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Record Store Day 2016
This year again Record Store Day is being held in Japan, this time on Saturday April 16! A lot of special and limited vinyl editions are being released on that very day, and at first only available in physical shops....
Posted on April 14, 2016 at 23:15. | Released on April 16, 2016
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"'The Legend of the Stardust Brothers' / 'The Brand New Legend of the Stardust Brothers' Original Soundtrack"
In the 80's, based on the Chikada Haruo album of the same name, director Tezka Macoto (son of Tezuka Osamu) created cult musical movie "The Legend of the Stardust Brothers" (1985, Japanese title "hoshikuzu kyōdai no densetsu") featuring Takagi Kan,...
Posted on January 2, 2018 at 19:00. | Released on January 10, 2018
Stardust Brothers "hoshikuzu kyoudai no densetsu" (Download)
An exciting sci-fi rock musical movie titled "The Brand New Legend of the Stardust Brothers" directed by Macoto Tezka (son of Tezuka Osamu famous for "Astro Boy") will start showing in theaters in Japan in January 2018! It will...
Posted on October 5, 2017 at 23:28. | Released on October 4, 2017
Manon "Wavy Pineapple Days" (Download)
Just ahead of the release of her first 7" single "xxFANCYPOOLxx", teenage model Manon has a 3rd brand new song now available for download on iTunes. Again produced by Yuppa (HNC), this time we get a cool reggae summer...
Posted on August 29, 2017 at 22:40. | Released on August 28, 2017
Manon "xxFANCYPOOLxx" (7")
Fukuoka-based teenage model Manon, of the Asobi System agency (same as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, etc.), debuted last month as a singer with the songs "xxFANCYPOOLxx" and "Beat The Bad Luck" produced by Yuppa (HNC aka Hazel Nuts Chocolate)! Those...
Posted on August 26, 2017 at 15:25. | Released on August 30, 2017
Nona Reeves "Billboard Best 2011-2016"
Here's a greatest hits album of band Nona Reeves, covering the 3 original albums and 3 cover albums released during their 5 years so far on Billboard Records. Nona Reeves "Billboard Best 2011-2016" 1. P-O-P-T-R-A-I-N 2. yume no koibito 3....
Posted on June 15, 2017 at 21:11. | Released on June 14, 2017
Sunny Kubota & Old Lucky Boys "One from Sunny's Heart"
This is the 2nd album of Sunny Kubota & Old Lucky Boys, band led by Kubota Shingo who once was the frontman of late 70's new wave band 8 1/2. The band has 10 members including guitarist Muramatsu Kunio (ex-Sugar...
Posted on June 7, 2017 at 21:32. | Released on June 1, 2017
Yogee New Waves "Waves"
City pop band Yogee New Waves has a new album coming this month! This is their 2nd, follow-up to "Paraiso" (2014). The limited edition comes with a DVD of mainly live footage from a show held at Liquid Room on...
Posted on May 4, 2017 at 22:22. | Released on May 17, 2017
Record Store Day 2017
Record Store Day 2017 will be taking place this weekend, on Saturday April 22! As usual, many limited releases will be available at record shops only from that date. Below is a selection of some of the best stuff that...
Posted on April 18, 2017 at 22:15. | Released on April 22, 2017
Nakano Aya "Mambo Alc.0.00% feat. Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys" (CD+7")
Nakano Aya's new single is a song featuring Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys! The song was written by Comoesta Yaegashi and Fukuhara Mari with lyrics by Paradise Yamamoto. The B-side is a cover of Etta James' "Seven Day Fool", and features...
Posted on December 10, 2016 at 16:51. | Released on December 14, 2016
Various Artists "Nippon Samba"
In line with "Bossa Brasilia 2016" just out last week, here's another groovy samba/bossa nova compilation selected by Itō Yōichirō (aka Akakage), though this one consists of all Japanese artists. Many of the songs included are from the 60's, with...
Posted on July 26, 2016 at 23:39. | Released on July 27, 2016
Kaji Hideki "The Blue Boy"
Kaji Hideki celebrates this year the 20th anniversary since his solo debut in 1996. I've lost count, but "The Blue Boy" is said to be his 15th original album! His back-band on this album is formed of Furukawa Taichi and...
