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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Damn straight


Never much liked Stereopony, and I'd put Scandal above Doll$boxx, but they definitely got the #1 band right. They're just spectacularly good. Even the soft poppy new song is well-written and has got the big chorus as well as a nice bass line.

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Blogger SouthRon July 26, 2018 9:23 PM  

Semi-OT: Any good choices from Gog's Japanese sale?

Blogger D. July 26, 2018 9:32 PM  

make babies not music ;)

Blogger Crew July 26, 2018 10:19 PM  

@2: Indeed. Of course, some percentage of women have always worked, but Japanese women would be better off making babies ...

Blogger Jon K July 26, 2018 11:13 PM  

I see Babymetal didn't make the cut. Because of low output?

Blogger Doktor Jeep July 26, 2018 11:18 PM  

They making music that Americans are too drugged up or faggy to make

Blogger Sgt Polite July 27, 2018 12:22 AM  

Funny thing watching those clips is even if the girls are rocking out hard, they don't look angry or pissed, they look like they're having a good time and feminine. Even if the girl has short hair she looks more feminine than your standard anglokunt.

Blogger S. Thermite July 27, 2018 1:52 AM  

Shameless and perhaps silly self-oriented question: My sister who studied Japanese in college and spent a summer there was going to take both my parents there later this year, but my aging father later bowed-out and she invited me to tag along instead though they’ll do fine without me . I also have an invite from a friend to tour Europe with him, his wife, and some of their friends. From the standpoint of cultural enrichment and getting a sense of where the world is heading, which would be a better choice for a guy who’s only visited Haiti and Chile?

Blogger Doug Cranmer July 27, 2018 2:32 AM  

Ok. We've been reading here what a meat grinder Hollywood is for women of special talents.

Tell me it's any different for these young women.

Look at them.

Fucking hell.

Blogger S. Thermite July 27, 2018 2:41 AM  

Interesting how one of their top-ten-list bands is named "Mary's Blood" and another is named "Maria" with a singer wearing a very prominent cross pendant. I wonder if they're looking for a sorta gothic vibe, or is it something more? When I was playing the Final Fantasy games as a young man and watching a little anime, it was interesting how the Japanese artists would caricature and pay tribute to Western characters. Holding up a funhouse mirror of sorts. Knights, cowboys, etc. I especially remember hearing one of the characters in the original Ghost in the Shell quote scripture from the Apostle Paul's epistles, which is something you won't find in any Disney cartoon.

Blogger Johnny Reb July 27, 2018 3:09 AM  

Wow! Well rounder. How do you keep coming up with these things Vox? I get you dig this band but with everything else how is there time? Somehow it makes me envision you sitting on the supreme dark throne with Spacebunny beside you running her fingers across your minor mohawk as you both cast a withering gaze across your minions. So my Ilk you say, what do you have to offer today? This my lord says one. A worthy gift faithful one says the SDK even as Nathan, Lord and protector of the province of Alabama bursts through the door. Blasphemy!! He roars smashing his Makers 46 on the floor while brandishing hi Steyre M40a fire stick. Glaring, fire in his eyes, he gazes upon the Ilk. Bane would spit on your countenance, pussies! He thunders. As he pauses he turns and his voice shakes the very foundation of the Italian lair. RAMMSTEIN FOREVER!!!

Blogger wisdom wizard July 27, 2018 4:52 AM  

Seen this spread around Twitter, an actor named Issac Kazzy has come forward about #Pizzagate and has named Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg as pedophiles.




https://www.pscp.tv/w/1BdGYoVNlLoxX

Blogger VD July 27, 2018 5:44 AM  

Tell me it's any different for these young women.

It's entirely different. The Japanese simply don't abuse young Japanese women the way Hollywood Jews have abused young American men and women for decades.

Blogger Doug Cranmer July 27, 2018 6:03 AM  

I side jacked the topic and my apologies.

But that's a hell of a difference in cultural traits.

We need to know this.

Blogger wEz July 27, 2018 6:48 AM  

Have you ever been to... Santiago Chile?

Blogger Looking Glass July 27, 2018 6:58 AM  

VD wrote:Tell me it's any different for these young women.

It's entirely different. The Japanese simply don't abuse young Japanese women the way Hollywood Jews have abused young American men and women for decades.


There's both direct & indirect cultural reasons why it's very different. The first is that no one really expects to make much money being a celebrity, in Japan. Everyone "gets" that it's a mostly "flash in the pan" type of event for them, mostly as there is very little money in it. (Why being a producer is the really big deal in Japan.)

