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    Bob Stanley out of St.Etienne recently tweeted a link to a Japanese pop selection he'd put together for some website.

    Nice summery selection but nothing really from recent years, could have put this together in 2005 (possibly did, he's been busy writing a book & stuff) Never really mad keen on Puffy Amiyumi's stuff but people were really rating her for a while, slightly limp sound to me, nice to see Jun Mayuzumi's 'Black Room' make an appearance though.

    The two standouts for me were

    Spoochy - 'Jaws!'
    Really nice J-bossa vibes, a real grower.


    and

    Halcali - "Halcalism Candy Hearts"
    These two are pretty great, this is seemingly a tribute to 80's summer jam disco-rap from their debut album from 2003 'Halcali Bacon'.


    I reached out via the magic of twitter and recommended Vanilla Beans (I'm really really liking their new one) but I was roundly ignored in favour of talking to James (Loaded) Brown about going to see Rod Stewart live, which is basically how every twitter interaction goes for me... Meh, not bovvered

    In other news

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's got a new Album coming out next week so she's released a pleasingly baffling teaser video for it.


    Also

    The MTV Japan music awards were on this week, for some reason Momoiro Clover Z made an appearance as backing dancers for Canadian pop shit shoveler Carly Rae Jepsen singing her worldwide hit Call Me Maybe....

    An insult on par with asking Nina Simone to tune Coldplay's piano...

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    Oh I nearly forgot.

    Here's a picture of Rena from Vanilla Beans eating an amazing looking ice cream cake, wearing a frankly ridiculous hat.. In a Moomin cafe!

    They even put a Moomintroll face on your drink!

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    thank you
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    Brilliant post! Thankyou

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    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's new album is on iTunes now for £3.99

    Invader Invader, Me, Kura Kura & Ninjya Re Bang Bang are works of unparalleled genius.

    BARGAIN!

    Now, let's talk about BiS.

    "The teeny pop rascals from Scotland?" you ask.

    No... no. *puts head in hands & sobs quietly for what I'm about to unleash*

    BiS (Brand-new Idol Society) seem to ply their trade by making odd videos for some pretty nondescript music, they've been having trouble keeping members lately with the escapees often citing the 'direction' of the band. I can only imagine it has something to do with this, their latest single Mura-Mura.

    They've gone pop-ska-punk, it's nothing special. The video... good lord this thing's odd.

    It starts off with (I guess) the hapless new members face badly composited onto a fake head that's having all it's hair cut off, possibly related to the AKB48 head shaving scandal from a few months ago, but I don't know.

    Next we see her being trundled around in a wheelchair by one of her bald headed band mates looking like a Warriors gang reject, spying on some poor sap who's taking the bins out through eye holes cut in a magazine.

    Shit's about to get weird, I'd bail now if I were you

    Panning down from the magazine we see she's got some sort of..... oh, just watch it yourself.

    Bear in mind it's NSFW and difficult to answer questions about from friends and family.

    Questions like:

    "Are those baseball bats with nails in?"

    "Did that dude just get shot in the boner with a tofu cannon?"

    "Are we on some sort of list now?"

    and

    "What the hell is wrong with you?"

    (Answer key: Yes/Yes/Possibly/I really don't know)

    As I said the music's a bit crappy but it's a good example of how odd things can get.

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    They've gone pop-ska-punk, it's nothing special. The video... good lord this thing's odd.
    CHRIST ON A BIKE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shere Khan View Post
    CHRIST ON A BIKE!
    Should I make the warning a bit bigger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Striker View Post
    Well, that all seems perfectly reasonable.
    You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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    Band Janaimon news, there's more of them, 3 new members.



    Not sure how this will affect the 2 girls 2 drum kits aesthetic, I'm hoping they continue in the current oddball fruitcake path rather than revert to the 'Chocolate Love' sexytime shenaningans but I dunno they all look pretty glam, I'll report back as soon as anything new comes out.

    I'm having the usual problems getting a copy of their new mini album (and other stuff) so if any of the Japanese resident VG+ers feel like helping me out I'd be eternally in their debt *hopeful face*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Striker View Post
    Should I make the warning a bit bigger?
    We ain't never seen nothing like that in Suffolk and I hope we never will.

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    The skinhead/wheelchair combo made me wonder if that was perhaps a Jim'll Fix It style tribute to a fan who'd undergone chemotherapy. I guess I will never know.
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    Interesting ( to me anyway!) is that the first 50 CDs released in 1982 included J-Pop.