Posted on May 4, 2016 at 21:44. | Released on May 25, 2016
Kera "Brown, White & Black"
Kera (aka Keralino Sandorovich, of No Lie-Sense, Kera & The Synthesizers) has a new solo album coming, his first since 1988 ("genshoku"). This new album is said to be jazz, "fake jazz". Included are covers of jazz standards "Shine (That's...
Posted on January 10, 2016 at 12:13. | Released on January 20, 2016
comoestas "Twist and Dodonpa" (7")
comoestas, the solo unit of Comoesta Yaegashi (Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys), has a brand new 7" single out now! As hints title "Twist and Dodonpa", comoestas made two tunes of the two different styles, but of course in his...
Posted on December 6, 2015 at 15:29. | Released on November 11, 2015
(((sssurrounddd))) "See you, Blue"
City pops band (((sssurrounddd))) has a 3rd album coming up! This one features collaborations with Sunahara Yoshinori, Dorian and Seiho (Sugar's Campaign). Sunahara also did the album's mastering. A free in-store event will be held at Tower Records Shinjuku (7F)...
Posted on March 14, 2015 at 17:00. | Released on March 18, 2015
Scha Dara Parr "1212"
It's been about 6 years since Scha Dara Parr's previous album, "11" (2009), and here comes a brand new one! This 12th album features 12 new songs including collaborations with girl rock band Chatmonchy, talent Shimizu Michiko and also longtime...
Posted on January 26, 2015 at 21:23. | Released on January 28, 2015
Nona Reeves "Choice III"
The latest in Nona Reeves' "Choice" series is a cover album of Wham!, or an album of only Wham! covers, if you prefer. The artwork refers to the fact that Wham! songs "Bad Boys" and "Freedom" were used in TV...
Posted on December 29, 2014 at 20:16. | Released on November 5, 2014
Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" (12")
Jintana & Emeralds' wonderful 50's-inspired album "Destiny" is getting a vinyl LP release! Jintana & Emeralds is a band featuring Jintana and Kashif (both of the Yokohama-based Pacific Pan Playa collective), DJ Crystal (Traks Boys, (((sssurrounddd)))), and 3 female vocalists...
Posted on September 14, 2014 at 21:45. | Released on September 17, 2014
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. | Released on August 6, 2014
quasimode "My Favorite Songs"
Jazz band quasimode have a new cover album out now, including covers of Radiohead, Stevie Wonder, Boys Town Gang, Nat King Cole and more. The limited edition comes as a higher quality SHM-CD (plays in normal CD players) and a...
Posted on April 27, 2014 at 11:22. | Released on April 23, 2014
Nakatsuka Takeshi "Swinger Song Writer"
Nakatsuka Takeshi (ex-Qypthone) has had an active solo career for some 10 years, and here comes a first greatest hits album that period. Alongside some all-time favorites, new song "Zero no mugen" (released digitally the week before) is included as...
Posted on April 20, 2014 at 15:58. | Released on April 23, 2014
Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny"
Jintana & Emeralds is a band featuring Jintana and Kashif (both of the Yokohama-based Pacific Pan Playa collective), DJ Crystal (Traks Boys, (((sssurrounddd)))), and 3 female vocalists including hitomitoi. While having a nostalgic sound from another time, borrowing from Phil...
Posted on April 10, 2014 at 23:45. | Released on April 23, 2014
Various Artists "Sauna Cool 1"
New label Sauna Cool starts things off with this 51-track compilation, with a rule of "no more than 30 seconds per track". Featured are mainly artists from the Tokyo indies scene, including Chabe, HNC, Miila and the Geeks, VIDEOTAPEMUSIC, Mitsume,...
Posted on January 3, 2014 at 23:24. | Released on December 25, 2013
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. | Released on November 13, 2013
Tokyo Shock Boys "Dengeki Damashii" (Download)
Dengeki Network, aka Tokyo Shock Boys, known for their freak show-like live performances, have a new mini-album out now. This is available on iTunes worldwide (or almost). Tokyo Shock Boys can be caught on stage on the last day of...
