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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
Vanilla Beans "sweet life" (Download)
Vanilla Beans have a brand new single out today on iTunes! This song's music was composed by the late singer-songwriter bice, and lyrics by long time collaborator Takata Mikiko. In 2017, Vanilla Beans will celebrate their 10th anniversary! Here's...
Posted on February 1, 2017 at 23:13
ShinoVani (Shinohara Tomoe + Vanilla Beans) "onna no ko ☆ otoko no ko / kokoro no usagi"
ShinoVani is the new unit of Shinohara Tomoe & Vanilla Beans! They have actually been doing a weekly net TV program together under the same name since April 2015, but now here comes a music debut single! The new song...
Posted on September 16, 2016 at 22:49
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
Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans V"
Following 4th album "Vanilla Beans IV" (released in February 2015), and triple-A-side major single "onna wa sore o gaman shinai / Beanius / lonesome X", here's a brand new 5th album by idol group Vanilla Beans! It's full of songs,...
Posted on January 22, 2016 at 21:35
Various Artists "yoru no Minoru Phone Hour" (7"), "Tokuma Dance Party" (7"), "ozashiki Japan" (7") compiled by Konishi Yasuharu
Following the release of three compilations on label Tokuma Japan last year, all compiled by Konishi Yasuharu, here comes cuts from these on 7". Each 7" contains two songs from each of the compilations, one remix by Konishi plus one...
Posted on January 2, 2016 at 01:17
Vanilla Beans "onna wa sore o gaman shinai / Beanius / lonesome X"
Vanilla Beans have a new single coming this month, the follow-up to album "Vanilla Beans IV" released last February. Included are three brand new songs! This comes with big news, as they have moved from Tower Records' T-Palette label to...
Posted on November 15, 2015 at 00:45
Various Artists "Idol bakari Pizzicato -Konishi Yasuharu x T-Palette Records-"
What's new Pizzicato? Well here's an exciting album coming this week! Various groups from Tower Records' idol-only label T-Palette Records cover nothing but Pizzicato Five songs! Featured are Vanilla Beans, Negicco, lyrical school, Idol Renaissance and onelittlekiss. The whole was...
Posted on April 20, 2015 at 22:00
Various Artists "yoru no Minoru Phone Hour", "Tokuma Dance Party", "ozashiki Japan" compiled by Konishi Yasuharu
Here's a wonderful trio of compilations selected by Konishi Yasuharu! He picks up some of the best songs from the catalog of label Tokuma Japan (named Minoru Phone in its early days), now celebrating its 50th anniversary. Plus, each CD...
Posted on March 11, 2015 at 00:10
Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans IV"
Vanilla Beans have a brand new album coming, you guessed it, "Vanilla Beans IV"! Once again this comes with artwork that's both very non-idol-like and unforgettable. The album will include several brand new songs, plus the title tracks of the...
Posted on December 31, 2014 at 23:24
Vanilla Beans "uchōten Girl"
Vanilla Beans are back with a new powerful single! The song "uchōten Girl" has music that was originally written in the 80's for idol group Wink (by hit songwriter Inoue Daisuke), though it ended up unused until Vanilla Beans' staff...
Posted on November 8, 2014 at 22:20
Vanilla Beans "Cup no Fuchico kōshiki Song 'kitto ii basho (fuchi)' / zettai Panty Line (seishiki hikōnin Song)"
"Cup no Fuchico" is a small woman-shaped toy that's made to fit on the edge of a cup. The character, Fuchico, comes in various positions and situations, sometimes revealing a hint of underwear like when trying to climb into the...
Posted on June 14, 2014 at 23:40
Various Artists "T-Palette 3rd Anniversary ~Far Beyond The Dream~ Selected & Mixed by DJ Wildparty"
Tower Records' idol-only label T-Palette Records is celebrating its 3rd anniversary, and here's a DJ mix CD of tracks from the label, selected and mixed by DJ Wildparty (SoundCloud). Various Artists "T-Palette Records 3rd Anniversary Mix ~Far Beyond The Dream~...
Posted on June 5, 2014 at 22:56
Vanilla Beans "watashi... fukō guse"
Vanilla Beans have a new single out today! The title track is a Shōwa-kayō style song with a Motown beat flavor. The B-side is an electro-rock track. This release has two different limited editions. Type A includes 6 bonus tracks...
Posted on April 23, 2014 at 23:37
Vanilla Beans "Please Me Darling"
Here's a new single from Vanilla Beans! The title track is expected to have a Shibuya-kei taste, while the B-side is a take at electro dance-rock, a brand new sound for the duo. Both tracks were produced by long-time collaborator...
Posted on October 14, 2013 at 19:57
Various Artists "T-Palette Records 2nd Anniversary Mix ~Diggin' on you~"
This is a mix CD by hip-hop unit Cypress Ueno and Roberto Yoshino made of only tracks from Tower Records' idol-only T-Palette label. Included are songs by Vanilla Beans, Negicco, lyrical school, Rhymeberry, LinQ, Shizukaze & Kizuna and Up Up...
