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Yellow Magic Orchestra "No Nukes 2012" (CD), "Yellow Magic Orchestra Live In San Francisco 2011" (Blu-ray)
Yellow Magic Orchestra has released a live CD of another held at Makuhari Messe (Chiba) on July 7, 2012 part of an event headlined by Kraftwerk, and at the same time a Blu-ray edition of their San Francisco show held...
Posted on August 15, 2015 at 01:17. | Released on August 5, 2015
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
Yellow Magic Orchestra "Fire Bird" (Download)
Yellow Magic Orchestra have a brand new song available for download! First preformed live at World Happiness 2011, annual summer festival always headlined by YMO, "Fire Bird" was inspired by Tezuka Osamu's character "hi no tori" (aka "Phoenix") which was...
Posted on August 2, 2012 at 20:59. | Released on August 1, 2012
YMO "YMONHK" (Blu-ray/DVD)
Yellow Magic Orchestra have a new Blu-ray and DVD out today of a studio-recorded show aired last year on NHK in front of an audience of 1000. The three original members were backed by Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), Gondo Tomohiko (anonymass)...
Posted on July 18, 2012 at 23:33. | Released on July 18, 2012
Yellow Magic Orchestra "Yellow Magic Orchestra Live in San Francisco 2011" (DVD)
Yellow Magic Orchestra's June 27, 2011 show, at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A., is getting a DVD release! It had been 31 years since YMO performed in the U.S. The band featured support members Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), Gondō Tomohiko (anonymass,...
Posted on February 12, 2012 at 11:05. | Released on February 15, 2012
Japan United with Music "All You Need Is Love" (CD+DVD)
Led by Sakamoto Ryūichi, this charity single covers The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" in an electronic arrangement, and featuring some 30 big names participating on vocals and production. Profits are said to be donated for children victims of...
Posted on February 1, 2012 at 22:59. | Released on March 7, 2012
YMO "Technodon Live In Tokyo Dome" (DVD)
A YMO show held at Tokyo Dome in 1993 is being released for the first time on DVD. It had been available before on VHS back in the day. This show had a huge screen on which was projected CG...
Posted on November 20, 2011 at 23:34. | Released on November 30, 2011
Various Artists "YMO Rewake"
Here's a tribute album to YMO featuring their most famous songs in brand new covers by various electro artists including Riow Arai, Calm, Tobeta Bajune as Macho Robot, etc. Coming this week on mysterious young label electric sheep. Check out...
Posted on August 30, 2011 at 23:10. | Released on September 1, 2011
Yellow Magic Orchestra "YMO"
Here's yet another greatest hits album from Yellow Magic Orchestra selected by the 3 members. Worth of mention are the inclusions of HASYMO's "Tokyo Town Pages" (2008) and some tracks from live albums (tracks 4, 5 from "Faker Holic" and...
Posted on June 4, 2011 at 01:16. | Released on June 15, 2011
kotringo "picnic album 1"
Pianist and singer-songwriter kotringo has a cover album coming this week. Included are her takes on hit songs by Flipper's Guitar, YMO, Yuming, Clammbon, Epo and more. Audio samples on official site kotringo "picnic album 1" 1. koi to Machinegun...
Posted on September 20, 2010 at 20:47. | Released on September 22, 2010
Various Artists "All Kinds of People ~ Love Burt Bacharach ~ Produced by Jim O'Rourke"
Jim O'Rourke produces this compilation of Burt Bacharach covers, featuring artists such as Kahimi Karie, Hosono Haruomi (YMO), Yakushimaru Etsuko (sōtaiseiriron), Nakahara Masaya (Violent Onsen Geisha), Yoshimi (Boredoms) and more. Audio samples at Amazon and HMV. Various Artists "All Kinds...
Posted on April 7, 2010 at 23:44. | Released on April 7, 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
Sweet Vacation "Cover The Vacation"
Popular techno-pop girl-boy unit Sweet Vacation (MySpace) brings us this album of covers, including hit tunes such as YMO's "Behind The Mask", Aerosmith feat. Run DMC's "Walk This Way", and theme songs from "Ghostbusters" and "Goonies". Some audio samples at...
