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Clear And Refreshing is moving home    [ 12/14, 2011 ]

Posted by: car
Much as I like the look of this antique little piece of blog software, I've decided it's time to get with the 21st Century and go over to Wordpress. I'll keep everything here as an archive if I can, but all new posting will go on over at the new blog. I'll be working on getting this domain name transferred over to the new blog if it's possible too, but as I say, I'll try to keep this site accessible.
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Girls' Generation
Nayutawave (2011)
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Posted by: car
Episode 2 of Call And Response's Japanese music podcast is now up. Enjoy!



It can be downloaded from its host at Archive.org.

1. Ydestroyde: zzzzzMONSTERzzzzz (from the 2011 album Synzosizer)
2. Skyfisher: Zero Emission (from the 2005 album Eco-Side 21)
3. Umibachi: Body Conscious & Joystick (from the 2010 album Body Conscious & Joystick)
4. bctnx: Zombie D (from the 2011 CD/R mini-album Dareka no Karuma)
5. otori: Kaitai/Sai Kochiku (from the 2010 CD/R mini-album Seisei1)
6. Miila and The Geeks: New Age (from the 2011 album New Age)
7. cottonioo: Three Girl Rhumba (from the 2008 compilation Post Flag)

This info is cross-posted from the Call And Response blog, which until this page gets some protection against spambots, is the only place where you can comment on this -- sorry.
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capsule, "World of Fantasy"    [ 08/18, 2011 ]

World of Fantasy
Yamaha Music Entertainment (2011)
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AKB48, "Koko ni Ita Koto" (2)    [ 08/13, 2011 ]

Koko ni Ita Koto
King Records (2011)
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Posted by: car
Clear And Refreshing and Call And Response are now joined by a Japanese indie music podcast called Connect And Receive, where you can enjoy me struggling to operate the simplest electronic apparatus whilst shilling for my own record label and digging out some contemporary Japanese indie gems.



It can be downloaded from its host at Archive.org.
This month's tracklisting is:
1. Hyacca: Hanazono (from the 2009 album Hanazono and the 2011 compilation Style Band Tokyo Vol. 1)
2. tacobonds: This Count (from the 2011 album No Fiction)
3. Praha Depart: Kyo no Nagare (from the 2009 album Uou Saou)
4. Zibanchinka: Nagisa no Hors D'oeuvres (from the 2011 album Hatsubai Chushi)
5. Puffyshoes: Anata ni Muchuu (from the 2010 compilation Valentine's Candies)
6. She Talks Silence: Fragment (from the 2011 album Some Small Gifts)

This info is cross-posted from the Call And Response blog, which until this page gets some protection against spambots, is the only place where you can comment on this -- sorry.

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She Talks Silence Interview    [ 07/27, 2011 ]

Posted by: car
An interview I did with indiepop duo She Talks Silence went up on The Japan Times' web site earlier this month. Check it here.
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tacobonds, "No Fiction"    [ 07/17, 2011 ]

No Fiction
Take a Shower Records (2011)
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Strange Boutique (June 2011)    [ 07/01, 2011 ]

Posted by: car
As part of my ongoing idol blitz, my column for The Japan Times this week mostly talks about Korean girl group Girls' Generation (also known as Shojo Jidai or SNSD). When I first found out about these Korean idol groups that were all the rage about one and a half years ago, one of the things that struck me was that some songs used this electro version of the glam rock "Glitter beat", which surprised me because it's practically non-existent in Japan. For me, that point about rhythm became one of the defining differences in musical philosophy between the Korean wave and J-Pop.
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AKB48, "Koko ni Ita Koto"    [ 06/24, 2011 ]

A Japan Times review of AKB48's sickeningly awful album. Read it here, then don't buy the album. Seriously, an angel self-harms every time you spend money on AKB48.
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