Band/Artist (English Name) Pinyin Name Chinese/Japanese Name Style/Overview/Review Album Title Radio-Friendly Tracks Album Title Radio-Friendly Tracks Album Title Radio-Friendly Tracks Album Title Radio-Friendly Tracks























A to Z A-Z Zu He A-Z组合 some inst., mostly f voc. 然后 Then 2 (accordion), 8 (acoustic guit. River song)











A'Four

Skyee used to have a band for his techno apparently Semm dated techno with occasional vocals











Addict of the Trip Minds
アディクトオブザトリップマインズ
s/t












Ai Jun
艾军 (not in iTunes database) The Colour Sky












Ai Yao
哎吆 Ska! 躁动的心












Akatuki


Carnival












Al.Ni.Co


s/t 2(brass&warbles), 4!(strings), 5(funny English!)











A-Niu


任賢齊, 光良 & 阿牛 流浪漢 2










Amor Fati
















ANATAKIKOU

Above-average rock シンデレラ












Angang
昂昂 Some noise and some songlike things, lofi Immature Calm 不成熟的冷静












Angela

fem. Vox mediocre synth pop I/O












Ants, The

Burmese hard rock w/ cheese VCD 12!











Aobozu


Soda












Aoki Takamasa + Tujiko Noriko

abstract f vox over electronics 28 Vinyl Words, Fly 2











ASA-CHANG & 巡礼

meandering experimentation Jun Ray Song Chang 4! (thunder)











Associate Social Piano
A.S.P. some salsa-ish & loungey stuff A.S.P. 2!, 3(stand-up bass singing), 6 (piano upbeat), 7 (loungey)











Martin Atkins (China Dub Soundsystem)

lots of attitude on abrasive songs China Dub Soundsystem












Awaa



3 (acoustic&fem.voc.), 4 (long intro)











Bad Daughter Huai Nv Er 壞女兒 f vox taiwanese punk rock 沒有毛的熊 1, 2 (bells)











Billowing Fairytale bolan tonghua 波澜 童话的童话
Beginning 开始












Bisk

nondescript Japanese techno Time 2,8











Black Panther Hei Bao Yue Dui 黑豹樂隊
V












Bloody Imitation Society

some interesting hard J rock Screamin' No Method 1, 4!, 10











Boogaloob

Fem.Vox. Light rock Luna












Brahman

tight semi-punk J rock The Middle Way 3(twinkling guit.), 5!(short), 11!(nice)











B6

minimalist dancey techno from Shanghai Post Haze












Bu …
补弦乐队 neat album art masks mainstreamy hard rock 路上












Buffalo Daughter

hit and miss experimentation which can be awesome Weapons of Math Destruction
Psychic
I

New Rock
Captain Vapour Athletes
WXBD

Bump of Chicken

Above-average punk The Living Dead












Buritoranohanran
ブリーフ&トランクス
ブリトラの反乱












Bu Yi (Cloth Clothing)
布衣 occasionally hard rocking folk 布衣
Autumn










Camel Band Luo tuo 骆驼
Utopia 乌托邦












Carnation

among the best Japanese blues rock Parakeet & Ghost












Carsick Cars

hyped Chinese punk s/t












Cartonbox

Radiohead imitation Afterimage 3! (Slow Radiohead), 5(slow croon), 6(harder edge, elec.drums), 7 (mopey Radiohead)











Cascade

Synth-inflected rock コドモZ 2!(odd intro then spacy), 4!(wild!), 6(long, guitar&nice chorus), 9(organ intro then fruity), 13(space bluesy)











Casino Demon

garagey punk rock can be danceable Teenage












Cellophane

album art is more interesting than the music Wandering Man 2 (inst.)











A. Jordan Chan


Heartless You (x2cd)
Night Life










Chang Yu



9! (d2 Wo Hao Ke Lian)











Chen Jin
陈劲
自由穿行 (“freedom of walk”)












Chen Lei
陈磊
千年影人












Chen Zhu


13131 2(distorted vox, pleasant)











Kelly Chen

Poppy, enjoyed by students in Zhangye Ask 1(hard rock Cantonese)











Yuanlin Chen

classical fusion? Away from Xuan












Cheng Zhen
成震 guitar noodling The Door Not Lock 末锁之门












Chongyang
重阳 garagey or lofi or noisy, dirty rock with long songs forced march 逼你 album name apparently a profanity, distinctive album art











Jay Chou Zhou Jie Lin

FM Radio Record












Choying Drolma & Steve Tibbetts

new agey electronic Tibetan collaboration on Six Degrees Selwa












Chui Ball Tong
吹波糖 Cantonese Christian punk 青春殘酷物語












Cibo Matto

critically acclaimed and catchy Stereotype A
Viva La Woman










クラックポット Claquepot
クラックポット (Crackpot?) female tennis player exploitative cover? カモシカ












Clingon

among the best Japanese rock of the 1990s? Cosmos
Bobsleigh










Cold Blooded Animal Leng Xue Dong Wu 冷血動物 Xie Tian Xiao's band has tinges of Nirvana 冷血動物












Cold Fairyland Leng Ku Xian Jing 冷酷仙境 mixed on the vocalist, buy she plays a mean pipa! Folk rock 地上的種子 Seeds on the Ground
Live 2005 冷酷仙境2005現場 A rare example of preferring live over studio album









Lanna Commins

Thai lady sings pleasantly Happy Trip 2 (acoustic guit.)

(Thai)








Convenience Store Shi Li Shang Dian 便利商店 mediocre Chinese semi-punk 电视猴












Copa Salvo

Japanese salsa & reggae Mango-ology












Cornelius

chameleon experimentation critically acclaimed Fantasma
Point










Cui Jian
崔健 granddaddy of Chinese rock 1986-2001我的摇滚












Continent Faultage (Mainland Fault) Da Lu Duan Ceng 大陆断层 Above-average Chinese hip-hop 熔岩












DABO

average J-hop Platinum Tongue
Diamond










The Dada
达达乐队 catchy Chinese rock 黄金时代 (The Golden Age) 2!











