Category Archives: Music

Videos of punk, indie, glitch, electronic and other kinds of Japanese music that aren’t J-Pop.

Ongakuyōbi: NikaSaya

NikaSaya is a side project from the Tennis Coats’ singer, Saya, and songwriter Nikaido Kazumi. One Summerheim is a gorgeous rainy-day record.  Advertisements

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Ongakuyōbi: Broken Little Sister

I’ve dealt with a lot of bands from the 1990’s, so I wanted to shift gears into more recent Japanese bands. Broken Little Sister got started in Yokohama in 2005, mixing a kind of My Bloody Valentine wall-of-noise with shoegaze, … Continue reading

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Ongakuyōbi: Nobukazu Takemura

I can’t lie, Nobukazu Takemura is pretty hit or miss with me. A lot of his career is basically straight acid jazz, which isn’t my thing, but his roots are in hip hop, and his first performances were as a … Continue reading

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Ongakuyōbi: Shugo Tokumaru

This album actually hit the top 40 in Japan – which is great, but it would be unfathomable in the US for a record this weird to compete with Justin Bieber and 50 Cent.

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Ongakuyōbi: Takeko Minekawa

You may have already heard Takeko Minekawa, because she’s most famous as the girl who shouted “Playstation!” at the end of Playstation 3 commercials.

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Ongakuyōbi: Cornelius

Cornelius was introduced to me back in high school as “Japan’s Beck.” This is pretty much true. 

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