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" New video for LLLL's "Heat" feat. Meghan Riley ♪ from album "Faithful" ☞ " — @coolestsound on May 18, 2015 at 00:14 | Retweet

Model Ichikawa Saya has debuted as a singer with this jazz single produced by Konishi Yasuharu.

The singer being a hardcore train fan, she is often featured on late night TV program Tamori Club for train-related topics. The train-themed song is a cover of Asakawa Maki, and the CD single includes 10 bonus tracks of train sounds recorded by the artist herself. A photo book of the same title was also released at the same time (Amazon).

Ichikawa Saya "yo ga aketara"
市川紗椰 「夜が明けたら」

1. yo ga aketara 市川紗椰 "夜が明けたら - Single" (Japan)
+ 10 train sound bonus tracks

Tower Records TRJC-1041
Out now (5/13), ¥1389 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Trailer clip

Find out more about: KONISHI Yasuharu

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" Latest clip from U-zhaan's "Tabla Rock Mountain": "Tabla'n'Rap" feat. KAKATO ♪ Album info ☞ " — @coolestsound on May 17, 2015 at 14:43 | Retweet

2015 is looking like a good year for Pizzicato Five fans! Konishi Yasuharu has a second Pizzicato One album coming this June, follow-up to "One And Ten Very Sad Songs" (2011).

With a title that translates to "My 20th century", this album consists of mainly covers of his previous works, of course mostly Pizzicato Five songs, entirely produced and re-arranged by Konishi. Featured are various Japanese vocalists including Koizumi Kyōko, Mizuno Mari (paris match), Ichikawa Mikako, Monsieur Kamayatsu, Ōta Emiri, Nishidera Gōta (Nona Reeves), YOU, UA and more.

Aside from P5 covers, there are ones of Nomoto Karia ("watashi ga shinde mo" and "kinō no tsuzuki" from "Karly"), The Scooters ("kanashii uwasa" from "Une Manche et La Belle"), and a song featured on compilation "uta to Guitar. Piano. kotoba.". By the way, "Gondola no uta" is a take on "karei naru shotai (The Great Invitations)", while "nichiyōbi" is a medley of "nichiyōbi no inshō (Sunday Impressions)", "okashina koibito, sono hoka no koibito (Odd Couple and the Others)" and "atarashii uta (A New Song)".

Also check out the recently released Pizzicato Five cover album "Idol bakari Pizzicato" on which several idol groups sing happy Pizzicato Five favorites selected by Konishi himself.

Pizzicato One "watakushi no nijūseiki"
PIZZICATO ONE 「わたくしの二十世紀」

1. kikoeru?
2. watashi ga shinde mo feat. Ōta Emiri
3. Tokyo no machi ni yuki ga furu hi, futari no koi wa owatta. feat. Mizuno Mari
4. koi no Television Age (T.V.A.G.) feat. Nishidera Gōta & enaha
5. sensō wa owatta (la guerre est finie) feat. YOU
6. anata no inai sekai de (a world without you) feat. Ichikawa Mikako
7. Gondola no uta feat. Monsieur Kamayatsu
8. kanashii uwasa feat. UA
9. Flower Drum Song feat. Kōda Miyako
10. nichiyōbi feat. Nishidera Gōta
11. kimi ni naritai (Y.O.U.) feat. Yoshikawa Tomoko
12. kinō no tsuzuki feat. Yoshikawa Tomoko
13. 12gatsu 24ka (24 décembre) feat. Mizuno Mari
14. watashi no jinsei, jinsei no natsu (ma vie, l'été de vie) feat. Koizumi Kyōko
15. utsukushii hoshi (Stars) feat. Koda Miyako
16. Magic Carpet Ride feat. Nishidera Gōta & enaha

Universal Music UCCJ-2125
Out 6/24, ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: ICHIKAWA Mikako, KOIZUMI Kyoko, KONISHI Yasuharu, MIZUNO Mari, Monsieur KAMAYATSU, NISHIDERA Gota, OTA Emiri, Pizzicato Five, Pizzicato One, UA, YOU

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Next week will bring us a brand new 5th album by Sunaga t Experience, DJ Sunaga Tatsuo's long-running jazz solo project. This year marks Sunaga's 30th anniversary as a DJ!