Posted on November 15, 2013 at 22:45. | Released on October 30, 2013
Kimura Kaela "Rock"
Kimura Kaela (official Facebook page) has a new cover album focused on 80's popular tunes (and some older ones). Various producers and collaborators are featured, including Ishino Takkyu (Denki Groove), Hosono Haruomi (YMO), Okamura Yasuyuki, Chara, Predawn, Kishida Shigeru (Quruli),...
Posted on November 13, 2013 at 23:45. | Released on October 30, 2013
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. | Released on October 30, 2013
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band "Take Me To The Land Of Hell"
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band has a new album coming in September. The all-star band features Sean Lennon, Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius) and Honda Yuka (Cibo Matto)! Guest musicians include Lenny Kravitz, Nels Cline (Wilco), tUnE-yArDs, Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow) and...
Posted on August 25, 2013 at 14:18. | Released on September 12, 2013
Various Artists "WIRE13 Compilation"
Here comes the annual WIRE compilation, reminding us of the upcoming annual large rave event of the same name organized by Ishino Takkyū (Denki Groove). This year WIRE celebrates its 15th anniversary! The 2-CD compilation gives an overview of this...
Posted on August 13, 2013 at 22:16. | Released on August 14, 2013
Buffalo Daughter "ReDiscoVer. Best, Re-recordings and Remixes of Buffalo Daughter"
Buffalo Daughter have been around for 20 years! And of course they still rock! This is a special greatest hits album released for the occasion. Not only some of their best songs are included, but also new remixes (including one...
Posted on August 4, 2013 at 11:54. | Released on July 24, 2013
(((sssurrounddd))) "New Age"
(((sssurrounddd))), the city pop band of Illreme aka Kamoda Jun with Traks Boys' K404 and Crystal, has a 2nd album out now! "New Age" features guest musicians including Sunahara Yoshinori (who also contributed a remix to their latest 12"), Kashif...
Posted on July 17, 2013 at 21:45. | Released on July 17, 2013
Towa Tei "Lucky"
Towa Tei has a brand new album out now! "Lucky" is full of brand new songs including latest single "Radio". Many artists are featured, including all three of YMO, Dorian, Sugar Yoshinaga (Buffalo Daughter), Sheena Ringo, Predawn, Bakubaku Dokin, visual...
Posted on July 14, 2013 at 11:49. | Released on July 10, 2013
Idiot Pop "Toy Pop."
Idiot Pop is a mysterious techno-pop artist who debuted in 2009 with a self-titled album. After the release of two mini-albums ("Idiography E.P" and "Idiography, Vol.2") came 2nd album "EXWORLD" in 2012. Now here's a first remix album "TOY POP"...
Posted on June 15, 2013 at 13:33. | Released on May 16, 2013
(((sssurrounddd))) "kūchū bunkai suru I Love You" (12")
(((sssurrounddd))), the band of rapper Illreme, with Track Boys' K404 and Crystal, has a new single just out on 12". The B-side is a remix by Sunahara Yoshinori! The 12" comes with a MP3 download code. Jet Set has an...
Posted on May 5, 2013 at 00:12. | Released on April 26, 2013
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. | Released on April 24, 2013
Crystal "Vanish Into Light" (12")
Here's a 2nd original solo 12" from Crystal (Traks Boys, ((((surround)))), follow-up to "Heavenly Overtone" released in December 2011 (also available on compilation "Crue-L Café"). Included are two versions of new track "Vanish Into Light" that's being defined as "shoegazer...
Posted on February 24, 2013 at 23:09. | Released on February 23, 2013
Kaji Hideki "Sweet Swedish Winter"
Kaji Hideki has a new album coming this month! This one is a tribute to Sweden's sweet winter, and it's his 2nd release from his own Blue Boys Club label (follow-up to "Blue Heart" (2012)). Title song "Sweet Swedish Winter"...
Posted on February 10, 2013 at 19:16. | Released on February 20, 2013
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.
Small Boys "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ"
Small Boys is a new unit formed of Nona Reeves' Nishidera Gōta and singer-songwriter Dōjima Kōhei. The two have in the past contributed many songs to Japan's top male idol groups such as SMAP, V6, Shōnentai, Kinki Kids, KAT-TUN, and...