Posted on January 3, 2010 at 21:10. | Released on January 20, 2010
HMO toka no naka no hito (PAw Lab.) "Hatsune Miku Orchestra"
The virtual idol with a software voice, Hatsune Miku sings on these covers of YMO, born from Japan's leading video sharing social network Nico Nico Dōga. The album was mastered by an engineer who worked with YMO and Sketch Show....
Posted on September 3, 2009 at 22:29. | Released on August 26, 2009
Yellow Magic Orchestra "POSTYMO ~ Yellow Magic Orchestra Live in London 2008 + ~" (DVD)
Yellow Magic Orchestra's performance at the London Royal Festival Hall from 2008, part of the Meltdown Festival, is now out on DVD! This was their first show in London in 28 years. The band features of course the three original...
Posted on August 25, 2009 at 21:55. | Released on August 26, 2009
8bit Project "Spicy Innovator VS Superior Marionette"
Here's a 2nd album by 8bit Project, the unit of Itō Toshiharu (ex-Mansfield), Matsutake Hideki (Logic System, and also the said "4th member of YMO") and Saitō Hisahi (of YMO homage band Y Setsu O). Like their first album "Familiar...
Posted on April 27, 2009 at 21:46. | Released on April 29, 2009
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Shibata Satoko "Do You Need a Rest From Love?"
Singer-songwriter Shibata Satoko has a 4th album out today! This is the follow-up to her eponymous album released in 2015. Two songs were arranged by Kishida Shigeru (Quruli), and one by Yamamoto Seiichi (Boredoms). In June she will tour Japan,...
Posted on May 17, 2017 at 23:05. | Released on May 17, 2017
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
And while Tarte Tatin release new album "re:10 tartetatin", Aoi (aka Ishikawa Aoi (Twitter)) took some distance by becoming a "honorary member", not further taking part in Tarte Tatin anymore. Instead she went solo and made a first mini-album with...
Posted on March 5, 2016 at 12:46. | Released on March 2, 2016
Happy New Year 2016!!! Here we go! Metafive finally have a first original album coming! Metafive is an all-star band featuring Takahashi Yukihiro (YMO), Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), Towa Tei, Sunahara Yoshinori, Gondō Tomohiko and Leo Imai. All songs are brand...
Posted on January 1, 2016 at 12:40. | Released on January 13, 2016
Yano Akiko "Welcome to Jupiter"
Yano Akiko has a brand new album out now! With a concept of "adult techno music", this time she has the support of young trackmakers such as tofubeats, Seiho (Sugar's Campaign), Azuma Hitomi, Tomita Keiichi (Tomita Lab), Fukasawa Hideyuki and...
Posted on September 17, 2015 at 23:55. | Released on September 16, 2015
Yano Akiko "Tong Poo" (7")
Yano Akiko has a new album coming this month, but first here comes a 7" single of her version of YMO's "Tong Poo", this time arranged in collaboration with producer Seiho (Sugar's Campaign). The B-side is an instrumental version...
Posted on September 9, 2015 at 23:50. | Released on September 5, 2015
Chiroline ver.3 "Last Pajama Party"
Chiroline ver.3 (previously Chiroline ver.2) are back as a trio with new mini-album "Last Pajama Party"! While produced by Okada Tohru (Moonriders), songs written by fellow CTO LAB. members Imai Kentaro (The Aprils) and polymoog (Elektel) are also included. There...
Posted on July 29, 2015 at 21:45. | Released on August 5, 2015
CTO LAB. "3 Cycles"
CTO LAB., the supergroup of Okada Tohru (Moonriders), polymoog (Elektel) and Imai Kentaro (The Aprils), is back with a new mini-album! Included are two songs they contributed to the game Groove Coaster, "Go! Spiral Go!" and "Space Arcadian", a cover...
