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Kirinji "~Connoisseur Series~ Kirinji 'Songbook'"
Kirinji have often composed songs for other artists. In this 2-CD album they self-cover some of those songs on the 1st CD, while the 2nd CD is a compilation of 10 songs they wrote performed by others. Audio samples of...
Posted on October 16, 2011 at 00:39
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
Various Artists "Tokio Electro Lovers"
Following "Electro Girl Lovers" released last year, here comes another electro compilation of the same series. This one contains mainly previously released tracks, featuring FPM, m-flo, Suzuki Ami joins Nakata Yasutaka (capsule), Ōsawa Shinichi, immi, Mademoiselle Yulia and many others...
Posted on February 8, 2010 at 20:29
Suzuki Ami "Kiss Kiss Kiss"
Suzuki Ami's brand new single has a B-side ("aishiteru...") produced by Fantastic Plastic Machine! Title track "Kiss Kiss Kiss" is a Japanese lyrics cover of Ananda Project's hit song. A limited edition contains a bonus DVD with a video for...
Posted on October 31, 2009 at 23:21
Various Artists "House Nation - Ruby"
This new compilation of Avex' House Nation series includes two Fantastic Plastic Machine appearances: a ravex track and also a remix he did of The BPA (aka Norman Cook) feat. Iggy Pop. Also included is a version of Ayuse Kozue's...
Posted on April 17, 2009 at 00:11
Suzuki Ami "Supreme Show"
Suzuki Ami's new full-length album is entirely produced by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule)! This contains the two recent singles "can't stop the DISCO" and "One". The limited edition contains a DVD with 3 video clips. Suzuki Ami "Supreme Show" 鈴木亜美 「Supreme...
Posted on November 9, 2008 at 01:55
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Agata Morio & Hachimitsu Pie "Baby-lon"
Hachimitsu Pie was a band formed in the early 70's by singer Agata Morio and Suzuki Keiichi, a few years after which Morio went on with his solo career while several others moved on to become Moonriders. Some 45 years...
Posted on April 25, 2017 at 23:17
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
Various Artists "Ace", Pizzicato Five "couples ep" (7"), "Bellissima! ep" (7")
Konishi Yasuharu supervises a new 7" single project on the Great Tracks label (Sony). First of all comes a compilation called "Ace", named after monthly event (((((((A))))))) held at Organ bar the 3rd Friday of each month. Having been playing...
Posted on February 16, 2017 at 23:30
Agata Morio "kindai Rock"
Singer-songwriter Agata Morio has a brand new album out today! The album was sound-produced by Suzuki Sōichirō (World Standard). Check out the sampler clip below. A special show will be held on November 28 at Shibuya WWW, following shows in...
Posted on November 18, 2016 at 00:12
Record Day 2016
Record Day (not the same as "Record Store Day") has been set to coincide with Japan's "Culture Day" public holiday on November 3 since 1957. Since last year, Japan's only record press Tōyō Kasei takes the lead inviting Japanese artists...
Posted on November 6, 2016 at 23:02
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
Izumi Ookawara "Friendly Ghost" (Download)
Izumi Ookawara (Qypthone) has two new songs about to be released on iTunes! Both were written by herself, and co-arranged by guitarist Ishigaki Kentarō (Qypthone) and pianist Mami Oonishi. Both tracks also feature Suzuki Kaoru on drums among others....
Posted on September 27, 2016 at 23:00
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
Uno Digital "Weird Piece" (Download)
Uno Digital ("unō" means "right brain") is the new genre-free unit of drummer Suzuki Kaoru (lately seen performing with Nakatsuka Takeshi and De De Mouse) and composer Hayata Yoshihiro. Their first single is out today on iTunes and Apple...
Posted on July 27, 2016 at 23:09
No Lie-Sense "Japan's Period"
No Lie-Sense (official Facebook page), the unit of Suzuki Keiichi (Moonriders) and Kera, has released a 2nd album. Opening with a cover of the theme song from movie "kimi mo shusse ga dekiru", the album is filled with originals taking...
Posted on May 4, 2016 at 23:25
Suzuki Saori "East River"
Suzuki Saori is the vocalist of New York-based band The Suzan. Here she makes a debut as a solo artist, releasing an album on Japanese label Niw! Records. The title song was produced by was produced by Suzuki Keiichi (Sunny...
