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I set up this blog to hopefully introduce those outside Japan to some of Japan's best music and a taste of Osaka and Kyoto's thriving underground music scene.

Alot of what I post will be CDR's and CD's sold by bands on the Kyoto/Osaka live circuit. Hopefully giving a little exposure to the bands outside Japan. The rest will be Japanese bands from pretty much any and every generation and genre. From 60's Rock'n'Roll and folk to 00's noise and electronica.

If anyone has an issue with me uploading their music please contact me and I'll remove the links immediatley. My intention is to introduce this music to new audiences. So please help support these bands by buying their releases or catching them live if you have the opportunity. Alot of these guys are working full time jobs on top of making great music. Please send comments, complaints, recommendations and seasonal greetings to stinkinhippy@hotmail.com

Monday, 9 August 2010

The Jacks - Jacks No Sekai (ザ。ジャックス - ジャックスの世界)

This is one of my favourite Japanese albums. In many ways The Jacks could be considered to be Japan's Velvet Underground or The Doors. Emerging from the vast sea of indetikit "group Sounds" bands that flooded the Japanese music scene in the wake of The Beatles, unlike many of their peers The Jacks were dark, edgy and uncompromising. Nihilistic lyrics, brooding sparse songs, noisy guitars, screemed vocals and manic drumming. The Jacks were a very different kind of beast. "Jacks No Sekai" (Also known as Vacant World outside Japan.) is a classic and influencial album that should be heard by everyone. This version of the album is from the 40th anniversary box set which includes a few bonus tracks of alternative takes and live recordings of tracks on the album.


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