I Think I Want Yamaguchi Kassei Gakuen’s New Album

I feel like I didn’t even know that YKG was coming out with an album soon, but it had been a good long while since their last album (though not that long since we last looked in on them) — maybe if Phillter, the world’s greatest Yamaguchi Kassei Gakuen fan, weren’t so busy being all living and working in Japan and stuff, I’d have known about this earlier!

Anyway, NOTE4 dropped the other day (fittingly, their fourth album, following NOTE3, their, uh, third), and here’s the trailer:

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Hey. HEY! PassCode’s Plural MVs Are Available

Me upon looking at Twitter notifications this morning: “Oh neat, PassCode’s going to release two MVs!”

Me upon clicking the YouTube links from the announcement: “REGION BLOCKING MUST DIE”

Me 35 seconds later, after going to Facebook instead: “OH GOOD OKAY”

Two for the price of one (free). First, the full version of “ONE STEP BEYOND”:

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Here’s How to Get PassCode’s “ZENITH” Album

The hype machine is getting a pretty good warmup over the past week, you guys, as PassCode prepares their fans for their first major-label album:

It’s up for pre-order now, but the real winner there is the tracklist (I particularly like how exactly one song in 12 is titled in kana, but then explained in English in a parenthetical) and the implications from the DVD, which will include MVs for “ONE STEP BEYOND” (which sounds sick and is undoubtedly the lead for this) and “Same to you,” which I’m guessing is this album’s ballady number.* I’m also digging that this is mostly new, original material; with two singles and, what, five songs out since joining Universal, it’d be easy to just lean back on that for this album release, but there’s clear confidence in the material. Continue reading

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Up Up Girls (2)’s Existence Continues To Baffle Me, Also New Album

You know how I can never figure out if Up Up Girls (2) are official members of Up Up Girls (Kari) or just a sister group? Well, I’m still trying to figure that one out in my head, as last time we saw them they appeared as members/back-up dancers in Kari’s music videos but now they’re releasing their debut single, without any involvement from the original Up Up Girls (Kari) whatsoever!

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Here’s the First Clip from PassCode’s New Album

Here’s a neat little treat: Yesterday, PassCode began the promotion for their ZENITH album with a radio play, presumably for the lead track (and the MV that could be coming along fairly shortly), “ONE STEP BEYOND.”

More than a few dutiful fans got the hell out there and recorded the sucker when it hit the airwaves; this is one of the cleaner versions.

Muchas gracias to Viz Major for the find

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PassCode’s First Major Album

Well hot damn, Monday, look at all the gifts you’re giving us! The weekend produced a good bit of cool new stuff, but this morning has been full of surprises great and small and isn’t even close to over yet, and here’s one that I didn’t even kind of see coming:

New PassCode album! A whole crapload of new music! DVD and other extras! I’m definitely going to order it! I’m also tempted to say something about the title and whether we should be concerned about the ongoing future of PassCode, but naw, it’s probably nothing. There’s a new album coming! Continue reading

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I’m More Than Ready for Zekkyou’s Album with I love you Orchestra

When we last checked in on Screaming Sixties, Zekkyou had just won a big ol’ idoling contest by being that much cooler than the competition. But when we last checked in on them before that, they were gearing up for a joint album and tour doodad with I love you Orchestra (as opposed to their traditional support band, 6% Is Mine).

That was a while ago, but now, finally, we get this cruel tease:

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I Hope You’re Ready for Koutei Camera Gal

As promised in the Weekender a la the ongoing hip-hop idol life of LaLa Sugar and friends, here are two of those friends and their most recent work:

Yep. Koutei Camera Gal. There was a nice little buzz when this video appeared yesterday, and deserved, because Everything Camera Girl/Gal and Also Their Sucessors is cool as hell. Continue reading

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I Review Things: Yanakoto Sotto Mute | ‘BUBBLE’

I look back on when I first heard Yanakoto Sotto Mute. It was months before Bellring Girls Heart was announcing its kind-of end, and a sister unit coming into being felt like a nice move; give Bellheart a sidecar, and oh look they do grunge and stuff, that’s appropriate and … damn, that one girl there can sing like the dickens, huh? And these songs are pretty powerful!

Two EPs and about a year later, there’s a distinct feeling of change around the whole thing. BRGH took a break and got a new name and a bunch of new members, and it may be that the student has become the master. Or is the Yanamyu thing really just a bunch of hype? On to the review!
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I Think sora tob sakana Just Won a Bunch of 2017 Awards

What a thing to wake up to:

My initial reaction was that we’d probably need to forget about voting for most of the Best of 2017 stuff, because this precious little gift could clean up like nobody’s business.

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