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10:00 AM on 10.31.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: AKB48 Team Surprise

After the last few line-up changes, my interest in AKB48 really took a nose dive. Once the ladies who I grew to love moved on, my interest in the super ground slowly dropped off. Well, to my surprise, the AKB48 sub group, AK...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 10.29.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Ikimonogakari

Today I present to you the fantastic smooth rock trio Ikimonogakari hailing from Kanagawa. You might be most familiar with group from their hit contribution to Naruto Shippuden, Blue Bird. The classy group got their start ac...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 10.28.2014

Daily Over-Dose: OK Go

So, I don't like OK Go. I can't quite figure out what it is about the band that irks me. It's not that they make particularly bad music, there's just something about their esthetic that just bugs me. Well, they've just relea...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 10.28.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Galileo Galilei X Aimer

I am loving today's Dose! Two of my favorite contemporary Japanese music acts have teamed up for a fantastic new track. The indie rock fellas from Galileo Galilei have brought in the the sultry sounds of the always mysteriou...

Hiroko Yamamura



5:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Does Naruto end up with Hinata in the last movie?

So, it looks like Naruto is coming to a close. I haven't followed the show or manga in quite some time, but all the hoopla around the end has got me a bit interested again. I also have just found out that it seems like Naruto...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Japanator Interviews: Morning Musume '14

After eleven amazing years, current Morning Musume '14 leader, Sayumi Michishige is graduating after their current tour. The super group known to fans as Momusu have been lighting up Japan's pop charts since 1997, and have ab...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 10.27.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Rhymeberry

Women are incredibly under represented in hip-hop in Japan, so it's always refreshing when new players step into the game. Today I introduce to you self proclaimed "rap idols" Rhymeberry. Their new track, IDOL ILLMATIC is ac...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 10.27.2014

Megadeth helps you learn English Jojo style

Although I pretty much started ignoring Megadeth the day that lead singer Dave Mustane's public opinions started to swing to the far right, I used to be a pretty big fan. I actually had no idea that lead guitarist Marty Frie...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 10.21.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Chatmonchy

If you haven't had your morning coffee yet, you might want to hold off on watching this video. All the swirling colors and intense tone took me by surprise, so I needed to get my body ready for such aural intensity. As usual...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 10.09.2014

So what did you think of Miku on Letterman last night?

So yeah, it happened. It's still seems weird that a Vocaloid was on the David Letterman show! I personally can't quite get my head around the whole thing. I was pretty glad that they played Sharing the World, but question it...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 10.09.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

This week we go back to 2007, and to the humble beginnings of the amazing band supercell. One of Ryo's first productions using Miku was the Nico Nico Douga success, Melt. He actually created a video using artist 119's imager...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 10.07.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: 9mm Parabellum Bullet

The Yokohama hard rockers 9mm Parabellum Bullet are back with a nasty new cut. The always forward sounding alt-rock band from Japan has a new single with Seimei no Waltz, and it's a blistering number. The track gets going out the gate and doesn't let up, yet still doesn't go into the realm of not being musical.

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 10.06.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Tigarah e Laura

As the days are starting to get darker earlier, it's important we keep the energy and party going on The Dose. Kicking your week off is the fresh new song from Tigarah e Laura, the newest artistic collaboration project from ...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 10.04.2014

Morning Musume '14 to play in NYC this Sunday

Morning Musume changed their name this year into Morning Musume '14. I'm not 100% sure what that really means for the flagship idol group of Hello! Project, but they're having a concert in NYC's Best Buy Theater on Sunday, October 5th. You can get tickets here and partake their first live in New York. We'll be there to take a look.

Jeff Chuang



7:30 PM on 09.24.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: JAM Project

Whenever Wednesday shows up, it's usually a sign that we're getting closer to Friday. In order to celebrate everyone's accomplishment in getting this far, I figured that one of JAM Project's songs would be perfect for this o...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 09.23.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Anna Tsuchiya

There's nine days left until October rises from the shadows, and Anna Tsuchiya's expressing her light and dark side in her latest song, "LUCIFER." While the music video has nothing to do with All Hallows' Eve, Tsuchiya gives...

