• Best of 2008

    1 jan. 2009, 0h11m par jonniewilks

    2008 was quite a year for discovering music - a big thumbs up to Last.fm and some good friends for that. Hands down, my most listened-to album of the year was Tan-Tan Therapy, by Tenniscoats. A stone cold classic, and no mistake. Interesting that Saya says her personal fave is We are everyone. It's a lovely collection, but Tan-Tan Therapy has that feeling of being a consolidated project. An essential to any decent record collection.

    The trouble is, it was released in 2007. Here then, in case anyone cared, is my top 5 from 2008. Feel free to comment! I'd like to see what I missed out on...

    1. Offend Maggie (Deerhoof)
    2. Fleet Foxes (Fleet Foxes)
    3. NAND (Decentred)
    4. Sui-Gin (Ueno)
    5. Tenniscoats & Secai (Tenniscoats & Secai)

    While we're making lists, how about the best albums I discovered in 2008, but not necessarily released that year...

    1. Tan-Tan Therapy (Tenniscoats)
    2. Comicopera (Robert Wyatt)
    3. For Emma, Forever Ago (Bon Iver)
    4. Your Secret Medicine (My Pal Foot Foot)
  • Double Oven

    11 sept. 2008, 7h18m par jonniewilks

    Rumours are circling The Loving Oven camp that, rather than having split up after their 4th gig, they've been hard at work on their long-awaited debut album, tentatively titled, The Parson's Bisque. Work on the album began a year ago, and those close to the band are reporting that it has developed into an 18-track double album influenced by everyone from Maher Shalal Hash Baz to Syd Barrett.

    The nucleus of the band also make up Fukuoka live duo, The Grizzly Folk, and it's thought that some of the tracks used in that project have been included as Loving Oven work. For some idea of what's to come, we recommend downloading The Grizzly Folk's existing EP, as well as The Loving Oven's 2-track debut single, available for free here at TADA Music.

    To get these downloads, please follow the following link:
    http://tadamusic.org/en/node/313

    Fans of the following bands may have an interest in this music:
    The Singing Loins
    Cut Flowers
    Billy Bragg
    Nanbanjin
    The Watanabes
  • Forest Music

    12 août 2008, 8h00m par jonniewilks

    After months and months of introducing OTHER bands, I'm gonna be a little selfish and introduce a few of the projects we TADA folk have been involved in recently. Oblige me, if you would...

    First up is Full Ten Sound, a band made up of members of Night Town Service, Decentred, The Grizzly Folk and The Loving Oven. This is entirely improvised music, recorded at the moment it comes into being, and in some cases bears a similarity to the likes of The Hose and Maher Shalal Hash Baz.

    There are two collections on Last.fm available for free download, the first being The Parson's Bisque, and the second being Niji No Matsubara, named after the forest it was created in. If it's the avant garde stuff you're after, try The Boy in the Bush, which we did by wondering around a woodland glade trying to match the sounds of the cicadas, and throwing stones at an acoustic guitar. I'm the concertina genius. Can't you tell? For something a little more accessible, try The Colonel's Pantry.

  • TADA Newsletter No.3

    3 jui. 2008, 9h24m par jonniewilks

    July, 2008

    Wow! Apparently, today's the first July 3rd, 2008, EVER! Some say it may well be the last, but I'm not so sure... Aside from that, happy Independence Day to our buddies in the mystic West. I'm not sure what you people get up to on July 4th, but I hope you've got "TADA Music time" penciled in there somewhere, 'cause we've got bunches of great stuff to give you.

    WORDS

    First off, we've got a couple of groovy interviews up. There's some happy chin-wagging going on between Saya from Tenniscoats and Japanzine's Jon Wilks. Have a read here:

    http://tadamusic.org/en/node/284

    He's also been talking to the sexy boys and girls that make up 4 bonjour's parties (check them out on our next TADA Sampler, due sometime later this summer). That one's over here:

    http://tadamusic.org/en/node/258

    And if that's not enough J-music reading matter for you, Tim Dillon caught up with Lullatone early in June and...errr... discussed dish washing technique. Have it here:
  • TADA Newsletter No.3

    3 jui. 2008, 9h22m par jonniewilks

    July, 2008

    Wow! Apparently, today's the first July 3rd, 2008, EVER! Some say it may well be the last, but I'm not so sure... Aside from that, happy Independence Day to our buddies in the mystic West. I'm not sure what you people get up to on July 4th, but I hope you've got TADA Music time penciled in there somewhere, 'cause we've got bunches of great stuff to give you.