Dafay & Skyscraper
大飞与摩天楼 Album is a misnomer, but music is different R&B












Daffodil-19

interesting packaging belies unexiting tunes Daffodilic












DASH!+<plus>

anime soundtrack can get heavy on the cheese













DBF

former LMF member makes uninspired techno
Trash Grandpa (rap in Mandarin)











Dead J

Minimalist experimental electronic Mental Magic
Mental Imagery










DELI

average J-hop Aquarius












Demi Semi Quaver

one of the craziest bands ever to exist can be hard on the ears Demi Semi Quaver
Golden Animal Head
Three








Determinations

average J-reggae Chat Chat Determinations












Di Tuo Bang
迪托帮 Compilation? Exceptionally good Chinese hip-hop! Hip-Hop Deetopia












Dili Chen Di Li 陈底里
疯筝 (Dilirium)
Wo Kuai Yao Si Le










Dill

nondescript Japanese techno Wyhiwyg Entrap Brain Myself











DJ Krush

much sounds dated now, but this is still fair urban techno 深層"The Message At The Depth"
MiLiGHT
Coded Language








Tsuyoshi Domoto
堂本剛 apparently popular album [si:]












Donutman


Take Your Fun at Any Rate












Dou Wei
窦唯 hair metal 艳阳天












Double Face

uninspired J punk













Dragon Ash

prolific, hard-rocking, funky Japanese RHCP wannabes Viva La Revolution
Buzz Songs
The Day Dragged On
Public Garden






Dragon Tongue Squad Longmen zhen tuanti 龙门阵团体 a bit dated hip-hop is party-oriented













Duo Wei Chang Zhe
多位唱者 extremely cheesy and somehow popular in China 凤凰传奇-月亮之上












Eastern Youth

probably the best hardcore J rock/punk What Can You See from Your Place
8 Teeth to Eat You (w/ Cursive)
Japanese titles I can't read x2 (1 album & 1 single)








Eater


Quadraphonic 2, 4 (slower), 6











Ed Chang & Motoko Shimizu

odd and not very compelling experimentation Spin-17












8 Eye Spy Ba Yan Jian Die 八眼间谍 dissonant guitars and m/f vocals can be interestingin small doses













Electronico

among the best Japanese synth-rock Lounge at the Chimney Pavilion 1(mellow), 2!(synthier, fruity), 4(slow), 8











El-Malo

Japanese blues rock & instrumentals The Worst Universal Jetpack
Starship in Worship










Elenore 埃莉诺
埃莉诺 psychedelic rock missed concert in Beijing King of the Circus












Ends

catchy j-rock in opaque, unlabeled case Howl












Envy

Japanese hardcore emo? A Dead Sinking Story












Er Guang Yuedui (Slap)
耳光乐队 Beijing underground lotsa trad. Instruments & song structures 艺术男儿裆自强 牛逼 is a popular one! 18 Story-telling 18 Disc 2 Story-telling







F.A.M.A.
農夫 Cantonese hip-hop with lots of spoken skits 月下思 (x2cd)












Fall Insects Qiu Tian de chong zi 秋天的虫子 punk with heavy make-up 狂人日記
Dragon Tree 龙树 with Ying zi 樱子 and better produced









The Fallacy Feng yi 疯医 Noisy guitar possibly post-punk and artistic Debris Recommended by Drum Tower store











Fanatic Crisis

J glam rock is mediocre One- ONE for all--
Beautiful World










Fancy World

not in iTunes database, above-average Chinese rock 7












Fantastic Plastic Machine

funky techno Beautiful












Fenghao Sound
冯昊 声音 Minimalist experimental electronic













54-71

first album is brilliantly experimental, 2nd is yelly. Unique vocals! Reprise












Flowers Hua Er 花儿 Pop-punk simplicity can still be catchy 草莓声明
Ping An Ye (Safety Night)
s/t








The Fly Cang Ying Yue Dui 苍蝇乐队 grating punk 蒼蠅Ⅱ












4 Bonjour's Parties

among favorite orchestral synth pop bands! Pigments Drift Down to the Brook 4!, Il Cortile (Quiet),











From Youth


くらしのうた












Fu-Ten

Hip-hop with frequent English-speaking collaborators Music Is Expression












G-Clef

less cheesy than expected classical fusion with jazz elements 12












G-Eleven

Crowd-pleasing semi-ska and funk s/t












Gackt

J glam rock with transcendent and cheesy moments Mars












Gala

more than just a punk band...experimental elements elevate! 追梦痴子心
Young for U 年轻










Gao Shan Feng

Post-Rock Wu Liao de Ren Sheng (Boring Life)












Gardens

mostly cheese A Place in the Sun 1(brassy, funky, fast), 5(long,sentimental), 6(straightforward), 7(synthy smooth), 10!(cheesy synths)











Gellers

Guitar-driven J rock can be interesting s/t












Gemini Trip (Hz & Wang Yuan)

ethereal f vox over ambient electronics s/t












Gicode


Edocig












Ginuwtools

critically acclaimed rock is artistic & unpredictable Niwlun












Golden Buddha Jin Fo
cheesy techno Summer Palace
Golden Buddha Jazz Quartet staid and just above easy listening









Great 3

among the best Japanese blues rock Romance












Guang Lei
光磊
春心 (Spring Spirit)












Guo Tiejun
郭铁君 Guitarist for Silver Ash (aka LUCY), not in iTunes 大他吧色 耶落音人 (ye luo yin ren)












Grapevine

mediocre J punk Here












Great Chicken Powers
グレート・チキン・パワーズ ambiguously gay children's show music
Mix Juice?











