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No Borders No Race: Episode Jū-Ni

Are you ready for some kickass rock ‘n’ roll from Japan & America?!

While the King is away at E3, he has put together a fine little mixture of music from the Land of the Rising Sun, his local Boston waters, and even one special track close to the area he’s currently in. What does he have in store for  you this time?

  1. Shing02 & Chimp Beams – Darjeeling (from the album ASDR)
  2. Molice – Active Imagination (from the album Neugravity)
  3. Fat Creeps – Leave Her Alone (Official Bandcamp Page)
  4. LAZYgunsBRISKY –  Here We Go (from the album LAZYgunsBRISKY)
  5. Shonen Knife – Osaka Rock City (from the album Pop Tune)
  6. As The Sparrow – Ladybug (Official Website)
  7. FLiP – Wonderland (from the album XX Emotion)
  8. Rokushiki – Hoshigarizumu (from the album A969’R)
  9. The Dust Engineers – Swallowed Up (And Washed Down) (from the EP The Dust Engineers EP)
  10. moja – HONE (from the album SUPER ULTRA GOLD 79)
  11. GO!GO!7188 – UKIFUNE (from the album Last Live Of Go! Go! – “Go!!GO!GO!Go!! Tour” Live 8.7.2010 Tokyo)
  12. Vundabar – Kalidasa (from the EP The Holy Toledo)
  13. TsuShiMaMiRe – Darwin (from the album Shocking)
  14. The50Kaitenz – Namida no Stardust Train (from the EP Rock ‘n’ Roll Love Letter)
  15. The Nervous Wreckords – Shapes of a Dove (from the album Let Them All Talk)
The rock ‘n’ roll train leaves right now on No Borders No Race: Episode Jū-Ni!

The Boston Bastard Brigade kindly encourages you to support these artists, and buy their songs/album. You can find the majority of these releases on JapanFiles, CDJapan.co.jp, Amazon.com, iTunes, the bands’ official websites and (in some cases) at your local record stores.

Molice’s "NEUGRAVITY" Wildly Plays With Mayhem

There’s something about Rinko’s tone throughout her band Molice’s latest album. At times she’s seems innocent, almost in a playful mood with her fellow bandmates Yuzuru and Takashi. However, in what can only be described as a sharp left turn, her perky persona becomes entangled into something more psychotic, as if she is determined to take out anyone and anything that crosses paths with her arms and weaponry. Whatever it may be, it greatly defines what NEUGRAVITY is: a schizophrenic monster out to give you a life-threatening good time.

Blade Runner plays a big role in the influence of the album’s first couple tracks. The first, “RACHEL,” drags the listener in with Yuzuru’s whirlpool guitar riffs and Takashi’s heart-pounding drum clashes, with Rinko taking the role of the replicant. Her vocals, done in English for the first time, spout the confusion that Tyrell’s assistant feels throughout the original film. Are her memories real? Can she dream? What is the real truth? A couple times the lyrics come off a tad imperfect, but it feels more akin to said character rather than a simple translation error. “Please Please Pris” takes the perception of Daryl Hannah’s character — another replicant — and seems to want to earn the trust of the listener. How foolish of them, however, as false comfort is just what Molice seems to bring to the table.

The band’s true dark side comes full force in “FATEMA,” where the listener is taken through a downward spiral of kittenish madness. Rinko plays with her prey, and the rest of the bandmates entice her to aim for the kill. You can just envision the anarchy being thrown around as the song reaches its climax. The same can be said for “Active Imagination,” a track that hides its lunacy tone behind a crocodile’s smile. Here Yuzuru rides away on his riffs as Rinko coos like a gleeful mourning dove during what should be a period of sadness, but instead is another excuse to lose one’s mind to a shot of creativity. The tick-tocking “SOLDIERS” will have you embracing the madness with ever so much happiness, both morally and immorally.

There is a calm to this storm Molice have created, and it can be found in “Cheeky Afternoon”. The band sounds relaxed, with Takashi quietly tapping away at his drum kit and Yuzuru strumming away in the forefront. Rinko seems more at ease here, her mad persona changed into one that’s free-spirited. The quietness doesn’t last, though, as it jumps into “YOUR nation,” a song that gives way to a feeling of being chased. The epitaph on the album, “Jewel Story,” is one final crazed romp through the album’s movie-filled homages. Molice goes out on this album with guns blasting, fires blazing, and missions accomplished.

A step-up from Catalystrock, Molice’s NEUGRAVITY is like an art house car chase flick, filled with enough sex, violence, character development, and awkward moments that will make critics and hipster cult fanatics drool with delight. It’s more of a musical Death Proof than Drive, but the end result is still very rewarding. The crazed rocker anti-heroes walk into the sunset unscathed, ready for the challenges that tomorrow will bring.