Posted on January 2, 2013 at 21:55. | Released on December 19, 2012
Various Artists "Shibuya-kei Respect" series
October saw the release of a series of 3 Shibuya-kei tribute cover compilations! All of these are full of famous Shibuya-kei songs covered by younger artists and bands who have been influenced by the movement. Included are songs originally by...
Posted on November 1, 2012 at 22:46. | Released on October 10, 2012
Cornelius has a new collection of his remixes and mixes for other artists over the last few years. Titled "CM4", it contains tracks by Nomiya Maki, sōtaiseiriron, Yoko Ono, If By Yes (band formed of Yuka Honda, Petra Haden, Araki...
Posted on August 29, 2012 at 00:15. | Released on September 5, 2012
Okada Tohru "kakū eiga ongakushū II ~Erewhon no roku de~"
Moonriders' Okada Tohru, lately active with CTO LAB., has a 4th album out this week. It has been no less than 19 years since his previous solo album! Included are several self-covers of Moonriders favorites, and the album is full...
Posted on August 7, 2012 at 22:39. | Released on August 8, 2012
Teams "Teams X White Lily Remixes"
Coming next from HNC's White Lily Records is a release of LA-based electro unit Teams (funnily borrowed from label White Iris Records). Included are 4 original tracks plus 5 remixes by White Lily's current roaster and friends. Featured are HNC,...
Posted on June 20, 2012 at 22:48. | Released on June 25, 2012
Nona Reeves "Choice II"
Nona Reeves have a 2nd cover album out now on Billboard Records, this time featuring songs by Madonna, Blur, Pet Shop Boys, Michael Jackson, Elvis, Earth Wind & Fire, New Kids On The Block (...), and more. The first of...
Posted on June 9, 2012 at 16:25. | Released on June 6, 2012
Kaji Hideki "Blue Heart"
Kaji Hideki has a brand new album out this week! This is a first release on his own label Blue Boys Club, coming 1½ year after "Teens Film" (a collaboration album with Riddim Saunter), and 2½ years after latest solo...
Posted on May 14, 2012 at 22:24. | Released on May 16, 2012
(((sssurrounddd))) is the recently formed band of rapper Illreme (Kamoda Jun), Track Boys' K404 and Crystal (Crue-L Records). Described as a unique city pop album, this is the result of the three members' various backgrounds from the hip-hop, house and...
Posted on February 28, 2012 at 23:47. | Released on March 7, 2012
Dorian "studio vacation" release party, w/ Luvraw & BTB, (((sssurrounddd)))
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound We've been enjoying some cool autumn weather in Tokyo lately, but last Friday was a hot summer night at Shibuya WWW where was held the release party for Dorian's "studio...
Posted on November 6, 2011 at 23:33.
Chloe "Norwegian Wood"
Singer dahlia sings all songs on this new cover album by Irma Records Japan-based producer unit Chloe. This is a concept album featuring only covers of songs mentioned in books by writer Murakami Haruki ("1Q84", "Norwegian Wood", "Kafka on the...
Posted on October 3, 2011 at 23:08. | Released on October 5, 2011
Yellow Magic Orchestra U.S. shows, with Cibo Matto, Buffalo Daughter, Towa Tei
Text, photos and videos by Nicholas D. Kent (Japanese Electronic Music) for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Two reports of Yellow Magic Orchestra shows held in California last month (June 26 at Hollywood Bowl, L.A., with Cibo Matto, Buffalo Daughter and Towa...
Posted on July 23, 2011 at 20:13.
Various Artists "Jazzy GAGA"
As the title says, here's a compilation of jazzy covers of songs from Lady Gaga's albums "The Fame" and "The Monster". This Japan-only release consists of studio recordings produced by club-jazz artists Miura Makoto and DJ Niche, and featuring Saigenji,...
Posted on May 11, 2011 at 21:30. | Released on May 18, 2011
Beastie Boys "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (Japanese edition)"
The Japanese edition of the Beastie Boys' new album comes with a bonus remix by... Cornelius! It will also be out a week early on April 27. The remix is of "Make Some Noise" of which the original can currently...
Posted on April 7, 2011 at 23:12. | Released on April 27, 2011
YO!HEY!! "Cult Club Manners Vol.1: Fantazy Mix"
Out this Friday on HNC's White Lily Records is the first of a mix album series, on which YO!HEY!! shows how hip-hop and indie rock go together. YO!HEY!! is one of the three members of Threepee Boys who contributed a...
