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This is a compilation of Shinohara Tomoe's greatest hits, going beyond label boundaries to include songs from her whole solo career, with of course many from her major releases but also from her self-produced albums "-:*Better*:-" and "-:*Oh Yes Say LaLa*:-" (2012), plus many singles and B-sides. Also included is a newly recorded cover of star-themed song "chōshō" (original by Beat Takeshi) featuring Asakura Daisuke on piano.

Totaling 36 songs, the whole comes digitally remastered on a set of two high-quality Blu-spec CD2 discs (which play in regular CD players).

All songs can be sampled online at CDJapan, etc.

Shinohara Tomoe "Tomoe Shinohara ☆All Time Best☆"
篠原ともえ 「篠原ともえ ☆All Time Best☆」

Disc 1
1. Chime
2. yaruki Sensation
3. kurukuru Miracle
4. Ultra Relax
5. wasurechau mon
6. Shinohara Tomoe no Kurekure Takora
7. Märchen fushi
8. yonosa
9. Rainbow rara ru-
10. maru mōke
11. HAPPY POINT
12. ★aso FEVER★
13. anything
14. Loop people
15. Story Book
16. ~Night & Day~
17. -Listen to my Heart-
18. Stereo Phonics

Disc 2
1. kokoro no usagi
2. PURE ATOM BOY
3. I LOVE YOU, DE JA VU
4. an Audio
5. A Funny Feeling
6. Sailing Dream
7. fare well
8. Voyage
9. MUSIC
10. kiminchi.
11. ai ni iku no.
12. Karogons no Theme
13. Metro no musume
14. Karogons no Love Song
15. *Oh Yes Say LaLa*
16. ++ KiMi Wa Moon ++
17. *Better*
18. chōshō (featuring Asakura Daisuke Playing the Piano)

GT Music MHCL-30447
Out 3/8, ¥2778 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: SHINOHARA Tomoe

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" Towa Tei new clip "Brand Nu Emo"! https://youtu.be/5lgUz4t9fJw Album "EMO" out now! ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Towa_Tei_EMO/2017.01.16/011826/ "Exclusive Pack" at Machbeat too! " — @coolestsound on March 22, 2017 at 00:11 | Retweet

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Kinoco Hotel has a new live Blu-ray/DVD out now! This show was held on October 22, 2016 at Tokyo Kinema Club, part of the tour that followed released of latest album "Marianne no kakumei" (2016).

Available on Blu-ray and DVD, both editions contain a different bonus music video.

Kinoco Hotel will perform a show on June 24 at Akasaka Blitz, in a tour celebrating their 10th anniversary! Tickets are on sale.

Kinoco Hotel "jitsuroku - gebageba daikakumei" (DVD/Blu-ray)
キノコホテル 「実録・ゲバゲバ大革命」

1. gebageba daikakumei no Theme (Opening SE)
2. hangyaku no kisetsu
3. onedari Strange Love
4. rurō Gamble
5. bara-bara
6. enrai
7. te no hiragaeshi
8. tsuki yo tokoshie ni
9. Eros + dokusai
10. kyutai kansetsu
11. ai to kyōiku
12. ai wa gebageba
13. koi no ari jigoku
14. kaiten Restaurant no higeki
15. koi wa moyamoya
16. Sexaroid M
17. Kinoco Hotel shōka
18. aka no rōgoku
19. shiroi heya
20. mayonaka no Angel Baby
21. makka na Jelly

Blu-ray bonus (Blu-ray edition only)
aka no rōgoku (New music video)
gebageba daikakumei no Theme (New song studio recording)

DVD bonus (DVD edition only)
ai wa gebageba (New music video)
gebageba daikakumei no Theme (New song studio recording)

Blu-ray edition (NTSC, Region free)
King Records KIXM-269
Out now (3/1), ¥4000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

DVD edition (NTSC, Region 2)
King Records KIBM-642
Out now (3/1), ¥3800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Special trailer

Find out more about: Kinoco Hotel

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Denki Groove has just released a brand new album, 4 years after "Human Beings and Animals" (2013). Titled "Tropical Love", it contains a total of 10 new songs including an album version of latest single "Fallin' Down" (2015). The song "Venus Hill" is sung by Natsuki Mari.

