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Japanese Music (Pop, rock and all 'dat) |OT|



My mate Antiochus reminded me that it's about time for a new J-Pop thread. you can use this thread to talk about your favourite songs and of course for further recommendations.


of course, J-Pop is more than funny little girls in pink bear suits jumping around while singing about endless love. especially thanks to singers like namie amuro and hikaru utada J-Pop in general matured a little bit.

alright, i start with my first recommendation. it's meisa kuroki, goddamn: catchy songs and a nice looking woman. try this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q_BKdt34nM (it's called Shock)

of course we can talk about J-Rock as well. I bet there some Gackt fans around here. anyways, i hope there won't be too much generall trolling. let's have a good time, guys.

feel free to post here! be part of something big!
 

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Who are photo 1 and 3?
Blablurn said:
of course, J-Pop is more than funny little girls in pink bear suits jumping around while singing about endless love. especially thanks to singers like namie amuro and hikaru utada (even though i think she sucks) J-Pop in general matured a little bit.
Boo! Utada should come out of hiatus and kick your ass.
 

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Who are photo 1 and 3?
I think Photo 1 is Ayumi Hamasaki, and 3 is Anna Tsuchiya (?).

Personally, I am addicted with Japan's electro/house scene, rather than just pure JPop. Nakata Yasutaka (capsule), Shinichi Osawa/Mondo Grosso, Fantastic Plastic Machine (FPM), Taku Takahashi, ravex, etc. And of course, how could I forget - Perfume.

SOIL&"PIMP"SESSIONS is quite chilling as well.

In terms of JPop/Rock, I currently prefer bands like Mr. Children. WEAVER/flumpool are OK as well, but their sound is repetitive.

In response to the OP - I also know about Meisa Kuroki, catchy instrumentals, but her vocals aren't that great.
 

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B'z is probably my favorite band of all time. I'm actually surprised how relatively unknown (or not talked about that much) they are outside Japan given that they're the most successful band there (and I think I read, they're the 5th most successful band in the world, based on their strength there.)
 

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Can't have a J-pop thread without SPEED! They're not this lip-synched, over-produced crap that's big now. They're the real deal, and they've been in the business for 15 years now.

GPF 2010 Live (start with this video and continue with the rest)
 

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Thank you Blaburn, for starting this thread where no one else wanted to. As this decade is literally 20 days away from ending and inaugurating a new one, I think it'll great if we post our top ten best J-music albums during this time. Any and all genres recommended, whatever striked your fancy and has stayed with you since. I'll make one shortly
 

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In terms of j-pop i really like those artists / groups. Some of these are genuinely great, while some others i listen to for "fun" :lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqofGg9-tBQ - Perfume
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjWxwenRez8 - Yukiko Okada
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1j3Qy_-dG4&translated=1 - Nikaido kazumi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG8rKUmo7r4 - Mari Iijima
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rAuLd2hjKI&translated=1 - Clammbon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwcS4vtsjwI&translated=1 - Yaida Hitomi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPEt-RQRfys&translated=1 - Mikuni Shimokawa
 

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Squee! You put Gackt in the OP! Awesome! Ayumi too, she and gackt and TM Revolution got me into jpop/rock a long long time ago.

Also check out Kaya, he's a fantastic singer.
 

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Someone said Utada sucks?

Hold my weave. Hold it.

Taking my heels off, we about to have a problem.

I had such a crush on her when I was younger. I used to love Japanese music. I don't listen to it as much, though. L'Arc~en~Ciel was my shit ... But that's J-Rock.

Utada must come out of hiatus. I still have almost all of her stuff on my iPod. COLORS, Hikari, B&C, A False "I Love You", Heart Station...oh man I could go on and on.

Thank you based Hikki...

ANY LOVE FOR BENNIE K? I LOVE THEM. TOO BAD YUKI STOPPED SINGING... =(
 

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Antiochus said:
Thank you Blaburn, for starting this thread where no one else wanted to. As this decade is literally 20 days away from ending and inaugurating a new one, I think it'll great if we post our top ten best J-music albums during this time. Any and all genres recommended, whatever striked your fancy and has stayed with you since. I'll make one shortly
A top 10 list is easy for me, ranking them not so much. I'm not counting single collections.

Amuro Namie - PAST<FUTURE
DA PUMP - Shippu Ranbu
hiro - Brilliant
hiro - Naked and True
Koda Kumi - grow into one
ORANGE RANGE - MusiQ
SPEED - Bridge
Suzuki Ami - Dolce
Yellow Generation - CARPE DIEM
Younha - Go! Younha
 

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I have like two albums of J-Pop I like and I will never admit I like them outside this thread.
 

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(._.) said:
I have like two albums of J-Pop I like and I will never admit I like them outside this thread.
I used to be like that, and to some extent: I still am. After joining the Science Fiction/Animation club in college and surrounding myself with fellow super nerds, I've come to accept that I should not be ashamed. I'm a big black man blasting Utada Hikaru and I don't give a fuck.