Posted on July 29, 2015 at 20:22. | Released on August 5, 2015
Hosono Haruomi "Hosono Haruomi x Sakamoto Ryuichi at EX Theater Roppongi 2013.12.21" (Blu-ray/DVD)
A live collaboration show of Hosono Haruomi and Sakamoto Ryūichi (both of Yellow Magic Orchestra) has been released on Blu-ray and DVD. The show was held on December 21, 2013 at EX Theater Roppongi, and featured appearances of Oyamada Keigo...
Posted on March 21, 2015 at 00:27. | Released on March 18, 2015
U-zhaan "Tabla Rock Mountain"
Tabla musician U-zhaan (formerly of Asa-chang & Junray) has a first solo album out now. Featured are guest artists Sakamoto Ryūichi (on a cover of YMO's "Technopolis"), Cornelius, Hanaregumi, De De Mouse, Hifana, Kakato (Tamaki Roy & Chinza Dopeness), Ametsub...
Posted on October 23, 2014 at 22:49. | Released on October 8, 2014
Quruli "The Pier"
Band Quruli has an 11th album coming this week! The limited edition comes with a 7"-sized 300-page booklet of all of the songs' sheet music, and also a download code for song "Liberty&Gravity" in an "hi-res" audio format. HMV gives...
Posted on September 14, 2014 at 22:45. | Released on September 17, 2014
Towa Tei "Towa Tei 94-14 Remix"
This new release from Towa Tei is a collection of remixes of his songs from over his 20 years active as a solo artist. Remixes by Cornelius, Hosono Haruomi (YMO), and many more are included, as well as a remix...
Posted on July 20, 2014 at 23:37. | Released on July 23, 2014
Takahashi Yukihiro & Metafive "Techno Recital", Takahashi Yukihiro with In Phase "Phase" (DVD+Blu-ray+2 CDs)
In January this year, Takahashi Yukihiro (YMO) formed a super-group under the name Takahashi Yukihiro & Metafive, also featuring Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), Towa Tei, Sunahara Yoshinori, Gondō Tomohiko (anonymass, pupa) and Leo Imai. The concert they played at Ex Theater...
Posted on July 20, 2014 at 20:01. | Released on July 23, 2014
fox capture plan "Wall"
fox capture plan, the instrumental jazz-rock trio of Kishimoto Ryo (Jabberloop), Kawai Hidehiro (Immigrant's Bossa Band) and Inoue Tsukasa (direction of the chord, nhhmbase), have a 3rd album coming this month. While mostly consisting of originals, covers of Radiohead's "Paranoid...
Posted on July 6, 2014 at 14:05. | Released on July 9, 2014
Old Monk "Posing as Love" (12"+download code)
Brooklyn 3-piece indie rock band Old Monk has a 2nd album out now! Their bassist is Tsugumi Takashi (ex-PINE*am), which is more than enough of a reason to mention them here. Well of course they're truly great too, so check...
Posted on June 10, 2014 at 23:41. | Released on June 10, 2014
Record Store Day 2014 in Japan
Record Store Day in Japan has been getting bigger every year. This year there are dozens of exclusive vinyl releases to be found on the shelves of these record shops on Saturday April 19. Below is a selection of releases...
Posted on April 13, 2014 at 13:46. | Released on April 19, 2014
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
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. | Released on November 6, 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
"Maru-chan no Shizuoka ondo"
This promotion song from the city of Shizuoka was written by Hosono Haruomi (YMO), produced by Cornelius, and it's sung by Pierre Taki (Denki Groove)! Anime character Chibi Maruko-chan's creator Sakura Momoko and also Pierre Taki both originate from this...
Posted on July 18, 2013 at 00:12. | Released on July 17, 2013
Takahashi Yukihiro "Life Anew"
Takahashi Yukihiro (YMO) has a new solo album out today. His back band consists of James Iha (ex-Smashing Pumpkins) on guitar, Horie Hirohisa (Neil & Iraiza, The Cornelius Group) on keyboards, Gondō Tomohiko on euphonium (etc.), and Takakuwa Kiyoshi (Curly...