Green Tea


しらばッくれる太陽












Groovers, The


Charged!












Gu Su
谷僳 occasionally interesting an d diverse album 我是誰 2!(slow, distorted)











Guo Brothers & Shung Tian

lotsa traditional Chinese intstruments and not too cheesy Yuan












Naoko Gushima


Quiet Emotion












Half-Life

Alt. Rock Second Narrow












Ayumi Hamasaki
浜崎あゆみ fully produced J pop Step You/Is This Love?












Hiroyuki Hanada
花田裕之 jangly J rock Nowadays












Hanayo

Fem. Vox. Collaborate w/ experimental artists, can be noisy Gift












Hanggai

Mongolian folk with heavier elements is critically acclaimed He Who Travels Far
Introducing Hanggai










Asuka Hayashi
林明日香













Hang Tian
杭天 Chinese blues! 冷水浇头 (Cold Water on My Head)












Haranga

Mongolian hard rock with dated keyboards can be interesting Sound of the Century 1(bad keys), 4(background), 5! (guitars & sad vox), 11!! (Frenetic keyboards,vox,guit), 14(piano ballad)











Miho Hatori

her solo work pales in comparison to Yuka Honda's Ecdysis












Haya
哈雅乐团 Spiritual-sounding rock is pretty interesting Wolf Totem 狼图腾












Smokey & Miho

light Brazilian collaboration ep sounds soothing s/t












He Li He Li 何力 folksy 65亿分之1的诗与歌 1(travel song), 2 (to a guniang), 3 (strings)











Heaven Tian Tang Yue Dui 天堂乐队 heavy metal and hard rock often very compelling 爱在摇滚的岁月
天堂
20 a compilation?







Hedgehog
刺猬乐队 indie rock darlings stumble onto some catchy tunes 甜蜜与杀害 (Honeyed and Killed)
白日梦蓝 (Bluedaydreaming)
Noise Hit World
Sun Fun Gun






Hide

glam metal is usually grating King of Cyborg Rock Star 4, 6(short), 9! (glam), 10(actual singing)











Hidetoshi Sakurai & Pioneer Combo


52 Minutes Moving On












Yoshitero Himuro
氷室京介 interesting but not melodic electronic Mild Fantasy Violence 1,2 (choppy), 7 (slower)











Komeiji Hiroya
古明地洋哉
Daydream












Hitoki


Franchise












Hitomi

unfortunately got her most interesting album first! Cheesy J pop Thermo Plastic
Deja-vu
Self Portrait
By Myself
h
TRAVELER


Yo Hitoto
一青窈 occasionally kooky & interesting keyboard pop &












Hoff Dylan
ホフディラン
多摩川レコード












Yuka Honda

the more keyboardy half of Cibo Matto is never dull Eucademix
Memories Are My Only Witness










Hong Qi
洪启 moody semi-folk 九棵树 Pingguo de gu niang (inst.), chengshi de gushi, women yiqi fei (maudlin)











Nobuko Hori

pastiche experimental f vox can grate Xtoyourmilkyhair Kuk (voices), Soi! (electronic), Hei











Akane Hosaka

pedestrian techno Niko Niko Denki Musik












Haruomi Hosono
細野晴臣 Head of Yello Magic Orchestra's solo work is far better N.D.E. 5 Interiors
Interpieces Organization (w/ B.Laswell)
Mental Sports Mixes
Ethnic Sound Selection Vol. 7 world music comp.



Hotei
布袋寅泰
King & Queen












Hua Zi
骅梓
继续的意义 (Continuous Meaning)
精彩 2yuan









Hu Ma Ge
胡吗个 unpredictably wild Chinese folk who also sings in local dialects 人人都有个小板凳,我的不带入二十一世纪
不插腿 (Unpleg)










Iceman


Gate I












Ichi

electronic compilation with some Japanese artists s/t












Icing Dolls Tang Yi Wawa 糖衣娃娃
出轨
1983 some interesting synthpop stuff on here









IGO

China's answer to Air is simpler and less catchy/sensual Synth Love












iimmune

Melodic instrumental electronica is engaging enough Ocean












Incense


Meteorites












Intentions of an Asteroid


Clear Water Paranoia












Iron Kite Tie Feng Jian 鐵風箏 competent, straightforward rock 这是我们的秘密 (This Is Our Secret)
sleeved 2yuan OK









IQU

among the catchiest of experimental bands! Sun Q 4 (hamachi), 8 (Sun Q) Chotto Matte a Moment
Teenage Dream








Island #33
群星 experimental synth pop, China's answer to Think Tree? 33島 (In Search of the King)/Dog&Stage












Itsogoo

among the best Chinese hip-hop not as jazzy as claimed It's no Good
s/t
云速忆念 (Alien Key)








Jack or Jive

couple makes ambient music with occasionally off-key vocals The Earth
Kismet










Jiang Ming
蒋明
再见北方
罔极寺 (Wang Ji Si)
空山 More of the same.







Jon & Utsonomia

extremely simple and innocent accordion & f vox JON












Joseph Nothing

overrated semi-glitchy techno
1!











Joyside

overrated garage rock must've been better live Drunk Is Beautiful












Jun Sky Walker(s)


Walk Towards the Future (Greatest Hits)












Kaientai Dojo

Very short introduction songs for professional wrestlers are odd













Shinji Kakizima

generic blues rock Rolling Down Home












Kaleidoscope, The


s/t












Yuki Kaneko

abstract electronic is more listenable than most Rut












Kahimi Karie
カヒミ・カリィ breathy f vocalist worked with Momus Journey to the Centre of Me
Tilt
My First Karie 3(English), 5(acoustic English) s/t My First only hints at the better parts of this.





