Maximum the Hormone/Yoshu Fukushu (2013)

A rock band formed in Hachioji, Tokyo in 1998, Maximum the Hormone's seventh album (#1 on the Japanese Oricon chart). Like their previous album "Buiikikaesu" (2007), loud and pop-oriented metalcore based on heavy metal and hardcore punk, featuring catchy vocal melodies and death growls. Includes two songs from a double A-side maxi single "Tsume Tsume Tsume (Claw Claw Claw)/"F"", and three songs ("Utsukushiki Hitobito no Uta/Song of the Depressed People", "Maximum the Hormone" and "My Girl") from a triple A-side maxi single "Greatest the Hits 2011-2011". "Tsume Tsume Tsume" was used as the opening theme for the NTV's music program "Music Fighter". ""F"" is a song about Freeza of the manga "Dragon Ball" by Akira Toriyama. Toriyama said he got the idea for the anime film "Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'" (2015) from ""F"", and this song was used in the film as a battle song.

Yoshu Fukushu


Jo Kondo/Surface, Depth, and Colour (Ensemble Nomad, 2012) *

Includes seven pieces composed by Jo Kondo, a Japanese composer of contemporary classical music (born in Tokyo in 1947), in 2000-2009 (ALM Records). "Holzwege" for 8 instruments (2008), "The Shadow of a Shade" for bass flute, viola, cello and piano (2009), "Ilex" for violin and piano (2003), "Yarrow" for accordion and string quartet (2005), "Calamintha" for guitar (2000), "Dartington Air" for oboe and percussion (2000), and "Surface, Depth, and Colour" for 12 instruments (2008). Ethereal and atmospheric compositions without teleonomic direction and perspective spatiality, like Japanese traditional paintings. Performed by Ensemble Nomad.

Surface, Depth, and Colour


Various Artists/The Sound Gallery Vols. 1-2 (1995/1996/1968-1976)

A compilation of British instrumental music pieces released on EMI in 1968-1976 (Scamp). The volume one contains 24 tracks. The volume two contains 27 tracks. Includes lots of catchy easy listening music/lounge music/library music (non-commercial music for movie, TV show, and broadcasting) pieces, such as orchestra pop like Burt Bacharach, and tunes influenced by jazz, funk and rock. The composers are Alan Hawkshaw, Keith Mansfield and others. Keith Mansfield's "Young Scene" was used as the theme to football TV programme "The Big Match". Alan Hawkshaw's "Blarney's Stoned" was used as the theme tune for Dave Allen's TV shows. Jack Parnell and His Orchestra's "Enter The Dragon" is the theme tune to the movie "Enter The Dragon". George Martin's "Theme One" was used as the theme tune for BBC Radio 1.

The Sound Gallery Vol. 2


Alice Coltrane/Journey in Satchidananda (1970)

An American jazz pianist and harp player known mainly for her recordings of avant-garde jazz for Impulse! Records in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Alice Coltrane's fourth solo album (Impulse!). A collaboration with jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. Spiritual jazz in the modal style, centering on Coltrane’s piano and harp, and Sanders’ soprano saxophone. It uses string instruments such as tamboura and oud, so it has also the elements of South Asian and Middle Eastern folk music. Accessible and comfortable music.

Journey in Satchidananda


Charles Earland/Black Talk! (1969)

An American jazz organist known for his performances mainly in the late 1960s and the 1970s, combining soul-jazz with blues and funk, Charles Earland and his sextet's 1969 album (Prestige). A best-selling, popular/rock-oriented soul-jazz album. The title track is a variation of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby". "More Today Than Yesterday" is a jazz arrangement of American pop band the Spiral Starecase's hit song.

Black Talk!


Nirvana/In Utero (1993)

An American rock band formed in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987, Nirvana's third and final studio album (#1 on the US/ UK album charts). A grunge/alternative rock masterpiece that is more dark, heavy, and rough than the previous album "Nevermind" (1991), which was a refined and pop album. Includes singles, "Heart-Shaped Box" (#5 on the UK charts), "All Apologies"/"Rape Me", and "Pennyroyal Tea". Produced by Steve Albini.

In Utero

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The Complete Soundtrack of Haruhi Suzumiya (2016)

A compilation album (a set of 5 CDs) that contains all the soundtracks of the TV anime series "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" (the 2006 and 2009 versions). It covers background music, theme songs, and featured songs of the TV series, and theme songs of a drama CD and radio programs, and also includes lots of pieces which were not used in the TV series. The discs 1-4 contain background music, and the disc 5 contains vocal songs. The pieces have a variety of styles, such as orchestra pop, electronica, classical, and rock. Most of the background music are composed and arranged by Satoru Kosaki, a former sound creator of Namco and composer/arranger/music producer known for his video game/anime soundtracks. The highlight is the disc 5, which contains the full versions of twelve catchy vocal songs, including all the four opening/ending theme songs of the 2006/2009 TV series. The ending theme of the 2006 TV series "Hare Hare Yukai (Sunny Sunny Happiness)" is a hit song famous as a choreographed dance song.

The Complete Soundtrack of Haruhi Suzumiya


Ali Farka Touré with Ry Cooder/Talking Timbuktu (1994)

A collaboration between Ali Farka Touré, a Malian singer, guitarist and songwriter known for his music based on West African traditional music and north American blues, and Ry Cooder, an American musician and songwriter known for his slide guitar work and digging roots music. Trance-like, hypnotic and comfortable music merging West African traditional music with blues. Featuring Ali's vocals and guitars by Ali and Ry, and also including njarka (a fiddle with one gut string), banjo, mbira (a Zimbabwean thumb piano), mandolin, marimba, and accordion. Received the Grammy award for Best World Music album of 1994. Produced by Ry Cooder.

Talking Timbuktu

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Babymetal/Metal Galaxy (2019)

A Japanese metal dance group who belongs to the talent agency Amuse, Babymetal's third studio album (#13 on the US album charts). The first album after Yuimetal (scream, dance) left the group in 2018 and they became the duo of Su-metal (vocals, dance) and Moametal (scream, dance). A catchy pop album based on the fusion of J-pop, heavy metal and electro dance music, also including the elements of Eurobeat, Indian/Russian folk songs, urban R&B like Hikaru Utada, Latin music, and hip hop. Includes singles, "Distortion", "Starlight", "Elevator Girl", "PA PA YA!! (feat. F.HERO)", and "Shanti Shanti Shanti". The featuring guests are B'z guitarist Tak Matsumoto, Sabaton vocalist Joakim Brodén, Polyphia guitarists Timothy Henson and Scott LePage, Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, and Thai rapper F.HERO. Produced by Kobametal (Amuse producer Key Kobayashi).

Metal Galaxy


Beach House/Teen Dream (2010)

An American dream pop duo formed by Victoria Legrand (vocals, keyboards, organs) and Alex Scally (guitar, basses, organs, piano, harmony vocals) in Baltimore, Maryland in 2004, Beach House's third studio album. An electronica/dream pop/indie pop masterpiece with using electric organs, string synths and drum machine. Sophisticated, comfortable sound and simple, but beautiful melodies. Includes singles, "Used to Be" (a new version of the 2008 single), "Norway", and "Zebra".

Teen Dream

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