Alice Nine, Saga

Adventures in Visual Kei

-or- the random thoughts of a visual kei fan

FREE! Gab Vol. 73 & 75 and V!NYL SYNDICATE Vol. 27, 29 & 30
Alice Nine, Saga
sbeec
I have two copies of Gab Vol. 75 featuring FEST VAINQUEUR that I'm willing to send away for free to the first two people who say they want them and DM me an address. Preferably within the U.S. so I don't have to pay a ton of postage, but I will ship out of country if you really want one. :)

I also ended up with three two extra copies of V!NYL SYNDICATE Vol. 30 with 96Neko, MiA from MEJIBRAY, and Chanty members. Those are up for grabs, too. Same principle as above.
[Edit: Two copies up for grabs. One is claimed.]

Disclosure: These are NOT pristine, collectible copies. Since I had them stacked in a corner, the corners have curled. It's only cover wear, though, so they are still good copies to look at.

If you want something, DM me your address. I'll edit/delete the post if/when all copies are taken.

Edited: I just found:
One extra copy of V!NYL SYNDICATE Vol 27 with MSTR of Crack6, Velbet, DIAURA;
One copy of V!NYL SYNDICATE Vol 29 with Ruiza of D;
Two extra copies of Gab Vol. 73 featuring Arlequin, Kamijo, BORN, Femme Fatale, The Benjamin, Rave, AvelCain, the LOTUS, and Ruvish.

Add those up for grabs, too.

My Picks: Top Albums/EPs of 2013
Alice Nine, Saga
sbeec
Much like my Top Singles list, this particular list includes my picks for full albums or EPs released in 2013 that really impressed or moved me in some way. They are listed in no particular order.

AKIHIDE – Lapis Lazuli
Angelo – FAITH
Black Gene for the Next Scene – Dance to Rave
D=OUT – Kabuki Disco
Kra – Joker’s KINGDOM
LOST ASH – THE REAL
Lycaon – MASOCHIST RED CIRCUS
THE MICRO HEAD 4N’S – REVERBERATIONS
Nightmare – SCUMS
NoGoD – V
Purple Stone – NEXUS
Sadie – MADRIGAL de MARIA
SCREW – SCREW
Umbrella – Monochrome
Uwakimono – I Kyou U
Vistlip – CHRONUS
Yeti – Katei no Jijyou
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My Picks: Top Singles of 2013
Alice Nine, Saga
sbeec
I don't know if I'll feel like doing a big year-in-vk article like I have in the past, but I still think it's fun to post my picks for the year's best releases.

This particular list includes my picks for singles released in 2013 that really impressed or moved me in some way. They are listed in no particular order.

Black Gene for the Next Scene – CHANGE TO CHANCE

BORN – Devilish of the PUNK

BugLug – Live to Love

Called Plan – L & R (actually two releases, but they came out together and are hard to separate)

D=OUT – Kanden 18 Gou

Golden Bomber – Dance My Generation

Gremlins – the Carnival

Kra – Clown’s Crown

Lycaon – Rose

lynch. – BALLAD

Sadie – Soukoku no Tsuya

SCREW - Teardrop

Edited: Black Gene for the Next Scene's Christmas single called "Sora kara Kobore Ochiru 100 Oku no Hikari" surprised me--so much that I'm adding it to my best of 2013 list. For a Christmas single, this is one I'd happily listen to year-round!

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Christmas/Winter Playlist--Success!
Alice Nine, Saga
sbeec
I've been wanting to create a visual kei Christmas/winter-themed playlist forever, and so this morning I sat down and killed a couple of hours scouring my iPod and iTunes for songs that fit the bill.

SUCCESS!!

I finally have a playlist that makes me happy... one with songs that if not about winter or Christmas, at least have a cool, wintry feeling. That's all that counts, right?

Since I had difficulty thinking of songs without just browsing and hunting, I thought I'd share. If you want a vk Christmas, please enjoy!

