Kaela Kimura '8Eight8'

Nov 10, 2011

Kaela Kimura "8Eight8"

Spiders are excellent. How many legs have you got? A spider has four times more. Ha! And four times more eyes too! You and I will never be as cool as a spider — that’s just the way it goes. Kaela Kimura is, though ...

Blip Festival Tokyo

Oct 20, 2011

Blip Festival Tokyo

If there’s anything video-game geeks hate, it’s interacting with other people — at least, that’s the common perception. However, it’s a perception that is routinely shattered by the live chiptune music scene — and where better to go multiplayer than at this weekend’s Blip ...

Shinsei Kamattechan '8 Gatsu 32 Nichi e'

Sep 1, 2011

Shinsei Kamattechan "8 Gatsu 32 Nichi e"

Released on Aug. 31, the title of Shinsei Kamattechan’s fourth album translates as “To August 32″ — a date that doesn’t really exist but that we could take as a celebration of the potential of a tomorrow yet to come. And yet this Chiba ...

Trippple Nippples

Aug 18, 2011

Trippple Nippples

You’re based in Japan, how was it playing at Summer Sonic? Joseph Lamont (bass/synth/guitar): Awesome. It was weird having the festival’s security guards hold Yuka’s feet when she was walking along the barrier at the front of the crowd. We need to get our ...

Yelle

Aug 18, 2011

Yelle

Your show was packed. Yes. I never expected it to be like that; I prefer to think it’s going to be hard, a challenge every time. So it was a really good surprise. Sometimes when the emotion is too intense I can cry on ...

Summer Sonic prepares for an Asian invasion

Aug 11, 2011

Summer Sonic prepares for an Asian invasion

Amid all the rivalry between Japanese and South Korean pop groups and the contrived debates about whether the manufactured crap from one country is better than the manufactured crap from the other, fans of independent or alternative music have been left scratching their heads. ...

Local heroes take Japanese video games to the world

| Jun 29, 2011

Local heroes take Japanese video games to the world

Japan may not be the all-conquering video-game powerhouse it once was, but there are still plenty of gamers in the West who want to get their hands on the latest “Mario,” “Final Fantasy” or “Street Fighter” title. And it goes without saying that they ...

Superfly takes a heavy trip

| Jun 17, 2011

Superfly takes a heavy trip

Hang on a minute, how did this happen? Somehow hippie-loving 1960s-throwback pop songstress Superfly has got, like, totally heavy, man. While her previous studio album, 2009′s “Box Emotions,” featured a couple of belters, new release “Mind Travel” does away with soppy ballads almost completely, ...

Red Bacteria Vacuum

Jun 16, 2011

Red Bacteria Vacuum

With a rough, raw and raucous hardcore-punk edge and a balls-out live show, Red Bacteria Vacuum have become one of Japan’s most revered underground bands. Formed in Osaka in 1998, the trio — Ikumi (guitar/vocals), Kassan (bass/vocals) and Jasmine (drums), none of whom use ...