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Neo Kei – 6 June 2012

Hi Minna!

Firstly big apologies for publishing last week’s post with a lot of loose hyperlinks. In my commitment to keep the blog updated regularly I set a publishing timer, but didn’t finish formating before the deadline. In future I’ll make sure all the news and info is up-to-date before sending it out into the big wide world. And then once I took out the publishing deadline, I managed to skip a whole week! I will be more diligent with the posting in future.

Now onto the double-dose of latest news. It’s great that there’s so many artists not just celebrating their anniversaries in special ways, but also are open to their fan’s opinions and act on their voting. Plus check out an unsual cover coming soon. Enjoy!

Artist News

  • After the news about their single on Neo Kei XBOOM BOOM SATELLITES will be collaborating with video sharing website Nico Nico Douga for upcoming single BROKEN MIRROR for a remix contest. Fans can use track parts from the release and submit their remix via Nico Nico Douga: Zero, and in early August the group will choose the winning track that will feature on their upcoming remix album  due in September. Exciting stuff!
  • Kanjani8- have announced their plans to celebrate their eight year anniversary, with the Fan Gratitude CD Special Free Event at their hometown Osaka on 08/08/2012, and their fan festival 8 Festival ~Bokuramo 8cchai, 8cchake Matsuri in August.
  • Kyary PamyuPamyu has reached Number 1 in the ORICON Daily Charts, American, French and Belgium Electronic iTunes charts with her first album PamyuPmayu Revolution. She has also been featured in Jigoku no Misawa’s manga Kakko-Kawaii Sengen.
  • After their last world tour date on 31/05/2012 in Honolulu, the day was established as L’Arc~en~Ciel Day in the city. They are the third Japanese act to have a day established for them, after TUBE and Arashi. Also L’Arc~en~Ciel are letting their fans vote for which countries they visit on their next world tour. Voting started on 01/06/2012, check it out and vote for your country, or the UK!
  • On 25/05/2012 Moritaka Chisato announced a number of activities for her twenty-fifth anniversary. First she has her YouTube project 200 Songs Self Cover Project with archive and new videos, including cover videos of all the songs released between 1987 and 1999. Her singles are available digitally for a limited time in Chaku-Uta form through Recochoku. And finally her single collection album The Singles is out on 08/08/2012.
  • For MUCC-Day (MUCC‘s 15th anniversary live) on 09/06/2012, the band are looking for 69 reporters to cover the event and share on their personal blogs.
  • Acapella group RAG FAIR will make their December 2012.
  • Morning Musume‘s manager has announced a new project, an all-girl rock band for member Reina Tanaka.
  • Tokyo Jihen have launched a special website. It includes video clips, photos and liner notes, so check it out.

Release News

  • Singer/songwriter aiko is making her first release in two years with her tenth album Toki no silhouette on 20/06/2012.
  • An Cafe will be releasing their first mini-album in two and a half years on 08/08/2012. No title yet, but I am really looking forward to it, I might just pre-order.
  • After providing for the first game, Ayumi Hamasaki will be providing the theme song for the video game Tales of Xillia 2.
  • BONNIE PINK has a double release planned, with her single Machi no Namae due on 04/07/2012, followed by her twelfth album Chasing Hope on 25/07/2012.
  • A number of rock and visual kei artists such as MERRY, MUCC and Acid Black Cherry have covered BUCK-TICK tracks for their tribute album PARADE II–RESPECTIVE TRACKS OF BUCK-TICK, out on 04/07/2012.
  • Hip-hop group Caramel Peppers‘ third mini album LOVE LOVE LOVE SONGS 3 is out on 18/07/2012.
  • D=OUT will release their mini-album high collar on 15/08/2012 in three editions.
  • Denpagumi.inc will release their single Kirakira Tune / Sabotage on 18/07/2012. An idol group covering this Beastie Boys track?
    This I must hear.
  • The latest album from the GazettE will be DIVISION, out on 29/08/2012.
  • KAT-TUN‘s latest single will be TO THE LIMIT on 27/06/2012.
  • L’Arc~en~Ciel will release their best-of live DVD LIVE TWENTY and tribute album L’Arc~en~Ciel Tribute, both on 13/06/2012.
  • lynch. will make their major debut with the album INFERIORITY COMPLEX, out on 27/06/2012.
  • Another major debut is planned for Vision Factory performer Miura Ryosuke with the single Natsu dayo HONEY!! on 11/07/2012.
  • Moi dix Mois are releasing Reprise on 11/07/2012 for their tenth anniversary. It features new versions of songs voted for by their fans.
  • MUCC released two singles, ARCADIA FEATURING DAISHI DANCE and NIRVANA , digitally on 25/05/2012.
  • Female rockers Negoto will release their single Lightdentity / Re:myend! on 08/08/2012. Both tracks will be used as theme songs, Lightdentity will be in the CM for a nurse recruitment website and Re:myend! will be in the anime movie  After School Midnighters, out on 25/08/2012.
  • If there aren’t enough AKB48 sub groups, new unit NO NAME will make their debut with their single Kibou ni Tsuite on 01/08/2012.
  • Sadie have releases due, first their DVD with all their thirteen PVs since forming, CLIPS-13 is available from 11/07/2012 . Then the single METEOR will follow on 25/07/2012.
  • Morecover album news, V-ANIME ROCKS!, due on 01/08/2012, features some of the most current visual kei artists with themes from classic anime such as DRAGON BALL Z, Sailor Moon, Neon Genesis Evangelion and YuYu Hakusho. I know not everyone who enjoys Japanese music enjoys anime, but I imagine a lot of people were introduced to the music like me through anime. I’d love to play some of these tracks at a Neo Kei event.
  • On 27/06/2012 ViViD will release their album INFINITY.