Posted on July 27, 2013 at 17:42
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
Vanilla Beans band live with Kaji Hideki
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Until recently, Vanilla Beans had always performed their shows "idol style", singing karaoke over a backtrack of the music. Last year marked their 5th anniversary, and then came 3rd album...
Posted on May 3, 2013 at 20:01
Vanilla Beans "Muscat Slope Love"
Vanilla Beans have a new single coming, this time a new song produced by Kaji Hideki who Rena and Lisa like to call "Mr. Sweden". This release follows album "Vanilla Beans III" released in November 2012, while the previous single...
Posted on May 3, 2013 at 14:17
Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans III"
It's a busy year for Vanilla Beans! Not only have they released 3 singles, a DVD and a photo book so far, but here comes a brand new 3rd album! This one is said to have the particularity of being...
Posted on November 2, 2012 at 00:55
Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans One-Man Live DVD - Debut 5th Anniversary Live @ Shibuya WWW" (DVD)
Vanilla Beans have been around for 5 years already, and here's their first ever live DVD. Included is a show from last June 21 (2012) held at Shibuya WWW, currently my favorite venue. You can get a taste of the...
Posted on September 26, 2012 at 23:58
Vanilla Beans "Non-Section"
Vanilla Beans have a brand new single out this week! "Non-Section" is a rocking catchy pop tune. The video for this song also gives life to a few scenes from their recently released photo book. This comes in 3 different...
Posted on July 3, 2012 at 22:51
Vanilla Beans one-man live vol.4
Text and photo by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Sunday June 17, I went to see Vanilla Beans who were holding their 4th one-man live. I had been to the first held in December 2009 (report), and have...
Posted on June 21, 2012 at 23:35
Vanilla Beans "gekkan NEO Vanilla Beans" (Book)
Vanilla Beans have a first ever photo book being released next week! The 104-page book is full of pop, sexy and cute photos of Rena and Lisa posing in various situations. A special edition comes with a hard cover and...
Posted on June 20, 2012 at 23:57
Vanilla Beans "Choco Mint Flavor Time"
Vanilla Beans have a brand new single coming! Title track "Choco Mint Flavor Time" is a catchy pop tune that can be heard in the cute videoclip below, which features more dancing than usual. The jacket even shows Rena and...
Posted on April 4, 2012 at 23:45
Tokyo Girls' Style "Limited addiction"
5-girl idol unit Tokyo Girls' Style has a 2nd album coming, and one song features their good friends Vanilla Beans. The album comes in 3 different editions: Type A includes a DVD of 5 live songs, Type B includes a...
Posted on March 7, 2012 at 21:52
Vanilla Beans "toki no kakera"
Vanilla Beans will have a new single released in January! This adds a rare (first?) minor scale song to their repertory with title track "toki no kakera", which can be seen performed in the clip below from a recent morning...
Posted on December 30, 2011 at 22:17
Vanilla Beans & Negicco release day in-store event
Text by Patrick for Tokyo's Coolest Sound This week was the release of Vanilla Beans' 2nd full-length original album "Vanilla Beans II"! They are now touring several record stores around the Kantō area in a promotion rush, but it all...
Posted on July 24, 2011 at 00:00
Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans II"
Idol duo Vanilla Beans comes back to us on their Nordic winds with a brand new album full of yet unheard tracks! This includes new catchy pop track "älskar dig" (watch a live performance on YouTube) that's an answer song...
Posted on July 13, 2011 at 00:11
Vanilla Beans "tengoku e no kaidan (Stairway To Heaven)"
Vanilla Beans are back this summer with a 2nd original album coming in July, but first here's a "one-coin" single that contains new covers of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" (!) and Pizzicato Five's "Baby Portable Rock", along with two...
Posted on June 25, 2011 at 19:43
Vanilla Beans & Negicco press conference
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Tonight was a special press conference for idol groups Vanilla Beans and Negicco, held at Tower Records Shibuya's Stage One venue downstairs. It was in a way open to the...
Posted on June 3, 2011 at 23:58
"Tokyo Idol Festival 2010" (DVD)
Here is a live DVD set (2 discs) of event Tokyo Idol Festival 2010 ("TIF") held last August 7-8, which featured some 45 up-and-coming idol groups. Included are 6 or 7 songs with Vanilla Beans, making this much worth of...
Posted on February 7, 2011 at 23:22
Vanilla Beans "VaniBest"
Vanilla Beans have a new release that comes as a greatest hits album, although over half of it is actually previously unreleased tracks. Most notably there's a cover of Pizzicato Five's "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji" ("the night is still...
Posted on September 19, 2010 at 14:47
Vanilla Beans release in-store event at HMV Shibuya
Text by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Vanilla Beans have a new mini-album titled "Def & Def" out this week. They're doing in-store live shows through the weekend to promote it, and I went to see the first one...
