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" NOSA Reina new song "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (SUZUKI Saeko cover) out now on iTunes, Spotify, etc.!… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/940580352266928129 " — @coolestsound on December 12, 2017 at 22:53 | Retweet

Nosa Reina has a new Christmas song available on iTunes Japan (and OTOTOY, Spotify, etc.)! "I WIsh It Could Be Christmas Everyday" is a cover of Suzuki Saeko, from the 1983 album of the same name. This is an early release from an album of covers by Nosa Reina, expected to be released in Spring 2018. Don't miss getting this song while the season is right!

A Christmas-themed release party will be held on December 20 at Shinsekai in Roppongi, featuring Nosa Reina, Neons, Doremi Hamill and DJ SLF (of The Lady Spade).

Nosa Reina "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (Download)
野佐怜奈 「I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY 毎日がクリスマスだったら」

P-Vine
Out now (12/6)
Sample/buy: 野佐怜奈「I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY 毎日がクリスマスだったら - Single」収録の , Amazon Japan MP3, OTOTOY, Spotify

Teaser clip

Find out more about: NOSA Reina

Posted on | Released on December 6, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


" NOMIYA Maki with Stardust Brothers "hoshikuzu kyoudai, tsuki e yuku" (Download) out now on iTunes Japan! ☞… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/938053425765294081 " — @coolestsound on December 5, 2017 at 23:32 | Retweet

Nomiya Maki has a new song out now on iTunes Japan! This space disco track appears in sci-fi musical movie "The Brand New Legend of the Stardust Brothers" directed by Macoto Tezka (son of Tezuka Osamu), to open in theaters in Japan starting January 20, 2018. In this song, Maki sings about the Stardust Brothers who are leaving for a travel to the moon, where their new adventure is about to take place.

This follows the digital release of two other songs from the movie: theme song "hoshikuzu kyōdai no densetsu" sung by the Stardust Brothers (iTunes Japan), and "Dreams Never End" sung by the entire cast (iTunes Japan). A CD soundtrack is also expected to be released on January 10. Stay tuned for details!

There will be a special live event held on January 22 at Shibuya WWW, featuring many of the artists and cast seen in the movie.

Nomiya Maki with Stardust Brothers "hoshikuzu kyōdai, tsuki e yuku" (Download)
野宮真貴 with スターダスト・ブラザーズ 「星くず兄弟、月へゆく」

3-D
Out now (12/6)
Sample/buy: 野宮真貴「星くず兄弟、月へゆく (with スターダスト・ブラザーズ) - Single」を iTunes で (Japan)

Find out more about: NOMIYA Maki

Posted on | Released on December 6, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Vanilla Beans are celebrating their 10th anniversary! This is a greatest hits album that consists of all singles since their debut in 2007. Also included are one brand new song and also a new version of "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji" (Pizzicato Five cover, aka "the night is still young") especially re-arranged by Konishi Yasuharu (ex-Pizzicato Five)! Vanilla Beans have been covering "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji" in their live shows for a long time, and a previous version was included on "VaniBest" (2010).

Check out their new clip below for "tokeijikake no Wonderland", a new song that revisits their previous singles & various outfits.

There are two limited editions which include respectively a Blu-ray and DVD with different contents. The Blu-ray contains 19 video clips plus live footage from the 10th anniversary show held on October 7, 2017. The DVD has the same live footage, plus exclusive discussion footage featuring Endō Mai and Kaede (Negicco). Each of the editions have a different CD bonus track.

Vanilla Beans are currently touring all of Japan's Tower Records shops! The next in-store events announced so far will be on December 2 at Tower Records Ario Hashimoto (Kanagawa pref.) from 12:00 and 14:00, and at Tower Records Yokohama Vivre from 19:00. Look out for more dates on their official site. Also they will tour 6 cities of Japan from February to May 2018. Find details and tickets on their schedule page.

Vanilla Beans "Vani Best II"
バニラビーンズ 「Vani Best II」

1. tokeijikake no Wonderland
2. U♡Me
3. Nicola
4. sakasaka Circus
5. LOVE & HATE
6. toki no kakera
7. Choco Mint Flavor Time
8. Non-Section
9. Muscat Slope Love
10. Please me, Darlin'
11. watashi... fukō guse
12. Cup no Fuchiko Official Song "kitto ii fuchi"
13. uchōten Girl
14. onna wa sore o gaman shinai
15. Beanius
16. lonesomeX
17. Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji - Konishi Yasuharu remix -
18. Nihao! Zaijian! Yodaredori!! (Omisohan to Richakohan) (DVD limited edition-only bonus track)
18. Tokyo Crawl (Rena from Vanilla Beans) (Blu-ray limited edition-only bonus track)
18. sweet life (Regular edition-only bonus track)

