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Best of 2012: J-Rock Fridays Part II

January 18, 2013

The last batch of the best J-Rock videos of 2012, although hopefully not the last list of the year. We’ve been to many places this year and it’s time to revisit.

The Novembers- “Harem”

Starting off part II of the best J-Rock videos of 2012 is another “weird stuff happens in the woods” video! The Novembers’ follow a mysterious gypsy into the woods where she does a sword dance while they look on like Twilight vampires. Haunting!

Aureole- “Live Again”

I really do love these woods videos! This time a mysterious schoolgirl stumbles into the woods and finds a magic sword while Aureole plays their flute song behind a bed sheet. She will protect them from harm.

matryoshka- “Monotonous Purgatory”

A beautiful animated video about a soul leaving its body that could have probably been expanded to a short film and submitted to certain film festivals. A wonderful treat for the 5 year album wait.

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 82

October 19, 2012

Everybody’s looking forward to the weekend.

kindan no tasuketsu- “Toumei Kan (Album ver.)”

Japan’s brightest new indie band has released a new version of their first PV in time for the release of their debut album. The album version of “Toumei Kan” contains 100% less furries but otherwise sounds the same as the original, which was apparently co-written with beat maker Idiot Pop who also just released an awesome dance album.

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March 2, 2010

myspace band of the week

Nego is a jam/post-rock band that formed in February 2008 when Mukaiyama Toshitaka left sgt. Ever since they have preformed rigorously around Japan and released their first single Imperial Dub in 2009.  Their first album Dub Phalanx was released in Februray 2010.

At first listen, nego sounds like a cross between the last sgt. album, a Rastafarian band, and a jazz festival.  The previews for their latest album Dub Phalanx are kind of weird. But later on, it becomes familiar.  A lot of these songs sound like sgt. I guess that should come as no surprise considering Mukaiyama played guitar with sgt. from 2003-2008.  The main difference between the two bands is nego’s jazzier, sometime uplifting, take on some songs and the use of bongos.  Not to say that nego can’t make a dark, brooding post-rock tune in the vain of Mono.  Dub Phalanx is kind of hard to find and is unavailable to purchase on my usuals.

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