Psycho Le Cemu - Remembrance (live)
I’ve never been a huge fan of Visual Kei music, but I can’t deny the fact that these guys were responsible for me even liking Japanese music today. I was still in high school when i discovered Psycho Le Cemu and go back time to time to listen to their most famous of albums. The difference between these guys and other V-Kei bands was the impression I got that each of them were actually into their characters and roles, unlike many V-Kei bands that i ran into. They had fun with their videos and costumes, and that made it fun for me. Their breakup was inevitable i thought. They weren’t exactly a timeless band, but I believe a milestone for me as a listener.
Real Estate is neither japanese nor chinese, but they did go to Beijing and did a mini tour in China i believe! Doesn’t matter now, because I’ve just realized they did a cover of “Barely Legal” by The Strokes. This is now one of my favorite songs in the world.
my little airport - 羅曼蒂克
Great little number from the Hong Kong duo
Its hard to describe how big my smile gets when i see Toe do a cover of Eternal Reflection by Nujabes. I’ve been a huge fan of Toe for a long time and they are my go to band for instrumental anything. It is a too band they are largely unknown outside Japan. visit their site here
Where does one get that tiger head backpack? Its fookin awesome.
Just a few photos from fb, please click for captions :)
Holy Crap I haven’t posted in a while. Its probably because I’ve wandered back to English music as of late. Time to get back into the swing of things, there are tons of music in japan and china to discover!
This song is LILI by Anatakikou. Great band and wonderful song.
My Little Airport 台北演唱会 Part 18/20 The Wall,Taipei 2012/9/15 (by Han Chang)
Do you remember the F Y C-Indie post a short while ago about Hong Kong’s My Little Airport making their long-awaited return to Taiwan? Well, you can see the entire concert, courtesy of YouTuber Han Chang.
There are 20 videos in all, and since most MLA songs are quite short, many of the clips are of more than one song. This video is 浪漫九龍塘 (Romantic Kowloon Tong) and Dee, It May All End Tomorrow.
If you follow the clip back to Mr. Chang’s YT, it appears he has other full concerts, including the gig of We Save Strawberries with Sandee Chan from a month ago. (FYCI posted the promo photo, but at the time I didn’t realize that they were performing together, with Sandee singing several songs with WSS band)
Zazen Boys - Tokyo Bushi
Who has two thumbs and loves Deerhoof? This guy! Also, Greg Saunier is a god.
Shugo Tokumaru is one talented dude. There is no denying it. His albums are consistently solid and I am always taken back by his ability to inject such strong emotion into this work.
His genre of music unfortunately falls under the realm of the artistic and misunderstood. It is easy to dismiss him for his high-pitched voice, strange instrumentals, and mild energy. For this, it is hard to take him seriously at face value. (This is from a western perspective, hes actually achieved commercial success in Japan!)
This is again unfortunate for his songs contain such melodic brilliance. It is hard to imagine how people come up with stuff like that. He is easily one of the most talented music artists in Japan today. This video I’ve linked will have you feeling all sorts of things, so sit back and relax!
Fishmans フィッシュマンズ - Magic Love
A band seemingly lost in time that shows up every now and then due to their incredible cult following in the underground scene. Their mix of prog reggae and Shinji Sato’s vocals made them huge, but not exactly famous. They began in 1987, but their quick rise to fame began in 1996 and lasted till 98. Shortly after their last performance. Shinji Sato, vocalist, died of a heart condition. The rest of the band members dissolved into the music scene and continued to produce great music among other artists. Many consider this band’s work to be legendary and idolize Shinji Sato for his innovation and contribution to Japanese progressive music. Even after Sato’s death, the success of their music has increased quite dramatically.
For such uplifting and quirky music, its sad to hear about the story of Sato’s death and its impact to the scene. You can’t exactly listen to it the same way as before, especially since he could very well still be alive today and continuing to make great music. On occasion, artists pay tribute to Fishmans by playing covers, re-mixing, and using them as inspiration for their music endeavors.
New Pants - 两个女朋友
This past Saturday was Independent China in Stereo - Maybe Mars 5th Anniversary tour held in various cities including mine, Shenzhen, at Musibase Bar.
I have to thank the indie rock gods for helping me find out about this concert only 24 hours before it actually started! It was a crazy night for sure as Carsick Cars absolutely killed it during their show. The amount of control and excitement from the crowd as they started each song intensified to the breaking point. The moshers were seemingly out for blood!
Mr. Graceless fronted Carsick Cars and came as a incredibly nice surprise as they had such a refined sound and synergy within each member playing. For a group that appears so young, they had great maturity and appearance on stage. Their vocals didn’t live up to its recorded counterpart on the album, so it was a little disappointing.
Unfotunately, the sound crew were having trouble with the vocal PA as it was much too low. I didn’t notice is much during Carsick Cars because their songs are pretty much all distortion, but Mr. Graceless definitely were at a disadvantage because I really enjoyed their vocals. Regardless, they did a fantastic job.
Anyways, A great show from some of the China’s biggest independent acts today. Check em out if you haven’t! Sorry for the crap picture, it was all I could get! I will be updating with videos from Carsick Cars and Mr. Graceless. Stay tuned!
Get ready! After almost 4 long years Zazen Boys new album “Stories” 『すとーりーず』 has been announced. The release date is currently TBA, but they have a song list up.
The unpredictability of Mukai is what scares me a bit about this album release. Although I’m very comfortable with his ability of produce quality work regardless of genre and trends, I can’t help but feel nervous.