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Here's a 3rd mix of DJ Fukutake's popular "Yava-kayō" series! This time the theme is "ondō" (Wikipedia), which is the type of traditional music that people of all ages dance along to at summer festivals (matsuri) throughout Japan. Ondō is recognizable by its characteristic Japanese drum rhythms. For this mix CD, DJ Fukutake carefully selected groovy ondō from the Shōwa era (60's to 80's) from his great 7" collection.

DJ Fukutake can be seen DJing live on Dommune on July 8 from 19:00 (JST). Also check out an ondō-oriented live mix of his from summer 2012 on Soundcloud.

Various Artists "Yaba-kayō 3 Non-stop DJ Mix -The Ondo- Mixed by DJ Fukutake"
オムニバス 「ヤバ歌謡3 NONSTOP DJ MIX -音頭編- Mixed by DJフクタケ」

1. Cock Robin ondo / Slapstick Shiraishi Fuyumi
2. Wa-shoi! / Hori Chiemi
3. Reishinkai no zundoko-bushi / Reishinkai
4. ikujinashi / Satsuki Midori & Mr.IKUJINASHI
5. Gozilla ondo / Victor shōnen minyō-kai
6. ekimae ondo / Three Funkies
7. karasu no kasaodori / Takiguchi Junpei - Suginami jidō gasshōdan
8. dotanchi ondō / Katsura Kyōko
9. Monkey Bon Dance / Shiroyama Kichinosuke
10. a i u e ondo / Mister Edo
11. kodomo donpan-bushi / Tokyo hōsō jidō gasshōdan
12. sorenari ondo / Ooki Bondo
13. Yellow Submarine ondo / Kanazawa Akiko
14. keiba ondō / Fujita Makoto
15. Nippon zenkoku sakenomi ondō / Barracuda
16. HOSHIMARU ondo / TPO
17. Disco Kawachi ondō / Bamboo In ABA
18. shobai hanjō ja sasa motte Reggae ~ Reggae Kawachi - teppōbushi ~ / James Bong
19. mogyu Kawachi ondō / Mineya Asamaru
20. senkyaku banrai ondo / Hibiki Tamio
21. Rika-chan ondo / Kayama Rika
22. fuku no tane / Chakra
23. obake ga ikuzo- / Yoshi Ikuzō
24. baketsu no ohisan tsukamaete / Nakayama Chinatsu - Ōno Susumu
25. Michie ondō / Aoyama Michi
26. Enken no Michie ondō / Endō Kenji
27. namumaidaa ~ Kawachi ondō yori ~ / Mops
28. SATORI PART 2 / FLOWER TRAVELLIN' BAND
29. goiken muyō / Mops
30. Sky Kid Black maō / Ōtsuka Chikao
31. Kawachi ondo de yoru o buttobase / Kawachiya Kikusuimaru & Ethnorhythm All Stars
32. Kazetarō-bushi / Reishinkai
33. banpaku de yoisho (EXPO'70) / Casanova 7
34. Heisei 5 - 5 ondō / Murata Hideo - Sakamoto Fuyumi

Universal Music UICZ-8166
Out 7/8, ¥2000 (excl. tax)
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† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: FUKUTA Takeshi

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The Scooters have a brand new single coming this week! This consists of two covers, the A-side of the Jackson Sisters' hit single "I Believe In Miracles", and the B-side of David Bowie's "Young Americans". Both are sung in Japanese, and the lead vocals on the B-side are performed by MC Turban "Chana" Jr.

The package contains both a 7" and a CD (of the same songs plus instrumentals), and the whole comes in a special sleeve that unfolds into a tabloid-like poster. Art direction is of course by the band's leader, Shindō Mitsuo.

Both songs can be sampled at Jet Set.

The Scooters "The Scooters Now !" (7"+CD)
スクーターズ 「The Scooters Now !」

A. I Believe In Miracles
B. Young Americans

High Contrast HCCD-9558
Out 7/7, ¥2000 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: Scooters

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Sally Soul Stew, the band led by Sally Kubota (ex-The Phantom Gift, ex-Les 5-4-3-2-1), has a brand new single out this week! A-side "Joy To The World" is a new song with music written by Takanami K-taro (ex-Pizzicato Five) with lead vocals by Mashiro Megumi (Hicksville), while the B-side is a cover of Pete Mac Jr.'s "Black Coffee" sung by the band's other vocalist Lemon (also in Wack Wack Rhythm Band). The B-side was selected by DJ Fukutake (of the "Yava-kayō" trend). Both tracks are groovy great songs that let us enjoy Sally's signature bass lines.

