“Singles” denotes anything that got a YouTube push via music video, with exception of one song which is an album track. Big thanks to the folks in the K-pop group chat for introducing me to quite a few songs on here and just making it fun overall to continue keeping…

Built with songs from Last.fm scrobbles from Sept-Dec. 2007

I don’t know why I am expecting anyone to be disappointed that I did not know anything about music when I was 14, though I do feel like many of my friends and peers had a lot better perception of music than I did at that age! I am…

50 favorite records from Japan

Instead of experiencing yet another headache from ranking titles— this is my seventh year-end list and fourth one that’s not organized alphabetically — I decided to get creative using this Topsters-generated grid as an inspiration. Each row is organized by a certain sound, style or vibe related to the album…

50 favorites from K-pop with some sort of video

K-pop music is getting harder and harder to rank for me as the years go by. I just hoard so much music so there’s a lot to revisit come time for list season, but there’s also so much variety that it feels pointless holding up a R&B soloist against an…

25 favorite rock albums not from Japan

My music-listening and music-searching drastically shifted focus to Japanese music this year because, well, that’s what happens when you run a biweekly newsletter about Japanese music. Priorities naturally changed, and one big casualty was rock music not from Japan. I kinda want to say certain types of records brought diminishing…

40 of the year’s favorite in Mandopop

Out of all the scenes of music I will list my favorites for, Mandopop is the one I am clueless about. I have no grasp on the narratives of that scene nor do I have any context on these artists. Honestly, I just kept on clicking on music videos on…

Ryo Miyauchi

music, etc.

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