Live News

  • Her first dome tour in fifteen years, Amuro Namie will be embarking on namie amuro 5dai Dome TOUR 2012 ~20th Anniversary Best~ in November and December. Twenty of the set list songs will be voted for by the fans through the twentieth anniversary website.
  • Angelo will host their first featured event Angelo Presents – THE INTERSECTION OF DOGMA on 17/08/2012 at SHIBUYA-AX and will also include girugamesh, lynch., MERRY and Sadie with a live-battle. Fighto!
  • On 10/06/2012 BUCK-TICK will host their at the NIGHT SIDE 2012 performance at Hibiya Open Air Concert Hall and it will be available live online on NicoNico NamaHousou.
  • DJ Kentaro will appear at London’s XOYO on 14/07/2012 as part of his European tour.
  • GLAY have revealed they will release their live DVD s just revealed that they will be releasing a new live DVD on July 25th, GLAY HIGHCOMMUNICATIONS TOUR 2011-2012 ‘RED MOON&SILVER SUN’ at Nippon Budoukan exclusively through their mail-order website G-DIRECT from 25/07/2012
  • Between December and January, LUNA SEA will be touring with their one-man live LUNA SEA LIVE 2012-2013 The End of the Dream.They will be at Osaka-jo Hall and Nippon Budokan for the first time in twelve years.
  • Perfume will release their live DVD Perfume 3rd Tour ‘JPN on 01/08/2012, featuring footage from the second day in their hometown.
  • the GazettE, ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION and Perfume have been added to the line up for The RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL in Hokkaido.

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Neo Kei – 23 May 2012

Artist News

  • Ayabie’s vocalist Aoi has his new solo project 168 -one sixty eight.
  • In time for their single release Lady Luck / Dilly Dally on 13/06/2012, K-Pop group AFTERSCHOOL will hose their own Japanese radio program, starting on 26/05/2012. AFTERSCHOOL PLAYGIRLZ RADIO is a 90 minute show including songs from the latest album and discussions such as about their troubles in Japan. If you want to share your thoughts on Korean artists in Japan then let me know in the poll.
  • Although there’s no new details about Amuro Namie‘s latest album on 27/06/2012 , but it has been announced it will also be released as a PLAYBUTTON, a new tin badge sized media/music player with pre-recorded content.
  • Anna Tsuchiya will be appearing on the track no options! on INORAN‘s new album Dive youth, Sonik dive.
  • ART-SCHOOL have changed labels to Ki/oon Music and have a new album planned for the summer.
  • The memorial service for Dragon Ash bassist IKUZONE at SHIBUYA-AX on 06/06/2012.
  • King Records has started a new record labelSukuIku for releases aimed at kindergarten children, parents and teachers.
  • As two members of MORNING MUSUME. graduated on 18/05/2012, it was announced that auditions for the 11th generation would be held for new members, with particular focus on real beauties.
  • Although NightingeiL will disband on 03/06/2012, vocalist Kon will start his new project CELL.
  • rhythmic will disband on 31/05/2012 and will continue in the industry as individuals.
  • Jokes were made on 19/05/2012 when SID posed together with Sadako at the Sadako 3D stage greeting and the director suggested that she tours with the band. They have recorded the film’s theme song S.

