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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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