Archive for December, 2009

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 10

December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas.

Nicotine- “Last Christmas”

I posted this last year, but who cares.  Here’s a little holiday cheer from the Nicotine boys.  Note: drugs are bad for you.  (myspace)

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SOUR Is Nominated For A YouTube Video Award

December 21, 2009

SOUR’s music video for “Hibi no neiro” is nominated in the Music category for the 2009 Japanese YouTube Video Awards.  To vote for the band, click the “please clap- GOOD!” button under the video on the Awards page.

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n5MD signs ent

December 18, 2009

Californian indie label n5MD will release ent’s debut album Welcome Stranger in the US/worldwide in 2010.  The US release will contain all 7 songs from the Japanese release plus 3 remixes.  Ent is the solo project of Atsushi Horie, frontman of STRAIGHTENER and FULLARMOR.

Welcome Stranger was originally released in February 2009 by Preco Records.  The album, 3 years in the making, was a more personal and sentimental journey for Atsushi.  Heavily influenced by electronics and post-rock, Atsushi combined these elements with pop sensibilities from his other projects.

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Cute

December 12, 2009

Yes, there’s more.

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 9

December 11, 2009

In the last week, I have begun the epic task of organizing my computer’s “Downloads” folder.  That means  finding a lot of stuff I haven’t even listened to so that I can start preparing my end of the year list.  I still have a couple of hundred things to go through so forgive me.  The winner of last week’s poll was sleepy.ab with Overground Acoustic Underground a point behind (I’m starting to sense a pattern here).  This week we have 10 new videos from FACT, toe, winnie, and more…

1000say- “Holy Rain”

I’ve said this before, but 1000say remind me of school food punishment.  Except now that school food punishment has become a shit pop band (thanks, Sony!), 1000say is the only good synth-pop band left.  “Holy Rain” is a lot of fun.  It’s like I stepped back in the 80s for a few minutes.  I can’t wait to get my hands on their new mini-album Lightning Amplifier.  (myspace)

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The Heiz on The Dave Dingwall Show

December 5, 2009

This is the funniest thing I’ve seen all week. And I’m not talking about The Heiz’s misunderstanding of the English language. I’m talking about Dave Dingwall.

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DJ Tama feat. sleepy.ab

December 4, 2009

Can’t get enough of sleepy.ab’s new album Paratroop?  Here’s your chance to hear their vocalist in a different setting.  “Longing to Love” is Nariyama Tsuyoshi and DJ Tama’s collaboration on DJ Tama’s 2006 album Melting Pod. I believe this is the first time we’ve heard Nariyama sing in English.

http://www.myspace.com/sleepyab

http://www.myspace.com/spcfinest

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An Cafe/Versailles t-shirts at Hot Topic

December 3, 2009

I found this on my myspace page this morning:

That’s a lot of pink.  If you don’t have a Hot Topic near you, you can order them online here or here.