Favorites, anyone?

 
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    • 26 Feb 2006, 20:11

    Favorites, anyone?

    How about a little conversation in this group, eh? Come on, I know rabid music junkies are always looking for a chance to talk about their favorite artists. Anybody want to mention an artist/band out there who perhaps, in your opinion, doesn't get the credit they deserve? While we're at it, any suggestions for artists to add as connections to this group?

    Among others, I'm a big fan of Nakashima Yumi/ゆう. I think she's every bit as much a genius as her idol, Shiina Ringo/椎名林檎. I also don't think the Korean artist Maya/마야 gets enough credit for her great voice, and Chicherina/Чичерина is an excellent Russian rock band.

    Thoughts?

  • Here's my input :D

    From Japan:
    Iceman (gorgeous electro-pop)
    Daisuke Asakura [浅倉大介] (instrumental ambient-techno, very good)
    Kotani Kinya [コタニキンヤ] (more electro pop)
    Mad Soldiers (slightly heavier electro pop... featuring the same members)
    The Seeker (upbeat techno)
    Access [aka AXS] (very soothing, romantic electro pop)
    Ruins (intense, perplexing, technically stupefying... basically a legendary group)
    Keiji Haino [灰野敬二] (very melancholy guitar experimentation... with a few hurdy-gurdy or percussion albums on the side)
    Bump Of Chicken (laid-back rock)
    Bi Kyo Ran [美狂乱] (plodding progressive rock)
    Kenso (synth-based melodic prog)
    Quruli [くるり] (some nice emotional alt-rock)
    Kan Mikami [三上寛] (a neo-blues musician, with an amazing repetoire)
    Magical Power Mako (Japan's answer to Faust)
    Mr. Sirius (another excellent "j-prog" band...)
    Eastern Youth (better than the pillows)
    Kimagure Orange Road (not actually an artist, but a soundtrack for a paradigm of anime... 80's j-pop)
    Stomu Yamash'ta (jazzy prog)
    Cosmos Factory
    Mainliner
    High Rise (extremely loud, oppressive classic rock band)
    Ghost (a psychedelic folk band)
    Kuroyume [黒夢]
    Ain Soph (fusion)
    Happy End (early 70's guitar-based pop)
    Geinoh Yamashirogumi [芸能山城組] (quirky world music of some kind, they did the soundtrack to Akira)
    Kagerou [蜉蝣] (very heavy alt-rock group)
    Omoide Hatoba (bizarre!)
    Kodo [鼓童] (traditional taiko drumming)
    Hikashu (extremely weird technopop - like a mutation of Yellow Magic Orchestra)

    From Korea:
    Shin Joong Hyun [신중현] (late 60's Beatles-esque pop)
    Kim Jung Mi [김정미] (reminiscent of Joni Mitchell)
    Han Youngae [한영애] (very early jazz musician)

    From Russia (if that's part of Asia...):
    Kino [Кино] (quite dour punk)
    Posev [Посев] (very obscure 80's group, with melodic basslines... at last)
    Nautilus Pompilius [Наутилус Помпилиус] (whimsical Depeche Mode style band)
    Grazhdanskaya Oborona [Гражданская оборона] (great punk outfit)

    Editado por SonOfTheWookie el 14 Mar 2006, 20:43
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    • 5 Mar 2006, 2:52
    Wow, what a list. I added most of these to the connections (aside from the bands with bigger non-Eastern fanbases, like Bump of Chicken and Kagerou). I'll have to check a lot of these out too...electronic, ethnic, and "bizarre" sound right up my alley. Also, nice to see another Russian music fan!!

  • some obscure bands i like that havent gotten hardly any exposure in the u.s. other than word of mouth is
    from japan
    sigh
    abigail
    cut throat
    masonna
    yasushi ishii
    merzbow
    church of misery
    boris (although theyve gotten some popularity due to being released by southern lord in the u.s.)
    flower travellin' band
    blues creation
    acid mothers temple

    and some of the ones listed by sotw like keiji im planning on getting and also gettin mono (japan)
    and masonna side bands like christine 23 onna & space machine

    Editado por streetmetal el 16 Mar 2006, 23:06
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    • 13 Mar 2006, 0:42

    From Korea

    Rap: Joosuc
    R&B: Wanted, Arirang, Brown Eyes

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    • 13 Mar 2006, 2:14
    All added to connections!

  • you misspelled masonna in the artist connections it has 2 n's

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    • 13 Mar 2006, 23:17

    Re:

    Quoth streetmetal:
    you misspelled masonna in the artist connections it has 2 n's


    Fixed.

