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I really just need to talk about this.

SuG is probably my absolute favorite Japanese bands. Their music really got me into Japanese music and I definitely wouldn’t be the same person I am today if it wasn’t for SuG and their music. I think they definitely, in some way, saved my life. Fuck, I even have a tattoo of their art from their single “Toy Soldier” pretty huge on my body. Today, their new album, Lollipop Kingdom, dropped and I just finished listening to it. All day, the only thing on my mind was coming home and listening to this album.

I’ve said before, I don’t really like doing “traditional” reviews because I really don’t know what to say about each individual track. It just felt too long when I wrote it up! So, I’m just going to say what I feel instead.

My favorite song is definitely “Pastel Horror Yum Yum Show”. The video is totally amazing! I like the concept of cute but scary. The fashion is so good! I usually like all the SuG fashion, though, so that’s nothing new. I really love the composition of the song. The change in music throughout the song is really interesting.

This album is really fun to listen to! There weren’t any songs that I really just didn’t like listening to. I am a huge SuG fan, though, so there’s no way I couldn’t like it. But there were some awkward moments on the album, too. Some of the transitions were a bit bumpy, like from “Pastel Horror Yum Yum Show” to “Gimme Gimme” was really odd. I don’t know who decided to do it like that, but they should be fired.

After the first listen, I definitely wanted to listen to it again right away! So I did.

tl;dr I love SuG. Go download their new album. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I started writing a Nekocon “review” blog, but it was basically me complaining about everything. So, I scrapped it. There are some things I would still like to share though, and I have a few picture which I sneakily took with my cell phone.

I’m not sure if it was the BORN’s staff, the convention staff, or just the band members, but they seemed really unapproachable and not very friendly. Although I absolutely love BORN and both their performances were amazing, it sort of felt like they didn’t want to be there most of the time, especially during their signings. During their panel, they all seemed like pretty cool, funny guys. But, I don’t know… there was something really off about them.

See, it just seems like I’m complaining! But really, I had an amazing time! I met some really amazing BORN fans who also traveled long distances to see them.

Also, the Tainted Reality staff members were really nice and helpful. I feel like a had to put this because, seriously, I really appreciated them.

All round, it was definitely worth flying across the country for.

I should really only write these when I’m inspired…

The pictures above are from their signing on day 3, and some super awesome BORN nails worn by a super awesome BORN fan.

Monday, October 24, 2011
I don’t really like posting too many concert reviews. They’re hard for me to write and even harder for me to read. None of the shows that I have attended this year so far were really worth sitting down and trying to remember all of the details of what happened in the past 24 hours. But, I’ve changed my mind, and I will definitely write this one. This is not a typical concert review, because I am not a concert reviewer. Just a warning.
I’ve never seen Miyavi before. Just to throw that out there, and really, I didn’t know what to expect. Well…. That’s not entirely true. I expected… a lot of not so great things I wouldn’t care to admit at the end of the day. So, being the show-people we are, we got up at 5:30am, and got our asses out the door to be first in line, because there’s no other way to experience new music then from front row.
His fans were immediately warm and welcoming to us. They told us the “rules” of Japanese concerts, we talked about our other favorite Japanese bands, and we listened to their experiences seeing other Japanese artist who I have never seen before. The hours went by very fast, half a day has never felt so short when we basically did nothing but talk and goof around with people we met after 4 hours of sleep at 7 in the morning.
My sister and I aren’t the kind to sit still and just watch at shows, or in any setting, really, but the second Miyavi came on stage, we just sat there in complete awe. I haven’t been in the presence of someone so extremely talented in a very, very long time. We could not stop staring at his hands. I think the most uttered phrase from me to my sister and vice versa all night was “how does he do that?!?”
It took a few songs to actually notice anything else around me, but when I did, the one thing that I couldn’t not notice was how incredibly beautiful Miyavi is. His beauty radiated from his musical abilities and shone so bright it couldn’t be ignored. Really, his beauty was not the kind of beauty that could be captured in any kind of photograph or picture, because, as I said, it really stemmed from what a truly talented person he is and how dazzling his stage presence is.
His fans were very enthusiastic, a little too enthusiastic for me actually. A little too much screaming “I love you”’s and “you’re sexy”’s and “take your shirt off”’s to a 30-year-old-married-father-of-two for me to handle. I still have this obnoxious ringing in my ear from all the screaming! There was so much love in the room, the people outside could probably feel (and hear) it.
The way Miyavi interacted with his fans on stage was definitely not what I was expecting, since all day his fans were telling me how shy he was. He was funny, sarcastic, playful, and his English was really good for someone who does not speak it natively. I have a feeling maybe not all of his fans understood his humor… either way, he told some pretty amusing stories…
I don’t really know how to end this. So, I guess same facts his fans might want to know about the actually show…
-He let people take pictures while he was on stage.
-He took requests from the audience.
-VIP was after the show and there is no early entry with the VIP tickets.
-I couldn’t actually tell you what songs he played because I don’t really know the titles…
-If you want to know anything else about the, just send a message. We’re friendly.
tl;dr we saw Miyavi and he was good.

