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Juvenile Juvenile - “Forget Me Soon” (2014)

Been awhile since a Japanese indie-pop song has been this immediately solid…THAT TITLE…so hey, here you go.

We change the culture of game consumption to be less about buying and rating games, and instead develop a paradigm that is more about playing and thoroughly investigating games. The reason this is so vital is because to be a “gamer” is not merely to play games. At its core, to be a “gamer” is to obsessively and regularly make the correct purchases. “Gamers” are such vicious gatekeepers because they want to protect the perceived value of their investments.

A Guide to Ending “Gamers”,  Devin Wilson

Another piece on the future of video games, this time in the form of a fine manifesto. I’m actually posting this quote for different reasons though, which is that it made me make a connection between the wars of console fanboys and pop music stan culture.

When I search for Jukebox references and land in ATRL threads comparing pop artists, they look just like NeoGAF ones reacting to games charts from when I was on there a decade ago. Everything is refracted through the lens of proving the objective success of your favourite, and a limited set of memes and mocking gifs get repeated beyond coherence. More in-depth analysis might be welcomed, but only to the extent that it can be used as a rhetorical weapon. Making shit up and repeating it until it becomes mainstream is a very console wars modus operandi.

There’s an element of this present in a lot of cultural discourse, obviously, but it feels like it’s got a lot stronger in pop in recent years. I think the quote perfectly captures the thinking behind it. For (console) games, it’s been the necessity of spending hundreds of pounds on your starting equipment that has provided the investment to protect the value of. For music, where if anything there’s less monetary investment than ever, that can’t be it. My theory is that it’s the product of a move to social media not just getting the combative approach to fandom down to a fine art (play this stream on repeat to boost the numbers! Shazam this song that you already know what it is!) but providing the rewards and bigger echo chamber for it to be more widely recognised than before. The investment to protect then being the time spent boosting a singer towards their success.

I should note the potential irony of saying all this as someone who puts a lot of time into a site that obsessively rates new songs to two decimal places. As often as I see Jukebox scores used to assert superiority, I hope that most readers realise that the score is a gimmick, and that we carry on providing at least some thoughtful analysis that counteracts this tendency.

(via parklakespeakers)

especia-va-bien:

Akane Sugimoto to leave Especia in October
It has been announced on Twitter that Akane Sugimoto will be leaving the group.
She will be performing for the final time as a member of Especia on the 4th of October 2014 at CLUB VIJON which is right before the Mucho GUSTO Especia 2014 Tour commences. Akane’s final concert has been given the title Las Luces de Especia.
Especia will continuing their activities and will be touring as a 5-member group following Akane’s departure.

especia-va-bien:

Akane Sugimoto to leave Especia in October

It has been announced on Twitter that Akane Sugimoto will be leaving the group.

She will be performing for the final time as a member of Especia on the 4th of October 2014 at CLUB VIJON which is right before the Mucho GUSTO Especia 2014 Tour commences. Akane’s final concert has been given the title Las Luces de Especia.

Especia will continuing their activities and will be touring as a 5-member group following Akane’s departure.

jakec said: is it a gif of risa throwing that baseball

You bet it was

Risa from Dempagumi.inc throwing out the first pitch at a Japanese professional baseball game. It doesn’t go well.

I’ve spent the past 15 minutes trying to post a .GIF file and have failed, in case you were wondering if I was good at the internet or not

Melted Toys made a J-pop idols mix…and it kicks off with “Valentine’s Radio,” you know it’s good.

Oricon Trail For The Week Of 8/18 - 8/24

#1 - EXILE TRIBE “THE REVOLUTION” (321,879 Copies Sold)

The easy joke - which I will pluck from the low-hanging branch eagerly - is that there is nothing revolutionary about this song in any context. It sounds like a pretty standard EXILE song - not bad, but also not really memorable - with a subtle EDM bend that would have been interesting two years ago, before every idol group with $1000 to spend started doing that. It’s…an EXILE song, the sort of thing I’ve heard on a monthly basis since 2009, full of the usual creampuff yay-world sentiments (“we will never die!”) that keep the industry motor chuggin’ along.

It’s nothing new.

Weirdly enough, though, EXILE TRIBE top Oricon the same week another pop group tried out something that…while not “revolutionary” is still pretty interesting. Comedy “air rock” band Golden Bomber’s new single “Lola no Kizu Darake" finished second, but what made it refreshing was how it came packaged. Which is to say, minimally - it was released with just a white cover image, with none of the bonuses that have become mandatory for J-pop groups (no handshake tickets, no limited-edition trading cards, no myriad collection of different album covers). It also costs less than most CD singles. They’ve taken a pretty outspoken role of being sick of how the industry works today - which, it should be noted, could be just a new way of marketing the group, so this probably isn’t some maverick move as much as it is a way of attracting all the people who already are sick of J-pop today (there’s a lot of ‘em!) to join with them. Which…is better than making kids spend $50 to get a DVD of EXILE air-kicking around a stadium.

(Also worth noting - the Golden Bomber song isn’t good, but musical quality is not really what they are all about…it’s weird)

Anyway, as that linked article notes, EXILE’s new album is basically just a giant marketing gimmick, including a vessel to move tickets for a “high-five” event. It’s dumb as fuck, but they’re winning so….

petitedeath:

teppagan:

Babymetal Meets Big Four Of Thrash

JEALOUS

Sorry, gotta hang with terror-grandpa Lars Ulrich before it really counts

natlbag:

Team Syachihoko: I Kurashi [Good Living] (2014)

Whoa. Does this sample D-Mob’s We Call It Acieed?

Nice.

Makes sense if, as mbmelodies says, the producer mainly makes acid house tracks when not working for a major label.