Releases News

  • amazarashi has their new album love song out on 13/06/2012.
  • Creature Creature have announced details on their next set of musical releases. The fifth single Rakuen e / Ataraxia is out on 20/06/2012, followed by Kurumeki / Sexus on 08/08/2012, with their third album in October.
  • Fukuhara Miho is releasing her third original album The Best of Soul Extreme, including collaborations with Miura Daichi, AI and AKIKO WADA, on 13/06/2012.
  • GALNERYUS have their new single HUNTING FOR YOUR DREAM out on 18/07/2012.
  • girugamesh will be releasing their new single Zecchou BANG!! with producer TAKUYA on 04/07/2012. Be warned, it’s only available for a limited time and all sales will be stopped on 31/12/2012.
  • Ex punk Midori member Goto Mariko will release her pop debut album 299792458 (read as Goto Mariko) on 25/07/2012.
  • Seiyuu Horie Yui will release the single Natsu no Yakusoku on 25/07/2012. I still hold a soft spot for her as she was the lead character in the first anime I ever watched, Fruits Basket.
  • Enka singer Jero has his fifth cover album, appropriately titled Covers 5, available on 04/07/2012, with new versions of period drama songs. He certainly doesn’t look like the traditional enka image, yea for breaking stereotypes!

  • The theme for the NHK’s kid’s music program Minna no uta will be Kalafina‘s latest single moonfesta, out on 18/07/2012.
  • KAT-TUN‘s next single will be TO THE LIMIT on J27/06/2012.
  • Mizuki Nana has her single TIME SPACE EP due out on 06/06/2012. This will be followed by an untitled single on 01/08/2012 that will be the theme for the anime film Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 2nd A’s.
  • Morning Musume will be One Two Three / The Matenrou Show on 04/07/2012.
  • MUCC are celebrating their 15 th anniversary by releasing the album Aishuu no antique, featuring re-recorded tracks from their oldest two old albums on their anniversary, 09/06/2012.
  • Idol group PASSPO have their fourth single Next Flight available from 13/06/2012.
  • The tribute album PUFFY COVERS will be released on 07/07/2012, featuring new versions of PUFFY tracks from artists such as Fujifabric, Guitar Wolf and the pillows.
  • Gothic siblings Rose Noire will release their second mini album, Neo Renaissance -1st movement-, on 25/07/2012.
  • The sixth single from UNISON SQUARE GARDEN will be Ryuusei no Squall on 25/07/2012.

Live News

  • More Namie Amuro news now. Artists who will be performing at her 20th anniversary live on 16/09/2012 include VERBAL (m-flo), AI, ZEEBRA, Mummy-D (RHYMESTER), Kaname Kawabata, and Anna Tsuchiya.
  • As reported earlier, DIR EN GREY will share their UROBOROS via USTREAM, and now the times have been announced. In the London time zones the screenings here will be at 06:00, 14:00 and 22:00 on 27/05/2012 (there will be charges involved).
  • As GLAY release their 45th single Bible today (23/05/2012), they have announced they will have 2 lives, Super Welcome Party and Big Surprise Party at Osaka. In partnership with the sweet brand Glico, they will have their band logo changed to match Glico’s signature font.
  • Nightmare will be joining forces with baroque and hosting three joint performances at the end of July.
  • The final Discover Japan Tour date will be available on DVD from TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA on 04/07/2012, entitled Discover Japan Tour ~LIVE IN HACHIOJI 2011.12.27~.

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Neo Kei Update

Hi everyone,

I know it’s too soon for a news blog, but I wanted to share a few things about Neo Kei.

First thing I wanted to try is the new WordPress phone app I finally downloaded. Now I can make new posts on the go, which links into my second news.

After talking with lots of people yesterday during Liverpool’s Light Night and generally being inspired by it all, I want to blog more than Japanese news. But I’m not very confident about sharing my opinions. So I’ll start small and simple with 11 sentence reviews of artists or their releases.

