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lorenzokenzo
May 15th, 2004, 20:18
I was in the library the other day and saw a large number of japanese cds in the world music section..am gonna get some out next week..does anyone have any favourites??

LukeS
May 15th, 2004, 21:19
*Road of Major

*cha.... Filter

richardp
May 15th, 2004, 22:04
A lot of the stuff that is easily available is the same fluff I would avoid here, for what it's worth I like the Ayu Trance albums that Ayumi Hamasaki released, but most of ther stuff is fluff.

Jonathan
May 15th, 2004, 23:55
I like all sorts -

Ayumi Hamasaki
Utada Hikaru - ("Distance" is jjust fab)
Chara
Traditional Japanese String Music - very chilled 8)
Akira Jimbo

and on more of a rock theme...

Guitar Wolf

(I'm listening to more pop these days!) :)

llumynia
May 16th, 2004, 00:31
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dobharrison
May 16th, 2004, 00:41
Mr Children and Bump of Chicken - never actually heard them but their names are fab.

Ageha
May 16th, 2004, 02:29
Fukuyama Masaharu. <3

WuTAN
May 16th, 2004, 03:50
you should definately try some l'arc en ciel, very cool chilled rock :D
i'd especially recommend 'Driver's High'. i'd also recommend utada hikaru and ayumi hamasaki.

AtomicYak
May 16th, 2004, 03:54
Even though they have a lot of fluff as well, it's more entertaining than our fluff because it's in Japanese.

It depends on what type of music you're into, but here are my favorites of the non-fluff

Ego Wrappin' - Kind of a lounge jazz sound with a tinge of pop. Incredibly talented.

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Most of their songs sound like game show anthems and cartoon theme songs. Much fun.

Kemuri - Japan's most prominent ska-punk band. Great lyrics and their instrumental songs are fantastic as well

Kojima Mayumi - A blues-Jazz-Pop fusion. She's really really good.

May 16th, 2004, 05:46
- Ayumi Hamasaki! I actually mentioned her in my interview, along with battle royale... :lol:

- Puffy

- Aya Matsuura

- S.E.S.

yuck. SES was bad enough in korean.

kyoto jazz massive isn't bad either, but i'm not sure if you would count that as "japanese music."

if you're into hip-hop(ish) kinda stuff, see if you can get your hands on dragon ash, miss monday, heartsdales. and the original utada LP.

Petesmp
May 16th, 2004, 06:55
Chage and Aska - Japanese duo that have been around a long time, sort of like Hall and Oats

Gospellers - Japan's answer to Boyz II Men

Da Pump - Boyband

Luv and Soul- Japan's KC and Jojo

feenix
May 16th, 2004, 08:48
For some chilled out R&B grooves, consider:
Chemistry
Hirai Ken

If you're in an 80's rock-band kind of mood, I've discovered a gem for you:
WANDS

Right now I'm spinning the first album by Tamaki Nami, "Greeting". She hit the music scene with two songs used as themes for the new Anime series "Gundam Seed". Not bad - I'd consider it standard J-Pop fare.

Lucy
May 16th, 2004, 22:53
At the moment I'm lovin Thee Michelle Gun Elephant (stupid name, great songs) and Glay. But I'll listen to anything and like it. Even anime theme tunes if they're of the most cheesy kind! :D

Lucy

yabighoor
May 17th, 2004, 04:22
I saw a crazy Japanese band called Electric eel shock. WAs very drunk and tried to speak Japanese to them. Not a good thing as my language skills are zero. Cool band though, naked drummer with sock on his cock...where diud he get that idea from?

May 17th, 2004, 04:40
The only dragon ash song i liked was the one at the end of battle royale

if you ask me, dragon ash sucks too (along with almost everything else that has been posted here so far). but i'm trying not to incorporate personal bias.

mistress_pooky
May 17th, 2004, 06:46
I mostly listen to japanese rock because frankly, the pop stuff is far too sugary for me. I'd recommend Glay, Janna da Arc, L' Arc-en-ciel (or singer Hyde's solo stuff), and Gackt ('mars' album is my personal fav). If you're looking for hip-hop, try Koda Kumi or Rip Slyme.

