Sakura’s J-Pop Corner – H!P Fights Back

Morning Musume 14.

Morning Musume 14.

H!P is the short name for Hello Project.  They are an agency that manages and produces  the idol groups Juice =Juice and C-Ute but their flagship group is Morning Musume

In the world of J-Pop Idols Hello Project was the main player for many years, in fact you could almost say they invented the concept. Continue reading

Return Of The Drunken Pumpkins

Drunk Pumpkin

Earworms 27 October 2014 – Halloween Special

Photo on 20-10-2014 at 15.56

It’s Halloween on Friday. An unkindness of ravens gathers as ghosts and witches stir in the shadows, while the werewolves are listless, waiting for the full moon. Meanwhile, the spirits in the haunted nursery gaze from the window – what’s that coming over the hill? Is it a monster? Death, the night prowler, stalks the unwary, but DsD’s okay (he’s got gris-gris). The devils and demons aren’t going to bother him! Spook yourselves silly and don’t forget to send more worms slithering to Whooo-oooo—ooo!

Japan – Halloween – bethnoir: One of the things I like about Hallowe’en (there are many) is that I get to hear Japan in the supermarket sometimes, can’t get more on theme than this.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Halloween – ghe: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band do a fine job of keeping traditional jazz alive in New Orleans. Here’s their rendering of “Halloween”.

Slash – Ghost – DsD: Rifftastic from the second scariest top hat in popular culture, and with a guest vocal bonus just for Beth!

The Hekawis – (Return of) The Spook – deanofromoz: Something truly obscure for you this week. In January 1998, I went to what was supposedly the Hoodoo Gurus last ever live show (they have since reformed and currently tour). I would still rate it as one of the best gigs I have ever seen. Anyway, the support band before the support band was The Hekawis. I had never heard of them before, or since, this gig, but they did a nice little set, and handed out free copies of their CD to the early arrivers like myself. I play it every now and then because it’s a great listen, and includes an organ driven cover of “Sweet Soul Music”. They obviously never made it anywhere (to my knowledge), but they have a great sound. On this track, a short and largely instrumental track, they channel 60’s surf music, layered with some spooky sounds to fit this week’s theme. Hope you enjoy, and if anyone knows anything else about this band, please let me know.

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I was just poking around in my Mac search mode [spotlight], when I suddenly came across an item labeled ‘Spill Jazz’. It was dated April 2009 and I had no idea that it even existed, it was an extensive series of Spill comments relating to a post concerning Jazz versus ‘Free Jazz’. We never seem to have arguments or dialogues like that any more, it took me half the morning to read ‘em all. I guess the reason I saved it was because I was one of the principal participants, the others being Abahachi, Chris, Ejay and Nilpferd, though many others chipped in. As part of my participation I included a playlist of the sort of jazz I enjoy, it still sounds great so as a nod to Albahooky’s ‘Absolute Beginners’ post last week I’ll include here. The cuts are: Continue reading