But the main one: lack of drugs. If people look back through the video, note the lack of "dead eyes"? No one is coke'd up. Heck, most of them wouldn't have ever even tried it. Drugs are available in Japan, but, if you're doing more than alcohol & caffeine, your career is pretty much toast. Secondary benefit is that it prevents most secondary handlers from existing. Handlers are all the Agencies they contract with, which is an above-the-board industry.

One can also compare this to South Korea and see the fairly sizable difference. Though having developed a good number of South Korean Christian contacts, they've got their own GloboHomo infection to deal with. Some are starting to understand it'll end up needing to be dealt with directly, though that time is still off a few decades. Still, you can compare the abuse that heaped upon the "stars" in the two countries to see what the difference between a local & global "market" approach does.

Blogger VD July 27, 2018 7:18 AM  

But that's a hell of a difference in cultural traits.

It's not just that. The Japanese women have actual musical talent. They can't fake it so it can't be manufactured from on high. None of the big "music stars" in the USA have significant musical talent, at most, they might have a decent voice. But between rap and autotune and produced electronic music, no talent is necessary.

So, it comes down to looks and a willingness to submit to abuse.

Blogger VD July 27, 2018 7:24 AM  

I see Babymetal didn't make the cut. Because of low output?

Not a girl band.

Blogger Looking Glass July 27, 2018 7:34 AM  

@16 VD

The Japanese "underground" music scene is insane in Tokyo. And it's literally underground in most of the city because of noise issues.

People also don't understand the Japanese approach to technical skills like music. If you show any skill at classical instruments when you're 6, you're going to be pushed to the breaking point with them for years. While the rest of the music scene isn't as intense, that approach filters down to the rest, along with the Japanese expectation of extreme, point-detailed skills.

If the Japanese ever fixed their education system, they really would bestride history.

Blogger Daniel July 27, 2018 7:41 AM  

Dude. Its your mother

Blogger Doug Cranmer July 27, 2018 10:07 AM  

"If you show any skill at classical instruments when you're 6, ..."

Canadians are like that about hockey. Funny how cultures fixate on something singular to excel at.

Blogger S. Thermite July 27, 2018 11:28 AM  

@wEz

Yes, I’ve been to Santiago and stood outside the presidential palace. There was a disappointing lack of helicopters...
The funniest thing about that trip was standing on the barren slope of Villarrica volcano seven hours to the south, and the only other English-speakers I ran into that day being a couple from Australia and a father/daughter from the same mid-sized US city where I work. Small world indeed.

Blogger Looking Glass July 27, 2018 2:11 PM  

Doug Cranmer wrote:"If you show any skill at classical instruments when you're 6, ..."

Canadians are like that about hockey. Funny how cultures fixate on something singular to excel at.



In most of the world, it's football/soccer. In the States, they do the 3 sport rotation (Fall/Winter/Spring) to see what you're good at.

Classic instruments are viewed as a "rich person" type of skill to the Japanese. It's not a good path to actually make money, but a child that's getting attention for their skill in something like that will be the biggest catnip to a Japanese Mother's desire for attention. Japanese are insanely status & image conscious, though not optically conscious in the way others are. (A "look" needs status & quality, not objectively "good looking".)

The downside for the Japanese is they crush their prodigies. Hard. Rest of Asia as the same problems, though the Japanese do the most damage to them, it seems.

Blogger Dave W. July 27, 2018 2:46 PM  

I do love me some Band-Maid. I've been buying up their old albums and I'm amazed I hadn't heard of them til now. They can seriously shred.

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim July 27, 2018 4:17 PM  

At risk of being the unwelcome dissent, for all their emphasis on skill, these bands are all pretty conservative in their song writing. Formulaic even. It may be this top ten only shows the choruses, but man the tempo, melodies, over all sound are too similar.
Now The band Hinto, well there’s a band that sound unique, and I’ve listened to a lot of Asian Kung Fu Generation, The Pillows, etc.

Blogger Looking Glass July 27, 2018 4:46 PM  

Sterling Pilgrim wrote:At risk of being the unwelcome dissent, for all their emphasis on skill, these bands are all pretty conservative in their song writing. Formulaic even. It may be this top ten only shows the choruses, but man the tempo, melodies, over all sound are too similar.

Now The band Hinto, well there’s a band that sound unique, and I’ve listened to a lot of Asian Kung Fu Generation, The Pillows, etc.


The Pillows tend to be one of the main outsiders, actually. (Though the deep, deep Beatles influence is notable.) JPop is extremely formulaic. JRock mostly the same. See my previous point about prodigies. Extreme technical skills, but very limited creative range. That's just the nature of being Japanese, but they do provide consistent quality.

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