Archive for December 13th, 2007

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midori

December 13, 2007

Midori has been my latest Japanese obsession.  I know I throw out the word “genius” too much but it’s not often you find a band like this.  Midori combines jazz piano with hardcore punk vocals (sung by a girl in a sailor suit!).  Think of a cross between Polysics and Shiina Ringo.  This is the video for “Ezo Shika Dance!” A truly crazy song and crazier video.  For more videos, search Youtube for ミドリ

http://midori072.com/

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HearJapan

December 13, 2007

So I guess I was emailed this for a reason.  HearJapan is a new digital music store that exclusively sells Japanese music for English speaking audiences.  According to the press release, all mp3s are LAME V1 encoded, DRM free, and cost 100-150 yen per song.  Each artist will receive a band profile, concert information, album information, and a “news” section.  You will also be able to download albums at midnight the day they are released in Japan.  Here is a sample pic of Vidoll’s profile.  Here is a sample pic of D’espairsRay’s album page.  Currently, the site is still in Beta.  It should go live in a few days.

http://www.hearjapan.com/