• Best of 2008

    1 Ene 2009, 0:11 de jonniewilks

    2008 was quite a year for discovering music - a big thumbs up to Last.fm and some good friends for that. Hands down, my most listened-to album of the year was Tan-Tan Therapy, by Tenniscoats. A stone cold classic, and no mistake. Interesting that Saya says her personal fave is We are everyone. It's a lovely collection, but Tan-Tan Therapy has that feeling of being a consolidated project. An essential to any decent record collection.

    The trouble is, it was released in 2007. Here then, in case anyone cared, is my top 5 from 2008. Feel free to comment! I'd like to see what I missed out on...

    1. Offend Maggie (Deerhoof)
    2. Fleet Foxes (Fleet Foxes)
    3. NAND (Decentred)
    4. Sui-Gin (Ueno)
    5. Tenniscoats & Secai (Tenniscoats & Secai)

    While we're making lists, how about the best albums I discovered in 2008, but not necessarily released that year...

    1. Tan-Tan Therapy (Tenniscoats)
    2. Comicopera (Robert Wyatt)
    3. For Emma, Forever Ago (Bon Iver)
    4. Your Secret Medicine (My Pal Foot Foot)
  • Double Oven

    11 Sep 2008, 7:18 de jonniewilks

    Rumours are circling The Loving Oven camp that, rather than having split up after their 4th gig, they've been hard at work on their long-awaited debut album, tentatively titled, The Parson's Bisque. Work on the album began a year ago, and those close to the band are reporting that it has developed into an 18-track double album influenced by everyone from Maher Shalal Hash Baz to Syd Barrett.

    The nucleus of the band also make up Fukuoka live duo, The Grizzly Folk, and it's thought that some of the tracks used in that project have been included as Loving Oven work. For some idea of what's to come, we recommend downloading The Grizzly Folk's existing EP, as well as The Loving Oven's 2-track debut single, available for free here at TADA Music.

    To get these downloads, please follow the following link:
    http://tadamusic.org/en/node/313

    Fans of the following bands may have an interest in this music:
    The Singing Loins
    Cut Flowers
    Billy Bragg
    Nanbanjin
    The Watanabes
  • Forest Music

    12 Ago 2008, 8:00 de jonniewilks

    After months and months of introducing OTHER bands, I'm gonna be a little selfish and introduce a few of the projects we TADA folk have been involved in recently. Oblige me, if you would...

    First up is Full Ten Sound, a band made up of members of Night Town Service, Decentred, The Grizzly Folk and The Loving Oven. This is entirely improvised music, recorded at the moment it comes into being, and in some cases bears a similarity to the likes of The Hose and Maher Shalal Hash Baz.

    There are two collections on Last.fm available for free download, the first being The Parson's Bisque, and the second being Niji No Matsubara, named after the forest it was created in. If it's the avant garde stuff you're after, try The Boy in the Bush, which we did by wondering around a woodland glade trying to match the sounds of the cicadas, and throwing stones at an acoustic guitar. I'm the concertina genius. Can't you tell? For something a little more accessible, try The Colonel's Pantry.

  • TADA Download Charts, June 26th, 2008

    26 Jun 2008, 3:08 de jonniewilks

    A little over half a year into 2008 and TADA Music is enjoying a lot more success than we could've hoped for. So, a big, "Aw, shucks, thanks guys", to all of you.

    Below are the top 15 chart rankings for our first half year. Remember, these aren't going anywhere, so you can download them anytime you like. Please do, and remember to forward the links to any friends you might have who enjoy quality free music.

    The links to download these files can be found on http://tadamusic.org/en/node/276.

    If you're interested in more direct release news, feel free to join the Last.fm Tada Music group: http://www.last.fm/group/TADA+Music

    1. TADA Sampler Volume Four - Various Artists
    2. If I Told You - The Loving Oven
    3. HI-FI RO-FI - Nanbanjin
    4. TADA Sampler Volume Three - Various Artists
    5. Getting Over Yuka - The Watanabes
    6. MAXI Single - Kracker Japz
    7. On Your Way - Nanbanjin
    8. Back to Winnipeg - Fatblueman
    9. Let's Have You - The Grizzly Folk
  • TADA Music Sampler, Volume Four

    5 Jun 2008, 9:46 de jonniewilks

    TADA Music releases the fourth in its popular, free sampler series today, this month including magnificent tracks by Tenniscoats, mothercoat, Akira Kosemura, The Loving Oven and Marihiko Hara. Complete with a bilingual, digital jacket, the sampler represents some of the finest underground music currently being made in Japan, and has been compiled as an accompaniment to the artists featured on the TADA Music website this month.

