Anamanaguchi

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Anamanaguchi is an American electronic band from New York City, that "makes loud, fast music with a hacked NES from 1985." The band has four members: lead songwriter and guitarist Peter Berkman, bassist James DeVito, guitarist Ary Warnaar and drummer Luke Silas.

The origin of the band's name is unclear. In one interview, Berkman said the name "Anamanaguchi" came about from a member in one of his former bands pronouncing gibberish in the style of Jabba the Hutt. On several other occasions, the band has explained that their name came about after the members worked as interns at Armani (Berkman and DeVito), Prada (Warnaar), and Gucci (Silas) while studying fashion at Parsons School of Design (though three of the four majored in Music Technology at New York University). People began calling them the "Armani-Prada-Gucci boys," which eventually was slurred into "Anamanaguchi."

Like other chiptune artists, Anamanaguchi creates music using video game hardware from the mid-to-late 1980s: namely a NES and a Game Boy. Berkman has stated that their music isn't just based around video game music and that much of it is inspired by "[s]imple pop stuff, like Weezer and the Beach Boys," as well as Janet Jackson.

The band composed music for the video game adaptation of the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game. The soundtrack for the game was released on Amazon and iTunes by ABKCO Records on August 24, 2010. The soundtrack debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart (aka Soundscan's New Artist Chart). Two tracks from Dawn Metropolis ("Blackout City" and "Mermaid") were also used for the Bit.Trip Runner soundtrack. In October 2010 it was announced that Anamanaguchi would appear in the music video game, Rock Band, with the track "Airbrushed". Anamanaguchi's second LP Endless Fantasy came out on May 14, 2013 and debuted at No. 1 on the aforementioned Heatseekers chart. The band's song "Jetpack Blues, Sunset Hues" is the current theme to Chris Hardwick's The Nerdist Podcast. On November 26, 2013, Anamanaguchi appeared as guests on the very podcast itself.

On May 3, 2013, Anamanaguchi provided a Kickstarter project for their album Endless Fantasy. In just 11 hours, their funding goal of $50,000 was reached. At the end of its run, the project was backed by 7,253 people who contributed to raising a grand total of $277,399, making it the second most-successful music project to be funded on Kickstarter at the time, behind that of singer Amanda Palmer.

Anamanaguchi was featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on June 17, 2013, where they played their song "Endless Fantasy" from the album of the same name.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2009 Dawn Metropolis Anamanaguchi 4 1
2013 Endless Fantasy Anamanaguchi 4 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2012 Single + Remix Collections Compilation Anamanaguchi 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Soundtrack Anamanaguchi 4 3

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2010 Airbrushed Anamanaguchi 5 1
2010 My Skateboard Will Go On Anamanaguchi 4 1
2010 Aurora (Meet Me in the Stars) Anamanaguchi 4 2
2010 Airbrushed (RAC remix) Anamanaguchi 4 1
2010 Mess Anamanaguchi 4 1
2011 Anamanaguchi / Starscream Anamanaguchi / Starscream 1
2013 Meow Anamanaguchi 5 1
2014 Prom Night Anamanaguchi 2
2014 Pop It Anamanaguchi 1

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2006 Power Supply Anamanaguchi 4 1
2008 Dawn Metropolis Preview EP Anamanaguchi 1

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