Tag Archives: japan

The Style History of Visual Kei

For the uninitiated, Visual Kei is a Japanese music genre that blends together punk, glam metal, speed metal and potentially the most ridiculous clothing to ever be worn onstage.

ATP MADE IN JAPAN w/FUCK BUTTONS, SQUAREPUSHER, LFO…

Since the disaster many people have shown great support by donating money to the red cross and organizing fundraising events. However, All Tomorrow’s Parties (ATP) have been busy putting together something huge with the help and support of a stunning array of artists and musicians.

High School Hell.

Forget the teachers’ pets and classroom pranks of Glee, this is the high school film of the year.

Still lifes can be fun too.

We have a dirty little habit of posting loads of photos of people on mint, so just to change it all up a bit here’s a selection of still life photos from Argentinian, Germán Paley.

The Xcerts.

I love Scottish singing voices, purely because it kind of sounds like they’re putting on an even stronger Scottish accent just to let people know. Think Arab Strap, Belle & Sebastian or The Twilight Sad – they’re all like “too fuckin’ right we’re Scottish pal,” whereas Lostprophets and The Automatic seem to have forgotten that they’re Welsh, mind you the rest of Wales is probably trying to forget that as well.

Kigu’s giant red pandas.

I kept seeing giant animals out at gigs and clubs and I thought I was going mad or that someone had spiked my drink with acid or something, but then once everyone around me started buying them and wearing them all the time I realised they were just giant animal suits. Obviously. I found out that they come from a company called Kigu based in London who import them from Japan, so I went and had a chat with Nick and Tom who set the whole thing up.

Mitsuko Nagone.

The best things come in pairs – like hot twins, or double AKs. Mitsuko Nagone, a photographer from Japan, by the way of New York (then back to Japan) took photos of things that come in sets of two.

Megan Slade.

Between spending all of her cash on Yazoo and working in a book-shop as a picture framer, Meg Slade writes poems about all the things around her – oh also she helps out a school teaching kids to write stories,

INTERVIEW.

How about some hardcore? M.O.P.

Every time Alice emails me with a new interview she's all like 'yeah I just wandered backstage and had a chat.' Casual. This time it was with east coast legends…

ART.

Megan Slade.

Between spending all of her cash on Yazoo and working in a book-shop as a picture framer, Meg Slade writes poems about all the things around her – oh also…

ART.

The Super Adventure Club: St Peter’s Mortuary

St. Peter's mortuary was closed in 2009 but inside there is still a definite pang of death in the air. Lewis Watts of The Super Adventure Club managed to get…