The limited edition contains a DVD of an entire show held on March 9, 2016, at Zepp Tokyo. There's also a 2-LP edition that was released at the same time. Another special CD edition comes in a special box with a magnet and a code that lets you view selected video online for one year (including the contents of the DVD). Of course there's also the regular CD edition.

And, also released just a week before is a new 12" single of new remixes of "Fallin' Down" by The Other Two, aka Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert (both of New Order). Find details below.

The "Tropical Love Tour" will be held this month, and finish at Zepp Tokyo on March 24 and 25. Find details here.

Denki Groove "Tropical Love"
電気グルーヴ 「Tropical Love」

CD
1. Ningen President
2. Tokyo Genghis Khan
3. Kao Kawacchatteru.
4. Puerto Rico no HITorIKKO
5. Kakinokizaka
6. Fallin' Down (Album mix)
7. UFOholic
8. Tropical Love
9. Venus Hill
10. Stand by You

DVD (Limited edition only)
1. Hello! Mr.Monkey Magic Orchestra
2. Fallin' Down
3. Missing Beatz
4. Shameful
5. Shinkansen
6. Eine Kleine Melodie
7. Baby's on Fire
8. Scorpion 2001
9. Barong Dance
10. Asunaro Sunshine
11. Kamelife
12. TKO Tekno Queen
13. Fake it!
14. Love Domination
15. FLASHBACK DISCO
16. Jumbo Tanishi
17. N.O.
18. Wicked Jumper

Limited edition (CD+DVD)
Ki/oon KSCL-2874
Out now (3/1), ¥3600 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition (CD only)
Ki/oon KSCL-2876
Out now (3/1), ¥2913 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Tropical Love by Denki Groove on Apple Music (World), Apple Music 内の電気グルーヴ "TROPICAL LOVE" (Japan)
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Limited LP edition
Ki/oon KSJL-6191
Out now (3/1), ¥3800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Special limited edition (CD+Magnet+Online video code)
Ki/oon KSCL-2874
Out now (3/1), ¥4600 (excl. tax)
Order: YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Tropical Love (Video Edit)"

Denki Groove "Fallin' Down (The Other Two Remix)" (12")

A. Fallin' Down (Other Two Remix)
B. Fallin' Down (Other Two Groove Mix)

Out now (2/22), ¥1600 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower (Japan only)

Find out more about: Denki Groove

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" Maika Loubté new clip "SKYDIVER"! 2-song EP now on iTunes! https://twitter.com/maika_loubte/status/837862709924245505 " — @coolestsound on March 5, 2017 at 00:17 | Retweet

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" NAKANISHI Toshio (Tycoon Tosh) of band Plastics passed away on February 25. R.I.P. https://twitter.com/PLASTICS_TYO/status/835525966826889217 " — @coolestsound on February 26, 2017 at 00:40 | Retweet

This compilation's title says it all: it translates to "Why is it that Konishi Yasuharu's drama BGM is often used in variety shows?". Yes, this is a collection of Konishi's best drama BGM works from shows aired on Nippon TV over the past 10 years. Included are tracks from "kui tan" (2006), "kui tan 2" (2007), "seigi no mikata" (2008), "Dekawanko" (2011), "Tokyo zenryoku shōjo" (2012), "senryokugai sōsakan" (2014) and "Debusen" (2016). All of these soundtracks were released individually before, but unless you already have all of them here's a good place to start.

And yes, his instrumental works really are often heard on unrelated variety shows! But of course for those who watched those drama series, hearing just a few seconds of these songs is enough to be take you back there instantly.

All songs can be sampled at CDJapan and other online shops.