Posted on May 21, 2010 at 00:04
Roman Porsche. "nusunda Bike de amagigoe"
Comical new wave (?) two-guy unit Roman Porsche (MySpace) have a new album coming, after about 6 years. Member Okite Porsche, who is an active figure in the idol world, has recently been supporting Vanilla Beans who find themselves here...
Posted on April 17, 2010 at 00:52
Vanilla Beans "Def & Def"
Vanilla Beans are back with a new mini-album titled "Def & Def", after the song they sing in a commercial for unisex deodorant "D&D" (this one stands for "Deo & Dry"). The song is included here in two different versions,...
Posted on April 13, 2010 at 23:08
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
Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans Produce kaigi DVD" (DVD)
Neo-Shibuya-kei idol unit Vanilla Beans has a first DVD coming. Included is a talk event held earlier this year with Okite Porsche (of unit Roman Porsche), a funny long-haired guy who's an important figure of the idol scene. The DVD...
Posted on October 26, 2009 at 23:00
Vanilla Beans "LOVE&HATE"
Vanilla Beans are back with a new single, following their first full-length self-titled album earlier this year. They continue to appeal to Shibuya-kei fans, with title song "LOVE&HATE" having lyrics by Kaji Hideki. The two B-sides are also great! This...
Posted on September 14, 2009 at 23:58
Vanilla Beans "koi no Theory" (Download)
More good post-Shibuya-kei pop from Vanilla Beans with their latest single "koi no Theory", now available for download only. The song is the theme of movie "fujoshi kanojo". There's some remix contest going on, grab the files by going here...
Posted on June 10, 2009 at 23:59
Vanilla Beans "Shopping Kirari" (Download)
Vanilla Beans' continue their download-only series with another new song! This is available via iTunes Japan and others. By the way, it looks like they have a CD single planned for release at the end of January. Stay tuned! Vanilla...
Posted on October 29, 2008 at 22:40
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Negicco "Get It On!"
Brought by Tower Records' new idol label T-Palette and out at the same time as "Vanilla Beans II", is this new mini-album by idol group Negicco. This trio comes from Niigata, and while being serious about their singing and dancing...
Posted on July 18, 2011 at 12:58
Panda 1/2 "Panda! Panda! Panda!" (Download)
Panda 1/2 have a new pop track available for download. The title, "Panda! Panda! Panda!" The sound breathes Shibuya-kei! Watch a trailer of the video below, showing producer James Panda Jr. visiting the pandas of the world. Today March 21,...
Posted on March 21, 2011 at 11:08
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
Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans"
(And while on the topic...) After over a year since their 1st single, it's finally time for a debut album from post-Shibuya-kei pop duo Vanilla Beans! WIth 3 maxi-singles and several download releases until now, fans will already know most...
Posted on January 6, 2009 at 00:27
Vanilla Beans "ashita wa ashita no natsu ga kuru" (Download)
Here are two more recent Vanilla Beans downloads that I had nearly missed. Both of these are to be included on the upcoming self-titled first album, although they will be offered respectively in "album version" and "remastered version". So, just...
Posted on January 4, 2009 at 23:09
Vanilla Beans "sakasaka Circus"
After several download-only song releases, Vanilla Beans offer us this 3rd CD single. The jacket photo shows the two with 16-year-old elephant Meisa of Kinoshita Circus. They also have a first full-length album coming in February, so stay tuned! Vanilla...
Posted on January 4, 2009 at 10:44
Vanilla Beans "Afternoon a Go-Go -We Love You Mix-" (Download)
Vanilla Beans' recent download-only single "Afternoon a Go-Go" is now available in a remixed version, again for download only via iTunes and others. Vanilla Beans "Afternoon a Go-Go -We Love You Mix-" (Download) Tokuma TWEB-149 Out now (9/24), ¥200 Sample/buy:...
Posted on September 27, 2008 at 23:29
Vanilla Beans "Afternoon a Go-Go" (Download)
Post-Shibuya-kei idol unit Vanilla Beans are back with a new song, this time download-only through iTunes and mobile phone site Recochoku. A sample be heard at Tokuma Japan (click the "WMP" link). Vanilla Beans "Afternoon a Go-Go" (Download) Tokuma TWEB-132...
Posted on August 30, 2008 at 01:26
Vanilla Beans "Nicola"
Shibuya-kei idol duo Vanilla Beans are back with a new single, follow-up to last year's "U ♥ Me". This comes after a swift member change (goodbye Rika, hello Risa), be nice ok! This new release comes with a DVD with...
Posted on April 18, 2008 at 14:42
Vanilla Beans "U ♥ Me"
New idol pair unit Vanilla Beans, whether you'll call it Akishibu-kei, Akiba-kei or neo-Shibuya-kei, are definitely worth keeping an eye out for! Their names are Rena and Rika, and their debut single "U ♥ Me" ("U Love Me") is coming...
Posted on September 29, 2007 at 00:27
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