Featured musicians include Scha Dara Parr, YOU THE ROCK★, ECD, MURO, TRI4TH, Maki Mannami, Dazai Yuri, Jukka Eskola, Sofia Finnila (both from Finland), Júlía Hermannsdóttir (Iceland), and many more. A cover of Ego-Wrappin's "shikisai no Blues" is included, as well as previously released songs "Kiev no sora" and Inugami-ke no ichizoku

Sunaga t experience "STE"

1. Inugami-ke no ichizoku ~ai no Ballad~
2. shikisai no Blues feat. chihiRo
3. Kind of
4. Ventura Highway feat. Sofia Finnila
5. moderno ~keep going, Tokyo~
6. a.S.S. ~dedicate to Hermeto Pascoal~
7. Kiev no sora feat. Jukka Eskola
8. shin Chitose kūkō
9. DIRTY30 feat. Zeebra, MURO, RINO LATINA II, ECD, YOU THE ROCK★, Scha Dara Parr
10. 20:00_20 gō sen
11. Slumber

Universal Music UCCJ-2123
Out 5/20, ¥2700 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only


Find out more about: ECD, Muro, Scha Dara Parr, Sunaga t Experience, You The Rock

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An important figure of the neo-GS scene since the 80's, bassist Sally Kubota (Sally Soul Stew, The Scooters, ex-Les 5-4-3-2-1, The Phantom Gift) did the selection for these two compilations with a common theme of danceable Group Sounds from the Shōwa era.

A DJ & talk event with Sally Kubota, Arai Hirotaka and Jimmy Mashiko will be held at Green Apple in Koenji on June 6 from 18:00. Entrance is ¥1000 + 1 drink.

Various Artists "odoru Showa Beat! GS Wild Party ~ tekuteku tengoku"
オムニバス 「踊る昭和ビート! GSワイルド・パーティー~テクテク天国」

(Title / Artist)
1. Dynamite / Tanabe Shōchi & The Spiders
2. Let's Go Rangers / The Rangers
3. furifuri / Tanabe Shōchi & The Spiders
4. Heart o neraiuchi / Arima Ryūnosuke
5. hakucho no namida / The Termites
6. J&A / The Cougars
7. koi no Psychedelic / The Davys
8. koi wa furimukanai / Ringers
9. uwasa no futari / La Charolais
10. Purple Haze / The Burns
11. Twilight Zone / Tanabe Shōchi & The Spiders
12. daikyojū Gappa / Miki Katsuhiko
13. Shevidevi de yukō / The Playboy
14. hoshi no butōkai / Nakayama Jōji (First time on CD)
15. kaette okure / The Playboy
16. One More Please / Blue Jeans
17. Boogaloo No.1 / The Mammys
18. Let's Go Military Look / The Silvey Fox
19. tekuteku tengoku / The Cougars
20. Aphodite / The Cougars
21. Sakhalin no hi wa kiezu / The Genova
22. Monkey Dance / Tanabe Shōchi & The Spiders

Nippon Crown CRCP-20519
Out now (5/13), ¥2130 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Various Artists "odoru Punch kayo! Showa Girls Garage Party ~ Bazazz tengoku"
オムニバス 「踊るパンチ歌謡! 昭和ガールズ ガレージ」

(Title / Artist)
1. Bazazz tengoku / The Cupieds
2. mayonaka no Punch / Kuroda Yukari
3. Let's Go! kōkō Lemon musume / Yumi Kaoru
4. seishun ga giragira / Matsudaira Mariko
5. koi wa Heart de / Izumi Aki & The Rangers
6. honto wa suki yo/ Mizusawa Yumi & The Shadows
7. murasaki no Kyōto / Aoyama Michi
8. nazo no onna B / Soga Machiko
9. Scandoll / Asaoka Yukiji
10. sono hito no tame ni / Harada Itoko
11. yume miru Twiggy / Lemon Lemons
12. Boogaloo Down Ginza / Tamaki Runa
13. Tokyo Ska musume / Nakagawa Yuki
14. Ska de odorō / Kuroda Yukari
15. Sweet Inspiration / The Violets
16. makka na namida / Taki Eiko
17. koi o shichatta / The Twin
18. kawaii namida / Sano Hiroko
19. moeru toshigoro / Izumi Aki & The Rangers
20. jiyu e no sanka / The Violets
21. moero Boogaloo / Tamaki Runa
22. Bazazz No.1 / The Cupieds

Nippon Crown CRCP-20520
Out now (5/13), ¥2130 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

The Spiders "furifuri"

Yumi Kaoru "Let's Go! kōkō Lemon musume"

Find out more about: Sally KUBOTA

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What's new Pizzicato? Well here's an exciting album coming this week! Various groups from Tower Records' idol-only label T-Palette Records cover nothing but Pizzicato Five songs! Featured are Vanilla Beans, Negicco, lyrical school, Idol Renaissance and onelittlekiss.