Konishi Yasuharu "naze Konishi Yasuharu no Drama BGM wa TV no Variety bangumi de yoku tsukawareru no ka."
小西康陽 「なぜ小西康陽のドラマBGMはテレビのバラエティ番組でよく使われるのか。」

1. Brindisi from "La Traviata" (from "kui tan")
2. Bolero (from "kui tan")
3. Spring from "The Four Seasons" Allegro (I) (from "kui tan")
4. Funiculi Funicula (from "kui tan")
5. Opera "die Walkure" Ride of the Valkyries (from "kui tan")
6. Prelude from "Carmen" (from "kui tan 2")
7. Vii.Dance of the Reeds from "Nutcracker Suite.Op.71a" (from "kui tan 2")
8. Makiko no Theme. (+ 8 versions) (from "seigi no mikata")
9. Yōko no Twist. (from "seigi no mikata")
10. seigi no mikata no genjitsu. (from "seigi no mikata")
11. "gekijō" no Theme (from "Dekawanko")
12. "heion" no Theme (from "Dekawanko")
13. "kyūkaku" no Theme (from "Dekawanko")
14. "kyūten" no Theme (from "Dekawanko")
15. mae o muite arukō (from "Tokyo zenryoku shōjo")
16. kono Groovy na sekai de (from "Tokyo zenryoku shōjo")
17. toshokan no ongaku (from "Tokyo zenryoku shōjo")
18. Tokyo wa Merry Go Round (+ 8 versions) (from "Tokyo zenryoku shōjo")
19. Sports kōshinkyoku (senryokugai sōsakan Remix) (from "senryokugai sōsakan")
20. Sports kōshinkyoku ~ Scat hen featuring Time Five (from "senryokugai sōsakan")
21. Sports kōshinkyoku ~ kuchibue hen (from "senryokugai sōsakan")
22. Sports kōshinkyoku ~ Dixieland hen (from "senryokugai sōsakan")
23. Rock'n'Roll High School (from "Debusen")
24. Funky gakuen (from "Debusen")
25. kachinuki eleki gakuen (from "Debusen")
26. yutori kyōiku (from "Debusen")

Vap VPCD-81895
Out now (2/22), ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: KONISHI Yasuharu

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DJ Hasebe (official Facebook page) has a new mix album out now of 90's songs revolving around Shibuya-kei. This includes a brand new original song that features Nomiya Maki!

DJ Hasebe "DJ HASEBE Butter Smooth - Tokyo 90's Groove -"

1. hareta gogo wa Daikanyama de feat. Nomiya Maki / DJ HASEBE
2. Lovely / Ozawa Kenji
3. konya wa Boogie Back (nice vocal) feat. Scha Dara Parr / Ozawa Kenji
4. yume no naka de aeru deshō / Takano Hiroshi
5. It's gonna rain / Bonnie Pink
6. seppun / ORIGINAL LOVE
7. Beat de Jump / ROUND TABLE
8. wakakusa no koro (with Monsieur Kamayatsu) / Kahimi Karie
9. Travel Lolita / SPANK HAPPY
10. ano tokei no shita de / Chara
11. asahi no ataru michi AS TIME GOES BY / ORIGINAL LOVE
12. Cider Blues / Kaseki Cider
13. Do The Miracle / CHIEKO BEAUTY
14. KISS YOUR LIPS / ICE
15. GET DOWN, GET DOWN, GET DOWN / ICE
16. Sweet Child / COSA NOSTRA
17. Lemon / NOKKO
18. Summer Nude / Magokoro Brothers
19. WHEN I'M WITH YOU - DJ KRUSH MIX / MONDAY Michiru
20. Tell me of mama -Remix- / Gushima Naoko
21. BABY BLUE / Fishmans
22. kyō o ikiyō / Sunny Day Service
23. Cherish Our Love / Love Tambourines
24. NEMURENAI insomnia(instrumental) / United Future Organization
25. gozen 2ji no Angel / Cano Caoli
26. Night Cruising / Fishmans

Universal UICZ-8185
Out now (2/22), ¥2000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: DJ Hasebe, NOMIYA Maki

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This is a cover album of songs by lyricist Urino Masao whose career amounts to 35 years. These are all new arrangements of some of his most known works, here sung by many vocalists such as hitomitoi, Mizuno Mari (paris match), Nakano Aya, Natsu Summer, Takeda Kaori and many more. A newly written song is included, sung by Sugiyama Kiyotaka.

