Quit Your Band! Soundtrack 1 (Japanese Pop 1950-2001)

When writing Quit Your Band! I made a conscious decision that the book wasn't going to be a guide to the music itself so much as a book about the world musicians inhabit and the background against which their music exists. Under this structure, the artists I talk about really function as examples for broader points I want to make about trends in music culture or aspects of how the scenes infrastructure work, and they fall into two main categories.

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Quit Your Band! media coverage

Over the past few months, I've had the interesting experience of being on the receiving end of quite a lot of media coverage about the book, mostly from Japan-focused web sites, magazines etc.

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Quit Your Band! book trailer

I've heard that book trailers are a thing, so I made this out of a pile of old film & TV footage, iMovie, and a set of vague memories of Godard from film studies classes.

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Strange Boutique (January 2017) - "Happier times in the era of Tetsuya Komuro"

My January column for The Japan Times was about legendary 90s pop producer Tetsuya Komuro, who has a new album coming out and who, since his unceremonious plummet from the limelight, I’ve been finding myself feeling a bit more affection for than I used to at the pinnacle of his 90s ubiquity.

 

You can read it here.

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Strange Boutique (December 2016) - "The best of Japanese indie in 2016"

A bit late posting this, but my 2016 indie roundup column for The Japan Times is available to read here.

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