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Since there doesn't seem to be a general single purpose Japanese pop thread..

Currently enjoying Listen To The Music 2 by Noriyuki Makihara ("Macky"!)... the production on the more upbeat numbers are just silky smooth yet highly complex.. the cover of "Traveling" is amazing. The very BOC/Capitol K take on Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" is a bit odd, as is the early MoM style take on Nat King Cole's "Smile"

Your turn.

iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 07:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Puffy is easily the best j-pop group I've heard, but it has admittedly been a pretty small sampling on my part.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 07:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The first J-Pop record I owned and went giddy over was Tomoe Shinohara's Supermodel from 1996. She made Bjork look like Patti Smith. I still throw that on every now and then whenever I want to go into screeching little twee girl video game noise/dance sugar fits.

iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 07:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

j-Pop really fucking sucks!

Good Dog (Good Dog), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 08:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Puffy are ok though.

Good Dog (Good Dog), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 08:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

'80s J-pop is where it's at...

Ippu-Do/Masami Tsuchiya
Miharu Koshi
Chakra
Moon Riders
Akiko Yano
P-Model
Taeko Ohnuki/Mishio Ogawa
YMO (of course) / Sakamoto / Takahashi
Melon
Zelda

Patrick South (Patrick South), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 09:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

And to say J-pop sucks, to dismiss Japanese popular music entirely, is pretty stupid. Clearly you haven't heard SHIT.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 09:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

At the Kinokuniya books inside Uwajimaya, they have an entire section of "Top Japanese Hits of [Year]" compilations from 1970 to 2005. It's tempting, but to buy all those would be the same price as a downpayment on a mid-sized house.

iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 09:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Any Bonnie Pink recommendations?

iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 09:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Let's make this "The J-Pop YSI thread".

Here's Tommy February - Hey Bad Boy
http://s45.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=20QG4O8JQGQO821ID8ECY69XRC

snowballing (snowballing), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 09:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

this thread is mostly about shibuya-kei, but anyway:

Great Japanese Pop

zebedee (zebedee), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 11:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Patrick Smith: J-Pop is not "the entirety of Japanese popular music." Get one clue.

Good Dog (Good Dog), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 12:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I mean J-Pop as a term was not even invented until the mid-nineties. Perhaps overseas people use it to mean something else.

Good Dog (Good Dog), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 12:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yeah, in Japan, "J-pop" means everything other than "J-indie" and "J-Punk" or other underground genre.

Regardless, saying "J-pop really fucking sucks" is really dismissive.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 14:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

And I'm assuming you were addressing me with "Patrick Smith." :]

Patrick South (Patrick South), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 14:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

My understanding is that J-Pop refers to a specific style of major label, fast tempo, synth-driven, television supported pop music from about 1993 to the present typified by girl groups like Morning Musume (created by a TV show), Komuro Tetsuya's projects, Hamazaki Ayumi, SMAP, Hikaru Utada, etc etc. This stuff is inescapable in Japan. I spent years watching Japanese TV and I heard about five good songs and three of them were written by Okuda Tamio. Sorry to be so rockist about this but this country's mainstream pop music is really annoying and awful and I thought I'd just pipe up with that stunning observation.

I will bow out of the thread now as it's obviously not for me. Toodle pip.

Good Dog (Good Dog), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 14:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

So, J-Pop is essentially the half of Japanese mainstream music that has a pulse? (Based on the Hit Parade show -- the one karaoke pop show where they all venerate THE FISH at the beginning -- I've seen syndicated on UHF here years ago, there's the more upbeat modern side of Japanese mainstream, and there's the more boring adult contemporary side.)

iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 22:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I like Puffy OK, but I especially like the really hyper j-pop I've heard, like that one posted on Fluxblog a while back by Salt 5. Any YSIs or pointers toward overviews would be more than welcome.

Eppy (Eppy), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 22:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

tomoe shinohara has a new single out which is o-k. for more stuff like that, search: hi-posi, chappie, hazel nuts chocolate, plus tech squeeze box, aprils, W (only the last being proper 'j-pop' in good dog's definition).

i 2nd snowballing's tommy february6 recommendation. see also; tommy heavenly6 & brilliant green.

not sure if shiina ringo belongs on this thread but everybody should search.

xcixxorx, Wednesday, 9 November 2005 22:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That Tommy February track is fantastic, thanks. I wish it was a little more amped-up but that's OK.

I didn't know Plus-Tech Squeeze Box qualified. Awesome.

It'll probably be hard to search for W, but I'll try the rest.

