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Since there doesn't seem to be a general single purpose Japanese pop thread..

Currently enjoying Listen To The Music 2 by Noriyuki Makihara ("Macky"!)... the production on the more upbeat numbers are just silky smooth yet highly complex.. the cover of "Traveling" is amazing. The very BOC/Capitol K take on Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" is a bit odd, as is the early MoM style take on Nat King Cole's "Smile"

Your turn.

iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 07:26 (seventeen years ago) link

Puffy is easily the best j-pop group I've heard, but it has admittedly been a pretty small sampling on my part.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 07:33 (seventeen years ago) link

The first J-Pop record I owned and went giddy over was Tomoe Shinohara's Supermodel from 1996. She made Bjork look like Patti Smith. I still throw that on every now and then whenever I want to go into screeching little twee girl video game noise/dance sugar fits.

iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 07:39 (seventeen years ago) link

j-Pop really fucking sucks!

Good Dog (Good Dog), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 08:10 (seventeen years ago) link

Puffy are ok though.

Good Dog (Good Dog), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 08:10 (seventeen years ago) link

'80s J-pop is where it's at...

Ippu-Do/Masami Tsuchiya
Miharu Koshi
Moon Riders
Akiko Yano
Taeko Ohnuki/Mishio Ogawa
YMO (of course) / Sakamoto / Takahashi

Patrick South (Patrick South), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 09:37 (seventeen years ago) link

And to say J-pop sucks, to dismiss Japanese popular music entirely, is pretty stupid. Clearly you haven't heard SHIT.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 09:38 (seventeen years ago) link

At the Kinokuniya books inside Uwajimaya, they have an entire section of "Top Japanese Hits of [Year]" compilations from 1970 to 2005. It's tempting, but to buy all those would be the same price as a downpayment on a mid-sized house.

iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 09:40 (seventeen years ago) link

Any Bonnie Pink recommendations?

iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 09:43 (seventeen years ago) link

Let's make this "The J-Pop YSI thread".

Here's Tommy February - Hey Bad Boy

snowballing (snowballing), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 09:58 (seventeen years ago) link

this thread is mostly about shibuya-kei, but anyway:

Great Japanese Pop

zebedee (zebedee), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 11:50 (seventeen years ago) link

Patrick Smith: J-Pop is not "the entirety of Japanese popular music." Get one clue.

Good Dog (Good Dog), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 12:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I mean J-Pop as a term was not even invented until the mid-nineties. Perhaps overseas people use it to mean something else.

Good Dog (Good Dog), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 12:06 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, in Japan, "J-pop" means everything other than "J-indie" and "J-Punk" or other underground genre.

Regardless, saying "J-pop really fucking sucks" is really dismissive.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 14:07 (seventeen years ago) link

And I'm assuming you were addressing me with "Patrick Smith." :]

Patrick South (Patrick South), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 14:08 (seventeen years ago) link

My understanding is that J-Pop refers to a specific style of major label, fast tempo, synth-driven, television supported pop music from about 1993 to the present typified by girl groups like Morning Musume (created by a TV show), Komuro Tetsuya's projects, Hamazaki Ayumi, SMAP, Hikaru Utada, etc etc. This stuff is inescapable in Japan. I spent years watching Japanese TV and I heard about five good songs and three of them were written by Okuda Tamio. Sorry to be so rockist about this but this country's mainstream pop music is really annoying and awful and I thought I'd just pipe up with that stunning observation.

I will bow out of the thread now as it's obviously not for me. Toodle pip.

Good Dog (Good Dog), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 14:35 (seventeen years ago) link

So, J-Pop is essentially the half of Japanese mainstream music that has a pulse? (Based on the Hit Parade show -- the one karaoke pop show where they all venerate THE FISH at the beginning -- I've seen syndicated on UHF here years ago, there's the more upbeat modern side of Japanese mainstream, and there's the more boring adult contemporary side.)

iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 22:03 (seventeen years ago) link

I like Puffy OK, but I especially like the really hyper j-pop I've heard, like that one posted on Fluxblog a while back by Salt 5. Any YSIs or pointers toward overviews would be more than welcome.

