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" Free matsuri in Shibuya next Sat. Aug. 27 with bird, DJ Misoshiru & MC Gohan, Les Romanesques, KAWANABE Hiroshi, etc http://natumaturi.sib.tv/ " — @coolestsound on August 23, 2016 at 22:18 | Retweet

The two first albums of Pizzicato Five, "Couples" (1987) and "Bellissima!" (1988), are being re-issued! Both were newly remastered from the original master tapes under the supervision of Konishi Yasuharu himself, and are pressed as high-quality Blu-spec CD2 (they play in normal CD players). "Couples" has liner notes by Kaji Hideki and "Bellissima!" by Nona Reeves' Nishidera Gōta.

Also, Tower Records has exclusive vinyl editions of both albums (although Tower Records online only ships within Japan), mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed in the U.S. Find those here: "Couples" & "Bellissima!". Third-party shopping services such as CDJapan's Special Request Shopping Service and White Rabbit Express are available for those outside of Japan.

Pizzicato Five "Couples"
ピチカート・ファイヴ 「カップルズ」

1. Magical Connection
2. Summertime, Summertime
3. They All Laughed
4. Serial Stories
5. The Apartment
6. What Now Our Love
7. Seven O'clock News
8. Odd Couple and the Others
9. My Blue Heaven
10. Party Joke
11. Two Sleepy People
12. Everytime We Say Goodbye

(Pizzicato Five: Sasaki Mamiko, Kamomiya Ryō, Takanami Keitarō, Konishi Yasuharu.)

Sony MHCL-30392
Out 8/24, ¥2400 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

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

1. Planets
2. Temptation Talk
3. Holy Triangle
4. World Standard
5. Couples
6. Sunday Impressions
7. The Swim
8. Seventeen
9. This Can't Be Love
10. The Work of God

(Pizzicato Five: Konishi Yasuharu. Takanami Keitarō, Tajima Takao.)

Sony MHCL-30393
Out 8/24, ¥2400 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: Pizzicato Five

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Metafive have released a first live Blu-ray, of a show held at EX Theater Roppongi on January 21, 2016. The full show plus 3 video clips are included, and the release comes with a CD of a selection of songs from the show.

Metafive can be seen live this weekend at Summer Sonic 2016 (on the 2nd day, August 21), and the next weekend at World Happiness 2016 (August 28).

METAFIVE "METALIVE" (Blu-ray+CD)

Disc 1: Blu-ray
METALIVE
1. Mezzanotte
2. Albore
3. Maisie's Avenue
4. Gravetrippin'
5. Luv U Tokio
6. Split Spirit
7. Anodyne
8. W.G.S.F.
9. Turn Turn
10. Radio Junk
11. Whiteout
12. Radio
13. Key
14. Don't Move
15. Threads
16. Disaster Baby
17. Luv Pandemic
18. Cue
METACLIPS
1. Don't Move (Studio Live Version)
2. Maisie's Avenue (Studio Live Version)
3. Luv U Tokio (Music Clip)

Disc 2: CD
1. Albore
2. Maisie's Avenue
3. Gravetrippin'
4. Luv U Tokio
5. Split Spirit
6. Anodyne
7. W.G.S.F.
8. Turn Turn
9. Radio Junk
10. Whiteout
11. Radio
12. Don't Move
13. Threads
14. Disaster Baby

Warner WPZL-90104
Out now (8/17), ¥6500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Trailer

"Gravetrippin' (Metalive version)"

Find out more about: GONDO Tomohiko, Leo IMAI, Metafive, OYAMADA Keigo, SUNAHARA Yoshinori, TAKAHASHI Yukihiro, Towa Tei

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Here's a 2nd album by kataomoi, follow-up to "kataomoin Da House" (2013). This was engineered by Illicit Tsuboi, and is being released on Kakubarhythm.

Check out the release special page.

