The days and weeks after a SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat can be a difficult time…
- Posted on Nov 24th 2010 3:30PM by Steve McLean
Good Caramel Records
The group released an English version of their 2007 Japanese disc called 'Fun! fun! fun!' along with an Anglo version of the more recent 'Free Time' this summer on Goo Goo Dolls' Robby Takac's label, Good Charamel Records. Shonen Knife may be one of Spinner's fave Japanese bands, but we wanted to know who Shonen Knife founder Naoko Yamano would name for her own top five:
1. Convex Level
The most recent album from this trio is last year's 'New Moon 1st Contact.'
"They are inspired by XTC. Early albums are so good. They are based in Kyoto, close to our hometown of Osaka. In the '90s they released their albums through Sony Music in Japan."
2. Yellow Machinegun
This group formed in 1993 and has released five full-length albums, with the most recent being 2002's 'Yellow Bucket.'
"All-female three-piece band playing death metal. They are from Osaka. They had four years off, but this spring they restarted."
3. Acid Mothers Temple
The full name of this psychedelic rock collective, which has had many offshoots since guitarist Kawabata Makoto formed it in 1995, is Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
"A kind of noise band. I like the guitarist's Japanese blog."
5. Watusi Zombie
This energetic and fuzz-happy Osaka garage rock trio formed in 1997 -- and, like The Doors, doesn't have a bassist.
"Band character is fun!"