Eppy (Eppy), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 22:14 (seventeen years ago) link

tomoe shinohara has a new single out which is o-k. for more stuff like that, search: hi-posi, chappie, hazel nuts chocolate, plus tech squeeze box, aprils, W (only the last being proper 'j-pop' in good dog's definition).

i 2nd snowballing's tommy february6 recommendation. see also; tommy heavenly6 & brilliant green.

not sure if shiina ringo belongs on this thread but everybody should search.

xcixxorx, Wednesday, 9 November 2005 22:32 (seventeen years ago) link

That Tommy February track is fantastic, thanks. I wish it was a little more amped-up but that's OK.

I didn't know Plus-Tech Squeeze Box qualified. Awesome.

It'll probably be hard to search for W, but I'll try the rest.

Eppy (Eppy), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 22:51 (seventeen years ago) link

Having lived in Japan a few years ago, I can honestly say that the pop music over there is, in general, embarrasing to a westerner's ears. The main flaw is the overzealous use of tacky 80's style synths and guitars (Hamasaki Ayumi is a glaring example). Although I never really found it, I'm confident that there IS good music in Japan, it's just really hard to find. Noteworthy artists would be Pizzicato Five (natch), The Pillows, Suga Shikao (but he's a bit iffy at times), and X Japan's first album "Jealousy", which is sort of like Metallica's "Master of Puppets" but even more over the top.

Jimmy James Inc, Thursday, 10 November 2005 06:42 (seventeen years ago) link

The main flaw is the overzealous use of tacky 80's style synths and guitars

Haha, which country HASN'T been doing stuff like this recently?

I guess what I like about this stuff is its resilience. It's this "Nothing is going to stop this motherfucking bubblegum brigade.. we're going to use every odd modern production technique out there to create this kaleidoscopic maximalist sugar rush of a song" attitude that I appreciate. It's a love or hate thing, I guess. But I'm noticing that I'm starting to like the more conservative stuff as well. ah, age.

iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Thursday, 10 November 2005 07:53 (seventeen years ago) link

"I'm confident that there IS good music in Japan, it's just really hard to find."

Wrong, wrong, wrong! One of the best things about living in Japan is the huge variety of record shops catering to any genre you can imagine, plus a few you've probably never heard of. Furthermore, if you live in nearly any of the major cities, you've got plenty of options with regards to club nights, live shows, not to mention the festivals which go on all summer. Judging the state of Japanese music based on Ayumi Hamasaki and her ilk is just plain ignorant.

I've said it before on a bunch of other threads but anyone interested in Japanese music needs to check out SUPERCAR. 'nuff said.

J-rock (Julien Sandiford), Thursday, 10 November 2005 08:07 (seventeen years ago) link

I quite like the new Orange Range record. Fake Rock is such a great genre.

Jacob (Jacob), Thursday, 10 November 2005 08:58 (seventeen years ago) link

Don't Orange Range do the terrible "Locomotion" cover thing?

Patrick South (Patrick South), Thursday, 10 November 2005 09:20 (seventeen years ago) link

Quite possibly. I'd hardly hold 'em up as paragons of taste but the record is quite fun in an Andrew WK-lite kinda way.

Jacob (Jacob), Thursday, 10 November 2005 09:52 (seventeen years ago) link

Speaking as someone who likes j-pop, o noes o shokku!!! etc, I'd recommend Ai Otsuka, esp her first album Love PUNCH!, which is cute girly guitar pop, and Namie Amuro's latest album is from what I've heard excellent. There's a boyband called w-inds. (spelt like that!) whose best-of came out last year or so and is ace - some very classic late-nineties/early-2000s-ish songs on there, although for a couple of their albums you needed to be immune to lame boyband-rap to survive. Porno Graffiti can be pretty ace too, not sure if they're strictly jpop though.

Did anyone get the last english-language Utada album?

spontine (cis), Thursday, 10 November 2005 14:16 (seventeen years ago) link

if you mean Exodus, yeah - strange but good, it was like normal dance-pop but just skewed enough to be really interesting.

i was thinking the other day that I needed to start a thread about j-pop in 2005 b/c i've really been out of the loop - anybody know of any great '05 releases in the genre?