Eppy (Eppy), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 22:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Having lived in Japan a few years ago, I can honestly say that the pop music over there is, in general, embarrasing to a westerner's ears. The main flaw is the overzealous use of tacky 80's style synths and guitars (Hamasaki Ayumi is a glaring example). Although I never really found it, I'm confident that there IS good music in Japan, it's just really hard to find. Noteworthy artists would be Pizzicato Five (natch), The Pillows, Suga Shikao (but he's a bit iffy at times), and X Japan's first album "Jealousy", which is sort of like Metallica's "Master of Puppets" but even more over the top.

Jimmy James Inc, Thursday, 10 November 2005 06:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The main flaw is the overzealous use of tacky 80's style synths and guitars

Haha, which country HASN'T been doing stuff like this recently?

I guess what I like about this stuff is its resilience. It's this "Nothing is going to stop this motherfucking bubblegum brigade.. we're going to use every odd modern production technique out there to create this kaleidoscopic maximalist sugar rush of a song" attitude that I appreciate. It's a love or hate thing, I guess. But I'm noticing that I'm starting to like the more conservative stuff as well. ah, age.

iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Thursday, 10 November 2005 07:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"I'm confident that there IS good music in Japan, it's just really hard to find."

Wrong, wrong, wrong! One of the best things about living in Japan is the huge variety of record shops catering to any genre you can imagine, plus a few you've probably never heard of. Furthermore, if you live in nearly any of the major cities, you've got plenty of options with regards to club nights, live shows, not to mention the festivals which go on all summer. Judging the state of Japanese music based on Ayumi Hamasaki and her ilk is just plain ignorant.

I've said it before on a bunch of other threads but anyone interested in Japanese music needs to check out SUPERCAR. 'nuff said.

J-rock (Julien Sandiford), Thursday, 10 November 2005 08:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I quite like the new Orange Range record. Fake Rock is such a great genre.

Jacob (Jacob), Thursday, 10 November 2005 08:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Don't Orange Range do the terrible "Locomotion" cover thing?

Patrick South (Patrick South), Thursday, 10 November 2005 09:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Quite possibly. I'd hardly hold 'em up as paragons of taste but the record is quite fun in an Andrew WK-lite kinda way.

Jacob (Jacob), Thursday, 10 November 2005 09:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Speaking as someone who likes j-pop, o noes o shokku!!! etc, I'd recommend Ai Otsuka, esp her first album Love PUNCH!, which is cute girly guitar pop, and Namie Amuro's latest album is from what I've heard excellent. There's a boyband called w-inds. (spelt like that!) whose best-of came out last year or so and is ace - some very classic late-nineties/early-2000s-ish songs on there, although for a couple of their albums you needed to be immune to lame boyband-rap to survive. Porno Graffiti can be pretty ace too, not sure if they're strictly jpop though.

Did anyone get the last english-language Utada album?

spontine (cis), Thursday, 10 November 2005 14:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

if you mean Exodus, yeah - strange but good, it was like normal dance-pop but just skewed enough to be really interesting.

i was thinking the other day that I needed to start a thread about j-pop in 2005 b/c i've really been out of the loop - anybody know of any great '05 releases in the genre?

Josh Love (screamapillar), Thursday, 10 November 2005 14:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Nichiyo-bi" by Jitterin' Jinn (?) is utterly fantastic tweenie sugar rush pop that pretty much defines the word "bouncy".

"Long Way Home" by Speed is a lachrymose ballad in the "Careless Whisper" vein that kind of seeps under your skin after a few hearings. Dunno if they're anything to do with Speed, Glue and Shinki (I suspect not) but you can always hope.

Those are the only 2 j-pop songs I can remember actually. Are there any compilations / overviews marketed to the Western market? Or would that be a complete waste of any record companies time and money?

Matt #2 (Matt #2), Thursday, 10 November 2005 15:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Lately:

The Hillary Duff sounding song "Endless Love" from We Love Katamari soundtrack. So good!

This morning on the train I jammed out The Fantastic Plastic Machine's "too" which is total disco mindfuck.

Jdubz (ex machina), Thursday, 10 November 2005 15:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

today I made a "music cover fantasy" folder and one of those songs is j-pop: ayumi hamasaki "Real me" RAM RIDER REMIX, it's a sweet and powerful "get out of my way" kind of pop song.

Sébastien Chikara (Sébastien Chikara), Friday, 11 November 2005 00:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yuko Ogura's 'Frui Chu Tarte' from last year is one of the best all-out, hyper, super-synthy J-pop albums of recent years. I don't know who these musicians are...but they know how to make a pop song. It's her first album! She sounds like a kid!

