Top 5 Most Known Japanese Musicians according to MIT’s Pantheon Project. [link]

thx henrique!

how many names can one narrator mispronounce in 90 seconds?

Blotchy, lumpy, Yoshky! And Hide mid-blink. Or is he sleeping and has eyes painted on his eyelids?

Finally hung me “new” Destroyer (thx E!) up!

ps - dig how the iphone lens makes the Destroyer look like a petite Explorer!

ps2 - also, hide on the left, eddie on the right!

X Japan: Before and After

It’s not so much the reduction of gigabytes from 2.5 to 1.0, it’s the reduction of detritic song files from 435 to 184. This is a band that literally has like forty songs total, of which only about a dozen are great. 

Those songs (in order of release) are:

  1. Sadistic Desire
  2. Week End
  3. Rose of Pain
  4. Endless Rain
  5. Kurenai
  6. Silent Jealousy
  7. Miscast
  8. Desperate Angel
  9. Stab Me in the Back
  10. Joker
  11. Say Anything
  12. Dahlia
  13. Scars
  14. Rusty Nail
  15. Tears
  16. Forever Love

Still, you have to admire a band where an entire THIRD of their output is classifiable as “great”. Most bands it’s like one-tenth?

However, the studio versions are inferior to the live versions on the 1992 “Verge…” and 1997 “Live Live Live” DVD releases, so you could knock your whole collection down to those two releases and have more than enough X-ness in your life.

Now all I have to do is dig up those DVDs, and rip them at 320k… (I ripped them at 160k cbr at a time when that was considered ~extravagant~.) Guess I’m gonna go do that now, I think I still have my DVDs in CD wallets in a closet somewhere here…

What got you into j-rock?

Feb. 21 1996: I’m in a hotel in a suburb of Tokyo, my first hours in the country, jetlagged, exhausted but unable to sleep. I’m flipping through channels. I land on a TV spot for some album or tour featuring this crazy guy in a neck brace spazzing out on the drums and a wacky pink-haired nut running down a catwalk past thousands of fans screaming all DRESSED LIKE HIM!? All to some awesome metal song (“Dahlia”) and I SIT BOLD UPRIGHT focusing with every last ounce of being on every syllable the announcer is saying so I can figure out WHO THIS GROUP IS — there is no internet to check! — and I’m comprehending ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, til thank god the X Japan logo is splashed on the screen for the last second of the ad and the announcer goes “EKKS JAPON!” and I’m like, EUREKA, I know what I’m doing tomorrow!

The ad was similar to this one: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTA1NzYyOTA0.html

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various | hide tribute II + III -visual spirits- (2013)

Spare yourself. Just don’t.

01. TELL ME / heidi. 
02. DICE / 摩天楼オペラ 
03. OBLAAT / GOTCHAROCKA 
04. D.O.D.[DRINK OR DIE] / 柩 from NIGHTMARE
05. ピンク スパイダー / Sadie
06. ever free / defspiral
07. DOUBT / machine
08. HURRY GO ROUND / CELL
09. MISERY / DaizyStripper
10. Beauty & Stupid / DOPPEL
11. DAMAGE / THE KIDDIE
12. Junk Story / UNDER CODE PRODUCTION LAST COLLABORATION「D・N・A」
13. 50% & 50% / Mix Speaker’s,Inc.

01. ROCKET DIVE / R指定
02. Beauty & Stupid / DIAURA
03. ピンク スパイダー / 己龍 
04. In Motion / FEST VAINQUEUR
05. DOUBT / ダウト 
06. DICE / SCREW
07. BACTERIA / アヲイ 
08. ever free / BORN
09. D.O.D.[DRINK OR DIE] / DEZERT
10. 限界破裂 / グリーヴァ 
11. EYES LOVE YOU / A(エース)
12. HURRY GO ROUND / HERO