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Rotation 05: Super Colorful! 
21st-Jan-2006 12:17 pm
jrocker
Do you see through rose-colored glasses, love skies of blue and seas of green, walk on sunshine, black out? Here's the color rotation. ^^

BROKEN LINKS HAVE BEEN UPDATED! Sorry about that.

track 01: W- Shocking Pink Rose
Language: Korean
Comments: I first saw their MV on Arirang, and I got hooked immediately. Immediately. They sound like Clazziquai (not surprisingly, they're also managed by FLUXUS), Casker, and Roller Coaster, light pop-electronica (poptronica). Shocking Pink Rose is one of the most frickingly catchy songs ever created (I love every W song I hear), and you should do yourself a favor and download it.
Download: here
Buy:

track 02: Chaka- Blue as the Sky
Language: Japanese
Comments: I love the opening for this, with the random xylophone (actually it sounds more like running your finger over the teeth of a comb) then the piano... wow. This is one of my really *hearted* pieces of CCS music, the other being Tooi Kono Machi De. Blue as the Sky is a boppy R&B/jazz offering (there's a lot of that in this rotation) from the Card Captor Sakura Movie 2 OST.
Download: here
Buy: It's from the CCS Movie 2 Soundtrack. I believe some Italian sites sell it.

track 03: Bonnie Pink- Orange (Towa Tei Remix)
Language: Japanese
Comments: I bow down to Towa Tei. Mostly because he's so cool. He was the guy who remixed Kylie Minogue's German, Bold, Italic (music geek trivia!). And because he remixed this Bonnie Pink classic so well, taking pop and transforming it into a laidback, trippy poptronica song. I must find more Towa Tei music.
Download: here
Buy: re PINK

track 04: Fly to the Sky- Yellow Butterfly
Language: Korean
Comments: Off FTTS's latest album. While I haven't exactly been following their careers, this sounds so completely different from all the ballads that they're popular for. On Yellow Butterfly, Hwan Hee and Brian hip up their act by including hiphop/RnB elements, which flaunt their soulful voices that mesh together in a dancy chillout song. After giving it a listen, I thought maybe it wasn't FTTS. (Is it?) It's my favorite FFTS song.
Download: here || Official
Buy: Vol. 6: Transition

track 05: KanJani8- Osaka Rainy Blues
Language: Japanese
Comments: KanJani 8 is a boy band (8 CUTE guys from Osaka) under Johnny's Entertainment, who specialize in updating the enka trend by adding stuff that will appeal to the youth (Heard of rap and rock in enka? They do it!). While the rap/rock elements of their other classic Naniwa Irohi Bushi aren't as prominent in Osaka Rainy Blues, this is still a pretty good song, a cross between traditional music and power rock. I imagine people holding lighters and swaying to the chorus.
Download: here
Buy:Osaka Rainy Blues

track 06: Tetsu69- White Out
Language: Japanese
Comments: I love the wailing at the beginning of the song, and when Tetsu sings softly at the beginning, then just fricking explodes during the chorus. On songs like these, I just absolutely love Tetsu more than Hyde.
Download: here
Buy: WHITE OUT- memory of a color

track 07: Suneo Hair- Aoi Sora
Language: Japanese
Comments: Suneo Hair is one of the best sonic 'discoveries' I had last year, and I'm psyched that I have enough SH music to share with everyone! This song is just catchy and feel-good. It rubs you with catchy and feelgoodness (a break from all the ART-SCHOOL angst!). The vocalist reminds me of the lead singer of The Pillows sometimes (other times the vocalist for AKFG), especially when he sings really low.
Download: here
Buy: a watercolor

track 08: CHEMISTRY- Mirage in Blue
Language: Japanese
Comments: For a while I was so pissed at this song. I would see the MV while I would be eating breakfast, and they'd NEVER finish it. But the song is good. Catchy. It reminds me of sweltering summer days beside inviting bodies of water.
Download: here
Buy: Mirage in Blue (single version)

track 09: Akia- Pink Panties
Language: Japanese/English
Comments: I've had this song for YEARS, and I don't tire of listening to it. It also kind of kept me sane during my month and a half sojourn in Beijing. Pink Panties is a fun R&B/pop song with a relaxed vibe, perfect for just chilling out at home or burning out.
Download: here
Buy:

track 10: The Brilliant Green- Greenwood Diary
Language: English
Comments: When I was just getting into the J-music scene, Buri Guri was one of the artists recommended to me. I've loved them ever since hearing Rainy Days Never Stays. While Tommy's English sometimes leaves something to be desired (what?!?) [Lonely in Gorgeous, anyone?], it's generally tolerable. There are worse. And I forgive her because she's cute. Greenwood Diary (apart from reminding me of Koko wa Greenwood) is a soft, guitar-driven pop song accented by Tommy's breathy vocals.
Download: here
Buy: I cannot find this on any of their CDs on CDJapan. That doesn't mean you shouldn't buy it when you get the chance, though.

