hahaha. “JAO”, thanks :)
It’s rather hard for foreigners to find a good contemporary artist in another country, if it’s not America or England. Harder to find a good indie rock artist. Bandcamp and Soundcloud made it easier but it’s still a difficult thing. When i visit the record store in France or Italia, i tend to buy the records of the classics like Serge Gainsbourg or Franco Battiato, but i have no clue finding what young people are listening to there. maybe there are good websites specialized in those realm somewhere but i haven’t find it yet.
As a Japanese, i’m proud to say Les Rallizes Denudes or Boredoms are not the only good music from Japan. Yes, there are popular artists like Kyary Pammyu Pammyu, but there a lot more to contemporary Japanese Music. Like, Quruli (some says they’re Japanese Beatles) and Zazen Boys (some says they’re Japanese Led Zeppelin) for starters. but good indie rock artists? are there good indie rock artists in Japan? if you ask me, i’m proud to say, “Just Ask Omar (JAO)”. Omar is one of the leading lights in Japanese Indie Rock scene , who runs Dead Funny Records. Recently, the phrase “JAO” has become common mantra between young Japanese people who explore their home country’s indie rock scene.
Dead Funny Records has released records of groups like exquisite shoegazer Talk, genre-bending indie-popper Asoboys, romantic post-punks The Paellas, and 『Dead Funny Compilation Vol.1』,the definitive overview of this Japanese indie rock scene which is influenced by contemporary US/UK music and starting to create their own version of it.
The Paellas / Following
Talk / Waltz For Feebee
Siamese Dream meets Sigur Ros…Great
Asoboys / Green Light
sound of rabbit jumping up and down