The whole was supervised by Konishi Yasuharu himself. Tracks were produced mainly by each group's usual crew, though Vanilla Beans have songs arranged by Arai Toshiya (Konishi's current programmer) and Yoshida Tetsuto (ex-Readymade) with Hase Yasuhiro (Yume to Cosme). The whole should be a delightful collection of great classics with a brand new sound.

The jacket was illustrated by Sumire of Twee Grrrls Club.

Various Artists "Idol bakari Pizzicato -Konishi Yasuharu x T-Palette Records-"
「アイドルばかりピチカート -小西康陽×T-Palette Records-」

(Title / Artist)
1. La dépression (fukeiki) / Idol Renaissance
2. Airplane / Idol Renaissance
3. I (watashi no subete) / Vanilla Beans
4. It's a Beautiful Day / Vanilla Beans
5. Jolly Bubbly Lovely / Negicco
6. Hippie Day / lyrical school
7. Moderns (gendaijin) / onelittlekiss
8. Tout va bien (banji kaichō) / onelittlekiss
9. Magic Carpet Ride / Negicco
10. Sweet Soul Revue (Instrumental)
11. Sweet Soul Revue / Vanilla Beans

Tokuma Japan TKCA-74215
Out 4/22, ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Various Artists "アイドルばかりピチカート -小西康陽×T-Palette Records-"
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Teaser digest clip

Find out more about: Idol Renaissance, KONISHI Yasuharu, lyrical school, Negicco, onelittlekiss, Pizzicato Five, Vanilla Beans

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" Recommended show: Tokimeki Express, The Aprils, marino, Eco Kaiju, POLTA. April 18 @ Otsuka Hearts+. Info ☞ " — @coolestsound on April 15, 2015 at 23:50 | Retweet

Here comes Record Store Day 2015, to be held this Saturday April 18! On that day, people go to record shops to buy vinyl records available exclusively in shops on that day. No pre-orders or even online sales, at least not until later. Jet Set will sell online from May 2 only.

So here are a few picks of some great releases coming this weekend. The full list can be seen on the official site, and participating shops are listed here.

Many events are also being held, such as this one at Jet Set Records (Kyoto on Saturday and Tokyo on Sunday), with Konishi Yasuharu, Hoshino Michiru and more!

Kinoco Hotel "Marianne no jubaku" (LP)
キノコホテル 「マリアンヌの呪縛」

Vinyl edition of latest album.

Yamaha Music Communications XWJW-10003
Out 4/18, ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

Kinoco Hotel "Marianne no tsuioku" (12")

Clear red vinyl! Analog edition of 6-song mini-album sold exclusively at shows. 5 songs are new recordings of early songs, and one is a previously unreleased track.

A1. shizuka na mori
A2. moetsukitai no
A3. Neon no namida
A4. makka na Jelly
B1. Kinoco Hotel shōka
B2. Kinoco Hotel Annex

Voltage Records BQGS-32
Out 4/18, ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

Reina & The Blue Valentines "Romantic konya c/w ai no Lost And Found" (7")
野佐怜奈とブルーヴァレンタインズ 「ロマンティック今夜 c/w あいのロストアンドファウンド」

2 brand new songs! Also check out first album "Lady or Girl?".

A. Romantic konya
B. ai no Lost And Found

Apricot Sounds ACEP2
Out 4/18, ¥1389 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

Towa Tei with Sheena Ringo "Apple" (7")
テイ・トウワ ウィズ 椎名林檎 「アップル」

The B-side contains an instrumental version!

A. Apple
B. Apple (Instrumental)

Mach Beat MBEP-1501
Out 4/18, ¥1400 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

tofubeats "lost decade PVC" (7")

2 tracks from album "Lost Decade".

A. SO WHAT!? feat. Kariya Seira
B. No.1 feat. G.RINA

Warner/unBORDE/Jet Set JS7S096
Out 4/18, ¥1200 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

Especia "Primavera" (12")

12" EP of exclusive tracks.

A1. Aventure wa giniro ni (PellyColo Remix)
A2. Foolish (12" Extended Ver)
B1. kirameki Seaside (12" Extended Ver)
B2. umibe no Satie (va Bien edit)

Tsubasa/Jet Set JS12S114
Out 4/18, ¥2200 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

Kaji Hideki & The Suzan "young folks" (7")
カジヒデキとTHE SUZAN 「young folks」

A first ever collaboration between Kaji Hideki and NY-based group The Suzan. The song is a cover of Peter, Bjorn & John.