I also like m-flo. :D
 

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Lately I've been listening to a lot of JRock from Last Alliance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76xBixRSpmk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPNNv5cP5ok

Along with stuff from Asian Kung-fu Generation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dytvacnvCJY

Orange Range: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuVyzi_IJJw

As for Jpop, some of the stuff from Utada Hikaru isn't that bad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KENWKPa2aGI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BuSVHTI8Y0

I also have that Michi Kiss Kiss song on my ipod lol, catchy tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2vJDBhspgI

I don't really like any male JPop, but this one's decent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inOJgHzlkSo

Most of the japanese songs on my ipod are from anime OSTs though:

Stuff from Sawano Hiroyuki (Check out the song BRAVE, couldn't find it on youtube).
The Angel Beats OST (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED5sbprQ8Gw)
etc.
 

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Hell yeah for all the Utada Hikaru love, she's amazing. She's out of hiatus right now but she will take an indefinite break in 2011.
Her most recent single released last month is called Goodbye Happiness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfpX8lkaSdk. She also had a concert, called WILD LIFE, around 1 or 2 weeks ago that was streamed on ustream.
 

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Blablurn said:
...and hikaru utada (even though i think she sucks)
Came in this thread to give the OP props for creating it, read this, and all I can do is shake my head. Seriously?
 
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I'm not the biggest J-Pop fan. I used to love the stuff, probably just because I went through a fairly embarrassing weeaboo stage as a youth, but now I can only stand a few pop artists (Utada Hikaru and Ayumi Hamasaki have some really great stuff). Angela Aki is probably my favorite J-Pop star currently, however.

Nowadays I'm more of fan of JRock/Rap/R&B/Techno and probably some other genres that are slipping my mind right now. I propose the threat title get changed to just "J-Music |OT|" so it's not as narrow. Anyway, here are some of my personal favorites.

Rip Slyme
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Some of my Favorite Tracks:
Nettaiya
Hot Chocolate
Blue Be Bop

Bennie K
Genre: Pop/Hip-Hop/R&B ("Urban")

Some of my Favorite Tracks:
Sunrise
Monochrome
Joy Trip

Boom Boom Satellites
Genre: Rock/Electronica

Some of my Favorite Tracks:
Easy Action
Back on my Feet
Intergalactic

Sambomaster
Genre: Rock/Alternative

Some of my Favorite Tracks:
Seishun Kyousoukyoku (Apparently this song's from Naruto. I refused to ever watch that shit, so this is news to me.)
Sekai wa Sore wo Ai to Yobun da ze (You may recognize this song as either the closing tune to "Densha Otoko," or as the final stage in "Ouendan 2")
Utagoe yoo kore

Angela Aki
Genre: Pop (with amazing vocal and piano skills -- fuck yeah!)

Some of my Favorite Tracks:
This Love
Today
Again
BONUS COVER SONGS:
Faye Wong's "Eyes on Me" (from Final Fantasy VIII)
Seal's "Kiss from a Rose" (from... Batman Forever, lol)
Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"

There's plenty more, but I'm not trying to flood the page. Maybe in another post, but I'm sure none of you like my taste in J-Music anyway. :lol
 

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Blablurn said:
did anyone listened to the utada hikaru live concert in new york? the way she speaks and everything... terrible. she sounds like a idiot haha.
Personal preferences are one thing, but she is without a doubt one of the biggest names in Japanese Pop music and her "First Love"-Album is still the No.1 Bestselling album in Japanese music-history.
It's as if you created a thread about US-Popmusic and dissed Michael Jackson...

And if you want to call someone out on their poor pronounciation/dialect/whatever I would at least make sure to get my own grammar straight in that particular posting.
 

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Garou said:
Personal preferences are one thing, but she is without a doubt one of the biggest names in Japanese Pop music and her "First Love"-Album is still the No.1 Bestselling album in Japanese music-history.
It's as if you created a thread about US-Popmusic and dissed Michael Jackson...

And if you want to call someone out on their poor pronounciation/dialect/whatever I would at least make sure to get my own grammar straight in that particular posting.
She's not articulate and mumbles a lot plus, her english lyrics are often retarded. I still think shes better than 100% of this thread. Kuroki Meisa? :lol
 
Garou said:
Personal preferences are one thing, but she is without a doubt one of the biggest names in Japanese Pop music and her "First Love"-Album is still the No.1 Bestselling album in Japanese music-history.
It's as if you created a thread about US-Popmusic and dissed Michael Jackson...

