qotka

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  1. Kinda late but I'm in if it's still possible.
  2. I used to watch this on repeat. So much good. My wtf moments: - People losing their shit over some nude cheki. - That time MUCC and Sid were touring together and Mao tried to sing Ranchuu. Growlord. This thread is amazing.
  3. My first v-kei lives were at Visual Japan Summit last year. I went to the 3rd day and managed to catch: ぞんび - super cute! Love their concept and they are beautifully produced. Versailles - their set was 3 songs but they gave their all! Diaura - haven't heard of them until that day so that was a fun surprise! And their bangyas are awesome. MUCC - I was a casual listener until then but I completely fell in love that day. They sound x10000 time better live and are so energetic on stage it's ridiculous. Golden Bomber - they were hilarious, their X Japan cosplay and digs at v-kei were on spot, and they let Yoshiki troll them which was very cute. Luna Sea - flawless. X Japan - 2 hours of basically Yoshiki masturbating and crying but I drank the kool aid so I enjoyed every moment of it. And then everything started going downhill 2016.10.30 - VAMPS Halloween Party. I'm not a big fan of VAMPS but it was really cool. Plus Momoclo were there too and they're totally my fav aidoru. Wagakki Band were pretty awesome too! 2016.11.25 - COMMUNE Vol.2 - DEZERT were fun, Plastic Tree were cool (they mostly have nostalgic value for me), MUCC stole my heart yet again. lynch. were supposed to be on the lineup as well but Akinori just had to go and get arrested a couple of days before. 2016.12.22 - Aldious - I'm not the biggest fan of Re:NO but she was surprisingly good that night (I think she sounds a bit anemic on their studio stuff). 2017.01.06 - te' - not v-kei but I guess talking about Japanese bands in general is cool? I was floored. They're just electrifying live. 2017.01.08 - Luminous101 - another 'not-v-kei'. They are a super cute indie band and they sometimes kinda sound like Weezer. 2017.01.23 - Arimura Ryutaro - I love his solo album, it really reminds me of old Plastic Tree stuff. The concert was really good. I wrote some stuff about it. 2017.01.29 - This is the FACT - a livehouse headlined by DEZERT, with A9, Nocturnal Bloodlust, LM.C, アルルカン and MUCC. It was an exhausting yet incredible experience. 2017.02.04 - MUCC - I saw them twice that day and lived to tell the tale. 2017.02.18 - Wagakki Band - I got tickets after seeing them at the Halloween party and thinking they were really cool. I grew kinda bored with them as the initial wow factor wore off, but live they were still kicking ass and it was an incredibly entertaining show.
  4. These guys are totally in my current top 10, too. I think that while they don't always sound at the top of their game, there are many ways in which they could grow and surprise us. I'm not sure why, but I have really high hopes for them.
  5. Holy hell!! This was on my playlist for YEARS and I had no idea what it was because for some reason the file name and tags were all in gibberish.
  6. Some random comments on CAT5's response to my review - ----- OK your review totally made my day, I'm so glad this trade worked so well! It was fun and challenging to put together a mix for someone I just met and seems to care so much about music. Thank you for listening to this (loosely) rainbow-themed thing I decided on making because this forum is called Monochrome Heaven and I'm an idiot with the sense of humor of a 5-year-old! I literally threw that Pillows song in because it's the only song I really like that has the word ORANGE in it. The fact that you thought the first track could possibly be MUCC totally blew my mind because this is something I would kill to hear them do. The closest thing they have to this, that has a spoken word/rap thing going, is Libra, and it's one of my favorite songs by them. I wish they did something like this, only edgier: The second track is actually the only one recorded by a non-Japanese band (well, their singer is half Japanese), the London-based Kero Kero Bonito. I like their bubblegum aesthetics that have a bit of an indie touch to them. OMG I'm so glad you liked track #5!!! Sayuu are one of my favorite things in the world right now. And if you liked Yellow Hate, wait until you see the video! It's from their first full-length album スカムレフト スカムライト (2015), and last month they released a mini-album titled カンバセイション which I also really recommend. And spot on, 6 is a b-side from Midori's Swing single. I only ran into them recently but I'm already hooked (and bummed I missed out on when they were active!). Spot on with Plastic Tree as well! Ryutaro's vocals can be a hit or a miss and I totally get people who can't stand listening to him. I can totally see how 8 reminds of Hyde's solo stuff, the sounds is totally reminiscent. It's Fake?, a side project of Ken Lloyd and Inoran. Are all side projects doomed to sound like generic alternative rock? Maybe. Great observation with track 9 as well! I also agree that the best part of the MUCC track I used is it's ending. So much passion, so much feels. I think their constant play with different genres has resulted many amazing things over the years, as well of some of their more embarrassing releases. They're an eclectic band and this is the main reason I love them so much. Anyway I'll stop talking now and reveal the tracklist.
