Archive for November, 2011

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 59

November 25, 2011

I hope you all had a pleasant Thanksgiving.

the HIATUS- “Deerhounds”

The HIATUS are back from their hiatus with this Where the Wild Thing Are inspired video. I’m actually surprised how much I like this song. Must be the underlying flutes.

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Lady Flash

November 23, 2011

myspace band of the week

Lady Flash is an indie band from Osaka, not the 70s soul group. The members Nico Flash (vocals, guitars), Nobu Flash (bass), Matsuda Flash (snyth) and DJ Kankisen (drums) formed in 2008. They released a deluxe edition of their debut album LADYFLASH vs. NET POWER on October 8. This edition has a bonus disc that features an old EP and live recordings.

LADYFLASH vs. NET POWER is available at Jet Set Records for 800 yen (cheap!) . You can download some demos at Lady Flash’s Soundcloud and a concert here.

http://www.myspace.com/ladyflashnobu

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Hunting Pigeons

November 16, 2011

myspace band of the week

Hunting Pigeons is a four-piece indie rock band from Kobe. Frontman Isseki Shirai was the lead singer of 25m Floater until their breakup in 2005. Isseki then started a solo project, which was later renamed Hunting Pigeons when he stole the rhythm section from his friend’s band. This lineup quit after the recording of the Honeycomb Jukebox album. Joining Isseki now is 25m Floater bandmate Kuniaki Kakusei (bass), Noriaki Takagi (guitar) and Kozo Nakamura (drums).

Honeycomb Jukebox was released on July 6 and is a throwback to 90s college rock. It was entirely self-produced and released on Hunting Pigeons’ self-run label Home Recording Is Killing Music. This label will also release Isseki’s solo project and Sentinels’ new EP later this year. You can pick up Honeycomb Jukebox at CD Japan and all digital outlets.

http://www.myspace.com/huntingpigeons/

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Stuff To Look Forward To, November 2011

November 16, 2011

11/01 Between Life And Death- Transience

11/02 10-FEET- Sono Muko e (CD Japan, Play-Asia)

11/02 Balloon- Invitation to the Unknown (CD Japan)

11/02 The Cigavettes/Holidays of Seventeen/Quattro- Rock’n Roll Train Disc

11/02 Deathgaze- Useless Sun (CD Japan)

11/02 Egg Brain- 7 Dishes You Wanna Eat (CD Japan, Play-Asia)

11/02 The Flickers- Wonderground (Amazon)

11/02 Going Under Ground- Ai Nante (CD Japan, Play-Asia)

11/02 golf- Paradise Gang (CD Japan)

11/02 Harvard- Hahvahd (CD Japan)

11/02 Hemenway- Listen (CD Japan, Play-Asia)

11/02 Kaminarigumo- Smash This World (CD Japan)

11/02 Kuroneko Chelsea- Anagura (CD Japan, Play-Asia)

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 58

November 11, 2011

What’s up.

Gekitetsu- “P.S.”

Zombie party! Who knew zombies could rock or do calisthenics. A little late for our “Halloween” column but it’s still Walking Dead season.

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Awai

November 9, 2011

myspace band of the week

Awai is an experimental noise/doom band from Kagoshima. The band members are Mei Ryuu (guitar, vocals), Setsuko Yuuto (guitar), Daisuki Hachiro (guitar), the one (vocals), Atsuko Ai (keyboard), ‘uno’ gillis (drums), and Habiki Natsumi (cello, french horn). They like to think of themselves as a small cult rather than a band, which just adds to the mystery.

Illinois based label Fahra Recordings released both of Awai’s EPs as a single album this October. You can download Electric Blanket / Past, Present, Funeral at Amazon, CD Baby, iTunes, etc.

http://www.myspace.com/awai666


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Aureole

November 2, 2011

myspace band of the week

Aureole is a dreamy post rock band from Tokyo. They formed in 2007 and released their debut album Nostaldom in 2009. In 2010 they released their second album Imaginary Truth featuring guest vocals by calu of matryoshka. The album was released through kilk records, which is run by Aureole’s vocalist/guitarist Daichi Mori.

Samples from both albums are on myspace. Aureole blends together a variety of genres including electronic, alternative, folk, psychedelic, ambient, jazz and more. Whereas some of their songs are lullaby worthy others are sweeping flute driven post rock epics.

Imaginary Truth is available at CD Japan and for download at iTunes and Bandcamp.

http://www.myspace.com/aureolemusic

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