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  1. Supercar "RE:SUPERCAR 2 ~redesigned by nakamura koji~"
    Following the release of "RE:SUPERCAR 1", here's a 2nd album of "redesigned" tracks by Nakamura Kōji (aka Nakakō aka iLL). This time the album focuses on the later Supercar releases. Some audio samples can be heard at this special site...
    Posted on June 4, 2011 at 10:27
  2. Supercar "RE:SUPERCAR 1 ~redesigned by nakamura koji~"
    Supercar (disbanded in 2005) has a new release coming, that's of previously released songs "redesigned" by former member Nakamura Kōji (aka Nakakō aka iLL). The songs are mainly taken from early albums "Three Out Change", "Jump Up", "OOYeah!" and "OOKeah!"....
    Posted on April 17, 2011 at 00:34
  3. Sunahara Yoshinori "No Boys No Cry Original Soundtrack"
    A whole 8 years since the amazing album "Lovebeat", Sunahara Yoshinori (ex-Denki Groove) brings us this new original release in the form of his first ever movie soundtrack. The movie is "No Boys, No Cry", a Japan/Korea collaboration directed by...
    Posted on July 27, 2009 at 23:21
  4. Furukawa Miki "Bondage Heart-Remixes"
    Ex-Supercar singer and bassist Furukawa Miki (MySpace) has a remix album out last month featuring Sunahara Yoshinori, iLL (also ex-Supercar), De De Mouse, Tanaka Fumiya and many more. Furukawa Miki "Bondage Heart-Remixes" フルカワミキ 「Bondage Heart-Remixes」 1. B.B.W. (remixed by The...
    Posted on June 8, 2009 at 23:41

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  1. Sunaga t experience "STE"
    Next week will bring us a brand new 5th album by Sunaga t Experience, DJ Sunaga Tatsuo's long-running jazz solo project. This year marks Sunaga's 30th anniversary as a DJ! Featured musicians include Scha Dara Parr, YOU THE ROCK★, ECD,...
    Posted on May 15, 2015 at 23:27
  2. Various Artists "odoru Showa Beat! GS Wild Party ~ tekuteku tengoku", "odoru Punch kayo! Showa Girls Garage Party ~ Bazazz tengoku"
    An important figure of the neo-GS scene since the 80's, bassist Sally Kubota (Sally Soul Stew, The Scooters, ex-Les 5-4-3-2-1, The Phantom Gift) did the selection for these two compilations with a common theme of danceable Group Sounds from the...
    Posted on May 15, 2015 at 23:10
  3. 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
  4. Record Store Day 2015
    Here comes Record Store Day 2015, to be held this Saturday April 18! On that day, people go to record shops to buy vinyl records available exclusively in shops on that day. No pre-orders or even online sales, at least...
    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 23:37
  5. Kit Cat "Wordy Rappinghood" (Download)
    Kit Cat, the 3-girl (er, cat!) synth-dance-pop unit produced by Dr.Usui (of (M)otocompo), finally had a first song released on iTunes worldwide! This is a cover of classic new wave track "Wordy Rappinghood", originally performed by Tom Tom Club in...
    Posted on April 8, 2015 at 21:03
  6. fox capture plan "Underground"
    Instrumental jazz trio fox capture plan has a new mini-album coming this week. A cover of Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight Tonight" is included. The release comes with a bonus 40-minute DVD (Region 2 NTSC) of a show held on October 16,...
    Posted on April 5, 2015 at 20:45
  7. Cypress Ueno & Roberto Yoshino "Condor"
    Rapper duo Cypress Ueno & Roberto Yoshino have a new album out now! The album features guests such as Bose (Scha Dara Parr) and Zen-La-Rock among others. Various producers participated, with one track produced by Halfby. HMV gives away a...
    Posted on April 4, 2015 at 00:00
  8. Perfume "Relax In The City / Pick Me Up"
    Perfume's next single will be a double A-side. "Relax In The City" is being used in a commercial for Sapporo drink "Green Aroma", while "Pick Me Up" is a tie-up with the world famous Isetan department store located in Shinjuku,...
    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 23:54
  9. Various Artists "Piano Man Plays Disney" (2x12")
    The latest Disney cover compilation is one full of pianists. Featured are artists such as Nakatsuka Takeshi, fox capture plan, Schroeder-Headz, →Pia-no-jaC← and more, playing various Disney hit tunes old and new. This was actually released on CD earlier this...