All songs can be sampled at Amazon.

Various Artists "manatsu no Innocence ~ Urino Masao Works Covers"
オムニバス 「真夏のイノセンス 作詞家・売野雅勇 Hits Covers」

(Title / Artist)
1. manatsu no Innocence / Sugiyama Kiyotaka (New song)
2. Aquamarine no mamade ite / Mizuno Mari (Original: Carlos Toshiki & Omega Tribe)
3. saigo no Holy Night / Takeda Kaori (Original: Sugiyama Kiyotaka)
4. ai wa kokoro no shigoto desu / hitomitoi (Original: Ramu)
5. megumi no hito / Nakada Yūji (Original: Rats & Star)
6. Cinderella tachi e no dengon / Nakajima Megumi (Original: Takai Mamiko)
7. kinku / Nakano Aya (Original: Nakamori Akina)
8. hoshikuzu no Stage / Mitsunaga Ryōta (Original: Checkers)
9. Say Yes! / Natsu Summer (Original: Kikuchi Momoko)
10. natsu no Klaxxon / Itō Shungo (Original: Inagaki Junichi)
11. 2oku4senman no hitomi / Rio (Original: Hiromi)

Crown Tokuma TKCA-74477
Out now (2/22), ¥2870 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: hitomitoi, MIZUNO Mari, NAKANO Aya, Natsu Summer

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" dahlia new clip "ai wa kūki" (Shooting ver.)! https://youtu.be/u4UXb47m0zo Album "MIRROR" info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/dahlia_Mirror/2017.02.14/011758/ " — @coolestsound on February 20, 2017 at 21:02 | Retweet

A set of two 7"'s of songs from Nomiya Maki's latest album "otoko to onna 'Un homme et une femme'" is being released! The songs are covers of Pierre Barouh (from the movie "Un homme et une femme"), Michel Legrand (from "Les demoiselles de Rochefort"), Suzuki Masayuki, and Pizzicato Five!

On February 27, Nomiya Maki will be "one day boss" at Pied Piper House, within Tower Records Shibuya (5F) from 19:30 to 21:30. Details can be found here.

Also, she will DJ at Kissa SMiLE (Shibuya) on Friday February 24 in event "wamono Meeting" organized by Comoesta Yaegashi, with also Nosa Reina, Sumire (Twee Grrrls Club) and more. The event starts at 18:00. (Facebook event page)

Nomiya Maki "otoko to onna 'Un Homme et Une Femme' ~ Nomiya Maki, French Shibuya-kei o utau." (2x7")
野宮真貴 「男と女 ~野宮真貴、フレンチ渋谷系を歌う。」

French Cinema Side
A. Un Homme et Une Femme [en duo avec Ken Yokoyama de Crazy Ken Band]
B. Chanson des Jumelles [en duo avec Clémentine]

Japanese Love Song Side
A. Shibuya de 5ji [en duo avec Clémentine et avec Masayuki Suzuki]
B. Weekend [en duo avec Clémentine]

Universal Music/Jet Set JS7S-151
Out 2/22, ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

"Un Homme et Une Femme [en duo avec Ken Yokoyama de Crazy Ken Band]" (Short ver.)

Find out more about: Clementine, NOMIYA Maki, SUZUKI Masayuki, YOKOYAMA Ken

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Konishi Yasuharu supervises a new 7" single project on the Great Tracks label (Sony).

First of all comes a compilation called "Ace", named after monthly event (((((((A))))))) held at Organ bar the 3rd Friday of each month. Having been playing almost only 7"'s at club parties for the recent years, Konishi selected J-pop hit tracks that he wishes would be available on 7" for his live mixing.

This marks the beginning of a series of 7" releases of tracks featured on this compilation. The first two 7"'s are cuts from Pizzicato Five albums "couples" and "Bellissima!", respectively titled "couples ep" and "Bellissima! ep". See details below!

For those in Japan, Tower Records has a promotion where buying both the "Ace" compilation and either of the P5 7"'s at the same time gets you an original clear folder (while supplies last).

