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ROCK OF ASIAN: NY Kollaboration Winner, Paperdoll

June 30th, 2010 | 4 comments | Posted by Diana

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ROCK OF ASIAN: Ponytail’s Dustin Wong Goes Solo

April 21st, 2010 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

If you love Baltimore’s arty-fun-experimental-rock band Ponytail, it probably has something to do with the effervescent, super-smiley guitar wielder and vocalist, Dustin Wong.

Don’t worry, Ponytail is still going strong! But over the last six years, Wong has amassed quite a number of works all on his own, and will release them as a collection called Seasons, his solo debut album, in early June.

Seasons will be available in LP form only–with download cards included, which would be totally indie pretentious if he and his album concept weren’t so adorable. Each side of the record reflects half a year: “Spring” and “Summer” make up side A, “Fall” and “Winter” fill side B. (Ah yes, and if any of you young ‘uns who have only played music off of shiny discs or computers are reading this, LPs are novel vinyl circles with music set into the grooves! Tracks on wax, as we say! If this sounds weird, ask somebody with a mortgage or NYT in their hands what I’m talking about and they’ll explain.)

Wong’s label, Wildfire Wildfire, offers a sample from each side on their site, and what’s there are two thoughtful, instrumental trips through Wong’s year. Spring_Summer offers varied bits that range from rough to rambunctious, loaded with twinkly energy and filled with promise. Fall_Winter is dreamlike and pensive, wandering and moody but not gloomy or lost.

Do not expect the poppity explosion of Ponytail with Seasons. But do expect to see yet another side of Dustin Wong that you’ll really, really like.

[Dustin Wong on MySpace]
[Wildfire Wildfire Productions: Dustin Wong]


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ROCK OF ASIAN: Asian Kung-Fu Generation

March 24th, 2010 | 4 comments | Posted by Diana

Asian Kung-Fu Generation has been around for over a decade, and we’re a little late to the party (having just discovered them this year). But oh well, better late than never!

AKFG is a Japanese outfit that has, since the late nineties, pulled together their beloved alternarock/power punk/indie influences for an earnest, energy-charged, brightly commercial blend of rockage. In the States, that bio would make a band Jimmy Eat World or Weezer. But the Japanese version is somehow more novel than that–a little less intentionally aloof, perhaps. And this is why the original songs, for whatever formulas they boast, do not suffer for their earnest. Rather, they seem kind of straightforward and sturdy, yet kinda sleek–like a well-fitted puffer vest from Patagonia. This is also why AKFG can cover an Oasis song and not lose all their street cred.

But why settle for cover songs? Enjoy the video for last year’s new single, “Shinseiki No Love Song”–which has less power chords than former hits and stands out from the pack. When you’re done, find out what we fell in love with by watching my favorite track from ’05, “Blue Train.”

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March 2nd, 2010 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Peggy Wang

Hails from: Brooklyn

Occupation: Buzzfeed senior editor, Musician

Why She’s a Babe: Besides rocking badass broom bangs, a darling hipster fashion sense, and one absolutely perfect pucker, she’s basically our dream chick. This lady sports great taste in web filler, bears a deep love for hard liquor, puts her piano talents to good use, Continue reading BABEWATCH: Peggy Wang

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