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CD Review: POLYSICS – Weeeeeeeeee!!!

CD Review: POLYSICS – Weeeeeeeeee!!!

Japan’s notorious boiler suited techno-new-wave hooligans POLYSICS return with Weeeeeeeeee!!!, their latest high-energy album, scheduled to shatter the eardrums of the UK and Europe from 10th June courtesy of JPU Records. Following in the footsteps of their 15th anniversary release – which featured collaborations with a number of music legends, including the band’s personal hero, … Continue reading

Introducing: RAYCHELL

Introducing: RAYCHELL

My knowledge of current Japanese pop music is not all it could be, but I became quite excited when I first heard RAYCHELL’s new album, which will be released on 24th April. RAYCHELL’s debut album, L>R, is a delightful mix of rock, pop and dance, with a couple of sway-inducing ballads thrown in for good … Continue reading

Japan in London, March and April

Japan in London, March and April

As always, there’s a lot of Japan-related stuff going on in London at the moment, especially with the anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami coming up on March 11th. Here’s a quick list of a few things that I’m particularly interested in. This isn’t meant to be a comprehensive guide though! If … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 2

A to Wa of Japan: Week 2

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan, and I’d like to start with a big THANK YOU to all of you who joined in and shared your suggestions for topics beginning with あ (a) when I launched this new weekly series last week. Here are some of the suggestions I received: UK Seikatsu suggested アキラ (Akira the animated … Continue reading

CD Review: the GazettE – DIVISION

CD Review: the GazettE – DIVISION

I used to be a bit of a rocker in my teenage years, listening to everything from Marilyn Manson to Silverchair, Alice in Chains to Pearl Jam, Metallica to Coal Chamber, and I dressed to match the bands I was listening to at the time. As I got older, my tastes mellowed, as did my dress … Continue reading

SOCIALive vol.2 End of Year Party

SOCIALive vol.2 End of Year Party

GAKUNOWA (楽ノ輪) is a London-based music community which aims to expand and develop the Japanese music social network by linking musicians and holding gigs. Last night I went along to their End of the Year Party at the Old Queen’s Head in Islington and, although I didn’t stay for the whole night, I had a great time! … Continue reading

Music & Performance @ Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas

Music & Performance @ Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas

Hyper Japan outdid themselves this time, with unique performances and exciting acts appearing on the stage throughout the three-day event. Here are my personal highlights: NINJAMAN JAPAN NINJAMAN JAPAN (ニンジャマンジャパン) are a visual kei act from Japan, featuring… Although they’re billed as a four-piece band, they have a fifth member, Daishi, who was also on guitar. Daishi is … Continue reading