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Years Studied: 8
Studying: JLPT N2
Level: 1, : 156
Hey all,
I'd like to start listening to music in Japanese and don't really have any idea where to start. Any suggestions? I plan to plug the band names into grooveshark.com (check it out, it's awesome!), but I don't know too many to stick in.

What bands do you like? (And what kind of music in general do they play?).

Thanks!
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12 years ago
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Studying: JLPT N2
Level: 3, : 122
What's your style? Japanese pop, can range from wow this is amazing to oh god kill it with fire.

Here's some favs of mine. I personally love a lot of pop from the late 70s and 80s through the early 90s. Though I have a self indulgence in a crappy boyband called Kanjani8.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkmnW_V5OeU Masahara Noriyuki - Donna toki mo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pquM7TCznL8 - Kome Kome Club - Kimi ga iru dake de
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGRe01O-ysE - Hideaki Tokunaga - Chiisana inori ~ps i love you~
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhbEQFqdIt0 - 20th Century - Ore jya nakya kimi jya nakya
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlhwQ1eHUdo - Hotei - Poison
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzhFFbUcOis - Dreams Come True - Yasashii Kisu wo Shite
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSQ461SQwUs - Ken Hirai - Elegy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd5e6j_AiXk - Crystal Kay - Ex Boyfriend
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4UojoRJ4hM - Crazy Ken Band - 12/17
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLTTf1qOTHA - Yamaguchi Momoe - Manjushaka
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giAj_iHUwdQ - Weaver - Bokura no Eien ~Nando Umare Kawatta mo~
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN9eBIafCNY - Pink Lady UFO
http://tvpot.daum.net/clip/ClipView.do?clipid=26202363 - Kanjani8 - Life ~ me no mae no mukou e~

:V
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12 years ago (Edited 12 years ago.)
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Years Studied: 5
Studying: JLPT N4, JFBP II
Level: 1, : 24
Some of my fav J-Music off the top of my head!

[b]Visual Kei/hard rock/metal/maybe a bit screamo[/b]
gazette / がぜっと (gazetto)
L'arc en ciel
nightmare

[b]I also like electronicy stuff like[/b]
perfume
T.M revolution
Ali project

[b]and nu metal/pop rock/i guess electric rock, kinda hard to label![/b]
Brilliant Green
High and Mighty Color (HnMC)

[b]Female Singers of varying types of music[/b]
ayumi hamasaki
utada hikaru
nami tamaki ;D - love her so much have her DVDs for dancy times
tommy heavenly6 - kinda avril lavigne like, her britney spearsy alter ego is called tommy february6

[b]Anime OP/ED/OST[/b]
Ouran High School
Gundam Seed & Seed Destiny & 00
Code Geass 1 & R2
Rozen Maiden
Oran High School Host Club
Death note

Hopefully that is enough to search around for now, let me know what you do and don't like and if you discover anything you think I might enjoy ;D

P.s try out http://www.last.fm similar idea to grooveshark and I know it is good for Japanese music. Just type in a genre (tag) or artist then hit play XXX radio and it will play you stuff very similar to that continuously and it kinda evolves you your taste overtime if you hit the <3 button on songs you like.
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11 years ago (Edited 11 years ago.)
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Studying: N2
Level: 1, : 23
Everyone has such different tastes in music, the replies will be/are all over the place ;D

I like upbeat music. And also lots of other types of music. But mostly things that are energizing and fun.
UVERworld is a current favorite group~ I don't want to bog down the thread with a billion other recommendations, but I can :o
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11 years ago
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Years Studied: 5
Studying: JLPT N4, JFBP II
Level: 1, : 24
[quote author=Togii link=topic=1064.msg6207#msg6207 date=1291354718]
Everyone has such different tastes in music, the replies will be/are all over the place ;D

I like upbeat music. And also lots of other types of music. But mostly things that are energizing and fun.
UVERworld is a current favorite group~ I don't want to bog down the thread with a billion other recommendations, but I can :o
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ooh I'll second UVERworld too, I know you don't wanna bog the thread down but I think it is good for us all to share as much as possible so any more suggestions? ;D
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11 years ago
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Years Studied: まあ、ね!
Studying: N1
Level: 1, : 411
Thee Michelle Gun Elephant FTW. Listen to ブラック・ラブ・ホール and you will be inspired by its nonsensical lyrics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1gFHqiF5Wc
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11 years ago
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Years Studied: since 2000
Studying: のため、だから
Level: 872, : 4,945
if you're looking for Japanese music to help your listening, I recommend some of the older standards - many of them are pretty easy to understand, and will bowl over any Japanese you encounter if you can sing them Karaoke! Not sure about band names at the moment (at work :P) but some song titles (you can put them into youtube) are
いてこう (The original version of 'The Sukiyaki song' ::))
もしもピアノがけたなら
あずさ
ペチカ
またしてる

