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Negicco has a brand new single out this month! The brand new song "ai, kamashitai no" was written by Dōjima Kōhei, it's a catchy and fun pop track with a Shibuya-kei vibe. Check out the fun video below! The B-side is a new song by Negicco's main producer connie.

The single comes in 4 editions. Limited edition A comes with a bonus CD of a re-arranged version of "koi no Express Train" with newly recorded vocals, and also a code that lets download the title song's video clip. Limited edition B is a budget version with just the title song. The regular edition has both songs and instrumentals. Also lookout for the limited 7" edition.

Various in-store events will be held, including ones at Tower Mini Shiodome on Dec. 20 from 19:30, Tower Records Shibuya's Cutup Studio (B1F) on Dec. 21 from 19:00 (for those who bought the CD on or after release day at Tower Records Shibuya), Tower Records Kinshicho on Dec. 23 from 13:00 and another at Tower Mini Shiodome on Dec. 25 from 13:00. Check out details and their full schedule including upcoming shows here.

Negicco "ai, kamashitai no"
Negicco 「愛、かましたいの」

1. ai, kamashitai no
2. watashi o negi- ni tsuretette
3. ai, kamashitai no (inst)
4. watashi o negi- ni tsuretette (inst)

Bonus CD (Limited edition A only)
1. koi no EXPRESS TRAIN (Azusa ver.)

Limited edition A (CD + Bonus CD + Music video download code)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0167
Out 12/20, ¥1600 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Limited edition B (one-track CD of title song only)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0169
Out 12/20, ¥463 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition (Main CD only)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0170
Out 12/20, ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Limited 7" edition
T-Palette Records TPRV-0025
Out 12/20, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"ai, kamashitai no"

Find out more about: connie, DOJIMA Kohei, Negicco

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Nakano Aya's new single is a song featuring Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys! The song was written by Comoesta Yaegashi and Fukuhara Mari with lyrics by Paradise Yamamoto. The B-side is a cover of Etta James' "Seven Day Fool", and features Onose Masao (Crazy Ken Band) on guitar.

The release comes as a set of CD and 7" record. Also check out her latest album "Emerald In Paradise".

Upcoming shows of Nakano Aya include one at Rock Joint GB in Kichijoji on December 19, as well as "pay what you like" shows at Sangenjaya 32016 on December 14 and at Shibuya Roots on December 18 (entrance ¥500). Find all info on her live schedule.

Nakano Aya "Mambo Non Alcohol (yotta furi shite,,,) feat. Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys" (CD+7")
なかの綾 「マンボノンアルコール(酔ったふりして、、、) feat. 東京パノラママンボボーイズ」

CD
1. Mambo Non Alcohol (yotta furi shite,,,) feat. Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys
2. Seven Day Fool
3. Mambo Non Alcohol (yotta furi shite,,,) feat. Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys (Karaoke)
4. Seven Day Fool (Karaoke)

7"
A. Mambo Non Alcohol (yotta furi shite,,,) feat. Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys
B. Seven Day Fool

Vivid Sound / High Contrast HCCD-9580
Out 12/14, ¥1429 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Sampler clip

Find out more about: NAKANO Aya, Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys

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Especia has a brand new single out now! Both songs were written and produced by Kai Takahashi of Lucky Tapes.

A live show titled "Danger" featuring both Especia and Lucky Tapes will be held on January 9 at Shibuya WWW. Tickets are now on sale.

Especia "Danger"

1. Danger
2. Rainy Blues

Bermuda Entertainment BMEJ-0037
Out now (12/7), ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Apple Music 内のEspecia "Danger - Single" (Japan )
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

"Danger"

Find out more about: Especia, Lucky Tapes

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Earlier this year rap idol group lyrical school made a sci-fi-themed movie that was shown in theaters in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, and has now just been released on Blu-ray and DVD. While working in a Tokyo record shop to make ends meet, the girls of lyrical school meet a strange creature from outer-space who wants to go back to its planet but lacks the energy to do so. They start planning to make a huge party in hope to gather that energy.

