Category Tracks

Song of the Day: MONO – “After You Comes The Flood”

One of the first things apparent on MONO’s latest track are the drums. Courtesy of new drummer Dahm Majuri Cipolla, the pounding sounds are big, beefy and heavy. Cipolla replaces original drummer Yasunori Takada, who abruptly left the band after an 18 year tenure. After the seeingly career-defining magnum opus, Requiem For Hell, the first […]

Song of the Day: YOSHIKI feat. HYDE – “Red Swan”

After a very public incident of changing the song’s credited artist from “X JAPAN feat. HYDE” to “YOSHIKI feat. HYDE,” the ever ambitious drummer and X JAPAN spokesman has revealed his latest opus. Serving as the opening theme to acclaimed anime series Attack On Titan, “Red Swan” features all the operatic sweeps and epic qualities […]

The Guardian: Awesome City Club – “Lesson”

I wrote about Awesome City Club’s new track, “Lesson”, for The Guardian’s New Music From Around The World guest blog series: http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2014/mar/26/11-must-listen-new-tracks-from-around-the-world  

The Guardian: Mothercoat – “Trickster”

I wrote about Mothercoat’s new track “Trickster” for The Guardian’s New Music From Around The World guest blog series: http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2014/feb/13/six-must-listen-new-tracks-from-around-the-world

The Guardian: Yoshihide Otomo – “Amachan Theme”

I wrote about Yoshihide Otomo for The Guardian’s New Music From Around The World guest blog series: http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2014/jan/13/yoshihide-tomo-amachan-theme-new-music-from-japan

The Guardian: Geek Sleep Sheep – “Hitsuji”

I wrote about dream pop supergroup Geek Sleep Sheep for The Guardian’s New Music From Around The World guest blog series: http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2013/dec/11/geek-sleep-sheep-hitsuji-new-music-from-japan

The Guardian: Hysteric Picnic – “Cult Pop”

I wrote about Hysteric Picnic for The Guardian’s New Music From Around The World guest blog series: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/nov/25/hysteric-picnic-cult-pop-new-music-from-japan

The Guardian: Umez – “Rainbow”

I wrote about Umez and their track “Rainbow” for The Guardian’s New Music From Around The World guest blog series: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/nov/08/umez-rainbow-new-music-from-japan

The Guardian: Perfume – “1mm”

I wrote about Perfume’s new song “1mm” for The Guardian’s New Music From Around The World guest blog series: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/oct/21/perfume-1mm-new-music-from-japan

Guardian Addendum: Melt-Banana, “The Hive”

On this week’s “New Music From Around The World” on The Guardian, I introduced a track off of Melt-Banana’s new album Fetch called “The Hive”.  The track is indeed excellent, particularly the heavily-processed sounding mid-section, which in some ways is a sound we’ve never really heard from the band before.  It’s bookended by the hyper-kinetic […]