My Hate Letter to Amiibo

Dear Amiibo,

I know you’ve suffered a loss in the family recently (Satoru Iwata RIP), so I’m a little reticent to bring this up now. But damn it, I have to get this out of my system.

Amiibo, I hate you.

I wish you’d go away and never return. And this is not a baseless hate. Allow me to explain. Continue reading

Justin’s J-Pop Jukebox #8

Stay With Me by Tokyo Girls’ Style

me and TGS

The Artist: Sometimes, if you’re me, you walk around Shibuya. You go into a random music store and buy a DVD of the Morning Musume concert you attended in New York last year.
But sometimes you also look around and it just happens that an idol group you never heard of, Tokyo Girls’ Style, is having a cheki (photo) event to commemorate their new single. Sometimes you say what the heck and buy the CD/ticket. It’s a longer line than you thought, but you have time.
Sometimes you start talking to the guy lined up in front of you, and find he’s a TGS super fan. You talk for a while, about GWAR, America, this band you never heard of…whatever. Then it’s time for the cheki.
Sometimes you’re buff, so you remove your hoodie so you’re just wearing a t-shirt for the picture. You tell them you’re American and they’re surprised. They were just in San Francisco. Sometimes one of them (second from right) says “nice body” so you flex and let them all touch your biceps. There is much giggling and shouts of “Sugoi!” Then sometimes you take the little Polaroid of the moment, have an awkward goodbye with your new super fan friend, notice a few nearby schoolgirls looking wide-eyed at you, and then you go buy your wife some awesome socks. Sometimes. If you’re me. Continue reading

Cool Shirt Tuesday 7

Bad Brains Skeleton
Bad Brains Merch Store


I say it often: Bad Brains is the coolest band of all time. Pretty sure everyone from Henry Rollins to the Beastie Boys to pro wrestler MVP would back me on this. A hardcore band that came up in the early 80’s, Bad Brains was made up of skilled, crazy black dudes. Not only did they play heavy punk; they’d pepper their set with reggae jams that even the skinhead audience members would groove to. I was fortunate to catch them in about 2006 at the House of Blues in Anaheim. They still kicked major ass. Continue reading

Justin’s J-Pop Jukebox #7

日本の米は世界一 by Uchikubi Gokumon Doukokai


The Artist: To be honest, I know very little about Uchikubi Gokumon Doukokai. I saw them on a recent episode of J-Melo (Japanese music show on NHK World), and liked what I heard so I investigated. I bought an album off iTunes and scoped out any YouTube videos. Continue reading