Muso Planet will be out one week from today on Saturday, November 11. It’s our first issue in a while and as always, will feature some really cool bands from all over the world. The band list is as follows:
Taiwan’s Ben Ben Lin, founding member of Skip Skip Ben Ben has been busy with a number of announcements recently, the first of which was that she will be touring Japan in November. Her band came to Japan in the spring and this time around she will be performing solo in the tour that will consist of five shows in four cities. Accompanying her on the tour, aptly called “Two People from Taiwan” will be fellow countryman Hom Shenhao.
The second bit of news came from Tokyo’s fast rising indie label Hands and Moment, who will be releasing Skip Skip Ben Ben’s album Sacrifice Mountain Hills on October 22nd. The album, which features some brilliant artwork by Chou Yi, was previously released by Maybe Mars is absolutely worth checking out if you haven’t had a chance already.
The most recent news out of Ben Ben’s camp was the release of a limited edition split 7″ featuring SSBB and Hot&Cold. The limited edition vinyl is available in black and white via Chicago-based Gary Records’ Bandcamp page.
The 2014 Japan Shoegazer Festival kicks off in less than a week with the first event taking place in Osaka on September 7th. Between the two shows – the latter on the 27th in Tokyo – the bill is loaded with well-known artists in Japan’s shoegaze scene: Zeppet Store, cruyff in the bedroom, The Florist, cigarette in your bed, Plastic Girl in Closet, and of course Lemon’s Chair among others. Though the most impressive lineup in the event’s history will attract attention thanks in large part to these names, the bill sports some perhaps lesser known talent that is well worth watching.
EUPHRATES is one such band, though Japan Shoegazer Festival devotees will certainly know the name. The Osaka-based four piece and member of Japanese shoegaze label High Fader Records frequents the middle of the festival’s lineups and remains quite active within its local music scene, planning and performing at events like “EUPHRATES Presents High Fader NIGHT”.
Since forming in 2012, what name they may have made for themselves to date has been crafted with dreamy vocal melodies and explosive, at times danceable choruses. “Come With Me” is the ultra-catchy fan favorite at gigs, drawing the largest applauses and eliciting about as much movement as you’ll see at the Japan Shoegazer Festival. Having seen the growth of cigarette in your bed, another High Fader product, this year, it would seem that EUPHRATES are near the front of the line to emerge in the near future. To date they have no proper released material, but perhaps their two most recognizable songs can both be heard on the band’s Soundcloud page.
Fore more info on a band that’s definitely worth keeping an eye on, follow EUPHRATES on Twitter. Have a listen to their songs “Come With Me” and “Stargazer” below:
Over the last month or so the anticipation of this year’s Japan Shoegazer Festival has been building. This year’s edition of the event has reverted back to it’s previous two city format, with the first leg taking place in Osaka and the second in Tokyo. This year’s Shoegazer Festival features a whopping thirty artists (twelve in Osaka and eighteen in Tokyo) and a ton of DJs, shaping up to be the biggest events in the fest’s history.
A couple months ago event organizer and guitarist of annual headliner Lemon’s Chair, Masashi Imanishi announced a that a special promotion with net label Kiiro Records would take place at this year’s festival. Around that time Kiiro Records, whose catalog consists largely of free-to-download pop releases, put out its most recent shoegaze compilation titled Forever Shoegaze. While details were completely unknown at the time, it was assumed that some sort of collaborative release was in the works. Today the details were announced via Imanishi’s blog.
People who attend the event will receive a free copy of the Japan Shoegazer Festival-exclusive compilation, kiirorecords & JAPAN SHOEGAZER FESTIVAL V.A. The full track list of the limited edition CD-R was released today as well. Though it does include some songs that have appeared on previous Kiiro Records comps, it marks the first physical release by the label. It’s a pretty nice bonus for folks who are able to attend what has to date been a really enjoyable day of music. One can asuume that when the Japan Shoegazer Festival concludes, this release will make its way to Bandcamp as well. The track listing for the CD is as folows:
01. SAPPY / 天国のフィーリング
02. adgreen. / mieko maiko
03. The Feedback Radio’s / smile
04. HUSH / Dumb
05. kazuma / I am waiting last summer
06. penguin airways / heatdown
07. PARASOL/ Sometimes
08. 17歳とベルリンの壁 / サーチライト
09. Cuicks / warp to the next door
10. daisyblue / early wing
11. ヨシオテクニカ / 夜汽車で見た古い夢 Old dream takes somewhere
12. magao / 海へ沈む
13. magu / 轟音少女はうつむかない
14. なゆたのつぶて / 星座
15. the Jinn’s / din
16. nina likes light blue skirt / Wednesday
17. cosmos / 素晴らしい世界
To check out more of Kiiro Records’ releases visit their Bandcamp page.
