Today's song...

Running through my head today, for entirely non-political reasons:

He said the Captain lied when the Captain cried,
"There's none of us here can save her.
Let her go down, swim for your lives.
Swim for your children, swim for your wives,
but let her go down."

No, really, not related to current political kerfluffles at all. Over the weekend I pulled up Steeleye Span’s Portfolio to share their version of New York Girls, with Peter Sellers on ukelele and whimsy, and then remembered some other songs I was fond of.

Bubble (K)Pop

Catchy and eye-catching. Who cares what she’s singing about?

A great disturbance in the Force...

…as if thousands of J-Pop idols suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly looking for new careers.

That is, it appears that Girls’ Generation is once again making the local talent look like badly-dressed backup dancers. Hasn’t Japan suffered enough recently?

I am intrigued by her ideas...

…and wish to subscribe to her newsletter.

Ootani Masae: buy my singles or else!

In addition to releasing indie singles as “Himawari”, Masae Ootani has been getting some decent theatre roles recently. This one looks like it makes good use of her distinctive style. Honestly, except for the sword, it’s like she just walked out of her apartment. Maybe she leaves it at home; Tokyo cops are so sensitive about that sort of thing.

Dear Hyoyeon,

Camouflage fail. On the bright side, they’re not giving you goofy hair as much in the new Hoot video. Perhaps this is your way of hiding from the stylists when they get vicious?

The Hyoyeon Polka

Dear Aya Matsuura,

When you have a new album release that’s less than a month away, and Amazon doesn’t have the cover picture yet, and the official promotional video for one of the songs is one step up from an animated GIF, it’s time to find a new record company.

Coolest video set ever

“Hey, can I borrow your battleship for a few hours? And a really big fog machine?”. Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi, performing the closing song of the film Otoko-tachi no Yamato.

Modern Romance

Best music video I’ve seen in quite a while. Oddly enough, it isn’t even in Japanese… or Korean…

“Need a clue, take a clue,
 got a clue, leave a clue”