The Momusu Phenomenon

July 14, 2011

Morning Musume this year celebrated its 14th anniversary, and I as an avowed otaku – ( °٢° )(^▼^), etc. – would be remiss if I didn’t dedicate an entry (or five) of my blog to the group, of whose music I have so many very happy memories.

Assembled in ’97 by vocalist-cum-producer Tsunku of Sharan Q: Abe Natsumi, Nakazawa Yuko, Iida Kaori, Fukuda Asuka, and Ishiguro Aya – altogether known as Morning Musume (モーニング娘。) – released their first official single, Morning Coffee (モーニングコーヒー), in early ’98.

(to be continued…)

'Morning Coffee'


‘Me,’ colon ‘Kitsch,’ colon ‘A Rope of Sand’

July 13, 2011

So, in case my introductory post was insufficient, I thought I ought to introduce myself more formally and in some more detail.

I’m Matthew Blythe, an aspiring writer and avid consumer of pop culture in all of its avenues (as I think it says on my… Gravatar profile, whatever the fuck that is). I love books and I LOVE kitsch, both of which I hope to feature extensively in the blog.

Kitsch is one of those slippery concepts, but I think of it as… for instance the moment on SNL where Jim Breuer and Colin Quinn’re doing the umpteenth edition of the ‘Joe Pesci Show’ sketch, and their REAL-LIFE COUNTERPARTS, Pesci and De Niro, walk out to a solid two minutes of thunderous applause, Quinn and Breuer go dead silent, and Pesci kneecaps them both – that’s kitschy, right?

OR, the end of that episode of Family Guy with the nuclear holocaust, where it turns out the whole thing was Pamela Ewing’s dream and Bobby asks ‘What’s Family Guy?’ THAT’S KITSCHY, RIGHT?

So, I live for that shit. How ’bout you?


July 13, 2011

So, I know… a lot of people claim this ‘cause they think it’s somehow cool or individual, but I’m more and more noticing tendencies of OCD in myself.

FOR INSTANCE, it used to be I had to speak ONLY in iambic pentameter.

As I am sure you have guessed, it was hard.

Lately it’s been… when I or a friend repeats letters for emphasis (e.g. WAAAH), the repeated letters have got to be in a multiple of three, or else I’m itched – ITCHEDDD!