Winery Dogs Unleashed in Japan (2013) [amazon - but $99]

Beauty-beauty-beautyfull concert recording. Graceful motions from the cameras and the band, cut and faded to magical effect, the tight depth of field maintained so elegantly that it may have been done in post, and everything steeped like teas in natural browns and greens.

Stills taken from the track “Regret”, my favorite by far on the disc. [youtube]


Deg & Maiden stickers and a L’Arc strap on a keitai, a spiked wristband, a Nanase Aikawa wristband, a Lego wristband, some uncomfortable “Fancy Rabbit” condoms, and five Kisou-era Deg buttons that I still have :)


Shit I never thought I would get to post a current Pierrot news item. But here it is the latest band photo in 2014. So pardon the excitement from this old-school fan. Still what’s up with this over-exposed, shopped up to hell shot? Yes they are older, but this is overkill on the vampirism side.

As we inch closer to their reunion show in October, fans in Japan can hype themselves up by watching their old shows in a marathon at SHINAGAWA Stella Ball on August 16 & 17 titled “PIERROT FILM GIG 2014 -Dictators’ history-”. Below is a list of the concerts they are featuring in the marathon:

1997年9月21日 新宿 日清パワーステーション CELLULOID HUMANISM -GATE-
1998年6月19日 赤坂BLITZ Dictators Circus II 【zwei】
1998年9月9日 中野サンプラザ Last Indies Act “Dictators Circus III 【drei】”
1999年7月20日 富士急ハイランド・コニファーフォレスト Dictators Circus IV 【vier】 -Birth of Newborn Baby-
1999年9月9日 横浜アリーナ FORETELLER’S-ERROR
2000年11月4日 日本武道館 SWEET TRANCE 2000 IN BUDOKAN “21ST CENTURY BOY”(イベント出演)
2005年1月3日 日本武道館 THE EVENING OF UNDERMINING FINAL 「After awakening」
2005年1月4日 日本武道館 THE EVENING OF UNDERMINING FINAL 「After completion」

I have only seen one or two of their live DVDs, this would have been a perfect time to see which one is a keeper. If only they broadcast this over Livestream or NicoNico for overseas fans, I might consider getting a paid membership to watch it. But Japanese record companies aren’t progressive like that. So we can only relive the history in this short trailer.

Via: (In Japanese only)

Dir en grey just announced that the new album drops on December 10th and it is named after the Greek word ‘Arche’ meaning ‘beginning’, ‘origin’ or ‘source of action’ (Wikipedia). The DEG official site used the kanji, 根源, meaning the root or source of something to explain the concept of the album. Now in production!

I’m more excited about the return of the usage of a single word for the album title after so long, well since “Uroboros.” This might not mean anything in terms whether they will revisit their melodic style as hinted by Toshiya months ago. We’ll see.

Also new tour dates below:

2014/11/17(月) 【神奈川県】CLUB CITTA’ -「a knot」only-
2014/11/18(火) 【神奈川県】CLUB CITTA’ -「a knot」only-
2014/11/21(金) 【愛知県】Zepp Nagoya
2014/11/22(土) 【愛知県】Zepp Nagoya
2014/11/24(月・祝) 【福岡県】Zepp Fukuoka
2014/11/26(水) 【長崎県】NCC&STUDIO
2014/12/4(木) 【岡山県】倉敷市芸文館
2014/12/5(金) 【岡山県】倉敷市芸文館
2014/12/7(日) 【奈良県】なら100年会館
2014/12/15(月) 【東京都】Zepp Tokyo
2014/12/16(火) 【東京都】Zepp Tokyo
2014/12/20(土) 【京都府】KBSホール -「a knot」only-
2014/12/21(日) 【京都府】KBSホール -「a knot」only-
2014/12/26(金) 【静岡県】静岡市民文化会館
2015/1/6(火) 【大阪府】なんばHatch
2015/1/7(水) 【大阪府】なんばHatch
2015/1/10(土) 【東京都】新木場STUDIO COAST
2015/1/11(日) 【東京都】新木場STUDIO COAST

Source: saishu on jrocknyc
Via: Dir en grey News page.

Did X Japan have a Famicom game?
Didn’t think so.

thx Cass!

Wagakki Band - 華火 ~Hanabi~ (Short Version)

This is a preview of their upcoming single written by their lead singer Yuko Suzuhana after the release of their debut vocaloid cover album this past spring. Yuko is pretty but she seems a bit awkward in her solo poses. The CG work looks better than expected with the use of colorfully lit, detailed fantasy setting. Still I feel shooting on location at a historical site has a more authentic and romantic feel like Gackt's “Sakura, chiru…" PV. I guess AVEX (their record label) is going all in with their marketing budget due to the great response from overseas fans on their Facebook page. As for the song itself I was hoping for something with a lot more punch like their awesome cover of "Senbon zakura.” Perhaps the full track will be better? One can only hope.

[DVD] 華火

AVBD-92069  ¥1,620(with taxes)

Track list:

02 華火-MAKING-  [Hanabi -MAKING-]
03 天樂-2014.1.31 at clubasia- [Tengaku - at Club Asia]
First edition comes with the band members’ (photo?) cards.