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tofubeats has a brand new release coming up as a dance-oriented EP. This includes title track "Stakeholder" sung by himself, and also a collaboration with pal okadada.

The CD comes with a 20-page photo booklet, and Amazon apparently gives away an exclusive and limited "Special Track(s) Download Card" said to give access to a bonus track (or more?), while supplies last.

tofubeats "STAKEHOLDER"

1. SITCOM (intro)
2. STAKEHOLDER
3. window
4. dance to the beat to the
5. STAKEHOLDER -for DJ-
6. She Talks At Night
7. T.D.M. feat. okadada
8. (I WANNA) HOLD
9. eisei toshi

Warner Music WPCL-12073
Out 4/1, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"STAKEHOLDER"

"SITCOM"

"eisei toshi" (Demo version)

Find out more about: okadada, tofubeats

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Izumi Ookawara "Strawberry Jam"

Izumi Ookawara (singer of Qypthone) has a jazzy brand new single now available on iTunes worldwide! "Strawberry Jam" was written by Izumi and arranged with Ishigaki Kentarō (also of Qypthone). This time she has recorded with a band of 6 musicians (guitar, keys, trumpet, bass, percussion and drums) plus two back singers!

Also check out her previous single "Polka dot on the paper".

Izumi Ookawara "Strawberry Jam" (Download)
大河原泉 「Strawberry Jam」

Delicatessen Recordings
Out now (3/25)
Sample/buy: Strawberry Jam - Single by Izumi Ookawara (World), 大河原泉 "Strawberry Jam - Single" (Japan)

Find out more about: OOKAWARA Izumi

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Guitarist & singer-songwriter Saigenji has a new mini-album. With an acoustic theme, the recording also features cello, violin, viola and piano.

Check out the digest clip below!

Saigenji "hikari mebuku toki" (Download)
Saigenji 「光芽吹くとき」

1. hikari mebuku toki 2015
2. akatsuki e no inori
3. hajimari no uta
4. hikari mebuku toki (Original version)

Happiness Records
Out now (3/25)
Sample/buy: Saigenji "光芽吹くとき2015 - EP"

Digest clip

Find out more about: Saigenji

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Sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan have a first live DVD (and also Blu-ray) out this week. This is made up of recordings from shows held at Tokyo Globe-za (May 25, 2014), Tokyo Kinema Club (Nov. 23, 2014) and Shibuya O-East (Feb. 11, 2015).

Charan-Po-Rantan "Theatre no zanzō"
チャラン・ポ・ランタン 「テアトルの残像」

1. ai no sanka (Hymne à l'amour)
2. wasurekaketeta monogatari
3. NANDE-NANDE
4. utsukushisa to wakasa
5. France kabure
6. Present
7. koi wa mōmoku
8. kūchū buranko nori no Marie
9. sannin no otoko
10. ginnan gakudan Quartet
11. imasara oshikunaru
12. Circus Circus
13. jinsei no Ballad
14. su-dara fushi
15. Yes Man
16. ie naki ko no Dorothy
17. watashi no uchū
18. 71oku Piece no Puzzle Game
19. saigo no bansan
20. Oppai Boogie
21. Mustafa (ENCORE)
22. kisetsu wa mawaru (ENCORE)
23. Charan-Po Show no mei bamen shū 2014-2015

Blu-ray edition (All regions NTSC)
avex trax AVXD-92214
Out 3/25, ¥5000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon (26% off *), HMV (15% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

DVD edition (Region 2 NTSC)
avex trax AVBD-92213
Out 3/25, ¥4000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon (26% off *), HMV (15% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: Charan-Po-Rantan

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Pianist and singer-songwriter kotringo has done the soundtrack for cooking-themed anime "kōfuku Graffiti" (English title "Gourmet Girl Graffiti"). With instruments including piano, celesta, accordion, and also scat by the artist herself, this release is said to be just as enjoyable as a new kotringo album.

kotringo Edible melodies ~Gourmet Girl Graffiti Orignal Soundtrack~"
コトリンゴ 「Edible melodies〜TVアニメ『幸腹グラフィティ』オリジナルサウンドトラック〜」

