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  1. Various Artists "Disney Rocks!!! Girls Power!"
    This new Disney cover compilation features girls only, from idol groups (such as Dempagumi.inc, BiS, Tokyo Girls' Style, hy4_4yh) to bands (akai kōen) and solo artists (Ōta Emiri, Maika Leboutet), and even Minnie Mouse. In terms of producers, Dempagumi.inc's track...
    Posted on January 19, 2014 at 00:45
  2. BiS kaidan "BiS kaidan"
    "Alternative" idol group BiS unites forces with veteran noise band hijōkaidan (founded in 1979), together forming the first ever noise-idol band: BiS kaidan. This album self-covers several of BiS' songs, and also brings a new cover of Togawa Jun's "suki...
    Posted on August 18, 2013 at 00:37
  3. (M)otocompo vs The Aprils, with BiS, Ezypt
    Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On February 4 was an event organized by (M)otocompo, together with The Aprils, BiS and Ezypt. It was held at Shibuya Milkyway, and it was my first time at this...
    Posted on February 12, 2012 at 00:30
  4. Various Artists "I Love Tokyo ~For Anime Music Lovers~"
    Shibuya meets Akihabara in this concept anime song cover compilation. Featured are various producers, such as Tofubeats, Ram Rider, Takizawa Kentarō, Jazzin' park, etc., in collaboration with various female singers including Nomoto Karia, Julie Watai (JulieHally), BiS and more. Audio...
    Posted on October 8, 2011 at 21:09

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  1. Yun*chi "Wonderful Wonder World*"
    Here's a new single by Yun*chi, follow-up to mini-album "Starlight*" released earlier this year. This includes tracks produced by Missile Chewbacca ("Fairy*") and London artist bo en ("Dancing*"). The title track is being used as the ending theme of TV...
    Posted on October 27, 2014 at 22:12
  2. Kushibiki Sayaka "koi suru unmei"
    Follow-up to cover album "Day & Midnight", here's a new original album by singer-songwriter Kushibiki Sayaka, backed by arrangers such as Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji (Cubismo Grafico), Koncos, The Keys, and more artists from the Niw! Records family. A 7" cut...
    Posted on September 15, 2014 at 22:47
  3. Frontier Backyard "Gladness"
    Frontier Backyard is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and they have a new remix album out now featuring remixes by Cubismo Grafico, Halfby, Dorian, Avec Avec, YOSUKEKOTANI (Harvard), TA-1 (Furuta Taichi of Koncos), Yasei Collective, and more. The band will be...
    Posted on September 7, 2014 at 20:53
  4. Kaji Hideki "Ice Cream Man"
    Kaji Hideki has a brand new album coming this week! "Ice Cream Man" takes inspiration of Jonathan Richman's song of the same name. All songs are originals, and feature guest vocalists such as Nomiya Maki, Kojima Mayumi, Sakamoto Miu, Shoko,...
    Posted on August 3, 2014 at 14:22
  5. COR!S "Across Time & Space"
    COR!S is a young electro singer-songwriter from Osaka who has the skills to entirely self-produce her music down to mastering (formula that reminds of Nakata Yasutaka). She has previously produced tracks for Yun*chi (among others) and remixes for mishmash*Julie Watai...
    Posted on July 13, 2014 at 23:00
  6. Yun*chi "Starlight*"
    This is a new mini-album by singer Yun*chi, from the same agency as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Title track "Starlight*" is produced by Jazzin'park, while other producers include TeddyLoid, Aoki Taka (metro trip) and more. Also included is a remix by...
    Posted on July 3, 2014 at 21:56
  7. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pika Pika Fantajin"
    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a 3rd full-length album coming very soon! "Pika Pika Fantajin" includes singles "Kira Kira Killer", "Family Party" (new album mix), "Yume No Hajima RIng Ring" (new album mix), "Mottai-Nightland" and its B-side "sungoi Aura" (new album...
    Posted on June 28, 2014 at 23:45
  8. Bakubaku Dokin "Bakubaku Dokin"
    Bakubaku Dokin, the wacky and mysterious 2-girl unit formed of Yui and Naoko, finally has a debut mini-album out now! Previously they have released a 3-song EP on Towa Tei's digital label Machbeat, and also appeared on his albums "MACH2012"...