Patrick South (Patrick South), Friday, 11 November 2005 01:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Spontine :"I'd recommend Ai Otsuka, esp her first album Love PUNCH"

spontine i had just bought LOve Jam, which is good, is Love punch better ?
Also i bought Chara "a scenery like me but had yet to listen"

not strictly jpop but i highy recommend Takako Minekawa "Roomic cube" and "Chat chat".

any other suggestion, expecially greatest hits, since i can permit to go bankrut and i buy tons od diverse genre of music. Yeh a J-Pop compilation for the wester market would be a goodidea, but probably noone is interested....

francesco brunetti, Friday, 11 November 2005 17:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

sorry, that should have been "i can't permit to go bankrupt"!!!! and "a scenery like me" but....

francesco brunetti, Friday, 11 November 2005 17:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yeh a J-Pop compilation for the wester market would be a goodidea, but probably noone is interested....

Kinokuniya Books sells "The Best in J-Pop! Volume X" type comps for better (yet slightly inflated but nowhere near Japanese import) prices.. so SOME labels (in the U.S. at least) have seen a market for this.

They also sell domestic releases of Japanese bands like Polysics and, occasionally, Boredoms related stuff... Still, I wish the buyers at Kinokuniya would be more on the off-the-radar tip -- but the AOR Japanese pop, J-Pop, and Japanese underground customer bases tend to be mutually exclusive, I guess.

(plurplurplur) ^_- DJ 'O' Nut -_^ (rulprulprulp) (donut), Friday, 11 November 2005 17:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

BABYMETAL! I have nothing else to say.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QbAXXXOJF8

Ned Raggett, Friday, 28 October 2011 18:35 (six years ago) Permalink

That's...quite something.

I guess there's always been a crossover between j-pop and metal with people like Aikawa Nanase and the vis kei bands but i've never heard anything like that.

Mohombi Khush Hua (ShariVari), Friday, 28 October 2011 18:39 (six years ago) Permalink

Do not ignore their homepage:

http://www.babymetal.jp/

Ned Raggett, Friday, 28 October 2011 18:55 (six years ago) Permalink

Amazing.

Mohombi Khush Hua (ShariVari), Friday, 28 October 2011 19:02 (six years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKJdLkpqj6k

bob loblaw people (dayo), Thursday, 12 January 2012 13:24 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Have to post this here as well

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAOqbu_XEvk

(This being Momoiro Clover Z - the music video is great as well, but the official upload's sound is muffled http://youtu.be/TIokp4MonxE )

Big, amazing song. Marty Friedman featuring seems like a normal sort of thing for these girls. There's also this article from Japan Times:

The not-so-odd coupling between noise acts and J-pop http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20120223im.html

However, a lot of it is thoroughly sincere, and in Japan, the burning heart of this love affair is Momoiro Clover Z, a pop group who provoke squealing, teenage admiration from punks, indie kids, noise musicians and heavy-psychedelic longhairs throughout the Japanese underground music scene.

One such progressive rocker is Taigen Kawabe of U.K.-based psychedelic band Bo Ningen. More often seen in Tokyo playing alongside noise legends such as Keiji Haino, Kawabe's page on the website SoundCloud leads off with a curious mashup of his own band and Momioro Clover Z in which the former band's shifts in rhythm match surprisingly well with the idol group's distinctive penchant for chopping aggressively (and sometimes illogically) between seemingly unconnected melodies.

Interestingly, Momioro Clover's recent single, "Roudou Sanka," written by Ian Parton of British band The Go! Team, met with criticism from some fans for being too commercial, and the Hyadain-produced (and Friedman-enhanced) followup, the elaborately titled "Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku Dainana Gakushou", is defiantly back in the group's previous furious conceptual mashup territory

Roudou Sanka is actually great http://youtu.be/Krj3dwKEaSk

abcfsk, Friday, 2 March 2012 18:40 (five years ago) Permalink

the music isn't killing me as much as the video concepts, but the Megadeth guitar + Volga Boatmen Russian choral coda is definitely some kind of... thing? they're 9000 times less disturbing than AKB48 in any case, if I could take back watching that one video of theirs a friend forwarded I would

that Japan Times article is great though; Merzbow had been influencing western pop artists from the beginning of his career, but when Shiina Ringo began integrating full on Otomo Yoshihide levels of noise-solos in her pop songs it really did come across as national heritage rather than some kind of collage. almost confused Japan Times didn't reference Shiina even though she basically moved away from noise in 2004

Milton Parker, Friday, 2 March 2012 20:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Here's the song performed live with a full choir and marty on the guitar!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB3Oo1vihSo

abcfsk, Saturday, 3 March 2012 10:57 (five years ago) Permalink

I fell asleep listening to Perfume's JPN last night and had weird acidy candy store french electro dreams.