May 17th, 2004, 08:27
what's this SMAP stuff i hear so much about?

Chris
May 17th, 2004, 09:26
[quote="feenix"]For some chilled out R&B grooves, consider:
Chemistry
Hirai Ken

quote]

I've got to say i was VERY cynical about listening to this but i've got hold of them and they're actually really good.
Could you recommend anything else of similar style to this?
Chris

maffew
May 17th, 2004, 10:16
ua
tujiko noriko
nikaidoh kazumi
nobukazu takemura
boredoms
ego wrappin'
kururi
fonica
ska ska club
pizzicato 5 :D
dj krush
melt banana
cornelius...

mu (japanese woman, british guy...)

eee.. after typing that out i'm looking forward to this more than ever
:p

mistress_pooky
May 17th, 2004, 14:36
what's this SMAP stuff i hear so much about?

SMAP is a boy band, but not young like some of the other groups. They have their own TV show and one of them even has a show that teaches English using American and British movies. They came out with a song last year that was said to be an anti-war anthem, so their popularity has grown since then.

lorenzokenzo
May 17th, 2004, 15:33
thanks everyone for suggestions...am hoping to be pleasantly suprised..i'm off to library today, so will report with feedback..

socalDave
May 19th, 2004, 05:50
Siam Shade
Tomoyasu Hotei
Luna Sea
Glay
B'z
The Blue Hearts
Hide
Aikawa Nanase
Ayumi Hamasaki
Namie Amuro

Girly pop to hard rock... good stuff~

feenix
May 19th, 2004, 07:26
Chris,

Another title you might want to consider is Utada Hikaru's "Distance"... she experiments with R&B styles in this album.

If you're hungry to sample more of the current artists out there, there's a compilation album called "Neo Soul" released by tofu records (http://www.tofurecords.com). They have tracks from the artists I've mentioned plus some others. The website has streaming audio samples from the album so you can find out the names of other artists that you might like as well.

raumkatze
May 20th, 2004, 00:20
My two favorite Japanese artists are:

Ryp Slyme - Hella funky rap music
Yoko Kanno - brilliant anime soundtracks (Check out Cowboy Bebop: Future Blues.)

A few other good artists:

Shena Ringo - A female rock singer
L'Arc En Ciel - A rock band with great string arrangements.

www.AaronAckerson.com

Shotokai
May 20th, 2004, 00:43
the only jap music i know is from final fantasy games. amazing soundtracks. and that song eyes on me. it was brilliant.

Dynamis
May 20th, 2004, 01:17
I agree Shotokai, thats some nice music. I've also heard some really cool tunes on some animes:

Key of the Twilight from Hack Sign. Sung by the band SeeSaw

Also the intro to Slayers Try. Sung by Megumi Hayashasomething (i think)

Matt

feenix
May 20th, 2004, 01:45
Hayashibara

:wink:

My taste in Japanese music got a kickstart tracking the various soundtracks from Anime. There's a great internet radio station at http://www.japanaradio.com which features tracks from Anime as well as recent hits from various genres.

May 20th, 2004, 06:00
the only jap music i know is from final fantasy games. amazing soundtracks. and that song eyes on me. it was brilliant.

except eyes on me was sung by one CHINESE (yea yea china) faye wong.

enrai
May 20th, 2004, 09:06
I'm kinda of a Jpop otaku!
I recommend:
DO AS INFINITY
SPITZ
KIRORO
HAJIME CHITOSE
UTADA HIKARU
BoA
EVERY LITTLE THING
SHIINA RINGO
PORNO GRAFFITII

:P enrai :?

Canuck
May 20th, 2004, 09:23
Glay
Gackt
L'arc en ciel
MONGOL800 :D "Anata ni..."

Zoe
May 20th, 2004, 09:40
Hey enrai,

Do you have any Every Little Thing albums?? I only have one of their songs on burnt compilation, what are some of the song titles?? Do you know much about them?

Love 'Do As Infinity' tho, and Spitz aren't too bad.