Salvador GRodiles



7:00 PM on 09.22.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Luchino Fujisaki

Hiroko has left J-tor's headquarters for a while, so I've decided to post Luchino Fujisaki's ninja-themed song for Monday's Dose. Originally, "Ninja Na No," was featured in a promotional video for the 2014 Iga Ninja Film Fes...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 AM on 09.18.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Man, I've been trying to get my hands on this classic for quite a while. Back in 1994, Japanese rock pioneers X Japan was planning to make a full length anime film to put the icing on an enormously successful music career. T...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 09.16.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: livetune featuring GOLDEN BOMBER

Livetune's Kz has really come a far way since his Vocaloid days. Initially livetune's music was usually hyper J-Pop or dramatic video game-esque themes. However the dojin music circle has truely become a full blown pop produ...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 09.15.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: NEGOTO

Fall has started to peel away at the joys of summer, which means the gloom of winter isn't far behind! Fear not! The upbeat sounds of J-Pop are here to ensure we still good, and are able to face the work week with vigor. Thi...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 09.12.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Maaya Sakamoto

Since we're closing out your work week, I thought we best keep things classy, as I'm quite sure debauchery is at the top of your weekend list. Once of the classiest gals in the game, Maaya Sakamoto is back with her newest tr...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 09.11.2014

Here's Red Bull's (surprisingly good) Japanese game music documentary

I never would've imagined that a company best known for a drink designed to keep you awake for all-nighters doing your college thesis would come up with a pretty great documentary series about Japanese video game music, but ...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 09.11.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Time now for your blast from the past! It's Old School Thursdays! Today's dose contains some real history for your ears, as we've got the original theme from Space Battleship Yamato, the anime that started it all. Well, almo...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 09.10.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Petit Milady

The amazing duo of Aoi Yuki and Ayana Taketatsu are back with new single under their group, Petit Milady. If you don't know much about the lovely young ladies, you should know that they are two of the top seiyu in the game, ...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 09.09.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Sora Amamiya

Today we have the exciting opening theme to this summer's hit action anime, Akame ga Kill! Of course they wouldn't have just anyone sing the high energy song when they already have amazing talent already on staff. The always...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 09.08.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: winnie

Kicking off your work week are the veteran Tokyo rockers winnie. The band's been going strong since forming in 2002, finally releasing a well received full length album in 2009. They are back with a really fresh new rock tun...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 09.03.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Morning Musume

I know it's only been a week or so since I first shared this song with you guys via Idol of the Week, but I just can't get this song from 2012 out of my head! The Hello! Project group of amazingly talented girls is set to ta...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 08.25.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Hatsune Miku

Japan's top Vocaloid is serving vocal duties for the newest monster of a track by producer extraordinaire, Hachioji-P. The new track, Carry me Off is a pretty intense dance floor number, with big bass breakdowns, and a stomp...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 08.22.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Eir Aoi

The always exquisite Hokkaido native, Eir Aoi is back with a highly energetic new single, fully cement herself as one of J-Pop's most promising new artists. When she burst on the scene in 2011, her quick rise to fame from th...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 08.21.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Back in 2006, I was going through a major case of anime fatigue. It seemed like as anime was gaining popularity here in the west, I was slowly not finding any television shows to my liking. There was definitely a shift in pa...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 08.01.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Leo Ieiri

Man, 19 year old Fukuoka native Leo leiri is on fire. She's been churning out hit after hit over the last couple of years, and the inertia doesn't seem to be slowing down. Her newest song, Junjou is the new ending for Dragon...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 07.31.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Momoiro Clover Z

The ladies of Momoiro Clover Z are back in full swing, and this time it's time to show how proud of the moon you are! That can only mean one thing! It's the video for their new single, MOON PRIDE. As you might guess from the...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 07.11.2014

AKB48's Tomomi Itano joins San Francisco's J-Pop Summit

If for some reason you've had second thought about attending next week's J-Pop Summit in San Francisco next week, this should push you over the edge. The former AKB48 duck-face diva and mega pop-star Tomomi Itano now joins t...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 07.11.2014

A Daily Dose of Anime Openings: 80's Week

Alright kids, time to load up on the hairspray, neon bracelets, and your favorite denim jacket. We are going back to the 80's! Being a child of the 80's the anime of the time left a huge impression on me, that I really didn'...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 07.09.2014