owenf, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 22:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Whoa, I completely missed out on Momoiro Clover Z's nutsoid Christmas song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmfli1WCcFA

Doch! (seandalai), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:30 (five years ago) Permalink

^ the best bit is when it goes SANTA

owenf, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 01:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Dude who writes most of their stuff:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyUXKynmmiw

abcfsk, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 06:33 (five years ago) Permalink

bet he's tired

owenf, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 09:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Sufficiently so to forget his many chords in the new Momoiro tune- http://youtu.be/fATvdleWPtU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVn3_qeIrBA

abcfsk, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 10:49 (five years ago) Permalink

TAKE FIVE! puts me in this really nostalgic mood

flagp∞st (dayo), Saturday, 17 March 2012 23:04 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jWLioW7Zx0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEGjoWVJKNk

the last few Wednesday Campanella singles have been excellent

ufo, Thursday, 17 November 2016 10:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Yep, very cool

abcfsk, Thursday, 17 November 2016 18:38 (one year ago) Permalink

the new BOMI is very Campanella, produced by Tokyo Recordings who worked on Campanella's Napoleon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhUHE61xetM

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 17 November 2016 18:57 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Tentenko produced by Eye of Boredoms

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLL91md6Y_o

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 22 December 2016 12:31 (eleven months ago) Permalink

really like that tentenko album. anyone familiar w/her ~900 or so other records?

checked out a later yukako hayase album from 2001 - love your life. it rules. here's the only track on YT but the whole thing is solid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkRba0s6NkA

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Saturday, 31 December 2016 20:25 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

So this Wednesday Campanella album is pretty much all I've listened to for the past month

Headphone Jack (seandalai), Sunday, 19 February 2017 01:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

they are super likable for sure. PVs have an odd personality to them.

Milton Parker, Sunday, 19 February 2017 03:39 (nine months ago) Permalink

yeah i love it, it's maybe their most consistent so far. certainly a lot better than UMA last year

apart from Aladdin i think my favourites are Sakamoto Ryoma (i love the percussive lead synth) and Zeami (the difference between the first and second verse is so dynamic)

ufo, Sunday, 19 February 2017 04:51 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New YMM -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed-LsUht8iE

MaresNest, Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

what a mess lol. It's interesting how popular Ano has become in Korea recently, mainly due to comps of her TV appearances on YouTube - a lot of comments on YMM videos are now in Hangul.

I really like this track by ex Koutei Camera Girl member Molmo under the name Ame To Kanmuri
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsMhk56zLE0

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, 19 March 2017 11:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

hahaha I kept pausing that YMM single bc surely a totally different track must be playing in some other tab, right? lol, awesome.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Sunday, 19 March 2017 16:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

new campanella is def v nice & 世阿弥 is amazing but I think I still prefer the earlier records. the simpler melodic idm sound is just more up my alley & I like their consistency even if they are a little less ambitious.

anyone ever hear this early demo? (w/a 2nd singer!):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeOkQvyh0Jc

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Sunday, 19 March 2017 16:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

here's a collab I never expected, Ano of YMM guesting on a Towa Tei track

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-tXl0gajdc&

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Monday, 27 March 2017 15:45 (seven months ago) Permalink

strange but I dig it

Towa's albums always seem like a who's who of J-pop, lately

frogbs, Monday, 27 March 2017 15:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

wooow that YMM track

ultros ultros-ghali, Monday, 27 March 2017 16:32 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

More Idol fuckery

http://aramajapan.com/news/music/·········is-an-enigmatic-project-that-may-hide-a-deep-meaning/74429/

MaresNest, Thursday, 27 April 2017 12:45 (six months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

goddamn, that's awful D:

new campanella single sounds a little like a coldcut remix of a tortoise song or something to me and I mean that in the best possible way:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qPSHOTzidw

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Friday, 26 May 2017 04:14 (five months ago) Permalink

You'll Melt More continue their habit of parodying western record covers (previously including Neu!, ESG, B&S, Suicide etc)
http://i.imgur.com/ELZYbze.jpg

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 26 May 2017 13:35 (five months ago) Permalink

hmmm what's that one?

