Ready to rock? Here are a few world-class tunes to help put everything in perspective for you. The first is from Albannach with their killer track The Fire and Thunder of Scotland, the second is the Goddesses of Bagpipes with Shipping Up To Boston / Enter Sandman, and the third is Clanadonia with still more amazing Bagpipe Fusion! And just because I couldn’t stop there, we have to top it off with the Star Wars Theme – Dubstep Bagpipe Cover, because who wouldn’t love that?

There is some good new music posted this week, starting with Faky’s Power Ballad Who We Are. They slide in and out of English with this song, most of their tunes come with both an English and Japanese version and are available on iTunes. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a powerful new song this week, Kimino Mikata, and while I find the fact that she is the only person allowed to have a face in her videos a little creepy, I absolutely love her music. Both Faky and Kyary have major tours coming up I will have to get into in another post. Kobukuro’s new track is One Times One, and was inspired by the Manga Becomes You by Kono Takano. As you can see it became a collaboration between the musicians and the artist and author. All three of these totally different songs were posted on line this past Tuesday, I hope you enjoy at least one of them.

BANDMAID‘s Best Music Ever is the only way I can describe their latest tracks, including Secret Maiko Eyes! Posted on YouTube just a week ago, it keeps their driving energy but brings traditional instruments into the mix, in a departure from their previous pure Metal style. They haven’t abandoned their previous personas, BANDMAID still exists and has their World Domination Tour ongoing, as well as an appearance on J-Melo this week (although it might be a few weeks before it airs on their NHK World broadcasts). The latest tracks from them, Domination and Dice, also show growth and improvement, as this great band becomes truly amazing. BAND-MAIKO may be a single album project, but I really hope they return to bring us more excellent music like this.

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 quality music video requires. And then there is Singularity, posted on the same day earlier this month, every bit as good, and in fact it includes a group dance-off that is just amazing. To round off the set I had to include their 2014 track Informal Empire filmed in London, UK, and the 2013 song Imperialism filmed in Washington, D.C.; they are both a lot of fun to watch but also present additional food for thought.