JAPAN UNDERGROUND presents: NAGOYA FEST 2014!!!

NAGOYA FEST 2014!!!

When: Saturday 17 May 2014 (7pm-10:30pm)
Where: The Pipeline, 94 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7DA. (map)
Nearest Tube/Train: Liverpool Street, Aldgate/East, Shoreditch High Street
Tickets: £5 on the door.
Bands: Cecile Tiger Again (first England show!), NO CARS, KERO KERO BONITO
DJ: Japanese pop, rock, punk, metal and alternative
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/690530051013912/

NAGOYA FEST is here! Saturday 17th May! London! Come and celebrate all things Nagoya with THREE indie DIY pop bands straight from one of Japan’s most exciting cities – Nagoya!

We’re very pleased to host the first UK appearance from Cecile Tiger Again, an all girl group fronted by Sayuri Hashimoto – an underground icon in Nagoya where she runs ace indie label abcdefg* records (whose slogan is ‘WE LOVE INDIEPOP! … AND GIRAFFE’) as well P+M Magazine, which handily comes loaded with its own MP3s. She’s also a secret member of Scottish legends BMX Bandits, joining the band occasionally on stage in the UK and Japan.

Back by popular demand is NO CARS, who we’re pretty sure must’ve had at least one member from Nagoya in their career so far. They’ve just released their new album Yoko Makes Tits Bigger With Airbrush and are ready to show it off live with their unique live show. According to their site they are ‘like that band from Kill Bill. Fun, cute, mess’ – which sounds pretty spot on to us.

They’ll be joined on stage by KERO KERO BONITO, whose front-lady was born in Nagoya. Highly influenced by Nakata Yasutaka (Capsule / Perfume / Kyary Pamyu Pamyu), this threesome will bring an extra dose of electronic cuteness to the festival.

PLUS! Stand up comedy from Nagoya’s Yuriko Kotani – in English!

YEAH! See you there – £5 doors! 18+ only.

Doors open 7 with DJ Chris (WOTA)
Kero Kero Bonito – 7:30
No Cars- 8:30
Yuriko Kotani – 9:15
Cecile Tiger Again – 9:30
10:30 – midnight Japan Underground’s resident DJ

Nagoya Fest 2014

JAPAN UNDERGROUND & JPU Records Join The Great Escape Festival 2014

JAPAN RISING

Click for full sized map of The Great Escape. 23 = Queens Hotel

Click for full sized map of The Great Escape. 23 = Queens Hotel

If you’re in Brighton for The Great Escape Festival this year, and fancy an afternoon of quality live music from Japan, free sushi, and questionable tracks from us on the decks, then look no further than JAPAN RISING! Taking place at Queens Hotel on the Brighton seafront from 12-noon on Saturday 10 May, the event will showcase three acts from Japan, including the first UK appearance from legends Buffalo Daughter in 13 years. Plus, there’s our favourite new guitar slap heroes TarO&JirO, and award winning singer-songwriter Mayu Wakisaka too. In fact, we liked the last two so much that we’re dragging them to London on Monday 12 May to play again at JAPAN UNDERGROUND! (click here for all the details.)

Anyway, what exactly is JAPAN RISING? Here’s what It Came From Japan had to say;

It’s a big deal, that’s what. This will be the first time Japan has provided resources for a pop/rock showcase like this in Europe. The showcase is organised by The Foundation for Promotion of Music Industry and Culture (PROMIC) and Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ), and coordinated by It Came From Japan. It is part of a remit to create overseas showcase opportunities for performers at Tokyo International Music Market; further showcases will follow.

Held annually in Brighton since 2006, The Great Escape is Europe’s fastest-growing music marketplace and consumer festival. This year, 400 selected artists from over the world will perform at 35 clubs around the city on 8-10 May. It Came From Japan put on a stage at the first five editions of the festival, but this is the first time Japan will have an official presence.

Entrance requires a festival wristband, which have now sold out. Luckily, Buffalo Daughter will also play in London on Sunday 11 May, and TarO&JirO and Mayu Wakisaka on Monday 12 May.

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JAPAN UNDERGROUND presents: TarO&JirO (JP), Asian Chairshot (KR) and Mayu Wakisaka – Monday 12 May (LONDON)

JAPAN UNDERGROUND presents: TarO&JirO (JP), Asian Chairshot (KR) and Mayu Wakisaka

When: Monday 12 May 2014 (7pm-10:30pm)
Where: The Pipeline, 94 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7DA. (map)
Nearest Tube/Train: Liverpool Street, Aldgate/East, Shoreditch High Street
Tickets: £5 on the door.
Bands: TarO&JirO (Japan), Asian Chairshot (Korea), Mayu Wakisaka (Japan)
DJ: Japanese rock, punk, metal and alternative
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/232012583662620/

Are you guys in for a treat. Coming in all the way from Korea we have the indie rockers Asian Chairshot, produced by Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder, and nominated for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song at the 2014 Korean Music Awards. Then there’s guitar slap heroes TarO&JirO, winner of the Japanese leg of Emergenza, the world’s largest battle of the bands competition. And last, but by no means least, there’s the award winning singer-songwriter Mayu Wakisaka, fresh from playing SXSW and The Great Escape Festival this year. All that, plus authentic Japanese street food, beer, and JAPAN UNDERGROUND’s resident DJ for a mere fiver.