And finally again being in the city so much this weekend, I want to start the Neo Kei nights as a regular event. I’ve got an venue in mind that will let me start small and simple. I keep on stalling on the idea, thinking that if I plan enough it will become big and popular. But that won’t happen unless there’s something started. As soon as I have news I will let you know.

That’s all for today, watch out for the latest installment of Japanese music news.

 

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Neo Kei – 16 May 2012

Ohayo minai, o-genki deska?

That’s as much Japanese as I’ll attempt. I hope no-one’s fainted at the fact that there’s been 3 regular posts! I’m finding it much easier to research and create a regular post, so I’m happy I can keep people up to date with the latest j-music news.

Thanks very much for the comments this week, it’s brilliant to know that people are reading this and enjoying it rather than me typing to the general cosmos of the internet. Please let me know if there’s a particular section you like, or a favourite artist or genre that you’d like to be mentioned more often.

This week there’s naturally lot of release news (always a good thing), lots of info about the GazettE and some interesting news items courtesy of T.M.Revolution and AAA. Also there’s news about future lives, summer festivals or anniversary lives (I think it’s great there’s lots of artists being able to celebrate their longevity in the music industry).

In my latest attempt to tame Word Press, let’s use the Polls. I’ve been wondering about this for a while, so here’s the first question *ah they have a Manga style, ace!* ;

Artist News

  • Rumours were circulating around AAA when a countdown clock appeared on their website with a grey figure alongside the 7 members (see below). When the countdown reached zero at 12:00 on 16/05/2012 (JST), it launched the TRIPLE7 Campaign to celebrate 7 years since their debut. Fans have to collect codes from their next three singles, starting with Still Love You on 16/05/2012 to potentially win one of seven different prizes, the top prize is joining AAA’s activities as the 8th member for a limited time.
  • Teruya, the guitarist for BeepSpree has left the group.
  • More than just concert and music news, T.M.Revolution announced a series of releases at his consecutives lives. T.M.R. LIVE REVOLUTION ’12 -15th Anniversary FINAL- at Tokyo National Stadium First Gymnasium 12/05/2012 and 13/05/2012 was to celebrate his 16th anniversary since his debut. First on 12/09/2012 the live album T.M.R. LIVE REVOLUTION 11-12 -CLOUD NINE-, followed by the live DVD T.M.R. LIVE REVOLUTION 12 -15th Anniversary FINAL- on 19/09/2012, and finally on 26/09/2012 the cover album UNDER:COVER 2 is out. Goodie goodie!
  • Again with the double dose of news, Sambomaster will release their first album since moving to Victor Entertainment Inc,  Rock’n’roll is not dead, on 11/07/2012. Also they will be on tour nationwide through September In addition, they also announced that they will holding a nationwide in September, having just completed the final live on 12/05/2012 for the Sobaya no Oyaji ni Kikimasita! 『Sambomaster no Shinkyoku Mada Desuka?』『Sakki Deta Tokorodesu』Tour 2012 nationwide tour.‘Rock’n’roll is not dead’ is their first album after they transferred labels from Sony Music Records Inc. to ‘Getting Better‘ of Victor Entertainment, Inc..
  • Vallquar will go on hiatus on 17/08/2012. No reason has been given yet.

