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podcast ICFJ #024 – Bugy Craxone, Etsuko Yakushimaru, Parakeet, Tricot and more!
by Daniel Robson on May 15th, 2013
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ICFJ#024′s playlist includes Mustang Jerx (Namida No Choo Choo Train), Etsuko Yakushimaru (Venus To Jesus), Hearsays (The Blind), Naomi & Goro (Strength Of Your Nature), Coba-U (Smile), Bugy Craxone (Ikagen Na Blue), Parakeet (Hiccups) and Tricot (99.974°C) plus an interview with Yukiko Suzuki from Bugy Craxone, the chance to win a One Piece DVD set and all sorts of fun chitter-chatter 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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Mustang Jerx - Namida No Choo Choo Train (buy album)
Etsuko Yakushimaru - Venus To Jesus (buy album)
Hearsays - The Blind
Naomi & Goro - Strength Of Your Nature (buy album)
Coba-U - Smile
Interview with Yukiko Suzuki from Bugy Craxone
Bugy Craxone - Ikagen Na Blue (buy album)
Parakeet - Hiccups (buy digital)
Tricot - 99.974°C (buy single)
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(You can find the password for each giveaway by listening to the podcast. This month's comment has a theme, so check for that on the podcast too!)
Daniel on Sound Opinions episode 388
Daniel and Asuka on Nihongaku Radio episode 34
Bad Noise! 東京ライブイベント、渋谷ルービールーム（5/25：The Cat Loves Strawberries、Hello Works、Mustang Jerx）
Bugy Craxone's Ikagen Na Blue video
Asuka and Daniel in Muse's Panic Station video
Video: Meet co-presenter Asuka!
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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 #023 – HeavensDust, HiGE, Fuyumi Abe,The Vibrators and more!
by Daniel Robson on April 17th, 2013
ICFJ#023's playlist includes Zarigani$ (Shall we dance!?), Haruka To Miyuki (Newton No Ringo), Fuyumi Abe (i love rock and roll), The Vibrators ft. Nabana Tomomi from Detroit7 (Turn Up The Heat), HiGE (Totemo Yukaina Theodore No Sekai), HeavensDust (Annihilation), T.C.L (Dis The Power), Umiuma (Niji Ga Kakaru) and Day And Buffalo (Bye Bye Daddy), plus an interview with Shin from HeavensDust, the chance to win a DVD and all that good stuff you lovingly love to love.
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#022 – Toquiwa, The Wedding Present, Nihongaku Radio, Hotel Mexico, Passepied and more!
by Daniel Robson on March 21st, 2013
ICFJ#022's playlist includes Passepied (Fever), Sawas Phool (Karma Wave), Damage (ID Check), Toquiwa (Kennedy), Pirate's Canoe (Siren's Comb), Lite (Bond), Jake Stone Garage (Himitsu), Hey-Smith (Endless Sorrow) and Hotel Mexico (This Moon Down), plus an interview with The Wedding Present and Toquiwa, a guest spot with Jonathan McNamara from Nihongaku Radio, the chance to win a Blu-ray/DVD set and all that good stuff.
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#021 – SXSW special, with The Mornings, Josy, Tokumaru Shugo, The Cold Tommy and more!
by Daniel Robson on February 21st, 2013
ICFJ#021's playlist includes The Cold Tommy (Paradox), Kinoko Teikoku (Eureka), SuiseiNoboAz (Shoegazer), Josy (Land Ho!), Charan Po Rantan (Saigo No Jun Tokkyuu), The Mornings (Mad Cheer Girl), Rottengraffty (Konjiki Graffty), Tokumaru Shugo (Katachi) and Mix Market (Radio), plus interviews with The Mornings and Josy, some chat about South By Southwest and Japan Nite in Texas and Next Music From Tokyo in Canada, the chance to win a Blu-ray/DVD set and all that good stuff.
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
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