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yes, mama ok? "CEO -10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition-"
yes, mama ok? re-issues its now rare album "CEO" (2000), which wasn't included on the "Incomplete Questions" box set released in 2008. Added is a bonus CD full of rarities and live recordings. yes, mama ok? "CEO -10th Anniversary Deluxe...
Posted on October 24, 2010 at 13:45. | Released on October 30, 2010
Various Artists "Good Lovin' - Shimokita-kei Guitar Pop Compilation -"
Here's a compilation album that focuses on 90's Shimokitazawa guitar pop. Shimokitazawa is a young area of Tokyo where many artists live, and also the home of CD shop and live space mona records. Included are tracks by Luvy Van...
Posted on October 2, 2010 at 11:04. | Released on October 6, 2010
Rehabilitation: yes, mama ok? & Yume to Cosme
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Friday August 6, I went to mona records in Shimokitazawa for an event called "Rehabilitation", featuring a show by mid-90's indies band "yes, mama ok?". 5 years ago leader...
Posted on August 15, 2010 at 20:09.
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Mira Parameter "Reborn"
Singer-songwriter Etuka's new electro-pop solo unit Mira Parameter has a first album being released on Gooondo, the label of Gondō Tomohiko (Metafive). The album, with a sound reminiscent of 80's techno, was produced by Gondō and mastered by Sunahara Yoshinori....
Posted on July 5, 2017 at 21:08. | Released on July 6, 2017
Chie & The Wolf Baits "Chie & The Wolf Baits"
Chie & The Wolf Baits is a rock'n'roll girl trio led by Learners' guitarist Horiguchi Chie. This first album comes in a mini-LP sleeve with a 12-page booklet. HMV gives away a signed 7" sleeve (while supplies last). On June...
Posted on June 16, 2017 at 22:43. | Released on June 21, 2017
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. | Released on April 22, 2017
Various Artists "Toy Chara Pop Collection Vol.1~3 Selected by DJ Fukutake"
DJ Fukutake, who selected the great "Yava-kayō" mix CD series, is back with this trio of compilations under a "Toy Character Pop" theme! Respectively subtitled "Hero & Hit", "Fancy & Kawaii" and "Video Game", each compilation is filled with Shōwa-era...
Posted on April 1, 2017 at 22:26. | Released on March 22, 2017
DJ Hasebe "DJ HASEBE Butter Smooth - Tokyo 90's Groove -"
DJ Hasebe (official Facebook page) has a new mix album out now of 90's songs revolving around Shibuya-kei. This includes a brand new original song that features Nomiya Maki! DJ Hasebe "DJ HASEBE Butter Smooth - Tokyo 90's Groove -"...
Posted on February 24, 2017 at 00:10. | Released on February 22, 2017
Denki Groove "Denki Groove The Movie?" (Blu-ray/DVD), "tofunsai" (Blu-ray/DVD)
Denki Groove has released two Blu-ray/DVDs just recently! The first is "Denki Groove The Movie", a documentary of the group's 25 years so far that was shown on big screens throughout Japan at the end of 2015. This features a...
Posted on April 13, 2016 at 00:27. | Released on March 30, 2016
Denki Groove "Denki Groove The Movie? -The Music Selection-"
Denki Groove's official documentary movie "Denki Groove The Movie" is being screened in theaters throughout Japan since December 26 for a limited time. The movie is full of rare footage covering the band's history since it was founded in 1989....
Posted on December 31, 2015 at 21:51. | Released on December 23, 2015
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. | Released on October 29, 2014
kotringo "dare ka watashi o"
Here's a nice-priced single by pianist kotringo. The title track is the theme for TV drama "ashita, mama ga inai". Watch the video below, and hear an audio sample of the other song at HMV. A new album seems to...