Josh Love (screamapillar), Thursday, 10 November 2005 14:26 (seventeen years ago) link

"Nichiyo-bi" by Jitterin' Jinn (?) is utterly fantastic tweenie sugar rush pop that pretty much defines the word "bouncy".

"Long Way Home" by Speed is a lachrymose ballad in the "Careless Whisper" vein that kind of seeps under your skin after a few hearings. Dunno if they're anything to do with Speed, Glue and Shinki (I suspect not) but you can always hope.

Those are the only 2 j-pop songs I can remember actually. Are there any compilations / overviews marketed to the Western market? Or would that be a complete waste of any record companies time and money?

Matt #2 (Matt #2), Thursday, 10 November 2005 15:42 (seventeen years ago) link


The Hillary Duff sounding song "Endless Love" from We Love Katamari soundtrack. So good!

This morning on the train I jammed out The Fantastic Plastic Machine's "too" which is total disco mindfuck.

Jdubz (ex machina), Thursday, 10 November 2005 15:44 (seventeen years ago) link

today I made a "music cover fantasy" folder and one of those songs is j-pop: ayumi hamasaki "Real me" RAM RIDER REMIX, it's a sweet and powerful "get out of my way" kind of pop song.

Sébastien Chikara (Sébastien Chikara), Friday, 11 November 2005 00:45 (seventeen years ago) link

Yuko Ogura's 'Frui Chu Tarte' from last year is one of the best all-out, hyper, super-synthy J-pop albums of recent years. I don't know who these musicians are...but they know how to make a pop song. It's her first album! She sounds like a kid!

Patrick South (Patrick South), Friday, 11 November 2005 01:28 (seventeen years ago) link

Spontine :"I'd recommend Ai Otsuka, esp her first album Love PUNCH"

spontine i had just bought LOve Jam, which is good, is Love punch better ?
Also i bought Chara "a scenery like me but had yet to listen"

not strictly jpop but i highy recommend Takako Minekawa "Roomic cube" and "Chat chat".

any other suggestion, expecially greatest hits, since i can permit to go bankrut and i buy tons od diverse genre of music. Yeh a J-Pop compilation for the wester market would be a goodidea, but probably noone is interested....

francesco brunetti, Friday, 11 November 2005 17:34 (seventeen years ago) link

sorry, that should have been "i can't permit to go bankrupt"!!!! and "a scenery like me" but....

francesco brunetti, Friday, 11 November 2005 17:36 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeh a J-Pop compilation for the wester market would be a goodidea, but probably noone is interested....

Kinokuniya Books sells "The Best in J-Pop! Volume X" type comps for better (yet slightly inflated but nowhere near Japanese import) prices.. so SOME labels (in the U.S. at least) have seen a market for this.

They also sell domestic releases of Japanese bands like Polysics and, occasionally, Boredoms related stuff... Still, I wish the buyers at Kinokuniya would be more on the off-the-radar tip -- but the AOR Japanese pop, J-Pop, and Japanese underground customer bases tend to be mutually exclusive, I guess.

(plurplurplur) ^_- DJ 'O' Nut -_^ (rulprulprulp) (donut), Friday, 11 November 2005 17:56 (seventeen years ago) link

five years pass...

BABYMETAL! I have nothing else to say.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 28 October 2011 18:35 (eleven years ago) link

That's...quite something.

I guess there's always been a crossover between j-pop and metal with people like Aikawa Nanase and the vis kei bands but i've never heard anything like that.

Mohombi Khush Hua (ShariVari), Friday, 28 October 2011 18:39 (eleven years ago) link

Do not ignore their homepage:

Ned Raggett, Friday, 28 October 2011 18:55 (eleven years ago) link


Mohombi Khush Hua (ShariVari), Friday, 28 October 2011 19:02 (eleven years ago) link

two months pass...

bob loblaw people (dayo), Thursday, 12 January 2012 13:24 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

Have to post this here as well

(This being Momoiro Clover Z - the music video is great as well, but the official upload's sound is muffled )

Big, amazing song. Marty Friedman featuring seems like a normal sort of thing for these girls. There's also this article from Japan Times:

The not-so-odd coupling between noise acts and J-pop

However, a lot of it is thoroughly sincere, and in Japan, the burning heart of this love affair is Momoiro Clover Z, a pop group who provoke squealing, teenage admiration from punks, indie kids, noise musicians and heavy-psychedelic longhairs throughout the Japanese underground music scene.

