Any Japanese artists that are really worth listening to? I don't know much about what kind of music comes out of Japan, since few people talk about it locally and none of my local record stores actually stock any Japanese imports. I was thinking of checking out Midori for a start.
Absolutely essential Japanese metal/experimental rock band.
I really like Ling Tosite Sigure
listen to fishmans - long season seriously.
Guernica - electronic/symphonic/avantgarde
Aunt Sally - psych/post-punk
Les Rallizes Denudes - psych rock
Fuck, really feel spoiled for choice all of a sudden. Thanks for the suggestions though. Gonna check out Boris first since they crop up a lot.
Don't listen to much jazz or jazz inspired music but that was really awesome. Gonna listen to some more.
come on, boys
Those are the three I'd recommend, along with Midori, World's End Girlfriend and maybe Tokyo Shoegazer
Daikanjyo by Shoji Aketagawa, Kan Mikami and Toshiaki Ishizuka is also absolutely amazing if you're into jazz/folk/weird, dramatic music
I've been into Angel'in Heavy Syrup recently. Some good psych rock.
Also, not really japanese, but they sound like it: Yamantaka and Sonic Titan. That shit is fuckin dope. It's kinda cheesy, but really entertaining at the same time.
>Not listening to jizue
>Not listening to toe
>Not listening to Mouse on the Keys
>Not listening to Nenem
>Not listening to tricot
Ichiko Aoba, cozy as fuck folk
anything with Chiba Yosuke
especially Thee Michelle Gun Elephant
since they had the best guitarist you've never heard of
from ~02:00 onwards
Bro I dont even watch anime and I thought it was cool. pretty fucked but still cool. So much effort went into animating it.
That poor girl. The ending is weird and ambiguous. I kinda want Midori to be safe and have a nice family.
This is one of the greatest contemporary pop records
in my top 5 albums easily
Goddamn I love SCLL.
That's all I wanted to say, you should definitively check them out OP, but be aware they do all kinds of music, my personal favorite album is Purple, goddamn that album is great, if you want a place to start in their discography and see if you like them, definitively give that a listening.
Yeah, the story of how it was made and how it was toured makes it even better imo
I recommend you check out the backstory of it all
And yeah, I watch a lot of anime, but there's barely any that's as interesting and weird as this
tricot - THE (jazz/math rock, the mixing can be a little weird and get fucking loud randomly, but it's overall a great album)
toe - for long tomorrow (math rock, post rock, fairly easy on the ears)
Shugo Tokumaru - In Focus? (really catching indie-pop, think sufjan stevens but with unintelligeble lyrics)
The Pillows - Little Busters (pixies-esque alt-rock, great melodies)
Melt Banana - cell scape(catchy noise rock/hardcore punk.)
Eloise - Video 1 (Korean britpop, similar to the pillows, really catchy)
This thread is FILLED with amazing music, you can't really go wrong with anything recommended here OP.
Make a list and check most if not everything out, and be careful of Boris or Kashiwa Daisuke, japanese artist rarely stick to one genre at all and those 2 are a prime example of that, so be sure to check more than just one album of them.
really digging this. thanks.
have you heard Ichiko Aoba's cover of Star Fruits Surf Rider? It's divine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfkIItt3pJE (bad quality tho)
and also pic related and every popular videogame's ost that was made in japan (metal gear solid, resident evil, etc)
>japanese thread on /mu/
>everyone posts the same old entry level artists
everyone do yourself a favor and listen to some 中学生棺桶
yeah, an entry-level Japanese music thread and still no one has posted Kinoko Teikoku
new album coming in like a week i think
BUGY CRAXONE (for garage/alt-rock)
Mass Of Fermenting Dregs (if you enjoy gazing at your shoes)
Yellow Studs (if you want jazzy sounding rock from a dude with fuckawesome voice)
SOIL & "PIMP" Sessions (for death/nu-jazz)
GLIM SPANKY (for female voiced blues rock I guess)
GO!GO!7188 (for your non-average average j-rock)
8otto (for cool as fuck alt-rock with greatest singing drummer ever)
and another one because I really like them
uchuu konbini, math rock
Have you heard this song he did with Ichiko Aoba? It's pretty good, I like it.
