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No Borders No Race: The Top Japanese Albums of 2022

No Borders No Race: The Top Japanese Albums of 2022

2023 may be here, but King Baby Duck is going back a few days to look at the best that Japan had to offer in 2022! From pop to metal, a plethora of genres are showcased in this year's best-of list. Plus, our good friends Mike Rogers and Abstract Japan's TylerAbstract pop by to share their Top 2022 picks, while Aztech from Hybrid Thoughts talks about his favorite conventions of 2022!

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Opening theme: "The S.S. Shitstorm" by the_Stampede (from the album A Marvel of Idiocy)

The Boston Bastard Brigade kindly encourages you to support these artists, and buy their songs/album. You can find the majority of these releases on CDJapan.co.jp, YesAsiaAmazon.com, Apple Music, the bands' official websites & Bandcamps, and your local record stores.

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PLAYLIST (with album/single links):

  1. SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS - Funky Pongi (from the album LOST IN TOKYO)
  2. Sayuri - summer bug (from the album Sanketsu Shōjo)
  3. Dir en grey - Utsutsu, Bouga wa Kurau (from the album PHALARIS)
  4. chelmico - December (from the album gokigen)
  5. the Floppy-Pinkies - Outer Space (from the Love The Muffs single)
  6. Tetsuko - To The End of Philosophy (from the Candy Guitar EP)
  7. JinnyOops! - 3 (from the MOTHER SHOCK EP) [out of print]
  8. The Let’s Go’s - Girl’s Rock (from the album KILL BY POP)
  9. FiFI & THE MACH III - I Like Sunday (from the album HULLABALOO!) [out of print]
  10. ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION - Dialogue (from the album Planet Folks)
  11. BAND-MAID - Balance (from the album Unleash)
  12. Haru Nemuri - Who the fuck is burning the forest? (from the album SHUNKA RYOUGEN)
  13. Hikaru Utada - Dareni mo Iwanai (from the album BAD MODE)
  14. Hitsujibungaku - Kudaranai (from the album our hope)
  15. Perfume - Saisei (from the album PLASMA) [Best Japanese Album of 2022]

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The J-POP king of America, Evan has been bringing the hottest sounds of the Land of the Rising Sun to the English-speaking public since his college radio days. He's also an expert in the gaming, anime, & manga realms, never afraid to get critical when the times call for it. Born & bred in Boston, he achieved his biggest dream yet by making the big move to Tokyo, Japan in Summer 2023! For personal inquiries, contact Evan at evan@b3crew.com. For press/band inquiries, write to us at thebastards@bostonbastardbrigade.com. (Drawing by AFLM of Wicked Anime)