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Hideki Kaji et Maki Nomiya "Rainy City / Summer Beauty 1990" (7")
This 7" is of two live recordings from Nomiya Maki's "Shibuya-kei Standards" show series. In the one held in November 7, 2014 she was joined on stage by Kaji Hideki, and they sang "amefuri toshi" (a duet with Maki from...
Posted on June 4, 2017 at 12:03. | Released on May 31, 2017
Nomiya Maki "Nomiya Maki, Vacances Shibuya-kei o utau. ~Wonderful Summer~"
Of her "Shibuya-kei standards" series, Nomiya Maki brings us a new album of summer & vacation-themed covers of Shibuya-kei songs, or ones that inspired the scene's artists. Included are songs originally by Watanabe Marina (written by Ozawa Kenji & Oyamada...
Posted on April 20, 2017 at 21:46. | Released on May 3, 2017
DJ Hasebe "DJ HASEBE Butter Smooth - Tokyo 90's Groove -"
DJ Hasebe (official Facebook page) has a new mix album out now of 90's songs revolving around Shibuya-kei. This includes a brand new original song that features Nomiya Maki! DJ Hasebe "DJ HASEBE Butter Smooth - Tokyo 90's Groove -"...
Posted on February 24, 2017 at 00:10. | Released on February 22, 2017
Nomiya Maki "otoko to onna 'Un Homme et Une Femme' ~ Nomiya Maki, French Shibuya-kei o utau." (2x7")
A set of two 7"'s of songs from Nomiya Maki's latest album "otoko to onna 'Un homme et une femme'" is being released! The songs are covers of Pierre Barouh (from the movie "Un homme et une femme"), Michel Legrand...
Posted on February 16, 2017 at 23:54. | Released on February 22, 2017
Halmens X "35 seiki"
Halmens X is a limited time project led by two original members of new wave band Halmens (formed in 1979), Saeki Kenzo and Sensui Toshiro. 2016 marks the 35th anniversary of the release of album "Halmens no 20 seiki" (1981),...
Posted on October 10, 2016 at 11:49. | Released on September 21, 2016
Nomiya Maki "otoko to onna 'Un Homme et Une Femme' ~ Nomiya Maki, French Shibuya-kei o utau."
Nomiya Maki has a brand new album just about to be released! This album has a theme of "French Shibuya-kei", highlighting bits of the French culture that influenced the Shibuya-kei scene. This is a 2-CD release of both a studio...
Posted on August 29, 2016 at 23:22. | Released on August 31, 2016
Nomiya Maki "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji (bon odori Version) / Sweet Soul Revue (bon odori Version)" (Download)
Nomiya Maki has just released two songs on iTunes Japan! These are newly recorded versions of Pizzicato Five hits "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji" and "Sweet Soul Revue", in refreshing "bon odori" or "ondō" versions, a traditional Japanese musical...
Posted on June 29, 2016 at 00:40. | Released on June 29, 2016
Nomiya Maki "What The World Needs Now Is Love"
Nomiya Maki has a new album coming! Following her live album from last year, "Miss Maki Nomiya Sings Shibuya-kei Standards", this time she takes some of those standards (and then some) to the studio! Included are songs by Pizzicato Five,...
Posted on November 8, 2015 at 11:05. | Released on November 11, 2015
Bajune Tobeta "Tokyo Galaxy"
Following EP "Teddy Bear and Password", here's a brand new full-length album by producer Bajune Tobeta! This features an impressive line-up of guests including Nomiya Maki, FPM, Sakamoto Miu, Shing02, Arto Lindsay and bo en among others. Bajune Tobeta "Tokyo...
Posted on September 13, 2015 at 23:44. | Released on September 16, 2015
The Collectors "iitai koto ienai koto iisobireta koto"
The Collectors' new album (their 21st!) is coming this week, and will feature Nomiya Maki as a guest vocalist. Also, according to Tower Records' track list, Takanami Keitaro has apparently (co-?)arranged "eien Romance" and "Song For Father". The limited edition...
Posted on September 13, 2015 at 23:16. | Released on September 16, 2015
Bajune Tobeta "Teddy Bear and Password" (CD+DVD), "Space Loungin'" (12")
Producer Bajune Tobeta has a new EP out today! Three vocalists are featured: Nomiya Maki (ex-Pizzicato Five), Bonjour Suzuki (a female singer who debuted earlier this year), and Vivian Sessoms (who has been featured many times on songs by Towa...
