Monthly Archives: July 2007

Tokyo Jihen indulges in some ‘Variety’

The next Tokyo Jihen album, titled Goraku (Variety), hits stores Sept. 26, so says The new album contains 13 tracks, and the band heads out on tour in October. The special edition of the band’s next single, "OSCA", contains a special lottery ticket to win advanced tickets to the upcoming tour.

One-sentence reviews: On the playlist, Busted a/c makes me cranky Edition

I’m waiting impatiently for the management office of my apartment complex to open so I can tell them to fix the air conditioning unit that miraculously busted on Tuesday night, right before the July 4 holiday. So I’m writing this entry to kill some time.

P.S. How do you like the slight remodeling of the site? I’ve had that previous layout since 2005, so I decided to move around the furniture, as it were.

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Would you like some ‘Teenage Riot’ with your mocha latte?

I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me when I saw the headline, "Sonic Youth’s ‘Hits’ Heading To Starbucks" on But, no — Sonic Youth is actually throwing together a compilation for the coffee chain, and the full title is Hits Are for Squares.

Of course, there were the usual haters who called bullshit on the release, but I thought the idea of Sonic Youth being sold at Starbucks as surreal enough to make sense. Imagine standing in line for your cappuccino and hearing Kim Gordon on the sound system chant, "I wanted to know the exact dimensions of hell. Does this sound simple? Fuck you!"

That would be cool.

Even Thurston Moore realizes the incongruity of the pairing. From the article:

"I guess, for some, Sonic Youth represents something that they don’t really equate with Starbucks," Moore says. "But I kind of like the absurdity of it. Sonic Youth has always, in a way, made itself available to the super mainstream."