J-Rock Fridays Vol. 30

October 1, 2010

So Hokkaido Fair wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  They basically had a few food stands right when you’re walk in the door.  There were samples of squishy fish I could never identify and some octopus.  I wound up having Bi Bim Bap and a Taro Latte in the food court.  I don’t know why I’m writing about this here and not my food blog.  But anyway it’s Mitsuwa so it’s always an adventure.  I wound up buying Perfume’s new single in the bookstore and a copy of Rockin’ On Japan with Beat Crusaders on the cover!

Ivory7 Chord- “Fire Works”

Where we sober when we first met?  All I know is I saw fireworks.

Lacco Tower- “Apple”

Probably the most mainstream J-Rock band I’ve posted here in a while.  If they’re not big they will be.

Acidman- “Alma”

Okay, this is the most mainstream band I’ve posted in a while.  Supposedly alma also means apple in Hungarian.

Last Alliance- “Wing”

A boxer with a prosthetic leg shows us courage in the ring.

People In The Box- “Old Town”

Beautifully animated PV.  I just wish the video had higher resolution.

Start Of The Day- “I Love You”

Start Of The Day loves you.  Or the thought of loving you.

Che-a- “Robot”

Not a chia pet.  But almost a female version of →Pia-no-jaC←.

Asshole Unite- “Never Alone”

Because one asshole band is never enough.  Pu-pu-pu-punk rawk!

Blonde Redhead- “Not Getting There”

Ms. Makino has a thing for horses.

Ice Cream Shout- “Tattooed Tears”

Stroll down the Barrio in this cobbled together clip from Children of Violence.  Non-Japanese blogs are talking about this!

Band Links:

Acidman: http://www.emimusic.jp/acidman/index_j.htm

Asshole Unite: http://www.myspace.com/assholeunite

Blonde Redhead: http://www.myspace.com/blonderedhead

Che-a: http://www.myspace.com/cheaoldfuture

Ice Cream Shout: http://www.myspace.com/icecreamshout

Ivory7 Chord: http://www.myspace.com/ivory7chord

Lacco Tower: http://www.myspace.com/laccomyspace

Last Alliance: http://www.myspace.com/lastalliance

People In The Box: http://www.myspace.com/peopleinthebox

Start Of The Day: http://www.myspace.com/startoftheday

Buy Links:

Acidman- Alma: CD Japan, Play-Asia

Asshole Unite- Never Alone/Calling: CD Japan

Blonde Redhead- Penny Sparkle: AmazonCD Japan

Che-a- Jikosen: YesAsia

Ivory7 Chord- Leaves: CD Japan

Lacco Tower- Kaitai Shinsho: CD Japan

Last Alliance- Keep on Smashing Blue: CD Japan, Play-Asia

People In The Box- Family Record: CD Japan

Start Of The Day- Love: CD Japan

Rolly Polly:


  1. you covered a LOT of great bands this time. Awesome! I really wanted your take on SiM though..

    • The “f off” band? lol not bad.

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