Posted on August 26, 2015 at 23:44. | Released on August 26, 2015
Towa Tei, Leo Imai, Nomiya Maki, Takano Hiroshi "Intersect By Lexus Records #001"
Intersect By Lexus is a showroom and event space located in Omotesando, Tokyo. A new label has just been started under Towa Tei's direction, and here comes this first 7" single! Included is "Cul de sac", a brand new...
Posted on July 21, 2015 at 21:58. | Released on July 22, 2015
Nomiya Maki "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji / aru hi totsuzen" (7")
Out this week is a 7" cut from Nomiya Maki's latest live album, "Miss Maki Nomiya Sings Shibuya-kei Standards". Included is a self-cover of Pizzicato Five's most famous song, "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji" (aka "The night is still...
Posted on March 5, 2015 at 22:39. | Released on March 6, 2015
Various Artists "Women's Liberation"
This is an album of covers of Japanese songs from the 60's to the early 70's, here sung with translated English lyrics! Both the originals and the covers were performed by Japanese women, completing the theme of this compilation. Vocalists...
Posted on January 19, 2015 at 21:32. | Released on January 7, 2015
Miss Maki Nomiya sings "Shibuya-kei Standards" 2014
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On November 7 was a show by Nomiya Maki (ex-Pizzicato Five) at Billboard Live Tokyo. With the title "Miss Maki Nomiya Sings Shibuya-kei Standards", it was the 2nd of the...
Posted on December 31, 2014 at 15:43.
Nomiya Maki "Miss Maki Nomiya Sings Shibuya-kei Standards"
A waterfall of events led Nomiya Maki (ex-Pizzicato Five) and producer Sakaguchi Osamu (a soundtrack producer who first got in touch with Maki in the Portable Rock days) to start a project that re-introduces Shibuya-kei hit songs and important influences...
Posted on November 8, 2014 at 14:26. | Released on November 12, 2014
Boogie the Machmotors "Hi! Erectus!"
Boogie The Machmotors is a 3-piece band from Hakata (Fukuoka prefecture). This new album features Nomiya Maki (on "Eleki-Trick") who has previously toured with them and collaborated on a Halmens tribute album, after which they appeared at her 30th anniversary...
Posted on August 28, 2014 at 23:46. | Released on August 27, 2014
Towa Tei "94-14", "94-14 Covers"
Towa Tei continues to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his solo career. Following remix collection "Towa Tei 94-14 Remix" released in July, here comes greatest hits album "94-14" and best covers album "94-14 Covers". The latter includes 6 brand new...
Posted on August 24, 2014 at 13:16. | Released on September 3, 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
No Lie-Sense "First Suicide Note"
No Lie-Sense (official Facebook page) is a new unit formed of Suzuki Keiichi (Moonriders) and Kera (aka Keralino Sandorovich, of Kera & the Synthesizers, ex-Long Vacation, ex-Uchōten). Featured artists include Nomiya Maki (ex-Pizzicato Five), Sakamoto Miu, Ueno Yōko, Inuyama Inuko...
Posted on November 15, 2013 at 23:36. | Released on November 6, 2013
Vanilla Beans, Nomiya Maki & BIBA
Text and 2nd photo by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound. 1st photo by Kaz Sekiguchi, courtesy of Yoko Fujiwara. On July 5th was the 4th edition of Vanilla Beans' series of shows with a live band. Every time they...
Posted on July 11, 2013 at 23:34.
Nosa Reina release party w/ Portable Rock, Nomiya Maki, Takanami K-taro
Text by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On November 30, I went to the release party for Nosa Reina's first album "don't kiss, but yes". Producer Takanami K-taro was on stage too part of the band, more on that...
Posted on December 11, 2012 at 00:19.
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
Text by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Saturday June 2, I went to see Portable Rock at small venue Club Crawl in Shibuya. It was the first of two "one-man" shows (no opening band) the band played. This...
Posted on June 3, 2012 at 21:57.
Ram Rider "Audio Galaxy - Ram Rider vs Stars!!! -", "- Ram Rider Strikes Back!!! -"
Ram Rider is back with a new album out just now. It features collaborations with various "stars", including Nomiya Maki, Meg, Bose (Scha Dara Parr), Furukawa Miki (ex-Supercar), Fujioka Minami (Panda 1/2), and more. Out at the same time is...
