May 15, 2009

[JPOP] Tokyo Below

Tokyo Below: A Documentary of Independent Rock Music in Japan

Hey! do you know this documentary video "Tokyo Below"? ; shot in 2001, 8 years ago and edited by James R. Petix. it seems old a little bit but describes tokyo independent music scene very well. very interesting.:) ...

Tokyo Below is a subterranean train ride through the city's underground music scene. Down here it seems as though the overwhelming pop culture of the streets of Tokyo has had little effect. Starting at its rock and roll influences and progressing into the sounds of punk, hardcore, and emo the Tokyo music scene more directly parallels its American counterpart than the native pop mainstream.

Featuring the political punk music of DStolemybear, the melodic sounds of Bluebeard, and the glam rock of the Blue Velvets, Tokyo Below captures the struggle of the independent band to be heard among the overwhelming popularity of Japanese pop music. The film also explores the next generation of indie bands making a name for themselves including 13th Month, I am Yours, and Cloud Egg.

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