Here it is! Muso Planet volume 6 is now available for download. We had a slight content change at the last minute but are pleased with the way the issue turned out. Thank you to everyone involved! The issue can be downloaded here.
★Sounds Better With Reverb☆
★Barcelona Indie Label Siete Senoritas Gritando☆
★A Review of 2014 In Latin America☆
And the tracklist:
1. Flying Vaginas (Italy) – “Happiness and Flour”
2. Loomer (Brazil) – “Road to Japan”
3. the.city (Japan) – “Fall”
4. Ummagma (Ukraine) – “Risky”
5. Surfer Rosa (France) – “dead in your life”
6. AERO_fALL (Russia) – “Off The Beam My Dreams”
7. Sounds of Sputnik (Russia) – “Astronomical Summer”
8. Luna Ghost (Australia) – “Future End”
9. Miners (Australia) – “Soft Focus”
10. Sexores (Spain) – “Shinigami”
Muso Planet volume 6 will be released on the June 30th! We discuss shoegaze music in Australia with Jimmy from Sounds Better With Reverb and take a look at Spanish Indie Label Siete Señoritas Gritando. Jairo takes a look back at Latinoamerica Shoegaze in the first half of 2014, while looking at releases in the region during the Internet era.
With features on and free music from:
★Sounds of Sputnik (Russia)
★Luna Ghost (Australia)
★Flying Vaginas (Italy)
★Surfer Rosa (France)
★The Shoegaze Collective Podcast★Shoegaze in Chile part 2 / チリのシューゲイズpart 2
★Graveyard Orbit//Austin Cassette Fest
★An Interview with Skip Skip Ben Ben / Skip Skip Ben Benとのインタビュー
The Foreign Resort (Denmark/デンマーク)、GALANTS (Ireland/アイルランド)、Manon meurt (Czech Rep./チェコ)、PILES (U.S.A./アメリカ)、Fotogramas (Chile/チリ)、Diving Bells (Korea/韓国)、crown the invisible (U.S.A./アメリカ)、The Florist (Japan/日本)
Muso Planet volume 4 is now available for download! Muso Planet 第４号は配布中です。ダウンロードはこちらです。
★Shoegaze in Chile Part 1 – Valparaiso // チリのシューゲイザー part 1 – バルパライソ市
★Next Music From Tokyo vol. 6: An Interview with Steven Tanaka // Steven Tanakaとのインタビュー
★Three SXSW Bands You Should Check Out // SXSWに出演した3組の聴くべきバンド
Le Thug (Scotland/スコットランド)
The Chambermaids (U.S.A./アメリカ)
Bleak Boys (Mexico/メキシコ)
Cigarette in your Bed (Japan/日本)
Dead Horse One (France/フランス)
Sea Dweller (Italy/イタリア)
All of the work on Muso Planet volume 4 is wrapping up and we are getting ready to release it on March 31st. Here is a list of the content featuring some amazing bands and what we hope will be a few interesting reads.
★Next Music From Tokyo volume 6 – An Interview with Steven Tanaka
★Chilean Shoegaze part 1 – Valparaiso
★Some Latin American SXSW Bands You Should Check Out
Le Thug (Scotland), The Chambermaids (U.S.A.)
SHE (England), TuT (Taiwan), Adelaida (Chile)
Sea Dweller (Italy), cigarette in your bed (Japan)
Dead Horse One (France)
Muso Planet volume 3 is now available! 第3号を発行しました！
★The Blog That Celebrates Itself – An Interview with Renato Malizia/Renato Maliziaとのインタビュー
★New Releases from Latin America/ラテンアメリカのバンドより来たるべきリリース
Trementina (Chile/チリ), Curelight Wounds (U.S./アメリカ), skip skip ben ben (China/中国), His Name Is Codeine (Scotland/スコットランド), Disco las palmeras! (Spain/スペイン), Fashion (Japan/日本), Charlatan (U.S./アメリカ), FPRF (Russia/ロシア)
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