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Poll: Summer’s coming, what do you do?

2010年 5月 16日

It’s been a while since I’ve made a post… I’ve been very busy with school. Thankfully I graduate this week so I’ll be back in business. This surely means summer is almost here! Personally I can’t wait for the beaches, warm weather, and cool breezes. So how will you all be celebrating everyone’s favorite time of the year?

Blast some high-energy Koda Kumi, Ayumi Hamasaki, or MiChi!- 7 votes, 37%
-seems like more of you prefer those upbeat, happy-go-lucky works of some of Japan’s most popular artists. My recommendations? Bluebird (Hamasaki), Lick Me (Koda), Why Oh Why (MiChi).

Chill out with some ethereal stuff like Utada Hikaru or salyu- 4 votes, 21%
-This stuff is great for nighttime, or when it’s just too damn hot to want anything else.
My recommendations? Beautiful World (Utada), Kairo (Utada), L.A.F.S. (salyu)

Go clubbing at night with Ami Suzuki, Perfume, or MEG ;)- 4 votes, 21%
-Apparently a few of you like the night life of summer! Hey, who could hate these queens of electropop?
My recommendations? FREE FREE (Suzuki), Edge ⊿-mix (perfume), WHY (MEG)

Imagine at the beach by listening to some Yuna Ito- 2 votes, 11%
-This would have been my choice. I love the laid-back atmosphere of her songs, especially when she lets her Hawaiian self shine through.
My recommendations? Mahaloha, miss you, BREEEEEZIN!!!!!!!

Concert hopping! Hitting every jrock concert in sight (or so I wish…)- 2 votes, 11%
-This would have been my second choice. I would love to go to Japan and see as many jrock artists as possible!
Who’s on tour? Sadie, alice nine., nightmare (not a tour, but Budokan in August!!)

So aside from music, does anyone have any cool plans for summer??


Poll: Best album thus far (2010)?

2010年 4月 26日

oh hay kuu chan…. you look so cute but you didn’t win!!

So we’re a third of the way through the year.. how are we doing album wise? Personally there hasn’t been a one single album to fully grab my attention as “perfect.” Sure there have been great tracks on every album, but as a whole there hasn’t been one that is so outstanding that it shames all others (last year? alan’s Voice of Earth). However, the year is nascent and we’ve got some time. Let’s hear it again for Kalafina, shall we?

Kalafina- Red Moon– 13 votes, 46%
Ayumi Hamasaki- Rock ‘N’ Roll Circus– 6 votes, 21%

Sayuri Sugawara- First story- 3 votes 11%
Rie fu- at Rie sessions- 2 votes, 7%
KOKIA- REAL WORLD- 1 vote, 4%
Abingdon Boys School- ABINGDON ROAD- 1 vote, 4%
Tokyo Jihen- Sports- 1 vote, 4%
SuG- Tokyo Muzical Hotal- 1 vote, 4%

The following earned 0 votes:

D- 7th Rose
Morning Musume 10 MY ME

Let’s analyze the votes. Red Moon was the most anticipated release AND the “best” according to you readers. I thought the album was pretty good, but Kalafina isn’t a group I listen to too often. For me I’d either say Rie fu, KOKIA or Koda Kumi’s was best. Rie fu resonates with the kind of folksy sound I love. KOKIA opened up a new door in music for me. And Koda Kumi is just my little Kuu-chan. (What?? I work out to her stuff!) I should have added salyu’s maiden voyage to the mix! Well that’s what I get for making polls after midnight.

Now I haven’t listened to Tokyo Jihen before (though I’ve heard good things about them) and I haven’t listened to SuG in ages (I can’t really get into oshare-kei sometimes). I was surprised at how many votes Ayumi Hamasaki (what with all the bashing on the blogosphere lately). I think that she has more fans in Japan (relatively speaking) than across the globe. I think Ayu is highly talented, but I don’t think her album is quite “the best of 2010.” To each her own.

So… what do you think of the results? Are they a fair representation of the best musicians or do we have some stans in the house? You tell me.



Poll: Favorite Koda Kumi look?

2010年 4月 17日

Recently we asked what everyone’s favorite Koda Kumi look is. Kuu-chan has a lot of different styles, but they can mostly be categorized into: sexy, trendy, elegant, kawaii, and WTF. The results are in!

  • Trendy-strut-yo’-stuff-Kumi (TABOO, Ima Sugu Hoshii, But/Aisho)- 17 votes, 59%
  • Elegant~ (Moon, Alive, Yume no Uta/Futari De…)- 7 votes, 24%
  • Super kawaaiiii ❤ (Lick Me, Anytime, Koi no Tsubomi) 2 votes, 7%
  • Sexpot Kumi! (Freaky, JUICY, Star, Hot Stuff)- 2 votes, 7%
  • I prefer her WTF?! moments (Can We Go Back, Maze, Come With Me)- 1 vote, 3%

Everyone obviously prefers her trendy looks! Me? I love Kuu-chan in every shape and form, but I have to say that her elegant moments are my favorite!

Sexpot Kumi didn’t get very many votes… perhaps not enough guys are reading this blog? 😛


Results: Which March release are you most excited for?

2010年 3月 31日

First off I couldn’t believe how skewed these results were! You all were excited for a number of releases, but one of them was the most popular.

23 (72%) of you said you were most excited for Kalafina- Red Moon [album]. I wasn’t expecting so many results for just this album! What do you think, were your expectations met?

Three releases tied for second place–

  • Morning Musume- 10 MY ME [album]
  • Miliyah Kato- Bye Bye [single]
  • UVERworld- GOLD [single]

Each took 2 votes with 6% of the overall score each.

