Not a case of sampling but I've always wondered if OMD were referencing the intro of La Femme Chinoise
With the intro to Genetic Engineering
― MaresNest, Wednesday, 30 March 2011 20:08 (2 years ago) Permalink
there was a "Arists that sampled YMO" thread somewhere in the archives.
ah, found it. thanks!
on my third listen of the day. this album is fantastic.
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Thursday, 31 March 2011 01:03 (2 years ago) Permalink
xp - it pretty much has to be, right?
― frogbs, Thursday, 31 March 2011 03:36 (2 years ago) Permalink
Susumu Hirasawa - Sim City (1995)
I've posted about this guy a lot, but if you haven't read them all I have to say is that this guy is one of my favorite musicians, period. He got his start with P-Model in 1979, which broke up in 1986. He's maintained a solo career ever since, even after P-Model reformed in 1992. His output during the 90's was, in my opinion, the best of anybody during that decade. Nothing against his first 3 solo albums, but starting with his 4th, he took things to the next level. This is his 5th, and it showcases his penchant for music with a big sound. Lots of marching rhythms and powerful synth noises. Like every album the guy releases, it's wonderfully melodic as well. Hope you guys dig this as much as I do. Sorry for the BIG image but this is BIG music.
Not a Spotify Link
Yukihiro Takahashi - Murdered by the Music (1980)
Takahashi was YMO's drummer and singer, who also had quite a successful solo career during their run. Murdered by the Music is the first of 3 solo albums that sort of captured the more pop side of YMO, all of which are worth hearing. But I like this one a lot because it has the best sense of humor and some pretty neat tunes that are kind of atypical of his later career. To be honest I'm not a huge fan of his solo stuff, but these albums are pretty good. I would think just about anyone could enjoy this.
― frogbs, Monday, 4 April 2011 05:43 (2 years ago) Permalink
Murdered by the MusicNot a Spotify Link either
― frogbs, Monday, 4 April 2011 11:52 (2 years ago) Permalink
> Susumu Hirasawa
how would you rate his Paranoia Agent theme compared to his other output? representative?
― meisenfek, Monday, 4 April 2011 13:30 (2 years ago) Permalink
I love hirasawa's stuff on the satoshi kon films I've seen but have never listened to any of his other albums. really looking forward to this!
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Monday, 4 April 2011 14:20 (2 years ago) Permalink
just threw it on. very good so far. love the contrast between the almost saccharine arrangements and melancholy vox on this guy's stuff.
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Monday, 4 April 2011 14:26 (2 years ago) Permalink
what p-model albums are worth searching btw?
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Monday, 4 April 2011 14:27 (2 years ago) Permalink
Honestly I have no idea, I haven't gotten that far yet. His discography is huge and most of his albums have been really good so I haven't been able to just power through it. But from what I can tell, he does kind of embody that mentality of The Fall, you know "always different, always the same". That is, he's always trying new things, using new instruments, and writing different types of songs, but he always seems to fall back on the same sorts of things that are familiar to him - like marching rhythms, epic choruses that repeat the title over and over, even certain types of vocal melodies. What I'm trying to say is that I'm fairly sure if you like that tune you should probably just pick up a full album and go from there. AFAIK his soundtracks usually derive a bit from his full-lengths and I would guess probably aren't as good.
― frogbs, Monday, 4 April 2011 14:32 (2 years ago) Permalink
Well I'll definitely be posting some up later, there's really no "definitive" album, just a bunch that are very good to excellent. Of the first run, I would say In a Model Room and Karkador are the best. When they reformed in the 90's, pretty much every album they released was incredible. P-Model and Big Body are probably the easiest to get into (and sort of form a set together). From there they got a bit more complex and ambitious, but the material was top notch - Fune and Enola are both great. I just started listening to Music Industrial Wastes ~ P-Model or Die, their final album, and can confirm that it's also very very good.
― frogbs, Monday, 4 April 2011 14:41 (2 years ago) Permalink
oh, man. thanks for the info. sounds pretty exciting!
