Skull reaches Billboard Top 10!
Korean reggae artist Skull has made a Billboard Top 10 chart in the US.
His debut US single “Boom Di Boom Di” most recently hit #10 on …
“Don’t Stop” Masta Wu
As a record label, YG Family has done some great things for Korean hip-hop. Granted, many of their artists’ music can be best described as “hip-pop”, YG …
Cute rock with Ikimonogakari
Guitarist #1? Check. Guitarist #2/harmonica player? Check. Girlishly cute lead vocalist? Double Check. This band, that broke onto the scene in early 2006 is enjoying much success. Their fresh brand of ‘cute rock’ seems very well-recieved [...]
M.C. the Max makes crying cool
Catchy popular romantic rock songs. My natural reaction is to turn my head but my ears can’t help but hear the melody. Eventually I start humming along with song and I’m hooked. This happens far too often these days — but to be honest [...]
What happened to Tofu Records?
Well, maybe I’ve been “out of the loop” for a little too long but I ask this: What the hell happened to Tofu Records?They’ve seemingly dropped off the face of the Earth (Earth in this case = internet). Those great guys that were dedicated [...]
Hey “Kidd”, Let Me Dance
Now it doesn’t get much better than this, that is, when it comes to fun, cool, party music bouncing with happiness. Super Kidd (ìŠˆí¼í‚¤ë“œ) is a Korean indie rock band. The 6-member party rock band can be characterized by their uniquely happy and comedic songs and performances [...]
Having recently returned from Japan, my friend Brent brought back tons and tons of photos. Included in the hundreds of photos that he took are Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, the Japanese countryside , and concerts. He would have been lucky enough just to have gone to Shimokitazawa [...]
Cool Japanese band names part 2
The English language has an interesting place in Japanese society. Roman characters show up all over the place — in the form of English words or romanized Japanese. English is prevelent in Japanese music as well. Whether it’s in lyrics, song titles, or band names [...]
How bad do you want MC Sniper?
Much of my recent aural energy has been spent indulging in hip-hop, specifically Korean hip-hop. As far as my last.fm account goes, it has had a healthy boost of Korean hip-hop tracks logged for the past few weeks [...]
Love you like water
Shing02 is probably best known for his collaboration with producer Nujabes on the Samurai Champloo soundtrack. There is much more to the Japanese emcee than that project of course. Residing in the Bay Area, Oakland, Calif., Shing02 has [...]