I don’t really like posting too many concert reviews. They’re hard for me to write and even harder for me to read. None of the shows that I have attended this year so far were really worth sitting down and trying to remember all of the details of what happened in the past 24 hours. But, I’ve changed my mind, and I will definitely write this one. This is not a typical concert review, because I am not a concert reviewer. Just a warning.

I’ve never seen Miyavi before. Just to throw that out there, and really, I didn’t know what to expect. Well…. That’s not entirely true. I expected… a lot of not so great things I wouldn’t care to admit at the end of the day. So, being the show-people we are, we got up at 5:30am, and got our asses out the door to be first in line, because there’s no other way to experience new music then from front row.

His fans were immediately warm and welcoming to us. They told us the “rules” of Japanese concerts, we talked about our other favorite Japanese bands, and we listened to their experiences seeing other Japanese artist who I have never seen before. The hours went by very fast, half a day has never felt so short when we basically did nothing but talk and goof around with people we met after 4 hours of sleep at 7 in the morning.

My sister and I aren’t the kind to sit still and just watch at shows, or in any setting, really, but the second Miyavi came on stage, we just sat there in complete awe. I haven’t been in the presence of someone so extremely talented in a very, very long time. We could not stop staring at his hands. I think the most uttered phrase from me to my sister and vice versa all night was “how does he do that?!?”

It took a few songs to actually notice anything else around me, but when I did, the one thing that I couldn’t not notice was how incredibly beautiful Miyavi is. His beauty radiated from his musical abilities and shone so bright it couldn’t be ignored. Really, his beauty was not the kind of beauty that could be captured in any kind of photograph or picture, because, as I said, it really stemmed from what a truly talented person he is and how dazzling his stage presence is.

His fans were very enthusiastic, a little too enthusiastic for me actually. A little too much screaming “I love you”’s and “you’re sexy”’s and “take your shirt off”’s to a 30-year-old-married-father-of-two for me to handle. I still have this obnoxious ringing in my ear from all the screaming! There was so much love in the room, the people outside could probably feel (and hear) it.

The way Miyavi interacted with his fans on stage was definitely not what I was expecting, since all day his fans were telling me how shy he was. He was funny, sarcastic, playful, and his English was really good for someone who does not speak it natively. I have a feeling maybe not all of his fans understood his humor… either way, he told some pretty amusing stories…

I don’t really know how to end this. So, I guess same facts his fans might want to know about the actually show…

-He let people take pictures while he was on stage.

-He took requests from the audience.

-VIP was after the show and there is no early entry with the VIP tickets.

-I couldn’t actually tell you what songs he played because I don’t really know the titles…

-If you want to know anything else about the, just send a message. We’re friendly.

tl;dr we saw Miyavi and he was good.