One such progressive rocker is Taigen Kawabe of U.K.-based psychedelic band Bo Ningen. More often seen in Tokyo playing alongside noise legends such as Keiji Haino, Kawabe's page on the website SoundCloud leads off with a curious mashup of his own band and Momioro Clover Z in which the former band's shifts in rhythm match surprisingly well with the idol group's distinctive penchant for chopping aggressively (and sometimes illogically) between seemingly unconnected melodies.

Interestingly, Momioro Clover's recent single, "Roudou Sanka," written by Ian Parton of British band The Go! Team, met with criticism from some fans for being too commercial, and the Hyadain-produced (and Friedman-enhanced) followup, the elaborately titled "Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku Dainana Gakushou", is defiantly back in the group's previous furious conceptual mashup territory

Roudou Sanka is actually great

abcfsk, Friday, 2 March 2012 18:40 (eleven years ago) link

the music isn't killing me as much as the video concepts, but the Megadeth guitar + Volga Boatmen Russian choral coda is definitely some kind of... thing? they're 9000 times less disturbing than AKB48 in any case, if I could take back watching that one video of theirs a friend forwarded I would

that Japan Times article is great though; Merzbow had been influencing western pop artists from the beginning of his career, but when Shiina Ringo began integrating full on Otomo Yoshihide levels of noise-solos in her pop songs it really did come across as national heritage rather than some kind of collage. almost confused Japan Times didn't reference Shiina even though she basically moved away from noise in 2004

Milton Parker, Friday, 2 March 2012 20:15 (eleven years ago) link

Here's the song performed live with a full choir and marty on the guitar!

abcfsk, Saturday, 3 March 2012 10:57 (eleven years ago) link

I fell asleep listening to Perfume's JPN last night and had weird acidy candy store french electro dreams.

owenf, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 22:37 (eleven years ago) link

Whoa, I completely missed out on Momoiro Clover Z's nutsoid Christmas song:

Doch! (seandalai), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:30 (eleven years ago) link

^ the best bit is when it goes SANTA

owenf, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 01:32 (eleven years ago) link

Dude who writes most of their stuff:

abcfsk, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 06:33 (eleven years ago) link

bet he's tired

owenf, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 09:48 (eleven years ago) link

Sufficiently so to forget his many chords in the new Momoiro tune-

abcfsk, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 10:49 (eleven years ago) link

TAKE FIVE! puts me in this really nostalgic mood

flagp∞st (dayo), Saturday, 17 March 2012 23:04 (eleven years ago) link

for anyone interested the French label that has put out Haru Nemuri, Suiyobi no Campanella, etc LPs in the past has a 2LP Oomori Seiko set out at the moment. only 500 copies pressed, just got mine in the post this morning.

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 23 April 2021 10:05 (one year ago) link

Nice. They're also selling all 56 of their digital releases for €8.50?!

maf you one two (maffew12), Friday, 23 April 2021 13:27 (one year ago) link

noticed that on the Campanella release page.. that release is just pay-whatever-you-want for the files. Anyway thanks I'm gonna check some of this out.

maf you one two (maffew12), Friday, 23 April 2021 13:31 (one year ago) link

just did represses of the nemuri records too

still kinda hurts to think about how turned out after that sick first record

keep going back to this new dempagumi single. looks like hyadain wrote it, which man, of course he did. hope there's more...

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Friday, 23 April 2021 19:31 (one year ago) link

have we talked about Atarashii Gakko no Leaders yet?
I love their cartoonish energy, how much fun they seem to be having.
I believe they do all that insane choreography themselves too?