    Collectable CDs - First 50

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Townsend View Post
    Interesting ( to me anyway!) is that the first 50 CDs released in 1982 included J-Pop.

    Collectable CDs - First 50
    The only thing stopping me trawling youtube to check them all out is that it's too hot to sit with my laptop on my knee for more than five minutes.

    And that it'll probably be painful.

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    So I've done my first order with YesAsia, based in Hong Kong. Decent selection, prices and free shipping. (though it took nearly a week for them to ship after the order but, meh I'm not too bothered about that)

    Got the Band Ja Naimon & Passepied CDs, can't wait to hear them without the youtube compression (Someone showed me a waveform comparison the other day, holy poop youtube rips are rubbish!)

    Still haven't worked out how to get the BJN t-shirt that I'd like, The site has instructions on how to buy that makes it even more confusing.
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    Full review of Momoclo's latest album here on JpopGo.

    Good to get a bit more background info on writers/producers etc, and interesting to hear that the beat on '5 The Power' is from an early 70s Hungarian record (I knew this stuff would get VG+ relevant sooner or later) although the reviewer may be over reaching by comparing it to Joy Divisions 'Interzone' but I don't know, stranger things have happened.

    Personally having had a good listen to it, it's pretty solid, if you're snuffling round iTunes & don't want to get the whole thing, you're on safe ground with the first five tracks which are all pretty badass but if you're being a proper cheapskate you could just go for track 10 "Jōkyu Monogatari" is one of the best things I've heard in ages.

    Vanilla Beans continue to be adorable but it seems their record label T-Palette has quite a formula going soooo...


    Meet Negicco!

    There's three of them, they have great hair and cute outfits and DISCO! This is called "Don't Just Listen To Idol" a sentiment of musical adventurousnesss that I'm sure we can all get behind.



    I like the cut of their jib, they've been going for a while it turns out but this latest single is their nicest that I've heard.
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    According to her Twittering Vanilla Bean Risa is on holiday in London, If you spot her say "Hi!" from me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Striker View Post

    As I said the music's a bit crappy but it's a good example of how odd things can get.
    You said it. Musically predictably dull, so wacky video required.
    some times play g+ with back noise,some times vg , super psyché juju lpfront sleeve is very nice vg back vg , but the top corne left is eating buy rats, ask for picture

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    Quote Originally Posted by medlar View Post
    You said it. Musically predictably dull, so wacky video required.
    Yes, That appears to be their M.O. No real standout personalities there either, if they don't get some decent songs/production I can see them imploding pretty quick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Striker View Post
    Yes, That appears to be their M.O. No real standout personalities there either, if they don't get some decent songs/production I can see them imploding pretty quick.
    Are there any boy bands worthy of mention?
    some times play g+ with back noise,some times vg , super psyché juju lpfront sleeve is very nice vg back vg , but the top corne left is eating buy rats, ask for picture

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    Quote Originally Posted by medlar View Post
    Are there any boy bands worthy of mention?
    I have looked, it's pretty slim pickings though.

    The Idol genre is pretty much exclusively girl groups, as you can see by the lineup of the recent Tokyo Idol Festival, there's the fantastically named Porsche Law (which might be a clunky auto-translate, but I like it) who I haven't managed to find any further info for and Wind Juku, who appear to be girls dressed as boys, but that's it.

    The independent 2nd tier idol scene has emerged due to affordable production wrestling a bit of power away from the majors and has made for more interesting things popping up than you would have got even 5-10 years ago. Don't get me wrong a lot of it's still rubbish, but there's more interesting pop gold to be found.

    The male gender is better represented in J-Rock which is almost always terrible and seems to have a odd way of taking its shiny pop rock stylings very seriously, If I were to draw parallels you'd be looking at Lenny Kravitz & Avril Lavigne duetting for Nickelback, I keep my eye out in case anything interesting happens but it hasn't thrown much good stuff up.

    Once you get on the more hip & less factory farmed artists there's more diversity, both Mishmash*Julie Watai & Passpied are only female fronted.

    I suppose it's a bit like YeYe, but Japanese & happening right now.

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    My YesAsia order arrived this week, safe & sound.

    The Band Ja Nai Mon! mini album & Passepied's debut



    Passepied - "演出家出演" (possible translations "Show Starred Home" or "Director Appearance" I dunno.)

