First up, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to those who don't celebrate Christmas or don't celebrate anything in the last month of the year. It's really amazing how 2018 went by really fast! But most of all, if it's chilly where you may live right now, be sure to stay warm, drink plenty of hot beverages (tea), and, as SHIN mentioned on one of his blogs, try and eat some good ol' hot pot for the winter season.
It's here! It's finally happening! OMG! 😱
So, we're counting down to the GIANT KILLING One-Man Live tour, and it's happening this upcoming weekend in Osaka and Nagoya! So, if you happen to be there around this time and you didn't get a chance to pre-order tickets online months ago, you can actually order them at the door.
Or, better yet, you can travel to Shibuya, where the third and final day of the GIANT KILLING tour will take place. It will be on the 26th, right after Christmas Day. Tickets are still available for pre-orders online, but it's also possible that you may also purchase tickets at the door too if there happens to have extra tickets.
On each venue, we've got the goodies on sale for you to splurge! The available items are as follows:
If my memory serves me correct, if the official items were not sold out during the venues, they will be available for sale online at the Nippon Columbia store. You would have to use a shipping service such as Tenso to order and purchase the items. I haven't tried this service yet, but hopefully, I'd be able to if the goods go up on sale online.
Are you single? Or if you have a special someone but don't have a clue on where you're going to spend your Christmas Eve date, there is one place: The final AXCEL MEETING with MADKID, of course!
Because of the holidays, the boys will be holding the final AXCEL MEETING of the year at Nippon Columbia Studios in the afternoon, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Celebrate Christmas, or whatever it is you celebrate (or not celebrate), with the boys, maybe exchange gifts and share what you want to share with them and your fellow Axcels.
If you have been following our Twitter for awhile now, you should see a short 1-week poll that I opened regarding the site. The results came out with the following:
So, if your choice was not the majority, don't worry about it. We're still going to consider the other choices as part of the site, but will not be priority in comparison to the choice majority. In this instance, that would be Fan Stories with MADKID.
But, let me explain the choices in full detail first:
Because Fan Stories with MADKID won the majority of the vote, AXCEL STYLE will add this content feature starting next year. Because their 3rd single RISE and the MADKID FACTION campaign will come to fruition starting January, the first month of 2019 would be the perfect time to introduce this new series of posts. As mentioned regarding Guest writers from Axcels, I think I'm going to combine the two.
More information about Fan Stories will come much later, hopefully sometime next week or after Christmas Day, so please, stay tuned.
That's all for today before the GIANT KILLING tour, Axcels. Till next time!
LYRICS: IRONICAL (LIN rap line only)
For the month of November, LIN & HYLEN released another collaborated joint with fellow brother boy group XOX's rapper, Riku Tanaka (credited under the pseudonym RI-U). Because of MADKID's heavy schedules back in October, the two partners-in-crime haven't released a single for that month. But, now they're back in action, as the end of the year continues to close in, little by little.
Lin & Hylen have done a good number of collaborations with third-party collaborators in their recent few singles from a solo rapper (LIL'B) to a duo of vocalist and mixmaster (XYLOZ), but with IRONICAL, this was the first time that the duo have collaborated with a member of an already seasoned, well-known boy group, XOX. We've seen MADKID perform with various dance and vocal groups of all backgrounds, whether they're from the major leagues to the indie scene, on huge live events like the SWISH series, TOKYO TRAX series, and more, but we rarely, almost never, see any of these groups do collaborations with each other when it comes to originally produced tracks.
Even though that this is a side collaboration with XOX's Riku Tanaka/RI-U, this could also mean a sign that there will be many future collaborations with more established artists and groups. Who knows, some of these tracks may even end up being released as a major track and get counted on the coveted Oricon Charts. Let's all hope for the best!
As we all know, the kickoff of MADKID's end of the year one-man live tour, GIANT KILLING, begins this weekend, 12/15, in Osaka, followed by their second day on 12/16 in Nagoya. There will be a long break as we all spend the Christmas holidays with our loved ones. After Christmas Day, the final day of the tour will be back in Shibuya on 12/26. After that, we get to spend the rest of the final days of 2018 resting, preparing for the new year, and spending more time with our family and friends.
But first, let's check out the November single, IRONICAL.