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, 24 April 2021 17:40 (one year ago) link

thanks for that. i love it. i feel a tokyo jihen influence

bryan, Saturday, 24 April 2021 21:12 (one year ago) link

hah tokyo jihen influence might explain why it's musically not for me but that video is definitely pretty great

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Sunday, 25 April 2021 00:25 (one year ago) link

they are quite varied musically, this is the song that got me into them (and the synchronized head jerks haha)

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, 25 April 2021 01:14 (one year ago) link

for anyone interested the French label that has put out Haru Nemuri, Suiyobi no Campanella, etc LPs in the past has a 2LP Oomori Seiko set out at the moment. only 500 copies pressed, just got mine in the post this morning.

thanks for the heads up on this, I snagged literally the last copy

frogbs, Sunday, 25 April 2021 16:46 (one year ago) link

woah good timing! I wonder how many copies made their way to Japan via forwarding services

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, 25 April 2021 17:41 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

kenmochi hidefumi of wednesday campanella fame has gotten really into footwork lately, here's kanano senritsu - "drop" which he produced

ufo, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 10:32 (one year ago) link

looks like she's a ZOC member. man, that newish ZOC double album rules, one of my fave things in the seiko-verse from the last few years.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 15:07 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

ryutist - "mizugurasu"

love this

ufo, Monday, 16 August 2021 23:01 (one year ago) link

oh man, that IS great!

also, my ZOC enthusiasm has gone down the last few days... anyone else following this?

but then oomori was promoting a new maro single on social media the next day and that was weird.

then there were many apologies during a subsequent live ZOC performance:

here's a translation of some of what oomori said then:

I translated what Seiko & Maro said about the incident at their recent live #ZOC

— -アンナ- (Anna) (@0kada_Akiko) August 16, 2021

I honestly can't follow exactly what's going on but it sure doesn't seem good

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Tuesday, 17 August 2021 20:22 (one year ago) link

yeh it's awful, there have been rumours for a while about Seiko being a mess behind the scenes but hearing it for yourself is a whole other thing

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Tuesday, 17 August 2021 20:58 (one year ago) link

yeah, the whole thing is bumming me out, she should take a little breather and definitely step away from this particular project (altho she's basically what made it so interesting, sigh...)

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Tuesday, 17 August 2021 23:19 (one year ago) link

yeah this stuff is depressing, if she's just going to recreate the worst abusive dynamics of the idol industry what the hell is the point

ufo, Wednesday, 18 August 2021 03:54 (one year ago) link

yea exactly

watching this old video of seiko with bis, it was easy (for me) to fall into the narrative of "ZOC is her using the clout she's built up to make a fun dream from when she was younger happen"

but turns out she's just been using her position of power to do shitty things (like what happened with bis I guess, hmm), kinda kills the whole thing

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Wednesday, 18 August 2021 15:16 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu with "Dodonpa"... or should it be Din Daa Daa?

vcrash, Friday, 22 October 2021 16:27 (one year ago) link

Air ni ni by Hakushi Hasegawa is a pretty wild album - hyperactive synth-heavy jazz-pop/breakcore fusion

here's a spotify link since the only track from it on youtube is the first which is a little unrepresentative of just how wild it gets

― ufo, Saturday, November 23, 2019 5:46 AM (one year ago) bookmarkflaglink

holy shit you weren't kidding, first track makes it seem like some Plus-Tech Squeeze Box thing then it immediately ramps up to like 300 BPM

reminds me a bit of Sayohimebou. this is better though

frogbs, Thursday, 28 October 2021 22:30 (one year ago) link

Wednesday Campanella's new vocalist making a splash

abcfsk, Sunday, 31 October 2021 18:32 (one year ago) link

sounds like a solid replacement at least

ufo, Monday, 1 November 2021 06:12 (one year ago) link

oh i like the other new single "alice" more

ufo, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 01:49 (one year ago) link

quite enjoying this recent demagumi single which is like, prog-pop-punk/metal

ufo, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 05:49 (one year ago) link

the new kyary album is good actually, utterly bonkers in places (like "Dodonpa" posted upthread)

title track "Candy Racer"

Roz, Sunday, 14 November 2021 07:06 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

batten girls - "watashi koi hajimetatteyo!"

love this

ufo, Saturday, 4 December 2021 07:51 (one year ago) link

really like this one!