Posted on March 6, 2016 at 22:50
FPM is celebrating the 20th anniversary since Fantastic Plastic Machine's debut, with this a trio of greatest hits albums that include tracks since the early days, including rare track "Mr. Salesman" (later to become "Dear Mr. Salesman" on the first...
Posted on September 29, 2015 at 23:04
Bank "True Tempo"
Bank, a funky genreless band with multiple Shibuya-kei roots, has a brand new album out now! This band features members formerly of Arch (Nakamura Dai on guitar & vocals), Bridge (Ōhashi Nobuyuki aka Pate on guitar) and Love Tambourines (Hirami...
Posted on September 26, 2015 at 01:56
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
Various Artists "Yaba-kayō 2 Non-stop DJ Mix -TV Theme hen- Mixed by DJ Fukutake"
Following the success of compilation "Yaba-kayō" (sometimes better spelled "Yava-kayō"), here comes a follow-up that's full of songs once heard on TV, mainly in the 70's and 80's. Another common point is that they're all groovy as can be, and...
Posted on February 22, 2015 at 22:43
Izumi Ookawara "Polka dot on the paper" (Download)
Izumi Ookawara (Qypthone) has a debut song as a solo singer-songwriter out now on iTunes worldwide! Her band features guitarist Ishigaki Kentarō (also of Qypthone), saxophonist Ishikawa Shūnosuke, pianist Ōnishi Mami (Yapani!), drummer Suzuki Kaoru (RF), trumpeter Tanaka Mitsuru, percussionist...
Posted on July 2, 2014 at 22:23
Various Artists "NHK dai! tensai terebi-kun MTK the 18th"
This new compilation from NHK's long-running kids program "dai! tensai TV-kun" features original tracks by a bunch of good artists, such as CTO LAB., Nakatsuka Takeshi ("Jump'n'Jive odore!"), Terada Sōichi (aka Omodaka) ("Dark Matter") and Okamoto's, among others. CDJapan gives...
Posted on March 8, 2014 at 00:02
MoliquL "Into the Night" (Download)
MoliquL, the Brooklyn-based electronic dance duo of Avery (Lost Children, Ice Choir) and Tsugumi (Old Monk, ex-PINE*am), has again delivered a new pair of tracks that blend bright pop and their unique style. The beautiful title track "Into the Night"...
Posted on January 29, 2014 at 22:10
Various Artists "Tonchi Compi"
Tonchi Records is an indies label that's been around for some 8 years and that's run by members of kataomoi and Horizon Yamashita takuhaibin. This all-genre compilation is filled of previously unreleased tracks, with kataomoi, VIDEOTAPEMUSIC, cero, and many more....
Posted on January 13, 2014 at 10:00
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
Chiroline ver.2 "Forever Chiroline-zaka"
Here's a new mini-album by gadget-loving girl unit Chiroline ver.2, follow-up to album "Chit Chat Chiroline" (2012). Again produced by Okada Tohru (Moonriders), this also contains a new song writted by Suzuki Keiichi (also Moonriders), as well as ones by...
Posted on November 5, 2013 at 21:07
Playtime Rock, BANK live at Saravah Tokyo
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Friday July 12 was a show of Playtime Rock, the Nagasaki-based band of Takanami K-taro (ex-Pizzicato Five) (blog). Nagasaki being part of the Kyūshū island in the south of...
Posted on July 17, 2013 at 00:59
blue marble, mishmash* Julie Watai
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Saturday June 22 was an event presented by blue marble, a band that released first album "Valerie" (Amazon) four years ago to then sort of disappear. This was to...
Posted on June 29, 2013 at 11:26
Ino Hidefumi "New Morning"
Electric piano player Ino Hidefumi has a new album out now! "New Morning" contains 8 new original songs, and also 3 covers of songs by Todd Rundgren ("Hello It's Me"), Julie London ("Cry Me A River" written by Arthur Hamilton)...
Posted on May 30, 2013 at 22:49
Ino Hidefumi "Cry Me A River" (7")
Fender Rhodes player Ino Hidefumi will be back this month with a new album, but first comes this 7" of a Japanese lyrics cover of "Cry Me A River" (originally sung by Julie London). This song features Suzuki Shigeru (Happy...
