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09 Dec

By Laura McWhorter

Before we go any further, I feel like I should first answer the two questions you’re probably asking yourselves right now: Yes, Anamanaguchi is a real band. No, I’m not making that up.

Now that we’re all clear I should probably also tell you that they. are. rad. On every band’s wiki page, there’s a list of all the instruments the band plays – pretty standard stuff. But on Anamanaguchi’s page, you’ll find something a little different (and the key to what makes them so incredibly refreshing): a hacked Nintendo and a Game Boy. The chiptune foursome from NYC brings a fresh sound to the basements of clubs everywhere. And though it’s entirely new…I can’t help but find it awesomely retro – hearkening back to a time where it was Jolt instead of Redbull, Robyn wasn’t famous (the first time) and Hollywood was still trying to convince us that Emilio Esteves was good looking. Appropriately enough, one of the security guards at the Middle East looked like Vanilla Ice. The nostalgia was almost overwhelming.

After entering to an Anamanaguchi’d rendition of “Till the World Ends” by Britney Spears (and, let’s be honest…slightly before that), the band immediately started blowing our minds. Set to an odd, projected backdrop of cats and (I’m pretty sure) Jesus, they powered through their quasi-nerdy brand of rocking instrumentals and I found myself realizing that this show and this band would’ve been awesome even without the Nintendo. While it definitely helps differentiate, you can’t help but notice that the driving sounds of the set are incredibly complex and expertly crafted. “Helix Nebula” and “My Skateboard Will Go On” walk the thin line between dance music and good music and they wrestle it to the ground. hard. They don’t take themselves too seriously and just want to give their fans a good time. I showed up to this show after a long day at work, was by myself and stone-cold sober and still had a blast. They manage to be endearingly normal while playing one of the most eccentric shows I’ve ever seen.

“Space Wax America” and the cover of M83’s “Don’t Save Us From the Flames” were highlights for me and just reinforced how these guys are doing something so right. I was surprised how naturally the chiptune style translates to everything they’ve tried. In previous sets they’ve covered Weezer, Katy Perry, and the Beach Boys. Just when I thought I’d heard it all…they wrapped the set with the most badass song to ever be named “Mermaid” and they crushed all eight minutes of it.

If it’s not clear by now…I was very much impressed with Anamanaguchi. Not only in their musicianship and professionalism but also in that they’re just a bunch of guys sitting around playing music they want to hear – it just happens to be what everyone else wants to hear as well. I like to describe these guys as the nerdy little brothers of Explosions in the Sky. Except instead of Zeppelin…they like Street Fighter.

29 Oct

Anamanaguchi were featured on the “Spotlight” last night on Last Call with Carson Daly.

Watch the video below and pick up the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Soundtrack on iTunes or Amazon MP3.

17 Feb

“Too Dramatic”, the second video from Ra Ra Riot’s brilliant sophomore release The Orchard, debuted today at MTV (watch it here or below). Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang (Avi Buffalo, Maximum Balloon, Delphic) the video features the band performing in an other-worldly terrain that blossoms and transforms into a vast, constantly shifting animated landscape.

The band is also excited to announce that a “Too Dramatic” single will be available exclusively on iTunes on March 8th. The single will include “Megafauna”, a previously unreleased song from The Orchard sessions, an alternate version of The Orchard favorite “Keep It Quiet” by one of the band’s many alter-egos, GOP, and a remix by The Morning Benders.

