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  1. YuyoDrift

    Well one that I want to start recording now is with my childhood/neighborhood crush appearing in my dreams. The dreams themselves are often different, and sometimes I feel like they keep reoccurring because they are premonitions to the future (I have had dreams years ahead, where I'd meet my current gf, with such detail like her name and the way she smelled, while never once seeing her face), but in a couple dreams she and I were together and living back home in Chicago. It always feels like an alternative timeline that I'm witnessing/living in my dream, and for all that science can barely understand regarding this, there could be some truth to what happens in the dream itself, as I am strongly given the impression that this was supposed to be the life I should be living. If you've seen the film Inception, then you know about the main character's wife, who believed that the life she was living was nothing but a dream, and her real existence required her to "wake up" (leading to her committing suicide as an attempt to get back to "reality"). My dreams (and my view on it) perfectly mimic this entire thing. It terrifies me/creeps me out because she and I had a falling out almost 10 years ago, only because I went and confessed my admiration/infatuation with her, after so many years of back-and-forth "does he/she like me?" encounters growing up with friends. I won't share those details here, but I did it because I couldn't move on with my life knowing that there could have been a "what if", and in the end I was left with something worse than the answer I wanted, I was devasted. We've since then grown apart as friends (as is what normally happens unfortunately), and have no trace of her on my social media. I've grown to accept that life has to be this way, and we can't turn back the dial. This is living with the decisions you make in life. At the same time, these dreams make me wonder if something is going on in her life that maybe I am somehow able to feel, or rather, allowed to see. Could it be a life I could have had with her, and she's often thinking about it too? Could she be alone and regretting what happened that she wants to try again? God, the dreams are so vivid and intense that I often wake up by force because I can't admit that this would ever be a possibility for me, even in my dreams. Yet they keep coming back when I least expect it, and stronger, to the point where I will sit at the side of my bed for a while because I get anxious, as it wouldn't be hard for me to get in touch with friends and ask how she's doing. I choose not to, because the life I live now is the one I chose, and I am far away from home and even further away from her in so many ways, that I need to see all of this for what it is: reality.
  2. ^^ I actually just discovered her the other day lol. This album I hear was one of the last known albums to retain the city-pop theme, as it was released in 1990, I think. Right now I'm trying to investigate what happened to the trend, and pinpoint exactly when the shift to a more JPOP oriented era began. But I'll get back to you guys on that. One artist that I had in my head for a while now (but I kept forgetting her name) was (柴田 妙子) Taeko Rei, who I've only ever seen featured in a city pop playlist once. Guess she went under the radar during the resurgence for many people. Her albums were meh, and she was a part of those artists that had a more intense city pop vibe. This track was one of my favorites from her LP in 1984.
  3. I had no idea this was a thing. My exposure was around 2013, after finding a YT vid for Miki Matsubara's "Stay With Me", followed by the future funk/bass/disco/trap/etc, and then getting in touch with DJs (like the DJ Van Paugam I mentioned before, now living in Chicago) who were starting YT channels for City Pop (including a 24/7 livestream). Damn! Thanks for the info! I'll be sure to add this to the OP @colorful人生.
  4. It was only a matter of time before I created this thread lol so here we are. City Pop, also known/seen as シティーポップ (shitī poppu) online, is the name given to the fusion genre of funk/disco/jazz/easy-listening music that existed in Japan from the late 70's and well into the 80's, where it became the national soundtrack of the times, providing an urban expression to the success and wonders of the city-life. Japan at this time was thriving due to the technological advancements during the 70's that allowed Japan's economy to explode when it came to exportation of consumer electronics and more, essentially making them a conglomerate for tech in the next decade that followed, and creating what many refer to today as an "economic miracle", yet to be seen again today. Here are several articles I've saved over the years if you'd like to know more: The Musical Almanac: Japan’s City-Pop The Breathless Bliss of City Pop A Dreamy Trip back to Japans Capitalist Fantasy of the 1980s A Guide to City Pop, the Soundtrack for Japan’s Bubble-Era Generation The recent return of the genre state-side (we're always late to this stuff) by a number of DJs on YouTube, SoundCloud, and even Band Camp have given City Pop a breath of new life, and the reception has been so great that studios existing back then have since remastered and re-released albums (even on vinyl) for collectors and new fans alike. Edit: According to @colorful人生: Very Cool! While City Pop predates the surge of JPOP in the 90's and can be seen as one genre as a whole, I felt that City Pop deserved its own thread as the number of releases that spanned the 70's-80's are ENDLESS, and even today new music artists utilize/associate the music genre to their own work, so it's safe to make the distinction between the two. Now I don't have a starter-pack for those looking to get into the genre, but I've listened to a major chunk of the releases online to give a great recommendations list for those curious. These releases are easily available on YouTube, are varied in musical style and year of release, and they were some of the first listens for me when I got started, so hopefully at least one of them will interest you guys. (ラジ) Rajie - Heart to Heart (1977) (山下 達郎)Tatsuro Yamashita - SPACY (1977) (みき松原 ) Miki Matsubara - Pocket Park (1980) (貴子間宮)Takako Mamiya - Love Trip (1982) (パイパー) Piper - Summer Breeze (1983) (知子亜蘭) Tomoko Aran - More Relax (1984) (敏生角松)Toshiki Kadomatsu - After 5 Clash (1984) (桃子菊池) Momoko Kikuchi - Adventure (1986) (明菜中森) Akina Nakamori - Stock (1988) NOTE: That being said, there are still many artists to check out, so here's are a few more names for you to search for in your spare time. I'll come back and update this (took a couple days to put together lol) with more recommendations when I can. So who else here listens to these J-Oldies?
  5. YuyoDrift

