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7:00 PM on 03.31.2014


You know what? It's been a little too long since I've kicked The Dose into high gear. It's also been brought to my attention that my eye hasn't been watching the exciting new Visual Kei action that's been cooking up in Japan...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 03.28.2014

The Dose: Bump of Chicken & Hatsune Miku

Some combinations just work. Peanut butter and chocolate, Red Bull and vodka, Shinji and Kaworu. However, if you told me Bump of Chicken and Hatsune Miku teaming up was a good idea, I probably thought you were preparing me f...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 03.27.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

This week we go back to 1994, and the popular Shibuya-kei band, Pizzicato Five. P5 were best known for their funky 1960's English pop sound, often paying homage to innovators of the funky sound. Stylish, zany, and innovative...

Hiroko Yamamura

11:00 AM on 03.26.2014

The Dose: World Order

Anytime Genko Sudo is involved in something, you know it's going to be spectacular. The former mixed martial arts fighter has another release with his now super popular World Order music outfit. While the band is known for t...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 03.25.2014

The Dose: livetune featuring Yuuki Ozaki

Dojin music circle extraordinaires livetune are back, and this time Kz is packing some serious heat. Originally known for his epic Vocaloid led tracks, Kz has taken his livetune project far beyond its original Hatsune Miku b...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 03.24.2014


It's finally Spring! Even if mother nature doesn't want to cooperate, the season for sunshine, rolled down windows, and bumping tunes is upon us. I keep telling myself to keep up the hope as I shovel the dirty snow off of my...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 03.20.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

Well guys, I'm back from a fabulous vacation and ready to delve back into the depths of Japan's old school favorites. This week we're heading back to 2003, to one of my favorite J-Pop tunes of all time. I'm sure you've all b...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 02.27.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

This week we're taking a huge step into the past, back to the exciting anime era of 1986. I actually didn't get a chance to watch the Rumiko Takahashi classic, Maison Ikkoku until much later in life, but still consider it on...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 02.26.2014

The Dose: Leo leiri

Things are really starting to heat up for Fukuoka's Leo leiri. The 19 year old singer-songwriter has had some amazing hits and anime tie ins in the past, but now she's sporting some real anime credibility with her newest vid...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 02.25.2014

The Dose: Aural Vampire

You don't hear the term "darkwave" tossed around much anymore, but it's still very appropriate for Tokyo's Aural Vampire. The band is back, led by enigmatic front-woman EXO-CHIKA sporting some slick, yet cute looking vampire...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 02.24.2014

The Dose: Crystal Kay

I often dream about my favorite J-Pop stars finding success in the United States. While some develop a pretty solid cult following, not many bands outside of rock acts and classic innovators have had much luck making a trans...

Hiroko Yamamura

3:00 PM on 02.21.2014

The Dose: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Something is up here, and I can't quite get a grasp of what's going on. On one hand we have what I think i my favorite Kyary Pamyu Pamyu song so far, and on the other hand we have a strangely somber message. Is this Kyary's ...

Hiroko Yamamura