Niw! Records NEP54
Out 4/18, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

LEARNERS "Rhode Island Is Famous For You" (7")

A first release by the unit of Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji and model/singer Sara. Both songs feature Eddi Reader (ex-Fairground Attraction). The songs are covers of Blossom Dearie and The Drifters respectively.

A. Rhode Island Is Famous For You
AA. Fools Fall In Love

Niw! Records NEP58
Out 4/18, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

KONCOS / Special Favorite Music "kitsune no kuni / Summer Serve" (7")
KONCOS / Special Favorite Music 「きつねのくに / Summer Serve」

Split single of two brand new tracks.

B. Special Favorite Music / Summer Serve (Endless After School Mix)

Niw! Records NEP51
Out 4/18, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

FRONTIER BACKYARD "Putting on BGMs Dorian Remix / missing piece mabanua Remix" (7")

Single cut from remix album "gladness".

A. Putting on BGMs Dorian Remix
B. missing piece mabanua Remix

Niw! Records NEP50
Out 4/18, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

Teen Runnings "NOW" (12")

12" edition of 2014 album.

Sauna Cool SC5
Out 4/18, ¥2778 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

Homecomings "Somehow, Somewhere" (LP)

LP edition of first full-length album.

A1. Ghost World
A2. Great Escape
A3. Settle Down
A4. Winter Bargain
A5. Lemon Sounds
B1. Somewhere
B2. Mall
B3. Dancing in the Moonlight
B4. Paper Town
B5. I Want You Back

Second Royal Records/felicity EMF-056/cap-226
Out 4/18, ¥2300 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

Cypress Ueno & Roberto Yoshino "Dream Anthem" (7")
サイプレス上野とロベルト吉野 「ドリームアンセム」

Single cut from new album "Condor", plus instrumental.

A. Dream Anthem
B. Dream Anthem (Inst.)

HMV Record Shop HSC0016
Out 4/18, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

PUNPEE ft. Sugbabe "Last Dance (We are Tanaka.)" (7")

Rare track + brand new remix.

A. Punpee ft. Sugbabe / Last Dance (We are Tanaka.)
B. Punpee feat. carios & DKXO / Last Dance (We are Tanaka.) (Remix)

T.R.E.A.M./Jet Set JS7S099
Out 4/18, ¥1300 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set


Blue Note cover album by the new project of Okino Shūya (Kyoto Jazz Massive). Includes self-cover of Kyoto Jazz Massive's "Eclipse".

A1. Speak no evil
A2. Jinrikisha
A3. Search for new land
B1. Sccotach
B2. Eclipse
B3. Melting pot
B4. Up a step

HMV Record Shop HRSD0002
Out 4/18, ¥3500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra "Authentic Tokyo Ska" (LP)
東京スカパラダイスオーケストラ 「AUTHENTIC TOKYO SKA」

Vinyl-only greatest hits album.

A1. Walkin'
A2. Call from Rio
A3. World Ska Cruise
A4. All Good Ska is One
A5. Skaholic Generation
A6. Raise It All
B1. Paradise Blue
B2. hayate no Ken
B3. Zero Fighter
B4. Eastern Blues
B5. Sunny Blues

Justa Record/cutting edge/Jet Set JSLP054
Out 4/18, ¥3200 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

SHORTSTRAW / SAWAGI "OMG / Fuss Uppers" (7")

Split single.

A. Shortstraw / OMG
B. Sawagi / Fuss Uppers

Flake Records FLAKES-124
Out 4/18, ¥1300 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

Sakamoto Ryuichi "The Best of 'Playing The Orchestra 2014'" (3LP)
坂本龍一 「The Best of 'Playing The Orchestra 2014'」

Selection of live recordings from the 2014 Japan tour. Limited edition of 400.

Out 4/18, ¥10000 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

Ryuichi Sakamoto + U-Zhaan "Tibetan Dance/Asience" (7")

Previously unreleased 2014 studio recording.

Out 4/18, ¥1300 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

Find out more about: Chabe, Dorian, Especia, Frontier Backyard, Homecomings, KAJI Hideki, Kinoco Hotel, Koncos, Kyoto Jazz Massive, NOSA Reina, PellyColo, Punpee, SAKAMOTO Ryuichi, Sawagi, Teen Runnings, The Suzan, tofubeats, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Towa Tei

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Kit Cat, the 3-girl (er, cat!) synth-dance-pop unit produced by Dr.Usui (of (M)otocompo), finally had a first song released on iTunes worldwide! This is a cover of classic new wave track "Wordy Rappinghood", originally performed by Tom Tom Club in 1981 and has also been covered by Chicks on Speed and Uffie.

