Posts Tagged ‘rock’


Music Video: Rise, by Fact (Steve Aoki remix)

November 16, 2012

Fact is a Tokyo-area band described as “post-hardcore” that has been recording since the late 1990s. In addition to their hard-driving sound, blending sung and screamed lyrics (typically on the subjects of alienation and lost love), all backed by intense drum rhythms, Fact is also notable for doing nearly all of their lyrics in English.

This version of Rise is a remix by electronic and house musician Steve Aoki of one of the tracks from Fact’s self-titled 2009 album. The Noh masks are a recurring theme through many of the group’s other videos, and are frequently used by the band members to hide their faces in their videos.

This song could almost be called a Steve Aoki piece featuring Fact, as the only link between this version and the original is the single repeated lyric that appears in both. The Fact version below is extremely different, though also quite good, and is more representative of the band’s style.


Music of the Day: Boadrum, by Boredoms, Live in London

March 30, 2012

Experimental rock band Boredoms (also known as V∞redoms), lead by vocalist and visual artist Yamantaka Eye (who also goes by the names Yamataka Eye, Yamatsuka Eye, 山塚アイ, and eYe, among others) perform their high-intensity percussion piece Boadrum at the Forum London in November of 2010.

Boadrum isn’t so much a single piece as a performance concept, with the drummers and other percussionists each triggering various ambient effects through their motion and playing, with Yamantaka himself adding his own vocals.

Below, they perform Boadrum 111 (so named because of the 111 drummers gathered together for the performance, as well as the fact that the performance took place on November 11, 2011) at Byron Bay, Australia.


Tuesday’s Music of the Day: Lady, by Rajas

March 19, 2012

I’m uploading this a day early since tomorrow’s a holiday and my PC at home is on the fritz.

Rajas was (and still is, as the members routinely get together again for weekend club performances) a Kyoto-based hard-rocking hair-metal band that released several albums during the ’80s. Their sound is very similar to Heart, both instrumentally and in the vocals of lead singer Sen-chan (in pink. Non-chan in white played bass). This track, “Lady”, was featured on their 1985 album, Turn it Up.



They made a few TV appearances as well, including this performance of “Liar” (from the same album), complete with annoying VJ voice-over in English.


Friday Music of the Day: Wao, by Asakusa Jinta

March 16, 2012

Regular visitors to this blog may have noticed that I recently started ‘Music of the Day’ posts featuring lesser-known Japanese performers from a range of genres.  My hope is to make this a regular feature on Tuesdays and Fridays, and I’ve been digging around for new sources of music to share in the future. My purpose in this is twofold: to share the work of Japanese performers that have faded from memory or who have only reached a limited audience, and to prod myself into posting updates on a more regular basis, doing brief posts during the week and longer articles on the weekends. How long each post is will most likely depend on how busy I am at work. [November 2012 Edit: didn’t work apparently, judging by the summer-long gap in my posts. Oh well.]

Asakusa Jinta’s 2005 album, Asakusa Ondo

That said, today’s Music of the Day is Wao(和ヲ), a new song from Asakusa Jinta (浅草ジンタ). Their early albums were put on the ska shelves of the stores, but the band’s Wikipedia page describe their music as purified, new-era rock, and on the band’s own page they describe themselves as “Asianican Hard Marching Band.”

As the name suggests, their roots are in Asakusa, Tokyo’s famous shitamachi (old neighborhood) in the northeast. In its heyday, Asakusa was Tokyo’s prime entertainment district, filled with restaurants, taverns and theaters, and serving as the gateway to the more infamous Yoshiwara red-light district. They still exist today, but there is a definite sense of yesteryear throughout the neighborhood, especially when compared alongside Shinjuku, Shibuya and the rest of Tokyo’s districts of glass towers. This is a neighborhood that was never quite part of the bubble.

This prewar music-hall style has strongly influenced the band  (indeed, their first performances were in Asakusa’s rakugo theaters), as can be seen in their instrument choice and theatrical performing style, but their sound is also heavily influenced by early 60’s-era American rock and jazz (Asakusa has also been home to many jazz clubs from the 50s and 60s onward). It makes for a unique blend that’s steadily evolving as the band moves forward.


Cool Music Video: Full Moon Party

July 21, 2011

A while back I posted “The TV Show“, a video by animator Kousuke Sugimoto and musician Takayuki Manabe. Here’s another of Sugimoto’s early videos, also with music by Manabe.

Three apes encounter a musical note from space that sends them rocking to the end of the earth (literally).