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Voice actress Taketatsu Ayana has a new album out now, with some tracks written and arranged by Yoshida Tetsuto ("Colore Solfege" and "Marshmallow") and Oki Reiji (ex-Cymbals) ("Princess no dassō keikaku" and "Surf de Go Go Go"), and also a song written by hitmaker Tsutsumi Kyōhei ("kajirikake no ringo", theme song of anime "denkigai no honya-san"), etc. 4 songs from recent singles "shumatsu Cinderella" and "Wonderful World" are also included.

Two limited editions are available. The "first press limited edition" comes with a bonus DVD of 4 music videos, while the "special limited edition" comes with the Blu-ray edition of the same plus yet one more Blu-ray disc of Ayana's birthday show held last June 22 (a digest of about 100 minutes).

Live shows will be held on December 20 and 21 at Nakano Sunplaza, and one in Osaka on December 14.

Taketatsu Ayana "Colore Serenata"
竹達彩奈 「Colore Serenata」


1. Colore Solfege
2. chokotto Honeycomb
3. shūmatsu Cinderella
4. Cleansing Love
5. kajirikake no ringo
6. Princess no dassō keikaku
7. fai!!
8. Surf de Go Go Go
9. Marshmallow
10. Wonderful World
11. Today
12. eien ni kimi no koto o itoshitai to iwasete
13. kagami yo kagami

Special limited edition (CD + 2 Blu-ray discs)
Pony Canyon PCCG-1435
Out now (11/19), ¥7800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon (19% off *), HMV (10% off *)
* Discount at time of writing

First press limited edition (CD + DVD)
Pony Canyon PCCG-1436
Out now (11/19), ¥4200 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon (19% off *), HMV (10% off *)
* Discount at time of writing

Regular edition (CD only)
Pony Canyon PCCG-1437
Out now (11/19), ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV

"kajirikake no ringo"

"Cleansing Love"

More videos after the jump...

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Tags: OKII Reiji, TAKETATSU Ayana, TSUTSUMI Kyōhei, YOSHIDA Tetsuto (click for more info)

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Model duo nananon's first single, produced by Konishi Yasuharu, has been released on 7"! This includes a cover of Pizzicato Five's "Baby Portable Rock" with special lyrics. DJs grab it while you can!

nananon "Nana Nana Non Non" (7")
ななのん 「ななななのんのん」

A. Nana Nana Non Non
B. nananon no Baby Portable Rock

Tsubasa Records/Jet Set JS7S-087
Out now (11/21), ¥1389 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, Amazon, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Nana Nana Non Non"

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6 years after "Hill", here's a new album from pianist and field recording artist enami Taisuke. This new album features violin, drums, percussion and harmonium on some songs, with also recorded ambiance of dancers.

The Osaka-based artist can be seen live part of Shih-Yang Lee (Taiwan)'s Kansai tour on December 3 and 5 (in Kyoto and Osaka respectively). A listening party of the album will be held on January 11, 2015 at space eauuu in Kobe. Details on his blog.

enami Taisuke "f e r m e n t"
("ferment")

1. budding
2. shunrai
3. fito
4. bookmarket
5. ze n ya sa i
6. harumo
7. hanabi
8. hakkou

Meister Musik MEISTER-012
Out now (11/18), ¥1800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"shunrai"

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The Lady Spade (sono na wa Spade) have a 2nd album coming! This is their first with current singer ATG (aka AliceToGizelle). Also their sound is now electro and danceable with an amount of rap. Songs range from happy sweets addict anthems to dark tracks that feel they may leave a spell on you. A cover of Okamura Yasuyuki's "(E)na" is included.

A release party will be held on December 22 at Shibuya Under Deer Lounge, with The Aprils and Eco Kaiju. Ex-Secretary-A-Go-Go Tiffany will also DJ. Details here.

