J-Rock Fridays Vol. 41: SXSW SpotlightMarch 18, 2011
If you’re reading this you’re probably not down in Austin watching a ton of great bands and films. Like me. But don’t fret, this week’s J-Rock Fridays is SXSW themed. This is not a complete list of all the Japanese bands playing at SXSW. Just the ones who had their video uploaded to SXSW’s YouTube page. Plus a few I’d be remiss not to post.
Tornado Boyz- “Ich Bin Auslaender”
German rap? Really? I don’t know how foreigner Daisuke met up with this Berlin-based band but this video is endlessly amusing.
Amazing. There’s nothing about this band that isn’t full of win. This will require further analysis.
Nedry- “Dusk Til Dawn”
If you’re into English bands with hot Japanese vocalists, Nedry is for you.
If you ever wanted to learn how to make yakisoba, “Promo” has you covered.
Enjoy Peelander-Z’s cover of “Old Macdonald” from their children’s album P-TV-Z. I saw them live at an anime convention once and it’s a must see show!
oh sunshine- “Beautiful”
Emily Connor’s Japanese is pretty good. Beautiful, you could say
White White Sisters- “imperfect conflict”
This is the third time I’ve had to post this video on J-Rock Fridays. What can I say about this that I haven’t said twice before? Whatever, best electronic track of 2010. It’s a shame they won’t be coming to Japan Nite Chicago. I probably won’t be able to take off work anyway.
Takashi Kamide- “Dreaming”
Takashi Kamide provides a wistful accordion solo. Be sure to read his moving story about losing his foot to cancer on his SXSW page.
Not Puffy AmiYumi. But just as cute.
The Suzan- “You Know Nothing”
I already posted “Home” several times so I thought I’d post their first PV. It’s a bit more raw than their Poco Beat stuff but still captivating.
Lolita No. 18- “Bye Bye Joey”
These girls have been a staple of Japan Nite since it’s inception in 1996. This song is a tribute to Joey Ramone, who produced their fourth album.
sonodaband- “Soul River”
So there’s a band of pretty boys who make chill instrumental music. Cool.
Cubismo Grafico Five- “Green Monster”
I’m more of a fan of Cubismo’s DJ stuff but this is pretty great too.
Mo’some Tonebender- “Green & Gold”
Our Japan Nite headliner. Mo’some Tonebender is the band that got me into undergroundish Japanese music. With this video in fact. So you can thank “Green & Gold” for the existence of this blog.
Pick which bands you’ve seen live, or would like to. No limit!
Puffyshoes: SXSW page
Takashi Kamide: SXSW page