Archive for July, 2006

Tokyo Police Club – Shoulders and Arms

Friday, July 28th, 2006

tokyo police club, canadian, indie, rock, shoulders and arms, a lesson in crime

Artist: Tokyo Police Club
Song: Shoulders and Arms
From album: A Lesson in Crime
Genre: Indie Romp
[Buy CD from Insound|Mp3s][Website]

Sweet, I was trying to fix the site and I end up losing this whole post, and I forget what I wrote so for now the review= “These guys are pretty darn good, listen to their music, and support them monetarily if you think they deserve it.”


Sparta Locals – Boku wa Lion

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

sparta locals, japanese indie, rock, jrock, boku wa/ha lion, dreamer

Artist: Sparta Locals
Song: Boku wa Lion (??????)
From album: Dreamer
Genre: Gutrock
[Buy CD|Mp3s][Website][Interview]

When I heard this song on Rock Sick I had to have it. Sparta Locals are a very well known band in Japanese indieish circles but somehow I never gave them a chance, filing them away in the “all sound the same” category. If I had heard this song first it would have been a different story altogether.

This song can stand alone completely on its own merit, and the chorus can stand alone in the song, and the vocals stand at the heart of it all. This is the kind of feeling that got me into genres ending in “core” in my youth. It’s powerful and forceful in the way that you can feel him pushing sound out with every muscle in his body; every cell is strained to the limit. It’s that utterness that inspires. At times it sounds like he’s putting parts of his life into it, condensing memories, and emotions, and breathing, and aching all at once, wrapping them around simple words, (i’m a lion) and heaving them with all his might into the atmosphere.

Dhal – Algebra

Friday, July 21st, 2006

dhal, algebra, japanese electronica, trance, underground music, indies, downy, aoki robin

Artist: Dhal
Song: Algebra
From album: Cacophony
Genre: Darktronica
[Buy CD|Mp3s][Website]

Hey, I need your help with testing this new streaming mp3 player I made. It seems to work fine for me, but we all know that’s never the end of it. If you would be so kind as to try it out and let me know if everything works for you: fast forward, rewind, volume, pause/play, and the draggable playhead, (which should appear when the song is fully loaded) I would appreciate it greatly! If something doesn’t work or doesn’t work correctly, please leave a comment about it!

This is Dhal, the current band of Downy’s Aoki Robin. I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to post a song of theirs, but I’m using it to christen the new streaming player. I used this song to test during the course of creating, coding, and debugging the mp3 player; so I have listened to different bits of it probably thousands of times in the past 24 hours. So the fact that I’m not sick of it by now is saying something indeed.

I’ve become a bit desensitized to it by now, but It still feels like the song is being played, or listened to, in a vacuum. Probably the vacuum of space. It’s the kind of dark where you see blackness everywhere, except for the light of interplanetary eclipses and their reflections.

A little while ago Mictian mentioned a Dhal Fansite which has some more information on the band.

Kurekure Takora (???????)

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

The samples used in that Gellers song reminded me of the voices in Kurekure Takora, (Gimme Gimme Octopus [and pals,]) a bizarre 60’s Japanese children’s show in whose first episode the main character, (a bipedal red octopus): assaults a police officer, (a badger?), steals his uniform and gun, uses it to threaten someone, (a dragon-rat?), steals said someone’s girlfriend, (a walrus-saur?), assaults his best buddy Chombo, (a pear? gourd?), gets chased by a water-spraying conical vampire ghost, and more! It must be a subtle use of reverse psychology to show kids what never ever to do, because the many short episodes depict gratuitous anti-social behaviour, violence, lawlessness and depravity in general! Good times!

Gellers – 9 teeth picabia

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

gellers, japanese indie, underground, noise, avant, 9 teeth picabia

Artist: Gellers
Song: 9 teeth picabia
From album: Demo 2006
Genre: Experimodal Feelgood Noise
[Buy this album][Site (jp)]

Myspace hath opened its scaly arms and yielded unto me this surprise discovery. I don’t think I have ever heard a song be more carefree and agonizing at the same time. That barely even makes sense… It’s like skipping along the beach while breathing fire, head swinging to and fro. And maybe baby meteors are landing out in the waves on certain beats, causing bursts of water and steam that act as punctuation to a vividly tumultuous mood.

They have another song on their website, it’s pretty much a polar opposite of this one, smooth and relaxing, but as far as I know there’s nothing available on cd yet. It will be interesting to see where these guys go in the future.

Syrup16g – I Hate Music

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

syrup16g, delayedead, delayed, i hate music, japanese indie, japanese rock, underground music, indies

Artist: Syrup16g
Song: I Hate Music
From album: delayedead
Genre: Jetrock
[Buy this album][Site]

Even before seeing the CD cover I associated this song with flying a jet plane. Maybe it’s because I’ve been playing Space Cowboy during downtime at work recently, but I can really hear this song blaring from the cockpit of an aircraft driven at breakneck speeds by an enraptured 13 year old with reckless abandon. His head doesn’t even reach above the console so all he can do is look straight up at clouds blasting by, and open it up.

Aside from that, I love the title of the song. I think most people would say that the opposite of love is hate, but if anything I think it’s indifference. Hate is often just passion misplaced, misunderstood, or injured. You have to really care about something to love or hate it; it has to matter. Sometimes we mistake one for the other, and sometimes we vacillate between them. Life is a love/hate relationship; maybe the important thing is just to feel.

OMR – Stood the Test of Time

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

omr, stood the test of time, superheroes crash, french indie

Artist: OMR
Song: Stood the Test of Time
From album: Superheroes Crash
Genre: Quiet Altsynth
[Buy this album][Site]

I imagine this song as a dark-haired girl, sort of shy and unassuming. She’s at a point in her life where she’s going to clubs to be alone. She’ll linger in a dim corner and try with all her might to absorb some kind of meaning from the tide of feelings and perceptions that make up her reality. If you catch a glimpse of her, she’ll be looking straight through you. Some faces bid, “come hither” but hers says, “do you see?