In a remarkable little coincidence, I had gone looking up YKG the other day to see if they were doing anything notable, and I was happy to see that they have activities planned around their fifth anniversary(!):
You can learn more about that stuff and even look at the … look, idol merch is idol merch; if you want a tote bag with your favorite group’s one-off event logo on it, you know what you’re getting yourself into.
But then your friend and mine, Phillter, the world’s greatest YKG fan, sent this neat little video of them doing a live cover of BiSH’s “Hoshi ga,” and …
The idol ideal is of young women who say all the right things, smile at the right time, present themselves the right way and, no matter what, glittering away without letting the facade crack for a second.
Take Yamaguchi Kassei Gakuen, a self-managed group whose rock-metal-idol hybrid sound has developed a sharper edge over time. In promoting the release of their fifth seventh (seriously, was I drunk when I wrote that?) single, “One,” five of the members and their producer joined Optimanotes for an interview that ranged all over — stage behavior, respect, favorite animals. Here are some choice snips: Continue reading →
Friends, our man Phillter has made a very generous offer to the community: Because he can Japanese pretty well and because he’s Yamaguchi Kassei Gakuen‘s #1 fan, he has offered to translate this almost absurdly long interview for us. I at first politely declined; that’s a lot of work! and what if nobody actually wants to read it?
But what if people do? Ergo, if the ayes have it to a respectable margin, Phillter will sequester himself in a quiet room for several days get in some good translating practice and share the results with us as soon as he’s able.
This poll is a simple one: Yes or no. I do however caution that if you do vote yes, you’re basically committing yourself to not only reading the translation, but sending Phillter some very nice words and maybe even one of those fancy wine baskets for the trouble.
This is their new single, and it’s a good direction for them to be moving in. I also like the juxtaposition of being able to share this on the same day as the release of the F13 podcast with A-to-J and our deep discussions about bullying, violence, soul-eating and sex.
There’s just something about songs called “One,” isn’t there?
Fruitpochette is obviously a favorite around these parts, and I know that some of you are big on Yamaguchi Kassei Gakuen (convince me). Sex Machineguns, despite being EW! men and a band, are also cool. This is probably going to be a fun show!