Patrick Mccoy

For Patrick Mccoy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

The Makioka Sisters

Books / Reviews Aug 30, 2014

The Makioka Sisters

Junichiro Tanizaki may be best known for novels featuring protagonists with odd obsessions, but his masterpiece, family epic "The Makioka Sisters," has been hailed by many as Japan's greatest modern novel. The Makioka Sisters, by Junichiro Tanizaki, Translated by ...

Deep Kyoto Walks

Books / Reviews Jun 21, 2014

Deep Kyoto Walks

"Deep Kyoto Walks" edited by Michael Lambe and Ted Taylor is the perfect guide for anyone who wants to get off Kyoto's beaten tourist track. With personalized views of what to see and do in Kyoto — by people who have lived there for ...

Music / CD Reviews Jul 20, 2007

Ryan Adams "Easy Tiger"

The latest offering from the prodigious Ryan Adams, "Easy Tiger," is a warning to slow down. Adams has been trying to kick a much publicized alcohol and drug habit, though the title just as easily refers to his output (he released three albums in ...

Music / CD Reviews Apr 21, 2006

The Flaming Lips "At War With the Mystics"

Forget the supposed return to "rock" -- Wayne Coyne and his merry pranksters of indie-dom are as inscrutable as ever on "At War With the Mystics," the Oklahoma-based band's first album in four years. Although they've abandoned the concept-album approach that colored their previous ...

Music / CD Reviews Mar 24, 2006

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan "Ballad of the Broken Seas"

Isobel Campbell, formerly of the twee neofolk Glaswegian group Belle & Sebastian, has teamed up with Mark Lanegan, former lead singer of American grunge rockers Screaming Trees, for this unlikely collaboration. The appeal of the pairing lies in the contrast in vocal styles of ...

Music / CD Reviews Mar 3, 2006

Rhett Miller "The Believer"

Once again, Rhett Miller, lead singer-songwriter for The Old 97s, exorcises his pop demons on his new solo effort, "The Believer." A collection of mostly upbeat songs about the redemptive power of love, the album is much like his underrated 2002 debut, "The Instigator." ...

Music / CD Reviews Feb 10, 2006

Belle & Sebastian "The Life Pursuit"

Belle & Sebastian built a loyal following with their steady brand of intelligent and whimsical neo-folk. Their sound began to change, though, with their last Trevor Horn-produced release, "Dear Catastrophe Waitress." As the band made forays into new pop music structures, they also improved ...

Music / CD Reviews Jan 13, 2006

The Strokes "First Impressions of Earth"

When The Strokes first emerged from the N.Y. underground scene in 2001 they were hailed as the saviors of rock 'n' roll. It's no surprise that they were unable to live up to such expectations. Who could? Their second release, "Room on Fire" (2002), ...

Music / CD Reviews Dec 2, 2005

Babyshambles : "Down In Albion"

Pete Doherty may be a rock 'n' roll cliche, but in among all that hard living he has managed to keep it together long enough to record two of the most vital rock albums produced in recent years, The Libertines' "Up The Bracket" and ...