Category The Japan Times

The Japan Times: Pirokalpin Interview

Getting signed to a major label is a goal many bands aspire to, but what happens when your contract ends halfway through the making of your sophomore LP? You start your own label and put it out yourself. That is what guitar pop band Pirokalpin did with its new album, “A New Philosophy.” Released through […]

The Japan Times: Takaakira “Taka” Goto (Mono) Interview

Tracks such as “Till the Night Comes,” an uplifting ballad that suddenly gains a kinetic energy with a riveting, goosebumps-inducing violin midway through, and “Uka — Tenshi no Ibuki” (“Emergence — The Breath of an Angel”), a drumless ambient track making use of a reverse delay, are both highlights that effectively employ extensive looping and […]

The Japan Times: Awesome City Club Interview

Despite this, the band ultimately chose to release its album via a major label, a decision that came from feelings of inadequacy that the band wasn’t capable of creating a salable product on its own. Matsuzaka says the band’s process hasn’t changed much, but it does have access to more money. In fact, instead of […]

The Japan Times: CQ Interview

Check out my interview with CQ, a band featuring former members of Tokyo Shoegazer, Honeydip, and Plastic Tree. Read it in The Japan Times. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2015/04/03/music/cq-will-take-worlds-end/

The Japan Times: Negoto Interview

My interview with pop-rock outfit Negoto’s Sachiko Aoyama about their new album, “Vision.” Read it at The Japan Times website. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2015/03/17/music/negotos-vision-sees-beyond-genres/

The Japan Times: Ningen Isu Interview

Here’s an interview I did with Ningen Isu, the “Japanese Black Sabbath,” for the Japan Times. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2015/01/20/music/perseverance-wins-ningen-isu-encore/

The Japan Times: Mono Interview

My interview with Takaakira “Taka” Goto of instrumental rock band Mono. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2014/11/04/music/mono-splits-mood-pair-albums/

The Japan Times: X Japan Live Review

My report on X Japan’s Yokohama Arena show on September 30th, before their show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2014/10/09/music/review-x-japan-yokohama-arena/

The Japan Times: Luminous Orange Interview

My review with Rie Takeuchi of Luminous Orange about the band’s brand new album, “Soar, Kiss The Moon.” http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2014/09/16/music/luminous-oranges-rie-takeuchi-soars-with-a-little-help-from-her-friends/#.VF2uvPSUcuE

The Japan Times: Rock In Japan Festival 2014 Live Review

My review on Rock In Japan Festival 2014, featuring Dragon Ash, Chara and more. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2014/08/05/music/dragon-ash-chara-impress-at-rock-in-japans-first-weekend/#.VF2vq_SUcuE