Posted on April 11, 2012 at 23:45. | Released on April 11, 2012
Nomiya Maki's 30th anniversary concert
Text by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound. Photos by Kasuga Miwa. On Monday March 19, I went to Nomiya Maki's 30th anniversary concert held at O-East, coincidentally (?) almost the same place where was held Pizzicato Five's last concert...
Posted on March 23, 2012 at 22:31.
Portable Rock "Lost & Found"
Portable Rock, the 80's band fronted by Nomiya Maki, has a new CD coming! This contains 2 songs that had remained unreleased back in the day, one of which surfaced on Maki's 30th anniversary album "30". Both songs have lyrics...
Posted on March 4, 2012 at 18:39. | Released on March 14, 2012
Nomiya Maki "30 ~Greatest Self Covers & More!!!~"
Let's start 2012 with a bang! Finally here's a new album by Nomiya Maki! This time she celebrates 30 years of her singing career by doing self-covers in collaboration with various other artists. Featured are Cornelius, Kaji Hideki, Takahashi Yukihiro,...
Posted on January 2, 2012 at 13:00. | Released on January 25, 2012
Various Artists "Hatsune Miku sings New Wave"
Out this week is this new Hatsune Miku compilation of new wave covers sung by the virtual idol. Included are songs originally by Plastics, Nomiya Maki, Portable Rock, Juicy Fruits, Hikashu, P-Model, Halmens, Cosmic Invention and more. The compilation is...
Posted on October 25, 2011 at 00:24. | Released on October 26, 2011
Nomiya Maki "Looker" (Download)
Nomiya Maki has a new 2-song single available on HearJapan and iTunes Japan from today! These two songs have been the theme of her on-going "Looker" tour. Maki's site says that Looker is actually the name of her new solo...
Posted on July 6, 2011 at 00:33. | Released on July 6, 2011
Furukawa Honpo "Alice in wonderword"
Furukawa Honpo, the solo unit of Vocaloid-style producer Furukawa P, has a first album coming that will feature various vocalists. While most seems to have a standard J-pop tone, there are tracks sung by Nomiya Maki and Kahimi Karie (both...
Posted on June 12, 2011 at 13:43. | Released on June 15, 2011
Halcali "Tokyo Connection"
Here's a new mini-album from Halcali! Included are several new songs, a remix by 80KIDZ and a self-cover of early song "Strawberry Chips". Shibuya-kei fans will rejoice that new song "Girl!Girl!Girl!" is produced by Nakatsuka Takeshi with lyrics written by...
Posted on January 24, 2011 at 22:37. | Released on February 9, 2011
Harajuku Performance+: Nomiya Maki, Open Reel Ensemble
Text by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Last week on Tuesday December 22 was the first of two days of a performance-themed event at La Foret Museum, Harajuku, titled "Harajuku Performance+". On that day were two artists that I...
Posted on December 30, 2010 at 21:37.
Hatsune Miku "Hatsune Miku sings Halmens"
Part of Halmens' 30th anniversary releases is this tribute album sung by virtual idol Hatsune Miku. Not only she sings Halmens' greatest hits, but on two bonus tracks she even pays tribute to Nomiya Maki's album "Pink no kokoro"! Don't...
Posted on October 20, 2010 at 22:16. | Released on October 20, 2010
Saeki Kenzo & Boogie The Machmotors "21seiki-san Sings Halmens"
Out at the same time as "Pink no kokoro + 2" is this tribute album to early 80's new wave band Halmens (Techno-Pop Academy). Produced by original member Saeki Kenzō, this features guest appearances by Nomiya Maki and Urbangarde's Hamasaki...
Posted on October 11, 2010 at 13:19. | Released on October 20, 2010
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. | Released on October 20, 2010
Nagisa Yoko Recital 2010
Text by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Monday April 26 was Nagisa Yōko's recital at Shibuya Quattro, an event to celebrate the issue of her new 400-page photo book titled "NAGISA" . The show featured a full band,...
Posted on May 4, 2010 at 18:55.
Various Artists "for winter music lovers ~ Technopop Xmas"
This new compilation of both recent and classic Christmas-themed techno-pop songs features Nomiya Maki (with a song from her first 1980 album), Aira Mitsuki, Denki Groove, Hosono Haruomi, Takahashi Yukihiro, Logic System, and much more. Various Artists "for winter music...
