Afrirampo leads 'Zero Generation' into adulthood

Music Jun 26, 2016

Afrirampo leads 'Zero Generation' into adulthood

by Ian Martin

Anarchic, anything-goes garage-punk band Afrirampo is defined first and foremost by feelings: The feelings that drive the duo as artists and the feelings they evoke in audiences. As the band returns to the live circuit after a six-year absence, guitarist Mayumi "Oni" Saeki is ...

Music | STRANGE BOUTIQUE Jan 24, 2016

Afrirampo reunion may save 2016

by Ian Martin

While 2016 kicked off for most of the music world with David Bowie tricking hundreds of thousands of people into buying a jazz-prog concept album about death, the message from the heart of J-pop was loud and clear: "DO NOT WORRY, NOTHING WILL EVER ...

The best Japanese indie albums of 2015

Music | STRANGE BOUTIQUE Dec 27, 2015

The best Japanese indie albums of 2015

by Ian Martin

While it remains this column's firm conviction that J-pop is trapped in a self-perpetuating dark age, the indie and underground music scenes provide a far livelier picture of Japan's musical landscape. In 2015, there was such a flow of fascinating new releases arriving from ...