Just to let you know, W♥M Radio is available on iTunes. You can find it by searching for "we heart music" on its podcast section. In an upcoming show (to be posted on next week?), Sally and I did talk a little about Guitar Wolf.
Also, in anticipation and excitement for Guitar Wolf to come to Minneapolis, for their "Alien Action Tour 2012", I've put up a screen print from the movie, "Wild Zero".
Check out the tour trailer below, check with guitarwolf.net for the latest updates. You can grab the strictly limited US pressing of the 10" EP "Jet Satisfaction" only available on tour. I may pick up an extra copy for my brother.
US TOUR 2012 "Alien Action Tour 2012"
03/27@Nashville, TN 12th & Porter
03/28@Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
03/29@Richmond, VA Kingdom
03/30@Baltimore, MD Ottobar
03/31@Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory
04/01@Philadelphia, PA JB's
04/03@Fort Wayne, IN Brass Rail
04/04@Columbia, MO Mojo's
04/05@St Louis, MO Firebird
04/06@Lawrence, KS Bottleneck
04/07@Des Moines, IA Gas Lamp
04/08@Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry
04/09@Fargo, ND Aquarium
04/10@Rapid City, SD Budd Uglys
04/11@Missoula, MT The Top Hat
04/13@Bellingham, WA The Shakedown
04/14@Seattle, WA El Corazon
04/15@Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
04/17@San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
04/18@Los Angeles, CA The Satellite
04/19@Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room
04/20@San Diego, CA Casbah
04/21@Phoenix, AZ Martini Ranch
04/22@Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
04/24@San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
04/25@Dallas, TX Trees
04/26@Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
In other "Asian Invasion" news, briefly:
FAR EAST MOMENT
My brother thinks these guys are cool. They are a really successful "asian" high energy dance/hip hop band that opened up for Lady Gaga about two years ago. They also have the misfortunate acronym of "FEM", which they have been using "FM" (for frequency modulation) instead.
I read that their single, "Live My Life" is enjoying radio airplay. Also, check it out, you can hear FM's theme song for the anime "Monsuno" every Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons.
Sigh is described as "extreme black metal", but throwing in everything from jazz to traditional Indian music. Their new studio album, In Somniphobia, came out March 13th via Candlelight Records.
For a band that's been around since 1990 Tokyo, the band doesn't actually have a website… but I don't think they care (or know about the internet).
Pitchfork is streaming their album now.
You know that Sally and I love Britpop, so I couldn't ignore this Japanese band that, according to the Guardian, sounds like bis, Echobelly, Sleeper and Salad! Far out.
I did end up listening to Haah, it's very guitar noisy with sweet vocals. I don't really see those Britpop bands in that song. Then again, it's just one song that I heard.
Their debut UK single, So Long, will be out on Record Store Day, April 21st, 2012.
Speaking of the Guardian, the newspaper called Avec Avec's music "one of the most joyous sounds to come out of Japan" (link).
Osaka's Avec Avec, whose real name is Takuma Hosokawa, his latest release is Plastic Soul Redux (released January 24th, 2012). I did to the 4-track EP, which sounds like a mashup of interesting warpy twitchy sounds. The most accessible song on the EP is "Jimmys".
If you like that sort of thing, you can pick up the record at mushrecords.com.