Iwase Keigo

generic blues rock Porky Pig












Naoki Kenji



1 (slow, wavy, melodic), 6 (horn & more beat), 8 (minimal & shaker rhythm)











Kaoru Wada


Inuyasha OST












Keison

blues rock Bottle












Kenji Jammer

instrumental and just above nondescript Hula-Hula Dance












Kidney Yao first album is flute-heavy, 2nd is meandering folksiness 他们说忘了摇滚有问题
s/t 2! (flute)









Kiroro

Japanese women can be cheesy or light rock Tree of Life












Kodo


Heartbeat –the best of Stroke's Nanafushi Mondo Head










Koji Kikkawa
桑田佳祐/吉川晃司 king of the Japanese dollar bin made passable blues rock Rock and Roll Hero
Forever Road
Shyness Overdrive
Lunatic Lion
Beat Speed




Tateki Kobayashi
小林建樹 blues rock Rare












Kono Yono Kagiri (bathtub of inst's) 椎名林檎 × 斎藤ネコ several interesting songs on here, synthy and orchestral 平成風俗 4











Ryota Komatsu (A. Piazzola)
小松亮太 accordion tangoes Verano Porteno












Kong Yibing
孔一兵 rock with just enough variation 单色 Proudly mono-colored?











Kozo

meandering trumpet over truncated electronics Planned Penetration












Kung Fu Gong Fu 功夫 (CmCb) only a few actual songs on here, rapping in clear Mandarin 功夫
Impulsion (Chong Dong)
2013








Michio Kurihara

Instrumental guitar, can be somber, rocking, or post-rockesque Sunset Notes












Hideki Kurosawa


Believe












Kyunen
大正九年
モンドダイヤ 1(fast & odd), 2(happy), 3(bass), 4(repetitive&fast), 5(funny intro&rap), 6(Minikon-esque), 11(quiet vox), 13(happy)











Lady Q
















Laputa

Surprising and very fast-paced rock Kagerol 2!(Crazy & loud!), 6(glam), 8(groovy?), 9 (hard!, inaccessible), 11(epic?), 14(angular guit), 16(final epic!)











Legend Man!

Dated but often crazy stuff!!!! Coba












Li Jianbin
李健儐 Described as 西北 ex-metal now Buddhist folkster 一塵半梦 A fine collection of acoustic guitar-based songs











Li Jianhong Itta & Marqido

Chinese-Japanese-Korean experimental collaboration See You New World Laptop noise for half an hour is listenable











Li Xiaolong
李小龙 MC won't escape the shadow of his possible namesake 我们的生活就是娱乐 Well-produced rap music but rather abrasive











Li Zhi
李志 folksy 被禁忌的游戏












Lifelights


Retro G-Style












Lin Mo
林默 kinda dark synth pop/rock last two tracks bad on cd 私奔












Linhai Ensemble

traditional drum and percussion-centered music Chaozhou Drums Music












Liquid Oxycen Tin YeYang GuanTou 液氧罐頭 sometimes a cut above generic hard rock and punk 这一切变化无常
Unplugged as usual I prefer this to loud album









Little Tempo

usually instrumental steel drums from Japan are usually nifty! Kedaco Is Born dub vsn of Kedaco Sounds album Kedaco Sounds
Fire Blender
太阳 ...花嫁 cdr 茶味 The Taste of Tea Sndtrk. Short w/ highlights
Musical Brain Food!
Ron Riddim
Little Wizard
小巫师乐队 instrumental math rock is derivative but still nice s/t












Liu Dongming
刘东明 大地迷藏 folk with catchy elements s/t











Liu Xing

Chinese but Western classical music? Animal Suites












Yungchen Llamo

a bit new-agey Ama 1 Coming Home










LMF Da Lan Tou 大懒堂 all time greatest Chinese hip-hop band! LAZYMUTHAFUCKA
Hits
Finalazy








Lonely China Day

moderately interesting alt. Rock with experimental dalliances Sorrow 7(slow)











Long Shen Dao
龙神道 chinese reggae! 龙神道
Freedom Less varied than the first but still very interesting!









Lost Age
















Love Love Love

Not actually sure this is a Japanese band N likes Kaleidoscope












Low Wormwood Di Ku Ai 低苦艾
s/t












Lullatone

overrated minimalist electronics
leaves falling











Luminousorangesugarplastic


s/t












Lunch Time Speax

Above-average Japanese hip-hop B: compose












Lunkhead


s/t












Lure

generic Chinese rock













Lv Xing Tuan
旅行团 Chinese indie rock (Recently translated “Life Journey”) Wonderful Day
Journey 来福胶泥
10 Day's My copy doesn't play well, they're quite poppy







M-Flo

poppy electron ic w/ hip-hop elements & some cheese Expo Expo












Maboroshi
マボロシ extremely funky and mixes rock & rap elements s/t 1,6











Machaaki
















Machi

Taiwanese hip-pop is insubstantial













Mad Capsule Markets, The

mid-90s harder rock is not very distinguished MIX-ISM












MadKing (Guan Wei)
關威
单身俱乐部 (One-Man Band)












Mady Gala

All-female rock quartet is surprisingly varied, often catchy/unique Blue Heaven












Mai Tian Shou Wang Zhe
麦田守望者 average Chinese rock 我们的世界 (Our World)












Mamastudio Itowajiro ママスタジヲ (upbeat J-rock!) ママスタジヲのママスタジヲ 4!(short&happy), 9(upbeat Ooohs), 10(fem.vox), 11(crazy keys)











Mamer

Kazakh folk Eagle












Nishimura Masahiko


Deco












Massmissile Masumisairu ザ・マスミサイル
人間でよかった (Ningen de Yokatta)












Yumi Matsutoya


Viva 6x7












Maya Music (Ma Ya) Ma Ya 玛雅
摇滚青春












MC Hotdog He Gou Bang
rap with attitude, beats, but limited flow Green & Gold
Black & White
Dogs & Synths








Me:Mo

ambient electronic 靜景 Static Scenery












Melancholic Bitch

surprisingly varied Indonesian rock Balada Joni Dan Susi Indonesian rock











Metrofarce
















Takada Midori


Tree of Life












Takako Minekawa
嶺川貴子 critically acclaimed synthy experimental lady Recubed ep
Roomic Cube
Maxi On








Mr. Zhou Zhou Xian Sheng 周先生 nasal vocals Chinese rock and synth-rock, usually slow-paced 旋律967
梦里舞蹈的人 10!