Music News

  • 0801ni209XX6! (the group formally known as 0801ni209336) have a number of releases planned. First the single http://www.kareshiboshuuchuu.jp is out on 04/07/2012, folowed by the mini albums
  • shinjitsu wa orange to salt de dekiteiru and uso wa ringo to sugar de dekiteiru on 22/08/2012. They are all limited to a thousand copies each. Certainly an interesting name. Does it have any significance when translated into Japanese? I’d love to know.
  • The first new mini album is titled “The 39th single from Arashi will be Your Eyes, available from 06/06/2012.
  • Although currently untitledArt Cube will release their mini album in July since their move to the Red Style Creation label.
  • Chatmonchy have had their latest single, Kira Kira Hikare, produced by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION member Goto Masafumi. It’s out on 04/07/2012.
  • Hello Project groups °C-ute and Berryz Koubou will collaborate for a second time for the single Cho HAPPY SONG on 20/06/2012.
  • Crystal Kay will be making her first release since joining Universal Music Japan. VIVID is out on 27/06/2012 and has been produced with other international and domestic artists, much like Namie Amuro’s Checkmate album. She will also be a guest star on FAR EAST MOVEMENT’s track Where the wild things are.
  • Reggae artist HIBIKILLA has his song The Goal available free to download via his website.
  • Kanjani 8 will release their single Ai Deshita, the theme for the TBC drama Papadol ! on 13/06/2012.
  • Double threat (singer and actor) Naohito Fujiki is celebrating his 40th birthday with a mini-album, Forty (卌) (surprise surprise) on 04/07/2012.
  • The strongest of the AKB-48 sub units, Not yet will release their fourth single Suika BABY on 30/05/2012, the same day as fellow sub-unit Watarirouka Hashiritai 7’s release Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke!.
  • After changes in their line-up, visual kei group Solaris.★ will release their first mini album ContRast ryuuseigun on 18/07/2012.
  • Superfly and Tortoise Matsumoto have dueted on the song STARS, which will be theme for Fuji TV’s broadcast of the London Olympics. The single will be released on 25/07/2012.
  • the GazettE have confirmed the release date for their album DIVISION will be 29/08/2012.
  • After the sad loss of their bassist TAIJI, TSP are releasing a new mini-album entitled  MAD CLUSTER!! on 06/06/2012.
  • Vanilla Beans will release their new single Non-section on 04/07/2012.
  • (Although I would call them a pop band) Hip-hop band w-inds. will release MOVE LIKE THIS, THEIR NINTH ALBUM, ON 04/07/2012.

Live News

  • a-nation will be holding two summer events, with a new project to celebrate their 11th anniversary. stadium fes will be at Nagai Stadium in Osaka on 18 and 19/08/2012 and Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo on 25 and 26/08/2012 (further details to follow). The news this week is about their new event music week at Shibuya and Yoyogi first gymnasiums in Tokyo from 03/08/2012 to 12/08/2012. There’ll be decorations and fashion/food/amusement collaborations at Shibuya, described as the “trendsetting area in Japan”.  But the artists are incredible, any major current artist you can think will be there. Announced so far include VERBAL, m-flo, the GazettE, AAA, Miura Daichi, AKB48, girl next door, SUPER☆GiRLS, SKE48, VAMPS and more. If there was ever a time I would visit Japan, this would be it!
  • Ai Otsuka is making hr comeback with a nation tour in September. Ai Otsuka LOVE IS BORN ~9th Anniversary 2012~ will be making stops in Tokyo, Kobe and Nagoya.
  • Due to high demand from fans worldwide, DIR EN GREY will be broadcasting Movie DIR EN GREY -UROBOROS- via USTREAM. The movie is taken from Nippon Budokan lives on 09/01/2012 and 10/01/2012.  Further details about the broadcast date and time will be made on 21/05/2012. They also have two live releases on DVD and Blu-ray, with TOUR2011 AGE QUOD AGIS Vol.1 [Europe & Japan] on 20/06/2012 and TOUR2011 AGE QUOD AGIS Vol.1 [U.S. & Japan] on 18/07/2012.
  • Rockers Girugamesh will be going on their have Sadistic Year 2012 national tour, starting 07/07/2012 in Chiba.
  • NICO Touches the Walls will hold a free live at Yoyogi Park Outdoor Stage on 16/05/2012 on the release day of their single Natsu no Daisankakkei.
  • Otsuka Ai will be hosting her one-man live Otsuka Ai LOVE IS BORN ~9th Anniversary 2012~ in September to celebrate the anniversary of the debut (made on 10/09/2003) and her 30th birthday (on 09/09/2012).
  • L’Arc~en~Ciel member TETSUYA will host a live at Shibuya Kokaido on 2 and 3/10/2012, entitled TETSUYA LIVE 2012 ‘THANK YOU.
  • the GazettE and VAMPS are both appearing at KISHIDAN BANPAKU 2012 on 16 and 17/09/2012.
  • UNLIMITS will be hosting their first acoustic live at Shimokitazawa SHELTER on 20/05/2012, and will be free for the first hundred people to purchase their single Cascade on 16/05/2012.

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Neo Kei – 9 May 2012

Hi everyone, how you doing?

