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Dump all the ice buckets on Akimoto Ysushi’s head

Dump all the ice buckets on Akimoto Ysushi’s head

Why did they not do a full-version of this and release, still haunts me

Javiera Mena - “La Joya” (2014)

New Javiera Mena video! 

(I’ve felt so burnt out recently on various fronts that something like this coming along is very, very welcome)

Oricon Trail For The Week Of 8/11 To 8/17

#1 Kis-My-ft2 “Another Future” (214,682 Copies Sold)

The above video recording is extremely bad - it is someone clearly filming this TV appearance using their phone. At one point, the person filming this show drops something and it causes a loud thunking sound. This caused me to jump out of my chair at Starbucks, after nearly dozing off listening to the original song (which required me to jack my volume up as high as possible).

This project has crushed me over the past eight months, and at this point songs like this just…go by. This is a totally unremarkable single from a group who sometimes…sometimes…manage something decent, at least compared to every other boy band in Japan today. This is not that. The most thrilling part of this is when somebody drops something in the background of their bootleg recording. Please make this summer end. 




Brad Shoup: Pitbull suddenly decides to defend his pop-rap turf and jumps atop his throne of skulls to riff on Steven Tyler and Big Bank Hank and — what the hell — “Surfin’ Bird”. I dunno if this is his Fat Elvis phase or what, but he seems tickled by the lowered stakes. That bullfrog bass may be the best line on a Pitbull track, though.

Alfred Soto: Shut up.

Anthony Easton: My love for Pitbull, like my love for The Expendables 3 or Fast & Furious 6, has gone from ironic camp to a genuine appreciation for his ability to craft enjoyable narratives in fairly loose genre definitions. Just as “Timber” was genius in how it kidnapped square dancing, this track’s commitment to pleasure cannot be denied.

Rebecca A. Gowns: A song destined for the pantheon of Great Wedding Songs. There they are, inscribed on golden CDs, mounted on pedestals: The Champs’ “Tequila”; Isley Brothers’ “Shout”; Miami Sound Machine’s “Conga”; The B-52s’ “Rock Lobster.” These are the fabled crowdpleasers, suitable for all ages. They have good beats. They involve interactive elements. You can easily imagine a rogue uncle starting a conga line to any of them. They can be bopped to in any way, in any dress, yes, even in heels, even in satin dyed heels. They draw all bodies to the dance floor, no matter the ability. A lone teenager, perhaps someone’s cousin, dismisses the whole affair as “corny.” No sooner are his words spoken than they are drowned out by the shout of a single phrase — like “tequila!” or “fireball!” Cameras flash. These are the photos that will be preserved for generations. These are the memories that will last forever. There is no divorce or heartbreak in this land. For 3-4 sweet minutes, only joy remains.

Hazel Robinson: I’ll be frank with you, I briefly revised my view on Pitbull after he made a song that had a chorus conveniently adapted to be about Tinder. But I think that was just Ke$ha’s influence, because this reminds me of a hardware/garden chain store advert for barbecues.

Andy Hutchins: I like my Pitbull songs-as-covert beverage commercials without blatant purloining of legendary flows and with a little more European production, as it turns out. The way Pit purrs “Firrre-balll” is worth points on its own, I suppose.

Will Adams: The “fire… ball” hook makes no sense unless it turns out to be for a liquor deal. Beyond that, “Fireball” is loads of fun, from the infectious bass ostinato to Pitbull’s bag of vocal tricks. Between the “boogie-oogie-oogie” and the “bebebebebebebe” and the bird calls, Pitbull sounds so at home being dopey that it’s a wonder he’s been wading around EDM’s stagnant waters for this long. Add a "Shout"-evoking breakdown-buildup, and it’s fun for the whole family.

Dan MacRae: This is the your parents having sloppy vacation sex anthem of 2014.

Katherine St Asaph: The next morning, Sam Smith watched himself conga on Vine. He learned that many things look and sound harsher in daylight.

Crystal Leww: “I came, I saw, I conquered / or should I say I saw, I conquered, I came” is a real line from a Pitbull song. Yet this is still mountains more charming than whatever John Ryan contributes. At least it’s funny.

Patrick St. Michel: WWE professional wrestler Val Venis — the one saddled with a porn star gimmick — once made a joke at a pay-per-view event that went like this: “I came, I saw… I came again.” Pitbull pulls a similar line out on “Fireball,” which would be eye-rolling if it weren’t Pitbull. Like Val Venis, though, all the groanworthy stuff exists alongside decent technical ability (the fact Pitbull can somehow turn this into a vague reinterpretation of “Walk This Way” is impressive) and a really catchy instrumental core.

Scott Mildenhall: The Generic Turners are mutating! John Martin has cunningly split off into Sam Martin (from David Guetta’s hapless "Lovers On The Sun") and here, John Ryan. He does his job, but for a man supposedly all *taps-forehead* wise to what sells, Pitbull seems to have such a tin ear. Surely one of the great joys of “Tequila” is the music dropping out, the bloke raising his eyebrow to the camera and dependably going “tequila.” He doesn’t say “fireball.” He doesn’t bring a load of his mates to obnoxiously shout it either. And why is half the tune missing? At least play the rest of it, Pit, because you’ve barely written half of one here.

