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Japanese Music ERA |OT|

Oct 26, 2017
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Speaking of prayers being answered, remember when Sakanaction was supposed to release a new album in spring? Good times... ಥ ೧ ಥ
Yamaguchi talked about it during a show last week actually lol
First he said he wasn’t sure it’d be ready before their next tour (starts in march/april IIRC?).
He then asked the audience : "Who doesn’t mind going to the tour without listening to the album?"
A few people raised their hands.
"Ok, who wants to listen to the album before going to the tour?"
90% of the crowd raised their hand.
"Oh, half and half"

Fuckin’ a
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Goddamn hahahaha.
Don't know what's taking them so long. Unless they won't use their singles/B-Sides they already had like half an album ready.
Well at least it's one thing more to look forward to in 2019.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Goddamn hahahaha.
Don't know what's taking them so long. Unless they won't use their singles/B-Sides they already had like half an album ready.
Well at least it's one thing more to look forward to in 2019.
For what it's worth they had an Instagram story showing them recording today, so at least we know they're working on it.

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Might be my favorite song by the band tbh. Also, the MV stars Arino (if you watch Game Center CX) so that's great.
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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Who was asking about good Japanese hip-hop from this year? Check out Kid Fresino's newest album: ai qing. Attention is a really great track.
Edit: Speaking of which, I just plugged in a new set of speakers and am listening to this album right now. Sounds great. Mmm. That bass.
 
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Oct 26, 2017
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Hype rising

2018 is ending in a good way with this album, as well as new Radwimps, androp, Daoko, BokuRiri, Hoshino Gen, Kana-Boon, Dalljub Step Club, Awesome City Club...
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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Since Wonk is in self-imposed exile, who is gonna give our thread a banner? Any banner ideas?
My vote is the Tower Records "No Music No Life" sign, because anything involving actual Japanese artists in the banner will lead to an inevitable March Madness-style bracket that can only result in bloodshed.

(but probably not actually because that sign is kinda ugly tbh)
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Got a hold of the latest MTH EP and they're continuing to impress. That said, holy hell, why is it such a pain in the ass to get music from japanese artists sometimes?
 
Oct 26, 2017
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This new Radwimps album y'all, it's got everything.
Major debut era Radwimps + 2009-2011 Radwimps + 2012-2016 Radwimps + whole new ideas, and these stellar collabs with Taka from One Ok Rock and Aimyon. Incredibly gratifying for long term fans, and a fantastic way to get into the band for newcomers.


Edit : they just released the MV for the Aimyon collab, god bless
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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Just ordered my tickets for the Metal Matsuri Metal Festival that I mentioned earlier in the thread. Unlucky Morpheus and Mary's Blood confirmed. Can't wait to see who the other 8 bands are!
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Loving the new Hoshino Gen, that MV is my shit. I'm also glad that STUTS is now part of the Hoshino Gen entourage, hope this means we'll get more tracks with him.

Here's the special Akimoto collab from today's FNS : 6 members from AKB, Nogizaka, Keyakizaka and IZ*ONE (the K-Pop group that has 3 AKB members)
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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This song dropped on Sky-Hi's Free Tokyo mixtape a few months ago but the video dropped Thursday. This mix tape is up there with Eutopia by STUTS and SACULA by WILYWNKA as the three best albums I've listened to this year regardless of genre.


Then this, which is also fantastic.
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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Just bought tickets for the Perfume world tour and I'm hype. Been wanting to see them for a few years. Them, Gesu no Kiwami Otome, and Tricot are the Japanese bands I fuck with the most.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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This song dropped on Sky-Hi's Free Tokyo mixtape a few months ago but the video dropped Thursday. This mix tape is up there with Eutopia by STUTS and SACULA by WILYWNKA as the three best albums I've listened to this year regardless of genre.


