Gaijin Kanpai Ep. 145 - "Rainy Day Music"

I didn't even realize when we titled this episode that the album cover is an umbrella. That crazy Ayaka and her subliminal messages...


145 - Rainy Day Music
AYAKA - The beginning
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Oh! Did you know this week marks GK's 3rd Year Anniversary?! HURRAY FOR US!!!


Aforementioned Ayaka returns from hiatus with a much-anticipated album, but is it everyone's cup of tea? Also, Korean Rock Band CNBlue, who started in Japan and then came back after officially debuting in Korea, give us their first #1 Oricon single to review. Finally a rock band from Korea who's not FTisland. I fear they're just as sucky though...


Next week, because of my (LoKi) family coming to visit, we will not be doing a uStream. In fact, we won't even be doing News and Charts because we'll be recoding hella early. Hopefully you'll download and listen, because we may have a little surprise to announce  ^_^


Until then, notes were taken!

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Dir en Grey "DUM SPIRO SPERO" Exclusive Interview Translation

Original: Tower

We wanted to create this album to reflect the current atmosphere

--Dir en Grey has completed their 8th album, “DUM SPIRO SPERO.” At a total of 14 songs - including the three singles “Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami,” “LOTUS,” and “DIFFERENT SENSE” - this is an album that even non-fans should listen to. Looking back at your previous album, “UROBOROS,” your superior performance skill and progressive song development collided within your epoch-making literary style, and it was a successful album that took the band’s originality to the limit.

Kaoru (guitar): Around the time of “MACABRE” (2000), we were constantly listening to King Crimson and Pink Floyd. Maybe we were attracted by the fact that we couldn’t really understand them. Since Dir en Grey formed, our way of thinking has been “If it’s cool, it’s good.” Having said that, it’s not that we were just putting out music that’s not really that difficult; we were thinking about how to create an arrangement that sounds like Dir en Grey. As time went by, we wanted to make music that had more substance, so we created “UROBOROS.” We wanted to create an album to display the music that we’ve been developing all this time - the music we’ve been trying to make, the music that only we can make - and I think that “UROBOROS” achieves that.

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