You can now read my review of this album on Netlabelism.
I feel as if every time I come back on here, it's some sort of apology for not ever signing on here and posting anymore. So here is another apology! I wanted to shamelessly self-promote a little something here. I'm going to be having a small radio show broadcast online from my campus, so if any of you want to tune in, that would be great. I'll be playing, of course, lots of Japanese music, as well as whatever else I'm feeling at the moment. Could be a little more mainstream, a little obscure, it'll be whatever really. I may play some more "normal" stuff just to ease in the show at first though. Either way, I hope you get SOMETHING out of it and maybe hear something new. Here are the details:
Titan Internet Radio at 5:30-6:00 PM PST every Tuesday.
There will be a webcam set-up so you can all jerk off to my face as well.
I usually don't do this sort of thing, but my good friend Houston recently wrote about Nemu Yumemi, a fairly new idol within the Akiba scene who is tearing things up! He described her pretty well, so I'll spare you my boring description!
"Nemu Yumemi is a "budding idol" from the Akihabara district in Tokyo. Akihabara, famously, is the neighborhood in Tokyo that is most densely populated by stores bearing items that are essential to the "otaku" lifestyle. Whether it be anime paraphernalia and action figures (which I guess could be anime paraphernalia as well) or video games and a great set of headphones (for the audiophile in you) Akihabara is filled with toys for the obsessive. In turn the music that comes out of a place like this is often goofy, obsessive in it's lyrical themes, and based around anime or anime-esque gimmicks. Nemu is one fifth of the larger idol group でんぱ組.inc (Denpa Gumi, Inc.) but--for me--the real prize is her solo work. The group had it's [I believe] second single come out on the sixth (at least the second with all of it's members, allegedly there is one from 2008 with only the two founding members--neither of these members is Nemu) and Nemu only has one single out as well, but I for one believe that this is the start of something beautiful. Nemu is my contemporary Yukiko."
To describe Nemu, I would call her "punk moe." Her lives definitely have an unmatched amount of energy and interaction that most artists like her fail to display. Along with being a denpa artist, she is also a DJ and model. Akiba-worthy indeed. Download her first single, 魔法少女☆未満.
Official Site/Tumblr: http://nemu.dearstage.com/
IZ BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I RAWK N ROLLED. I've been picking up a lot of random Alchemy releases lately, so I'll be posting here a bit again. These days I'm usually just on Tumblr, where sometimes I'll post stuff like this. This one is the first CD single ever put out by Alchemy by a playful punk outfit named Sekiri. They mostly sing about food and sex. What every girl likes. It's your standard Japanese girl punker stuff, not too out there, but quite enjoyable and fun to hear. Enjoy!
25時 off of 天界
上海ノスタルジー off of AIRMAIL SPECIAL
Shinsei Kamattechan may very well be the biggest thing in alternative rock in Japan since Number Girl. In December they released this album (Tsumanne) along with a major label album entitled Minna Shi Ne and are currently in the process of starring in a film directed by Yu Irie. Their chaotic live shows have gained them quite an amount of notoriety and it's safe to say that their albums very much capture that intensity. Tsumanne is an epic apocalyptic ambient-pop trip filled with anthemic noise-rock, chilling processed vocals, incomprehensible melodies layered over and over each other and gltiched out drums, at times the music reminds one of the obscure avant-pop of Yapoos mixed with the short stories of Kafka processed through headphones. Endearingly strange, Shinsei Kamattechan have very much pushed the boundaries of music with this album and have may already launched themselves among the ranks of legends in Japan. This is one album that all Japanese music fans must here.
*Note, the last two PVs were recorded roughly 1 or 2 years ago and were re-recorded on this album*
A million apologies. I can't believe how long I lagged on this one, but here it is. I uploaded it as one straight .avi file to insure that there wasn't any corruption in trying to put the files together. I hope that's okay with everyone here. Here's my original short write-up about it, nothing much, but in case you haven't heard much info on it. Enjoy!
New Pants are a band from Beijing turning out jams ranging from anything to spaced-out synthy indie rock, to Ramones injected disco numbers. At times they remind me a lot of other contemporary Asian bands like the pillows, My Little Airport, and (although it makes me cringe a little to say this) Polysics. A sense of playfulness and happy melodies contrasted with sometimes more serious takes on their sound, the band is fairly self-aware and seems to poke fun at themselves often or the genres of music they take on. Surprisingly enough, this band is to appear at this year's Coachella, I wonder what the crowds reaction will be? Personally, tracks like "Being Together" stand out much more to me than their poor Engrish dance numbers, but I believe the band is varied enough that there at least a few songs that everyone can enjoy.
Ultra-violence and erotic-grotesque, lyrical themes revolving around Nazi symbolism, anal rape, and Steve Harvey that make Brotha Lynch Hung seem like Will Smith, the Odd Future collective (or more properly known as OFWGKTA [Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All]) are the next revolution of underground hip-hop. Their popularity already snowballing during the past year, the collective has been compared to the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, and although this may be a label put on any new aspiring rap group that is getting their fair share of press, the term is very fitting here, with the Odd Future collective spanning over a vast amount of members including that of "leader" Tyler, the Creator, his brother Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis, Left Brain, Hodgy Beats, and many others to boot. Each member often appearing on each others albums and even during live shows the stage is shared equally by the members, trading off and performing with other members on songs.
Tyler, the Creator is perhaps the most well known of the group, followed by his brother Earl (who is supposedly in bootcamp right now after his Mother had heard his album). Tyler's album Bastard was finished when he was only 17/18, and Earl finished his earlier this year at the age of 16. Both albums possess a dystopian, darkly ambient feeling that clashes perfectly with the raw vulgarity present.
The whole crew themselves are young, ranging from the age of 16-21, they produce their own beats and push forward a visual style in both video and album art which is almost as abrasive as their lyrics. The effect of their music is quite polarizing, but if you look beyond the surface you'll see past the wrongly accused label of "horror-core" and see something much deeper, almost depressive, with Tyler's album, Bastard, often referencing the father he never knew. Despite all this though, many of the members show a strong sense of intelligence, self-awareness, and tongue-in-cheek lyricism that goes far beyond the years and the skills of their peers in the rap game. Groups like MellowHype (consisting of Left Brain and Hodgy Beats) and Mike G focus less on the vulgarity and explore more ethereal and experimental forms of hip-hop. There isn't much to say about this group that hasn't been said already. You'll either love it or hate it upon listening. To all the Female Trouble readers, I'm more than positive you'll enjoy.
The rest of Odd Future's albums, mixtapes, singles, etc. can be downloaded directly from their Tumblr for free.
JaccaPop's sound is very naive, bedroom techno-pop, if you will. Their sound is a bit under-produced in comparison to other groups, but that's where the charm and distinction in their sound lies. Even upon looking at the tracklisting you'll come across grammatically incorrect and misspelled song titles like "Majic Night" and "21th century girl." Singer Sun's voice isn't the strongest, but it fits the music perfectly and it feels endearing to listen to. Miru is the composer for the group, and while his production has little tricks and may not be flashy by any means, the songwriting shows lots of personality. Both members appear to be very young and I believe it shows, but as I mentioned, their lack of experience is what sets them apart, creating a sound that is innocent, playful and endearing. Parsley is only their 1st album and only the start of more amazing things to come.