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GARNIDELIA: GRILLETTO

25 August, 2014 - 16:38
GARNIDELIA: GRILLETTO
Release Date: 
7/30/14
Label: 
Defstar Records
One thing I can tell you for sure about Garnidelia's music is that it's fantastic.

Garnidelia is a duo consisting of Maria [@MARiA_GRND] and Toku [@toku_grnd].  Their first single, "ambiguous," was released in March with their new, second single, "Grilletto," released on July 30th, 2014.  Only Maria appears on their album -- er, single -- covers, so I'm assuming this is one of those deals where the woman is the singer and face of the duo while the guy handles the music and stays behind the scenes.

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MOUMOON: I'M SCARLET

21 August, 2014 - 14:11
MOUMOON: I'M SCARLET
Release Date: 
8/6/14
Label: 
Avex
Are you having a bad day? If so, moumoon's "I'm Scarlet" is just the song to elevate your spirits.

Are you having a bad day? If so, moumoon's "I'm Scarlet" is just the song to elevate your spirits. And if you're having a good day, why not make it a great day? What if you're having a great day already, you ask? Well, then you should download this digital single and save it for a rainy day. After all, it's moumoon and they don't really make depressing songs.

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LEO IEIRI: JUNJO

17 August, 2014 - 09:39
LEO IEIRI: JUNJO
Release Date: 
7/30/14
Label: 
Victor Entertainment
"Junjo" is among her most vibrant and infectious tunes to date, which is surely why it's being used as the ending theme for the new Dragonball Kai anime series.

Singer/songwriter Leo Ieiri's new single, "純情," or "Junjo," finds her doing what she does best: blasting out a colorful and passionate pop rock tune. On her last album, she did a lot of piano-led tracks and they were gorgeous, but they didn't have the vigor and bounciness of the songs on her previous albums, which were bursting with kinetic energy. Fortunately, "Junjo" is among her most vibrant and infectious tunes to date, which is surely why it's being used as the ending theme for the new Dragonball Kai anime series.

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PAIPAI DEKAMI: レッツドリーム小学校 [Let's Dream Shogakko]

13 August, 2014 - 16:25
PAIPAI DEKAMI: レッツドリーム小学校 [Let's Dream Shogakko]
Release Date: 
6/25/14
Label: 
MYRD
But after listening to the album, all of my preconceived notions leapt out the window and crashed to the pavement, dying when their necks were all but shattered.

This one really surprised me, not unlike half of the stuff I listen to in the interest of reviewing it for you. I thought for sure that this was going to be silly bubble-gum pop. More specifically, I thought it might sound like AKB48. I even found myself wondering if she was a member of the group or a former member. But after listening to the album, all of my preconceived notions leapt out the window and crashed to the pavement, dying when their necks were all but shattered.

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ZIGZO: FOREVER YOUNG

11 August, 2014 - 10:00
ZIGZO: FOREVER YOUNG
Release Date: 
7/1/14
Label: 
Japan Crown
Forever Young is ZIGZO's way of celebrating their 15th anniversary. It's also a great hits compilation that's also noteworthy because it includes a re-recording of their 1999 single "Himawari." Who the hell are ZIGZO? According to Wiki, they're a Japanese rock supergroup, featuring members of various popular groups.

Forever Young is ZIGZO's way of celebrating their 15th anniversary. It's also a great hits compilation that's also noteworthy because it includes a re-recording of their 1999 single "Himawari." Who the hell are ZIGZO? According to Wiki, they're a Japanese rock supergroup, featuring members of various popular groups. They were formed in 1999 and broke up in 2002, presumably due to musical differences. But Wiki later indicates that they reformed the group on November 20, 2011 and have since released a mini-album called True Impulse.

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MOTOHIRO HATA: ひまわりの約束 [Himawari No Yakusoku]

6 August, 2014 - 12:28
MOTOHIRO HATA: ひまわりの約束 [Himawari No Yakusoku]
Release Date: 
8/6/14
Label: 
AUCL
If very mellow singer/songwriter music is your thing...

I know I review more female artists than male artists here. It's been that way from day one. Why? Because I like to write about what I enjoy and I was already an active fan of many of the female artists I regularly cover before I even started writing reviews for Otaku. So, I came into this from day one with an idea of who most of the artists I'd be covering would be and most of them were female. I do try to cover some male artists though. I have nothing against male artists. I really don't. It just seems like there are less males doing pop music and rock music than females.

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PUFFY: 秘密のギミーキャット ~うふふ 本当よ~

5 August, 2014 - 13:29
PUFFY: 秘密のギミーキャット ~うふふ 本当よ~
Release Date: 
2014
Label: 
Sony Music Artist Inc.
This song is insane. In many ways.

Puffy, known as Puffy Amiyumi here in the States, have always been known for doing zany stuff. You never know what to expect from them. I don't think they've ever done rap, but it wouldn't surprise me one bit if that's what their next album is. When I tried to translate the title of this song with Google translate it spit out: "~ I really Ufufu Gimme Cat-secret." All I can say about that is that there is a no cat thing on the cover.

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RED VELVET: HAPPINESS

3 August, 2014 - 13:26
RED VELVET: HAPPINESS
Release Date: 
8/1/14
Label: 
SM Town
It's controversial and you know it.

This morning I posted a Tweet from my personal account (not Otaku or Love is Pop) stating that "Red Velvet Pop Tarts are so fucking addictive." Of course, I was talking about Pop Tarts toaster pastries. But one of my Otaku readers tweeted that he thought I was talking about the new SM group for a second. And, to tell you the truth, I wasn't sure what he was talking about, having been very busy the past few days -- saw Katy Perry (awesome) -- for one thing. Meanwhile, I've had some eye strain headaches. So, no, I hadn't heard about Red Velvet yet.