Posted on February 2, 2011 at 23:29. | Released on February 4, 2011
HNC "Witches' Party EP" (7"+CD)
HNC (aka Hazel Nuts Chocolate)'s new offering is a 7" of "Witches' Party", a track from album "CULT" (2009). The B-side is a remix by Threepee Boys, said to be borrowing a sample from a well-known witch. This actually comes...
Posted on January 22, 2011 at 22:30. | Released on February 4, 2011
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. | Released on December 3, 2010
Various Artists "Girls Sazanami Beat! vol.3"
A third sampler compilation from Sazanami Label has been released, containing a total of 22 tracks with many previously unreleased ones, and the whole at a nice price too. Included is a new recording by sono na wa Spade (The...
Posted on October 7, 2010 at 22:07. | Released on September 22, 2010
Various Artists "VerSus 'Japanese Rock VS FPM' selected and non-stop mixed by FPM"
FPM starts a new series of mix CDs, titled "VerSus". In the first he has his take on J-rock, mixing rocking tracks while keeping a club attitude. The first pressing comes in a specially printed jewel case, like it was...
Posted on August 3, 2010 at 21:41. | Released on August 4, 2010
Sunahara Yoshinori "Subliminal"
Sunahara Yoshinori is back with a first original solo release since "Lovebeat" (2001)! That's if you don't count soundtrack "No Boys, No Cry" (2009) and the collaboration single "kamisama no iu tōri" out recently. This new EP consisting of 4...
Posted on July 25, 2010 at 23:41. | Released on July 28, 2010
Various Artists "Attractions! Konishi Yasuharu Remixes 1996~2010"
Konishi Yasuharu has started a new label called Readymade V.I.C., hosted under major label Victor. This first release is a 2-CD collection of his best remixes from 1997 until now. Included are 6 brand new remixes using Victor's catalog (marked...
Posted on January 11, 2010 at 19:14. | Released on March 3, 2010
Here comes a greatest hits album of Polysics (MySpace), covering from when drummer Yano joined in 2005 until now. This also precedes the leaving of singer Kayo who announced she will quit the band after their March 14 show at...
Posted on January 3, 2010 at 16:13. | Released on January 13, 2010
Various Artists "Oceanus Presents Time To Play -Generation Hip Star- Mixed by Yoichiro Itoh"
Just after the release of his new album "I'm your clown" comes this mix CD by Itō Yōichirō (aka Akakage). Containing a selection of rock and pop tracks, the whole is centered on Akakage's new song "Together" which is featured...
Posted on January 2, 2010 at 23:24. | Released on January 20, 2010
Kaji Hideki "Strawberries and Cream"
One year since "Lollipop", here's a brand new album from Kaji Hideki (MySpace)! This includes the song "Passion Fruits" (see video below) which was released on a "Blue Boys Don't Cry e.p." earlier this year. Guest musicians include Hidaka Tōru...
Posted on October 18, 2009 at 23:41. | Released on October 21, 2009
Various Artists "PANIC Level.01"
Excellent magazine Marquee, always keeping the post-Shibuya-kei scene happy, brings us a compilation featuring some of the best Japan has to offer recently, and that at a nice price. Included are songs by Urbangarde (MySpace), Dr.USUI (Motocompo), Sweet Vacation (MySpace),...
Posted on August 11, 2009 at 23:54. | Released on August 5, 2009
Sunahara Yoshinori "No Boys No Cry Original Soundtrack"
A whole 8 years since the amazing album "Lovebeat", Sunahara Yoshinori (ex-Denki Groove) brings us this new original release in the form of his first ever movie soundtrack. The movie is "No Boys, No Cry", a Japan/Korea collaboration directed by...
Posted on July 27, 2009 at 23:21. | Released on July 29, 2009
Aira Mitsuki "PLASTIC"
This week, Aira Mitsuki is back with a 2nd album, not even a year since "Copy". I count 7 tracks taken from the three latest singles: "Robot Honey", "sayonara Technopolis", and "BARBiE BARBiE", leaving us with 7 brand new tracks...