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Monday, 4 April 2011 15:07 (2 years ago) Permalink
(due to actual events not *that* surreal anymore)
Paranoia Agent Theme
― meisenfek, Monday, 4 April 2011 15:14 (2 years ago) Permalink
i'll have to wait until I get home...can't listen to that here
― frogbs, Monday, 4 April 2011 15:47 (2 years ago) Permalink
Saw that series right over the summer. Always thought it was an bizarre choice considering the show's actual soundtrack.
― kelpolaris, Monday, 4 April 2011 15:48 (2 years ago) Permalink
have the Yukihiro Takahashi lp on now. not bad, has its moments (the strings at the end of "Numbers From A Calculated Conversation" are lovely), etc. but I loved the Susumu Hirasawa one and it pales a bit in comparison.
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:30 (2 years ago) Permalink
i can see that. they certainly have a different feel to them. the Takahaski one is more for those who like the more goofy, pop-oriented side of YMO. I'm a big fan of most of it.
― frogbs, Monday, 4 April 2011 21:35 (2 years ago) Permalink
meisenfek: just heard the paranoia agent theme you posted and it's definitely representative of his output. maybe a bit more upbeat than usual but if you like that song than pretty much all of his music from the 90's and beyond should appeal to you.
― frogbs, Monday, 4 April 2011 23:09 (2 years ago) Permalink
Does anyone (of maybe the two people who actually d/l these) know what kind of stuff they want to hear next week?
― frogbs, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 14:05 (2 years ago) Permalink
personally, I would love to hear some of the more psychedelic, pre-ymo stuff that's working with a primarily electronic palette. I think cochin moon is a stunning record, for example, and haven't heard much else like it from that scene... but I realize that's taking us out of "new wave" territory for sure.
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 14:28 (2 years ago) Permalink
Those albums are kind of tough to come by. I think that in Japan, YMO really was the pioneering electronic act, it's not like Germany where you had Cluster and Harmonia and Schulze...but I'll have to look. I'm not too worried about going out of "new wave" territory since there are only really handful of Japanese bands that can really be classified as such...I mean Sim City is pretty far away from new wave but he had his roots there and took just enough of it with him to make it count in my mind. Hell I was planning to post Kaze Machi Roman by Happy End up here one of these weeks just because Hosono was on it.
― frogbs, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 14:36 (2 years ago) Permalink
yeah, I'm not really sure if there even IS much stuff like cochin moon out there. not knowledgeable enough. have to admit... a whole world of bands running parallel to cluster/harmonia/schulze that I had never heard of is exactly what I was hoping for. :-)
but I'm loving this thread and especially the more fringe stuff like sim city! it's unlikely that I would have heard it otherwise and it is GREAT. thanks for doing this.
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 14:52 (2 years ago) Permalink
yea i'm into sim city, especially the title track, really appreciate the tip
― a lagoon par la mer (psychgawsple), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 18:03 (2 years ago) Permalink
Glad you guys liked it...i would be interested to know what songs were your favorites.
Hard to pick just a couple but "Caravan" always strikes a chord with me, mainly because it comes after such a melancholy stretch of music. "Moonlight" also really blew me away, especially the first time around. Seems like its going to be sort of a typical string ballad, then this overpowering industrial noise comes out of nowhere and becomes the focus of the song...very cool
― frogbs, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 20:08 (2 years ago) Permalink
Glad you guys liked it...i would be interested to know what songs were your favorites.
"lotus" is really doing it for me right now.
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Thursday, 7 April 2011 15:50 (2 years ago) Permalink
re-listening. a couple thoughts.
"moonlight" - wow, this might be my fave. so sweeping.
"pacific rim imitation network" - maybe not top tier, but whoa, that guitar solo is pretty "out."
the whole thing is fairly consistent, tho. and a lot of little touches to latch onto with this one.
