It is once again that time when the Selective Hearing staff go over all the stuff that has happened in 2017. I being the supreme leader of the site get to go last as is customary. As usual, these types of posts go kind of long so get comfortable, have a pee break and then come back to reading this.

Selective Hearing in 2017

Site wise it has been a relatively uneventful year. There were no server migrations this time (Praise Jebus) and everything that makes this place appear as a blip on the Internet is running just as it should be.

When it comes to the non technical stuff that is a different story. With a decade of existence behind us our 11th year marked the start of some small but important changes in how we operate and in our presentation of content.

Firstly, we are trying to make more use of social media. It’s not a great attempt by any means but some effort is being put into doing something with the various accounts that we currently have.

Our Twitter went through an overhaul with a change in what types of accounts we follow and the users we just list in groups. Those who didn’t unfollow us after the great purge probably still see some value in the content we provide and/or know one of us personally. So thanks for sticking with us for whatever reason after all that.

Our long dormant Instagram account is now getting updated more often so I guess that is a good thing. It is difficult to find something decent to post on there sometimes to be honest. As long as the account is active someone will find something to put up there.

There is a new platform to see our articles now that our Apple News account is online. If you happen to be a frequent user of that app then please search for “Selective Hearing” and add us to your favourites as our content will be cross posted there automatically as articles go live on the site.

Facebook users may have noticed articles on our page look different when looking at them on a mobile device. Well that’s thanks to enabling instant articles. It’s a small cosmetic change, but a nice one nonetheless.

Content wise we have continued to expand past our standard music reviews. The staff have been given more freedom to write about what is relevant to them which is why more editorials and other types of articles have been trickling in over the past year. Continuing to follow this path will hopefully bring different things for our readers (both new and long-time) to absorb.

Events

My 2017 started with going to Wrestle Kingdgom 11 at the Tokyo Dome. Broken leg or not, I was going to be there. Getting there was fun. Apparently disabled peeps get taken through the bowels of the Tokyo Dome to get in and out of the building. My friends and I got to go through the dressing room area on the way to our seats and on the way out of the building. It definitely was an experience to see Adam Cole warming during the pre-show and to bow to Tanahashi on the way out of the building.

The complete photo gallery for Wrestle Kingdom 11 can be seen here.

Once I got back to Canada and had surgery I didn’t go anywhere other than to the hospital and physiotherapy sessions. Yup. Fun times. It wasn’t until September that I was medically cleared to travel and the first place I went to was J-Pop Summit in San Francisco. Babyraids JAPAN, BAND-MAID and Iwasa Misaki were the main attractions at the event for me.

It was my first time in San Francisco and my third tour of press duty for our partner site Nihongogo. I wasn’t sure what this event would be like but it ended up being a rather fun “working” vacation with some lessons learned for their 10th anniversary event should I choose to go to it. (Which is highly likely)

If you missed them, please check out the interviews I conducted for Nihongogo at J-Pop Summit 2017:

https://nihongogo.com/2017/09/an-interview-with-band-maid-at-j-pop-summit-2017/

https://nihongogo.com/2017/09/an-interview-with-babyraids-japan-at-j-pop-summit-2017/

As of the publishing date of this article you are reading I will be in Japan trying to avoid going to the hospital again.

Music

Normally I go through the release list at CDJAPAN to see what I have added to my collection from the past year. Instead of going through that painful process I kept track of the music I either bought or downloaded in a spreadsheet. Yup, the proper and nerdy way of keeping track of stuff.

I did 41 reviews this year which I guess is good? I don’t really know since I never kept track of the number of reviews I’ve done each year until now. I also noticed that i downloaded a lot more singles than albums.

This year I continued to go back and forth between American Top 40 and J-Pop. Not a lot of K-Pop interested me that much. I tried to get into groups like KARD and TWICE but they could not hold my attention. Even the return of Girls’ Generation was disappointing. I did manage to find a couple of songs that I liked from the genre but not as many as in the past. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted K-Pop.

Here are my favourites from 2017.

Singles/Album Cuts

[alexandros] – Snow Sound

BAND-MAID – Don’t You Tell Me

Nakata Yasutaka feat. Charli XCX & Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Crazy Crazy

PASSPO – Playground

欅坂46 – 不協和音

増田有華愛してたの

BoA and Mad Clown – Tonight

Calvin Harris feat. Young Thug, Pharrell Williams & Ariana Grande – Heatstroke

DAOKO × 岡村靖幸ステップアップLOVE

Daniel Caesar and H.E.R. – Best Part

David Guetta feat. Justin Bieber – 2U

dvsn – Mood

Ella Mai – Anymore

=LOVE – =LOVE

Jay-Z – 4:44

Katy Perry feat. Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm

Kygo feat Selena Gomez – It Ain’t Me

MACO – 恋するヒトミ

New City – Dirty Secrets

RHYMEBERRY – TOKYOチューインガム

SEKAI NO OWARI – One More Night

Snoh Aalegra – Fool For You

The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming

Albums

In order from left to right:

  1. BAND-MAID – Just Bring It
  2. ONE OK ROCK – Ambitions
  3. PASSPO – Cinema Trip
  4. Pink Cres. – Crescendo
  5. Yamamoto Sayaka – Identity
  6. Epik High – We’ve Done Something Wonderful
  7. EXID – Full Moon
  8. KREVA – Uso to Bonno
  9. MiC LOWRY – Mood
  10. Suiyoubi no Campanella – Superman
  11. Tuxedo – Tuxedo II
  12. dvsn – Morning After

Conclusion

Well I don’t really know what to say about 2017. For our 11th year I think we did fairly well. There is still the ongoing issue of getting any type of original content out in a timely manner, but that seems to be slowly sorting itself out as the site ages.

To wrap this all up I extend my gratitude to those who have been down with us since the inception of this site those many moons ago. Thank you for your continued support. For everyone else who may have casually dropped by in some manner, thank you for giving us a bit of your time. Hopefully you found what you were looking for. Last but not least I would like to extend a very big thank you to the current staff for giving your time and effort to the site. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

That is all. Have a safe and prosperous new year. On to year 12.