Listen to "Chou Gutsu Terrorist" by The Let's Go's
Listen to "Yeah Yeah" by The Portugal Japan
Make off with Vol. 1 here
Listen to "Hello!Hello!!" by The Helloes!
Listen to "Yes, No Blues" by Gaijin
Get your paws on Vol. 2 here
Nobody does retro like the Japanese. Which is to say: Whatever it was, whoever invented it, they'll play it like they own it.
Sazanami, a Tokyo-based label that celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, is one of the archipelago's leading purveyors of backwards-glancing garage, go-go, pop, rock, surf and pseudo-punk, and these two high-voltage volumes focusing on contemporary girl-group grooves are must-haves for all of you retrophiles out there -- as well as anyone seeking a musical alternative to caffeine.