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Friday, 26 May 2017 13:53 (five months ago) Permalink

Screamadelica (the EP seems to be called Discopsychedelica)

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 26 May 2017 14:00 (five months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQd-Nj4eH48

What a crowd pleaser of a song!

abcfsk, Saturday, 27 May 2017 07:31 (five months ago) Permalink

Digging CRCK/LCKS

Neat mix of Ringo, Clammbon, a few others and a little bit of mathyness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHdgffU5mbU

Foghat digs holes in space (MaresNest), Sunday, 28 May 2017 09:31 (five months ago) Permalink

I quite like both of those. btw what's a good resource for finding out about these sorts of things, and/or maybe more alternative/underground Japanese music?

ultros ultros-ghali, Monday, 29 May 2017 18:08 (five months ago) Permalink

Heya ultros, does your webmail ink work?

Foghat digs holes in space (MaresNest), Monday, 29 May 2017 18:15 (five months ago) Permalink

Yes I think so

ultros ultros-ghali, Monday, 29 May 2017 18:53 (five months ago) Permalink

Just sent you a message, my web address is super old/dead so don't reply there.

Foghat digs holes in space (MaresNest), Monday, 29 May 2017 19:26 (five months ago) Permalink

Thanks :)

ultros ultros-ghali, Monday, 29 May 2017 19:32 (five months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

this is fun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3Wp_2X6nUo

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 23 June 2017 16:37 (five months ago) Permalink

A bit late but I'm loving this REOL track from last year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IK6eLTNV1k

emil.y, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 15:39 (four months ago) Permalink

Heya Emily, have you checked out the Tentenko sings Halmens EP?

MaresNest, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 17:35 (four months ago) Permalink

No!!!!

emil.y, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 17:36 (four months ago) Permalink

Worth checking out, I never realised how similar her voice is to JT

MaresNest, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 18:10 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

another great YMM parody sleeve

http://i.imgur.com/bqEwqHV.jpg

the new Koutei project sounds promising

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_tyAg5J1wE

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 25 August 2017 12:44 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah, that koutei track is nice! didn't realize that the original group had splintered into all these variants a while ago.

anyone else check out the · · · · · · · "single"? one long track that's built out of three or four p solid shoegaze/emo j-pop tracks with drone and field recording interludes and then 50 minutes of warm guitar noise at the end:
http://aramajapan.com/news/music/shoegaze-idol-group-%C2%B7-%C2%B7-%C2%B7-%C2%B7-%C2%B7-%C2%B7-%C2%B7-debut-song-70-minutes-long/78818/

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Sunday, 3 September 2017 17:35 (two months ago) Permalink

Yes have been listening to that Dots single, the first 20 minutes are pretty good. I have a soft spot for releases that link tracks with drones etc.
A bit late but I really like this Sora Tob Sakana track that came out earlier this year, sort of math rock idol?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHBrIzHFff4

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, 3 September 2017 20:01 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah, I'm honestly not super into indie/shoegaze/etc. and the last 50mins of that dots single aren't particularly compelling noise music either (imo)... but I still appreciate that they went there. the initial back-and-forth between songs and drones is fun too, yeah. I like the interlude w the locust hums <3

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Sunday, 3 September 2017 23:27 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nq16jUhk9As
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jilbr-dW2Cc

monari from especia's solo album is quite nice

ufo, Sunday, 3 September 2017 23:45 (two months ago) Permalink

hell yeah

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Sunday, 3 September 2017 23:48 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol-P9BxDHuw

had completely missed that there was a new FAMM'IN track in march. a bit disjointed and not quite as transcendent as circle but still a lot to like

ufo, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 07:53 (two months ago) Permalink

Hey Zappi, thanks for recommending CRCK/LCKS above! They're kicking my ass with jazz chords

sbahnhof, Thursday, 14 September 2017 08:20 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

FAMM'IN still feels slightly 'off' to me (the concept's promising but I think they need to go the full Dawn Richard or something, both musically and visually). But I did discover FEMM as a result so I'm grateful for that. FEMM's new album is going to be all covers of classic J-Pop songs from the 80s and 90s:
http://aramajapan.com/news/music/femm-announces-new-album-80s90s-j-pop-revival-releases-new-single/80961/

The cover of 'Roman Hikou' is sounding pretty great to these ears.

Jeff W, Sunday, 1 October 2017 11:58 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

new Tentenko single rules, produced by the same people behind Goodbye Good Girl

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJSP6aEo7_o

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 19 October 2017 10:30 (one month ago) Permalink

Wow, that's great, v '80s Hasono sophistipop vibe.

emil.y, Thursday, 19 October 2017 11:30 (one month ago) Permalink

New YMM, more than just a bit Talking Heads.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgXMDYXRq5A&feature=share

MaresNest, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:54 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Oh, the EP is apparently called Talking Hits *slaps forehead*

MaresNest, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

last 2 links have been great :D

nxd, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Had that YMM song in my head all weekend, love how they took that Remain In Light sound and made a jpop song out of it.

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink


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