OTS Japan: Harenchi, Octopouple (FR), Nora Ichimi, Klaus Legal (Osaka 30.01.2017)


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Last month your head editor here went on a glorious three-week bender in Japan and you’ve guessed it – saw lots of awesome music. We’ll spend the next week dipping our toes into the various scenes brewing in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto – hope you enjoy!

One of the things I kept hearing about Osaka at every turn, besides being a food junkie’s dream come true, was its friendlessness. You see, besides the Technicolor mayhem of Namba and Dotombori, Osaka is very much a walk in the park compared to Tokyo. More laid back, more old school, with the perfect amount of grit (relatively that is), Osaka doesn’t particularly try to be as hip or fashionable as Tokyo and that makes it all the more relatable and the people there that much friendlier. My host in Osaka was none other than musician Go Tsushima, who you might recognize from our Nasty Wizard Recordings catalogue – a most generous fellow, with a heart of gold, Go was all to kind to take my wife and I in his humble abode, and give me the 101 on the underground scene in Osaka.

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MV Weekly: Twinkle Star, Heat Mark, Laisee


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Musicals numbers as interpreted by one of the hardcore scene’s rising stars, a colorful cynical garage rock kaleidoscope, and a new single of emo rock success story Twinkle Star – it’s our latest look at the music videos to grab our attention this week including fresh cuts from Laisee, Heat Mark, and Twinkle Star.

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Weekend Update 17/02-19/02


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Alright – last week was a bit of a flunk. Slim pickings. Beijing was still coming out of its holiday hibernation. But just looking outside today, it’s clear as day (well the exact opposite) that we’re getting back to basics and the music scene this weekend is as feisty as ever with great gig after great gig to stumble wildly into. So shake off that winter fat, procrastinate finishing all those file reports, and let’s chase down that dragon this weekend.

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New Releases: Do Hits!, Nerd Noise, Young Gun, Voice of Wuhan


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It’s a new year – time to start browsing for that new artist or band that’s gonna blow your mind this here. And what better way to Johhny 5 your way through a heap of bands and sounds then with a compilation. So let’s dive into four of the latest compilations featuring artists old and new across multiple genres from the likes of Do Hits!, Nerd Noise, Super Street Fighter, and VOX.

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OTS Japan: Kikagaku Moyo, Tempalay, Paellas (Tokyo 21.01.2017)


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Last month your head editor here went on a glorious three-week bender in Japan and you’ve guessed it – saw lots of awesome music. We’ll spend the next week dipping our toes into the various scenes brewing in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto – hope you enjoy!

Tokyo is a beast of a place. When you’re not stumbling upon another temple, shrine, or massive mall outlet, you’re bombarded with restaurants, shops, bars, records stores, and narrow alleyways containing even more. It’s overwhelming in the truest sense – particularly Shibuya – a ward of Tokyo in the southwest of the city that’s particularly bursting at the seams in terms of activity. That’s where ventured toward my first weekend in Japan. My goal: to catch Kikagaku Moyo – a Japanese psychedelic rock group that relishes in the softer, more upbeat vibrant sounds of the 1960s.

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