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2.21.2007 - [OOIOO US Tour 2007 Is On] Hide
OOIOO US Tour 2007

OOIOO is a fine group of female Japanese musicians, led by the mythical Yoshimi, also of the Boredoms. I've been enjoying them fully since 1997, and I hope you get a chance to check them out - most of their releases are already out in the US.

They have a new remix EP out in Japan, [OOEYEOO - EYE REMIX], which is only 4 songs, but quite the chanting experience, due in part to EYE's (of the Boredoms) sonic swirling.

This EP will be released in the US at the end of April, thanks to the fine folks at Thrill Jockey.

OOIOO have an US tour at the end of March. Here is the show information as it stands today:

03.20.07 - New York, NY, Knitting Factory
03.21.07 - Chicago, IL, Empty Bottle
03.23.07 - Seattle, WA, Chop Suey
03.24.07 - Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
03.26.07 - San Francisco, CA, Independent
03.27.07 - Los Angeles, CA, Echo

I'm hoping to catch them in San Francisco, since I've yet to see them live - every time I buy tickets for one of their shows, something comes up, like lost envelopes in the mail, or other atrocities.

There's also an OOIOO music video for [UMA], which you can download here (MOV).


2.20.2007 - [The Runaway Girl Army Wants You] Hide

I always have a few projects on the back burners, and one is called the Runaway Girl Army. That's a phrase and concept that I've been secretly cradling for a few years, and am starting to put to use today.

In the short term, and will resolve to the same website - use your favorite. I'm not sure if or when there will be any special branding on this site, so this might be a "secret", alternative URL for now.

In the longer term, perhaps by the start of 2008, will be a separate project and website, the nature of which is yet to be revealed. More information will be coming in the next few months.

In general, I should be starting new web-based projects every year or so, some for fun's sake, and others with entirely different focii than the [Junk Magnet] project. I beg your indulgence as a spread my arms a bit and start to twirl - there's no accounting for what will get smacked when I come too close.


2.12.2007 - [Kaela Kimura Page Exists] Hide
Kaela Kimura

I first became acquainted with Kaela Kimura due to her role in [Custom Made 10.30], a movie focused on two sisters who ultimately attend a Tamio Okuda concert. There's a lot more to the film than that, but I was struck by her presence, charm, and apparent musical talent. So, I ordered up her first album, to see what I thought.

Without question, [KAELA] was not just one of the best albums of 2004, but still beats out most every release since then. All 12 tracks simply shine, with a guitar-forward pop-rock attack and nuanced vocalizations by Kaela. It's one of the rare works where all songs merge into one indivisible sequence, even though there were a few strong singles in their own right. When I start listening, I have to take it all the way to the end, and even after dozens of spins there are still little surprises and smiles to be had. Definitely a product of committee, but everyone involved did a fine job.

Born on 10.24.1984, Kaela started out as a fashion model, and ended up on [saku saku], a fanciful children's TV show. Her first album, and the movie that followed, was her attempt to take her career further, and she's been largely successful so far. [Circle], her second album, is perhaps not as amazing as her first, but it does feature [BEAT], a single written and produced by Tamio Okuda, which you can't help but love. I really think that [Circle] was one of the best albums of 2006, and it served only to fully cement Kaela as an artist I should watch.

Visit my new Kaela Kimura page now for a complete biography, links to her websites, and information about her 3rd album, [Scratch], which was just released this month.


2.1.2007 - [Japan Nite 2007 US Tour Is A Go] Hide
Japan Nite 2007 US Tour Is A Go

Japan Nite 2007 is almost upon us. That's a South By Southwest (SXSW) event, as well as a tour, and it's all super-special. The featured bands are:

The Emeralds, Go!Go!7188, The 50Kaitenz, ORESKABAND, HY, Pistol Valve, and Asakusa Jinta

Go here to find out which bands will play what shows.

Here is the show information as it stands today, with updates to come:

03.10.07 - Cambridge, MA, TT The Bear's
03.11.07 - New York, NY, Knitting Factory
03.13.07 - Philadelphia, PA, Khyber
03.14.07 - Chicago, IL, Empty Bottle
03.16.07 - Austin, TX (SXSW) , Elysium
03.18.07 - Los Angeles, CA, Knitting Factory
03.19.07 - San Francisco, CA, Independent
03.20.07 - Seattle, WA, Nuemos

These are basically the same stops as last year, so those in the know, know where to show. I will make an extreme effort to catch the tour in SF, but attendence at any stop near you is recommended.



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