Directed by Demo Tanaka, the movie features many guests including rappers Ani (Scha Dara Parr), Bikke (Tokyo No.1 Soul Set), Zen-La-Rock and more.

Movie official site

lyrical school are currently on tour in Japan, to finish on December 29 at Zepp Tokyo. Check out tour details here.

lyrical school "lyrical school no michi to no sōgū" (Blu-ray/DVD)
「リリカルスクールの未知との遭遇」
(Japan, 2016, 75 minutes)

Blu-ray edition (Region free, NTSC)
King Records KIXF-437
Out now (12/7), ¥4800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

DVD edition (Region 2, NTSC)
King Records KIBF-1452
Out now (12/7), ¥3800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Trailer

Find out more about: lyrical school

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Here comes a 7" single of two songs from Okada Tohru's brand new album "Portraiture of T"! Included are "Aurora miru made nemurenai" featuring Shibata Satoko (vocals) and Yamamoto Seiichi (guitar), and "Muscat Coconut Banana Melon" featuring Ide Chiyono (3776). On the latter, Okada's vocal track is a version different than what's heard on the album.

Sample both songs at Jet Set.

Okada Tohru "Aurora miru made nemurenai c/w Muscat Coconut Banana Melon" (7")
岡田徹 「オーロラ見るまで眠れない / マスカット ココナッツ バナナ メロン」

A. Aurora miru made nemurenai feat. Shibata Satoko
AA. Muscat Coconut Banana Melon feat. Ide Chiyono

Solid SOLID-21
Out now (11/30), ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, Amazon

Find out more about: OKADA Tohru, SHIBATA Satoko

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LEARNERS, the rockabilly band led by Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji and fronted by singer Sara Mary, has a new Christmas 7" out this week! The A-side is a cover of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus", previously performed by Jackson 5 among many others, and the B-side is an instrumental song by Aztec Camera that appeared on Crepuscule compilation "Ghosts of Christmas Past". This release is limited to 1000 copies.

Both songs can be sampled at Jet Set.

LEARNERS "Learners Christmas EP" (7")

A. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
B. Hot Club Of Christ

KiliKiliVilla KKV-041VL
Out 11/30, ¥1400 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: Learners

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Out at the same time as her new Christmas single, here's a vinyl edition of Hoshino Michiru's 3rd and latest original album "You Love Me ~you love me more today than yesterday but not as much as tomorrow~" released on CD in September 2015.

Watch two videos and sample all songs below.

Hoshino Michiru "You Love Me ~you love me more today than yesterday but not as much as tomorrow~" (12")
星野みちる 「YOU LOVE ME ~you love me more today than yesterday but not as much as tomorrow~」

A1. Discothèque ni tsuretette
A2. natsu nandashi
A3. chotto Something New
A4. sakamichi no tochū
A5. You Love Me
A6. Secret Touch
B1. koshinuke danshi ni I Love You
B2. Misty Night, Misty Morning
B3. Interstellar
B4. gekka kōyakyoku
B5. ikitai hō e
B6. mado kara (Through My Window) ~ omoidasu tame ni ~ Some Day, That Place In Time

Vivid Sound / High Contrast HCR-9668
Out 11/30, ¥3200 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"natsu nandashi"

"sakamichi no tochū"

Sampler clip

Find out more about: HASE Hajimu, HOSHINO Michiru, KONISHI Yasuharu, TAKANAMI K-taro, Yann TOMITA

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Yes it's getting time for Christmas music! Hoshino Michiru has a new single out this week, including new song "suteki ni X'mas Night" which is arranged by Gary Ashiya (of La veuve moustachue)! The B-side, also Christmas-themed, is taken from 2014 mini-album "A/W Collection ~anata to watashi no Collection~". The whole is produced by Hase Hajimu.

The release comes as a 7" single plus CD.