Posted on May 5, 2013 at 00:53
Emi Necozawa & Sphinx "EP" (12")
Following last year's "Pyramidia" album, here comes a 12" cut of songs by Necozawa Emi's jazz group. Included is a remix by Miura Makoto (on whose latest album Emi contributed narration), and two 12" mixes of some of the best...
Posted on February 17, 2013 at 13:06
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
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
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
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
Various Artists "Red Diamond ~Tribute to Yukihiro Takahashi~"
This is a tribute album to Yellow Magic Orchestra's Takahashi Yukihiro who celebrated his 60th anniversary last June 6. Included are new covers of Takahashi's songs from his whole career. O/S/T (Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), Sunahara Yoshinori and Towa Tei) offers...
Posted on July 29, 2012 at 13:37
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
MoliquL "Forest" (Download)
MoliquL is the new Brooklyn-based unit of Takashi Tsugumi (PINE*am, Old Monk, Les Sewing Sisters) and Avery Brooks (Ravens & Chimes, Lost Children), taking inspiration from 70's and 80's synth pop/new wave to recent indies/alternative/club music. The EP includes remixes...
Posted on May 8, 2012 at 16:37
Various Artists "Vanilla"
Here's a charity compilation consisting of, it seems, all new recordings. Featured are various female vocalists, including DadaD, Toki Asako (ex-Cymbals), Suzuki Momoko (ex-Cosa Nostra) and many more. Monsieur Kamayatsu (Spiders) also appears on 2 tracks. The album's jacket shows...
Posted on April 18, 2012 at 23:10
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
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
plusico Produced by Thomas O'hara "Hatsune Miku plays gekkōkakishidan (Moonriders)"
Along with their 21st album "Ciao!", the Moonriders also have this official album of covers sung by virtual idol Hatsune Miku coming at the same time. ("gekkōkakishidan" in the title means Moonriders.) Miku sings The Moonriders' greatest hits, programmed by...
Posted on December 11, 2011 at 13:36
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
The Beatniks "Last Train To Exitown"
The Beatniks is the unit of Takahashi Yukihiro (YMO) and Suzuki Keiichi (The Moonriders), started 30 years ago. After a 10 year hiatus here comes a 4th album. Included are all original songs except for a cover of Lovin' Spoonful's...
Posted on October 9, 2011 at 18:04
Pyokn "Be Yourself" (Download)
Label Flawless World (post-Usagi-chang Records) has a new digital release available now for female vocal unit Pyokn. The 3 main tracks have been selected from previously released on album "Colorful Vibration" (2004, Amazon), and remastered to suit the label's direction....
Posted on July 28, 2011 at 00:02
sōtaiseiriron "tadashii sōtaiseiriron"
sōtaiseiriron have been around for 4 years and have released 3 albums. This new one features songs from the previous albums along with some brand new recordings, all revamped by many famous artists: Cornelius, Buffalo Daughter, Sakamoto Ryūichi, Ōtomo Yoshihide,...
Posted on April 25, 2011 at 23:22
April Set "Fairground"
April Set, the solo project of DJ Suzuki Masanori, has a new full-length album coming this week, containing both covers and original songs with bossa, house, jazz and disco sounds. Featured are vocalists Necozawa Emi, Okawara Izumi (Qypthone), Pecombo, Suzuki...
Posted on April 24, 2011 at 23:39
Moonriders "Caméra Égal Stylo Special Edition"
The Moonriders has a reissue coming of "Caméra Égal Stylo", their 5th album first released in 1980. This edition contains a special bonus CD with remixes of all songs by the likes of CTO LAB., Kishino Yūichi (La veuve moustache...
Posted on April 24, 2011 at 23:14
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
Misswonda "In Flawless"
Misswonda has a 2nd album coming on new label flawless world (post-Usagi-chang Records)! It's already been 5 years since "Wonderful Tangent" (2005). The album takes inspiration from UK new wave and various rock/pop/dance influences from the 80's and 90's, and...
Posted on January 29, 2011 at 01:11
Following last year's popular "Animentine", French bossa nova singer Clémentine has a new cover album coming this week. This time she covers both Japanese and French famous songs. Included are Yamazaki Masayoshi's "futari de Paris ni ikō" (feat. daughter Solita),...