    Posted on March 21, 2015 at 23:49
  10. Count Joke "itsuka dokoka de c/w yūrei no Ballad" (7"+CD)
    This release completes Count Joke's "Air-Replay Series" trilogy of 7" singles. These two songs were being released on CD last December. This packaging includes both 7" and CD (with instrumentals). "itsuka dokokade" features Smooth Ace, and was written in memory...
    Posted on March 21, 2015 at 20:19
  11. Harada Tomoyo "Love Song Covers"
    Harada Tomoyo has a new album coming this week, consisting of covers of foreign songs such as The Beatles "I've Just Seen a Face", Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender", Julie London's "Fly Me To The Moon", Burt Bacharach-written "The Look...
    Posted on March 15, 2015 at 15:37
  12. Various Artists "Zher the Zoo Yoyogi 10th Anniversary Compilation Album 'Here Come The Girl'zoo'"
    Zher the ZOO (a venue in Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku) has been around for 10 years already. Here's a nice-priced compilation of various female vocal songs by artists familiar to the venue. Most of these are rare or brand new recordings. Featured...
    Posted on March 15, 2015 at 13:51
  13. Tweedees "The Sound Sounds."
    Tweedees is a brand new band formed of Okii Reiji (Scott Goes For, Frog, ex-Cymbals) with 24-year-old singer/actress Kiyoura Natsumi. Check out the video below, and hear other audio samples at CDJapan. The song "KLING! KLANG!!" is available in advance...
    Posted on March 15, 2015 at 13:16
  14. (((sssurrounddd))) "See you, Blue"
    City pops band (((sssurrounddd))) has a 3rd album coming up! This one features collaborations with Sunahara Yoshinori, Dorian and Seiho (Sugar's Campaign). Sunahara also did the album's mastering. A free in-store event will be held at Tower Records Shinjuku (7F)...
    Posted on March 14, 2015 at 17:00
  15. Perfume "5th Tour 2014 Gurun Gurun" (Blu-ray/DVD)
    Perfume's 5th tour, titled "Gurun Gurun" (official page) and held through August and September in 2014, has now been released on Blu-ray and DVD. The recording is of the tour's finale show held at Kokuritsu Yoyogi Daiichi Taiikukan in Tokyo...
    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 23:09
  16. 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
  17. lyrical school "SPOT"
    lyrical school has a new album out now! This is the follow-up to "date course" released 1½ year ago. The album includes tracks by tofubeats ("FRESH !!!" and "yume de aitai ne"), Illreme (of (((sssurrounddd)))) ("gekka bijin" and "waratte.net"), as...
    Posted on March 10, 2015 at 23:13
  18. Hanae "jōkyō shōko"
    Singer Hanae's 2nd album was released this week! Like her first, the brilliant "jikkai Quiz", it is produced by Manabe Shūichi (ex-sōtaiseiriron). On a few songs she experiences with some rap for the first time, such as in "S-T-A-R-S" (see...
    Posted on March 8, 2015 at 12:06
  19. 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
  20. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Mondai Girl"
    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a brand new single coming. "Mondai Girl" has been heard recently playing at the end of TV drama "mondai no aru Restaurant", while the two B-sides are used in TV commercials for Nintendo and Chintai (a...
    Posted on March 1, 2015 at 18:31
  21. Hideki Kaji x Yakenohara feat. Takagi Masakatsu "Sound of Felicity" (7"+Download)
    This is a collaboration single of Kaji Hideki and rapper Yakenohara with Takagi Masakatsu. All three are on label felicity, and the song first appeared on compilation "Clear Cut 200" (Amazon) released last November. Here it comes on a 7"...
    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 23:24
  22. Count Joke "LED c/w nagisa" (7"+CD)
    A 2nd 7" from this trilogy by Count Joke (aka jōdan hakushaku) (Facebook page), unit of Maezono Naoki & Arai Toshiya, was released this week! Also check out the January-released "bird man c/w ameagari". The next will be released on...
    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 22:38
  23. Especia "Primera"
    Osaka-based 80's style idol group Especia have made a move to a major label, and their first major release comes as a mini-album (still clocking over 38 minutes). This includes songs written by Meserati Nagisa (LUVRAW (Image Cluv) & PellyColo),...