Chiba is a god
Japanese music is pretty much american music in a different language and with slithly crazier overtones
Browse sharethreads and keep an eye out for runes, there's all sorts of good shit (math rock, singer songwriter, noise, pop, punk, you name it)
Have you listened to those albums? I was honestly surprised to see Yagi and UNLIMITED DREAM COMPANY on there, as well as some others such as the Cioccolata single –which I adore.
yeah, i was about to post something, but they aren't really noise rock. i'll post my favorite song anyways
RORO is not their only good album
also, i made your exact comment on their last.fm page
they might possibly be my favorite japanese band
>come here thinking it was a troll thread
>see some links, serious answers all around
>try some around
>Try >>50976221,>>50976169,>>50975903,>>50975751,>>50975416,>>50975102, 974953
>most, if not all of this stuff, is incredible
Jesus, can't believe I was missing most of this amazing stuff just for always making joke of anime and jpop shit, I feel like a complete asshole now.
There's some pretty amazing postrock coming out of Japan
>Gallhammer (they're an all female group that combines black meal, doom meal, and crust punk)
>Sabbat (really thrashy first wave stuff)
>Abigail (really thrashy second wave stuff)
>Quest for Blood (oriental folk + black meal)
>Tyrant (early stuff is raw, newer stuff is symphonic)
>Arkha Sva (Orthodox black meal)
anyone listen to this yet? Hem is a current favorite of mine
Their discography is probably one of the most shared nip artists on /mu/. You can easily find it in the archives.
Typically people point to either For Long Tomorrow or The Book About My Idle Plot On A Vague Anxiety as starting points. I'd follow up with New Sentimentality and The Future is Now EP.
SCLL is one of my comfiest groups. Pic related is how I got introduced to them, and while they've made a lot of good stuff since then, Mai is just 2 co-z.
Mass of the Fermenting Dregs
Super Junky Monkey
Shiina ringo/ Tokyo jihen
Flower Travellin Band
Taj Mahal Travellers
>Spangle call Lilli line
what album would you recommend me from them? what's their best album?
Acquaintance yourself to some Hiroshi Fujiwara. Nice, soulful chillout.
I am surprised I haven't seen Nissenmondai Destination Tokyo on here yet. It is one of those albums that you listen to over and over again.
btw im pretty sad about tokyo jihen separation
No Koenjihyakkei fans? Some of the best zeuhl ever made.
no brah, its an entire country with millions of people but nah man nobody over there has FIGURED out the SECRETE to making good music over their yet
i heard chinese people dont even know what a barre chord is
The lead singer and guitarist also went on to do two other spinoff bands. Good stuff if you like older punk.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROoOLvDlUg8 (couldn't find the standalone song on YouTube)
GO!GO!7188 is also half decent.
Haven't heard anything else by him, but One More Time One More Chance is really damn good.
japan hates youtube i can't find anything!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmo_YiJm-qg japan does ballads so well ugh
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56n-Jb02d5E why is 90s j-pop so perfect
Fine. Let's take a group of old men and replace them with a Korean and a bunch of Japanese High School girls.
Is this up to /mu/ standards now?
In the evening two people went along,
Calling to the wind, calling to you.
In every nook and cranny of Tokyo,
The half of us within a dream.
The ones that fall from the rear view mirror,
Happily and sadly,
Like being under the effects of some cold medicine,
It's that kind of feeling.
I'm running, I'm running, I'm running, I'm running.
What is this song I'm humming to myself?
What is this thing I remember?
It's busy so we can't meet, right?
It's becoming hotter as time goes on.
I wanna play in that kind of season, there around where you are.
Calling to the wind, calling to the wind, calling out to where you are.
I run far past the middle of the season. It's fall already, isn't it?
Came here to post these.
I'm not sure how /mu/ feels about shibuya-kei, but 'sine' has got to be one of the best albums while being one of the least known.
Everyone with there noise and sludge and im just sitting here listening to Shonen Knife lelz.
They toured at my college when I was in undergrad a couple years back and came to in afterparty in the apartment I was sharing with a few other guys.
Still can't stand their music though.
One of my favorites of all time
Soil and Pimp Session
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Flagitious idiosyncrasy in the dilapidation
Acid mothers temple
Flower Travellin Band
Limited Express (has gone?)
Do yourself a favor.
The? If anything, it's my most listened album according to Last.fm.
That aside, here's a pretty great compilation of some Japanese math rock.
