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Girugamesh is the Hot Topic at HT!

Japanese rock band Girugamesh was Artist of the week over at American store Hot Topic. The four member group has gained a lot of attention after releasing a couple of U.S. albums and now stands as a hot topic.

Girugamesh’s new album “NOW” hits the shelves this week at Hot Topic stores nationwide. The USA release contains the complete 28-page Japanese booklet with lyrics, photos, and liner notes from the band.

In support of the USA release of the band’s new CD, JapanFiles and Hot Topic are giving away free replicas of girugamesh’s 2010 tour poster with the purchase of “NOW.” The 11″ x 15″ full-color poster lists all of girugamesh’s Japan tour dates in support of “NOW,” plus a photo of the band and jacket covers from all 3 editions of the new album.

In 2009, Hot Topic sold over 4,000 combined units of girugamesh’s two prior USA releases – “MUSIC” and “Girugamesh.”

Poster offer available while supplies last. Posters not available in all stores. See your local Hot Topic store for poster availability. Also available online at

Download girugamesh’s discography at the JapanFiles Digital Music Store.

We at STC want to say congratulations to ya.. even if the week is over… and we are late in posting this. Hey at least we acknowledged it.

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Tickets for Korean pop start BoA will be on sale for her 2010 ~IDENTITY~ Tour.

Ticket sales started 1.26 and will end 2.1  at 18:00.

Day: 2010.4.16
Place: Tokyo International Forum Hall A
Open: 17:30
Start: 18:30
Price: Y6,900 ($76.37)

By the way, I’m loving her outfit and her hair. That hairstyle really looks great on her.

photo courtesy of Avex.

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Rock star Sugizo has finally come back releasing two new singles today, “FATIMA” and “DO-FUNK DANCE.”  The ex-Luna Sea member has done countless side projects and done a few gigs here in the states.

SUGIZO’s cosmic symphonic poetry is an “electro dance groove” born from craving and longing. This song depicts the words of FATIMA, the goddess who weaves all life together.

While it’s taken a while for him to come out with something, it’s been three years since he said he was going to release any solo works… and I love it.

Last December he did release “MESSIAH” and “TELL ME WHY YOU HIDE THE TRUTH?” but it was only available on iTunes download and ranked #1 and #2 on the Electronic ranking charts.

To be honest it’s really awesome rave music. It’s electronic and trance with awesome guitar skills. If you don’t know, this man has mad skills on the violin and guitar.

Listen to the new music of SUGIZO of 2010…

source: official website

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the Underneath give their Thanks

Japanese rock band the Underneath will say their goodbye’s on March 3, 2010. The band has decided to disband but not without releasing one last single for their fans.

The band released a message to all their fans a week ago on their Myspace:

To all the fans and everyone supporting the Underneath

the Underneath will break up on the live show at Shibuya O-West on May 3, 2010. Though the band formed on January 1, 2008.

Thank you for supporting all of our activities lasting for 13 years and the activities of the Underneath up to now.

a final tour will be performed in appreciation for all of our friends of the fan.

theUnderneath LAST LIVE TOUR 2010 ” LAST SCENE “

We are so grateful for all your support and we hope to gain your kind understanding.

I will announce the tour later.
thank you,
the Underneath members

The new suddenly shocked all their fans, making MASATO feel like he needed to say a few words of comfort:

To everyone who supports us,
We, the Underneath, announced the other day that we would break up.
We have discussed many times.

I read the messages from everyone.
I’m so sorry that we disappointed you.
And I’m also so proud that we are supported by such wonderful fans.

We’ve overcome no matter what happened, so if we break up, we’ll never
forget that attitude.
I want to tell you that we never give up whatever we are going to be.

We are grateful to all the fans supporting us through MySpace all over
the world.

Thank you.


Their last single will be released 2010.3.17 and is titled “Diamond.” The single will only be available in Japan, no plans of an overseas version has been announced (though I wouldn’t put it past them to make one.)

