Akiko Yano

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As recently discussed on another thread, Yano deserves her own thread, she's a marvellous musician with a distinctive voice and a rich discography/history of collaboration that greatly rewards a deep dive, so let's share the love.

My absolute favourite song of hers is a from a later record, 'Honto Ni Kimochi', the whole thing bangs, but the first track especially, 'Ika naide', so lovely -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHDUZMjnvs8

Maresn3st, Saturday, 1 February 2020 18:48 (one year ago) link

Her entire discography is worthy of diving into. Even when she's ventured into US session-muso heavy waters throughout her career the results are excellent. I'm a big fan of her '78 through '83/'84 run. There's absolutely nothing else like it out there including YMO.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 1 February 2020 21:27 (one year ago) link

The album of hers I really enjoy is 峠のわが家 from 1986. It’s pretty much just plain slick studio rock but the songwriting is outstanding and there’s some cool off kilter moments. “Daniel” is amazing.

brimstead, Sunday, 2 February 2020 03:53 (one year ago) link

She got a bit ECM in the late eighties/nineties, I really like this concert, there's a couple of misfires, including a deconstructed 'Walk On By' but when it's all poised and ambient and Bill Frisell is doing his thing, I dig that greatly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_ZPn0WN8JI

Anyone heard this CD she's on with Kronos Quartet? I'd like to listen to that.

Maresn3st, Sunday, 2 February 2020 14:53 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oNsG_5j6zI

Maresn3st, Sunday, 2 February 2020 15:00 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np987aVZxyU

Maresn3st, Sunday, 2 February 2020 15:05 (one year ago) link

Ahh, Akiko Yano is ace but I've often felt like I should do more of a deep dive, thanks for this thread and links!

emil.y, Sunday, 2 February 2020 15:14 (one year ago) link

And a decent interview from 2018 -

http://www.listentothis.info/2018/10/interview-akiko-yano/

Maresn3st, Sunday, 2 February 2020 15:18 (one year ago) link

https://images.roughtrade.com/product/images/files/000/185/303/hero/600x600bb.jpg

Well that's a coincidence. The reissue of 'Iroha Ni Konpeitou' literally popped through my letterbox last Friday.

What I've heard so far is promising and the cover is of course legendary. Hosono plays on some of it. Look forward to hearing some further recommendations.

millmeister, Monday, 3 February 2020 15:15 (one year ago) link

Patrick South...didn't he used to post here? that's a great interview, rare to see someone who knows the subject's catalogue so well

I really love her stuff up to Oesu Oesu, still dig the albums afterwards though she did move in a slicker, New York-influenced jazz pop direction that sometimes feels sterile to me. Seems at some point she moved back into a more experimental & technopop-influenced direction but I haven't heard those albums yet. She's got a huge catalogue. You can easily spend an hour on YouTube watching live stuff, she's such a great live performer and she makes everything come off as so much fun. The videos where she duets with Hiromi Uehara are great, crazy that she's able to keep up with her

frogbs, Monday, 3 February 2020 15:31 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Asteroid and Butteryfly came out this week--her collaboration with Hiromitsu Agatsuma. Apparently the packaging has some glow-in-the-dark elements:

🪐『Asteroid and Butterfly』発売中🦋#やのとあがつま 1st Album『Asteroid and Butterfly』
耳だけでなく目でも楽しめるジャケットにも注目👀
強い光に当ててから、暗闇の中に入れると、タイポグラフィが浮き出るデザインになっております!是非お手に取って試してみて下さい♪#矢野顕子 #上妻宏光 pic.twitter.com/7kf4evS3Mt

— 矢野顕子 Staff (@akikoyano_staff) March 5, 2020

Vinyl and CD are available on CDJapan. I'll have to save my allowance.

