Monday, July 16, 2018

I Don't Like Mondays. to (finally) release a new song

Four member band "I Don't Like Mondays" released their last digital single back in december 2017. Since then nothing BUT today they uploaded their new song to YouTube. The song is called " One Thing" and features SALU. I LOVE the sing already. SALUs rap suites so well to the whole song and I just LOVE the vocals of Yu. I honestly wish they would release more. If you haven't checked them out, they have a dosen of music videos on their YouTube channel and pretty much all their songs are perfect, thought they have a special sound, so of course you won't like the songs if you don't like that genre/sound. However please give them a listen, they produce all their music an their own, which already is a reason to give their music a try! Here is the new song and, just in case you never heard it, one of my personal favorites of them.

Ok... I couldn't decide which to show you so I put three in here. XD

What do you think about the new song and their music?

Friday, July 13, 2018

Shimizu Shota uploaded more music videos to his VEVO channel

VEVO accounts on Youtube are the best that can happen to us international JPop fans, because they make all the music videos availible that channels like Sony Music make availible only within Japan. There is already a good handful of japanese artists that have Vevo accounts like XOX, Da-iCE, DISH// and Shimizu Shota. I was happy when these got up but some don't upload all their music videos, which is kind of sad but hopefully with time moving on they will add more. Today more music videos of Shimizu Shota have been uploaded which makes me really happy. Not because I can't watch them otherwise but because know I can show them to more people. Here are the ones he uploaded today.

What do you think about Vevo channels? Did you know these songs of him?

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

What I think about Shimizu Shotas WHITE album...

Today I recieved my copy of Shimizu Shotas new album WHITE. I am a huge fan of him so this will be quite bias but I will write down my honest opinion about the songs.

01. dance with me.  ♥♥♥♡♡

This song has SO much potential, if just his voice wouldn't sound so extremly mechanical. I disliked this so much when listening to the song the first time. After a few more listens I don't mind it that much anymore but really WHY...!!! Besides his mechanical voice, this song is pretty cool. I love the kinde dark feeling and the heavy deep vibrating bass sound. I think this song will grow on me the more I listen to it.

02. Good Life ♥♥♥♥♥

I love this song so much since it was released as a single. It's a song that get's me in a good mood, even thought it's not one of these happy go lucky songs. I like his rap in this song a lot, thought his voice is much more lovable. The whole song has a very nice flow to it. 

03. Friday ♥♥♥♥♥

This is the other song that has been released as a single before. I love this song SO much too and I love to singe the refrain. Such an amazing song that really get's me in weekend mood. XD

04. (I'm  fine) ♥♥♥♥♥

OMG that rap in the beginning is so nice, in generell his voice is so nice. I also like the snipping and clapping he put into this song. That gives it even more of a nice feeling.

05. Silver & Gold ♥♥♥♥♡

This song again has a nice flow to it. However it's a pretty slow-paced song and therefor can get boring easily. Thought for me, gosh damn it, just his stunning vocals would make me repeat this song for hours and not get bored of it. XDDDD

06. 踊り続けよう (Odori Tsuzukeyou) ♥♥♥♥♥+

I would say this is my favorite song of this album because I loved it right from listening to it only once. The song starts off with a deep vibrating bass sound (similar to "dance with me.") which already gave me goosebumps right from the start. I also love all the sounds he put into it. The whole feeling and flow of this songs get me to dance along. Honestly I LOVE this song SO much.

07. Range Rover ♥♥♥♥♡

This song is super beautiful and could definitly have been longer then these not even two minutes. The "Range Rover" part is a little weird thought, because it makes you feel you listen to a well done advertising song. XD 

08. Beautiful ♥♥♥♥♥

Like the titel says this is also a beautiful song and I bet it has beautiful lyrics too. This song has a quite light-hearted feeling to it and his voice sounds crystal clear. I love it. I absolutly appreciate whenever he writes such nice light songs like this one. 

09. alone ♥♥♥♥♡

This song really grew on me. The flow always get's me. Also the rap parts of both Shimizu Shota and SALU are very nice listening to. 

10. Rainbow ♥♥♥♥♥+

Sadly this is already the last song on this album but it's an amzing last one because it leaves you with this feeling of wanting to listen to all these great songs, and his amazing voice, once again. This song is extremly beautiful, I prefer it over Beautifu because the flow of this is a little nicer and his vocals are so perfect in this. My heart is beating so fast listening to this 'cause I am falling I love with his voice again and again. This guy get's me melting!! XD

Overall: ♥♥♥♥♥+

My overall opinion on this album should be really clear. Like I said I am biased but he really is a stunning artist that wrote the music and lyrics to all of these songs on his own, he arranged them all by himself and half of the songs have even been recorded by himself. Shimizu Shota is not only an extremly talanted vocalist but musician overall. If I had to choose one artist I would like to meet once, it would definitly be him. I am drifting away... So for the album why I love it soooooooo much is this great flow that you will find in all songs from the first to the last. Non of these songs feel like they don't belong there, he seems to really have thought about the order of the tracks. There is some faster songs and slow songs and many mid-tempo songs, it really is a great mix. If you like his music, you will love this and if you don't please give it a try. He deserves so much more attention. 

