Nov 23 2017

DOLL$BOXX – high $pec (Review)

DOLL$BOXX
high $pec

Review by Todd Nelson

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One of the most anticipated J-Rock releases of the year is finally here. Teased at their reunion show earlier this year, DOLL$BOXX’s follow up to DOLLS APARTMENT, high $pec, was released November 8th.

The album’s black and white artwork, along with the dark attire of the band members, give clues to the sound and direction contained on this EP. Gone are the bright and colorful idol-like costumes from DOLLS APARTMENT. Fans that are familiar with Fuki’s and Gacharic Spin’s past releases know that these artists consistently create music that is fresh, seldom releasing material with the same sound as previous works. The band made a conscious decision to move away from the cute and bright sounds and visuals of the 2012 version of DOLL$BOXX.

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Nov 22 2017

Morning Glory – Interview (2017)

Morning Glory
Interview by David Cirone
November 22, 2017

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Morning Glory (L to R): Kanako, Rimina, Nakamu

Japanese indies band Morning Glory is back in top form, releasing their latest album Patchwork in 2015 after a 5-year hiatus. Without losing any of their signature spunk, the rock group formed by lifelong friends Rimina (vocals, guitar) and Kanako (bass, chorus) has returned with a stronger focus, newfound clarity, and a powerful personal message in their music.

What do you feel is the biggest difference between Patchwork and older albums like Just One Way and Remember?

Rimina: Both the recording and mixing were done by pros. From the very beginning, we got the owner of this club who knows us to help us out, and we made it the way we wanted to. I think it’s 100% Morning Glory and it’s more simple. It’s basically the same sound that we play every time we’re on stage. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, whether you like it or not, that’s the biggest difference.

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Nov 21 2017

DOLL$BOXX new album high $pec gets European release on JPU Records

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JPU Records has announced the release of high $pec, the new album from DOLL$BOXX. The CD will be available in the UK and Europe on January 19, 2018, and available to purchase early at Hyper Japan in London between November 24-26, 2017.

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Nov 20 2017

Yokai, Sci-fi, and Flying High! VAMPS Halloween Party 2017: Day 3

Halloween Party 2017: Day 3
Makuhari Messe, October 29, 2017

Live Report by Michelle Minikhiem
Photo credit: Hideaki Imamoto, Toshikazu Oguruma, Kazuko Tanaka, Senichi Kasai

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The third and final day of Halloween Party 2017 somehow managed to surpass day two in both production quality and hypeness levels. This was in no small part due to the artist lineup, which featured some of the best of the best in Japanese music today.

As is practically tradition at this point, the first group to take the stage was BREAKERZ. The band gave us something of a hint of what the main themes of the artist costumes would be that day — anime and traditional Japanese folklore. The members were all trussed up as characters from the popular anime “Gintama”.

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Nov 19 2017

Bunnies, Pirates, and a Beheading! VAMPS Halloween Party 2017: Day 2

Halloween Party 2017: Day 2
Makuhari Messe, October 28, 2017

Live Report by Michelle Minikhiem
Photo credit: Hideaki Imamoto, Toshikazu Oguruma, Kazuko Tanaka

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Hosted by VAMPS annually for over ten years, Halloween Party is sort of an all day thing – you put on a costume (kinda a requirement, a cute note at the bottom of the website says that if you don’t wear a costume to the event, the spirits there might get cranky with you), you eat at some of the dozen-or-so street festival-style food carts (the curly cheese fries were pretty damn good), you buy merch of your favorite artists, you take photos at the special photo set-up area that has a big spooky fake seven-tier cake and some creepy living room scenery, and you wait for the show to begin.

Unlike other festivals in this style, attendees are not given a timetable of what artist goes on when, but given that everything is self-contained (food, drink, toilets) in essentially one huge convention room where the stage and large monitors of what’s happening can be seen from almost any place you’re at, it’s not a stressful element and makes for a pleasant atmosphere of anticipation.

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Nov 16 2017

SILENT SIREN sets sail for night of miracles at Budokan

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Photo Credit: Hajime Kamiiisaka

On November 13 and 14, on the fifth anniversary of their major-label debut, SILENT SIREN held the final Japanese performances of their 26-show tour, “5th ANNIVERSARY SILENT SIREN LIVE TOUR 2017 — The New World” at Nippon Budokan. Following their Nippon Budokan debut on January 17, 2015, this was the all-female band’s second appearance at Japan’s rock mecca, this time holding a back-to-back two-day event.

On November 13th, the first day of the “Miracle” event, SILENT SIREN played a set centered around the defining songs of their five-year history since their major-label debut, also including rare songs reaching back to their formation two years before that. The band ended their show with a crowd-pleasing encore of “Fujiyama Disco”, their first single released from Universal EMI Records in March earlier this year.

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Nov 14 2017

KAMIJO to release new single Nosferatu and live DVD in January 2018

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In January 2018, KAMIJO will release his new single “Nosferatu” and a live DVD Epic Rock Orchestra at Zepp DiverCity Tokyo.

“Nosferatu” is a standard song of KAMIJO’s concerts, and the recording for this release features the gospel chorus group, Be Choir, who joined the Versailles’ concert at Nippon Budokan. The single will also include two live takes of “Nosferatu” and an instrumental version.

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Nov 13 2017

Tomoyasu Hotei announces first London show in 3 years for late 2018

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Guitar legend Tomoyasu Hotei (Boøwy, Kill Bill) has announced his first London show in three years, returning to the legendary Shepherds Bush Empire on October 20, 2018. Tickets are on sale now.

“It’s such a thrill to be able to play at my favorite venue, Shepherds Bush Empire, my first show in London in three years,” says Hotei. “I promise I’ll play my guitar with a delicate, yet cutting edge and powerful sound, with the on-stage chemistry completed by performing with my amazing musicians. We’ve arranged a fully seated venue this time, so you can enjoy my music in a more relaxed environment. I am looking forward to meeting lots of music lovers!”

PARADOX, Hotei’s 17th studio album, written and recorded in London, is available worldwide now.

Hotei is in the middle of a multi-city tour of Japan, which will conclude December 25th at “Paradox Tour The Final – Rock N Roll Circus – Japan” at Yokohama Arena.

Website: http://www.hotei.com/en

Nov 10 2017

We Are X Special Edition Blu-ray to be released December 13

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The December 13th Japanese Blu-ray and DVD release of the award-winning X Japan documentary We Are X will come in three editions – the Collectors Edition, the Special Edition, and the Standard Edition. The Blu-ray Collectors Edition will include exclusive gold commemorative packaging able to be wall-mounted for decoration, available as both a 3-disc and 1-disc version.

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Nov 10 2017

Best J-Rock on Spotify: DOLL$BOXX – Sub-Liminal

Today’s best J-Rock track on Spotify:
DOLL$BOXX – Sub-Liminal

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