    Posted on February 22, 2015 at 23:25
  24. 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
  25. akiko "Rockin' jivin' swingin'"
    Jazz singer akiko has a brand new album out now, of rockin', jivin' and swingin' songs (as the title says!) from the 40's and 50's. Featured musicians include Gentle Forest Jazz Band, Blue Moon Quartet, Fats & Fats, and also...
    Posted on February 8, 2015 at 20:09
  26. Reina & The Blue Valentines "Lady or Girl?"
    After the release of two 7" singles, here's a first album by Reina & The Blue Valentines, girl band fronted by Nosa Reina (whose latest solo album "don't kiss, but yes" was produced by Takanami K-tarō (ex-Pizzicato Five)) and formed...
    Posted on February 6, 2015 at 21:56
  27. Scha Dara Parr "1212"
    It's been about 6 years since Scha Dara Parr's previous album, "11" (2009), and here comes a brand new one! This 12th album features 12 new songs including collaborations with girl rock band Chatmonchy, talent Shimizu Michiko and also longtime...
    Posted on January 26, 2015 at 21:23
  28. Negicco "Rice&Snow"
    Negicco have a brand new album just out this week! This includes songs written by Tajima Takao (Original Love), Yoshida Tetsuto, Yano Hiroyasu (ex-Cymbals), Nishidera Gōta (Nona Reeves), Miura Kōshi (Kuchiroro), and of course Negicco's main producer Connie. Also there...
    Posted on January 22, 2015 at 21:25
  29. Sugar's Campaign "Friends"
    Sugar's Campaign, the unit of producers Avec Avec (aka Takuma Hosokawa) and Seiho (aka Seiho Hayakawa), finally has a full-length album coming! This includes latest single "Holiday" as well as an album version of previous hit track "Netokano". A must!...
    Posted on January 5, 2015 at 23:07
  30. "Frenesi school: The legendary end-of-business ceremony"
    Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound The last show I saw in 2014 was Frenesi, and it was a very special one. In November Frenesi announced that she would put a stop (though maybe temporary) to...
    Posted on January 4, 2015 at 00:34
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. Charan-Po-Rantan "Theatre Theatre"
    Charan-Po-Rantan, the brilliant duo of sisters Momo (vocals) and Koharu (accordion), have a first major full-length album out now. A cover of Edith Piaf's "Hymne à l'amour" is included. The limited edition comes with a DVD of 9 songs, two...
    Posted on December 30, 2014 at 00:28
  34. Nona Reeves "Choice III"
    The latest in Nona Reeves' "Choice" series is a cover album of Wham!, or an album of only Wham! covers, if you prefer. The artwork refers to the fact that Wham! songs "Bad Boys" and "Freedom" were used in TV...
    Posted on December 29, 2014 at 20:16
  35. CAPSULE "Wave Runner"
    (Updates have been slow lately, but it's now the end of the year and it's catch-up time!) CAPSULE have a new album coming early 2015! Follow-up to "CAPS LOCK" (2013), this is their second album as the uppercase CAPSULE. The...
    Posted on December 29, 2014 at 13:47
  36. Hicksville "Welcome Back"
    Hickville, a band with many Shibuya-kei ties and a neo-GS background, is back with a 4th album 15 years after the release of "Mileage" (1999). Full of new songs, this includes a first Christmas song by the band, as well...
    Posted on December 14, 2014 at 12:58
  37. Okada Tohru presents Ukulenica "Phases of the moon ~ Ukulenica meets Moonriders"
    Ukulenica is a new project of Okada Tohru (Moonriders, CTO LAB.), and consists of 4 ukulele players including himself, Natsuaki Fumihisa (Jack-tati), Yoshida Takashi (Rose-Unlimited, 5th Garden) and Kuroda Hideaki (plusico). This first album is of covers of the Moonriders....
    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 23:13
  38. hitomitoi "Pacific High / Aleutian Low"
    hitomitoi has a new mini-album out this week! With a title that refers to summer and winter, it contains three summer songs previously released digitally, then three new winter-themed songs, plus a cover of Yuming's "A Happy New Year". Producers...
    Posted on December 9, 2014 at 20:32
  39. Kojima Mayumi "On the Road"
    Kojima Mayumi has a 9th album out now! Her back-band features Kaji Hideki on bass, with guest appearances by Asa-chang and others. All songs are originals. Her "last show of the year" is to be held on December 18 at...
