New tricot and Zekkei Kujira on 4/27

I was watching a live stream broadcast of tricot’s concert in Wakayama tonight. It was the last stop on their Yattokosa tour of Japan, where they performed at all 17 of 47 prefectures of Japan in which they had never done a show. tricot has always been a band that really shows they care about there fans and this tour is a great example of that attitude. They purposefully went to play shows that probably didn’t sell very well compared to their other options so that fans who live far away could get a chance to see them.

During the encore of the show, they announced a new five-track CD entitled “KABUKU EP” to be released April 27th. None of the tracks have been released, although it’s possible that Pork Ginger will be one of them. It will also be interesting to see what they do about drummers — will there be multiple guest musicians like the last album or will regular support drummer Miyo be doing them all? They also released a new art picture, shown below.

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It was also announced last week that another favorite of mine, Zekkei Kujira, will be releasing an album on the same date. It’s also five tracks and is called “Tatori” (他撮り). The lead track is papapa. This was previously included on their third demo, but they’re re-recorded the song. The song hasn’t changed much but the different instrument parts are a little clearer. The tracks have been announced as follows:

  1. My Little Parallel Dreamers (マイリトルパラレルドリーマーズ)
  2. papapa
  3. The burger of Idaho
  4. Mercy Haku (メルシー伯)
  5. Tatori (他撮り)

The first track is also on the third demo, but I imagine it will be a re-recording as well. They’ve released a new music video of papapa with the new recording.

Yubisaki Nohaku – Sakana: Best Albums of 2015 #1

I think it will be little surprise to anyone who knows my music habits that this was my top album for the year. Yubisaki Nohaku are an amazing indie rock band that knock every song they write out of the park.

Yubisaki Nohaku – Sakana

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  1. Houkago (放課後)
  2.  Nanigashi (なにがし)
  3. Ge no owari (ゲノオワリ)
  4. Yukue iri (行方入り)
  5. Aiseki (相席)
  6. Dou shiyou ga nai koto (どうしようがないこと)
  7. 3DK

This is the first release from Yubisaki Nohaku available nation-wide, at Tower Records and online on Amazon. All their other releases have been venue-only, which is quite common for the indie scene in Japan. It’s also not a traditional mini album in the sense that only two of the six regular tracks (#7 is a bonus) are new songs. Houkago was on their first mini album, Yukue iri (link is the previous recording) and Dou shiyou ga nai koto (link is the previous recording) on their second, and Nanigashi on their most recent single. However, the older songs are re-recorded versions with finely tuned arrangements and great new, fuller sound. This album also spans an impressive range of song genres, with hard rock (1, 4), pop (2, 5), ballad (6), and post-rock (3), yet still manages to have a cohesive sound. And that is with two different song writers (guitarist and bassist).

The album title “Sakana” is a homophone with the word meaning fish, but in this case it is a different character meaning snacks that you have while drinking, hence the beer pouring from the moon on the cover. The art, featuring “Sakana-chan,” is drawn by guitarist Junko.

Yubisaki Nohaku have had a fair amount of growth in fan base over the past two years and I’m hoping they’ll continue to grow while I impatiently wait for more new music.

Standout tracks: Saying all of them would defeat the purpose, so with much internal deliberation I present the following three.

  • Houkago – This is the song that I first listened to by Yubisaki Nohaku, in a live recording on YouTube (no longer available). I decided within 30 seconds that I needed to see this band live. Amazing energy and decimating slap bass.
  • Nanigashi – Poppy, energetic, silly, but with an addictive chorus
  • Dou shiyou ga nai koto – Simple yet beautiful