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Old 01.22.2008, 03:26 PM   #6
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..........................you've opened up a can of worms. I feel the urge to make a ridiculously long list that no one will care about.......

First you listen to "Chocolate Synthesizer", "Super AE", then "Vision Creation Newsun". Then, you listen to every Omoide Hatoba record (they're actually better than the Boredoms). Then every OOIOO record. Then every Hanadensha record. Then every Rovo record. Then every Psycho Baba record. Then any solo works by Yoshimi or Seeiichi Yamamoto. Then, you can go and listen to the early Boredoms stuff and understand its brilliance a bit better. Though really, the later stuff is where they're "godhead"..........

Do all that then come back to this thread in a few years..

......

Seriously, I've been listening to Boredoms plus their offshoot bands religiously for at least the last 6 years and I still haven't even heard half of the amazing shit they've done. I'm discovering shit all the time I'd never know about, like Novo Tono for example -- how the fuck did that escape me? It's all really good shit, you can't really go wrong.

As for "other Japanese acts", that's a bit vague eh? Oh well. Here are some acts I really love and some I don't love AS much but still dig (this is an incomplete list, and I've excluded a LOT of bands that I only maybe like one or two songs by), I'm not going to include stuff like Afrirampo, Boris, Acid Mothers, Melt Banana, etc. because they're really well-known here:

SHIT THAT ROCKS AND IS ESSENTIAL!:
blam honey [one of the weirdest bands I've ever heard; if Nine Inch Nails were good and made by someone who hates music or something -- brilliant!]
bleachmobile [also known as Bleach'03; AMAZING]
bloodthirsty butchers [their early stuff sounds like Fugazi]
coaltar of the deepers [careful; one of their albums is J-Pop, one is J-Pop death metal, and the rest explore shoegaze or kraut rock -- very eclectic band]
gaji [like a Japanese Jesus Lizard obsessed with harmonics -- essential!]
limited express (has gone?)
luminous orange
number girl [one of my all time favorite bands; they're my user icon...]
ogre you asshole
super junky monkey
toddle
vola & the oriental machine

SHIT THAT ROCKS BUT ISN'T ESSENTIAL:
9mm parabellum bullet
art-school
bandwagon
boom boom satellites
bugy craxone
nico touches the walls
the pillows [not a huge fan, but lots of people are, so..]
plastic tree [early stuff]
red bacteria vacuum
sloth love chunks
sparta locals [sound like At the Drive-In]

SHIT THAT KINDA ROCKS AND IS KINDA ARTY:
brilliant green
ex-girl
fujifabric
mo'some tonebender
quruli

SHIT THAT'S BLEEPY, BOUNCY, ETC BUT PROBABLY, UH, "ROCKS"!:

cali-gari
metronome
polysics
spoozys
supercar [early stuff]

REALLY FUCKING GREAT J-POP:
capsule
coltemonikha
electric tomato
mac monald duck eclair
motocompo
pena
plus-tech squeezebox [craziest band EVER; like Mr. Bungle doing J-Pop]

POST-ROCK/MATH ROCK TYPE SHIT:
mono
world's end girlfriend
zazen boys [essential!]

AVANT-GARDE/FOLK/NOISE TYPE STUFF:
all boredoms related bands
abe kaoru
aki onda
ami yoshida
angel in heavy syrup
aube
brain police
broomdusters
c.c.c.c.
captain trip
chie mukai
chu ishikawa [does the music for Tsukamoto films -- great stuff!]
ché-shizu
contagious orgasm
cornelius
doping panda
dowser
dumb type
flower travellin' band
fushitsusha
gerogerigegege
ghost [I guess they're fairly well known now, but...]
go hirano
high rise
hijokaidan
hiroaki mizutani
hiroshi nar
hiroshi shiotani
hoppy kamiyama
ikue mori [was the drummer of DNA; "Hex Kitchen" is ESSENTIAL!]
kazuki tomokawa [acid folk singer; one of my all time favorite musicians, if you care...]
k.k. null
keiji haino [duh?]
kozo inada
lsd march [excellent; one of my favorite bands as well]
mainliner
marble sheep
masami tada
merzbow
michiyo yagi
minor coffee shop
musica transonic
naoki zushi
novo tono
nobukazu takemura [another artist who varies in range quite a bit; I prefer his more ambient stuff]
otomo yoshihide
overhang party
oz disc
phew
pinakotheca
reiko kudo
ryoji ikeda
sachiko m.
sawako
seiji nagai
taj mahal travellers
tenko
tetsuo furudate
tokyo kid brothers
tokyo rockers
toshimaru nakamura
tujiko noriko
violent onsen geisha
white heaven
yamazaki maso
yoshida tatsuya
yoshizawa motoharu
zero gravity

That's all I can think of right now, I'll update this if I think of more. I know I'm definitely leaving out some good Japanese IDM/glitch artists, but I dunno if anyone here really cares about that shit besides me.... hmph.
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