Koncert Ayano Kaneko w mieście Nara, czyli najlepszy dzień w moim życiu (?)

Moja długo wyczekiwana druga podróż do Japonii była w najgorszym razie tak samo cudowna jak ta pierwsza. Była wypełniona małymi szczęściami i wielkimi chwilami, które zapamiętam do końca życia i cieszę się, że wiele z nich było związanych z muzyką, którą kocham.

Chciałem wyciągnąć ile się da z tych 16 dni, które planowałem spędzić w kraju Kwitnącej Wiśni. Na krótko przed moim lotem do Seulu (moja podróż tym razem też uwzględniała dodatkowo tygodniową eksplorację Korei Południowej) odkryłem, że 5 października w mieście Nara odbędzie się niewielkie wydarzenie muzyczne (森のホルン) i ku mojej radości miała tam wystąpić Ayano Kaneko. Słucham i zbieram jej płyty od kilku lat i jest kimś, kogo naprawdę ubóstwiam pod względem muzycznym. Czytaj dalej →

Ayano Kaneko concert in Nara, aka the best day ever

My long-awaited second trip to Japan was at the very least as fantastic as the first one, and it was filled with those big and small moments to remember. I’m very happy that many of them were related to music that I love.

I wanted to get as much as possible out of 16 days I was supposed to spend there. Shortly before my flight to Seoul (my tour of Japan was preceded by a 7-day long South Korean trip), I found out about this fairly small music event (森のホルン) taking place on the 5th October in Nara, fairly close to Osaka. Much to my excitement, Ayano Kaneko was supposed to appear there. She is the artist I absolutely adore, and I’ve been listening to her music for several years now. Continue reading →

Blackpink Private Stage 2019 – mój pierwszy koncert k-popowy

Moja przemiana z osoby nieznoszącej kpopu w kogoś gorliwie kupującego płyty ulubionych artystów tego gatunku i gościa, który ma plakat Twice w pokoju jest niemal bibiljna w swej skali.

Wiedziałem, że w trakcie mojej pierwszej podróży do Korei muszę uwzględnić jakieś elementy miłośnika muzyki. Wizyta w muzeum wytwórni SM Town była obowiązkowa, jednak bardzo liczyłem też na to, że choć jeden z zespołów, które lubię będzie akurat tam i wtedy występować.

Regularnie sprawdzałem newsy o koncertach niektórych grup (Twice!), ale przez długi czas nic się nie pojawiało i już powoli się godziłem z rzeczywistością. Nagle w ostatnim tygodniu przed wyjazdem pojawiło się światełko w tunelu – Blackpink Private Stage w Seulu, dokładnie w zakresie dat, gdy miałem być w mieście. Nie był to typowy koncert-koncert, a raczej coś w rodzaju spotkania z fanami + występy, ale z pewnością nie narzekałem – pomyślałem, że tym większa atrakcja. Continue reading →

Blackpink Private Stage – my first kpop concert

My transformation from kpop hater into a person who loves it ardently, collects CDs and has a Twice poster in the room is almost biblical in its proportions.

I knew that for my first trip to South Korea I had to incorporate some fanboy music elements into it. Visit to SM Town Coex was a must, but I was really hoping to step it up a notch, and see one of the bands that I enjoy live in concert. I has been regularly checking the schedules of some groups (Twice!), but nothing of interest was coming up. Just in the week before my travel I finally saw a light in the tunnel – Blackpink Private Stage in Seoul, exactly within the dates I would be in the city. While technically it was not a concert, but sort of a fan meeting, it was close enough. I booked the ticket (I managed to get a VIP seat fairly close to the stage) and only had to show up at the time and place. Continue reading →

Twice Fancy return

Twice’s newest EP entitled Fancy You was released in April, but as usual I’m late with getting down to commenting on it. Twice have already cemented their position as one of the most popular kpop girl bands around, and certainly as my favorite one. While Blackpink (YG) is quite focused on the international audiences and the recent American tour/ Coachella performance made for an incredibly successful promotion, Twice continue to dominate domestically, they also held several shows outside of South Korea. So, how is the title track, Fancy? I was a bit apprehensive after first few seconds of the tropical pop sound which I’m fed up with at this point, but it gets much better later. Continue reading →

Twice – Yes or Yes, and the visit on Knowing Bros

My beloved Kpop group returned with yet another EP this November, entitled Yes or Yes. Twice had an admittedly intense year, with a release after release and busy performances schedule. I can only be happy, as their songs tend to get stuck in my head for a long time and the new one is definitely no exception, but I do hope the girls get some well-deserved rest. The music business is pretty fierce in South Korea and it’s all about the timing – Twice along with Blackpink do enjoy plenty of spotlight right now, but how long can this last? From JYP or YG’s perspective they probably can’t afford to slow down, but let’s not go overboard…
Having said that, Yes or Yes? Totally yes. The new tune is surely another success for the band. Continue reading →

Songs I like for getting lost in thoughts, self-reflections, and contemplating life decisions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDwi-8n054sHere’s some of the stuff I listen to drift away.
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Ayano Kaneko – 祝祭 ひとりでに (Shukusai Hitorideni) album

Oh Ayano, you really are the best around. While I tirelessly continue to jam to Ayano Kaneko’s 2nd full-length CD – Shukusai, which came out in April, much to my excitement the album got an acoustic rework recently. This new version is re-titled as 祝祭 ひとりでに (Shukusai hitorideni) – Festival alone(?) – as in, it’s a completely stripped down release, with Ayano singing and playing the acoustic guitar by herself. All the songs from the original Shukusai re-appear, and as I’m actually learning to play the guitar since October last year, these rearrangements motivate me real hard (though I still suck). Continue reading →

Dance the Night Away with TWICE and the KPOP Summer 2018 (short) Summary

Barely 3 months after What is Love, TWICE reissued the EP in July, rebranding it as Summer Nights, and now that the summer is coming to an end, I’m finally getting round to write about it. Only three new songs appeared, including the main track – Dance the Night Away. The upbeat, EDM-y song did not completely win me over, though when you accept it for what it is – a light summer party banger, then I guess it’s decent? The visuals of the girls were stunning (no surprise there), the MV is enjoyable and despite the fact that the band did not promote for a long time on music shows, they continued to garner wins and got another deserved popularity boost. Continue reading →

Shiina Ringo 2018 – the tribute, the 20th anniversary, the Russia trip

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How relevant Shiina Ringo exactly is in 2018? Some gave up, some chose Seiko Oomori, I largely listen to Ayano Kaneko now, though she’s someone completely different. Hence, my answer – Ringo continues to be fairly relevant on my playlist, but that’s about as much as I can say, other than that the opinions of the rest of Ringo fans community vary greatly.

This year marks Ringo’s 20th anniversary since she debuted in the music industry, and as such it came with a new tour, a tribute album, and oddly enough, she paid a visit to Mother Russia (?!). What can we make out of it all? Will an apple and a cat be replaced by the hammer and sickle? We can only speculate. Continue reading →