    You guys are clogging up this thread. Take it to PMs if it's really that interesting of a side-topic.
  6. So I started watching The Naked Director, and wow that series is good, and this is my take ignoring the obvious title lol.

  7. YuyoDrift

    モノクローム ヘアヴェンに, ようこそ! (Welcome to Monochrome Heaven!) Not sure if you are Japanese or really like the Japanese language (I've seen your posts) lol but either way its nice to have you join the site . My Japanese is not great at all but we do have plenty of users on MH that can write and understand Japanese, so I'm sure you'll meet them soon. Tell us a little about yourself, and what kinds of artists/bands you listen to. If you have any questions, you may message any one of the staff (myself included). ご返事へんじをお待まちしています!
  8. YuyoDrift

    Oh man, I don't want to add to it myself, but random thoughts are random, and I don't want to keep them in my head today. It's surreal to be thinking about my childhood friend, 9 years this week since she passed away. It bothers me every single day to know that the last time I saw her, she had already been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, already too late to do anything, and just carrying on with her 18 year-old life like it was nothing, and smiling. Jesus fuck it's not fair. I feel more like shit because I haven't made time to visit her resting place, ever. In fact, the reason I'm typing this is because I had almost forgotten that she was laid to rest around this time, having actually been there at her funeral, spending hundreds of dollars on flowers, and crying endlessly because she was one of the last people I ever expected to pass away. If this is something that is going to happen naturally, and I can't do a damn thing to stop it, I'll live with this gut-punch of a reminder, even if it haunts me forever for moving on with my life and not cherishing her existence in it, no matter how short it was. I'm in another state and further away, so I wonder if I'm going to ever have that time to do actually go and visit? I think it might be time to force it into my schedule for sanity's sake, and as a reminder to her that I haven't forgotten about the better days.
  9. YuyoDrift

    It's hard for me realize/accept ( I was not the biggest L'arc fan) how influential they were to the boom (rather, the second wave, leading to the golden era) of Japanese culture to the USA, but yeah '04-'05 was a pivotal change. I mean, L'Arc~en~Ciel returned out of nowhere with their single in the anime, combined with the album SMILE the same year, along with the touring here, and then the shit going down in Japan with NANA (that soon headed our way) being iconic.... Yeah, they did a lot those 2 years lol.
  10. YuyoDrift