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Thursday, 7 April 2011 16:36 (2 years ago) Permalink
"Moonlight" still gives me chills just thinking of it. "Kingdom" is one that has really grown on me. Kind of has a trip-hop beat to it and the organ parts in the background are really neat. BTW speaking of "Lotus" it's one of quite a few songs he did that seem to change depending on how you listen to it...like on a full system vs. headphones vs. say, computer speakers
― frogbs, Thursday, 7 April 2011 17:34 (2 years ago) Permalink
Does anyone know anything about this track:
Moka posted it a while ago, and it just slays me.
cant find anything else about this on google except that its from 1983
would love to hear the rest of this album!
― dsb, Thursday, 7 April 2011 17:39 (2 years ago) Permalink
yeah, that's great!
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Thursday, 7 April 2011 17:55 (2 years ago) Permalink
i'll have to look at it when i get home
but if you know the artist or song i'll see if it rings a bell
― frogbs, Thursday, 7 April 2011 18:01 (2 years ago) Permalink
The band name is Mariah. I have both of their albums on CD in my hometown, but their sound is a little too experimental for my tastes. I haven't heard them in 4 years, but I'm actually curious to give them a listen again. My mom is visiting me tomorrow, so perhaps I'll have her look through my collection and bring them for me!
― Patrick South, Thursday, 7 April 2011 18:06 (2 years ago) Permalink
Further googling yielded some results after all:
Apparently some of the lyrics are also in armenian?
Thanks so much Patrick, and if its not too much trouble i would love to hear the other album as well.
looking forward to catching up on this thread.
― dsb, Thursday, 7 April 2011 18:13 (2 years ago) Permalink
and if you do end up ripping those, flac would be just great. :-)
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Friday, 8 April 2011 01:23 (2 years ago) Permalink
I was going to say, if you find them, definitely throw them up here, that would be awesome. I did find it on Soulseek but only in 128 kbps
― frogbs, Friday, 8 April 2011 01:32 (2 years ago) Permalink
maybe not top tier, but whoa, that guitar solo is pretty "out."
most of his solos are like that; check this out
(skip to about 2:10)
― frogbs, Friday, 8 April 2011 01:36 (2 years ago) Permalink
Ah, missed this thread!
Agree about Takahashi, though I think Neuromantic is his best. Murdered By the Music is great though. "Blue Colour Worker" is so uplifting in that relentlessly happy 80s Japanese futuristic mall music sort of way. What, Me Worry has a few great tracks too ("It's All Up To You", "Disposable Love") The "Poisson d'Avril" soundtrack has a lot of nice carefree instrumentals like early Bacharach-ish Pizzicato 5 (pre-Nomi Makiya).
Speaking of P5:
― corey, Friday, 8 April 2011 02:12 (2 years ago) Permalink
^^ produced by Hosono btw!
― corey, Friday, 8 April 2011 02:13 (2 years ago) Permalink
that solo rules!! xxpost
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Friday, 8 April 2011 02:17 (2 years ago) Permalink
^^i'm not really into guitar solos that much, but that's pretty much how to do it.
― Z S, Friday, 8 April 2011 02:21 (2 years ago) Permalink
love this thread, btw, not sure if i said that earlier or if i just thought it a bunch of times (and i'm apparently too lazy to take 10 seconds to search)
― Z S, Friday, 8 April 2011 02:22 (2 years ago) Permalink
― corey, Friday, 8 April 2011 02:27 (2 years ago) Permalink
corey - I'm a big fan of "It's All Gonna Work Out" from What, Me Worry. Maybe my favorite of his. Have you ever heard that instrumental soundtrack he did called La Pensee?? It's surprisingly addictive, kind of like one of Hosono's Monad albums. There's a track called "Brise" that's so wonderfully bizarre that it makes me laugh every time.
btw; are there any other P5 albums really worth checking out? I've got the first 6 and the only one I really like is Pizzicatomania, which Hosono produced, mainly because I love the sound (similar to his S-F-X record). They seemed to crank out records way too fast
― frogbs, Friday, 8 April 2011 03:16 (2 years ago) Permalink
also if no one's heard this, this is one of my favorite Sakamoto tunes ever, super surprised to find out that it was him, since it's really wild:
― frogbs, Friday, 8 April 2011 03:18 (2 years ago) Permalink
I like the early Non-Standard singles (Audrey Hepburn Complex, P5 In Action) Couples, Bellissima! and This Year's Girl.
