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podcast ICFJ #030 – Shishido Kavka, Charan Po Rantan, Okamoto’s, Dempagumi.inc and more
by Daniel Robson on November 6th, 2013
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ICFJ#030′s playlist includes tamamix (Kouhii-fu No Uta ~ Coffee Blues), Charan Po Rantan (Nande Nande), Mayu Wakisaka (Fall), The Man (Gabba Gabba Hey), Dempagumi.inc (Denden Passion), Shishido Kavka (Muteki No Rock Star), Makimiki (Tairyou Taikomi) and Tokyo Pinsalocks (Cinderella Time Up), plus a report from Tokyo International Music Market including interviews with Shishido Kavka, Charan Po Rantan, Mayu Wakisaka, The Man and Okamoto’s. Also! Win some CDs, and the usual chat between Daniel and Asuka.
Find band links and more info at www.itcamefromjapan.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @ItCameFromJapan – and hey, write us a message on our iTunes page and let us know what you think! All tracks used with permission. ©2013 It Came From Japan
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tamamix – Kouhii–fu No Uta ~ Coffee Blues (Amazon UK / CD Japan)
Charan Po Rantan – Nande Nande (Amazon UK / CD Japan)
Interview with Charan Po Rantan
Interview with Mayu Wakisaka
Mayu Wakisaka – Fall (Amazon UK)
The Man – Gabba Gabba Hey
Interview with The Man
Interview with Kaz Michijima from PROMIC
Interview with Okamoto’s (Amazon UK / CD Japan)
Dempagumi.inc – Denden Passion (Amazon UK / CD Japan)
Interview with Shishido Kavka
Shishido Kavka – Muteki No Rock Star (Amazon UK / CD Japan)
Makimiki – Tairyou Taikomi (Amazon UK / CD Japan)
Tokyo Pinsalocks – Cinderella Time Up (Amazon UK / CD Japan)
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#password Your latest favourite new band, with a link @ItCameFromJapan
(You can find the password by listening to the podcast.)
Photos from TIMM including Shishido Kavka, The Man, Charan Po Rantan, and Daniel and Asuka
YouTube playlist of videos by bands on this episode
Tokyo International Music Market and PROMIC TV
Budo Grape’s UK tour dates
Video and photos from Halloween in Shibuya
K-On! The Movie-related article about Japanese tourists abroad for Manga
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INTERVIEW: Budo Grape
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Hailing from Nagoya (or Neo-Nagoya as they call it), new-wave five-piece Budo Grape are gearing up for their very first tour of the UK on 26-28 October. The band are Quminco Grape (vocals), Nagai Grape (guitar, songwriting), Matsui Grape (bass), Naho Grape (keyboard) and Taichi Grape (drums). We crammed into their tour van when they were in Tokyo for a show last month to find out how they expect a UK audience to react, how cruel they are to new recruit Naho, and why Quminco’s mum hates to hear her swear. Listen to episode #016 of the podcast to hear the interview and an exclusive live recording of their song Kiss Too Shy, or read the transcript below!
ICFJ #029 – Budo Grape, Melt-Banana, Knotlamp, Josy and more
by Daniel Robson on October 5th, 2013
ICFJ#029′s playlist includes Melt-Banana (The Hive), Josy (Vanity), Knotlamp (Ashe’s Children), Budo Grape (Sutten Kororin), Tricot (Pool), Zoobombs (Highway A Go Go), miu mau (monochrome), The Ands (Another Phase), Fudanjuku (Dansou Revolution) and an interview with Budo Grape. Also! Win a mystery prize, and the usual nonsense banter between Daniel and Asuka.
Aiha Higurashi (The Girl)
by Daniel Robson on August 26th, 2012
The Girl is the new-ish band of Aiha Higurashi, formerly of the bands Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her and The Loves!, as well as a solo artist under her own name and a songwriter for artists such as Yuki (of Judy And Mary) and Aikawa Nanase. Aiha chatted with us on episode 14 of the It Came From Japan podcast about her exploits, why humming is the purest form of music and how she gains access to the various rooms inside her head. Listen to the podcast to hear the interview and The Girl’s song Benjamin, or read the transcript below!
ICFJ #028 – Summer Sonic festival, Amiaya, Shishido Kavka, Crossfaith and more!
by Daniel Robson on September 5th, 2013
ICFJ#028′s playlist includes Mamadrive (Kuruizaki), A Flood Of Circle (Rock’n’Roll Band), Chirinuru Wowaka (Iromeki), Un Amin (Giant Panda Ni Notte Mitai), Rhyme Berry (SUPERMCZTOKYO), Puffyshoes (Don’t Wake Me Up), Amiaya (Star Line), Shishido Kavka (Love Koriida), Gabriella (Just The Way You Are), Crossfaith (Eclipse) and Puffyshoes (Goodbye To You), plus a report from Summer Sonic festival including interviews with Amiaya, A Flood Of Circle, Yellow Fang and Tizzy Bac. Also! The chance to win CDs and AKB48 curry, a report from Akihabara and the usual nonsense banter between Daniel and Asuka.
