Ongaku Otaku

Ongaku Otaku was a magazine published by Mason Jones, devoted exclusively to coverage of Japanese independent bands and culture. The first issue was published in May of 1995. Published annually, four issues of Ongaku Otaku were made, after which it ceased publication. A retired, related blog is at http://ongakublog.wordpress.com. All issues of Ongaku Otaku are out of print and no longer available.

  • Issue #1

    Interviews with Der Eisenrost, Omoide Hatoba, Seed Mouth, K2, Children Coup d'Etat.

    Label Profiles of Alchemy Records and Monellaphone Cassettes.

    Tons of record reviews, live show reviews, video & magazine reviews, Japan tour diary, and an extensive list of contact addresses.

  • Issue #2

    Interviews with Otomo Yoshihide, Aube, Shizuka, Jojo Hiroshige, Super Junky Monkey.

    Label Profiles of God Mountain and Japan Overseas.

    Tons of record reviews, live show reviews, video & magazine reviews, Japan tour diary, and an extensive list of contact addresses.

  • Issue #3

    Interviews with Grind Orchestra, Ruins, Yamamoto Seiichi, MSBR, Kosokuya's Kaneko Jutoku, Cornelius, Coa, Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her, Gaji, Sugar Plant, Melt-Banana, Shonen Knife, Ghost, Moga the 5yen, Kenji Yanobe.

    Amazing manga by MSBR's Koji Tano, tons of record reviews, video & magazine reviews, Japan tour diary, Japanese candy reviews! and an extensive list of contact addresses.

  • Issue #4

    Interviews with K.K. Null, DemiSemiQuaver, Ningen Isu, Little Fujiko, Jack or Jive, Billy?, Kazumoto Endo, Depth.

    Nagoya scene report, Tokyo club and record store guide, Manga by Kobayash Kensuke, Japanese doll makers, tons of record reviews, book and magazine reviews, Japan tour diary by Scot Jenerik, Japanese Gum Reviews! and an extensive list of contact addresses.