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World Order: Let’s Start WWIII (NSFW-ish), Singularity, more

Japanese performance powerhouse World Order has a new song online called Let’s Start WW3, and while I usually avoid anything political here (being rather seriously apolitical myself), this video is just too good to pass up. It features as always their amazing dance routines combined with excellent music and great singing, all the things a […]

Perfume: Reframe

Japanese art-rock band Perfume has been very busy lately, and this time around we have a few of their Perfume x Technology project videos. These are a series of live presentations using prerecorded audio tracks, combining the music with dance, stagecraft, and computer displays, to render a truly unique theater experience. They are not set […]

Perfume: Mugenmirai

Perfume started life as an electronica oriented art-rock band, and they have grown since then. Mugenmirai, in English Flash, is the theme song of CHIHAYAFURU, a movie about the card game that is at the core of so many Asian games, and of the spirit of competition it brings. I intend to see this movie, […]

Radwimp: Legend of the Demon Cat

Radwimp has done the music for another feature film, the Live Action Legend of the Demon Cat, and it looks amazing; the title of the theme song is Mountain Top. The movie was made by major Japanese film company Kadakawa, includes a substantial Japanese cast, and is based on a Japanese novel by Yoneyama Mineo. […]

INSHOW-HA

The Art-Rock band Inshow-Ha have been making music since 2009, and I wanted to share a few of their tunes so you could get to know them. They are office workers who only do a few live shows a year, but they have still developed a fair sized audience of fans in Japan. Lemon is […]

50 Kaiten Again

It has been a while since I have posted about 50 Kaiten, so here are a few tracks to remind you how fun they are. The first is Vinyl Change The World, the second is 50 Revolutions twice, the 2016 live remake and the 2006 studio version. In 2016 they put out a Best Of […]

Namewee: Tokyo Bon

Tokyo Bon 2020 is a rather silly song celebrating the upcoming Olympics by displaying a beautifully choreographed Bon Odori dance as an Olympic event, while filling the lyrics with Japanglish that just makes you grin. Bon Odori is usually danced while holding hands in a circle and symbolizes reaching out to others in a gesture […]

Kisida Kyodan & The Akishin Rockets: Stray

A brand new song from Kisida Kyodan & THE Akishin Rocket, it is another great Anime OP track, this time from Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens. The Cd/DVD music video combo was released earlier this week (February 7th), and the anime series just started airing at the beginning of January. The series only has 5 episodes out […]

Gentle Forest Jazz Band

If you are a Swing fan, you need to check out the Gentle Forest Jazz Band. The first track is Dolls look the Moon, the second is A Man Is A Man, and the 3rd is Thrilling The Band. They may not be politically correct from a gender perspective, but they do create some amazing […]

New Yoshida Brothers: Cool Spiral

This may be my favorite music video from the Yoshida Brothers so far, posted this past Tuesday. The song is Cool Spiral, from their new mini-album which also features their rendition of While My Guitar Gently Weeps and the Japanese language theme for the animation Kubo. The disc will be released on February 7th.

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