James is a photographer and writer based in Los Angeles. He is the author of "Tokyo DisneySea in Photographs".

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Tame Impala

—Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control

Tame Impala’s Lonerism is what I hope is another completely obvious choice. Like their previous efforts, Lonerism is a somewhat psychadelic rock/pop affair, but that’s oversimplifying to the point of misleading. The best description of this sound came from Pitchfork of all places, stating it sounds “like someone trapped John Lennon’s vocal take from “A Day in the Life” in a jar and taught it to sing new songs”. Considering that ‘A Day in the Life’ is certafiably one of the most beautiful things on this planet, it’s high praise. The album’s title is a big clue as to themes Kevin Parker explores on this album, themes that definitely speak to where my life has been recently. This hasn’t just been an album to me: it has been a soundtrack.

I could have chosen almost any song of this album to show it off, but this track particularly stands out as a microcosm of what Lonerism has to offer: stunningly beautiful resignation.

Her Ghost Friend

—彗星みたい

When I was in Shibuya in November I was wandering around the Tower Records looking for some Hotel Mexico but could crack the organization of the place. I eventually used some broken Japanese and hand signals to get help from one of the clerks, who then led me to what was quite obviously the “indie” section based on the album art where she found the last Hotel Mexico CD buried at the bottom of the shelf. After we did a dance of smiles and thank you bows I pointed at the wall, then her, then said “ii” (meaning “good”, roughly) to get her recommendation. Eventually she understood what I meant and pointed to this CD by “Her Ghost Friend.” It was a Japanese CD gamble.

The CD turned out to be pretty good. It’s a weird pop, video-game, female-led Postal Service style sound. Not quite something I would have sought out on my own, but you don’t walk into a record store in a foreign country to hear the same old crap. The album grew on me despite the fact that I can’t understand a word of it. If the idea of spacey, poppy, dreamy Japanese doesn’t turn you away you should definitely give it a shot.

HOTEL MEXICO

—Animals Strike Back

Of course I stopped at the Tower Records in Tokyo to pick up the latest from Hotel Mexico. I got the last one in Shibuya.

Hotel Mexico

—Dear Les Friends

mstultz:

consumermachine:

Hotel Mexico - Dear Les Friends

Some really good stuff from Japan, and I love the fact that they’re called Hotel Mexico. However, I can’t seem to find a way to buy their album. Anybody know a trick to purchase things from the Japanese iTunes store?

This is really good shit. Also check out their song: It’s Twinkle.

I was expecting a summer mix from James, but maybe I’ve missed it? I was lucky enough to catch an exclusive, Comic-Con 2011 LA -> SD iPhone car session.

This summer has been pretty hectic for me between work and weekends almost exclusively away from home, so putting a summer mix together was not even something that crossed my mind. The drive to San Diego I DJed was my special summer mixtape for just three people, I suppose.

I did make a Spring mix before the summer busy season began, but it didn’t seem to be very noticed and/or liked.

(Source: consumermachine)

Hotel Mexico

—Dear Les Friends

Hotel Mexico - Dear Les Friends

Some really good stuff from Japan, and I love the fact that they’re called Hotel Mexico. However, I can’t seem to find a way to buy their album. Anybody know a trick to purchase things from the Japanese iTunes store?

Beach House

—Gila

I don’t know what it is about this song. Probably one of my favorites of all time.

Toro Y Moi

—Go With You

I know people post about how awesome some album is all the time, but seriously: Toro Y Moi’s Underneath the Pine is so damn good. I’d laugh the first time I heard some of these songs, like this one, just because they were so undeniably great. This thing is my reigning album of the year until something better shows up, and I’m not holding my breath.

Rare Flavor (Mixtape):
My musical taste has been increasingly non-American as of late, so I made a mixtape of rare flavor for you all to enjoy. A few American bands, but a lot of Japanese, Australian, British, and French to round it out. Download it to your ears by clicking here. Just unzip the file, drag the folder to your iTunes icon, and enjoy. 1. Little Red - Get A Life 2. Red Riders - Ordinary 3. Yoga’n’ants - Pas touche! 4. Asobi Seksu - Coming Up 5. Deerhunter - Helicopter 6. Toro Y Moi - How I Know 7. Fierce Creatures - Harpooning 8. Tame Impala - Sundown Syndrome 9. Midnight Juggernauts - This New Technology 10. A Place to Bury Strangers - I Know I’ll See You 11. Steven Wilson - Harmony Korine 12. La Femme - Sur La Plache 13. Cloud Control - Beast Of Love Cover Art - Photo of a legend I met in Tokyo. A legend.

Rare Flavor (Mixtape):

My musical taste has been increasingly non-American as of late, so I made a mixtape of rare flavor for you all to enjoy. A few American bands, but a lot of Japanese, Australian, British, and French to round it out. Download it to your ears by clicking here. Just unzip the file, drag the folder to your iTunes icon, and enjoy.

1. Little Red - Get A Life
2. Red Riders - Ordinary
3. Yoga’n’ants - Pas touche!
4. Asobi Seksu - Coming Up
5. Deerhunter - Helicopter
6. Toro Y Moi - How I Know
7. Fierce Creatures - Harpooning
8. Tame Impala - Sundown Syndrome
9. Midnight Juggernauts - This New Technology
10. A Place to Bury Strangers - I Know I’ll See You
11. Steven Wilson - Harmony Korine
12. La Femme - Sur La Plache
13. Cloud Control - Beast Of Love

Cover Art - Photo of a legend I met in Tokyo. A legend.

thedailywhat:

New Radiohead Album of the Day: “Thank you for waiting”: And just like that, a brand spankin’ new Radiohead studio album is set to drop this weekend. The King of Limbs is available for pre-order right now, and will be available as a digital download this Saturday, 2/19.
Radioheadheads also have the option of pre-ordering a “Newspaper Album” version of the new LP, which will contain several bonuses, including “many large sheets of artwork,” and one lucky pre-orderer will land his or herself a signed 2-track 12” vinyl.
No additional information on tracks or singles provided as of yet. For those still doing the CD thing, the shiny plastic version will hit stores March 28th.
[@radiohead.]

God damn I love Radiohead. No endless hype and buildup to which the final product can never live up. No months of leaked singles that show up on mixtapes before the album even comes out. No nonsense, all quality.

thedailywhat:

New Radiohead Album of the Day:Thank you for waiting”: And just like that, a brand spankin’ new Radiohead studio album is set to drop this weekend. The King of Limbs is available for pre-order right now, and will be available as a digital download this Saturday, 2/19.

Radioheadheads also have the option of pre-ordering a “Newspaper Album” version of the new LP, which will contain several bonuses, including “many large sheets of artwork,” and one lucky pre-orderer will land his or herself a signed 2-track 12” vinyl.

No additional information on tracks or singles provided as of yet. For those still doing the CD thing, the shiny plastic version will hit stores March 28th.

[@radiohead.]

God damn I love Radiohead. No endless hype and buildup to which the final product can never live up. No months of leaked singles that show up on mixtapes before the album even comes out. No nonsense, all quality.

(Source: thedailywhat)

Smith Westerns

—Still New

The Smith Westerns new album Dye It Blonde is definitely the best album that came out today. I’m looking right at the Decemberists as I say that. Lo-fi, garage-pop good times. The single “Weekend” is really good, but I also rather like the track “Still New.”

Doves

—N.Y.

Long story short: I enjoyed my time in New York.