Over the weekend I listened to my entire Sparta Locals discog, so I think I've gotten all my mourning of their breakup out of my system. Godddddd. I am so glad I got to see them live. You bastards better have awesome new bands/solo projects.
Anyway, lots of new releases coming up so it's time to make a new list of what I'm looking forward to.
Ashita mata, waraeru you ni // Hanah (Aug 5)
I think Hanah is the best Japanese singer I have heard in a long time; wish I'd known about her sooner. I've been looking for good r&b and here it is. She's so different from the majority of what's out there, but I'm not going to get started on how much j-r&b has come to annoy me ('nother topic for another day). Anyway, the b-sides
on the single sound amazing. Her indies album is probably great too.
Real Love // SAKURA (Aug 12)
She's back! SAKURA is one of my favorite singers of ever. Apparently this album is her return to r&b - she started out r&b then began working with her Hawaiian influences (lady loves her some ukelele). I've heard one song off the album so far and, while not exactly what I was expecting (still islandish), it wasn't bad. I wish she had song samples.
Guilty // V6 (Sept 2)
I can't turn away from a V6 release. I don't flail about them as much as I used to but the love is still there.
Rain // Domoto Tsuyoshi (Sept 9)
999! The Fish is back and he's using his own naaaame! Everything he does is highly anticipated. Everything.
Unknown single // THE BAWDIES (Oct ?)
I love these guys so much. This Is My Story
is one of my favorite albums of 2009. I cannot wait for a new single. And Roy is purdy (he's like a cross between Matsuyama Kenichi and Narimiya Hiroki. i.e. dreamy
Fog Lamp // OGRE YOU ASSHOLE (Oct 7)
These guys are so kickass. I listen to them and it's like... refreshing. I can't think of another band that sounds like them. I can't help but feel happy when their songs come on.
Ghost Apple // People In The Box (Oct 14)
Concept album. Curiouser and curiouser. Love the title though. Anyway, these are my mellow fellows. They have this post-rock heaviness which is contrasted by the singer's high vocals. lol that actually kinda sounded like I knew what I was talking about.
Necessary Evil // The Mirraz (Oct 14)
I love their manic style and wordy vocals. I couldn't sing a song of theirs without getting tongue twisted if my life depended on it, but damn it if it ain't fun to try.
That's all I can think of right now. Oh, Gomi Takahisa from lostage is gonna be on an album by miscorner/c+llooqtortion in October. Should be interesting. Guys named Takahisa are cool. XD (speaking of which, Massu on Karei Naru Spy!! YAY!)
I'm hoping for an andymori release; they've got two new songs at their site so maybe something's coming.
And Kanjani8 are gonna have something new at some point, right? I'd been reading about a new song. Lately I've been failing at fandom so I'm sure I've missed all kinds of info on everbody. I feel like I need more Koyama in my life but I never feel like watching HHS or SC. Anyhoo, I'm rambling so I shall go have a snack. Yes.