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The Final: A J-rock Blog Crew: Adopted

Way back in August 4th 2006, I’ve inherited a J-rock blog crew from an old online friend, Sapphire. I’ve been managing this tedious blog crew since then. Now, it’s been 5 long years and I’m still very much in love with J-rock. But then, I grew less and less time to manage the blog crew, so I decided to open it for adoption to close friends who share the same interest. And there was my friend Hana who emailed me her interest in adopting it. After several exchange of emails, the new J-rock blog crew is finally completed!

Please visit and/or change your links to The Final: A Jrock Blog Crew’s new location at: http://momentsofnil.com/crew

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Top 10 Best Selling J-rock Artists

Top 10 list of best selling J-rock artist according to Last.fm.

  1. L’Arc~en~Ciel
  2. Dir en Grey
  3. Gackt
  4. Asian Kung-Fu Generation
  5. Malice Mizer
  6. Pierrot
  7. ?-miyavi-
  8. the pillows
  9. X Japan
  10. Psycho le C’mu

Guess who’s the 11th? Yeah, it’s Hyde. 😛

So L’Arc~en~Ciel is all the way to the top, still, why can’t I find any good shots of the band anywhere?! How am I suppose to make a new layout without images then? All I find is Hyde, Hyde, Hyde. My HD’s overflowing with Gackt, Hyde, and Dir en Grey’s images yet unsuited for a good layout.

I want L’Arc~en~Ciel!!

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AYAKO – Tanabata

Last month, I received a request from Eijing Production, a Japanese music production company, to do a review on a few of their bands. Since I’m into Japanese music ranging from J-rock, J-pop and down to Kabuki, it piqued by interest and I agreed. They sent me sample mp3 for each of their artists for the said review. Though it took me an entire month to do this, because I’m lazy and busy at the same time, I still somehow managed to find time for it.

Before the review, I’ll have you know that I can’t read nor understand Japanese (besides a few words like Konichiwa, Arigato, and such). Therefore, I most probably wont say anything about the construction of the lyrics and such. I’ll be doing this review based only on what I think about their music only by the hearing level of it — melody, voice, and how it blends, etc.


AYAKO – Tanabata

First and foremost, AYAKO is very pretty! She’s someone who’ll really catch your eye and make your head turn around when you see her pass by on the streets. And in her single cover, she’s really pretty too, wearing a summer kimono! ?

I’m listening to a song called たなばた (Tanabata). I think this one is a single. You can get yourself a copy or listen to the sample song here.

Here’s the lyrics to the song, you might find it useful. Though I will skip talking about the lyrics, as I had stated above.

Tanabata

Lyrics: Ayako
Composer: Eidi Kakuno

Yozora no shita akari no nai michi no saki
Yasashiku fuku tanzaku no kaze
Sora wo miage futari kiri de boshi wo sagasu
Yukkuri to nagareru jikan

Tsutaeru koto dekinai
Anata wo omou kimochi

Hoshi ha hitotsu mo naku
Tada yami ni tsutsumarete
Ippo demo ii
Chikadzukitai sou omotta toki

Tatta hitotsu hotaruga hikatta
Kiesou dakedo tashikana hikari
Sou ni mukai te wo nobashite miru to
Todokisou… demo todokanai…
Nandaka kono kimochi mitai…

Yukkuri Yukkuri to nobotteku
Hotaru no hikari ni tsutsumarete

Kokoro no naka de onegai suru
zutto zutto zutto isshyo ni itai to

Review:

On the melody and composition side of it, I really love how this song started off with it’s soft intro. Although the song gives a tender feeling all throughout, the intro is always something that hits it, for me. It’s not too long (how I hate long intros) and not too short either. The song as an over all gives you a feeling of anticipation, peace and of a little sweetness. Something like the feeling of a love starting off and slowly changes to a sweet love story experience kind of thing. I can’t really say, but I think it’s a song of someone in love with someone (or something). And considering that the title is Tanabata, it’s definitely a love song!

