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kuh

March 29, 2010

myspace band of the week

I first discovered kuh through their cover of “Under the Sea” on the Disney Rocks!! compilation.  Seeing as it was one of maybe two tracks that didn’t make me feel homosexual, I decided it might be a good idea to check these guys out.

Surprisingly, they have a ton of songs up on myspace, mostly from their first album KY! Perhaps more of a surprise, they are signed to Captain Haus Recordings, home of GALLOW, polyABC, and other cool shit.  Considering their cover of “Under the Sea” was basically hipster electronica, I was expecting more of the same from this band.  But strangely most of the stuff on their first album is downer indie rock.  In fact, “J.U.N.O.” and “Tokio Nomad” from the catch one’s breath compilation are the only other hints of kuh’s electronic direction.  But overall I’m impressed by both their electronic and indie rocks tracks.  There is, however, one song named “水在月” that doesn’t fit the mold.  This song has a heavy post-rock vibe and I just love it. I expect good things from these guys in the future.

http://www.myspace.com/kuhtronica

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Melon Kinenbi x midori

March 29, 2010

It’s hard being a midori fan.  They don’t have a myspace page, rarely update their website, have their videos taken down on YouTube for copyright infringement the day after they’re uploaded, and in general are IMPOSSIBLE to find in a simple Google search.  So forgive me for being late on this.

When Melon Kinenbi announced their “graduation” from Hello! Project last March, they began releasing several strange singles with indie and punk bands.  Among these were “Don’t Say Goodbye” with Beat Crusaders and “sweet suicide summer story” with midori.  These singles were later collected and released as Melon’s Not Dead in February 2010, Melon Kinembi’s fourth and last album.

Although midori only appears in the first 15 seconds, with blurred out faces no less, their influence here is large.  Their signature bass, discordant piano, and general chaos is all in here.  And I assume that’s just because midori wrote the whole damn thing and Melon Kinembi is just playing karaoke.  Not that I mind former pop idols introducing the masses to good music, I would just like to hear Mariko Goto sing this sometime.

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