Posts Tagged ‘J-Pop’

CHAI

Sunday, March 10th, 2019

Been mostly just listening to this one band for the last bunch of months (also Zombie-Chang and a bunch of different African disco and soul and funk, but—). Can’t remember where I heard of them, but I found フューチャー in my bookmarks and followed it round Youtube. I think I’d listened to it before and kinda dismissed it for being too cutesy, but hearing more of their stuff it made sense and the positivity and enthusiasm and the rhythm section really stuck in me.

Also I love this lyric:

Jellybeans, lollipop,
Chewing gum, ice cream,
Beef, gyoza, fish, oranges,
Everything yummy foods!

There are some real good live videos on YT too.

Here’re some Miis I made of the group:

Five songs I always have to listen to more than once

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Hot Rain – Edith Bliss

 

TV Eye – The Stooges

 

Security – Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons (cover of the Otis Redding song, via Thane Russal)

(only the live version’s on YT now 😐 )

 

Modern Love – David Bowie

 

トキメキがいたくて – Chieri Ito

The rest of J-pop

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Every now and then I do another one of these J-Pop intro loop songs. I keep meaning to put together another album of them called Second Best of J-Pop.

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Five film clips for GUANBARE by Noriko Sakai

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRU3d-thYz4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAH6kosOz9o

Best of J-Pop

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

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I am really happy with this.

I’ve been listening to a lot of 80’s J-Pop. And, apart from enjoying it a lot, find myself often frustrated that the introductions—a standard ingredient in the formula—are often the best parts of the songs, and also often quite different to the rest of the melody.

I made a half-serious resolution to make an album of only J-Pop intros, thinking I might make one or two. I was really pleased to find a lot more in the results. It’s gotten me excited about the idea of making things designed to not hold a person’s attention. A stimulating place where attention drifts in and out, and gives a person a place to think and daydream. I find myself alternately keenly focused on every element of the short looped clips and having productive thinking time. I guess these clips are all of moments in songs that are particularly transitory, and dare I say the overused term: liminal. It’s pretty easy to join the dots between this album and other works of mine.

I also left a comment on the album’s Bandcamp page calling these ‘serving suggestions’. They loop perfectly, so you can listen to any one as long as you wish. I could probably listen to Dancing Hero (modern version) all day, maybe all day every day.

As an interesting piece of trivia: this release is exactly seven years after my last album (which has been tidied up a bit and it also on Bandcamp).