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HU Podcast #87: The Return of James Iha 5:05 pm // Sunday, February 19, 2012

Posted by chris in james iha, look to the sky, podcast.
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Eric joined us mere hours after James’ solo-ish performance at EMI Rocks in Japan to give us the run-down.  The setlist is up at SPFC.org, and we’re hoping get full audio of the show from Eric sometime soon.  I think we were able to answer the question of whether James is varying his sound from Let It Come Down and whether Iha qualifies as big in Japan, but not the question of why the album is being released there first.

Listen to the whole show (43:03)

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Panelists
-Chris, Susan, and Eric

Song of the Week

-Be Strong Now, Saitama, Japan (February 19, 2012)

Comments

1. gsmamz - 7:57 pm // Sunday, February 19, 2012

The title “The Return Of James Iha” could possibly give some SP fans false hope for a second…. :)

2. snowtrooper - 8:31 pm // Sunday, February 19, 2012

a collective *groan* is more like it.

3. 34 - 9:04 pm // Sunday, February 19, 2012

Totally forgot to mention (even though I twat about it) that towards the end of Be Strong Now, there was an earthquake. lol. Very tiny, though, so I’m sure they didn’t even notice on the stage.

4. cap7707 - 10:59 pm // Sunday, February 19, 2012

It’s actually not surprising that they have announced bonus tracks for the album. Part of releasing an album in Japan entails extra exclusive stuff for every album. Look at any U2 album or other prominent rock release and you’ll find they throw in extra stuff for japan.

5. cap7707 - 11:07 pm // Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sorry, no, I’ve been looking for examples and not finding them. Don’t listen to me. I used to buy import stuff for the extra tracks, but I can’t find a specific japanese example.

6. lala - 3:34 am // Monday, February 20, 2012

meh. not a fan of Iha.

7. MAKO - 5:39 am // Monday, February 20, 2012

I researched al litlle in my German homerecording forum and found out about the limited japanese editions with bonus tracks: In Japan CDs are more expansive than in Europe or America. The price of an average CD is about 20% higher. So the limited editions are meant to keep the Japanese from importing music and also movies and invest in their own economy. A minor aspect of this is that because of the bonus tracks we also start to invest in the Japanese economy.
Some examples that I noticed but don’t own are the John Frusciante solo records on Warner. Shadows Collide with people has this song Of Before on it that’s unavailable anywhere else except for Itunes maybe.

8. Woody - 5:50 am // Monday, February 20, 2012

Yes, yes, Japanese bonus tracks – old news. The Hikari Express left the station 18 years ago…

9. Sad Navigator - 10:32 am // Monday, February 20, 2012

No James Iha rock towel?!? Disappointing.

10. Kiernana - 12:57 pm // Monday, February 20, 2012

Some united hipsters used to know about Japanese bonus tracks before the bonus tracks were even recorded.

11. Kendra - 1:42 pm // Monday, February 20, 2012

I am stubbornly looking forward to this. Dammit.

12. adevelopersnotes - 4:09 pm // Monday, February 20, 2012

I actually thought the performance of Be Strong Now was really good!

13. Duy - 9:01 pm // Monday, February 20, 2012

Where can I get a copy of this full 15 minute show?

14. BigAl6ft6 - 9:07 pm // Monday, February 20, 2012

Anyone think the reason the album is finally being released was because Let It Come Down was getting re-released so James gave them songs he had been noodling with for years?

15. gsmamz - 12:41 am // Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I’m currently unable to listen to this. So what exactly is the verdict, re: “I think we were able to answer the question of whether James is varying his sound from Let it Come Down” ?

16. 34 - 2:23 am // Tuesday, February 21, 2012

:D

17. 34 - 2:23 am // Tuesday, February 21, 2012

18. monocoque - 5:11 am // Tuesday, February 21, 2012

CD price has nothing to with bonus track, European/international versions often get bonus tracks too. It’s solely marketing thing. Back in the day, usually these bonus tracks were b-sides in single releases. In US/UK record companies liked to put out more singles, which is where bonus tracks go in. Meanwhile in other parts of the globe they cannot release as much singles unless you are very big artist. So record labels squeeze those bonus tracks into albums as a way of promotion.

19. James Iha - 7:02 am // Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I fully endorse this podcast.

James Iha

20. Listen to recordings from James Iha’s festival set in Japan « Hipsters United - 3:41 pm // Tuesday, February 21, 2012

[...] intrepid HU contributor 34, below are three selections from James Iha’s brief performance at the EMI Rocks festival outside Tokyo on Sunday. Each of these songs will appear on Iha’s [...]


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