Miki
ブリトラの反乱 not sure why TvotR remixed her Candy Girl












Milk Crown

Sometimes hard, usually compelling rock. 空の上
イナズマ
A ~D 2-track single







Minikon

not really Japanese but irrepressibly bouncy electronic melodies! Kirakira












Mirror Jingzi Yuedui 镜子乐队 fox and rooster french kiss on cover A short EP of decent indie rock











Izumi Misawa

v. light and glitchy experimental w/ some vocals Speaking Behind the Raindrops












Misc-Sound Za Yin

In black case












Miserable Faith Tong Ku de Xin Liao 痛苦的信仰 first album is nu-rock, 2nd is far more listenable & interesting 不要停止我的音乐 (Don't Stop My Music)
This Is a Problem










Miso Soup

very interesting instrumental rock! Miso Soup 1 (long intro then trumpet/beat), 2 (Cymbal beat guitars), 3 (ditty)











Missile Girl Scout


Fiesta!












Yamazaki Masayoshi
山崎まさよし generic blues rock SHEEP












Mo Ran
莫染 rock varied enough not to lose interest deceptively playing an acoustic guitar on a wall on the cover











Mondii

disappointing electronic on Hefty label l:p












Mot

Korea's answer to 沼泽 Non-Linear












Muzhi Gu Niang (Thumb Girl)
拇指姑娘 folksy fem. Vocals 诞生了 (is born)
丢失在和弦里的孩子










Mukaikaze
向風
風祭り












Muma
木Mυmα马 has become less unique with each album, but still rocks well 丝绒公路 (w/ Third Party)
果凍帝国 (Jelly Empire)
木马
Evolution 进化
Yellow Star slightly different versions & songs from “Jelly Empire”



Myro

maybe just Japanese-themed by a Japanophile, very odd rock Let's Go Distortion Kids












Nagasawa Tomoyuki


P.S.S.O.S.












Nahki
ナーキ king of cheesy J reggae ジャマイカン ジャパニーズ Shine Eye?, Jamaican? Big Step










Jin Nakamura
荘野ジュリ
36度5分 1(understated), 2(latin beat), 4!(tight), 10!(techie beat)











Namgyal Monastery

chants and such Tibetan Buddhist Chants Invitation Music











Nanwu
南無 flashy packaging actually contains interesting, lively rock music! 南无
I am your king kong 我是你的大猩猩 a worthwhile EP 南无文艺宣传队儿 a 2-song ep from 2009 春来了 An impressive artistic statement!





Neil & Iraiza

more Westernized indie rock can be interesting New School












New Pants Xin Kuzi 新裤子 new wave punk and synth pop generally simple & fun 新裤子
We Are Automatic
Go East (Greatest Hits)
野人也有爱






19

light J rock 音楽
Up to You
無限大








Nisennenmondai

experimental female screaming over drums Tori
s/t










Niwlun


Guniwtools












No Party for Cao Dong Cao Dong Meiyou Paidui 草東沒有派對 hard Taiwanese rock hits a diverse sweet spot and sells













No Respect for Beauty

Korean post-rock Why Perish












Ogurusu Norihide

minimalist piano and other minimalism on Carpark Modern












Nugget Ronghe yuedui 熔核乐队 average Chinese rock 炽焰












Nylon

dressed alike and sounding like other punk bands It's Alright












Omnipotent Youth Society Wan Neng Qing Nian Lv Dian 万能青年旅店 Chinese chamber pop is legitimately a favorite band!













On Ensemble

reaching for pop production on some trad. Inst's is hit & miss In the Middle
Dust and Sand 4 (Inst.)









Oserockets

unimpressive glam rock Eject 1(clap)











Michiru Oshima


Fullmetal Alchemist












Orange Range

Upbeat and well-produced, quite varied synth-rock NATURAL












Organix


Gyro in High












Peacefling

guitar noodling
7!(inst.), 9(cheesy story)











The Pete Best

interesting artwork should make for better music than this Family












Phat

somewhat repetitive organic-sounding electronic Tayutaf 2 (hard bassline, D&B)











PK 14

reminds me of Pere Ubu in Chinese City Weather Sailing Wade the River, Some Surprises (long intro), How Majestic (Synth), Let Things Slide 白皮书
谁谁谁和谁谁谁
1984 moving to Maybe Mars has affected their sound?





Pillows, The


FLCL Fooly Cooly OST












Pine*AM


Pull the Rabbit Ears
s/t EP










Pioneer Combo

jammy but diverse and upbeat 52 Moving On (Live)












Pizzicato 5

the ultimate in Shibuya Kei! Happy End of the World
The Sound of Music
Made in USA








Plagues


Little Buffalo Lullaby












Plamo

Like Shugo Tokumaru but more electronic 8-bit. v. fast Needs Work Sukinen Serifu, Pape-Cert, Sped











Po Shang Cun
坡上村 openly admiring Beatles In summer, the melting ice-lolly at the zoo
A Love Story with Sun 孙老师与失恋故事










Pre-school
マボロシ punk with electronics over many albums is just barely interesting ワルダクミ
Feel Something? 2(disco), 4(dist.guit.& thumpbeat), 5(punk hiNRG), 6(Pianoy synths), 9!(nice intro, then rock), 11(spacey&darker), 12(love&kiss klunky synth) Peace Pact
04/12/01
Pop-Cult Do-Do
This Album


