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Jpop Bass: Matsui Hiroshi, Motown nostalgia


The Matsui Hiroshi Power HourAll arrangements by Matsui Hiroshi (松井寛) / Royal Mirrorball   
ArtistSongInstrumentalOriginal / LiveBass cover video
Tokyo Girls Style (東京女子流)Himawari to Hoshikuzu (ヒマワリと星屑) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yduuHMe1KQ8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVraGQRSypY
Tokyo Girls Style (東京女子流)Limited Addictionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oINV40fCKxshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8VX6_mRABshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsSuTMnjeFs
Tokyo Girls Style (東京女子流)Liar (short), Count Three https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfZWuGBQUDohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Mfz5CAKuRo
Tokyo Girls Style (東京女子流)Liarhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYQSpiZg9TYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zac2Cq23gDohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk-xSFyjjZM
Morning Musume (モーニング娘。)Egao YES Nude (笑顔YESヌード)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCELMtd5CGohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjmEOAyxKE0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siftbfqI3g4
Morning Musume (モーニング娘。)BE Positive! (BE ポジティブ!)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzuvJ-Ji3X4 
Juice=JuiceTOKYO Glider (TOKYOグライダー)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjL4WmiYPj8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyK8zD10LIk
Juice=JuiceUmaretate no Baby Love (生まれたてのBaby Love) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-37Y9biocLIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFbTBS0hqqA



Hello do you like Motown throwbacksSongBassArrangerCommentInstrumentalOriginal / LiveBass cover video
Tanpopo (タンポポ)Otome Pasta ni Kandou (乙女 パスタに感動)  Nagai Rui (永井ルイ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDPVKBFnsHYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lgQRs_5DJUhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beOpfGl1fGE
Tanpopo (タンポポ)I & YOU & I & YOU & I Nagai Rui (永井ルイ)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2KyeYkCkyM 
Country Musume (カントリー娘。)Koibito wa Kokoro no Ouendan (恋人は心の応援団) Takahashi Yuichi (高橋諭一) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgcwL0wpqlshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIegM0QPL9Q 
Tomato n'Pine (トマトゥンパイン)Captain wa Kimi da! (キャプテンは君だ!) Ippei Tatsuyama (龍山一平)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXQvhgOVrmUhttps://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm18783706
Tomato n'Pine (トマトゥンパイン)Wanna Dance! (ワナダンス!) Takahiro Furukawa (古川 貴浩)Compare to McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stopping Us Now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y21dw_wWHMMhttps://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm17494011
Tanpopo (タンポポ)BE HAPPY Koi no Yajirobee (BE HAPPY 恋のやじろべえ)  Nagai Rui (永井ルイ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDZbkYWorZQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOTzUyx7TMw
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Jpop Bass: No session


