Artist Spotlight: capsule, music

Artist Spotlight: Capsule (week three)

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Continuing with a look at one of Shibuya-kei’s most divisive figures – this blog earlier featured a post asking if his most famous group really counted as “Shibuya-kei” or not – Josh Anderson delves into Capsule’s commercial peak in the latter half of the ’00s in this installment of his guest series. Photo credit for this article, as with all of this series, goes to the “fuckyeahystk” tumblr – Anderson had included these credits for all earlier posts, but editorial decision had previously been to leave them out.

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Artist Spotlight: capsule, music

Artist Spotlight: Capsule (week one)

 

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Every so often, Memories of Shibuya lets an outside writer do a guest series for the blog’s Artist Spotlight articles; this one comes from reader Josh Anderson, a long-time J-music buff and apparent Capsule superfan. Often one of the most divisive figures in Shibuya-kei, Yasutaka Nakata is still nevertheless one of the most popular names in the genre, and it is a pleasure to present a guest series from someone so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about this polarizing figure.

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Artist Spotlight: Kahimi Karie, music

Artist Spotlight: Kahimi Karie (week three)

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Every month, Memories of Shibuya will be taking a look at a different artist or group, with featured songs – one per week – highlighting the peaks (and, occasionally, troughs) of their musical career.

After the success of “Good Morning World,” Kahimi Karie was able to enjoy a brief stint as a global pop star in the late ’90s, making hits in her home country of Japan from half a world away. As Karie’s success grew, though, fractures began to appear in her most acclaimed musical partnership, as Nick “Momus” Currie examines in the somewhat melancholy penultimate chapter of our Kahimi Karie spotlight.

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Artist Spotlight: Kahimi Karie, music

Artist Spotlight: Kahimi Karie (week two)

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Every month, Memories of Shibuya will be taking a look at a different artist or group, with featured songs – one per week – highlighting the peaks (and, occasionally, troughs) of their musical career.

In this installment of Memories of Shibuya‘s special look at the ’90s highlights of Kahimi Karie’s musical career, her former songwriting partner Nick “Momus” Currie discusses the biggest hit that he and Karie ever had – and, as writer Ian F. Martin memorably noted, the only time that a reference to The Fall got on the Oricon top 10.

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In the mix: DJ David, Mon Amour’s “Symptoms of the Audrey Hepburn Complex”

This column was delayed considerably from its originally-intended release date, due to it falling so unforgivingly close to the holiday season, but we are proud to present W. David Marx, aka DJ David, Mon Amour, sharing a relic from his Shibuya-kei past in his own words. Mix, and David’s commentary, below the jump.

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Artist Spotlight: Kahimi Karie, music

Artist Spotlight: Kahimi Karie (week one)

kkmem1 Every month, Memories of Shibuya will be taking a look at a different artist or group, with featured songs – one per week – highlighting the peaks (and, occasionally, troughs) of their musical career.

When people talk about Kahimi Karie, the discussion is never about whether or not she was Shibuya-kei royalty; the question is whether she should be called “queen” or “princess.” One of the scene’s most successful artists during the golden age of Shibuya-kei in the mid-’90s, her music took the jet-setting chic of Pizzicato Five one step further – not only singing in multiple languages, but working with a number of outsiders as well. Chief among these outside talents was the Scottish-born Nick “Momus” Currie, who would go on to become a Shibuya-kei legend himself, and Memories of Shibuya is overwhelmingly proud to present his spotlight on Kahimi Karie as our second guest series. Continue reading

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Artist Spotlight: Flipper's Guitar, music

Artist Spotlight: Flipper’s Guitar (week four)

Sadly, all good things must eventually come to an end. With this post, W. David Marx’s month-long look at the work of monumental Shibuya-kei act Flipper’s Guitar concludes – but, here at Memories of Shibuya, we swear we’ll never forget the feeling, even as we say goodbye, goodbye. (Evidence would also suggest that it’s still raining hard in the highland).

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Artist Spotlight: Flipper's Guitar, music

Artist Spotlight: Flipper’s Guitar (week three)

Every month, Memories of Shibuya will be taking a look at a different artist or group, with featured songs – one per week – highlighting the peaks (and, occasionally, troughs) of their musical career.

Continuing his in-depth look at one of Shibuya-kei’s most vital groups, this week W. David Marx examines the inspiration behind one of Oyamada and Ozawa’s biggest hits (that would later become the lead single for their wildly ambitious and psychedelic final album, Doctor Head’s World Tower).

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