It’s the Final XYZ Party

I ordinarily want to start anybody’s work week with a graduation-and-disbandment video, but this is a nice one, and it feels like a nice closing of the circle.

XYZ announced a little while ago that the group was going to shut things down, and are joining management label/managementmates Poroporo Baroque in oblivion. At least XYZ got a farewell live!

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You Can Download THE SPUNKY’s Last Song

As you know, THE SPUNKY are going to be wrapping things up in a few months and taking their high-energy pop punk with them. That’s sad! But from now and for a while, you can download their song “Reviving Energy” for free by following these simple instructions:

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Phillter’s Christmas in Tokyo, Part V: Where Dreams Come True

Content warning: You may be about to hate Phillter’s guts. And who can blame you! All four parts of the Phillterlogue are like a horrible tease. Go look at Part I Part II Part III Part IV if you need to.

December 28, 2016. This was the second show I had been eagerly awaiting. Passcode’s MISS UNLIMITED Tour Final at Studio Coast. As the final show of their major label debut tour, this show was not one for a Passcode fan to miss. Continue reading

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Here’s You’ll Melt More!’s New Year’s Gift to Us All

Do you guys remember when Yurumerumo was going to wrap up their WE ARE A ROCK FESTIVAL tour by playing their own instruments at the finale (inadvertently previewed here)? Like, Younapi with the hilarious Moog synthesizer and Chiffon on bass (of course) and you felt pretty confident about Ano on guitar and, sure, Kechon can probably handle drums?

It’s wonderful.

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I’m Breathing a Sigh of Q’ulle Relief

Updated: A Re:Start live of their own on Jan. 7, kind of doubling down on the band thing, and more references to a new label without saying what that is. Whatever. Q’ulle lives!

Today’s a light one, gang, because life doesn’t slow down just because you’d like it to (I am listening to Darkthrone, and I’d like for things to be quite slow indeed!). BUT I’d made a point to check up on Q’ulle’s Other Side of HOPE Asian tour finale that happened tonight, seeing as how there was some uncertainty as to just what would happen with Q’ulle at this point, new album aside.

And —

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Tsubasa Fly Is Breaking up Literally Right Now So Let’s Remember Them Right

I won’t belabor the “we succeeded, now we’re out” situation that’s led to Tsubasa Fly calling it quits, and that final show happening while this is posting (no kidding, they might be on stage at this very moment). An independent to the end, they ground out a place of respect and, finally, a relative degree of commercial success in an ever-more-competitive scene.

Here are just a few of the songs that they graced us with:

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Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da: Big-ol’ One-man, Second Album

Or, more accurately, Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da announced a big-ol’ one-man while they were wrapping up a highly successful one-man tour …

… AND, because what’s the point of being an idol if you can’t be in the studio every other day, their second full album will be released on Nov. 9. That’s merely plural weeks before/after my birthday! Continue reading

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Yet More Evidence Gives Credence to My Bonkers Babymetal Theory

One of the most popular and divisive things I’ve ever added to this site was my 18-kinds-of-come-on theorizing about just what it is that’s going to end at Babymetal’s Tokyo Dome show (Babymetal. The answer is Babymetal. Kind of.).

Well, friends, in the last few days, I’ve become privy to even more information and noticed even more indications that I am either entirely correct or so visionary that Babymetal decided to forego their plans, which were obvious only to me as a person of incredible intelligence, foresight and good looks. Continue reading

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I Love You’ll Melt More’s ‘Road to LIQUIDROOM’ Video

The song is boss, the members are … the members, and, well, it makes more sense this way:

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No, This Is Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da’s Dark Side

They just snap-released another new song on their website, good for two hours. Go now to listen to “やみかわぐんまーち” (Mikawagon March?).

That’s quite a departure from yesterday’s descent into oblivion, isn’t it? But I’ll remind you that, while they’ve done videos including everything from suicide to cannibalism, Kiminosei’s darkest-ever moment is probably this nihilistic look at love.

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