Posted on March 7, 2014 at 23:01. | Released on March 5, 2014
Every Little Thing/Konishi Yasuharu "Aquamarine no mama de ite" (7")
As released on CD earlier this year, here's a 7" cut of Konishi Yasuharu's take of drama "dakishimetai!"'s theme song. The A-side is the theme song as performed by Every Little Thing and produced by Konishi, while the B-side...
Posted on December 31, 2013 at 18:11. | Released on December 20, 2013
Konishi Yasuharu/Pizzicato Five "'dakishimetai!' Music Collection"
P5 fans rejoice, here come some lost Pizzicato Five sounds! Hit TV drama "dakishimetai!" was originally aired in 1988, and it's back this year as a special sequel marking its 25th anniversary. The original had music by Pizzicato Five —at...
Posted on September 14, 2013 at 20:52. | Released on September 27, 2013
Various Artists "Shibuya-kei Respect" series
October saw the release of a series of 3 Shibuya-kei tribute cover compilations! All of these are full of famous Shibuya-kei songs covered by younger artists and bands who have been influenced by the movement. Included are songs originally by...
Posted on November 1, 2012 at 22:46. | Released on October 10, 2012
elect-link "On Your Wave:"
Café music unit elect-link have a new album out now, described as bossa-nova-like but non-bossa-nova pop, electronic and organic. More audio samples at ototoy. elect-link "On Your Wave:" 1. shine 2. umi to yakusoku 3. hatenaki tabi 4. mada kagi...
Posted on September 25, 2012 at 23:54. | Released on September 19, 2012
hitomitoi "City Dive EP" (12")
Here's a 6-track EP cut from hitomitoi's latest album "City Dive". The album was produced by Cunimondo Takiguchi. Also included here are tracks in collaboration with Dorian and Stringsburn (Pan Pacific Playa). Jet Set ran out of stock in one...
Posted on September 23, 2012 at 01:34. | Released on September 21, 2012
hitomitoi sings "City Dive"
Text by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Last June singer hitomitoi's new album "City Dive" was released on Billboard Japan Records. The album was produced by Cunimondo Takiguchi of city pops unit Ryūsenkei, with some tracks by Dorian and...
Posted on September 3, 2012 at 00:20.
Okada Tohru "kakū eiga ongakushū II ~Erewhon no roku de~"
Moonriders' Okada Tohru, lately active with CTO LAB., has a 4th album out this week. It has been no less than 19 years since his previous solo album! Included are several self-covers of Moonriders favorites, and the album is full...
Posted on August 7, 2012 at 22:39. | Released on August 8, 2012
Noko Inoko "Noko Inoko taizen Returns"
"TV commercial song queen" Noko Inoko, having sung some 800 during her career, has an album coming. This is a follow-up to "Noko Inoko taizen" released in 2006. Included here are 42 tracks, many of commercial and TV show jingles,...
Posted on June 19, 2012 at 21:52. | Released on June 20, 2012
hitomitoi "City Dive"
Singer hitomitoi has a brand new album coming, produced by jazz DJ Cunimondo Takiguchi (Ryūsenkei), in collaboration with Dorian and guitarist Kashif aka StringsBurn (Pan Pacific Playa). This album, being described as contemporary city music, is when summer starts! Coming...
Posted on June 15, 2012 at 23:28. | Released on June 20, 2012
m-flo "Square One"
Some 5 years have past since m-flo's "Loves" series, and since what I believe was their latest original album "Cosmicolor" (not counting the bunch of "best", "tribute", "remix" albums that came since). Now here's a new album being advertised as...
Posted on March 16, 2012 at 21:57. | Released on March 14, 2012
Shinohara Tomoe "-:*Oh Yes Say LaLa*:-"
Here's Shinohara Tomoe's 2nd album this year, following "-:*Better*:-" out on January 11. Again this is all written, programmed, produced and illustrated by herself. The artwork for this album even contains photos of herself wearing self-designed costumes to go with...
