Friday, 15 June 2012
The version I have uploaded is 192kbps but I can upload it in FLAC or 320 later.
The ninth track is a Sparks collaboration and cover of "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" by Soft Cell.
Title track music video
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Oh, and Totsuzen Danball - Naritatukana? seems to have gotten a lot of views in just one day. I guess a lot of people want it for whatever reason. So I decided to post it when the other album I ordered, Masumi Hara History arrives, which should be tomorrow.
As for this album, it's dub and features a lot of soul singers. Nothing much else to say really other than if you like Audio Sports and Fishmans you'll probably end up enjoying this. Rolling Stones Japan ranked this as the 80th greatest Japanese "rock" album of all time, it's not in my top 100 but it's a selection I can get behind, unlike some of Rolling Stones Japan other rankings.
I believe this is the opening track, hard to tell though since I have this album tagged in kanji
Similar amount of styles on this album, this track is the technopop opener
As far as modern Japanese pop music goes LaB LIFe are one of the best groups.
There's a bit of variety on this album including a track called 'New Order' which was influenced by the band New Order.
Second track sounds like a fusion of technopop and neo-acoustic Shibuya-kei along the lines of Flipper's Guitar
I'll probably buy some of their stuff once I actually get some money.
Monday, 11 June 2012
This album came with a poster, so why couldn't Sleepless Sheep?Oh, I'll probably post the album once I've given it a couple more listens. Unfortunately I found it quite disappointing, I was expecting post-punk with some of the awesome guitarwork in their other such as Yokushi Onryoko and to an extent Sukidayou. Instead it's just borderline-experimental rock music with a very slight post-punk influence. Nothing spectacular but I might have to give it a couple of more listens since I was expecting something completely different. I guess that might be the main reason why I was so disappointed with this. I still love Totsuzen Danball though.
EDIT: I've listened to it twice now, I enjoyed it a lot more the second time round. It reminds me of A Very Big Band in Heaven by Real Fish, just with guitars and no synthesisers.
Sunday, 10 June 2012
Posting two samples since they made two music videos.
Tell me your thoughts
It's a little thing
As much as I love Salon Music and this album there's not much incentive to buy Sleepless Sheep other than the music. The artwork isn't anything special (this coming from a Welshman by the way.) The CD is pure white and all it comes with are the credits and a lyrics sheet. I can also see four blobs of glue where they stuck down the CD holder to the cardboard on the back. I get that Salon Music's popularity has died down but surely they could do something better than that!? I've bought albums for a lot cheaper that came with more, for example; After Dinner - Paradise of Replica, that album only cost me £10 and yet it came with everything Sleepless Sheep had AND a poster! A poster of Haco in fact, one of the cutest Japanese musicians you'll ever see. So why didn't they do such a thing with Sleepless Sheep? I'm not entirely sure how old Hitomi Takenaka is right now but I'm guessing she's now in her fifties but as you can tell by that 'It's a Little Thing' music video she's still extremely cute, not just that but Zin Yoshida actually has a nice arse (no homo) so they could have at least included a poster of him. So Salon Music, Zin Yoshida, Hitomi Takenaka or even Felicity Records if you're reading this (and I know you two can speak English seeing as how all of your lyrics are in it) please include a poster of Hitomi, Zin or even both of them in your next album. I'll probably still buy it no matter what but it'd make me a lot happier if you listened to my request, even if it's just a booklet with a couple pictures in the studio. I'd gladly pay a bit more for your next album if you did something like that, (not too much mind you since Sleepless Sheep came close to costing £30 which is already very expensive.) Thanks for reading.
There aren't any tracks from this album on youtube so have something from O Boy
You should also listen to S-Ken if you haven't already, another very good band.
No samples available.
Apparently that Arikitari No Shinpo by Totsuzen Danball post I made has 187 views, it's weird seeing it next to a bunch of double digit numbers. I also ordered Totsuzen Danball's first album Naritatukana? about a week ago, hopefully it'll arrive soon.
Absolutely nothing on Youtube
128kbps mp3. Good luck finding it in a higher quality
They never seem to upload the best tracks onto Youtube
Early synth orientated Japanese new wave. Fantastic album and ranked in tenth place on Takarajima's Top Twenty Japanese Rock Albums.
Opening track, by no means the best on the album