  • lol, A few more ;D

    Rovo (some brilliant prog rock)
    Kousokuya (very heavy, very noisy)
    Couch (Korean punk band)
    Fatima (intense avant-metal of some kind..)
    YBO2 (contains the drummer from Ruins... very passionate, furious music, with almost perpetual guitar soloing...)
    Back Horn [aka THE BACK HORN] (perhaps these guys are too popular, but I love 'em...)
    Toru Takemitsu [武満徹] (postwar classical music, quite minimal...)
    Zypressen (bizarre folk-prog-rock... sort of)
    Tsurubami [つるばみ] (an Acid Mothers Temple side project, should appeal to fans of drone, ie Vibracathedral Orchestra, Sunn O))))
    Cruyff In The Bedroom (very laid-back, unusual jrock)
    Inoran (funky jrock)
    Magma [마그마] (no, not the French prog band, these guys are a Korean classic rock band)
    Cherno (more weird prog from Japan, though they sound rather similar to Bikyouran at times)
    Cinorama (rather jazzy prog group)
    Nijiumu [滲有無] (some grim ambience from Haino)
    Machine And the Synergetic Nuts (bizarre, innovative jazz-prog)
    White Heaven (a Japanese counterpart for Blue Cheer... basically very intense classic rock)
    Fushitsusha [不失者] (one of Haino's outfits, almost excruciatingly heavy and psychotic... hehe)
    Vajra (another Haino project, featuring Kan Mikami, more conventional bluesy-rock, with a touch of insanity)
    Lost Aaraaff (Haino's "jazz" band, his earliest known recordings, circa 1970)
    Aihiyo [哀秘謡] (yet MORE Haino, these guys specialize in covers of old pop songs...)
    Sanhedolin (a collaboration between Ruins and Haino)
    Half Brother (memorable Korean punk group)
    Akvarium (another Russian rock group... unfortunately I don't know what the Cyrillic is...)
    Calmando Qual (some pretty decent metal)
    Boat (reminiscent of Melt-Banana, very psychotic)
    Hyper Kinako (bizarre, incredibly fast punk)
    Lucid Fall (like a Korean permutation of J-Rock)
    Yoshida Takuro [吉田拓郎] (classic rock, with excellent guitar solos)
    Syzygys (quirky pop, with unusual harmonies)
    Dousidz (like a Japanese Melvins... chugging guitars, heavy beats, etc)

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    • 14 Mar 2006, 22:49
    "Аквариум." It came up automatically when I entered it in English. I think I've listened to them before, surprisingly, a long time ago. I'll have to refresh my memory though.

    That's a hell of a list. It's pretty cool though. Everything was added but The Back Horn and Inoran, since they're pretty popular.

  • heres some record labels that carry some hard to find japanese & noise bands

    important records
    rest in peace records
    ground fault recordings
    nuclear war now! productions
    southern lord
    alien 8 recordings

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    • 16 Mar 2006, 15:30
    Rest in Peace and Nuclear War Now! didn't show up, but the rest have been added.

  • i forgot one more label its gezolucifer's (sabbat,metalucifer) japanese label

    root of evil records


    i found the pages for christine 23 onna & space machine both of the bands are psychedelic in some way or another they are in last.fm's band listing so you can add em

    found about keiji's band when he's not solo its called Fushitsusha

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    My Type...

    I tihnk.... perhaps Boøwy, they're quite good although most Western fans will not have heard of them...

    Of course, Pillows are good, but they're nowhere near obscure enough for this...Bikyoran are quite good, as are "Kagrra," not sure if the latter is obscure or not...



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  • endless dismal moan is also obscure i havent heard anyone in any of the other forums im in speak of them i think theyre distributed by a u.s. label but it could be a european label

  • Hey, love the group idea :)

    If I can add my tuppence of favourites (I suck at labelling music, so my apologies for the long descriptions)

    Indonesia:

    Cokelat - Indie-rock sound, with wonderful melodies & female vocals to die for

    GIGI - fairly simple rock sound, their religious album (Raihlah Kemenangan) has some amazing tunes on it (if the Islamic content doesn't bother you).

    Peterpan - nice emotional pop-rock with strong folk themes

    Singapore:

    Tanya Tsai/蔡健雅 - fairly mainstream pop-rock, but with an attitude in the lyrics that makes her gold

    Taiwan:

    Mavis Fan/范曉萱 - Originally an idol, started doing her own indie-style stuff and her popularity plummeted. The idol stuff is fairly generic (and well known), the latter work is very unique (and poorly known)

    Cheer Chen/陳綺貞 - Very quirky acoustic music tending towards pop but with a twist

    Huang Xiao-chen/黃小楨 - acoustic emotional songs

    Scrap Metal - Only did one album, very lo-fi, great tunes, varying from acoustic ballads to hard rock, awesome vocals done by...

    Bibi Chao/趙之璧 - Her solo work is a far more mainstream pop-rock than her work with Scrap Metal, but still very enjoyable

    Lei Guangxia/雷光夏 - Electronic folk music? I really dunno how to describe it. Quite unusual with a lot of poetry and ambient sounds as well as more ordinary songs/tunes

    Thailand:

    Silly Fools - Huge in Thailand and one-of-a-kind in that country. The early stuff has more screaming and heavy guitars, they've toned down a lot since, but still make some great rock pieces on the newer releases.

