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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 87

December 28, 2012

The last J-Rock Fridays of 2012! Just because the year is ending doesn’t mean Japan has slowed down their music video production.

miila- “Santa Baby”

Is it too late for Christmas songs? Oh well, I was never in the holiday spirit to begin with. Not the cheeriest version of the song anyway. This cover is actually a couple of years old, but I’m glad miila (from Miila and the Geeks) got around to making a video for it.

Sawao Yamanaka- “Answer”

Can you believe Yamanaka’s on his third solo album already? Just like his other side project The Predators, I can’t differentiate “Answer” from a standard pillows track. That’s great if you’re a fan of the pillows, but I would like to see him do something different for a change. This is his chance to do something new and he blew it again.

DOLLS$BOXX- “Loud Twin Stars”

DOLL$BOXX is Fuki from Light Bringer and all of the gals from Gacharic Spin. Although their other single and individual projects lean towards girly pop rock, Gacharic Spin’s keyboardist spends half of “Loud Twin Stars” screaming and it’s awesome.

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Pirates Canoe

September 12, 2012

myspace band of the week

Pirates Canoe is a 6-piece folk band from the Kansai region. The girls, Reika Hunt (guitar, vocals), Sara Kohno (mandolin) and Kanako Keyaki (fiddle), play as a trio in a monthly show called Kamogawa Michigan at various cafes and bars in Kyoto. The boys, Kazuhiko Iwaki (resophonic guitar), Jun Taniguchi (bass) and Takashi Yoshioka (drums), play with the girls at another monthly show called Hyokkori Party at a live house named Jittoku. They’ve been playing as a full band since 2009 and focus on Americana and roots-based music.

Their self-titled EP was released in 2011 and their followup EP Pirates Canoe, Too was released earlier this year. Both are available internationally at CD Baby.

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