Jul 31, 2010

HearJapan celebrates the 2nd birthday of Gackpoid


HearJapan celebrates the 2nd birthday of Gackpoid, Vocaloid's sexiest singer

Yokohama, Japan - July 31st, 2010 –Today is Gackpoid's second birthday
and to celebrate HearJapan has six new releases from the smoking-hot

MineK - Dancing Love

MuskaP (Komso) - Red Guns and Black Roses


ROY - Distance to the Sky

ROY - Metallized World

Turnastudio - qawsedrftgyhujikolp

Kamui Gakupo was born two years ago today. He was based on the voice
and visually-pleasing shape of pop-rock idol Gackt, both of which met
with the singer's rigorous approval. Today HearJapan is pleased to
offer up these six new releases celebrating two years of Gackpoid!

nocturne from NATARIE IN THE DREAM is ten tracks of pure Gackpoid
bliss, full of languid, elegant passages as well as some more
aggressive, impulsive moments.

Red Guns and Black Roses by MuskaP (Komso) sees both Gackpoid and
fellow male Vocaloid singer Kagamine Ren coming together in a
passionate, throbbing hard-rock track that's sure to get your blood
hot. (Yaoi fans take note!)

MineK offers up another full-on album of eleven classy, high fashion
dance tracks.

For heavy metal fans, ROY brings two full-length metal albums. Both
Metallized World and Distance to the Sky show off Gackpoid's more
aggressive side, while also giving him a chance to serenade his

And finally Rin is back for more time with Gackpoid on turnastudio's
playfully titled qawsedrftgyhujikolp.

All in all, this collection of fresh new releases will transport you
into another dimension inhabited solely by the strength and passion of
the one and only Gackpoid. Happy birthday!


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Jul 30, 2010

SEBASTIAN X - Bokura No Fantasy Release Tour

Sebastian X

SEBASTIAN X; NewType indie POP and the live touring band announces their new album, Bokura No Fantasy Release Live Tour which will start October. Moreover, They will hold "Tantalalan LiveShow Tour" produced by their own. Don't miss out on this chance to get to know more about unique world of emerging music from Tokyo indies music scene!

*Bokura No Fantasy Release Tour
October 1. Juso Fantango, Osaka
October 2. Kyoto MOJO
October 10. Mito SONIC, Ibaragi
October 11. Yokohama club Lizard, Kanagawa
October 15. Niigata CLUB RIVERST
October 22. Shizuoka Freakyshow

*SEBASTIAN X presents Tantalalan LiveShow
November 14. Sendai PARK SQUARE, Miyagi
November 19. Nagoya K.D Hapon, Aichi
November 21. Juso Fantango, Osaka
November27. Shinjuku MARZ, Tokyo


SEBASTIAN X is rated X!? I tried to set up SEBASTIAN X Fanpage on facebook, the name "SEBASTIAN X" be prohibited according to facebook guideline.

New music video; Sekainohatemade Tsuretette (Take me to the end of the world) , the leading track for 'Boku Ra No Fantasy' (Our Fantasy).

SEBASTIAN X one-man live show entitled New Album Release Party is scheduled to be held at Kichijoji Warp club on August 21. Now you can listen to new album, Boku Ra No Fantasy at myspace.

manatsu birthday


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Jul 29, 2010

Next Music from TOKYO vol.2 in October

Next Music from TOKYO recently announced Another Canadian Live Tour.

MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS, uhnellys, susquatch and sgt.; Japanese hot indies bands from Tokyo underground music scene are ready to play abroad in Canada this fall. Next Music from Tokyo is Canadian Live Tour showcasing the emerging indies bands. Check it out!!

Oct 9 Toronto @ the Velvet Underground
Oct 12 Montreal @ Club Lambi
Oct 14 Vancouver @ the Biltmore Cabaret
(Visit and check the further information at its official website.)

Next Music From Tokyo / Anusaya

MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS, postrock * shoegaze band

sgt., a postrock band with elegant violins.