And then out just today, I think--a nice little tune that she wrote for an anime airing on Japanese TV this week, "Oyasan to boku", "The Landlady and I". On Spotify and iTunes.

https://jvcmusic.lnk.to/oyasantoboku

screator, Friday, 6 March 2020 06:16 (one year ago) link

Butteryfly!

screator, Friday, 6 March 2020 06:17 (one year ago) link

Asteroid and Butterfly is on Spotify too, at least in the UK: https://open.spotify.com/album/1SUr7AjanY3MIrA5GsXv2U?si=aQ2jR6IIRACi4VZR3sTuog

I loved that first single, so really looking forward to listening to this.

bamboohouses, Friday, 6 March 2020 08:30 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

really love this...anyone know what it is?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPQ44DL3ztc

frogbs, Thursday, 15 October 2020 01:20 (eleven months ago) link

The song is Bara no hana from Quruli's 2001 album "Team Rock," produced by Jim O'Rourke, no less. Rei Harakami did a remix of it, which brought him to Akiko Yano's attention, and they subsequently formed the duo Yanokami. This article has some of that history: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2008/04/11/music/jazz-icon-akiko-yano-finds-her-electronic-muse/

Harakami's version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmWqyrCanoM

screator, Thursday, 15 October 2020 03:22 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

has anyone looked up the lyrics to Vet?

vet vet
i like to be a vet, i vet
wanna be a vet
i like to be a vet, i vet
wanna be a vet

crocodile’s got stomach cancer
hippo’s t–th are all decayed
cow’s got a swollen liver
lion’s got pneumonia
elephant’s got athlete’s foot
dog’s got a fractured hind leg
and your heart’s been broken by yet another girl

vet vet
i like to be a vet, i vet
wanna be a vet
i like to be a vet, i vet
wanna be a vet

dolphins with diarrhoea
bats with broken radar
overweight hawaiian girls eating too much chocolate
piranhas with constipation
telephone line is on the blink
your brother-in-law has got no money
and your wife has turned to drink
siamese cat’s got a bloodshot left eye
horse won’t run another step
polar bear’s miscarried
now gorilla’s got a bleeding nose
goat’s gone hysterical and eaten through the pen
everybody come to me
i’m gonna make you well again

frogbs, Sunday, 22 November 2020 05:24 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

the photo in the inner sleeve of Gohan Ga Dekitayo is great:

https://thevinylfactory.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/AkikoYano-Gohan-Ga-Dekitayo-LP.jpg

frogbs, Friday, 11 December 2020 17:26 (nine months ago) link

Is that Kenji Omura on the right?

Maresn3st, Friday, 11 December 2020 17:49 (nine months ago) link

its gotta be, he's the only other person who appears on more than one track

frogbs, Friday, 11 December 2020 18:19 (nine months ago) link

I was looking at his Discogs just the other day as a friend had hipped me to this Chris Mosdell record from 1982 called 'Equasian' that he played on, it's a really odd racket.

Dude cannot sing at all but there is some interesting Talking Heads/Fourth World cosplay going on, it comes across like when you see some arty New Wave band performing in an 80s film or something.

Maresn3st, Friday, 11 December 2020 18:45 (nine months ago) link

That's a pretty weird record. I picked it up in Japan last time, the packaging is quite elaborate, slip-in gatefold sleeve with booklet.

The guy left the UK for Japan in the late 70's and is mainly known as a Lyricist. He wrote the lyrics to Behind the Mask for YMO.

Stop the tape I got spittle all over my moustache. (Talcum Mucker), Friday, 11 December 2020 19:30 (nine months ago) link

YMO's English lyrics are endlessly fascinating to me. they're not as choppy as something just run through a translator but I feel like they still have a sentiment that doesn't really translate properly. like the first line on YT's "Drip Dry Eyes" - "Feels like I've been through a washing machine"...I don't think a native English speaker would ever say something like that

frogbs, Friday, 11 December 2020 19:35 (nine months ago) link

I think Mosdell wrote quite a few lyrics for YMO, no?

I know Peter Barakan worked with them during the BGM era and with Yuki's solo material.

Maresn3st, Friday, 11 December 2020 19:52 (nine months ago) link

Mosdell did everything up to SSS, then Barakan after that. he also did a number of YT solo songs (mostly on Murdered by the Music). Barakan was the translator for the stuff after that, including YT's What Me Worry and HH's Philharmony

kinda wonder how those songs were done. I have to assume they were translated from something though a few of the Mosdell tracks feel pretty natural. though Sakamoto's English I think was actually quite good

frogbs, Friday, 11 December 2020 20:07 (nine months ago) link

The washing machine line feels à la Bowie to me.

