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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.”

Z- “DONUTSの罠”

Last year 6eyes and Miila and the Geeks showed us just how awesome the saxophone can be. The ungoogleable “Z” does the same in between shouting out random hardcore band names.

shuly to 104kz- “Shikabane”

Violin is another instrument I like in my rock music, except shuly to 104kz is no BIGMAMA. Shuly’s mix of hardcore and rap compliments nicely with the violin and is as epic as Vampillia or mutyumu.

The Mirraz- “Kimochi Waraii”

The Mirraz finally puts together a single I can sing along to and has a lot of fun at the amusement park. I haven’t been on animal cups in so long.

another sunnyday- “Bucket Mash”

Everybody’s riding roller coasters this week! I guess it’s summer after all.

Asshole Unite- “Our Song”

The assholes sing a song about friendship. Why are they so nice?

99RadioService- “Bye x Bye”

The girl or the band? 99RadioService’s vocalist has to say bye bye bye to one of them.

Quruli- “Chili Pepper Japones”

Mainstream rockers Quruli finally lost their marbles after 10 albums. “Chili Pepper Japones” is just one joke after another, set to Cajun style music. I don’t know if this is supposed to be a comedy album or something but it’s working for me.

Liquid- “Solid”

Liquid makes a solid instrumental track with the help of their standup bass player.

cellzcellar- “The Strange Sun”

It’s been four years since kacica released Mosaic and I’ve begun to miss Misato Yamanaka’s sultry voice. At this point I don’t expect an album anytime soon but Misato has lent her vocals to this new cellzcellar song, the solo project of Mitsugu Suzuki who has a lot of other projects for kilk records.

ONE OK ROCK-  “The Beginning”

Definitely not the kind of song I expected to soundtrack a wandering samurai film (that’s right, Rurouni Kenshin is getting a live-action, Toonami folks!), but still ONE OK ROCK sure knows how to belt out a rock tune. No wonder they’re one of the top selling rock bands in Japan

NOKIES!- “One Foot on the Ground”

NOKIES! have one foot in America and the other in the UK as they show us footage from this year’s Japan Night and Japan Underground tours. Watch them shop at record stores and stuff.

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Band Links

99RadioService: web, CD Japan

Aniss & Lacanca: blogspot, CD Japan

another sunnyday: web

Asshole Unite: web, CD Japan

cellzcellar: myspace, Amazon

Liquid: web, CD Japan

The Mirraz: web, CD Japan

ONE OK ROCK: web, CD Japan, Play-Asia

NOKIES!: web, CD Japan

Quruli: web, CD Japan, Play-Asia

shuly to 104kz: web

Z: tumblr

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