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Call And Response Records has a new compilation out now! Curated by Ian Martin, author of the book "Quit Your Band! Musical Notes from the Japanese Underground", this album features 17 bands from various areas of Japan, revolving around genres such as post-punk, industrial and noise rock. And as the title suggests, the CD comes with a download code so that, if you wish, you can throw away this CD immediately, and then hopefully go to a show as fast as you can.

Release events will be held in Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Sendai, Kyoto, Tokyo and Nagoya. The one in Tokyo will be held on November 11 at Shinjuku Motion, with NOISECONCRETEx3CHI5, Second Apartment, JEBIOTTO, Narcolepsin, P-iPLE, MELT-BANANA and Waikiki Champions. Find details of all shows here.

Various Artists "Throw Away Your CDs Go Out To A Show"

(Artist / Title)
1. The Noup (Okayama) / Element
2. FLUID (Kyoto) / haikei, yūmei ni natta hito
3. otori (Tokyo) / Attitude
4. 5kai (Kyoto) / Introduction

5. MELT-BANANA (Tokyo) / So Sham
6. nakigao Twintail (Tokyo/Saga) / Face Book
7. Narcolepsin (Fukuoka) / Seminar
8. Second Apartment (Tokyo) / Height
9. YOLZ IN THE SKY (Osaka) / Invisible

10. JEBIOTTO (Tokyo) / Slow Motion

11. trespass (Kobe) / Plastic Carnival
12. Waikiki Champions (Sendai) / One Cup
13. PANICSMILE (Japan!) / New Old Estate
14. NOISECONCRETEx3CHI5 (Nagoya) / kasō to kyūsō no fugōri
15. P-iPLE (Tokyo) / I Can't Speak English
16. jailbird Y (Hiroshima) / tengoku bakudan
17. Hyacca (Fukuoka) / Telephone Number

Call And Response Records CAR-60
Out now (8/16), ¥1700 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Call And Response
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Nakigao Twintail "Face Book"

Second Apartment "Height"

Hyacca "Telephone Number"

Fluid "haikei, yūmei ni natta hito"

Album trailer

Find out more about: Melt Banana

Posted on | Released on August 16, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |

Perfume has a new single coming at the end of August! Both songs are used in TV commercials. The title song in a one for Ora2 toothpaste (special site), and B-side "Everyday" of which a version can be heard in another for a Panasonic washing machine (special site).

The single comes in two editions, each containing a different DVD. The "limited edition" has a DVD of the "Everyday" video, its making footage, and two songs performed live at the "Perfume FES!! 2017" event held last June. The "first pressing edition"'s DVD has the "Everyday" clip plus bonus footage with the title "Perfume View". The "limited edition" is said to come in a special package, while the other comes in a sleeve case.

CDJapan and some other retailers give away a promo poster while supplies last.

"Perfume FES!! 2017" will be held in Nagoya and Osaka in September. Details can be found here.

Perfume "If you wanna"

1. If you wanna
2. Everyday
3. If you wanna - Original Instrumental -
4. Everyday - Original Instrumental -

Limited edition DVD (Limited edition only)
- Everyday - Video Clip -
- Everyday - Making footage -
- TOKYO GIRL - Perfume Fes!! 2017 -
- hōseki no ame - Perfume Fes!! 2017 -

First pressing edition DVD (First pressing edition only)
- Everyday - Video Clip -
- Perfume View

Limited edition (CD + Limited edition DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
Universal UPCP-9016
Out 8/30, ¥2250 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon (19% off *), HMV (11% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

First pressing edition (CD + First pressing edition DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
Universal UPCP-9017
Out 8/30, ¥1759 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon (15% off *), HMV (11% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Everyday - AWA DANCE edit -"

Find out more about: NAKATA Yasutaka, Perfume

Posted on | Expected to be released on August 30, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |

Parkgolf (Twitter), a beatmaker/producer based in Hokkaidō whose debut album was released on Seiho's Day Tripper Records, has a 2nd album out now! "hyakunen" (feat. hitomitoi) and "Dance no aizu" (feat. Okamoto Emi) were also released on 7", find details below.

Hear more audio samples at Jet Set.

On Friday October 7, Parkgolf will appear at all-night event "Trackmaker" held at Sound Museum Vision, also with Komuro Tetsuya, tofubeats, Sugar's Campaign, Dorian and more.