    Posted on December 7, 2014 at 14:47
  40. jōdan hakushaku "yūrei no Ballad / itsuka dokokade"
    jōdan hakushaku (Maezono Naoki & Arai Toshiya) (Facebook page) have a new single out now! "yūrei no Ballad" features accordionist Tanooka Saburō and a kids chorus group. B-side "itsuka dokokade" features Smooth Ace, and was written in memory of...
    Posted on December 7, 2014 at 14:14
  41. Negicco "hikari no Spur"
    Negicco have a new single out now, featuring two new songs. While both were produced by Negicco's main producer connie, the winter-themed title track is arranged by Tajima Takao (Original Love) who also produced previous single "Sunshine Nihonkai". Two limited...
    Posted on December 7, 2014 at 13:46
  42. Taketatsu Ayana "Colore Serenata"
    Voice actress Taketatsu Ayana has a new album out now, with some tracks written and arranged by Yoshida Tetsuto ("Colore Solfege" and "Marshmallow") and Oki Reiji (ex-Cymbals) ("Princess no dassō keikaku" and "Surf de Go Go Go"), and also a...
    Posted on November 24, 2014 at 11:16
  43. enami Taisuke "f e r m e n t"
    6 years after "Hill", here's a new album from pianist and field recording artist enami Taisuke. This new album features violin, drums, percussion and harmonium on some songs, with also recorded ambiance of dancers. The Osaka-based artist can be seen...
    Posted on November 23, 2014 at 11:07
  44. The Lady Spade "Reverse Shaped Black Heart"
    The Lady Spade (sono na wa Spade) have a 2nd album coming! This is their first with current singer ATG (aka AliceToGizelle). Also their sound is now electro and danceable with an amount of rap. Songs range from happy sweets...
    Posted on November 23, 2014 at 10:18
  45. Hoshino Michiru "A/W Collection ~anata to watashi no Collection~"
    Singer-songwriter idol Hoshino Michiru has a new mini-album out now! This includes both songs from the recently released "Planetarium de mattete ne" 7", one of which features Wack Wack Rhythm Band, and also non-album track "mo ichido déjà vu" (from...
    Posted on November 16, 2014 at 13:37
  46. Ruby* "sweet music float"
    Ruby*, the solo-project of whisper-voice singer Lily, is back with a new album with songs produced by CTO LAB., Imai Kentaro (The Aprils, CTO LAB.), Okada Tohru (Moonriders, CTO LAB.), Nishiura Kensuke (daredemo Esper, ex-sōtaiseiriron), POCO (ku-tyu-bunkai) and more. Included...
    Posted on November 13, 2014 at 22:52
  47. Nakatsuka Takeshi "Disney piano jazz 'Happiness' Deluxe Edition"
    Nakatsuka Takeshi produces and performs Disney favorites on this piano-centered jazz album. Some tracks also feature a big band! This contains what's said to be the world's first jazz cover of "Let It Go" (Frozen). Hear samples in the clip...
    Posted on November 11, 2014 at 22:11
  48. 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
  49. 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
  50. Various Artists "Twilight Time"
    This compilation from Grand Gallery consists of covers of Japanese city pop hit songs from the 70's and 80's. Featured are artists including Nakatsuka Takeshi, hitomitoi, Sokabe Keiichi, Kimyō Reitarō, Hicksville and more. Many of the songs are brand new...
    Posted on November 4, 2014 at 22:44
  51. Hoshino Michiru "Planetarium de mattete ne" (CD+7")
    Hoshino Michiru has a new 7" out now. The title track, which translates to "Wait for me at the planetarium", has music written by Michiru herself. B-side "Peaberry o mitsuketara" (a song previously heard in a different version as the...
    Posted on November 2, 2014 at 16:15
  52. Denki Groove "25"
    Denki Groove celebrates its 25th anniversary with new mini-album "25"! Check out the new clip below (hopefully... as it seems to be restricted to maybe to Japan only?), or at least audio samples at CDJapan. This is accompanied by a...
    Posted on October 28, 2014 at 22:55
  53. Especia "Viva Discoteca Especia 2014" (DVD)
    Osaka-based city-pop idol group Especia had a new live DVD out now, of a show held on June 1st, 2014 at Umeda Club Quattro in Osaka. In this show, they were backed by a live band of 8 musicians. The...