Posted on January 10, 2011 at 15:25
erectricmole "hōka no hirune"
Usagi-chang Records fans rejoice! The label's boss Suzuki Akira has started a new label, named flawless world. Now that's something exciting to look for in 2011 already! The first release is by new electro-pop unit erectricmole (MySpace). The unit is...
Posted on January 2, 2011 at 21:33
Groove Unchant "Notre Musique" release party
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On December 18, Groove Unchant was of passage in Tokyo part of a tour for the release of his first album "Notre Musique" (out last month on Orange Records). Even...
Posted on December 30, 2010 at 01:46
Groove Unchant "Notre Musique"
DJ and producer Groove Unchant has a first full album out just now on Orange Records! Featured are vocalists Nomoto Karia, Hamasaki Yōko (Urbangarde), Pecombo, Suzuki Momoko and more, as well as remixes by Tanaka Tomonao (S-Klapp, Tremorela, One Four...
Posted on November 30, 2010 at 18:38
Yakushimaru Etsuko "Cosmos vs Alien"
Yakushimaru Etsuko (of Sōtaiseiriron) has a new solo single, of which title song "Cosmos vs Alien" is being used for the opening of anime series "Arakawa Under The Bridge 2". The single comes with 2 more new songs, all written...
Posted on November 8, 2010 at 23:21
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
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
"E*P=10Y" Elektel and Pyokn's 10th anniversary
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Last weekend, on Sunday June 13, was held an event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of two bands, Elektel and Pyokn, incidentally formed around the same time. The event was...
Posted on June 20, 2010 at 18:21
DJ Mami "First Chic", Yū Suzuki "First Chic"
Here continues a series of mix CDs started by Horibe Yūmin (resident DJ of party "Joke"). All titled "First Chic", these are the first mix CDs by DJ Mami and Yū Suzuki (also of "Joke"). DJ Mami is introduced a...
Posted on June 12, 2010 at 09:45
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
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
capsule "FLASH BEST"
After Nakata Yasutaka has gained lots of fame as a producer for various artists (Perfume, Meg, Suzuki Ami,..), it's now time for a first greatest hits album from capsule! This focuses on releases since "S.F. sound furniture" (2004) and seems...
Posted on August 25, 2009 at 23:30
Perfume "Dream Fighter"
Perfume is back again with a new single, 2nd since their hit album "Game". As usual this is produced by capsule's Nakata Yasutaka, who has also been busy with new albums for his own band (out on the same day)...
Posted on November 9, 2008 at 12:06
capsule "MORE! MORE! MORE!"
Yes! capsule is back with a new album!! It's been almost a year since "Flash Back". That's more than the usual 8 month rule, but you have to consider that Nakata Yasutaka has been very busy producing other artists such...
Posted on November 9, 2008 at 02:20
Various Artists "incense"
Finally, Osaka label Orange Records brings us a new compilation! This is the label's 2nd CD compilation, following the excellent "Variété" (2002). Featured are 19 artists, including new recordings by Misswonda (Saint Classics is a new moniker of Suzuki Akira...
Posted on September 27, 2008 at 23:15
Suzuki Ami "can't stop the DISCO"
Nakata Yasutaka (capsule) has produced Suzuki Ami's latest single, titled "can't stop the DISCO". This comes in two editions, the limited one containing a bonus DVD of the title song's video clip. Audio samples at Tower Records and HMV A...
Posted on September 27, 2008 at 21:43
The Fairbanks "Love Again" (12")
The Fairbanks, aka Suzuki Masanori (April Set, regular DJ at Organ b.), brings us a new remix 12" that's sure to keep Tokyo's dancefloors moving. "Love Again" is Swedish female jazz singer Meta Roos' "Here We Are Falling In Love...
Posted on July 21, 2008 at 01:23
Switched On! #5: Hazel Nuts Chocolate and Motocompo live
Hazel Nuts Chocolate and Motocompo will perform at the 5th edition of the Switched On! new-wave-dance-pop party series. Switched On! official MySpace Switched On! #5 on 6/29 (Sun.) at Kichijōji Bar Drop Live: Hazel Nuts Chocolate Motocompo V/order DJs: Dr.Usui...
Posted on June 24, 2008 at 17:42
Suzuki Ami "One"
Suzuki Ami's next single will be produced by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule) with who she had previously collaborated on single "Free Free / Supermusic Maker" last year, tracks which also appeared on album "Dolce". That's not all, as a full album...