Did you listen to this album?

Friday, June 15, 2018

B2takes! to have their major debut

Nine member group B2takes! is going to have their major debut this year. After releasing 6 indie singles, their major debut single will be released on September 4th. The double A-side single will be called "Brand New Anniversary / Not Alone". It will be released as two regular and two dvd versions, so 4 different versions in total. The music video for Brand New Anniversary has been released already. Take a look here.

I am not the biggest fan of this song. It's not orginal enough for a major debut song. The music video is nice, with all the beach scenes but it is absolutly not making up for the song. I like them and I am happy for them having a major debut already but I am really not happy with the quality of this. I know they can do better and I think the major debut single is so important, you have to release something unique that stays in your head after listening to it. But this song doesn't... However it's a double A-side single so I still have hope for this release. Not Alone has to be better. I mean I personally will buy their new cd anyway but I would be great if I at least like one song a LOT. I am looking forward to the other song.

What do you think about this music video/song?

Sunday, June 10, 2018

ZEN THE HOLLYWOOD changed their name + new single

I am super late with the news, sorry about that but I still want to write about this because I cound't find anything about it on any other english site. At the end of 2017 ZEN THE HOLLYWOOD officially changed their name to ZEN THE HOLLYWOOD 80's. I guess after losing quite a few members over the years, they wanted to have some kind of new start, that's why they changed the name but I am not sure. In March of 2018 they released a photobook under that name and in July they will release their first single as Zenhari 80's. The cd will come with 5 tracks and it seems like it will only be availible on their official website. Here is the cover for it.

And just in case here is the link where you can buy it. However you will need to order it with the help of a shopping service.

What do you think about the new name and the new release?

MAGiC BOYZ going to disband

I finally got myself to write this post and it makes me very sad. On June 6th 4 member group MAGiC BOYZ announced to disband after their "MAGiC BOYZ iTTAN FAiNAL" live which will be held on July 16th 2018. The group got formed as a four member group back in 2014 and went through severel member changes. That's also a reason they decided to finally disband. Mahiro is going to quite the whole music scene and concentrate his studies. Also he would like to become an actor later. For the other three members they will stay with EBiDAN and Stardust and want to make music together, just not under the name of MAGiC BOYZ. It's also not stated if it will be a similir music style or maybe something totaly different. Maybe they are also getting to add new members. Well eveything is unkonw so far but I am looking forward to the outcome. 
As for me personal I am sad about this announcement, thought I haven't been their biggest fan in the beginning, they totaly grew on me. I started to enjoy their music and I liked their live performances. They have always been the most outstanding group of EBiDAN because their concept was so very different to the other groups. I am sad they will disband but I am looking forward to a new group with Toma, Ryuto and Joe and I wish Mahiro all the best for his future and I will be happy to see him in a drama or movie one day. 

What are your thoughts about their disbanding?

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Hirakawachi Ichoume to hold memorial tour

It's been 10 years already since Hirakawachi Ichoume disbanded. The two brothers started doing music in 2003 with the goal of finding their mother, which left them when they were still very young. They succeeded and reunited in 2008 and after that decieded to disband because even thought they have been very greatful to their fans, singing has always been something hurtful for them because of the reason behind it. However after 10 years went by they finally decided to do a memorial tour and give their fans something back. The tour will be held in august and there will be seven shows in total. 
I wish I could go to their concert because after all these years I am still very much in love with their music and I would love listening to them nowadays. I thinks it's great they are doing this and I hope many fans will go an see them live.
At least here is one of my absolute favorite song of them, thought I do prefer the 2003 version a little more but I can't find the music video for it anymore. So here is the 2008 version of their debut song "Tokyo".

Do you know them? What do you think about memorial concerts like these?

BLACK IRIS released dance practice video for Crazy Ride

I few days ago new indie group "BLACK IRIS" uploaded a dance practice for their song Crazy Ride. Now we are not only able to listen to this song but can also take a look at their dancing skills. I personally like this song quite a bit and the dancing is pretty good too. Here is the video.

Besides this video they also uploaded a video in which the try to do the choreography while not seeing anything. It's a pretty funny video. I laughed so much at how Shota is screeming and laughing all the time. It's hilarious. Here is the funny video.

What do you think about the song and dance and that funny video?