Pu Tao

fast rapping, hard rocking, almost unlistenable Un Hip-Hop












Punk Folk
岡平健治 tries really hard to be novel but only partially succeeds パンクフォーク (Punk Folk)












Qi heng
岂珩 misguided keyboard-heavy marching band music 未来的光明 not ripped to iTunes b/c I don't like it











Queen Sea Big Shark Hou Hai Da Sha Yu 后海大鲨鱼 China's YYY's has obvious appeal and expanding range 浪朝 (Wave) a far more keyboard-heavy album Queen Sea Big Shark 5,7,12 心要野 added sitar makes it downright ecclectic and often ecstatic







Quruli
くるり
ワルツを踊れ Tanz Walzer [初回盤]












Radicalfashion

electronic and different Odori












Radwimps

very radio friendly (often catchy) アルトコロニーの定理












Rag Fair

a capella pop cheese Pon
Air










Ram

lots of instruments in use here, but do they come together well? Home Family Love












Rao Ningxin & Luo Dez

trad. Chinese Chinese Han












Raven

mostly grating rock with a song or two of interest













Raven 3, The Du Ya San 渡鸦 三 Free Sound in Beijing keeps pushing them, but I'm not impressed 像一只快乐的橙子












Real Blend

a capella Step in Step 1(I was born to take care of you)











Real Styla

Hip-hop













Rebuilding the Rights of Statues Chong Su Diao Xiang de Quan Li 重塑雕像的权利 first album doesn't hint at the brilliant immediacy of 2nd! Watch Out, Climate Has Changed' Fat Mum Rises...












Red Snow Lotus Hong Xue Lian 红雪莲 洪启 Hong Qi's earlier works are still folksy and a little cheesier s/t












Reflector Fan Guang Jing Yue Dui 反光镜乐队 Above-average Chinese punk 成长瞬间
s/t










Ren Ke Ren Ke 仁科 Folksy, acoustic guitar & wild lyrics 春就很好聽了












Re-Tros

(Rebuildingthe Rights of Statues) Cut Off!












Rhymester

Hip-hop possibly backed by a double bassist s/t












Rino Latina
Tokyo Kaminari Kazoku average J-hop Carnival of Rino II












Rip Slyme

Well-produced and even quirky j-hop EPOCH
Tokyo Classic older and poppier









Rosen Kreuz

Dated but often crazy stuff!!!! The Crack Edge Monsters' Movie, Simulation Rape of French Cult












Rough Laugh

average j-punk s/t












Ruins
废墟 alt. Rock w/ synths and dramatic drums and sentimentality 像叶子一样飞 (Glide Like a Leaf)












S-Word


One Piece












Saigenji

Latin guitar Acalanto
Music Eater better rounded than previous









Sai Ning
塞宁 Sometimes cheesy female vocalist












Ryuichi Sakamoto

sometimes interesting but usually cheesy composer Bricolages












Satoru Sakamoto
坂本サトル running up the escalator rock













Sakura


The star XVII












Sal


Dusk












Sam & Valley

synth micropop is neither bad nor compelling Unsuitable Japanese an apparently obscure album/label











Sambomaster
サンボマスター
僕と君の全てをロックンロールと呼べ












Sand Shazi 沙子 harder but otherwise nondescript rock The Stars Fell on My Head












SDP (Scha Dara Parr)
スチャダラパー
Wild Fancy Alliance












Second Hand Roses Er Shou Mei Gui 二手玫瑰 drag queen singer makes truly Chinese-style rock 二手玫瑰
Stealing the Show 一枝独秀 (Yizhi Duxiu) a more consistently listenable album?









Sentimental Bus
センチメンタル・バス fit in the shapes! Male-female band? Above-average j-rock 草原と鉄屑












Shadow
陰影樂隊
一斤理想












Shan Ren
山人 first album is more eclectic than 2nd, which is folksier. Top-10! 同名专辑
听山










Shanghai National Music


Music of China












Sharbets

rock with some embellishments Siberia 2(falsetto, slow start), 4(slow&darker), 5!(piano&acoustic), 7(acoustic), 9(repetitive guitar), 10(waltz w/synth intro...ominous)











Shihua Shishuo Yue Dui
实话实说乐队 there's a popular single on here s/t












Shogun Kunitoki

synthy prog instrumentals can be interesting Tasankokaiku












Sick Doctor Bing Yi Sheng 病医生乐队 a lot of noisy filler pads some caustic tunes 夜上濃妝












Sick Pupa

listenable metal Fang Kai Wo 2(diverse), 3(funky), 4(yell), 6(electroyell), 7(title track, longer intro), 9!(Rainy Dark intro, slow), 10(electro intro)











Silver Ash (yin shai hui chen) 銀色灰塵 goth and increasingly metal...hit and miss s/t
帤鴃摩 (Wei Jin Ji)
失控 (Out of Control)








SingerSen

v. well produced dubstep w/ fem. Vox, hard/edgy Sirens












60/40

proggy and long-songed, some interesting s/t












641


是誰在?!












Skyee (Tian Li)
天理
日升 (Sunside)
Moonside (yue yi)










Smart Kin Piao Liang Qin Wei 漂亮親戚 fem. Vox in English, sometimes amusingly awkward 隱藏的合諧
Hello 你好 Some songs in Chinese are welcome, maybe more straightforward than prev. album?