Hoshino Michiru will hold a special Christmas event, held at Vivid Sound Studio in Nakameguro on December 23. The ticket price includes food too! Details here. More shows are being held, so be sure to check the rest of her schedule.

Hoshino Michiru "suteki ni X'mas Night" (CD+7")
星野みちる 「素敵に X'mas Night」

7"
A. suteki ni X'mas Night
B. hoshi ni, Merry Christmas

CD
1. suteki ni X'mas Night
2. hoshi ni, Merry Christmas
3. suteki ni X'mas Night (Inst)
4. hoshi ni, Merry Christmas (Inst)

Vivid Sound / High Contrast HCCD-9581
Out 11/30, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Sampler clip

Find out more about: Gary ASHIYA, HASE Hajimu, HOSHINO Michiru

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Negicco is releasing a Blu-ray disc of their latest big show, held at NHK Hall in Tokyo on July 30, 2016. All songs from latest album "Tea for Three" were performed live, as well as many other favorites. The entire show plus some behind the scenes footage is included.

In Tokyo, an autograph session will be held at Tower Records Shinjuku (7F) on November 30 from 19:00 (details here).

A new single titled "ai, kamashitai no" is expected for release on December 20.

Negicco "Negicco at NHK Hall ~ TADAIMA ~ 2016 Summer" (Blu-ray)
Negicco 「Negicco at NHKホール ~ TADAIMA ~ 2016 Summer」

Opening
koi suru Negicco
neginegi Rock ~ watashi mo ouchi ni tsuretette ~
Negi-sama! Bravo☆
tokimeki ★ My Dream
Negicco kara kimi e
OP SE ~Make Up Prelude~
RELISH
Magic mitai na Music
MC
mujun, hajimemashita.
doyō no yoru wa
Kōnan shōka
MC
Falling Stars
oyasumi
Good Night negi Soup
MC
Sunshine Nihonkai
niji
Canal no madobe
MC
SNS o buttobase
Triple! WONDERLAND
sayonara Music
tokimeki no Headliner
attōteki na Style
hikari no Spur
Encore MC
jiyū ni
koi no shananana
nee, Vardia
MC
watashi e
+ Making

T-Palette Records TPRB-003
Out 11/29, ¥6000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Teaser clip

Find out more about: Negicco

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Cutemen, the techno unit of CMJK (early Denki Groove) and singer Picorin, has a brand new album out today! Cutemen is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, although the unit had been inactive for a long time. "Humanity" is the follow-up to 1993 album "Futurity".

At the same time is being released a greatest hits & rarities album,

Shows will be held at Shibuya Glad on December 3 and 4, with opening acts fantaholic and PC-8 respectively.

Cutemen "Humanity"

1. Get Ready (For The Childhood's End)
2. Celebration
3. Born To Love You
4. shūmatsu tokei
5. Love Is All That Matters
6. Different Nation Under The Different Groove
7. Get Ready (For The Humanity's End)
8. Gasoline Car
9. Loser
10. Mind Wandering
11. The Light
12. Sayonara
13. shuppatsu no uta (Bonus Track)

Victor VICL-64685
Out now (11/23), ¥2572 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Apple Music 内のCutemen "Humanity"
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Cruel Memories -The Best & Rarities-"

1. Love Deeep Inside
2. Go Your Way
3. Tribal Beat
4. I'm Here
5. Please, Please, Please
6. 3-D On CD (Radio Star Mix)
7. Waiting For Love (Original Version 2001)
8. October Song
9. Let's Dub!
10. Perfect Stranger
11. My Heart
12. Never Land
13. CM Song (Live Version)
14. Drop In The Ocean
15. Waiting For Love
16. Where's Wally?

Victor VICL-64686
Out now (11/23), ¥2096 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Apple Music 内のCutemen "Cruel Memories -The Best Selection-"
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Celebration"

"Gasoline Car"

"Born To Love You"

Early video clips digest

Find out more about: CMJK, Cutemen

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