Well, I told the story of how I got from Puffy into other things in 364
. The frustration of not being able to read (or even reproduce without comprehending) Japanese writing pushed me further into taking language classes. And from there it's been somewhat self-reinforcing.
Garnet Crow is probably the current band for whom my feelings are strongest, with Supercar close behind. Quantity-wise, I have 19 albums by Feel So Bad in my iTunes library and haven't felt even vaguely tempted to rotate any of them out. I like almost everything by Glay and Siam Shade and Number Girl. Beyond that there are a dozen or so Japanese bands I'm actively following, or wish they were still operating so I could: Aikawa Nanase, Amano Tsukiko, brilliant green, BUMP OF CHICKEN, Dir en grey, Do As Infinity, Every Little Thing, Fake?, globe, Hajime Chitose, pillows, Shingyoji Eri, Spitz, T.M.Revolution, Yaida Hitomi, Zeppet Store.
This week I'm listening to a compilation of old Melt-Banana singles, which B described as sounding like Michael Jackson being strangled.