Archive for March, 2013


Stuff To Look Forward To, March 2013

March 29, 2013

3/02 yojik and wanda- Hey! Sa! (Jet Set/Video)

3/06 99RadioService- Star (CD Japan/Video)

3/06 Analogfish- Newclear (CD Japan/Video)

3/06 Brian the Sun- Baked Plum Cake (CD Japan/Video)

3/06 capsule- rewind Best-1 (CD Japan/Video)

3/06 capsule- rewind Best-2 (CD Japan)

3/06 Central 2nd Sick- Mixing (CD Japan/Video)

3/06 CreepHyp- Shakai no Mado (CD Japan)

3/06 The cold tommy- cold days, cold you (CD Japan/Video)

3/06 Fujifabric- Voyager (CD Japan)

3/06 Gacharic Spin- Delicious (CD Japan/Video 1, Video 2)

3/06 Guitar Wolf- Yaju Vibrator (CD Japan)

3/06 illion- Ubu (CD Japan/Video)

3/06 Four Get Me A Nots- Blinks (CD Japan/Video)

3/06 Gesu no Kiwami Otome- Doress no Nugikata (CD Japan/Video)

3/06 Kameleo- Sandwich Love (CD Japan/Video)

3/06 KARIBUxNOxKAIZOKU- World Is Yours (Video)

3/06 Keytalk- One Shot Wonder (CD Japan/Video)

3/06 Neverlost- Neverlost (CD Japan/Video)

3/06 Knock Out Monkey- Reality and Liberty (CD Japan)

3/06 NOA- Picture Diary (CD Japan/Video)

3/06 Nothing’s Carved In Stone- Out of Control (CD Japan)

3/06 ONE OK ROCK- Jinsei x Boku (CD Japan/Video 1, Video 2)

3/06 Plagues- Swamp Riding (CD Japan/Video)

3/06 The Redemption- Rough Dance Convention (CD Japan/Video)

3/06 T.C.L- Tremendous Classixx (CD Japan/Video)

3/06 Where’s Andy- First Cry (CD Japan/Video)

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akai SKY

March 27, 2013

myspace band of the week


Based in San Francisco, akai SKY is California’s leading J-Rock band blending heavy American rock with Japanese vocals. Hayashi (guitar) and Umi (bass) formed akai SKY in 2005 with Ryuusei (vocals) and Jinra (drums) completing the band in 2008. The band has played at dozens of anime conventions and festivals in America. They self-released their first EP Tokyo Beat Riot in 2010 and contributed a cover of “Daybreak’s Bell” to a L’arc~en~ciel tribute album in 2012. Their second EP Heart, Attack! was released today. Find it on bandcamp.

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 93

March 22, 2013

In volume 93 of J-Rock Fridays, we have serial killers, crossdressers, a hair salon for children, wind instruments, big meat and more!

uminote- “Words Kill People (Cotodama the Killer)”

Cotodama may be a ruthless killer when he has his Casshern mask on, but he’s just a teary eyed father when his baby girl confronts him. I knew uminote could make an epic video if they had a budget!

The SALOVERS- “Yuka ni wa Kimi no Cardigan”

Vinyl records, rock posters, ramen. Just your average hipster’s college dorm room taken over by The SALOVERS. Pick your cardigans off the floor, they’re clean enough to wear to English Lit.

Her Name In Blood- “We Refuse”

HNIB’s new singer looks a lot like Andrew W.K. when he’s wearing that dirty white shirt. He didn’t come to party but I think Andrew would be proud.

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March 19, 2013

myspace band of the week


Totos is a folk/powerpop band from Tokyo. Vocalist Koyo Fukamizu of Brokenspace started totos as a solo project in 2001. After recording a home demo, he was offered a gig and gathered four people to form a full band. Today’s lineup is Koyo Fukamizu (vocals, guitar), Kenji Tamura (guitar), U-co Muto (vocals, guitar), Osamu Watanabe (bass) and Hara “GEN” Hideki (drums). They were signed by popular powerpop label Thistime Records in 2006 who released their first mini-album in 2007 and their first album Roommate in 2008. After the release of Super Shoes in 2010, totos went on hiatus, but recently resumed activities.