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Friday, 10 December 2021 20:22 (one year ago) link

think I account for half the views on this lol

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 17 December 2021 10:21 (one year ago) link

LOVE that!

sean gramophone, Saturday, 18 December 2021 16:10 (one year ago) link

Oh yes, this is good! Liking their 'Blue Baton' as well.

emil.y, Saturday, 18 December 2021 16:57 (one year ago) link

strong CHARISMA.COM vibes, I guess it's the rapping

assert (matttkkkk), Saturday, 18 December 2021 22:42 (one year ago) link

this is sick

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Sunday, 19 December 2021 05:56 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

"In This World" - Mondo Grosso, Hikari Mitsushima, Ryuichi Sakamoto

so gorgeous, would love an extended mix

Also just learned that BoA re-recorded her vocals for "Everything Needs Love" last year <3

Roz, Monday, 24 January 2022 05:55 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

lyrical school are so good

ufo, Tuesday, 8 February 2022 23:42 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

hmm new sakanaction album is very very boring, easily their worst. hope the second album this year is better

ufo, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 23:28 (one year ago) link

agreed - i don't love the retro direction they've been going in. I miss their big rave choruses.

"plateau" is good though

Roz, Thursday, 31 March 2022 03:02 (one year ago) link

"plateau" is solid but it's pretty by-numbers. they're still good at that one thing though which is enough to make it stand out from the rest of the album.

it's such a short & slight album and the other songs don't really have anything going for them, they're fairly mellow and restrained without their usual big hooks. it's not even like they don't have ideas, there's no reason the talking heads-esque disco pastiche of "shock" has to be so underwhelming - it's not bad but they're clearly capable of so much better. they've made going retro work extremely well before on "wasureranai no" but there's nothing like that here

ufo, Thursday, 31 March 2022 04:05 (one year ago) link

flipping through it, I like it fine but yeah my general impression of this band is they're too interesting to be doing what they're doing. if this is "easily their worst" that's a good sign for the albums I haven't heard yet

frogbs, Thursday, 31 March 2022 18:39 (one year ago) link

I've liked a few Haruka Kudo (工藤晴香) songs before, but not with enough mindfulness to internalize the kanji and realize that without looking it up. But the new album, 流星列車 (Meteor Train?), is fantastic idol rock all the way through. Highly recommended!

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 17:11 (eleven months ago) link

got to say I'm amused that altidol is already in the nostalgia phase with Bellring and Especia announcing oneoff reunions
only a matter of time before WACK scrape together a lineup of Lui and whoever is in the office at the time to do a BiS "hits" tour

anyway Ano has a major label debut single, it's OK?

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, 9 April 2022 12:25 (eleven months ago) link

(copy/pasted that wrong)

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, 9 April 2022 12:29 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

new wednesday campanella EP out today

it's solid, not special in the way their 2013-2018 run was, but i'm happy to have more from hidefumi

ufo, Friday, 27 May 2022 01:29 (ten months ago) link

I think it was time for a bit of a lighter vibe. Utaha is growing on me. "Buckingham" goes.

maf you one two (maffew12), Friday, 27 May 2022 02:10 (ten months ago) link

six months pass...

greatly enjoying this debut album from ExWHYZ - first single "Wanna Dance" produced by Shinichi Osawa/Mondo Grosso:

Roz, Sunday, 27 November 2022 05:50 (four months ago) link

hey something WACK related that I actually like, been a while since that happened
(thought it was a 46 offshoot at first just going by the initial haircuts haha)

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, 27 November 2022 06:31 (four months ago) link

ho6la - "idol fire" goes hard and goes places

ufo, Saturday, 10 December 2022 12:33 (three months ago) link

ok this is cheating a bit cos they are from Thailand, but this Shimmer Shrimpner song is fun in a late 80s indiepop way.

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, 10 December 2022 13:33 (three months ago) link

speaking of cheating, is there a better place to talk about the lexie liu record?

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Sunday, 18 December 2022 21:43 (three months ago) link

oh and nakata continues bringing the good stuff again with the new capsule

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Sunday, 18 December 2022 22:47 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

very confused by this sailor moon-themed idol group putting out this weird atonal track produced by hudson mohawke & bloodpop

ufo, Friday, 17 March 2023 12:07 (two weeks ago) link

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