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Mr.Children announce New Studio Album (and so much more)!

February 6, 2015

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here; many apologies for the silence, since while there definitely has been news to post, I’ve just been incredibly busy these past couple of months.  Things are starting to settle down now though, and just in time to report on the biggest piece of news among my bunch; don’t worry though, I’ll also be going over everything I missed during December and January, so hold onto your hats and be ready for a decently long post.

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New Song “Melody” to be used in a CM for Kose Cosmetics

November 11, 2014

I thought I wouldn’t be posting again until around the time the single released, but it looks like Mr.Children had one more trick up their sleeve for this release.  The second B-side on the single, “Melody” has been picked up to used in a new commercial for the latest line of Kose brand cosmetics.

The commercial will start airing on the 21st of November in Japan, but will be uploaded in HQ online on the 16th.  However, there’s no need to wait that long, as there’s a 1+ minute long preview of the song in the making-clip for the commercial, which you’ll find should you choose to read on below.

Before that however, it’s also worth mentioning that Sakurai will be doing a fairly extensive interview with the Japanese branch of Rolling Stone for their January issue (released in mid-December).  He’ll also be on the cover of the magazine, so look forward to that (I’m hoping we get some album details out of that).  Now, feel free to to take your first listen to “Melody”.

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“Ashioto ~Be Strong” Music Video

November 6, 2014

Well, now that we’re just a few weeks away from the release of the new single, it looks like Mr.Children have finally decided to release the full PV for Ashioto – and it’s probably my favorite MV from them in… a while really.  Surprisingly touching and emotional, and overall I think it fits the song very well.

Enjoy taking a look and a listen below!

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Ashioto ~Be Strong – Full Radio Rip

October 30, 2014

Things have been mostly quiet on the Mr.Children front ever since they announced their new single, but I’ve been keeping my eyes and ears peeled for the full of the new song.  Luckily, my patience has been rewarded and we finally have a full radio-rip of “Ashioto ~Be Strong”!

I rather like it – it reminds me of a “current” version of “Owarinaki Tabi” (i.e. a little more power pop than rock in the overall mix, but still quite good).  Read on below to check it out for yourself!

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Mr.Children to release new physical single!

October 3, 2014

Well, at least I’m on top of this news and have it up the same day it dropped.  Anyway, as the title says, Mr.Children will be releasing a new physical single (finally!) on November 19th of this year.

The title track is going to be their Getsu 9 theme “Ashioto ~Be Strong”, with two B-sides included:  “Hanatareru” and a new song titled “Melody”.  Melody is supposedly a sad, yet somehow uplifting winter song that will display the band’s “current position”.

I can’t wait for this to drop!  You can check on the single’s cover and an official preview of Ashioto in Nobunaga Concerto’s official trailer below the cut.

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Preview of Mr.Children’s Getsu9 theme “Ashioto ~Be Strong”

September 28, 2014

Apologies!  This actually showed up around the end of last week, but uni’s kept me rather busy for the past while and I haven’t had a proper chance to write up a post.  That said, we now have a very good idea of what Mr.Children’s new drama theme song is going to sound like.  The song is titled “Ashioto ~Be Strong” (“Footsteps ~Be Strong”) and based on what we can hear, Mr.Children appear to be taking a step back towards a traditional band sound, with Ashioto driven primarily by guitar, bass, and drums (with some strings joining in for the chorus).  Honestly, I couldn’t be happier with this fact and can’t wait to hear to the song in full (here’s hoping they’ll announce the new album that it’s going to be on soon).

Take a listen to the preview of Ashioto below the cut!

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Mr.Children to perform the theme for Getsu 9 Drama “Nobunaga Concerto”

September 5, 2014

It’s been a while!  But we finally have some news to discuss again (and I expect we’ll have all the more to discuss as we near the end of the year, but more on that later).

Mr.Children have announced that they’ll be providing the theme song for this season’s Fuji TV Getsu 9 drama, “Nobunaga Concerto”.  This will actually be the first time in 13 years that the band have supplied the theme for a Getsu 9 drama, since ‘youthful days’ was the theme for “Antique” in 2001.  “Nobunaga no Concerto” will start airing on October 13th.

The song has been called a “mid-tempo rock number”, and one that Sakurai apparently kept changing over and over again until he felt it was just right.  No title or release date yet, but they’ll probably announce those soon enough.  In addition, there are rumors floating around about another end of the year album.  We’ll probably know more after they finish up their fan-club lives (I didn’t really see much of a reason to report on these when the news dropped a while back).

Here’s to another active holiday season with Misuchiru!



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