Harajuku Post Fruits & Kera

In his latest Ametora Dispatches newsletter, David writes up a nice essay about the the recent closings of “Harajuku fashion” magazines Fruits and Kera — and he also points out this article, that I haven’t had a chance to read yet, but that looks like a decent look at the past and present of the Harajuku […]

The Best of Shibuya-kei, Volume One

You’ll remember that late last year David shared a fantastic series of Pizzicato Five reviews on Neojaponisme, and now he’s shared this terrific mix, a true celebration of Shibuya-kei. I was lucky to get an early draft version of this mix a while back, and it’s been my favorite thing to listen to since (I’ve literally listened […]

The Year of Nothing

Néojaponisme has tended to end the year with a collection of short pieces by a bevy of collaborators (including me), looking back at some of the top ideas, topics, and themes that marked Japan that year. This year, as David shares in this essay, nothing much happened, and that’s OK. He also ends with a […]

The Ametora Annotation of the Beams’ 40th Anniversary Video

David is on an absolute writing tear these days, and following last week’s Pizzicato Five discography review, this week he posts to his “Ametora Extended” collection on Medium (supporting his Ametora book) a massive — and yes, ultimate — guide to that fantastic video Beams released back in October. Sit back, and find out more […]

Pizzicato Five Discography: 1998-2006

And so here it is, the final part of David‘s massive Pizzicato Five discography review series. The fact that I’ve highlighted every part here probably gives away that I so love that David took the time to do this, and it was fun to read along and listen again to a lot of these records. […]

Pizzicato Five Discography: 1994-1997

Part 3 of David‘s review series of the Pizzicato Five discography is up on Neojaponisme, this time covering probably peak P5. So many great records here, including the album that introduced me to the band (and probably many other of us non-Japanese fans), Made in USA. I used to play so many tracks from that album […]