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VIDEO: Belle and Sebastian – “The Party Line”


Why yes, the rumors are true... Bell and Sebastian have gone disco! Oh, the horror! Actually, it's a glorious tune. From the funky bass guitar to the invigorating percussion and the flourishes of radiant synth, everything about this song is perfect. We're not sure...
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SINGLE SPOTLIGHT / VIDEO: Lionface – “Stronger”


"Stronger" is written from the perspective of Lionface's grandmother; her grandfather was murdered, so it's about finding the strength to carry on in the face of such great lost. An emotive and contagious song that seeps into your head, tickling your brain, as it touches your heart....
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS: TURNING

God bless Antony Hegarty because I don’t think there’s another artist alive today who bares his soul quite like he does, laying himself entirely vulnerable during his songs to a point that you almost fear he’s going to have a breakdown on stage as you listen to this new live album. Of course,...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: THE TING TINGS: SUPER CRITICAL

I’ve often felt sorry for The Ting Tings.  Their debut album, We Started Nothing, was a big sensation.  Magazines, blogs, late night TV shows — they were everywhere.  Their music had a universal appeal; it was artistic enough to please indie pop fans yet immediately catchy enough to please the bubble gum pop...
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  • MEG: THANK YOU, MAMA
    MEG: THANK YOU, MAMA Release Date:  10/29/14 Label:  publisher code: XQMN Just in time for Thanksgiving, Meg brings the world "Thank you Mama." (OK, so it was actually released a month ago, but you get the idea.) Just in time for Thanksgiving, Meg brings the world "Thank you Mama" (that's how she writes it). Which […]
  • MIKI KOZONO: MY LOVE SONG / SNOW WITH YOU
    MIKI KOZONO: MY LOVE SONG / SNOW WITH YOU Release Date:  11/26/14 Label:  Village Again Miki Kozono delivers a wonderful double A-side, "My Love Song" and "Snow With You," the later obviously being a Christmas song. I couldn't find a Wiki page or a GenAsia page or anything about Miki Kozono, but I'm really digging […]
  • AMBER AN: WITH YOU
    AMBER AN: WITH YOU Release Date:  9/26/14 Label:  Wonderful Music Her new album opens with "哈囉" (translation: "Hello"), a song so soft and delicate, it's like the audio equivalent of a butterfly. A butterfly emerging from a cocoon, saying "hello" to the world. So beautiful and awe-inspiring. My favorite foreign language to listen to music […]
  • CHARA: せつなくてごめんね/ Rainbow / ラッキーガール
    CHARA: せつなくてごめんね/ Rainbow / ラッキーガール Release Date:  2014 Label:  Ki/oon Records Three delightful new songs by Chara. Each was released as a digital single. I'm honestly not sure if they've been compiled as an EP now, which is what I thought when I wrote the review, or if they were just released separately. Regardless, they're […]
  • KAELA KIMURA: TODAY IS A NEW DAY
    KAELA KIMURA: TODAY IS A NEW DAY Release Date:  10/22/14 Label:  Victor Entertainment Today is a New Day is Kaela Kimura's second single since signing with Victor Entertainment and this year is the 15th anniversary of her career... So, you'd have to expect something special here, right? I know my expectations were high. And I […]