I’ve been away from this blog for a bit over a month now because I was in Europe for three weeks only to come back and find my computer had died in my absence. As a result, there’s a bit of a backlog, starting with my Japan Times column from two months ago.
I started out with the idea of writing about how the kind of music that gets popular via the Web might be being influenced by the listening environment of people sitting at laptops and listening through tinny speakers as compared to the more traditional live environment with the band hitting you in the face with their music from the stage.
I talked to no wave noiseniks Otori as an example of the latter and current indie darlings Jesse Ruins as an example of the former, and it ended up being more about how live specialists can learn to come to terms with the potential of the Web and how Jesse Ruins and their like can move on to the next stage after their initial success.
For reference, here’s Otori:
And here’s Jesse Ruins: