the Shiina Ringo thread

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ok who's with me?

milton parker (Jon L), Thursday, 17 March 2005 22:50 (eighteen years ago) link

I am even though I can never ever remember any album or song titles.

adam (adam), Thursday, 17 March 2005 22:53 (eighteen years ago) link

That first track of that one album bangs.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 17 March 2005 22:56 (eighteen years ago) link

the first track is 'Shuukyou' and the one album is Karuki Zamen Kuri no Hana, which translates to 'chlorine, semen, chestnut flower', it sold half a million copies in japan and was considered a commercial disappointment because she usually goes multi-platinum.

my favorite pop album of this decade so far by a wide margin.

milton parker (Jon L), Thursday, 17 March 2005 23:13 (eighteen years ago) link

Yo that's the one I'm talking about.

adam (adam), Thursday, 17 March 2005 23:22 (eighteen years ago) link

I think "Honnou" (which translates as "instinct") from 2000 was a brilliant single, and has some truly amazing instrumental production. Her first album, Muzai Moritorium, had some good stuff but was a tad too Alanis Morissette-influenced. I have a vague recollection of being underwhelmed by Ze-Chyou Syuu, but it's been a couple years since last I listened. Haven't heard Karuki Zamen Kuri no Hana.

jdconsidine, Thursday, 17 March 2005 23:24 (eighteen years ago) link

i'm with you (from that other thread that you started(?!))

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 17 March 2005 23:28 (eighteen years ago) link

you're right about the Alanis influence on the first album, especially when she sings in english. there's only one song I really love from the first album: 'Tsumiki Asobi'. Ze-Chyou Syuu is a bizarre 3 disc set of 3" singles, odds and ends, nothing much (I like two songs).

she reinvented herself completely for Kuruki. it's like trying to compare The Kick Inside to The Dreaming.

milton parker (Jon L), Thursday, 17 March 2005 23:31 (eighteen years ago) link

i think the alanis influence holds formally (and even not completely there) but the tones and modes of the two are quite different. shiina was always sort of irreverent, with a slight hand in tricked out studio-as-instrument stuff or oddball image/sound appropriations, never too 'earthy' of a rock auteur figure. her new tokyo jihen project is supposedly just settling into 'playing song with a good band' but its still quite chock-full of little sonic gizmos/surprises.

milton have you heard the double cover song album? it's stylistically all over the map, even for her... it wasn't that much of a leap to hear kuruki turn out how it did at the time, like she drew in all the incompatible tangents and made it messily/wonderfully work.

xcixxorx, Thursday, 17 March 2005 23:40 (eighteen years ago) link

the opening of 'Kokode Kiss Shite' on the first album is the closest she gets to Alanis.

I heard KSK and worked backwards; her second album Shoso Strip is my 2nd favorite. Each of her records were progressively further out, so KSK isn't really a reinvention, it was a straight line but not the ones her mainstream fans imagined.

I wasn't sold on her double cover album, the production was slightly more mainstream jpop, but the song selection was beautifully all over the place, singing in french/german/english/japanese, and there are a couple songs I really love. 'Haiiro no hitomi' is great.

milton parker (Jon L), Friday, 18 March 2005 00:10 (eighteen years ago) link

there was this slightly ominous interview i read somewhere re: how being a large solo artist took a large toll on her, how she always wanted to settle into a good band but got stretched out as this massive persona. it makes me wonder if the "further out" lineage was aligned with some kind of major-label mental neurosis steadily closing in. her last video showed her various incarnations from all of her prior videos, ending with a B&W 'naked' shot of her, like she was cleansed of all that. then she had the mole above the side of her lip surgically removed as some physical manifestation of the theme.

xcixxorx, Friday, 18 March 2005 00:20 (eighteen years ago) link

maybe it was pre-cancerous!

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 18 March 2005 00:21 (eighteen years ago) link

haha, the video actually has a CGi mole flying around and she named her concert DVD "electric mole".

xcixxorx, Friday, 18 March 2005 00:25 (eighteen years ago) link

that's the video for Ringo No Uta, the followup EP to KSK -- 3 track CD / DVD with the video. the last song is a collage containing a brief sample of almost every song she's ever recorded.

it was apparently her final solo release, the concept of which is a mini-career retrospective. she's since joined the band Tokyo Jihen (same band she toured KSK with, documented on the Electric Mole DVD, live at Budokan. The album doesn't translate to stadium rock too well, I don't like these live versions -- though there is a very very strange short film with Ringo backstage after the show at the end)

milton parker (Jon L), Friday, 18 March 2005 00:45 (eighteen years ago) link

Has she recorded anything recently? Karuki Zamen Kuri no Hana is really a stunning album, my favorite of this decade so far and I'd really like to hear more from her solo artist or not.

Ryan WS (fffv), Friday, 18 March 2005 00:48 (eighteen years ago) link

Tokyo Jihen really grew on me after being a bit underwhelmed at first. i love all her stuff really. i even love that corny song she does with Utada on the cover album.

only problem with Karuki Zamen Kuri no Hana is that it is too short. easily one of my favorite pop albums ever.

ryan (ryan), Friday, 18 March 2005 00:57 (eighteen years ago) link

there is a sort of chaotic aspect to much of her music that i think was missing a bit from Karuki, so it's nice to see it come back with TJ

ryan (ryan), Friday, 18 March 2005 00:59 (eighteen years ago) link

TJ definitely brings the rock side of things back. The whole album is sleazy and sloppy and it's the most overcompressed CD I've ever heard in my life, purposefully brittle and shallow. Very commercial by jpop standards.

'Sounan' is one of the best things she's ever done, and 'Laugh At Facts' is cool. Overall TJ leaves me a little cold but in context as a followup to her weirdest record it's an interesting move.

The things I like about her:
- amazing integration of traditional asian instruments in a rock context (something most jpop almost never does; it's against the rules, in pursuit of perfect emulative form)
- awareness of the japanese underground, her records are studio polished but unlike other jpop actually seem to have absorbed things like melt banana, otomo, merzbow (the very end of KSK sounds like Ground Zero's 'Consume Red')
- demented, extremely aggressive lyrics. no submission & brutal honesty that's completely absent in most other jpop

the first two have gone missing in TJ but the lyrics I've seen translated indicate that she's still raving.

milton parker (Jon L), Friday, 18 March 2005 01:15 (eighteen years ago) link

stiff writing in parts but solidly reasoned academic white paper:

milton parker (Jon L), Friday, 18 March 2005 01:20 (eighteen years ago) link

id be careful posing an antagonistic thing between her to Jpop, she's too anomalous. in this case that often does mean more interesting but its an entirely different set of terms despite the major label cash. and w/ plus tech squeeze box being reviewed by the wire, a lot of similarly-bananas (+mainstream) jpop could ostensibly get a blurb beside otomo yoshihide in terms of "underground edge" or whathaveyou.

xcixxorx, Friday, 18 March 2005 01:30 (eighteen years ago) link

You're right; although I just listed three oppositional qualities, the reason why she's so interesting is that she is so solidly Jpop, operating from within, she obviously identifies comfortably. An interview for TJ says she aspires to make the best in 'traditional japanese pop'; she _is_ traditional, she (and her bassist/producer Seiji Kameda) are just light years ahead.

Name more bananas mainstream Jpop! When I heard KSK I started looking for the recent good stuff...

milton parker (Jon L), Friday, 18 March 2005 01:37 (eighteen years ago) link

cant say i like that article. seems to be just another plea for avant garde rock saviors except through the cultural looking glass. by bananas jpop i mean stuff gwen stefani was excited about, not noise solos. W's second album, uh, "second W" for instance.

xcixxorx, Friday, 18 March 2005 01:47 (eighteen years ago) link

One of the more bizarre JPOP things I ever heard was a collaboration between Chara and Yuki (the Yuki from Judy and Mary) called "Ai no Hi Mitu Oranji" ("Loves Fire Three Oranges"). Full of Chamberlain gingerbread, breakbeats, steel drums and orchestral sweetening and topped by chirpy, impassioned singing. Definitely further out than Chara's usual; I've not heard enough of Yuki's solo stuff to know where to rank it in her ouevre.

Speaking of which, has anyone heard the new Yuki album?

jdconsidine, Friday, 18 March 2005 01:57 (eighteen years ago) link

I've heard the new Yuki album, but it didn't strike me very much. I need to listen again.

Hm, if you say that Chara/Yuki album has steel drums then I need to check that out as soon as possible.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Friday, 18 March 2005 02:22 (eighteen years ago) link

Sorry, not an album. "Ai no Hi.." is a single. A five-incher, mind, but a single nonetheless.

jdconsidine, Friday, 18 March 2005 02:55 (eighteen years ago) link

there's an mp3 of 'shuukyou' here (accompanied by some gushing prose and some early pictures of ringo in cute-mode, as well as a recent one in stabbed-mode

& posted 'ringo catalog' to the ilmxor blog (with multiple thanks to jody for hosting the file).

milton parker (Jon L), Thursday, 24 March 2005 01:20 (eighteen years ago) link

five months pass...
Fuck You

mista faka, Friday, 23 September 2005 13:57 (seventeen years ago) link

three months pass...
well then

Tokyo Incidents blog has translated list of every sample in 'Ringo Catalog'. I'm very impressed, and hadn't noticed that she mostly moves through the samples in chronological order.

there's a new album out next week. the band's new logo uses romanji, they're now officially 'Tokyo Incidents', and this single's 98% sung in english. and from the few songs I've heard, they've carefully removed every last bit of strangeness from the music; this comes across as a very mannered attempt to be nothing more than a slicked out, classy but fun pop band. I don't know, but we'll see.

new PV for tokyo jihen's 'kenka joutou', perhaps not the most striking first video impression (that'd be 'ringo no uta').

milton parker (Jon L), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 22:52 (seventeen years ago) link

really sad to hear that. hope it's good.

sean gramophone (Sean M), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 23:09 (seventeen years ago) link

me too

for anyone who didn't hear 'sounan (sickness)' from the first TJ album, here it is... the album itself may have been a slight letdown but this song is one of her best. serpentine melody, just when you're settling in to the 'normal' production, merzbow levels of distortion are _quietly_ added across the drums just to mess with your head. and the final drum & guitar showdown is pure fire.

milton parker (Jon L), Thursday, 19 January 2006 00:17 (seventeen years ago) link

so I've listened to the new album Adult twice.

well it's definitely true I wouldn't be giving this album much of a chance if it wasn't coming from the same person who'd done Chlorine, Semen, Chestnut Flower. if you know that it did, this becomes a very strange album entirely because you know just how much she's restraining herself. It's like she's decidedly choosing to be Happy now, if only for to protect her own health. And this is pretty fun stuff, well crafted & the group is so tight, it's hard for this not to grow on me -- but only in context with CSC. Which is an album I still can't seem to stop listening to.

The production is even more reigned in this time, the brash distortion, compression & noise of their first record is gone, as are the screaming fuzzboxed vocals. Some weird soundscapes & transitions, but everything's under control.

'Kenka Joutou' is a catchy song, I'm into it. In english and everything, it could be a hit if the label pushed it in the states.

milton parker (Jon L), Tuesday, 24 January 2006 21:58 (seventeen years ago) link

so that this isn't a one-person thread.....

i agree the album is mixed, too many "core ringo-fundamental" moments (which should be a paradox), laurel-resting and so on. the weird transitions are nice but then again CSC was like an entire body of continuous transition. you can stick a drum and bass coda on a complacent samba thing or whatever but it's ultimately just a mere trace.

that said, i like the increased use of jazz as a rhythmic element & i think the single is the best thing she's been involved w/ since her solo career. it's actually when the band members are on even grounding that things work for me (sorta what the shuraba video was implying). when the spotlight inevitably catches up, you get another ballad or lounge number that burns too slow too familiar.

)alex(, Tuesday, 24 January 2006 22:24 (seventeen years ago) link

hey xcixxorx

I definitely like how live they sound as a band, the sections where they just get to dig into their parts and cook sound great. They're such great musicians, the outros on a few of these songs are the parts where I get into it the most.

even if I'm mixed on it, I'm sad that I forgot to bring this to work today.

milton parker (Jon L), Tuesday, 24 January 2006 22:40 (seventeen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
ok I didn't see this coming, but I'm listening to adult about every other night now. that never happened with their debut album.

I'm still a little taken aback that I like this record, I never would have given it a chance if it were from anyone else. I don't like impeccably slicked out cabaret pop jazz, and that's the only real way to describe this, but they nailed what they were going for so beautifully that I just kind of have to hand it to them, this is a great album.

I was planning on buying the regular edition but Amoeba had the deluxe, and I'm glad I got it, the art design on the packaging is perfect, the fake ads for cologne -- is this irony? No, it's accurate, this music hides on its own beautiful surface.

the shiina videos are all on youtube now. most of them low-resolution, but 'meisai', 'identity' & 'tsumiki asobi', 'gibbs' are worth seeing, and her best videos 'ringo no uta' versions 1 & 2 are both hi-resolution.

milton parker (Jon L), Friday, 17 February 2006 06:54 (seventeen years ago) link

Karuki Zamen Kuri no Hana is killin' it hard right now. I'm also loving the live version of SDP's 'Konya Ha Boogie Back' she does with the crew and Utada.

BARMS, Friday, 17 February 2006 10:59 (seventeen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
ok I love Adult. can't stop listening to it. it's as good as Shoso Strip, it just takes longer to open up. initial complaints about the 'traditional' production and the lack of noise or asian instruments have evaporated.

a friend of mine who's obsessed with hollywood musicals, bob fosse productions etc. got this record the first time -- the idea of someone making a modern record in this style that isn't a museum piece completely blew her away.

KZK remains the most overwhelming, but a major reason why she hasn't caught on here yet is that she's moving too fast for critics to get a bead on.

in the pantheon of uncompromising, eccentric songwriters that really oversee their own production, 70's = joni mitchell, 80's = kate bush, 90's = bjork perhaps, 00's = shiina ringo, she's that huge

milton parker (Jon L), Sunday, 12 March 2006 00:07 (seventeen years ago) link


milton parker (Jon L), Sunday, 12 March 2006 00:08 (seventeen years ago) link

Adult is my favorite album of the year so far. Somehow, though, I never got into Shiina's solo albums. I'll check them out again, since I'm so taken with this one.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Sunday, 12 March 2006 02:24 (seventeen years ago) link

on her current stadium tour she's opening with Souretsu (final track on KZK) with a chorus of 100 children

The Feb.19th, 2006 [DOMESTIC! Virgin Line] concert was recorded and will be broadcast on SkyPerfectTV channel 721 (FujiTV 721) on March 25, from 11:00PM - 12:40AM. Don't forget to set your DVRs!

milton parker (Jon L), Monday, 13 March 2006 01:48 (seventeen years ago) link

four weeks pass...
Preliminary investigation suggests she is the major pop music figure of this decade, but I've only been listening to her for--what?--a week, and then only to online files. But I'll be buying some CDs soon enough.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Tuesday, 11 April 2006 01:15 (seventeen years ago) link

love her. i really need to get off my ass and get Adult.

ryan (ryan), Tuesday, 11 April 2006 02:42 (seventeen years ago) link

'Yattsuke Shigoto' took me over a few weeks back. It's the most fitting song for travelling to work. 'Benkai Debussy' is ROCK.

Interestingly, she comes across as more of a female Cornelius than Takako Minekawa did.

BARMS, Tuesday, 11 April 2006 07:11 (seventeen years ago) link

>the major pop music figure of this decade

it's reassuring to hear anyone else say this, I think she's peerless.

if you've got the albums and want to start in on the DVDs, I'd recommend Baishou Ecstasy -- a 60 minute concert film where her performance in one auditorium is broadcast live by satelite to five other completely full theatres. the songs from KZK are redone as acoustic jazz cabaret songs by a 30 piece big band orchestra, and the songs just work -- she opens with an Edith Piaf cover, and like most of her concert films there's an extremely unsettling narrative twist at the end

I'm not as into the Electric Mole, which is Tokyo Jihen live at Budokan playing slicked out TJ versions of the KZK songs, though the Lynchian short film interludes are _really_ bizarre this time and there's a version of "Stem" that starts like Black Sabbath, plateaus like the Carpenters and ends exactly the same way as Sachiko M's sinewave solo on Ground-zero's Last-Concert album.

The videos are compiled on the Seiteki Healing series, volume three has the KZK clips. is my favorite fan site.

milton parker (Jon L), Tuesday, 11 April 2006 19:20 (seventeen years ago) link

it's reassuring to hear anyone else say this

Of course, I'm not sure how much comfort it should be coming from a not very popcentric* person like me, but it might even be true (or plausible, or whatever truth-like value you prefer).

I don't own anything yet, myself, but once I've moved into my new apartment, and maybe after I wait a month or two to deal with some other necessary purchases, then I will at least pick up Adult and Karuki Zamen Kuri no Hana.

*though hopefully not anti-pop.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Tuesday, 11 April 2006 19:47 (seventeen years ago) link

Tokyo Jihen - Shuraba, live February 19, 2006:

milton parker (Jon L), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 04:39 (seventeen years ago) link

a female Cornelius

OK, now I am even more intrigued, although I also trust Milton's rave reviews. I was looking this stuff up on eBay the other day, seems that these CDs are reasonably available. I'll have to investigate.

sleeve (sleeve), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 04:43 (seventeen years ago) link

milton, that youtube video has me very intrigued.

so is it better to start with shiina ringo solo or with tokyo incident? or does it really matter?

A. Lingbert (A. Lingbert), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 08:17 (seventeen years ago) link

"Karuki Zamen Kuri no Hana" is arguably the masterpiece, dazzling arrangements, 4D sculpture production, possibly the peak of anything she's ever been involved w/. but...

I think Shiina made her name (in Japan) during the "Shouso Strip" period culminating w/ very popular nurse cosplay-parody video for 'Honnou'. I think there's the most tension there between charting rock star and widening weirdness palette.

It's also the period when most of her Cindy Shermanesque personas cropped up, sort of the dominant theme of her solo career. Before switching to T. Jihen there was 1) japanese ghost persona of 3rd & final album - death, 2) final song built entirely out of samples from her back catalog (link still above), & 3) a final video which chronologically travels through all her previous video roles.

)alex(, Wednesday, 12 April 2006 16:42 (seventeen years ago) link

thanks for the tips. i'll check her out further.

A. Lingbert (A. Lingbert), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 17:54 (seventeen years ago) link

I misposted upthread, that's 'Souretsu' live, not 'Shuraba'. it's a very different version of the final song on KZK.

imagine going to a stadium show and having that be the opening song.

what alex said. I like the Cindy Sherman reference, the song's lyrics are about an apple tree that longs to be human but settles for giving away her fruit at the end of each season -- sung by a person who keeps shifting through violently different personas, it's almost painful.

milton parker (Jon L), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 21:10 (seventeen years ago) link

hmm interestingly on the digital version of Kalk Samen Chestnut Flower there's an extra 20 seconds to As You Wish and it doesn't crossfade into the drone that starts Consciously

ufo, Monday, 28 May 2018 17:03 (five years ago) link

Yeah, there's two versions of the record out there, I'm guessing one was perhaps banded for radio and the song lengths got changed as a result.

MaresNest, Monday, 28 May 2018 17:17 (five years ago) link

i figure that crossfade was to get the 44:44 run time on that version?

ufo, Monday, 28 May 2018 17:20 (five years ago) link

Yeah definitely!

MaresNest, Monday, 28 May 2018 17:22 (five years ago) link

listened to Ze-Chyou Syuu and Heisei Fuuzoku for the first time, both are great. Gamble which is on both of them is especially fantastic. love the rearranged jazz versions on Heisei Fuuzoku too also found this channel which has a lot of live videos uploaded

ufo, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 07:21 (five years ago) link

Ran the album titles through Google Translate to help re-orient myself.

逆輸入 〜航空局〜 Reverse import ~ Aviation station ~
日出処 Dining Session
逆輸入 ~港湾局~ Reverse import ~ Harbor station ~
蜜月抄 (Live) Honey moon extract (Live)
三文ゴシップ Sanshou Gossip
私と放電 Discharging with me
平成風俗 Heisei dolls
加爾基 精液 栗ノ花 Ken radical semen chestnut flower
唄ひ手冥利 ~其ノ壱~ Utato Hitomi ~ Sonoichi ~
絶頂集 Cumshot Collection
勝訴ストリップ Winning Strip
無罪モラトリアム Innocent moratorium

mick signals, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 12:42 (five years ago) link

Singles & EPs:

おとなの掟 Adult's law
おいしい季節 Tasty season
目抜き通り Main street
ジユーダム Jyudam
長く短い祭 / 神様、仏様 Long Short Festival / God, Buddha
最果てが見たい I want to see the end
至上の人生 Supreme life
熱愛発覚中 Ardent love discovered in
いろはにほへと / 孤独のあかつき Hello to Iroha / Loneliness Akatsuki
自由へ道連れ Complaints with freedom
カーネーション Carnation
ありあまる富 Abundant wealth
ギブス / 正しい街 / 余興 (仮) / ここでキスして。 Gibbs / right city / entertainment (temporary) / kiss me here. [Ringo EXPO 08]
積木遊び (座禅エクスタシーより) Block play (from Zazen Ecstasy)
映日紅の花 Movie day Red flower
この世の限り As long as this world
カリソメ乙女 (DEATH JAZZ ver.) Carisome maiden (DEATH JAZZ ver.)
りんごのうた Apple's Song
茎(STEM) ~大名遊ビ編~ Stem (STEM) ~ Daimyo play memo ~
真夜中は純潔 Midnight is chastity
ギブス Gibbs
罪と罰 Crime and Punishment
The Best 3 椎名林檎 The Best 3 Shiina apple
幸福論 Happiness
本能 Instinct
ここでキスして。 Kiss me here.
歌舞伎町の女王 The queen of Kabukicho
幸福論 Happiness
成人法则 (Live精选) Adult law (Live selection)

mick signals, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 12:55 (five years ago) link

oh her catalogue being released on streaming services was timed to commemorate 20 years since her debut single

ufo, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 14:51 (five years ago) link


imago, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 22:18 (five years ago) link

Track 5 of Kalk Samen etc is the greatest song ever, isn't it?

imago, Thursday, 31 May 2018 17:40 (five years ago) link


flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Thursday, 31 May 2018 17:45 (five years ago) link

i think that might be my favourite from it, the rock version on Ze-Chyou Syuu is great too

ufo, Thursday, 31 May 2018 17:50 (five years ago) link

Before the advent of phone-enabled Streaming Shiina I had never given that one a real earbud listen to notice all the rompy hard panning.

Wikipedia notes that the vacuum cleaner belonged to Shiina's sister in law.

mick signals, Thursday, 31 May 2018 20:29 (five years ago) link

didn't know about the streaming, that's fantastic!!!

Nhex, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:29 (four years ago) link

six months pass...

this is the most charming amv ive ever seen

ufo, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 13:25 (four years ago) link

love that

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 14:07 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

<a href="";>‘Sandokushi‘- a play on the Buddhist term ‘Sandoku’ referring to three poisons that poison the heart of man (desire, ill will, and ignorance), the ‘Shi’ meaning ‘history’.</a>

welp. the fear was always that when she finally made another truly strange solo record, it'd still be Vegas at heart. behold the cover of the new album if you dare, it is too late for me, but why stop the abasement now, together through life, it's going to be wonderful owning a physical copy of this etc & yes her Coke jingle is on the album



piccolo: 関聡子
flute: 高桑英世
cor anglais: 庄司さとし
clarinet: 十亀正司
fagott: 長哲也
trumpet: 西村浩二
trombone: 村田陽一
horn: 藤田乙比古、和田博史、田島花林、五十畑勉 tuba 田村優弥
gran cassa, snare, cymbals, glockenspiel & buddhist percussion: 高田みどり
celesta: 林正樹
concertmaster: グレート栄田
violin: 滝沢幸二郎、矢野晴子、村田幸謙、入江茜、松本亜土、小倉達夫、桑田穣、越川歩、山本大将 viola 山田雄司、渡部安見子、西村知佳子、島内晶子
cello: 前田善彦、向井航
scratch & sound effect DJ: 大自然
sutra sampling licensed by Pony Canyon Inc.

lyrics are technically in english, sing along everyone:

Gorging hypnosis, vomit to everywhere
I thought the pull was something better
“Digestible”, that’s how it feels

Milton Parker, Friday, 3 May 2019 23:21 (four years ago) link

^^ if that fails too, english title of song is 'Gate Of Living'

& second single, tagged with album's official horse art, is 'Elopers'

Milton Parker, Friday, 3 May 2019 23:26 (four years ago) link

Milton Parker, Friday, 3 May 2019 23:27 (four years ago) link

great to have a new album on the way from her at last. i thought Sunny was pretty solid so i'm optimistic enough about a new album from her, and those two new tracks are a lot weirder than i was expecting from her at this point in her career.

ufo, Saturday, 4 May 2019 01:10 (four years ago) link

Those both sound promising, getting Jun Togawa top-notes from that second track especially.

MaresNest, Saturday, 4 May 2019 11:57 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

Is there anyway I can buy that album digitally / legitimately without spending money on an import? I know it's on Spotify - which is kind of amazing as it is - but not my preferred method of listening.

Nhex, Sunday, 14 July 2019 23:07 (three years ago) link

all her stuff is on iTunes and Google Play, though using her official romanisation 'Sheena Ringo'

ufo, Monday, 15 July 2019 00:07 (three years ago) link

the album is decent enough too, though about half of it compiles her singles from the past 5 years and those are largely less interesting than the new material. not really close to the peak of her first decade of output but i'm certainly happy enough with it

ufo, Monday, 15 July 2019 00:20 (three years ago) link

I had no idea her albums were on Spotify so I went and checked out Shouso Strip (I've only owned KZK for years). I like it - not as much as KZK, but I can see how it plants the seeds for that album. The two opening tracks are awesome, especially "Kyogen-shou," which is probably now my favorite song of hers! I feel like I'm on such a journey listening to it. Some stuff on there like "Gibs" is a little conventional but the personality she puts into the vocal still makes it stand out

Vinnie, Monday, 15 July 2019 02:50 (three years ago) link

all her solo work was put on streaming internationally last year to celebrate her career's 20th anniversary iirc. Muzai Moratorium is absolutely worth a listen too. idk how much Tokyo Incidents stuff is available on streaming internationally (it's available here in Australia but i'm not sure about the USA) but their first two albums are essential, especially Adult.

ufo, Monday, 15 July 2019 03:13 (three years ago) link

The last couple months I was only listening to Shina Ringo pre-Tokyo Jihen (including b-sides). Every song grows on you. I don’t have it in me to complain about any song from that period.

ilm jive mind (FlopsyDuck), Monday, 15 July 2019 03:53 (three years ago) link

Tokyo Jihen is available where I am (Vietnam) under Tokyo Incidents. I listened to Adult looong ago and didn't really care for it but I might give it another listen now

Vinnie, Monday, 15 July 2019 08:03 (three years ago) link

Try 'Variety' also, it's ace.

MaresNest, Monday, 15 July 2019 10:51 (three years ago) link

can't go too wrong with anything up until the end of Jihen imo. maybe that singles collection she did early in her solo career and the double cover album are patchy but still have good stuff.

sadly on both US iTunes and Play they only have two albums - the single for Koufukeron from '98 and something called "Saihate Ga Mitai -Donde Quiere Estar Mi Alma Viajero-"?

Nhex, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 03:08 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

found video of an early version of "koko de kiss shite" from 1996, performed with at the 'music quest' contest that lead to her getting a record deal

there's a lot of other great performances on that channel too

ufo, Sunday, 15 September 2019 11:18 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

tokyo jihen are back

ufo, Thursday, 2 January 2020 15:09 (three years ago) link

That's lush

Maresn3st, Thursday, 2 January 2020 15:28 (three years ago) link


american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 2 January 2020 15:30 (three years ago) link

Sounds a lot like Petrolz, mind.

Maresn3st, Thursday, 2 January 2020 15:37 (three years ago) link

not really surprising considering Ukigumo has the writing credit on this one

here's the reunion announcement video

ufo, Friday, 3 January 2020 00:37 (three years ago) link

idk if anyone's mentioned this but tokyo jihen are on spotify now, under the name "tokyo incidents"

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 20:19 (three years ago) link

Tokyo Jihen is available where I am (Vietnam) under Tokyo Incidents

oh lol i'm late

anyway the first two albums are masterpieces for anyone who doesn't know

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 20:20 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

News EP out today, available on Spotify in the US!
Which is good, but I still wish I wasn't restricted from just buying the mp3s here.

Nhex, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 10:00 (three years ago) link

Looking forward to this, been listening to them a lot recently, the mid/later records are much better than I remember them, especially Variety which is ace.

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 10:07 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

New Jihen video up.

Maresn3st, Friday, 14 August 2020 00:00 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

muzai moratorium: it's a great album

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 22 November 2020 03:51 (two years ago) link

such an absurdly good debut

ufo, Sunday, 22 November 2020 03:57 (two years ago) link

even her b-sides from early on are unreal

ufo, Sunday, 22 November 2020 04:20 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

New TJ

Maresn3st, Thursday, 13 May 2021 23:16 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

MaresNest, Tuesday, 7 March 2023 13:21 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

The new single is pretty great and has Hisako Tabuchi from Number Girl on guitar!

MaresNest, Wednesday, 24 May 2023 13:16 (one week ago) link

omg tabuchi and ringo reunited

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 24 May 2023 14:55 (one week ago) link

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