Empty Space~!

I’ve been super stressed out because of work lately.  

…then I remembered this existed.

:Da you don’t say…

So I’ve been pretty zen about the whole label change.  Partially just my personality and personal experience with music that I’m not terribly bothered by these kinds of things. (That isn’t to say I wasn’t at all because I did have a bit of a knee-jerk reaction immediately about the whole thing.)

One of the things I did worry about was retention of staff members.  But now that I think about it - in hindsight that was really silly of me.  See, my immediate concern was what happens to people like YOKAN or Peach, those relationships they’ve cultivated and started to develop with who have significantly contributed to the construction of this group.  

This is dumb because:

1) I was already very, very aware that most of the people doing Kanjani’s music on Teichiku were not in any way exclusive to Teichiku.  A lot of staff writers on those albums have done work for other J&A artists.*  

2) They took some of their backing people on NTV with them for The Music Day.  You get a backing band you like and trust for concerts (and tv), you generally want to keep them.

* This of course doesn’t apply to guest artists who have appeared, and that might actually be where we see the most change.  I doubt any label that’s specifically designed to keep more profits in-house is going to want to jump through the royalties hoops of guest publishing companies but…I don’t have a firm grasp on the Japanese recording industry’s policies and practices (doubt they’re that much different from everyone else, though).  It also doesn’t exclude the potential of going with more independent artists (not a bad thing necessarily…I think 山森大輔 ‘s last release was on a smaller label called OCTAVE [which actually might be owned by Avex]).  Larger point: who knows.

Anyway, now I feel pretty stoked seeing the credits for CloveR/言ったじゃないか.  

Who’s involved in the writing and arrangement?

大西省吾, 久米康嵩Peach, GAKU.

大西省吾 did arrangement for: Life, Ai Deshita, Crouton, 365, Baby Baby, Fly High, Takoyaki, and that double A side I never bother to remember the name of because YOUUUUUKOSO~ <— laziness at its finest, folks.

久米康嵩 did arrangement for: King of Otoko, ER2, Omoidama, Kokoro sora moyou, Kurage and Dear Summer.

Peach is their backing band guitarist in concert (probably had some session credits on Juke Box but those sleeve notes are way across my room 8|) and arranged Rescue Rescue, Your Wurlitzer and wrote West Side.

GAKU is almost solely responsible for Dear Summer and wrote ER2 (and a few bside things).

So - if you haven’t been digging the music as of late or those particular titles, that might be really bad news for you.

But it’s good news for me because I like most of the songs I just named and it indicates yes, people will be retained for use on the new label.  There’s a slight chance it’s a final obligation to use them on these new singles, but I highly doubt that.  I’ll be interested to see if YOKAN will continue to do brass for them or if those marching band b-sides on King were a final thank you present to him (nah, he has to stay HE HAS TO).

Not only are those songs generally ones I like, but Peach and GAKU especially haven’t been around that long relatively, which means there’s potential for them to develop alongside Kanjani.  Who knows, that might turn out for the worse if everyone stagnates - or it might be a really good relationship.  I look forward to seeing the next album. 8D<

In the meantime, I *like* both CloveR and 言ったじゃないか (and I get the feeling the general fandom ether maybe doesn’t? Who knows. I can’t say that I really care because I find the loudest opinions in fandom to be really bizarre sometimes and that’s why I mostly keep to myself XDa)

言ったじゃないか starts off really blase and kind of an uninspired blah garage band song, but gets better as it goes along, adding harmonies, a really catchy chorus - that I love the production on - and ends up a fun band song.  

CloveR I fucking love with a giant passion despite Maru’s lone solo line being in the key of MatsuJun for some reason. 8|;  I love band things and musical depth, but I love me some 80’s music like whoa (a side rant: people dismissing all 80’s music as fluff without recognizing the many well written songs and that there’s musical depth there too).  CloveR is all 80’stastic and …uses handbells and a few other instruments I wasn’t expecting. XD  

I’m not shaken to my core by any means, but I am pleased and this promises to stay in a vein I particularly like (while simultaneously feeding my need to have a nice mixture of things that satisfy my taste for more than a single genre).

Okay, fine.  I sort of wanted to support the change no matter what.  This makes it a lot easier.  *orders singles*  

Now, to see how terrifying the PVs might be since CloveR looked like Celtic Suspender pride and Maru’s sneak peak pic of Itta promises potentially scary puppets. 8|a

gkjs59:

Nishikido: If you could say something to 10 years ago Yasuda?
Since he wouldn’t listen to me anyway, I’ll say “It’s ok as it is”. Just in 10 years please have a normal look.

Yasuda: If you could say something to 10 years ago Murakami?
Thank you for taliking with the superiors…

kagamisky:

So I did a drawing meme.

Basically people gave me a) a subject, b) a random letter+number combination for a pose set, and c) a colour.

It was supposed to be a “quick” meme so I tried to spend less than an hour on the colours for each one. XD

DAS SCHUBEE~ <3

I swear I didn’t purposely pick the pose that involved the butt shot. XD

And that’s good to know.

There’s more to Sunshine than we all know. :|

…what that more is, I don’t know, maybe common memberships in some weird clubs - but indeed, MORE. 8|;

epicwaters:

diefleder-tey:

Yo fandom. 
Have some soothing tea with me.
Big, deep, calming breaths.
Embrace your feelings of shock and pain and anger.
But don’t let them push you into hyperventilating, k?

