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Turning Japanese

Emperor Norton has made a name for itself by showcasing Japanese bands, but the label doesn't want to be pigeonholed as a Japanese-only outlet. "The Japanese-invasion thing has really mushroomed, and some people think we're a Japanese label," Pross says. "I view the label more as international, and I would like people to think we put out all kinds of good music." Already Emperor Norton has released a record by Arling and Cameron, two Dutch DJs, and a remarkable homage to French pop called Pop Romantique that includes tracks by the Apples (In Stereo), Lloyd Cole, and Luna. In the future look for releases from Ireland, France, and Mexico. The positive feedback the Japanese releases are garnering proves the label is headed in the right direction. The response, Pross notes, is overwhelming: "I was astounded that people loved the music I loved.

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