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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.

Man With A Mission- “Take What U Want”

If you’re into extreme sports and snowboarding, Man With A Mission is giving u what u want. It was only a matter of time before the wolfpack turned to bro rock.

Back Drop Bomb- “The Beginning and The End feat. AKLO”

This is awful, Back Drop Bomb. Rap and dubstep should never go together.

Keytalk- “Fiction Escape”

Keytalk utilizes the moving picture frames technique for their new PV. Will they remain trapped in a photo?

Neverlost- “Key to the Dreams”

Man why does every other hardcore band in Japan have to have a white singer? Oh well, the screams are all right and he does kind of have a visual kei look going on.

Analogfish- “Goodbye Girlfriend”

Analogfish is saying sayonara to their girlfriend and it’s a silent walk in the middle of the night affair. It’s a good time for thinking and stuff!

Balzac- “The Bleeding Black”

I just picked up this awesome Balzac blood splattered record last week and they have a new single out already! Prepare for another hell raising album from this horror punk band.

99RadioService- “Star”

99RadioService gives a bus ride performance while a ballerina prances about in front of a train. Who will rise to stardom first?

Kuso Iinkai- 波動砲ガールフレンド

Kuso Iinkai made an RPG style PV full of esoteric writing. Beware the mighty kamehameha!

Gesu no Kiwami Otome- “Black Parade”

Machine guns and blood. Not the most sensitive video but it’s been a while since we’ve heard a good piano driven rock band.

Lyu:Lyu- “Kaiten”

I don’t know if this surgeon is creating a robot or extracting an alien baby but all this medical equipment is making me queasy!

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Band Links:

99RadioService: web, CD Japan

Analogfish: web, CD Japan

Back Drop Bomb: CD Japan

Balzac: web, CD Japan

Elen Never Sleeps: facebook, download

The fin.: facebook, download

Gesu no Kiwami Otome: web, CD Japan

Hotel Mexico: web, CD Japan, Jet Set

Keytalk: web, CD Japan

Kuso Iinkai: web, CD Japan

Lyu:Lyu: web, CD Japan

Man With A Mission: web, CD Japan

Neverlost: web, CD Japan

See new videos daily at J-Rock Explosion’s Tumblr!

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