    This came out in a special edition pop-up thingy but that sold out so I just got the normal version. If I had to try and pin the sound down I'd go with Prog Jazz Pop fed through a filter of 80s John Cusack teen summer movie vibes, the slightly spoddy muso background of the band gives it a touch of endearing earnestness & I really love Natsuki Ogoda's reedy vocals too. It's a pretty solid album.

    Standout tracks are 1 3 6 8 11, "S.S", "Fever", "Just a Piece Of Crap", "High Collars" & "Carnival"



    Band Ja Nai Mon! - "Band Ja Nai Mon!"

    This mini album came out in 2012, I like mini albums (more bands should do them) 7 tracks on this. If you've watched the video for "Pahipahi" a few posts upstream you'll get the picture, there's two of them Misako & Kacchan, both have drum kits. The result is rhythm heavy electronic pop hyperactivity, the only real miss step on this is the slightly ballad-y "Back In You" where they seem to going for a more restrained vocal style & it kind of sucks all the personality out of it. The rest is great though, sugar rush odd-pop with little to compare it to (though it makes me think of early Super Furries a bit).

    I read somewhere that they used the same vocal performance coach as Momoiro Clover Z, and you can kind of tell. Whatever that person actually does they should (probably do) get paid a fortune, they don't always hit the perfect notes but the slightly unhinged, off key genuine enthusiasm works much better.

    I just realised that what I believed to be their first single was actually the follow up the this, "Chocola Love" doesn't fill me with confidence, the production's slick, madness toned down, sexy video. Couple that with the three new super glam members and things could be looking a bit more mainstream for their next release. I hope not, it'd be sad if this bonkers little album was the only great moment for them.

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    now this ain't J-Pop - World Order and they're dudes - but the vid's got some fun bits. kinda one part kraftwerk, one part synchronised swimming with a dash of Madness

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tblx00nIZB0#at=205

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    Yessss I've seen some videos of those slow walking dudes before, never made the connection that they did the music too. That bit with the hands is amazing.

    No doubt connected to that weird corporate synchronised marching that the Japanese are fond of.

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    Both of those videos are fantastic. Thanks for posting. What an alien place, I must go there someday.
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    woah, that's some serious corporate marching. loved the oooooo's.

    and yeah, the bit with the hands was my fave as well. and the guy leaning on the bar. hurrah for Japan.

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    I ordered some more CDs..

    The 2009 debut album from Vanilla Beans, the CD single of that Negicco track and the Momoclo single with 'Chai Maxx' on as there's only ever crappy quality youtubes of it. I try to avoid CD singles but needs must & most of them seem to have instrumentals on which is interesting and handy for any homebrew remixing I may decide to attempt.

    My xmas mix should be an interesting one for people who haven't found this thread yet.

    Band Ja Naimon have been tweeting some pics of themselves brandishing their new single "UP ↑ prime/Takatokotan-Forever", it hit the shelves yesterday but I haven't heard it or seen any video, this might be because they don't appear to be on Warner anymore. They're doing a big HMV tour to promote it so I'll post when anything new happens, their debut is an amazing thing & I really hope they have done something interesting.

    Also, not JPop but kind of related, UK xfactor pop types Little Mix have recently released a Korean version of one of their hits, interesting move, I always like it when bands make an effort to do stuff in different languages.

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    Just found this, the only one of the other tracks off the first Band Ja Naimon album on youtube.

    "ボディーだけレディー"



    I love this album soooo much.

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    New single from The Suzan 'Moving On'



    It's great, 79p!

    Also they contributed this new track to the soundtrack of the comic Gunwolf (because that happens nowadays)

    It's called Wild Animal, it's great and here's it is on the trailer (for the comic...)


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    Vanilla Beans have a new single out soon

    Please Me Darling/Night On The Earth



    Haven't heard it yet but it's been described as "neo acoustic sound"

    In lieu of a video here's the great optician adverts that they recently made an appearance in..



    aand





    In other news Lyrical School the Idol rap group have a new album out called "Date Course"



    It's coming out on vinyl too with amazing artwork from manga artist Hisashi Eguchi, they've not really grabbed my ear before but they've always looked like they're having fun, this teaser video for the new LP is quite nice though. I may pick it up if i can.


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    Well it's rocking my boat. Deese tings are so expensive though. Some enterprising UK distributor needs to get on the case.
    "You don't want to kill the cash donkey"

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