My favorite P5-related release is Maki Nomiya's Pink no Kokoro from 1981 (which is actually perfect for this thread!)
― corey, Friday, 8 April 2011 03:22 (2 years ago) Permalink
nice tune!! i like madcap stuff like that
btw is she the one who sings "Baby Universe" on one of the Katamari soundtracks?? love that song
― frogbs, Friday, 8 April 2011 03:38 (2 years ago) Permalink
P-Model (1992) and Big Body (1993)
P-Model's original run was from 1979-1986, but after six years they reformed into a more focused, techno-oriented unit while retaining their original style. They're very high-quality and are a good intro to the band (or Hirasawa in general). Unlike later albums this is still grounded heavily in technopop, with lots of sequencers and blippy noises. I was only going to post the 1992 album but decided to post them both for two reasons - one, Big Body has "Chevron", one of the greatest technopop songs ever, and two, both of them are short and sort of form a set. I might wind up posting another album but for now both of these are pretty worthwhile. P-Model is more straight-up techno, while Big Body has some more epic (and harsh) style of music. In addition to "Chevron", "Wire Self" (from the s/t) is an incredible tune that deserves repeat listens. If you get to the end "No Room" is a neat update on their first single "Art Mania".
Still not a Spotify link
― frogbs, Monday, 11 April 2011 05:15 (2 years ago) Permalink
Cool — I've been meaning to listen to P-Model. "Techno-oriented" sounds up my alley.
― corey, Monday, 11 April 2011 11:42 (2 years ago) Permalink
hey frogbs is this a private party or can anybody join in? i've been living in Japan since November and buying up this kinda vinyl like crazy. would enjoy sharing w/ you guyz
― ur reading from a season in hell but u don't know what it's abt (missingNO), Monday, 11 April 2011 11:56 (2 years ago) Permalink
I have an album I'd like to post after you missingNO
― corey, Monday, 11 April 2011 12:05 (2 years ago) Permalink
you should go before me since you've been posting already !
I would love to hear some of the more psychedelic, pre-ymo stuff that's working with a primarily electronic palette.
not exactly pre-YMO, but Vanity Records put out some of the strangest electronic music I've ever heard. the Sympathy Nervous and Tolerance LPs especially are a must for all BGM disciples (they even put out a record by group called BGM iirc), super austere submerged tape loops, primitive drum boxes, insane synth programming. the Alfa/Yen Records axis gets most of the attention especially going towards the digital era but there's a lot of weird stuff out there that kinda went under the radar. there's a cool Vanity Records comp that came out last year that's highly recommended
― ur reading from a season in hell but u don't know what it's abt (missingNO), Monday, 11 April 2011 12:32 (2 years ago) Permalink
is there a thread out there for japanese jazz/funk/soul? late70s early80s stuff like tatsuro yamashita and such? kinda smooth steely dan-ish kinda stuff? i'm totally into this genre, but want to know more.
― jaxon, Wednesday, 3 August 2011 19:49 (1 year ago) Permalink
I've never heard of any of that stuff - I do have the Happy End album "Kaze Machi Roman" which has a neat folky vibe, I like that one a lot.
Alan - definitely check out some Guernica if you're into Zuehl stuff, they're not very noisy but melodically they're all over the place and pretty much anything Togawa sings on is going to be wild
― frogbs, Wednesday, 3 August 2011 20:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
here are a few. i'm too lazy to start a thread
tatsuro yamashita - solid slider
Tatsuro Yamashita - Dancer
yasuko agawa - la nights
yutaka yokokura - the rest of my life (favorite song of past few months)
kimiko kasai - butterfly (produced by herbie hancock i think)
― jaxon, Wednesday, 3 August 2011 21:31 (1 year ago) Permalink
dude. should this be revived
― frogbs, Wednesday, 25 July 2012 15:37 (9 months ago) Permalink
i scored a copy of Yukihiro Takahashi's Neuromantic last week for like $5 and have been playing it NONSTOP
― you're all going to hello (Z S), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 15:38 (9 months ago) Permalink
― MaresNest, Wednesday, 25 July 2012 15:54 (9 months ago) Permalink
Z S - you got Takahashi's other YMO-period solo albums? (Murdered by the Music and What, Me Worry are both maybe even better)
― frogbs, Thursday, 26 July 2012 15:33 (9 months ago) Permalink
nope! yeah, i've always heard that Murdered by the Music is even better, so i'm really pumped to hear it. but i think i'm going to take my time with Neuromantic for a while before moving on. to me, it's just as enjoyable a listen as anything YMO put out!
