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Angelo - Winter Moon [04 Mar 2007|10:39am]
Angelo's new single, thanks to the fine folks at Jpopsuki and Tonberry Torrents!


02. EDEN


If you're a Pierrot or Kirito fan, you have to download this!

Reviews of this single and more @
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Sakura Tokyo ga umare kawatta! [25 Feb 2007|03:40pm]
Yup, ST is back... as Saisei no Sakura. I want to start writing reviews again, I want people to read them... I want the site to be as great as it once was. So go visit!

Also, we are looking for writers.

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Almost forgot! [19 Feb 2007|08:52am]
I uploaded these for a friend and don't want them to go to waste.

New-ish music for you to sample.  Comment if you download, just because I'm interested in your opinions.

Suga Shikao - Shunkashuutou // A lovely ballad from our favourite Super SeaCow.  The video is so touching... you have to listen to this one. [download]

LM.C - OH MY JULIET // Visual kei pop punk?  I don't what to call Aiji's latest band.  Like I've said, they're nowhere near PIERROT, but I'll admit this song kinda gets stuck in my head.  Also, the chorus has the MOST simple Japanese lyrics I've ever heard.  I could've written this. [download]

Kagrra, - Shizuku // Yeah, I still love Kagrra.  Their new album is awesome, and this song is amazing!  It's a ballad, but the guitars make it rock pretty hard... for Kagrra.  Good stuffs. [download]

Gackt - No ni Saku Hana no You ni (piano version) // A really sappy ballad, but Gackt's voice is gorgeous here and the song doesn't annoy me.  I like this version better than the regular one, which just has acoustic guitar.  Plus we haven't had new Gackt for a long time. [download]

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Hisashiburi desu! [19 Feb 2007|08:40am]
[ mood | awake ]

Wow, I haven't written in this for a long time. I guess I stopped using it after the last album was finished. Well, I'm finally working on lyrics for a new album, so there should be more frequent updates. So far, I've finished one song and I'm working on the second. This album looks like its going to be pretty heavy and dark, like the last one, although I'm sure there will be a couple happier songs, too. The rest of the band is hard at work too; we really want this to be our best effort yet!

Um, other than that... recently, I've been listening to a lot of Vidoll and Phantasmagoria. Also, Shinkou Shuukyou Gakudan NoGoD. They're great! Highly recommended.

I just woke up, so it's time for coffee and breakfast. I'll post some new lyrics soon!


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Jrock Sale! [13 Jul 2006|01:20pm]
Jrock/Visual Kei CDs

Rouage - SILK (CD Single) *Indies*
01. Silk
02. More Trance
Price: $3

Rouage - mune ni furu ame, mune ni saku hana (CD Single)
01. mune ni furu ame, mune ni saku hana
02. soukai
03. shinkaron
04. uwanosora
Price: $4

S.O.A.P. - GRACE (mini-album) *POSSIBLY SOLD*
1. Grace
2. Every Second, I'm in Romance
3. A Song for You
Price: $5

Plastic Tree - baka ni natte no ni (CD Single)  *POSSIBLY SOLD*
1. baka ni natta no ni
2. moshimo piano ga hiketanara
Price: $2

Karen - brilliant (CD Single)
(romaji tracklist unavailable)
3 tracks
Price: $5

SID - Sweet? (CD Single)  *POSSIBLY SOLD*
1. Sweet?
2. boku, DINAA
Price: $4

Kra - shiki tabi no samposha (Mini-album+DVD) *POSSIBLY SOLD*
1. Aka tonbo
2. Itsumo no asa
3. Ashita ya
4. Renjou philosophy
5. Shikiryo
6. Setsugekka
DVD - Musai no tori to kajitsu (PV)
Price: $10
DVD is Region 2 only. You must have a DVD player/ROM drive capable of playing Region 2 DVDs.

Jrock/Visual Kei Magazines

SHOXX Vol. 153 (November, 2005) *POSSIBLY SOLD*
Cover: Plastic Tree (20p)
Includes: Metronome, Miyavi, Gazette, MUCC, La'Cryma Christi, SID, Vidoll & D

CURE Vol. 25 (October, 2005) *POSSIBLY SOLD*
Cover: Kagerou
Includes: 12012, Luvie, SULFURIC ACID, Rentrer en Soi and more

SHOXX Vol. 152 (October, 2005)  *SOLD*
Cover: Gazette (20p)
Includes: Nightmare, Miyavi, La'Cryma Christi, D'espairsRay, Kagerou, Vidoll

Arena37 (September, 2005) *POSSIBLY SOLD*
Cover: Miyavi
Includes: T.M. Revolution, ROAD OF MAJOR, GLAY, Malice Mizer, Gazette, Shulla, Kra

FOOL'S MATE Vol. 291 (January 2006) *POSSIBLY SOLD*
Cover: Kiyoharu
Includes: Gackt, J, Dir en Grey, Merry, Gazette and more
*DVD not included

SHOXX Vol. 155 (January, 2006) *POSSIBLY SOLD*
Cover: SID (20p)
Includes: Nightmare, Plastic Tree, Miyavi, Gazette, Kagerou x D'espairsRay, alice nine.
*back cover is slightly bent, price is $5.

