Sunday, May 24, 2009

Shiina Freakin' Ringo

The Japanese avant-garde pop/rock artist Shiina Ringo is one of my absolute favorites. She melts disparate genres together into something synergistic...

Her "style" is that of having no particular style: a sort of postmodern pop/jazz/classic/punk sung in Japanese/English/French. There's no real way to explain it, other than if you like it, you probably REALLY like it.

Super-mega-ultra-popular in Japan, but nearly unknown here in the States. Not even available on Western iTunes (not that I groove to iTunes at all, I don't!), only in the Eastern version. What's that? You say you didn't know that there was more than one iTunes? Yup, there is.

Granted, it usually costs more than THIRTY dollars to buy one of her cd's (only available in the East!), but this stuff is well worth every penny. if you were some sort of pirating scumbag you could troll the internet for places to download her music, and who would blame you, if it just wasn't available for legal purchase?

She's supposed to have a new album out in June of 2009. COOL. I know that I'm buying it as soon as it comes out. These videos certainly show a world of beautiful nightmares, don't you think?

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