Archive for the ‘Free mp3’ Category


Hotel Mexico

August 25, 2010

myspace band of the week

Hotel Mexico are here to blow your earlobes.  They’re not from Mexico, but they’re the latest in a string of awesome bands from Second Royal Records.

Hotel Mexico hails from Kyoto and began writing songs in 2008.  Many members of the band are also club DJs.  They put out a cassette tape and a live VHS earlier this year and released their debut mini-album His Jewelled Letter Box last week.  “Its Twinkle” is their first single.  It has a nice, spacey intro before a deluge of electronic boops and muffled vocals.  The kind of track Tom Delonge wished he could do with Angels & Airwaves.  “Do you Do you HAIA” wasn’t ready in time for the mini-album release, but you can download it for free at the bottom of this post.  Just as the previous song, it’s full of dreamy riffs and retro synths that will keep you dancing all night.

You can download both songs and a remix at Second Royal’s SoundCloud page.  Pick up His Jewelled Letter Box at Jet Set Records and get a free sticker and a CD-R with two remixes by NITES.

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Carsick Cars

May 4, 2010

myspace band of the week

It’s been a while since J-Rock Explosion left Japan.  So I thought I’d check out the only Asian band on MTV Iggy’s 25 Best New Bands In The World list.

Carsick Cars has been gaining steady attention overseas lately, thanks to their appearance at SXSW earlier this year, not to mention opening for  Sonic Youth in 2007 in Europe.  The trio formed in 2005 in Beijing.  Their music sounds very much like their listed influences: Sonic Youth, Joy Division, etc.  So far they’ve released two albums, Carsick Cars in 2007 and You Can Listen You Can Talk in 2009.

The first song on their myspace “Zhong nan hai,” apparently their favorite brand of cigarettes, is a good place to start.  It’s catchy, if not overly repetitive, but succumbs to some nice guitar riffs in the latter half.  “Mo Gu” is another catchy Chinese song.  Songs like “Pan,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Hero,” and “You Can Listen You Can Talk” showcase their ability to write songs in English.  Luckily they’re just as catchy as their Chinese ones. Some songs are more experimental like “Invisible Love”  and “C,” but for the most part they play accessible indie rock.  Carsick Cars is one of the most talked about underground Chinese bands worldwide and I can see why.

Free mp3: You Can Listen You Can Talk

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arcana arcade

April 6, 2010

myspace band of the week

I’m always on the lookout for good J-folk bands and arcana arcade fits the bill just fine.  The band consists of Seiji Suga, Satoko Moriyasu, and a dozen other support members on saxophone, flute, trumpet, etc.  They are influenced by 60s and 70s psychedelic and folk rock and hope to revive the “old but good” feeling.

The first three songs on myspace come from their upcoming album And Jersey.  The first song has a positive folk rock feeling and a lot of flute, while the second is on the sadder side of folk but exposes Satoko Moriyasu as a great vocalist.  “30/30” definitely has more of a hillbilly feel, but I’m loving the variety here.  “Starmine” is an older song that feels more shoegazey than folk.

If you enjoy bands like Turntable Films and 4  Bonjour’s Parties you’ll dig this band.  Arcana arcade is currently finishing their debut album, which they describe as “a curry well stewed with some citrus fruits, coffee, miso and bean jam.”  Honestly, who doesn‘t want to listen to that?

Download a free mp3 at bandcamp.



March 16, 2010

myspace band of the week

It seems like every Japanese music blog has their favorite chiptune artist.  So today I decided to make USK my bitch.

I first discovered USK a few years ago when I downloaded Pico Pico Disco from 8bitpeoples.  Up to that point, the only other chiptune artist I listened to was YMCK, and let’s just say USK was much more chaotic/danceable. I can’t find his real name, but USK was born in 1984 and began making electro music on his PC in 1999.  In 2005, USK started experimenting with Game Boys and here we are now.  USK’s latest song “I AM A FUCKOKA RAVER” is USK at his best.  Don’t start the rave without him. Read the rest of this entry ?


The Bad Spellers are now on Gimme Sound

March 10, 2010

To celebrate the opening of their Gimmie Sound account, The Bad Spellers are giving away their album Keep On Shining and a bunch of demos.  If you act fast, you can still enter their contest to win a free copy of the CD.

The Bad Spellers are a twee-pop duo consisting of Tony and Yasuko (husband and wife).  They formed in 2003 in Tokyo and in the past year have moved shop to Vermont.

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February 22, 2010

myspace band of the week

Elomaticmill was the last band to leave a comment on my wall (even though I couldn’t read it), so this week they get the honor of myspace band of week.

For the most part, Elomaticmill is your typical female fronted indie rock band.  If you’re familiar with bands like LiN CLOVER and Swinging Popsicle, you know what you’re getting yourself into.  But despite the averageness, they have the small town charm that have earned them over 22,000 fans on myspace.  Choice track: “Synchronicity”

Download their Pilot film DEMO at or the love below.

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Random J-Rock Updates #11

October 7, 2009

Eleven is my favorite number.

