September 6, 2007 at 9:58 pm | Posted in Government, Indie Rock, Peelander-Z, School, Student Riots | Leave a comment

I ended up not seeing Peelander-Z but instead I saw… BATTLES!!! Awesome Math Rock band, they were playing at South Street Seaport. They have some famous experimental musicians in it, guys from Helmet, Shellac, and Don Callabero. That was really my last day of summer. School has started. I’ll still be updating, but not that frequently, maybe every weekend. But here are some of my thoughts:

 – The Board of Ed is a fascist organization. They restrict some of our freedoms, and made my school add an 11th period to the day for some people. Mainly one day for lab, but I got stuck with it for 3 days a week! Two days for Physical Education! I better get on the football team, or as you Yanks like to call it, soccer.

 -Student militancy is awesome! Today we got the safety handbook that talks about the restriction of weapons. Fuck that, if I want to bring a 12-gauge to school, I will. 2nd ammendment right. Now I can fight the Board of Ed and their fascost minions known as the School Safety Officers.

 -Morons run Palestine. Long live George Habash and the PFLP!


Analysing Number Girl

August 18, 2007 at 6:48 pm | Posted in Eastern Youth, Government, Indie Rock, Number Girl, Ultra-Nationalism, WWII | 1 Comment

I thought I would analyse Number Girl’s lyrics. I’m going to use the example of “Zazen Beat Kemonostyle”. I got into an argument with some Dir en Grey fans about who’s more anti-fascist. Dir en Grey puts things straight forward, but they’re blind to see what has been going on in japan for the past century which is just sad. Number Girl puts out their message in a smart way, not really putting out their sympathy for communism.

Neru ore Nishinari ka Sausuburonkusu de
Sleep, I, in Nishinari* or South Bronx
Hoeru ore Tekisasu ka Tosakouchi de
Howl, I, in Texas or Tosa/Kouchi*

Nishinari is a ward in Osaka prefecture that has a large community of day-laborers and homeless people. Tosa is the old name for Kouchi prefecture, and is where Japanese revolutionary Sakamoto Ryouma was born. He was a leading member of the Bakumatsu, influenced by the American brand of humanism from Revolutionary War times. He was assassinated at the age of 33 just before the Meiji Restoration took place. You can see that Mukai Shutoku is sympathetic towards the lower class and more liberal intellectuals (they don’t get much of a say in stuff).

Insyu, hakkyou no tsumi ni towareta ore wa
Being accused by drinking and insanity
Tokkoukeisatsu*ni syoppikare
I am arrested by the special higher police
Meitei no hate no kyosei wo kurikaesu
I am drunken and I talk tough over and over

The Tokkoukeisatsu were the special police force in pre-WWII militaristic Japan, around the 1930’s. This could be taken in different directions. Does Mukai not like the Japanese police? Or is he anti-militarist? Or could the Tokkoukeisatsu be a meaning for the uyoku who like to wear old nationalist uniforms and be the neighborhood watch?

 In “Sakura No Dance”, Inazawa (drummer) counts in the beginning, “Zou, Han, Yu, Ri!!” I heard somewhere that this was a slogan used by Mao Tse-Tung. Now can Number Girl possibly be Maoist?

 In “Mappiruma Girl”, Mukai writes this:

 Souwa yurusanu jukyou no oshie dakedomo daredemo yatteru(x3) fuu
But Confucian ethic doesn’t allow it, though everybody seems to be doing, doing, doing it.

Possibly a stab at the old Confucian ways making way for newer things? Is it taking a stand against hypocrisy?

Also, in “Num-Ami-Dabutz”, Mukai discusses the infamous Nihon Sekigun (Japanese Red Army) and a series of essays written by Buddhist monks in the 17th century that spoke out against bushido. Bushido ended up being one of the major themes of militaristic Japan back in WWII.

So Number Girl is more anti-facist than Dir en Grey.

Also, I sayw Peelander-z and Go!Go!7188 last week, but I didn’t have a camera so no photos which means no report. But it was fun. I will cacth Peelander-Z again on August 31st and will take photos and write up a live report!


August 5, 2007 at 7:48 pm | Posted in Eastern Youth, Indie Rock | Leave a comment

Eastern Youth Tour Announcement

 No dates or venues have been announced, but Eastern Youth will be coming to the States! And they better hit the East coast this time! Because last time I almost cried when they said they were only touring the West coast.

Mothercoat Review

July 23, 2007 at 2:07 am | Posted in Indie Rock | Leave a comment

I recently did a review of the Mama Matter EP by Mothercoat for J-Music Ignited. It was a pretty solid rock album, reminded me a lot of Acidman, but more complex and quicker transitions. I’ve been listening to it a bit lately

The Best Japanese Album EVER?

July 20, 2007 at 6:52 pm | Posted in Indie Rock, Quruli | Leave a comment

The World Is Mine - Quruli

When I saw my friend had The World Is Mine by Quruli with him during printmaking class earlier this year, I asked him if I could borrow it (I lent him a Fujifabric and Sparta Locals CD in exchange). I had been meaning to listen to Quruli for the past year but never got to it because I thought they were a nationalist rock band (“Go Back To China” sounds a bit nationalist to me). But boy was this a great album!

For the past few months I’ve been listening to it non-stop. Except for the occasional break to listen to the Mama Matter EP by Mothercoat and Bloc Party’s self-titled EP, I’ve only been listening to this.

It has the solid alternative rock songs like “Go Back to China”, “Thank You Mu Girl”, and “Suichuu Motor”. It has the dance songs like “World’s End Supernova”, “Buttersand Pianorgan”, and the Cornelius-like “Mind the Gap”. It has the nice ambient pop songs like “Hoshi no Suna”, “Pearl River”, and “Amadeus”. And it has the deep, slow pop rock songs like “Shizuka no Ami” and “Army”.

 The World Is Mine is one of the most diverse albums I’ve ever heard in my life. Quruli were pushing into different boundaries with this album, not afraid of using electronics or sampling. This is one of the greatest albums ever made in Japan.

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