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The best Japanese albums of 2008 - part 1


Jun 19
// Zac Bentz
We are only half-way through the year 2008, six months since our look back at The Best Japanese Albums of 2007, and already the world has seen the release of some of the best music ever. OK, I suppose that may be a bit hyperb...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music


May 01
// Zac Bentz
This week on the A-Z we've got a look back at the three bands who played at Anime Matsuri in March, as well as a closer look at Sakanaction, a classy and smooth rock band with a tendency toward the electronic.You can almost smell the laptops, patch cords and glow sticks!Let's hit that jump and fill our eyes and ears with a heapin' helpin' of Japanese electro greatness. Rave on! 
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music 24


Apr 22
// Zac Bentz
Time again for another round up of various and sundry bands from Japan in another installment of the painfully irregular ZB's A-Z of J-Music!This time around we have something from the pop, vis-kei and indie rock worlds in th...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music 23


Mar 25
// Zac Bentz
This week on the A-Z I've got another huge collection of music and videos for you!Audio Safari brings the calm and quiet electro-shoegaze vibe, Merengue provide all your pop-rock needs, Omodaka has some totally funky house tr...

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ZB's A-Z of J-Music 22


Feb 26
// Zac Bentz
This week on ZB's A-Z, I take a look at five more Japanese bands, including a couple you've been hearing a lot about on Jtor lately. Both Tokyo Pinsalocks (here here and here) and Budo Grape (here here and here) make the list...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music 21


Feb 19
// Zac Bentz
I have a variety of Japanese bands for you on this week's  ZB's A-Z of J-Music, from the jazzy style of Chocolat, to the epic metal of Skywings. I also take a look at a new, relatively unknown band called L'Arc en Ciel. Call me crazy, but I expect big things from them.Hit that jump to check out all five of this week's bands, not to mention an ass-ton of videos.
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music: Anime Matsuri


Feb 12
// Zac Bentz
This year Anime Matsuri is set to unleash some of the best in Japanese techno unto the American otaku masses. Taking place March 21-23rd at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, fans will pack into Cl...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music: Japan Nite 2008


Feb 06
// Zac Bentz
The Japan Nite tour has a long history of bringing some of the best bands from Japan over to America for a short but blistering tour. Past shows have seen the likes of Number Girl, GO!GO!7188, The Mad Capsule Markets and Husk...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music 18


Jan 29
// Zac Bentz
Once again I find myself making up for lost time here. I keep promising to get these ZB's A-Z of J-Music posts out every week, and yet every week I seem to miss it. Then I have to sit here and try and justify my lackadaisical...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music 17


Jan 06
// Zac Bentz
Hi there. Again, it's been a while since the A-Z has appeared in these hallowed halls of its birth. Never fear! It's back with another smattering of Japanese bands. Hopefully you'll be seeing five new bands profiled here ever...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music #16


Oct 27
// Zac Bentz
It's been a long time since we last met here on the A-Z. I know you've all been twisted up in knots worrying about where I've been all this time. Well, worry no more, for today I have an all new listing of Japanes...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music: #


Sep 16
// Zac Bentz
Hello once again for this, the final, but not last, entry in the mammoth ZB's A-Z of J-Music. While this my be the "end," it will not be the last time you hear from the A-Z. No! It will continue on an average of...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music: "U-Z"


Jul 25
// Zac Bentz
Here we are, so near the end. We've almost made our way through the entire alphabet, and I've only lost a small amount of my (admittedly slim) grasp on reality. Even after all this time there are still many more bands I wan...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music: "T"


Jul 17
// Zac Bentz
Oh my god it's been a long time since we last spoke. But can you blame me? Well yeah, of course you can, but come on. I did that whole AX thing, and let's face it, it's summer, and that means that schedules go straight out ...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music: "S"


Jun 25
// Zac Bentz
First off, sorry for the lack of update last week. I don't really have any good reason. Please forgive me? Second off, we're in the home stretch! The end is in sight. At least the end of this first major run of bands. But...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music: "R"


Jun 11
// Zac Bentz
This week's entry has been plagued by work, then other work, and a general need to spend some quality time with my couch. It was originally going to be a rather overstuffed entry featuring all sorts of extras, but then I ca...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music: "P-Q"


Jun 04
// Zac Bentz
It wasn't until I began making the list of bands for this week's post that I realized just how many of my personal favorite bands are "P" bands. P-Model, Puffy Ami-Yumi, Perfume and of course Polysics. I like many of them s...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music: "N-O"


May 28
// Zac Bentz
Hello! Back once again, it's the incredible, unstoppable (except to record the occasional podcast and wash the occasional dishes) A-Z of J-Music! This week I have a healthy crop of Ns and a smattering of Os. NO amount of ...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music: "L-M"


May 22
// Zac Bentz
Do you ever feel like you need a weekend after your weekend? How can not being at work be so much work? Even on a Tuesday I feel like it should really be last Saturday. Anyway, this weeks' A-Z is late, and might be a little...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music: "IJK"


May 14
// Zac Bentz
Another Monday, another round of music-y goodness. This week I'll be covering three letters all at once. Is it just me (it's probably just me) but is it Impossible to find Japanese "I" bands? Same goes for, ironically, "J."...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music: "H"


May 07
// Zac Bentz
Here we are with another batch of Japanese bands, artists and sonic experimenters in this week's installment of ZB's A-Z! This week there's a high women-to-bands ratio. Maybe it's just a coincidence, but it has always seeme...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music: "F-G"


Apr 30
// Zac Bentz
Here we are again with another attempt to brighten the impending doom that is Monday with another hope filled edition of ZB's A-Z! Forget about the five days of unfulfilling drone work you have ahead of as you click the nex...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music: "D-E"


Apr 23
// Zac Bentz
Here we go with another week's worth of ZB's A-Z! This week I'm grouping together both "D" and "E." I've also included a few reader submissions at the end, starting this week with the "A" submissions. I'm going to keep thos...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music: "C"


Apr 16
// Zac Bentz
Here we are again for this week's collection of Japanese indie/electro/shoegaze/death metal/elf-rock extravaganza! This week I focus on various "C" words. I know I promised to cover reader submissions this wee...
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music: "B"


Apr 09
// Zac Bentz
Hello again, and welcome to another obscurity filled episode of "ZB's A-Z!" This week I bring you a heaping helping of "B"s. A whopping fifteen bands full of foods, animals and plenty of silly names....
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ZB's A-Z of J-Music: "A"


Apr 02
// Zac Bentz
Hello, and welcome to ZB's A-Z of J-Music! Here I hope to present to you a handful of artists and bands that you may or may not have heard of in the hopes of expanding our mutual awareness of Japanese music. For the most ...

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