Archive for November, 2009


The Return of This Month In J-Rock

November 12, 2009

For the handful of nonvocal readers that have kept up with my This Month In J-Rock columns, I thought I’d let you know that I plan on restarting the column within the next couple of weeks.

I’ve been wanting to restart the column for several months but have met with plenty of unfortunate setbacks.  Most importantly my father’s acceptance into the convalescent center in May and subsequent death at the end of October.  It’s been a difficult 6 months watching every function of his body die and finally his last breath.  His four and a half year journey with cancer has shaped me and my writing in more ways than I can write down in the lifetime of this blog.

But perhaps the real reason I’ve been avoiding the column is the standard “writing into a void” syndrome.  When you spend hundreds of man hours working on something and the only comments you receive are from a psychotic Dir en grey fan, you have to rethink your outlook on life.  It just doesn’t make sense killing myself every month to write 15-20 reviews that won’t be read.

So the next column will be posted in the next couple of weeks and if that doesn’t happen assume I gave up on the idea.  The new column will be very much condensed, combining two months into one, and will have much less reviews.  Perhaps that’s for the best.  There’s only so many ways I can say “this album sucks.”



toe new album “For Long Tomorrow”

November 6, 2009

Toe will break their 3 year silence with their second album For Long Tomorrow on December 9.  The band will self-release this album on their record label Machupicchu Industrias.  From the sound of it, the album will be more chill, but that doesn’t explain the moshing in the video!

edit (12/9/2009):

Because this post has received an insane amount of views within the past week, I thought I’d let you know I have it, but I’m not sharing.  Enjoy their new PV for “After Image” instead.


the pillows x Ben Kweller

November 4, 2009

I’ve always enjoyed collaborations between Japanese and foreign artists.  Today I came across “Lightning Runaway” by the pillows and Texan rocker Ben Kweller. The single was made to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Tower Records in Japan.  The one-track single is available now, but only at Tower Records.