    Posted on June 21, 2014 at 17:14
  9. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Magical Wonder Castle" (DVD/Blu-ray)
    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a live DVD/Blu-ray coming, of footage from two shows held at Yokohama Arena on January 18 and 19, 2014. These shows were her first solo shows at an arena, and had audiences totaling 24,000 people. The...
    Posted on June 6, 2014 at 23:13
  10. Charisma.com "DIStopping"
    Charisma.com is a hip-hop group of two girls from Yokohama and Kawasaki (Kanagawa prefecture), one MC (Itsuka) and one DJ (Gonchi). This is their first full-length album, released on the same day as compilation "Women in Music selected by Cibo...
    Posted on June 2, 2014 at 23:09
  11. Sunaga t Experience "Inugami Jazz EP" (12")
    Sunaga t Experience has a new 12" EP coming! Two brand new jazzy covers up to the usual standards. Both can be heard in full at SoundCloud. Sunaga Tatsuo goes far with this release, also putting together a premium set...
    Posted on May 12, 2014 at 23:16
  12. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Kira Kira Killer" (CD+Goods)
    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a new single with the theme of "luck", coming as a limited edition of 7777. The package contains not only a CD, but also some goodies: a signed mini-poster, a sticker, and the enclosing vinyl pouch....
    Posted on May 10, 2014 at 11:48
  13. Kinoco Hotel "Marianne no jubaku"
    Group sounds girl band Kinoco Hotel have a new original album out this month, follow-up to "Marianne no yūwaku" (2012). This is also their first original album since new bassist Julietta Kirishima was recruited. A deluxe edition limited to 1000...
    Posted on May 5, 2014 at 11:29
  14. Record Store Day 2014 in Japan
    Record Store Day in Japan has been getting bigger every year. This year there are dozens of exclusive vinyl releases to be found on the shelves of these record shops on Saturday April 19. Below is a selection of releases...
    Posted on April 13, 2014 at 13:46
  15. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Family Party"
    Here's Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's new single! "Family Party" was written especially for upcoming animated movie "Crayon Shin-chan: Serious Battle! Robot Dad Strikes Back" (Wikipedia) to open in theaters in Japan on April 19. Check out the video clip below! Both...
    Posted on April 9, 2014 at 22:05
  16. Tempura Kidz "minna no Dance uta"
    Kids dance crew Tempura Kidz (which comes from the same agency as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu) has a new mini-album coming. Included are covers of popular kids songs produced by various artists, such as "Computer obaachan" by YMCK, "sakura sakura" by...
    Posted on March 9, 2014 at 21:10
  17. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Yume No Hajima Ring Ring"
    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a new single coming this week! In addition to the new song, another new song ("Slow-mo") which has been featured in a TV commercial for eyewear brand ALOOK. Also an extended version of previous single "Mottai-Nightland"....
    Posted on February 24, 2014 at 21:31
  18. Yun*chi "Asterisk*"
    Yun*chi is from agency Asobisystem (the same as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu), and this is her first full-length album. Half of the songs are brand new ones, while the rest have been previously released on mini-albums "Yun*chi" and "Shake you*", as...
    Posted on February 6, 2014 at 23:03
  19. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "100% KPP World Tour 2013 Official Documentary" (DVD/Blu-ray)
    This is a new DVD from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, a 90-minute documentary that follows her through last year's world tour that took her to 8 countries. A new world tour is about to start in February, taking KPP to the...
    Posted on January 28, 2014 at 23:19
  20. 80KIDZ "80:XX-01020304", Una "True of Lights / Danse Danse"
    Indie dance unit 80KIDZ have released 4 EP of the "80" series ("80:01" to "80:04"), and this compilation album contains all tracks from these. All 4 EPs are also available on iTunes worldwide. Released at the same time is an...
    Posted on January 3, 2014 at 18:31
  21. Sheena Ringo "ukina", "mitsugetsushō"
    Sheena Ringo has two new albums out now. "ukina" consists of collaborations with other artists, including a new one with Nakata Yasutaka (CAPSULE), and the previously unreleased "It Was You" written by Burt Bacharach. "mitsugetsushō" is a collection of her...
    Posted on November 23, 2013 at 11:28
  22. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Mottai-Nightland"
    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a new single on the way! This one is a tie-up with mobile carrier au, and the song is featured in the commercial. Needless to say, this is produced by Nakata Yasutaka (CAPSULE). The limited edition...