A lot of news this week relates to new releases. But I’m making the committment to weekly news updates, so it’d be better to get the latest news in small bites than have more news stories that are weeks ago. It seems to be all about the visual kei bands this week with lots of single, mini-album and full album news. But everyone can also be happy about more US and European releases, less importing required! As always it’d be great to hear your feedback.

Artist News

  • On 07/05/2012 it was announced that idol group Nogizaka46 will be the first ’sightseeing envoy’ of Oita City, joining AKB48’s Sashihara Rino in promoting the city.
  • Sowelu will be going on hiatus after her latest album 29 Tonight is released on 30/05/2012.

Concert News

  • Girl unit 9nine hosted their first hall one-man live at Nippon Seinenkan on 06/05/2012. As well as singing they also completed their first live band performance. Miura Daichi also held a first, his first live at Nippon Budoukan on 03/05/2012.
  • Seiyuu Miyano Mamoru (acted in Death Note and Mobile Suit Gundam oo) hosted a special live called ‘MAMORU MIYANO SPECIAL LIVE 2012 ~FIGHTING!~‘ at Pacifico Yokohama on 06/05/2012. The concert will be released on DVD and Blu-ray along with his summer tour from last year on 22/08/2012.
  • On 07/05/2012 YUKI celebrated her 10th anniversary with a live at Tokyo Dome. YUKI LIVE ‘SOUNDS OF TEN’ was her first solo concert at the Dome. Also celebrating a 10 year anniversary was Nakagawa Shoko, who held her  10gen Toppa! SHOKO NAKAGAWA LV UP LIVE Cho☆Yaonsai live for her birthday on 05/05/2012.

Music News

  • Visual kei group ALSDEAD will release their FLASH BACK single on 11/07/2012.
  • BONNIE PINK is making her single Machi no Namae available on 04/07/2012. The track was produced by by her current tour bandleader Suzuki Masato from LITTLE CREATURES.
  • Punk-rockers CLEAVE‘s mini-album The Circele EP is getting it’s European release on 16/06/2012 through Street Machine Records and the exclusive track In Our Times.
  • Post-hardcore group coldrain will release mini-album Through Clarity on 04/07/2012, which features the track No Escape that featured in the video game BIOHAZARD Operation Raccoon City.
  • Even before their single Dying Message on 30/05/2012, D have another single Danzai no gunner in 3 different versions out on 18/07/2012.
  • flumpool will release their single Because… I am, on 04/07/2012. This is also the name of their national tour which started on 31/03/2012.
  • May’n is getting US iTune releases of her albums HEAT, If you… and her single Chase the World on 16/05/2012.
  • Too old to be called a boy band really, pop man collective EXILE will release a new single on June 20th.
  • Visual kei band Mix Speaker’s,Inc. have their mini-album SEAPARADISE no Hiho due on 23/05/2012, with an untitled single in September and full album in November. Clearly for them Halloween is for life, not just October.
  • Momoiro Clover Z announced on 05/05/2012 (on Children’s Day) that their track MiteMite☆KoCchiCchi will be the ending theme for anime Pokémon: Best Wishes! and movie Meloetta no kirakira recital(Meloetta’s Sparkling Recital). Pika Pika!
  • Sakamoto Maaya will release the theme song More Than Words for anime film Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito on 25/07/2012. She worked with the same writer and arranger who composed her debut single.
  • Girl-punk-rockers Shonen Knife‘s new album Pop Tune is out on 06/06/2012, with a North American release through labl Good Charamel Records and European release through damnably.
  • Rock group STRAIGHTENER have announced details about their acoustic album. The tracks will be new arrangements of 14 previously released songs and 2 new songs, although no release date yet.
  • More visual kei news, THE SOUND BEE HD have their mini-album SOU available from 11/07/2012, which apparently is a return to their origins.
  • Visual kei-ers vistlip have their new single, simply called B, out on 04/07/2012, with the B-side PERFECT CRIME.
  • ViViD have completed their first full-album, due on 27/06/2012, which will include the latest single REAL out on 16/05/2012.

