J-Rock Fridays Vol. 11January 8, 2010
Here we are at volume 11, my favorite number. What does the new year have in store for J-Rock Fridays? We’ll see.
mmm- “Magical Omnibus Goh”
Out of all the dark, depressing songs on mmm’s new album, she picked the only song that personifies joy as her single. And what a joyous video this is. It’s hard not to smile at this nerdy-looking girl dancing with an amusement park bunny and an assortment of nerd friends on the beach. It made me smile for 5 minutes in this cold, bitter world.
If there’s one Japanese band that I think would do well with the Pitchfork kids, it would be sakanaction. They dress well, play electronic music, and most importantly have snazzy haircuts. But seriously, cool video
The Zoot16- “ヒズミカル”
Toshimi Watanabe makes some badass music (and makes the cowboy hat look good). Give it up for ska.
Gari- “Over the Sunrise”
YES. More electronic music. Too bad they’re looking like Orgy in this video.
Rocket K- “Music Life”
I will forever confuse this band with Relient K. Not because Rocket K have the talent that is Matt Theissen, but because of the obvious name semblance. But these guys do know a thing or two about a catchy melody so I will be on the lookout for them.
Asphalt Frustration- “money makes the world go round”
Damn, these guys have a great drummer. I couldn’t tell over some of their more synth-ladden tracks. It’s about time these guys are coming out with an album.
Counter Reset- “Rabbit Mask”
What’s a J-Rock Fridays column without a little skate punk? Boy does that kid have skills.
Amida ADDICT- “Squall”
Boy do those Buddha masks amuse me. But where is your mask Sotaro? Wait. There it is.
Champagne- “For Freedom”
If you name your band after my favorite bubbly, you better have class. They do wear suits halfway through the video so I give them a passing grade. Certainly better than the shitty rappers I found on myspace trying to find this band’s page…
Amida ADDICT: http://www.myspace.com/amidaaddict
Asphalt Frustration: http://www.myspace.com/asphaltfrustration
Counter Reset: http://www.myspace.com/counterreset
Rocket K: http://www.myspace.com/rocketkofficial
The Zoot16: http://www.myspace.com/zoot16
I let you off last time, but now you have to put your polling fingers to use. Top 3 bands this week…
You can pick 3…