August 30, 2020

Bloomsburry.  Toru Mitsui : "Popular Music in Japan" (2020)

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June 11, 2020

Ayuo: Outside Society (2020)

The two earliest Tzadik releases of Ayuo provided me an impression of Ayuo’s very distinctive original and chamber-kind of music in it which will made me remember Ayuo as a musical voice. In some of Ayuo’s other releases, the link towards th...

February 2, 2020

夢のヒットパレード~スーパー・コレクション ザ・ピーナッツⅠ


Hit Parade of Dreams-Super Collection "The Peanuts"

"The Hit Parade" "Soap Bubble Holiday"

1 可愛い花 / Cute flowers / Petite Fleur

2 キエン・セラ / Quien Serra

3 米山さんから(三階節) / From Yoneyama (3rd floor section)

4 キサス・キサス / Kisses...

February 2, 2020

杉井幸一 = Koichi Sugii* ‎– サロン・ミュージック集 = Salon Music 1938-1941

King Records ‎– BRIDGE 123/124 2CD 05 Jul 2009

I have heard some music of Koichi Sugi before, from sold out compilations, this is a new compilation that should do him justice. Knowing Japanes...

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...

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