Music


Every so often, I'll be uploading a few songs here. They'll either be songs I've been listening to the most lately, some new releases, or some of my all-time favorites. ♡ Back in the day, I followed a lot of sites that would update every week with new music, and that's how I got into some of my favorite artists like Koda Kumi, Mika Nakashima, and Tommy february6. Unfortunately I don't have the time to update that often, but I hope you enjoy!

August 17 2019

1. Doll eyes-Theme of CAMMY-


Artist:

Capcom Sound Team

Album:

Street Fighter Zero 3 Original Soundtrack
YouTube | Spotify

I've been in a bit of a Street Fighter mood lately and came across

Doll eyes-Theme of CAMMY-

the other day on Twitter after not hearing it for like 10 years. Well it still slaps. Cammy is probably my favorite character of all time because she's cute, cool, and a cat lover. I'm thinking of maybe doing a cosplay of her based off of Kylie Minogue's portrayal in the Street Fighter II live-action movie, to represent two of my favorite queens.


2. Live to Tell


Artist:

Madonna

Album:

True Blue
YouTube | Spotify

A true Madge classic. I watched her Confessions on a Dancefloor tour a few months ago and not only was it an amazing tour, but her performance of

Live to Tell

is so beautiful and haunting. Plus the media lost its shit since she was edgy and went up on a cross. The song in general is pretty chilling, but her performance really solidified it as one of my top 5 Madge songs. I've been in a real mood for her music lately so

Live to Tell

has consistently been on repeat. I linked to her performance at the Confessions tour on YouTube so you should totally give it a watch if you haven't already!

Past updates

August 13 2019

Fun story! The 128 GB iPod Touch I bought last month wasn't cooperating with my car radio for whatever reason. I had to return it unfortunately, so it's back to the drawing board I guess. I'm moving next month and treating myself on a nice desktop computer, so I think I'll go through all of my music then and try to find a better solution. Anyway, here's a song.

1. Fxxk Boyz Get Money


Artist:

FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUINS (FEMM)

Album:

FEMM-Isation
YouTube | Spotify

There is absolutely NO reason why this song wouldn't have smashed on the US charts. It's an absolute bop and FEMM really could have been an international hit, but as usual, avex trax has no idea how to promote any of their artists from the past few years. It's a shame. Everything about

Fxxk Boyz Get Money

is iconic, from the lyrics ("Go back to mommy and your Fisher Price toys") and the video (twerking in PVC lolita outfits). Honestly, a timeless classic.

July 21 2019

So I don't have any new songs (for right now). But I'm really happy because I just got a new (used) iPod Touch with 128GB of space! I had to get a new car radio last year that did not support my old brick iPod Classic that had 128GB of space. So I've been borrowing my boyfriend's old 32GB iPod Touch in the meantime. I was able to get the 128GB one yesterday for a decent price at a local secondhand electronics shop. For the first time in over a year, I can finally listen to my entire music library (~8,000 songs). The struggle is real because most of my music is Japanese, so of course not all of it's on Spotify or Apple Music. The only record company that seems to be dedicated to making sure their artists' entire discographries is up on Spotify is avex trax (which is surprising tbh). But even then they still miss entire albums (like PRIMA ROSA by Hitomi Shimatani). I'm just really excited to have my music back because I mostly listen to music in the car and at work. At home, not so much.

June 2 2019

1. Julien


Artist:

Carly Rae Jepsen

Album:

Dedicated
YouTube | Spotify

My queen Carly Rae Jepsen finally came out with a new album a few weeks ago and honestly I'm still processing how amazing it is. I love that it has a more mature feel than Emotion, but still feels very much CRJ. As much as I love Emotion and really think it's one of the best pop albums out there, I'm glad that she is doing something a little different now.

Julien

has been stuck in my head all the time lately.


2. HOT HOT


Artist:

Koda Kumi

Album:

DNA
Spotify

While some of my favorite j-pop acts have either stopped making (good) music or have just completely disappeared, I feel like Kuu keeps getting better and better. I really loved both AND and DNA, as well as the DNA Tour. (I haven't gotten to watch the AND one yet.) She has been so creative lately and continues to be a phenomenal performer.

HOT HOT

is an amazing newer song by Kuu, and quickly climbed its way into my top 5 favorite songs by her. It's super fun and really blends both her older and newer musical styles.


3. Take Me As I Am


Artist:

Rina Sawayama

Album:

RINA
YouTube | Spotify

Rina Sawayama is really out here doing the Lord's work and making bops with that classic 90's/early 2000's pop sound. In particular,

Take Me As I Am

sounds like it could have come straight off the Britney album. Other highlights by her are

Cherry

and

Cyber Stockholm Syndrome

. I think Rina's music and image is going in a really interesting direction and I'm super glad she's starting to get some mainstream recognition.


4. Cut To The Feeling


Artist:

Carly Rae Jepsen

Album:

Cut To The Feeling
YouTube | Spotify

Happy Pride Month!!!

May 12, 2019

1. Nemurenu Yoru wa Kimi no Sei


Artist:

MISIA

Album:

KISS IN THE SKY
YouTube | Spotify

I'm seeing MISIA in concert tonight! She's holding a small concert in NYC, which I think is a bit below her level, but I'm excited. Especially since PUFFY is opening for her. I've only casually listened to a few MISIA songs here and there since I got into j-pop, but she's a queen with an amazing voice.

Nemurenu Yoru wa Kimi no Sei

is such a pretty ballad and I hope she performs it tonight.