Posted on November 6, 2009 at 23:52. | Released on November 11, 2009
Nomiya Maki/Fernanda Takai "Maki Takai No Jetlag"
Nomiya Maki (ex-Pizzicato Five) unites with Brazilian singer Fernanda Takai (Pato Fu) for a mini-album containing songs selected by the two. Included are a new original song by Maki called "Nagoya" with Japanese lyrics, P5's "A Message Song", Ishida Ayumi's...
Posted on October 14, 2009 at 00:20. | Released on October 20, 2009
Nakatsuka Takeshi "Kiss & Ride Extended" (12")
A 12" EP containing extended versions of 6 tracks from Nakatsuka Takeshi's latest album "Kiss & Ride" has been released. This of course includes the great "Beautiful" song featuring Nomiya Maki! Audio samples at Jet Set Nakatsuka Takeshi "Kiss &...
Posted on February 15, 2009 at 23:51. | Released on February 13, 2009
Moonriders "Moonriders Live at Shinjuku Loft 2006.4.15" (DVD)
Moonriders have a live DVD coming up next month, of their 30th anniversary show where they shared the stage with Portable Rock! If it includes encores, as it seems to do, that would mean that you can catch Nomiya Maki...
Posted on November 30, 2008 at 21:01. | Released on December 17, 2008
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Smooth Ace "Sing Like Talking Complete"
First released in 2014, this 6th album by chorus group Smooth Ace had become rare. This time it is reissued on a major label, remastered and with two newly recorded songs added! Including the new songs, a total of 5...
Posted on May 8, 2017 at 21:34. | Released on May 10, 2017
Crazy Ken Band "Hong Kong Taxi"
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...
Posted on August 3, 2016 at 00:01. | Released on August 3, 2016
YMCK "Tokyo Upside Down" (Download)
YMCK released a new song, now available on iTunes worldwide. It was made especially for the Short Shorts Film Festival, to be used by video creators who want to participate in the music category. Details can be found here. The...
Posted on January 5, 2014 at 21:14. | Released on December 9, 2013
Kayano Yoshiaki "This is the life" (Download)
Trumpeter Kayano Yoshiaki has a new 2-track single out now on Nakatsuka Takeshi's digital label Delicatessen LAB. Both instrumentals have rhythm guitar that stands out. Kayano was a member of Nomiya Maki's band for her 30th anniversary show. Kayano Yoshiaki...
Posted on February 17, 2013 at 12:12. | Released on February 13, 2013
hitomitoi "YOUR TIME Route #1"
Following its "Choice" series of foreign song covers, Billboard Records begins a series of Japanese song cover albums titled "Your Time". The first artist of the series is hitomitoi who released her latest original album "City Dive" on the label....
Posted on November 5, 2012 at 21:58. | Released on November 14, 2012
Nosa Reina "don't kiss, but yes"
"Pizzicato Five 2012 edition!?", "Post-Nomiya Maki?" dare official blurbs say! Nosa Reina is a new singer whose debut album is being produced by Takanami K-tarō (ex-Pizzicato Five), who has also hired the two musicians from Portable Rock for the back...
Posted on September 29, 2012 at 23:58. | Released on October 10, 2012
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.
Shūnosuke Ishikawa "shumusic EP" (Download)
Here's a new series of monthly digital releases under the name "Delicatessen LAB", brought by Nakatsuka Takeshi. The first is of Ishikawa Shūnosuke, a sax and flute player who is a regular member of Nakatsuka's live band and who also...
Posted on May 10, 2012 at 21:35. | Released on May 2, 2012
Portable Rock "Beginnings + 5"
Portable Rock was an 80's techno-pop band featuring Nomiya Maki (later of Pizzicato Five) with Suzuki Tomofumi (guitar) and Nakahara Nobuo (bass). First released in 1990, "Beginnings" is a collection of early recordings, now being reissued with 5 rare bonus...
Posted on October 19, 2011 at 23:46. | Released on October 26, 2011
Nakatsuka Takeshi "Kiss & Ride"
Nakatsuka Takeshi (Qypthone, Happiness Records) has a new solo album on the way. The album is said to be part mellow house, part electro-pop, and will feature guests Nomiya Maki (ex-Pizzicato Five), Eli (ex-Love Tambourines), Utamaru (Rhymester), and more. Nakatsuka...
Posted on July 22, 2008 at 16:04. | Released on September 17, 2008
p&art sasanoooha "P&ART WORLD"
Osaka breakbeats/club-pop unit p&art sasanoooha are back this summer with a new album! It has been 2½ years since "p&art Music". This one is said to have a theme focused on the Olympics (China = pandas!). p&art sasanoooha "P&ART WORLD"...