    TADA Music is a website run by music lovers living in Japan, focusing on the alternative side of Japanese music; artists who would balk at being labeled J-Pop. The site features regular reviews and interviews with the artists, translated into English so that the rest of the world can discover what really drives these creators. As TADA means 'free' in Japanese, the site also offers full albums for free download, created by artists who either originate from Japan or call Japan their home. Readers are invited to join the site to receive regular updates, though it's not essential. …
  • TADA Music Sampler, Volume Four

    5 Jun 2008, 9:43 de jonniewilks

    TADA Music releases the fourth in its popular, free sampler series today, this month including magnificent tracks by Tenniscoats, mothercoat, Akira Kosemura, The Loving Oven and Marihiko Hara. Complete with a bilingual, digital jacket, the sampler represents some of the finest underground music currently being made in Japan, and has been compiled as an accompaniment to the artists featured on the TADA Music website this month.

    TADA Music is a website run by music lovers living in Japan, focusing on the alternative side of Japanese music; artists who would balk at being labeled J-Pop. The site features regular reviews and interviews with the artists, translated into English so that the rest of the world can discover what really drives these creators. As TADA means 'free' in Japanese, the site also offers full albums for free download, created by artists who either originate from Japan or call Japan their home. Readers are invited to join the site to receive regular updates, though it's not essential. …
  • TADA Music Sampler, Volume Four

    5 Jun 2008, 9:43 de jonniewilks

    TADA Music releases the fourth in its popular, free sampler series today, this month including magnificent tracks by Tenniscoats, mothercoat, Akira Kosemura, The Loving Oven and Marihiko Hara. Complete with a bilingual, digital jacket, the sampler represents some of the finest underground music currently being made in Japan, and has been compiled as an accompaniment to the artists featured on the TADA Music website this month.

    TADA Music is a website run by music lovers living in Japan, focusing on the alternative side of Japanese music; artists who would balk at being labeled J-Pop. The site features regular reviews and interviews with the artists, translated into English so that the rest of the world can discover what really drives these creators. As TADA means 'free' in Japanese, the site also offers full albums for free download, created by artists who either originate from Japan or call Japan their home. Readers are invited to join the site to receive regular updates, though it's not essential. …
  • TADA Music Sampler, Volume Four

    5 Jun 2008, 9:43 de jonniewilks

    TADA Music releases the fourth in its popular, free sampler series today, this month including magnificent tracks by Tenniscoats, mothercoat, Akira Kosemura, The Loving Oven and Marihiko Hara. Complete with a bilingual, digital jacket, the sampler represents some of the finest underground music currently being made in Japan, and has been compiled as an accompaniment to the artists featured on the TADA Music website this month.

    TADA Music is a website run by music lovers living in Japan, focusing on the alternative side of Japanese music; artists who would balk at being labeled J-Pop. The site features regular reviews and interviews with the artists, translated into English so that the rest of the world can discover what really drives these creators. As TADA means 'free' in Japanese, the site also offers full albums for free download, created by artists who either originate from Japan or call Japan their home. Readers are invited to join the site to receive regular updates, though it's not essential. …
  • TADA Download Charts, May 28th, 2008

    28 May 2008, 1:48 de jonniewilks

    It's been a while since we published a TADA Music downloads chart. Our apologies. No excuses, really, though we did head up to Tokyo last week to interview Tenniscoats and 4 bonjour's parties (an amazing gig - read all about it here). We've also taken the time to discover the wonders of kabaddi kabaddi kabaddi kabaddi, who we hope to be bringing you coverage of soonish, not to mention chatting with the sublime mondialito and Akira Kosemura. Things are looking up on the Japanese underground!

    In the meantime, it's all-change in the TADA downloads top 5. Remember, clicking on the artist's name (in the charts at the bottom) will take you to their TADA page. Clicking on the collection titles will automatically start the related download.

    With double the downloads of their nearest competitor, The Watanabes are straight in at No.1 with their Getting Over Yuka collection. Undoubtedly, this has something to do with their recent inclusion in the Japanzine Gaijin Sounds compilation…
  • A group for lovers of alternative Japanese music

    12 May 2008, 0:53 de jonniewilks

    Come and join a new group for lovers of alternative Japanese music!
    http://www.last.fm/group/TADA+Music


    WHAT IS TADA MUSIC?

    TADA Music aims to bring you up-to-the minute news, interviews and tracks from the wonderful world of alternative Japan. Fully supporting the free-music revolution, we regularly offer free downloads from the artists that fascinate us, regardless of hair-color or nationality. If you have something you want to share, let us know via www.tadamusic.org.

    HOW CAN I USE THIS WEBSITE?

    If you enjoy keeping abreast of the latest alternative music in Japan, read our regularly-updated news section. If you want to know about live shows happening near you, use our calendar. Best of all, if you want free music, look for our headphones icon. Click the headphones and the related download will start immediately. You don't even have to be a member! Just take it! It's yours! The only thing we ask is that you tell your friends about us.