Posted on February 17, 2012 at 20:13. | Released on February 22, 2012
Moonriders "moonriders Live at Mielparque Tokyo Hall 2011.05.05 'hi no tama Boy Concert'"
The Moonriders have officially retired indefinitely at the end of 2011. Here's a 2-CD live album of a special concert held in Tokyo on May 5 last year to celebrate the band's 35th anniversary. Moonriders "moonriders Live at Mielparque Tokyo...
Posted on January 23, 2012 at 00:00. | Released on January 25, 2012
Veteran new wave band Moonriders has been around 35 years, but they have now announced that they will be going to retire indefinitely at the end of the year. They do have a last, 21st original album coming, appropriately titled...
Posted on December 11, 2011 at 01:23. | Released on December 14, 2011
The Aprils "Magical Girls E.P." pre-release party
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Last night (November 22) at Koenji High was the pre-release party for The Aprils' new CD, "Magical Girls" EP going on sale on January 11, 2012. The event was even...
Posted on November 23, 2011 at 22:37.
Hatakeyama Miyuki "waga utsukushiki furusato yo"
Singer-songwriter Hatakeyama Miyuki (Port of Notes) celebrates her 10th anniversary since her solo debut with a 5th original album. Included are mainly new original songs, and also covers of standards "What A Wonderful World", "Moon River" and "Over The Rainbow"....
Posted on October 8, 2011 at 22:59. | Released on December 7, 2011
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. | Released on February 9, 2011
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.
Various Artists "Girls Sazanami Beat! vol.3"
A third sampler compilation from Sazanami Label has been released, containing a total of 22 tracks with many previously unreleased ones, and the whole at a nice price too. Included is a new recording by sono na wa Spade (The...
Posted on October 7, 2010 at 22:07. | Released on September 22, 2010
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.
SMAP "We are SMAP!"
Boy idol group SMAP has a new album featuring a bunch of interesting artists, such as Sōtaiseiriron, Ishino Takkyū (Denki Groove), CMJK (ex-Denki Groove), Fukutomi Yukihiro, Nishidera Gōta (Nona Reeves), Rip Slyme, Love Psychedelico, and more. Last but not least,...
Posted on July 19, 2010 at 11:46. | Released on July 21, 2010
Tokyo Pinsalocks, Noodles, Kinoco Hotel at Que
Text and photos by Ken M (Japan Live) Sunday was girl band night at the Club Que, but the three featured groups had little in common other than that they were all girls. First up was Kinoco Hotel, AKA "mushroom...
Posted on March 8, 2010 at 03:37.
Various Artists "Oceanus Presents Time To Play -Generation Hip Star- Mixed by Yoichiro Itoh"
Just after the release of his new album "I'm your clown" comes this mix CD by Itō Yōichirō (aka Akakage). Containing a selection of rock and pop tracks, the whole is centered on Akakage's new song "Together" which is featured...
Posted on January 2, 2010 at 23:24. | Released on January 20, 2010
Sunaga t Experience "jazz et jazz"
Sunaga t Experience (MySpace), the club-jazz-turned-real-jazz solo unit of Sunaga Tatsuo, has a 4th album coming! This comes 3½ years after the previous, "A Letter from Allnighters" that was very jazzy, entirely recorded with a full band. The new album...
Posted on November 13, 2009 at 23:36. | Released on December 2, 2009
Various Artists "modal sound from Velours, Tokyo 01. moderno"
Sunaga Tatsuo (Sunaga t Experience) brings this new mix CD series inspired from his monthly party "moderno" held once every 2 months at Velours. This is a selection of club-jazz, and instead of having the songs mixed together it's said...
Posted on November 11, 2009 at 23:23. | Released on November 18, 2009
Ryō-san "kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari-kōenmae Hashutsujo"
The latest by Konishi Yasuharu is this ska-ish track sung by Katori Shingo of superstar boy group SMAP. It's a return of the duo of super-hit "oha Rock" (sung by Shingo Mama), probably one of Konishi's works that sold the...
