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Tweekend Update: Wallflower, The Moments And More Put Together Sarah Records Compilation, Traffic Light Release Split EP With Saturday Looks Good To Me

Indie-pop, twee, wimpy love songs, cardigans, you know the schtick, let’s just focus on the music.

A group out of Osaka called Sarahry Records will be holding an event at the Pangea Cafe in Sakai on September 22, described as “dedicated to Sarah Records,” the seminal English indie-pop label from the 1980s. The event will feature some of the best up-and-coming guitar-pop bands in the region today, and in advance of the show Sarahry has released a special compilation featuring each of the groups performing at the even covering a Sarah Record’s classic. The versions appearing on this online compilation don’t stray from the source material – Wallflower’s take on Brighter’s “Does Love Last Forever?” and Lilac’s cover of Heavenly’s “Cool Guitar Boy” sound faithful – which is appropriate given these groups wide-eyed love of indie-pop…they aren’t going to go and muck up the classics. Only Fandaze’s version of The Field Mice’s “Emma’s House” seems slightly adjusted, moving at a slower pace than the original. It still sounds fine, but you should really just listen to the original, here’s a link (critical bias: it’s my favorite indie-pop song ever). Visit the official page here, or listen below.

In other Japanese indie-pop news, quaint outfit Traffic Light have released a split EP with long-running Ann Arbor project Saturday Looks Good To Me. You can buy the single at the Violet And Claire store in Shibuya, or cop it online here. There is no sample of the songs online at the moment, but it’s a good move for Traffic Light, teaming up with a group who has been receiving a lot of praise from the American music media in the past ten year.

Make Believe Mix For August 2012 Featuring Fancy Books, Moscow Club And Night Vision

August is now over, and this month’s Make Believe Mix highlights some of our favorite songs from the past month. This installment goes from indie-pop to dance, featuring the likes of Fancy Books, Moscow Club and Night Vision. Listen or download above.

Below is a list of artists and songs appearing in this month’s mix, in chronological order. All artists featured gave me permission to include their music in this mix.

Fancy Books “Sister Carry Stars” – From the Wisteria EP on Dead Funny Records. Get it here.

Jolie Joli “Dreaming Girl” – Online upload. Listen here.

Lilacs “Our Mistakes” – Online upload. Listen here.

Moscow Club “Sanatorium” – From the Radio Vietnam EP. Get it here.

YYSHIDD “Naomi’s Love Affair” – Online upload. Listen here.

Night Vision “I Decide” – Online upload. Listen here.

Make Believe Mix For April 2012 Featuring Cloudy Busey, BOYISH and White Scooper

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Indie-pop ended up being the flavor of the April, from the C86 tape Moscow Club presented to the world to an endless parade of twee-leaning bands popping up on SoundCloud. This month’s Make Believe Mix represents this trend and, like the Moscow Club mix, attempts to expand the definition of indie-pop beyond jangly guitars. Which we’ve got plenty of, don’t worry – BOYISH, Wallflower and Lilacs give us traditional indie-pop from Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya respectively. Yet Cloudy Busey takes the spirit of indie-pop and embeds it into a dance track, one more influenced by Stardust than Sea Urchins. Shortcake Collage Tape turn twee inwards on “Polaroid Full Of Kisses” while White Scooper…OK, White Scooper isn’t indie-pop, their “Winter Hawk” closing the mix out with some angular dance-rock.

Below is a list of artists and songs appearing in this month’s mix, in chronological order. Click the links to read more about them and find out how to buy/get their music. All artists featured gave me permission to include their music in this mix.

Cloudy Busey “Who Says They Love You” – Online song. Download here.

BOYISH “Waiting In Summer” – From the Gentle Breeze EP. Download here.

Lilacs “Walk The Path I’ve Laid” – Online song. Download here.

Shortcake Collage Tape “Polaroid Full Of Kisses” – Online song. Download here.

Wallflower “Cure Your Heart” – From Fastcut Records. Listen here.

White Scooper “Winter Hawk” – From the album Dazzle. Buy here.

Moscow Club Present Japanese Indie-Pop Compilation, Featuring Occult You, Super VHS And OMEGABOY

International Tapes debuted this over the weekend, but in case you missed it here is a reminder: Moscow Club helped to organize the Ç86 compilation, a collection of indie-pop-leaning artists (I mean, check the name of the comp again) that the group put together in time for the Spring. It’s a pretty great introduction to the country’s contemporary indie-pop scene. The compilation features pretty faithful recreation of 80’s indie-pop courtesy of The Moments, It Happens and Lilacs. The tape also gives some room to the producer-fantasies of Occult You and OMEGABOY, as while as a back half bordering on ambient. It’s not perfect – some of the sparse electronic songs drag, while Slow-Marico’s dentist drill of a song makes a pretty good case against noise – but when stuff like Super VHS’ bouncy “Not Too Late” plays this tape seems vital, a great digital object highlighting some exciting artists.

The best songs, though, come courtesy of Moscow Club themselves. Last year, they jumped between straight-ahead indie-pop goodness (“Daisy Miller,” “Bikinikill”) and electro-tinged compositions (“Pacific 724,” “Echo Beach”). Here, they make a truce between the two, decking their twee songs out in Christmas lights and letting them twinkle away. They lack the emotional ooooomph of a “Daisy Miller,” but still sound like a step forward for Moscow Club sonically.

Get it here.

New Lilacs: “Walk The Path I’ve Laid”

Over at the Make Believe Tumblr, I put together a bit of an intro to Japanese indie-pop in 2012. Seems like twee-tinged music has been having a bit of moment this year, with more artists popping up online every week and new digital labels sneaking into the picture. Why this is happening I don’t know – does everyone have an unrequited crush at the moment?…but it has been nice. Aichi’s Lilacs join in on this jangly trend with “Walk The Path I’ve Laid,” a pollen-covered piece of late-afternoon pop just waiting to soundtrack your next melancholic walk through the park on a Monday afternoon. Listen below, or click here.

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