track 11: NAKANOMORI BAND- PINK MONSTER
Language: Japanese
Comments: NAKANOMORI BAND is an all-girl quartet that rocks so much it isn't funny. PINK MONSTER is one of the BEST tracks on their album, capturing in a nutshell (or a song) what NAKANOMORI BAND does best: rock out and have fun doing it. Plus I'm a sucker for songs that involve clapping. Seriously, download this if you hate everything else.
Download: here
Buy: Oh My Darlin'- Girls Having Fun

track 12: Asian Kung-Fu Generation- BLACKOUT
Language: Japanese
Comments: Sometimes songs charm me just by their opening riffs. BLACKOUT is one of them. The opening will melt your socks off and make your head bop.
Download: here || Official
Buy: ASIAN KUNG FU GENERATION PRESENTS NANO-MUGEN COMPILATION

track 13: Tony An- Blue Sky
Language: Korean
Comments: Off of ex-JTL prodigy Tony An's debut solo album. Tony An's voice is like silk against naked skin (for me, anyway). Blue Sky is a lazy, calming ballad that, for some strange reason, reminds me of pools and sunbathing. I love this song.
Download: here
Buy: Vol. 1: Believe

track 14: STRAIGHTENER- WHITE ROOM BLACK STAR [Stout Version]
Language: Japanese
Comments: Download if you like punk rock on the verge of emo, a slightly more polished ART-SCHOOL.
Download: here || Official
Buy:ASIAN KUNG FU GENERATION PRESENTS NANO-MUGEN COMPILATION

Next rotation: February 14
THEME: REMAKES! (or Romance songs. Whichever.)
Comments 
24th-Jan-2006 12:45 pm (UTC)
took the buriguri one and probably will take the tetsu69 one too. thanks a lot!
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24th-Jan-2006 02:31 pm (UTC)
Actually, I haven't heard anything of Kinki Kids yet, although I see them everywhere! ^^;; What song do you suggest I start with?
24th-Jan-2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
Taking Bonnie Pink.
Your rotations are always great, I don't take everything (most of the tracks, generally I already have them) but I really appreciate how you put them up ♥ Great job!
24th-Jan-2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
I took FTTS, thanks very much!!
25th-Jan-2006 01:16 am (UTC)
Yellow Butterfly is fabulous. Most definately one of my favorites by FTTS also.

Took CHEMISTRY one since I lost it when I got a new computer. Thanks!
25th-Jan-2006 02:57 am (UTC)
Grabbing W (love Clazziquai so I'm curious) and AKFG (love them). Tried to take Suneo Hair but getting a "file id invalid" message. :-( I enjoyed their song on HachiKuro and would love to hear more. Thank you so much for sharing!
25th-Jan-2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
Took W, Bonnie Pink, Tony An, and STRAIGHTENER. Thanks! --poonk
26th-Jan-2006 03:45 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! Snagged 1, 4, 9, 12, & 13 ^_^
Oh and it says that 11 (NAKANOMORI BAND- PINK MONSTER) and 6 (Tetsu69- White Out) aren't available when I click on them.
28th-Jan-2006 12:32 am (UTC)
Took Suneo Hair, Blackout, Pink Monster, Yellow Butterfly, and Pink Panties, thanks!
29th-Jan-2006 08:08 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Took 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, & 11. Thank you so much!
30th-Jan-2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
*sigh* I dream of the day when I'll be first comment. xD

And WHOA. I love the new rotation! Very colorful indeed. I'm about to nab that CCS song as soon as I finish rambling about other stuff. xD And WHOA. Suneo is such a cool name lol. I will definately try her out too. Thanks again hun!

o.< Ouch... salt just got under my nail. lol, I'm eating an egg. xD Randomness~~

- Naoko
30th-Jan-2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
Oh whoops, Suneo is a he. xD

- Naoko
1st-Feb-2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
Trying out KanJani8 (I've so been avoiding getting into more Johnny's Ent bands e_e;) and taking STRAIGHTENER. Thanks!
5th-Feb-2006 12:00 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Thanks for the kanjani 8 & bonnie pink! love ur site!
11th-Feb-2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the music!
12th-Feb-2006 05:54 am (UTC)
Took Tetsu69 - White Out ~memory of a color~

Thanks!
20th-Mar-2006 10:48 pm (UTC) - straightener f'n rocks
Anonymous
This is at least something in the message field.
15th-Apr-2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
I discovered your site through a link on jrock_uploads. I grabbed Bonnie Pink, W, Akia and Suneo Hair and so far, it all sounds great. I like your site, looks great! Thanks.
26th-Apr-2006 05:35 am (UTC)
I will be taking everything because I haven't heard of most of these artists. But the descriptions sound great, so I'll be taking all of them! :3 Thank you!
29th-Apr-2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
sorry for leaving this comment here, but i couldn't find your e-mail address anywhere! this is tiffany, owner of boombox generation (mp3 rotation site) and i just wanted to let you know that the site moved and is now at http://boombox.shim.net or http://boombox.she-said.net. thanks!
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