November 17, 2019


V.A.: That's Nippon: Cinema Songs 1931-1940 (2018)

This is the kind of compilation that made me appreciate old music from Japan again, proving it had something original to offer in the 30s which was worth as a scene on its own to check out, with roots fro...

October 26, 2019

Something I never realized is that Hawaii since the early 20st century knew a relative large group of Japanese immigrants in its region who also mixed with locals. 

Wikipedia: "The Japanese in Hawaii (simply Japanese or Local Japanese, rarely Kepani) are the second lar...

September 1, 2019

MIS 我等のテナー◎藤原義江 Warera No Tenor Fujiwara Yoshi (2CD 18-12-2013 B00G5JCF8U)

When I was listening to Japanese music recordings from the 30s I noticed that most tracks showed how much musicians were regarded as low life entertainment folks who themselves did often act like...

August 14, 2019

Mais Um Minyo Crusaders: Echoes Of Japan (2019****

miniature LP CD/LP

I love very much combinations of styles which blend together well, respecting old and new traditions and mixing them in this case for pleasure only. This Japanese 10-piece band from Tokyo succeeds to d...

May 11, 2019

People who read my reviews must know I am very much into tradition mixed modernity or with a modern vision. For this idea, this Japanese concept rules as a master. So it wasn’t just J.A.Caesar who mixed rock with an idea of Japanese folk opera.

Geinoh Yamashirogumi was...

May 11, 2019

Guruguru Brain       Kikagaku Moyo : Masana Temples (JP,2018) LP/CD ***° vg-ex

The cover and first tracks are slightly misleading the direction of the band which is a mixture of two approaches, both with its own kind of charm. Its first few tracks, with s...

November 9, 2017

Light In The Attic Rec.         V.A.: Even A Tree Can Shed Tears:

Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973 (JAP,2017) 2LP/CD ***°

The album notes describes the personal discovery process of the compilers and its favourites listed here, some of which appear...

April 8, 2017

PSI     Osamu Kitajma : Benzaiten (1974 ; re.2017)****'

Osamu Kitajima under influence of Western rock progressions started to record under he name of Justin Heathcliff. After that he changed back to his own name, releasing his debut album, Benzaiten (Island Record...

November 1, 2016

Hoy Hoy Rec.              V.A.: 思ひ直して頂戴な 昭和エロ歌謡外伝 あゝ哀歌 (JAP,1929-1934)***°

“Give me once more the Omoi of Showa erotic songs Gaiden(?) Oh Lamentations”

review soon !!!

1 中村慶子 / Keiko Nakamura: 夕月 / Yudzuki    2:42...

October 11, 2016

二村定一 / Teiichi Futamura : 帰ってきた街のSOS! 二村定一コレクション1926-1934 / Kaette Kita Machi no SOS! Teiichi Futamura Collection 1926-1934 ***°

The first CD contains at times more or elsewhere less grotesque playing and singing with banjo/brass, and shows amusement and cabaret related...