JapaNews

June 15, 2017

I was lucky enough to catch a great show by Hijokaidan in Los Angeles (their first in the city since 1993) at the Handbag Factory! Thanks to Oxen Records for organizing. Here's a clip of my video footage.

March 17, 2017

A few more recent reviews to mention! Russ Skelchy penned one for the Journal of World Popular Music; Benjamin Harley contributed one for the online journal of rhetoric Enculturation; and finally a multibook review by Rodney Garnett in Reviews in Anthropology putting Japanoise in dialogue with 3 other great new books on anthro of sound (Daniel Fisher's The Voice and Its Doubles: Media and Music in Northern Australia, Matt Sakakeeny's Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans and John Troutman's Kika Kila: How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music)!

December 1, 2016

Happy to see Japanoise featured again in the Japan Times, this time in great company for a multi-book review by Ian Martin that includes Michael Bourdaghs's Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon: A Geopolitical Prehistory of J-Pop and David Hopkins's Dokkiri! Japanese Indies Music 1976-1989: A History and Guide. I look forward to Ian's new book “Quit Your Band! — Musical Notes from the Japanese Underground," just out on Awai Books.

October 24, 2016

Here's a couple more recent and very engaged reviews of Japanoise, one by Benjamin Tausig for Ethnomusicology Forum, and another for Current Musicology by Andrés García Molina!

August 10, 2016

I did an interview for BOMB magazine with the great Indonesian experimental duo Senyawa, in the midst of their first tour of the US. Check out their amazing live performance if you are in the vicinity of any stop on their tour!

May 19, 2016

Another double review, this time by Christine Yano pairing Japanoise with Michael Bourdaghs's terrific postwar cultural history Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon: A Geopolitical Prehistory of J-Pop in the latest issue of Ethnomusicology (firewall).

January 3, 2016

Check out the English translation of my interview with Naoki Kato on the Film International website; then check out his films Carnival Folklore 2045 and Abraxas!

December 20, 2015

Wonderfully in-depth double review of Japanoise and Bonnie Wade's Composing Japanese Musical Modernity by Scott Aalgaard in the November issue of the Journal of Asian Studies here (firewall).

July 21, 2015

This month I did a radio show on Onkyo-kei for Beijing-based experimentalist Yan Jun's Radio Enemy series, featuring many of my favorite artists (including one of my own field recordings of Cosmos (Sachiko M & Ami Yoshida) in their first performance in 1998). The radio mix is a companion piece for the Chinese publication of my essay "Playing Off Site: The Untranslation of Onkyo," which can be accessed in two parts via the Subjam website. Thanks to Shan Huang for his translation!

June 15, 2015

Japanoise was recently honored with reviews by two of my senpai in Japanese popular music studies, Taylor Atkins (author of Blue Nippon: Authenticating Jazz in Japan) and Carolyn Stevens (author of Japanese Popular Music: Culture, Authenticity, and Power), in Asian Music and American Ethnologist. Otsukaresama, arigatou gozaimashita!

June 5 and 6, 2015

A unique opportunity if you are in Seattle for the International Film Festival on June 5/6 to catch a "live movie screening" featuring T. Mikawa of Incapacitants/Hijokaidan as well as the Noise duo Sierror! in support of the new film 2045 Carnival Folklore directed by Naoki Kato! The film is stunningly bizarre and original, and features an incredible series of Noise sounds and performances - check out this trailer featuring Mikawa (who also plays "The General" in the film)...! You can read my interview with Kato-san on the Loadshow site (in Japanese).

May 18, 2015

Check out Hijokaidan performing live on TV, also with Otomo Yoshihide, in this unprecedented hour-long talkshow on the history of Noise! There's a genre history of Noise (culminating in Japanoise), starting around 10 minutes in, and at the end, there's a demo of Noisemaking technologies and the panelists "try out" Noise performance to hilarious effect. Amazing.

January 20, 2015

Nice review by Kaneko Tomotaro in this month's Artes Magazine! (Japanese)

December 10, 2014

Read excerpts of Japanoise translated into Chinese, posted on the Douban website, here and here.

‚ÄčOctober 17, 2014

Red Bull Music Academy is in Tokyo this year, and the magazine is featuring Noise (yes, you read that right), including an interview with me (also in Japanese, here), as well as one with Nakahara Masaya of VOC/Hair Stylistics, a piece on Haino Keiji, and an excellent "brief history of Noise" by Matsumura Masato


August 28, 2014

Decibel Magazine has a feature on Japanoise in its August 2014 "Noise" issue, featuring an interview with yours truly, by author Daniel Lake.

July 4, 2014

Proud to announce that Japanoise has won the 2014 British Forum for Ethnomusicology Book Prize! Ta much BFE!

May 26, 2014

For the hardcore: a 3-hour special interview feature on Japanoise, hosted by Muad' Dib on KFJC 89.7 FM in San Francisco (Playlist/Listen)

May 2, 2014

Reseña de Japanoise en Español por Juanito Tormenta.

April 23, 2014

Max Ritts provides a cultural geography take on Japanoise in Society and Space.

March 6, 2014

Cool piece in the hacktivist media art magazine Neural, by founder Alessandro Ludovico. Standout phrase: "Novak’s commitment to listen to the sounds live, despite the risks to his own hearing, make for a lot of engaging field reports."

March 4, 2014

Here's a thoughtful review of Japanoise at Sounding Out! 

January 22, 2014

Check out Nana Kaneko's generous discussion of Japanoise on Ethnomusicology Review.

December 19, 2013

Japanoise made the Top Books of 2013 lists at Colloidal Semantika and StompBeast, and landed in Neil Young Cloaca's 2013 "Inspiration Heap" at Boston Hassle.

December 3, 2013

Check out an extended interview with Carla Nappi for the New Books Network podcast series (cross-listed in East Asia, Anthropology, and Music).

November 2, 2013

Cool and adventurous presentation of Japanoise in this Ars Sonora broadcast on new books about Noise, for Spanish national radio RTVE (Japanoise segment begins at 16:15 with Pain Jerk track).

October 19, 2013

The Japan Times weighs in on Japanoise (as a national genre, no less)... 

August 15, 2013

Andrew Sullivan posts about Japanoise on his blog Dish, and embeds a super-harsh Merzbow clip.

August 7, 2013

Inside Higher Ed features a review of Japanoise by Scott McLemee (in the "Intellectual Affairs" section - how risque!). "A new book charts the rise of an artform so loud and harsh that "music" may not be the word for it."

July 11, 2013


This week in Oxford for the Music, Digitisation, Mediation conference, to deliver the paper "Feedback and Submergence: Making Nonsense of Global Media."

July 1, 2013

My short Epiphanies essay, which describes how I got into the Japanoise project through early experiences with the Boredoms, is in the July issue of The Wire. I was also asked to contribute this Portal of links to my favorite online sound archives for the web-based part of the magazine.

June 7, 2013

An excerpt from Chapter 1 is featured today on the home page of web journal Pop Matters.

June 4, 2013

Japanoise is born! Here's the UC Press Release for the book, based on an interview with Sonia Fernandez - nice video embed of the Incapacitants, too!