Posted on May 13, 2008 at 17:41
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
Wada Akiko "Wada-ya"
One more Wada Akiko release, this one is a collaboration album, with help from the likes of Konishi Yasuharu, Crazy Ken Band and Reggae Disco Rockers. Also included is the song "jōōbachi no Fugue", a song from the movie "3biki...
Posted on April 4, 2008 at 14:49
Various Artists "Island Moon ~Groove Love~"
unchained groove (aka Groove Unchant) produces this compilation of R&B covers. Featured artists include Toki Asako (ex-Cymbals), eli (girl it's U, ex-Love Tambourines), Suzuki Momoko (Cosa Nostra), Yoshimi (Sonicberry Favour), Maki Rinka and more. Official release page at label site...
Posted on March 26, 2008 at 15:08
Hasebe Novko w/ Isoda Osamu live
Hasebe Novko and Isoda Osamu, both former members of early 90's band Modern Choki Chokies, will perform a live show on a Sunday afternoon. It's their first in about 3 years! They will share the stage with an instrumental latin...
Posted on March 24, 2008 at 16:11
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
The Fairbanks "Saturday Night In Rio De Janeiro / Saturday Night In Brazil" (12")
The Fairbanks, the solo unit of Suzuki Masanori (April Set, regular DJ at Organ b.), has a new 12" coming up. This time he mashes-up Ozomatli's "Saturday Night" with each of Steve & Eydie's "Rio De Janeiro" and Geoff &...
Posted on January 26, 2008 at 10:33
Suzuki Ami "Dolce"
Not even a year after her album "Connetta" with a similar collaboration concept, Suzuki Ami is back with another album featuring Shinohara Tomoe, Nakata Yasutaka (capsule), Rocketman, Captain Funk, sugiurumn, Hoff Dylan, Studio Apartment, and more. Rocketman's track is produced...
Posted on January 15, 2008 at 17:29
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
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
Various Artists "Hosono Haruomi Strange Song Book - Tribute to Haruomi Hosono 2" (2 CDs+DVD)
Following the "Hosono Haruomi Tribute Album" out last year, comes a second one! This one is a 2-CD set featuring Buffalo Daughter, Sakamoto Ryūichi, Sakamoto Miu, Ōnuki Taeko, Suzuki Keiichi (Moonriders), Sheena & The Rokkets, Kicell, and overseas artists such...
Posted on November 16, 2007 at 10:40
arcorhyme "amai hibi ~la douce vie~" & "Soundmatic Brain"
arcorhyme, the new unit of Takanami K-tarō (ex-Pizzicato Five) featuring Nishimura Ikuyo (ex-devbacc), finally has some CD releases coming up! In January we will be treated to not one but two albums! The first, "amai hibi ~la douce vie~", is...
Posted on November 15, 2007 at 10:51
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
Various Artists "AKSB ~kore ga Akishibu-kei da!~"
There's a relatively new genre called Akishibu-kei, a mix of Shibuya-kei and Akiba-kei (the latter referring to cosplay idols singing in high-pitched voices over electro-pop), which is getting acknowledged by this compilation of anime songs from Victor's discography. Featured producers...
Posted on July 31, 2007 at 15:35
Suzuki Ami joins Nakata Yasutaka "Free Free / Supermusic Maker"
Following her recent album "Connetta" on which she joined Buffalo Daughter and Kaji Hideki, Suzuki Ami has a new single lined up together with Nakata Yasutaka (capsule). The single will be offered in two editions, a limited one containing a...
Posted on June 23, 2007 at 01:44
Various Artists "10Girls' Voice"
A compilation of electronic tracks with female vocal will be released by label Elegant Disc. Including songs by both pro and amateur singers, the compilation features Yoshimi (Sonicberry Favour), Anna Yamada (singer praised by Sakamoto Ryūichi), Takahashi Yūki (...
Posted on May 16, 2007 at 14:22
Strawberry Machine "zero zero five", "crazy kilt"
Nagoya girl solo unit Strawberry Machine is having its two albums re-released by label abcdefg*record. "zero zero five" was first released in 2000 and then re-released in 2004 to coincide with the release of "crazy kilt". Both albums feature an...