Then this, which is also fantastic.
His full album JAPRISON is pretty great

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Oct 26, 2017
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My wife was concerned it would be less rap and more pop before it launched but it blew us both away. It's been a really good year for Japanese hip hop in general.
Well, given his pop background with AAA he doesn’t focus only on rap/hip hop, which I think is nice. He's pretty versatile so he might as well show everything he can do.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Well, given his pop background with AAA he doesn’t focus only on rap/hip hop, which I think is nice.
I agree and his pop stuff is general excellent. With that said, and I don't know if this qualifies as a hot take or anything, I find his rapping to be significantly better than his singing. His hip hop is also way more inventive so the more of it he does, at least to me, the better.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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I agree and his pop stuff is general excellent. With that said, and I don't know if this qualifies as a hot take or anything, I find his rapping to be significantly better than his singing. His hip hop is also way more inventive so the more of it he does, at least to me, the better.
That's fair, there might be a reason why he only does the rap parts in the AAA songs most of the time lol, I don't think he even get some chorus.
(I still enjoy his singing tbh, but compared to the other AAA members he's objectively the "worst")
 
Oct 25, 2017
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So other than Amazon Japan and CDJapan where do you guys import your music from? I'm trying to track down some of Light Bringer's earlier albums and trying to find some cheaper prices.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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So other than Amazon Japan and CDJapan where do you guys import your music from? I'm trying to track down some of Light Bringer's earlier albums and trying to find some cheaper prices.
I guess there’s also HMV Japan, but if you couldn’t find what you want at a reasonable price on Amazon Japan/CDJapan it might be impossible
 
Oct 26, 2017
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New Aimyon album on February 13th! She’ll also do an acoustic show at the Budokan the following week.
All of her 2018 singles have been excellent.

 
Oct 26, 2017
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Kurita Hope you watched the last Keyakake. Was not expecting a final message from Manaka.... was great to see/hear her again... *.*
Yeah I saw it, like what the hell, they didn’t even announce that before it aired lol
The way she ended it too was quite Manaka-ish. It was pretty much "Kinda got bored with it y’know" haha
 
Jan 25, 2018
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Hey, I'm looking for something that was posted on Era at some point maybe you peeps can help me?

A Japanese band, 2 guys / 2 girls. IIRC 1 girl was on guitar, 1 on drums and the dudes on guitar/bass.
Was pretty groovy.

Clip was the two girls with a black backdrop and the two guys with a white backdrop.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Hey, I'm looking for something that was posted on Era at some point maybe you peeps can help me?

A Japanese band, 2 guys / 2 girls. IIRC 1 girl was on guitar, 1 on drums and the dudes on guitar/bass.
Was pretty groovy.

Clip was the two girls with a black backdrop and the two guys with a white backdrop.
Can only think of Gesu no Kiwami Otome
 
Jan 9, 2018
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Here's the special Akimoto collab from today's FNS : 6 members from AKB, Nogizaka, Keyakizaka and IZ*ONE (the K-Pop group that has 3 AKB members)
Wow haven't been following Keyakizaka46 for some months but this confirms that KanjiKeyaki is a god-tier idol group. All the members look so cool, they really stand out compared to the other groups' members with generic idol clothing and faces. And that Ambivalent costume is amazing, something an indie group like MBG would wear.

Also Neru and Risa have such strong, natural auras damn these girls have ascended.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Wow haven't been following Keyakizaka46 for some months but this confirms that KanjiKeyaki is a god-tier idol group. All the members look so cool, they really stand out compared to the other groups' members with generic idol clothing and faces. And that Ambivalent costume is amazing, something an indie group like MBG would wear.

Also Neru and Risa have such strong, natural auras damn these girls have ascended.
They’re the reason why I got into idols in the first place tbh, now I’m all about Keyaki and Nogizaka.
I can’t wait to see what the new members bring to kanji Keyaki.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I stopped trying to figure out why 3776 do anything the way they do years ago. how many times now have there been auditions or announcements of new seasons and nothing happens except Chiyono doing everything