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EXCLUSIVE: I found the song Hatsune Miku is going to sing on Letterman



David Letterman is going to have a fascinating guest on The Late Night Show October 8th…

That’s right! It’s the blue-haired diva herself HATSUNE MIKU!!!! 

The official MIKU EXPO Twitter announced that the popular variety late night talk show, starring David Letterman and Paul Shaffer, will have Miku perform to show off the technologies of how a live concert would work. This is likely to promote the MIKU EXPO event which takes place a few days after that show. 

It’s good to know that Miku is expanding to places we never thought imaginable! 

(Info taken from MikuFan)

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Around the world, the music business has shifted toward downloads and streaming. But in Japan, the compact disc is still king.

This is a great read, though it is a little bit difficult for me to comment on — I’m an avid collector of CDs and vinyl records and I personally love that there is somewhere in the world (particularly the place in the world where my favorite music comes from) where music collecting culture is basically still thriving. On the other hand, it’s irresponsible for huge companies to dictate the way their products will be consumed by staying out of the digital market (or YouTube market, or any other social media market).

And big, big stores selling thousands of albums!! I love walking through Tower Records here and being able to find nearly anything I want (not to mention listen to new releases). It’s the same thrill I felt when I was, like, 15 and I could spend an hour in Best Buy and leave with a Dizzee Rascal album. Imagine going to those Virgin Megastores they used to have in New York and Chicago…that was my Disneyland as a teen. I love that that still exists here.

Gotta lotta thoughts on that NYT’s story, but ultimately sorta think Japan’s music sales woes boil down to new music just being too expensive for the average customer.


Submitted by Tadanori

This is Kyary’s first video posted on youtube in 2009, when Kyary was 16 year old.  The song is “Yasashii Kimochi” by Chara. The video title is “Singing time in Planet Pukapuka”.

Destined for greatness from the start

Reviewed the “Atomic Bomb Compilation Vol. 2” for The Japan Times, one of the best “political” albums of the last few years (there aren’t many, though) that isn’t corny like a lot of the political music that popped up after 3/11. This doubles as a great introduction to a lot of great under-the-radar Japanese dance producers. Get it here.

color-code - “I Like Dat” (2014)

The laziest way would be to just say “hey, imagine FEMM actually caring about Japanese audiences” but that’s a little too simplistic…

Instead, let’s revisit an old chestnut…remember when people would call Kyary Pamyu Pamyu “the Japanese Lady Gaga,” and we’d all laugh? Well, new trio color-code might actually be worthy of the title, or at least be the only J-pop group going worthy of being tied to Gaga. This is the music project of Nicola Formichetti, a frequently fashion collaborator with Gaga herself. He’s gone as far as to co-produce (so says the press materials) their debut single “I Like Dat” alongside one half of m-flo, Verbal.

It’s a savvy move - Japan never turned on Gaga like American audiences did (if Twitter circa Artpop’s release can be counted on as a reliable barometer of…anything), so being very, very loosely connected to her will be a boost. “I Like Dat,” though, is a solid electro-pop song all its own…it will be filed away as “EDM” because of those bass ripples and because that’s “hip,” but it has more in common with rougher Yasutaka Nakata cuts and 80kidz songs from 2011. And…yeah…some cues from Lady Gaga (that breakdown).

SAWA - “RingaRinga” (2014)

New single from one of the many electro-pop artists who got a stab at the mainstream in the wake of Perfume’s landscape-shifting album GAME…and one of the many to recede from the spotlight and end up on some tiny imprint once the market decided they only really wanted one future-pop group bumrushing the charts. Which is a shame, because SAWA is pretty good overall, and “RingaRinga” is a nice synth-pop workout. Part cheerful electro-pop, part dance-floor-aiming release (that beat).

SAWA is also responsible for writing and helping arrange Especia’s “Midnight Confusion,” if you needed an extra nudge to click ‘play.’

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Kai Takahashi - Soda Pop EP (2014)

So this new record label popped up recently out of Kyoto called Neo-Mo-De Records, which wouldn’t be all that special…everyone seems to have a record label in Japan…but their first release is a great EP by Kai Takahashi. RIYL: bo en, Spazzkid De De Mouse, general colorfulness




Vukovi, “So Long Gone”

There will never be a point when I stop looking for new bands like this.

there will never be a point when i don’t love it when i have new bands like this brought to my attention by more attentive eyes than mine. definitely a big RIYL to anyone who took me up on biting into tricot’s t h e last year, i should think.

THIS IS SO GREAT! Tricot is right, this is kind of like Tricot x The Good Natured, or like the amazing pop record that Biffy Clyro have always been either too committed to weirdness for weirdness’s sake to make, or not committed enough. The guitar notes twisting off into the distance after the first chorus! <3

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