1. Diamond
2. Deep -acoustic ver.-
3. Bite the bullet -re-build ver.-
4. Frontier -re-build ver.-

STRG-0004 / Include:4 songs / 1,500 yen(taxin)
selling agency:STIRRING RECORDS
distribution source:KnowledgeAlliance

I am really sad to this band disband… once again. I love them as Transtic Nerve from years ago and to see them disband is a real shame. They are awesome live and even such sweethearts. At least they got to be on U.S. soil and tour here in 2008. Only a handful of bands can say they really toured the U.S. One of the few Japanese rock bands I really enjoyed. Bye-bye.

If you happen to be in Japan in the next couple of months, I suggest you try and see them before they disband.

the Underneath LAST LIVE TOUR 2010 ” LAST SCENE “

HEAVEN’S ROCK VJ-3 Saitama shintoshin (Saitama)
Open 16:30 / Start 17:00
Ticket: adv 3,150 yen (tax in・+Drink 500 yen) / ent 3,675 yen (tax in・+Drink 500 yen)
Information:DISK GARAGE 03-5436-9600

Kobe STAR CLUB (Aichi)
Open 17:00 / Start 17:30
Ticket: adv 3,150 yen (tax in・+Drink 500 yen) / ent 3,675 yen (tax in・+Drink 500 yen)
Information:KYODO TICKET CENTER 06-7732-8888

Nagoya ell. FITS ALL(Aichi)
Open 16:30 / Start 17:00
Ticket: adv 3,150 yen (tax in・+Drink 500 yen) / ent 3,675 yen (tax in・+Drink 500 yen)
Information:SUNDAY FOLK PROMOTION 052-320-9100

Shibuya O-WEST (Tokyo)
Open 16:00 / Start 16:30
Ticket: adv 3,800 yen (tax in・+Drink 500 yen) / ent 4,500 yen (tax in・+Drink 500 yen)
Information:DISK GARAGE 03-5436-9600

source: official myspace

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w-inds. in “Another World”

w-inds. new album which will be released on 2010.3.10 is titled “Another World”.

This album will contain 15 songs including all singles plus a new version of “Rain is Fallin’” which was performed at their 2009 Fan Club event.

First press for the CD only will come with a w-inds. x USAVICH IC card sticker.

“Another World”
Release date: 2010.3.10
Cat# PCCA-3127 (CD Only); PCCA-3126 (CD+DVD)
Tracks: 15
Pre-order: CDJ [Regular Edition | Limited Edition]

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w-inds. new album after 19 months

It’s been a while since we updated… so we’re updating with some awesome news.

Dance vocal group (or as some like say “hip hop” group) w-inds., will release their new album (title TBA) on March 3, 2010. It’s been one year and seven months since the group released their last album “Seventh Ave.”  For the first time since their début in 2001, the group took a year off from releasing any album and last year was spent releasing singles. w-inds. is not typically known for releasing an album every year, but it seems that this time they are evolving and took their time with this new album.

The last thing w-inds. released was their single “Truth~Saigo no sinjitsu~” in December of 2009. So for some fans, this is an eagerly anticipating album, for others (like myself), I’m not that eager, but I am anticipating what kind of album this one will be. They’ve done some collaborations and their music seems geared with some Western arsenal. Not only that but they have finally gone back to their roots with the PV’s and show appearances. They have more dancing in them, which I missed dearly. For a while after Ageha, they stopped dancing a lot in their videos.

So far I only found 11 out of the 15 songs that will be on the new album. There will also be two versions of the album, a normal and 1st press which includes a DVD with all six single PV’s.

Title: TBA
Release date: 3.10.2010
PCCA-03126 (CD+DVD) 3,990yen
PCCA-03127 (CD Only) 2,940yen

Current track list (minus 4)
Rain Is Fallin’ X G-Dragon
New World
Truth ~saigo no shinjitsu~
Don’t Remind Me
In The Red

Rain Is Fallin’ X G-Dragon
New World
Truth ~saigo no shinjitsu~
Rain Is fallin’ X G-Dragon (FCLT ver.)

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