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安室奈美恵 – WILD

Posted by veritas on April 20, 2009

i’m late on this one, but it deserves notice. what a transition from the old days of stuff like Can You Celebrate? and Dreaming I Was Dreaming.

PV, which is a favorite of mine:

Lyrics:

かな (from goo)

※Work the middle like I do
煩悩の神は本能の神
操らせればいい
Legs, arms, shoulders, knees,
Fingers, toes, hips & belly
はばかる事なく Let’s get WILD!※

Be wild
アとイとシとテとルを
言うのが苦手な
ジャパニーズ・ピープル
Don’t think HARD!

ピースを繋げて隙間を埋めよ
パーツを交わして命を生めよ

(※くり返し)

Be wild
嫌いじゃない筈本当は
恥じらいのカルチャー
欲情へのトーチャー
インドアー
アウトドアー
ところ構わず

Go another round まだまだ…
足りないならば またまた…

(※くり返し)

ピースを繋げて隙間を埋めよ
パーツを交わして命を生めよ
Go another round まだまだ…
足りないならば またまた…

(※くり返し)
translation (mine):

*Work the middle x3 like I do
Carnal desires are just natural
If you pull the strings of (manipulate) the
Legs, arms, shoulders, knees,
Fingers, toes, hips & belly
There will no longer be any hesitation, let’s get wild!

Be wild
a-i-shi-te-ru (i love you) is hard for japanese people to say
so instead, don’t think hard

Connect the piece and the hole will be filled
Exchange parts and life is born

*repeat

There’s no way people hate “being wild”, the truth is
Being in a shy culture is
Torture for sexual craving
Indoor or outdoor, the location doesn’t matter

Go another round, more more more more…
If you’re not satisfied, then again again again again…

*repeat

Connect the piece and the hole will be filled
Exchange parts and life is born
Go another round, more more more more…
If you’re not satisfied, then again again again again…

………goodness. halfway into listening to this i had to rewind and go “did she say that?” how funny that the other A-side of this single talks about yearning to save a pure love from the past lol.

normally i’m not a fan of songs that just talk about sex, but there’s a good lesson to be learned from this one – lying to yourself is stupid. if this song was out 2 decades ago, maybe those guys would have gotten the message and japan could have saved itself from having the raunchy reputation it has today. the even sadder part is that even in the states, there are people who need to listen to the truth behind this song. prime example: idiots up in washington telling kids that condoms break “all the time” and thus having sex is bad. now we have aids swarming everywhere. how much influence do you people think you have? does anyone get to bed with someone and then go, “oh my, i remember the sex ed video from 7th grade telling me how dangerous sex is. goodness, i must retreat from this potentially fatal encounter!” ???

i think not.

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week of 2007.04.16 to 2007.04.22

Posted by veritas on April 22, 2007

hikki owned this week – this week’s last.fm charts.

*Charts*

Top 5 Artists

1. Mew
2. Utada Hikaru
3. Suneohair
4. Orange Range
5. Do As Infinity

Top 5 Tracks

T-1. Suneohair – Uguisu (Album Mix)
T-1. Utada Hikaru – This Is Love
T-3. Utada Hikaru – Keep Tryin’
T-3. Orange Range – Yumekaze
T-5. Goto Maki – Uwasa no Sexy Guy
T-5. Shimamiya Eiko – Sora wo Mau Tsubasa -Album Mix-
T-5. Mew – Panda
T-5. Suneohair – Happy End (feat. Azumi)

*Ratings*

Top 5 Bands

1. Mew
2. Suneohair
3. Utada Hikaru
4. Orange Range
5. DAI

Top 5 Tracks

1. Mew – Am I Wry? No
2. Suneohair – Uguisu (Album mix)
3. Shimamiya Eiko – Sora wo Mau Tsubasa -Album Mix-
4. Utada Hikaru – This Is Love
5. Suneohair – Happy End (feat. Azumi)

Artist of the Week

Utada Hikaru – Unique style and voice, and a warm feeling from the music. Passion is one of the greatest compositions I’ve heard, if only thanks to KH2, but it says something that it’s not her best song.

Album of the Week

Utada Hikaru – ULTRA BLUE – This album made its way into my playlist with flying colors (literally). The album has a strong chemistry and the songs flow fluidly from one to another.

Songs of the Week

1. Utada Hikaru – This Is Love
This week was kind of hectic since I fixed all of my id3tags to match with the official tags, which means I’m pretty much restarting my track plays for my Japanese artists (60% of my music). Regardless, this song knocked off 空を舞う翼 which has been #1 for 3 weeks, which is pretty amazing, because I just couldn’t stop playing it. It was hard to decide between this and #2 Keep Tryin’ as the top choice but this song is just what I wanted.

2. Utada Hikaru – Keep Tryin’
I’m not sure who else can tell, but it’s pretty obvious that she had a lot of fun writing this song and put a lot of energy behind it. On the Utada United 2006 DVD, the performance for this song has a lot more action-lyric interaction going on than in her other songs (like she gets up on a step and does a pose for “クールなポース決めながら”, i laughed) and it is shown in the PV as well. Good sfx and overall would have beat “This Is Love” if it was in the same context.

3. Suneohair – Uguisu (Album mix)
Amazing still. Can’t stop listening to it.

4. Orange Range – Lights
This song was a sleeper, and it grew on me the more i listened to it. It’s another peaceful shocker, and as we all know, contradictions are hot. It captivates the new Orange Range direction that the band is trying to head towards.

5. Suneohair – Pinto
Well I lied, there were just too many new and fresh exciting songs this week for AIWN to get on this list. Pinto has the same mood that I have every day going to class, work, with friends, etc, which is a nice feeling to have when you listen to a song, it’s as if the song understands what you are about, instead of the other way around.

