Monthly Archive: December 2015

Dec 31 2015

JRock247’s Best J-Rock Album Covers 2015

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Check out JRock247′s best J-Rock album/single jackets for 2015, chosen by JRock247 contributors David Cirone, Jen Wang, and Nhu Nguyen. Click here to view the full list, including Man With A Mission, Plastic Tree, Golden Bomber, URBANGARDE, The GazettE, and many more!

Dec 30 2015

URBANGARDE’s Heisei Death Game MV features idols and the dark side of Tokyo youth

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URBANGARDE has released a set of new music videos connected to their latest album Showa 90. Known to fans worldwide for pushing boundaries and provoking discussion of social issues, URBANGARDE launched Showa 90 in early December with the militaristic, anti-war video “Kuchibiru Democracy” (“Lips Democracy”), which many Japanese TV stations refused to air because of …

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Dec 29 2015

SCANDAL Documentary Film HELLO WORLD Receives International DVD Release

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HELLO WORLD, the first documentary film of Japanese female rock band SCANDAL will receive a UK and European DVD release this February through JPU Records. The film captures the highly successful four-piece as they travel overseas on their first solo world tour – and features English subtitles for the first time. SCANDAL Documentary film HELLO …

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Dec 26 2015

Tomoyasu Hotei – Strangers (Review)

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Tomoyasu Hotei Strangers Review by David Cirone Tomoyasu Hotei’s fist international album release, Strangers, is a perfect road-trip album, the soundtrack to a film in your head that you’ll wish was real. Cinematic in scope, flow, and construction, there’s never a moment where you don’t feel guided by the hands of a master. Play this …

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Dec 16 2015

Swinging Popsicle releases Mobile Phone lyric video

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J-Pop band Swinging Popsicle has released a lyric video for the song “mobile phone”, included on the band’s latest EP flow. As their 20th anniversary celebration continues, Swinging Popsicle is featured on this month’s cover of Japan’s “Popsicle Clip” magazine, which includes an interview with band members Hironobu Hirata, Mineko Fujishima, and Osamu Shimada. flow …

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Dec 15 2015

Sekai no Owari – Moonlight Station (live from Twilight City at NISSAN STADIUM)

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Dec 15 2015

Aldious – The End (MV)

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Dec 13 2015

URBANGARDE – Showa 90 (Review)

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URBANGARDE Showa 90 Review by David Cirone URBANGARDE knows how to write a hook. Showa 90‘s dark, dystopian view is full of shocking, scary stories pulled from the shadows of Japan’s outwardly perfect society, but in true URBANGARDE style, they’re perfectly balanced by instant pop jams like “Kuchibiru Democracy”, “Shinjuku Mon Amour”, and “Coin Locker …

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