2018/01/11

Common/Like Water for Chocolate (2000)

An American hip hop artist, rapper and actor born in Chicago, Illinois in 1972, Common's fourth studio album (#16 on the US album charts). Soul/jazz-inflected, accessible and comfortable alternative hip hop album featuring Common's smooth rhyming and sophisticated back tracks by Soulquarians, a neo soul and alternative hip hop-oriented musical collective led by Questlove (The Roots drummer). Includes singles, "The 6th Sense" and "The Light" (samples Bobby Caldwell's "Open Your Eyes").

Like Water for Chocolate

| Music: C |

2018/01/06

OHM+: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music: 1948-1980 (various artists, 2005/1948-1980) *

A compilation (3CD + DVD) of historical recordings in early electronic music (Ellipsis Arts). The reissued edition of the 2000 3CD box set "OHM: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music: 1948-1980", with the addition of a DVD (over two hours of rare performances, interviews, animations, and experimental video). You can enjoy a variety of electroacoustic music styles, including not only the sound sources of classical electronic instruments, but also musique concrète, sound collage, free improvisation, noise, drone and ambient. "Tchaikovsky: Valse Sentimentale" features Clara Rockmore's theremin performing in around 1976. Olivier Messiaen's "Oraison" features ondes martenot. Pierre Schaeffer's "Etude aux Chemins de Fer" is the early musique concrète work and a noise collage including the sounds of trains. John Cage's "Williams Mix" is an eight-channel electroacoustic piece by tape editing. Edgard Varèse's "Poeme Électronique" is an electronic music piece for the Philips Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Kontakte (Contacts)" (6:20, edit) is a four-channel electroacoustic piece for electronic sound tape, piano and percussion. Joji Yuasa's "Projection Esemplastic For White Noise" is a an electroacoustic piece with the processing of white noise. Iannis Xenakis's "Hibiki-Hana-Ma" (4:39, edit), an electronic-music composition for 12 channels and 800 speakers, composed for the Iron and Steel Federation's Pavilion at Expo '70. Also includes tracks from the popular music field, such as Holger Czukay, Klaus Schulze, Jon Hassell and Brian Eno.

OHM+: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music: 1948-1980

2017/12/29

Kyohei Tsutsumi/Kyohei Tsutsumi Hitstory Ultimate Collection 1967-1997 2013Edition (2013/1967-2011) *

A hit song collection (9 CDs, 173 songs) of Kyohei Tsutsumi, a composer and arranger who had merged Western popular music and Japanese melodies, produced lots of catchy hit songs in GS, Kayokyou, idol pop and J-pop fields mainly from the late 1960 to the 1980s, and had a huge influence on Japanese popular music. The reissued edition which consists of the remastered edition of the 8 CDs relesed in 1997 with the addition of the disc of the hits in 1999-2011. Ayumi Ishida/"Blue Light Yokohama" (1968) and Kiyohiko Ozaki/"Mata Au Hi Made (Until We Meet Again)" (1971) are his early masterpieces. Sachiko Nishida/"Kurenai Hotel (A Crimson Hotel)" (1969) is a waltz with the arrangement influenced by Burt Bacharach. Yuuko Uno/"Sazae-san" (1969) is the opening theme for thew TV anime series "Sazae-san". Hiromi Iwasaki/"Sentimental" (1975) is an idol pop in the Philly soul style. Hiromi Ohta/"Momen no Handkerchief (A Cotton Handkerchief)" (1975) is an excellent song in the country pop. Hiromi Iwasaki/"Cinderella Honeymoon" (1978) is an idol pop with the disco sound. Judy Ongg/"Miserarete (Enchanted)" (1979) is an exotic song with the orchestration like Paul Mauriat. Ikue Sakakibara/"Robot" (1980) is an idol pop in techno/synth pop style. Shonentai/"ABC" (1987) is an Eurobeat pop.

Kyohei Tsutsumi Hitstory Ultimate Collection 1967-1997 2013Edition

2017/12/22

Rez Infinite Original Soundtrack (2017)

The original soundtrack of "Rez Infinite" (published by Enhance Games in 2016) for PlayStation 4/PlayStation VR/Microsoft Windows, the remastered edition (playable in VR mode) of the synesthesia shooter game "Rez" (published by Sega in 2001) for PlayStation 2/Dreamcast. This album packs not the sound sources with the game, but the remixes of the original tracks used in the game. A double CD. The disc 1 (10 tracks) is the same as "Rez: Gamer's Guide to..." (released in 2002), the official mix collection of the original tracks. It can be listened to as a techno compilation album featuring the original tracks by Japanese/German/English artists including Ken Ishii, Oval, Coldcut and Adam Freeland, and including the elements of intelligent techno, trance, breakbeat, glitch and ambient. The disc 2 (7 tracks) packs new, emotional and melodic tracks for "area X", the new stage of the VR edition, created by Hydelic (a group of sound creators in the developer "Resonair", Takako Ishida and Noboru Mutoh), including songs with female vocals.