Kit Cat also have two songs available for free download on Dr.Usui's DOCTOC label page. Just fill-in your email address and go. Must check!

An event will be held at Koenji High on May 5 from noon! Details should be announced shortly here or on Twitter.

Kit Cat "Wordy Rappinghood" (Download)
Kit Cat 「おしゃべり魔女」
(Japanese title "oshaberi majo")

Out now (4/8)
Sample/buy: Kit Cat "おしゃべり魔女 - Single"

Find out more about: Dr.Usui, Kit Cat

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Instrumental jazz trio fox capture plan has a new mini-album coming this week. A cover of Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight Tonight" is included. The release comes with a bonus 40-minute DVD (Region 2 NTSC) of a show held on October 16, 2014 at Daikanyama Unit.

A tour will be held in May, stopping by Daikanyama Unit (Tokyo) on May 17.

fox capture plan "Underground"

1. beyond the beyond
2. chika no sekai ni nagareru jikan
3. Adam's Apple
4. Time to think
5. Tonight Tonight

1. into the wall
2. shissō suru senkō
3. Elementary Stream
4. unsolved
5. capture the Initial "F"
6. shōdō no ryūshi
7. white ambience
8. this wall

Playwright PWT-014
Out 4/8, ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"beyond the beyond"

"this wall" live at Unit, 2014

Find out more about: fox capture plan

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Negicco has a new DVD out this week, consisting of a full band-backed one man show held on January 25 at Ebisu Liquidroom in Tokyo. Plus, a documentary of the release event for single "hikari no Spur" is also included.

At the same time is being released a double-12" vinyl edition of album "Rice&Snow", though it's only available at Tower Records (ships to Japan only).

Negicco can be seen live at Akasaka Blitz (Tokyo) on Friday April 10, part of their "Never Give Up Girls!!!" tour. Tickets are on sale.

Negicco "LIVE & LIFE Negicco 2014-15 Winter" (DVD)

Disc 1
2. New Torino Loveニュートリノ・ラヴ
3. futari no yūgi
4. Sweet Soul Negii
5. Cream Soda Love
6. atarashii koi no uta
7. My Beautiful Life
8. Life Is Candy Travel
10. Route Seven no kioku
11. kimi to iru machi
12. Negative Girls!
13. attōteki na Style
14. Party ni tsuite
15. tokimeki no Headliner
16. koi no Spur
17. sayonara Music

Disc 2
Documentary of Negicco -2014-2015 Winter-

T-Palette Records TPRD-0010
Out 4/7, ¥6000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

DVD trailer clip

Live clip from "Negi Fes 2015 at Liquidroom"

Find out more about: Negicco

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Rapper duo Cypress Ueno & Roberto Yoshino have a new album out now! The album features guests such as Bose (Scha Dara Parr) and Zen-La-Rock among others. Various producers participated, with one track produced by Halfby.

HMV gives away a promo CD (while supplies last).

A release party will be held at Club Lizard Yokohama on Sunday April 26.

Cypress Ueno & Roberto Yoshino "Condor"
サイプレス上野とロベルト吉野 「コンドル」

1. Intro
2. Dream Anthem (Pro. Dream Tractors <Cypress Ueno & BEAT Takeshi>)
3. Be A Man feat. Bose (Pro. BACHLOGIC)
4. ogyaa (Pro. DJ NAOtheLAIZA)
6. yatteyarutte (Pro. Lil'Yukichi)
7. Hoppin! (Pro. LEF!!!CREW!!!)
8. Okinawa (Pro. MR.BEATS a.k.a. DJ CELORY)
9. mazeru na kiken, mazete ikeike feat. Nazo Micchan (Pro. Dream Tractors <Cypress Ueno & BEAT Takeshi>)
10. 2 THE MAX feat. ZEN-LA-ROCK (Pro. HALFBY)
11. RUN AND GUN feat. LEON a.k.a. Shishi, DOLLARBILL (Pro. DJBA)

felicity PECF-1120
Out now (4/1), ¥2700 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Condor by Cypress Ueno To Robert Yoshino (World), サイプレス上野とロベルト吉野 "コンドル" (Japan)
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Dream Anthem"


Find out more about: Halfby

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