From broadcast #4 of Muso Asia on DKFM which aired on December 3rd in the US/December 4th in Japan.
1. The Majestic High – “See Her Fall”
2. Paint in Watercolour – “The Sweetest Sugar”
3. Oeil – “Myrtle”
4. Looprider – “Farewell”
5. TuT – “You Got Me When I Stare At You”
6. Cigarette in your Bed – “Killer Song”
7. Cruyff in the Bedroom – “Loves and Lights”
8. For Tracy Hyde – “Shady Lane Sherbet”
9. Luminous Orange – “Walkblind”
10. Seaside – “Giggle and Blush”
11. Boyz & Girl – “Kiss Me Blind”
12. 溶けない名前 (Tokenai Namae) – “幽霊少女は八月を殺す” (“Yuurei shoujo wa Hachigatsu wo Korosu”)
13. sphere – “Hope”
14. きのこ帝国 (kinoko teikoku) – “Eureka”
Here is the playlist for Muso Asia episode 2 which aired on 11/5/2014 on DKFM.1. PLASTICZOOMS – “Pale Spectre”
2. Astro Attack – “Twilight”
3. Pastel Blue – “Breeze Breath”
4. skip skip ben ben – “Parking”
5. Paint in Watercolour – “You Are Here”
6. Aysula – “Lay Down Your Feathers”
7. Thud – “Lime”
8. Oeil – “Myrtle”
9. Sharesprings – “Jasmine”
10. Manic Sheep – “You Lie, You Choke the Rules We Trust”
11. Say Sue Me – “One Week”
12. magic love – “Growing Organism”
13. Ether Feels – “Morning Star”
14. G-Ampere – “Teardrop”
15. 水中図鑑 (suichuu zukan) – “飛び込め” (“Tobikome”)
After a long wait, Muso Planet volume 7 is now available for download. You can download it as usual via the website and from Bandcamp as well. Here is what volume 7 includes! 久しぶりにMuso Planetが配布中！第７号はいつも通りこのサイトでも、Bandcampでもダウンロードができる。以下は今号内容の詳細！
Muso Planet volume 7
Download (ダウンロード | Bandcamp
Recommended Releases from Russia/ロシアからおすすめのリリース
Hands and Moment
Latino America Shoegaze Presents Guitarists and their Pedals/ラテンアメリカのギターリストのおすすめのエフェクター
With Music From
Magic Love (Japan/日本), Dead Leaf Echo (USA/アメリカ), Divided (Czech Republic/チェコ)
Man in Rug (New Zealand/ニュージーランド), Jaguwar (Germany/ドイツ)
Puna (Peru/ペル), Rev Rev Rev (Italy/イタリア), Chicago Toys (Chile/チリ)
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:
★Dead Leaf Echo (USA)
★magic love (Japan)
★Man in Rug (New Zealand)
★CHICAGO TOYS (Chile)
★Divided (Czech Republic)
★rev rev rev (Italy)
The Cherry Wave have gotten around to giving us that music they’ve been promising. The wait was somewhat long but in the end it’s been totally worth it. The Glasgow foursome released the first track, “Whitey”, from its upcoming album, which should (fingers crossed) be out in the near future. “Whitey” features two and a half minutes of the fuzzed-out droning guitars, howling leads, and powerful rhythm section that we’ve come to love through an EP and some change to date. There’s a bit more of an edge to this track than the first EP, a direction perhaps signaled in last summer’s single “Under Dull Grey Skies”, which appeared on Lamppost Records’ Under the Wildflowers: volume 1 comp. Anyway, it’s good to hear some music from the guys and it’s enough to whet your appetite while the finishing touches are put on a highly anticipated new record. Have a listen, enjoy, and tell your friends.
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.
I took a trip to Sakae for some Saturday afternoon wandering around and stopped off on the way at Nagoya’s famed File Under Records where a copy of the debut from local shoegaze outfit Aysula was waiting for me. I’d caught them last year at the Japan Shoegazer Festival in Nagoya and their abundance of what many Japanese shoegaze bands lack – a face blasting amount of guitar noise by way of their ridiculously loaded pedalboards – was one of the more impressive aspects of the evening. At the time there was only a little of their music available at the time, and most of that was the series of live videos on Youtube I’ve come to be accustomed to.
In June, however, the band released their debut effort titled, in an almost beckoning way, Release Me. I popped the CD in as soon as I got home and, while this is based on a mere couple listens through, it’s phenomenal. It’s got the shoegaze guitar noise that distinguished them at the JSF event, and on the recording the somewhat whiny, moody vocals really stand out a lot moreso than on Tsurumai Daytrip’s PA (understandably). The album has a really dark feel throughout. That guitar sound produced by the more than 70 pedals in their arsenal is all I need. Tracks like “Sphere” and “Remark” stuck out from their live performances, but “Lay Down Your Feathers”, the closest thing to a pure shoegaze track on the album, is the early favorite.
It’s a really impressive debut, and an important one for the city as Nagoya has started to produce its share of talent as the shoegaze scene in Japan continues to grow more and more. The band has also been announced as a participant in the Osaka leg of this fall’s Japan Shoegazer Festival. You can give them a follow on Facebook or Twitter and be sure to check out their homepage as well for info on how to purchase their CD. There are some “trailers” available on Aysula’s Soundcloud page as well.
Osaka shoegazers Ether Feels have released their new 3-track EP “Twilight Dreams” this week. The EP, which features re-recorded versions of some of their earlier material, includes the fan favorite “Raindrop Sparkle” sandwiched between two other songs which feature regularly at the trio’s gigs – “Morning Star” and “Paddy”. The improved recording quality does well to really capture the band’s light, somewhat melancholy brand of shoegaze capped by the dreamy vocal lines of frontman and principal songwriter TOMO which really carry well on this new EP. Having released a bunch of material previously, “Twilight Dreams” is the most mature of their works thus far and with a new lineup in place it will be cool to see a new full length in the future.
Here’s a preview of “Raindrop Sparkle” from the album which is available on Amazon (JP).