Snapline

painfully limited guitar-driven semi-glam punk Party Is Over, Pornostar












Sohmatoh
三 (Dark Japanese Hip-Hop)
三 (Dark Japanese Hip-Hop)












Sola

Laswell production can hardly make this listenable Blues in the East (Laswell produced)











Solid


Hybrid Side












Solutions, The

Korean synth-rock s/t












Song Dongye
宋冬野 A cut above average Chinese folk rock 安和桥北












SOPHIA


進化論 2(frenetic), 4(tight arrangemt.), 5(dance rock organ), 6(slow synth), 7!(funny keyboard), 9(sentimental quiet), 11(quiet key bass)











Sound Affect

average j-punk













Sound Fragment Sheng Yin Cui Pian 声音碎片 meandering experimentation is not compelling 世界是噪音的花园 (The World Is a Noise Garden)












Sound Toy Sheng Yin wanju 声音玩具 chamber pop-rock predating Omnipotent Youth is a cut above! 最美妙的旅行












Source

some harder edged rock but also some catchy tunes Daily Report












Preab Sovat


Rhm 169 Cambodian, cover says 196, Rasmey, Hang Meas, Angkor Beer











Spanova


Diary of the Headphonist












Spitz
スピッツ
ハチミツ (Hachimitsu)












Squeaky Music

fem. Vox over light synths is harmless Long Awaited Spring












the★STaRKEYS
the★STaRKEYS hooray for Japanese accordions! Epics are a stretch 不埒者












Su Yang Yuedui
苏阳乐队
像草一样
贤良










Subjugate

Burmese metal is musically limited
3,4, 8!











Suck Down


Soul to Squeeze












Sugar Plant


After After Hours












Sukebo King (SBK)
スケボーキング ornate packaging is sometimes matched by the music スケボーキング SUPER BEST












Sulumi

8-bit electronic What Has Happened to Me She Sank











Sun Dasi
孙大肆 Playful singer-songwriter lady 在你面前很无能 a fairly interesting album exceeding low expectations











Sunny Day Service


Best Sky












Super VC Guo Wei VC 果味VC Ever-so-slightly above average alt. Rock 双重生命 (Double Life)
来自Vc的礼物 1!(piano), 2(pretty guit.), 7(low&atmospheric), 10(echo), 11(French, mellow w/ samples)









Supermarket Chao Ji Shi Chang 超级市场 the foremost in Chinese electronic has a unique style 繁荣的
模样
7 Weapon
Concert
二零零五我們零零碎碎的理論
Black Eclipse 黑蚀 (Hei shi)
Limit Infinity 有限无限
Suzanne


Ai Hen (Love & Hate) 1 (electronic)











The Swamp Zhaoze 沼泽 one of the best alt-rock bands has been veering into post-rock 沧浪星 2 城市
沼泽:Swamp (falling into the humid haze?) Hong, Mimi Pian Duan (Drums) The Metamorphosis (w/ friends) remixes and nicely produced guest spots Yesternight Yes Tonight琴晚 Electric Guqin!



Hiro Takahashi


Welcome to Popsicle Channel












Hiroshi Takano


Awakening












Masayuki Takayanagi
高柳昌行 4. Subconscious-Lee ライブ・アット・タロー (Live at Taro) 1. Come four 2. Time on my hand 3. You be so nice to come home to









Nobukazu Takemura

A total departure from earlier bands w/ poppy fem. Vox Scope
Sign
Spiritual Vibes
Zeitraum mildly irritating speech over aimless casio





Hiroshi Tamaki


Stratred












Tang Dynasty Tang Chao Yue Dui 唐朝 Kaiser Kuo guitarred one of the most artistic Chinese metal bands 演义
花儿为什么这样红 1!(sentimental)









10

Korean noise with occasional song structures Kitsch












Towa Tei

Slickly produced electronic pop Last Century Modern












Thin Man Shou Ren 瘦人 hard alt. Rock can hit on good tunes 第7天
Beijing Dream










Tica

Fem. Vocals & electronic, nice! Weight-Less












Timeslip-Rendezvous

the intro is the best part of this intriguing but disappointing album Twilight City












Shugo Tokumaru

N's favorite happy melodies and fast-paced plucking Port Entropy Lahaha Exit
L.S.T.
Night Piece






Tai Ran
泰然 Lo-fi industrial 虛幻












Tatsuta
タサツ Fast-paced rap with excellent flow and beats 僕らの五日間戦争
Dynamite (as DJ Tatsuta)










Teng Ge-Er

Usually cheesy but occasionally transcendent “classic” rock Mongolia












Tokyo Incidents Tokyo Jihen 東京事変 the lead singer has one of the strongest voices, sounds unique 教育












Tomahawk
戰斧
Dead City (死城)












Tongue
舌头
小鸡出壳












Tunnels


Arrival












22 Cats

Guangdong fem. Vox can be interesting rock She Will Eat You












Twigy


Twig












Ultra Living

experimental and rewarding of repeat listening
1! (vocals), 2 (fem.voc.dub)











Uptown
업타운 pop rap Verbal Medication












Urichi Pangoon
ウリチパン郡 one of N's best finds, these guys are pure artists!

Laser Stickers










Ut Ti, Quang Dung, Ngoc Tuan, Mai Hoang Thanh, Nhut Bang, Huynh Taun, Bay Ba

Trad. Vietnamese Hoa Tau Bau, Tranh, Sao, Kim, Gao












Utaibitohane


Be Here...












The Verse

Harder and fairly diverse rock Tales of Two Cities 双城记












Vietnam

nice traditional stuff! Music from Hue and Hanoi












Vvaa


Radio Myanmar












Wang Yu Qi
王钰棋 Guitarist for 2nd-Hand Roses 北京之春 (Beijing Spring?)












