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Yukari Fresh lays Shibuya-kei to rest September 29, 2008

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As if this wasn’t a clear enough message the Shibuya-kei genre is officially dead…Yukari Fresh just released her last album “Grrrl, Summer Cape Kid, etc.” on Escalator Records, the last album the label will release before shutting down forever. The news was a bit of a shock at first. Escalator Records has been an important staple for Shibuya-kei artists, from Losfeld to Cubismo Grafico. In the past few years, the label opened up and started letting in more Western acts who dabbled in more conventional electro genres. But seeing the label fold, especially with the last release being from an artist who was around from the beginning, really does put the final nail in the coffin. (more…)

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Get back in your box!: Disappointed fans whine over new TV on the Radio September 19, 2008

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At work today we listened to TV on the Radio’s new album “Dear Science,.” (Yes, that stupid comma belongs there.) After listening to the album in its entirety, many of my fellow co-workers started immediately complaining that the album wasn’t good. This is a common opinion I’ve been hearing a lot about the new album ever since it leaked a week or so ago. But even though I was part of the .01% who hated “Return to Cookie Mountain,” I feel compelled to defend their newest album. Now, I still haven’t let the album fully sink in yet, but I can tell the strong negativity against the album is because of its new direction. Let’s see, where do we start? There’s more strings, more brass, more minor electronics, and less “rocking out” moments. Plus, there’s an almost dreamy quality somewhere in the middle of the album, even a track that borders on M83 type level of airy-ness. What’s happening here is TV on the Radio is daring to depart from the massively successful “Return to Cookie Mountain.” And unfortunately, whenever an artist takes drastic steps away from what made them famous in the first place, fans like to react like borderline raging psychos. (More ramblings behind the cut.) (more…)

Where’s Spore? September 16, 2008

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So during my brief absence from the internet, I missed out on one of the biggest things of all. The release of Spore, of course. From the first time I read about the game in an article appearing in Wired two years ago, to the trials and tribulations of Creature Creator released earlier this year, finally I was able to see this stinkin’ game get released already. The problem is….where is everyone? I’ve checked my usual blogs, sites, and even scrounged around Digg and saw very few articles about the release of Spore. I can’t even remember if I saw any commercials for Spore on TV. So, I set out to find out what went wrong. (Possibly NSFW behind cut.) (more…)

Artist spotlight: Rainbow Arabia September 15, 2008

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Everyone’s buzzing about the new husband/wife duo from Los Angeles and after listening to “Omar K,” I can definitely understand why. Using a unique blend of native African sounds (you know, the cheap stock sounds you usually hear in spas) that quickly morph into something almost intergalactic in its bizarre other worldliness. It’s raw, it’s tribal and simply brimming with eclectic energy. I’m absolutely in love with Basta EP, and I’m currently on a worldwide campaign to make sure everyone feels the same. Below is a clip of “Omar K,” which you can also hear on their Myspace.
http://www.fileden.com/files/2008/7/23/2016138/01%20-%20omar%20k.mp3″

Things overheard in New York September 15, 2008

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White Girl: Do you have any Asian friends?
Asian: No.
White Girl: *nods* Good for you!

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Contrary to logical thought, this blog is not dead. I know I haven’t updated in awhile, but I have an excuse. Really, I do! You see, I just moved [whisper] to New Jersey [/ whisper] and I’ve been busy finding a job and doing other things. But I’m back, so expect more frequent updates from here on out.