Posted on July 17, 2013 at 22:23. | Released on July 17, 2013
Various Artists "Getz/Gilberto + 50"
This year celebrates 50 years since the recording of Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto's "Getz/Gilberto" album (recorded in 1963 and released in 1964). Here is a tribute album produced by Itō Gorō (naomi & goro) covering all of the 10...
Posted on July 14, 2013 at 22:31. | Released on June 19, 2013
CTO LAB. "sekai wa BON HI-BON! ~ dai! tensai TV-kun no Theme 2013"
CTO LAB., the "compact" electro-pop unit of unit of Okada Tōru (Moonriders), Polymoog (Elektel) and Imai Kentarō (The Aprils), has a new single out now! This is the first single by the band, and the first release in their name...
Posted on July 7, 2013 at 19:58. | Released on July 3, 2013
Towa Tei "Radio (Edit) with Yukihiro Takahashi & Tina Tamashiro" (Download)
Towa Tei has a new album on the way, "Lucky" to be released on July 10! Here's a new track to enjoy meanwhile. "Radio" features Takahashi Yukihiro (YMO) and model Tina Tamashiro, and is available now on iTunes Japan. Be...
Posted on June 21, 2013 at 23:22. | Released on June 19, 2013
Hosono Haruomi "Heavenly Music"
Hosono Haruomi (YMO) has a new solo vocal album out now! The album consists mainly of covers, including ones of Kraftwerk's "Radio Activity", The Carpenters' "Close to You" and Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece". The album's main recording...
Posted on June 16, 2013 at 01:26. | Released on May 22, 2013
Joy Ride vol.133: soyuz project, CTO LAB., NeoBallad
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Friday April 19 was the 133rd edition (!) of electro-themed event series "Joy Ride" that started in 2006. That's an average of 2+ events per month! I went to...
Posted on April 25, 2013 at 23:18.
Yumiko Morgan Oscillators? "Instantaneous" (DVD)
Yumiko Morgan Oscillators? ("YMO?") is a project formed of Minimoog maestro Ohno Yumiko (Buffalo Daughter) with rare vintage electronic instruments collector Morgan Fisher. This first show of theirs was held on November 3, 2012, and recorded using 10 video cameras....
Posted on April 23, 2013 at 23:26. | Released on April 24, 2013
"The Selection of DE DE MOUSE Favorites performed by Rokugen Club with Farah a.k.a. RF vol.01"
This is an album produced by De De Mouse consisting of songs that influenced the artist, but all of these are re-arranged and performed by an "instrumental hip-hop jazz band" named RF. "Floats & Falls" from De De Mouse's latest...
Posted on March 24, 2013 at 00:07. | Released on March 20, 2013
Denki Groove "Missing Beatz"
This month Denki Groove are back with a new single coming, a pop tune titled "Missing Beatz". This comes ahead of a new 13th album to be released on February 27, about which full details have yet to be announced...
Posted on January 4, 2013 at 17:24. | Released on January 16, 2013
ShibusaShirazu "shibusai kayō taizen"
ShibusaShirazu, a big band that mixes various genres and uses all kinds of performances in their shows, has a cover album out earlier this month. Featured are various guest vocalists including Nagisa Yōko, Sakamoto Miu and Sandii. Songs include "Rydeen"...
Posted on November 18, 2012 at 10:26. | Released on November 7, 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
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. | Released on August 8, 2012
Open Reel Ensemble "Open Reel Ensemble" (CD+DVD)
Open Reel Ensemble have been active on stage for several years, using USB-controlled open reel tape recorders to create a unique performance. Here's finally a first album, and it comes from Sakamoto Ryūichi's label commmons. A bunch of unexpected guests...
Posted on June 23, 2012 at 21:25. | Released on June 27, 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.