ArtistSongBassArrangerCommentInstrumentalOriginal / LiveBass cover video
Morning Musume (モーニング娘。)Inspiration! (インスピレーション!)Komatsu Hideyuki (小松秀行)Suzuki Shunsuke (鈴木俊介) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj5YGYsHfLghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMgHqsFQNEchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmEUaHURSjo
Morning Musume (モーニング娘。)Souda! We're ALIVE (そうだ!We're ALIVE)RELIEF MANDANCE☆MAN  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_zmewdR-b8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au2hIA1ABJU
Morning Musume (モーニング娘。)Manatsu no Kousen (真夏の光線) Kono Shin (河野伸)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv0rLpekstQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-C77MBr9P8
℃-uteMassara Blue Jeans (まっさらブルージーンズ) Takahashi Yuichi (高橋諭一) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijIT83pRZMIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9gDX4mfWtYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRPWjORtYJI
Berryz Koubou (Berryz工房)Fighting Pose wa Date ja nai! (ファイティングポーズはダテじゃない!) Takahashi Yuichi (高橋諭一) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkffb5ZnTpkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGoBpGmjow8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCwwDneTGPc
Berryz Koubou (Berryz工房)Loving you Too much Suzuki "Daichi" Hideyuki (鈴木Daichi秀行)Bird Thongchai cover. Not actually bass in the Berryz instrumental, but the cover video is awesome.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JED_-w6mFzohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF9AgZevL2ghttps://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm25216585
Berryz Koubou (Berryz工房)21ji Made no Cinderella (21時までのシンデレラ)Sasamoto Yasushi (笹本安詞)Konishi Takao (小西貴雄) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb9gNjlH1Mchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZlB3HWdJL0https://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm4383092
Berryz Koubou (Berryz工房)Ryuusei Boy (流星ボーイ)YOGA FIRE!DANCE☆MAN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKcWShJ4WNAhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4TCDdPI6ZAhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItmxgkJq-Uk
Matsuura Aya (松浦亜弥)LOVE Namida Iro (LOVE涙色)  Watanabe Tatsuya (渡部達也)/Watanabe Cher (渡部チェル)/WATA-BOO   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POv14oRJoz8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTWWuwLa8ig
Goto Maki (後藤真希)Scramble (スクランブル) Suzuki "Daichi" Hideyuki (鈴木Daichi秀行)  https://youtu.be/BpfiU3NE4vchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADxU5dn4dgA
Country Girls (カントリー・ガールズ)Boogie Woogie LOVE (ブギウギLOVE) Kikuya Tomoki (菊谷知樹)Bonus standing bass cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb8jGIRZbSUhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVrgl5DCKkghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsMz-yi2I-4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XED74eu9Fg
Country Girls (カントリー・ガールズ)Dou Datte Ii no (どーだっていいの) Suzuki Shunsuke (鈴木俊介) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvYDmpKaFVwhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7TgAVcvB9khttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE8WnZa4G08
Juice=JuiceAi no Diving (愛のダイビング; Love's Diving) Doi Manao (土肥真生/どい まなお)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-kFsrjaQ6Ahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhxHvmGKkbI
Juice=JuiceRomance no Tochuu (ロマンスの途中)Sasamoto Yasushi (笹本安詞)Suzuki Shunsuke (鈴木俊介) https://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm23096744https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpoYYtc3YQshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ylr6lrn_9D0
Momoiro Clover Z (ももいろクローバーZ)Mahorovacation (マホロバケーション) invisible manners (インビジブル・マナーズ)/Daisuke Hirayama (平山大介) and Fukuyama Sei (福山整)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbKDRRHVXvQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRCWzeQhzyw
Momoiro Clover Z (ももいろクローバーZ)Wani to Shampoo (ワニとシャンプー) Hyadain (ヒャダイン)/Kenichi Maeyamada (前山田 健一)aka The Official Homework Procrastination Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YWNNL2lNGQhttps://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm18339647
Momoiro Clover Z (ももいろクローバーZ)GOUNN Shihori (しほり)IT JUST KEEPS GOING https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlbrTlhX_Wwhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=927plcC8zwE
SKE481! 2! 3! 4! Yoroshiku! (1!2!3!4! ヨロシク!) tsukitada (ツキダタダシ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdsZz-16I8Ahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZfjrnhTT4Uhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-ayBeHWUls
Dia Lady (ダイヤレイディー)Lady Mermaid (レディーマーメイド ) Kinoshita Yoshiyuki (木之下慶行)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R3GuyBBcgQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf1urUkCx5Q
Taiyou to Ciscomoon (太陽とシスコムーン) / T&C Bomber (T&Cボンバー)Gatamekira (ガタメキラ) Matsubara Ken (松原憲) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8tgIbCg3_Ehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSzr8xJfMkchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jssRiYlHGto
Taiyou to Ciscomoon (太陽とシスコムーン) / T&C Bomber (T&Cボンバー)Uchuu de La Ta Ta (宇宙でLa Ta Ta) Kono Shin (河野伸)Notable bass solo in the interludehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY2gLbnIziQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHuToRz65CEhttps://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm8404594
Angerme (アンジュルム)Manner Mode (マナーモード) Sumikama Tomohiro (炭竃智弘)Not actually bass in the instrumental, but the cover video is awesome.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIjm_gaqoTghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GWulYJUcnYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWkmZnStNiU
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Jpop Bass: Upcoming Sessions