Anyone have any inside info on whether We Want Sounds is going to reissue the album with the cow on the cover? 'Cos I want that one.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Friday, 11 December 2020 20:09 (nine months ago) link

that and Iroha ni Konpeitō I want more for the cover than the actual music. nothing against the music but they're two of my favorite album covers ever. from a musical perspective I'd be more into Tokimeki

she has a recent album called Welcome to Jupiter which I've been digging a lot lately. copies of it are real expensive though

frogbs, Friday, 11 December 2020 20:21 (nine months ago) link

xp

Thanks for the heads-up re: Chris Mosdell's Equasian album--that B1 quasi-instrumental (at least in the intro) "C₂H₅Emystery" is indeed a 4th W. treat, and great use of acoustic piano with the synths/FX:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2aNvX-sEEE

call mr zbow that's my name that name again is mr zbow (Craig D.), Friday, 11 December 2020 20:30 (nine months ago) link

Anyone have any inside info on whether We Want Sounds is going to reissue the album with the cow on the cover? 'Cos I want that one.

― eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule)

I hit We Want Sounds up on Instagram the other day and they confirmed that they would be re-releasing 'Ai Ga Nakucha Ne' imminently. Didn't say when though. Probably my favourite of hers. Been blasting it in the car recently.

millmeister, Friday, 11 December 2020 20:57 (nine months ago) link

that Mosdell record is genuinely confusing! 'The Archers of Ardour' has not left my pop music phone playlist for a few years now, inexplicably good

Milton Parker, Friday, 11 December 2020 21:01 (nine months ago) link

I hit We Want Sounds up on Instagram the other day and they confirmed that they would be re-releasing 'Ai Ga Nakucha Ne' imminently. Didn't say when though. Probably my favourite of hers. Been blasting it in the car recently.


Cheers!

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Friday, 11 December 2020 21:22 (nine months ago) link

I've linked to this before so pardon me if you've heard this already, this is a short interview I did with Peter Barakan four years ago about his background with YMO -

https://www.mixcloud.com/JapanAlternativeSessions/japan-alternative-sessions-edition-22-ymo-special-peter-barakan-interview/

Maresn3st, Friday, 11 December 2020 23:46 (nine months ago) link

three months pass...

Up for a limited time, if I'm understanding the translation correctly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjlogaQZisA

Maresn3st, Monday, 15 March 2021 00:20 (six months ago) link

she seems to be impervious to age, could've easily convinced me this was from 20 years ago. though I guess you could argue her voice was kind of suited for an older person right from the start.

frogbs, Monday, 15 March 2021 14:25 (six months ago) link

two months pass...

from last year but still lol

Man, don’t! But thank you😝 https://t.co/ywporY7Q9k

— 矢野顕子 Akiko Yano (@Yano_Akiko) May 4, 2020

frogbs, Thursday, 20 May 2021 03:19 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

New Album "Music is a Gift"

visiting, Monday, 26 July 2021 16:55 (one month ago) link

The single is good! Has a slight Laura Nyro thing going on.

Maresn3st, Monday, 26 July 2021 16:59 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

I hit We Want Sounds up on Instagram the other day and they confirmed that they would be re-releasing 'Ai Ga Nakucha Ne' imminently. Didn't say when though. Probably my favourite of hers. Been blasting it in the car recently.

October 8, apparently!

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Wednesday, 8 September 2021 20:02 (one week ago) link

Looks like there is a more affordable CD version as well, with the same liner notes but not all the session photos and whatnot that come with the vinyl.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Wednesday, 8 September 2021 20:10 (one week ago) link

she has a lot of records I would totally buy if they were like...20% less expensive. I don't know if I like this one enough. I did import a copy of Oesu Oesu though, that one's incredible start to finish

her new album is very good if you like her jazzier singer/songwriter type stuff. amazing how she still looks and sounds pretty much the same as she did 25 years ago

frogbs, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 20:11 (one week ago) link


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