Wang Fei
王菲 guilty pop pleasure divorcee Ai de Ji Hao
Fu Zao (Impulsive, 1st Album)
王菲








Wang Wei
王威 Low-voiced guy made one OK album, one unlistenable 王威
On the Road










Wang Wen/Unknown Band
惘闻 Post-rock with spoken lyrics 28 Day Insomniac Diary
Re:Re:Re:










Wang Yong
王勇
往生 (Samsara)












Wang Yuan
王娟 (Badhead Comp. & Gemini Trip Voc.) 遥远
梦湖 (Dream Lake)










Wednesday's Trip Xing Qi San Lv Xing 星期三旅行 claims to be trip-hop, but that's a stretch 秘密任务 (Secret Mission)












Wet Clothes, The
衣。。。乐队 folksy with some harmonizing The Genie Dictionary












Wild Children Ye Haizi
folk concert Llasa cd-r 1 (moaning, fade in w/ 5:22 left)











William Fab 4
ウイリアム
ウサギのこころ












Wino

a cut above the average Japanese blues rock Useless Music












Dustin Wong

Collaborating with T. Minekawa for post-rock layers Mediation of Ecstatic Energy
Ecstatic Sunshine










X

hard metal Blue Blood 1(background), 2(fast), 4! (bigger beat), 8(nice intro, cuts off?)











Xi Ban
戏班 Crazy & wild folk music with odd vocal stylings!!! A favorite! 就是這個調調












Xiao He
小河
飞的高的鸟不落在跑不快的牛的背上












Xiao Wei & Xiao Tong
小唯 & 肖烔 middling fem. Vocal electronic Glad Chan












Xie Tian Xiao
谢天笑
Just One Desire 只有一个愿望
Illusion










Xue Cun (Snow Village?)
雪村
出门在外












XXL

Punk rock less poppy than The Flowers more listenable than Joyside 中国式的酷












Yaen


Staff Roll












Yaksa


Freedom












Eri Yamamoto

Blue Series jazz showcases piano Cobalt Blue












Yan

挂师












Yang Meng
杨猛 Possibly from Yunnan, a different take on Chinese rock 太阳城日记
与世界为伍 another thoroughly listenable album









Yellow Monkey, The

Straightforward and sometimes blues rock is OK Experience Movie
Punch Drunkard










Yellow Submarine
Huang Se
Do Not Say Goodbye












Yida


s/t 4(pop rap)











Yogurt-Pooh


薫風












Yoshimi & Yuka

Boredoms + Cibo Matto = meandering ethereality? Flower with No Color












You Haizhou
游海州 hard instrumental rock guitar noodler 偏执狂
more of the same!









You Echo VS. Zhuoling
吴卓玲 soft, slow, piano heavy and simple with fem. Vocals My Dearest Sea 我最亲爱的海












Yu Fei Men Yu Fei Men 与非门 (Yu Fei Men)
Singing Machine 1,3,9,(short), 13(quiet), 14(cheesy but fast), 15(big bear), 16!(mismatched vox & party music), 19 (traditional) 10 乐园 better production including folksier elements









Yu Yang
虞洋
平淡的生活不能把我们击倒












Yunees


#2












Yunnan Instrumental Music
















Yuzu
ゆず
またあえる日まで












Zeebra


Based on a True Story












Zero Ling Dian

Yue Lai Yue 1, 2(upbeat after intro), 4!(anti-war), 9(electrobackbeat, deep), 10(upbeat), 12(orchestral fast)











Zhang Chu
张楚 average rock 孤獨的人是可恥的












Zhang Wei Wei & Deng Long
张玮玮 郭龙 folk duo with blended voices 白银饭店












Zhang Xue Bin
张 震 岳
等我有一天
You Wen Ti (Trouble)










Zhang Yu


Da Zhangfu












Zhao Muyang
赵牧阳 西北 folk from 宁夏 a favorite of Freesound store owner 回家












Zhou Yun Peng
周云蓬
沉默如迷的呼吸 2, 3!, 7 (Roughly, w/ drums)











Ziran zhuan
自然卷 alt. Rock, possibly from Taiwan or at least from the South 破卷而出
c'est la vie vol. 2 大卷包小卷 lighter on the novelties









Zuoxiao Zuzhou


At Di'anmen












v/a
草莓音乐节
(Strawberry Music Fesival)












v/a
搖滾中國勢力
(Ambulance Red Cross)












v/a


China: Many Faces, Sounds of Our Stories Elipsis Arts 2-disc trad. 中











v/a


Zhongguo Feng 6(upbeat), 8(classic rock), 9(fem.vox), 11(twangy singer), 12(acoustic), 14(falsetto, mixed quiet)











v/a


Gang Tai Feng 1(jammy live), 8(light,drunken), 14(falsetto&twang), 15(fem.vox, punkish)











v/a


Realrhyme TRAX












v/a

Trip-hop Silent Agreement












v/a


J-Hop: The Best of Japanese Hip-Hop












v/a


Rap Warz Donpachi












v/a


Shock to the Future 97-01












v/a


Scream v.1: Greatest Hits 1(slow&deep), 3 &11(electronic), 4(fem.vox), 7 (hard rock),10(int. Rock song)

R&R Yesterday








v/a


Scream v.2: Rap-Metal Hits 1(moaning intro then hard rock), 3(Mis.Faith), 5! (the cussin'), 6 (TT funky)











v/a
Japan for Sale
V.4
V.3










v/a


Faster, Pussy...Attack! Tora! Yellow Machinegun 1, 10











v/a


Pop Jingu (in KUCI) 3(chill rock in Eng.), 4(earnest singing), 5(fruity kissing), 6(fast harmonica punk), 8(piano pleasant), 10(pleasantly bland), 14(longer, dreamy), 15!(twinkly lofi), 16(happy puppy)











v/a


New Electron All Summer Long, ExpoMouHibikiTokiwa











v/a


Out of Perspective












v/a


Far East (on Bonjour Records)












v/a


Second Hand Roses v/a w/ crown












v/a
Tiger Translate














v/a
Rap Positions
Shuo Chang Chen Di












v/a


Play It Again (Thai)












v/a
MIDI School of Music 20th Anniversary














v/a
Thanks, Jiaju 家驹














v/a


Japan Nite Sound Sampler A mixed back of two tracks at a time from different bands.

































































































































































































































































































































































Unknown Band

Post-Rock













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