1. Peacock Dress
3. Silk Curtain
4. wav comic
5. Dance no aizu feat. Okamoto Emi
6. hyakunen feat. hitomitoi
8. Crush On
9. Ever feat. MACHINA
10. Realize feat. Kiano Jones
11. Beyond This Point

2.5D Production TDPCD-003
Out now (8/9), ¥2300 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , PARKGOLF「REO」を Apple Music で
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

PARKGOLF "hyakunen feat. hitomitoi / Dance no aizu feat. Okamoto Emi" (7")
PARKGOLF 「百年 feat. 一十三十一 / ダンスの合図 feat. おかもろえみ」

A. hyakunen feat. hitomitoi
B. Dance no aizu feat. Okamoto Emi

2.5D Production TDPUV-0701
Out now (7/26), ¥1389 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, Amazon, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"All Eyes On You feat. GoodMoodGoku"

Find out more about: hitomitoi, PARKGOLF

Posted on | Released on August 9, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |

" Recommended show: dahlia at Batica, Ebisu on Aug. 18 w/ Ethnic Minority, YU.KI.KO, DJs Groo… " — @coolestsound on August 14, 2017 at 09:21 | Retweet

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" Bon-odori version of Shibuya theme song "You Make Shibuya" sung by NOMIYA Maki! ☞ Original: " — @coolestsound on August 13, 2017 at 23:21 | Retweet

Kamayatsu Hiroshi (aka Monsieur Kamayatsu, ex-Spiders) passed away last March at the age of 78. Many Shibuya-kei artists deeply respected him.

Here's a 7" from Readymade of two songs from the Konishi Yasuharu-produced album "Je m'appelle Monsieur" (2002). The A-side is a jazzy breakbeat track in which Monsieur speaks words of his memories and influences from the 20th century, here re-edited for the 7" format under Konishi's supervision. The B-side is a self-cover in duet with Ichikawa Miwako, available for the first time on vinyl.

Monsieur Kamayatsu "So Long 20 seiki / 20sai no koro" (7")
ムッシュかまやつ 「ソー・ロング20世紀 / 二十才のころ」

A. So Long 20 seiki
B. 20sai no koro

Readymade Entertaiment / Jet Set JS7S166
Out 8/30, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

Find out more about: KONISHI Yasuharu, Monsieur KAMAYATSU

Posted on | Expected to be released on August 30, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |

" 4 songs from NOMIYA Maki's "Vacances Shibuya-kei o utau." get released on 7"! ☞ @missmakinomiya " — @coolestsound on August 13, 2017 at 09:42 | Retweet

From the album of the same name released in May, here's a set of two 7"'s containing four summer-themed Shibuya-kei related covers sung by Nomiya Maki. The two records come packaged in a gatefold jacket, designed and photographed by art director Shindō̄ Mitsuo. The liner notes are also said to have plenty of photos.

A winter album has been announced for release in October! Stay tuned for details.

Nomiya Maki can next be seen on stage in Tokyo at the 16th Tokyo Jazz Festival, on September 2 at NHK Hall part of a program titled "From Shibuya to the World". She will be the special guest of H ZETTRIO, after which Al Di Meola and Lee Ritenour will also perform in turn. Details here.

Nomiya Maki "Nomiya Maki, Vacances Shibuya-kei o utau." (7"x2)
野宮真貴 「野宮真貴、ヴァカンス渋谷系を歌う。」

"Idol disc"
A. dai suki na Shirt (1990 ryokō daisakusen) [Duet with Watanabe Marina] (Original: Watanabe Marina)
B. tanabata no yoru, kimi ni aitai [feat. Smooth Ace] (Original: Chappie)

"Shibuya-kei roots disc"
C. natsu no koibito [feat. Smooth Ace] (Original: Takeuchi Mariya)
D. manatsu no hiru no yume (Original: Ōtaki Eiichi)

Universal UIKY-9001
Out 8/30, ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: NOMIYA Maki, Smooth Ace, WATANABE Marina

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Crazy Ken Band has an all-time greatest hits album out now! The three CDs hold 60 of their best tracks covering their whole career so far, for a total of almost 4 hours! Plus, the limited edition gets you two DVDs, one of a live show from 2015, and another of movie "iine! iine! iine!" (2016) that starred singer Yokoyama Ken. (I'll spare myself translating that monster track list for now.)

Crazy Ken Band will tour Japan starting on September 23, to finish on November 25 at Nakano Sunplaza in Tokyo.

Crazy Ken Band "Crazy Ken Band All Time Best Album ai no sekai"

Universal UMCK-9921
Out now (8/2), ¥7800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Universal UMCK-1574
Out now (8/2), ¥3500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"ai no sekai * CKB shiyō" (Short ver.)

"Singapura" (Short ver.)

"iine! iine! iine!" movie trailer

Find out more about: Crazy Ken Band

Posted on | Released on August 2, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |

" Momoko Motion single "Fake Food / Suppai Budou" out now on iTunes, etc.! ☞ Check out the video clips! @momokomotion " — @coolestsound on August 12, 2017 at 22:30 | Retweet

Momoko Motion (ex-Futon) has a new single out now digitally on iTunes, Spotify, etc. Contrasting with unit Re:Served and her previous works as Momokomotion which had electro sounds, her current solo project has a jazzy piano sound. Check out the clips below!

