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really into this wonky Jackson 5 rip, unexpected Sarah Records reference at the end of the MV too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6Qpx4nQiBc

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 31 May 2018 14:00 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

new KOTO record is unbelievable, just too good for this world

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7xKs92IMsQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6PO6Eep9NA

also liking this retro tentenko ballad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8mkCgkAB6w

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 02:13 (eleven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Wow @ "BBQ"!

Another acronym song, "U.S.A." by Da Pump, was subtly dissed by The Japan Times

- https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2018/07/18/music/da-pump-scores-unexpected-summer-hit-u-s

sbahnhof, Sunday, 30 December 2018 02:12 (ten months ago) link

Loving that KOTO record. Someone nominate it for the EOY poll.

Jeff W, Sunday, 30 December 2018 17:36 (ten months ago) link

i am really enjoying Koutei Camera Girl Drei's mini-album New Way of Lovin'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoVysQLSvrA

driving techno-idol pop epic "Toronto Lot" is the highlight, probably going to make my EOY ballot

ufo, Friday, 4 January 2019 14:05 (ten months ago) link

yeh Toronto Lot is one of my top tracks from 2018, although I tend to skip the first minute intro
Girlz Can't is also killer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gaof0Urpmp8

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 4 January 2019 14:30 (ten months ago) link

Just when you thought the AKB universe couldn't get any more toxic:

Biggest controversy on Japanese internet (and now, finally, in Japanese media) involves the targeted assault of Yamaguchi Maho, a member of the Niigata-based idol group NGT48, a sister group of AKB48 (which I think Westerners are more familiar with). #山口真帆

— Kat Bee (@katbeee) January 10, 2019

Zeuhl Idol (Matt #2), Friday, 18 January 2019 14:15 (nine months ago) link

I'd never thght I wld post this: my 13 yo is obsessed with k-pop. It's like my dEUS obsession multiplied by pi.

nathom, Friday, 18 January 2019 20:23 (nine months ago) link

xp Yes, but the reactions since that tweet 8 days ago have also been stronger and different from before, signalling a shift of some kind. The story didn't go away, the company was forced to respond, the manager was removed, Japanese media have had to tackle it

abcfsk, Friday, 18 January 2019 21:25 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

new kyary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9hGYrc0GYI

Jeff W, Thursday, 7 February 2019 22:04 (nine months ago) link

really like the way this new Chai song gets messy in the middle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoCOh2r6ML0

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 8 February 2019 02:20 (nine months ago) link

The more Momoiro Clover Z live clips I watch the less I understand what's going on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsSC_ZCjnZI

Zeuhl Idol (Matt #2), Saturday, 16 February 2019 23:55 (eight months ago) link

i didn't entirely get it, but i feel like i sort of half got it. is the song about feeling unloved and abandoned in a "black day" sense but instead of just moping about it and spiraling, also praying to the shinto god raijin to gain strength from their experience?

the scientology of mountains (rushomancy), Sunday, 17 February 2019 00:12 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZfMQ-ydw28

Rinne Yoshida - "Mu"

fun dance pop produced by Wednesday Campanella's Kenmochi Hidefumi

ufo, Sunday, 3 March 2019 07:31 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...

Oh yeah the ne w Denpa track is a frenetic banger of the old skool style

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgUm0xYI6fU&

abcfsk, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 08:35 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Sakanaction, delightful as always:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxqYUbNR-c0

Roz, Friday, 21 June 2019 12:17 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

^^ love that

just sayin, Friday, 2 August 2019 06:17 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Dempagumi reaching next level of brilliance here:
https://open.spotify.com/track/4JOIgA1XHd6BPtv3kkEDzl?si=BoBge8FFTt-MJpU_y5M5HA

Jeff W, Sunday, 8 September 2019 16:46 (two months ago) link

tune

nxd, Friday, 13 September 2019 11:02 (one month ago) link

that rules

ufo, Friday, 13 September 2019 11:42 (one month ago) link

Can anyone give me any insight into this 3776 album Saijiki? It’s getting buzz on Rym. I can only find it on YouTube. I’m new to j-pop and Idol groups in general but what I understand is they were once a larger group now it’s one girl and a producer. The cover and name are all representing mt. Fuji in shape and size. Lots going on musically, sounds like Stereolab with tons of odd time elements at play. Any insight beyond that? I kind of love it but am pretty unsure of exactly what I’m getting into here. Couldn’t find much discussion.

https://youtu.be/Bv-V9tD8gdc

gman59, Saturday, 14 September 2019 11:00 (one month ago) link

Can anyone give me any insight into this 3776 album Saijiki? It’s getting buzz on Rym. I can only find it on YouTube. I’m new to j-pop and Idol groups in general but what I understand is they were once a larger group now it’s one girl and a producer. The cover and name are all representing mt. Fuji in shape and size. Lots going on musically, sounds like Stereolab with tons of odd time elements at play. Any insight beyond that? I kind of love it but am pretty unsure of exactly what I’m getting into here. Couldn’t find much discussion.

https://youtu.be/Bv-V9tD8gdc

gman59, Saturday, 14 September 2019 11:00 (one month ago) link

i haven't heard much of the album yet (have been aware of the rym buzz which is usually worth checking out when it's something like this) but there's a long history of vaguely experimental and underground groups that still cling to the "idol pop" form and this seems to be in that tradition, if weirder than usual. i did do a bit of searching and find that there's a few places that claim that Akira Ishida, the songwriter and producer, is the famous voice actor of the same name but i don't think that's actually the case.

