Negicco is a three member pop idol group that’s the pride of Niigata, Japan. Their current members are Nao☆, Megu, and Kaede. The original incarnation of the group (with four members) was formed as a promotional effort to bring attention to Niigata’s local agriculture, notably the prefecture’s special variety of green onions. (Negi) Their name quite literally translates to “The Green Onion Girls”.
The group has worked incredibly hard since 2003 with a die-hard determination and “Never Give Up” spirit that you can’t help but cheer on. Musically they’ve developed a critically acclaimed sound that’s considered a wonderful hybrid of idol pop and Shibuya-kei, working with artists such as Yasuharu Konishi of Pizzicato Five and indie-pop darlings Shiggy, Jr.
Over time they’ve cultivated a diverse and intensely loyal fan base that has slowly but surely extended around the globe. In September 2015, they will finally achieve one of their biggest dreams when they perform at the Nippon Budokan arena with their peers and friends, the electo-pop trio Perfume!
With Yamano sister Atsuko making a return appearance on bass while covering for Ritsuko (away on maternity leave) and Emi’s announcement that this would be her final SK tour, this became a critically important show not to miss! It turned out to be a fantastic set and one of the most fun Shonen Knife gigs I’ve ever attended.
Atsuko played like she never left, and her and Naoko were obviously having a great time sharing in the positive energy. All the while Emi gave it everything she had, pounding the drums with a furious vengeance while smiling the entire time. A personal highlight for me was what was probably the best performance of “Cobra vs. Mongoose” I’ve ever seen seen them do, with the guitar and bass wailing with Emi standing and walking around her drum kit, but yet never missing a beat. Utterly amazing!
JPop megastars Perfume are already beloved throughout Japan and Asia, and along the way they’ve been slowly turning their gaze onto the rest of the world in their quest to become a major global sensation. Now that their latest smash tour of Japan is complete, they are about to embark on their highly anticipated 3rd world tour. And while they’ve given concerts in Europe previously, this time the amazing technopop trio will finally be performing in the USA for the very first time!
The dates and places will be:
Taiwan, October 31st
SIngapore, November 2nd
Los Angeles, November 9th
London, November 12th
New York, November 15th
Also, the New York show will be filmed and broadcast to theaters in Japan and Hong Kong! It’s going to truly be a defining moment for these three young ladies, and a truly historic happening for their fans everywhere. I know I can’t wait!
Perfume Official Site (Japan) Perfume Global Site World Tour Site
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Cibo Matto‘s new album came out this month, and it’s completely worth the 15 year gap we waited and wished for more music from Brooklyn’s greatest avant-trip-hop duo…
I got my beautiful vinyl copy in the mail, (You can order your own from Chimera Music, Sean Lennon‘s label.) and I’ve been in love this record since the moment the needle hit the wax. Everything you love about the group is here. The cool vibes, the smooth grooves, and the quirky sense of humor all conspire to check you into a strange haunted hotel that will have you wanting to extend your stay for many nights.
You get funky songs to shake your butt like “MFN” and “10th Floor Ghost Girl”, and spaced out meditations like the title track and “Empty Pool”, while “Housekeeping” slinks along with style and funny lyrics to rap along with. There’s not a single clunker on this record, but be warned it’s ridiculously addictive, and you’ll want to immediately flip it over and play it again every time.
And if you get a chance, go see them live on tour! (They’ve got a few West Coast dates left as of this writing.) I saw them last week at the Black Cat in Washington DC, and it was a great night with a perfect mix of classic Cibo Matto songs and new material from Hotel Valentine. You can really do no wrong in leaving your house to see this duo do their thing!
After the show, they greeted fans and were an absolute delight to finally meet. Miho and Yuka are super-cool, and yet very down-to-Earth and friendly. I came out of the evening a bigger Cibo Matto fan than ever!
They signed my tote bag, and I scored some official Cibo Matto lip balm. (Don’t leave home without it!)
So don’t hesitate to check into Hotel Valentine, and support these ladies on tour if you get the chance!
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