Gaijin Kanpai Ep. 167 - Top of 2012 (So Far)

It’s that time of year again where we rank the best of the best in Japanese singles and albums for you, our listeners! 


167 - Top of 2012 (So Far)
Top Singles | Top Albums


We’ve been conflicted about the J-Music scene this year. It started out strong and then devolved into a post-apocalyptic wasteland of lackluster idol songs and half-assed Korean covers. But now we’re going beyond thunderdome*, baby! We don’t need another hero, we’ve got Japanese Music.


*Jaylee is Tina Turner in this scenario.



Read More

Gaijin Kanpai Ep. 165 - "Bi for Korean Music"

It all started so innocently. You’ve had one too many drinks when a Korean song comes on and you get into it. What’s the harm in a little experimentation? 


165 - Bi for Korean Music
AFTERSCHOOL - Lady Luck | Namie Amuro - Uncontrolled


Next thing you know your world is upside down and your identity is challenged by the edgey pop and synth beats of K-Pop. You’re buying songs in their native language instead of waiting for Japanese covers. What was once a monochromatic music scene is a rainbow of possibilities!

Your friends and family may not understand you but we do. We do.


Read More