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Random J-Rock Updates #11

October 7, 2009

Eleven is my favorite number.

-Asobi Seksu’s new video for “Transparence” can be seen here.  An exclusive MP3 from their new album Rewolf can be downloaded here.

-If you read J-Rock Fridays Vol. 4, the new albums by sgt., Skybeaver, and Bossfist are on HearJapan.

-ELLEGARDEN side project Nothing’s Carved In Stone will be putting out a new single and live DVD in December.

-Wow Rock will be putting out Art Cube’s The Complete Best on December 3 before Japan.

-Housekeeping: If you scroll to the left, I added a new link section named “Japanese Labels.”  These are Japanese record labels that I enjoy.  More will be added in time.  Right now, my favorite J-record label is Theory&Practice.

-Nadehiko from texas pandaa is working on the soundtrack for his friend’s indie film.  Listen to the first track “Our Big Crossing” here.

-Eastern Youth has an exclusive download for “Konomama Aki He” here.

-Luminous Orange will be putting out a best of album on November 4.  It will be available for international order on their webstore.

-EN-X is back in the studio after losing two members.

-Part 1 of FACT’s Coming To America documentary is available on Shockhound.

-Far East Movement discovered Flattop Grill.  I’ve been there.  I wasn’t as impressed.

-Another new album vlog from The Slants.

MYSPACE BAND OF THE WEEK

バードレイクス (birdlakes)

Hailing from Chiba, birdlakes formed in 2006.  The band has released one mini-album and two singles since then.  For fans of Sparta Locals and Ogre You Asshole.

http://www.myspace.com/birdlakes

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Random J-Rock Updates #9

May 11, 2009

The triumphant return!

-”Layers” from Asobi Seksu’s new album is used in the movie Treeless Mountain.  It was also on Ugly Betty.

-Download Hoshina Aniversary’s “Galaxy” mixes here.

-Quixotik covered Aerosmith. lol

-Cornelius canceled his North American tour.  Swine Flu!

-Temporary Residence is releasing the Young Widows/Melt-Banana split.  PS: I’m still waiting for my Mono preorder TempRes!!

-Utada has a new CD coming out.  She wants to sign it.

-Both m.o.v.e. and The Slants canceled their performance at Anime Central on Saturday.  Sorry guys, no review this year :(

-the telephones have signed to a major label

-A short video of FACT’s US tour.  The tour was canceled after a serious van accident.

I’ll be graduating college next Sunday so hopefully I’ll have more time to update this blog now.

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Random J-Rock Updates #7

November 15, 2008

Annnnnnnnnnnd.  I thought I would do another one of these things while I had the chance.  If you have news you want me to post send it to me!

-shing02 supports Barack Obama.

-Dir en grey’s video for “Dozing Green” premiered on Headbangers Ball.

-Winnie’s new mini-album Headquarter will come out January 14.

-You can download the lyric booklet for girugamesh’s MUSIC over at JapanFiles, for free.

-Vuzz Vegas Queen has their demo album up on myspace to stream.

-The Slants have a new remix of “Love Within My Sins” on myspace.  It is from their new album Slants Slants Revolution, a remix album by DJ Ninja Gaijin and Justin Coope.

-8otto also has some new remixes up on myspace.

-This Month in J-Rock: October should be done by next Friday.  Sorry!

-Peelander-Z participated in a cool art jam.  They also have a 7″ with Loafass coming out soon.

NEW US RELEASES FOR THE WEEK

An Cafe- Goku-Tama Rock Cafe


Dir en grey- Uroboros



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The Slants on NPR

June 16, 2008

THE SLANTS

The Slants have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered in a segment entitled The Slants: Trading in Stereotypes. This is a band I’ve always meant to post about but always forget. The Slants are a “Chinatown dance rock” band from Portland, OR. Some of the members are Asian and others are not but who cares? They’ve gained a following from appearing at several anime conventions. They’re kind of like the new Peelander-Z if you know what I mean. The All Things Considered article explains how band members A-Ron and Young experienced racism growing up and how their band is defying such stereotypes now. The song “Sakura, Sakura” is an anthem for all those who have been looked down upon–”This song’s for the Japanese, and the Chinese, and all the dirty knees.” Their self-released remastered album Slanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts is now available through CDBaby and iTunes.

http://www.myspace.com/theslants

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