New Music from Japan – January 2015

Artist: Himuro Yoshiteru Location: Tokyo 東京 Soundcloud Title: Beats Log 20150114 Genre: electronic Artist: OYMS + Kyosuke Takayasu (Totokoko label) Location (of Totokoko): Saitama さいたま Soundcloud / Twitter Title: Inside of a Wind Genre: pop Free Download Artist: Hizmi (Bunkai-kei label) Location (of Bunkai-kei): Tokyo 東京 Soundcloud / Twitter Title: Nue Genre: electronic Free DownloadContinue reading “New Music from Japan – January 2015”

Söngvakeppnin 2015 (Icelandic selection for Eurovision)

Iceland has twelve excellent songs competing in Söngvakeppnin 2015 for the honor of going to Eurovision, and much like with the Estonians, there’s a good diversity of music.  My average score for the Icelandic songs was 3.92 (on a 5-point scale), and so it was a difficult task ranking them, especially as I am always debatingContinue reading “Söngvakeppnin 2015 (Icelandic selection for Eurovision)”

A Dal 2015 (Hungarian selection for Eurovision 2015)

What are the odds of two young women with similar names, singing songs built around acoustic guitar arrangements with lyrics pleading for peace, entering Hungary’s A Dal contest to choose a song for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest? But that is exactly what has happened with Boggie’s “Wars for Nothing” and Bogi’s “World of Violence”. Continue reading “A Dal 2015 (Hungarian selection for Eurovision 2015)”

Now that Conchita Wurst has conquered America …

Most Americans watching the Golden Globes on January 11 saw the bearded woman on the red carpet and probably wondered: “Who the heck is Conchita Wurst?” And then, if someone were to reply, “Conchita Wurst was the winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.”, most Americans probably wondered: “What the heck is Eurovision?” Outside ofContinue reading “Now that Conchita Wurst has conquered America …”

Eesti Laul 2015 (Estonian selection for Eurovision 2015)

Someone once asked on Twitter what countries would we like to visit based solely on the quality of their Eurovision Song Contest entries. I listed Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Turkey, and now am happy to add Estonia to the list. Estonia, after all, is the home of the Estonian Song Celebration and The Singing Revolution, asContinue reading “Eesti Laul 2015 (Estonian selection for Eurovision 2015)”

Tootin’ my own horn, Eurovision style!

I’m going to toot my own horn here. My good friend Dan in Los Angeles sent me an article from today’s (Jan 13, 2015) Los Angeles Times, written by Todd Martens. It’s a review of the new Belle and Sebastian album, Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance: Belle and Sebastian tinkered with multiple sonic experimentsContinue reading “Tootin’ my own horn, Eurovision style!”