Indie Music From Japan

A while ago a friend gave me a few of these Sony Japanese Rock Compilations called Japan Not For Sale 1 2 & 3 . They really turned me on to Japanese Indie rock. Favorites from this series were Puffy, Supercar, Tomovsky, Boom Boom Satellites (I got to interview them in my zine, Fam. (LINK PENDING))I recently stumbled on this list of indie music from Japan that took me down a rabbit hole of indie and shoegaze. Check out

I made a Spotify playlist that includes a bunch of bands mentioned in  the Reddit thread.

Throwing this fine piece of craftsmanship out there…

Hartfield- “Reason”, True Color True Lie
Walrus- Figment of Light
Coaltar of the Deepers- No Thank You LP, “Good Morning”, “Harv No…”
Tokyo Shoegazer- Crystallize LP, “Just Alright”
Kinoko Teikoku- Eureka LP
My Dead Girlfriend- Hades LP, “Hakuiki”, Rebirth & Karma”, Hades in the dead of winter, prologue to the Nine…
Cruyff In The Bedroom “Carillon Blue”
Broken Little Sister “Silence”
Plastic Girl In The Closet “Heart & Soul”
Burrrn, Supercar, Honeydrip, Clams

History of shoegaze

Pitchfork’s 50 Best Shoegaze Albums Of All Time

Southeast Of Saturn– Third Man Records Shoegaze Compilation Vol 1 , 2


I am reading a book about Dennis Hopper and Brooke Hayward called Everybody Thought We Were Crazy. Hopper helped kick off the LA art scene in the 60s. Warhol had his first art show in Cali where he debuted 32 silkscreened soup cans, representing one of each Campbell’s flavors. Warhol loved comfort food. He one time stated that for twenty years he ate Kellogg’s corn flakes for breakfast and Campbell’s soup and a sandwich for lunch.


Diane Arbus- An Aperture Monograph

This photo book came out in 1972, a year after her death. Put together by her daughter and a friend, it contains some of her classic photographs and quotes from recorded interviews. Here are some quotes on photography that stood out: (Explore our 35mm page to discover other photographers we love.)

“Most people go through life dreading they’ll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma.. They’ve already passed their test in life. They’re aristocrats.”

“In the beginning of photographing I used to make very grainy things. I’d be fascinated by what the grain did because it would make a kind of tapestry of all these little dots and everything would be translated into this medium of dots.”

I never have taken a picture I intended. They’re always better or worse.”

“I think the camera is something of a nuisance in a way.It’s recalcitrant. It’s determined to do one thing and you may want to do something else. You have to fuse what you want and what the camera wants.”

“…I don’t like to arrange things. If I stand in front of something, instead of arranging it, I arrange myself.”‘

“…you don’t put into a photograph what’s going to come out. Or vice versa,, what comes out is not what you put in.”

“Sometimes for me composition has to do with a certain brightness or a certain coming to restness and other times it has to do with funny mistakes. There’s a kind of rightness and wrongness and sometimes I like rightness and sometimes I like wrongness. Composition is like that.”

Beach House 7

7 is of course the seventh album by the Baltimore duo. They sonically remind me of Julie Cruise from the Twin Peaks soundtracks with vocals whispered sweetly in headphones in a Cocteau Twins ambient floor gaze haze. Slow grooves, synths and beats are punctuated with guitar twangs for good measure. Some of my favorite tracks are “Woo” and “Girl of the Year”.