And if you want to call someone out on their poor pronounciation/dialect/whatever I would at least make sure to get my own grammar straight in that particular posting.
i'm sorry man. i'm not talking about the way she speaks. her english is perfect (wasnt she raised in new york?). but i didn't like what she said.

i didn't diss her music because i actually like her songs.

hahaha, i didn't know gaf had some many hikki fans! ayu is number 1
 

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Is there a good Japanese music wiki out their for English speakers? Unfortunately, not every artist has a Wikipedia article.
 

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Pleased to see Jihen mentioned, people should check out Shiina Ringo's solo stuff too. But no Polysics mention? Tsk tsk tsk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgSVZ0e4ZZg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cj9krHnBcMI&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc-fv7eVWAM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP5FNYhf0_M

They're fucking amazing live.

I also love 9mm parabellum bullet:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdGPv_JZ1WU

Oh, and Lite are mindblowing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc1yD9H7Rb8

And this song by Sakanaction was stuck in my head for a good 2 months:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS6wzjpCvec

Not all J-music is AKB48-like tripe, thankfully.
 
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Cool thread! I've never listened to much J-pop beyond Ayumi.

How broad is the definition of J-Pop? In the broadest sense it covers all mainstream muisc, no? (be it J-pop, j-rock, soul, etc.). When I hear the name j-pop, images of girl/boy groups and music from anime series, are what pops into my head, but it's obviously not only that.

Would you say that a singer-songwrite like Shugo Tokumaru falls under the J-pop umbrella?

The reason I'm asking is because I've considered making a Music from Japan that is not J-Pop Thread.
 

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NaughtyCalibur said:
Angela Aki
Genre: Pop (with amazing vocal and piano skills -- fuck yeah!)


There's plenty more, but I'm not trying to flood the page. Maybe in another post, but I'm sure none of you like my taste in J-Music anyway. :lol
How can you mention Angela Aki without her Tegami song? It's absolutely breathtaking, brings tears to my eyes everytime:

Piano solo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mph1oYYJz4c&feature=related

Choir:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5ceI4uvNlQ&feature=related
 

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Cool, I wanted to get back into Japanese music again. Can j-pop include hip-hop or rock? Or are those exclusive to other categorized Japanese music? I've been listening to M-flo a bit, as well as some Ikimono Gakari. Are there any good bands or acts out there (preferably guitar, or instrument focused) that anyone wants to recommend?
 

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is anyone else listening to MAA's debut album?



1. &#12496;&#12524;&#12522;&#12540;&#12490;&#12539;&#12502;&#12524;&#12452;&#12531;&#12471;&#12473;&#12486;&#12512; (Ballerina Brain System)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9tReYawSL8

2. Ghost Enemy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeoUxPDo7gs

3. Tomorrow @ Your Kingdom

4. &#12514;&#12531;&#12461;&#12540;&#12508;&#12540;&#12531;&#12539;&#12471;&#12486;&#12451; (Monkeybone City)

5. &#12495;&#12531;&#12464;&#12458;&#12540;&#12496;&#12540;&#12539;&#12506;&#12452;&#12496;&#12483;&#12463; (Hangover Payback)

6. Beautiful Mistakes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-D1HwEW7ytk

7. &#12496;&#12540;&#12472;&#12531;&#12461;&#12521;&#12540;&#12539;&#12469;&#12531;&#12479; (Virgin Killer Santa)

8. Demon's Phone Call
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iXMaxbSWSY

i just caught wind of it the other day, and i love it! it's definitely one of those albums where you don't have to skip over any tracks. ghost enemy is my favourite.
 

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Oh yeah, also:

* Capsule
* Pillows
* Tokyo Jihen
* Shiina Ringo (her solo stuff)
* Hikaru Utada (her early works)
* Beat Crusaders
 

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It's all about the M-flo! Mixing Jhiphop and jpop all around.



This be the stylin' ways of Verbal and DJ Taku! Now let's drop it!

Honestly there's so much I love from them and what's been really awesome about them recently are the collabs they've done. Crystal Kay, Namie Amuro, BoA, Yoshika, Bennie-K... The list doesn't end.

In no particular order...


m-flo loves Crystal Kay / REEEWIND!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99YQqebbLYU

m-flo loves Crystal Kay / Love Don't Cry
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny9QNHChPHE

m-flo loves &#26085;&#20043;&#20869;&#12456;&#12511; & Ryohei & Emyli & YOSHIKA & LISA / love comes and goes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56FOKrCS-aM

m-flo loves BoA / the Love Bug
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVqZKflL4PY

m-flo loves YOSHIKA / let go
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOsiSE_JTOM

m-flo loves BENNIE K / Taste Your Stuff
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0uSIVA12LQ

m-flo loves &#21152;&#34276;&#12511;&#12522;&#12516; / ONE&#12288;DAY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owD-mKVzB8A

On the older side when Lisa was around before the Love days

Yours only
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej_X4JdFAs8

Been so long
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg1r9qa9JN0

come again
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNBiaZbFGII

Ten Below Blazing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkXAO-qURIA