Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Three Sentence Review of Tora! Tora! Tora!

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

1st part: Slow, static and talky.
2nd part: Slow, static and talky.
3rd part: HOLY FUCK!!!!!

Shoegazer Sunday: SPOOL’s “Sway, Fadeaway”

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

It’s been too long since we did an obscure Japanese band for our Sunday dose of Shoegaze, so enjoy SPOOL’s “Sway, Fadeaway.”

Shoegazer Sunday: Pastel Blue’s “Low-Key”

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

It’s been three years since I did a song from Japan’s Pastel Blue as the Sunday Shoegazer selection, so here’s “Low-Key”:

Shoegazer Sunday: Luna Tango Covering Slowdive’s “When The Sun Hits”

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Here’s a nice cover of Slowdive’s “When the Sun Hits” by Luna Tango.

Who are Luna Tango you ask?

As far as I can tell, they’re not even a musical group, they’re a music circle at Japan’s Chuo University.

Shoegazer Sunday: The Kritzler’s “Scarlet Sometimes”

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

A pleasant Shoegazey song set to someone’s video of their vacation in Japan. It’s actually pretty cool.

At some point The Kritzlers apparently became Cochlear Kill.

Teaching Robots to Sword-Fight

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Via Scott Adams comes word that a team in Japan is teaching robots to fight with swords.

I’ve seen enough movies to know that this won’t end well.

But honestly, this entire post is just an excuse to show the robot sword fight from Exterminator City.

(Remember, that’s the best scene of the worst film ever made…)

Shoegazer Sunday: Sugar Plant’s “Rise”

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Sugar Plant are on the softer end of Japanese Shoegaze. Here they are with “Rise.”

Their Happy EP (which includes “Rise”) is available from iTunes.

Shoegazer Sunday: Bertoia’s “Snow Slide”

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

How long has it been since I featured an obscure Japanese Shoegazer band? Well that’s too long!

Here’s Bertoia‘s “Snow Slide,” which proves once again that low-rent costumes and dreamquest fantasies are a fine hook to hang a music video on…

Shoegazer Sunday: Civic’s “Innocent”

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Here’s “Innocent,” another track of Japanese band Civic‘s debut album Toilet Monster.

Civic gets compared to Supercar, and while I can hear the resemblance, Civic has a rawer sound, like a garage band who just started meshing a few weeks ago. I like that high energy rawness, and some have labeled Civic “Noise Pop,” if that’s a real thing.

I’ve found and ordered Toilet Monster from a domestic source, and I hope to have a more detailed report if/when it comes in.

Another Insane Lego Ball Machine

Friday, April 18th, 2014

A while back I featured this Lego ball machine from Japan.

Well, this one (also from Japan) is twice as insane.

It may even be from the same guy.

(Hat tip: Lou Anders‘ Facebook page.)