'Natch' gets ghostly on stage

Stage Apr 9, 2013

'Natch' gets ghostly on stage

by Nobuko Tanaka

"If I thought too much about my future plans, I would kind of get stuck," says Natsumi Abe. "So I just try to concentrate on the next day's work and do it as well as I can." It's a serious statement on work ethic, but ...

2009: Cracks in the facade

Music Dec 4, 2009

2009: Cracks in the facade

by Ian Martin

A year of tragic deaths, amusing scandals and a series of increasingly senile looking attempts by the music industry to cling onto its outdated business model — that was 2009. The year was characterized by a fragile facade of continuity, while changes in the music ...