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Current & Future Events for Spring 2014

Hey there everyone.

It's been a while since I've posted a general update on how things are going station-side, so here are some things we've been doing lately. Before that though, I want to remind everyone that we are still looking for volunteer promoters for this year's campaign. We're already doing a lot on our own this year, but volunteers have the sort of reach that we could never truly have. Let us know if you're interested!

Shirts!
First and foremost, the order for the 2nd run of "Digital Miko" T-Shirts has been submitted! We exceeded our goal, receiving nearly 40 orders from people in just two weeks, which is sort of mind-boggling, but yeah, that happened. We did order some extras as well just in case there are others that couldn't make the sale. Pre-orders from this sale are scheduled to be shipped from our studio location in the first week of May.

When the shop opens up again, shirts will remain at a reduced price until they're gone, and when that happens, they're gone for good. This was our last order for this design, meaning that there will be 180 Digital Miko T-shirts in existence. People have already asked if we'll come up with a different design in the future, and there's a chance that we will, but it won't happen until 2015 if it does.

Music!
You may already be aware, but last week, we spent a few days progressively updating the library with new music, and trimming a lot of music out that just didn't fit in anymore. We still have a bit of music we want to bring to the active library, as well as songs that we want to trim according to the listener ratings. At this point, we've pretty much filled the station server near capacity with approximately 40% more music than before. New circles are also hitting the station with this update such as Esquaria, Poplica, Riverside, and Yellow Zebra.

Dancing?!
Well, maybe not at Gensokyo Radio, but this is still pretty cool.



Tomorrow (April 19th) in Toronto, Canada, a unique combination of people, anime music, and the DJ's from Kawaii Bass will converge at one location, creating an awesome atmosphere you won't find anywhere else on this side of the planet. While I was at Anime Boston 2014, DMJ and I ran into someone known as Epikuro, the founder and host of Kawaii Bass, and after chatting for a bit, he ended up with 100 of this year's Gensokyo Radio handouts. With that said, if you're there, you might find us in paper form there as well (provided he hasn't already exhausted his supply). Maybe one day I'll be lucky enough to find myself at one of these venues.

If you want to hear some of what they've played at past venues, Epikuro has a SoundCloud with mixes of Touhou, Vocaloid, and others into multiple 1 hour+ tracks.

Statistics!
Ever since Boston, our numbers have reached new heights, both in terms of listener average and listener peaks. It's really cool to see an increase in listeners from the New England states as well (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, etc.), showing us that local promotion really does have an effect. Generally, our daily listener averages are starting to hit in the 50's more regularly, with peaks hitting in the high 70's and low 80's. Our current station server setup is able to handle this increase just fine, so there are no issues on that front for the time being.

Future Stuff!
We're actively working on some new systems behind-the-scenes, one of those systems being the new live info display system. In reality, that system is a brand new playlisting system which will enable the staff (and possibly listeners) to have more control over what the station plays. If you're thinking "requests", you're not far off. That may well be one of the things that becomes possible to do once the system is more mature. For now, it's still in development.

Future Events!
One of the latest developments at Gensokyo Radio is the possibility of another staff meetup this year, this time at ColossalCon in Sandusky, Ohio, taking place in June. This is a seriously recent development, so we don't have much info on it. Basically, if it happens, LunarSpotlight & DMJ654 would be the staff on-location, and it wouldn't be nearly as involved as Boston was with the panel and such. We would essentially just be visiting the con like most others, getting the word out closer to the Midwest region of the US.

With that, I feel I've sufficiently updated you all on what's happening at the station. We'll be back to let you know more about the 2nd run of shirts when they arrive, as well as our next Live show which is currently scheduled for May 9th, 2014.

Thanks for listening! ~

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Latest Review

"Seated with Liquor" by Draw the Emotional and Foreground Eclipse

I have stated in a previous review that I have been into metal for a long time before Touhou. So when I heard of the Touhou metal scene, I hopped right on in. There were two bands that really caught my attention, Foreground Eclipse and Draw the Emotional. Both bands really impressed me and had something I really admired, the vocalist. Where Foreground Eclipse had some amazing clean vocalists at their disposal, Draw the Emotional had the best screams in the scene. I used to joke "Imagine if they were to do an album together!" Then Comiket 83 happened and I lost it.

"Seated with Liquor" is an collaborative effort between Foreground Eclipse and Draw the Emotional at one the best metal albums in the Touhou Universe. The album is my number one favorite metal album of all time, which used to be "Exhibit B: the Human Condition" by Exodus. The album marks both bands at the peak of their musical careers. Draw the Emotional contributed to instrumentals and backing vocals while Merami, who sings clean vocals with Foreground Eclipse, was the lead on most of the songs along with her band backing her on 5 tracks including 3 original songs. I could safely say the Merami has the best female voice in all of metal (Sorry Alysia White-Gultz). It was a match made in heaven and a project that I think, could not be touched again within Touhou. The album has some of the best lyrics and arrangements I have ever heard in the metal.

Let me first start with the song "Accept your Fate Now" which highlights Draw the Emotional's vocalist/arranger, ゆよゆっぺ, ability to scream. This song is so heavy, when I first heard it I freaked out all over my Facebook page and sent it off to my main wall. I listened to this song for at least 7 hours straight. The vocals are so crushing, that the clean vocals are just add icing to the cake. The instrumentals are also brutal and made me think of something by Mastodon (for some reason).

The song after that is one of my favorite songs of all time, "Stay by My Side," when it comes to Touhou metal. It made me groove, head bang, and sing along. What is nice is that this is some of the best vocal work Kakichoco has done to date. The drum work is really good, and the guitar work is stunning. This song is heavy but meaningful. I kept this song as my wake up alarm on my laptop since it came out.

This album takes the cake for being the best album to date. Both groups did a great job with this album and really made this one stand out from the rest of the pack at C83 for sure. What is cool is that I just started with Touhou Music Reviews when C83 started up and it was a treat to hear this album release. If you have a chance, pick it up. Something like this can never happen again, especially since Foreground Eclipse split up after Comiket 85. Now if only Draw the Emotional could do an album with Kissing the Mirror!

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