The Lady Spade "Reverse Shaped Black Heart"
その名はスペィド 「真っ黒逆さまハート」

Japanese title: sono na wa Spade "makkuro sakasama Heart"

1. Open the Curse
2. BLACK MAGIC
3. wakannai
4. Sweetholic
5. Another Stomach for Dessert in the ABYSS
6. are tabetai na
7. eyecatch -RSBH-
8. End of the World
9. (E)na
10. sakasama na Waltz
11. Hellbound
12. aisu kuriimu
13. Obey Me?
14. Hungry Army
15. Killing Me Softly
16. STAR*

Vulgar Display Records DQC-1388
Out 11/26, ¥2315 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Teaser clip

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Saxophonist Ishikawa Shunosuke has a new piece out now, written at the piano on a cold rainy day. Featured musicians are Takana Mitsuru on trumpet, Jacob Koller on piano, Pat Glynn on bass, Dennis Frehse on drums, and Shu on tenor sax. This comes from Nakatsuka Takeshi's Delicatessen Recordings digital label, and it's available on iTunes worldwide.

Ishikawa Shunosuke "Yuuchin"
石川周之介 「雨琴」

Delicatessen Recordings
Out now (11/19)
Sample/buy: Yuuchin - Single by Shunosuke Ishikawa (World), 石川周之介 "雨琴 - Single" (Japan)

Live performance

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Singer-songwriter idol Hoshino Michiru has a new mini-album out now! This includes both songs from the recently released "Planetarium de mattete ne" 7", one of which features Wack Wack Rhythm Band, and also non-album track "mo ichido déjà vu" (from "koi no Funfair"), plus 4 other brand new songs. With an autumn/winter theme, the title also gives "A/W" the meaning of "you and I".

Hoshino Michiru will hold a 2-part show on November 24 (public holiday) at Daikanyama Unit, with a solo show in the afternoon, and in the evening a special event with The Scooters, Kinoco Hotel and Wack Wack Rhythm Band and DJs Konishi Yasuharu, Hase Hajimu and more. Details on her blog.

Hoshino Michiru "A/W Collection ~anata to watashi no Collection~"
星野みちる 「A/W COLLECTION ~あなたと私のコレクション~」

1. Planetarium de mattete ne
2. kare no Irish Setter
3. HALF STEP
4. kawazoi no machi
5. mo ichido deja vu
6. Peaberry o mitsuketara with WACK WACK RHYTHM BAND
7. hoshi ni, Merry Christmas

High Contrast HCCD-9550
Out now (11/12), ¥2300 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"kare no Irish Setter"

Sampler clip

Tags: HASE Hajimu, HOSHINO Michiru, Wack Wack Rhythm Band (click for more info)

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Ruby*, the solo-project of whisper-voice singer Lily, is back with a new album with songs produced by CTO LAB., Imai Kentaro (The Aprils, CTO LAB.), Okada Tohru (Moonriders, CTO LAB.), Nishiura Kensuke (daredemo Esper, ex-sōtaiseiriron), POCO (ku-tyu-bunkai) and more. Included are covers of The Velvet Underground ("Sunday Morning") and Stereo Total ("Ushilo Sugata Ga Kilei"). Also check out first album "RUBY" (2010).

Hear samples of all songs at CDJapan.

Ruby*'s next show will be at Daikanyama Loop on December 3, with SAWA, manaminorisa, ku-tyu-bunkai feat. Antenna Girl and more.

Ruby* "sweet music float"

1. Mayday
2. sunday morning
3. my favorite soda
4. saikō no koi no mirai no saki
5. ushilo sugata ga kilei
6. SMILE&PEACE MAKER
7. Love fantasy fu.wa.ri
8. mirage
9. floating lights
10. room

corundum records DQC-1389
Out 11/5, ¥2300 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Sweet Music Float by Ruby (World), Ruby* "sweet music float" (Japan), Amazon MP3 Japan
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Sampler clip

Tags: CTO LAB., IMAI Kentaro, OKADA Tohru, RUBY (click for more info)

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Nakatsuka Takeshi produces and performs Disney favorites on this piano-centered jazz album. Some tracks also feature a big band! This contains what's said to be the world's first jazz cover of "Let It Go" (Frozen). Hear samples in the clip below.

A free live event will be held on release day, November 12, 2014, at Apple Store Omotesando from 19:00.