  7. @CAT5's mixtape has a really cool concept, using tracks inspired by an image, making the overall vibe of the mix very tight and neatly put together. Disclaimer: I still have a lot to learn when it comes to technical terms and finding the right words to describe certain things when writing about music, especially with the genres in the mix being somewhat outside my comfort zone. Hell, I can’t even identify the exact genre for most of them, but it won’t stop me from jumping right in and talking like I know something! Overall this mixtape was great and I had a lot of fun listening to it. Some of the songs are definitely not an easy listen for someone who left a Radiohead concert crying because SHE JUST DOESN’T GET 80% OF WHAT THEY’RE DOING ANYMORE, but I like a challenge and it was worth it. Plus, by cheating and looking up track #2 I found Ling Tosite Sigure and they’ve totally been my jam for the past couple of days!
  8. Funny story: it was Plastic Tree, but I had no idea they were even considered v-kei and had no idea what the band looked like until a year ago. A friend recommended them to me and I've been listening to them on and off since 2004. I didn't have an internet connection at home back then and relied on copying friends' music folders whenever I had the chance. Shirochronicle got me through a shitty military service, I'll always have a place in my heart for this album. By the way, I found out what they looked like when I came to Japan and started looking into tour dates. It was a pleasant surprise! Love Ryutaro's emoboi hair and Moroccan grandma getup.
  9. What I did (and I'm sure there's a x100000 more tech-savvy way of doing this, but this is the one I'm familiar with) was open the album in windows media player and drag the image I wanted for the mix cover over the old cover and it replaced it. It's easier if you change the album tag for all the tracks (just call it "mystery album/mix"/whatever random title you want to give it) so WMP will recognise it as an actual album.
  10. This could become the hottest thing in 2017. Or maybe not. Either way shitfest report is much appreciated! ----- Not VK, but I've recently had the privilege to witness crowdfunding done right by Japanese post rock/math rock band te' for their China/Taiwan tour DVD. They invited all funders and the general public (funders got to enter first) to a free gig at Shibuya's Kinoto in addition to the rewards people got by donating. It surprised me how well it worked (they got 102% of the sum!). So yeah, in Doguramagura's case it's a world of... difference, but I'm glad to see it can be done.
  11. LOL I think I've watched the version someone uploaded on YouTube like a hundred times! Do you play twister... I mean use twitter? I also think the Yokubou no Uta video is the best tribute to v-kei anyone has ever done, and their performance at VJS knocked me off my feet. Have you seen it?
  12. Hello and welcome! I had no idea Kyan sometimes actually plays the guitar for real, that's cool. I love Golden Bomber, they are hilarious and Dakishimete Schwarz is my favorite karaoke jam.
  13. Yes! I also almost feel frowned upon when I try to communicate with people by adding comments when I reblog or adding my own thoughts on content I post. It's ridiculous how shallow the communication there can get. I can totally relate to this. VK for me was a nostalgia until I went to Visual Japan Summit a couple of months ago and everything just resurfaced. Damn was it glorious. ----- I'm really glad I've read this thread even though I don't have much of substance to add. My friends who were into VK back in the day think I'm going to some weird mid-life crisis (I'm not old enough for that!) and keep slagging me off and asking where I got machine to go back to 2005. I totally understand them though, for many it was a fad and something we did as edgy teenagers who loved the aesthetics and wanted to feel speshul. But it's a great scene and I'm glad to be back. Granted, about 95% is crud, but there are too many gems out there for me to give up. Also IDK if dead or not -- I think that really depends on where you're looking. I've seen enough indie bands (not just v-kei) that barely have an audience of 10 (and sometimes you realise most of the people sitting around you at the club are the other bands playing that night), but then again you still have bands like MUCC who have almost sold out their current zenkoku tour and are doing two Budokan days this June (I'll have to wait for the general sale to see if they manage to sell it out though, though I bet they will). They're the only 'major' band I'm closely following at the moment but I'm sure there are more examples to this. Sure, the underground is where you wanna look for the future of a scene/genre, but as long as bands keep forming and bangya keep... doing their thing, I'm not worried. PS. @desparejo86 LEAVE YOSHIKI ALONE he's just a human being and it's OK to express yourself through taking 100 selfies a day!!1111 Also the new X album is totally happening. (sadface)
  14. @fitear1590 thank you for mentioning Ailiph Doepa! This is some hilarious (and good) stuff!
  15. Yes! I only saw the stuff you've posted on twitter for the past few days (great stuff!), so I'm definitely looking forward to this!