Archive for February, 2013


mori wa ikiteiru

February 27, 2013

myspace band of the week


Mori wa ikiteiru is a folk band from Tokyo that formed in April 2012. Okada Takuro (guitar, pedal steel, mandolin, banjo) started the band as an ambient project, as evidenced by the solo track on their myspace page. Eventually, mori wa ikiteiru became a full band that was more influenced by classic rock and folk music. The full lineup includes Takekawa Satoshi (vocal, guitar, bass, synth, percussion), Taniguchi Yu (piano, wurlitzer, organ, accordion), Kuyama Naomichi (bass, guitar, piano), Ookubo Junya (sax, flute, trumpet) and Masumura Kazuhiko (drums).

Their first CD-R Foam of the Daze was released in December and is available at Jet Set Records. You can listen to the first two tracks on SoundCloud. Read the rest of this entry ?


Stuff To Look Forward To, February 2013

February 27, 2013

Happy 6th anniversary, J-Rock Explosion!

2/06 Back Drop Bomb- 59days Preface (CD Japan/Video)

2/06 The Calendar of Happy Days- Feelback View (CD Japan/Video)

2/06 The Cro-Magnon- Yeti vs. Crogmagnon (CD Japan)

2/06 Dad Mom God- Broken Noses (CD Japan/Video)

2/06 Fujifabric- Small World (CD Japan)

2/06 Hotel Mexico- Her Decorated Post Love (CD Japan/Video)

2/06 indigo la End- Yoru ni Maho wo Kakerarete (CD Japan/Video)

2/06 Ito Shohei- We Are Young (CD Japan/Video)

2/06 Kinoko Teikoku- Eureka (CD Japan/Video)

2/06 My First Story- The Story Is My Life (CD Japan/Video)

2/06 My Hair Is Bad- Kino ni Naritake (CD Japan/Video)

2/06 Negoto- 5 (CD Japan)

2/06 Sekaiichi- and10 2003-2013 (CD Japan/Video)

2/06 sleepy.ab- Neuron (CD Japan/Video)

2/06 Tommy february6- Be My Valentine (CD Japan)

2/06 Unison Square Garden- Cider Road (CD Japan)

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 91

February 22, 2013

Hello all! I had a wisdom tooth pulled last Friday and am still on a lot of pain killers so forgive me if I’m more incoherent than usual. I was thinking it’s time to start doing individual video posts. Let me know what you think!

Elen Never Sleeps- “Shine On Me”

“If you love me, don’t fall asleep.” My favorite track off Elen’s new EP, “Shine On Me” again borrows footage from some old black and white film. A reflective video with plenty of dancing, kissing and bare breasts.

The fin.- “Glowing Red on the Shore”

The fin. takes us on a grainy chillout session at the beach as the sun’s going down. A very literal interpretation of the song title but a great second track from the band. Looking forward to more from these guys.

Hotel Mexico- “A.I. in Dreams”

Two videos in one month, Hotel Mexico is really making up for lost time! There has been a live studio version of this song kicking around since last year but this Richard Law directed video really cranks up the creepy.

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You Said Something

February 20, 2013

myspace band of the week


You Said Something is a lo-fi indie pop band from Sapporo. The trio, Kousuke Sakurai (vocals, guitar), Saya Yamada (bass, metallophone) and Kouichiro Sawaya (drums), formed in March 2011. Their self-titled EP was released last October and is available at Jet Set Records. They recently contributed the track “Sunshine” to Ano(t)raks new compilation Upwards and Onwards.

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Tokyo Shoegazer

February 13, 2013

myspace band of the week


Tokyo Shoegazer (東京酒吐座) is exactly what it sounds like, a shoegaze band from Tokyo. Formed in 2010, the band was created for Plastic Tree’s former drummer’s Sasabuchi Hiroshi’s birthday event. The supergroup of sorts includes Presence of soul’s Yoshi (vocals, guitar), koldcake’s Kiyomi Watanabe (guitar), Zeppet Store’s Makoto Gomi (guitar), 101A’s “the k” (bass) and Sasabuchi (drums). Although they intended to disband after one performance, they decided to continue activities after many offers to perform again.

Their first album Crystallize was released in 2011 and is available at CD Japan. On January 23 they released a split EP with with former band of the week Lemon’s Chair and contributed two tracks to the Japanese My Bloody Valentine tribute album Yellow Loveless.

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 90

February 8, 2013

February, the month of love and snow storms!

Hotel Mexico- “Boy”

Hotel Mexico is back! It sounds like the singer decided to switch up his vocal style from high pitched to typical indie mumble for their first ever music video. See if you can make sense of the dolphins, fireworks and lesbians.

White Ash- “Would You Be My Valentine?”

It’s hard to call White Ash’s  “Would You Be My Valentine?” romantic when I can’t understand a word he’s swooning, but a timely Valentine’s single nonetheless! A cute video about a girl who somehow finds time to make her boy chocolate while walking backwards and waving at babies. Hopefully White Ash reciprocates on White Day!

0.8 Byo to Shogeki.- “10050 Cielo Drive”

Slow motion bounce balls! If you needed more proof that 0.8秒と衝撃。are insane, they named their new single after the address of one of the Charles Manson “family” murders (but also where Trent Reznor recorded platinum Nine Inch Nails album The Downward Spiral!)

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Goodbye holiday

February 6, 2013

myspace band of the week


Goodbye holiday is a four piece rock band that formed in Hiroshima in 2008. Kodama (vocals), Omori (guitar), Fukuyama (bass) and Yamasaki (drums) moved activities to Tokyo in 2011. They released a demo album that year that eventually became their first mini-album. Solaris was released in January from No Big Deal Records and is available at CD Japan.

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