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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

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Nayuta - Solar Ribbon + Solar Children

This absolute gem comes courtesy of blog reader Francesco who was kind enough to send me a number of links to some of his own stash of Japanese rarities. After some digging I managed to find out that these guys are actually a local Osaka outfit. The original lineup consisted of 3 guitarists and one drummer but in their current line-up have slimmed down to just 2 guitarists. I was lucky enough to catch the band last week supporting Australia's own My Disco and seem no less formidable despite the thinner line-up. Nayuta's music is a little difficult to pin down. They craft technical, angular math-rock with some occasional post-punk influences that manages to be both complex and refreshingly unpredictable without ever feeling esoteric or showy. See, Nayuta also carry with them a very soulfull pop-edge that makes them thoroughly listenable. They cover a simillar ground to bands like Ogre You Asshole and the Gellers but while those bands moments of excellence end up being few and fleeting Nayuta manage to consistantly remain engaging and interesting. 

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