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 ...

De De Mouse

Jun 19, 2009

De De Mouse

Here’s some unsolicited advice for De De Mouse — whatever you’ve done to capture the ears of promoters, keep on doing it. In the past eight months, Japanese concert promoter Smash has invited the Tokyo electronic artist to perform at 2008′s Asagiri Jam and ...

South Korean festivals suffer a setback

Jun 19, 2009

South Korean festivals suffer a setback

In 2006, South Korean promoters I-Yescom Entertainment and Yellow9 launched the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival to coincide with the Fuji Rock Festival in the hope of capitalizing on the amount of foreign acts touring Japan every July. Showcasing a mix of international and Korean ...

Kool Keith & 54-71 'Idea of a Master Piece'

Jun 12, 2009

Kool Keith & 54-71 "Idea of a Master Piece"

There’s no harm in asking, right? Tokyo indie rock quartet 54-71 can attest to this. Big fans of seminal New York MC Kool Keith, they e-mailed him to inquire about collaborating. Receiving a somewhat surprising “yes” reply, 54-71 flew to the U.S. in April ...

A Flood of Circle 'Buffalo Soul'

May 22, 2009

A Flood of Circle "Buffalo Soul"

The strength of A Flood of Circle’s 2007 debut eponymous EP helped the Tokyo quartet secure a coveted spot on the rookie stage at that summer’s Fuji Rock Festival. A clear sign of bigger things to come, with the release of their first full-length ...