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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

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Water Fai - Circle

Water Fai are an all girl Osaka quintet who have been around since the early oo's, are quite popular on the local underground scene (Also close friends with Afrirampo's Pika) and have even gained a cult following outside Japan with some occasional U.S. touring. Water Fai wear their influences on their sleeve taking their cues from Post-Rock luminaries such as Sigur Ros, Mogwai and Tortoise but managed to inject some freshness into the well trodden genre with a slightly poppy, feminine touch. Circle is a strictly limited edition 4 track EP. Limited to just 100 numbered, hand sewn and uniquely designed sleeves. Sadly Circle is only available at their live shows but they released an album back in 2006 which was re-released in 2008 under the name "Girls In The White Dream" by U.S. label White Shoe Records which you should be able to get off Amazon.

From February 8th to the 15th Water Fai will be in New York for New York fashion week to play some shows. Unfortunatley their site doesn't give any info on exactly when and where they will be playing. So if you're a New York resident keep you eyes peeled.

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