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ELVA HSIAO: SHUT UP & KISS ME [3 PRE-ORDER TRACKS]

31 July, 2014 - 11:55
ELVA HSIAO: SHUT UP & KISS ME [3 PRE-ORDER TRACKS]
Release Date: 
8/29/14
Label: 
Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan
Elva delivers two mighty potent, slamming electro/dance pop numbers that prove Mandopop can kick as much ass as K-Pop and J-Pop. And, of course, there's a precious ballad, too.

Taiwan's Elva Hsiao returns with her first music since she signed with Sony in 2013, three pre-order tracks from her new album, Shut Up & Kiss Me, which is due out on August 22nd. And if these tracks are any indication, it's going to be her best album to date.

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FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUIN'S: FXXK BOYZ GET MONEY

30 July, 2014 - 10:17
FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUIN'S: FXXK BOYZ GET MONEY
Release Date: 
7/30/14
Label: 
Avex
We think this song's title sums it up just fine. Read on if it doesn't offend you.

Apparently, this often dubbed "plastic" duo -- also known as FEMM -- is a serious Youtube sensation. To that end, they have several singles available in the iTunes U.S. store. But their new single "FXXK BOYZ GET MONEY" is the first time I've come across them. Why, who knows... While I do tend to cover certain artists over and over again, I also keep my eyes and ears open for new artists, so I should have heard of these girls sooner. But I didn't, and for that I apologize because you deserve to hear them, as they're quite good!

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RIHWA: CHOU CREAM

28 July, 2014 - 14:26
RIHWA: CHOU CREAM
Release Date: 
7/1/14
Label: 
TOY'S FACTORY
Rihwa rocks. No, really.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Rihwa begins her new series of singles, following the recent release of her under-rated album Borderless, with "Chou Cream." Whether you're a Rihwa fan or naysayer, chances are you have a certain sort of song pop into your head when you hear her name. Me, well, I expected this to be a melodious, acoustic-based pop song. I was wrong. In a very refreshing way, Rihwa has apparently hit the restart button on her career, releasing a tune with some blazing electric guitars. The opening is especially raw, almost aggressive.

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GIRL'S DAY: GIRL`S DAY EVERYDAY #4

24 July, 2014 - 16:43
GIRL'S DAY: GIRL`S DAY EVERYDAY #4
Release Date: 
7/16/14
Label: 
Loen Entertainment
Girl's Day return with a new summer-themed mini-album. It's great, but the "intro" is the best track, leaving one wishing it was a complete song.

The new Girl's Day mini-album is called Girl's Day Everyday #4, but there's a slight problem with that, which is that the mini-album is oh so very summer-themed. The sort of release that you'll play all summer then ditch in the fall and maybe play again starting halfway through next spring. To that end, I wonder why they didn't release this in June and give it another month of shelf-life instead of putting it out in mid-July.

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FLOWER: Nettaigyo no Namida

23 July, 2014 - 15:00
FLOWER: Nettaigyo no Namida
Release Date: 
6/11/14
Label: 
Sony Music Entertainment
Flower is a sub-unit of E-Girls, the massive J-Pop group that also includes every member of Dream, Happiness, Bunny and EGD. The funny thing about this is that Flower are consistently releasing music that is far superior to the music of E-Girls.

Flower is a sub-unit of E-Girls, the massive J-Pop group that also includes every member of Dream, Happiness, Bunny and EGD. The funny thing about this is that Flower are consistently releasing music that is far superior to the music of E-Girls.

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Mika Nakashima X Miliyah Kato: FIGHTER / GIFT

15 July, 2014 - 08:25
Mika Nakashima X Miliyah Kato: FIGHTER / GIFT
Release Date: 
6/4/14
Label: 
Sony Music
Mika Nakashima and Miliyah Kato have joined forces with producer/arranger DJ Taku of m-flo for the Japanese theme song of The Amazing Spider-man 2, "Fighter," and it's a rather heavy rock tune.

Mika Nakashima and Miliyah Kato have joined forces with producer/arranger DJ Taku of m-flo for the Japanese theme song of The Amazing Spider-man 2, "Fighter," and it's a rather heavy rock tune. In fact, it borders on heavy metal. Nice and raw, edgy heavy metal. Kind of like Babymetal but without the death metal style vocals. And without the kid's vocals. You get the idea. It's like Babymetal-styled music paired with vocals from two of J-pop/J-rock's best superstars ever. They've got that fighting spirit and they will NOT be defeated. OK, so that's a cliche, but you know what?

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f(x): 3집 THE THIRD ALBUM: RED LIGHT

9 July, 2014 - 16:15
f(x): 3집 THE THIRD ALBUM: RED LIGHT
Release Date: 
7/9/14
Label: 
SM Entertainment
The album opens with the title track, "Red Light," a trippy yet bouncy tune that will probably confuse you the first time you listen to it. It's one of those wildly imaginative K-Pop songs that goes in several different directions, much like Girls' Generations' "I Got A Boy."

f(x)'s last album -- Pink Tape -- was one of my favorite albums of 2013. I hadn't heard them prior to that release, but I loved it from the very first time I listened to it and I knew I was always going to be a fan from that point on, just as other groups like 2NE1 and Girls' Generation previously made me a fan from the first time I heard them. Suffice to say that I was excited when I learned they were releasing a new album for summer 2014.

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