    WORDS

    First off, we've got a couple of groovy interviews up. There's some happy chin-wagging going on between Saya from Tenniscoats and Japanzine's Jon Wilks. Have a read here:

    http://tadamusic.org/en/node/284

    He's also been talking to the sexy boys and girls that make up 4 bonjour's parties (check them out on our next TADA Sampler, due sometime later this summer). That one's over here:

    http://tadamusic.org/en/node/258

    And if that's not enough J-music reading matter for you, Tim Dillon caught up with Lullatone early in June and...errr... discussed dish washing technique. Have it here:

  • TADA Newsletter No.3

    3 jui. 2008, 9h22m par jonniewilks

    July, 2008

    Wow! Apparently, today's the first July 3rd, 2008, EVER! Some say it may well be the last, but I'm not so sure... Aside from that, happy Independence Day to our buddies in the mystic West. I'm not sure what you people get up to on July 4th, but I hope you've got TADA Music time penciled in there somewhere, 'cause we've got bunches of great stuff to give you.

    WORDS

    First off, we've got a couple of groovy interviews up. There's some happy chin-wagging going on between Saya from Tenniscoats and Japanzine's Jon Wilks. Have a read here:

    http://tadamusic.org/en/node/284

    He's also been talking to the sexy boys and girls that make up 4 bonjour's parties (check them out on our next TADA Sampler, due sometime later this summer). That one's over here:

    http://tadamusic.org/en/node/258

    And if that's not enough J-music reading matter for you, Tim Dillon caught up with Lullatone early in June and...errr... discussed dish washing technique. Have it here:

  • TADA Newsletter No.3

    3 jui. 2008, 9h22m par jonniewilks

    July, 2008

    Wow! Apparently, today's the first July 3rd, 2008, EVER! Some say it may well be the last, but I'm not so sure... Aside from that, happy Independence Day to our buddies in the mystic West. I'm not sure what you people get up to on July 4th, but I hope you've got "TADA Music time" penciled in there somewhere, 'cause we've got bunches of great stuff to give you.

    WORDS

    First off, we've got a couple of groovy interviews up. There's some happy chin-wagging going on between Saya from Tenniscoats and Japanzine's Jon Wilks. Have a read here:

    http://tadamusic.org/en/node/284

    He's also been talking to the sexy boys and girls that make up 4 bonjour's parties (check them out on our next TADA Sampler, due sometime later this summer). That one's over here:

    http://tadamusic.org/en/node/258

    And if that's not enough J-music reading matter for you, Tim Dillon caught up with Lullatone early in June and...errr... discussed dish washing technique. Have it here:
  • TADA Download Charts, June 26th, 2008

    26 juin 2008, 3h08m par jonniewilks

    A little over half a year into 2008 and TADA Music is enjoying a lot more success than we could've hoped for. So, a big, "Aw, shucks, thanks guys", to all of you.

    Below are the top 15 chart rankings for our first half year. Remember, these aren't going anywhere, so you can download them anytime you like. Please do, and remember to forward the links to any friends you might have who enjoy quality free music.

    The links to download these files can be found on http://tadamusic.org/en/node/276.

    If you're interested in more direct release news, feel free to join the Last.fm Tada Music group: http://www.last.fm/group/TADA+Music

    1. TADA Sampler Volume Four - Various Artists
    2. If I Told You - The Loving Oven
    3. HI-FI RO-FI - Nanbanjin
    4. TADA Sampler Volume Three - Various Artists
    5. Getting Over Yuka - The Watanabes
    6. MAXI Single - Kracker Japz
    7. On Your Way - Nanbanjin
    8. Back to Winnipeg - Fatblueman
    9. Let's Have You - The Grizzly Folk
  • TADA Music Sampler, Volume Four

    5 juin 2008, 9h46m par jonniewilks

    TADA Music releases the fourth in its popular, free sampler series today, this month including magnificent tracks by Tenniscoats, mothercoat, Akira Kosemura, The Loving Oven and Marihiko Hara. Complete with a bilingual, digital jacket, the sampler represents some of the finest underground music currently being made in Japan, and has been compiled as an accompaniment to the artists featured on the TADA Music website this month.

    TADA Music is a website run by music lovers living in Japan, focusing on the alternative side of Japanese music; artists who would balk at being labeled J-Pop. The site features regular reviews and interviews with the artists, translated into English so that the rest of the world can discover what really drives these creators. As TADA means 'free' in Japanese, the site also offers full albums for free download, created by artists who either originate from Japan or call Japan their home. Readers are invited to join the site to receive regular updates, though it's not essential. …
  • TADA Music Sampler, Volume Four

    5 juin 2008, 9h43m par jonniewilks

    TADA Music releases the fourth in its popular, free sampler series today, this month including magnificent tracks by Tenniscoats, mothercoat, Akira Kosemura, The Loving Oven and Marihiko Hara. Complete with a bilingual, digital jacket, the sampler represents some of the finest underground music currently being made in Japan, and has been compiled as an accompaniment to the artists featured on the TADA Music website this month.

    TADA Music is a website run by music lovers living in Japan, focusing on the alternative side of Japanese music; artists who would balk at being labeled J-Pop. The site features regular reviews and interviews with the artists, translated into English so that the rest of the world can discover what really drives these creators. As TADA means 'free' in Japanese, the site also offers full albums for free download, created by artists who either originate from Japan or call Japan their home. Readers are invited to join the site to receive regular updates, though it's not essential. …