    Posted on October 28, 2013 at 21:31
  23. Horie Hirohisa "At Grand Gallery"
    This is a first solo album by Horie Hirohisa (SoundCloud), better known as half of band Neil & Iraiza (together with Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji aka cubismo grafico) and as keyboardist for The Cornelius Group and pupa (band of Takahashi Yukihiro...
    Posted on October 24, 2013 at 04:28
  24. J.J. Abrams, Charles Scott, Nakata Yasutaka "Into Darkness (Digital Edit)" (Download)
    Nakata Yasutaka (capsule) co-produced a song for the movie "Star Trek: Into Darkness", featuring vocals by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The song "Into Darkness" is said to be used in a futuristic club scene, in the Japanese edition of the movie....
    Posted on August 18, 2013 at 15:24
  25. Various Artists "ASOBITUNES"
    This is a compilation from Harajuku-based agency Asobisystem, home of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and also behind parties "Asobinite!!!" and "Takenoko!!!". Featured are songs by many artists who have participated in these events. capsule's new track "Rainbow" is included, as well...
    Posted on July 30, 2013 at 23:54
  26. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "nanda Collection"
    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, currently very popular in Japan, has a new album dropping next week! "nanda Collection" (which I'd roughly translate to "What the...? collection") contains single hits "Fashion Monster", "kimi ni 100 Percent", "furisodeshon", "Ninjya Re Bang Bang", "Invader...
    Posted on June 22, 2013 at 11:00
  27. Koshi Miharu "Madame Crooner"
    Koshi Miharu has a new album out now, said to be a collection of covers mainly of standards from the 30's and 40's, in arrangements that focus on piano and vocals. All songs can be sampled at the official release...
    Posted on June 16, 2013 at 01:44
  28. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Invader Invader"
    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a new single coming, for the song "Invader Invader" that's being heard in TV commercials for the GU fashion brand (by Uniqlo). She has already been performing the song on stage starting her 2nd world tour....
    Posted on May 5, 2013 at 10:44
  29. Kinoco Hotel "Marianne no gyakushū"
    Kinoco Hotel has a new mini-album, actually a maniac selection of GS-oriented covers. Included are Tokyo Bravo's "Eleki de Swim" (1980, original on YouTube), Carmen Maki's "Noisy Baby" (1969, watch Kinoco Hotel's version below), Izumi Mishuko's "konya wa tottemo ikenai...
    Posted on April 29, 2013 at 10:33
  30. tofubeats "Lost Decade", "university of remix", "college of remix"
    1990-born young genius DJ tofubeats has a first full-length album out now! This features hit song "suisei" (feat. rapper Onomatope Daijin), as well as a lot of new tracks, including songs featuring vocalists Nanba Shiho, PUNPEE, G.RINA, Kariya Seira and...
    Posted on April 28, 2013 at 23:31
  31. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu in New York
    Text and photo by Nicholas D. Kent (Japanese Electronic Music) for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Here's a report of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's latest show, held last weekend in New York. Big thanks to correspondent Nicholas D. Kent. Read on! Kyary Pamyu...
    Posted on April 20, 2013 at 14:22
  32. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Ninjya Re Bang Bang"
    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's next single is titled "Ninjya Re Bang Bang", song that's already being performed on stage in her ongoing world tour that dropped by Belgium, France and U.K. in February. The song is also used in a TV...
    Posted on March 10, 2013 at 16:58
  33. Various Artists "NHK CD dai! tensai terebi-kun MTK the 17th"
    This latest soundtrack for NHK kids program "dai! tensai terebi-kun" (aka "TV-kun") has tracks produced by Takanami Keitarō ("sora to umi no hikari"), Kamomiya Ryō ("bokuntoko koi Blues") (both ex-Pizzicato Five), The Aprils ("High Flying Girl"), Omodaka, Okii Reiji (Scott...
    Posted on February 25, 2013 at 23:35
  34. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "dokidoki wakuwaku Pamyu Pamyu Revolution Land 2012 In kirakira Budokan" (DVD/Blu-ray)
    Here comes Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's first live DVD, of her largest show to date held at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on November 6, 2012. The show's concept was of a pop-up picture book, and features many of Kyary's cute and...