Posted on August 3, 2009 at 23:35. | Released on August 5, 2009
akiko "a white album" (12")
Jazz vocalist akiko's Christmas album "a white album", produced Konishi Yasuharu last year, is being reissued on vinyl for DJs and analog jazz lovers. akiko "a white album" (12") A1. Auld Lang Syne A2. Santa ga machi ni yatte kuru...
Posted on December 14, 2008 at 13:54. | Released on December 3, 2008
Oikawa Mitsuhiro "Rainbow-Man"
Konishi Yasuharu wrote and produced a track for the new album of Oikawa Mitsuhiro (aka Michie). The track in question, titled "That's Entertainment.", has Konishi's distinctive club sound and sure reminds of Pizzicato Five, and also seems to borrow a...
Posted on October 30, 2008 at 22:12. | Released on November 5, 2008
yes, mama ok? "Incomplete Questions"
yes, mama ok? have a complete boxed set just out that regroups all of their releases on LD&K and Columbia. That's a total of 55 songs from "Coffee Cup de Rendez-vous tte saikō yo", "tea party", "suna no Pudding", "modern...
Posted on October 4, 2008 at 15:41. | Released on September 26, 2008
everybody unknown orchestra "everybody known songs ~minna no uta~"
Better late than never, I just learned of this cover album of children's songs released last year and produced by Akakage. The songs are arranged into bossa nova, reggae and Hawaiian styles, and feature 5 different female vocalists including Hirosue...
Posted on February 13, 2008 at 14:46. | Released on May 23, 2007
DJ Sora-Mimi "Groove Party"
DJ Sora-Mimi, a new-comer of the scene who recently released a first 7" and also participated to the "Christmas Will Be Just Another Day" 12" compilation, has a first mix CD out now! 32 tracks of soft rock, groovy pops,...
Posted on December 28, 2007 at 11:08. | Released on December 26, 2007
akiko "a white album"
Jazz vocalist akiko has a Christmas album coming up, produced by Konishi Yasuharu! Aside from an instrumental track written by akiko, titled "12gatsu 25nichi no asa." ("The morning of December 25"), all songs are covers of Christmas standards everyone knows....
Posted on September 28, 2007 at 14:09. | Released on November 7, 2007
Fatboy Slim "The Greatest Hits Remixed"
FPM has a remix that made it even on the international release of Fatboy Slim's new 2-CD remix album! The remix has been heard before at least on "Sound Concierge #702". The Japanese edition of the remix album includes a...
Posted on September 5, 2007 at 14:14. | Released on September 19, 2007
Asia Engineer "aa subarashiki hibi"
4-MC rap group Asia Engineer's upcoming full-length album is set to make Readymade fans happy! Included are the new Konishi Yasuharu-produced song "Bikini", and also "The Happiest Day of Life" produced by Yoshida Tetsuto, and "Tokyo 24ji" produced by Iwamura...
Posted on July 6, 2007 at 17:01. | Released on July 11, 2007
Ella Fitzgerald "Readymade digs Ella!"
Konishi Yasuharu brings us a selection of songs by Ella Fitzgerald, selected in a "jazz & jive" spirit. Like the recently released "Readymade digs Elvis!", this will contain several rare tracks, Konishi-san even says that some may even be released...
Posted on May 17, 2007 at 11:37. | Released on June 6, 2007
Update: yes, mama ok? tribute
Various Artists "Tribute to yes, mama ok?" To be released on 4/20! Artwork added....
Posted on April 5, 2006 at 13:21.
Various Artists "Tribute to yes, mama ok?"
Short-lived bright indies pop band "yes, mama ok?" (fan site) created many great songs just one decade ago. Marking the band's 10th anniversary, today's artists put together a fan tribute album, which is planned to be released in early 2006....
Posted on December 13, 2005 at 10:34. | Released on April 20, 2006
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