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:

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An Cafe Back with New Album and Fourth World Tour!

Time to get the pink fluffy stuff off the shelf and restock on glitter; An Cafe are back, and they may just be playing in a town near you. Between February and March 2014 the man-boys will embark on the European section of their fourth ‘world’ tour, this one entitled ‘LIVE CAFE TOUR 2014 – NYAPPY GO AROUND THE WORLD IV ~kawaii Cafekko AISHITERU~’. BUT! That’s not all! to show all the Cafekko (the name of their fans) out there just how much they AISHITERU you, they’ll be dropping their spanking new album this month; Hikagyaku ZiprocK.

More on that below, for now here are those tour dates:

21.02.2014 Zeche Carl, Essen [Germany]
22.02.2014 LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart [Germany]
25.02.2014 Szene, Vienna [Austria]
26.02.2014 Proxima, Warsaw [Poland]
27.02.2014 Club 202, Budapest [Hungary]
01.03.2014 Backstage Halle, Munich [Germany]
02.03.2014 Lido, Berlin [Germany]
04.03.2014 Ninkasi Kao, Lyon [France]
06.03.2014 Trabendo, Paris [France]
07.03.2014 O2 Islington, London [UK]
09.03.2014 Volta Club, Moscow [Russian]
11.03.2014 Tavastia, Helsinki [Finland]

Hikagyaku ZiprocK is the ‘Harajuku Dance Rock’ act’s fifth full-length album and is due for release across Europe this December courtesy of Gan Shin.
Tracklist:
Hikagyaku ZiprocK An Cafe CD01. Juryoku Scandalous
02. ROMAN ~Let’s make precious love~
03. Hachimitsu+Lemon=?
04. Utsukushi Hito
05. Gendai Soldier Now.
06. O No Saki Ga Ienai
07. Shomi Kigen 2010.01.04
08. Itai Onna ~NO PAIN,NO LOVE ? JAPAIN GIRLS in LOVE~
09. Inazuma no Senritsu
10. Bee Myself Bee Yourself ~Jibun Rashiku Kimi Rashiku Umareta Story wa Hajimattenda
11. Kiminomachi ~5 person sing along ver.~
12. Itsumo no Kiss de / MaT
13. Love Me♡Tender / Paku x2 Pakuchi
14. Merry Making ~Anti-aging ver~

You can order it now on CD from Amazon by clicking here. If you can’t wait until the European release date, the Japanese Limited Edition is also available by clicking here.

In the meantime, here’s Miku as a girl:

RUKI Promises New World Tour For the GazettE

(c) Julian Chantome - B7Klan

(c) Julian Chantome – B7Klan

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Moments after the GazettE completed their 9-date world tour, rocking sold-out venues across South America and Europe, the metal group’s vocalist RUKI took to Twitter to tell his 231,000+ followers to expect another world tour soon.

After the tour finale, taking place at The Circus in Helsinki, Finland, on 29 September 2013, RUKI made the following tweet:

Please expect a next world tour!
See you also always.
Thanks all 6guns.

In the meantime, the GazettE’s latest single FADELESS is out now (click here for details on how to buy it) from JPU Records in Europe, Russia and the UK. Brand new studio album BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY is due for release in October, while latest album DIVISION is out now.

N’SHUKUGAWA BOYS Make London Return – 9 October

When: Wednesday 9 October 2013 (7pm-10:30pm)
Where: The Pipeline, 94 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7DA. (map)
Nearest Tube/Train: Liverpool Street, Aldgate/East, Shoreditch High Street
Tickets: £6 on the door.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/576146622447287

Japanese distorted rock trio N’SHUKUGAWA BOYS are known for ‘shocking costumes’ and ‘outrageous live performances’ in their native Japan, but on Wednesday 9 October they hope to make a name for themselves in the UK with an exclusive, rare live set at London punk dive The Pipeline.

Described as 80s inspired rock that is ‘poppy and cute. As bright as Cyndi Lauper but much, much more punk’ (MTV 81), N’SHUKUGAWA BOYS see themselves as a combination of their favourite rock heroes. “We inhale everything out of bands like Joy Division, Oblivians, The Smiths, The La’s, Velvet Underground, The Cure, The Kills, Suicide, The White Stripes, Barbee Boys, The Drums and Iggy Pop. Take a deep breath, and exhale this sound,” explains panda-eyed member MARYA Love.

N’SHUKUGAWA BOYS members ditch the band rulebook by each member taking turns at playing the drums, guitar and bass parts. More often than not bass is left out entirely to make way for improvised dance and other stage-based misbehaviour.

Their eclectic style has rewarded them with many fans across the world, with the videos to hit tracks Monogatari wa Chito? Fuantei and PLANET MAGIC on YouTube breaking one million views each.

Japanese Electronic Pioneers BOOM BOOM SATELLITES Release New Album EMBRACE With Exclusive Remix for Europe

Marking their 15th anniversary, BOOM BOOM SATELLITES return to a European label with their eighth, most ambitious studio album to date: EMBRACE. Crafted in the wake of nuclear disaster, and followed by vocalist Kawashima’s own battle with a tumour to the brain, the release sees the pioneering duo pushed to their absolute limits. Match that with a cover from the Beatles and the pressure is truly on.

