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3:00 PM on 07.30.2011

Goodbye Japanator Radio

Sorry this took so long. Some of you have already noticed, but for those of you who haven't, you are no longer able to download any episodes of Japanator Radio. That is because the show is no longer in production and is no lo...

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Japanator Radio 169
by Zac Bentz

Boy, sure does seem like it's been a long time since we were last together, no? Hey, let's not get all sentimental here. Look, I brought you a present! It's a new Japanator Radio!

Toddle! Supercar! 9mm Parabellum Bullet! All your favorites!

See? It's like we've never been apart. Enjoy!

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Japanator Radio 168
by Ben Huber

Looks like I'm making a habit of this?

Lots of sweet music here this week, such as some great anime endings and a little OST love in there as well. School Food Punishment, Taku Takahashi, Perfume, Tokyo Jihen and more all make appearances! Remixes, J-pop and dark magical girl-related music? Yup, we've got it covered.

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Japanator Radio 167
by Zac Bentz

Time again for me, Zac (that's my name!), to take the reigns of the Japanator Radio, um, train? and fly it into the...hmm. Sure has been a while, huh?

Anyway, while I try and collect my thoughts and remember how to make words into the longer line things that say stuff, why don't you listen to this new episode of Japanator radio? I mean, that's why it's here, after all. It have lots of new music inside its guts!

Enjoy! Mmm...

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Japanator Radio 166
by Ben Huber

Another slightly-delayed episode of Japanator Radio! Okay, calm down it was only one day!

This week we cover a lot of ground, from some recent pop/remix stuff to the much-talked-about Princess Ghibli album from collaboration group Imaginary Flying Machines. Plus, if you weren't sick of Star Driver already, there's some of that in there too!

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Japanator Radio 165
by Zac Bentz

Hello again! Time for another action packed episode of Japantor Radio!

Action packed? Is that even possible on an audio podcast? I don't know. But if it is, then this is it!

This time we've got all new music from the likes of Boris and Polysics and Sakanaction and a ton more and then even more more. It might be my favorite episode thus far! Yes.

So grab it now and crank it up.

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Japanator Radio 164
by Ben Huber

Another fine episode of Jtor Radio has arrived! It's got a hard, crunchy outside and a gooey, music-filled inside.

I hope you don't mind that I focused quite a bit on some OSTs this week, as we had a couple good recent new releases that I wanted to shine a spotlight on. I also deliver the usual dose of J-pop and J-rock too, so I'm sure there's something for everyone here.

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Japanator Radio 163
by Zac Bentz

Hello again, music lovers! It's time to kick off the month of March with a new Japanator Radio!

This week we take a closer look at Mo'some Tonebender, as well as a ton of both new and old music from all over the spectrum.

Oh hey, what did you think of Ben's show last time? Pretty good, right? I hope y'all will find a lot to love with the new tag-team style.

Anyway, here you go! A new show all free and ready for you to enjoy. So YOU BETTER ENJOY IT.

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Japanator Radio 162
by Ben Huber

Wait a minute, what's going on here? What am I doing here?

Yes, that's right, ladies and gents, I've taken over Japanator Radio! Well, every other episode, anyway. That little surprise Zac hinted at last time was this! Japanator Radio is now every other week, and Zac and I will be taking turns bringing you the latest and greatest in Japanese music (so you'll have us each once a month). Now, don't worry, nothing drastic is changing. I will be bringing you a more mainstream taste in music, though, including some great OSTs and anime-related music.

So what are you waiting for? Check it out!

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Japanator Radio 161
by Zac Bentz

What's this? Can it be? It's been so long...but yes, I think it is! It's a new Japanator Radio!

Yes, it's been over a month but we're back! Back with another round of musical selections both new and slightly old, all mooshed together into one glorious slab for your listening pleasure.

Oh, and there's a somewhat cryptic special message somewhere along the way. What could it mean? I have no idea! 

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Japanator Radio 160 - Best Japanese Albums of 2010
by Zac Bentz

Well, here we are, at the end. The end of the year, at least. And it's been a doooozy!

This week we've got the second and final installment of the Best Japanese Albums of 2010. Hooray! Did your favorites make the list? If not, let the world know what your own favorites have been in the comments. Yay!

There will be a short break after this, but make sure to keep those feeds warm and ready for new shows to start appearing sooooon after the new year!

Thanks for listening, and I'll see you next yeeeeear!