Nakatsuka Takeshi "Disney piano jazz 'HAPPINESS' Deluxe Edition"
中塚武 「Disney piano jazz "HAPPINESS" Deluxe Edition」

(Source in parentheses)
1. It's a small world (New York World Fair)
2. Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Lion King)
3. Beauty and the Beast (Beauty and the Beast)
4. Main Street Electrical Parade (Disneyland)
5. Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid)
6. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! (Cinderella)
7. Once Upon a Dream (Sleeping Beauty)
8. Let It Go (Frozen)
9. When She Loved Me (Toy Story 2)
10. If I Didn't Have You (Monsters, Inc.)
11. Heigh-ho (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
12. When You Wish Upon A Star (Pinocchio)
13. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Mary Poppins)
14. Under the Sea (The Little Mermaid)
15. I See The Light (Tangled)
16. A Whole New World (Aladdin)
17. Chim Chim Cher-ee (Mary Poppins)
18. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)
19. A Spoonful of Sugar (Mary Poppins)
20. Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree)
21. Let It Go (In Crystal Christmas) (Frozen)

Walt Disney Records AVCW-63044
Out 11/12, ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , 中塚武 "Disney piano jazz (Japan ), Amazon MP3 Japan
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

Trailer clip

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" Fashion show w/ original music by SUNAHARA Yoshinori! "i CHANGED TO IKUMI 2015SS TOKYO COLLECTION" ☞ http://youtu.be/NyyqUsiTs7A @_sunahara_ " — @coolestsound on November 9, 2014 at 20:22 | Retweet

In need for some happy club tracks? Akakage is back, 4 years after album "I'm your clown" (2010). This new album features guest vocalists such as dahlia, Sokabe Keiichi, Meg (ex-Super Butter Dog), and musicians include Horie Hirohisa on trombone, Tatsu (La-Ppisch) on bass, Mitch (ex-Black Bottom Brass Band) on trumpet, and more. There are covers of "Lum's Love Song" (theme from anime Urusei Yatsura) and Brand New Heavies' "You are the Universe".

A 7" has also been released a week in advance. Find details below.

Akakage "Peace Maker"

1. Welcome to My Big Party
2. OH MY GOD
3. Lum's Love Song
4. Garçon
5. mokuyobi no monoui
6. Oriental Garden
7. MACARONI
8. Cha Cha Cha in Heaven
9. Always
10. Elecada Broken
11. harukoma (vs AKAKAGE 2014)
12. mayonaka SUN SUN SUN
13. You Are The Universe
14. Booo!

File Records FRCD-239
Out 11/12, ¥2315 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , akakage "PEACE MAKER" (Japan )
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

Akakage "mayonaka Sun Sun Sun / Lum's Love Song" (7")

A. mayonaka Sun Sun Sun
AA. Lum's Love Song

Low Blow LB-1513
Out now (11/4), ¥1204 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

Album trailer

"Oh My God" (Short version)

7" sampler clip

Tags: Akakage, Black Bottom Brass Band, dahlia, HORIE Hirohisa, SOKABE Keiichi (click for more info)

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Vanilla Beans are back with a new powerful single! The song "uchōten Girl" has music that was originally written in the 80's for idol group Wink (by hit songwriter Inoue Daisuke), though it ended up unused until Vanilla Beans' staff unearthed it. Check out the catchy video below with their new cheerleader-like outfits.

The B-side, "Kiss wa me ni shite pō!" is a cover of another song by the same songwriter, actually a pop arrangement of Beethoven's "Für Elise" that was used in a cosmetics commercial in the 80's in Japan.

The limited edition comes with a bonus 30-minute DVD that follows the girls as they attempt to climb Mount Fuji!

Vanilla Beans will perform a one-man live at Ebisu Liquidroom on December 18, not to be missed! Details at Tokyo Gig Guide.

Vanilla Beans "uchōten Girl"
バニラビーンズ 「有頂天ガール」

1. uchōten Girl
2. Kiss wa me ni shite pō!
3. uchōten Girl (Instrumental)
4. Kiss wa me ni shite pō! (Instrumental)

Limited edition (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
T-Palette Records TPRC-0119
Out 11/11, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition (CD only)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0120
Out 11/11, ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , バニラビーンズ "有頂天ガール - Single" (Japan )
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

"uchōten Girl"

DVD digest

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Continue reading in the November 2014 archive.
Next entry: "Nomiya Maki "Miss Maki Nomiya Sings Shibuya-kei Standards"" (November 8, 2014 at 14:26)

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