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Postby Naikou » Tue 04.18.2006 1:26 pm

I'm very interested in Japanese music, as it is a part of the culture, and a huge exercise in understanding the language in everyday usage. There is a catch though. I despise JPop. I can't stand it. Now I don't know, or pretend to know what JPop really is, but I'll know it when I hear it, and I get annoyed by it.

Music I'd like to get to know about is the kind that Mika Nakashima makes. She has nice sounding vocals, and has a great mixture of instruments and vocal soloes. Anyone that can give me some names that might be interesting ?
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Postby Takeo Saeki » Tue 04.18.2006 2:51 pm

Sorry, I can't help you. I haven't heard any Japanese music yet (except when it plays during the ending credits of Japanese movies i've watched). I'm interested in this too. I really want to get into Japanese music. Any kind, really. I'll look into Mika Nakashima's music; thanks!
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Postby GildedDreams » Tue 04.18.2006 3:20 pm

Personally, I'm a fan of Maaya Sakamoto. She sings lots of songs for anime and such, like the ending credits to Wolf's Rain. JPop gets on my nerves at times, too, but somehow I never get tired of hearing Maaya Sakamoto's voice.
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Postby Shibakoen » Wed 04.19.2006 11:16 am

Utada Hikaru's alright, too. Her latest album has not been well received by some in this forum, but her earlier stuff is really good. I'm like you, though. JPop can't hold a candle (or a lighter) to some good old Rock 'N Roll.B)
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Postby Kinzokusei no Inu » Wed 04.19.2006 12:11 pm

I listen to modern Japanese music everyday, but no mall-music, or media propelled trendy type stuff. For a good source of indy and underground Japanese artists, see here:
http://www.myspace.com/japanfiles
They have over a hundred bands you can browze of varying styles.

When I first started listening to Japanese rock a few months ago, I found it a bit odd because of how different from normal speech the syllables are often enunciated in music. Now that I'm used to it though, I love it. Japanese is a great language for music and lyrics I think, with its many homophomes, repeating words, and easy to rhyme words. As long as they stick to Japanese....usually when a Japanese band tries English, I can hardly understand a word they say.
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Postby Naikou » Wed 04.19.2006 12:35 pm

I had this CD once from Hi Standard, Japanese punk rock. Those guys rocked my socks off, although I couldn't understand a word they were saying. It was all 'English' (read engrish). I'll look into the above mentioned artists.
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Postby kuroi » Wed 04.19.2006 1:49 pm

If you can't handle J-pop, why not try some J-rock? ^____^

If you do decide to try some J-rock, I reccomend Dir en grey, they are a fantastic band.
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Postby jinksys » Sat 04.22.2006 7:28 pm

Just stay away from J-Rap. For all that is holy, run!
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Postby Shibakoen » Sat 04.22.2006 7:58 pm

jinksys wrote:
Just stay away from J-Rap. For all that is holy, run!


LOL. You can say that about US rap, too. Geez... Spanish rap's not bad.

*EDIT* WOW!!! Dir en Grey is really good!
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Postby Christian_ » Sat 04.22.2006 8:37 pm

I liked Malice Mizer, I didn't give Gackt much of chance, but I guess he was ok too. I also liked the Pillows, Im thinking of listening to Japanese music again. Can someone give a suggestion for someone who loves StainD and HIM?
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Postby jinksys » Sat 04.22.2006 8:50 pm

Hello? Internets?
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Postby Sorako » Sat 04.22.2006 9:44 pm

I liked Malice Mizer, I didn't give Gackt much of chance, but I guess he was ok too. I also liked the Pillows, Im thinking of listening to Japanese music again.


I'll second that, wholehartedly.

And Gackt...meh... His voice was alright to listen to, as it seems deeper than most other popular Japanese artists, but only when he's with Malice Mizer is he actually good. Any other time, I don't bother with him.

And FLCL got me in to the Pillows. Oh man, I adore both the show and the band. *leaps around happily* ^^
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Postby Christian_ » Sat 04.22.2006 10:31 pm

Me too, I loved FLCL.
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Postby elXco » Sat 04.22.2006 10:50 pm

try the oricon style website, they have a weekly top 20 if you want to hear some japanese music. i think its http://www.oricon.co.jp
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Postby Machina Maw » Sat 04.22.2006 10:54 pm

My favourite artist is featured in my icon B): 雅-miyavi- (formerly Miyabi of Due'le Quartz). He's the best, in my opinion. He uses English in almost all his songs, but only a few times have I realised it's actually English... XD bless him. His Engrish is adorable, though.

Anyway, I don't like Mika Nakashima except for the song I am listening to right now, Glamourous Sky from the Nana movie.

I love Yuna Ito, but she is somewhat J-poppy. Another of my favourite bands is Gazette. Amazing music; if you like screaming and metal. B) I listen to Ayumi Hamasaki, but if you hate J-pop you should probably avoid her... and I listen to Gackt, but not enough to have formed an opinion haha.
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