Posted on June 23, 2008 at 11:07. | Released on July 30, 2008
Plastic Sex Night: live at Soft
Plastic Sex, the unit of Nakanishi Toshio (ex-Plastics) and Nomiya Maki, will perform a live show at Shibuya Soft this Thursday! There will also be shows next month in Kobe (6/12 at Beber) and Osaka (6/13 at Noon). Plastic Sex...
Posted on May 20, 2008 at 21:57. | Released on May 22, 2008
Eco-Beauty Style: Nomiya Maki special talk
Part of an Eco-Beauty Style exhibition, Nomiya Maki will give a talk about her ways to be "eco" all while wearing high-heels. It's a good opportunity to get a close look and learn a few eco-friendly tips. Entrance is free,...
Posted on May 13, 2008 at 17:04. | Released on May 21, 2008
Takahashi Yukihiro (Yellow Magic Orchestra, Sketch Show) and art director Shindō Mitsuo (Contemporary Production) present this summer festival where can be caught pupa (Takahashi's new all-star unit), HASYMO, Suzuki Keiichi (Moonriders), Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Bonnie Pink, NRT320 (Shindō Mitsuo's...
Posted on May 8, 2008 at 13:56. | Released on August 10, 2008
The 30th Anniversary of NYLON100%
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of NYLON100%, a café/bar that was located in Shibuya from the late 70's throughout the 80's (now defunct) and had an important place in Japan's punk and new wave scene, a bunch of artists from the...
Posted on May 1, 2008 at 13:44. | Released on July 9, 2008
DISCO 08: Plastic Sex live
Nomiya Maki's big recital might be over, but she's not taking it easy just yet! Indeed, he will be appearing on stage as part of Plastic Sex, her unit with Nakanishi Toshio (Plastics). DISCO 08: Plastic Sex live on 4/26...
Posted on April 16, 2008 at 17:23. | Released on April 26, 2008
Music Japan presents Nomiya Maki live in Shibuya
Nomiya Maki will perform a free acoustic show at Apple Store Shibuya next week! She will be accompanied by Kikuchi Naruyoshi, musical director of her upcoming "Recital vol.2 ~ Eleganceholic". The show will be recorded for a "Live in Shibuya"...
Posted on February 26, 2008 at 11:34. | Released on March 6, 2008
Nomiya Maki "Elegance chūdoku girigiri no onnatachi" (Book)
Nomiya Maki has a new book coming, actually a hard copy of her popular "Tokyo Sex and the City" column on her web site (in the living room of her "château de la mode"). The monthly column consists of herself...
Posted on February 18, 2008 at 17:52. | Released on February 23, 2008
"kaede New Town" (DVD+CD)
Super-cute animation short film "kaede New Town", directed by Iwakiri Naoto (Codomo Inc.), which was shown in theaters starting in December, is getting a DVD release. The opening and ending themes are by the Aprils and Tomovsky respectively, and can...
Posted on January 22, 2008 at 16:45. | Released on March 6, 2008
Nomiya Maki Recital vol.2 ~Eleganceholic~
Nomiya Maki's 2nd recital is coming this spring, and it's titled "Eleganceholic"! The Japanese title is "Elegance chūdoku" which translates to "Elegance poisoning". This time the musical director is Kikuchi Naruyoshi (Spank Happy, DCPRG), and like last year the stage...
Posted on January 16, 2008 at 15:04. | Released on April 3, 2008
Suzuki Keiichi, Higuchi Yasuo "CM Works On Associates Years"
These two collections of rare TV commercial music are of interest! Suzuki Keiichi of the Moonriders has 2 jingles sung by Nomiya Maki (Shiseidō "Shower Cologne III" and Fujix "kimi wa Best Scene") and one by Harada Tomoyo (JA chokin...
Posted on December 20, 2007 at 22:16. | Released on December 22, 2007
Nomiya Maki "Eleganceholic"
Nomiya Maki has a special Tower Records-only release coming in February 2008! The Japanese title translates to "Elegance poisoning" and it looks like the English title is going to be "Eleganceholic", it's also the title of her upcoming 2nd recital...
Posted on December 18, 2007 at 17:25. | Released on February 6, 2008
Futon "Pain Killer"
Futon, the Bangkok LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transexual) electro rock band that collaborated with Nomiya Maki on her latest album "Party People", is back with a brand new album. This Japanese edition contains 6 bonus remixes, by Chicks on Speed, the Lowbrows, DJ...