Logic System "RMXLOGIX Vol.2 (with Special Tracks)"
Following Vol.1 released just a year ago, here's a 2nd EP of Logic System remixes. This time are featured remixes by Luvraw & BTB, 8-bit artist Quarta330 and more, as well as previously unreleased track "Ruins". Logic System is the...
Posted on May 17, 2012 at 00:02. | Released on May 2, 2012
Various Artists "The Girl from Ipanema ~Antonio Carlos Jobim Tribute~"
Here's a tribute album to Tom Jobim featuring various young Japanese electronica artists. The whole is produced by Tobeta Bajune who has developed close ties with YMO and friends over the recent years. Sounds like a good way to revisit...
Posted on April 19, 2012 at 22:49. | Released on April 11, 2012
Various Artists "Happy Holidays! ~80's Pops Covers~"
This is a compilation of various covers of 80's hit Japanese pop songs, featuring Sakamoto Ryūichi with Minekawa Takako, Toki Asako, Yakushimaru Etsuko, Hitomitoi with Sokabe Keiichi, clammbon, Sebastian X, and more. Various Artists "Happy Holidays! ~80's Pops Covers~" 1....
Posted on March 26, 2012 at 21:53. | Released on March 21, 2012
Various Artists "Ryuichi Sakamoto Tribute"
Here's a tribute album to Sakamoto Ryūichi, produced by Tobeta Bajune and featuring plenty of great electronic artists such as Atom, MimiCof, DJ Yogurt and more. A cover of "dennōgiwa" also features Ōnuki Taeko. The album is released on Sakamoto's...
Posted on January 15, 2012 at 01:13. | Released on January 17, 2012
Tokyo Outbound vol.02, with CTO LAB., Open Reel Ensemble, etc.
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Last Saturday was event "Tokyo Outbound vol.02" at Koenji High, presented by CTO LAB. and Otona no kagaku, a popular magazine that always comes with something that you can build...
Posted on January 11, 2012 at 23:36.
The Aprils "Magical Girls"
Here's a brand new release from The Aprils coming early January! 2 years have went by since "Back To The Future Music", and this time the band adds a touch of magic to its future-pop post-Shibuya-kei sound. With 4 new...
Posted on December 26, 2011 at 22:35. | Released on January 11, 2012
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. | Released on October 12, 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.
CTO LAB. Presents Tokyo Outbound #01, with (M)otocompo, Shampoo
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Monday June 27 was an event organized by CTO LAB. at Koenji High, a good venue for which I've heard many praises for its good sound and tall stage....
Posted on July 4, 2011 at 00:18.
Cherryboy Function "suggested function EP#1"
Following the popularity of "suggested function EP#2" released last January, here comes Cherryboy Function's rare "#1" that was released on 12" only in 2006 and sold out almost instantly. Added are two remixes that were previously only available on the...
Posted on May 16, 2011 at 23:13. | Released on May 18, 2011
Logic System "RMXLOGIX (with Special Tracks)"
This remix EP of Logic System's track "Clash" (1980) features remixes by 80kidz, JxJx (Your Song Is Good), Dub Master X and DJ Harvey. Also included are two previously unreleased tracks! Logic System is the project of Matsutake Hideki, often...
Posted on May 13, 2011 at 00:36. | Released on May 18, 2011
Towa Tei "Sunny"
Towa Tei is back with a brand new, 6th album! "Sunny" is the 3rd of a trilogy started with "Flash" and "Big Fun". Featured guests include Hatori Miho (Cibo Matto), Takahashi Yukihiro, Hosono Haruomi (both YMO), Yasuda Toshiyuki, Natural Calamity,...
Posted on April 29, 2011 at 22:26. | Released on May 11, 2011
Hosono Haruomi "HoSoNoVa"
Hosono Haruomi (YMO) has a new solo album coming this month! This is his first vocal album on which he sings all songs since "Hosono House" (1973). Along with many new original songs, included are covers such as "Ramona" and...
