Today, after Matty's raves, I attempted to purchase a Wii -- but was rebuffed ("Come back tomorrow....before 8 AM.") So, instead I cracked out my Nintendo DS and conquered another level of Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan (a Japanese import musical rhythm game so wonderful it warrants it own entire post at some later date).
However, after being unable to save the world from a cataclysmic asteroid impact with my rhythmic cheering, I was happy to find that one of my favorite J-Pop punk tracks from the game, Linda Linda, was finally on iTunes. I stupidly purchased it before realizing you could find the freebie MP3 here.
I don't have much to say about this song -- other than that the overwrought beginning is one of the biggest fake outs in pop music ever. Once it kicks in, it's pure gold. It's sung in Japanese (which improves the experience), but the constant references to the very Western sounding "Linda" give us English speakers something to latch onto. Defnitely worth a listen -- Joanna Newsom should look to incorporating this sound into her next project.
(Also, there's apparently a School of Rock-like movie called Linda Linda Linda about a group of misfit girls who learn to play Linda Linda for the school talent show. Can someone with NetFlix see if it's on there?)
Linda Linda (mp3)