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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.   I'm Happy But You Don't Like Me
  10.   Minature Cities
  11.   Me & Mary
  12.   Stay
  13.   Sooner
  14.   Umi de No Jisatsu
  15.   All Around
  16.   Vicious Bears
  17.   Trance Out
  18.   Trails
  19.   Sighs
  20.   Leave the Drummer Out There
  21.   In My Head
  22.   Deep Weird Sleep
  23.   Coming Up
  24.   Breathe Into Glass
  25.   Miniature Cities
  26.   Urusai Tori
  27.   Transparence
  28.   Meh No Mae
  29.   Layers
  30.   In The Sky
  31.   I Can't See
  32.   Glacially
  33.   Familiar Light
  34.   Blind Little Rain
  35.   Intro
  36.   Exotic Animal Paradise
  37.   Nefi+Girly
  38.   Red Sea
  39.   Pink Cloud Tracing Paper
  40.   Strings
  41.   Strawberries
  42.   Before We Fall
  43.   Asobi Masho
  44.   It's Too Late
  45.   Taiyo
  46.   Risky And Pretty
  47.   Everything Is On
  48.   Pink Light
  49.   Ocean
  50.   My Baby
  51.   Lions and Tigers
  52.   Red Sed
  53.   Counterglow
  54.   Little House of Savages
  55.   End at the Beginning
  56.   Sing Tomorrow's Praise
  57.   Let Them Wait
  58.   Then He Kissed Me
  59.   Perfectly Crystal
  60.   Mizu Asobi
  61.   The Words Live Longer
  62.   Breath Into Glass
  63.   Urasai Tori
  64.   Sunshower

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