Category Archives: J-pop
Why I love Seiko Oomori
Seiko Oomori is fun and crazy, and I’m not sure if I should be her best friend or stay a few feet away from her. I was still unsure while watching her Youtube live, getting punched by her from inside a karaoke room on the other side of the screen. Seiko rarely stops entertaining, and can play melo […]
SCANDAL is unclear and great in "Kiss From the Darkness"
Six out of the eleven songs of “Kiss From the Darkness” have a music video (and one has a lyric video), which makes “Kiss From the Darkness” feel like a live show, or a movie, or a prolonged music video. We see Scandal rocking away in colored rooms, dancing in the street, and most notably we […]
Seiko Oomori is insane once again on "Kintsugi"
“Kintsugi” by Seiko Oomori starts as an “evening” instead of a “morning”, and Seiko talks about music being “a five-dimensional thing that can change the time axis”. Time has apparently inspired her writing for the album, and I guess it’s up to people like me and you to figure out […]
I wanted to talk about how charming the Wink girls are, but I realize they’re not. They just stare at me and make weird hand dances. I have never seen them express an emotion or react to a situation. They are aliens. While listening to Wink, I recognize that around one of four songs are covers of […]
hy4_4yh – the most overly-Japanese group out there?
hy4_4yh (Hyper YoYo) is a weird group. They’re in a way like 80s rappers, but in Japan, in the 2000s, rapping mostly over Indonesian rave music (“funkot”). Or rock, or punk, or pop, or hiphop. They’re incredibly… like they are. Wearing cool hiphop hats, doing dope dances and signs, and scr […]
A more complete text about hy4_4yh
In my last text about the Japanese rap group hy4_4yh (read it!), I described them as “80s rappers, but in Japan, in the 2000s, rapping mostly over Indonesian rave music (“funkot”), or rock, or punk, or pop, or hip hop.” I focused on their time with the hyperactive “funkot” genre in the m […]
First Summer Uika – her music, her career and her personality
Who is First Summer Uika, you may ask? Maybe this could give you an answer: No? At first I was drawn to First Summer Uika’s quirkiness and weird behavior on stage. But I dug deeper and found other parts of her – she’s not only cool, unfiltered and funny – she’s also very professional, prag […]
I saw NECRONOMIDOL in Stockholm (it was nice)
The “ultra dark Japanese idol group” NECRONOMIDOL travelled to Stockholm, Sweden to perform, and I travelled there to see them. Before October 23rd I didn’t know much about the group, except that they have some seriously great songs, but now I know that: […]