Thursday, September 29, 2011

稲垣潤一 - EDGE OF TIME (1988)

(Junichi Inagaki - EDGE OF TIME)

Genre: Pop
Released: April 25th, 1988
Region: Japan
Label: FUN HOUSE
Catalog #: 32FD-7005
Format: CD

tracklist
01. 1・2・3
02. ひとつの椅子
03. September Kiss
04. サザンクロス
05. 時の岸辺
06. She is a star
07. Money Girl
08. Oh Darling
09. Slow Dancin'
10. 君のためにバラードを

Smooth, radio-friendly crooner pop from a singer/sometimes songwriter with a cool voice. Track 1 is easily one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE pop songs to come out of Japan from that decade. Infectious and classy.

Junichi Inagaki was pretty well-loved in Japan around the 80's and early 90's and he's put out some fantastic singles. This isn't his best, but it's great nonetheless and I recommend giving it a spin.

Bought from a seller on eBay.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

ゼクス - H∀PPY / 回転木馬 / 麻薬ノ破片 (999 version) (2002)

(ZXS - HAPPY / Kaitenmokuba / Mayaku no Hahen (999 version))

Genre: Alt Rock/Industrial Rock/Metal
Released: 2002
Region: Osaka, Japan
Label: kapparecords
Catalog #: KPMT-01/KPMT-02/KPCR-10
Format: Cassette/Mini-CD

H∀PPY tracklist
a. H∀PPY
b. cutting blood (ORIZINAL version)

回転木馬 tracklist
a. 回転木馬
b. カルマ(ORIZINAL version)

麻薬ノ破片 (999 version) tracklist
01. 麻薬ノ破片

One day, I'll have everything they ever released!

More of the same excellence, all released post-cure and pre-MUGENCORE. First tape has a new song(that got put on MUGENCORE) and a different version of a song off their Cure album. Second tape has another new track that made it to MUGENCORE and a different version of a song off Spiral Code and the Cerebral Ache tape, and the mini-CD features a remake of a song off that same tape.

Bought from a vk merch seller.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

emmurée - love letter (2002)


Genre: Goth Rock
Released: December 1st, 2002
Region: Japan
Label: ??? (anyone know?)
Catalog #: HNS-002
Format: CD

tracklist
01. ラブレター
02. グロセックス
03. 絵空事の色彩
04. 瓶詰少女
05. 楽園

Easily one of the best goth rock releases that I've ever heard, Japanese or otherwise. These guys have been kicking for about a decade now and they've been consistently awesome since the beginning, but this(their very first non-demo, non-compilation release), IMO, is their crowning achievement.

Powerful, emotional, tormented vocals and a heavy focus on jangly guitar and bass. Absolutely breathtaking melodies and atmospheres.
Can't recommend these guys enough.

Bought from a vk merch seller.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ayuo - Izutsu (2000)


Genre: Experimental/Folk
Released: 2000
Region: Tokyo, Japan
Label: Tzadik
Catalog #: TZ7227
Format: CD

tracklist
01. Taiyo
02. Ama No Umi
03. Lament
04. Izutsu 1
05. Izutsu 2
06. Izutsu 3
07. Izutsu 4
08. Izutsu 5
09. Izutsu 6
10. Izutsu 7
11. Izutsu 8
12. Izutsu 9
13. Izutsu 10
14. Izutsu 11
15. Izutsu 12

Bought this not knowing what I'd expect, got an eerie and beautiful experimental japanesey(with added middle-eastern flavor) folk album. Very minimalist, rarely more than 3 instruments being played at once(from what I can hear) and they're played in methodical, progressive, emotionally expressive ways. Fantastic background reflection music.

Bought from Amoeba Music.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

POLL TURNOUT: "Should I stick with 320 or go v0?"

-> 320 kbps: 9 (47%)
-> v0: 10 (52%)

So, people MOSTLY prefer v0, but the scores are pretty much completely even. From here on, I'll upload a 320kbps rip as well as a v0 rip for each post.

If anyone wants anything(that's already been posted) re-uploaded in v0, let me know in this post or in an email and I'll hook you up. Updating ALL the entries with a new link would take foreeeeeeeeever.

Oh, and in case you didn't see it on the side, follow the twitter for updates!