Archive for September 22nd, 2010


Usotsuki Barbie

September 22, 2010

myspace band of the week

Usotsuki Barbie (嘘つきバービー) is a pretty cool rock band from Sasebo.  The 3-piece formed in 2002 but didn’t release their first mini-album until 2007.  They released their second mini-album the following year with a full-album release soon after.

The first two songs on their myspace come from their 2010 single Kagaku no Shinsaku and the last two come from their 2009 double A-side Babibube Igai Ningen / Neko single.  The vocalist 岩下優介 has a nice funky voice that sounds like he’s on the verge of a nervous breakdown.  Add in some funky guitars and we’ve got some catchy songs.  I even liked the “neko nyan” song.

The Barbie liars are probably best known for their eccentric videos and the vocalist’s Mick Jagger swagger.  Most of the songs on myspace can be seen in video format below.

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envy- Worn heels and the hands we hold

September 22, 2010

Envy has a new album out and a video to go along with it.  “Worn heels and the hands we hold” begins with a two-minute instrumental, assuring us that this album will be no different than Insomniac Doze.  Unsurprisingly, Tetsuya Fukagawa bursts out with an explosion of screams that eventually turns into poetry reading.  The video follows a lanky girl who walks around a forest and occasionally the city.  On second thought, no different than the video I made for “an umbrella fallen into fiction,” (it even ends with a close up of a lake for @#$%’s sake) except maybe not as crappily made.

Recitation came out today in JapanTemporary Residence will release it stateside next month.  Catch them on tour in North America starting this weekend.