The title IRONICAL is based on the English vocabulary word ironical. The meaning of the word is rooted from the noun irony and is also the same meaning as the more known term ironic. According to the Quick and Dirty Tips English Grammar section, ironical is a much older version of ironic, and because of the English colonization of many parts of the world including the U.S., different varieties and "dialects" of English have been developed in each colonized nation. Because ironical is the original word, the term is more common in the U.K. than it is in the U.S., Canada, Australia, or any other English-speaking nation.
So, in other words, ironical is not a typo or an intended misspelling.
To start off the song, we get this very simple, very nice, very laid back organ chord, followed by another smooth, laid-back beat. Imagine yourself driving in an open-top convertible with your homeboys, just bopping your heads while cruising through the streets at 2 mi/h (3.22 km/h) so everybody sees you. And while the song hypnotizes the bystanders, they begin to follow you Pied Piper-style, leading them to some special place where you can party all day, all night. For me, that's how I pictured on the first few chords.
IRONICAL reminded me of those iconic past hip-hop/rap songs from the '90s-early 2000s where the lyrics' message is in "poetic" format expressing the sadness and disappointment of the man towards a girl who pretty much played him. We've heard of those types of hip-hop tracks before, but there are at times where society dismisses them, criticizing these forms as random rambling. Sometimes, the tune and sound of a song can play tricks on our minds, thinking that a song that sounded so smooth and relaxing would also mean that the lyrics sung to this sound would have the same theme.
In the case of IRONICAL, that doesn't mean that the sound/tune of a song and the lyrics performed to the song are the same. After all, as the title says, the lyrics and the sound opposite (but complement) each other, which makes this song ironical.
LIN posted his part of the song on his lyrics blog, but other than LIN being dope as eff as always, how about giving some props to Riku Tanaka's/RI-U's rapid-fire rhyming skills? Though it's still difficult for me to pick up Japanese lyrics (especially rap lyrics) by ear, his style and flow is a huge contrast in comparison to the style and genre of music that his group, XOX, is known for. Maybe it's a little too early or sudden to say this, but maybe in the near future that XOX may try to experiment with other concepts since their lineup change, just like how MADKID stepped down from their usual upbeat badass concept to something more relaxing and smooth during the summer when they released their 2nd major single, Summer Time.
You can check out IRONICAL from your favorite audio streaming services right now.
To all my fellow American Axcels out there, Happy belated Thanksgiving!
To all my fellow Axcels around the world, Happy Holidays! Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hannukah, or not celebrating anything at all, please enjoy the rest of 2018 as we are nearing to a close.
But, AXCEL STYLE has been quiet. That's because MADKID has been quiet and also, I have been busy myself seeking for a new job and taking code/dev bootcamp preps and enrolling in coding bootcamp programs. But the primary reason was that MADKID had been quiet most of November.
Still, the silence was very well worth it, because we've got PLENTY of things going on that is to come when we kick off 2019. Just like their major debut back in January 2018, something awesome will be happening alongside the current events that we have today.
But first, a little bit of a throwback.
Welcome, November! It's almost the end of the year, and why not end it with a bang?
As we enter YOU-TA's 30-something-day hiatus period as he recovers from his recent polyps removal surgery two weekends ago, the remaining four are taking strides to continue without their leader. One of these happens to be a prelude to their upcoming one-man live nationwide tour this coming December. That prelude is revealed in a digital-only format single sharing the same name as their tour, GIANT KILLING.
The single is now available for purchase and download in your favorite audio streaming services, such as iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play Music, and Spotify.
When we first heard of their newest single from last month's MAD MUSIC, the members already gave us a hint that GIANT KILLING will be a "mashup remix" of two singles, I Don't Care and Never going back. I have to say that upon hearing the teaser of the song, the boys were not joking.
Just transitioning slowly from the smooth and relaxing period of Summer Time, fall is almost nearing its end and Winter will be creeping in soon. This can also mean that we need the hard push and the adrenaline rush that we need to stay warm and on fire to our daily lives or goals that we are about to enter and take the chance while opportunities are available. When the weather begins to cool, we need an accelerator to battle the cold and keep us moving through all obstacles and reach for our goals.
The lyrics of GIANT KILLING is exactly what that is about.
First up, Happy Halloween to all who are celebrating this fun celebration! Hope you all get a lot of treats and that you stay safe!
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