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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, 13 September 2011

Fukuro - ViGaGa (ふくろ - ViGaGa)

Right! back to business as usual. Post-rock, despite my obsession with it during my college years is a genre that has become rather stale and long in the tooth over the years with few bands deviating from the now well established formula or being able to improve on it. Fukuro are one of the few bands that have managed to catch my ear of late.

The instrumental Tokyo fourpiece have according to their website been around since 1997 and this is their first proper full-length album put out on fellow Tokyo-ites Nissenenmondai's Bijin CDR label in 2007. Some of the tracks definatley fall into the rather generic post-rock cliches but thanfully they're the exception rather than the rule with most of their stuff falling between Nissennenmondai's own frenetic krautrock workouts and the more complex, melodic compositions of Toe. A few of the tracks make a reappearence on the bands second album "Tousousen" released the following year. Though to be honest I prefer the rougher production on this CDR than the more polished sound on their sophomore effort. 

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