This episode is packed with new songs from Supercell, Unison Square Garden and Lost in the Fog. 9mm Parabellum Bullet is in the featured artist set, so lock ‘n’ load.
There’s a tons of new stuff in this episode from the likes of Maximum Za Hormone, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Scandal. Be sure to stick around for the featured artist set with Maaya Sakamoto.
Remember that time you screamed so much at a concert that you lost your voice? Well, it happened to me right before recording this episode. As a result, I had my good friend Danielle step in and take care of the hosting duties. That said, there are a ton of great tracks in this episode including my personal favorite, “Wink Sniper” by Base Ball Bear, and “You-You-You” by Polysics.
There is a threatening blanket of gray clouds hanging over Austin, TX. But no one at the Mohawk, a multi-tiered music venue smack dab in the middle of downtown, seems to care. Fans are crouched on the pavement in front of the main stage, circled up like kindergarteners at recess with a few in the middle banging on drums. Leading this pack of adults-turned-maniacs and insisting that they see just how quiet they can be is Peelander Yellow (AKA Kengo Hioki), lead-singer and chief producer of madness for the self-proclaimed “action-comic-punk band” Peelander-Z.
And then, perhaps overcome with raw frivolity, someone makes a noise. Peelander Yellow erupts in mock-angry shushes, spasming as though the very presence of sound pains his ears. He wants silence. And then he wants a crescendo. Slowly, at Yellow’s command, the drums get louder. The people stand up. The drums are deafening. The band hops on stage and Yellow climbs to the top of the amps just to launch himself off again. The pit is alive, lifting up bodies and transforming them into crowd surfers. The stage manager looks like he’s about to shit a brick.
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I’m fairly excited about this episode? Why, you ask? Well, it starts with a band called Otoboke Beaver. Yeah! And then things just get better from there. Stick around for new songs from Asian Kung-Fu Generation and The Pillows. And Peelander-Z is hanging out in our featured artist spot.
It’s been a long time coming, but the gods of guitar solos and double bass drum pedals have bestowed upon us an episode of pure rock. Prepare yourself for tracks from Anthem, Boom Boom Satellites, X Japan and a few bands who rocked so hard that they’re not even around anymore. Bang your fuckin’ head!
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New stuff from Peelander-Z? Yes, please! And be sure to stick around for the ’90s revivalist band Taffy who’ve landed on my heavy rotation and are destined for yours.
At long last, here’s episode 40! Prepare your ear holes for new music from The Telephones, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and GaGaGa SP. Enjoy!
Here we are at episode 39! You know what that means? That’s right! Episode 40 is right around the corner. New music from Perfume, Flip and Crazy Ken Band in this episode.
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