    Posted on January 20, 2013 at 12:37
  35. Beat Communist vol.12: Nakatsuka Takeshi, Iga-Bang BB, P.O.P ORCHeSTRA, Aoki Karen, Rie Fu
    Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound My last show of 2012 was Beat Communist, a regular event organized by Nakatsuka Takeshi every 2 or 3 months at cool jazz lounge JZ Brat located in Cerulian Tower,...
    Posted on January 5, 2013 at 12:42
  36. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "kimi ni 100 Percent / furisodeshon"
    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who will be turning 20 on January 29, has a new single to be released on the next day. This double-A-single contains "kimi ni 100 Percent", theme song of anime series "Crayon Shinchan", and new song "furisode-shon"...
    Posted on January 4, 2013 at 16:51
  37. Nona Reeves "Hippy Christmas / Live Thirteen"
    Nona Reeves have been making a tradition of doing a Christmas show every year at Shibuya Club Quattro, and year 2012 saw its 14th edition. This live album release is of the show from the previous year (the 13th) held...
    Posted on January 2, 2013 at 21:18
  38. Kushibiki Sayaka Trio "Day & Midnight"
    Kushibiki Sayaka Trio, featuring Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji (Cubismo Grafico) and Furukawa Taichi (aka TA-1, ex-Riddim Saunter), has a first album out now. This mainly consists of covers of Japanese songs (and some covers of Japanese covers of foreign songs). Both...
    Posted on December 23, 2012 at 23:46
  39. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pamyu Pamyu Evolution (otonatachi no mikata Box)"
    For those starting to get into Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, here's a boxed set of her 4 first releases (mini-album "moshimoshi Harajuku", singles "tsukematsukeru" and "Candy Candy" and album "Pamyu Pamyu Revolution"), all in their limited edition format with the photo...
    Posted on December 23, 2012 at 13:13
  40. TGMX "I Can't Sing It"
    TGMX (Frontier Backyard, Cubismo Grafico Five, Scafull King) has a 2nd solo album out now on Niw! Records. This new album has many guests from bands such as Cubismo GRafico Five, Your Song Is Good and many more. For the...
    Posted on November 26, 2012 at 23:23
  41. Shūnosuke Ishikawa "shumusic 002" (Download)
    This month from Delicatessen LAB (Nakatsuka Takeshi's digital label) is a new EP by saxophonist Ishikawa Shūnosuke. This is a follow-up to "shumusic" released in May. This 2 new EP of sax-led danceable funky instrumentals seems to be available on...
    Posted on November 7, 2012 at 20:42
  42. Kushibiki Sayaka Trio "Lover's Concert" (7")
    Kushibiki Sayaka Trio features Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji (Cubismo Grafico) and Furukawa Taichi (aka TA-1, ex-Riddim Saunter), and this 7" is a first release under this name. The single includes covers of Sarah Vaughan's "Lover's Concert" (original on YouTube) and Suzuki...
    Posted on October 30, 2012 at 22:48
  43. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Fashion Monster"
    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a new single coming in October! Always produced by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule), this time the title track is a rocking tune. An extended version of "tsukema tsukeru" is included, as well as a B-side that's used...
    Posted on September 23, 2012 at 15:34
  44. Various Artists "Tokyo Crossover Night 2012"
    Here's a club-jazz/crossover compilation being released ahead of the 9th Tokyo Crossover/Jazz Festival to be held on September 29. This is compiled by Kyoto Jazz Massive's Okino Shūya, and artists featured also include DJ Kawasaki, Bembe Segue (UK) and more....
    Posted on September 13, 2012 at 23:54
  45. akiko "Dark Eyes"
    Jazz singer akiko has a new album being released this month. Recorded in New Orleans like previous mini-album "Swingy, Swingy", this one is produced by Ska Flames' Ōkawa Tsuyoshi, and features Dirty Dozen Brass Band's sousaphonist Kirk Joseph as well...
    Posted on August 23, 2012 at 23:45
  46. SMAP "GIFT of SMAP"
    SMAP has a new album out now, and as usual they manage to have a bit of good connections and taste in terms of producers. This time again Konishi Yasuharu produces one song, a cover "karajishi botan", the theme from...
