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Asobi Seksu

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

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

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