Zoe :)

feenix
May 20th, 2004, 10:05
Hey enrai,

Do you have any Every Little Thing albums?? I only have one of their songs on burnt compilation, what are some of the song titles?? Do you know much about them?

Love 'Do As Infinity' tho, and Spitz aren't too bad.

Zoe :)


ELT (Every Little Thing) is great! I have several of their albums. My favorite album is "4FORCE" which is really upbeat. Their lead singer's name is Kaori Mochida.

4FORCE
Graceful World
JIRENMA
Good For Nothing
Sweetaholic Girl
Home Sweet Home
fragile
No limit
force of heart
One


Some other titles: Future world, Feel My Heart, Forever Yours, etc.

Found a more complete discography on google:
http://www.v-stuff.net/japan/jpop/elt/discography/albums.htm

SPITZ Is also really good. I've got their album: "Recycle" and I really enjoy listening to it!

Xeno
May 23rd, 2004, 23:49
Anyone into visual-kei? For those who don't know about visual-kei...it's part of denomination in Japanese rock. The most typical visual-kei guys tend to make up like chicks and put on girls costumes. (If you said they are transvestite or transsexual, you'd be tortured by their fan girls wearing gothic & lolita costumes...so be careful...:twisted: ) It sounds weird but seems there are lots of teenage girls who are addicited to them...all over the world. :roll: Well, I'm not attracted by the guys but indeed Mana (from Malice Mizer: Gackt used to be in the group.) is really beautiful! Amazing.... 8O

http://images.google.com/images?hl=ja&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=mana+malice+mizer

Also visit his fan club if you wanna sneak in. :D

http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/Saddest-Angel/

dobharrison
May 24th, 2004, 00:13
you'd be tortured by their fan girls wearing gothic & lolita costumes...so be careful...

You say that like it's a bad thing!

Xeno
May 24th, 2004, 00:39
What do you mean, dobharrison? You really wanna get tortured by those hot fangirls? :twisted: I'm afraid they force you to take off your clothes, make up, put on gothic&lolita costumes and then say "Tada, from now you have to slave for our satisfaction....as a visual-kei guy...not a JET." :P ...That can be the very possible and humiliating torture of them. :D

raumkatze
May 24th, 2004, 13:04
except eyes on me was sung by one CHINESE (yea yea china) faye wong.

It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu, a Japanese, so I consider it to be Japanese music.

www.AaronAckerson.com

dobharrison
May 24th, 2004, 17:53
What do you mean, dobharrison? You really wanna get tortured by those hot fangirls? :twisted: I'm afraid they force you to take off your clothes, make up, put on gothic&lolita costumes and then say "Tada, from now you have to slave for our satisfaction....as a visual-kei guy...not a JET." :P ...That can be the very possible and humiliating torture of them. :D

See my previous post. :wink:

May 31st, 2004, 11:25
if anybody can find me the single track "Junior Sweet" (1997ish) by a Japanese female vocalist named Chara, i will love you for life. please contact me if you just happen to have this laying around...

Chris
May 31st, 2004, 12:13
Chris,

Another title you might want to consider is Utada Hikaru's "Distance"... she experiments with R&B styles in this album.

If you're hungry to sample more of the current artists out there, there's a compilation album called "Neo Soul" released by tofu records (http://www.tofurecords.com). They have tracks from the artists I've mentioned plus some others. The website has streaming audio samples from the album so you can find out the names of other artists that you might like as well.

That's great, thanks Feenix! I'll have a look

Jay
May 31st, 2004, 17:28
These are some of the singers that I like... Some of the singers or groups only have a song or two that I like, but I posted them anyway.

Aikawa Nananse
Aiko
Kiroro
Ayumi Hamasaki
Do as Infinity
Crystal K
Every Little thing
Hitoto You
M-Flo
Kuraki Mai
L'Arc-en Ciel
Mika Nakashima
Mr.Children
The Brilliant Green "Angel Song"
Southern All Stars
Utada Hikari
Yuko Sasaki
YUAMU
Noriko Sakai

Shinikenshi
May 31st, 2004, 19:46
maaya sakamoto!! and the B'Z!!

