Tele118: "Short Hair" by Base Ball Bear probably has the one of the coolest drum sounds ever recorded. I could listen to the intro over and over but the rest of the song is amazing too, i love the "air" in the sound. Very open and beautiful song, the video is cool too. Just wanted to recommend Tamio Okuda again. He's an amazing songwriter, i posted a couple of his songs in the old thread but i think these are worthy of a repost This one has one of my favourite rythm tones at 1:25. That's actually one thing i've noticed about a lot of Japanese music. They really like that "middle" sound, you know... middle switch with 2 P90's or on a Tele or a Jazzmaster, that sound is very apparent. This is a cover song by Tamio, it's just awesome and again the tone is great! That's another cool thing about Japanese music. It seems like they all know "what sounds good" for the song. Live i think most j-rock bands i've heard (on the web of course) sound great too and the music videos have, generaly, a really classy look. It doesn't look like most western music videos where 90% of them look like somebody in the band has a friend with a DSLR camera and shot a random perfomance video with a few "story elements" about a couple breaking up or finding each other and some horribly ugly colour grading done later... Anyway, this song kicks ass! I think western pop musicians could learn a lot from Japanese pop artists/bands (not all that SUPER KAWAII IDOL stuff though... that ****'s horrible) Take for instance Kaela Kimura. I think she's a great artist because her song are pop songs, but they sound original. Her songs sound very different from one another, unlike most western pop artists/bands, and the thing i like the most is that it sounds like the songs were written like the band sat in a room and played around and found some cool sounding stuff... You know, and not a cookie cutter studio mold. They have interesting chord progressions (that's generaly in J-rock too) that we don't hear in mainstream western music. The instruments have cool arrangements and the songs are catchy, even if you don't know what the hell she's singing, the vocal melodies are very catchy. These are some of her more rocking songs, she does have some more "pop" songs too, but i think these are great songs. I would love to be able to turn on the radio or MTV and hear songs like this. This video has two songs. The pre chorus in "Yellow" is awesome with the two guitars parts playing together and "Tree Climbers" just sounds killer! These two songs are very cool too, i especially like "You Bet!" I can only find a drum cover of them now though, but he's a good one. Seriously, listen to the guitar parts in this song! They're awesome Sorry for the WALL OF TEXT! i just like these songs a lot.