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Great happy J-Pop sound: Perfume

Apr 28, 2010 No Comments by

Today we covered J-Pop in class.  I spent a long time discussing the impact of postwar American sound, tracing Martin Denny’s Firecracker to YMO’s electronic interpretation of it, and then the later remixes.  We also covered Kimi Ni Mune Kyun and Tighten Up (listening to originals and reimaged covers…I’ll post on that later!) A student […]

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Article on J-Pop music in America

Oct 25, 2009 No Comments by

Poignant and explicatory as ever, Roland Kelts’ new article at 3AM magazine called “Soft Power, Hard Truths: Japan’s Music-makers in America” demonstrates how cool J-Pop music does not necessarily need the validation of American audiences to be considered great in and of its own self. Historically there has been a reason for this need for […]

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Kraftwerk and YMO

Jul 16, 2009 No Comments by

Ok, first up, Kraftwerk’s “Das Model” or “The Model” The lyrics: She’s a model and she’s looking good I’d like to take her home that’s understood She plays hard to get, she smiles from time to time It only takes a camera to change her mind She’s going out tonight but drinking just champagne And […]

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