7 jun 2011, 08:37Tenniscoats performed at Time Out Café & Diner in Tokyo last weekend. Two songs are up on the Time Out Tokyo website today: 嗚咽と歓喜の名乗り歌 from Tan Tan Therapy, and マリーン from Theme of Tenniscoats. Both are performed in a really stripped down, beautiful way. Well worth a look.
22 apr 2011, 04:28Time Out Tokyo has a track from the new Tenniscoats album, Tokinouta, streaming here:
21 apr 2011, 06:23Tokinouta is the latest album from Tenniscoats. It has its first review today on Time Out Tokyo. Follow the link below to read it.
6 feb 2011, 09:08Time Out Tokyo discusses Lady Gaga and, er, bareback porn, amongst other things, with Scissor Sisters.
30 jan 2011, 02:45Time Out Tokyo recently interviewed Satomi Matsuzaki, singer and bassist for the very wonderful Deerhoof. Speaking on the eve of their latest album release, Deerhoof vs. Evil, she discusses a life perceived as a katakana character, her seemingly psychic relationship with Paul McCartney, and her influences, including Boowys, The Smiths, The Cure, Nick Cave, Sonic Youth and more.
Read the full interview here:
19 jan 2011, 05:39MIYAVI, Japan's 'Samurai guitarist' speaks to Time Out Tokyo about his music, his family, and his dream collaborations.
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6 jan 2011, 06:28
8 jul 2009, 06:09On July 8th, 2008, Jon Nice and Jon Wilks, then responsible for the short-lived TADA Music website/web-label, set off on a train heading out of Fukuoka towards Karatsu City, Japan. They got off the train at Niji No Matsubara, a forested area along the track (the name translates as the Forest of Rainbows) and walked until they felt well and truly immersed in woodland. Once they were happy with the obscurity of their location, they unloaded a small amount of recording equipment and several rucksacks full of musical instruments.
Over the next four hours, whatever came to them in inspiration went down on tape. Some of it is beautiful - ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ (which has since become a minor Last.fm hit) was entirely improvised by Jon Wilks while Jon Nice went for a pee, and taped in one attempt as soon as he returned. Some of it is hardly worth mentioning at all.
What it does very well is record the humidity and stifling heat of a Japanese summer, somehow, in sound, the cicadas providing a wonderful wall of chorus. On the way back to Fukuoka, Jon Wilks suggested they use the tapes and work off them towards something more interesting. Jon Nice, ever the avant gardener, persuaded him that they had some worth in their current state, and so the pair released them under the name Full Ten Sound (which came from a Japanese friend’s bungled attempt at describing the music he wanted to make) via Last.fm. The collection takes its name from the recording location: 'Niji No Matsubara'.
‘Time to Say Goodbye’ has since become one of the most popular tracks Tada Music released.
6 jul 2009, 13:30It’s been some time since I posted anything here with my mind and fingers, audio or otherwise. It’s not for a lack of inspiration; more just a lack of time, and the fact that Jon Nice now lives in the UK, while I’m in the UAE. It’s frustrating. You see, it’s very satisfying to put songs like ‘The Wassailing Song‘ and ‘The I Don’t Know Song‘ on the net and see them get a decent airing. It’s odd, too, to see which take off and which flounder. The songs you work on for a year, seasoning them with all the imagination you can muster (take ‘Friday Night‘, for example) often sink without a trace, while the likes of ‘Time to Say Goodbye‘, which was coughed up, arranged and recorded all within the space of ten minutes, take off and get plenty of listeners (plenty by our standards, anyway - anything over 20 has us smiling). If we had the time, we’d put stuff on the site everyday, though I suppose there’s something to be said for quality control, too.
Thanks to those of you who seem to enjoy what we’re doing. Work continues on new stuff - probably more basic than the last EP (’Electric Grizzle‘), because the acoustic things are what we enjoy playing most. I’ll be dropping by the Nice abode in September; hopefully the weather will be good, so we can get outside and work on something to follow up last year’s ‘Niji No Matsubara‘. When the weather cools here, I’m looking forward to doing some location recording in the Empty Quarter. It’d be great if Jon could join me for that - we’ll have to see how his schedule looks once he starts teaching again. There’s also talk of a gig in Camden this September. Pop along, if you’ve the time and the transportation. It’ll be a fun thingumy to look at with your ears…
22 mar 2009, 09:11Electric Grizzle, the new 5-track EP from The Grizzly Folk is now available for free download. Constructed from the ground up by the peripatetic songwriting talents of Jon Wilks, aided and abetted by electron-botherer Jon Nice, Electric Grizzle is something of a departure from the barrel-chested folk rumblings of their previous recordings. Featuring vocals from Nanbanjin’s Dai Evans (Friday Night) and Emma Kuntze (Gotta Keep an Eye on My Lover, These Are the End Days), Electric Grizzle brings bristles to pop, both figuratively and literally.
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