Please check out a new fansite for noodles, Lesson 1! If you haven’t heard of noodles before, they are an awesome rock girl band on Sawao’s label.

Happy summer! ‘Happy Birthday’, the latest single from the pillows will drop 9/16/13, their 24th anniversary! There will be a regular version and a version with a bonus DVD as well.

Catching up on release news, Yoshiaki Manabe released a new solo album, Rutile this past November.

Sawao has a solo single that will be released in just a couple of weeks, Answer, available as both a standard edition and a limited edition with a bonus DVD. The single will be followed by an album, Hakaiteki INNOVATION (Destructive innovation) to be released 2/13/2013, also both as a standard edition and a limited edition with bonus DVD.

Check out previews below!

Happy 9/16! On this day in 1989, the pillows were formed. We’ll be fans… until the end of this world!

Lyrics from the ENERGIA (ENERUGIA) single have been posted! I also posted a translation for the title track. I am loving this song!

Also, a new album, Trial, and the US tour DVD, We are Friends will be out next month on the 18th! Get excited!

Check out a preview for the DVD below.

The pillows’ new single, ENERUGIA, will be out 12/7/2011! Check out the preview below. The regular edition and the special edition with DVD are available for preorder from CD Japan and your other favorite stores.

Just posted all the lyrics from Sawao’s previous solo album, Discharge.

Also check out a couple previews for the music videos for the songs ‘The Devil’s Pub’ and ‘Vacant House’ from his upcoming solo album, Tedious Man, which will be out next week.

Check out a quick video of Yoshiaki Manabe working on recording for the Time Machine album! Time Machine is a instrumental rock collaboration involving the guitarists of several Japanese bands. Our favorite guitarist has a track on the album entitled ‘Beautiful Struggle’.

The album is available now at your favorite Japanese music stores.

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Happy 9/16!! Today is the pillows’ 22nd anniversary. Let’s wish them many more years of making awesome music.

Now that the tour excitement is over, let’s catch up on some new release news!

Tedious ManNext month on the 12th, a new solo album, Tedious Man, from lead singer Sawao Yamanaka drops. There will be a regular edition and a limited edition with a bonus DVD featuring two music videos. Guest artists include Kosaku Abe of The Collectors, Akiko Fukuoka of Chatmonchy and the original bassist himself, Tatsuya Kashima.

Born Again
A new tour DVD will also be released on the same date, Born Again, featuring the pillows live at Zepp Tokyo from 4/24/2011 on their Horn Again tour.

Finally, a collaborative album called Time Machine was just released this month, featuring an instrumental rock track from our favorite guitarist, Yoshiaki Manabe.

Pick them up from our affiliate, CD Japan, HMV Japan, Amazon Japan, or your other favorite Japanese music store.