Kyary Pamyu Pamyu & Family Party

This new Kyary song is also the ending theme for the new Crayon Shin Chan movie. You have to transfer over to Youtube to watch the video.

I can’t rank this song among my Kyary favorites, BUT it shows that she’s still got her head screwed on right (meaning, freakily askew) and is holding strong on the Kyaryan vision. I love the video. Special points for thematic use of cardboard, which for some reason is the strongest imaginative element here. Now, if only “Invader Invader” had had a video as good as this, I never would have gone through my dark period of Kyaryan doubt. As for the music, well, OK. You can’t really criticize it for sounding like computer game music, because it’s s’pozed to be computer game music.

We defer once more to Superhappyawesome to give us the translation of the lyrics, along with some good commentary. And we would be remiss not to include the Crayon Shin Chan dance cover version:

Consummation & Thad Jones Mel Lewis Orchestra

From Consumation (1970). Great album.

Thad Jones (flugelhorn, composer, arranger, bandleader), Snooky Young, Danny Moore, Al Porcino, Marvin Stamm (trumpet), Eddie Bert, Benny Powell, Jimmy Knepper (trombone), Cliff Heather (bass trombone), Jerome Richardson (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, flute, alto flute), Jerry Dodgion (alto saxophone, clarinet, flute, alto flute), Billy Harper (tenor saxophone, flute), Eddie Daniels (tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute), Richie Kamuca (baritone saxophone), Roland Hanna (keyboards), Richard Davis (bass), Mel Lewis (drums), Jimmy Buffington, Earl Chapin, Dick Berg, Julius Watkins (french horn), Howard Johnson (tuba). Thanks to Youtuber Florian Meier.

Sunday Music & Rachmaninoff & Bogoroditse Devo

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Bogoroditse Devo (Ave Maria), Chór Akademicki of the University of Warsaw, directed by Irina Bogdanovich (2003).

These days my Sunday theme is getting to be, “Hey, I didn’t know (insert name of classical composer here) wrote sacred music!” Rachmaninoff has never been my thing particularly, but even so, I didn’t know he did any version of Ave Maria, let alone this mind-blowing one.

I first intended to go with the following interpretation (in Latin) by the Schola Cantorum at St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, LA (2007). But the purist Youtube commentators said OK, nice, but you got to hear it in the Slavonic language and with the original mixed choir. Hence the version above. But this one has punch, and better recording quality. So I’m going with both.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu & Slow Mo

Kyary does it again. This is the song that was the background music for the ALOOK NEON glasses cm we featured earlier. (Sorry, the Toob here does not embed, so you will be redirected to Teh Toobs.)

I hope Kyary does a video for this because it will probably be a good one. Like “Yume no Hajimarinrin,” for which this is a companion piece, “Slow Mo” shows Kyary tacking in a new direction. Her producer and songwriter Yasutaka Nakata pursues here a kind of epic vibe that would do well as theme music for a Ghibli movie, or an Evangelion type clashing robots anime. A simple, climbing, soaring melody with seriously arresting percussive effects and instrumentation.

English translation, romanized lyrics, and original Japanese here.