    Posted on August 12, 2012 at 11:15
  47. Minmi "Lalala ~ai no uta~"
    Singer-songwriter Minmi has a new single out now. Title track was co-arranged by Osawa Shinichi, and B-side "taiyō no shita de" was written and produced by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule)! A limited edition comes with a DVD of the title track's...
    Posted on July 14, 2012 at 18:40
  48. Open Reel Ensemble "Open Reel Ensemble" (CD+DVD)
    Open Reel Ensemble have been active on stage for several years, using USB-controlled open reel tape recorders to create a unique performance. Here's finally a first album, and it comes from Sakamoto Ryūichi's label commmons. A bunch of unexpected guests...
    Posted on June 23, 2012 at 21:25
  49. Noko Inoko "Noko Inoko taizen Returns"
    "TV commercial song queen" Noko Inoko, having sung some 800 during her career, has an album coming. This is a follow-up to "Noko Inoko taizen" released in 2006. Included here are 42 tracks, many of commercial and TV show jingles,...
    Posted on June 19, 2012 at 21:52
  50. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Kyary Pamyu Pamyu TV JOHN!" (DVD)
    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu fans will be happy that her crazy and chaotic TV show aired only in Nagoya is now available on DVD. Contained are the two episodes so far, as well as bonus features and behind the scenes footage....
    Posted on June 7, 2012 at 00:01
  51. Beat Communist vol.10: Nakatsuka Takeshi, Kaji Hideki, akiko, P.O.P ORCHeSTRA
    Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Saturday May 26 was the 10th edition of the "Beat Communist" event presented by Nakatsuka Takeshi (Qypthone), which is regularly held every 3 months at jazz club JZ Brat....
    Posted on May 30, 2012 at 23:20
  52. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pamyu Pamyu Revolution"
    After a mini-album and 2 singles, here comes Harajuku fashion icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's 1st full-length album! Included are 4 previously released songs and 8 new ones, such as one featured in a recent TV commercial for KFC Krushers. This...
    Posted on May 20, 2012 at 01:44
  53. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Candy Candy"
    Here's another new single from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, as always produced by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule). Title song "Candy Candy" is a tie-up with Glico's mint candy Breo. Check out the full video below. The TV commercials can be watched here....
    Posted on March 16, 2012 at 22:53
  54. kotringo "La mémoire de mon bandwagon"
    Pianist singer-songwriter kotringo has a new mini-album in which she fronts a trio. She is accompanied by Murata Shige (Kuchiroro, Cubismo Grafico Five, Circle Darko) on bass and Kamiya Shunpei (akai kutsu) on drums. A full-length 4th album by kotringo...
    Posted on March 4, 2012 at 19:08
  55. Okamura Yasuyuki "katei kyōshi"
    Okamura Yasuyuki's 4th album, "katei kyōshi" (1990), is being re-issued as a high quality Blu-Spec CD. Plus, the album was remastered by Sunahara Yoshinori! The title translates to "home teacher". Lately the song "(E)na" can be heard covered by The...
    Posted on February 15, 2012 at 21:00
  56. Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra "On the remix"
    Here's an interesting remix album from Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra. The all-star remixers are Nakata Yasutaka (capsule), Cubismo Grafico, Sunaga t experience, Ishino Takkyū (Denki Groove), Shinco (Scha Dara Parr), De De Mouse, and Dub Master X. 4 of the...
    Posted on February 10, 2012 at 22:37
  57. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "tsukematsukeru"
    Here's a new single from Harajuku model turned singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, again produced by Nakata Yasutaka. This is to contain 2 new songs plus an extended version of "Cherry Bonbon" from "moshimoshi Harajuku". Little details are available so far,...
    Posted on November 7, 2011 at 22:50
  58. Magic Party "2 tai 5"
    Boy-girl unit Magic Party has a new mini-album with a concept of inviting 5 different artists to produce each track, hence the title that translates to "2 vs 5". Those producers are Konishi Yasuharu, Kaji Hideki, Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji (Cubismo...
    Posted on August 7, 2011 at 23:27
  59. Original Love "hakunetsu"
    Original Love, the solo unit of Tajima Takao (ex-Pizzicato Five), has a new album coming this week! For this album Tajima says having played all instruments and done everything by himself down to mixing and mastering. It also includes a...
