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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: Rita Chao

November 5th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


We all get lazy when it comes to 60s nostalgia and all of that dopetastic punk rock, pop, and garage just seeping from the archives. Frankly, it’s simply not enough to limit your vintage record collection to The Velvet Underground and Mott the Hoople, Jane Birkin and The Jam, The Stones and Serge Gainsbourg, The Kinks and Brigitte Bardot. That’s a great lump, but it’s just a lump.

If you’re going to dive back, don’t forget hot and sassy Singaporean favorites, like my new obsession Rita Chao:

Who I want to dress like and dance to until I’m blue in the face.

Join me! Rita Chao dance partay!!!

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ROCK OF ASIAN: Wonder Girls

October 1st, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

It’s no lie–I’m a sucker for poppity-pop music. Which explains why I’m kinda (very) obsessed with South Korean pop quintet Wonder Girls. They dance in unison! They wear pretty makeup! They’ve got candy voices!

Plus, this fabby, hilarious Motown-inspired video (for the new single, “Nobody”) has been as addictive for me as crack cocaine was, y’know, back in the day. Now you, too, can be hooked!

Check them out on the official front here.

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ROCK OF ASIAN: Little

May 7th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Our friend Wing Builder sent us this gorge video from French popstress Little. And we don’t love her a little, we love her a lot! We want to know her: chew bubble gum, dance and listen to Brigitte Bardot records, lounge in Eames chairs, throw sock parties, shop at our favorite boutique with her–anything!

But for now, if this is as close as we can get… We’ll take it!

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Thanks, Wing!

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ROCK OF ASIAN: My Compatriots

April 2nd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

I’ve been a fan of Jon Caro (center, holding the impossibly cute french bulldog) for a number of years, ever since he emerged on the bumbling SoCal indie scene at the dawn of the oughts with a uniquely earnest pop effort, Stairwell.

You’ve gotta love a guy that devotes his pen and pipes to tunes on the sweeter side, opting for delicate odes rather than angry anthems. It’s kinda like being Malkmus instead of Mould, or Harvey instead of Gordon–not as easy as it looks.

Or maybe it is, for some people.

Listen to Jon and his compatriots here.

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I think it works, Bri!

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ROCK OF ASIAN: The Jack Lords

January 23rd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Last night, while celebrating the publication of Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music in lovely, oft-ignored Downtown LA, Christine Balance (shown rocking her accordian above) made a five-minute case for the pop listener’s re-contextualization of The Breeders’ vintage strummer, “Drivin’ on 9.” As she broke down her deep and sincere love for Kim Deal, I fell a bit in love with Balance–and was delighted to hear the shameless plug for her sweet isle-indie new wave band The Jack Lords.

Let their gentle ocean tunes take you away! And then listen again.

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ROCK OF ASIAN: The Bad Spellers

December 19th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

I know what you’re thinking… bad spelling isn’t Asian!

But tinkling-cute, adorable Tokyo indie pop, and songs about mochi ARE so, so, so very Asian. And so, so so very very awesome.

Check out the fuzzy tummy feelings of The Bad Spellers here.

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