Tag: jpop

  • O!susume – Erin’s Monthly Mixtape – October 2023

    O!susume – Erin’s Monthly Mixtape – October 2023

    This month it seems like I’ve been drawn to new music and collaborations and spin-off projects involving artists that I really like. Sometimes I’m really in the mood to listen to new music and other times I’m really drawn to listen to well-loved music. Do you also have times where you are only seeing new…

  • O!susume – Zwei

    O!susume – Zwei

    I’m back this month to recommend another artist that was again (like last month’s Nakashima Mika) involved in my queer awakening: the female rock band bass/vocal duo called Zwei. There was a period of time where I was finding a lot of the music on YouTube, including the German band called Tokio Hotel, so it…

  • O!susume – Erin’s Monthly Mixtape – September 2023

    O!susume – Erin’s Monthly Mixtape – September 2023

    This month I’ve taken a trip back through my music discography and revisited artists and songs that I was really into around 2017. At the time I was really into indie rock artists with female vocals, which also happens to be one of my very favorite genres of all time. What were you listening to…

  • O!susume – Nakashima Mika

    O!susume – Nakashima Mika

    Nakashima Mika is an actress and singer who rose to fame at the age of 17 in 2001 when she played the main character in the drama “Tainted Love Song” and sang the theme song “Stars” which subsequently landed her first album at number 1 on the Oricon charts. I’ve always thought of her as…

  • O!susume – Erin’s Monthly Mixtape – August 2023

    O!susume – Erin’s Monthly Mixtape – August 2023

    Do you ever feel like your music tastes change with the seasons? My August Mixtape is full of new releases from familiar artists, as well as one gem from Yorushika that I found while re-listening to some of their albums again. Let’s say goodbye to summer together with Erin’s August Mixtape!

  • O!susume – Erin’s Monthly Mixtape – July 2023

    O!susume – Erin’s Monthly Mixtape – July 2023

    This month’s Mixtape has me grooving to some long-held beloved artists that have recently come off of hiatus, and I’m super excited about it! Let me know what you’ve been listening to in July and let me know if any artists you love have recently come off of hiatus!

  • O!susume – Hitorie/wowaka

    O!susume – Hitorie/wowaka

    Recently I was able to see my favorite band, Placebo, in concert (tied with my other favorite artist Dir En Grey), and while waiting for the concert to begin my partner Eve (and sometimes guest author on O!susume) mentioned a Vocaloid producer she had gotten into called wowaka who had passed away in 2019 at…

  • O!susume – Bonnie Pink

    O!susume – Bonnie Pink

    For this month’s O!susume, I’ve chosen to recommend Bonnie Pink, a solo artist with a prolific career of nearly 30 years. I was first introduced to her music via the Tales of Vesperia opening theme, “Ring a Bell”, or 鐘を鳴らして (kane wo narashite) in Japanese; she sang both the English and Japanese versions of the…

  • O!susume – PLOT SCRAPS

    O!susume – PLOT SCRAPS

    This month’s O!Susume is a band that I recently found that I’ve been listening to a lot and I wanted to learn more about them and give some song recommendations! PLOT SCRAPS is a small 3 piece pop-rock band signed to No Big Deal Records, a small label that has a few noteworthy acts like…

  • Nagi’s Japan Trip Album Roundup!

    Nagi’s Japan Trip Album Roundup!

    A quick and dirty review of the secondhand albums Nagi picked up while traveling around Japan last month!