DVD (DVD limited edition only)
"10th Anniversary Live"
1. Nicola
2. toki no kakera
3. Beanius
4. sweet life
"Vanilla Beans 10th anniversary special talk"
- Rena x Endō Mai / Lisa x Kaede (Negicco)

Blu-ray (Blu-ray limited edition only)
"Music videos"
1. U♡Me
2. a little crying
3. Nicola
4. sakasaka Circus
5. LOVE&HATE
6. D&D
7. KIDS (MGMT cover ver.)
8. 100 mankai no SMK
9. älskar dig
10. Choco Mint Flavor Time
11. Non-Section
12. Killer Kyui-n
13. Muscat Slope Love
14. Please me, Darlin'
15. watashi... fukō guse
16. kitto ii fuchi
17. uchōten Girl
18. onna wa sore o gaman shinai
19. tokeijikake no Wonderland
"10th Anniversary Live"
1. Nicola
2. toki no kakera
3. Beanius
4. sweet life

DVD limited edition (Region 2 NTSC)
avex trax AVCD-93779
Out 12/6, ¥3704 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon (19% off *), HMV (11% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Blu-ray limited edition (Region free NTSC)
avex trax AVCD-93780
Out 12/6, ¥4630 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon (19% off *), HMV (11% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition
avex trax AVCD-93781
Out 12/6, ¥2778 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"tokeijikake no Wonderland" (Short ver.)

Find out more about: KONISHI Yasuharu, Vanilla Beans

Posted on | Released on December 6, 2017 | Comments (2) | Tweet |


Perfume have a 2nd collection of video clips being released on Blu-ray and DVD! This contains everything from "Spring of Life" (2012), when they moved to label Universal Music, up to the latest "If you wanna" (2017), pursuing from where "Perfume Clips" (2014) had left.

The limited edition comes with a bonus disc that consists of TV commercials and also commentary by the members about all of the songs, as well as a special booklet with commentary for the video directors (most likely in Japanese).

CDJapan gives away an A2-sized poster, while supplies last.

Perfume "Perfume Clips 2" (Blu-ray/DVD)

1. Spring of Life
2. Spending all my time
3. mirai no Museum
4. Magic of Love
5. 1mm
6. Sweet Refrain
7. Cling Cling
8. DISPLAY
9. Hold Your Hand
10. Relax In The City
11. Pick Me Up
12. STAR TRAIN
13. FLASH
14. TOKYO GIRL
15. Everyday
16. If you wanna

Limited edition Blu-ray (Region free, NTSC)
Universal UPXP-9010
Out 11/29, ¥6500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon (24% off *), HMV (13% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Limited edition DVD (Region 2, NTSC)
Universal UPBP-9012
Out 11/29, ¥5500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon (24% off *), HMV (13% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition Blu-ray (Region free, NTSC)
Universal UPXP-1012
Out 11/29, ¥4000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon (26% off *), HMV (13% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition DVD (Region 2, NTSC)
Universal UPBP-1012
Out 11/29, ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon (24% off *), HMV (13% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: Perfume

Posted on | Released on November 29, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Singer-songwriter YeYe has just released a 4th album earlier this month! Otherwise full of new songs, the album includes a self-cover of "TWIST", a song previously heard in a collaboration with Takano Hiroshi on "We Are Here" (2014). "yurayura" is the theme song of movie "koi to sayonara to Hawaii". "MOTTAINAI" is the follow-up to "hito" (2016).

The album is available at YeYe's online shop for overseas orders only. It's also on iTunes and Spotify. Don't miss checking it out.

All songs can be sampled at CDJapan.

YeYe "MOTTAINAI"

1. Blessing in Disguise
2. Paddle
3. TWIST
4. yurayura
5. Walking on the Trees
6. unzaridesuyo
7. Slightly
8. I SEE THE FOREST YOU SEE
9. I SEE THE FOREST YOU SEE piano ver.

Rallye Label RYECD-275
Out now (11/8), ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , YeYe「MOTTAINAI」を Apple Music で, Spotify, YeYe online shop for overseas
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"unzaridesuyo"

"yurayura"

Find out more about: YeYe

Posted on | Released on November 8, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Record Day 2017 was held on November 3, and this year again led to the release of many vinyl records. Below is a selection of the titles, but you can find the whole list on the official site here.

Record Day (not the same as "Record Store Day") is set to coincide with Japan's "Culture Day" public holiday on November 3. Japan's famous record press Tōyō Kasei takes the lead inviting Japanese artists and labels to release vinyl records on Record Day.

Oh! Penelope "Let's Fly The Ad-Balloon" (7")

Part of Konishi Yasuharu's 7" project "A" (Ace) comes this release of two songs by Oh! Penelope, originally released on CD in 1996 and 1997. Limited to 500 copies.

