Archive for August, 2012

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Stuff To Look Forward To, August 2012

August 31, 2012

Gotta post this eventually!

8/01 ALL OFF- Start Breathing (CD Japan)

8/01 Art-School- Baby Acid Baby (CD Japan)

8/01 D.W. Nicols- Brown Sugar Mommy (CD Japan)

8/01 plenty- Katamuita Sora / Notenkibiyori / Hitotsu, Sayonara (CD Japan)

8/01 The Predators- Monster In My Head (CD Japan)

8/01 Quruli- Everybody Feels the Same (CD Japan)

8/01 Radwimps- Sprechchor (CD Japan)

8/01 VA- V-Anime Rocks! (CD Japan)

8/02 ROTTENFAFFTY- DANCE (CD Japan)

8/07 JAWEYE- Stargazer (CD Japan)

8/08 the ands- Fab Noise (CD Japan)

8/08 The Cat Loves Strawberries- Eat Me (CD Japan)

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13ROUND

August 29, 2012

myspace band of the week

13ROUND is a “SoCal” punk rock band from Tokyo. The band was formed by AKI4NIA (vocals, guitar) and Ikumi (drums) in 1999 and now includes Kou (bass), Mukey (guitar) and Tommy (guitar). Their sound combines hardcore punk with ska and reggae, not unlike Rancid. Aki’s work at a custom hot rod shop has also factored in to his song writing and band imagery.

After a mini-album and split EP with The Cherry Coke$, 13ROUND released their first album 1Min, 4Secondz, 2Long Town in 2005 and went on hiatus shortly after. Aki has played in various punk bands since, including 4EVERZ with Ikumi and Kou. In 2011, 13ROUND got back together and released a new single “Sunshine Bus.” They are currently recording their second album Dreamin’ of Liberty. Pick up 1Min, 4Secondz, 2Long Town at CD Japan.

http://www.myspace.com/thirteenround

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 78

August 24, 2012

The heat wave is back!

Aniss & Lacanca- “Aniss & Lacanca’s Theme”

Aniss & Lacanca is the side project of two of the prettiest singers in Japan, mmm and Mai Mishio from Uzumibi. “Aniss & Lacanca’s Theme” is a bit more cheery than their individual projects with the enthusiasm of a Broadway musical. It’s nice to see them goofy for a change dancing on a hillock with smiles so wide you can fit that windmill in their mouths. Click here for the more rocking “You’re Cool.”

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Vivarta

August 22, 2012

myspace band of the week

Vivarta is Naohiro Asakura (vocals, guitar), Yusuke Asama (bass) and Kazuaki Suguri (drums) from Kyoto. The trio formed in 2007 and is an alternative/ambient rock band. They have supported Joe Lally from Fugazi twice in Japan and have toured outside Japan three times, most recently Australia in July. Their self-released 0.5 EP is available at Jet Set Records.

http://www.myspace.com/vivarta03

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The Boicotts

August 15, 2012

myspace band of the week

The Boicotts is the brain child of vocalist/guitarist Manabu Sugar from Tokyo. Sugar formed the band in 2003 and released their first single “Do the Boicotts” on his own label Meet Beat Records in 2004. After a successful Japanese tour, Sugar snuck off to London to book gigs but was kicked out. Eventually he got a visa and lived in the UK for a few years. The Boicotts resumed in Japan in 2011 and its current members are Manabu Sugar (vocals, guitar), Natsuki (guitar), Tomy (bass), and new members Popo (drums) and Yossuxi (accordian, ex-The Cherry Coke$).

UK label Trashmouth Recordings released The Boicotts first EP last year and will release their first album Apple Has No Pips on August 20. Buy it at Amazon or your favorite digital retailer.

http://www.myspace.com/boicotts

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 77

August 10, 2012

Finally getting cool weather in Chicago. Let’s hope it lasts through the weekend!

Teen Runnings- “Make It Better”

Friends decided to get back together again to rerelease their debut record as Teen Runnings. “Make It Better” was on the original and remains a fun surf pop song with a complementary waves and beach party video courtesy of VIDEOTAPEMUSIC.

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Yuey

August 8, 2012

myspace band of the week

Yuey is Yu Higa (vocals, guitar), Yoshinori Ogasawara (bass) and Norihisa Nakamura (drums) from Chiba. Higa and Ogasawara formed the band in 2000 as a foursome. They became a trio in 2004 and self produced a few singles and toured over the years until they caught the attention of mini muff records. Their first mini-album Music was released in 2007 and they released two more mini-albums and a single from the label. Their newest I My Me Mine, Where Is She is available at CD Japan and iTunes.

http://www.myspace.com/yueyweb

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Preorder Mono’s For My Parents

August 8, 2012

Temporary Residence will release Mono’s newest album For My Parents in North America on September 4 (Japan release is August 22). The 5-track album is about traveling the world and giving your parents a hug and includes support from the The Wordless Music Orchestra. Preorder the album at Amazon or Temporary Residence, where they already sold out of a few vinyl pressings.

Hit the jump for North American tour dates and a journey through Iceland.

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Kagero

August 1, 2012

myspace band of the week

Kagero is an instrumental jazz quartet from Tokyo. They formed in 2005 and its current members are Yu Shiromizu (bass), Ryu “Ruppa” Sasaki (sax), Chieko Kikuchi (piano) and Tomomichi Hagiwara (drums). In 2009 they contributed a song to the Pe’z tribute album, who they have a lot in common with musically. They have released three self-titled albums and a cover album of showtunes and movie themes all available at CD Japan.

http://www.myspace.com/kagerojp

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