**** (out of five)

Molice’s NEUGRAVITY hits American stores on April 17 via Good Charamel Records, and in Japan on April 18 through VELOUR VOICE. Click here to listen to some preview tracks from the album!

Press copy provided by Good Charamel Records.

Episode CXXXI: Pictures Of That Chick From "Lost"

Teg returns. Hijinks ensue.

This week the B3 crew are pissed at a new law in Russia that was solely passed to punish their favorite metal band, but are then happy to hear the sounds of Busdriver’s new album Beaus$Eros. The demos for FIFA Street, MLB 2K11, and Nexuiz are looked at, and Teg gives his initial thoughts on Kingdoms of Amular: Reckoning and Vessel. Last year’s hit film Real Steel is reviewed, and Anvil watches Adam Sandler as both Jack and Jill, followed by a quick sports report. Plus the Bastards premiere a brand-new track from Molice’s upcoming album Neugravity.

Wild tangents are all over the place! It’s Episode 131: Pictures of That Chick From Lost.

One-On-One: Molice

One month before the release of their upcoming album Neugravity, Japanese band Molice sat down with King Baby Duck for another episode of One-On-One.

In this interview vocalist Rink and guitarist Yuzuru share their origin story, how films like Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey influence their sound, and how they felt about their music reaching out to other part of the world. Plus the band talks about their experiences touring outside of Japan, how Superman helped Rinko at anime convention in Atlanta, and what listeners can expect from Neugravity.

It’s all here in another edition of One-On-One: Molice!

Special thanks to Tom Melesky for setting up the interview, along with helping with some of the translations.

KBD’s Top 20 Albums of 2010: Part One (of Two)

Many highs and lows in the music world, but a great amount of artists this year had their shiniest moments thanks to their risks and successful undertakings. Let’s take a look at this year’s best and brightest albums, starting from number twenty and ending in this section at eleven.

20. Molice – Catalystrock

The Tokyo quartet’s recent album may not have been as kick-ass as their debut Doctor Ray, but Catalystrock still managed to rock hard thanks to the surf-rock inspired madness in such tracks as “Android said” and “Let’s Merge.” It’s in “Romancer” where the band really gets into their finest grind and lets everything loose. It’s an album that certainly grows on you the more you listen, helping to pave the way for Molice to earn some international success.

19. Flobots – Survival Story

Jonny 5 and company continue to travel the road that Rage Against the Machine once walked with more politically-charged hip hop with their Denver flavor. “Cracks In The Surface” and “White Flag Warrior” are filled to the brim with anger, whereas “Superhero” is the song of hope for a better future. Jonny 5’s mic skills are at their best in “By The Time You Get This Message…,” and it’s his band that shows why Flobots are still not be reckoned with in these tough times.

18. The Nervous Wreckords – Valuminium

With Louis XIV on indefinite hiatus the guitarist/vocalist Brian Karscig decided to put his musical skills to work on the dance floor. Your feet won’t want to stop when “Similar But Not The Same” plays around with a blend of modern rock and Victorian classical, and once “8 Track (I’m Comin Back)” blares in your speakers you’ll wish you can wear your sunglasses at night once again. You can’t even talk about Valuminium without mentioning “When The Beat Comes Down Like A Storm,” the greatest ditty that Bob Dylan missed out on penning.

17. Broken Bells – Broken Bells

With The Shins taking a brief break lead vocalist James Mercer teamed up with Danger Mouse to create an album filled with pure heart and soul. The handclap-filled “The High Road” was a perfect opener, and “The Ghost Inside” sounded more like a Gorillaz track than anything appearing on Plastic Beach (Mercer doing a great impression of 2D). “October” is where the listeners will feel like flying as high as they can, with “The Mall & Misery” carefully bringing them down to the ground safely.

16. Disturbed – Asylum

I would’ve laughed if you told me ten years ago that Disturbed would still be rocking out as hard in this present day, yet here we are with their strongest album to date. They kick up the metal in the title track, play politics in “Never Again” and pull their listeners into a downward spiral with “Serpentine.” Pick up the deluxe version for a rendition of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” that’s also surprisingly good.

15. Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame

Philadelphia’s favorite band (sorry, Boyz II Men) returns with another great blend of rock, folk and alternative sounds. Sing-along tracks like “Stranger” and “Unbearable Why” are fun listens, but it’s in “Jackie Wants A Black Eye” where their tongue-in-cheek cleverness is showcased. Whistle along to “Someday,” and find out why this album of farewells ‘n’ regrets is Dr. Dog’s most honest and heartfelt album to date.

