A while ago a friend gave me a few of these Sony Japanese Rock Compilations called Japan Not For Sale 12 & 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
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”.
The Moog Werkstatt-01 can be found for $200 or less. Introduced in 2014, it comes disassembled as a kit that just requires a screwdriver for assembly. The components pretty much just snap into the board without soldering. It is a patchable analog synth that can be sonically modified with jumper cables, a CV Expander, even an Arduino microprocessor. Small round buttons on the bottom row of the device act as a keyboard.
Upon initial listen, you may ask what Beatles song is this. Also hailing from Liverpool, The Searchers were champions of the Merseybeat sound in the sixties. They had a Kevin Bacon-esque relationship with the Beatles when one of the drummers replaced Ringo in one of his previous bands. They named themselves after a 1956 John Wayne western.
I discovered two songs that took my down the rabbit hole of music discovery and exploration. I just started watching Black Mirror. Episode 2 features a song called “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is” by Irma Thomas.