New Sodmy @ Omotesando F.A.B.

Aug 27, 2002

Spent the early part of the day compiling an archive of Deg and Pierrot tracks. Three full 700mb CD-Rs of stuff, I had to burn. Joyous! The Deg is utterly complete; the Pierrot one, i had to dis-include Kikurui Pierrot (Kikurui is French for “sounds like they dropped a carousel full of monkeys down the side of the Eiffel Tower.”) 

The weird thing about compiling archives is this: if my house burns down and I lose all my CDs, i’m going to buy all Deg’s stuff all over again. So why make the archive? If anything, I should be backing up the stuff I -don’t- like! For example, La Mule’s latter-day releases, anything by Inoran, that Earl Grey EP i keep intending to listen to all the way through but never seem to have time for… the list goes on and on. But that’s stupid! Backing up shit you don’t want! What a predicament.

Salvation arrived through a call from Inertia: she has an extra ticket for New Sodmy’s final live; do I want to come? I kinda do, I kinda don’t; we all remember how I felt about the other recent show of theirs I saw… but in the end I felt I should give the band one last chance. And if they suck, I’ll never go see them ever again!!!

Also, there’d be girls. Plus final lives always hold a couple interesting surprises.

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Luna Sea ~Never Sold Out~ band score / tab (guitar, bass, drums, even violin!)

The reason I got these (for $75 a dozen years ago?) was to see how they played the songs live rather than on record with overdubs.

Also, live tab books have no album filler :)

~ only $5 on ebay ^_^ ~

Luna Sea rockers Sugizo and Inoran talk life at 25

From the Japan Times:

“Our 25th anniversary show was a celebration. I think everyone in the band feels the same way, but we only have feelings of gratitude. That’s what has been the biggest difference between then and now. Before, we wanted everyone to blindly follow us. I think Luna Sea is a very sadistic band — I mean, our fan club is called ‘Slave’! But we have a much more refined attitude now than we did in the ’90s.” - SUGIZO

“When we did the ‘shūmaku’ gig in 2000, we promised to each other that we would all go out into the world while we were in our 30s, absorb things and regroup. We did exactly that. That was the point from which we were able to start again.” - INORAN

“I feel there’s something very close in the Luna Sea sound to the guitar work and psychedelic feel of shoegaze bands. On songs such as ‘Wish,’ ‘Rosier,’ and ‘Storm,’ I tried really hard to replicate the sound by using effects, like playing fast with a wah-wah pedal, or using tape-echo and harmonizers. I couldn’t figure out how they did it, so I just made it into my own thing…. At the time, the word ‘shoegaze’ didn’t exist yet. I think young shoegaze bands now use the term with no hesitation, but I reckon Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine probably dislikes the term. It’s like ‘visual-kei,’ which is also a word that doesn’t describe the music. Behind that guitar noise there was house music, and I liked bands such as Primal Scream. So I think what I try to do with the Luna Sea sound comes from trying to express all that psychedelica, house and drug culture in a rock, guitar-band format.” - SUGIZO

INORAN - Something about you PV

INORAN’s new single “Something about you” for sale on his upcoming tour. Sung in garbled up Engrish, but better than whatever he released on his last 2 albums. 

Jrock BLAST from the PAST

Starting with this first entry I am beginning a new series of random jrock songs from the past that either made quite an impact in the Jrock scene back in their day, are a bit obscure but yet so awesomely cool, or are just that damn good!

Endless, The Art of Losing Touch by Fake? (2004)

In what is perhaps Fake?’s most beautifully crafted and subtle rock ballad yet, Inoran and Ken truly make some magic with this slow-tempo song. Ken’s english lyrics and passionate subtlety along with Inoran’s gorgeously memorable yet highly ‘discreet’ guitar, makes this one of Fake? best songs ever and one of their surprisingly few ballads of this kind. It sure gave The Art of Losing Touch a much needed sense of ambiance and relaxation located right at the center of this highly energetic album.



luna sea | ra-se-n (live 2007)

This is my favorite Luna Sea song. 

It’s from Style, my favorite Luna Sea album.

Shine sucks, okay?