Masayuki Nakano and Michiyuki Kawashima (BOOM BOOM SATELLITES) originally smashed out of Japan in 1997 when their demo caught the attention of R&S Records. Implementing elements of rock, electronica, acid jazz and breakbeat, their debut album was a breath of fresh air and the pair gained many fans, including Melody Maker who labelled them as ‘new prodigies’ and compared them to The Chemical Brothers. Soon BOOM BOOM SATELLITES were touring the world and rocking European festivals.

Skip to present day and the pair are amongst Japan’s most respected musicians. They welcomed in their 15 years in music by holding a concert at the mighty Nippon Budokan arena, and broadcasting it live on YouTube, with a cutting edge 360-degree live stream.

BOOM BOOM SATELLITES’ affair with the latest advancements in technology does not end here. The music video to EMBRACE’s single BROKEN MIRROR was filmed live on Ustream and uses a futuristic ‘Scanning Control Live Projection’ system to create a dynamic and fascinating live environment that reacts to sound and movement. The track was also used as the theme tune to arguably Japan’s most recognisable and established robot franchise; Gundam.

EMBRACE also proudly features BOOM BOOM SATELLITES’ first cover song in their career; ‘HELTER SKELTER’, dragging the classic Beatles track into the 21st century with a heavy, electronic reimagining.

Masayuki Nakano comments, “It’s not an obvious choice for a BBS cover. The Beatles are one of music’s most iconic figures, so to cover one of their songs is not only an honour but also a challenge. It was great fun to push our own boundaries and leave our own mark on a classic song. It’s the Beatles, but not like you’ve ever heard them before.”

EMBRACE by BOOM BOOM SATELLITES is out now across the UK, Europe and Russia from JPU Records. The physical version of the album includes an exclusive BBS remix from upcoming British producer SHUDAN that has never before been released. The album is also available digitally in America, Australia and other countries courtesy of Sony Music Japan.

EMBRACE Track List:
01. ANOTHER PERFECT DAY (Official Music Video)
02. HELTER SKELTER (Official Music Video)
03. BROKEN MIRROR (Official Music Video)
04. SNOW
05. FLUTTER
06. DISCONNECTED
07. DRIFTER
08. THINGS’LL NEVER BE THE SAME
09. EMBRACE
10. NINE (Official Music Video) (Live Tour Video)
11. SNOW『SHUDAN REMIX』(CD Exclusive Bonus Track)

Buy EMBRACE Physically:
JPU Records (worldwide shipping)Amazon.co.uk, play.comPlastic Head (UK), MSE (UK), Action Records (UK), BASE (UK)Amazon.de, BASE (Germany)Amazon.esAmazon.fr, BASE (France)Record Shop X (Finland), Levykauppax (Finland), Lesen (Denmark)JPC (Denmark), World of Music (Denmark)Juno Records (World Wide),

Buy EMBRACE Digitally:
Amazon MP3 (UK), iTunes UK, Amazon MP3 (DE), iTunes DE (Germany / Deutschland), Amazon MP3 (ES), iTunes ES (Spain / España)Amazon MP3 (FR), iTunes FR (France), Amazon MP3 (IT), iTunes IT (Italy / Italia)iTunes AM (Armenia / Հայաստան), iTunes AT (Austria / Österreich), iTunes AZ (Azerbaijan / Azərbaycan), iTunes BY (Belarus / Белару́сь),, iTunes CY (Cyprus / Κύπρος / Kıbrıs), iTunes CZ (Czech Republic / Česká republika), iTunes DK (Denmark / Danmark), iTunes EE (Estonia / Eesti), iTunes FI (Finland / Suomi), iTunes GR (Greece / Ελλάδα), iTunes HU (Hungary / Magyarország), iTunes IE (Ireland / Éire / Airlan), iTunes KZ (Kazakhstan / Qazaqstan / Казахстан), iTunes LV (Latvia / Latvija), iTunes LT (Lithuania / Lietuva), iTunes LU (Luxembourg), iTunes MT (Malta), iTunes MD (Moldova), iTunes NL (Netherlands / Nederland), iTunes NO (Norway / Norge / Noreg), iTunes PL (Poland / Polska), iTunes PT (Portugal), iTunes RO (Romania / România), iTunes RU (Russia / Россия), iTunes SK (Slovakia / Slovak), iTunes SI (Slovenia / Slovenija), iTunes SE (Sweden / Sverige), iTunes CH (Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse/ Svizzera / Svizra), iTunes TR (Turkey / Türkiye), iTunes UA (Ukraine / Україна).

BOOM BOOM SATELLITES lineup:
Michiyuki Kawashima – Guitar, vocals.
Masayuki Nakani – Bass, programing.

BOOM BOOM SATELLITES’ Album Discography:
Joyride – 1997 (R&S Records)
Out Loud – 1998 (R&S Records)
7 Ignitions / Auto Re-Birth – 1999 (R&S Records)
Umbra – 2001
Photon – Commin’ 2 a Phase – 2003 (Different Records)
Full of Elevating Pleasures – 2005
On – 2006
19972007 – 2010 [Best of Album]
To the Loveless – 2010
Experienced – 2011 [Live Album]
Remixed – 2012 [Remix Album]

BOOM BOOM SATELLITES online:
http://bbs-net.com
https://www.facebook.com/boomboomsatellites
https://twitter.com/BBS_kawashima
http://www.youtube.com/bbsvevo (International YouTube Channel)
http://www.youtube.com/bbslivesmej (Japanese YouTube Channel)

JPU Records online:
http://jpurecords.com
https://www.facebook.com/JPUrecords
https://twitter.com/JPUrecords

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