Archive for December, 2006

Rocket K – Super Drunken Christmas

Monday, December 25th, 2006

Artist: Rocket K
Song: Super Drunken Christmas
Genre: PunkDistortion
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I’m going to post this in the past so that it seems more date-appropriate, better late than never eh.

I hope everyone had a nice holiday and new year and all that. Mine was good, though busy and probably not super drunken enough… ah well.

So I searched my library for something season-esque and this is what I came up with. It’s Rocket K, it’s super distorted, super drunken, and probably somewhat super Christmas in its own way.

Peterpan Complex – You Know I Love You

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

Artist: Peterpan Complex
Song: You Know I Love You
Genre: Kpops
From album: Transistor
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This song by Peterpan Complex sounds like a younger and korean version of muse meets radiohead sung from a more optimistic outlook, and played through rose-coloured speakers.

He insists that you know that he loves you, but does he believe it himself? Is he clinging to what he knows out of a fear of change or disappointment? Is he advocating his love in denial of its triviality when, deep down inside, a feeling of transience is tearing him apart?

Well, I don’t think there’s any reason to think so. Then again, there’s no reason to discard the possibility.

Also: merry Christmas eve! You know I love you.

Envy – Left Hand

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Artist: Envy
Song: Left Hand?????
From album: All The Footprints You’ve Ever Left And The Fear Expecting
Genre: Epic-core
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This is Envy, whom I have mentioned previously. This image is from the same photographer, another dynamic slice. I’m not sure what to say about such a staple of Japanese melodic-abyssal-shoegaze-core except that they are worthy of the often carelessly-slung descriptor, “epic.”

Not just in adjective form, but in the original noun form as well. In historical epics all the feelings and understandings of a culture, all their thoughts about the world and mankind were condensed, redacted, and molded into a narrative structure that attempted to approximate the outlook of the society. It seems that much the same object and process are evident in Envy’s records. Tumult and anguish show their faces, but so do awe and quiet serenity and a proliferation of emotion that seems to evidence a near-total self-investment.

Yoshiharu Ota – Photography

Monday, December 18th, 2006

yoshiharu ota, japan, band photography

Previously I mentioned that Toe‘s photographer Yoshiharu Ota was exceptionally good. Then Martine told me that he was brother to the singer of the band Envy, which I’ve long enjoyed. So now, I found more of his stuff and indeed, continue to be impressed.

In his band photography especially, he manages to extract moments of particularly potent visual lyricism from the maelstrom of a live show, and presents them in single slices of radiant time. The more I look at them, the more I realize that they don’t “feel” silent. Or rather, their stark silence belies, in shocking contrast, an atmosphere with sound at its core. It’s impossible to imagine the scenes without inferring a feeling of aural energy permeating that place and time; everything is drenched with it.

Check out his website, “scape for us” and blog for more of Yoshiharu Ota and his excellent work.


Radwimps – EDP

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

Artist: Radwimps
Song: ???????????????????
From album: ??????????????
Genre: Poppunkcore
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I don’t have much time on me, but here, have a fun video of a little girl destroying a city with a whiffle ball bat. Her energetic, catchy soundtrack could very well fit in on one of our “edgy” American radio stations.

Apogee – Yakan Hikou

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Artist: Apogee
Song: ???? (Yakan Hikou [Night Flight])
From album: ????
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This video “Night Flight” blends Apogee’s silky synthpop with a nicely edited milieu of cosmical and mythological yet whimsical imagery; and to quite a charming effect.

Not much pop catches my ear these days, but this song and video have something special. The album link is to their first full album “fantastic” which has a newer version of the song. The original is from their single of the same name.

Scott Wade – Dust Art

Monday, December 11th, 2006

  dirty car art, dust art, scott wade

Very interesting stuff here, you may have seen already. Dust art from Scott Wade, who erodes his artwork into the dust layer on his minicooper’s rear window. Very talented, rendering even such classics as the “Mona Lisa” and “Girl With a Pearl Earring”.

Lots of great images in his gallery.


Toe – Everything Means Nothing

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Artist: Toe
Song: Everything Means Nothing
From album: The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety
Genre: Instrumental Subsequent Rock
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I should have posted Toe a long time ago; they have stood out as one of the best Japanese instrumental bands I’ve heard since I started looking. They have an unfading talent for constructing glittering twilight braids of melody that twinkle and flow in swaying coils.

I’ve also been pleasantly surprised by their website, and most especially by the photography section which strikes me as containing some of the absolute finest band photography I’ve seen anywhere. Foremost among these are the photos by Yoshiharu Ota which are worth a post in themselves. The photo-viewer on Toe’s homepage is big and beautiful, the photos saturated with color and movement; and it has a nice elegant interface too, whose concept I might appropriate and adapt for myself at some point.

So, I’m sortof back now, and I’ve got this nifty new video player with me. It has been in the works for a while, being built up from scratch, and will probably be refined a little more before it’s fully implemented. Please feel free to mess with it, try to break it, give me feedback, and let me know if it does anything odd. It fits the scheme more, and it’s now extra-simple to plug stuff into so it’ll be easier to do videos in the future.

I realized recently that I have been doing this for over a year now and have made an average of around 1.3 posts per week. It’s neither here nor there, but I think I’ll try to increase that to at least 2 per week on average in the coming year, starting now.