14. TsuShiMaMiRe – Sex On The Beach

The Japanese all-girl trio return with one hell of a fun album. The title track and “Strobe” continue on with Mari, Yayoi and Mizue’s hidden evils within their innocent voices, and their sarcastic approach to their country’s music world in “J-POP” show that these ladies have the balls to call out the wrongs in their industry. TsuShiMaMiRe also bring back more of their humorous style with “Grandmother’s Brassier” and “Nezumi Sensation” that was missing in their last album, but also remember to keep the tracks catchy for everyone to enjoy. If you missed out on them during their recent tour do yourself a favor and kick yourself in the rear as hard as you can.


13. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk

Like a duet between an angel and a demon Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan create some of the hardest folk songs in recent memory. It’s in such tracks like “Time of the Season” and “Come Undone” that the duo gently lay down its listeners to a cloudy slumber, but it’s the album title track that drags them to Hell and laughs all the way down. Listen to Campbell’s soft-spoken voice in “Sunrise” and “To Hell & Back Again,” and try not to get hypnotized by her Siren-like melodies.

12. April Smith & The Great Picture Show – Songs For A Sinking Ship

One of this year’s finest debuts, April Smith and her jolly roger friends sang with hearts’ content many lovable sing-alongs, ranging from the fast-paced and joyful “Colors” to the 007-ish “Dixie Boy.” It’s the track “Beloved” that will take your breath away, backed by a beautiful string section and a voice that will leave your eyes watered in sadness. When she ends the album with “Stop Wondering,” you’ll hope that she’ll strike gold again as she utters “I’ve got better things to do.”

11. Blood Red Shoes – Fire Like This

Thanks to Scott Pilgrim Vs The World America got its first taste of this British duo, and it’s their second release that will keep its audience coming back for seconds and thirds. From its rip-roarious opener “Don’t Ask” and “Keeping It Close” to the heavy heartbreaker “Heartsink” and the psychedelic “Colours Fade” Blood Red Shoes creates a sound unlike any current two-piece band. Expect huge things to come from this band in the future.

Check out the Boston Bastard Brigade site on Thursday to find out which albums made it into my Top 10 list!

No Borders No Race: Episode Yon

It’s time for another slice of musical cake, compliments of King Baby Duck.

What sort of tasty J-POP/alternative morsels do we have in store for you this time around? Check the menu below, and see if it makes you salivate:

  1. TsuShiMaMiRe – Strobe (from the album Sex On The Beach)
  2. Luminous Orange – Emerald Twins (from the album Vivid Short Trip)
  3. Busy Arms – Fine Tuned (from the album Take Out the Wood Stove, Tighten the Belt)
  4. 9mm Parabellum Bullet – Tsugi no Eki Made (from the album Vampire)
  5. midnightPumpkin – Jewel (from the single Sora Iro Mirai)
  6. Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man (from the album Sigh No More)
  7. Molice – Android said (from the album Catalystrock)
  8. m-flo – LOVE ME, HATE THE GAME (feat. Chan, Thaitanium, Edison Chen & Ryohei) (from the album COSMICOLOR)
  9. Kerli – Bulletproof (from the album Love Is Dead)
  10. My Way My Love – Captain (from the album Hypnotic Suggestion: 01)
  11. KOTOKO – siren (from the single Real Oni Gokko)
  12. Busdriver – Mr. Mistake (Bested By The Whisper Chasm) (from the album RoadKill Overcoat)
  13. OreSkaBand – Tsumasaki (from the album Wao!!)
  14. HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR – hate (from the album swamp man)
  15. Broken Bells – October (from the album Broken Bells)

The Boston Bastard Brigade kindly encourages you to support these artists, and buy their songs/album. You can find the majority of these releases on JapanFiles, CDJapan.co.jp, Amazon.com, iTunes, the bands’ official websites and (in some cases) at your local record stores.

Good Charamel’s "J-ROCK" Mixed Bag of Goodies

From time-to-time I still have trouble convincing people that Japanese rock is the future of the music industry, so I get a big sigh of relief when I see that more and more American labels are signing these talented artists from the Land of the Rising Sun. This past Tuesday the folks over at Good Charamel Records (founded by by Robby Takac of The Goo Goo Dolls) released the I Love J-ROCK compilation album, featuring ten songs from five of Japan’s top girl-fronted bands. Not all the songs on here are winners, though.