All magazines are $7. They do not include posters or trading cards. However, they are all in excellent condition.

Shipping within US is $2.50 per CD, $3 for magazines. I will combine shipping for those that want more than one item. Buyers outside US must email me to arrange shipping.

Payment options: I accept PayPal, Money Orders (in US Dollars) and cash.

Contact: niji_flower@hotmail.com

*POSSIBLY SOLD* means there is an interested buyer but I have not yet received confirmation or payment.
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[09 May 2006|11:05pm]
[ mood | pensive ]

So, the semester comes to a close, not with a bang but with a, well, pathetic little whimper that is kind of disappointing after 5 years. In a way, I'm kind of glad. The pomp and circumstance doesn't really suit me. And still...

So, I decided to make a couple little lists. Enjoy (or not)!

Things I Will Miss:

1. Movie Nights
2. Kim Moon
3. Sharing jrock with Giffy
4. Long dinners at the HUB
5. Playing survival horror games so people can watch
6. The Oak Grove squirrels
7. My friends, of course

Things I Won't Miss:

2. Running out of flex because I drink too much coffee
3. My stupid Japanese class
4. The college republicans
5. Rick
6. Jimmy Stewart
7. DRAMA!!!!

Hmmm... well, my mom is coming tomorrow around 11. Hopefully my History final won't have killed me.

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[21 Mar 2006|04:17pm]
[ mood | listless ]

Wow, I am so bad at updating this!  >_<

In SSKM news, I am completely stuck on the new album.  I haven't written anything new in weeks.  T__T  Well, ougetsu and yuganda sekai were the last new ones.  But as far as album tracks, no.  Nothing.  I should work harder.

I'm looking forward to my copy of The Sims 2 coming; I'm contemplating creating SSKM sims.  I will definitely have lots of VK sims!

The music scene has been really quiet.  I haven't heard anything great in such a long time.  Vidoll, D, Phantasmagoria, Ayabie and An Cafe continue to be my current obsessions.  *sigh*  Stupid jrock scene.

College is meh.  Spring break was meh-er.  I'm so bored.  I guess it really is time I get out of here and start a real life.  This lifestyle just isn't as much fun as it used to be.  But I guess that's to be expected.

Er, I'm reading a really good book on the battle of Stalingrad.  Because I'm a history dork and that kind of thing interests me.  Oh, and I saw some movies over break:

Memoirs of a Geisha
A History of Violence
...and something I can't remember.

Well, I guess I should go do homework or something like that.  Whee!

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Live Report! [06 Mar 2006|02:38pm]
Okay, this is really old, but I felt like I don't contribute to this community enough, so here ya go. This is a live report of a concert I went to way back in October. It was Duel Jewel, Antic Cafe, MASK and Kra at Osaka MUSE. I'm not that great at writing live reports because I tend to forget the names of songs, but maybe you'll be interested anyway.

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[27 Feb 2006|11:31am]
Bands I currently actually care about because the VK scene sucks and major bands aren't doing a damn thing...

1. Vidoll
2. Phantasmagoria
3. D
4. SID
5. Kagrra,
6. Pierrot (Yeah, there must be a new single soon!)
7. Ayabie (only a little)
8. Antic Cafe (also just a little)
9. Miyavi
10. Inugami Circus-dan (I WANT THE NEW ALBUM!)

Yeah, no L'Arc because of another hiatus... no Glay because they are slow asses... Of couse, I care about Amano Tsukiko but she's been silent since A MOON CHILD IN THE SKY came out. Wow, the music scene is depressing right now.
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Request and a Bribe [24 Jan 2006|02:21pm]
Could someone upload Phantasmagoria's new single, "Shinsokyoku - Variant Jihad"? It's up as part of a torrent on jpopsuki.com.

Waive - Sotto (PV) on MU.
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[14 Jan 2006|06:11pm]
Back in the states and hard at work on new music. And I need to fix the website... desperately. It got all messed up, somehow. T__T

Anyway, three songs are done: Chiheisen, mado no mukou e, and Let Go (tentative title). Expect a new single real soon!
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watashi wa ima, nihon ni imasu! [06 Oct 2005|12:34pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Yah, I'm in Japan! You may have noticed the website is fucked up, well... I need to fix it soon. IDOL Revolution is done and out, yokatta ne? I'm about to start working on a new album, it's gonna be another concept album, focusing on the Heian Era. Demo, muzukashii to omou. Saa, ganbarimasu.

Lyrics will be up for IDOL Revolution as soon as I get the rest of the site fixed. Promise! All the guys say hi and wish you all to wait patiently for us! ^__^

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[24 Jul 2005|01:58pm]
Well, I did it. All the lyrics for the new album are done! The music isn't, but the guys have had some ideas for a while now, so it shouldn't be a problem. So here is the tracklist and TITLE! for the new album.

