O!susume RadioBeat

This the page for O!susume RadioBeat, Nagi’s irregularly-updated Japanese music blog.

When Nagi was a shy, impressionable 13-year old, he was going through the collection of CDs for sale at his local anime shop, which he was able to visit every Wednesday due to his dad’s grocery shopping schedule. This was back in the early 00’s, before the days of streaming Crunchyroll or massive anime cons or more than a few decent dubs. He would rent one DVD from an anime series every week, and thus made his way through classics like Neon Genesis Evangelion and Revolutionary Girl Utena, as well as lesser-known titles like Steel Angel Kurumi, Pretear and Peacemaker Kurogane. (It was also the time before he had a comprehensive understanding of what the shojo genre was, but so much the better).

He flipped through the shrink-wrapped jewel cases in the wooden box that organized the CD collection, small but also sizable for the times, trying to identify the few stray kanji he thought he knew. Finally, he found something he recognized- a CD containing the track “Loop and Loop”, whose music video he had watched many times over on Bento Beat Box, an obscure on-demand channel that had been part of their cable package for some reason. Fifteen years later, Asian Kung Fu Generation’s Sol Fa rests in the stack of CDs Nagi’s current vehicle, the cracked case humbling its significant role in spurring its owner’s lifelong marination in jpop, jrock, jmetal, jfolk, and every other genre of dubious authenticity.

While he doesn’t claim to be anything close to an expert in any aspect of the scene, Nagi’s passion for Japanese music and the desire to introduce it to others who might share his enjoyment was the origin point for O!susume RadioBeat. Each post, or “broadcast”, is dedicated to introducing a particular artist or band that Nagi has some experience with. Readers will be treated to an overview of who the artists are, how they got their start, and what they’re doing now, along with several recommended tracks (with links) and accompanying descriptions of their particular musical style. Nagi seeks to sample a wide selection of genres from a time period of about 25 years (late 90’s to current year), although the majority will fall in line with his personal tastes (jpop and jrock from the current decade, especially bands that track along the rising “joshirock” phenomenon).

The first three Broadcasts have been migrated from their original posting site of BloodLetterPress, of which Nagi was a founding director and contributor. The project is updated irregularly, but he would be highly motivated to produce more based on reader interest.

Read the archive here!