Posted on October 17, 2007 at 16:29. | Released on October 24, 2007
Various Artists "Lingkaran For Baby"
LOHAS magazine Lingkaran has put together a collection of nursury rhymes sung by a bunch of like-minded artists. The line-up includes Nomiya Maki, Toki Asako, Chocolat & Akito, Furukawa Miki, Yano Akiko & Sakamoto Miu, Cano Caoli, Yukawa Shione, and...
Posted on August 21, 2007 at 17:30. | Released on September 26, 2007
Cosa Nostra "Life"
Cosa Nostra's upcoming album "Life" will feature a return of all former 6 members for the time of a cover ("IKO IKO"). The song "Cherry Red no Roulette" will feature vocals by Nomiya Maki. Wada Akiko also does an appearance....
Posted on August 18, 2007 at 01:50. | Released on September 5, 2007
Mr. Cockrobin "Drive"
Neo-Shibuya-kei girl unit Mr. Cockrobin has a first full album coming up! Said to sound like Pizzicato Five meets Flipper's Guitar, with vocals that remind of Nomiya Maki, the driving music album features special guests Iguchi Miho (Aprils), Hazel Nuts...
Posted on June 30, 2007 at 16:41. | Released on July 25, 2007
Hayashi Miki "Idol ni naritai. / Muscat Coconut Banana Melon"
Newcomer idol Hayashi Miki (aka "Miki-pon") (blog), an 18-year-old with a waist of 53cm selected from within 16217 girls, has a debut single coming up, the A-side "Idol ni naritai." ("I want to be an idol.") is words/music/arranged/produced by Konishi...
Posted on June 25, 2007 at 10:55. | Released on August 22, 2007
Nomiya Maki "Joy" (Download)
Nomiya Maki's 2-song single from her "Joy" recital is now available on iTunes Music Store Japan and some other online music services. The two songs are produced by Richard Cameron (Arling & Cameron). Nomiya Maki "Joy" (Download) 野宮真貴 「ジョイ」 Joy...
Posted on May 10, 2007 at 15:38. | Released on May 9, 2007
Various Artists "Miss Vocalies, Tokyo -with her Strikes Sextet-"
I had completely overlooked this new compilation put together by Sunaga Tatsuo, containing nothing but jazzy songs featuring Japan's best female vocalists. Included are two brand new songs, by Sunaga t̀ Experience and pianist Akiko Grace, and a bunch of...
Posted on March 15, 2007 at 23:37. | Released on March 7, 2007
Nomiya Maki "oshare ni ikiru Hint" (Book)
Nomiya Maki has a new book coming up, in which she shares with us her tips to live fashionably (the English title is "25 Tips to Live in a Fashionably Way"). The book is also said to be packed with...
Posted on March 6, 2007 at 14:25. | Released on March 22, 2007
dorlis "Swingin' Party 2 ~wakuwaku♪Jive×Jazz×Jam~"
dorlis has a 3-track EP coming soon featuring three songs previously released for download. "Mens Killer ☆ Sisters" features Ōnishi Yukari and is produced by Sunaga Tatsuo, "wakuwaku nukegake daisakusen" features SOFFet, and "Love ◎〇△▲ Derby" features Nomiya Maki, accordionist...
Posted on March 6, 2007 at 13:44. | Released on April 18, 2007
dorlis × Nomiya Maki × Nakata Yasutaka feat. coba "Love ◎〇△▲ Derby" (Download)
Singer dorlis has a download-only track coming up, featuring Nomiya Maki, accordionist coba, and remixed by Nakata Yoshitaka (capsule)! This is the third of a series of collaboration tracks available for download at OnGen. The first featured Ōnishi Yukari and...
Posted on March 6, 2007 at 11:46. | Released on March 14, 2007
Various Artists "Tribute to David Bowie"
Japanese artists pay tribute to David Bowie in this compilation featuring Nomiya Maki, Fukutomi Yukihiro feat. Arichika Masumi (T.V. Jesus), Sakamoto Miu, Coldfeet, Nona Reeves, and more. Various Artists "Tribute to David Bowie" 1. Nomiya Maki / Fame 2. The...
Posted on February 8, 2007 at 16:25. | Released on March 21, 2007
Halcali "Girl! Girl! Girl!" (Download)
I had almost forgotten about Halcali's 3rd seasonal offering, following "Slalom '06" (produced by Handsomeboy Technique) and "2 Higher Clap 007" (produced by Cubismo Grafico). It was announced today and is available right now for download. The new song is...
