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Asobi Seksu

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Bearing a hyper-stylized and glitzy graphic design sense, a pretty and petite Japanese female singer who sings alternately in Japanese and English, and a band name with a hint of nod-and-a-wink naughtiness (it's claimed to be a Tokyo-based slang term that means "playful sex"), Asobi Seksu come across like the latest Japanese import, the newest in a long line of ironic Shibuya-kei indie pop artists following Puffy AmiYumi, Cibo Matto, and Pizzicato Five. In fact, the quartet is based out of New York City, and besides the heavy Japanese pop influences, Asobi Seksu bear comparison both to the British shoegazer bands of the early '90s (My Bloody Valentine in particular) and to New York guitar noise acts ranging from Sonic Youth to Yo La Tengo. Singer and keyboardist Yuki Chikudate, guitarist James Hanna, bassist Glenn Waldman, and drummer Keith Hopkin formed Asobi Seksu in late 2001, self-releasing their self-titled debut album the following year. Garnering a strong local buzz at a time when the New York club scene was hot again following the success of the Strokes and Interpol, Asobi Seksu came to the attention of the indie Friendly Fire Records, which reissued Asobi Seksu with new cover art in 2004. The album's single, "I'm Happy But You Don't Like Me," raised the band's college radio and online profile; that song and two others from the album, "Sooner" and "Walk on the Moon," were placed in the indie film In Between Days, which won a special jury prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Before recording their second album, Asobi Seksu underwent a major personnel shift, with the core duo of Chikudate and Hanna replacing Waldman and Hopkins with new bassist Haji and drummer Mitch Spivak. Produced by hot New York indie producer/engineer Chris Zane (Human Television, Ambulance LTD, etc.), the more polished, multi-layered Citrus was released to solid reviews in May 2006. At some point near the end of the nearly two years spent touring behind the album, Hanna had a revelation that led him to rethink the sound of the band, namely that he was sick and tired of the guitar sound the band had utilized up to then. For the next album, the band (then down to the core duo of Chikudate and Hanna) stripped back the layers of guitar noise and aimed for a more atmospheric and lush sound. Hush was released by new label Polyvinyl in February of 2009, and Chikudate and Hanna continued in this cleaner direction for 2011’s Fluorescence. ~ Stewart Mason & Tim Sendra
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Asobi Seksu

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Asobi Seksu

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  2.   Goodbye
  3.   Thursday
  4.   New Years
  5.   Transparence
  6.   Walk on the Moon
  7.   Suzanne
  8.   Gliss
  9.   Never Understand
  10.   Red Sed
  11.   Before We Fall
  12.   All Around
  13.   Trance Out
  14.   Meh No Mae
  15.   Layers
  16.   Strings
  17.   Strawberries
  18.   Coming Up
  19.   Trails
  20.   Intro
  21.   I'm Happy But You Don't Like Me
  22.   Minature Cities
  23.   Vicious Bears
  24.   Pink Light
  25.   In My Head
  26.   Deep Weird Sleep
  27.   Counterglow
  28.   Breathe Into Glass
  29.   Miniature Cities
  30.   Urusai Tori
  31.   Sing Tomorrow's Praise
  32.   Risky And Pretty
  33.   Me & Mary
  34.   In The Sky
  35.   I Can't See
  36.   Familiar Light
  37.   Blind Little Rain
  38.   Mizu Asobi
  39.   Nefi+Girly
  40.   Lions and Tigers
  41.   Pink Cloud Tracing Paper
  42.   Everything Is On
  43.   Stay
  44.   Asobi Masho
  45.   It's Too Late
  46.   Taiyo
  47.   Sooner
  48.   Perfectly Crystal
  49.   Little House of Savages
  50.   Then He Kissed Me
  51.   Umi de No Jisatsu
  52.   End at the Beginning
  53.   Exotic Animal Paradise
  54.   Glacially
  55.   Let Them Wait
  56.   My Baby
  57.   Red Sea
  58.   Sighs
  59.   Leave the Drummer Out There
  60.   Ocean

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