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Neo Kei – 2 May 2012

Artist News

  • I shared this on my Facebook page, but An Cafe have reformed and will be touring Europe at the end of the year. They start in Russia on 03/11/2012 and coming to London on 07/11/2012. An Cafe was one of my early introductions to Japanese music, so I hope I can find a live buddy to go with!
  • Dolly will go on hiatus at the end of this year to work on their solo careers.
  • Dragon Ash bassist Ikuzo “IKÜZÖNE” Baba passed away on 21/04/2012.
  • LAZYgunsBRISKY will disband after their final live at Shimokitazawa GARDEN in Tokyo on 12/05/2012.

Music News

  • There will be a third volume of CRUSH! V-Rock cover albums covering tracks from 90’s visual kei artists. CRUSH!3-90’s V-Rock best hit cover LOVE songs- is available from 27/06/2012. Amongst many brilliant tracks/artists, I love the thought of Inugami Circus-dan covering X JAPAN‘s Rusty Nail, and the session band including members from Guild, -OZ- and D. They’d be great tracks to play in a Neo Kei DJ set.
  • BOOM BOOM SATELLITES will be releasing BROKEN MIRROR, the theme song for Mobile Suits Gundam UC episode 5,  on 06/06/2012.
  • BUCK-TICK have another tribute album due for release, this time fo their 25th anniversary. PARADE II -RESPECTIVE TRACKS OF BUCK -TICK is available from 04/07/2012 and will feature artists such as Acid Black Cherry, MUCC and MERRY.
  • New wave group The Flickers will release their second mini-album WAVEMENT on 09/05/2012. Japanese New Wave? I like the sound of that!
  • Golden Bomber will release their best of album The Golden Best internationally on 18/06/2012.
  • LUNA SEA’s guitarist INORAN has his new album Dive youth, Sonik dive out on 27/06/2012.
  • LM.C‘s newest album STRONG POP will be released in Europe on 04/05/2012.
  • MIYAVI will release his new single on 11/07/2012. It’s tentative title is SAMURAI SESSION WORLD SERIES vol.2 – MIYAVI vs YUKSEK “DAY ONE” .
  • Having toured the UK last year, jazz group mouse on the keys will release an unnamed mini-album on 18/07/2012.
  • Amuro Namie has a new untitled album due on 27/06/2012.
  • Johnny’s Entertainment band NEWS let their fans vote on the tracklisting for their best-of album, which closed on 30/04/2012. Further details about album title or release yet.
  • Another anniversary now, as part of Plastic Tree‘s fifteenth anniversary they will release the single Kuchizuke will be out on 20/06/2012.
  • Even with the news about Raphael’s revival, ex-members Yuki and Kazuhiro will release their new single Acacia under their duo name rice on 06/06/2012.
  • The latest single from SCANDAL has been produced by ORANGE RANGE’s NAOTO.  Taiyou Scandalous” is available from 11/07/2012.
  • On 02/05/2012, SiM released their newest mini-album LiFE and DEATH. The special edition CD features artwork from manga artist Kaneko Atsushi.
  • The first album from ViViD will be released on 27/06/2012. No news on the title yet, but it will feature all the singles since their major debut.

 Live News

  • Jazz singer Jazz singer JUJU performed on MTV Unplugged in New York’s Time Square, the first Japanese woman to have the honour (Ken Hirai was the first singer).


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Neo Kei – 8 Apr 2012

Artist News

  • Potentially an April Fool on 01/04/2012 but happily not, AN CAFE will resume actitives this summer with a new release and a 2-day performance at Yoyogi National Stadium in September. This band was one of my first introductions to Japanese music, so I’m very happy they’re back together.
  • Front man of BLOOD Hayato will be leaving the band for new opportunities.
  • On 08/04/2012, the duo CHEMISTRY disbanded to focus on solo activities.
  • Record label Dear Dolce will close on 05/06/2012, affecting the future of many bands.
  • Golden Bomber members have been incorporated into the Square Enix online game TorisetsuIXA. By completing quests players can view videos from the band as rewards.
  • Ikimonogakari will be arranging the theme song for NHK’s broadcasting of the London Olympics.
  • NightingeiL will disband after their final performance at Harajuku ASTRO HALL on 03/06/2012.
  • On 07/04/2012 and 08/04/2012 Perfume had a promotional music box at Shibuya 109 playing their new single Spring of Life. The 4 metre box had 40 earphone plugs to listen to the song, with 3 of those having special messages from the band members.
  • After previously being hospitalised, Plastic Tree’s drummer Sato Kenken has been discharged and will perform with the band at Nippon Budokan on 14/04/2012.
  • After the rumor shared here on Neo Kei on 04/03/2012, it has been confirmed that Raphael will be reuniting. They will host 2 lives on 31/10/2012 and 01/11/2012 to commemorate the death of their guitarist Kazuki.
  • X-JAPAN have been nominated in the “Best International Artist” catergory at GOLDEN GODS AWARD 2012, Americas biggest award for hard rock. This is the first time that a Japanese act has been nominated in this catergory.
  • There are a number of releases due from YUKI on 02/05/2012. First there’s double-A single Play Ball / Sakamichi no melody, the live DVD YUKI tour “MEGAPHONIC” 2011 featuring her Yokohama Arena performance from November, and the PV collection YUKI Video 3.