    Posted on July 27, 2011 at 19:52
  60. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "moshimoshi Harajuku"
    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, aka teenage fashion magazine model Kyary, has a first mini-album coming next month and it's produced by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule)! Of course it's right to expect more of his electro-pop sound. Check out the first video below...
    Posted on July 17, 2011 at 12:30
  61. Charity event: KAJI Hideki, Chabe, Harvard, Love and Hates
    Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Last Wednesday was held a charity event organized by Kaji Hideki, with the help of Harajuku Astro Hall where he has been doing regular events for a long time. The...
    Posted on April 25, 2011 at 23:25
  62. Various Artists "Velvet Songs"
    This cover compilation from Grand Gallery consists of new recordings of songs from the repertory of Alfa label. Featured artists include Nakatsuka Takeshi, Cubismo Grafico feat. Kushibiki Sayaka, Sokabe Keiichi, Nanao Tavito, Shimazaki Hitomi with Nanase feat. Kinbara Chieko, Chocolat...
    Posted on April 14, 2011 at 21:36
  63. Aira Mitsuki "Aira Mitsuki LiVE TOUR 2011 '???' in LIQUIDROOM" (DVD+CD)
    Aira Mitsuki has a 2nd live DVD coming up, this time of the awesome final show of her latest tour for 3rd album "???". This show was held last January 30 at Liquidroom in Ebisu, Tokyo. I had the great...
    Posted on April 10, 2011 at 00:19
  64. Cubismo Grafico Five "Half Dozen"
    Shortly following leader Chabe's first solo album "Me." (out on March 16), and last year album "Double Dozen", this is a new mini-album from Cubismo Grafico Five. A tour of Tokyo/Ozaka/Nagoya will follow the release, stopping on May 28 at...
    Posted on April 5, 2011 at 00:04
  65. Denki Groove "Denki Groove no Golden Hits ~ Due To Contract", "Denki Groove no Golden Clips ~ Stocktaking" (DVD, Blu-ray)
    Denki Groove have a new greatest hits compilation, and also a collection of all their 28 videoclips since the early days, both being released at the same time. The CD contains several non-album edits as well as a previously unreleased...
    Posted on March 27, 2011 at 01:28
  66. Chabe "Me."
    Cubismo Grafico aka Matsuda Gakuji is back with a new album, his first under his popular nickname, Chabe. This includes songs from last December's now sold out debut 10" EP that marked the opening of his KIT Gallery, and contains...
    Posted on March 7, 2011 at 21:24
  67. Various Artists "mahō no tenshi Creamy Mami kōshiki Tribute Album"
    In the same line as last year's "Kirakira Majocco Cluv", here's another cover compilation this time focusing on amine series "Creamy Mami" (title translates to "Magical Angel Creamy Mami Official Tribute Album). This again features Shinohara Tomoe and many various...
    Posted on February 11, 2011 at 13:28
  68. "Tokyo Idol Festival 2010" (DVD)
    Here is a live DVD set (2 discs) of event Tokyo Idol Festival 2010 ("TIF") held last August 7-8, which featured some 45 up-and-coming idol groups. Included are 6 or 7 songs with Vanilla Beans, making this much worth of...
    Posted on February 7, 2011 at 23:22
  69. Aira Mitsuki "???" tour final
    Text by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Last Sunday I had the chance to catch Aira Mitsuki's last stop of her tour for the release of latest album "???". The show was held at Ebisu LiquidRoom on January 30....
    Posted on February 6, 2011 at 22:56
  70. Chabe "6 Songs For Kit Gallery" (10")
    Chabe (aka Cubismo Grafico), has a first release going by his nickname. This is his first solo release since "Nuit" (2007). This is a 10" including 3 brand new songs, and on the B-side 3 cover songs featuring various female...
    Posted on December 9, 2010 at 22:28
  71. Various Artists "We wish you a happy"
    A Christmas compilation is out just now on label Niw!. This includes both Christmas classics and original songs, featuring Cubismo Grafico Five, miila (whose 7" is out at the same time on the label), Frontier Backyard and other artists from...
    Posted on December 2, 2010 at 21:53
  72. Nomiya Maki "Pink no kokoro + 2" (SHM-CD)
    First released in 1981 (almost 30 years ago!), Nomiya Maki's debut album as a new wave idol, "Pink no kokoro", is being reissued (again), this time with 2 rare live tracks as a bonus. This is a great album produced...