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Jul 28, 2010

Digital Manga Store


SQUARE ENIX starts Digital Manga Store that is scheduled to launch this Fall, 2010.



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Jul 27, 2010

VAMPS Appearing at New York Anime Festival

New York Anime Festival
New York Anime Festival

Popular Rock Stars to Appear at Convention for Q & A and at Roseland Ballroom for Concert!

The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) has revealed their first guest announcement for this year's show which will be co-located with New York Comic Con (NYCC) and which will take place October 8 - 10 at the JacobK.JavitsCenter in New York City. The guest will be the musical group VAMPS consisting of L'Arc-en-Ciel singer HYDE and Oblivion Dust guitarist K.A.Z. who will appear at NYAF on Friday, October 8 for a Q & A session with fans, followed by a concert at Roseland Ballroom in midtown Manhattan on Saturday, October 9. Tickets for the concert must be purchased separately from tickets to NYAF and NYCC. As noted, this is the first guest announcement for NYAF. Convention officials recently disclosed that Stan Lee will be the Spotlight Guest of Honor for NYCC. The event will be part of the group's 2010 world tour, which will include stops in the United States, Spain, France, China, and Chile.

VAMPS - New York Anime Festival 2010 Welcome Video

VAMPS World Tour
Oct 3 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, California, US
Oct 12 - Sala Apolo - Barcelona, ES
Nov 6 - Teatro Caupolican - Santiago, CHILE


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Jul 26, 2010


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CHAKUUTA - fullsize Weekly Chart (21st July)
on Recochoku, the biggest mobile JPOP music shop


No.1 Ayumi Hamasaki - MOON

No.2 Kana Uemura - Toillet no Kamisama

No.3 Kumi Koda - Lollipop

No.4 Kana Nishino - Aitakute Aitakute

No.5 Megumi Hayashibara - Shuuketsu no Sadame


No.6 moumoon - Sunshine Girl

No.7 KG - Dareyorimo duet with Sayuri Sugawara

No.8 YUI - Please Stay With Me

No.9 JUJU - Hello, Again

No.10 Ayumi Hamasaki - blossom

iTunes Japan Top Song 2010/7/25
buy at iTunes

No.1 moumoon - Sunshine Girl

No.2 Superfly - tamashii revolution

No.3 AKB48 - Ponytail to ShuShu

No.4 Ne-Yo - Beautiful Monster

No.5 DJ HASEBE - Last Vacation feat.RYO-Z.PES (from RIP SLYME) & JUJU

No.6 moumoon - Swallowtail Butterfly

No.7 Kumi Koda - Lollipop

No.8 KOBUKURO - itsumademo kawaranu aiwo

No.9 Kyosuke Himuro - BANG THE BEAT

No.10 Ayumi Hamasaki - MOON



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Jul 24, 2010

indian summer


Iceland netlabel, Bad Panda Records introduces a beautiful song called "indian summer" by Japanese minimalism artist, end’s not near from Fukuoka. the track is now free downloadable at
indian summeris the soundtrack for independent short movie like below. It's mysterious and punkish.

end’s not near


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Jul 22, 2010

LITE - Illuminate Release Tour

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postrock band, LITE announced "Illuminate" release live tour.

"Illuminate Release Tour"

Sep 15(wed) Tokyo - SHELTER

Sep 18(sat) Osaka - SUNSUI

Sep 19(sun) Nagoya - CLUB ROCK'N'ROLL

Oct 17(sun) Tokyo - SUPERDELUXE
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, tera melos

Oct 18(mon) Yamagata - SANDINISTA
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, tera melos

Oct 19(tue) Aomori - SUBLIME
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, tera melos

Oct 20(wed) Morioka - CLUB CHANGE
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, tera melos

Oct 21(thu) Sendai - PARK SQUARE
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, tera melos

Oct 22(fri) Toyama - CLUB MAIRO
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, tera melos

Oct 23(sat) Kanazawa - DOBULE
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen

Oct 24(sun) Nara - ZICO STUDIO
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen

Oct 25(mon) Hiroshima - 4.14
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen

Oct 26(tue) Fukuoka - VIVRE HALL
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen

Oct 27(wed) Kagoshima - SR HALL
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen

Oct 28(thu) Kumamoto - DJANGO
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen

Oct 29(fri) Okayama - PEPPERLAND
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen

Oct 30(sat) Tokushima - CROWBAR
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen

Oct 31(sun) Ehime - SALONKITTY
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen

Nov 3(wed) Matsumoto - ALECX
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen

Nov 5(thu) Asahikawa - CASINO DRIVE
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen

Nov 6(fri) Sapporo - HALL SPIRITUAL LOUNGE
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen

mike watt + the missingmen
tera melos


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Jul 21, 2010

SEBASTIAN X Ustreams Release Party



How you spend hot summer time?

Japanese Indie Alternative POP band, SEBASTIAN X releases New Album (2nd mini album); Bokurano Fantasy on August 4. They Ustreams the upcoming new album listening party on friday July 23. It starts at 21:30 +9:00 Tokyo Time. The whole songs from new album will be streamed on Ustreams.

You can catch her on her Ustream channel at
#sebastianx is hush tag on twitter.

The day, July 23 is also SEBASTIAN X's female vocalist, Manatsu Nagahara 23rd birthday. You should really come see her and Celebrate her birthday.

SEBASTIAN X Live schedule

July 25. Shibuya LUSH
August 11. Mannaka Hiroba, Mie
August 12. Sakata music factory
August 13. Sendai PARK SQUARE
August 14. Shimokitazawa BASEMENT BAR, Tokyo
August 21. Kichigeorge WARP, Tokyo - SEBASTIAN X Oneman Live
September 5. Kichigeorge WARP, Tokyo
September 7. Shinjuku MARZ
September 11. Shinjuku LOFT / Shinjuku MARZ / Shinjuku MOTION
September 17. Nagoya Rock'n Roll (with Owarikara)
September 18. Kyoto nano (with Owarikara)
September 19. Kobe Helluva Lounge (with Owarikara)

Bokurano Fantasy


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Jul 20, 2010



CHAKUUTA - fullsize Weekly Chart (15th July)
on Recochoku, the biggest mobile JPOP music shop


No.1 Kumi Koda - Lollipop

No.2 moumoon - Sunshine Girl

No.3 Kana Nishino - Aitakute Aitakute

No.4 Shota Shimizu - GOODBYE

No.5 JUJU - Hello, Again

No.6 YUI - Please Stay With Me

No.7 Kana Nishino - Dear…

No.8 Kana Nishino - konomamade

No.9 Toshinobu Kubota - LOVE RAIN - koinoame -

No.10 Spitz - beginner

Kumi Koda - Cutie Honey

iTunes Japan Top Song 2010/5/10
buy at iTunes


No.1 moumoon - Sunshine Girl

No.2 Superfly - tamashii revolution

No.3 moumoon - Swallowtail Butterfly

No.4 KOBUKURO - itsumademo kawaranu aiwo

No.5 Ayumi Hamasaki - MOON

No.6 Kumi Koda - Lollipop

No.7 AKB48 - Ponytail to ShuShu

No.8 MONKEY MAJIK - daijohbu

No.9 Ayumi Hamasaki - blossom

No.10 Maroon 5 - Misery


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Jul 17, 2010


Space Invaders

Ego-Wrappin' released new EP, BRAND NEW DAY / love scene July 7 and for Promotion, Ego-Wrappin' launches Retro classic videogame "Space Invaders". It's Free Online Game.