A release party will be held at Kinema Club on September 24.

kataomoi "Quiero V.I.P"
片想い 「QUIERO V.I.P」

1. kataomoin Da disco
2. My Favorite Things
3. Funky Initiations
4. V.I.P.
5. VIVA! Milagro
6. kimi no mado
7. kanjikata
8. Damage Rumba
9. machi no keshiki
10. Party Kills Me (Party ni korosareru!)
11. bōkire nado furimawashite mo shikata no nai koto deshō
12. Phenomenon

Kakubarhythm DDCK-1047
Out now (8/3), ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon,HMV,Tower

"Party Kills Me"

Trailer clip

"V.I.P."

Find out more about: Illicit Tsuboi, kataomoi

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Perfume's 6th album "Cosmic Explorer", released last April, has just been released in a limited vinyl edition! This comes in as a set of two 12"'s, and the 1st record is blue, while the 2nd comes in a random color (pink, yellow or orange). Grab yours while it's still time!

Perfume "Cosmic Explorer" (2x12")

A1. Navigate
A2. Cosmic Explorer
A3. Miracle Worker
A4. Next Stage with YOU
B1. STORY
B2. FLASH (Album-mix)
B3. Sweet Refrain (Album-mix)
C1. Baby Face
C2. TOKIMEKI LIGHTS (Album-mix)
C3. STAR TRAIN (Album-mix)
C4. Relax In The City
D1. Pick Me Up
D2. Cling Cling (Album-mix)
D3. Hold Your Hand

Universal UPJP-9007
Out now (8/3), ¥4620 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: NAKATA Yasutaka, Perfume

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" New summer track "FLASHBACK50" free download! http://switchedon.jp/ from (M)otocompo x Kit Cat split album out Sept. 21! @DrUsui @otocompo " — @coolestsound on August 12, 2016 at 12:14 | Retweet

Sugar's Campaign, the super pop unit of producers Avec Avec and Seiho, has a brand new 2nd album out now! This follow-up to the excellent "Friends" (2015) has a general theme of "family".

HMV gives away a pink promo spoon while supplies last.

A one-man live will be held at Daikanyama Unit on August 26, and in Osaka on August 25. Tickets are on sale.

Sugar's Campaign "mamagoto"
Sugar's Campaign 「ままごと」

1. potesara
2. mamagoto
3. shūmatsu no Crystal
4. itamidome
5. tadaima.
6. Mariage
7. itsuka no yume kara tsuredashite
8. HAPPY END
9. 1987
10. Restaurant -nettai saru-
11. SWEET HOME

Victor VICL-64603
Out now (8/10), 2500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records

"mamagoto"

Find out more about: Avec Avec, Seiho, Sugar's Campaign

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Idol group Especia is now back as a trio with a brand new EP! There has been a serious image change following their dramatic move from Osaka to Tokyo earlier this year, with a cool sound that has evolved and now seems to feature only English lyrics. Like before they are backed by producer unit Hi-Fi City.

The limited edition comes with a 107-minute DVD of the last show of Especia's recent tour with their former line-up, held at Studio Coast in Tokyo on January 17, 2016.

Upcoming shows include a morning show at Chelsea Hotel in Shibuya on August 28, from 9:30am! Check their full schedule here.

Especia "Mirage"

1. Savior
2. Affair
3. Helix
4. Nothing

Limited edition (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
Bermuda Entertainment BMEJ-0023
Out 8/10, ¥4000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition
Bermuda Entertainment BMEJ-0025
Out 8/10, ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Savior"

Find out more about: Especia

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" ISHINO Takkyu new video "Rapt In Fantasy (Radio Edit) Ver.1"! https://youtu.be/9RVo9BqIdu4 from new album "Lunatique" ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Ishino_Takkyu_Lunatique/2016.08.02/011585/ " — @coolestsound on August 6, 2016 at 22:46 | Retweet

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" Takkyu ISHINO DJ live set on DOMMUNE now! Own tracks only!? http://www.dommune.com/ New album out today! ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Ishino_Takkyu_Lunatique/2016.08.02/011585/ " — @coolestsound on August 3, 2016 at 21:37 | Retweet

Crazy Ken Band's new album "Hong Kong Taxi" consists mainly of self-covers of songs first written for other artists. Included are songs first sung by Nagisa Yōko, Wada Akiko, SMAP, and many others. Also included are a few rare songs written with pre-CKB bands Duck Tales and Cools, and brand new song "Motomachi burabura".