B'z are excellent! After nearly 2 decades of rocking, they still put out top notch albums. Their second to current album, Green, is one of my personal favorites. This was especially true after I went to their concert in Los Angeles the last two years.

I'm not too keen on all the "pop"y stuff out there on the Japanese market, but there are some notable ones I would recommend.

Mr. Children (light rock stuff)
Chemistry (R&B flavor)
Porno Graffiti (funny name, great music)
Dragon Ash (because Japanese rap is fun)
L'Arc~en~Ciel (J-Rock without the dress up. Ignoring the PV for Blurry Eyes)
Spitz (more light rock stuff. Robinson and Haruka are great tracks to listen to)

For game remix fans and such, I really recommend a group called 埼玉最終兵器 (S.S.H.). They do really good electronic and fast rock remixes of old video game classics (Final Fantasy, Megaman, Super Mario and so forth). They've got 2 albums out that I know of for a game called "Lost Child" by TamaSoft and have done music for a Playstation 2 Sega Ages 2800 title.

Here's their website (with MP3s for download) for those interested:

http://www.ssh.ne.jp/

Chris

professor_chimpenstein
May 31st, 2004, 21:45
Im a huge fan of the mad capsule markets.

They music is a sort of techno metal cross but makes for some very interesting listening.

Im especially a big fan of their

"Good Good Girl" and "Spending time on sunny beach" songs

They always liven me up and are great to play just before you go out.

They sing in english - but I'll warn yer! decifering what they are saying inst all that easy.

James - listening to them now :D

June 1st, 2004, 13:01
if anybody can find me the single track "Junior Sweet" (1997ish) by a Japanese female vocalist named Chara, i will love you for life. please contact me if you just happen to have this laying around...

anybody?

lorenzokenzo
October 19th, 2004, 09:01
Borrowed UA CD from a mate of mine and its the first J-music i really like:

http://www.farsidemusic.com/acatalog/index.html?http%3A//www.farsidemusic.com/acatalog/UA.html&CatalogBody

dobharrison
October 19th, 2004, 09:12
I echo Chimp's comments about The Mad Capsule Markets - they rock!

socalDave
October 19th, 2004, 17:08
if anybody can find me the single track "Junior Sweet" (1997ish) by a Japanese female vocalist named Chara, i will love you for life. please contact me if you just happen to have this laying around...

anybody?

Where you @ in Japan? There are CD rental shops in Tokyo that have a lot of singles, old ones too. I've found stuff as old as '92 at times...

djgizmoe
October 28th, 2004, 14:08
ua
tujiko noriko
nikaidoh kazumi
nobukazu takemura
boredoms
ego wrappin'
kururi
fonica
ska ska club
pizzicato 5 :D
dj krush
melt banana
cornelius...

mu (japanese woman, british guy...)

eee.. after typing that out i'm looking forward to this more than ever
:p

Here, here. And let me add:
Shena Ringo
Downy
Buffalo Daughter
ROVO
Double Famous
Denki Groove
DMBQ
Fantastic Plastic Machine
Buck Tick
Response
MAD 3

http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/nipponunderground/

IdleDragon
January 29th, 2005, 18:21
Cool, recently joined so I'll find nigh dead topics to add my 2cents to.
AudioActive- dub/rock
Bordoms
Guitar Wolf

Have to say I can't stand J-pop (pop music in general) but at least its lyrical forms means I can pretty much tell what the next line will be in karaoke even if you don't know the song.

LordVagabond
January 29th, 2005, 18:27
Being a bit of a lover of traditional music, I really enjoy the group "Kodo," who do taiko drumming 8)

(sample) (http://members.shaw.ca/Vagabond142/Taiko.mp3)

Mac_North
January 29th, 2005, 20:05
crossover jazz enjoys a nice support network here (there are even dedicated sections in Shibuya's mainstream HMV)...

