W. David Marx

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Music / CD Reviews Nov 23, 2007

Various Artists "Unicorn Tribute"

Like the tributes to powerful kings of old, the two-disc compilation "Unicorn Tribute" brings together 17 lesser parties to pay their respects to the Japanese rock band Unicorn. Formed in Hiroshima in 1986, Unicorn rose to fame in the "Band Boom" of the late ...

Shibuya-kei leaves a warm afterglow

Music Oct 19, 2006

Shibuya-kei leaves a warm afterglow

Although the artists once grouped under the Shibuya-kei umbrella -- Cornelius, Kahimi Karie and Fantastic Plastic Machine, to name a few -- have moved away from their old musical styles and want distance from the genre, Shibuya-kei remains a convenient expression to identify that ...

Language Feb 28, 2006

To learn the Japanese language, get pod-agogical

With Internet blogs beginning to challenge traditional print media, it was only a matter of time before a new medium broke radio's traditional choke hold on free audio programming. Enter podcasts, the downloadable MP3 audio files that feature mixes of music and chatter created ...

YMCK: "Family Racing"

Music / CD Reviews Dec 16, 2005

YMCK: "Family Racing"

The world over, nostalgia for 1980s video games is rife. But it is only fitting that the absolute kings, nay, gods of Famicon Pop are a group hailing from Japan -- YMCK. Their debut album "Family Music" sold 25,000 copies, an unprecedented number for a ...

Music / CD Reviews Nov 25, 2005

Teriyaki Boyz: "Beef or Chicken"

Diamond teeth alone cannot bequeath the title "hip-hop mogul," so now A Bathing Ape owner Nigo has become a pop Svengali with the creation of "super group" Teriyaki Boyz. Ignore the silly album title; the Ape General called up a cadre of famous producers ...