Archive for July, 2013


Large House Satisfaction

July 31, 2013

myspace band of the week


Large House Satisfaction is a garage rock trio made up of brothers Youji (vocals, guitar) and Kenji Kobayashi (bass) and Shusaku Tanaka (drums). Kenji and Shusaku started the band in 2005 while they were still in high school. They released their first album in 2009 and attracted attention with their participation in the 25th Anniversary The Blue Hearts tribute album. They signed to Garuru Records and released their second album High Voltex in 2012 and their third album In the Dark Room earlier this month. Check out their real estate at CD Japan.

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J-Rock Archives: July 2013

July 31, 2013

7/03 The ChronoHEAD- Curiosity (Video)

7/03 Comeback My Daughters- Mire (CD Japan/Video 1, Video 2)

7/03 dustbox- Care Package (CD Japan/Video)

7/03 Gackt- Best of the Best Vol. 1 Mild (CD Japan)

7/03 Gackt- Best of the Best Vol. 1 Wild (CD Japan, Video)

7/03 GalapogosS- Run Like Fury (CD Japan)

7/03 Lagitagida- Tutela (Video)

7/03 Liquid- Indigo Harbor (CD Japan/Video)

7/03 Machibuse- Hitsuji Kazoeru Okami (CD Japan/Video)

7/03 Mix Market- Whammy (Video)

7/03 My First Story- Saishukai (CD Japan/Video)

7/03 Muddy Apes- Fairly Dirt No. 5 (CD Japan/Video)

7/03 The Natsuyasumi Band- Summer Zombie (CD Japan/Video)

7/03 ROYZ- Egoist (CD Japan/Video)

7/03 Smash Up- Smash Up (CD Japan/Video)

7/03 Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra- Diamond In Your Heart (CD Japan/Video 1, Video 2)

7/03 Toremono- TropiCarnival (CD Japan/Video)

7/03 Vamps- Ahead / Replay (CD Japan/Video)

7/03 umbrella- Monochrome (CD Japan/Video)

7/03 Under Graph- 7+one Oto no Irodori (CD Japan/Video)

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 104

July 26, 2013

Czecho No Republic- “Fine Day”

It’s a “fine day” to try on hundreds of pairs of clothes with Czecho No Republic. Mai Takahashi’s role in CNR has been minimal since she joined last year, but her first lead vocal song is stunning. The song original appeared in shortened form as the bonus track on their Ivory single and I hope they let her sing more tracks on their next album. She’s too good for backup!

kataomoi- “Daily Disco”

Something funky is going on in kataomoi’s new video..the entire band was replaced by random black people! It’s hard to say anything else without sounding racist, but it is a humorous, good natured video starring guys that obviously have more rhythm than the actual band.

Crossfaith- “Eclipse”

In Japan, it’s illegal to dance after 1am. It’s a good thing Crossfaith’s international fanbase has grown exponentially over the past year. Wherever “Eclipse” was filmed, you know Crossfaith will throw a hardcore party.

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July 24, 2013

myspace band of the week


Toremono (トレモノ) is a four piece pop band from Tokyo formed in 2009 by Kida (vocals, guitar), Nanba (guitar), Nakama (bass) and Karimata (drums). They have roots in various genres such as funk, surf, reggae and soul. In 2012, they self released their first mini-album and were selected as one of ro69jack’s winning artists. Earlier this month, they released their new mini-album TropiCarnival from Knock Up! Records.

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 103

July 19, 2013

It’s been a brain scrambling week thanks to the heat so let’s just cut right to the videos before I collapse.

the milky tangerine- “Setsunai Dance Music”

Beat the summer heat with the milky tangerine’s winter wonderland video. “Setsunai Dance Music” doesn’t have the synths nor the dubstep breakdowns that have become synonymous with modern dance music, but if you’re looking for a fun piece of guitar pop, the milky tangerine will add some color to your playlist.

mitsume- “Utsuro”

Summer time go to the beach. Mitsume’s new single has the boys tripping in water and doing funny dance moves all over town while the guitars wail to the sound of old teen beach movies.

go!go!vanillas- “Ningen Sanka”

Go!go!vanillas walk around town in this cool four panel rock’n’roll video. I’m a little disappointed their bassist stole Beat Crusaders’ Taro Kato’s look but I’ve been spinning this single since February and am just happy they’re finally putting out an album.