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week of 2007.04.09 to 2007.04.15

Posted by veritas on April 19, 2007

This week’s last.fm charts.

*Charts*

Top 5 Artists

1. Mew
2. Suneohair
3. Maki
4. DAI
5. AKFG

Top 5 Tracks

1. Shimamiya Eiko – Sora wo Mau Tsubasa -album mix-
2. Mew – Am I Wry? No
3. Goto Maki – Uwasa no Sexy Guy
4. Goto Maki – SOME BOYS! TOUCH
5. Mew – A Dark Design

*Ratings*

Top 5 Bands

1. Mew
2. Suneohair
3. DAI
4. Maki
5. The Slip

Top 5 Tracks

T-1. Mew – Am I Wry? No
T-1. Shimamiya Eiko – Sora wo Mau Tsubasa -album mix-
3. Goto Maki – Uwasa no Sexy Guy
4. Mew – Eight Flew Over, One Was Destroyed
5. Suneohair – Happy End (feat. Azumi)

Artist of the Week

Suneohair – He’s not “new” but I did get a lot more of his music this week, which was like a godsend.

Album of the Week

Suneohair – a watercolor – I seriously think this is his best album. Everything is incredible, better than the feeling i got the first time i heard “Waltz” which made me seek his music (most of which is much better than “Waltz”).

Songs of the Week

T-1. Suneohair – Uguisu (album mix)
This and the other #1 spot song were really hard to call as my favorites this week. This is a totally new discovery though, so it’s slightly more exciting. This song combines all the best of Suneohair in one song, with the energy of “No Trick”, the dreamy sounds of “Split”, and powerful lyrics and soothing guitar. My new favorite song by Mr. Watanabe Kenji.

T-1. Goto Maki – Uwasa no Sexy Guy
Maybe the Bond fan inside me is trying to get out, but this song is really catchy. Something about the way she says “uwasa no sexy guy” is really alluring. I’ve had the PV for this but never the song until this week, so it was on repeat-one for a while lol. This is probably my favorite out of all of Gocchin’s songs.

3. Orange Range – Yumekaze
The leadoff track to their latest album, this song is really pleasant to listen to with captive bgm, similar to “*~Asterisk~”. Along with some parts of Natural and the rest of this album, this song helped put Orange Range back on my playlist, which up to now has been represented only by “*~Asterisk~”, “Hana”, and “Onegai! Senorita.”

4. Shimamiya Eiko – Sora wo Mau Tsubasa -album mix-
This song has been the #1 track on my charts for 3 weeks in a row, with good reason – it’s my favorite I’ve Sound track that I have. I remember listening to the I’ve Girls Compliation 1-6 and this song stuck out the second it started playing. It had a different feel from the rest (mostly jtrance, sometimes ballad jpop) immediately and progressed with Eiko’s awesome vocal talent to a nonstop eargasmic experience. Still can’t stop listening to it, and it’s the first contender for my favorite song in 2.5 years with…

5. Mew – Am I Wry? No
I’m pretty sure this song will never leave this list. It’s been my favorite song ever since I heard it, and I can’t explain why, but it seems to relate to different situations in my life and in different shows I’ve watched (Kare Kano most significantly) to the point where I hear this song every day, and it never gets old and fits any mood or situation of any extreme or extreme moderation.

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a ton of new music

Posted by veritas on April 14, 2007

oh the joys and wonders and frustration of wanting to blow up sendspace of web surfing. well, my music library has doubled, or more, in the last 2 days. i also took the time to reorganize everything  because i couldn’t find anything anymore since everything was named “01.mp3” and when the id3tag also doesn’t work…you’re kind of screwed.

so 3 hours later, my music folder is organized by region -> artist -> album/single, which is great because now i have things sorted for once. then i look at my room, and so much for being organized.

amongst the mass amount of new music (which means i finally got that うわさのSEXY GUY that i couldn’t find for like a month) were some newer releases from ORANGE RANGE. i pretty much stopped keeping up with them since after Champione, and never heard Natural before.  i was pretty surprised that both Natural and Orange Range both sounded really good. there were a few “bleh” tracks in both but for the most part i was impressed. i’m putting them back on the playlist.

suneohair’s a watercolor is a magnificent album. sunestyle? eh…i’m not so sure. the song “Uguisu” on a watercolor is like “Split” blended with the energy of “No Trick” which makes it my new favorite song by suneohair. i feel really behind on the times since all of these albums are like 4 years old, but that’s what they mean by “it’s never too late” i guess.

when i get more time i’m going to listen through UVERworld’s new album and the Malice Mizer stuff i’ve been missing, and maybe some Luna Sea, Gackt, and Utada. i’m not gonna lie. this is pretty damn exciting.

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後藤真希 - SOME BOYS! TOUCH

Posted by veritas on April 5, 2007

i’m kind of tired of people using this video against maki saying that she’s a slut or the song is slutty. here’s some facts

1. in terms of lyrics, other songs, like うわさのSEXY GUY are a lot more suggestive.

2.  in terms of the song, maki didn’t make that kind of song beat suggestive. that was justin timberlake.

3. the video is correctly portrayed as showing off her body, but there are a lot more interpretations to that video, and that wasn’t the only reason. consider the b&w pics, for example.

also there’s a ton of haters based on past stereotypes. why stereotype the artist against her own work. it may be true that it’s the direction of the jpop music industry, and she may have no say in it, but apparantly it’s still worth it to her to keep on going, so it’s not all against her will, and it’s still her work.

it’s catchy, it sells, and people enjoy it. why criticize her for it?

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