Archive for the ‘Quattro’ Category


J-Rock Fridays Vol. 85

November 30, 2012

Raining down a new bunch of J-Rock videos. Just FYI, this is the time of year my part-time job becomes a full-time crap fest so don’t be too worried if I disappear for a while!

Shugo Tokumaru- “Decorate”

Finally! P-Vine has been region blocking this video for months, but now we have a viewable upload thanks to Polyvinyl announcing they’ll be releasing Shugo Tokumaru’s new album In Focus? in the states in January. “Decorate” continues what Tokumaru does best, bedroom pop with a mix of childlike wonder.

Magdala- “Memories”

If you’ve been missing mutyumu, hatis noit has a new project with Aureole frontman Daichi Mori. She drops the operatic voice for Magdala, substituting her universally beautiful voice. Sure I miss the random screaming in the background but this is pretty too.

LOST- “Christmas Eve (English Version)”

It’s Christmas time, again, and LOST recorded a non screamy cover of Tatsuro Yamashita’s “Christmas Eve.” You can find it on Santa Causes: It’s A Pop Rock Christmas, which I can only hope is a continuation of this awesome CD,  with a bunch of other mostly Japanese artists.

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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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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 74

June 29, 2012

Fourteen new videos for your viewing pleasure. Pick a favorite or two.

toe- “Tsuki, Kake feat. ACO”

Since the official version looks awful, here’s the viral video where they pretend to be a cover band covering their own song before it was even released. As you can tell from the “feat. ACO” bit, this is one of their vocal tracks, which have been better than their instrumentals as of late.

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 66

March 9, 2012

Get your kicks on J-Rock 66.

Quattro- “Last Dance”

Quattro may have lost half their band to The Mirraz, but they’re back with a vengeance with their fourth-coming album.

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August 4, 2010

myspace band of the week

“Why are they called Quattro though they are 5?”  The video for “Magic J” never answers the question, but I went ahead and listened to some more Quattro.

Quattro is a four or five-piece (their myspace lists four members at this point) indie band from Tokyo.  They’ve put out two albums and an EP on LilBallet.  Their latest album Where Is The Coconuts? …Ha? came out earlier this year and it’s a lot of fun.  Samples of all eleven songs are up on myspace.

Their sound can best be described by observing what’s on their album cover: five dudes standing under palm trees.  Some of the songs have a Brit pop flair, such as the excellent single “Time, Time, Time” while others such as “Question #7” and “For All We Done” are straight up country.  The kind of album you play as you spread out on your hammock and enjoy an ice cold Popsicle.

Their English isn’t perfect.  Their grammatical disaster of an album title should be proof of that.  But the charm is still there.  And if Takeshi Iwamoto works on it a LilBit I’m sure they’ll find success overseas.

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