I totally freaked for a few hours. I’m better now. X
*sips*

X3 I think freaking out a little bit is good.  Only to be expected with massive change.  But now&#8230;now we have chai party until further notice~ \8D/

epicwaters:

diefleder-tey:

Yo fandom. 

Have some soothing tea with me.

Big, deep, calming breaths.

Embrace your feelings of shock and pain and anger.

But don’t let them push you into hyperventilating, k?

I totally freaked for a few hours. I’m better now. X

*sips*

X3 I think freaking out a little bit is good.  Only to be expected with massive change.  But now…now we have chai party until further notice~ \8D/

Yo fandom. 
Have some soothing tea with me.
Big, deep, calming breaths.
Embrace your feelings of shock and pain and anger.
But don&#8217;t let them push you into hyperventilating, k?

Yo fandom. 

Have some soothing tea with me.

Big, deep, calming breaths.

Embrace your feelings of shock and pain and anger.

But don’t let them push you into hyperventilating, k?

Adorable.
Tired. But adorable.

Adorable.

Tired. But adorable.

&#8230;I&#8217;m just going to put this out there.
Part of one&#8217;s sex appeal is keeping a little mystery, y&#8217;know. 8|;  Ahem.  (Your orgasm face comes out way too often Maru.)
Man work&#8217;s been killing me for months straight, I don&#8217;t think there&#8217;s any way I&#8217;ll get through my 24 revisit. :/  We&#8217;ll see, tomorrow is tomorrow.

…I’m just going to put this out there.

Part of one’s sex appeal is keeping a little mystery, y’know. 8|;  Ahem.  (Your orgasm face comes out way too often Maru.)

Man work’s been killing me for months straight, I don’t think there’s any way I’ll get through my 24 revisit. :/  We’ll see, tomorrow is tomorrow.

lamonstruazeta:

Results from the doodle meme. I ended up cannibalizing this drawing meme and had people pick blind options instead of relying on the gifs. I’m actually really pleased with the results!

The specifics are in the captions of each picture. Thanks to everyone for participating :3 

I’d like to think that “for Tey” is really all the explanation a person ever needs. <3 <3 <3 (God help you for tagging that accurately XD <3)

stampeding-sloth:

Jussai Pamphlet Maruyama Ryuhei (and his crotch)

niwiwin:

pussymango:

niwiwin:

saw these and i was like damn Domes are in such high demand!!! these are only 2 groups, idk who else is touring, what if K8 can’t get venues!?!?

i wouldnt worry too much. like i remember looking at the event list for nagoya dome and some kpop group was there like the day before k8 was there. they just squeeze them in-between.

that’s great to hear. but the super packed schedule leads to the weird spacing/when&where cons are held, doesn’t it? personally, i really wondered why k8 had to do new years in Fukuoka. they can’t be hired by Japan Railways and Fukuoka tourism to get people to Fukuoka? hahaha

also goes to show how amazing the production company that sets up the stage is. idk if k8’s stage in every dome was elaborate as in juke box dvd, but to my eyes it looked impressive to be set up in mere hours

lol I seriously doubt you have to worry about that. I know fandom likes to think idiots run J&A but they haven’t lasted this long without being somewhat savvy and marginally functional.  Basically when you have an arena that hosts sporting, music and other events, people are booking way in advance and the point about J&A is that while sometimes tours seem to ~pop out of thin air~ when it comes to fan announcements, I’m sure management isn’t waiting until October 31st to get their time in for November dates.  Especially since elaborate set up or no, they do also rent out the dome for at least one rehearsal.  Fukuoka* may have been the result of a conflict but it’s not like Eito is going to be locked out of venues and ultimately it really doesn’t matter when they play where because they’re still going to get in tour dates, the fans are still going to go, and they’re still going to get their money.

*or, maybe they just decided since it was an off year to do something different instead of Christmas in Tokyo and New Year’s in Osaka again. Or since they couldn’t do New Year’s Eve in Osaka because of Kouhaku, decided the best way to make Osaka still the special of the five was to give it the closing spot. Scratch that, Osaka is always the closing destination and that tour started considerably later than usual. More likely they had to work around Arashi’s schedule which I’m sure got first dibs when it came to overall management drafting schedules. Etc etc.  TL;DR point: don’t worry so much.  

lamonstruazeta:

I usually try to keep from getting too personal on this thing. That said, I do have a favor to ask of you, tumblr: my grandmother just passed away, and my mother is trying to raise enough money to fly out to Montana to attend the funeral or, barring that, at least visit my grandfather.

What my…

Dear followers, do me a solid: donate a buck or two, if you can (cause it all helps) or at least boost the signal to more people. :3  Zoe’s a close friend, the story and cause are legit.

Thanks!

2014 me is way happier at seeing Miyake Ken, and possibly Mabo, laughing at Maru being a dumb ass.
How times change~

2014 me is way happier at seeing Miyake Ken, and possibly Mabo, laughing at Maru being a dumb ass.

How times change~

2009 me just peed herself at Maru/MatsuJun here.  2014 me doesn&#8217;t care so much anymore. XD

2009 me just peed herself at Maru/MatsuJun here.  2014 me doesn’t care so much anymore. XD