Posted on July 19, 2009 at 22:25. | Released on July 22, 2009
Konishi Yasuharu selection - RCA
Taken from his upcoming book "Marshall McLuhan kōkoku dairiten. Konishi Yasuharu. Disc Guide 200mai.", Konishi-san brings us two series of rare albums being re-issued on CD. While in the same direction as the columbia*readymade Japanese jazz-rock reissues from last year,...
Posted on May 3, 2009 at 00:45. | Released on April 22, 2009
Kaji Hideki "Blue Boys Don't Cry e.p."
Kaji Hideki (MySpace) has a new EP coming up! This includes 3 new songs plus a song from the movie "Detroit Metal City". Featured musicians include Horie Horhisa (pupa, Neil & Iraiza) and Hidaka Toru (Beat Crusaders). Kaji Hideki "Blue...
Posted on April 11, 2009 at 12:41. | Released on May 20, 2009
Aira Mitsuki "sayonara TECHNOPOLiS"
Happy New Year! After her great "Robot Honey" single, techno-pop idol Aira Mitsuki (MySpace) is back this year with another maxi single. With a catch line saying "Electro meets big beat!", this tracklist full of catchy keywords promises more of...
Posted on January 3, 2009 at 22:45. | Released on January 21, 2009
Tokyo Boys Bravo, DJ chipple in Koenji
Announcement! / 告知 I will be DJing at Kōenji café-bar Connection on September 12, in an event focusing on techno-pop of the 80's. I plan to play techno-kayō, vocal pop of the 80's either produced by or reminding of YMO,...
Posted on August 31, 2008 at 13:47. | Released on September 12, 2008
DJ Hiroki "ViVidness! -Lovely Cover's R&B-"
DJ Hiroki is a considered like an emerging scene hero of Shibuya's (Tokyo, Japan) vinyl record shop area Udagawa-chō. Here he mixes nothing but covers of super hit songs everyone has heard before. All of these covers have been up...
Posted on May 29, 2008 at 01:23. | Released on May 29, 2008
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. | Released on May 1, 2008
Tokyo Mood Punks "Jamie"
A new band fronted by Lily Franky, named Tokyo Mood Punks, and featuring Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji (Cubismo Grafico) on percussion and keyboards, has a first single out now. The other members are Tomizawa Taku a.k.a chikoku (Group Tamashii) on guitar,...
Posted on April 23, 2008 at 16:33. | Released on April 16, 2008
Various Artists "Niw! Collection"
Indies punk label Niw! has a compilation coming up celebrating its 5 years. The compilation consists of mostly (all?) new recordings, including ones by ...
Posted on April 4, 2008 at 10:20. | Released on May 23, 2008
It's his first movie as a director, you might have guessed it from the title, it's Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys' Paradise Yamamoto! This is a 30-minute film about a foreign boy and a Japanese girl who both discover the world...
Posted on March 31, 2008 at 23:53. | Released on April 19, 2008
Polysics "We ate the machine"
Polysics have a brand new album coming up! A limited edition will contain a bonus DVD of a live performance from last year at the Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall. A single will also be released a month in advance, including...
Posted on March 5, 2008 at 16:33. | Released on April 23, 2008
Latin Panic! Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys live
Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys, back this year with new releases "Mambo Imperial" and "Mambo Deco" (with more to come), are also back tonight with their legendary club event. Also known as "Latin Panic!", the event hosted at Shinjuku Oto will...
Posted on February 29, 2008 at 11:55. | Released on February 29, 2008
Holly Dolly "Pretty Donkey Girl"
Who would have thought? The Japanese edition album of Internet phenomenon Holly Dolly (MySpace), out last summer, contains a remix by Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys! This Japanese edition also contains the video of "Dolly Song" as CD-Extra content. Audio samples...
Posted on February 18, 2008 at 15:05. | Released on August 8, 2007
Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys "Mambo Deco"
Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys, back in January with "Mambo Imperial" after 13 years(!), have a 2nd mini-album coming, offering a mixture of latin, jazz, soul and swing sounds. There will be a 3rd one coming this summer, which is said...
