@johncallahan: Glad to hear it! My whole point for starting this thread was that I wanted to expose at least one person to a song (or multiple) that they really enjoy, as that's what happened to me with the KPOP thread (and in fact, that thread sparked my desire to get into JPOP as well last year). It's great knowing someone is legitimately enjoying this thread.
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Not too surprising, in my opinion. GB and GS cater to very different gaming crowds, with GS being much more mainstream and pristine. I'm not at all shocked that the tone of GB videos completely turns off a wide section of the GS audience, most likely those who don't realize that this is just the tone of the website.
Time for some new songs. Man, it's so hard picking which ones I cover!
Junjou - Leo Ieiri (this is not a Youtube link, because Leo's videos are always shortened there)
Leo Ieiri is an old favorite of mine, an artist who can switch between a poppy style and a more rocky style with style. Junjou is her newest (rocky) release, and I really enjoy it. It's got a great beat that has me tapping my foot with some easy to remember lyrics. The video is fairly simple but enjoyable to watch alongside the song. If you're interested, also check out Chocolate from earlier in the year. This is a slower, pop-oriented song that I think is absolutely gorgeous in both composition and voice. It is definitely one of my favorites of the whole year.
D=Out was on my Top 10 list for JPOP here on Giant Bomb, a visual kei group (intense rock focus and members who dress rather androgynously) with some pretty good composition. This new song of theirs is just as good, if not better, so I thought I'd add them here. It has a fantastic beat and some very skillful playing from each of the members. I absolutely LOVE the bass solo, as a huge bass fan, that starts at about 2:42 in the video. It's just a really fun song to listen to.
I'll be the first to admit that this song isn't the greatest, highest-class pop song out there--but I love it anyway, especially the beginning. It has a pretty good beat and some fantastic energy up front, building to the excellent moment where the group shouts "Everybody odore (dance)!" The chorus is pretty intense and fun too. I think it loses it a bit around the halfway mark though, when the girls try to rap--quite poorly, in my opinion. A bit shaky overall but a pretty entertaining time if you're willing to give it a chance.
Also, I feel that this image is one of the most Japanese things I've seen in a long time.
I have a few things to post, I suppose.
Here's that Red Velvet video for Happiness, which has apparently (?) been edited to remove the offensive content. I went ahead and gave it a listen and it's not too bad. It feels a bit like a mix of f(x)'s Rum Pum Pum Pum and I Got a Boy from GG to me.
Now here's a fun little video from Henry. He uses a bunch of simple looping samples--using everything from a breaking voice to his voice--to recreate a bit of Cho Young Pil's Bounce, a personal favorite of mine. It's a bit too short and the samples are mixed a little strangely, but it's a pretty impressive video. It just shows that Henry is very talented and he knows it.
I don't read a bunch of authors I don't like; if I hate a book, I tend to not go back to that author. For that reason, I have a hard time disliking authors.
I do, however, detest Tolkien's writing style. I absolutely cannot stand reading his stuff anymore. Way too much unnecessary detail, stupid names, and poor pacing.
Nah, I don't want another client on my computer. The only games I buy on GOG are older ones I can't get anywhere else--I don't need to buy indie games with no DRM, as I trust Steam. I have no issue with downloading my older games individually from GOG.com whenever I want to play one.
@aurahack: I assumed it was just because you were busy. Those posts are long, so I can understand how it could be hard to find the time to write them week after week. You've already linked plenty of great stuff, anyways. Just know you have fans who will always be looking forward to more of them!
Daoko is a great add to this thread! I really liked what you linked of her on your blog and always intended to get around to listening to more. That other group is pretty interesting too--hypnotic is absolutely the right word. I might have to check that out.