Get ready for gladiator sandals, The Perm, and the Satoshi-boogie…

I hope they leave the gladiator sandals at home.

I admit, I’ve entered a sort of state of denial about the lack of orange-highlighted dates on my sidebar calendar.

I like to flatter myself and primp my shameless vanity by assuming that lulls in the activity of Secret Garden are duly noted out there. Although I’m daily shelving a hankering to be on here spewing my snotty opinions about the noxious new releases of Jrock Today, likely setting out on the road to becoming some kind of embittered critic, while squirreling away my secret adoration of the more Kpoppian ventures of girugamesh, I hope to be able to post more regularly again eventually. In the meantime, I will continue to ask for your patience.

I notice that I’m not the only one who has been lagging in their post count lately, though. In fact, most of the blogs I read regularly (you know who you are) seem to be kind of slow these days. I remember those sweet, sweet, broke days of living on a whim and blogging sun-up to sun-down without a care in the world other than being totally cash-strapped. But remember this, kids, make good use of your blissful free time and become magnanimous forerunners of the future before the shackles of the 9-5 routine enslave you and stunt your entrepreneurial developments. What these other slaves to the system tell us is partly true, you get used to it, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t stop being  frustrating. Ah, who am I kidding. The life of rampant hedonism is obviously the one for me. I’ll start a terrible Visual Kei band and do nothing but wine, women, and sleep, all in varying degrees of debauchery.

Now that we have my future sorted out, shall I spend the next thirty minutes of our time (so precious, according to the previous paragraphs) talking about something else equally inane and patronizing while I try and remember what I started this post to talk about? Nah, just kidding, I’m not that depraved yet.

This news apparently popped up over the weekend (proof that the world continues spinning even when I’m out of the loop. How dare they.), and although I admit it’s taking some time to sink in to the remains of my mushy brain, melted to the consistency of chunky 3-day-old applesauce zombifying slowly on the kitchen counter by too little sleep and too much caffeine too many days in a row, I’m pretty pumped to be able to announce this at last.

girugamesh WORLD TOUR Confirmed!!

2011.3.05 Tochka
Moscow, Russia

2011.3.06 GlavClub
St.Petersburg, Russia

2011.3.08 Nosturi
Helsinki, Finland

2011.3.11 Columbia Club
Berlin, Germany

2011.3.12 Diesel
Budapest, Hungary

2011.3.13 Backstage
Munich, Germany

2011.3.15 La Laiterie
Strassbourg, France

2011.3.16 TBA
Paris, France

2011.3.18 O2 Acedemy Islington
London, UK

2011.3.19 Zeche
Bochum, Germany

The band has apparently taken a leaf out of D’espa‘s book and is reaching out to fans for suggestions regarding their, y’know, tracklist for the tour. Hurry–together we can make a stand against having to ruin our current record by accidentally hearing Color live…

All snark sheathed for the time being, this is actually news that, once it fully establishes itself in my gelatin-filled skull, is worth getting psyched over. They are one of the bands that I would really stretch to see…and although Europe is a bit too much of a stretch (especially at risk of showing up to a disco-ball and Satoshi’s shuffle-boogie), ShuU started rumors on their official Facebook that more information (cough dates and locations cough?) is to follow. Holla, US? I think we’re ready for Color.

Not only that, but they have also announced a brand new album. The question I want you to answer, Visualists, is that of whether the album actually still runs a chance of stirring some response by returning to their raucous roots, or striking a new chord by actually going out on the limb of innovation and, god forbid, inspired creativity. This positive anticipation of giru‘s actions (recently so disturbing) is edged, we all know, by the woolen itch of doubt; the fear that it could really be rock-bottom. The maker or breaker. Takers?


Addicts To Get Their Dose of Vamps in ’10

VAMPS, the Hyde (L’arc~En~Ciel) x K.A.Z duo will be taking the world by storm yet again in 2010 after a mightily successful round in ’09. They have already announced a round of Japan dates this summer, and are promising world tour dates sometime in September.

They have many multiples of dates per venue, so I have formatted it in a date/date/date medium.