    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 22:10
  54. 80kidz "Face"
    80kidz have a 4th album out this week, on their own Park label. This is the follow-up to "Turbo Town" (2012), though "80:XX-01020304" (a compilation of tracks from 4 EPs) was also released since. Featured are several international vocalists such...
    Posted on September 23, 2014 at 12:28
  55. Perfume "Perfume WORLD TOUR 2nd" (Blu-ray/DVD), "Perfume WORLD TOUR 1st" (Blu-ray)
    Perfume have a new DVD/Blu-ray coming, of a show from their 2nd world tour held last year. The chosen show is the one held at London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on July 5, 2013. The show in London was first...
    Posted on September 21, 2014 at 12:12
  56. Cupitron "Unicorn Parade"
    Cupitron is a new techno idol group formed of three girls, and produced by Tobeta Bajune (known for Techpri). Their first video was filmed at Robot Restaurant. The release comes in two different editions. The limited edition has one B-side...
    Posted on September 19, 2014 at 00:12
  57. RF "New Birth"
    Instrumental jazz band RF (Rokugen Club with Farah) has a new album coming, containing 12 hip-hop and R&B classics covered in their distinctive style, with songs by Pharrel Williams ("Happy"), Rihanna ("Diamonds"), James Blake ("Limit to your love"), Common ("Go"),...
    Posted on September 15, 2014 at 12:20
  58. Tarte Tatin "Tartetatin Are Allright!"
    Tarte Tatin are back with a new album, follow-up to single "Political na ikimonotachi" released last April. It has also been announced this month that the unit now has 3 members: Aoi, Yūki, and new member Yurie. This new album...
    Posted on September 15, 2014 at 00:26
  59. 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
  60. Takano Hiroshi to subarashiki Rallye no nakamatachi "We are Here"
    Takano Hiroshi (pupa, etc.) has released this month a collaboration album featuring various artists from the Rallye label. Included are songs with Miyauchi Yuri, little moa, YeYe, Concert, sugar me and milk. Audio samples of all songs can be heard...
    Posted on September 14, 2014 at 20:43
  61. kataomoi "yama no hō" (Book+7")
    Following last year's "kataomoin Da House" album, kataomoi now releases a limited set of a 36-page book with a 7" of two new recordings. "itoshii na" is a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely". The 7" was mixed by...
    Posted on September 7, 2014 at 21:01
  62. Frontier Backyard "Gladness"
    Frontier Backyard is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and they have a new remix album out now featuring remixes by Cubismo Grafico, Halfby, Dorian, Avec Avec, YOSUKEKOTANI (Harvard), TA-1 (Furuta Taichi of Koncos), Yasei Collective, and more. The band will be...
    Posted on September 7, 2014 at 20:53
  63. Nakano Aya "warui kuse"
    Singer Nakano Aya has a new album out now, again produced by DJ Hase Hajimu. This includes a duet with Yokoyama Ken (Crazy Ken Band) ("wakarete mo suki na hito"), and collaborations with Kawakami Tsuyoshi & His Moodmakers ("Whiskey ga,...
    Posted on September 4, 2014 at 22:18
  64. Takahashi Yukihiro & Metafive "Split Spirit" (Download)
    After live album "Techno Recital", here comes a brand new song by Takahashi Yukihiro & Metafive (Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), Towa Tei, Sunahara Yoshinori, Gondō Tomohiko and Leo Imai). This song is the ending theme for movie "Ghost In The Shell...
    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 22:53
  65. Crazy Ken Band "Spark Plug"
    Crazy Ken Band has a brand new album coming, the follow-up to last year's "Flying Saucer" (Amazon). This includes latest single "Spark da!", a song used on NHK's "minna no uta". The limited edition comes with a bonus DVD of...
    Posted on September 1, 2014 at 21:54
  66. Sugar's Campaign "Netokano"
    Sugar's Campaign, the unit of Avec Avec and Seiho formed in 2011, finally has a first release coming! This is a single of "Netokano" that's been up on YouTube since early 2012, and included is an instrumental version as well...
    Posted on August 30, 2014 at 00:19
  67. 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
  68. hitomitoi "toki o tomete koi ga odoru" (Download)
    hitomitoi's 3rd summer single is a track produced by Dorian! Lyrics were written by hitomitoi. This is out now exclusively on iTunes Japan. If you haven't yet, also check out the previous "Glass no Summer Holiday" and "natsu kōsen, kira."....