This Space Invaders game is syndicated to Twitter API. When select Free mode, Space Invaders are Twitter Favicons who tweet "EGO-WRAPPIN" on twitter. We shooting white goo at a rampaging invasion of wobbling Twitter Favicon blobs. It's funny that each favicon hum the tweet that includes "EGO-WRAPPIN". In other playing mode, when select twitter follower mode, you login twitter, and use connection with your twitter, Your twitter followers get to be Space Invaders. It's a simple game with simple graphics. The more Your twitter followers you shoot, the faster the remaining followers move. If they get too close, it's game over — so shoot quick. Check it out! and try EGO-WRAPPIN Space Invader.

Space Invaders

Space Invaders - designed and programmed by Toshihiro Nishikado for Taito, Japan in 1978 and remains one of the most popular arcade games ever made.

EGO-WRAPPIN'- BRAND NEW DAY (LIVE 2010.07.11 hibiya yaon)



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Jul 15, 2010

Music Alliance Pact - July 2010

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33 songs, 33 music blogs, 33 countries



Sputniko! - Google Song
Sputniko! (Hiromi Ozaki) is an experimental electro pop female musician based in London. Since 2007 Sputniko! has shown music, performances and films exploring intersections between technology and popular culture. In 2009 she published the DVD Parakonpe 3000, a collection of eccentric music videos talking about the quirky ways in which we engage with technology, such as google searching your crush's name or desiring to become a cyborg to eliminate periods.

She recently upload new music video "Menstruation Machine"; a wearable metal suit that allows a boy to experience the painful bleeding of menstruation.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
The Kyoto Connection - H.E.A.T.
The eighties are back! At least, that's what we felt after listening to No Headphones Required, the cc-licensed brand new album by The Kyoto Connection. This amazing band delivers sweet electronic music mixed with Japanese juice and Flashdance-like synth sounds. If you like it, you can download the whole record from their website.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
Kimbra - Settle Down
I致e been following Kiwi-now-Melbournite Kimbra痴 work for a year now, most of it in the form of either guest performing with other bands or solo with a guitar work. Only recently I致e heard her new stuff, produced by Franc Teta. The song Settle Down opens with cut up beat boxing vocals - a bit too close to Bertie痴 style of production for my liking - but is rescued and lifted by the chorus and soared into lush harmonies, that are all part of Kimbra痴 own signature sound.

BRAZIL: Meio Desligado
Dead Lover's Twisted Heart - Where I Am
Where I Am is part of the first full length album of the Brazilian band Dead Lover痴 Twisted Heart, released a few weeks ago. Far away from the indie-folk influences that are highlighted in the band痴 history, it痴 a great pop song which could easily be in any album from She & Him or The Ting Tings.

CANADA: I(Heart)Music
Forest City Lovers - Pocketful Of Rocks
Over the last few years, Forest City Lovers has morphed from simply being a vehicle for Kat Burns' acoustic folk into a full band with a knack for writing catchy folk-pop. On their new album, Carriage, Burns is joined by members of The D'Urbervilles, Ohbijou and Born Ruffians, among others. As this track (on which Burns is joined by Ruffians front man Luke Lalonde) demonstrates, the results are simply magical.

CHILE: Super 45
Maifersoni - La Turbulencia Quiere Hacernos Levantar Hoy
Maifersoni is the musical adventure of young Enrique Elgueta, in which he decides to blend psychedelia and noise in a lo-fi-ish perspective, with a strong pop accent. Taller Deslizante (Gliding Loom) is his first work, released this month on Chilean net label Michita Rex. It captures Panda Bear's contemplative spirit, Sonic Youth's fondness for experimentation and Vashti Bunyan's warmth, creating a resounding weave that - with the likes of El Sueno De La Casa Propia and De Janeiros (both highlighted on earlier editions of MAP) - is giving Chilean pop a new perspective.