ArtistSongBassArrangerCommentSessionOriginal / LiveBass cover video
Morning Musume (モーニング娘。)Utakata Saturday Night (泡沫サタデーナイト!)Sasamoto Yasushi (笹本安詞)Suzuki Shunsuke (鈴木俊介)(Plus a bonus look at what disco strings look like live)https://youtu.be/VAWFBieJsbE?t=1477https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiV-aaLo9SMhttps://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm28947732
Angerme (アンジュルム)Taiki Bansei (大器晩成)Komatsu Hideyuki (小松秀行)Suzuki Shunsuke (鈴木俊介)Very short, the other instrument segments before and after are pretty interesting toohttps://youtu.be/Tzmue3mReQs?t=974https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gGxG2xBI9Mhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAJM3ASIFzY
Angerme (アンジュルム)Gashinshoutan (臥薪嘗胆)Sasamoto Yasushi (笹本安詞)Itagaki Yusuke (板垣祐介)Sax and trumpet session before thishttps://youtu.be/xoDwfZOi4t8?t=1774https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5yOdcIk35whttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgcR889R31A
Kobushi Factory (こぶしファクトリー)GO TO THE TOP!!Sting Miyamoto / Miyamoto Shinji (スティング宮本 / 宮本 新二)
Suzuki Shunsuke (鈴木俊介)Guitar session right before this timestamphttps://youtu.be/ttC6CvbFpmU?t=1870https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3uF1z-8OoIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKhhIAa07AI
Kobushi Factory (こぶしファクトリー)Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsumoushin (チョット愚直に!猪突猛進)Komatsu Hideyuki (小松秀行)Suzuki Shunsuke (鈴木俊介)Only a short excerpt of the sessionhttps://youtu.be/aTgP0cnYMJs?t=900https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPFwLgz_Tz4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUd3ul9c9zY
Kobushi Factory (こぶしファクトリー)Ora wa Ninkimono (オラはにんきもの)Sting Miyamoto / Miyamoto Shinji (スティング宮本 / 宮本 新二)Kikuya Tomoki (菊谷知樹)Cover of Crayon Shin-chan's third OP. Sound is bad in the session, unfortunately.https://youtu.be/ukuI9OZ--sI?t=1630https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaEO76PJoyMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUWkMAaBKBc (of the original song)
Tsubaki FactoryHyoumenchouryoku ~Surface Tension~ (表面張力〜Surface Tension〜) Sasamoto Yasushi (笹本安詞)Suzuki Shunsuke (鈴木俊介) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxwYmrGteM4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baqUmGR1ddQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkrQZrqGVdU
Juice=JuiceKEEP ON Joshou Shikou!! (KEEP ON 上昇志向!! )DANCE☆MANDANCE☆MANThe surrounding instrument segments are pretty great, especially keyboard. But the sound for the bass segment is bad, sadness.https://youtu.be/QCLz_vtDJzc?t=1607https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdy0JAas9y8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqMgdpapyFM
℃-uteArashi wo Okosunda Exciting Fight! (嵐を起こすんだ Exciting Fight!)Nakamura Taizo (中村泰造)Suzuki Shunsuke (鈴木俊介) https://youtu.be/lxPBskqlKoA?t=2167https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKbUbkwxtVEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWlufE-ym-0
And a couple of bonus sessions: Player     
℃-uteJounetsu Ecstasy (情熱エクスタシー)Marty Friedman (guitar) Because "what the hell is that amazing guitar solo doing in this idol song" is one of my favorite parts of Jpophttps://youtu.be/sGuKvmS4ksA?t=1992  
Kobushi Factory (こぶしファクトリー)Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsumoushin (チョット愚直に!猪突猛進)Kawai Daisuke (Hammond organ) More like jizz organ amiritehttps://youtu.be/BJtm5JXIR_o?t=1810 
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Fuzzy History

AHA, I knew I knew it!