― you're all going to hello (Z S), Thursday, 26 July 2012 16:04 (9 months ago) Permalink
my sole contribution. singer has a david sylvian thing going on.
― Spectrum, Thursday, 26 July 2012 16:16 (9 months ago) Permalink
oh yeah, this too.
― Spectrum, Thursday, 26 July 2012 16:18 (9 months ago) Permalink
ohhh, z s just cited this above. good stuff.
― Spectrum, Thursday, 26 July 2012 16:20 (9 months ago) Permalink
whoa, the cover to that in the youtube video on the bottom looks way different than the copy i have, which looks like this:
― you're all going to hello (Z S), Thursday, 26 July 2012 18:44 (9 months ago) Permalink
takahashi looks similarly mopey in his photo on the back of the record, too! awwww, poor yukihiro
― you're all going to hello (Z S), Thursday, 26 July 2012 18:45 (9 months ago) Permalink
I really have no idea how Sakamoto became the sex symbol of YMO
― frogbs, Thursday, 26 July 2012 18:55 (9 months ago) Permalink
i want to know more about this
― you're all going to hello (Z S), Thursday, 26 July 2012 18:57 (9 months ago) Permalink
I don't really have a lot of facts but based on a bunch of stuff I've read about YMO I guess Sakamoto was the most popular one with the ladies, I don't get it
Really, someone needs to write a book in English on YMO. They don't get even a quarter of the recognition that Kraftwerk does around here and yet in my mind they're the greater band (as much as it pains me to say)
― frogbs, Thursday, 26 July 2012 19:35 (9 months ago) Permalink
I got really obsessed with some of Yukihiro Takahashi's albums last year. Tomorrow's Just Another Day is by far my favourite album. It's probably his most straight forward pop album but the songs are just so moving and the production is perfect, not sure why it's never really mentioned.
This is a great performance of one of the best tracks.
― Kitchen Person, Friday, 27 July 2012 02:53 (9 months ago) Permalink
I really like "Coincidence" off that album. His later albums are mostly in that style too; I've heard them all up to 1992 or so and outside of his soundtrack stuff it's all mostly the same, agreeable pop with one or two great tracks per release. I was pretty shocked by one track called "MIS" which was done in his "Pure Jam" technopop style, because otherwise he's pretty far away from that. Though I heard his recent stuff was more electronic/glitchy. Anyone heard any his latest albums?
― frogbs, Friday, 27 July 2012 14:45 (9 months ago) Permalink
"Disposable Love" (off of What Me Worry) is a real Takahashi gem.
I've been really into Sakamoto's Works 1 disc, a bunch of really tuneful commercial jingles. Also been digging Akiko Yano's Tougue No Wagaya album from '86, which is just terrific slick pop with some neat detours.
― windjammer voyage (blank), Friday, 27 July 2012 21:44 (9 months ago) Permalink
― windjammer voyage (blank), Friday, 27 July 2012 22:04 (9 months ago) Permalink
you guys want to hear a really great Takahashi song, this is one of my favorites
― frogbs, Saturday, 28 July 2012 05:34 (9 months ago) Permalink
Really, someone needs to write a book in English on YMO. They don't get even a quarter of the recognition that Kraftwerk does around here and yet in my mind they're the greater band (as much as it pains me to say)
This needs to happen. Have there been any good Japanese YMO books?