Too Dramatic (single) tracklisting:
1. Too Dramatic (Album Version)
2. Megafauna
3. Too Dramatic (The Morning Benders Remix)
4. Keep It Quiet (GOP)
5. Too Dramatic Video

Consequence of Sound recently premiered a remix of “Too Dramatic” by 19-year old LA-based DJ Jordan Elliot, who has garnered recent buzz in the electro community under the moniker The Kids Are Radioactive. You can hear “Too Dramatic (The Kids Are Radioactive Remix)” here:

Finally, the band is excited to announce new tour dates and here they are:

3/03 – Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live! *
3/04 – Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theatre &
3/06 – Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbit &
3/07 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room &
3/08 – Orlando, FL Social &
3/09 – Tampa, FL Crowbar &
3/11 – New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks @&
3/12 – Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon &
3/14 – Columbia, MO Mojo’s %
3/15 – St. Louis, MO Firebird %
3/16 – Indianapolis, IN Earth House %
3/18 – Louisville, KY Headliner’s Music Hall %
3/19 – Newport, KY Mad Hatter Club %
3/20 – Charleston WV Mountain Stage
4/07 – Syracuse, NY Westcott Theatre
4/08 – Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
4/09 – Columbus, OH LC Outdoor Amphitheater – CD 101 Day
4/10 – Detroit, MI Magic Stick
4/11 – Holland, MI Hope College

* w/ Anamanaguchi
& w/ The Luyas
% w/ Pomegranates
@ w/ Givers

Ra Ra Riot’s sophomore album The Orchard debuted at #36 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. It was produced by Ra Ra Riot and Andrew Maury and mixed by Chris Walla (with the exception of “Do You Remember,” which was mixed by Rostam Batmanglij). Its August 24 release date marked two years, nearly to the day, since the release of the band’s debut album, The Rhumb Line, which debuted at #109 on the U.S. album chart and has gone on to sell in excess of 70,000 copies.

16 Feb

Anamanaguchi have announced that on Tuesday, March 8th, they’ll be releasing a limited number of 7″ singles through Insound (pre-order it here).

The single features title track and first of the summer singles “Airbrushed” along with Tugboat cover “Penpal” and on the b-side “Airbrushed (RAC Remix)”

Download “Airbrushed” for free HERE

The band has also announced a whole new batch of tour dates (several of which with Peelander-Z)

Tour Dates

3/3 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live! %

3/5 – Kingston, RI University of Rhode Island Memorial Union’s Ballroom ^ &

3/16-3/19 – Austin, TX SXSW

3/24 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep ^

3/25 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre ^

3/27 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge ^

3/29 – Ketchum, ID – Whiskey Jacques ^

3/31 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall ^

4/1 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven ^

4/2 – Portland, OR – Someday Lounge ^

4/5 – Stockton, CA – The Plea For Peace Center ^

4/6 – Orangevale, CA – Boardwalk ^

4/7 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge ^

4/8 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre ^

4/12 – Tulsa, OK – The Marquee ^

4/13 – Farmington, MO – The Vault ^

4/14 – Chicago – Reggie’s Music Joint ^

4/15 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club ^

4/16 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall ^

4/17 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room ^

4/18 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern ^

4/19 – Newport, KY – Southgate House Parlour ^

4/20 – Knoxville, TN – Cider House ^

4/21 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade – Hell Stage ^

4/22 – Nashville, TN – The End ^

4/26 – New Orleans – One Eyed Jack’s ^

4/27 – Houston – Fitzgeralds ^

4/29 – Dallas – The Loft ^

^ with Peelander-Z

% with Ra Ra Riot

& with Math the Band

14 Jan

Remember when you first heard the Super Mario Brothers theme as a ringtone and how cool it was? Take that, make it more intricate, add musical instruments and multiply it by 1000 and you’ll have an idea of what you’ll experience when you listen to Ananamaguchi. Ananamaguchi is a punk band at heart powered by video game consoles. It’s something you really have to see in person. You’ll have the opportunity to do so tonight at the Studio At Webster Hall. You can pick up tickets now for $10 here.

Check out this video of the band performing “Helix Nebula” here.

If you don’t buy tickets now, you can still get them at the door for $12. Peelander-Z and Starscream are the openers.

Ananamaguchi w/Peelander-Z and Starscream
The Studio At Webster Hall

125 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
DATE : January 14, 2011
DOOR : 8:00 PM
AGE : 19+
TICKETS : $10 in advance, $12 at the door