IDOL Revolution
1. Desert Sun
2. Negative Rainbow
3. Stagnant Pool
4. Watashi wa AIDORU
5. Spiral Staircase
6. Akage (Ginger)
7. Iconoclasm
8. Firebomb
9. Placebo
10. kiseki no ame

The first and only single will be a double a-side with Desert Sun and Akage. Tanoshimi ni!
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[24 Jul 2005|12:27pm]
[ mood | frustrated ]

Whoo, I've hit such a writer's block on the new album! I need to start wrapping it up, but I just don't know how to do it. Well, maybe I'll try to hammer a couple songs out now. If only I knew what the ending should be...

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More songs! [22 Jun 2005|10:17pm]
[ mood | exhausted ]

Hard at work, I've been writing away.

watashi wa AIDORU
Spiral Staircase

There's a lot more Japanese in these songs than before, especially AIDORU. The chorus is all in Japanese. Simple Japanese, because I wrote it, but I like that because that character themself is not Japanese.

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[16 Jun 2005|08:52pm]
[ mood | productive ]

I've written 5 songs for the new album!! Yay! Lemme tell you, it's a lot darker and perhaps more controversial that anything we've done before. Well, maybe not as inherently dark as yakuza shrine maiden, but the subject matter is more frightening. I think. And political.

Here are the titles so far:

Desert Sun
Negative Rainbow (Kyaku no Niji)
Akage (Ginger)
Spiral Staircase

There's also a song called Stagnant Pool that I may use for a b-side, but it's too Dir en Grey-ish for my tastes. And I'm working on one called Placebo.

So, look forward to it!! More updates as they happen.

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[04 Jun 2005|10:27pm]
Ah, I forgot something I wanted to write about. So you get another post. Lucky fools!

All the lyrics for CLHP are up on the site. I've been too busy to write the second album to make it a simultaneous release, so it'll have to be a normal single release. Oh well. New music is in the future, so have no fear!
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[04 Jun 2005|10:24pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

It's pretty common knowledge that parents and/or older people don't "understand" the music of us younger generations. That's always been the case, and I doubt it will ever change. Case in point: today my mom was questioning *ahem* my musical tastes because I was listening to Vidoll's "Remind Story". It's the one with the aria in the middle. Now, Jui is operatically trained and sings the notes beautifully, with the perfect amount of vibrato and he is absolutely on pitch, as he always is. Still, my mom wrote it off as weird automatically because "opera does not belong in a rock song."

This made me think. Usually older generations criticize new music because it is too loud and noisy. They think the singers can't sing, they only scream, etc etc. This was not the case today, however. Jui very obviously can sing. And the song is not particularly loud or hectic. So the problem then was in fact Vidoll's innovation of using opera in an unexpected way. In fact, he was being criticized because he CAN sing, not because he can't. Odd.

I can think of two reasons for this. The first can be traced back to the 50s and 60s, the era most of our parents grew up in. True, this was a era of musical experimentation that may never be rivalled. However, most of the music remained simplistic. The majority of singers really weren't very talented (ie. had small ranges and little vocal training), guitarwork was very limited (most songs included only a few chords and nothing so intricate as we hear today). The lyrics for the most part fell into very broad categories and were predictable, as were the melodies. I can sing along to a 50s song without every hearing it before due to this fact. Now, I am over-generalizing, but I think this paradigm has left most adults unable to understand or appreciate more complex music that is being created today. Instead of seeing innovation for what it is, they see it as noise. That was certainly true during the 70s and 80s when artists like Jimmi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and metal guitarists were pushing the limits of what could be done with the guitar. Their works were sometimes dismissed as being unmusical.

The second reason is the current popular music scene, which has stagnated to a horrible degree. At one point in history, you could turn on the radio and hear the best artists of the day, the ones that were really pushing the envelope (The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Queen, etc etc). Now, and this has been true since the mid-80s, people would rather hear "safe" music that doesn't redefine or question anything. You have to search through smaller stations and music shops to find the really innovative artists. This is changing the way music is viewed and affects people, negatively I think.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that the majority of people today are unwilling to try new kinds of music because they have been so conditioned to what I call "safe" music. Anything that strays from the norm is seen as weird. So, I'd like to close my little rant with this fact: The Waltz was once banned for being too provocative and "weird." Look how far we've come.

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[13 May 2005|10:27am]
[ mood | awake ]

Twas a long and dificult task, but CLHP and the two singles are done and ready to go. The website is updated with track lists and a preview discussion by all of us. *sigh* Lyrics will be up within the week.

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[26 Apr 2005|10:25am]
[ mood | sleepy ]

I am proud to announce that 11 out of the 12 songs necessary for CLHP's release are ready to go! It was a rough couple of nights, but we've hammered out some really cool songs. Now, if I could only get the other album done... it's a two disc thing, remember??

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