Posted on April 12, 2011 at 23:51. | Released on April 20, 2011
Cutie Pai "oningyō to mahō no Restaurant"
Techno-pop idol unit Cutie Pai (MySpace) has a 2nd album out now, with the theme of a full course at a restaurant. The title translates to "The dolls and the magical restaurant". Featured "dolls" are Mayu-chan, eye-taso (aka Julie Watai),...
Posted on January 1, 2011 at 20:35. | Released on December 22, 2010
CTO LAB., Candles, Hi-5, spoon+
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Last Monday (December 27) was my first occasion to see CTO LAB., a side-unit of Imai Kentarō (The Aprils), polymoog (Elektel) and Okada Tōru (Moonriders), which I had been wanting...
Posted on December 31, 2010 at 17:46.
Various Artists "Christmas Songs"
Here's another Christmas compilation, coming from commmons, made up of all previously unreleased Christmas tracks by a fascinating line-up of artists. Featured are all three of YMO, Minekawa Takako, Tokumaru Shūgo, Harada Tomoyo, kotringo, naomi & goro, Sean O'Hagan (The...
Posted on November 10, 2010 at 22:55. | Released on November 17, 2010
Future Pop Lounge 2010
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On August 28, I went to Future Pop Lounge (official site), a festival style event at Shibuya O-Nest. It was the 3rd time the yearly summer event was held though...
Posted on September 8, 2010 at 22:37.
Rocketman Summer Fes 2010 - thank you for the music!!
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Sunday August 22, I went to Liquidroom in Ebisu for "Rocketman Summer Fes 2010", an event celebrating the 10 years since the debut of Rocketman, Fukawa Ryō's music unit....
Posted on September 1, 2010 at 22:47.
pupa "dreaming pupa", "floating 6 pupas ~Live in Tokyo 2008~" (DVD)
All-star band pupa (*), that was believed by many to be a one-time thing, is back with a 2nd album out now! Released at the same time is a live DVD containing a full show held in November 2008. Also...
Posted on July 28, 2010 at 22:50. | Released on July 28, 2010
CTO LAB. "Okie Dokie!"
There's a new techno-pop unit called CTO LAB., formed of Okada Tōru (Moonriders), Polymoog (Elektel) and Imai Kentarō (The Aprils). "CTO" standing for "Compact Techno Organization", the concept is to use small synthesizers and electronic instruments for making their music....
Posted on July 14, 2010 at 00:11. | Released on July 28, 2010
"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.
Aira Mitsuki "6 FORCE" in-store live at Ishimaru Soft
Text by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound This Tuesday, the day before the release of mini-album "6 FORCE", Aira Mitsuki gave her first in-store show of a promo tour. I went to have a peek. Held on the 7th...
Posted on June 3, 2010 at 00:04.
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Last Sunday I went to Japanino Night, an event held at Nifty's Tokyo Culture Culture café in Odaiba, promoting build-your-own 8-bit computer Japanino , the latest from popular magazine Otona...
Posted on May 21, 2010 at 22:07.
Aira Mitsuki "6 FORCE"
Here comes a new release from techno-pop idol Aira Mitsuki, a first mini-album since her 2nd album "PLASTIC" last summer. This release is announced as marking the beginning of a "2nd season". We do notice some change in the visuals,...
Posted on May 20, 2010 at 22:16. | Released on June 2, 2010
Various Artists "commmons: schola vol.5 Yukihiro Takahashi & Haruomi Hosono Selections: Drums & Bass"
Sakamoto Ryūichi's label commmons has a series of compilations coming with a book, called "schola". The series started with 3 installments of classical music, but vol.4 brought jazz, and now vol.5 invites the two other YMO members Takahashi Yukihiro and...
Posted on May 5, 2010 at 09:12. | Released on April 21, 2010
Tokyo No.1 Soul Set + Halcali "You May Dream"
Halcali and Tokyo No.1 Soul Set have a new collaboration single coming, follow-up to the "konya wa Boogie Back" that was a big hit. This time they do a cover of Sheena and the Rokkets' "You May Dream", a song...