TarO&JirO

Taro&JirOFans of MIYAVI, eat your hearts out. TarO&JirO slap guitars to the power of two! They’ve shared stages with guitar legends such as Scorpions (Rock Oz’Arènes) and Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Steve Morse at the Guitare en Scene in 2012, just to name a few. In 2013 they entered Emergenza, the world’s largest battle-of-the-bands competition and won the 1st place in the Japanese division with their energetic and contagious performance. Soon after they headed to Germany to compete in the Emergenza World Final and although they didn’t win, they still landed 2nd place for best guitarists. Upon their return home they were immediately signed to TEICHIKU Records and dropped their first album Brothers Fight at the end of 2013. Catch them live in an intimate venue before they explode!

Asian Chairshot 아시안체어샷

Asian ChairshotFormed in 2011, Seoul, Korea’s Asian Chairshot took their name from a powerful (and very illegal) move done by many a professional wrestler to knock out their opponents – the famed “chair shot.” And just like a chair shot, the trio’s hard-hitting mix of psychedelic music, garage rock, and alt-rock usually has little trouble stopping people dead in their tracks. In December 2013, Asian Chairshot recorded their first full-length album. It was produced by Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder and engineered by Ryan Grostefon, who worked with Smashing Pumpkins on their 2012 Oceania disc. Asian Chairshot started off this year by receiving nominations for “Best Rock Album” and “Best Rock Song” at the 2014 Korean Music Awards. In March, they traveled to Singapore to perform at the Mosaic Music Festival. In May, they will be embarking on their first UK tour to play at Liverpool Sound City. “Korean rockers Asian Chairshot combine explosive guitars, bass and drum work with vocal melodies that are uniquely full of surprises.” – Music Weekly Asia

Mayu Wakisaka

Mayu WakisakaMayu Wakisaka is an an award winning singer-songwriter and her songs have been preloaded on Sony’s mp3 player “Walkman”. A native of Japan’s entertainment city, Osaka, Mayu, quit law school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career. Her style is a warm mix of folk, pops and jazz with unique and well-written English lyrics. She is the winner of International Acoustic Music Award (Open Category) and also a finalist of “UK songwriting contest” “Australian Songwriting Contest” and “Great American Song Contest”. She has upcoming release of “Halfway to You”, a compilation album of her previous EPs in Japan, South Korea, and Singapore. In 2014, she has several international shows including SXSW in USA and the Great Escape in UK.

JAPAN UNDERGROUND 12 May 2014

JAPAN UNDERGROUND: New Year Party + Tokyo’s AC/DC Tribute


AD/CDWhen: Thursday 30 January 2014 (7pm-10:30pm)
Where: The Pipeline, 94 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7DA. (map)
Nearest Tube/Train: Liverpool Street, Aldgate/East, Shoreditch High Street
Tickets: £5 on the door.
Bands: AD/CD, Of Fire and Flames, QWERTY.
DJ: Japanese rock, punk, metal and alternative
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/663263117029722/

Right, let’s kick this new year in good and proper. Thursday, end of January, you, the craziest AC/DC tribute band Tokyo has to offer, upcoming melodic punk outfit Of Fire and Fate and Japanese singer-songwriter Yuma Imaoka with his band QWERTY and shiny green bunny guitar. Sound good? You betcha! Plus Japan Underground’s resident DJ spinning a mixture of tracks from Japan to get you headbanging, fist swinging and having a damn good time – just a fiver on the door! See you there.

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Here’s a video from our events last year:

Japan Underground and JPU Records’ Artists Nominated for NEO Awards 2013

Don't click these.. it's just a picture.

Don’t click these.. it’s just a picture.

Woo ha! We’re very happy to announce that Japan Underground has been nominated for an award in NEO Magazine for the second year in a row! Last year we were lucky enough to walk away with the award for Best Specialist Company 2012 for our efforts promoting Japanese rock, punk and alternative music  in the UK. Our sister company JPU Records also had one of their artists, the GazettE, voted Best Music Act of 2012 too.

Now, 12 months on we’re in the finalist list once more! Plus! We’re joined by no more than five of JPU Records’ artists! Yep, the likes of the GazettE, SPYAIR, BOOM BOOM SATELLITES, POLYSICS and the mighty Ling tosite sigure are up for ‘Best Musical Act 2013’ alongside VAMPS, Crossfaith, FACT and more! Who wins is entirely in your hands.

We’ve had an extremely busy year, from organising sold-outs shows in London for FACT and N’SHUKUGAWA BOYS, to releasing some of the biggest Japanese albums of the year through JPU Records. We just want to thank you for reading this, supporting us, and continuing to buy music and attend shows. Cheers everyone!

Voting ends 18:00 GMT on Friday 13 December, and winners will be announced in NEO Magazine #120, out 23 January 2014!

Make your vote count!

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