Posted on February 18, 2008 at 14:02. | Released on March 26, 2008
Various Artists "Shibuya-K Indiepop Collection Vol.1: headstart for happiness", "Vol.2: boys (& girls) wonder"
Two compilations of indie-pop artists influenced by the Shibuya-kei scene are coming from new label TKO. Sounds like a great idea to check what the scene is up to, or maybe give it to someone who has asked you the...
Posted on December 19, 2007 at 13:32. | Released on December 22, 2007
Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys "Mambo Imperial"
Ahhhhh... UGH!!!!! You've heard right, Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys are back!! That's the 90's unit of Paradise Yamamoto, Comoesta Yaegashi and Gonzalez Suzuki, it's also the root of these three's mambo names which they have kept using independently to this...
Posted on December 2, 2007 at 22:12. | Released on January 23, 2008
Various Artists "Second Royal volume.3"
It's been over 3 years since Second Royal's previous label compilation, "Second Royal volume.2", and it was about time for a new one! Aside from new and previously unreleased tracks by the label's artists, there's an appearance by The Chi...
Posted on August 1, 2007 at 14:42. | Released on August 29, 2007
Port of Notes "Joint Adventure 2"
Port of Notes has a new remix album coming soon. Included are remixes by Sunaga t̀ Experience, Lindstrom and Prins Thomas, and DJ Kawasaki, along with the Crue-L regulars, and also a new track produced by Kanda Tomoki. Important info...
Posted on June 21, 2007 at 15:55. | Released on June 30, 2007
Kawanishi Suguru "Vinyl Fantasy"
Club/scratch DJ Kawanishi Suguru has a first mix CD coming up, it made Konishi Yasuharu tell him "You're a genius!". This totals to 52 tracks of all genres, mixed, scratched and juggled into two parts (in good old tape fashion)....
Posted on April 25, 2007 at 14:19. | Released on April 27, 2007
Various Artists "Sunaga Tatsuo no yoru Jazz: Jazz Allnighters No.8 King hen"
A few days ago, I had a look at the Sunaga Tatsuo section at Tower Records and was almost scared by the number of compilations in there! Will he ever stop!? The answer is: not yet! Here comes a 8th...
Posted on March 27, 2007 at 16:02. | Released on April 25, 2007
Various Artists "Hattori Ryōichi seitan 100 shūnen kinen Album: Hattori Jazz & Jive"
Konishi Yasuharu selects works by composer Hattori Ryōichi (1907-1993), in celebration of his 100th birth anniversary. Art direction and liner notes also by Konishi-san. Various Artists "Hattori Ryōichi seitan 100 shūnen kinen Album: Hattori Jazz & Jive" オムニバス 「服部良一生誕100周年記念アルバム: ハットリ・ジャズ...
Posted on November 29, 2006 at 14:07. | Released on January 24, 2007
Nakatsuka Takeshi "Girls & Boys"
Qypthone leader Nakatsuka Takeshi has a new solo album coming up. The album is to feature Toki Asako and will include some of his works for TV commercials. Nakatsuka Takeshi "Girls & Boys" 1. Girls & Boys 2. Your Voice...
Posted on August 8, 2006 at 17:15. | Released on October 25, 2006
Watanabe Productions setsuritsu 50shūnen Mix CD Release Party
To celebrate the release of the two Watanabe Productions mix CDs, there will be a party this Thursday at Aoyama Fai featuring DJs p&art sasanoooha, Mitsy, Gee (GTS), Gyūzō (Dengeki Network / Tokyo Shock Boys), okite Porsche (Roman Porsche), and...
Posted on August 6, 2006 at 14:58. | Released on August 10, 2006
Various Artists "Dancehall Premier presents Premier Lovers 2"
This reggae cover compilation out last month contains a cover of Pizzicato Five's "Sweet Soul Revue", making it maybe worth a check... though how that fits just before a Backstreet Boys song, I'm not too sure. Various Artists "Dancehall Premier...
Posted on June 30, 2006 at 13:32. | Released on May 24, 2006
Flipper's Guitar "Three Cheers For Our Side", "Camera Talk"
Two days after Cornelius' new single "Music" will be re-released the two Flipper's Guitar albums "Three Cheers For Our Side" and "Camera Talk". What distincts these from previous re-releases are that these are remastered, include bonus tracks, and the jackets...
