【review/rate】wild nothing / indigo

released 2018, captured tracks.

Jack Tatum’s new wave-meets-indie guitar pop brainchild Wild Nothing unleashes its fourth album today, “Indigo”.  Only a little over two years after third LP “Life of Pause”, which, while fantastic in its own right, was a work that I wasn’t entirely the fondest of. “Indigo” features Tatum reigning in his creativity and perfecting his ideas with a new layer of expertise and polish. Continue reading “【review/rate】wild nothing / indigo”

【news】coaltar of the deepers still exist, announce new single + rabbit ep release date

After seven long years of delays, silence and teasing on twitter, Coaltar of the Deepers have finally set a release date for the mythical “Rabbit EP”.

In case you’re new, COTD release EPs every so often and Rabbit was the next in line, following shortly after the Bear EP in 2007. Yes, you read that right, TWO THOUSAND SEVEN. It was then given a release date of October 2011, but the only thing we ended up getting was the Mawaru Penguindrum theme song single “Dear Future”.

Cut to 2013 at a live where a fan inquired about a release date, and Narasaki then said it would be out in 2014 “depending on our manager”. Well, here we are in 2018. Still waiting.

I’m absolutely delighted to say that the wait may finally be over after all, since at least this time around we have a concrete month AND a new single, available 8/31 that will give us a hint into how Coaltar will sound an entire decade after no new music.

The first cut from the long awaited “Rabbit EP”, “SUMMER GAZER ’92” will be available on iTunes in just a few hours! Get ready.

【news】vanilla beans disbanding.

The idol industry is a machine. Groups come and go, but some last longer than others, and Vanilla Beans were a very hard-working, quality unit that gave us everything we really could ask for : vocals, cute choreography, visually exciting music videos and tons of personality.

Sadly, they have decided to officially end their run after 10 years.  After one more single (“going my way”, available 9/18), a short promotional run of appearances and two final live shows on 10/6 and 10/7, Vanilla Beans will be no more.

I’m actually really bummed about this, as they’re another of the long running idol groups that I discovered in my adolescence (Negicco, Perfume to name a few others) and grew to love.  Their sound was also unlike any of their contemporaries, instead opting for creatively cute sounds with a classic Shibuya-Kei aesthetic (Nicola, Choco Mint Flavor Time).  Occasional experimental tracks also came about, like the “classic rock-meets-sports team theme” anthem “Uchouten Girl”, or the unexpected but totally acceptable cover of MGMT’s timeless “Kids”.  Vanilla Beans could really do it all.

More information on their final shows and appearances can be found on their homepage.  I’m leaving a few of their best videos under the cut if you wanna get a taste of the magic! They will be sorely missed, and I wish Rena and Lisa the best in their future endeavors!
Continue reading “【news】vanilla beans disbanding.”

【check!】cyberia layer_2 available on spotify!

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In case you missed it or weren’t able to secure a physical copy from Japan, “Cyberia Layer_2”, the long awaited spiritual successor to the legendary “Cyberia Mix” from the “Serial Experiments Lain” anime has been uploaded to Spotify in the US!

Enjoy your trip~

Check out my review for the original Cyberia Mix soundtrack here!

【news】malice mizer 25th anniversary exhibit

It has been announced that a limited time exhibition in honor of Malice Mizer’s 25th anniversary will be on display at the ESP Museum from September 8th to September 24th. Costumes, instruments used by the band and various props will be exhibited. If you’re in Japan, I’d highly recommend going to see this wondrous piece of music history.

More details on flyer below.

A 2 day anniversary live with Malice Mizer and various guests will be held on 9/8 and 9/9 at Toyosu Pit. More details on the official HP.

【mini rate】ariana grande / sweetener

The petite songstress returns with an album that offers plenty in terms of new sounds, styles and directions for her, proving that it’s never too late to spice up your discography with some experimentation.

Its track arrangement could be better, and the Pharrell-produced cuts could use some more polish, but “sweetener” remains a fresh experience, one that stands apart from Grande’s previous records.

  1. raindrops (an angel cried) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. blazed ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. the light is coming ⭐️⭐️
  4. R.E.M. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. God is a woman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. sweetener ⭐️⭐️
  7. successful ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. everytime ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. breathin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  10. no tears left to cry ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  11. borderline ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  12. better off ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  13. goodnight n go ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  14. pete davidson ⭐️⭐️
  15. get well soon ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Must-Listen : NTLTC, God is a woman (what a fantastic couple of singles!)
  • Skip : pete davidson (cringe)
  • 【review/rate】perfume / future pop

    released 2018, universal japan/perfume records

    I’d like to preface this review by letting you all know that Perfume are one of the groups out there that I feel I have a very tight bond with. I’ve been listening to these ladies since they were kids, well over a decade now. It’s almost like we’ve grown up together, I watched them go from performing to empty outdoor crowds to sold out stadiums! Continue reading “【review/rate】perfume / future pop”

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