There was also a three-way tie for all third place–

  • Rie fu- At Rie Sessions [album]
  • JUJU- JUJU [album]
  • D- 7th Rose [album]

Each took 1 vote with 1% of overall score.

Lastly some releases garnered no votes at all 😦

  • Porno Graffiti- ∠ TRIGGER [album]
  • Tohoshinki- Toki wo Tomete [single]

Personally, I’m most excited for Rie fu’s new album because her last one was so stellar.

Thanks for voting! Why did you vote the way you did? Did the singles/albums live up to your expectations?



Poll Results: A lot of Jpop/rock artists are MIA. Who do you most want to see come back? (show some indie love)

2010年 3月 14日

Recently we asked, A lot of Jpop/rock artists are MIA. Who do you most want to see come back? (show some indie love). I had been browsing through my music library, thinking of artists whom I haven’t seen in a long time. This ones came up first in my mind, but there are many others to the list. Here are the results:

  1. I was kind of surprised (though pleasantly) when I saw that Yaida Hitomi got the most votes. She herself garnered 20, taking 32% of all votes.
  2. A close second, OLIVIA, with 14 votes, 22%.
  3. Mai Hoshimura, 13, 21%
  4. Hitomi Takahashi, 7, 11%
  5. WaT, 5, 8%
  6. Mai Fukui, 2, 3%
  7. MinK, 2, 3%
  8. Lastly, the remaining artists garnered 0 votes (boo): ELLEGARDEN, Yifei, AcQua EP/AGE-OF-EP, Kana (Moon), Miwa Sasagawa.

MinK and Mai Hoshimura weren’t added to the original voting because I forgot about them. Nevertheless I was glad people voted for them in the end. Mai Hoshimura’s contract with Sony last Spring. I hope she comes back soon though because I miss her refreshing sense of music. I have a feeling some artists didn’t get a lot of votes because people simply didn’t know who they were. Mai Fukui, for example, is an extremely talented songstress who released one of my favorite albums of 2009. ELLEGARDEN is an indies jrock band with whom everyone should be familiar. They have been on an “activity pause” for a couple of years because of differences in musical interpretation (however they will be performing in this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, Texas). Since then various members have ventured into solo-projectland, forming excellent bands like Nothing’s Carved in Stone. I didn’t expect many people to know Yifei either. She is a Chinese actress/singer who released an album and a single way back in 2006. Nevertheless All My Words is an absolute MUST LISTEN in my book. She has kind of a mellow sound and I hope she’ll return in the future. Another artist I forgot to mention was Miwako Okuda. She released two albums (in 2005 and 2006 respectively), but we haven’t seen anything from her since. Basically if you like Yaida Hitomi you’ll like her.

Anyway, here’s to these talented artists making a return on the market!



New Feature: Artist in Residence

2010年 3月 8日

Yay new feature time! So in a recent poll readers voted that they’d like to see more discographies from artists posted in the blog. Kowezhi and I had the idea to create an “Artist in Residence” feature in order to carry out this task. An Artist in Residence program is something I had when I was in 5th and 6th grade. As part of a magnet school different artists would come in and show us their craft. We’d like to create that same atmosphere here at Tsuki no Ai. Although this picture features alan (I was looking for an excuse to use it in a graphic), all different kinds of artists and bands will be featured.

Since this is relatively new for me I’ll be doing a memorable artist with a manageable sized discography: ayaka. At the moment ayaka has put her career on hold in order to treat Grave’s disease. In the meantime all we lowly fans can do is listen to old favorites until she comes back. If you haven’t heard of ayaka, then you’ve most likely been living under a rock (with a force field of Ayu stans surrounding it). Hopefully I’ll be able to do this incredibly talented artist justice.


Poll Results: What would you like to see more of on Tsuki no Ai?

2010年 2月 23日

A few weeks ago we asked people what kinds of things they’d like to see on Tsuki no Ai. The results are in, but don’t be afraid to offer additional suggestions on this post or on the “about” page. The votes this time were less varied, but that helps Koweizhi and I decide what to add to the blog! Here are the results:

  • Reviews of discographies from various artists- 13 votes, 28%
  • Cupcakes @__@- 13 votes, 28%
  • More editorials! (Or at least start making them <_<)- 12 votes, 26%
  • Kpop or Cpop reviews- 6 votes, 13%
  • Reviews of Asian moves, drama, etc.- 3 votes, 6%
  • Song lyrics mayhaps?- 0 votes
  • Nothing! Please shut down your craptastic blog.- none 🙂

First off, enjoy your panda cupcakes:

Secondly, it’s obvious that reviews of discographies will come next… I think I’ll start off with artists with fewer releases (e.g. alan) and then move on to more prolific artists like Utada Hikaru and Hamasaki Ayumi.

I’d like to do some editorials in the future as well. Editorials can be kind of risky (polemic), but I find that I usually have a different view towards Japan and the music industry than most other bloggers. Hopefully I can get some good discussion. I’m not sure if Kowezhi will do any or not… he tends to be more subdued here.

Lastly, my reviews of Cpop, Kpop, and dramas/movies will be in accordance with the number of votes. Basically what that means is I’ll review something of this category if I find it particularly exceptional (or terrible if I feel like venting). Also Kowezhi and I enjoy watching d-list Japanese horror films so we might review those for a good laugh.

Thanks for voting; Kowezhi and I want to improve the blog as much as possible.

Now it’s up to YOU to comment on the posts =p

xiao aoliwa