International Wota Awards

It wasn’t until I watched Pink Wota’s fabulous acceptance speech that I realized my own blog had been nominated for an International Wota Award under the category “Best Single Entry” for the essay “The Trouble with J-pop: Revolutionizing the Western Community of Criticism.” I feel extremely flattered to have been nominated at all, and honored to have tied for second.

I’m writing this post to thank everybody who read and took the time to comment or send an E-mail regarding that rather long, very un-blog-like essay, and everyone who subsequently took the time to vote. You have fulfilled some of my wildest hopes with your thoughtful responses, criticisms, and support.

Congratulations to all the winners, particularly Vee of Pink Wota, and a thank you to everyone over at Gaijin Kanpai! who took the time to discuss some of the essay’s issues with me. I really do believe that all East Asian pop blogs, podcasts, and news outlets are forming something of an East Asian music criticism base. Without their professional equivalents in Rolling Stone or Pitchfork, we at least have this: a community of writers who tackle everything from visceral reactions to Kusumi Koharu’s graduation from Morning Musume to the hilarity that is KAT-TUN’s PVs to critical analysis of Ayumi Hamasaki’s ever-fluctuating vocals, and who prove there is a very large, very interested audience for East Asian music. Whatever your topic of choice, I encourage you all to keep writing about and discussing this music that is so important to you, to draw larger cultural connections, and always, to remain critical of even your most emotional subjects.

appears on Gaijin Kanpai!

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be a guest on Gaijin Kanpai! this Thursday night, September 24 at 7:30PM EST to discuss The Trouble with J-pop article I wrote. The show will be open to listeners so if you have time, feel free to drop in on the chat and join the discussion. If you can’t make it, the recorded program will be available Saturday. For more information, visit Gaijin Kanpai!. I encourage you to participate, we’d love to have you with us!

Huzzah, I’m back

Bear with me while I deal with limited tweaking capabilities and get back into the swing of writing things besides “Dude, like, listen to this! now!!” It’s been four months and I am still weeping over lost hosting, reduced to carpal tunnel after restoring all old posts at both blogs (but unable to salvage any comments) and have been listening to more trance music than appropriate.

It is good to be back.

So I’m pretty pissed off

The server hosting my web sites went fucking delusional and deleted all of my content without letting me know. Not because of any Terms of Service violation, but because they were changing from cPanel to iPanel and decided not to send me an Email telling me to back my shit up before they deleted it all and implement new rules and regulations that have essentially rendered me completely fucked and without an account. While I have kept backups of all of my written content, the hours, days, and months I put into XHTML and CSS coding for eons are now lost forever. Forever.

I don’t know if I’m going to contact them anymore about it…I’ve sent Emails and made phone calls calling them unprofessional (douchebags) for the past week now and it seems like they’ve taken the highly mature route of ignoring them and/or nonchalantly yawning and saying, “There’s nothing we can do. Sorry.” I don’t know if I feel like going to the trouble of starting my blogs anew somewhere else when the domain name has already become quite popular and established in several areas and actually started getting a large amount of hits, not to mention all of the comments and feedback I’ve lost (and the free CDs bands sent me to review–goddammit).

I spent a lot of time and effort over the past two years making those blogs awesome and I’m really sad not to have them a part of my life right now, but I’m honestly too angry to even think coherently about what to do about it all. Mostly because I keep hoping that the past two weeks have just been a long nightmare and I will log on tomorrow and find that little elves have restored all of my hard work.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and cry behind my face-obscuring bangs while listening to Rise Against.

New look for the site

As much as I love designing and coding my own layouts, archiving all of the entries by hand became a huge hassle. Converting to WordPress should save me a lot of time and will now allow me to do more actual writing. Unfortunately, all of the comments were lost in the move; sorry for the inconvenience.