Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thursday Thirteen ~ Japanese Rockers on my Listening Rotation

Cali Gari – named after the silent film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, these guys have really fun hooks to their music

Chachamaru – technical guitarist for Gackt Job, this beautiful man also put out a solo project of his own called “Air”

Dir en Grey – I can’t get enough of them; their sound is varied and intense.

Gackt – I’ve gone on about him before ~blush~ All About Gackt

Kiyoharu – this former lead singer of Kuroyume came out with a good release called “Poetry”

Kuroyume – Live at Shinjuku Loft is a great energetic show

Malice Mizer – this visual kei band is no longer together but I love their look and sound, especially during the Gackt era

Mucc – these hard rockers actually toured the US in 2008; I wish I’d known them then

Nightmare – good music, good looking, these guys spell the band name in katakana as ナイトメア

Penicillin – some of you might have heard of these guys; they have a stunning eleven albums

Versailles – they have a rich, goth appeal

Vienna – this was an early project of Chachamaru and shares some music with his later solo offering

X Japan – I received a free DVD by way of introduction and still haven’t gotten over how cool their amazing hairstyles were

10 comments:

  1. Well, I feel really out of the loop because I've never heard of any of these. LOL They sound great though. :) Happy Thursday!

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  2. LOL. Silly me. I was expecting rocking chairs.

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  3. *laughs @ Alice*

    I like a lot of things that come out of Japan and I like trying new things, so thanks for this list!

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  4. I have heard of a few and only because I love music from all over the world... I'm currently into a lot of J Pop... It will probably switch in a few weeks...

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  5. It always me off guard that Gackt is Japanese, also because it sounds like a cat with a hairball. :)

    Quite a list, it's neat seeing new bands.

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  6. Very cool! I've never heard of these, but I'm always amazed at my complete ignorance when it comes to music overseas.
    Now I'll have to check these out.

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  7. Ah, I love Gackt to bits and Malice Mizer's visual appeal. Fab list, will be checking out some of these bands.

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  8. These sound fun. I love reading your japanese thursday 13s!

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  9. Can't say I have heard of any of these.

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