The song "T-jirō" appeared in a TV drama where it was sung in duet by Koizumi Kyōko and Nakai Kiichi, though an episode featured Yokoyama Ken and Nomiya Maki singing it on stage. Maki is featured on this album singing once again this song in duet.

The limited edition comes with a bonus DVD of two video clips and making-of footage.

A Japan tour will begin on August 27, stopping at Nakano Sun Plaza on October 9, and at the Kanagawa Kenmin Hall on October 29 and 30.

Crazy Ken Band "Hong Kong Taxi"
クレイジーケンバンド 「香港的士」

CD
1. Hong Kong Taxi
2. Honmoku Soul Lady
3. Time Tunnel
4. taikutsu na nichiyōbi
5. T-jirō (duet with Nomiya Maki)
6. onna tomodachi
7. Ouyang Feifei
8. eye catch - Wan chai Bus Stop -
9. Bus ga kuru
10. oyako no March
11. Argentine tōhikō
12. daisan Keihin
13. chabangeki
14. eye catch - Honmoku Central Station -
15. TOTSUZEN CAR CLUB
16. Motomachi burabura
17. BABY BABY BABY
18. PLEASE
19. Cinderela Liberty

DVD
1. "Hong Kong Taxi" Music Video
2. "Motomachi burabura" Music Video
3. Making of "Hong Kong Taxi" music video & artist photo session

Limited edition (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
Universal UMCK-9855
Out now (8/3), ¥3800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition (CD only)
Universal UMCK-1548
Out now (8/3), ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Hong Kong Taxi" (Short ver.)

"Motomachi burabura" (Short ver.)

Find out more about: Crazy Ken Band

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Ishino Takkyū (Denki Groove)'s brand new solo album "Lunatique" is about to be released! This follows mini-album "Cruise" (2010). The album has artwork by Ukawa Naohiro (Dommune), taking source from a cover illustration of defunct magazine "Manga Erotopia".

Hear samples of all tracks at CDJapan.

Takkyu will DJ at his regular party "Sterne" at Shibuya Womb this Friday August 5.

Ishino Takkyū "Lunatique"
石野卓球 「Lunatique」

1. Rapt In Fantasy
2. Fetish
3. Lunar Kick
4. Fana-Tekk
5. Crescent Moon
6. Die Boten Vom Mond
7. Amazones
8. Lunatique
9. Selene
10. Dawn

Ki/oon KSCL-2765
Out 8/3, ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Rapt In Fantasy (Radio Edit) Ver. 1"

Find out more about: ISHINO Takkyu

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Negicco's 3rd album "Tea for Three" (out last May) is being released as a limited double LP! Don't miss this!

On the same day, Saturday July 30, Negicco will perform a one-man live at NHK Hall in Shibuya. Tickets are still available at this time.

Negicco "Tea for Three" (2LP)
Negicco 「ティー・フォー・スリー」

A1. nee, Vardia
A2. RELISH
A3. Magic mitai na Music
B1. koi no shananana
B2. Good Night negi soup
B3. Kōnan shōka
C1. Canal no madobe
C2. niji
C3. SNS o buttobase
C4. mujun, hajimemashita.
D1. doyō no yoru wa
D2. oyasumi (Album Ver.)
D3. watashi e

T-Palette Records TPRV-0021
Out 7/30, ¥4343 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Trailer clip

Find out more about: Negicco

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Singer-songwriter Yukawa Shione, lately based in both Japan and New York, has a new digital release out now as her new project "sione" with which she focuses on voice. This first EP is produced by world's end girlfriend, and an album is expected later this year on Virgin Babylon Records. Listen to "Ivy" below!

sione "Golden Age" (Download)

1. Golden Age
2. Ivy
3. I Saw You One Time

Virgin Babylon Records
Out now (7/22)
Sample/buy: Bandcamp, OTOTOY, iTunes Link Maker

"Ivy"

Find out more about: YUKAWA Shione

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