I was vaguely aware of Momoclo almost from the start, because IntlWota featured a post on their Momoiro Punch debut.
Of course, at that time there wasn't much to be impressed by, on a blog specializing in indie groups, so it just passed me by.

I also vaguely remember, probably thanks to the same blog, being aware of Ikuze Kaitou Shoujo and Pinky Jones' MVs when they came out. Wasn't ensnared by the former at all, while the cultural appropriation of the latter's MV meant I didn't watch it at all. (Hell, it took until just recently for me to even know what Pinky Jones even sounds like)

Tangent regarding Ikuze: Originally, I didn't pay much attention to the watching or listening so I definitely missed the acrobatics, and to be fair Ikuze is a hell of lot more dynamic live than in the MV. Plus, the Ebizori Jump is frequently filmed from an angle that doesn't look so great, so it wasn't until this past year, when I saw some of the still photos from the side, that I saw that it was even more of a feat than Mirai Bowl's jump. Also, it's got that "really obvious melody" chorus and hook, which gives it its classic staying power, but compared to the Kpop and H!P style compositions I preferred at the time (compare to the relative subtlety in DBSK's Share the World, or Tan! Tan! Taan!), Ikuze came off like 48G music type froth and so easily faded in the background. Meanwhile, the verse and pre-chorus really depend on pre-existing attachment to the girls.

My next memory of them was Mirai Bowl, and this is borne out by the earliest mention of Momoclo on this blog being in 2011, dealing with my discovery of the amazing MV. I also have vague memories about seeing excerpts of their 2010 TIF performance, but that might have occurred after the Mirai Bowl discovery.

Yet, upon some further searching, my earliest comment about them ever was in mid-2010, about how they were squeaky clean alongside TGS. Mere months before Kimi to Sekai lawl, but it shows that I considered them, at the time, still a group notable enough to remember on par with pre-Himawari to Hoshizuku TGS (when they were still very much in SweetS' shadow). They stood out as one of the few non-48G non-H!P Jpop major debut girlgroups of the time, and even TGS was The Avex Girlgroup. And I do remember hearing about their collab concert.
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Pata Tan Tan Taan write-up

omg guys I finally managed to Wayback Machine PChuPianoLabs. (it's at p-chu.vox.com)

Delicious Cake Project also went down, so it's a damned good thing I went and excerpted its best writing.

But some of the last snapshots are also slowly being gobbled up by fucking Vox, so I'm going do the same, and excerpt PianoLabs' best writing: it's evaluation of Milky Way's Tan! Tan! Taan! (Especially in light of learning that this is pre-Momoclo Hyadain!)
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simple version:
Anataboshi = random-ass Kirarin froo-frooness
Tan Tan Taan! = beauteous work of melodic and harmonic symmetry

long version:
Like a swan swimming on a lake, “Tan Tan Taan!” seems simple and graceful on the outside but only because there’s so much going on beneath the surface. Even the intro is multi-layered: you hear the chimes echoing the tune of the chorus, but at the same time there’s this wistful pianica countermelody directly below it (inadequately simulated on my own recording, but you can only do so much in the upper register).

The verse is probably the easiest part to play, with its constant repeating of three chords in a rising sequence. Yet even that surpasses its simple foundations, making use of a gently flowing melody on 8th-notes and a handful of twists (like Yuu’s full-octave jump and the occasional flatted 3rd) that give it added flavor. By the time it hits the prechorus, it does this clever thing by applying another rising chord sequence but in a totally different part of the scale. And using non-diatonic chords. Smart! and the melody splits into multiple voices, which one would never expect (idols usually have enough trouble singing in unison), creating this lovely call-and-response effect. The piano solution: split them by an octave and train myself to play both melodies simultaneously, which is not unlike trying to walk and chew bubble gum.

