Limited Express (has gone?): 'LTD'

Oct 9, 2009

Limited Express (has gone?): "LTD"

Formed in Kyoto in 1998, Tokyo-based trio Limited Express (has gone?) issued two full-length discs (the first of which surfaced on American avant-garde composer John Zorn’s well-respected Tzadik Records) and gigged overseas in Australia, Europe and North America before breaking up on New Year’s ...

Metric

Oct 2, 2009

Metric

Sure it is always an honor to be nominated, but at this point Metric have got to be jonesing for a win. One of Canada’s top alt-rock acts, the quartet’s fourth full-length, “Fantasies,” was shortlisted for this year’s Polaris Music Prize (Canada’s version of ...

Asagiri Jam

Sep 25, 2009

Asagiri Jam

The last major outdoor music festival of the year, Asagiri Jam has been dubbed “the real Fuji Rock Festival” due to its very scenic location at the foot of Mount Fuji in Shizuoka. The two-day concert was established in 2001 and inspired by the ...

Pastels / Tenniscoats 'Two Sunsets'

Sep 18, 2009

Pastels / Tenniscoats "Two Sunsets"

“Two Sunsets” is a collaboration between Tokyo’s Tenniscoats and seminal Scottish guitar-pop act Pastels. Recorded over a few years in Glasgow during time off from Tenniscoats’ European tours, the album joins the growing list of joint projects by the Japanese avant-pop duo. They teamed ...

Vivian Girls

Sep 11, 2009

Vivian Girls

Issued domestically by Tokyo record imprint Yacca at the beginning of September, “Everything Goes Wrong” is the sophomore effort from Vivian Girls. While the Brooklyn ladies are free to name their albums whatever they bloody well like, the title “Everything Goes Right” would provide ...

Dälek and DJ Baku

Sep 4, 2009

Dälek and DJ Baku

To promote their “DJ Baku Vs Dälek” CD, Tokyo turntablist DJ Baku and American hip-hop group Dälek (pronounced Die-a-leck) are teaming up for some shows. DJ Baku opened for Dälek during their first Japan visit in 2005. Both acts developed a mutual appreciation for ...

the telephones get their disco on

Aug 28, 2009

the telephones get their disco on

Saitama quartet the telephones are unabashed disco aficionados. Since their formation in 2005, the band, who are all in their mid-20s, have put out an EP (“Love & Disco”) and a live DVD (“Super Disco Hits!!! the telephones One-Man Show!!!”) both named after the ...

Eastern Youth 'Hohaba to Taiyou'

Aug 14, 2009

Eastern Youth "Hohaba to Taiyou"

Formed in Sapporo in 1988, last year marked Tokyo trio Eastern Youth’s 20th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion they issued two retrospective discs and performed for the first time on Fuji Rock’s Green Stage, the renowned festival’s largest performance area. The newly released “Hohaba ...

Bleach 'Bleach Stone'

Jul 10, 2009

Bleach "Bleach Stone"

Citing the old standby, “artistic differences,” on June 10, all-girl Okinawa hard-rock trio Bleach (who used the modified moniker Bleach03 overseas) announced they had disbanded. Formed in 1998, they gigged extensively throughout Japan and toured the United States 11 times, establishing a small cult ...

Acid Mothers Temple vs. Kinski Japan Tour 2009

Jun 26, 2009

Acid Mothers Temple vs. Kinski Japan Tour 2009

A pub debate between a few rummies and a bartender over analog and digital recording techniques ended with the involved parties forming a band together called Kinski in 1998. After issuing their debut, 1999′s now out-of-print “Space Launch for Frenchie,” the Seattle postrock act ...