March 11 is coming up, marking the one-year anniversary of the earthquake/tsunami. I wrote an article for The Atlantic about music after these disasters, and it features all sorts of names you might know – EXILE, Neon Cloud, Goth-Trad, Rankin’ Taxi…list goes on. Read it here, and make sure to watch all the videos…because one you might recognize as my favorite YouTube clip of the year.
I also reviewed the debut CD from Twinkle Twinkles this week in The Japan Times! Read it here. It mostly collects the songs I’ve been writing about here since 2010, but it’s a really good listen so I encourage you to hunt it down. Below you can listen to a rougher version of “Vintage Boys And Girls” than the one on the album.