Matt Bigelow

music, podcasts, and recordings from tokyo

the matty b sides -- experimental tri-lingual folk

Wild Thumbprints (Bandcamp) (CD Baby) (iTunes) -- Tri-lingual outsider country-folk-rock album by The Matty B Sides

the dead sea dropouts -- Tokyo's premier Klezmer Group (YouTube)

Matty B Files (iTunes) (Podbean) -- Podcast about music and living in Tokyo

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145 | THE SYAMISENIST & More Than Music


Jack from THE SYAMISENIST and Justin from More than Music join the podcast to talk about spiking traditional music with change, and how far the limits can be pushed until you go too far.

In the introduction: Quest for Meat.

Find THE SYAMISENIST at Twitter: @thesyamisenist



Find More Than Music at:
LINE: @pzt2077h

131 | Japan Month in Review (January 2019)

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Author Max von Schuler-Kobayashi and Matt Bigelow discuss military scandals and surveillance technology on the Asian front.

Max's Blog:

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This podcast was hosted, produced, edited, written, engineered, and subdued by Matt Bigelow

129 RedBedRock


RedBedRock is a multicultural rock band based in Tokyo, Japan. Their sounds combine influences such as Hard Rock, world music, and Latin, inspiring them to develop their own unique sound.

Photo Credit: Rie Shiina

This Podcast was Produced, Engineered, Edited, Recorded, and Uploaded by Matt Bigelow

122 | JamCast 14 "Cage Wrattlin'"


A JamCast is when Nikolas Faraguna and I mic up a drum kit, a guitar, hit the record button, and record music. We upload the musical conversation, warts and all. Reach out to us and tell us what you think. Like, share, comment, and subscribe! 

Recorded in Tokyo, Japan. 

Guitar: Nikolas Faraguna (@nikolasfaraguna) | Drums: Matt Bigelow

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This podcast was hosted, produced, edited, written, engineered, and subdued by Matt Bigelow


102 JamCast 10 [Fists of Music] w/ Nikolas Faraguna


A JamCast is when Nikolas and I mic up a drum set, a guitar, hit the record button AND GO! We play a variety of styles of music with no preparation, no rehearsal.  All of it is pulled from the ether. We are painting time with music, friends.  

If you like Zappa, Phish, Hendrix, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, etc. Then look no farther. Click the Play Button, and let the JamCast begin. 

Styles covered: Psychadelic Funk, Sludge Rock, Guitar Solo: Psychadelic Adventure, Jangly Folk, Country-Punk.

Don't forget to check out our previous Jamcasts. Just scroll and look for the word JAMCAST.  Also, don't forget to like and subscribe. Word of Mouth is best kind of help. So thank you for that!

Co-Host and Co-Engineer: Nikolas Faraguna (Facebook)

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This podcast was hosted, produced, edited, written, engineered, and subdued by Matt Bigelow.

Matty B Files 55 -- Sunset Drive (Alastair Rogers & Tosh)

On this episode of the MBF, Alistair Rogers & Tosh sit with me in Second Drip Recording's Lounge (great recording studio, check 'em out here). Mike Hannah pops in for a bit with a plastic bag. Alistair & Tosh & Mike are putting a show at Zher za Zoo on April 28, 2017. Facebook Event Page here.  Co-Producer Credit goes out to Masa.

Alistair and Tosh founded the band Sunset Drive (YouTube Vid), where they recorded, toured & played countless shows. 
Alistair is back in town recording with Tosh for Sunset Drive. In the podcast we talk about changes in the music industry, touring, magnets that talk, and why Led Zepplin stole all those songs -- and why that's perfectly awesome.

Max von Schuler-Kobayashi finishes off the show with indepth analysis about why we shouldn't care about North Korea's nuclear threats.  Max is an ex-marine, former spy, published author, and researches the historical relationship between Japan and Korea.

 In the intro I play Patriotic North Korean Music. Topics include:

This is a JAM PACKED episode.  Especially made to go with driving, walking, or drinking alone. 

This show was hosted, recorded, edited, engineered, uploaded, written and produced by Matt Bigelow


MBF 52 - Saku Yanagawa

MBF 53 - Saku Yanagawa (Comedian)

Saku is a comedian who spends his time writing in Tokyo and doing comedy in Chicago. He stopped by the Ogikubo Studio and we talked comedy.

Introduction topics include:

  • types of Hanami
  • music
  • Jordan B. Peterson
  • Cotton Club

Music guest --> The Dirty Ts

Saku Yanagawa (instagram) (FaceBook)

this podcast was hosted, edited, recorded, uploaded, written & produced by Matt Bigelow

Max Returns! Pro-Trump!

Max is an ex-Marine. He was also a double-agent Communist spy hunter in post-Vietnam Japan, and has recently written a pro-Trump book in Japanese.  Check out his blog. Check out his book.

Liberalism has gone off the rails, and in this podcast, we talk about the failing news media, why Trump won, and I also play some clips from Trump's speech in Mexico, a clip from an Islam Immam, and some other goodies as well.

Politics is very much divided at the moment, and although I am a traditional liberal, I find myself unable to really believe what liberalism has become in the past 5 years, which is to say, I do not think that identity politics being pushed by people in their 20s is going to be very helpful for me as a straight white male who wants to leave other people alone so that they can find their own prosperity in life. That's why perhaps a vote for Trump is a vote for prosperity. I don't agree with everything he says, especially about torture and the building of a wall, but I do agree that international business relationships need to change, as they are based on largely post WWII agreements.  I do believe in strong borders, and building infrastructure.  So when I look at the options -- identity politics, which are about as volatile as the bitcoin trade, or jobs related to engineering, such as engineering, computer design, maintenance -- I am going to choose the latter as it brings more prosperity to my family and my friends, which in the end makes me happier. 

I live in Japan, and Japan is a country that puts Japan first.  No one really disagrees with that. But when America wants to put itself first, everybody's nostrils start flaring.  Japan produces some of the most high-quality infrastructure and security projects in the world, and as a result is a place where people work and tourists have been flocking to Japan to admire its culture.  It didn't achieve these milestones by banging on protest drums and shouting lame slogans. Japan has realized its successes through consultation, implementation, improvement, and independence.  Japan is not a perfect place, but I admire the fastidiousness of its workers, and their admiration for high-quality standards.  

So have a listen to the podcast! See how bigoted we aren't.