As always, with each year, always making great things and neat stuff.
weird that these guys barely get any love. cool as shit heavy metal band from Japan that tries new stuff every release or so.
fun/cool/alright post-rock. can't seem to find their studio albums, but found a live album by them that was unexpectedly good. reminds me of oono yuuki, at times.
that crazy, guitar-driven math rock for everyone. kinda.
really, really cool modern jazz, imo. makes me happy...dunno 'bout you.
some lo-fi punk as fuck stuff from the 80s. bit new wave-y, if only for the keys. though, the release featured in the video is the only thing of interest, unless you're really into synth-pop (which is their later stuff).
think, like, pop-punk, but thrash, but thrash-pop.
don't know what this is, since I was trying to find a noise-pop band's song, but this came up instead. reminds me of a more funky, poppy Fumiko Akiyoshi, without Yonin Bayashi. Sounds cool.
"uhvaunt-guard", some neat shit (some of the album actually sounds cool as fuck, but I'm too drunk to look for it, or care)
no wave as shit. god damn amazing. wow.
i think you'd get a kick out of this guy, if you didn't listen to him before.
v. gud comp.
check out experimental dental school.
everyone with derr evunt gurd and psychadelikz and im just sitting here listening to my Yonin Bayashi From The Vaults CDs. Golden Picnics still gives me chills (best closest live version of Carnival).
just think this song, but more seventies and more woodlies (but seriously, Katsutoshi Morizono is just wow in this song)
what's a thread without some good ol' psych?
some more heavy psychedelic stuff (mostly things I listened to when I got into heavy psych)
good, lost, no one talks about stuff.
half-Japanese, but it lead up to Kappa - Samurai, so it KIND OF counts.
tfw missed a Japanese thread
Jabberloop are painfully unknown. Mixing smooth jazz and Jamiroquai sounding funk to create some really nice instrumental stuff that sound like they are from a 90's video game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc2g6rqMCPY
here you go OP
Japan produces some of the best noise/psychedelic rock out there.
I love this jazz punk style, for me 385's album from last year Ningen is better than anything by Midori, but on RYM literally every review pans it for just being a midori clone, and my problem with this is, seriously why would you dislike an album for being the same genre as another album, like for some reason people dont want more Jazz Punk in this style
seriously wtf. I can't get enough I want another 15 bands to pop up over the next couple years playing this style of music and yet people are getting mad there is more than one, oh well legit opinion tho, Ningen is the pinnacle, the bitch from 385 gets down on the bass
All of these are good recs, glad to see some fishmans up in this thread
To be real honest though, I was expecting alot more of the typical bubblegum electronic stuff
Capsule (Shibuya-kei, electronic)
Fantastic Plastic Machine (electronic, shibuya-kei, house, chill mix)
SEXY SYNTHESIZER (chiptune/vidya sampling/electro-funk mix)
Any download links for this yet?
Just going off of stuff I haven't noticed in the thread
虚弱。(kyojaku.), all female post-rock mostly instrumental but vocals on some tracks. Stonking music
Mono are obviously fantastic, Uri Nakayama ( 中山うり ) is a comfy jazz accordion player, Afrirampo are a good noise rock band and OOIOO are an interesting spinoff of Boredoms.
Finally EGO-WRAPPIN' are a fantastic jazz band and the OST to the first Legend of the Overfiend film is brilliant if you can find it
Mutyumu is the fucking best
>no dir en grey
Why is nobody talk about the greatest album of all time?
Japan really does have some of the best songwriters and musicians on earth.
thanks for telling me there was a DL link, but you should probably kill yourself. Faggot.
If you're a weeb or a fan of bleepbloops, P-Model is pretty rad
Ruins too, which shares some (most?) of their members with Koenjihyakkei
the cabs's first 2 eps are good. emo/math with a really great noodly guitar player. lots of pulloffs into capos.
nuito is amazing math rock band. most creative tapping guitarist I've ever heard.
sajjanu is amazing. a thousand riffs go by per each song. a trio with 2 guitars and a drummer.
lagitagida is pretty good jam/bits of powermetal/psychadelic group.
I think kazumasa hashimoto and shuta hasunuma are from japan too. their music is so pleasant and immense.
Far france too! they're a noise/jam/punk band with a ton of energy
There was this one metal band that has apparently been around for a while. Their recent album was a picture of the three of them in the traditional Japanese drawing style. I think they were sludge metal, I don't remember what they were called.
Eternal Elysium, stoner rock