6.22/6.23 +Niigata LOTS

6.26/6.27 +Kochi BAY 5 SQUARE

6.29/6.30 +Hiroshima CLUB QUATTRO

7.2/7.3/7.5/7.6 +ZEPP TOKYO

7.10/7.11/7.13/7.14/7.16/7.17 +ZEPP SENDAI

7.24/7.25/7.27/7.28 +ZEPP SAPPORO

8.5/8.6/8.8/8.9/8.11/8.12 +ZEPP NAGOYA

8.15/8.16/8.18/8.19 +ZEPP FUKUOKA

8.25/8.26/8.28/8.29/8.31/9.1 +ZEPP OSAKA

9.8/9.9/9.11/9.12/9.14/9.15 +ZEPP TOKYO

Source: Official Website

Japan Goes Krazy with Kra Tour ’10

Kra LIVE TOUR 2010 [Declaration of Blooming Across Japan]~ Official Declaration of Recklessly Blooming

月(Month) – 日(Day)

2月26日(Fri) ShibuyaO-WEST [OPEN/START]18:00/18:30
3月6日(Sat) Saitama/HEAVEN’S ROCK VJ-3 [OPEN/START]16:30/17:00
3月11日(Tue) Shizuoka/ SUNASH [OPEN/START]18:00/18:30
3月13日(Sat) Nagoya Bottom Line/ [OPEN/START]16:30/17:30
3月18日(Tue) Fukuoka /DRUM Be-1 [OPEN/START]18:00/18:30
3月20日(Sat) Umeda AKASO [OPEN/START]16:30/17:30
3月21日(Sun) Kobe/ VARIT. [OPEN/START]16:30/17:00
3月25日(Tue) Sapporo/KRAPS HALL [OPEN/START]18:00/18:30
3月27日(Sat) Sendai CLUB JUNK BOX [OPEN/START]16:30/17:00

Tickets on Sale:1/30/10 (Sat)

野音開きだよ 全員集合!!Part 2

4/3 (Sat) 日比谷野外大音楽堂[OPEN/START]16:30/17:30

Tickets on Sale:3/6 (Sat)

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7th Rose to Bloom on Anniversary Tour

Indie gothic Visual Kei band D has not only bloomed– they have a whole bouquet, and not just in reference to members and releases, but years as well. 2010 will mark the 7th year since the advent of D, and the band will tighten its studded straps further by enchanting fans with a 7th year anniversary tour: 7th Rose.

Petals will unfurl on March 13th, and fans can enjoy the scarlet splendor on a total of 14 confirmed dates throughout Japan.

March 13th, Saturday
HEAVEN’S ROCK Saitama shintishin VJ-3
March 14th, Sunday
HEAVEN’S ROCK Saitama shintishin VJ-3
March 19th, Friday
March 21st, Sunday
March 27th, Saturday
Hamamatsu Madokawa
March 28th Sunday
April 2nd,Friday
Hiroshima Namiki Junction
April 3rd, Saturday
April 4th, Sunday
Kyoto FANJ
April 10th, Saturday
April 11th, Sunday
Kanazawashi AZ
April 22, Thursday
Kumamoto DRUM Be-9
April 23, Friday
Fukuoka DRUM Be-1
April 25, Sunday +FINAL+
Shinagawa Stella Ball
+Japanese Information+

D 7th ANNIVERSARY TOUR「7th Rose」決定!! new

2010年3月13日(土)HEAVEN’S ROCKさいたま新都心VJ-3
OPEN/17:30 START/18:00
(問)キョードー東京 03-3498-9999

2010年3月14日(日)HEAVEN’S ROCKさいたま新都心VJ-3
OPEN/16:30 START/17:00
(問)キョードー東京 03-3498-9999

2010年3月19日(金)仙台CLUB JUNK BOX
OPEN/18:30 START/19:00
(問)G.I.P 022-222-9999

2010年3月21日(日)札幌PENNY LANE24
OPEN/16:30 START/17:00
(問)WESS 011-614-9999

OPEN/17:30 START/18:00
(問)サンデーフォークプロモーション静岡 054-284-9999

2010年3月28日(日)名古屋BOTTOM LINE
OPEN/16:30 START/17:00
(問)サンデーフォークプロモーション 052-320-9100

OPEN/18:30 START/19:00
(問)夢番地 082-249-3571

OPEN/17:30 START/18:00
(問)SOGO大阪 06-6344-3326

OPEN/16:30 START/17:00
(問)SOGO大阪 06-6344-3326

2010年4月10日(土)新潟CLUB JUNK BOX
OPEN/17:30 START/18:00
(問)キョードー北陸 025-245-5100

OPEN/16:30 START/17:00
(問)キョードー北陸 052-245-5100

2010年4月22日(木)熊本DRUM Be-9
OPEN/18:30 START/19:00
(問)BEA 092-712-4221

2010年4月23日(金)福岡DRUM Be-1
OPEN/18:30 START/19:00
(問)BEA 092-712-4221

OPEN/16:30 START/17:30
(問)キョードー東京 03-3498-9999



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+All translation by Gacktpause+