1. oinari-san no aji
2. koufuku Graffiti no Theme
3. kirin no Theme
4. nani ni shiyō kana
5. hai, a-n!
6. tamago no Samba
7. kirin, harikiru
8. fufufu
9. kachikochi kirin
10. Ryō no Theme
11. ippon yazakura tamagoyaki
12. samishii heya
13. obaachan no kitsune udon
14. Shiina-san no ringo ame
15. Omrice Horror
16. Russian Roulette Sand(wich)
17. densetsu no hanjuku Omrice
18. Omrice o motomete sanzenri
19. shiawase no aji
20. oryōri Humming
21.onigiri shōjo - karaage shōnen
22. atatakai onabe
23. Skinship sakuramochi
24. Shiina-san no Theme
25. Morino-ke no kondate
26. watashi no shiranai Ryō
27. Naiki-san no Theme
28. kazoku ni naru
29. ohanami biyori
30. nigiyaka Canzone
31. gogagaga.
32. oryōri Gallop
33. torokeru
34. mata raishū
35. natsukashii shokutaku

Flying Dog VTCL-60393
Out 3/25, ¥2900 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: kotringo

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The latest Disney cover compilation is one full of pianists. Featured are artists such as Nakatsuka Takeshi, fox capture plan, Schroeder-Headz, →Pia-no-jaC← and more, playing various Disney hit tunes old and new.

This was actually released on CD earlier this month, though the CD edition is available at Tower Records and Village Vanguard only. This limited 2-LP edition is available more widely so get your hands on it while you can!

Release official site

Various Artists "Piano Man Plays Disney" (2x12")

(Title / Artist)
A1. When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio) / jizue
A2. Beauty and the Beast (Beauty and the Beast) / toconoma
A3. Chim Chim Cher-ee ~ Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious ~ Step In Time! ~ A Spoonful of Sugar ~ I Love To Laugh (Mary Poppins) / →Pia-no-jaC←
A4. Main Street Electrical Parade (Disneyland) / Nakatsuka Takeshi

B1. He's a Pirate (Pirates of the Caribbean) / fox capture plan
B2. I See The Light (Tangled) / Schroeder-Headz
B3. A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes (Cinderella) / Serph

C1. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (Cinderella) / Nakatsuka Takeshi
C2. Under the Sea (The Little Mermaid) / TLKY.
C3. Winnie the Pooh (Winnie the Pooh) / Nakatsuka Takeshi

D1. Alice In Wonderland (Alice In Wonderland) / Kan Sano × Junpei Kamiya
D2. A Whole New World (Aladdin) ~ Part Of Your World (The Little Mermaid) / →Pia-no-jaC←
D3. Let It Go (Frozen) / fox capture plan

Walt Disney Records AQJW-51112
Out 3/27, ¥3700 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Sampler clip

fox capture plan "Let It Go"

Find out more about: fox capture plan, NAKATSUKA Takeshi

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This release completes Count Joke's "Air-Replay Series" trilogy of 7" singles. These two songs were being released on CD last December. This packaging includes both 7" and CD (with instrumentals).

"itsuka dokokade" features Smooth Ace, and was written in memory of DJ Hirabayashi Shinichi (Moodsville Records, Showa Dance Party) who passed away last April. "yūrei no Ballad" features accordionist Tanooka Saburō and a kids chorus group.

On April 4 will be held a special event at HMV Record Store in Shibuya from 15:00, with a free show feat. Smooth Ace and Lemon (Wack Wack Rhythm Band). Those who bought all three 7" singles there will receive a bonus CD-R of demo tracks. Find details here.

Count Joke "itsuka dokoka de c/w yūrei no Ballad" (7"+CD)
冗談伯爵 「いつかどこかで / 幽霊のバラード」

7"
A. itsuka dokoka de
B. yūrei no Ballad

CD
1. yūrei no Ballad
2. itsuka dokoka de
3. yūrei no Ballad (inst)
4. itsuka dokoka de (inst)

High Contrast HCCD-9556
Out 3/25, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"itsuka dokoka de"

"yūrei no Ballad"

Find out more about: ARAI Toshiya, Count Joke, MAEZONO Naoki

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A live collaboration show of Hosono Haruomi and Sakamoto Ryūichi (both of Yellow Magic Orchestra) has been released on Blu-ray and DVD. The show was held on December 21, 2013 at EX Theater Roppongi, and featured appearances of Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), U-zhaan, Itō Gorō (naomi & goro) and Aoba Ichiko, as well as Takahashi Yukihiro (also YMO). The whole show is included.

