Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Update - Sep 2014

Hello all,
Just a quick update; unfortunately I haven't been able to do much on this blog recently as I've been pretty busy with other stuff. I did find the time to watch an anime, and some Japanese films, and I'm currently in the middle of writing a review to post here, but I just haven't really had the time.

I've also purchased a few anime figures, ready for reviewing at some point soon. I just need to set aside some time to photograph them first.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with MV version 1 of T-ARA's latest; "SUGAR FREE", which I've been listening to quite a bit this week. I can't get it out of my head!

Please check back here again, as I haven't abandoned this blog! I'll definitely post something soon.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

the brilliant green - The Swingin' Sixties

When it was announced that the brilliant green would be releasing a new album called "The Swingin' Sixties", I was, for a short while, quite excited. That was until I found out it was a self-cover 'best of' album. While I always look forward to any release by the brilliant green, as they are one of my favourite bands, the thought of them releasing the same songs again just didn't really do it for me, especially seeing as they had released a best of album already. I just wanted a new album full of new songs! Of course, I pre-ordered the CD anyway, as I generally buy everything they record.

I got mine from cdjapan for 3000yen (affiliate links below):

The Swingin' Sixties / the brilliant green 
the brilliant green

It was released on 23 July, and my copy of the album arrived through the post seven days later.

It's been described as songs inspired by British sixties pop, and features eleven songs, ten of which are re-recorded versions of some the band’s older songs. The eleventh track is a new song called "A Little World".

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Super Sonico Figure Space Police Ver. by Taito

Back in March this year, I reviewed the Super Sonico Snack Time Special Figure by FuRyu. Five months earlier, towards the end of October, I purchased this Super Sonico Figure Space Police Ver. by Taito. I believe the figure was released a week or two before this. So it's taken about nine months for me to get around to reviewing this! Hmm, I've a few more figures that I bought last year too... Need to get them photographed and reviewed!

Anyway, here are some shots of the box and what's inside:

As you can see, as with most of these types of figures, it doesn't take a genius to work out how to assemble it, with just the base and two arms to slot into the main figure.

The Figure

Excluding the base, the figure stands at 204mm tall (approximately 8"). It's prize figure, so I managed to get this for a fairly low price.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

SISTAR - Touch My Body

SISTAR have released a new mini album, "Touch N Move", their first in fourteen months. Their comeback features a brand spanking new music video for track two "Touch My Body". It's a catchy summer song, and the brilliantly coloured video features all the usual summery stuff; surf boards, swimming pool, fake palm trees, etc. There's even an Elvis lookalike saxophonist!

To me, the song kinda reminds me of their summer song from 2012, "Loving U", but ever-so-slightly more upbeat.

Check out the video below:

Here's the tracklist for the mini album:

01. Wow
02. Touch my body
03. 나쁜손 (feat. 버벌진트)
04. But I Love U
05. OK GO!
06. Sunshine

Are you a fan of the new video? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Photo credit: Official SISTAR Facebook page

Sunday, 13 July 2014

One Year On

Yesterday (12 July) AZNPopCulture turned one year old. So I'd just like to say a big thanks to everyone who has visited and read any of the content here. Big thanks to all who have commented on anything and shared on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

This week also saw the highest number of page views I've ever had, with the majority of visitors viewing the VAMPS live at Download Festival page, and also the recent BABYMETAL London Forum gig review. I hadn't realised how popular VAMPS were, but that post is now the most viewed page so far, with the BABYMETAL post being the third most viewed in just a few days! So thanks to everyone who has read them and shared them.

Incidentally, yesterday was also a birthday for Crayon Pop twin sisters ChoA and Way. So happy birthday to them!

Anyway, please do continue to come back; I really do appreciate it. Please comment on anything you find interesting; it's always interesting to hear others' opinions, and any ideas or suggestions you might have are welcome, so if you do have any, please message me using the contact page.

Thanks again!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

BABYMETAL, World Tour 2014, Live At The Forum, London, UK

BABYMETAL were in the UK this past weekend, as part of their first world tour, with a short set at Sonisphere festival on the Saturday, followed by their own show on Monday 7th July at The Forum in London.

The concert was originally scheduled to take place at The Electric Ballroom, and I was lucky enough to purchase a ticket before they sold out the same day they went on sale! Then, due to the high demand, it was decided that the concert would be moved to The Forum, which is more than double The Electric Ballroom's 1100 capacity. So, luckily for some of those who missed out on the initial run of tickets, another 1250 or so extra became available.

Early afternoon on the day of the gig, I met with a friend, who had had a job interview in the vicinity of the venue. He told me that he had already seen people queuing up for The Forum at around midday! I've read elsewhere, that some fans had even started queuing at 6am! By the time my friends and I got to The Forum, the queue was already snaking around several blocks, and took a while for us to reach the end of it to begin our wait to get in. Someone uploaded a video on YouTube of the queue; check it out below!

By the time we entered the building, it was already heaving with BABYMETAL fans of all ages, from young teenagers to middle aged men. We got ourselves a drink each, and then I decided to purchase two BABYMETAL t-shirts. We then made our way as far forward as we could, in order to get a decent view of the show.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Vamps, Live at Download Festival 2014

This year's Download Festival saw HYDE and his band VAMPS take to the Pepsi MAX stage. I'd never heard any of VAMPS' music, though I was aware of, and had heard previous material from HYDE when he was in the band L'Arc~en~Ciel, and also his more recent HALLOWEEN JUNKY ORCHESTRA project.

I made my way to the Pepsi MAX tent quite early in anticipation of their upcoming set, as I'd heard good things about VAMPS. The tent quickly filled up, and some of the band and techs took to the stage to sound check. For some reason, this took longer than usual, and HYDE didn't emerge until a while after the band were scheduled to come on. So unfortunately, because of this, their set was cut short as they only had a certain amount of time to perform. They did however get to perform a number of songs; it just didn't last as long as expected.

I didn't really know what to expect, but after the performance, I realised I was expecting the music to be a lot heavier. Instead, it was fairly upbeat and almost pop, in my opinion. Not normally my type of music, but I still enjoyed it a fair bit, and at some point some women's underwear got thrown at HYDE. I seem to remember him holding them close to his face, possibly sniffing them? I'm not quite sure really. Later someone also threw a bra on stage, which HYDE held in his mouth as he played the guitar.

All in all, I enjoyed the show. They performed with energy and enthusiasm, with HYDE moving all around the stage, waving his skull and crossbones flag. I guess I was quite surprised really, as I was expecting a much darker sound and image, but for the short while that VAMPS played, I was quite entertained. Worth checking out!