2. Feathery Wings


Artist:

Voltaire

Album:

Almost Human
YouTube | Spotify

Almost Human was one of my favorite albums in high school and it still holds up in my opinion. I was just relistening to it again for the millionth time the other day (instead of listening to new music) and

Feathery Wings

gets me every time. It's honestly really hard not to cry whenever I listen to it because the lyrics are so powerful. Almost Human is also just a really fantastic concept album revolving around Lucifer's fall from grace, with a well-balanced mix of songs. Voltaire's been in the business for a long time and he's always been great at balancing both heavy and lighthearted songs, especially since he has a good sense of humor.


3. Shuffle


Artist:

Masami Okui

Album:

Shuffle
YouTube

I've been rewatching a lot of Yu-Gi-Oh! (specifically Battle City) because it's really great to have on in the background when I'm grinding in Fate/Grand Order or doing my nails. Back in the day, it was difficult to find the original, unedited Japanese version anywhere. I didn't get to watch it until I was in middle school and found a bootleg DVD with the Awful Hong Kong Subs at GameStop one day.

Shuffle

was the opening song on the episodes I watched and it still remains my favorite song from the entire series. It just slaps.


4. Mona Lisa (Demo Version)


Artist:

Britney Spears

Album:

Original Doll
YouTube

So this song comes with a bit of a long story. BuzzFeed summarizes it way better than I ever could. But basically,

Mona Lisa

is a song that Britney wrote that was supposed to go on an album that never happened, called the Original Doll. She leaked this demo on a radio station a long time ago and it's almost eerie how perfectly it seems to predict her breakdown. You can also really see how great her vocals are here.

Mona Lisa

did eventually get an official studio recording, but it was very watered down and some of the lyrics were changed. Britney sounds like she's whispering for most of the final version, and those crazy notes she hit in the bridge were nowhere to be found. It's a very mysterious song and I really wonder how much pop music could have changed if Original Doll had been released.

May 5, 2019

1. LEGEND


Artist:

Mika Nakashima

Album:

MUSIC
YouTube | Spotify

Mika was one of the first j-pop artists I really got into, mainly because of her role in the NANA live-action movie and her song GLAMOROUS SKY.

LEGEND

was a song I always enjoyed, but I didn't come to truly appreciate it until a few years ago. I really feel like it's one of her best ballads and the lyrics are so beautiful too.


2. Technopolis


Artist:

Yellow Magic Orchestra

Album:

YMO GO HOME!
YouTube | Spotify

I honestly don't know much about YMO, but

Technopolis

is a complete bop. I've been trying to get more into them, especially Ryuichi Sakamoto is a musical genius, but I'm not really sure where to start with their discography. Anyway, this song is amazing and totally deserves a listen.


3. Miracle Worker


Artist:

Perfume

Album:

COSMIC EXPLORER
YouTube | Spotify

My friends and I were rewatching the COSMIC EXPLORER tour recently (even though we all saw it live a few years ago) and it reminded me how much I like

Miracle Worker

. I usually don't care for Perfume's cutesier songs, but I feel like this one definitely got a little overshadowed by some of the other amazing songs on the album,


4. Hyperballad


Artist:

Björk

Album:

Post
YouTube | Spotify

I've loved Björk since high school and it makes me kind of sad that I don't listen to her as much anymore. She kind of lost me at Biophilia, pulled me in again with Vulnicura, and then lost me again at Utopia (which I think I still need to give a little more time).

Hyperballad

came on while I was driving the other day and it just made me think about what an incredible song it is. It has so many layers and is so relatable in a way that I think many people don't feel comfortable discussing.

April 28, 2019

1. no more words


Artist:

Ayumi Hamasaki

Album:

I am...
YouTube | Spotify

Ayu is my absolute favorite artist of all time, so I had to put one of her songs here first. I've pretty much overplayed most of her discography at this point (except for TROUBLE), but I've been listening to

no more words

more often than usual. Although it was one of my first songs by her, it was never one of my favorites. It really is an amazing song though, and I think I just miss her calm, ethereal ballads.


2. YEBISU (Yung Bae Edit)


Artist:

Yung Bae & Macross 82-99

Album:

Bae
YouTube | Spotify

My very first future funk song! Fun fact, I discovered future funk for the first time about a year and a half ago while looking for Sailor Moon playlists on Spotify. I was completely shook to find a genre that sampled 80s j-pop songs and Sailor Moon sound clips.

YEBISU

was the first future funk song I heard and it continues to be my favorite! Everything about it is so comfy.


3. Scary


Artist:

Britney Spears

Album:

Femme Fatale
YouTube

Of course I had to put my bae Britney here too. She's been going through a tough time the past few months so I really hope she's okay. I'm proud of her for taking control of her mental health though. Anyway,

Scary

is a complete and underrated banger. It was a bonus track that only appeared on the Japanese release of Femme Fatale, which is a shame because it fucking slaps. Songs like these really make me think that Britney just saves all of her best songs for bonus tracks.


4. Dancing With My Fingers


Artist:

MIYAVI vs Daichi Miura

Album:

SAMURAI SESSIONS vol.2
YouTube | Spotify

So I saw MIYAVI at an anime convention last week and he really slapped that guitar. He has such an incredible amount of energy and love for what he does. I never really listened to him that much before, but I always enjoyed his personality, back when he used to record videos of him at his computer chair being a complete spazz. I really love the direction his music has been going in lately and

Dancing With My Fingers

is probably one of the catchiest songs ever.