Archive for April, 2012

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the eglle

April 25, 2012

myspace band of the week

The Eglle is an all-girl post-punk band from Tokyo. Sugar (vocals,guitar), Tomoyo (bass) and Sayumi (drums) formed the band in 2010 originally under the name the brown. Their first 7″ record Swimming / My Moaning was released in December 2011 from ACCOMO.

Swimming / My Moaning is available at Jet Set Records. A free download of their new songs “Perfect of Triangle’s Balance” and “Disorder” can be found here.

http://www.myspace.com/theeglle

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Stuff To Look Forward To, April 2012

April 25, 2012

Another month full of releases I can’t afford.

4/04 Applicat Spetra- Spectacle Orchestra (CD Japan, Play-Asia)

4/04 ar- YON (CD Japan)

4/04 B’z- Go For It Baby (CD Japan)

4/04 The Cigavettes- We Rolled Again (CD Japan)

4/04 BOYZBOYZBOYZ- Electric Evil Make Bomb (CD Japan)

4/04 Champagne- Schwarzenegger (CD Japan)

4/04 Deathgaze- Creature (CD Japan)

4/04 Earls Court- Resurrection (CD Japan)

4/04 Fake Face- Dichotomic (CD Japan)

4/04 group_inou- Monkey / Judge (CD Japan)

4/04 ivory7 chord- Pentagram (CD Japan)

4/04 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu- Candy Candy (CD Japan)

4/04 LM.C- Strong Pop (CD Japan, Play-Asia)

4/04 Man With A Mission- distance (CD Japan)

4/04 Para:noir- nihilism (CD Japan, Play-Asia)

4/04 recoride- MP3 no Danmatsuma (CD Japan, Play-Asia)

4/04 Sukippara ni Sake- Boku No Chi (CD Japan)

4/04 tokyo blue weeps- What Happened In Yesterday (CD Japan)

4/04 VA- Nevermind Tribute (CD Japan, Play-Asia)

4/10 VA- Vivid Covers – A 20th Anniversary Tribute To L’arc~En~Ciel (Amazon)

4/11 Asian Kung-Fu Generation- Kakato de Ai wo Uchinarase (CD Japan, Play-Asia)

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 69

April 20, 2012

Sexy time.

Turntable Films- “Misleading Interpretations”

Stabbed in the heart and he still makes it to the show on time! After their stellar debut mini-album, Turntable Films made it into my most anticipated for 2012 and “Misleading Interpretations” does not disappoint. It is sad though to see they’re a trio now, which must be a recent development as I can hear former keyboardist Nozomi Funada all over this track (I think she even has a cameo in this video?).

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Chik’nhood

April 18, 2012

myspace band of the week

Chik’nhood was hatched in 2008 in Tokyo. Syuji (guitar), Manabu (drums) and Tsuchihashi (bass) were originally in a band called Jam Band. They met their vocalist Hiro, who grew up in Manila, and formed Chik’nhood, a parody of the delicious restaurant El Pollo Loco. They are influenced by American alternative rock acts like Foo Fighters and Hoobastank. Their self-titled album was released in 2010.

Chik’nhood’s debut album is available at CD Japan and digitally on Amazon and iTunes. They have also put up a bunch of new tracks for free download on their bandcamp.

http://www.myspace.com/chiknhood/

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mitsume

April 11, 2012

myspace band of the week

mitsume ミツメ is Moto Kawabe (vocal, guitar), Mao Otake (guitar), Nakaya Sanshiro (bass) and Yojiro Suda (drums). The band formed in 2009 and is active in Tokyo. Their first EP was released in 2011 and their new single Fly Me To The Mars!!! was released on cassette in February. Both are available at Jet Set Records.

http://www.myspace.com/maomotokari

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I Love J-Rock 2 and things

April 10, 2012

Good Charamel Records released their second I Love J-Rock compilation today. It includes 1-2 newer songs from Shonen Knife, Molice, TsuShiMaMiRe and the recently broken up LAZYgunsBRISKY who were all on the first compilation. There is one surprise in yet another girl band Tricot with “Baku Retsu Panie San.” No word on whether or not GC will be bringing over Tricot’s whole EP but they have announced release dates for all of the other Japanese bands on their roster:

4/17 LAZYgunsBRISKY- LAZYgunsBRISKY

4/17 Molice- Neugravity

5/01 TsuShiMaMiRe- Giving More Blood

5/01 TsuShiMaMiRe- Shocking

Sometime in June, Shonen Knife- Pop Tune

I Love J-Rock 2 is available at Amazon MP3 and GC’s webstore. More PVs below!

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Cleopatra Records releases L’Arc~en~Ciel tribute album

April 8, 2012

L’Arc~en~Ciel is taking their 20th anniversary celebration global in 2012 with the release of their 12th studio album Butterfly and a world tour that brought them to New York last month, the first first Japanese band to headline Madison Square Garden. Cleopatra Records will release a L’Arc~en~Ciel  tribute album in America to honor these icons. Vivid Covers – A 20th Anniversary Tribute to L’Arc~en~Ciel will be released on April 10 and features J-Rock artists from all over the world. Some highlights include Keshiki from Japan, Unshin from the UK,  and Lemon Drop Kick and akai SKY from the US.

Listen to samples and pre-order the CD at Amazon.com.

akai SKY recording “Daybreak’s Bell”

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 68

April 6, 2012

Okay, the Hunger Games gag didn’t bring in any new readers so I’ll drop the act for now. I think Bertoia won?

ar- “Akasaka Nice Day”

Looks like ar added a guitarist…and autotune? since the last time we saw them. Not the kind of band I expected to turn to dance rock but it’s growing on me.

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FU えふゆー

April 4, 2012

myspace band of the week

FU えふゆー prononced “efju” is a rock trio from Tokyo. They formed in 2002 with the lineup Ubi Quitous (vocal, guitar), Tekere Two (bass), Chang (keyboard ~2010) and T*K (drums). They have released four albums, their third Love I Love was produced by Grammy-award winning Malcolm Burn. “On No Words” from that album was a finalist in the 12th Annual Great American Song Contest. In April 2010, FU began hosting a monthly net radio show Izigen Ongaku Tankentai at Tokyo Net Radio. FU is short for “from unconsciousness” which is fitting since frontman Quitous claims most of FU’s songs are written in his dreams.

FU MP3s are available at Amazon and iTunes. CDs are available at CD Baby.

http://www.myspace.com/izigenmusic

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