CHINA: Wooozy
Lilysay - Last Party
The band Lilisay is a Beijing-based trip-hop band, founded by Lilisay and Shang Shao in March, 2010. At first the band started as a shoegaze duo, but as time went on they have evolved into a trip-hop band. After the first gig at D22, Lilisay met Li Wei. Sharing the same taste in music, they decided to collaborate. After several rehearsals and performances, they settled on Trip Hop/Electronica. Last Party is one of their early songs, which reminds a lot of the 80s shoegaze stuff.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian
Waking Life - Chirango
With The Flaming Lips and The Shins among their influences, Copenhagen based six-piece Waking Life work in uplifting, danceable ways. Here痴 first single, Chirango - from their forthcoming debut album Fiction - an upbeat indierock song with ukulele, bells, trombone and whatnot that would make you all smiles if it hadn稚 been for the rather serious lyrics.

ENGLAND: The Daily Growl
Wet Paint - Dead Night
Here's a wee MAP exclusive. Ace east London scuzzy rock types Wet Paint are back with another album of great tunes and noisy guitars. No word yet of when the album's going to be released, but here is a track from it. A sneak preview of what's going to be a fantastic record.

Opium Flirt - Parade In Chimes
Opium Flirt have been playing live, writing and recording music since 2004. Projects have included music for multimedia installations, films and choreographic performances.
Parade In Chimes is taken from the new album DejaVoodoo.

Delay Trees - Cassette 2012
Just a little bit over a year ago, MAP featured a song by a Helsinki indie band that shocked the scene with a superb self-released EP. Now signed with an important label, Delay Trees offer the first single off their debut full length, out in September. The dreamy intensity of Cassette 2012 anticipates a new round of tender pop songs that will melt your ears.

FRANCE: ZikNation
I Love My Neighbours - Swedish Babe
Everyone has neighbors. You can hate them or love them・but one thing is for sure: it's impossible not to love these crazy Neighbours. Presented as a big step between Block Party and Nirvana, I Love My Neighbours is a very good acidulated pop/rock band. Instigated by an omnipresent battery and swaying bass riffs, the three boys swing between pop songs and true aggressiveness. A schizophrenia materialized by the guitar riffs and the melodic and tortured voice of the singer. A noted French magazine called Les Inrocks wrote about them : " These Parisians enter by the large door of the new english scene, dance and pop, with a full bag with catapults provided by Nirvana ". Prepare yourself to apply the theory of the "Bang Bang", because there's gonna be rock n'roll...

GERMANY: Blogpartei
Herpes - Keine Experimente
Herpes may be the most 'German' band ever, posted on the MAP. Their straight-forward electropunk with pseudo-political lyrics draw the line from infamous Superpunk to the stepsons of Kraftwerk, like Trio or DAF. Hence, their label has to be Tapete Records, and yeah, of course they live in Berlin. Keine Experimente is the single from their recently released album Das Kommt Vom Kussen.

GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda
Mikael Delta - She's A Boy
Mikael Delta began his career as a member of the band Stereo Nova. He is one of the most prolific and influential musicians in Greece in the past decade. His latest album, Tech Me Away is made of thrillingly danceable sounds and references to techno music scene, disco and electronica.This is music that hits the head, heart and hips all at once. You can dance to almost anything here. She's A Boy demonstrates Delta痴 talent for building simple, clattering dance beats and riffs into audio addictions. But what takes you by surprise is Etten's marvellous voice, which pops up like a primary color and paints absolutely stellar pictures.

ICELAND: I Love Icelandic Music
Cosmic Call - Owls
Cosmic Call is a five-piece indie rock band from Akranes, a small town on the West Coast of Iceland. Band members are singer/guitarist Sigurmon, Fjolnir on guitar, synthesizer & backing vocals, Begga on bass and backing vocals, drummer Petur & Asa on violin & synthesizer. They are inspired by Arcade Fire, The Cure, The Pixies, Joy Division & Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They recorded one EP so far, which was released on July 24, 2009. The song Owls is a track of this limited, hand sewed edition of 1000 copies made by the band & family members.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
Sir Dandy - Jakarta Motor City
Sir Dandy or Dandy Ramdhani or Acong, is the vocalist of one of the most obscure garage band in Indonesia Teenage Death Star, known for their quirky style on stage. This is his latest project, recording ballads using only his guitar and sunglasses on his garage-band software. This song tells us the story about the motorcycle flood in Jakarta.