-Asobi Seksu’s new video for “Transparence” can be seen here.  An exclusive MP3 from their new album Rewolf can be downloaded here.

-If you read J-Rock Fridays Vol. 4, the new albums by sgt., Skybeaver, and Bossfist are on HearJapan.

-ELLEGARDEN side project Nothing’s Carved In Stone will be putting out a new single and live DVD in December.

Wow Rock will be putting out Art Cube’s The Complete Best on December 3 before Japan.

-Housekeeping: If you scroll to the left, I added a new link section named “Japanese Labels.”  These are Japanese record labels that I enjoy.  More will be added in time.  Right now, my favorite J-record label is Theory&Practice.

-Nadehiko from texas pandaa is working on the soundtrack for his friend’s indie film.  Listen to the first track “Our Big Crossing” here.

Eastern Youth has an exclusive download for “Konomama Aki He” here.

Luminous Orange will be putting out a best of album on November 4.  It will be available for international order on their webstore.

EN-X is back in the studio after losing two members.

-Part 1 of FACT’s Coming To America documentary is available on Shockhound.

Far East Movement discovered Flattop Grill.  I’ve been there.  I wasn’t as impressed.

-Another new album vlog from The Slants.


バードレイクス (birdlakes)

Hailing from Chiba, birdlakes formed in 2006.  The band has released one mini-album and two singles since then.  For fans of Sparta Locals and Ogre You Asshole.


Mono- Hymn to the Immortal Wind

January 2, 2009

Mono’s fifth studio album Hymn to the Immortal Wind will be released March 4 in Japan on Human Highway Records and March 24 on Temporary Residence Limited in the US.  The album was recorded and mixed in Chicago by Steve Albini.  A full orchestra was used in at least 75% of the album.

They will be playing in New York City on May 5 in support of their album with a 23-piece orchestra.  This will be their only North American performance of the year.

Track list:

  1. Ashes In The Snow
  2. Burial At Sea
  3. Silent Flight, Sleeping Dawn
  4. Pure As Snow (Trails of the Winter Storm)
  5. Follow The Map
  6. The Battle to Heaven
  7. Everlasting Light

“Ashes in the Snow” (mp3)


Random J-Rock Updates #5

September 14, 2008

Hey guys.  I’m going to try to do these “news updates” more frequently.  I just started writing This Month in J-Rock: August 2008 (I know! Late again!) and it should be done by Friday.  I can tell you now that the column will include four album and six singles reviews.  Much less than last time but it was a short release month to begin with.

Electrico have two new songs on their myspace, “Soul Not Science” and “Hail To the Friends” from their new album We Satellites.  WHEN WILL THIS COME OUT IN AMERICA.

Asparagus uploaded a live video for “Dead Song.”

-Looks like BEAT CRUSADERS have a tribute album coming out!  They’re also contributing to the  tribute album for the legendary punk band Snuff.

-Clips from Zazen Boys’ 4th album are now streaming on Myspace.  I just downloaded the full album and it’s one of this year’s best.

-I added several new J-Rock links under Blogroll, including my BEAT CRUSADERS fansite in case you missed it.

-Filipino screamo act TYPECAST have posted a blog containing their 2008 Baybeats performance.

-If you were wondering what happened to Whence He Came, their myspace status is now “…is no more. Thank you all!” 😦

Asian Kung-Fu Generation will release their new album Surf Bungaku Kamakura on November 11.  This will be their second full-length album of the year.

Versailles have officially changed their name to Versailles -Philharmonic Quintet- (how full of it are they?) for copyright reasons.  Their new single “Prince” can be downloaded for free at MaruMusic and HearJapan.

The Cherry Coke$ have a new album out.  How the @#$% did I miss that?


Muon- FREE discography

September 13, 2008

I’ve had my eyes on Muon for several years now.  Muon was a three-piece, now a four-piece, ambient/experimental unit from Singapore.  Their songs tend to be mostly instrumental and electronic with a post-rock feel to it.  From what I understand, Ginnette Chittack from the Singapore indie-rock band Astreal was also a member of the group at one point.  In a recent blog post on myspace, Muon has given away their entire discography, including their 2008 album The New Mutants which I will talking about in greater detail in another post.  Enjoy.

The Death of Cinema (2003)

1. Immanance

2. Outside Looking In

3. Mythic Resolve

4. Realign

5. Prologue

6. Eulogy

7. Belarus

8. Goot Shiz

9. Bloodrush
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In Flught (2004)

1. Paxian

2. Persona non Grata

3. Life and erasure

4. In Flught

5. Jupiter

6. Feel Is

7. Breaking Silence

8. Ourselfs

9. negotiations with an inner voice


Live In Bangkok (2006)

1. Against the Grain

2. This Is Not the End

3. Stop Taking Sad Pills

4. From the Cold

5. The Dead Sea


The New Mutants (2007/2008)

1. Marny

2. Love Drops

3. Against the Grain

4. Chromatik Fantastik!

5. The Consequence of

6. This Is Not the End

7. Cylons Dream of Electric Sheep

8. From the Cold

9. Part X

10. What


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