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Japanator Radio 159 - Best Japanese Albums of 2010 photo
Japanator Radio 159 - Best Japanese Albums of 2010
by Zac Bentz

Well, here we are. At the end. Well, ok, almost the end. That can one mean one thing: Time for another Best Japanese Albums of the Year show(s)!

That's right. For the next two weeks we'll be taking a look back at the best Japanese albums from the second half of the year. And what a great year it's been!

So relax and enjoy this look back at 2010 as we get amped-up for 2011! And remember to be back next week for the thrilling conclusion!

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Japanator Radio 158
by Zac Bentz

Time again for another rollicking, frolicking episode of your favorite Japanator radio show, Japanator Radio!

No guest DJ segment this week (boo) but we do have a slightly extended Polysics Artist Spotlight to make up for it (yay!). Oh, and lots of other stuff, of course. 

Enjoy the show!

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Japanator Radio 157
by Zac Bentz

Bam! Another Japanator Radio, all set to bring pleasure to your ears in ways better left unspoken.

This week we've got lots of great new music, Some Buck-Tick in the Artist Spotlight (again?) and the one and only Colette Bennett in the Guest DJ spot, bringing some hot hot hot boy band action! You know you've been waiting for this.

So get to downloading. Enjoy!

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Japanator Radio 156
by Zac Bentz

Happy December! Well, as happy as this crazy month can be, at least. I've already shoveled the driveway more times than I'd like. But I digress... Time for some music!

No special guest DJ this week, so you're stuck with me for the entire hour. You'll live! 

Enjoy the show, and stay warm!

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Japanator Radio 155
by Zac Bentz

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Or, if you're not into that, happy Another New Episode of Japanator Radio Day!

This week, lots of incredible new musiuc, including the new Polysics single! Yay! Oh, and the always hot hot hot Brad Rice brings us an extra special Guest DJ set. Yay!

Let's eat!

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Japanator Radio 154
by Zac Bentz

Another week, another Japanator Radio! What makes you so special all the time??

This week we've got a ton of new music, but most special of all is guest DJ Mike LeChevallier! You are not ready for what he has in store.

So, as always, sit back and crank it up!

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Japanator Radio 153
by Zac Bentz

Raaaawr! Computer problems make angry!

..Oh! Hi there. Don't worry, it's all OK. Everything's fine. Here's a new show!

This week, Vola and the Oriental Machine in the Artist Spotlight and a special guest DJ set from the Ben Huber. Huzzah! Oh, and maybe a glitch or two. Consider them Easter eggs!

Enjoy.

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Japanator Radio 152
by Zac Bentz

At long last! Here we are with a brand new show, all shiny and nice and ready to be taken for a spin around the block. Exciting!

You'll notice a few small changes, most notably the new Guest DJ segment, as well as a shorter Artist Spotlight. We're still working out the kinks and junk, so some things might still be morphing in and out of existence. Bear with us as we settle in. (NOTE: We often invoke the royal we to deflect accusations of crippling psychosis.)

So enjoy the first in what will hopefully be a long run of awesome new Japanator Radio episode show program casts! 

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Japanator Radio 151: Halloween 2010
by Zac Bentz

Well hello! It's been a while since we last met and shared a brand new Japanator Radio, has it not?

And look! We have a special occasion to celebrate as well! Well, at least something even more special than a new show after this long time apart.  It's Halloween! Or at least almost so. Just in case you didn't know, we've have a couple other special Halloween shows over the years, so I figured it was time for a new one.

You'll notice early on that not all of these are Japanese artists. It's just a more general mix of stuff. Deal with it! In addition to the two old (and much more ambitious) shows of Halloweens past, here is an all new collection of stuff that, to me, says either Halloween or Fall or spooky weirdness or just has a general gloomy mood that I like. I hope you're able to use them to make your own personal Halloween celebration just a bit darker.

Enjoy! See you next week with an all new regular show, with a new surprise or two!

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Japanator Radio 090
by Zac Bentz

[Once again, here's a retro episode from the vaults! Japanator Radio is taking a break until November. Until then, please enjoy some classic episodes that have been lost to the ravages of time...until now! This show was first "aired" June 8th, 2009.]

90. Yeah, that's right, 90 Man, that's a lot. And almost 100! What will happen then? I have no idea. But something probably should. How about you? What special thing should episode 100 be?