Cantoy are a four-piece band originally hailing from Nagoya, now based in Tokyo and signed to Splatter Records, the label owned by Dai Kato from Ketchup Mania and KillKills. Vocalist miri-pow, guitarist Catherine, bassist Haga-Chang and drummer Ken joined us on episode 13 of the It Came From Japan podcast to talk about their new album, Kill (due out late July 2012), and their obsession with beer. Listen to the podcast to hear the interview and new song Tenkaippin, or read the transcript below!
ICFJ #027 – Fuji Rock, Tokumaru Shugo, Bo Ningen, Muddy Apes, Ryukyudisko and more!
by Daniel Robson on August 7th, 2013
ICFJ#027′s playlist includes Noodles (Macy’s Day Parade), Bo Ningen (Henkan), Ryukyudisko (Super Uchina Land), capsule (Rainbow), Muddy Apes (New Sunday), Lite (Echolocation), Oboreta Ebi No Kenshihoukokusho (Washa Washa!! Ggyagyagyagya!!!), Tokumaru Shugo (Poker) and Neko Punch (Go Baby!) plus a report from Fuji Rock Festival 2013 including interviews with Tokumaru Shugo, Bo Ningen, Muddy Apes, Ryukyudisko and Lite, as well as the fans at the fest and more. Plus plus! The chance to win a Fuji Rock-related bundle, and the usual hilarious banter between Daniel and Asuka.
More Budo Grape UK dates!
by Daniel Robson on September 6th, 2013
Budo Grape have added extra UK dates for November! As previously announced, Neo-Nagoya new-wave rock band Budo Grape will perform at the Doki Doki Japanese pop-culture festival in Manchester on 9 November. Extra dates have now been added in Brighton … Continue reading
Budo Grape play at Doki Doki festival 2013!
by Daniel Robson on April 29th, 2013
It Came From Japan is thrilled to announce that Budo Grape, Japan’s fruitiest new-wave rock band, will return to the UK this autumn! Budo Grape will play live on 9 November at the Doki Doki festival, which will be held … Continue reading
Buy Japanese CDs online – in English!
by Daniel Robson on February 22nd, 2013
ICFJ has joined affiliate programs with CD Japan and Amazon.co.uk! From now on we’ll add links to the playlist for each episode, so you can easily click through and buy the album that features that song. Here’s the playlist for … Continue reading
Asuka joins the It Came From Japan podcast
by Daniel Robson on January 22nd, 2013
Meet Asuka, new co-presenter on the It Came From Japan podcast! Asuka will join us from episode #020 and share some of her favourite music. Check out the video intro below!
Win free anime and free music!
by Daniel Robson on January 5th, 2013
We have 2 copies of Journey To Agartha to give away! This widely lauded anime is out on 28 January on Blu-ray, DVD and collectors’ edition, courtesy of Manga Entertainment. We also have 5 copies of Dancing After 1am, a … Continue reading
Win Ninja Scroll Blu-ray/DVD steelbook sets!
by Daniel Robson on November 9th, 2012
We have 5 copies of Ninja Scroll DVD/Blu-ray collectors’ edition steelbook to give away! This anime classic is out on 26 November on Blu-ray for the first time, and this HD version includes a director’s commentary and comes in a … Continue reading
Budo Grape UK tour – more info!
by Daniel Robson on September 11th, 2012
Here are some more details of the dates Budo Grape will play in England in october. 26 Oct BRIGHTON Cable Club @ The Prince Albert £4 adv; 8pm W/ White Star Liners, Running Dogs + Atlantic & Lion www.whitestarliners.co.uk 27 … Continue reading
Budo Grape UK tour!
by Daniel Robson on August 3rd, 2012
It Came From Japan is thrilled to bits to announce that Nagoya band BUDO GRAPE will play three UK shows at the end of October. Oh yeah! OCTOBER 2012 DATES 26 BRIGHTON The Prince Albert 27 LONDON Japan Underground Vs. … Continue reading
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Help save Japan!
by Daniel Robson on March 20th, 2011
Oh! Northeast Japan needs your help – and It Came From Japan, plus a roster of our celebrity mates, want to tell how you can pitch in. You already know about the magnitude 9.0 megaquake and ensuing tsunami on 11 … Continue reading