IRELAND: Nialler9
Bingo - Cold Without You
Bingo is a 21 year-old producer from Dublin who makes luscious tracks with nods to dubstep, garage and UK funky. His music recalls the likes of Mount Kimbie, James Blake and Burial. If you find yourself in Dublin on a Saturday night, be sure to check the listings to see if Float, Bingo's new club night is taking place in either Twisted Pepper or Tripod. You'll find the likes of the vocal-twisting Cold Without You coming out of the speakers.

ISRAEL: Metal Israel
Ghost Bike - Ghost Writer
Jerusalem, Israel's Ghost Bike will take you on an ambient trip-hop via the vehicle of dub-influenced electronica, spinning your mind in sonic circles with aural tales of dark, intense emotion. Diverse musical elements like Middle Eastern chants and beats mix with spooky haunted house effects and everything in between to create this sonic tapestry. Some Hollywood producer in need of a soundtrack should pick this stuff up.

ITALY: Polaroid
Movie Star Junkies - The Wallnut Tree
It's summer, a damned hot summer. I wanted to sail away on an ocean wave but it's all covered in spilt oil. I don't care. My beloved surfboard won稚 let me down. I put the new Movie Star Junkies record on (wild guys, you should see them live) and drink last drop of rum. A toast to the Birthday Party and the Gun Club. Everything is perfect now. C'mon, let's put out to sea. Goodbye.

MEXICO: Red Bull PanameriKa
Orlando - Solo Dios Sabe
Orlando is a singer from Tijuana, Mexico with an organic approach to his compositions. He creates memorable pop choruses that rely on acoustic progressions and just released his first formal LP titled Capullo. This is the first single from the record, under production and arrangements from his collaborator El Poeta and additional mixing by the much respected composer Murcof (also from Tijuana). Solo Dios Sabe is a song that ideally represents Orlando's soft acoustic sound and its blend with slight electronic details.

NETHERLANDS: Unfold Amsterdam
Bird On The Wire - Strange Days
Although formed in the harsh winter of 2010, when their first burst of song material emerged, Amsterdam trio Bird on the Wire write laid-back indie pop that's perfect for a sweltering summer. Simple, sweet and ever so slightly melancholic, the soft, lulling vocal harmonies of Rosa, Thijs and Nina remind of Camera Obscura, balancing the folk sounds of the '60s with contemporary lo-fi pop.

NEW ZEALAND: Counting The Beat
The Body Lyre - Pig
The Body Lyre is a multi-instrumental duo putting together an album, Escape Songs, song by song over the 12 months of 2010. Each month a new track is completed and put on-line for download at At the end of the year the album will be released on vinyl. The music is guitar based and reverb heavy, with a touch of surf, a pinch of country and a sprinkling of Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra.

NORWAY: Eardrums
KooKooo Kitchen - Sweet Caress
KooKooo Kitchen is one of Oslo's more interesting new bands. In front are Eva and Marianne, constantly fighting for attention with their vocals and guitars, sometimes nice and harmonic, the next second as rough and edgy as it can get. The girls are backed by Henning and Brox on bass and drums. The combination of their sharp, ringing guitar sound, the heavy use of toms and the in-your-face attitude of the vocals reminds me of the early days of Siouxsie and The Banshees. KooKooo Kitchen has a lot of the energy of The Banshees, but the music is filled with lovely pop-harmonies. As they say themselves "Dirt under their nails, and nail polish to cover the mess." A video is currently in the making for their song Bedsheet. Keep an eye on their myspace page for details.