    Pang/ป้าง - Fairly acoustic folk-rock

    (I spotted Sek Loso's already in the connections :D)

    Japan:

    Walrus - Sprawling, effects-heavy, epic sound with unique male vocals

    1000 Travels of Jawaharlal - Screaming punk music

    al.ni.co - Alt-rock with fantastic singalong tunes

    Super Junky Monkey - Crazy punk-rock sounds with caterwauling female vocals

    Bluebeard - indie-rock, strong melodies, emotional songs

    S★CREATERS - fantastic punk-rock sound with a great sense of humour

    Rikki - Electronic folk from one of the most spectacular vocalists I've ever heard

    I'll stop here, though there's plenty more to suggest, particularly Japanese artists.

    Hope it's of some interest!

  • "MOT"! ^_^
    They're a really gorgeous, but totally unknown Korean rock-duo. They definitively deserve more attention! =P

    http://www.motmusic.com

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    • 7 Jul 2006, 2:55

    great list

    Thanks to everyone who posted their favs. What a great resource!

    I'm not sure how obscure any of these need to be to be considered "obscure", but here's a few artists I've found I like and didn't see above:

    Japan:

    Goofy Style (heavy/post-rock/punk)
    Candy ToyBox (quirky pop)
    Haruki Mino (Contemporary Harold Bud-ish piano)
    Strawberrian (shoegaze mixed with techno beats)
    Kenji Kawai (GITS, Avalon Soundtracks - not very obscure?)
    No Entry (post-rock/electronica)
    Molmott (pop punk - not obscure?)

    Russia (have no clue how popular/obscure any of these are):

    Olven (electronic hip-hop- interesting experimental stuff with DJ Ars)
    Kolibri (Style=train wreck, but it works most of the time)

    China (no clue on these either):

    PK 14 (punk/alt/post-rock)

  • Here's some more. Most of it's "J-Alternative", but there's a few other genres "here and there"...

    BLANKEY JET CITY - Jazz influence, melodic bass...
    Coaltar of the Deepers - Shoegazer, not as electronic as Walrus though...
    bloodthirsty butchers - Quite loud... some variant of punk
    Church of Misery - In the same vein as Boris. Good shit... :D
    bonobos - Ostensibly, they're a reggae group. But they don't really come off as one... very laid-back, all the same.
    DJ Kentaro - One of my faves at the moment, as you can see *indicates chart*... hip-hop splicing, very intricate beats, etc...
    LSD March - Psychedelica...
    特撮 - Piano pop with a hint of metal. Their name's Tokusatsu, by the way.. :D
    ZAZEN BOYS - Funky shit.
    Organ Language - Chilled out, jazzy trip-hop
    downy - Probably Japan's equivelant of Radiohead or something
    Maher Shalal Hash Baz - Obscure folk group
    Motor Humming - Lunatic instrumentals...!!
    Calm - Participated in the aforementioned "Organ Language" project.
    NATSUMEN - Frenetic jazz
    Rainstick Orchestra - Soothing electronica

    I'll be back...

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    • 8 Jul 2006, 17:11
    Adding as many of these as I can to connections!

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    • 22 Jul 2006, 8:27

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    Editado por hjbardenhagen el 26 Ago 2011, 8:54
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    • 27 Jul 2006, 2:22
    Great idea! I hope I don't sound very ignorant of obscure music, but these would be my suggestions:

    fra-foa
    Guitar Vader
    THEE MICHELLE GUN ELEPHANT
    UA
    UNICORN

    I'm not nearly as educated as you guys in hardly known japanese groups (I don't know anything from other easter countries) over this side of the Pacific pond.

    Anguz

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    • 27 Jul 2006, 14:27
    Judging by the bands you listed that I'm familiar with, I like your taste :D

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    • 28 Jul 2006, 22:28
    Thanks! From the ones I recognized in the lists above, I think you guys here have good taste too. That's what made me join the group, in order to find about other bands I know I'll like.

    BTW, I remembered a couple more artists that I *think* may be obscure:

    坂本真綾 Sakamoto Maaya... hah! just joking
    奥田民生 Okuda Tamio (UNICORN's)
    吉川晃司 Kikkawa Koji (he sounds a lot like BOØWY)
    ゆず YUZU
    TUBE
    松任谷由実 Matsutoya Yumi (aka Arai Yumi, aka Yuming)
    CHAGE&ASKA (remember Ghibli's AMV "On Your Mark"?)
    レベッカ REBECCA

    If I remember more, I'll come back to list them.

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    • 17 Sep 2006, 17:31
    favourite band are probably THE STALIN.

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