The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Jan 22, 2010

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Pegged by a handful of blogs as a “band to watch” after their 2007 eponymous EP, there was a small buzz circulating at the start of 2009 about New York’s The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and their pending self-titled full-length. Three days ...

Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro 'Uhuru Peak'

Jan 15, 2010

Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro "Uhuru Peak"

A mere few weeks old, 2010 is already shaping up to be a hell of a year for Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro. To get primed for the release of their new “Uhuru Peak” sophomore full-length, the Saitama sextet started off January with a three-week live ...

Ghent's Das Pop goes overground

Jan 8, 2010

Ghent's Das Pop goes overground

His upbringing pretty much ensured that the thought of being in a band was the farthest thing from Bent Van Looy’s young mind. Luckily, the front man for burgeoning pop rockers Das Pop had pals with more lenient guardians who opened a whole new ...

BBQ Chickens 'Good Bye To Your Punk Rock'

Dec 25, 2009

BBQ Chickens "Good Bye To Your Punk Rock"

I was new to the country and eager to experience some Japanese bands back in 2002. Following an entertainment rag’s recommendation, I went to see BBQ Chickens at Shinjuku ACB. After four hours of searching I finally found the punk dive, but disappointingly discovered ...

Mono

Dec 11, 2009

Mono

Considered one of Asia’s top postrock acts since their 2001 “Under the Pipal Tree” debut and now a decade into their career, Tokyo’s Mono are listed alongside the global leaders in their genre. Taking full advantage of their continually growing stature, the instrumental quartet ...

PanicSmile 'A Girl Supernova'

Dec 4, 2009

PanicSmile "A Girl Supernova"

Girl Supernova” is the seventh full-length studio effort from Tokyo-based underground stalwarts PanicSmile. Founded in Fukuoka in the early 1990s, the seminal quartet share 14 new tracks filled with the off-kilter art punk that has established them a small global following and earned them ...

Nov 20, 2009

Superchunk

Dubbed the 19th best single of the 1990s by American mainstream rock rag Spin, the fuzzed-out, power pop anthem “Slack Motherf*cker” from Superchunk’s 1990 eponymous debut helped push them to the forefront of the U.S. underground music scene. With A&R reps scrambling to unearth ...

Superchunk

Nov 20, 2009

Superchunk

Dubbed the 19th best single of the 1990s by American mainstream rock rag Spin, the fuzzed-out, power pop anthem “Slack Motherf*cker” from Superchunk’s 1990 eponymous debut helped push them to the forefront of the U.S. underground music scene. With A&R reps scrambling to unearth ...

Nov 13, 2009

Yukie Sato

An active player in Japan’s underground rock scene from his teens (he performed alongside Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Ryuichi Sakamoto on TV while in high school), Tokyo-born guitarist Yukie Sato began to tire of his beloved genre in his 30s. His passion was renewed in ...

Yukie Sato

Nov 13, 2009

Yukie Sato

An active player in Japan’s underground rock scene from his teens (he performed alongside Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Ryuichi Sakamoto on TV while in high school), Tokyo-born guitarist Yukie Sato began to tire of his beloved genre in his 30s. His passion was renewed in ...