• Live Show: Asobi Seksu - March 8, 2011

    10 Mar 2011, 18:52 by Syn_Zero

    Tue 8 Mar – Asobi Seksu, BRAHMS, The Dandelion War

    It's been two years since Asobi Seksu played a show in San Francisco. I know because I went to that show way back in March 2009 at the Independent. I was kind of surprised when I found out they'd be playing at the Bottom of the Hill this time around; when you compare both venues the Independent is about three times as big, and if that show was pretty crowded, then... yeah.

    And truth be told I haven't been to the Bottom of the Hill much. In fact, this was only the second time I'd been there, the first being to see Metalchicks (an obscure metal side-project of the Japanese band Buffalo Daughter) ... back in 2007. Four years ago. It was certainly a lot bigger than I remembered, and the atmosphere was actually a lot different given that there seemed to be way more hipsters and people my age (I was a few days under 21 back then). There were also way more of my Asian brethren, heh.


  • 30 Questions

    6 Mar 2008, 00:45 by Spiderift

    1. How did you get into 29?
    Was watching a fan-made video spoof of Devil May Cry 3, and one of the songs in it was just so catchy, I had to hunt it down.

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22?
    Issai Gassai anata ni Ageru

    3. How many albums by 13 do you own?
    Legend of Mana

    4. What is your favorite song by 15?

    5. What is your favorite song by 5?
    Our Solemn Hour

    6. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy?
    Happy? Mmm...The Human Stain? Kamelot doesn't actually do 'happy'.

    7. What is your favorite song by 10?
    hua li de mao xian

    8. What is a good memory you have involving 30?
    Karen Kong - no real significant memory attached...but I remembered cracking up when I heard the song title Cinta Hello Kitty.

    9. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy?
    Metallica? Geez, out of all my happy J-Pop stuff, why does it keep hitting the metal? Err...I guess Attittude is the closest song I can think of that puts me in a good mood.

    10. How many times have you seen 25 live?
  • How Mainstream Are You?

    4 Mar 2008, 22:59 by Spiderift

    Bored. So here's for my first journal entry. Let's see how mainstream I am - on LastFM at least. ;P

    First take your top 20 artists,
    and find out how many listeners they have.


    ayumi hamasaki



    morning musume

    Within Temptation


    Ogura Yuko

    Maki Goto

    Jason "Shyboy" Arnold of Hyonogaja

    Cheer Chen


    Kid Vicious

    Yoko Shimomura

    David Baker, Shawn McPherson

    Tetsuya Shibata


    Dream Theater



    berryz koubou


    Total = 2,258,177
    Average = 112,908.85

    Divide by number of Radiohead listeners: 1,212,076
    = 0.093153275867189855


    I am 9% mainstream.
  • Wet Blanket fails to smother New Picnic, 10/08/07 Pt. 2

    24 Oct 2007, 01:06 by djgizmoe

    Okay, so back to the crowded main stage, and kiseki is playing this sort of ambient improv-rock that wasn't half bad, but sorta boring, so I ventured outside again to cruise around (if I would've remembered that Kiseki was Yamamoto Seiichi's new band, I probably would've stuck around, though). Stumbling outside, I bump into Nick who has just arrived by taxi. After walking around the place for awhile (and man Taiyo Koen is big and only getting bigger - some giant fairytale castle is in the works there as we speak), we basically settled in front of the main stage just as Ove-NaXx was getting started. Luckily, most of the crowd was over at the second stage for some reason (probably Andersons or Tenniscoats, now that I think of it), so we could move as close as the audience was actually allowed to get to the stage and then just camped out. OVe-NaXx seemed a bit out of his element performing in front of several hundred stone replicas of Chinese soldiers all facing away from the stage…
  • Review: Metalchicks, "Metalchicks"

    24 May 2007, 07:43 by Syn_Zero

    Full Track Listing
    1. "10,000 dB" (5:18)
    2. "Dead Loss Angeles" (2:31)
    3. "Gabba" (3:20)
    4. "Queen of Bees" (4:09)
    5. "We Will Survive" (4:26)
    6. "King of Kings" (3:02)
    7. "Fast and Furious" (2:20)
    8. "Need Your Love" (4:59)

    Metalchicks is the self-titled debut album of the duo Metalchicks, comprised of Buffalo Daughter's suGar Yoshinaga and Yuka Yoshimura (formerly of OOIOO). The album was released in 2005 despite the band being around since 2001 or so.