In the case of the singer, AYAKO has a pretty nice voice. Her voice range is pretty high, too, I think. I’m not sure about how high her voice range can reach, and I might be wrong though, but I think she uses falsetto over the course of the entire chorus of the song. It might  just be my personal preference, but I’m not fond of the usage of too much falsetto on a song. In this song’s case, it makes the song sound a bit monotonous after the first chorus. I do believe that this song would sound better if she just uses her natural singing voice on it, rather than falsetto and add a bit more power into it.

And lastly, as an overall, I noticed that the background music is louder than the singer’s voice which makes it hard to listen to the song, in which same case that it also makes the repetitive melody very noticeable.

Edit: Regarding the last statement above, I realized that this is only of my copy of the song. The version uploaded in Amazon Japan has the singer’s voice louder than the background.

Other than those tiny detail, I like the song in an overall view. I’ll give this song a 6/10 score.

I’ll probably have my brother listen to this, too. He would probably love it. He likes Japanese love songs. And he’s the hopeless romantic type of guy who watches Twilight (I’m serious!) and other cheesy movies. Though I like love songs too, I more into the tragic love songs type. Like my all time favorite Saigo no Iiwake by Tokunaga Hideaki and Suga Shikao’s Yuudachi.

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Jasmine You

If you’re a J-rock and/or Visual Kei fan, you’re probably already heard the news – Jasmine You died.

I’m depressed. I’ve been depressed since I heard the news. I thought of making a tribute, whatever tribute I could make for Jasmine You. I wasn’t able to make one for hide and Kami when they died, but I thought I would make one this time.

On another news, there would be a Memorial and Virgil for Jasmine You in Los Angeles, USA. If you live in L.A., please find some time to go. There are a lot of fans who would want to go and give a peace of their love for Jasmine You one last time, so if you are able to go, please do.

Info below:

Memorial and Vigil for Jasmine You in Los Angeles

In memory of Jasmine You, we will be holding a special memorial vigil on August 22nd, 7-9pm, at the north east corner of Weller court (Los Angeles and 1st street).

We will be setting up a portrait of Jasmine You surrounded by roses and feathers, with candles to light in his memory.

If fans have any letters, notes, fan art and other gifts, either for the band in condolences, or things in memory of Jasmine, we will be collecting that to send to Japan. We will be collecting mementos to make a part of a banner which everyone will also be able to sign.

At this event we will be taking pictures and recording video to also send to Japan. We ask that you dress elegantly in a style that respects Jasmine You. And to please come up with words of encouragement to send to the band, and to Jasmine’s family, so that we can collect video comments.

(source: Memorial and Vigil for Jasmine You in Los Angeles)

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Mistula

While I’m updating my version of Worpress into the rocking 2.5 release, let me introduce you to something I just found out now.

There’s this virtual band called Mistula. And as far as virtual bands goes, they’re the only one in the Philippines (all according to Wikipedia). Some of you might already know them, but since as I had told you guys that I don’t watch TV, I just found out about them. Being a virtual band as they are, they’re a bunch of BJDs that formed a band, and of course, in a J-rockish kind of way. I got introduced to this band just now by Kanji, my MySpace mate. He actually commented on a certain image of me, mentioning this band. At first, I didn’t get what it meant. I honestly thought it was some kind of an unknown expression to me, but when I asked him, he told me it’s actually a band that he thought I was mimicking. Well, I can’t say anything about it really, since he doesn’t know I wear those type of clothing in a casual basis. And I don’t even need to tell him since it’s not as important as breathing. Whatever.

Anyway, I haven’t actually listened to their music yet (but I’m getting there), but as far as my artistic nonsense goes, I love their concept. Oh, and have I mentioned that I love their website too. You might wanna take a look at it, but I sorta love it, although it’s pretty heavy because it’s flash-made and all, it’s pretty damn interesting. And it got me hooked and surfing it and wasted 10 minutes procrastinating (that’s what I’m good at, anyway). 😉

I just dropped by to say that, so I’m off because I’m busy with work.

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I LOVE THE NEW WORDPRESS! (Yes, in full caps, and yelling!)

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