nate, you should definitely check out the Pillows and Asian Kung-Fu generation. It seems alot of people like them here, and I know i enjoy them too.
I found a GREAT radio station that my japanese friend introduced me too....I REALLY enjoy listening to some of their podcast shows. you get introduced, not only to great indie, rock, and pop music from japan, but from around the world.
Here is the link: www.i-radio.fm
I now have an ever-growing list of j-bands i want to get a hold of. The pod casts for each host happens weekly, but there is usually one new show a day, lasting around a half hour. DEFINITELY worth a wee peek.
If you, or anyone check it out, let me know what you think. ^___^