The Hello! Project dropped it's 20th Anniversary bomb today; a (slight) reworking of Morning Musume's first recording, "Ai no Tane", originally released on this day in 1997. The group, dubbed Morning Musume 20th, consists of the current MM'17 lineup and the full original 1st Generation. It's a digital-only release, which is understandable, as the target … Continue reading “Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary Ver)”
If this is the only thing to come of the Morning Musume 20th anniversary, well, I'll still be disappointed, but this is a surprise. Just watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThUHrBnBBnQ This makes me happier than this guy right here: I can't put into words how happy I am that Asuka was able to put aside her differences with … Continue reading Oh HELL Yes!
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
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
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
The latest episode of Hello! Station is out, and it includes footage of Juice=Juice n00bs Danbara Ruru and Yanagawa Nanami recording their lines for "fiesta! fiesta!" Yanagawa is first, and she's as solid as we were told she was. Nothing special, but above average for an idol. Ruru, however, appears to be even better than … Continue reading Danbara Ruru’s Got Her Mojo Workin’
We got a taste of the new Juice=Juice 7-nin lineup on Youtube today, and they're not coddling the n00bs. Performing their upcoming digital release "fiesta! fiesta!" at the Hello! Gathering Summer Tour, the first solo line goes to new member Danbara Ruru, and she sounds great. Neither she nor Yanagawa Nanami look at all out … Continue reading First Look at Juice=Juice 7-nin Lineup
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…
You really have to hear this, because it's seriously great. https://twitter.com/selder16/status/889104766462173184 I went off on a mini Tweet-storm about how this made me nostalgic for the early-to-mid 00s heyday of the Morning Musume remix scene. If you don't remember it, it was pretty big on the internet, to the point where at its height it … Continue reading This 8-Bit Remix of “Waratte” is So Damned Good
Sorry for the lull in posting new content. I'm in the process of moving out-of-state, and it's taking up most of my time. As a gift, here's a video of perhaps the most fantastically ridiculous Morning Musume performance ever: Miki Fujimoto and Hitomi Yoshizawa doing "Rainbow Pink": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtEppjV6xZ0 Yossie's abject failure to pull of the … Continue reading That Time When Yossie and Mikitty Got Their Moe On.