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Sep 16

[review] SPEED: SPEEDLAND~The Premium Best Re Tracks~

Speed stole the thunder from its own CD. The seminal Speed girls, now in their 20s and reunited for the long term, sing mature reinterpretations of their teenage anthems of friendship and growing up in Speedland~The Premium Best Re Tracks~. But since we’ve already heard them perform those songs as adults—mostly live, but sometimes in …

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Jul 02

[vault review] Cocco: Sangrose

Articles about The Shins often mention the scene in Garden State in which Natalie Portman hands her headphones to actor-director Zach Braff and says, “Listen to this; it will change your life.” In some alternate universe where Mr. Braff is a huge J-rock fan, he could have written the scene about Cocco, and music writers …

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Jun 30

[review] Yoshida Brothers: Prism

It’s easy to understand why the Yoshida Brothers (Yoshida Kyoudai in Japan) are internationally popular. They’re shamisen virtuosos imaginative enough to take on all kinds of music with their nostalgic-sounding folk instrument, even a Radiohead song. Thus, Yoshida Kenichi and Ryouichirou can appeal to several demographics: shamisen lovers, fans of daring music and newbies to …

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Mar 29

[Review] alan: Gunjou no Tani

This release ought to be billed as Cocco featuring alan. For penning Chinese pop singer alan’s eighth Japanese single, Gunjou no Tani, Okinawan alt-pop queen Cocco gets almost as much billing as the artist herself—she’s mentioned on the front side of the CD spine, and her message appears alongside alan’s on the back cover. But …

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Mar 29

[Review] Zazen Boys: Zazen Boys 4

Even back when he was in the garage rock band Number Girl, Mukai Shutoku weaved dub and dance music into his compositions. He brings those elements to the forefront in the 2008 album Zazen Boys 4, a dazzingly complicated and challenging dance-rock album. “Asobi” opens the album with a dreamy, spacey sound that turns into …

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