    Album Evaluation
    As my charts here on show, I'm a huge fan of Buffalo Daughter, as well as other quirky, alternative Japanese music (see: Takako Minekawa and ... uh, well, maybe just her). And, being a huge fan of BD I figured I'd be an equally huge fan of Metalchicks. I was right.

    I actually bought the album back in March, only hours before seeing the band perform live (my review of the show). …
  • Live Show: Metalchicks - March 22, 2007

    24 Mar 2007, 05:53 by Syn_Zero

    Thu 22 Mar – Metalchicks, Crime In Choir, Yolz in the Sky, This Isn't It

    I was as giddy as a young child on Christmas morning the day I found out that Metalchicks - who includes one-third of my favorite band, Buffalo Daughter - were coming to San Francisco. Thank goodness I decided to browse around MySpace for five minutes (at least it's useful for something other than a laugh or two). The show, part of a series of American tours (which surprisingly aren't listed here on, was last night at the Bottom of the Hill, a small bar with a tiny stage tucked in the corner. It's too bad my 21st birthday isn't until the 26th, otherwise I would've been able to get a drink or two.

    Before yesterday I'd never actually heard any of Metalchicks' music. In fact, that very afternoon I went all the way up to Amoeba, our local record shop, and bought the only copy of their debut album they had. By the time I got home and popped it into my stereo I knew the show was going to be absolutely amazing.
  • what a line up...

    11 Mar 2007, 00:47 by candoh

    i would have killed to be at this show two years ago.

    will the internets ever tell me if Metalchicks ever did a split with the Belters★? no i don't think it will...
  • this is pretty much why i hate my life...

    1 Mar 2007, 09:05 by candoh

    i try so very hard to stay far far away from anything that talks about SXSW. why do i do this? cause i know i will be very hurt by all the people i can not see.

    such as it is... Kiiiiiii will be there and then embark on a small US tour that will not come even remotely close to here - but of course.

    and yes this is just the tip of the SXSW iceberg. Luminous Orange, Boris, Gitogito Hustler, GO!GO!7188, Green Milk From The Planet Orange, Hiromi, 百景, Metalchicks, mothercoat, Muddy World, ねこ虫, OWKMJ, Pistol Valve, 水晶の舟... they will all be missed along side a billion bands that are not from japan

    it all makes me wildly emo. every year it does.
  • Live Show: Miho Hatori - February 11, 2007

    13 Feb 2007, 05:48 by Syn_Zero

    Sun 11 Feb – Miho Hatori, Los Abandoned

    Ah, my first post of the year on Last.FM. I have to admit, I've been avoiding listening to music on my computer lately because of my schedule, but I've been listening to a lot of the same stuff this year. Anyway...

    Last night my girlfriend and I (and a friend of hers) saw Miho Hatori perform at The Attic here in Santa Cruz where we all go to college. They performed with an LA-based band called Los Abandoned, who I've never heard of before. Apparently they're popular down in SoCal.

    The night actually started out on a weird note, because there was a problem with the sound equipment that meant that we had to wait in line outside an hour longer than we were supposed to. At the same time, a friend of mine who was hanging out in my room back home accidentally demagnetized the key to my door, so he had to have a friend drive him back up to campus for the night since I didn't want to head all the way back home for that. …
  • Reviews: Amazon Saliva, Metalchicks, MONO

    25 Nov 2006, 09:14 by djgizmoe

    More unedited Japanzine reviews.

    Amazon Saliva
    Open The Mouth Mighty Atom!
    Amazon Saliva

    Well lookie here, yet another example of the bizarre cross-pollination that happens routinely in the J-underground. Take one Tabata (ex-Boredoms, ex-Zeni Geva, now Acid Mothers Temple and the Cosmic Inferno), one NANI (from Ruins worshippers Zuinosin) and one Hide (Ultra Bide); mix well and stand back. Starters “Chicken Man” and “Loco Weed” come off sort of like a fuzzed out Shonen Knife tribute, while “When Taking A Nap On The Green Couch” brings in a drum machine for a sort of lo-fi electronica shredded by psychedelic guitar screech. “Stuck In Your Nose” is sort of a grungy trip-hop number that had me thinking Public Image Ltd. tribute, while “We Attack One More Thing ‘GO EAST’” sounded a bit like the Final Fantasy soundtrack (no shit). Things head back to the rockin’ side for “Kevin Says!” and with “Kintaloid/Yakuza Na Punker” the early DEVO comparisons finally become crystal clear. …