Saturday, November 13, 2010

C-ute: Aitai Lonely OMG CHISATO!!!!!

C-ute's new PV has been released as of yesterday...AND OH MY GOD I LOVE IT!!!!! C-ute being my favorite group in the world aside, there is nothing about this PV that isn't totally loveable.

I was actually really hoping they would do a ballad-type song for their next single, seeing as C-ute doesn't really have any ballad singles under their belt.

Anyway, is it just me, or is Chisato getting closer to being a lead singer every day? OH HELLS YEAH!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Musical soup, boredom, and crappy computer microphones.

Here's my latest batch of music nerdery. Armed with nothing but a free editor I found on t3h int4rw3bz, a crappy microphone (a relic from my WoW days), I venture into the world of j-music covers once again!

I was inspired by the wonderful and talented velveetah to cover this awesome song from the 1997 animated thriller "Perfect Blue." (Disturbingly good movie...you should watch it.) Check out her version here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu4F4wOdvjc (She rocks, guys--do it.)

I love this movie, and this song.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Oh, you stupid, stupid girls...

Yesterday, I woke up, put on my pot of coffee, and pulled up Google Reader to check up on the latest news at home and abroad. The first thing pulled up was Tokyohive, because I didn't want to pay attention to all the BS surrounding the election stateside.

And everything was going well...until I saw this:

Umm...yeah, I'll just post the Tokyohive article...

"The photo (seen above) depict both Kamei Eri and Tanaka Reina [both from Morning Musume, for my buddies who read this shiz and don't know] with a Miley Cyrus-esque slanted eye pose, and the words written on their blog underneath the photo [also on Reina's blog] stated that they’re mimicking Koreans.

The girls have received a lot of heat from Japanese netizens, with comments such as: “This is not good,” “This is gonna cause problems,” and “Delete it soon.” The post has since been deleted from the blog, as they probably realized their mistake. " source: tokyohive

REALLY, GIRLS? REALLY?

I was so disappointed when I saw this, but at least Sayumi didn't take part in this fuckery party....riiiiight?!?

FFFFUUUUUUUCCCKKK!!!! (Took this pic from Shirow's blog, Wotaku Now!)

I was super bummed about this, and I was especially disappointed with Eri. Out of all the girls, she seems to be having the most fun with it, and that worries me. Eri and Sayumi are two of my favorite Momosu members, and they have both lost serious cool points, especially Eri. (Oh yeah, and whoever was behind the camera...you're on my naughty list too. Any theories, internets?)

I will admit, I don't know their intentions (I'm guessing it has something to do with the huge success the metric ASS TON of Korean groups in Japan are enjoying), so I'll lay off a lot of criticism. At least ,to their credit/salvation, when netizens (I really hate that word, I don't know why :P) both in Japan and abroad smacked the girls on the wrist and told them to knock it off, they did. For that, I've gotta give them props. Some people would have clung to their pride (like a lot of crazy stupid political bloggers here, for example).

However, as dumb as what the girls did was, what really pissed me off was Tokyohive's fucking *brilliant* response later in the article:

"It was an especially odd choice considering that most East Asians, including the Japanese, have similar eyes. "

Seriously? That's the best you can come up with? Because they look so almighty similar to stupid white people they can't be racist toward one another? Really? Tiffany Christ, you have got to use your brains before opening your mouths and doing something even more racist. Come on.

To be perfectly fair, Japan isn't exactly famous for its super-fab tolerance of other cultures, but that is changing A LOT these days. As it is everywhere.

I hope you girls will think twice, three times before you even entertain the possibility of doing this again. It's bigger than you, girls. You're better than this. I hope Gaki gives you a stern taking-to after this so you can learn from your mistake, grow up, and move on. I still LUV you guys to death, but you're so much better than this.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

J-music anonymous: Rose Noire

Love is like...

Louie (vocals) and Jill (violin) are both graduates of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and music, and have studied music in both Europe and the US. Their sound is very unique, addictive, and otherwise sublime. CHECK THEM OUT!!!




Awesome side note: a Chinese exchange student recognized my Linlin shirt today. She was a total sweetheart.