Music News

  • Even though announced on 01/04/2012, A (エース) will have their album Tales For The Abyss available on 06/06/2012.
  • AA= will be releasing his third album, creatively titled #3 will be released and available for download on 10/04/2012 through GANSHIN.
  • The only other multiple A act I know, AAA will release their yet-to-be-titled single on 09/05/2012.
  • Applicat Spectra made their major debut with their album Spectacle Orchestra on 04/04/2012.
  • Counteraction -V-Rock covered Visual Anime songs Compilation- is visual kei artists covering anime themes. Artists either covered or recorded include GACKT, X JAPAN, Golden Bomber, SID, DaizyStripper and Nightmare. Great stuff.
  • Visual kei band D will release a new single titled Dying message on May 30th.
  • The new single from Dolly will be Niji Iro no Canaria , out on 25/04/2012.
  • EAT YOU ALIVE will release their new single Lily on 25/04/2012.
  • Singer-songwriter Fukuhara Miho will be collaborating with Miura Daichi (I love his track ‘The Answer’) on the single Dream On on 16/05/2012.
  • GLAY will release their single Bible, with B-side Ano hi no shounen and chairty song Thank you for your love on 23/05/2012.
  • Kaya  has a single due on 20/06/2012 called SALOME, based on the Oscar Wilde play of the same name.
  • Kyary PamyuPamyu will have her first album PamyuPamyu Revolution, out on 23/05/2012. She will also make her acting debut as herself on the TV drama Kazoku no Uta.
  • Leda (ex-DELUHI guitarist) has announced plans for his debut solo album due in the autumn, although no title yet.
  •   mihimaru GT will release their latest best-of album THE BEST of mihimaru GT 2 on 30/05/2012.
  • As part of Mr.Children‘s 20th anniversary, they will release 2 best-of albums on 10/05/2012, entitled Mr. Children2001‐2005 [micro] and Mr. Children2005‐2010 [macro]. Before then, they’ll release a triple A-side single of Inori -Namida no Kinou- / End of the day / pieces on 18/04/2012.
  • Sadie have their new mini-album Red Line is available now (released on 04/04/2012).
  • Tokami will release best-of album on 06/06/2012, featuring songs re-recorded and re-mastered versions of songs released pre Starwave Records and tracks only available from their lives.

Concert News

  • As part of their 25th anniversary, BUCK-TICK will be holding their own open-air festival BUCK-TICK FEST 2012 ON PARADE in September.
  • Whilst DIR EN GREY are on hiatus due to injury, they’ll be releasing 2 documentaries in June/July, called TOUR2011 AGE QUOD AGIS Vol.1 (Europe&Japan) and TOUR2011 AGE QUOD AGIS Vol.2 (US&Japan).
  • Already making their Christmas plans, Princess Princess will be hosting lives at the end of the year, including 2 days at Tokyo Dome on 23/12/2012 and 24/12/2012.
  • MISIA performed on 25/03/2012 as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington. http://www.tokyohive.com/2012/04/moriyama-naotaro-sings-sakura-at-ueno-park-surrounded-by-cherry-blossoms/
  • Yesterday (06/04/2012) MIYAVI was the opening act for Lenny Kravitz during his BLACK AND WHITE JAPAN TOUR 2012.
  • On 28/03/2012 SCANDAL hosted SCANDAL JAPAN TITLE MATCH LIVE 2012 -SCANDAL vs BUDOKAN-, their first performance at Nippon Budokan.