UFO [bam (http://www.ufo-tokyo.com/)]
Toshio Matsuura (yes, it's ma-tsu-u-ra) [bam (http://www.standard-works.com/toshio_matsuura/)]
Kyoto Jazz Massive [bam (http://www.compost-records.com/sections/labels/cpt_arti/kyoto.php3)]
DJ Krush [bam (http://www.mmjp.or.jp/sus/krush/)]

nicklad
January 30th, 2005, 14:14
Japanese singing= cat strangulation.

Ini
January 30th, 2005, 14:16
cat strangulation = japanese cooking

nicklad
January 30th, 2005, 14:23
Being a bit of a lover of traditional music, I really enjoy the group "Kodo," who do taiko drumming 8)



Had a listen to that.

It reminded me of the drumming and chanting from the groups on the yatai in the local matsuri.

LordVagabond
January 31st, 2005, 11:07
I wish Taiko was easier to find (either here on CD or from the net as MP3), so far all I have is one Kodo CD and a couple of MP3s.... :cry: Oh well, the search continues!

Nicklad: do you know which matsuri you heard the taiko and chanting at? (purely out of cultural interest)

lorenzokenzo
February 17th, 2005, 12:18
Finally after sifting through a lot of shite, I've come up with my top five of easily available Japanese music that i've heard so far:

1. Ulfuls

- Osaka based band who sing in Kansai-ben. Ulfuls are a band are influenced by The Beach Boys, James Brown, Muddy Water, Marvin Gaye, Ramones, Neil Young and The Beatles.

Put a Ulfuls CD on your player,and try not to smile,it's almost impossible.

Check out the latest AU keitei television commercial.

2. Shiina Ringo

- Original, diverse, powerful, fun... and I could go on; her songs are the quintessence of what music should always offer. Shiina can use her voice in countless ways and is as unpredictable as it gets. She makes sure there is something for everyone to enjoy in her style and many can surely appreciate every one of the different features as a whole. (Review taken from http://www.projectj.net/shena.htm)

Check out the album 'Karuki Zamen Kuri no Hana' and her new band Toyko Jihen

Oh she's also feckin sexy.

3. Hibari Misora

Despite the exploits of Matsuraida Ken and his Samba over the New Year period, I've been slowly getting into Enka. Although it may be synomonous with drunk Obasans at the office enkai, some of the stuff is really worth listening to.

Hibari Misora is probably the most famous Enka performer to have ever lived. She began singing as a Yokohama teenager, with her stage debut at the age of 11 (1948), and continued right up to her sudden death in 1989. She was only 52. She is often thought of as having comforted Japan through the difficult recovery from the devastation of the war years. Her life has become a subject of popular legend. There is a city museum in Kyoto which honors her.

Check out the song in Kill Bill where they fight in the snow.


4. UA

One of Japan's most intriguing singers. Her music uses a wide variety of styles, and her voice is very seductive and deep -- traits that immediately set her apart from most other Japanese female singers.

Check out her album 'Ametora'.


5. Go!Go!7188

It is hard not to get instantly gripped by this band's style from the get go. They are so playful, energetic, cute, retro, edgy... just to name a few. Regardless what branch of the enormous "rock" tree you swear by, GO!GO! has what you are looking for. Even if they still need to get over the foreign lyrics, J-Music uninitiated are more than likely to appreciate this band for its true worth.
(Review also pinched from http://www.projectj.net/shena.htm)

dobharrison
August 27th, 2005, 10:01
I saw a couple of great bands last night. あふりらんぽ (Afuriranpo) are a crazy couple of girls from Osaka who like to scream on stage and have a fun show.

Speaker Gain Teardrop (http://chuwan.hp.infoseek.co.jp/) are a great post-rock group that blew me away.

Both bands are great live, so keep an eye out.

shenaniganer
August 31st, 2005, 01:41
I like Pizzicato five. Too bad that they broke up a few years ago.

If you're not living in Japan anymore, you can hear J-pop on the web at:

1. Radio@aol (don't bother with radio@netscape, the interface that you have to download crashes all the time)

- OR -

2. Live365.com

I listen to Pizzicato five on launchcast, but the only J-pop stuff that they play is Utada Hikaru (yuck!). Their "international" selection is nothing but "south of the border" stuff.