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‘Encountering Aliens’ With Moby By Shoutaro Takahashi

I interviewed Moby three years ago, when the previous album, “18,” was released. It has sold more than 500 million copies so far. After the interview, I asked him about travel tips to his favorite places. Musicians sometimes get sick of b...

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What’s The Latest Craze in Bournemouth? By Shoutaro Takahashi

This column is dedicated to asking musicians the non-musically inclined question, “What are your favorite places to travel to in your home country?” In this issue, we meet up with Basement Jaxx from England. The duo that is Basement Jaxx ...

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Searching for Korean Beauties is a No Brain-er By Shoutaro Takahashi

As always, we visit with musicians and ask them what places do they recommend traveling to in their home country. This month, enjoy the unique stylings of Korea’s top punk band, No Brain. No Brain caused quite a stir at their performance at a F...

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The Avalanches on Australia: This Place Rocks By Shoutaro Takahashi

This month I talked to The Avalanches, the chart-toppers from Down Under, just after returning from a trip to Australia where I meandered through CD shops and checked out the who’s who of the local music scene. What stood out the most was the un...

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A Day In The Drunk Tank With Polaris By Shoutaro Takahashi

Within Japan’s musical cosmos, Polaris has been one of the brightest stars. The group’s lead singer clues us in on his favorite way to experience the undersea world in Okinawa. This month’s column features home-grown artist Yusuke O...

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The Kooks By Shoutaro Takahashi

The Kooks say: 'HEAD NORTH, YOUNG MAN!' This month we feature newcomers to the music scene, The Kooks, and we get their take on traveling in the U.K. The Kooks are a four-person team featuring Paul (vocals), Hugh (lead guitar), another Paul (dru...

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Canadian ‘Piano Man’ Daniel Powter By Shoutaro Takahashi

Putting the screws to Daniel Powter, one of music’s brightest new stars, and getting the skinny on his home country, Canada. Although known as Canada’s newest “piano man,” Daniel Powter has fashioned himself as a top-notch sin...

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The Charlatans head for the Scottish Port of ‘E’ By Shoutaro Takahashi

Sixteen years after its debut, the English band is still rocking and rolling strong. Now they tell you where to roll... Fifteen years have passed since the term “Madchester” was coined and the “Manchester movement” spread fr...

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A Walk About With Curly Giraffe By Shoutaro Takahashi

The bassist from a popular band went solo (under a pseudonym) and then created the band Curly Giraffe. Although already widely known among fans, he's yet to officially make his true identity public. The group’s sound brings back the sweet, soft...

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Shang Shang Typhoon By Shoutaro Takahashi

Shang Shang Typhoon's Emi Shirasaki encounters the "King of Tohoku" This issue features travel tips and hometown secrets from the lead singer of Shang Shang Typhoon, Emi Shirasaki. They pull influences from throughout Asia, Okinawa, and ma...

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Catching ‘The View’ in Dundee By Shoutaro Takahashi

Scotland’s pride and joy, The View, tells us where to hit the pitch in their hometown. The British music scene has been quite lively as of late, with hit bands popping up across the land. Among these, The View launched their debut album (&ldquo...

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No ‘Silent Nights’ in India By Troll

A friend once told me, “India is so loud, it tires you out.” Having no hearing, I had never experienced the “deafening sounds” to which she referred. What factors into a voice or sound registering as “loud?” I h...

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Backcountry Camping in Japan - Part 2: Mountain Talk By Pauline Kitamura

In Japan, July and August are the peak months for haikingu (ハイキング; hiking) and jusou (縦走; backpacking/trekking across the mountains) so in this issue of Pera Pera, we’ll cover another important topic to aid you in your backpack...

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The New, Old Sounds of Brazil By Shoutaro Takahashi

Arto Lindsay takes us on a backwoods beat tour of Brazil where both he and his music made the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Many musicians have put a great deal of effort into creating radical music, but few have done this while reaching ...

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A Birds Eye View in Myoko By Gardner Robinson

When not enjoying the Myoko Valley’s Nordic and Alpine sports, the Hawk & Hare owner’s favorite activities involve soaring through the sky. In the green season Michael Perrin can be found launching off hillsides on his paraglider, b...

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Pedals to Petals By Troll

The Bible for any bike trip in Japan is the guidebook “Touring Wave” by Shobunsha Publications. With detailed info on hot springs, campgrounds and roadways, this treasure chest of touring info allows you to enjoy exploring the unknown w...

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An Unexpected Road to the Horizon By Troll

My first bike trip came from a desire to see the overland horizon. I headed north to the great landscapes of Hokkaido where a small navigational mistake can lead to long uphill climbs. However, this meant some great downhill descents and, while coa...

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Family Connections By  Troll

It was late afternoon, and I was home swaying in my hammock, waiting for Taro Muraishi, this column’s editor. It was well past our meeting time, so I started e-mailng him, then remembered he can’t get e-mail on his cell phone. My deafne...