A. Let's Fly The Ad-Balloon
B. I'M GONNA MISS YOU

Great Tracks MHKL-10
Out now (11/3), ¥1800円 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Kihara Satomi "Carnival" (7")
木原さとみ 「カーニヴァル」

Also from Konishi Yasuharu's selection. This is a cover of the Cardigans' hit song by Kihara Satomi (previously leader of Tokyo Performance Doll). It was released in 1995 as her 6th solo single, and it's now available on vinyl for the first time. 500 copies.

A. Carnival
B. Carnival (backing track)

Great Tracks MHKL-10
Out now (11/3), ¥1800円 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends "Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends ~ Special 7" Box" (7"x10)

A special box of 10 7"'s containing the whole of the self-titled album, plus several single versions.

Disc 1
A. Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Mono Single Version)
B. Our Day Will Come (Mono Single Version)
Disc 2
A. Love Song, Love Song (Mono Single Version)
B. Snow Queen (Mono Single Version)
Disc 3
A. I'll Be Back (Mono Single Version)
B. Just Beyond Your Smile (Mono Single Version)
Disc 4
A. Can I Go (Mono Version)
B. Didn't Want To Have To Do It (Mono Version)
Disc 5
A. I Can See Only You (Mono Version)
B. Don't Take Your Time (Mono Version)
Disc 6
A. Let's Ride (Mono Single Version)
B. Love So Fine (Mono Version)
Disc 7
A. Snow Queen (Mono Version)
B. Kinda Wasted Without You (Mono Version)
Disc 8
A. The Drifter (Mono Single Version)
B. Trust (Mono Single Version)
Disc 9
A. With A Little Help From My Friends (Mono Version)
B. Cocoanut Grove (Mono Version)
Disc 10
A. Just Beyond Your Smile (Mono Version)
B. I'll Be Back (Mono Version)

Universal Music UIKY-75031
Out now (11/3), ¥10000 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

KYOTO JAZZ SEXTET "UNITY" (2LP)

Original album by Kyoto Jazz Sextet, unit of Okino Shūya (Kyoto Jazz Massive), released in 2017.

HMV record shop HRLP091
Out now (11/3), ¥5500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Salome no kuchibiru "Ahodarakyō Yahrinen bushi" (7")
サロメの唇 「阿呆陀羅経 ヤーリーネン節」

The A-side is from Salome no kuchibiru (aka Salome Lips)'s new album "Everybody have Capriccio" ("minna no kyōsōkyoku"). The B-side is a non-album track.

A. Ahodarakyō Yahrinen bushi
B. Aizu-bandai-san

Sazanami Label SZDW-1047
Out now (11/3), ¥1400 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

The Pen Friend Club "Wonderful World Of The Pen Friend Club" (LP)

60's style band The Pen Friend Club's 4th album (2017).

Sazanami Label SZDW-1042
Out now (11/3), ¥3300 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

WHY@DOLL "WHY@DOLL+2" (12"+7")

The 2nd album of idol group WHY@DOLL, which contains 2 songs written and produced by Yoshida Tetsuto (co-arranged by Hase Yasuhiro (Yume to Cosme)). A 7" of songs "anata dake konban wa" and "Love Story wa shūmatsu ni" is also included.

T-Palette Records TPRV-0029
Out now (11/3), ¥4200 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

The Collectors "Collector" (LP)
ザ・コレクターズ 「僕はコレクター」
(Japanese title: "boku wa Collector")

The Collectors' 1st album, first released in 1987. Remastered in 2016.

Teichiku TEJI-37019
Out now (11/3), ¥3500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

The Collectors "niji-iro Circus" (LP)
ザ・コレクターズ 「虹色サーカス団」

The Collectors' 2nd album, first released in 1988. Remastered in 2016.

Teichiku TEJI-37020
Out now (11/3), ¥3500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

See also: Record Day 2016

Find out more about: Kyoto Jazz Sextet, Oh! Penelope, Pizzicato Five, Salome Lips, The Collectors, The Pen Friend Club, WHY@DOLL

Posted on | Released on November 3, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


" The Aprils "ASTRO +EARLY WORKS" out now! ☞ http://bit.ly/2A0OiPv 2003 album "ASTRO" remastered & reworked, w/ rar… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/933337859884380161 " — @coolestsound on November 22, 2017 at 23:14 | Retweet

The Aprils' debut album "Astro" was released on Usagi-chang Records in 2003 and had long been discontinued. Now it's back all newly remastered and reworked using the latest technology, sounding better than ever before. In addition, rare bonus tracks such as a cover of Flipper's Guitar's "Blue Shinin' Quick Star" and theme songs made for drug store Create SD are also included.

