Tag Archives: music

Sometimes meeting your idols can be the worst thing

To put my fandom in perspective I arguably got interested in Japanese partly because of Nomiya Maki. Back when I lived in the Bay Area in 93-95, just about the time I starte studying, Live 105 was playing her song with Pizzicato Five, “Twiggy Twiggy” which I instantly liked. I proceeded to find all the […]

The Merchants of Cool

Slashdot pointed to a Frontline documentary called “The Way the Music Died“. I went to go watch it but it wasn’t up at the time so I looked over the list of stuff they have online and ended up watching “The Merchants of Cool“, a very good program about how nearly everything kids are into […]


I decided to try EMusic.com. If you don’t know about it it’s a new music service that provides legal MP3s of famous artists for like $10 a month. No limits, download as many as you want, no restrictions. Since they are MP3s you can burn them to a CD, copy them to your iPod, NetMD […]


This crazy guy is the GAMEBOY MUSIC KING!! ;-). Back when the Gameboy Camera came out in Japan he had to have one but more than the camera, the system came with a music sequencer. He went crazy with it and now he does live music performances with his Gameboy and other custom equipment.

Search for a CD

When I was at Big Grub I stumbled upon my first Lounge CD at the now closed Tower Alternative. A Tower Records store that sold mostly imports and lesser known bands located at “the Lab” (anti-mall) as they call it. Since then I’ve lost the CD. I may have left it at Big Grub or […]

Band Names

What’s the strangest band names you’ve heard of? Here in Japan some recent ones are Bump of Chicken, Pizza of Death, BBQ Chickens and of course 2 years ago there was the ever famous Hide with Spread Beaver.

Mixed Up Music

I couple of interesting songs have gotten the big *push* as they say here in Japan. On of them is by an artist named Faye Wong. She’s Chinese, singing in English and Japanese in an Irish style in her current hit which you can check out here by clicking on the RealAudio icon.


I just thought it was intersting that I guess they are trying to promote Puffy in the states. Puffy is pretty big in Japan. On top of having several hit albums they have a weekly TV show and represent a few different brands off stuff on TV. Sadly I don’t really think they stand a […]


For you Bjork fans she has a new album coming out on Aug 28th in the states, Aug 18th here in Japan 😉 As always her videos are interesting. Check out this new one if you haven’t seen it.