Luisa Lopez: The first time I listened to this was almost a week ago and I remembered it being a series of hellish chants in an empty chamber papered with quasi-Latin beats. Revisiting it now, it’s slightly less demonic and almost a little fun. Almost.

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Glad I wasn’t the only one who focused on Pitbull’s dick joke, thank you Crystal.

This is one of the most popular videos in Japan on YouTube right now

It deserves it


Neon Genesis Evangelion (1996)
Anaconda (2014)

Chicago’s Traxman recently did a tour of Japan, and he found time to record an EP with Yokohama’s premier juke producer Paisley Parks.

My Pitchfork Albums Ballot
  1. Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma
  2. Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  3. Destroyer: Kaputt
  4. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: Nanda Collection
  5. Javiera Mena: Mena
  6. Kendrick Lamar: good kid, m.A.A.d city
  7. Beach House: Teen Dream
  8. Grimes: Visions
  9. f(x): Pink Tape
  10. The Radio Dept.: Clinging to a Scheme
  11. Sakanaction: Documentaly
  12. Danny Brown: XXX
  13. Toro Y Moi: Causers of This
  15. DJ Rashad: Teklife Vol. 1
  16. Emeralds: Does It Look Like I’m Here?
  17. 2NE1: To Anyone
  18. Future Islands: In Evening Air
  19. Chuck Person: Eccojams Vol. 1
  20. Infinite Body: Carve Out the Face of My God
  21. Laurel Halo: Quarantine
  22. Gil Scott-Heron: I’m New Here
  23. Frank Ocean: Channel Orange
  24. Main Attrakionz: 808s & Dark Grapes II
  25. Wye Oak: Civilian
  26. may.e : Mattiola
  27. Taylor Swift: Red
  28. Oneohtrix Point Never: Replica
  29. Friendzone: Collection 1
  30. Skrillex: My Name Is Skrillex EP
  31. Spazzkid: Desire
  32. G-Side: Huntsville International
  33. Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
  34. She Talks Silence: Noise & Novels
  35. Bill Callahan: Apocalypse
  36. Clams Casino: Instrumental Mixtape
  37. Classixx: Hanging Gardens
  38. Future: Pluto
  39. MiChi: Therapy
  40. Meishi Smile: Lust
  41. Gold Panda: Lucky Shiner
  42. The Weeknd: House of Balloons
  43. Drake: Thank Me Later
  44. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: Pamyu Pamyu Revolution
  45. Wonder Girls: Wonder World
  46. Disclosure: Settle
  47. Chance the Rapper: Acid Rap
  48. A Sunny Day in Glasgow: Sea When Absent
  49. Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz
  50. Sakanaction: Sakanaction
  51. Erykah Badu: New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh
  52. Warpaint: The Fool
  53. Saint Pepsi: Hit Vibes
  54. Fear Of Men: Early Fragments
  55. Rustie: Glass Swords
  56. Neon Cloud: △
  57. Macintosh Plus: Floral Shoppe
  58. AlunaGeorge: You Know You Like It EP
  59. Goth-Trad: New Epoch
  60. Foxes in Fiction: Swung From the Branches
  61. Traxman: Da Mind of Traxman
  62. Shortcake Collage Tape: Spirited Summer
  63. Toro Y Moi: Anything In Return
  64. 2NE1: 2nd Mini Album
  65. James Blake: Klavierwerke EP
  66. Frank Ocean: Nostalgia, Ultra.
  67. Beyoncé: Beyoncé
  68. Rhye: Woman
  69. AraabMuzik: Electronic Dream
  70. Perfume: JPN
  71. Oneohtrix Point Never: Returnal
  72. Balam Acab: Wander / Wonder
  73. Waka Flocka Flame: Flockaveli
  74. Arcade Fire: The Suburbs
  75. Melt-Banana: fetch
  76. Games: That We Can Play EP
  77. Big Boi: Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
  78. INTERNET CLUB: Dreams 3D
  79. Earl Sweatshirt: EARL
  80. Julianna Barwick: The Magic Place
  81. Dirty Beaches: Badlands
  82. Shinee: Everybody EP
  83. Kisses: The Heart of the Nightlife
  84. Especia: Gusto
  85. Mount Kimbie: Crooks & Lovers
  86. Beach House: Bloom
  87. Gang Gang Dance: Eye Contact
  88. EMA: Past Life Martyred Saints
  89. No Age: Everything in Between
  90. i-fls: Diary Of Spectre
  91. Cloud Nothings: Attack on Memory
  92. Wild Nothing: Gemini
  93. Teebs: Ardour
  94. Sotaisei Riron: Town Age
  95. Tanlines: Settings EP
  96. Fatima Al Qadiri: Desert Strike EP
  97. Braids: Native Speaker
  98. M.I.A.: Vicki Leekx
  99. Jeremih: Late Nights With Jeremih
  100. Freddie Gibbs: Str8 Killa EP

Went to the Summer Sonic music festival this past weekend and wrote about it for The Japan Times. Lots of notable things - Queen + Adam Lambert, Tofubeats + Chisato Moritaka, Babymetal, Kraftwerk, Dreams Come True, etc etc. Though the most surreal was Avril Lavigne who really is that popular in Japan…the camera people managed to finds at least one fan per song sobbing over what they were watching (uhhhhh, that song about Radiohead).

And of course, she opened with “Hello Kitty.”

Cut from this was a long thing about the EDM acts at this year (sorry Zedd), but that will be explored in the near future….