Updates and rambles

Aaand…back, partially!

This was the longest hiatus for Melody Cafe. The site broke, and to be honest I had other priorities to attend to. I’ve finally gotten some of it fixed. Full functionally should hopefully return in the next few months. I truly appreciate your patience.

Sunday, January 9th, 2022 Updates and rambles No Comments

The music is still playing ♪ 

It’s been more than half a year since the last post on this blog, which marks the longest hiatus of Melody Cafe in several years. It’s also been an unusual year for me, with many significant life changes. While I have definitely been listening to music still, I have not been able to keep up enough to post about it.

Rest assured, the music of Melody Cafe is still going. I hope to have some updates in the next few months as life hopefully settles down.

// ico.

Sunday, July 25th, 2021 Updates and rambles No Comments

Winter music updates

Thank you for your patience! I’ve been busy with work-related events this month. It’s also been a busy month for JPop, with new albums from well known artists as well as those less famous.

Please stay tuned as I catch up on recent and upcoming releases this month, and happy holidays to all!

// ico.

Monday, December 23rd, 2019 Updates and rambles No Comments

Brief hiatus

Owing to a lot of traveling and other activities this fall, Melody Cafe will be on hiatus until mid-October to early November. I hope this site continues to be useful to you in my absence. As always, thank you for your support and patience. I will definitely be catching up on new releases once I get back!

See you then!

// ico.

Thursday, September 12th, 2019 Updates and rambles No Comments

Revisions to song translations

I recently went through song lyrics I had translated a long time ago. I found numerous errors and inaccuracies, so I went back and revised several of them. I also added some lyrics I had been working on, which had not been posted in the past.

For reference these files are:

Previously posted, newly revised:
KOKIA – Aishiteiru kara
KOKIA – Arigatou…
KOKIA – Hirusagari no toki
KOKIA – Soyokaze ga sougen wo naderu you ni

Newly posted or reposted:
KOKIA – Tsugi au toki wa
KOKIA – Watashi wa utau kotori desu

And there will be others as I go through these old files.


Saturday, June 15th, 2019 Updates and rambles No Comments

Back…for now.

While I like the WordPress package overall, the radical new editor broke all of my old html and shortcodes. After struggling for hours to make new posts but not being able to correct formatting issues, I went back to my 60 hour work week to catch up on Work. Now that I’ve figured out how to reactivate the old editor for a little while longer, I’ll get back to posting about new releases, of which there are many that I’m looking forward to over the next few months.

Happy listening!

And thank you for your patience. The Melody Cafe is still open. ♬

Sunday, March 10th, 2019 Updates and rambles No Comments

Happy New Year!

I hope you are all having a wonderful New Year.

2019 looks to be another great year for music!

Please pardon my hiatus during the winter holidays, which has been an incredibly busy season for me. In the meantime, enjoy some New Year’s champagne, and I will be back in several weeks to highlight new and upcoming releases for January and February.

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 Updates and rambles No Comments

Update: CD Japan links fix

In the past month, links to CD Japan on this site broke. Links are generated using the CD Japan affiliate program website. When you click on a CD Japan link from this site, CD Japan makes a note of it using cookies, and if you buy something there, I earn a tiny commission. There was something in the way the link URLs were formatted that WordPress does not like them. I created a work-around using bit.ly, a link shortening site, that now refers your click to the CD Japan link, and from there to the CD Japan page on the item.

For now, I am updating each news post individually, in reverse chronological order. If anyone knows of a better fix, please let me know.

Thursday, June 21st, 2018 Updates and rambles No Comments

Announcement: issue with external links

Something strange happened to all of the links to external images and content at CD Japan. This occurred shortly after the most recent WordPress update. I’m not quite sure what happened. Will keep updating as I find out more.

Thursday, May 31st, 2018 Updates and rambles No Comments

BAND-MAIKO: April fool’s music video “secret MAIKO lips”

Hard rock band BAND-MAID released a music video on April 1st. With it, they announced they changed the band’s name to BAND-MAIKO, and performed a song titled “secret MAIKO lips” dressed in kimono, with a shamisen backing track. In addition, the lyrics were re-written (from their original song “secret My lips”) into a Kyoto dialect.

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