― windjamm voyager (blank), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 06:37 (8 months ago) Permalink
I recall there being talk of someone who lived in Japan for a great while writing a giant book about the whole Japanese technopop scene circa, say, 1976-1986. Obviously such a book would have to have a big YMO focus, as Japan is a small country and it seems like nearly every New Wave album they produced in that era had Hosono (or Takahashi) on it as a guest artist, producer, or writer. Maybe just a history of YEN records. Hell, I've kept up my fanaticism for so long that I could probably write one myself!!
― frogbs, Thursday, 23 August 2012 19:52 (8 months ago) Permalink
can anyone explain to me what's happening in this?
― down w/ obana...he is the reson were in dept (Z S), Monday, 15 October 2012 00:14 (7 months ago) Permalink
Alright. Time for a new one. This one's from Keiichi Suzuki, who you may have heard of. For one, he's the leader of Moonriders, who have released some 20 albums since 1976. Secondly, he made a few albums with Yukihiro Takahashi as the Beatniks (which YMO fans may have heard). Thirdly, he worked on a lot of the music for Earthbound/Mother. Some of which was also in the Smash Bros games. Fourthly, he did "Satellite Serenade", which got a high-profile remix by the Orb, and became the first track on Northern Exposure. So chances are you've probably heard something by him. Anyway, this is his first true solo album, released in 1991 (his next one wouldn't be until 2008!) You need this because it contains the original version of "Satellite Serenade" (as well as the remix), which is incredible. I like a lot of Suzuki's work but this is one of my favorite songs, period. The rest of the album is pretty good too - there are some early 90's dance beats, but most of the album sounds relatively current. If you've heard the original Mother soundtrack, a lot of the music here resembles the arranged versions on that album.
1. God Save the Men2. The Japanese "It's Alright" song3. Me and My Girl in a Saladbowl4. White and Black5. Left Bank6. Words, Colours, Noises, and Booms7. Satellite Serenade8. Satellite Serenade (Trans Asian Express)9. Still Find Another Day to Smile
― frogbs, Saturday, 3 November 2012 18:52 (6 months ago) Permalink
Name of the album is SUZUKI White Report
― frogbs, Saturday, 3 November 2012 18:58 (6 months ago) Permalink
oh, word. I just listened to this for the first time this week.
it's uneven (the ballads in the middle are pretty dire) but I'm into it overall. and this is pretty cool if you've played earthbound:http://earthboundcentral.com/2008/02/the-origin-of-dalaams-music/
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Saturday, 3 November 2012 21:10 (6 months ago) Permalink
have any moonriders recommendations? I've only heard Hinotama Boy which I believe was their first. it's pretty goofy and fun and sounds A LOT like early hosono it also struck me as being a little slight.
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Saturday, 3 November 2012 21:13 (6 months ago) Permalink
"BUT it also struck me as..." grrr I should learn to proofread things
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Saturday, 3 November 2012 21:14 (6 months ago) Permalink
I've heard everything up to '86 or so. Their sound is tough to describe since they use quite a variety of instruments and sounds. I really like a lot of their stuff but a lot of what they do is goofy but slight. My favorite release is the 2-disc set "The Worst of the Moonriders" which is a collection of live recordings with a lot of great songs that don't show up elsewhere. It's actually a little nuts how many great songs they never recorded in studio. And the stuff that is from the studio is often very different, often better. They just came out with another 2-disc set but from a single show and I'm really into that one too. I'll up one if you're interested. As far as studio albums go, most of them are around the same quality as Hinotama Boy, some more New Wave than others, and as I understand their sound really changed a lot over the years. They are more of a great song band than a great album band. I'd post some Youtubes but they don't really have any.
― frogbs, Sunday, 4 November 2012 03:37 (6 months ago) Permalink
cool. I'll look into those. particularly interested in the new wave material.
guessing you've already heard suzuki's zatoichi score, but in case you haven't, check this out:
intro has a huge earthbound feel to it; the synth sound and the composition in general. earthbound ost is just one of my favorite things, so I'm just disposed to enjoy the material he's done that skews closer to that sound. haven't found much else tbh.
been jamming this a lot lately. gorgeous.