Posted on May 1, 2010 at 20:08. | Released on May 5, 2010
Various Artists "CC:01 -commmons compilation-"
Here's a first label sampler compilation from Sakamoto Ryūichi's commmons, also hoping to give a good starting point to new fans of the label. Featured artists include HASYMO, Sakamoto Ryūichi, mi-gu (aka Araki Yūko, drummer of The Cornelius Group), naomi...
Posted on February 19, 2010 at 23:37. | Released on February 24, 2010
Halcali "Endless Night"
Finally a new single by Halcali! Title track "Endless Night" is produced by Ram Rider and features Bose (Scha Dara Parr), while the B-side "Yes" is produced by m-flo's Verbal. The single is being described as dance music. Watch the...
Posted on January 10, 2010 at 12:11. | Released on January 27, 2010
DG-10 "Love Synthesizer!"
Out just now is this first mini-album by DG-10, a three-piece idol unit produced by the maker of Nintendo DS synthesizer Korg DS-10. The singers are Imai Asami, Hasegawa Akiko (from game "The Idolm@ster"), and Matayoshi Ai (Xbox 360 game...
Posted on September 20, 2009 at 00:12. | Released on September 18, 2009
Scha Dara Parr "11"
Scha Dara Parr are back this year with an 11th album (as says the title)! Featured are guests including Halcali, Kimura Kaela, bird, Tsukamoto Isao (Sly Mongoose), Robochū (Dassen 3) and more. A limited edition includes a bonus DVD with...
Posted on March 10, 2009 at 22:36. | Released on March 25, 2009
Towa Tei "Big Fun"
4 years have passed since "Flash", here comes Towa Tei's 5th album! The list of guests can only help us trust a title like "Big Fun", with Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), Hatori Miho (Cibo Matto), Hosono Haruomi (YMO), Meg, Verbal (m-flo),...
Posted on January 11, 2009 at 12:44. | Released on February 4, 2009
Polymoog free live at Apple Store Shibuya
Polymoog (Elektel) will perform techno-pop using the Gakken SX-150 (toy synthesizer) and other instruments. He will be accompanied by VJ HIGUCHI Yasuyuki (faction bleu). Polymoog free live on 10/3 (Friday) at Apple Store Shibuya Starts at 20:00 (30 min.) Price:...
Posted on October 2, 2008 at 09:41. | Released on October 3, 2008
Yukari Fresh "Flammable Tapes", "Instrumentally Flammable"
Just a month after a new album, here come two "greatest hits" albums from Yukari Fresh! The first, "Flammable Tapes", is a real greatest hits of tracks previously released on her albums from 1997 to 2008 going rarer everyday. The...
Posted on September 18, 2008 at 22:38. | Released on October 8, 2008
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
HASYMO "the city of light / tokyo town pages"
HASYMO, the recent unit of Sakamoto Ryūichi, Hosono Haruomi and Takahashi Yukihiro (all three formerly YMO = Yellow Magic Orchestra), has a new single coming up. Included are "the city of light", the theme song of News23, and "tokyo town...
Posted on July 22, 2008 at 15:38. | Released on August 6, 2008
pupa "floating pupa"
pupa is the brand new all-star band of Takahashi Yukihiro (YMO/HASYMO, Sketch Show) together with Harada Tomoyo, Takano Hiroshi (HAAS), Takada Ren, Horie Hirohisa (Neil and Iraiza) and Gondō Tomohiko (anonymass). A first album is coming in July. The band...
Posted on June 2, 2008 at 15:58. | Released on July 2, 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
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
Hosono Haruomi "Archives Vol.1", Various Artists "Daisy Holiday"
Hosono "Harry" Hauromi (YMO, Sketch Show) brings his label daisyworld back from the dead. The first releases will coincide with his 61st birthday on July 9. These are a collection of rare musical works of his, ranging from TV shows...