Pray for U (Violin ver.)/Rookie of A(ace)
Yami ni Furu Kiseki -Classical White Ver.-/D'espairsRay
Mou Bandman Ni Koinante Shinai/Golden Bomber
Teardrop/SCREW
Snow Venus/Anli Pollicino
Hai no Yuki/D
Yukizuri no Fuyu/D=OUT
Yuki no Hate no Venus/FEST VAINQUEUR
Yuki no Furu Machi/Kra
Hurry Xmas/L'ArcenCiel
Time for Christmas (Club Mix)/GLAY
Snow Flower (Rebuild)/Plastic Tree
Xmas Day (Pandora Version)/SINCREA
Burnin'X'mas/T.M.Revolution
Fuyu no Hana/White Palette
Last Snow/Merry
White & holy night with U/A
Yuki No Ashiato/L'ArcenCiel
Fuyu No Yuuhodou/GLAY
Fuyu No Castanet/Merry
Winter, Again/MUSIC BOX COLLECTION (GLAY cover)
Kasunda Fuyu No Mukou Ni…/Kagrra
Fuyu No Maboroshi/Acid Black Cherry
Snow Venus (piano ver.)/Yo-1
Niji no Yuki/Alice Nine

Here's a YouTube playlist with some of those titles: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoSknao9jD2VnNfy5FfRUqUoQDktSH6uN

Where to buy...?
Alice Nine, Saga
sbeec
Does anyone know where I can legally buy music from planetarium in the U.S.? They are signed to Planet Child, but all I can find on the official site is where you can download the band's music in Japan. I've found links to buy on Amazon and iTunes in New Zealand and the U.K., and a few other places, but nothing in the U.S. Does anyone know where else Planet Child might sell their bands' albums?

[SELLING POST] ZORO, Alice Nine, YFCz, GazettE, MUCC, D=OUT, ViViD
Alice Nine, Saga
sbeec
Items going up for sale through U.S. Amazon only, and prices are in U.S. Dollars. I will do international shipping, though.

My Amazon Store here

Items included:

Alice Nine/ Daybreak (Saga version)
D=OUT/ Aisuru Hito (Regular Edition/ Hikaru ver.)
the GazettE/ PLEDGE (Regular Edition)
MUCC/ NIRVANA (Regular Edition)
ViViD/ FAKE (Regular Edition)
YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz/ THE END OF THE DAY (Limited CD+DVD Edition)
ZORO/ HOWL (Regular Edition)

Shipping in the U.S, is $3.99 per Amazon.com. International shipping averages $14.29.
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Newly Enamoured...
Alice Nine, Saga
sbeec
I just found xTRIPx today, and I absolutely love their sound. Why have I never heard of this band before?!



I'm looking forward to hearing more from them.

New community for BORN fans
Alice Nine, Saga
sbeec
Hey, just wanted to let you all know that I've started a new community for BORN fans called "Black Theory." If you like BORN, please take a look at bornblacktheory. I just started creating the site today, so content is a little light, but I definitely intend to develop it and advertise for members. If you know of other BORN fans, please tell them about it, too.

I can't resist...

WE ARE BOOOOORN!!!

[Lyrics] NIGHT PARADE / vistlip
Alice Nine, Saga
sbeec
I'm in the process of teaching myself Japanese, and occasionally I challenge myself to take on some fun projects instead of burying my nose in dusty textbooks all the time. This, my first real challenge, is my attempt at translating vistlip's song "NIGHT PARADE" from the "STRAWBERRY BUTTERFLY" single.

If you see parts that are incorrect or can be translated more clearly, please comment! (But since I'm trying to learn, please try to explain why. ^^)

NIGHT PARADE / vistlip
from STRAWBERRY BUTTERFLY (2010.5.12}
Lyrics:  TOMO
Music:  Yuh


Kanji:

逃げたかった?
死にたかった?
そんな貴女へ*

チケットはいらないから
お気の召すがまま

ララバイ
おいでよ銃声&悲鳴で始まるパレード
ララバイ
片足の女性を操り踊らすバレエと
ララバイ
片腕のマエストロはオケをナイフで先導
ララバイ
片目の人形は縫われた唇で歌唄う


さぁ開演だ
貸し切りでございます
聞きたいなぁあの言葉
「もうやめて!」って

消えたかった?
殺したかった?
そんな貴女へ

自分勝手理不尽ガキ
君は知らない

ララバイ
おいでよ銃声&悲鳴で始まるパレード
ララバイ
片足の女性を操り踊らすバレエと
ララバイ
片腕のマエストロはオケをナイフで先導
ララバイ
片目の人形は縫われた唇で歌唄う

さぁパーティーだ
お客様を持て成せ
次は誰で遊びたい?
仰せ通り

産んでくれた事さえ忘れてしまった君は誰だろう?

