|GOD MOUNTAIN NEW RELEASE
|"20th Jun Togawa"
Back by popular demand! Jun Togawa's album "20th Jun Togawa",
a celebration of
Togawa's 20th year in the entertainment business originally released on the
God Mountain sub-label God Ocean in 2000, has been reissued. It's a
brilliant collaboration with members of the Jun Togawa Band, her cohorts
Under producer Hoppy Kamiyama's guidance, classic tunes which
were an influence on Togawa have been resurrected for the 21st century.
Special guests include Otomo Yoshihide, Emi Eleonola from Demi Semi Quaver, and The Saboten. The first 1000 fans to purchase "20th" will receive a bonus CD featuring two hommages to Jean-Luc Godard, sung by Togawa at a Godard tribute event which was held at Aoyama Cay on June 8, 2002. Togawa and Kamiyama's collaboration with a string quartet is a 21st century response to the films of Godard.
|One day, several years ago, three girls from the island of Okinawa were messing around with an MD-4, a cheap lo-fi MD recorder, when they inadvertently created a cool reverse sound...and that's how Salk Vacchin was born. Salk Vacchin is always mysterious. They invite you to experience their "New Space Folk Music."
|"Beyond the Blue Heaven"
|The Saboten is a long-running collaboration between three unique artists with diverse tastes and backgrounds: Hoppy Kamiyama, Saguaro, and DJ Force. Their sound, which might be described as Mixture Head Music, is a combination of techno, rock, jazz and ambient elements. The Saboten is the interface of coolness and flesh. This is the Saboten's 7th album, and its concept is "Sun Ra meets Kraftwerk." Guest musicians include monster drummer Tatsuya Yoshida and a six-piece horn section.
Transcending electro and hip hop,
Shinto sends a query from Germany to Japan,
home of the Kami: Is there any Kibou (hope) left in Japan?
Free spirit Hans Platzgumer -- former leader of legendary Matador recording artists H. P. Zinker, stage buddy of John Spencer, currently top electronica artist for labels such as Disco B and DJ Hell's Gigolo imprint -- teamed up with Bob Dylan freak CaMi Tokujiro to form Shinto.
Curiously, although based in Munich their songs are sung in Japanese.
Electroclash is currently all the rage in Germany and New York, and Shinto is surely the most dangerous unit involved in the movement! There can't possibly be another group like this! Enjoyment guaranteed.
The Spoozys, forerunners of the Neo New Wave movement,
debuted from the exciting New York-based label Jetset
in 2000 and quickly captured attention by shaking up the CMJ charts.
It goes without saying that Spoozys addicts were legion following their US tour later that year.
In 2003, a chemical reaction of Amdromedan proportions resulted in their third album.
Totally different from their previous releases, it features the Spoosys' aggressive, highly-evolved, thoroughly contemporary brand of space rock!
|"Hasshe! Sohgasai! Underground Ryukyu"
Never-before-heard new sounds from Okinawa.
Close encounters with 16 Okinawan underground tracks!
Underground Ryukyu isn't traditional, and it's not the trendy punk stuff either.
It's a completely new Okinawan wave.
The word is that the Indies movement is currently more interesting out in regional areas, and Underground Ryukyu, in particular, features astounding sounds like you've never heard before.
Sounds that are simultaneously innocent and incredible.
Underground Ryukyu may be a portal into outer space...and I ain't kidding!
2003.12.22 on sale
|TOGAWA Jun BAND
|"Into a blind alley"
Hoppy Kamiyama, Tatsuya Yoshida and Mitsuru Nasuno first played as a
trio on January 5, 2002 at the Star Pine's Cafe as part of a
mini-festival featuring improv-incorporating bands such as Date
CoursePentagon Royal Garden and Bondage Fruit. Calling themselves Improg,
theyplayed to a wildly enthusiastic crowd.
Kamiyama, Yoshida and Nasuno are all members of the Jun Togawa Band. ATogawa set nearly always begins with an improvised jazz-rock prelude,and what Improg did was to cut this section out of the Togawa show, pareit down to an ideal power trio format, and stretch it out intostratospheric heights.
Changing their name from Improg to Daimonji on the occasion of their CDdebut, the trio is not longer an occasional session group but a tangibleand permanent entity. There are plenty of bands out there who improvise in jazz and avant garde vocabularies, but Daimonji's "improvised progressive rock" is sure to become a unique and continuous challenge to genre conventions.
2005.6.10 on sale
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