Posted on June 5, 2006 at 18:08. | Released on August 25, 2006
Paradise Yamamoto and Tokyo Latin Mood Deluxe live
As if there wasn't enough going on at the end of the month (for some surely inducing bar hopping or tough decisions), Japan's mambo ambassador Paradise Yamamoto (Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys) is throwing a mambo party at Shinjuku Oto, where...
Posted on April 17, 2006 at 14:42. | Released on April 29, 2006
Various Artists "Motivation 3 compiled by Towa Tei"
Tei Towa is back with a 3rd house compilation of his popular "Motivation" series. Artwork by Stephen "ESPO" Powers. The limited edition will include a sticker of the jacket. Various Artists "Motivation 3 compiled by Towa Tei" 1. M-Gee feat....
Posted on April 10, 2006 at 11:02. | Released on April 19, 2006
Readymade × Mary: 2006 Valentine's original CD set
Now this has got to be the ultimate Valentine's Day gift for any Readymade lover. This special box of nine rose-flavored square chocolates by Mary was designed by Readymade boss Hasebe Chisai, and the box contains a compilation CD of...
Posted on January 11, 2006 at 10:28. | Released on February 14, 2006
Update (2006/2/23): Double rectification. Sunahara Yoshinori did contribute at least a song to this mini-album. Aco's next mini-album features a song produced by Sunahara Yoshinori. Aco "mask" 1. ya-yo! 2. guilty 3. i know what boys like 4. rikunoritō 5....
Posted on January 10, 2006 at 13:26. | Released on February 22, 2006
"Trainsurfer 1" (DVD)
By the same director as Steam kakarichō, Nakao Hiroyuki, comes Trainsurfer, another fun CG shorts series featuring real people. This one puts its guests in situations on top of Tokyo trains! The show aired on MTV Japan has featured the...
Posted on December 26, 2005 at 22:25. | Released on March 10, 2006
Various Artists "akiko presents: Rockin' Doo Wop Jump & Jive"
Released at the same time as her new cover album, akiko also selected favorite jive tracks for this compilation. There will be a cardboard jacket limited edition. Buy early! Various Artists "akiko presents: Rockin' Doo Wop Jump & Jive" 1....
Posted on September 9, 2005 at 17:31. | Released on November 23, 2005
Soundtrack "Summer Timemachine Blues"
The soundtrack for the upcoming sci-fi movie Summer Timemachine Blues, opening this summer, is produced by Halfby! The movie opens September 3rd. Soundtrack "Summer Timemachine Blues" 1. time travellers 2. girls & boys 3. take 5000 a go go 4....
Posted on July 7, 2005 at 10:23. | Released on August 24, 2005
Cityboys "20th Century Cityboys" (2CD)
Almost missed this one... This is a 2CD selection of songs from various City Boys soundtracks from 1992 until 2000 (covering at least "Toilet Without Key", "i messaggeri degli imbecilli vanno all'ovest", "Love's Rubber Brain", "Building on a Strong Foundation",...
Posted on March 16, 2005 at 12:01. | Released on March 9, 2005
Various Artists "Readymade Digs Disney 2"
This time the jacket is... Donald Duck! The limited edition is supposed to be similar to the previous release. Various Artists "Readymade Digs Disney 2" 1. The Sun Came Out (Think Heave-age, Think Ho-age) 2. King Mickey (Mickey Mouse March)...
Posted on March 13, 2005 at 22:25. | Released on March 30, 2005
Comoesta Yaegashi flea market
Comoesta Yaegashi will be doing a flea market at Kissa Ginza in Ebisu on Saturday 8/7! He's planning to sell 60's-70's wa-mono (Japanese) used records and also clothes (mostly under ¥1000) including some from the Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys era!...
Posted on August 4, 2004 at 11:30. | Released on August 7, 2004
Fantastic Plastic Machine "Sound Concierge" #403 and #404
From the Sound Concierge series, of which the two first CDs were released on January 15, two new non-stop mixes by Tanaka Tomoyuki (Fantastic Plastic Machine) are coming out next month! Again the same concept, 2 CDs, one lounge mix...
Posted on June 14, 2004 at 11:48. | Released on July 7, 2004
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