A CD edition is available in Japan at Disk Union.

On September 3 there will be a show held at Li-Po in Shibuya, part of an art event themed around Tom yum goong (the tasty Thai soup). The event goes on from 13:00 to 20:00, and Momoko Motion's show will be at 19:00. Entrance is 1000 yen, and a mini Tom yum goong plate will be given to the first 50 visitors.

Momoko Motion "Fake Food / Suppai Budou" (Download)
モモコモーション 「フェイクフード / すっぱい葡萄」

1. Fake Food
2. Suppai Budou

Out now (8/9)
Sample/buy: iTunes (World), iTunes (Japan), Spotify

"Fake Food"

"Suppai Budou"

Find out more about: Momokomotion

Posted on | Released on August 9, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |

" New song & clip by U-zhaan x TAMAKI Roy x Chinza Dopeness "nya- feat. YANO Akiko"! " — @coolestsound on August 12, 2017 at 21:38 | Retweet

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Keyboardist Emerson Kitamura has released two new songs digitally! Check them out on iTunes, Spotify, etc. Also don't miss his delightful latest mini-album "Rock'n Roll No Hajimari Ha".

Emerson Kitamura will play at Rising Sun Festival 2017 in Hokkaido this weekend. Otherwise his solo show can next be seen in Tokyo on August 22 at Kunitachi Fukusuke, and on September 18 at Ekoda Marquee. His full schedule can be found here.

Emerson Kitamura "Madokara / Ame No Saka No Ashimoto" (Download)
エマーソン北村 「窓から / 雨の坂の足許」

1. Madokara
2. Ame No Saka No Ashimoto

Out now (8/2)
Sample/buy: エマーソン北村「窓から / 雨の坂の足許 - Single」を Apple Music で, Spotify

Find out more about: Emerson KITAMURA

Posted on | Released on August 2, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |

Here's a 3rd compilation by Sunaga Tatsuo of the "yoru Jazz gaiden" series, part of his larger ongoing "Jazz Allnighters" ("yoru Jazz") series, which features many up-and-coming young Japanese jazz bands. Included is a brand new song by Sunaga t experience! All songs can be sampled at Amazon and HMV.

In sad related news, Sunaga Tatsuo recently had an accident that left him blind in one eye. A special event with him and many of his DJ and artist friends will be held this Friday August 11 all night simultaneously at Organ Bar and Shibuya Club Ball. Details here.

Various Artists "Sunaga Tatsuo no yoru Jazz gaiden 3 ~ All the young dudes ~ subete no wakakiyarōdomo"
オムニバス 「須永辰緒の夜ジャズ・外伝3 All The Young Dudes~全ての若き野郎ども~」

(Title / Artist)
1 taikutsu shinogi / ORESKABAND
3 Thema uit film 'Mensen van morgan' / Sunaga t experience
4 Skull / CRCK/LCKS
5 Mbakh dou Mbakh / AFRO BEGUE
6 Bong Bong Chin Chin / YASEI COLLECTIVE
7 Chronometer / ai kuwabara trio project
8 Agua y Brisa / Hugo Fattoruso
10 Speak no evil / SPEAK NO EVIL
11 Seven Samurai / Matt Sounds
12 Terminal 2 / fox capture plan
13 Bamboo Grass / Lotus Land
14 furusato / Hagiwara Kenichi

Playwright PWT-36
Out now (8/2), ¥2315 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV

Find out more about: Calmera, Ego-Wrappin', fox capture plan, Oreskaband, Sunaga t Experience, SUNAGA Tatsuo, TRI4TH, Yasei Collective

Posted on | Released on August 2, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |

P.O.P, the group of twin rappers with trackmaker Saitō Ryōji, have a new single now available for download and streaming!

The song "Kiss Me" comes along with a very special 360° VR video. When viewed on a PC or smartphone (in the YouTube app) the video can be swiped around to look in any direction, and even the audio will move along as if you were there. Follow the rappers or any of the 6 dancers in scenes shot in various places. This was filmed with the Insta 360 Pro 3D VR camera by Hacosco.

P.O.P have a one-man show coming on Friday September 8 at Moon Romantic in Aoyama (Tokyo). Tickets are on sale. Find all details here.

P.O.P "Kiss Me" (Download)

Out now (8/9)
Sample/buy: P.O.P「KISS ME - Single」を Apple Music で, Spotify, OTOTOY, Amazon MP3 Japan, Amazon MP3 U.S.

"Kiss Me"

Behind the scenes footage

Find out more about: P.O.P

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