Roommate is available at CD Baby and CD Japan and you can buy all their albums digitally at totos’ bandcamp. In February they released an EP Everything as 7″ record and it’s available at Jet Set Records.

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March 13, 2013

myspace band of the week


Saisa is a post rock/shoegaze band from Tokyo that formed in 2009. The three-man band consists of Kaoru Yanagi, Noriyuki Kasahara and Hiromi Tsuchiyama. Although there are sometimes vocals, they mainly act as an instrument of their own and melt into saisa’s atmospheric sounds. Their first EP This Empty Space Returns Your Solitude was released in November from the Wisconsin based label Keep It Together Records. You can buy it on cassette here or listen to it at bandcamp

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Japan Nite 2013 Who’s Playing

March 13, 2013


Over the past couple of days, thousands of bands have been filing into Austin for the SXSW music festival so it’s about time I write my annual who’s playing Japan Nite this year post. Kao=S, Charan-po-rantan, Jake stone garage, Chihiro Yamazaki + Route 14 Band, Pirates Canoe, FOUR MINUTES TIL MIDNIGHT and JOSY will all playing at the regular Japan Nite show on Friday. On Thursday afternoon, they will be joined by LITE, The Mornings, SuiseiNoboAz and Teen Runnings at the free Japan Preview Show. Crossfaith, Peelander-Z, Shugo Tokumaru, The Suzan, and I’m sure more I’m forgetting will also be playing at SXSW this week.

The Japan Nite Tour starts on Sunday in Chicago and hits six more cities including a first ever visit to Canada. The bands that will be traveling with the tour are Jake stone garage, Chihiro Yamazaki + Route 14 Band, Pirates Canoe, FOUR MINUTES TIL MIDNIGHT and JOSY. Visit Japan Nite’s website for more information!


Crossfaith: US EP Release and Warped Tour 2013

March 12, 2013

When The End announced they’d be releasing Crossfaith’s Zion EP in America last year, I was disappointed to find out it was a digital only release. They’re making up for it now with a CD version on March 19. The physical release was made in conjunction with Crossfaith’s current US tour with Enter Shikari and will only be available at their merch table or online. You can check out their tour dates here and preorder the EP at The Omega Order alone or as a t-shirt bundle.

In all addition to the current tour, Crossfaith have also announced that they will be playing all dates of the Vans Warped Tour this summer! Buy tickets here.


J-Rock Fridays Vol. 92

March 8, 2013

New video Friday with some of your favorite J-Rock bands and quite a few new ones!

Nile Long- “Rush To the Groove”

Last year The Brixton Academy reformed themselves as Nile Long. Their first EP was a solid collection of 80s inspired synthpop, not a huge departure from TBA but a little bit more dance oriented. “Rush To the Groove” is the first single off their first album and although it’s certainly dance worthy it manages to be melancholic at the same time.

One OK Rock- “Clock Strikes”

One OK Rock switches from English to Japanese vocals seamlessly in yet another single that will dominate the J-Rock airwaves. You can find it along with the theme song to the Rurouni Kenshin movie on their new album Jinsei x Boku released this week

Bigmama- “Kimi Omou, Yue ni Ware Ari”

A serious song calls for a serious video and this is the most emo we’ve ever seen Bigmama. Tons of sad staring off into the distance closeups and the singer finally breaking down in front of a bouquet of roses. Dramatic, much?

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Jake stone garage

March 6, 2013

myspace band of the week


Jake stone garage is an alternative rock band from Sapporo that formed in 2002. Satoshi Watanabe (vocals, guitar) is the only original member with Tsukasa Nishi (bass) joining in 2004 and Hideaki Iwanaka (drums) in 2011. They have released three mini-albums under A-CUE Records and a full album Rocks in 2011. Their latest mini-album Feels and their full length is available at CD Japan. Go see them live in America at SXSW and this year’s Japan Nite tour.

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