ララバイ
おいでよ銃声&悲鳴で始まるパレ
ララバイ
「サヨナラ。」
ハグしてくれた彼達に告げよ
ララバイ
「オヤスミ。」
唄ってくれた唇にキスを
ララバイ
「ありがとう。」
片目のピエロは裂けた口で笑う

さぁ開演だ
出口はこちらのゲート
グチャグチャに泣き腫らして撫でて欲しいかい?

さぁ帰ろうか
君の愛すべき世界へ
おわかりいただけたならもう大丈夫だか

 

Romaji:

Nigetakatta?
Shinitakatta?
Sonna anata he*

Chiketto wa iranai kara
Oki no mesu ga mama

RARABAI
Oide yo juusei & himei de hajimaru pareedo
RARABAI
Kataashi no josei wo ayatsuri odorasu bareito
RARABAI
Kataude no maesutoro wa oke wo naifu de sendou
RARABAI
Katame no ningyou wa nuwareta kuchibiru de uta utau

Saa kaien da
Kashikiri de gozaimasu
Kikitai naa  ano kotoba
´Mou yamete´ tte

Kietakatta?
Koroshitakatta?
Sonna anata he

Jibunkatte rifujin gaki
Kimi wa shiranai

RARABAI
Oide yo juusei & himei de hajimaru pareedo
RARABAI
Kataashi no josei wo ayatsuri odorasu barei to
RARABAI
Kataude no maesutoro wa oke wo naifu de sendou
RARABAI
Katame no ningyou wa nuwareta kuchibiru de uta utau

Saa paatii da
Okyakusama wo motenase
Tsugi wa dare de asobitai?
Oose toori

Unde kureta koto sae wasurete shimatta kimi wa dare darou?

RARABAI
Oide yo juusei & himei de hajimaru pareedo
RARABAI
´Sayonara.´
Hagu shite kureta karetachi ni tsuge yo
RARABAI
‘Oyasumi.´
Utattekureta kuchibiru ni kisu wo
RARABAI
´Arigatou.´
Katame no piero wa saketa kuchi de warau

Saa kaien da
Deguchi wa kochira no geeto
Guchagucha ni naki harashite nadete hoshii kai?

Saa kaerou ka
Kimi no aisubeki sekai he
Owakari itadaketa nara mou daijoubu dakara



English:

Did you want to escape?
Did you want to die?
Becoming that kind of you*

A ticket isn’t necessary from
your spirit’s call as it is

LULLABY
Come, the parade begins in gunshots & shouts
LULLABY
A one-legged woman is made to dance ballet and
LULLABY
A one-armed maestro leads an orchestra with a knife
LULLABY
A one-eyed doll sings a song with sewn lips

Now it starts
The private party
I want to hear those words
‘Stop it!’

Did you want to disappear?
Did you want to kill?
Becoming that kind of you*

Selfish unreasonable brat
You don’t know

LULLABY
Come, the parade begins in gunshots & shouts
LULLABY
A one-legged woman is made to dance ballet and
LULLABY
A one-armed maestro leads an orchestra with a knife
LULLABY
A one-eyed doll sings a song with sewn lips


Come on, it’s a party
Entertain the honored guests
Who wants to come next?
As you wish

I wonder who you are who forgot even being born?

LULLABY
Come, the parade begins in gunshots & shouts
LULLABY
‘Goodbye.’
Let’s tell the guys who hugged us
LULLABY
‘Good night.’
To kiss the lips that sang
LULLABY
‘Thanks.’
The one-eyed clown laughs with a torn mouth

Now it starts
This gate is the exit
Do you want to cry your eyes out and then gently caress?

Now then, shall we come back
to your beloved world?
If you understand, it’s already alright



*The lyric is written貴女, but the lyric when sung is あなた. Kijo seems to be a literary second person form of you (feminine) that isn’t widely used. It may also have the connotation of demoness or devil woman.

[Earworm] Night Parade - vistlip
Alice Nine, Saga
sbeec
I have had this song stuck in my head since New Year's Eve. No joke. I've listened to it four times already today!

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