A Daily Dose of Anime Openings: 80's Week

Alright kids, time to load up on the hairspray, neon bracelets, and your favorite denim jacket. We are going back to the 80's! Being a child of the 80's the anime of the time left a huge impression on me, that I really didn'...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 07.08.2014

A Daily Dose of Anime Openings: 80's Week

Alright kids, time to load up on the hairspray, neon bracelets, and your favorite denim jacket. We are going back to the 80's! Being a child of the 80's the anime of the time left a huge impression on me, that I really didn'...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 07.04.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Alexandros

Japanese indie rock band Alexandros are no strangers to weird controversy. Last year they were accused of copying an Australian band' music video, a story you might have a hard time remembering due to the fact that they were...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 07.03.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

This week we're going to focus on things a little bit differently, and look at a 90's alternative rocker. When I first heard Matthew Sweet on the radio I really didn't think he was anything special. His songs had some kind o...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 07.02.2014

AKB48 handshake events to resume this weekend

After two members of AKB48 and one staff person were viciously attacked by a knife wielding idiot, I was pretty confident that the super-groups already creepy handshake events were coming to an end. The girls are often made t...

Hiroko Yamamura



5:00 PM on 07.02.2014

Check out a short version of the Cling Cling MV by Perfume

Following up on my previous post about Perfume's new single, here's a look at the "short version" of the Cling Cling music video! As expected, I love what I can hear and see of it in this clip. Those gals are such superstars...

Kristina Pino



12:00 PM on 07.02.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: SCANDAL

Can this really be happening? Could life be this sweet? Yes, my friends we have two new songs from SCANDAL in one week. Don't ever say I don't do nice things for you. After Monday's video for Your Song, I had a feeling that ...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 07.01.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: May'n

Nagoya's pop superstar Maya Nakabayashi is back with an amazing new ballad, kicking off what promises to be a July full of fantastic music. May'n is probably best known to anime fans as Macross Frontier's Galactic Fairy, the...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 06.30.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: SCANDAL

Summer is in full swing. Muggy weather, oppressive sunshine, and expensive electricity bills are all looming over our heads. However, how bad can your week be if it starts off with a new song from the ladies of SCANDAL? The ...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 06.27.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Just when I thought Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's songs were starting to hit a downslide, she comes back with a slamming new track and video. Japanator fashion advisor and idol extraordinaire, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back with her newest...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 06.25.2014

Perfume are finally coming to the US!

I can't believe it. This year is freaking amazing for fans of Japanese pop music. First, we have the return of May'N at the J-Pop Festival in San Francisco. Next, we find out out the pint-sized head bangers of BABYMETAL are ...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 06.25.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Kaela Kimura

Hump day is here, and the only cure in site is your Dose of fantastic sounds from glorious Nippon. Today we check out the new single from the amazing and talented Kaela Kimura. The Tokyo native of British and Japanese decent...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 06.24.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: The Brilliant Green

It seems like just the other day I was whining about how Tomoko Kawase's solo projects just didn't hold a candle to her work with The Brilliant Green. The sweet rock & roll pleasures of one of my all-time favorite bands ...

Hiroko Yamamura



5:30 PM on 06.23.2014

Star Finger! Stardust Crusader's OP awakens its 8-bit Stand

Studio Me-gaane's stepped into some interesting grounds as of late. The group started remixing more of Super Sentai's opening themes, and they've tackled a few Western shows like the Power Rangers franchise. Recent...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 06.23.2014

Check out a teaser for Perfume's upcoming single Cling Cling

We're a little late in catching this, but a couple weeks ago Perfume released a little teaser and some images to go with their upcoming single, Cling Cling. As usual, the girls look absolutely fabulous, and I'm probably going to love this release just like I love pretty much all of their songs. Cling Cling will be released July 16th in two editions.

Kristina Pino



10:00 AM on 06.23.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: URBANGARDE

It's time to kick off your week right, you need your Dose. The masters of Trauma Techno Pop, URBANGARDE have returned with their signature high energy sound, with the new song, ONE PIECE SHINJUU. The track features with thei...

Hiroko Yamamura




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