This compilation showcases why I feel women make better rock stars than men, and not just because they look sexy sporting a Stratocaster. These cuts from Shonen Knife, TsuShiMaMiRe, Molice, LAZYgunsBRISKY and DJ Sashimi are a massive powerhouse of J-ROCK and Oriental electronica, and it starts off on the right foot with TsuShiMaMiRe’s “J-POP,” a crazed two and-a-half minute track that spotlights this punk trio’s insane rock tactics and sarcastic take on the regular J-POP world. While I feel that “Sakuran Boy” might have been a far better choice for an opener “J-POP” still gets the job done with reeling in new listeners. “Strobe,” however, is TsuShiMaMiRe at their best. Mari’s innocent vocals — accompanied by Mizue’s heavy drumming and Yayoi’s grooving bass line — is what made me fall for this band in the first place, and hearing a song like this continues to prove that this band is one-of-a-kind in a world of imitators.

Shonen Knife’s “Perfect Freedom” gives listeners the reason why Kurt Cobain loved this band so much, thanks in part to their Beatles-like lyrics and pop-punk presentation. Naoko’s vocals are as strong as they were when she first started the band almost 30 years ago, and it’s songs like this that prove that there’s still no one on this planet that matches with their style. “Ramones Forever” pays tribute to the band that inspired them greatly, with its “I Wanna Be Sedated” melody and autobiographical lyrics about the band that changed Naoko’s life forever. The live rendition of “Explosion!” is a nice touch, giving listeners a chance to hear that Shonen Knife carries their energy well from the album to the stage.

Having Molice on I Love J-ROCK is a fine fit, but I feel that “Monster” is one of their more weaker tracks from their Catalystrock album. It’s not a bad song, per se, but a better cut like “Android said” or “Let’s Merge!” should have been used here to gain more interest for Molice. “Romancer,” on the other hand, is one of the quartet’s best tracks from their sophomore release, sounding like GO!GO!7188 recording a Lupin the 3rd theme. It’s sexy in the 70s Blaxploitation sense, and has enough cool that would make a character like Black Dynamite nod with approval.

LAZYgunsBRISKY is new to me, but the two tracks featured on this album have made me a quick fan of theirs. “Navy Star” has a Cherrie Currie attitude backed with a Gitogito Hustler motif; you can feel this band sneering at you through the speakers. “Bitter Day” rocks hard, building up to a bass line from Azu that taps perfectly into your spinal chord. The compilation’s closer, “Japanese Girl In New York” by DJ Sashimi, sadly, is a bit too weird to end a compilation with. While the sound of a shamisen behind techno beats is a unique idea, the lyrics lack the rhythm that makes a good dance song. “Japanese Girl In New York” is far too weak of a song to close out this album, a job that would’ve suit any of the other bands on here better.

While Good Charamel Records has a good line-up here on I Love J-ROCK a couple missteps appear to ward off any sort of perfection. With enough strong promotion, however, I reckon that almost everyone on this album will do just fine in America, even though a couple of them have been getting around this country on their own. Still it’s just another big push for mainstream success, the type of spotlight these ladies (and the three guys in Molice) from Japan have been clamoring for.

**** (out of five)

No Borders No Race **SNEAK PREVIEW**

While the King is away on a trip (and the next episode of B3 in post-production), the Bastards would like to present a sneak preview of a (possible) upcoming side-Podcast show.

Since 2006 King Baby Duck and Blueonic have been hosting the J-POP/Alternative radio show No Borders No Race on 91.7 WMWM Salem. However with time constraints due to work inside and outside of B3 the duo haven’t been able to do the radio show for a few weeks. That is why they are considering doing another Podcast show to keep supporting musical artists from Japan, America, Canada, UK, Scandinavia and the rest of the world.

Here’s a special sneak preview of the show. The playlist is as followed (with links to preview & purchase the albums):

  1. the pillows – Melody (from OOParts)
  2. GO!GO!7188 – Chikyuu Saigo no hi (from Antenna)
  3. Suneohair – Aimokawarazu (from SUN!NEO!AIR!)
  4. Ketchup mania – Pink Water (from F.L.A.G.)
  5. Turbonegro – Wipe It Til It Bleeds (from Scandinavian Leather)
  6. detroit7 – Down Beat (from Black & White)
  7. Thee Michelle Gun Elephant – Smokin’ Billy (from Gear Blues)
  8. ORANGE RANGE – UN ROCK STAR (from ORANGE)
  9. Hunter Valentine – Break This (from The Impatient Romantic)
  10. chatmonchy – CAT WALK (from Kokuhaku)
  11. THE CHERRY COKE$ – Graceful Harvest (from Rouse Up)
  12. PUFFY – I Don’t Wanna (from Bring it!)
  13. Detroit Metal City – Fuckingham Kyuuden (from Makai yuugi ~for the movie~)
  14. Molice – Into You (from Catalystrock)
  15. FLiP – Bad Communication (from Kanshou Chuudoku)
  16. Nujabes – Luv (sic.) pt3 feat. Shing02 (from modal soul)