But the chorus, of course, is the crown jewel of the song with its dramatic emotional shift: it starts with a 6th leap, of all things, maintains a tessitura about a fifth higher than the verse melody, and completely abandons the repetitive chord sequence of everything that came before. Playing this part is just super fun and I basically had to spend zero time deciding on a “how to” method because once you understand the progression of the chords – the descending pattern (which perfectly mirrors what happens in the verse), the major 7ths and secondary 7ths (especially A7 - Dm), the unabashed use of the submediant – it basically plays itself. i.e. This is a songwriter’s song, the kind they use as case studies in music school because it does so many clever things and does them right. It even has a beautiful middle 8 that transitions into another set of multi-layered vocals that are probably the best use of an extended C7sus4 I’ve ever seen.

My only real issue in arranging this was how to deal with the pianica melody during the interlude (it’s much more noticeable on the instrumental and really cute to listen to) and how it conflicts with the sung/spoken “Tan Tan Taan"s in the middle. I couldn’t exactly do both … so in the end I reached a compromise where I "kinda” improvised on the interlude melody and then gradually brought in the “Tan Tan Taan” rhythms later. I figure I came close enough.

There’s just so much good about this song, even coming “close enough” makes it really pretty.
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Language Patch (1/1)

Title: Language Patch (1/1)
Fandom: Person of Interest, Supergirl, references to Red Vs. Blue
Characters: Sameen Shaw, The Machine!Root, mentions of others
Rating: G
Summary: Short set-up to a crossover episode, from the PoI end. Set PoI post-S5, SG mid-S1. (Archived from Tumblr)
Disclaimer: I own nothing, nothing is real, this is not for profit.
Series index in Links sidebar.

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Shop Talk (1/1)

Title: Shop Talk (1/1)
Fandom: Leverage, Person of Interest
Characters: Marcus Starke, Craig Mattingly, Tomas Koroa, mentions of others
Rating: G
Summary: Tomas Koroa, Craig Mattingly, and Marcus Starke somehow end up on the same crew for a job, and have a drink together. At some point the topic turns to the best crews they’ve had. (Archived from Tumblr)
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Huh, I haven't found ANY fancams from Momoclo USA tour. Not much AX footage, either. Don't know if they just got scrubbed by banhammers, though.

That really speaks to not just the difference between UFA and Stardust, and their respective USA/international fandoms. Mononofusa are content not fancamming. But then again, Momoclo put out more footage than UFA does, what with all the UStreams, and I guess they're okay with waiting for BDs.

But, as I touched on this in the previous post, H!P intl-fandom is also intrinsically wrapped up in the history of internet bootlegging and piracy. It's in the DNA of the fandom, and UFA ended up embracing that, to its advantage. Honestly, I am still surprised just how many full fancams of MM NYC and Houston have been allowed to stay, even from very high quality front-row positions.

But it is weird how I don't even find shitty cell phone cams of the MCZ concerts. There's more Japan fancam stuff for their opening for Lady Gaga, for pete's sake.
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Momoclo are a gorram miracle. I've been cogitating on just how much convergence this is, breaking down and factorializing all of that X-factor that makes Momoclo such the powerhouse that they are, of how this could be possible in the face of, in spite of, because of all of the things that make them somewhat of an exception that proves the rule, especially with contrasts to 48G.

I mean, I think the majority of idol fans really, really have no actual idea of what mainstream in Japan means. We have warped perceptions of popularity within certain limited contexts, but we really don't have a fundamental understanding of what it means to transcend niche.

Like, this is Momoclo as even greater than a Beyonce equivalent, except that they've somehow, miraculously, maintained a level of accessibility that every single other artist (Western artists, Kpop, and even within Jpop) categorically MUST discard to achieve that level of legitimacy and impact.