    Half-right. I was around when the original "Glamorous sky" released, and in order to fully understand, we need to backtrack a bit. The amount of people I knew (mostly girls) that were into VK/Japanese Rock at the time (2001-2005), were also hardcore manga readers (Japanese everything, amirite?), and the series NANA (already been out for maybe a few years) was definitely one of the top selling manga at the time (I'm sure both in Japan and Internationally). Tying HYDE into it, L'Arc~en~Ciel had just recently resumed activities after their hiatus, and it was definitely their song "Ready Steady GO", used in the anime Fullmetal Alchemist, that shot them back up into the limelight here in the USA. Their old albums were dusted off the shelves and played non-stop (there were AMVs for their songs all over the internet at the time), and when people heard that HYDE was composing a new song for the live-adaptation of NANA, to be sung by none-other than Mika Nakashima (who was the main character for the live-film, and already recognized as the music artist she was), the hype got real. So real in fact, that you can check billboards for Japan and any articles online reviewing the song, it was a #1 hit for WEEKS. I also knew people that were fans and could play the guitar, and apparently "Glamorous Sky" is very easy to understand composition-wise, and can be dissected to play certain parts that the fans are comfortable with, without ruining the song. I never really looked into the song after about a year of its debut, but with the recent re-recorded version of the song (included in the single Kiss of Death (Produced by Hyde), which was the OP of the anime Darling in the Franxx), I was surprised that the reception to a song that was already 13 or so years old was as good as it was. It was snuck in there, and if it weren't for the advertising, I don't think people would have noticed. I definitely recommend you listen to the 2005 version of "glamorous sky" before checking the 2018 one (her voice has changed slightly in this one, and the emotion of the song is almost non-existent). Just an FYI, the reception of the song influenced other music companies to implement the same strategy, such as the 2018 version of "A Cruel Angel's Thesis (Zankoku na Tenshi no Tese)", which was used for the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, and sung by Yoko Takahashi. Definitely another heavy hit song of the times before Mika Nakashima. EDIT: For those wondering, the anime-adaptation of NANA was not that big of an influence to the overall popularity of the series or the song "Glamorous Sky", so much as the Manga/Film was. The anime is now recognized as a "must watch" by those around in the anime scene at that time, but the song by Mika Nakashima/HYDE is separated only by the order in which everything happened. More people will know of the song before they know about the anime/manga they are associated with. Which explains why a lot of "covers" don't reference the series so much as Mika Nakashima herself.
  11. Well that DEG concert for Denver (finally) is the same day I leave to visit family in Chicago, and their Chicago concert is on the day I have to return to Denver 😂.


    How the fuck?

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    2. YuyoDrift


      I think I'm gonna most likely pass on their tour. I usually try and socialize with people who might be into Japanese Rock, and it could've been beneficial here in Colorado, but I'm good.


      Plus, DEG are little assholes that rush the set-list, so I'm not gonna sit through the same songs played at 2x the speed.

    3. platy


      I don't think I've ever been to a J-rock gig that is on a weekend. Is it more expensive to play on Thursdays — Sundays? 

    4. YuyoDrift


      You know I never thought that it would be a major factor, but it could be that it was the venue's opening slot for the week and DEG's management said fuck it.


      Would have been nice to have gone though lol.

  12. YuyoDrift

    Hopefully if the reception is positive with NUL., Hizumi might consider doing a small revival of D'espa.
  13. YuyoDrift

    Same lol. Could the streaming of their discography be an indicator for something?
  14. YuyoDrift

    ....... couldn't resist. That's a hard comparison to argue.
  15. YuyoDrift

    Dude, wtf. This is why I hate the fucking weeboo fandom sometimes. It's one thing to mention that an anime sucks or that it should never be seen by others, but I'm getting pretty fucking tired of reading people's comments online saying "they should die" or "KYS (name of studio)" because eventually THIS SHIT will be welcomed too. Edit: My comment is directed to all fandoms for videogames, animation, and film.
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