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The End of an Era

m.o.v.e announced today that they were disbanding.

Even in the midst of work, finals, and a lot of stress, this news strikes me and saddens me. Enough to break my silence on this blog. (I’ve been doing Japanese music-related things. Went to the Yoshida Brothers x MONKEY MAJIK concert, for example. But that’s not for this post.)

I remember listening to this on the flight to Hong Kong in 2001 and falling in love at first listen. I remember downloading the MP3s from Napster and online sites and burning them and replaying them over and over, both on Winamp and in CD format. I remember hunting down their CDs in Kinokuniya and Book-off and playing them in the school store when I worked. They were my first music fandom, and the efforts they make to keep in touch with their fans no matter where in the world they live or what language they speak astounds me.

It might be safe to say that without them, I wouldn’t be as into Japanese pop music as I am. This blog wouldn’t exist. (Hell, the name is derived from one of their songs.)

I’m always going to regret never being able to go to one of their lives.

But for 15 years of music that I still genuinely enjoy, I’m grateful, and I wish yuri, motsu, and t-kimura all the best in whatever paths they pursue from here on.

Categories: m.o.v.e/move, Rambling

Rock? Hard Place? Pick the rock. [move’s BOULDER]

I figured that if anything, the first non-boyband post on this blog at least ought to be related to the name of the blog. With producer/composer t-kimura’s recent confirmation on the musical style of their upcoming album, and his reply to me on the current state of the Japanese pop market (“toomuch dancepop market in japan now” – shush, it gave me great great joy at 4AM, an hour when I obviously should not have been up), it served as an additional reminder and motivation. And so, ladies and gentlemen and those otherwise inclined reading this blog, I give you m.o.v.e, formerly move.

In case you’ve never heard of them, m.o.v.e is famous for two things. The first is changing their musical style fairly often. The second is for doing a whole bunch of Initial D – and some other anime – theme songs. (Or should those be reversed?)

2005 marked a pivotal year for m.o.v.e. For one thing, it’s the year they made the switch from move to m.o.v.e, thanks to “move” already being trademarked when they entered a global remix contest. For another, it’s the year they invented the genre “J-Loud” in reference to their BOULDER album. (This album was also their last under the name “move.”) It’s most probably this same J-Loud genre the group will be returning to with the next album, so what better way to prepare for their upcoming release than by going over their past work?

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