Actually this single is dedicated to a great Japanese bassist who passed away in April this year, Etō Isao. Sally can be heard playing an "Orenda" bass, Etō's signature model.

The 7" single comes with a CD of the same content, with bonus "mono" mixes of the same two songs.

Sally Soul Stew "Joy To The World / Black Coffee" (7"+CD)
サリーソウルシチュー 「JOY TO THE WORLD~喜びの世界 C/W ブラック・コーヒー」

A. Joy To The World
B. Black Coffee

mawarisō na Records MWRR-9730
Out 7/1, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: DJ Fukutake, Sally KUBOTA, Sally Soul Stew, TAKANAMI K-taro

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Following "Ghost In The Shell Arise" (2013), once again Cornelius produced the soundtrack for sequel "Ghost In The Shell Shin Gekijōban" (official site, Wikipedia). A single for songs "anata o tamotsu mono" (opening theme of TV series "Ghost In The Shell Arise Alternative Architecture") and "mada ugoku" (the film's main theme), both sung by voice actress Sakamoto Maaya, was also released at the same time, and includes non-album track "Tokyo samui".

HMV and Tower Records give away a promo sticker (while supplies last).

Cornelius "'Ghost In The Shell Shin Gekijōban' O.S.T."
Cornelius 「攻殻機動隊 新劇場版 O.S.T.」

1. A Floating Ghost
2. anata o tamotsu mono
3. Execution No.9
4. Moments In Love (Piano)
5. Body / Head
6. An Electric Storm
7. Fall All
8. Split Spirit
9. In Search Of Many
10. Scylla
11. Memories Fade
12. Involution No.9
13. Vrinda
14. Heart Grenade
15. Deep Breathing
16. Highway Friendly Type 2
17. Strange Obsession
18. Moments In Love (Harp)
19. mada ugoku
20. All Fall

Flying Dog VTCL-60400
Out now (6/17), ¥2900 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , コーネリアス
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Sakamoto Maaya Cornelius "anata o tamotsu mono / mada ugoku"
坂本真綾 コーネリアス 「あなたを保つもの / まだうごく」

1. anata o tamotsu mono
2. mada ugoku
3. Tokyo samui

Flying Dog VTCL-35211
Out now (6/17), ¥1300 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , 坂本真綾 コーネリアス
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"'Ghost In The Shell Shin Gekijoban' O.S.T." teaser clip

"anata o tamotsu mono / mada ugoku" teaser clip

Find out more about: Cornelius

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YMCK are back this month with a 6th album, and this time the theme is "Family Dancing"! Of course this lets us hope for some of the best 8-bit dance music ever! This comes a year and a half after album "Family Days" (2013), once again on De De Mouse's not records label.

Amazon gives away an original YMCK promo bookmark (while supplies last). Those in Japan can buy at Village Vanguard to get a promo badge.

Check out the trailer clip below, and the official release page. There are also two special edits that can be heard at WeeklyTreats.net! While at it also check out recent digital single "Tokyo Upside Down" (2014).

A release party will be held at Shibuya WWW on Sunday July 12! Meanwhile YMCK can be seen live on June 20 at Shinjuku Loft.

YMCK "Family Dancing"

1. Los Colores de la Vida
2. Neo Identity
3. Disko Kitsch
4. Time Bomb
5. Perfect Device
6. 52 Futures
7. Unity
8. You Can Be a Star

not records NOT-0009
Out 6/24, ¥1852 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , YMCK "FAMILY DANCING"
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Album trailer

Find out more about: YMCK

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a new DVD/Blu-ray coming this week. The 2-disc set contains a whole show held in Tokyo from last year's Japan Arena Tour, plus another show from London (part of the "Nanda Collection World Tour 2014") with documentary bits.

Both discs are said to contain special commentary audio featuring Kyary herself.

The first pressing comes in special packaging with a photo booklet. Also HMV and Tower Records give away a set of 3 postcards (while supplies last).

