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Tuesday, February 06, 2007


I just noticed that the official site is calling the new Tougenkyo/Lights, Camera, Action! single a double A-side (両A面シングル).

If this means neither song is taking precedence, does this also mean we'll get a promo video for each?


Anonymous beck said...

Off topic, but I just read on Chara's website that in the Feburary issue of Zipper there was a conversation between Halcali and Chara. I don't know how big a feature it was or anything, but both are pretty amazing-- have you seen/heard anything about it?

8:40 AM

Blogger jariten said...

I haven't, but if its the Feb issue it should still be on the shelves. I'll have a look tomorrow. Thanks for pointing this out!

11:19 AM

Anonymous sora-kara said...

It's quite possible that we'll get two pvs for this single.

Even though they're a smaller group, the possibility of two pvs is still good. (when Atari Kousuke put out his second single -a double a side- they did two pvs for its promotion, and no one knows who he is hahaha)

aaaah, two HALCALI PVs at once! ^-^
we'll just have to wait and seee. ^______^

8:00 PM

Blogger ssslithe said...

Meeting HalCali in four hours for what I assume is their first ever English-language interview. Have been chasing this for three years - wish me luck!

Tougenkyo's amazing by the way. Sounds more like Kimura Kaela or latter-day Puffy than traditional HalCali, but it really works. Thanks so much for all the info!

5:56 AM

Blogger jariten said...

You're what?!

Give us more information!!

How did you get the interview? Where will it be published?

7:53 AM

Blogger ssslithe said...

It's for The Japan Times out here (where I work), Neo magazine in Britain, and maybe one or two websites. The stories will come out around April with the album, I guess.

Got the interview through constant hassling for three years! The label change helped - Sony are pretty good at looking beyond Japan with their artists.

Leaving the house in 20 mins. Any quick Qs for them?

8:01 AM

Blogger jariten said...

Ask them why they left For Life records, and what they think of Sony's handling of them so far (maybe that'll hit a too-serious tone though)

(and ask them if they've ever read this blog...!)

Post back on how it went after you've finished. Good luck!

8:20 AM

Blogger ssslithe said...

It went great - they're extremely friendly, open and down to earth. Can't wait to write the articles up! I'll keep y'all posted.

11:59 AM

Blogger jariten said...

Please do!
If you'd be interested in writing a short post for the blog about the interview, what led up to it, general impressions of how it went etc. we'd all love to read it.

Anyway, let us know how the write up progresses.

3:19 PM

Blogger ssslithe said...

"If you'd be interested in writing a short post for the blog about the interview, what led up to it, general impressions of how it went etc. we'd all love to read it."

Thanks Jariten, but I'd better not. I've had all sorts of grief over work-related blogs in the past... But I appreciate the offer.

Fear not! You'll have two or three gushing English-language interviews to savour and cherish before too long, hehe.

5:27 AM

Blogger jariten said...

OK, no problem.

Looking forward to your write ups!

beck> Got the Zipper with the Halcali/Chara piece. It's pretty short, so I should have it up tomorrow or Saturday.

12:31 PM

Anonymous chris said...

Speaking of zipper and halcali, do they write a regular column or something? I was searching around the zipper website to see if I could find any info on the chara piece (being as she's the woman of my dreams and all...), and noticed that the index page lists halcali in every issue all the way back to august '86, though i'm not sure what exactly it says as there's a kanji character I can't read.

Thanks SO much for those three tracks. I was really anxious to hear them, especially after finding out nomiya maki was involved in the final one. I think my favourite of the three is slalom '06, but really they're all good.

Anyway, as long as I'm here, thanks for doing this blog. I've been reading it pretty much since you started, but haven't posted until now as I'm socially inept and/or just plain lazy.

The only thing you've written in all this time that I disagree with was your assessment of takkyu ishino's electric sensei remix, which I thought was brilliant. Could just be a matter of context though, as my first time hearing it was as a b-side of the single. When I saw his name, I had this idea in my mind of how I thought it might sound, or at least how I hoped it would, knowing his previous work, and when I finally heard it I was amazed that it was pretty much everything I'd hoped for, only about 10 times better.

Actually, It reminded me of that scene in blade (the wesley snipes vampire flick) where he walks into a vampire bar and there's some bizarre japanese group on stage. Turns out the group in question, Bang-wa Cherry, were actually not Japanese at all, but rather from Hong Kong, and weren't even a real group. Something like that...

But I'm rambling. Thanks again!


8:51 PM

Anonymous chris said...


I meant August '06, not August '86, lol..

I'm not even sure if halcali existed in August '86. One of them anyway..

8:55 PM

Blogger jariten said...

Thanks for posting finally! I'll have to go back and check what I wrote about that Electric Sensei remix though. Thats an album I haven't heard for a while actually. I should put it on again.

Halcali do have a monthly feature in Zipper. It's quite small, and is generally a transcript of a conversation between Halcali and some other pop star or producer. There's an address at the bottom where you can write in and request someone.

They used to have a bigger space devoted to them in the magazine as fashion models (even making the cover once), but that seems to have dried up.

I should have the Halcali/Chara piece up on the blog today. It's short, but they talk a little about writing lyrics, something which thankfully Halcali have been getting more and more involved in.

Anyway, post again sometime!

6:38 AM

Anonymous chris said...

Thanks, I do remember you posting some photos from a zipper shoot awhile back, but didn't realize they were a monthly feature. I really should start buying magazines. I want all the ones that have Chara featured, but keep discovering them 3 months after the fact

Did you ever see this?


I don't remember you mentioning it before, so just in case you somehow missed it, voila. Some nice photos too.

And again, great blog!


6:33 AM


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