    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 21:41
  69. 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
  70. Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong "Savage Imagination"
    Following last year's "Toropical Circle", here comes a 2nd album by the wonderful Takako Minekawa/Dustin Wong collaboration! The album will be also released in the UK on label Thrill Jockey on September 23 (on CD and vinyl), though the Japanese...
    Posted on August 24, 2014 at 00:05
  71. Negipecia "Girl's Life"
    Negicco (3-girl idol group from Niigata) and Especia (6-girl idol group from Osaka) join forces for a special temporary project named Negipecia! The song "Girl's Life" was written and produced by hit-maker Gotō Tsugutoshi, who wrote songs since the 80's...
    Posted on August 23, 2014 at 01:04
  72. hitomitoi "natsu kōsen, kira." (Download)
    Here's the 2nd of a trilogy of summer singles by hitomitoi, now available on iTunes Japan (not worldwide this time). This new urban track was produced by Cunimondo Takiguchi (Ryūsenkei) who produced her album "City Dive" as well as many...
    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 19:19
  73. nananon "Nana Nana Non Non"
    Some new sounds from Konishi Yasuharu coming this August! First is duo nananon formed of idol/actress/model Nana (aka Naabōdōfu@Nana) and model Maeda Nozomi, who are 20 and 21 respectively (with birthdays on June 17 and 16). They're often told they...
    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 23:13
  74. NeoBallad "03 ~enishi~"
    Here's a 3rd album by NeoBallad, unit of singer Wakasa Sachi and drummer/producer Kamiryō Wataru (ex-P-Model, Grass Valley), who together perform Japanese traditional songs (minyō) with a techno twist. A one-man event will be held at Koenji High on August...
    Posted on August 7, 2014 at 23:44
  75. Kirinji "11"
    After the Horigome brothers split-up Kirinji last year after the release of "Ten", the younger brother (Yasuyuki) went to start a solo career, but the older one (Takaki) recruited new members to continue Kirinji. Here's their first album of the...
    Posted on August 3, 2014 at 18:14
  76. 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
  77. Teen Runnings "Now"
    Having debuted with "Let's Get Together Again" in 2012 (on Kyoto label Second Royal), here's the 2nd album from Tokyo-based 3-piece band Teen Runnings. This one is being released on Sauna Cool, label that popped up at the end of...
    Posted on July 31, 2014 at 23:40
  78. ryo fukawa "life is music 2"
    ryō fukawa (aka Rocketman) has a new album out this week, his second release under his real name. This album features guest singers Mizuno Mari (paris match) and Cana (Sotte Bosse) among others, with a cover of "love theme from...
    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 23:10
  79. 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
  80. 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
  81. COR!S "Across Time & Space"
    COR!S is a young electro singer-songwriter from Osaka who has the skills to entirely self-produce her music down to mastering (formula that reminds of Nakata Yasutaka). She has previously produced tracks for Yun*chi (among others) and remixes for mishmash*Julie Watai...
    Posted on July 13, 2014 at 23:00
  82. Crazy Ken Band "Spark da!", "Free Soul Crazy Ken Band", "Crazy Ken Band Tour Flying Saucer 2013" (DVD)
    Here's a wave of releases from Crazy Ken Band! First, new single "Spark da!" which is being used as NHK's "minna no uta" for June and July. Included are 3 B-sides of new songs used in TV and radio commercials....
    Posted on July 13, 2014 at 11:50
  83. Emerson Kitamura "Ochi Kochi Ni (in perspective)"
    Emerson Kitamura is an organ/keyboard player who can often be seen on stage playing in support of other artists. Lately he's also a regular member of The Scooters since their comeback in 2012. Not sticking to a particular genre, this...
    Posted on July 12, 2014 at 16:33
  84. lyrical school "Fresh!!!"
    Idol rap unit lyrical school has a new party summer track produced by tofubeats, who has been involved since their early tengal6 days. The single's limited edition comes with two bonus remixes, by okadada (SoundCloud) and ALI-KICK. lyrical school have...
    Posted on July 12, 2014 at 00:10
  85. POiSON GiRL FRiEND "rondoElectro"
    Do you remember POiSON GiRL FRiEND (Facebook page)? Solo unit of nOrikO, its name took inspiration from Momus who later produced two of her albums ("Shyness" and "Mr. Polyglot Remix"). 20 years have passed since "Love Me" (1994) and now...
