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It’s time to revisit Radwimps and see what kind of interesting music they have been coming up with in 2021. If their website comes up in Kanji, the first thing you can click on that isn’t the homepage will be the languages subfolder where you can set it to English. The first track is their new song Summer Daze, and yes, the first part is sung in English, with Closed Captioning when they switch to Japanese. The song was posted two weeks ago, and is just shy of half a million views at this point. The next song is called Utakata song by Google Translate, was posted 3 weeks ago, and managed to get 1.5M views in that time. For comparison, the final track included this time around is Is There Still Anything That Love Can Do? posted 2 years ago, with over 88M views.

One OK Rock lead singer Taka came out with a few tracks recently you should know about. First was an acoustic version of their recent song Renegades which are the first three videos listed here (acoustic version first, then original version, then a Making Of for the song). For the record, I think Renegades is the most important (or at least Politically Correct) song to come out of Asia in the last year or so. Then there were two duets he did with friends, the first here being the song Curtain Call with Shota Shimizu, the second is the cover of Journey’s song Open Arms with Arnel Pineda. And then, just for a treat, a radio interview with a fellow rocker! You can’t make this stuff up!

The music Hugh Laurie sings and plays is quite tasty, and mostly it is all about Blues and Dixieland. Originally I was hoping to share another few songs, but apparently my previous musical postings from Hugh got eaten when I migrated to the new server, so I just cherry picked a few of my favorites. The first track is Louisiana Blues, the second is Unchain My Heart, the third is Stagger Lee, and the final song of the set is Professor Longhair’s signature tune Tippatina.

POLKADOT STINGRAY’s new song Aoi is the ending theme to the TV Anime Series “Godzilla Singular Point”, was posted last month, and is the first track in tonight’s assortment. I have to admit to being a little confused about why a music video for a song for a Gojira series is so obviously based on the 1987 Wim Wenders’ masterpiece Der Himmel über Berlin (called Wings of Desire for the English version). Or maybe it’s based on the 1998 American remake of that film, City of Angels but either way it was a treat to watch. The 2nd video is the Anime version of the same song, while the third is both live action and anime of their song Kenshin from their 3rd full album. The last video is the acoustic version of their song Pose, or at least as acoustic as something recorded with an electric guitar can be.

All of these tracks were posted by the band in the last 90 days. Like so many of the bands I have listed here since I migrated to the new server, I have lost their blog entries from the last few years, but still retain some older entries you might enjoy checking out.

It looks like 2015 was the last time I posted music from Against The Current which still survives on my blog, so it is obviously time to do it again! This will be in four parts: Their latest hit JUMP will start it off, followed by their previous 2021 hit Weapon! Then my personal favorite Gravity will help hold down the center position, and the duet with Taka on Dreaming Alone will anchor the set; twice! Which probably means I am due to post another Taka/One OK Rock entry here soon.

It has been a while since I posted about ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, so it’s time to look at a few of their recent pieces. The first track is their new song Empathy, posted about a week ago on July 22nd and already pushing the 400K views mark. Since this year marks the bands 25th anniversary, the cross-generational message embedded in this video seems most appropriate. The next track is their classic hit Soranin, the version from THE FIRST TAKE project, posted on July 23rd, and already exceeding 1.5 million views. Not bad for under a week, but then it is a long time fan favorite recorded in a single take, with no do-overs. The third track was posted October of 2020 (nine months ago) and roughly translates as I want to touch I want to confirm, and sits at just over 500K views.

The last post I did for AKFG was in 2019, but like a third of the posts from that year and all but about 6 posts I did for 2020, it evaporated when I tried to migrate the site to the new servers. My best guess is the pandemic lockdown interfered with the hosting services on site backup processes for the 2020 entries, the way it has been doing with all aspects of everyone’s daily life since it slammed into us a year and a half ago (with no end in site as new infection rates once more skyrocket). But I did find several earlier entries survived just fine, if you want to check out a few more tracks out of the hundreds this excellent band has put together you can See Them Here.