My life changed after watching Chiaki Mayumura do this (synchronize the audience’s clapping)

Watch this: Chiaki Mayumura ends a song, and starts a dance to match the audience’s clapping, probably just out of spontaneous fun. Then she does weird things to see how the clapping reacts, and when she finishes with three quick jumps, the crowd claps exactly like her jumps: It’s perfectly in sync, it’s fast, it’sContinue reading “My life changed after watching Chiaki Mayumura do this (synchronize the audience’s clapping)”

My 40 favorite Jun Togawa moments

Since my Jun Togawa texts seem to go very well on this site, here’s another one! If you want Jun Togawa, you’ll get Jun Togawa. And since it’s also less than a month until 2022, the year Jun Togawa celebrates 40 years since her first album, I’ve compiled a list of my 40 favorite momentsContinue reading “My 40 favorite Jun Togawa moments”

Second-person and third-person music (feat. You’ll Melt More!)

In the music video for “Hamidashi PARADISE” by You’ll Melt More!, you’re encouraged to take part of it like a game. You choose your favorite member, “drag” the screen to make choices, and get a unique storyline depending on it (and you’ll probably get a bad ending). It’s the most interactive music video I’ve seen:Continue reading “Second-person and third-person music (feat. You’ll Melt More!)”

Quick announcement: “Suki Suki Daisuki” by Jun Togawa now exists in higher quality than 240P

Whoa! Look at that! Someone has finally uploaded a 1080P version of Jun Togawa’s “Suki Suki Daisuki” music video that they’ve been sitting on for years! A big day for all Jun Togawa lovers, and a day we thought we’d never see. A part of me even thought that the 240P version of the musicContinue reading “Quick announcement: “Suki Suki Daisuki” by Jun Togawa now exists in higher quality than 240P”

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: • I love them.• Their names are Meica Mochinaga, Malin Kozakura, HimariContinue reading “I saw NECRONOMIDOL in Stockholm (it was nice)”

3 questions to TORIENA about her new album “TORIENA makes me smile”

In my last text about TORIENA, I talked about her 2020 album “PURE FIRE”, which I described as “a hard electronic album, full of instrumental rave music that seems to have no limits to its heaviness”. PURE FIRE was such a unique album and an intense experience from start to finish, so when I heardContinue reading “3 questions to TORIENA about her new album “TORIENA makes me smile””

Seiko Oomori releases self-cover album “PERSONA #1”

Seiko Oomori, a Japanese singer-songwriter that I have written about before, has had a really productive year. She’s usually recognized by her high-energy music and unpredictable voice, and you’ll get more of that on her recent album “PERSONA #1”, even though some aspects of it is different. PERSONA #1 is a “self-cover” album, in whichContinue reading “Seiko Oomori releases self-cover album “PERSONA #1””

10 iconic Jun Togawa fashion moments

Jun Togawa is an ingenious singer from Japan, mostly active in the 80s and 90s, whom this website has already covered a few times (read about her approach to art and lyrics, her intense growl-pop song “Punk Mushi No Onna” and her view on love). Today I’m gonna write about something else regarding her: herContinue reading “10 iconic Jun Togawa fashion moments”

HANABIE. – Independence, “Girl’s Reform Manifest” and colorful music videos

HANABIE。 (“花冷え。”) is the Japanese metal band on the rise with the crazy gimmick:y music videos: They mix heavy metal with classic J-pop cuteness, which they absolutely aren’t the first at, but what differs them from many others is that their gimmicks don’t have any super-obvious calculations behind them. And do you know what thatContinue reading “HANABIE. – Independence, “Girl’s Reform Manifest” and colorful music videos”

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, pragmaticContinue reading “First Summer Uika – her music, her career and her personality”

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 mid-2010s, but IContinue reading “A more complete text about hy4_4yh”

“Mad Maria” by ELLene

ELLene’s debut EP “Mad Maria” from 2020 sounds way too good to be a debut EP. That’s because it kind of isn’t one. It may be the first work that “ELLe” and “Ené” have made together, but seperately they’ve made more stuff before. The singers ELLe and Ené are diverse and talented in their ownContinue reading ““Mad Maria” by ELLene”

Toriena breaks expectations and changes style on “Pure Fire”

In 2020, Japanese artist Toriena released a hard electronic album called “Pure Fire”, full of mostly instrumental rave music that seems to have no limits to its heaviness. It’s a great album, but I don’t want to stop at that conclusion, because Pure Fire is more than just a great music album, and Toriena isContinue reading “Toriena breaks expectations and changes style on “Pure Fire””

Yumi Nakashima (of GO!GO!7188 and chirinuruwowaka) is a consistent songwriter

“GO!GO!7188” was a Japanese band active between 1998 and 2012, with music varying between different styles of rock, punk and pop. Most of the music was written by Yumi Nakashima, now active in the indie rock band “chirinuruwowaka” (“チリヌルヲワカ”) and the more experimental project “YAYYAY”. To me it doesn’t matter what band she is in,Continue reading “Yumi Nakashima (of GO!GO!7188 and chirinuruwowaka) is a consistent songwriter”

After 4 years of searching, I finally found “ロッカチェリー白書” by Rock-A-Cherry

Back in 2016, I was surfing Youtube, and found a random live video by the garage punk rock band “ROCK-A-CHERRY”. They were really cool. Just listen to this great song! Hear the sloppy guitar solo! And the lovely voice crack at 0:35! (see the video under the paragraph) I immediately loved their music and coolContinue reading “After 4 years of searching, I finally found “ロッカチェリー白書” by Rock-A-Cherry”

Six Japanese rappers in a ZOOM call – can I join? (Zoomgals)

No, unfortunately. But both you and I can listen to Zoomgals’ songs! The name “Zoomgals”? They started in the beginning of the pandemic and created positivity out of something negative, taking turns performing verses in a Zoom group meeting with fun backgrounds. The Zoom concept seems to have faded away since, because lately they’ve gone overContinue reading “Six Japanese rappers in a ZOOM call – can I join? (Zoomgals)”