Nihongaku Radio Episode 56: Japan Nite Turns 20

Nihongaku Radio Episode 56

This episode is all about Japan Nite, the annual Japanese music showcase at SXSW and subsequent tour that packs a precious handful of acts from Japan into a growing but small number of U.S. clubs.

This year marked Japan Nite’s twentieth anniversary. In celebration of this milestone, Japan Nite’s organizers did pretty much what they always do and put on a great show. For more on Japan Nite from the folks who organize it, check out this piece I did for The Texas Standard, a daily news radio show from KUT in Austin, TX.

I don’t need to tell you that this episode is packed with 2015 Japan Nite artists like Zarigani$ and Pirates Canoe, but there are a few surprises thrown into the mix for good measure. Have you heard Peelander-Z’s live album? And who are the musicians that got their start at Japan Nite but have turned into SXSW mainstays in their own right? The answer is just a play button away.

Want more Nihongaku Radio? Check out previous episodes right here on Nihongaku. Nihongaku Radio is also broadcast to the world via Colectivo Bunka, a Columbia-based streaming radio station playing a ton of Asian music. Of course, you can also subscribe to the podcast feed via iTunes.

Nihongaku Radio Episode 56


“Lendez-Vous” – Zarigani$ (Available only at live shows!)
“Spiral Revolution” – Bo-Peep (Buy It!)
“Kaiton no Jutsu” – Mahou Shoujo ni Naritai (Not available)

Break: “Gym” – Masafumi Takada / Jun Fukuda (Buy It!)

“Hyper Sweet Power” – TsuShiMaMiRe (Buy It!)
“Let’s Go Party Music Come On!” – Samurai Dynamites (Buy It!)
“Love Before We Die” – Moumoon (Buy It!)

Break: “Motel” – Masafumi Takada / Jun Fukuda (Buy It!)

“Monster” – Chihiro Yamazaki and the Route 14 Band (Buy It!)
“Circle on the Snow” – The fin. (Buy It!)
“Guitar Blue” – Pirates Canoe (Buy It!)

Break: “Bike” – Masafumi Takada / Jun Fukuda (Buy It!)

“Ninja High School” – Peelander-Z (Buy It!)
“3J” – Quorum (Buy It!)
“No Music Yes Life” – Mothercoat (Buy It!)

Break: “Luv (Sic) Pt.4 [feat. Shing02] (Instrumental)” – Nujabes (Buy It!)

“Jiyuu no Tsubasa” – Linked Horizon (Buy It!)


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