Posted on April 22, 2008 at 15:51. | Released on July 9, 2008
Lullatone "the bedtime beat"
I just learned about it, but Lullatone (MySpace) has a new album out just last month, on Australian label Someone Good. Lullatone is the Nagoya-based unit of American Shawn James Seymour and his Japanese wife Yoshimi. They create beautiful pajama...
Posted on April 9, 2008 at 16:06. | Released in March 2008
HASYMO "HAS/YMO" (DVD)
The three members of Yellow Magic Orchestra, Sakamoto Ryūichi, Hosono Haruomi and Takahashi Yukihiro, got back on stage together last year as HASYMO (HAS = Human Audio Sponge) for the time of a special charity concert, held at Pacifico Yokohama...
Posted on February 27, 2008 at 15:19. | Released on March 12, 2008
Tycoon To$h & Kuni Sugimoto "Let It Dub"
Plastics' Nakanishi Toshio, aka Tycoon To$h, has a brand new album coming up, together with Natural Calamity's Sugimoto Kumi. The sleeve is hexagon-shaped. Three of the songs are already available on iTunes as "Let It Dub - EP": Tycoon To$h...
Posted on August 1, 2007 at 14:52. | Released on August 4, 2007
HASYMO / Yellow Magic Orchestra "Rescue / Rydeen 79/07"
Yellow Magic Orchestra has a new single coming up on their label commmons! Coupled with the recent new version of their classic "Rydeen", which was used in a Kirin Lager commercial earlier this year, is a new song called "Rescue"...
Posted on June 23, 2007 at 01:34. | Released on August 22, 2007
Various Artists "Peace Island"
This funky/party hip-hop compilation features only previously unreleased/new/analog-only tracks. Included is "Peace Island", actually a cover of Wack Wack Rhythm Band's great "Wack Wack Rhythm Island", as well as a Wack Wack cover of Ugly Duckling's "Dumb It Down". (These...
Posted on March 5, 2007 at 10:34. | Released on March 14, 2007
Various Artists "Hosono Haruomi Tribute Album - Tribute to Haruomi Hosono"
Here comes a very interesting tribute album to Hosono Haruomi (Sketch Show, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Happy End). The 2-CD set will include appearances and many surprising collaborations, such as Sakamoto Ryūichi + Minekawa Takako (a return!), Yano Akiko + Rei...
Posted on March 1, 2007 at 11:47. | Released on April 25, 2007
Yellow Magic Orchestra "Rydeen 79/07" (Download)
YMO fans rejoice! The band is back together, at least for the time of a song, and a beer commercial. After reuniting Sadistic Mica Band last year, Kirin Lager did another tour de force by bringing back together all three...
Posted on February 1, 2007 at 15:47. | Released on February 3, 2007
8bit Project "Familiar Computing World"
Game music and techno-pop fans be on the look-out! 8bit Project is a new unit produced by Itō Toshiharu (ex-Mansfield), and featuring special guests Matsutake Hideki (Logic System, and also the said "4th member of YMO") and Saitō Hisahi (of...
Posted on August 3, 2006 at 16:19. | Released on August 23, 2006
Various Artists "Watanabe Productions setsuritsu 50shūnen Mix CD ~G.S, Comic Song & Idol hen~ mixed by p&art sasanoooha mōshiwake West"
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, entertainment agency Watanabe Productions has enlisted Osaka DJ unit p&art sasanooooha to create a remixed non-stop mix of G.S., comedy and idol songs. Without a doubt, this is the unique craziness of Pansasa's live performances, for...
Posted on July 18, 2006 at 15:39. | Released on July 26, 2006
Just one month after upcoming single "Music", Cornelius will be back again with "Breezin'". Also on the single will be a cover of YMO's "Cue"! A new album titled "Sensuous" is expected for release on October 25. Stay tuned! Breezin'...
Posted on July 6, 2006 at 16:31. | Released on September 27, 2006
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. | Released on July 26, 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
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