Also be sure to check out the Aprils' latest single "Horror Survivor"!

The Aprils "Astro +Early Works"
エイプリルズ 「ASTRO +EARLY WORKS」

1. NINTRO
2. ASTRO
3. kinsei Rocket
4. Poolside Star
5. NINTERLUDE
6. hajime no owari
7. 3001
8. HELLO WORLD
9. BLUE SHININ' QUICK STAR (hoshi no kanata e)
10. Create SD no Theme (2003)
11. Create SD no Theme (2015)

Aprils APR-1711
Out now (11/15), ¥2000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Amazon MP3 Japan, エイプリルズ「ASTRO +EARLY WORKS」, OTOTOY, Spotify

Sampler clip

"ASTRO" (from 2003)

Find out more about: The Aprils

Posted on | Released on November 15, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Izumi Ookawara (Qypthone) has a new song out now digitally! P.O.P's trackmaker Saitō Ryōji and the twin rappers collaborated to make this groovy disco track, to which Izumi wrote the lyrics. Check it out on iTunes worldwide, Spotify, etc.

Izumi Ookawara x P.O.P "How I met you" (Download)
大河原泉×P.O.P 「How I met you」

Delicatessen Recordings
Out now (11/22)
Sample/buy: 大河原泉「How I met you - Single」を iTunes で, Amazon MP3 Japan, OTOTOY, Spotify

Find out more about: OOKAWARA Izumi, P.O.P

Posted on | Released on November 22, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


" WAKITA Monari new single "Wingscape / LED" (CD+7") produced by COUNTJOKE out Nov. 22! ☞ http://bit.ly/2zSpaKA… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/932614479749120001 " — @coolestsound on November 20, 2017 at 23:19 | Retweet

Wakita Monari has a new single out this week! Her new funky jazz tune "Wingscape" was written and produced by COUNTJOKE (aka jōdan hakushaku, unit of Maezono Naoki and Arai Toshiya) (Facebook page) and features Smooth Ace on chorus! The B-side is a cover of CountJoke's own "LED" (single, which Monari had often been singing on stage for a while since her solo debut a year ago. Lyrics of the A-side were co-written by Monari, and "LED"'s lyrics were also tweaked just for her.

Several in-store events will be held, including ones at Tower Records Ikebukuro on release day November 22 from 19:00, at HMV record shop Shinjuku Alta on November 25 from 17:00, HMV record shop Shibuya on November 26 from 12:00, and at Tower Records Shibuya on November 30 from 21:00. There's more, so find the whole list here.

Wakita Monari "Wingscape / LED" (CD+7")
脇田もなり 「WINGSCAPE / LED」

CD
1. WINGSCAPE
2. LED
3. WINGSCAPE (Inst.)
4. LED (Inst.)

7"
A. WINGSCAPE
B. LED

Vivid Sound / High Contrast HCCD-9594
Out 11/22, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Sampler clip

Find out more about: Count Joke, WAKITA Monari

Posted on | Released on November 22, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


" RT @corneliusjapan: North American Tour Announced!! Fan Pre-Sale Wednesday 10AM. http://cornelius.shop.ticketstoday.com https://t.co/bQGfCZ0dcm " — @coolestsound on November 15, 2017 at 08:14 | Retweet

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" Recommended show: “Switched On!” Nov. 18 in Kichijoji w/ (M)otocompo, Aprils, Elektel, The Lady Spade, CTO LAB., Ki… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/930384607937097728 " — @coolestsound on November 14, 2017 at 19:39 | Retweet

" RT @organbar: 【every 3rd Friday at Organ Bar. Shibuya Tokyo】ex- Pizzicato Five's musical head KONISHI yasuharu plays vinyl all night! 【A】is… " — @coolestsound on November 13, 2017 at 21:50 | Retweet

Francis, the solo unit of Ori Makoto (ex-The Collectors), has started a new collaboration unit with Tajima Haruko. Here comes a first mini-album limited to 300 copies. Included is a cover of France Gall's "Der Computer Nr.3". Tajima Haruko also released a solo album on the same label earlier this year.

The duo can next be seen at event "Shout Essence" on December 4 at Shibuya Roots.

Francis avec HARUKO "Jamón, jamón"
ハルコとフランシス 「ハモンハモン」

1. Jamón, jamón
2. Der Computer Nr.3
3. peek-a-boo
4. Stardust
5. Da Du Da Di décadence

Suezan Studio SSZ-3032
Out 10/25, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Sampler clip

Find out more about: Francis, TAJIMA Haruko

Posted on | Released on October 25, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Continue reading in the November 2017 archive.
Next entry: "Studio 75 "Over Your Shoulder"" (November 11, 2017 at 13:44)

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