Rena Ogawa Leaves Kobushi Factory and Hello! Project

And another on bites the dust. Kobushi Factory's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year continues apace with the announcement of the retirement of Rena Ogawa today (Japanese). She had been diagnosed with anxiety disorder back in July, around the same time it was discovered she had been dating a boy (OMFG, a 17 year-old … Continue reading Rena Ogawa Leaves Kobushi Factory and Hello! Project

Morning Musume ’17 “Wakaindashi” – First Impressions

The first song of Morning Musume '17's new single has been radio-ripped to Youtube. If you haven't heard it yet, here's your big opportunity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px4rBfIGIeA I know this is only half the song, but I really hate this. It's musical pabulum. The arrangement feels mailed-in and directionless, which is odd for a Tsunku production. It … Continue reading Morning Musume ’17 “Wakaindashi” – First Impressions

“Shuukatsu Sensation” / “I Wish” Mash-up

No, not that "I Wish". Henkka over at Wota In Translation did this quick-and-dirty mashup of Tsubaki Factory's "Shuukatsu Sensation" and Stevie Wonder's "I Wish". He had to lower Stevie's voice substantially to match the key, but this is pretty clever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKXP2KHL798 You nasty boy. I love that people are re-mixing and mashing-up H!P songs … Continue reading “Shuukatsu Sensation” / “I Wish” Mash-up

Holy Hell, I found that DJ Kuno Remix I mentioned in the last post…

Buried in the deep recesses of an old hard drive is this remarkable fan remix of Morning Musume's "Roman ~MY DEAR BOY~", which is really a three-way mash-up of MM, Namie Amuro ("Strobe") and HALCALI ("Tandem"). It's a stunning work that represents, in my opinion, the absolute peak of the fertile Morning Musume remix scene of … Continue reading Holy Hell, I found that DJ Kuno Remix I mentioned in the last post…