いい
ルビーの
I sang all these in choir, and my coworkers are always shocked and amazed (and inordinately pleased) whenever I whip them out at karaoke parties!
If your taste doesn't run toward the oldies, I'd reccomend
Hirai Ken
Amuro Namie
Glay
Gackt (and that's a two-for-one deal, because there's his Malice Mizer phase and then the pop-ish solo phase)
Angela Aki
Dir en Grey
L'arc en Ciel
Exile
SMAP
and of course, everyone's favorites recently:
Arashi
Kat-Tun
AKB48
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11 years ago
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Grammar mod. Level: 1, : 495
The Blue Hearts! リンダリンダ always gets the party started at karaoke.
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11 years ago
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Years Studied: 9
Studying: JLPT N3  へのとびら
Level: 2, : 18
: yes! thee michelle gun elephant is amazing. the bartender at my favourite bar in kyoto played them all the time. now I have to track some albums down!

other Japanese bands that I like:

zoobombs (kinda bluesy alt-rock): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhKVYATu5Oc
envy (somewhere between post-rock and metal): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXzVxKUZlpc
mono (instrumental rock): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B00qU5uc58
toe (partially instrumental rock...some vocals): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va-MpUQyoQg - vox on that video are handled by Toki Asako from Cymbals (another good band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XedvzTKsmsQ)
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11 years ago
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Years Studied: まあ、ね!
Studying: N1
Level: 1, : 411
Finally someone knows what I'm talking about! I DJ'd at a school radio back in college and somehow found the album "Gear Blues" by Thee Michelle Gun Elephant in the radio library. It was definitely a fortunate find, and I've stuck with them since then! Check out "Hotel Bronco" if you want a good laugh.
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11 years ago
Level: 1, : 55
Your taste might be different, but here's what I highly recommend.

Perfume
B'z (this and Perfume, my personal faves)
UVERworld
BUMP OF CHICKEN
ayaka

If you like fun songs, go NEWS.
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11 years ago
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Years Studied: まあ、ね!
Studying: N1
Level: 1, : 411
Other rock-ish bands I've enjoyed are:

Ellegarden (try @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psFCDUe6so0),
Asian Kung Fu Generation (try アフター・ダーク @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFSXlPi3Ojw), and
キマグレン (try LIFE @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS407iRcHZU&feature=related).

I asked some people when I was in the area 2 years ago what their favorite rock bands were (J-pop is a no-no for me), and I have a few written down in a notebook somewhere. This is a good reminder for me to go find it!
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11 years ago
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Studying: JLPT N2
Level: 3, : 122
If people are into Jrock, these are my favs:

The Back Horn - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A-G2bDyjGY
Tokyo Jihen - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMmnZyl8C3I
GLAY - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAuYvjKi7lA
Plastic Tree - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j02lEYEby1s
Guniw Tools - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VKtlme5a04
cali//gari - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1bWW4GeiHE
MUCC - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4nVIOt1Qjc
Shiina Ringo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odDCjYWowHg
fujifabric - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ-Of0R1M9w
ACIDMAN - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVKorj0bKeM
Apogee - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBh9mhl304U

Im a huge fan of angura kei
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11 years ago (Edited 11 years ago.)
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Years Studied: 5
Studying: JLPT N1
Level: 1, : 4
Doesn't anybody listen to Unicorn?
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11 years ago
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Studying: JLPT N2
Level: 3, : 122
[quote author=kitamiadam link=topic=1064.msg6337#msg6337 date=1292267388]
Doesn't anybody listen to Unicorn?
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Of course! Peke peke otoko, subarashii hibi, wao, etc etc <3
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11 years ago
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Years Studied: 8
Studying: JPLT N1
Level: 1, : 241
So many amazing people listed~~

My favorites are

NEWS (and Tegomass)
Ikimono Gakari
Koda Kumi
And Matsushita Yuya

[b]NEWS[/b] is one of those Johnny's boybands that half of everyone hates, but I love. XD Fabulous boys <3
Favorite songs: Fighting Man, WeeeeK, and Taiyou no Namida.
[b]Ikimono Gakari[/b] is a pop group, but not bubblegum. Lots of fun.
Favorite songs: Kaeritaku natta yo, Joyful, and Kimagure Romantic
[b]Koda Kumi[/b] is more Hip Hop/R&B. <3
Favorite songs: Taboo, Ecstacy, Universe, and Lady go. /can't choose with her
[b]Matsushita Yuya[/b] is also Hip Hop/R&B but more hip hop.
Favorite songs: Foolish Foolish, Four Seasons, and Honesty.

But there are so many amazing things on this page you could go with any of them. ^^
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11 years ago
Level: 1, : 5
Kaguyahime for 70's Folk-pop tunes. Hibari Misora for Enka. For old school Kayokyoku, Kyu Sakamoto (he was the one to sing いてこう)
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11 years ago
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Years Studied: 100 Years
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Level: 1, : 1,556
I recommend ELLEGARDEN, RADWIMPS, The Hiatus, BACK-On 8)
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11 years ago
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Years Studied: 10
Studying: JLPT N2
Level: 1, : 19
はヤッパリがスキ :-* でもbump of chickenとmonkey majikもおめ。ロックがむならば、B'zとBREAKERZがいいとう。ではアイドルグループAKB48はメッチャメッチャです。これちましたかな? :)
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10 years ago
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Years Studied: since 2000
Studying: のため、だから
Level: 872, : 4,945
Yay Monkey Majik! I'm so excited that they've started getting popular outside of Sendai <3
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10 years ago
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