Posted on April 1, 2007 at 18:40
Suzuki Ami "Connetta"
Shortly after the release of her three collaboration singles (one with Buffalo Daughter), Suzuki Ami also has a new album planned. The three collaboration singles' title tracks should be included, as well as more collaborations with the likes of Kaji...
Posted on January 23, 2007 at 10:15
Various Artists "Tribute to Sheryl Crow"
There's a Japanese tribute to Sheryl Crow featuring at least a few interesting artists: Shinohara Tomoe (produced by Kagami), Toki Asako (Cymbals), Suzuki Momoko (ex-Cosa Nostra), ... Worth a check! Audio samples can be heard at HMV and Tower Records...
Posted on December 25, 2006 at 09:24
Suzuki Ami joins Buffalo Daughter "O.K. Funky God"
Idol Suzuki Ami is to collaborate with Buffalo Daughter for a single. This is part of a series of three collaboration singles, the other two with THC!! and Kirinji. You would need all three to enjoy(?) a narration drama of...
Posted on December 18, 2006 at 18:11
Various Artists "Blue Cafe"
DJs of Organ b.'s "Blue Cafe", regular event, led by Suzuki Masanori (April Set / Premium Cuts), have put down their best tracks for a compilation of the same name. The event recently celebrated its 7th anniversary. Sunaga Tatsuo, former...
Posted on October 23, 2006 at 17:43
Coco d'Or "Coco d'Or 2"
Coco d'Or, the solo jazzy project of Hiro (formerly of Speed), has a new album coming up. This time the theme will be bossa and latin, and collaborators will include Fantastic Plastic Machine, Coldfeet and Nakatsuka Takeshi (Qypthone). FPM gave...
Posted on June 28, 2006 at 10:29
Rocketman "Love, sea & music"
Rocketman, aka comedian Fukawa Ryō, is back in music with a 3rd album under the monicker. His first two albums were produced by Konishi Yasuharu, and this one keeps a Readymade connection by involving Konishi-san's programmer Yoshida Tetsuto! Also co-producing...
Posted on June 6, 2006 at 11:22
Various Artists "'otoko wa sore o gaman dekinai' Original Soundtrack" (CD+DVD)
A few weeks after the "konya wa Boogie Back" maxi single will be released the full soundtrack of Shindō Matsuo film "otoko wa sore o gaman dekinai - The Playboy Don't Cry". The soundtrack will include songs by Kojima Mayumi,...
Posted on June 1, 2006 at 13:21
"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
"Steam kakarichō: kakarichō Original hen" (DVD)
Late night short series Steam kakarichō's first DVD is just out, and already a second DVD is to be released in a week! Unlike the first series, these will feature not real comedians but the original characters Dick Tarō, Ikura-san,...
Posted on March 15, 2006 at 12:12
Game Soundtrack "Namco 'kotoba no Puzzle - Mojipittan daijiten' Original Soundtrack"
The soundtrack for Namco's PSP and PS2 word game "kotoba no Puzzle - Mojipittan daijiten" will contain the remixes by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule), Hayashibe Tomonori (Plus-tech Squeeze Box) and Akira Suzuki (Sonic Coaster Pop, Usagi-chang Records). MP3s of several songs,...
Posted on February 17, 2006 at 13:42
Peter Acco "Monday Morning"
Lengendary neo-mods/psychedelic rock band Hair's leader Ai Satteaux's Aquarius label is starting a series of "one coin CD-R singles", at the nice price of ¥500 each! They relate the concept to 80's punk sonosheets. I've been very pleased with Aquarius'...
Posted on December 15, 2005 at 11:29
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
MissWonda "Wonderful Tangent"
Usagi-chang Records artist MissWonda's first album is coming this summer! The album, [I think] produced by Suzuki Akira (Sonic Coaster Pop), is said to mix elements of electro rock, early eurobeat, latin house, neo-acoustic, etc. Copies bought at participating Tower...
Posted on July 5, 2005 at 08:46
densetsu no Hero-tachi
Update (2005/7/19 12:09): Delayed 2 months (8/30)!! The included chewing gum's ingredients were written in a font too small on the package..! I wish they'd stop including candy, it's not like anyone really cares. Though not including candy could perhaps...
Posted on May 30, 2005 at 14:26
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