    Posted on October 11, 2010 at 11:19
  73. Rocketman Summer Fes 2010 - thank you for the music!!
    Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Sunday August 22, I went to Liquidroom in Ebisu for "Rocketman Summer Fes 2010", an event celebrating the 10 years since the debut of Rocketman, Fukawa Ryō's music unit....
    Posted on September 1, 2010 at 22:47
  74. Rocketman "thank you for the music!"
    Rocketman (aka comedian Fukawa Ryō) has a greatest hits album coming soon. Aside from 7 songs from his two solo albums ("Love, sea & music" (2006) and "The Sound of Musique" (2007)), included are 3 songs he produced by Cosmetics,...
    Posted on July 29, 2010 at 23:05
  75. pupa "dreaming pupa", "floating 6 pupas ~Live in Tokyo 2008~" (DVD)
    All-star band pupa (*), that was believed by many to be a one-time thing, is back with a 2nd album out now! Released at the same time is a live DVD containing a full show held in November 2008. Also...
    Posted on July 28, 2010 at 22:50
  76. Cubismo Grafico Five "Double Dozen"
    Cubismo Grafico Five has a new album coming. Having recently sized down to 4 members, and feeling like a brand new band, they call this a "first album", and it comes with no less than 24 tracks, hence the title...
    Posted on June 23, 2010 at 22:05
  77. Cubismo Grafico Five "Life Is Like A Season" (7"+CD-R)
    Cubismo Grafico Five (MySpace) have an upcoming album to be released on July 7, titled "Double Dozen", but first comes this 3-song 7" single. The B-side is a non-album remix by US indie band The Signals (MySpace). Jet Set provides...
    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 23:45
  78. Aira Mitsuki one-man live at Liquidroom
    Text by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Aira Mitsuki keeps taking techno-pop to a higher level, always in a way that I like. Yesterday she performed a one-man show at Liquidroom in Ebisu, backed from start to finish by...
    Posted on May 7, 2010 at 00:12
  79. HNC Release Party "Cult Club"
    Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Friday April 30 was the overdue release party for HNC's album "Cult" released last December. HNC used to be known as Hazel Nuts Chocolate, the solo project of a girl...
    Posted on May 2, 2010 at 14:50
  80. Desmond & The Tutus "Desmond & The Tutus EP" (12")
    South African band Desmond & The Tutus (MySpace) has got a remix 12" EP released in Japan. Featured are remixes by Cubismo Grafico, Love and Hates (HNC side-project) and 80kidz. Desmond & The Tutus "Desmond & The Tutus EP" (12")...
    Posted on February 27, 2010 at 05:51
  81. Little Lounge*Little Twinkle "stitch"
    The latest from Osaka label Orange Records is a band formed in 2007 called Little Lounge*Little Twinkle. The quiet pop unit of 3 features viola and cute female vocals. Audio samples at Tower Records and Orange Records' MySpace. Little Lounge*Little...
    Posted on February 13, 2010 at 21:18
  82. Various Artists "Kirakira Majocco Cluv"
    This looks like it might be a real gem of a compilation! The concept is of idols singing theme songs of anime series about magical girls, and tracks are produced by various club-oriented artists. Featured singers include Shinohara Tomoe and...
    Posted on February 8, 2010 at 21:21
  83. XXX Residents "Attack of Killer Black Eye Ball!!!!" (CD+DVD)
    Spin-off from visual artist Ukawa Naohiro's Ukawanimation! project, XXX Residents is a mysterious multimedia cosplay unit paying tribute to of The Residents. Inside of the eyeballs, it is rumored that Ukawa himself is joined by musicians from iLL, Cicada... Also...
    Posted on November 14, 2009 at 19:31
  84. BUBBLE-B "BUBBLE-B no Big Bang" (CD+DVD)
    Indies techno artist and video remixer BUBBLE-B, who keeps the J-death techno scene alive with his label Speedking, has a brand new album out! Follow-up to the "BUBBLE-B no Good Evening" DVD (2004), this new release actually contains both CD...
    Posted on October 20, 2009 at 20:23
  85. Ryō-san "kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari-kōenmae Hashutsujo"
    The latest by Konishi Yasuharu is this ska-ish track sung by Katori Shingo of superstar boy group SMAP. It's a return of the duo of super-hit "oha Rock" (sung by Shingo Mama), probably one of Konishi's works that sold the...