ufo, Saturday, 14 September 2019 11:28 (one month ago) link

yeh I've been following 3776 for a few years now. they started as a "local idol" group to promote Fujinomiya, a city at the base of Mt Fuji, but the group has since become more of an arty postpunk group with the duo of Chiyono & Akira.
they use a lot of Fuji imagery in the lyrics and the number 3776 in their songs e.g. in the below song during the breakdown about 90 seconds in Chiyono counts out measures of 3,7,7 and 6 before 1234ing back into the song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2UcGmhVnpI

their discography has all sorts of neat twists & turns e.g. there's a pretty bossanova e.p. so just dig around, there's lots of great stuff to discover. No idea what's going on with the new album though lol, sounds like she's constantly saying animal names?
Oh and Chiyono also made a really solo album (produced by Akira of course)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9x8cIwypFs

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, 14 September 2019 11:29 (one month ago) link

ok reading up on the new album's concept and wtf!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saijiki
so it's a chronicle of a year, every 12 seconds is a day (counted out by one zodiac sign per second, hence the animals)
each of the 12 songs roughly the length of that month, i.e. in seconds x 12

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, 14 September 2019 11:57 (one month ago) link

er, in days x 12 seconds

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, 14 September 2019 12:01 (one month ago) link

Wow. That’s awesome. Thank you all so much. Yeah played through it once and was very next level. But I’m so unfamiliar with idol stuff that wasn’t sure if this was the norm. He seems to be operating on a different wavelength.

gman59, Saturday, 14 September 2019 12:06 (one month ago) link

didn't realize there was a new 3776 album, not following rym does mean i miss out on some shit... i can always catch up later, i tell myself

sock fingering, baby (rushomancy), Saturday, 14 September 2019 14:31 (one month ago) link

It’s definitely cool. A lot going on. I’m just out of my element on the traditions of the genre but I love the bizarre time rules he’s put on himself and the stereolab experimental art stuff happening. Just not sure how out of bounds this is as far as J-Pop Idol stuff goes. Also looks like he’s heavily inspired by akb48 which I’ve seen in here some of you have said is problematic. Didn’t want to accidentally endorse something shitty

gman59, Saturday, 14 September 2019 15:36 (one month ago) link

don't worry they are pretty way out there as far as the idolsphere is concerned!
also re stereolabesque arty idol stuff you should check out Maison Book Girl, more streamlined but still have the odd time sigs etc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBSavADxE3U

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, 14 September 2019 15:51 (one month ago) link

i was going to recommend gesu no kiwami otome along these same lines and i sort of started following enon kawatani and found out that he contributed a song to a chatmonchy tribute last year (also included: guitar wolf!) - i am going to have to check that one out!

sock fingering, baby (rushomancy), Saturday, 14 September 2019 16:14 (one month ago) link

Amazing. Thank you all

gman59, Saturday, 14 September 2019 16:32 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIOiwV1qj-k

this is v v good

wario in the streets, waluigi in the sheets (m bison), Saturday, 14 September 2019 17:35 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTTnyA38NfE

on the topic of dempagumi.inc from earlier this is another great recent single from them. incredible video too

ufo, Saturday, 14 September 2019 21:40 (one month ago) link

and re: sakanaction their new album's quite good, there was a bit of discussion of it a while ago in the j-indie thread

good japanese indie stuff?

ufo, Saturday, 14 September 2019 21:44 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lNFzrkp1ME

the clapping at the beginning of this is straight up steve reich's "clapping music"

wario in the streets, waluigi in the sheets (m bison), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 02:10 (one month ago) link

ok it's v v v close https://youtu.be/lzkOFJMI5i8?t=20

wario in the streets, waluigi in the sheets (m bison), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 02:12 (one month ago) link

(many xps)

+1 for the Dempagumi.Inc track Jeff W posted the other week.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 17:55 (one month ago) link

yeh I've been following 3776 for a few years now. they started as a "local idol" group to promote Fujinomiya, a city at the base of Mt Fuji, but the group has since become more of an arty postpunk group with the duo of Chiyono & Akira.
they use a lot of Fuji imagery in the lyrics and the number 3776 in their songs e.g. in the below song during the breakdown about 90 seconds in Chiyono counts out measures of 3,7,7 and 6 before 1234ing back into the song

track 12 does that too, right from the beginning. have not heard the new one but I remember thinking the first one reminded me a bit of modern Cornelius, not his new album but rather the NHK/salyu x salyu stuff. it's a bit more energetic than that though.

frogbs, Thursday, 19 September 2019 13:53 (one month ago) link

Gonna be in Tokyo for a couple weeks next weekend. Any clubs around town good guarantees of seeing a pop act?

57mg/20floz, Saturday, 21 September 2019 05:05 (one month ago) link

there will be tons of events every day, so probably best to check listings like these:
https://www.tochoh.com/
https://idolscheduler.jp/
https://genvers.jp/event/index/all

and if there are specific acts you're interested in, twitter and so on

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Friday, 27 September 2019 18:59 (one month ago) link

and it's cool that 3776 is getting some hype outside the idol bubble. new album rules. but I went to an in-store recently and the crowd was still v much the idol otaku you might expect haha.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Friday, 27 September 2019 19:03 (one month ago) link

Ano has left You'll Melt More with immediate effect. She was their most popular member by miles, can't see them lasting much longer without her.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-tXl0gajdc

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Monday, 30 September 2019 10:27 (one month ago) link


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