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Sunday, 26 February 2012

INU - Meshi Kuuna!

Kō Machida, award winning Japanese author, vocalist and actor's first band. Fantastic post-punk album, on the whole it's very energetic, although the title track "Meshi Kuuna!" is somewhat slow and depressing.

Vocals may turn you off at first

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Second track 

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Mari Fukuhara - pieta

Mari Fukuhara used to be a member of Shi-Shonen and Real Fish, and while I really dislike both of those bands I love this album. I'm not sure what genre this would go under. Really lovely piano playing for pretty much the entire duration of this album, and while it's mostly instrumental there are some operatic style vocals.

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The Beatniks - Exitentialism

The Beatniks are a new wave technopop duo consisting of Keiichi Suzuki (composer of the MOTHER soundtrack and member of Moonriders) and Yukihiro Takahashi from Yelloow Magic Orchestra and Sadistic Mika Band. Nothing too fantastic about this album but at the same time I wouldn't say there any bad tracks, it's just an enjoyable and consistently good listen from start to finish.

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Yasuyuki Okamura - Katei Kyoshi

Funk pop. Yasuyuki Okamura is one of my favourite Japanese male vocalists, and while this isn't my favourite album by him it's still very good. It's also pretty upbeat and sometimes strange as the cover suggests.

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Youtube sample

Monday, 20 February 2012

Mescaline Drive - Ideology Cooking

All girl rock group, with great instrumentation and two nice vocalists, one of them sounds like the lady from Super Junky Monkey while the other one is extremely cute. It also sounds as if Rosa Luxemburg was one of their main influences.
I don't really know much about them but I'm pretty sure one of the singers is sometimes a vocalist for The Newest Model and Soul Flower Union. Not much English is used in this album when compared to their other releases.

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not the best track and it doesn't really sound like I described but the only one I can find from this album on youtube

Real Fish - A Very Big Band in Heaven

Real Fish is basically Shi-Shonen with a couple of additional members and no vocals. They're an interesting instrumental new wave group and I believe Real Fish and Shi-Shonen were popular in Japan back in the 80s. The only track I actually like on this album is Recursive and I don't like the stuff released under Shi-Shonen either. The reason why I posted this is because I quite enjoy some of the member's solo works and somebody reading this will probably like it.

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Recursive on youtube

By the way, my opinion of this album has completely changed. I now think it's fantastic

Rebecca - REBECCA IV ~ Maybe Tomorrow ~

Despite the terrible cover-art this is actually a good album. New wavey pop/rock that makes me feel like a cute little girl.

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second track sample

Jagatara - Nanban Torai

I bought this a good few months ago for £45, but I think it was worth it since it's a fantastic post-punky funk album that wasn't uploaded onto the internet at the time.

Ranked as the 11th greatest Japanese rock album by Snoozer magazine and 22nd greatest by Rolling Stone Japan.

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Youtube sample (8th track)
Sakevi crashing one of Jagatara's live shows
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