    Posted on July 10, 2014 at 23:22
  86. Hoshino Michiru "E-I-E-N Voyage"
    After 7" singles being released every month, here finally comes a full-length album from Hoshino Michiru. The whole is again produced by Hase Hajimu and Satō Seiki (Microstar), which promises a groovy pop journey with touches of spacey synths. Four...
    Posted on July 10, 2014 at 21:29
  87. hitomitoi "Glass no Summer Holiday" (Download)
    hitomitoi has a new song out now on iTunes worldwide! This summer track is produced by grooveman Spot (SoundCloud), with guitar by Kashif (Jintana & Emeralds, PPP) and saxophone by Yamakami Hitomi. hitomitoi "Glass no Summer Holiday" (Download) 一十三十一...
    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 19:51
  88. 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
  89. Kojima Mayumi "On The Beach"
    Kojima Mayumi has a new mini-album coming! Included are 6 songs, with covers of Mina Mazzini's "Tintarella di luna", with guest Kaji Hideki on bass (among others), and The Spiders' "yūhi ga naiteiru". Check out the great video clip below,...
    Posted on July 5, 2014 at 23:55
  90. Perfume "Cling Cling"
    Perfume has a new single containing 4 new songs coming in July. "Cling Cling" was used in a TV commercial for a health drink, and "Hold Your Hand" was the theme song for TV drama "Silent Poor". "DISPLAY" and "ijiwaru...
    Posted on June 29, 2014 at 21:01
  91. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pika Pika Fantajin"
    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a 3rd full-length album coming very soon! "Pika Pika Fantajin" includes singles "Kira Kira Killer", "Family Party" (new album mix), "Yume No Hajima RIng Ring" (new album mix), "Mottai-Nightland" and its B-side "sungoi Aura" (new album...
    Posted on June 28, 2014 at 23:45
  92. Children Coup d'État "Fear of Liberty"
    Formed in 1982 in Kyoto, Children Coup d'État is an improvisation/rock/jazz band led by bandmaster/bassist Hosoi Hisato. Currently the band still features two other original members, drummer Maebuchi Norihide (who also played in Modern Choki Chokies, etc.) and violinist K-ko,...
    Posted on June 22, 2014 at 22:43
  93. Bakubaku Dokin "Bakubaku Dokin"
    Bakubaku Dokin, the wacky and mysterious 2-girl unit formed of Yui and Naoko, finally has a debut mini-album out now! Previously they have released a 3-song EP on Towa Tei's digital label Machbeat, and also appeared on his albums "MACH2012"...
    Posted on June 21, 2014 at 17:14
  94. P.O.P "tanoshii koto bakari arimasu yō ni."
    P.O.P (previously known as P.O.P ORCHeSTRA) is a hip-hop band led by two identical twin rappers. They have long been active on stage, and have released several songs on iTunes before, but finally here comes their first album being released...
    Posted on June 18, 2014 at 23:09
  95. (M)otocompo "OK SKA ep"
    (M)otocompo (reads "otocompo") is the unit of Dr.Usui (Motocompo), and they have been performing on stage regularly since 2011. The unit's theme is to put "ska" and "electro" together, and until now they had kept a rule of not releasing...
    Posted on June 15, 2014 at 00:20
  96. 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
  97. xxx of Wonder "Wonder of Wonder"
    xxx of Wonder (reads just "of Wonder") is a new all-star collaboration unit formed of Nanba Shiho, Dr.Usui ((M)otocompo), Frenesi, Julie Watai, and illustrator Kishida Mel. Each of the creators seem to have a defined role, with Dr.Usui writing the...
    Posted on June 11, 2014 at 23:43
  98. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Magical Wonder Castle" (DVD/Blu-ray)
    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a live DVD/Blu-ray coming, of footage from two shows held at Yokohama Arena on January 18 and 19, 2014. These shows were her first solo shows at an arena, and had audiences totaling 24,000 people. The...
    Posted on June 6, 2014 at 23:13
  99. 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
  100. Budo Grape "Amsterdam"
    Nagoya-based new wave band Budo Grape have a 7th album out today! It's also available worldwide on iTunes. On August 31 will be held a show together with Boogie The Machmotors, at Zher the ZOO in Yoyogi, Tokyo. Budo Grape...
    Posted on June 4, 2014 at 20:56

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