    Posted on August 3, 2009 at 23:35
  86. akiko "Hit Parade -London Nite Tribute-"
    Jazz singer akiko has a rocking new album coming up, paying tribute to Japan's first rock DJ event "London Nite". Featured producers include Konishi Yasuharu, Sunaga Tatsuo (sunaga t experience), Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji (Cubismo Grafico) and more. Konishi Yasuharu's tracks...
    Posted on June 11, 2009 at 23:51
  87. Various Artists "Songs For Tibet From Japan"
    Out just now is a benefit compilation for Tibetan freedom, featuring Japanese artists such as Cornelius, Cubismo Grafico, Hosono Haruomi, Ōsawa Shinichi, Boredoms, Afrirampo, dj Kentaro, etc. Release official page Various Artists "Songs For Tibet From Japan" オムニバス 「ソングス フォー...
    Posted on March 26, 2009 at 23:09
  88. Fujisawa Shiho "Funky Girl"
    Girl DJ/trackmaker Fujisawa Shiho is already back with a 2nd album! Features vocalists Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji (Cubismo Grafico), hiro:n, Shōno Juri, Okada Kyōko, and more. Mixed and mastered by Yoshida Tetsuto. Jet Set offers a bonus promo only 7" while...
    Posted on January 22, 2009 at 22:59
  89. Denki Groove "Leonardo Inuprio" (DVD)
    Denki Groove brings us this 2-DVD set of the last Tokyo show from their 2008 tour, their first in 8 years! This contains not only the entire 2h30 show, but also bonus content such as a documentary covering the tour....
    Posted on January 17, 2009 at 19:26
  90. Cubismo Grafico Five "Pleasures"
    Cubismo Grafico Five has been releasing a bunch of 7"'s containing new songs over the last year or so, all in collaboration with different artists. Most of those have sold out since, but no worries, all songs can finally be...
    Posted on July 22, 2008 at 16:30
  91. DJ Sora-Mimi "Smart & Groove!"
    DJ Sora-Mimi has a 2nd mix CD out now, following "Groove Party" released at the end of 2007 and that quickly sold out. Here he offers an exciting party mix of soft rock, soul, latin, swing, disco, rock and jazz....
    Posted on July 5, 2008 at 13:55
  92. Boot Beat "Manifesto! 3"
    DJ Boot Beat (aka Kamiya Naoaki) has a 3rd mix CD of his popular "Manifesto!" series, mixing pop, jazz, easy listening, latin, Brazilian, breakbeats, etc. A few Japanese artists are also included: Arai Toshiya (Missing Linc, Mr.comicstore), DJ Sora-Mimi and...
    Posted on May 16, 2008 at 15:11
  93. Various Artists "House Connection ...", "Jazz Connection ~around the shibuya corner~ presented by cafe&diner Studio"
    Two compilations related to cafe&diner Studio, a Shibuya café where are held DJ and live events, will feature a bunch of great artists from the club scene, grouped under "house" and "jazz" themes. Featured are akakage, Fujisawa Shiho, Sunaga t...
    Posted on May 14, 2008 at 14:49
  94. Ino Hidefumi "Living Message"
    Fender Rhodes player Ino Hidefumi, also the owner of café Tenement in Ebisu, has a 2nd album on the way. While first album "Satisfaction" consisted only of covers, this one is 2/3's original songs! Having previously released some brilliant compositions...
    Posted on May 7, 2008 at 16:09
  95. Various Artists "We Were Escalator Records 2.3 selected by Naka Masashi"
    Here's yet another installment of Escalator's "We Were Escalator Records" series, again selected by label boss Naka Masashi (Losfeld). It's said to be the last one... time will tell! Various Artists "We Were Escalator Records 2.3 selected by Naka Masashi"...
    Posted on May 2, 2008 at 14:16
  96. Paradise Yamamoto Manbonsai exhibition
    Paradise Yamamoto (Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys) is currently exhibiting over 50 Manbonsai works, on display for free at Takashimaya in Nihonbashi. Also held at the same place are other exhibitions of all sorts of things under themes of "art", "craft"...
    Posted on May 1, 2008 at 13:22

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