Posted on February 1, 2007 at 13:24. | Released on February 1, 2007
Nomiya Maki Recital vol.1 ~Joy~
Nomiya Maki will hold a first "recital" in March, directed by Romantica and with music by Richard Cameron (Arling & Cameron)! The show will include new songs written by Nomiya & Cameron, covers, songs from Maki's five solo albums, and...
Posted on January 17, 2007 at 10:14. | Released on March 17, 2007
Various Artists "bakuretsu! New Wave 1980"
With contents similar to the recently released "Technoroid - Japanese 80's New Wave Sampler" comes a 2-CD compilation on the same theme. Once again this is a good introduction to Japanese 80's new wave/punk, and seems to contain more essentials...
Posted on August 22, 2006 at 16:07. | Released on September 21, 2006
Tongarikids' vocalist Nipopo, who has previously remixed Nomiya Maki loves m-flo's "Big Bang Romance", has a first solo album coming up. Tongarikids are best known for a hip-hop track sampling Super Mario Brothers' theme. The album comes in two flavors:...
Posted on July 21, 2006 at 16:32. | Released on July 26, 2006
Sexy idol Mai has appointed Nomiya Maki in the role of "visual producer" for her nude bodypainting photo booklets that will accompany the upcoming first album "Maiself". The music features arrangements by Coldfeet, Takahashi Yukihiro, and others. Worth a check!...
Posted on July 19, 2006 at 16:44. | Released on September 6, 2006
Kawakami Tsuyoshi and His Moodmakers "Singers Limited"
Kawakami Tsuyoshi and His Moodmakers' next album will be a collection of vocal covers, original songs and remixes featuring many collaborators such as Nomiya Maki ("Luna Cruise" first released on her album "Lady Miss Warp"), Wada Akiko, Matsudaira Ken, Takahashi...
Posted on July 19, 2006 at 16:09. | Released on September 13, 2006
Plastic Folk live
Plastic Folk, the folk/quiet rock unit of Nakanishi Toshio featuring Nomiya Maki, will preform a live show that can be seen for as cheap as ¥500! Their album "Billion Knives & Folks and Disk One" was released a few weeks...
Posted on July 4, 2006 at 16:44. | Released on July 10, 2006
Various Artists "Technoroid - Japanese 80's New Wave Sampler"
This 80's new wave compilation features many gems and rarities, several of the songs even being available for the first time on CD. Not only for maniacs, it's definitely a good opportunity to get accustomed with many leaders of Japan's...
Posted on June 27, 2006 at 16:51. | Released on June 28, 2006
"Daikanyama monogatari ~ The Detective Is Born" (DVD)
Accompanying this year's release of Shindō Mitsuo's new film "otoko wa sore o gaman dekinai", his all-star 1998 film "Daikanyama monogatari", previously only available on VHS, is being re-released on DVD! The film features Sasaki Jun (Cosa Nostra), Natsuki Mari,...
Posted on June 13, 2006 at 14:34. | Released on August 23, 2006
Plastic Folk / Plastic Knife "Billion Knives & Folks and Disk One"
After their Plastics revival unit Plastic Sex that released an album last year, ex-Plastics' leader Nakanishi Toshio and ex-Pizzicato Five singer Nomiya Maki are back again with another brand new project, Plastic Folk / Plastic Knife ("folk" when written out...
Posted on May 25, 2006 at 15:20. | Released on June 20, 2006
"otoko wa sore o gaman dekinai -Un homme ne peut endurer ça-"
There's a new film by Shindō Mitsuo (C.T.P.P.) coming out this year, titled 「男はソレを我慢できない -Un homme ne peut endurer ça-」 ("otoko wa sore o gaman dekinai"). The film is shot in Shimokitazawa and one of its goals is to archive...
Posted on May 7, 2006 at 12:06. | Released on July 29, 2006
SPICY ageHa presents TA 2006
Sounds like this will be a great party at ageHa next week, with Tei Towa, Tanaka Tomoyuki (Fantastic Plastic Machine) and Nomiya Maki! Those without plans for Golden Week now have one more reason to stick around. SPICY ageHa presents...