Hosono Haruomi "Hosono Haruomi x Sakamoto Ryuichi at EX Theater Roppongi 2013.12.21" (Blu-ray/DVD)
細野晴臣 「細野晴臣×坂本龍一 at EX THEATER ROPPONGI 2013.12.21」

1. koi wa momoiro
2. The Song Is Ended
3. Pra Machucar Meu Coracao
4. O Sapo
5. O Grande Amor
6. TANGO
7. 3 biki no kuma
8. bibō no aozora
9. Perspective
10. soto wa senjo da yo
11. kanashimi no Lucky Star
12. Nihon no hito
13. Tibetan Dance
14. Radio Activity
15. Rydeen
16. Smile

Blu-ray edition (Region A NTSC)
Speedstar Records VIXL-138
Out 3/18, ¥6500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

DVD edition (Region 2 NTSC)
SPEEDSTAR RECORDS or SPEEDSTAR VIBL-738
Out 3/18, ¥6000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Digest clip

"koi wa momoiro"

Find out more about: HOSONO Haruomi, ITO Goro, OYAMADA Keigo, SAKAMOTO Ryuichi, TAKAHASHI Yukihiro

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Harada Tomoyo has a new album coming this week, consisting of covers of foreign songs such as The Beatles "I've Just Seen a Face", Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender", Julie London's "Fly Me To The Moon", Burt Bacharach-written "The Look of Love", standard "Night and Day", Nora Jones' "Don't Know Why" in a version featuring composer Jesse Harris, Marcos Valle's "If You Went Away", etc. All songs are sung in their original English lyrics.

The album is produced and arranged by Itō Gorō (naomi & goro), and features guest musicians such as Horie Hirohisa (pupa, Neil & Iraiza), Tzboguchi Masayasu, Yoshino Yuka (tico moon) and more.

A show will be held on June 6 at Ex Theater Roppongi in Tokyo (details), following dates in Nagoya and Osaka.

Harada Tomoyo "Love Song Covers"
原田知世 「恋愛小説」

(Japanese title: "renai shōsetsu")

(Original artist in parentheses)
1. I've Just Seen a Face (The Beatles)
2. Don't Know Why feat. Jesse Harris (Nora Jones)
3. In My Secret Life (Leonard Cohen)
4. Baby I'm a Fool (Melody Gardot)
5. Night and Day
6. Blue Moon
7. If You Went Away (Marcos Valle)
8. Fly Me to the Moon (Julie London)
9. The Look of Love (Dusty Springfield)
10. Love Me Tender (Elvis Presley)

Universal Music UCCJ-2120
Out 3/18, ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , 原田知世 "恋愛小説" (Japan )
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

"Don't Know Why feat. Jesse Harris"

"I've Just Seen a Face"

Find out more about: HARADA Tomoyo, HORIE Hirohisa, ITO Goro

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Zher the ZOO (a venue in Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku) has been around for 10 years already. Here's a nice-priced compilation of various female vocal songs by artists familiar to the venue. Most of these are rare or brand new recordings. Featured are Hicksville, Merpeoples, RIS, Utsumi Yōko (ex-Soul Flower Union) and many more.

In related news, Merpeoples have announced they will be disbanding... Their last show will be held at Shimokitazawa ReG on April 5.

Various Artists "Zher the ZOO YOYOGI 10th Anniversary Compilation Album 'HERE COME THE GIRL'ZOO'"

1. Hickville "BUTTERFLY"
2. POP CHOCOLAT "No request"
3. Hamada Maron "odore IN THE ZOO"
4. Hayashi Tabasa "HOW TO SAY"
5. Utsumi Yoko "Asshole"
6. amenoto "Android no yume"
7. Kawasaki Reon "sensei"
8. RIS "LOVE CLUB"
9. Umizuki Hikari "chidoribashi"
10. Neat's "MOA"
11. Rouse Garden "kanashimi no kuni"
12. Merpeoples "Tonight"
13. RETO "Que sera"
14. spooky "baka ni shinai de"

thank, my girl label UKCD-1154
Out 3/18, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: Hicksville, Merpeoples, RIS

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