Rez Infinite Original Soundtrack

2017/12/15

E.S.T./Seven Days of Falling (2003)

A Swedish jazz piano trio formed in 1993, E.S.T.(Esbjörn Svensson Trio)'s 2003 album (ACT). Contemporary piano trio including the elements of classic, rock, popular and electronica, and using not only piano, double bass and drums, but also bowed bass, distorted bass with effects, prepared piano and rhythm machine. A pop-oriented album including tranquil tracks in the ambient style with lyrical and beautiful piano melodies, and catchy tracks in the rock style. Aimed at popular music fans rather than jazz fans. The hidden track "Love is Real" after the track No.10 "O.D.R.I.P." is a vocal version of the track No.6, a ballad "Believe Beleft Below", featuring Josh Haden (son of Charlie Haden) as a guest vocalist. The US edition CD has a bonus DVD which includes about half of the live performance in Stockholm in December 2000.

Seven Days of Falling

2017/12/10

Can/Tago Mago (1971) **

A German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany, in 1968, Can's third album. Originally released as a double LP (released as a CD). A masterpiece in their early days, released after Japanese vocalist Damo Suzuki joined, and a krautrock classic. An experimental album including the elements of psychedelic rock, jazzy improvisation, funk, world music, electronic music and tape editing techniques, and featuring Jaki Liebezeit's funky virtuoso drumming called the "metronome style" and repeated beat. A long track with a trancey repeated beat, "Halleluwah" (over 19 minutes) is excellent. Had a huge influence on Public Image Ltd. and other post-punk bands. A double CD "40th Anniversary Edition", including the 2004 remastered edition and previously unreleased 1972 live performances, was released in 2011.

Tago Mago

| Music: C |

2017/12/03

Masayuki Takayanagi, Kaoru Abe/Kaitai Teki Kohkan: New Direction (1970)

A live recording by the duo of a Japanese free jazz guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi (guitar) and a Japanese free jazz alto saxophonist Kaoru Abe (alto saxophone, bass clarinet, harmonica), under the name of Takayanagi's unit "New Direction", at Kousei Nenkin Hall, Tokyo, on June 28, 1970. A noisy free improvisation featuring the entanglement between Takayanagi's distorted feedback-guitar and Abe's alto saxophone, which seems to be unsynchronized as well as synergic. One of the important works of avant-garde Jazz, free improvisation and noise music history, but the sound of the CD reissued in 1999 by the DIW label of Diskunion was picked up from LP and is poor in sound quality. The LP is rarely offered in markets (the remastered LP was released from Craftman Records label of Diskunion in 2017, but it is very expensive). Recommended to thpse who like free improvisation, such as Peter Brötzmann and Derek Bailey, and noise music.

Kaitai Teki Kohkan: New Direction

2017/11/27

Rossini/10 Overtures (Chailly, 1995)

A collection of overtures of operas composed by Gioachino Rossini, an Italian composer of the Romantic period known for his opera compositions (Decca). Gorgeous and dynamic music featuring light rhythms, clear melodies and his distinctive uplifting "Rossini crescendo". Includes 10 overtures, featuring famous "Guillaume Tell (William Tell)", "Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)", "Semiramide" and "La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)". Riccardo Chailly conducts Orchestra Filarmonica Della Scala. Chailly's second recording of Rossini's overtures (he recorded them with National Philharmonic Orchestra in 1981 and 1984).

10 Overtures

2017/11/20

David Bowie/Lodger (1979)

An English singer-songwriter, David Bowie's thirteenth studio album album (#4 on theUK album charts. #20 on the US album charts). The last of the Berlin Trilogy, a series of collaborations with Brian Eno. Unlike his previous two instrumental-oriented albums, all the tracks feature Bowie's vocals. A song-oriented, twisted avant-pop album including the elements of world music and the influences of krautrock. Includes singles, "Boys Keep Swinging" (#7 on the UK charts), "DJ", "Yassassin" and "Look Back in Anger". "Yassassin" is a Turkish-flavored reggae song. "Red Sails" is a good song influenced by the German band Neu!. "Red Money" is an alternate vbersion of the song "Sister Midnight" in Iggy Pop's album "The Idiot". Adrian Belew joined on guitar. Produced by David Bowie and Tony Visconti.

Lodger

| Music: B |

2017/11/13

Vijay Iyer Trio/Historicity (2009) *

An American jazz pianist and composer born in New York in 1971 as the son of Indian immigrants, Vijay Iyer's first album as leader on major label (ACT). Profound music with hard touches, by the piano trio, featuring complexly constructed compositions with ever-changing rhythms, including irregular meter and polyrhythm, and fragmented melodies, strongly influenced by Andrew Hill, but it is inexplicably flowing and united. Marcus Gilmore's virtuoso and groovy druming is exquisite. Stephan Crump's bowed-bass is also effective. It consists of four originals and six covers (Leonard Bernstein, M.I.A., Andrew Hill, Stevie Wonder, Julius Hemphill and Ronnie Foster). Chosen as the number one Jazz Album of the Year 2009 by The Village Voice, The New York Times and other papers.

Historicity