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(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: Skinny Lister plays new track ‘This is War’ at Tokyo Shibuya Club Quattro

By on Thursday, 5th February 2015 at 4:00 pm

Ever wondered how English bands go down in other countries other than Britain? Well, having experienced it firsthand myself at the International Forum and the Shibuya-AX, Japan is always a good shout: they just love British bands, and the crowd reaction to Skinny Lister visiting Tokyo last autumn is a great example of this. Their friend Larry Dawgiello filmed this performance at the famed Club Quattro in Shibuya last October of ‘This is War’, a new track that will figure prominently on the folk punks’ new album ‘Down on Deptford Broadway’, which will be released on the 20th of April on Xtra Mile Recordings.

If you happen to be lucky enough to be going to SXSW this year, I think it is a safe bet that the accordion will be a-flyin’ for this number when played in Austin in a few weeks. They also have a UK tour lined up for April and May, with tickets on sale now. Watch the video below.


Live Gig Video: Muse release August 2013 performance of ‘Futurism’ from Tokyo Zepp

By on Tuesday, 23rd December 2014 at 4:00 pm

As a Christmas gift to their fans, Muse have revealed this rare performance of their ‘Origins of Symmetry’ bonus track ‘Futurism’, played at a show in August 2013 at Zepp in Tokyo, Japan. Up to this point, it had been some 10 years since it last had a public airing. It was announced previously that the entire gig at Zepp had been filmed, so Musers can expect a live DVD sometime in the future. For now though, watch the spectacle that is Muse live below. You can also download the performance video from this handy link as well.



Live Gig Video: POP ETC covers Whitney Houston’s ‘How Will I Know’ on a walk through Tokyo

By on Wednesday, 2nd January 2013 at 4:00 pm

POP ETC were formerly known as the Morning Benders until they changed their name to something that didn’t have homophobic undertones in the UK (wha?) moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn (where else but the indie capital of the world?), lost their bassist (amicably) and decided to become an electro-tinged pop act. Ok…

And if you didn’t know about their new direction, their latest video filmed in Tokyo should give you some clue. Frontman Chris Chu, who sent girls squealing the last time they sold out the Black Cat in Washington so I heard, is contemplating out loud – er, singing – his take on the late Whitney Houston’s big ’80s hit ‘How Will I Know’. It’s too bad that she’s no longer around, because I’d really like to hear her opinion on his rework. Watch the video for the cover below.



Live Gig Video: The xx perform ‘Angels’ in a hotel room in Tokyo

By on Thursday, 23rd August 2012 at 4:00 pm

While the xx were in Japan in July for a tour, they felt so inspired in the capital city of Tokyo that they got swept up in the moment and recorded this video of ‘Angels’ in Romy Madley-Croft’s 33rd floor hotel room. Inspiration stops for no-one and we’re glad the trio recorded this for posterity. Watch the video below. (Sure beats Prince Harry’s hotel room antics in Las Vegas.)

The xx’s highly anticipated second album ‘Coexist’ drops on the 10th of September on Young Turks.



WIN / Tickets to Fuji Rocks courtesy of Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green clothing company

By on Thursday, 28th June 2012 at 5:00 pm

Liam Gallagher’s clothing line Pretty Green is offering up a pretty sweet prize: accommodation plus plane and festival tickets for you and a friend for the 3-day Tokyo music festival Fuji Rocks (27-29 July). Who’s playing, you ask? Liam’s band Beady Eye, of course, plus the Stone Roses, Jack White, among many others.

You can win a chance for these tickets by simply buying vinyl from the new iPhone app Simply Tap, following these three easy steps:

1. Download the app from iTunes or Google Play, and register your details once.
2. Buy the album on vinyl you want by this Saturday (the 30th of June) using the tap code, QR code, or image recognition
3. Get it delivered, and see if you’re the lucky winner of two tickets to Tokyo!

Even better, you can £5 off any 12 classic albums from The Stones, The Who, Ian Brown, Paul Weller, The Jam, The Cure, Elbow and Paul McCartney when you make your first purchase via your mobile with the app.

For more information on this contest, go here. Do not enter here, as the contest is only being run through the purchase of vinyl via the Simply Tap app.


Live Gig Video: A behind the scenes version of Casiokids’ ‘Golden Years’ in Tokyo

By on Thursday, 19th January 2012 at 2:00 pm

Casiokids‘ new album ‘Aabenbaringen over aaskammen’ is out now on Moshi Moshi (my review of the release here). And ‘Golden Years’ (not to be confused with David Bowie’s song of the same name) is a great track on the effort.

What happens when you let Norwegians loose backstage in Tokyo? This video. It’s a lot more chill than their manic live performance, I can tell you that. You can catch the band on tour this month, starting tonight in Birmingham (all the details here).



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