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "KPP 2014 Japan Arena Tour Kyary Pamyu Pamyu no Colorful Panic Toy Box"
きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ 「KPP 2014 JAPAN ARENA TOUR きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅのからふるぱにっくTOY BOX」

Disc 1
"Kyary Pamyu Pamyu no Colorful Panic Toy Box at Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyōgijō Daiichi Taiikukan (2014/11/9)"
1. Mottai-Nightland
2. Kyary ANAN
3. Cherry Bonbon
4. suki sugite kiresō
5. jelly
6. Super Scooter Happy
7. kimi ni 100 Percent
8. PONPONPON
9. Ring a Bell
10. tsukematsukeru
11. oyasumi
12. Serious hitomi
13. Fashion Monster
14. Ninjya Re Bang Bang
15. Invader Invader
16. mi
17. kirakira Killer
18. minna no uta
19. Tokyo Highway
20. Family Party -album mix-
21. Explorer
22. CANDY CANDY
23. chanchanchanchan

Disc 2
"Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Live & Documentary in London"
1. nanda Collection
2. Invader Invader
3. mi
4. Family Party
5. Documentary I - KPP in Paris 2014.04.24
6. Pamyu Pamyu Revolution
7. Mottai-Nightland
8. Super Scooter Happy
9. Yume No Hajima Ring Ring
10. saigo no Ice Cream
11. tsukematsukeru
12. Documentary II - KPP in Cologne 2014.04.26
13. Kyary no March
14. Cherry Bonbon
15. PONPONPON
16. Fashion Monster
17. Documentary III - KPP in London 2014.04.29-30
18. CANDY CANDY
19. chanchanchanchan

DVD edition (Region 2, NTSC)
Warner Music WPBL-90342
Out 6/10, ¥5000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Blu-ray edition (All regions, NTSC)
Warner Music WPXL-90103
Out 6/10, ¥6000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Trailer clip

Find out more about: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

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Original Love (aka Tajima Takao) has a brand new album coming this month! Tajima has said that after contributing "Sunshine Nihonkai" to Negicco he's been feeling like making more pop music again, and this can be felt throughout this album. A cover of that song is included, as well as latest single "Lover Man" which he described as his new visit card. Included as a bonus track is a cover of Ishikawa Sayuri's "Whiskey ga, osuki desho", as heard in a commercial for Suntory.

Amazon, HMV and Tower Records give away a promo sticker (while supplies last).

ORIGINAL LOVE "Lover Man"
オリジナル・ラブ 「ラヴァーマン」

1. Lover Man
2. Big Thank You
3. Sunshine Nihonkai
4. konya wa oyasumi
5. Frankenstein
6. Crazy About You
7. kirikiri mai no Jazz
8. shiki to uta
9. 99 tsubu no namida
10. kibō no bane
11. Whiskey ga, osuki desho (Bonus track)

Wonderful World XQKP-1007
Out 6/10, ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Lover Man"

Album digest

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Voice actress Hanazawa Kana's recent 3rd album "Blue Avenue" has an all-star lineup of songwriters and producers including Kitagawa Katsutoshi (Round Table), Nakatsuka Takeshi, Yakushimaru Etsuko (sōtaiseiriron), Yano Hiroyasu (ex-Cymbals), mito (clammbon), Studio Apartment, Okuda Kensuke with Nishidera Gōta (Nona Reeves) and more. Plus, there's also a song with music written by Swing Out Sister's Andy Connell and Corinne Drewery.

The limited edition comes with a bonus Blu-ray disc and a photo book, in a special 3-pane sleeve.