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Yasei Collective

July 17, 2013

myspace band of the week


Yasei Collective is a “modern electro crossover band” from Tokyo. Masanao Matsushita (drums) and Mitchihiko Nakanishi (bass, synth) met in LA and formed Yasei Collective after they returned to Japan in 2009 with Takuro Saito (vocals, guitar, synth) and Kazuhiro Bessho (keys, synth). Taking influences from their time in America, Yasei Collective fuses all different kinds of genres like pop, jazz, rock and hip hop. Their first album Kodama was released in 2011 and they have released four volumes in a live album series Really Real Live from 2012-2013. Their new studio album Conditioner will be released in August.

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 102

July 12, 2013

It’s the end of the world as we know it.

Crossfaith- “We Are the Future”

Crossfaith harnesses the power of the solar eclipse to become gods in yet another apocalyptic video full of swirling metal cubes and dust storms. You can catch them live all summer ripping apart the Warped Tour in anticipation of their new album Apocalyze being released everywhere this September.

3style- “My Soul”

Hang out with 3style for a while before one of them goes outside and inadvertently films a first hand video of the end of the world. All we get to see is a giant fireball in the distance before people start dropping dead and the camera falls but it’s a fun little movie.

Adams- “Bittersweet”

Adams have invented a new sub genre of visual kei, “neo sexual”, in which the two vocalists express their homosexual interests for each other in their songs and videos (two Adams instead of Adam and Eve). As for the gay stuff, the only things we see in “Bittersweet” are a few silhouettes and a subtle wink.

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Shugo Tokumaru is in America now!

July 11, 2013

Shugo Tokumaru will be touring America the next two weeks, starting tonight in NYC. Tonight’s show will be supported by Mirah, OneOne (Satomi from Deerhoof and Saya from Tenniscoats) and Perrin Cloutier (Beirut). Tara Jane O’Neil will join Tokumaru on all dates for the west coast leg.

July 11 – New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom

July 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

July 13 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

July 15 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

July 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset Tavern



July 10, 2013

myspace band of the week


THE CREATOR OF is an alternative/post rock band from Tokyo. Shigeyuki Suzuki (vocal, guitar) and Sakamoto (bass) formed the band in 1994 as junior high friends. The original lineup actually made it pretty far, releasing their debut album Lost Summer Daze on Sony in 1999 and having opened for Marilyn Manson and Slipknot. After releasing their second album In Reservoir in 2002, the band went on a long hiatus due to member disagreements. Shigeyuki released a third THE CREATOR OF album as a solo artist in 2007 as well as creating ambient music under the name Erimin5

In 2011, THE CREATOR OF reformed with the current lineup of Shigeyuki Suzuki (vocal, guitar), Daisuke Takeda (guitar), Hiroki Furutani aka Kuroi Mori (guitar, synthesizer), Sakamoto (bass) and Hiroki Sagawa (drums). Although they have done instrumental songs earlier in their career, their new songs mainly ditch their metal beginnings for atmospheric post-rock. You can download In Reservoir for free at Jamendo.

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 101

July 5, 2013

So I’ve been doing J-Rock Fridays biweekly for the longest time. Let’s see how long I can keep this up every Friday.

saisa- “Blessing the Circulation”

To tell you the truth, the post rock scene hasn’t been doing much for me lately until I found saisa’s cassette tape last year. Their melancholic instrumentals and off kilter vocals struck a chord with me that bands like Mono have failed to do with their extravagant orchestras. “Blessing the Circulation” comes from their debut album, released last month by Chinese label 1724 Records (apparently the first debut of a Japanese band on a Chinese label, politics).

salyu × salyu- “Jibunngainai (Studio Live Version)”

Ghost in the Shell fans were surprised by the announcement of a new OVA series this year. Instead of going with Yoko Kanno for the music department again, they chose Cornelius who then reunited with salyu for the theme song. “Jibunngainai” continues in the salyu x salyu tradition with Salyu’s ethereal voice and Cornelius’ production touches. Unfortunately, the only project we’ll remember her for (aside from Lily Chou-Chou) when her pop career ends.

BiS Kaidan- “好き好き大好き (Special Edit)”

BiS is back again this week, this time teaming up with members of legendary noise rock band Hijokaidan. Seriously? What kind of idol group does that. This video is a delightful mess, with the girls SCREAMING in blood soaked dresses destroying EVERYTHING. Thankfully, we have a full album of this to look forward to.

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