Kinder - Encuentro Inesperado
Kinder is based on experimentation to create its sound, it has only an EP titled Mini-EP, on which each song is the result of the combination of different rhythms, electronic sequences and some playful samples. These features give Kinder, in several of its songs, a curious relationship to a childlike theme; this line achieves its balance when its sound gets into the instrumental environments. It's probably this style that predominates in its first LP, ready for release sometime this year.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
Madame Godard - Atlas 1977
The quintet Madame Godard have (on MySpace) one of the best covers of Clash痴 Spanish Bombs that you will ever hear. They produce a sound that is a mix of world music, folk and pop but always humorous. After almost ten years of hiatus, they have released their first LP, Galapagos, this year, which has been acclaimed by the Portuguese critics and audience.

ROMANIA: Babylon Noise
Identitate - Alone
Alone. Sleepless nights and lonely early mornings when the lights go down and the dawn breaks. The music is rising in loops, choruses that add up to this beautiful and minimal psychedelia. Identitate is a Romanian artist currently splitting his life between London and Timisoara. His third album called Who I Am and What I Want features songs originally meant to be soundtracks for short films and it can be downloaded from here

LightGuides - The Lion And The Pocketwatch
It's the middle of festival season and nothing goes down better than a meaty power-rock anthem, which makes LightGuides the perfect alfresco band for the summer. The Lion And The Pocketwatch has a monster chorus that Biffy Clyro would raise devil horns to, while singer Mark Cowan's vocals aren't too dissimilar to Nate Ruess of Fun/The Format fame.

SINGAPORE: I'm Waking Up To...
Cheating Sons - The Last Queen
Look at some Singaporean cliches and you'll be faced with an urban cityscape with sterile modern amenities. But scratch the surface and you'll remember that we were once a humble fishing village that actually remembered how to relax. Cheating Sons sounds like a band that is in the process of retracing those roots, turning over every leaf and scribbling notes in the margins of journals. To say they're updating a nostalgic country-rock sound would be downplaying the creativity behind the band's songwriting. While they're still recording their debut album, they were nice enough to share this demo with us because everyone back home is so excited about the music these boys are making.

SOUTH AFRICA: Musical Mover & Shaker!
Jack Parow - Onder Draai Die Duiwel Joints
Move over Eminem. Jack Parow has arrived. He痴 white. He raps. Oh and yes, he痴 Afrikaans. Jack Parow truly is original; he is in fact the 登riginal donker dodgy Afrikaans rapper・ His lyrics are brash, brazen and funny and his song Onder Draai Die Duiwel Joints showcases his unique style. He has caused quite a stir in the music scene, locally and internationally alike. He痴 set to take over the world. Watch out!

Glittering Blackness, Fall - 3
After playing together for a few years, post-rock act Glittering Blackness, Fall took it in their own hands to release an untitled EP - their first - at the beginning of this year. The septet counts a media graphics responsible to its members, ensuring interesting imagery to go with their captivating music. The song simply going by 3 builds up beautifully during the first half before a strong finale where the listener will wish for it never to come to an end. The whole EP is available for download from

SWEDEN: Swedesplease
The Telepathics - 23:59
This little nugget of Italian/Swedish electro disco from The Telepathics is a certain cure for the end of summer blues. This duo is comprised of Cristiano and Isabella. The song is not quite as sunny as their sun drenched faces shown above, yet still it brightened my day considerably.

Alvin Zealot - Bricks Over Bricks
If it comes to name a current common denominator in the Swiss rock music scene there is no getting around Alvin Zealot - four young guys from Lucerne who made a highly addictive and unpretentious rock'n'roll-record. Tears Of St. Lawrence sounds bold and experienced at the same time. Quite an effort for a debut by four teens.

VENEZUELA: Barquisimento
Tomates Fritos - Perdoname
Tomates Fritos was born in Puerto La Cruz, east of Venezuela and since the beginning, in 1997, the group has edited 4 LPs and have been part of important music festivals like Festival Nuevas Bandas (1998) and Cool Summer Music Festival (2002). Their music comes from mixing Spanish pop-rock with classic rock from the 60s and 70s, developing a unique sound, flooded with energy that has captivated tons of fans. This song, Perdoname, has been played very often in radio stations all over the country and belongs to their latest CD, Hombre Bala.

To download all 33 songs in one file click here



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