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2012 in review

December 31, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 38,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 9 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.


2011 in review

December 31, 2011

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 40,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 15 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


February 24, 2011

As you probably noticed, J-Rock Explosion has a non-Wordpress url now! I was hoping I would have a few people on board before I dropped the monetary funds, but it’s time. Believe it or not J-Rock Explosion has been around for four years with today being it’s 4th anniversary. It started with me alone in my bedroom and it’s still me alone in my bedroom. Can’t say much has changed but I hope some of you have enjoyed my J-Rock ramblings.

So what can you expect from More of the same for now. I’ll be shopping for a new WP theme in the next few weeks, after I get around to posting my Best of 2010 list. Feel free to leave suggestions below!


WordPress 2010 stats and stuff

January 2, 2011

Got this email from WordPress this morning and thought I’d might as well share.  Thanks for visiting J-Rock Explosion!  Tell all your friends!

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 36,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 131 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 390 posts.

The busiest day of the year was October 16th with 179 views. The most popular post that day was Flavored Animal Droppings.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were, Google Reader,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for gackt, j rock, dir en grey, ellegarden, and gackt camui.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Flavored Animal Droppings August 2007


Gackt Goes Hollywood April 2008


buddhistson- SLOWDANCE ~wisely and slow, they stumble that dance fast~ (LYRICS) February 2009


Don’t wake up the KIDS!! May 2010


world’s end girlfriend starts his own label, fills it with awesome July 2010
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New: J-Rock Explosion’s Store!

November 29, 2010

What better way to celebrate Cyber Monday and the start of the holiday season than introducing J-Rock Explosion’s new store?  J-Rock Exposion’s J-Rock Store has hundreds of CD, MP3, vinyl, and DVD releases with more being added everyday!  Each purchase is handled through and a very small percentage of each order comes back to me.  Treat yourself to some quality releases so I can buy presents for my family!  I’ll start you off with 3 free MP3s good until the end of the day. Feel free to leave feedback and buy stuff!



March 7, 2010

After 3 years and some change, J-Rock Explosion has finally hit 100,000 views.  It’s been a bumpy ride with not a lot of highs and quite a few lows.  But I’d like to thank anyone who has stuck with me, linked to me on their blog, left a comment, my subscriber (it’s singular for a reason), and everyone  following me on Twitter.

If you don’t know me by now, my name is Andrew and I’ve been writing this blog by my lonesome this whole time. I’ve lived in the Chicago suburbs my entire life.  I’ve never been to Japan, or outside of this country for that matter, and at this rate probably never will.  I don’t understand a word of Japanese and at this point see no reason to learn.  I started this blog in my second year of college to “get back” at my favorite website for not posting about any of the bands I like, and you see how far that’s gotten me.  I managed to graduate last May with a degree in Communications arts and am still getting my ass kicked every night at UPS because I can’t find a real job.  If you want to know more about me or this blog, feel free to ask.

I didn’t plan anything for this “momentous” occasion, but I thought it’d be fun sharing some blog stats. Read the rest of this entry ?


My very first music video!

January 25, 2010

I figured I spent enough time ranting about music videos on this blog that it’s time to post my very own music video.  This is my video interpretation of “an umbrella fallen into fiction” by envy.  I made it as a project for my TV production class last year.  Looking back on it, I’m a little disappointed.  For starters, I had to cut the song in half just to finish in time.  But I’m still somewhat happy with the final product.

Yeah, I’m on YouTube now.  Rate, comment, subscribe 🙂


J-Rock Explosion is now on Twitter

January 13, 2010

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In an effort to promote J-Rock Explosion, I have decided to create an official twitter page for this blog.  I chose twitter because it was basically the only social network I’m not already on and you never know when “how do you tweet?” can come up in a conversation.  I’ll be posting things that I don’t feel like talking about here, you know, things that can be said in a sentence or a link.  The twitter link can be found below or under my widget on the right.  In other news, you can now rate my blog posts.  These may both be failed experiments but let’s see what happens.


New Years Resolutions 2010

January 6, 2010

I guess it’s time to come back.  Welcome to 2010, heading in to the third year of J-Rock Explosion.  And although J-Rock Explosion still hasn’t made a dent in the J-Rock blogosphere, I still made some goals for myself.  I wouldn’t set these in stone yet, but I’ll ponder them:

  • This Month in J-Rock– I hope to bring this back next week in time for my “Best of 2009” coverage.
  • Artist Spotlight/myspace band of the week– I kept up with myspace band of the week for a couple of months and quit Artist Spotlight after one, but I hope to put these back on track for the new year.
  • Exclusive stuff– Exclusive interviews and downloads would be nice.
  • Go to concerts– I hate crowds and driving to the city is always a hassle, but I’d like to be able to get out once in a while to see my favorite bands. I would especially like to see Polysics next month in Chicago.  It will be Kayo’s last performance with the band so it might be my last chance.  And of course if I go to Anime Central this year I’ll see however’s playing.
  • Have a more professional website– It would be cool to have the phrase “web master” on my resume.  I don’t have enough readers or the money to make this blog a legit website.  I would also hate to go into it alone.
  • Make money– I do have a degree in Communications.  I would like to make money on my writing someday.

So there’s my list. In terms of my personal life, it’s the same as every year: lose weight, make money, find myself a nice girl.  Maybe not in the same order.  Have a nice day.


The Return of This Month In J-Rock

November 12, 2009

For the handful of nonvocal readers that have kept up with my This Month In J-Rock columns, I thought I’d let you know that I plan on restarting the column within the next couple of weeks.

I’ve been wanting to restart the column for several months but have met with plenty of unfortunate setbacks.  Most importantly my father’s acceptance into the convalescent center in May and subsequent death at the end of October.  It’s been a difficult 6 months watching every function of his body die and finally his last breath.  His four and a half year journey with cancer has shaped me and my writing in more ways than I can write down in the lifetime of this blog.

But perhaps the real reason I’ve been avoiding the column is the standard “writing into a void” syndrome.  When you spend hundreds of man hours working on something and the only comments you receive are from a psychotic Dir en grey fan, you have to rethink your outlook on life.  It just doesn’t make sense killing myself every month to write 15-20 reviews that won’t be read.

So the next column will be posted in the next couple of weeks and if that doesn’t happen assume I gave up on the idea.  The new column will be very much condensed, combining two months into one, and will have much less reviews.  Perhaps that’s for the best.  There’s only so many ways I can say “this album sucks.”