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

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