"Ace" 7" single project official page

The next (((((((A))))))) will be held tomorrow Feb. 17 at Organ bar in Shibuya. Doors open at 22:00.

Various Artists "Ace"
オムニバス 「エース」

(Title / Artist)
1. N.O. / Denki Groove
2. ai wa fushigi sa / Kome Kome Club
3. Shibuya de 5ji / Suzuki Masayuki & Kikuchi Momoko
4. Shangri-La / Denki Groove
5. Locolotion / Orange Range
6. Shanghai Honey / Orange Range
7. V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N / Yoshimura Yumi
8. Wedding Bell / Puffy
9. Birthday Boy / Watanabe Marina
10. ureshii! tanoshii! daisuki! ('Everlasting' Version) / Dreams Come True
11. Planets / Pizzicato Five
12. kaze ni naritai / The Boom
13. maware maware / Hiyajō Atsuko
14. Boyfriend / Inoue Mutsumi
15. Seven O'clock News / Pizzicato Five
16. Let's spend the night together / Pizzicato Five
17. daisuki / Okamura Yasuyuki

Great Tracks/Sony Music Direct MHCL-2677
Out 2/22, ¥2200 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Pizzicato Five "couples ep" (7")
ピチカート・ファイヴ 「カップルズep」

A. Seven O'clock News
B. They All Laughed

Great Tracks/Sony Music Direct MHKL-1
Out 2/22, ¥1800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Pizzicato Five "Bellissima! ep" (7")
ピチカート・ファイヴ 「ベリッシマep」

A. Planets
B. This Can't Be Love

Great Tracks/Sony Music Direct MHKL-2
Out 2/22, ¥1800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

See also:
Pizzicato Five "Pizzicatomania!" (Remaster)

Find out more about: Denki Groove, KONISHI Yasuharu, OKAMURA Yasuyuki, Pizzicato Five, Puffy, SUZUKI Masayuki

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Here comes a remastered edition of Pizzicato Five's "Pizzicatomania!" (1985), with bonus previously unreleased 1985 mixes of "Action Painting". The whole CD was also newly remastered this year, and the leaflet includes new liner notes by Konishi Yasuharu in regard to the unexpected tape find. Check out a photo of the recently found master tape here.

Pizzicato Five "Pizzicatomania!" (Remaster)
ピチカート・ファイヴ 「ピチカートマニア!」

1. The 59th Street Bridge Song
2. Boy Meets Girl
3. September Song
4. The Audrey Hepburn Complex
5. From Party To Party
6. Action Painting
7. Let's Go Away For A While
8. What's New, Pizzicato?
9. Action Painting (1985.9.29 Mix) (Previously unreleased bonus track)
10. Action Painting (1985.9.29 Mix Vocal less) (Previously unreleased bonus track)
11. Action Painting (1985.9.29 Mix Instrumental) (Previously unreleased bonus track)

Teichiku TECI-1539
Out 2/22, ¥1800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

See also:
Pizzicato Five "couples ep" (7"), "Bellissima! ep" (7")

Find out more about: Pizzicato Five

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Singer dahlia has a brand new album out soon! This was sound produced by Groove Unchant who had previously produced her album "Beautiful, But Noir" (2006). One song features programming by Cunimondo Takiguchi (Ryūsenkei).

A very limited edition of 100 that comes with a beautiful 30-page photo book is being released in advance. It is available exclusively through her web shop. International orders are welcome, so fans outside Japan who don't want to miss this should order directly without waiting.

dahlia "MIRROR"

1. kuchu fuyū
2. KIKKAH ~boku no utsukushii hito~
3. ai wa kūki
4. ciel blanc
5. RENEWER
6. neko o sagashite
7. ai wa doko da
8. Sincerely

Regular edition
Orange Records ORGR-053
Out 2/22, ¥1800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"ai wa kūki"

Find out more about: Cunimondo TAKIGUCHI, dahlia, Groove Unchant

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Continue reading in the February 2017 archive.
Next entry: "Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra "The Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary Concert"" (February 12, 2017 at 14:05)

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