I've been working on and off on this episode for a while, but I eventually decided I needed to not be such a perfectionist about it and to just admit that I'm probably going to get a bunch of things wrong in it.
This week's show is about the Japanese subgenre known as visual kei, which, in many ways, isn't even an actual genre, more a loose association of bands based on a visual aesthetic.
Anyhow, here's three hours walking me through some of the history of visual kei, many of the players, talking about its beginnings, the waves - first, second, third, neo - and about how the genre still lives today. It's a big show, it's not for everyone, but give it a go, and maybe you'll learn something.
I'm still here. California is still standing. We aren't at the worst of the epidemic here in the United States, but it's pretty fucking bad, no lies. I worry for those in New York the most, who are currently hit the hardest.
All that said, with all this darkness comes a little bright light. Fury In The Slaughterhouse released a new song today, and all the charity is going to Doctors Without Borders. It's your moment of Fury today, but you should go out and buy the song on your own as well.
So I'm here. I think. Maybe. What day is it? Let's check the calendar. Huh. It's technically a Friday as I record/post this. I've barely been out of the house for three weeks. So I made this particular episode to remind me how a week works. Maybe it'll help you also.