Hanazawa Kana "Blue Avenue"
花澤香菜 「Blue Avenue」


1. I ♥ New Day!
2. hohoemi Mode
3. Nobody Knows
4. Blueberry Night
5. Trace
6. kokyū tosu
7. Night And Day
8. Tapdance no oto ga kikoetekitara
9. We Are So in Love
10. Pool
11. Dream a Dream
12. Magical Fantasy Tour
13. kimi ga inakucha dame nanda
14. Blue Avenue o sagashite

Limited edition (CD + Blu-ray (Region A NTSC) + Photo book)
Aniplex SVWC-70064
Out now (4/22), ¥3800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition (CD only)
Aniplex SVWC-70066
Out now (4/22), ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , 花澤 香菜 "Blue Avenue"
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"kokyū tosu"

"hohoemi Mode"

"kimi ga inkucha dame nanda (Short version)"

Find out more about: HANAZAWA Kana, KITAGAWA Katsutoshi, mito, NAKATSUKA Takeshi, Nona Reeves, Studio Apartment, YAKUSHIMARU Etsuko, YANO Hiroyasu

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Tokyo Killer is a girl-fronted surf rock instrumental band formed of guitarist Keme (Kinoco Hotel), bassist Akko (ex-GO!GO!7188), keyboardist Kei (Urbangarde) and drummer Kyōichi (ex-Urbangarde). This first album, released at the end of April, features some famous covers as well as original songs. A vinyl edition is also coming (though it seems to be facing some delays), and will contains one bonus track.

The jacket was designed by Sally Kubota (Sally Soul Stew, The Scooters).

A free in-store will be held at Tower Records Shinjuku (7F) on Saturday June 13 from 21:00. A show will also be held at Tsutaya O-East in Shibuya on June 17.

Tokyo Killer "Tokyo★Killer Street"
トーキョーキラー 「トーキョー★キラーストリート」

1. Tokyo Killer no Theme
2. Surf★Sniper
3. SURF PARTY
4. RAMBLE
5. mayonaka no Maria
6. Maruyamachō no satsujin
7. MISIRLOU
8. Time★Traveller
9. asahi no ataru ie
10. PENETRATION
11. Switch Blade

Solid Records CDSOL-1628
Out now (4/22), ¥2300 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Tokyo Killer "Tokyo★Killer Street" (LP)
トーキョーキラー 「トーキョー★キラーストリート」

A1. Tokyo Killer no Theme
A2. Surf★Sniper
A3. SURF PARTY
A4. RAMBLE
A5. mayonaka no Maria
A6. Maruyamachō no satsujin
B1. MISIRLOU
B2. Time★Traveller
B3. asahi no ataru ie
B4. Ace of Spades (LP-only track)
B5. PENETRATION
B6. Switch Blade

Solid Records SD-505
Out 5/27, ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Surf★Sniper"

Find out more about: Keme, Tokyo Killer

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Follow-up to last year's "petit miladear", here's a 2nd album by unit petit milady of voice actresses Yuki Aoi and Taketatsu Ayana. Once again most songs are produced by Satō Seiki (microstar).

The album comes in 3 different editions. Limited edition A contains a bonus CD of band versions of three songs from the previous album and a bonus DVD of one video clip and bonus footage. Limited edition B contains a bonus Blu-ray of three new video clips.

petit milady "cheri*cheri? milady!!"
プチミレディ 「cheri*cheri? milady!!」


1. hi no ito rinne no GEMINI
2. kirari kirari
3. Rainbow Jump!!
4. everyday shine3
5. tsukon no ichi Nanometer
6. tokimeki☆Rocket
7. Update no sakamichi
8. yasashii kaze
9. koi wa Milk Tea
10. Fantastique▼Phantom
11. Paradear

Bonus CD (Limited edition A only)
1. azurite
2. trip trick trap
3. suki kirai kirai daisuki

Bonus DVD (Limited edition A only)
- "Fantastique▼Phantom" Music Video
- Documentary clip with audio commentary
- Bonus footage

Bonus Blu-ray (Limited edition B only)
"koi wa Milk Tea" Music Video
"hi no iro rinne no GEMINI" Music Video
"Fantastique▼Phantom" Music Video

Limited edition A (2 CDs+DVD)
Universal Music POCE-9412
Out now (5/13), ¥7500 (excl. tax)
Order: YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Limited edition B (CD+Blu-ray)
Universal Music POCE-9413
Out now (5/13), ¥4800 (excl. tax)
Order: YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition (CD only)
Universal Music POCE-1424
Out now (5/13), ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , petit milady "cheri*cheri? milady!! 通常盤"
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"koi wa Milk Tea" (short ver.)

"Fantastique▼Phantom" (short ver.)

Sampler clip

Find out more about: petit milady, TAKETATSU Ayana

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Continue reading in the May 2015 archive.
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