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Sunday, 4 November 2012 16:52 (6 months ago) Permalink
yeah the SNES sound chip really was something wasn't it? Sakamoto's Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence soundtrack is kind of along these lines as well, though it's about 10 years older. still the music resembles what I remember from "A Link to the Past" which is a pretty impressive feat.
the thing about Moonriders is that they were always kind of a collective and the songwriting was all over the place. so if you're interested in just Suzuki I don't really know which of the albums is the one to get. lots of individual songs have that Earthbound vibe to them but there is so little of it on Youtube. the first one he did with Takahashi (as the Beatniks) was really good. they just did another one last month which I'm very interested to hear.
― frogbs, Thursday, 8 November 2012 16:34 (6 months ago) Permalink
oh man, haven't heard sakamoto's Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence soundtrack (or seen the movie) but super interested now.
btw check this out:
that's the first track off of this lp ft. someone that was on a couple p-model albums (kenji konishi):http://www.discogs.com/Shifukudan-Chiputan/release/2059641
it was kind of blowing my mind last night.
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Thursday, 8 November 2012 19:38 (6 months ago) Permalink
239 views. seems about right. I think this is part of that giant P-Model torrent but I haven't heard it yet. Definitely has that 90's P-Model vibe especially in that it's all over the place. I don't even know how you parse something like this, I keep waiting for the "main" part to start up, only to find there really isn't one. I'll listen to the album though this is about 60% of it isn't it? I know Konishi was a big part of "Fune" but I haven't heard anything else by him outside of that cut-n-scratch instrumental "Install World" on some live video. Ex-P-Modelers are tough to track down. The Teruo Nakano album "User Unknown" is surprisingly good, more of a "deep" techno-pop sound.
I have been able to get a few albums by Kotobuki Hikaru which are usually pretty entertaining. He is the creator of "Phnonpenh Model" and one of his albums has new versions of "LAB=01" and "Neotony Box" leading me to believe that those are his compositions. This live video is pretty entertaining:
― frogbs, Friday, 9 November 2012 16:05 (6 months ago) Permalink
Also wanted to say that "Nokori Giri Giri" (I think called "Be in a Fix") is such an incredible tune, the studio version is good but doesn't go it justice. The version called "No Bird" that was part of the boxset is one of my favorite recordings, period. I was dicking around online and found this band website that had a bunch of P-Model/SH MP3s hidden away including a live bootleg from 1985 - sadly, the sound quality is absolute shit, but the version of "Nokori Giri Giri" has these ridiculous rapid-fire vocals, maybe the most frantic I've ever heard Hirasawa on anything, which is saying something. I really wish I could find that site again but I think I grabbed all the relevant junk!
― frogbs, Friday, 9 November 2012 16:09 (6 months ago) Permalink
haha whoa, that video
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Friday, 9 November 2012 17:42 (6 months ago) Permalink
Teruo Nakano album sounds cool.
the whole shifukudan lp is definitely worth a listen, but yeah, that's a good chunk of it and the rest is not radically different. v. much in a weird 'industrial collage' style and I can get with that. the constant shifting of gears keeps things interesting but the shorter tracks do dial this down a bit.
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Friday, 9 November 2012 17:47 (6 months ago) Permalink
Fun fact: member intros on two Moonriders LPs (including 1991's "Christ, Who's Gonna Die First?") is done by none other than Andy Partridge, who also guested on a Ryuichi Sakamoto album, and toured with P-Model back in 1979 - White Music and In a Model Room have a remarkably similar sound.
― frogbs, Tuesday, 4 December 2012 20:04 (5 months ago) Permalink
This is a great mix of music I know nothing about: http://intothewoods.tv/2013/01/spencer-doran
― questino (seandalai), Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:58 (3 months ago) Permalink
came to post this https://soundcloud.com/musicissf/the-melody-of-the-sky new stuff but i think it's relevant here.
now listening to the spencer doran mix, nice stuff.
― Sébastien, Sunday, 24 February 2013 20:13 (2 months ago) Permalink