Tag Archive: albums

Jul 07

Cocco and more Cocco

Nearly two years after her last single, authentic and eccentric music talent Cocco will release her first digital EP. The currently unnamed collection is a conceptual one consisting of four songs connected to the seasons. It will go on sale August 15, the same day Cocco releases her new book, Cocco-san no daidokoro, and performs …

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Jul 02

[vault review] Cocco: Sangrose

Articles about The Shins often mention the scene in Garden State in which Natalie Portman hands her headphones to actor-director Zach Braff and says, “Listen to this; it will change your life.” In some alternate universe where Mr. Braff is a huge J-rock fan, he could have written the scene about Cocco, and music writers …

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Jun 30

[review] Yoshida Brothers: Prism

It’s easy to understand why the Yoshida Brothers (Yoshida Kyoudai in Japan) are internationally popular. They’re shamisen virtuosos imaginative enough to take on all kinds of music with their nostalgic-sounding folk instrument, even a Radiohead song. Thus, Yoshida Kenichi and Ryouichirou can appeal to several demographics: shamisen lovers, fans of daring music and newbies to …

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Apr 19

[Review] Hamasaki Ayumi: Next Level

If you’re interested in purchasing Hamasaki Ayumi’s 10th album, Next Level, and don’t know which of the four versions—ranging from the plain CD to a blinged-out, 6800-yen USB stick—to buy, go for the 2CD+DVD package. It’s the only one that includes the singer’s first live CD, an attraction that is better than the uneventful feature …

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Mar 29

[Review] Zazen Boys: Zazen Boys 4

Even back when he was in the garage rock band Number Girl, Mukai Shutoku weaved dub and dance music into his compositions. He brings those elements to the forefront in the 2008 album Zazen Boys 4, a dazzingly complicated and challenging dance-rock album. “Asobi” opens the album with a dreamy, spacey sound that turns into …

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