PSA: X Japan’s MSG Concert Tickets Will Go on Sale this Friday, August 1st at 10:00AM EDT

X Japan’s October 11th concert at Madison Square Garden will go on sale this Friday 8/1/2014 at 10:00AM EDT at ticket master. The Madison Square Garden concert event is sponsored by New York Comic Con.

"Are you ready?"


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.


"…Why hear’st thou music sadly?"

So here’s some things you start thinking about as you age and you’ve built up a huge collection of beloved music (1700hrs — ten weeks — for me) and can only listen to it for maybe an hour a day:


  • I haven’t heard this track in a decade! I love this song! Will I ever hear this song again? What other songs have I forgotten!? Will I ever find them!?

  • Are my ears hearing everything I heard when I was a teenager and loved this song and hadn’t attended hundreds of concerts? NOPE!

  • Should I buy an even more expensive pair of headphones and an even more expensive amp so everything sounds better — even if it’s only a placebo effect!?

Aging is very complicated. 

Ryuichi Sakamoto Diagnosed with Throat Cancer


Music was better twenty years ago. :P

me in 1994 ^_^


[slightly better sounding but not by much youtube version]

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

Babymetal To Support Lady Gaga at Five US Shows



BABYMETAL — the heavy metal offshoot of the Japanese pop idol group SAKURA GAKUIN that performs a distinctly Japanese mix of schoolgirl J-pop and death metal — will support pop superstar Lady Gaga on five shows in July and August:

Jul. 30 - Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Arena
Aug. 01 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
Aug. 02 - Stateline, NV @ Harveys Lake Tahoe 
Aug. 04 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Energy Solutions Arena
Aug. 06 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

BABYMETAL will also play a headlining show at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on July 27.