Until then, you'll just have to make due with this, episode 90. This week, new music from Shiina Ringo, Lillies and Remains, Oreskaband and Qomolangma Tomato in the Artist Spotlight. 

Get it!

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Japanator Radio 042
by Zac Bentz

[Once again, here's a retro episode from the vaults! Japanator Radio is taking a break until October 27th. Until then, please enjoy some classic episodes that have been lost to the ravages of time...until now! This "Best of 2008: Part 2" show was first "aired" in June of 2008.]

Welcome to part 2 of our audio version of the Best Japanese Albums of 2008 (Part 1). This is the conclusion to our look back at the first half of the best albums of 2008

This week we've got tracks from Miyavi, Polysics, Mass of the Fermenting Dregs, The Telephones and tons more.

If you haven't checked it out yet, head on over to the full write up on the 30 best albums so far. You can also get the first half of the audio version here.

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Japanator Radio 041
by Zac Bentz

[Once again, here's a retro episode from the vaults! Japanator Radio is taking a break until October 27th. Until then, please enjoy some classic episodes that have been lost to the ravages of time...until now! This "Best of 2008: Part 1" show was first "aired" in June of 2008.]

This week is the start to our two part look back at The Best Japanese Albums of 2008! We've got 30 albums of the best music to come out of Japan all lined up, and this week is just the beginning! In this show we take a look at the first half of the list, from Asian Kung-fu Generation to Karen, Boris to Eufonius and much more in-between.

Well, you've waited long enough, so let me get out of the way and let you enjoy the show!

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Japanator Radio 017
by Zac Bentz

[No, you're not going crazy. Japanator Radio is taking a break until October 27th. Until then, please enjoy some classic episodes that have been lost to the ravages of time...until now! This "Best of 2007" show was first "aired" in December of 2007.]

Well here we are, the last day of 2007. Hot off the heels of my huge look back at the year in music, here's the audio version!

I've managed to pack in all of my top picks for 2007, from 9mm Parabellum Bullet to Versailles, with 13 more must-hear songs in-between. Make sure to check out the other post to get a ton of info and videos for each band, as well as 35 more albums!

I sincerely hope you've enjoyed the first 17 episodes of Japanator Radio. It's been a damn lot of fun for me. 2007 was a great year for music. Make sure to stay tuned for the next one!

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Japanator Radio 150
by Zac Bentz

Welcome to Japanator Radio episode number one hundred and a fifty! It's been three whole years (give or take some days) since this mess started up. Hard to believe.

Too bad I'm not doing anything special to celebrate.

Nope.

Not a thing.

Ah well. Enjoy the show anyway!

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Japanator Radio 149
by Zac Bentz

Here we are at show number 149. Boy, it's sure not as exciting as show number 150, I'll bet!

Even though I may have a coal-black heart that pumps ash and sawdust, there occasionally comes a time when even I must admit that a song is pure and innocent and super great. That is the music of pal@pop, aka Takano Kenichi. Well, at least some of it (oh yeah, here comes that ash again.) I always liked "Welcome Morning" on the Chappie album, so I was really excited to find out that he's been doing a lot more since then. Check it out in this week's Artist Spotlight!

Oh, and there's a lot more, as usual. Get it now!

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Japanator Radio 148
by Zac Bentz

Hello again! Glad you could make it. We're nearing show 150 and the 3 Year Anniversary for which I have no plans whatsoever. Ho hum. And ideas?

But enough of the future! Let's look to the now. This week, new stuff from plugnet, Lillies and Remains and some Ogre You Asshole in the Artist Spotlight. You heard me!

OK, enough about the very near future, let's get to the hear and now. Get it!

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10:00 PM on 09.01.2010

Japanator Radio 147

OK OK, a day late, but hey, you're not a dollar short! Unless you sent me a dollar. Did you send me a dollar? OK then.Oh boy, lots of cool new stuff this week. And some cool old stuff. And hey, only three weeks until show num...

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12:00 AM on 08.25.2010

Japanator Radio 146

Back again? Sheesh, it's never enough for you, is it? Well ok then. Here's another new show! This week there's some Meg, Art-School, Supercell and more! But something tells me that even this won't quell your hunger... Also in...

Zac Bentz

12:00 AM on 08.18.2010

Japanator Radio 145

So the other day I realized that not only is Japanator Radio episode number 150 coming up soon, but so is the 3 year anniversary of the show! The very same week! I don't really know what that means, Probably some sort of cele...

Zac Bentz