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’
So the cover art for LoVendoЯ's come-back mini-album Яe:Start has been released, and the girls look just like... an idol group. Here, bask in the plenary pinkness of Reina's rock band: The only things missing from this cover are Sayu and Koha, and it encapsulates the problem I've had with LoVendoЯ from the start: this … Continue reading The Problem With LoVendoЯ
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.
It dropped this morning, and it's very... white. The one "white theme" song/PV that is seemingly required on every H!P release has become predictable to the point where fans have been openly mocking it for over a year now. I've seen some call it "lazy", and I can't disagree. It doesn't even really fit this … Continue reading Tsubaki Factory: Hana Moyou PV
The second video from Tsubaki Factory's soon-to-be-released single has dropped, and this was the one I was waiting for. Back when short radio rips of "Shuukatsu Sensation" and "Waratte" leaked a couple weeks back I was giddy with anticipation, mostly for "Waratte". My initial take was that this was a 70s funk jam that should've … Continue reading Tsubaki Factory “Waratte” Video Review
...that Juice=Juice performed "Romance no Tochuu" with a live band on Full Chorus? Youtube 'members: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2lCk46ekC0 The moral of this story? J=J is phenomenal when given good music. I'm pretty excited for 7-nin J=J and the debut of Danbara Ruru.
With the Hello! Project in a state of transformation and turmoil, who do H!P wota turn to for a sense of calm amid the rising tide of change and anxiety? Why, Tsubaki Factory, of course? Duh. The first video from TF’s second major single dropped a couple of days ago, and it’s enough to get … Continue reading Tsubaki Factory: “Shuukatsu Sensation” PV Review