Jul 20 2017

Kisida Kyodan’s Ichigo – Interview (2017)


Kisida Kyodan’s Ichigo
Interview by Todd Nelson
July 20, 2017

Ichigo is the vocalist and one of the lyricists for the band Kisida Kyodan & The Akebosi Rockets. The band started out as a doujin band creating original songs as well as material associated with the Touhou Project. As a doujin band they have quite a large following. In recent years the band has also written and performed songs for anime such as GATE and Strike The Blood. The band is currently signed to Warner and releases anime songs and original material on that label, but they also are in a unique situation where they are still able to release other material independently as a doujin band.

In the spring the band released a new album, LIVE YOUR LIFE, which contains songs from recent anime openings such as GATE, Alderamin, and Strike the blood, but also some new songs as well. Can you tell us more about the new songs? Do they have a central theme?

Ichigo: The central theme of this album is how to survive this world, and it’s not like the word “survive” meaning to save the entire world — just your piece of it. This world is very suffocating and hard to live in for anyone. The theme is how to save your own space, for yourself and for someone you like or love, how can you live your life as you are, how to live your life not changing who you are, and how to live through it.

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Jul 18 2017

“With soul in every note”: X Japan completes 6 nights of miracles at Yokohama Arena


Starting at Osaka-jo Hall and continuing over six days, “X JAPAN WORLD TOUR 2017 WE ARE X Acoustic Special Miracle 6 DAYS” had its final performance on Monday, July 17, at Yokohama Arena.

Starting with the July 11 concert in Osaka, the tour had a total of six performances in two cities. With even last-minute additional seats sold out, the number of audience members for the six-day event totaled 70,000. “I want to have a concert that will make history,” YOSHIKI said in a news conference before the first day of performances. For X JAPAN, the band that has made the drums their weapon, and for YOSHIKI, who continues to do the unprecedented, this tour was historic in establishing “a new style”.

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Jul 18 2017

GACKT shows off angel voice for Dreams Come True cover


GACKT gives us a studio inside-look at his recording of Dreams Come True’s “Suki”, included in the compilation album The Best Covers Of DREAMS COME TRUE – Doriuta Vol.1.

GACKT’s remarkable “angel voice” in this clip is the result of his desire to blend his own voice with the (legendary) chords of the DCT’s vocalist Miwa Yoshida.

The Dreams Come True cover album also includes performances by Daichi Miura, Little Glee Monster, D-LITE (from BIGBANG), Ms. OOJA, Sayaka Yamamoto (NMB48), and Maaya Sakamoto.

Watch the video on GACKT’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GACKTOfficialpage/videos/1596226453771793/

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Jul 18 2017

Golden Bomber drops 8-second concert for Deatte 8-byo


Golden Bomber surprised fans at a free concert June 29 when the band took the stage in front of a huge digital clock. The timer started as they began playing their song “Deatte 8-byo”. and promptly at the 8-second mark, they fled the stage. Concert over. Minds blown.

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Jul 18 2017

Pinky Doodle Poodle starts US tour tonight in New York


Japanese indie band Pinky Doodle Poodle returns to America this month for a massive 8-week tour, kicking off tonight in Brooklyn, New York.

Tour dates: http://www.goodcharamel.com/tours.html

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Jul 16 2017

URBANGARDE’s Temma Matsunaga struggles for release in NSFW “BSD” video


URBANGARDE frontman Temma Matsunaga dives headfirst into temptation in his newly-released music video “Blood, Semen, Death”, with seductive young actress Ami Tomite (Anti-Porno, Joshiko) pulling the strings.

Matsunaga chose to hold back the second half of the video because of its “R18″ graphic content, but it will be available in full to fans who purchase the limited-edition CD/DVD of his self-titled album when it’s released July 26.

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Jul 16 2017

X Japan at Yokohama Arena – July 14, 2017 (Gallery)


X JAPAN WORLD TOUR 2017 WE ARE X Acoustic Special Miracle 6 DAYS
Yokohama Arena

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Jul 15 2017

Gacharic Spin at Hibiya Yaon – Live Report


Gacharic Spin
Live Report
Hibiya Yaon Outdoor Concert Hall, June 24, 2017

“Each member is progressing and evolving”, “Yaon is everything at this moment”. Statements made by Gacharic Spin’s F Chopper KOGA during an interview earlier this year. That certainly was evident when Gacharic Spin thrilled the attendees for two and a half hours at their very first solo performance at Hibiya Yaon Saturday evening. Despite it being Japan’s rainy season, the band and their fans were blessed with clear skies. The band opened the show with the energetic and fan inspired “Go! Liver”. After this first number came the first surprise of the evening. As the band started into their second song in the set, “Bomber Girl”, two other performers joined Mai on stage. It was revealed that these two performers, Misaki and Achu, are part of a new troupe named Gachadan Junior, consisting of 14 members in total. This group would be supporting Gacharic Spin on various songs though the evening.

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