Archive for the ‘Shing02’ Category


Posthumous Nujabes: Luv(sic) Part 4

June 22, 2011

In case you missed it, a new Nujabes song was released earlier this month. Shing02 returns for part 4 in the Luv(sic) series. DJ Icewater and Uyama Hiroto help out with scratches and sax. I don’t know the story behind this track, whether Nujabes intended for this beat to be used for Luv(sic) or if Shingo just picked it out of hat. In any case, it’s out and it’s great. Even NPR digs it. The track is available on iTunes and at Hydeout Productions (with an A cappella and instrumental version). A vinyl release will be out in July.

In related news, Word Is Bond released the An Eternal Soul OST today. It’s the official soundtrack for the Nujabes documentary directed by Abe Spiegel. You can download it for free at bandcamp. Songs from Ruto, Dela, Ahnnu and Marcus D are below.

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 16

March 19, 2010

I’m kind of surprised how hard hit I was by Jun Seba’s death, but I still managed to check out a few new videos for you guys.

Northern19- “Smile For Peace”

Northern19 is back with another feel good punk-rock anthem.  Hits the spot with this warm weather we’ve been having.

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R.I.P. Jun Seba aka Nujabes

March 18, 2010

Long time friend and co-collaborator Shing02 has confirmed Jun Seba aka Nujabes’ death.  There is also an official statement in Japanese on the Hydeout Productions website.  Jun Seba passed away on February 26 after a fatal car accident.  He was 36 years old. Read the rest of this entry ?


J-Rock Fridays Vol. 1

August 21, 2009

Earlier this year, I started a mini-column called J-Rock Fridays on another blog.  Obviously, it never caught on.  So in order to breathe new life in this blog, I decided to recreate it here bigger and better.  For now this will be a biweekly column.  Ideally, I would want a couple posts in between J-Rock Friday columns and I can’t promise that if it was done weekly.  So for now, sit back and enjoy videos from some upcoming (or dead) Japanese bands!

4 Bonjour’s Parties- “Pins and Needles”

Pretty cool single-camera video.  Yes, this video was recorded live.  I can’t imagine how many hours were put into preparing this. Sure, the audio isn’t that great, and the video definitely not polished, but it has that indie charm the major’s can never reproduce.

1000say- “Lostman”

I was told that if I liked school food punishment, I’d like this band too.  I can see where they were coming from.  The electronics are similar, but I think 1000say has  better pop vocals than sfp.  Overall, a fun song and a fun band.

Electrico- “We Satellites”

The latest single from the Singaporean trio.  It’s filled with horrible CGI of space debris.  The band themselves don’t show up until half way through when a broken shard of glass floats across the screen.  And then they kind of disappear.  The song itself sounds a lot like U2.  I really don’t know what’s holding them back.  They’re signed to Warner, but they’re content to stay in Asia.  Every other day, “electrico we satellites download” pops up in my search engine terms.  I’m sorry, I don’t have it.  Apparently you can download it at  Wayango.  But it’s region blocked so don’t bother.

PARMS- “Stolen My Heart”

The first music video from PARMS.  From the looks of it, the footage is taken from their 2009 US tour with Park Ranger.  I thought “Sunlight” would have made a better single, but this one is OK too.  They’re finally putting their debut album out in Japan this October, even though it’s been available in America since February.  Oh well!

Shing02- “Wankyoku feat Emi Meyer and Motoki Yamaguchi”

This is the first time I’ve seen Shing02 perform with a drummer, a beautiful woman, and in Japanese.  Maybe I should check out more of his albums.  Shing02 is most known for his work on Samurai Shamploo, but he’s worked with a lot of other famous rappers and DJ’s since then.  I really like this song and hopefully he’ll gain more recognition overseas.

Versus the Night- “Peace Out, Girl Scout”

I’ll leave you guys with something a little more heavy.  This recently released “tribute” video is taken from their farewell EP So This Is Goodbye. They had so much more to contribute to the hardcore scene, but at least they went out on top of their game.  And it looks like their singer is finally putting out an album with his new band InhalePS: I was pleasantly surprised that Shima from buddhistson edited this video.

See you again next, next week!


Random J-Rock Updates #7

November 15, 2008

Annnnnnnnnnnd.  I thought I would do another one of these things while I had the chance.  If you have news you want me to post send it to me!

shing02 supports Barack Obama.

Dir en grey’s video for “Dozing Green” premiered on Headbangers Ball.

Winnie’s new mini-album Headquarter will come out January 14.

-You can download the lyric booklet for girugamesh’s MUSIC over at JapanFiles, for free.

Vuzz Vegas Queen has their demo album up on myspace to stream.

The Slants have a new remix of “Love Within My Sins” on myspace.  It is from their new album Slants Slants Revolution, a remix album by DJ Ninja Gaijin and Justin Coope.

8otto also has some new remixes up on myspace.

This Month in J-Rock: October should be done by next Friday.  Sorry!

Peelander-Z participated in a cool art jam.  They also have a 7″ with Loafass coming out soon.


An Cafe- Goku-Tama Rock Cafe

Dir en grey- Uroboros



February 13, 2008

Shing02’s new single “Start Again” is available to download here.   Two remixes are also available.

1. Start Again

2. Start Again (a.z. Remix)

3. Start Again (Melatonic Remix)



Shing02- Ultimate High

October 21, 2007

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about any J-rap (well ok I never have). Here is Shing02’s new video for “Ultimate High.” You may remember him from “Battlecry,” the Samurai Champloo theme song.