Roger just sent me the link to an mp3 of the full Jrock Choice Awards broadcast. It can be downloaded Here. Not only did we help choose the nominees but we also helped read the results on the show. I think you'll find the production level was respectable and I'm proud of my involvement and hope [But wait, there’s more!]
One of my favorite releases of last year was 12012's under-loved DIAMOND. you might say it was a... diamond in the rough? Hehe. The album marched with purpose, it had real ache to it -something most of VK (GazettE I look at you) couldn't get quite right. Here's one of the more cathartic [But wait, there’s more!]
After I heard this song, I knew Kirito was back to naughtiness and thus had to be translated. Angelo - HE IS A MONKEY CHRIST IS A MONKEY Pretending not to see how things really are Offering prayers to your idol I'm coming to steal you away from this mess you're stuck in. when it [But wait, there’s more!]
Couldn't find a good translation of this one. So I did one. BUMP OF CHICKEN - MAYDAY I could hear silence from that part of yourself you hate. I'm standing right in front of you, but it sounds so far away. looking for the source, all I reach is puddles supposing this is the human [But wait, there’s more!]
From Angelo's first album Rebirth of New Born Baby. I was always impressed by how sad and resigned the lyrics to this album were. Ikyou ni Saku Hana (A Flower Blooming on Foreign Soil) the flowers I envisioned in a dream, bloom all over I will stay asleep until I forget all about you the [But wait, there’s more!]
I noticed the lack of Mr. Children translations and I liked the lyrics to this one. Mr. Children - "Tabidachi no Uta" Don't be afraid. Even if you don't go around turning on the lights someday your lonely nights will see the dawn. The day you fall you'll get up and see that the [But wait, there’s more!]
So it turns out that Kirito (ex-PIERROT) has founded his own record label East Link Records in order to put out Angelo's new mini album THE FREAK SHOW thus further following in the footsteps of his mentor Kiyoharu as per their joint interview for FOOL'S MATE way back during his first solo tour. He [But wait, there’s more!]
Bump of Chicken's excellent new album Orbital Period comes with a charming illustrated book that tells the tale of a lonely king. Here is that tale in its entirety - translated by yours truly. Click more to read.