiba Prefecture, there's not much to love in the two big festivals. Besides, who has the time to sort through 800 guitar bands that all sound the same ...

Lighters up for rocker Jack Black, an American classic

Music May 2, 2004

Lighters up for rocker Jack Black, an American classic

I've been told that I look like Jack Black. I don't see the resemblance myself. What these people probably mean is that I "remind" them of Jables, and I can understand why. We both love good American rock music and good American food, we're ...

Music Apr 7, 2002

Slamming on heaven's doors

I prefer my punk in a club. It's an aural thing: Big metal power chords sound really bitchin' in a huge place, but that fast, choppy stuff just gets lost. So I wasn't really psyched about seeing Green Day at the Saitama Super Arena, ...

Music Jan 21, 2001

Smells like a significant odor

To tell you the truth, I'm not really a fan of this "new metal," or whatever you want to call it. I have nothing against rap -- Will Smith sounds pretty bitchin' after six or seven Coronas -- but metal is special. You don't ...

Music Mar 5, 2000

Er, dyu know wot they mean?

My man Toshi and I discussed the new Oasis single on the way to the opening concert of the band's world tour at Yokohama Arena last Tuesday. What is Noel Gallagher telling people to "let out" in the chorus of "Go Let It Out?" ...