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

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