Posted on April 26, 2006 at 09:58. | Released on May 2, 2006
Portable Rock live
Believe it or not, Portable Rock, Nomiya Maki's mid-80's band, is back on stage once this April! Also playing are the Moonriders. Shinjuku Loft 30th Anniversary "Rock of Ages 2006" on 4/15 at Shinjuku Loft Live: Portable Rock Moonriders Cinema...
Posted on February 16, 2006 at 23:19. | Released on April 15, 2006
p&art sasanoooha "p&art Music"
Osaka's fun club breakbeat unit p&art sasanoooha (read "Panda to Sasanoha"), who appeared on the recent Nomiya Maki album and maxi single, are back in surprise wih a brand new album, "p&art Music" ("Panda to Music"). All songs and a...
Posted on October 24, 2005 at 12:40. | Released on December 7, 2005
Futon "Give Me More!"
Thailand-based multi-cultural (Thai+Japan+UK) electro punk band Futon, who have contributed to Nomiya Maki's album "Party People" and who I've seen before at the Soi Music Festival in Bangkok, has a first Japan-released album coming out very soon! The album will...
Posted on October 7, 2005 at 13:26. | Released on October 12, 2005
Update: Nomiya Maki, akiko
Nomiya Maki "Party People" Track list added!! akiko "Little Miss Jazz And Jive" Correct track list added. (Sorry, there had been a title mix-up with the jive compilation.)...
Posted on October 4, 2005 at 10:50.
Update: Nomiya Maki, akiko compilation
Nomiya Maki "Party People" Impressive list of guests revealed! Various Artists "Little Miss Jazz And Jive" Correct title for akiko's jazz 'n' jive compilation...
Posted on September 30, 2005 at 14:57.
Party People Party: Nomiya Maki live
Nomiya Maki will give one hell of a party this October, following the release of her new album "Party People". Taking place at one of Tokyo's newest and trendiest venues, ageHa, the all-night event will feature performances by most guests...
Posted on September 30, 2005 at 14:30. | Released on October 28, 2005
Update: Nomiya Maki
Nomiya Maki "Party People" Artwork added!!...
Posted on September 8, 2005 at 12:23.
Update: Nomiya Maki loves m-flo
Nomiya Maki loves m-flo "Big Bang Romance" Artwork added...
Posted on August 29, 2005 at 13:55.
Update: Nomiya Maki, m-flo, Perfume, ...
Recent updates... Nomiya Maki loves m-flo "Big Bang Romance" Track list added m-flo "Beat Space Nine" Track list added Perfume "Linear Motor Girl" Artwork added Soundtrack "Summer Timemachine Blues" Track list and artwork added Chocolat & Akito "Chocolat & Akito"...
Posted on August 19, 2005 at 13:12.
Nomiya Maki "Party People"
Nomiya Maki's next album "Party People" will be out in October. Seems like she's back on the major scene, on the Avex label Rhythm Zone, news that goes hand in hand with her September single with m-flo "Big Bang Romance"....
Posted on August 11, 2005 at 09:52. | Released on October 12, 2005
Update: FPM, Nomiya Maki loves m-flo, Metalchicks
Fantastic Plastic Machine "Sound Concierge #502" Track list added! Contains new FPM song "Tell Me"! Nomiya Maki loves m-flo "Big Bang Romance" Details on remixes added! Metalchicks "Metalchicks" Track list added...
Posted on August 11, 2005 at 09:27.
Nomiya Maki "Pink no kokoro"
First released in 1981, Nomiya Maki's debut album as a new wave idol, "Pink no kokoro", is being reissued! The great album produced by Moonriders' Suzuki Keiichi, which includes "Twiggy Twiggy" (covered with Pizzicato Five in the 90's), will come...
Posted on July 13, 2005 at 10:50. | Released on August 25, 2005
Nomiya Maki loves m-flo "Big Bang Romance"
After their great collaboration song "Cosmic Night Run" (together with Crazy Ken Band), Nomiya Maki and m-flo are back with a new single, "Big Bang Romance". The maxi will include remixes by the great breakbeats pop unit p&art sasanoooha and...
Posted on July 12, 2005 at 13:17. | Released on September 7, 2005
Game Soundtrack "minna dai suki katamari damashii Original Soundtrack 'katamari wa tamashii'"
The sequel to popular Playstation 2 game "katamari damashii" will be out on July 7. Like the first game's acclaimed soundtrack, this one's looks like it will be a winner. It features vocals by Nomiya Maki (ex-Pizzicato Five), Kahimi Karie,...
Posted on June 29, 2005 at 12:40. | Released on July 20, 2005
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