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2014 Japanese Calendar Sale at YesAsia

It’s that time of year… 2014 calendars are now available to order from YesAsia, with the likes of AKB48, Gackt and various Anime titles including: My Neighbor Totoro, One Piece, Sword Art Online and Attack on Titan.

YesAsia is offering a 10% off sale with an extra 5% on orders over US$100.

Click on the banner to head on over to check out their stock.

Utada Hikaru

Evangelion 3.0 Theme: Hikaru Utada “Sakura Nagashi”

Available to pre-order from cdJapan is Hikaru Utada‘s new single in DVD format featuring the end credit theme song “Sakura Nagashi” for Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.

Number of discs: 1
Label/Distributor: EMI Music Japan
Format: NTSC Format
Region Code: 2 (Japan, Europe, Middle East, and South Africa only)
Subtitles: None

Sakura Nagashi / Hikaru Utada
Hikaru Utada
Big Bang

Yes Asia Weekly Promotion: aRtisT, Big Bang, T-ARA

Big Bang Special Edition - Still Alive (Random Version) + Folded Poster

In case there was any doubt, Big Bang is Still Alive and gracing fans with a special album! A follow-up to their fifth mini-album, Still Alive comes with four tracks from Alive (Fantastic Baby, Bad Boy, Blue, and Love Dust) and five new tracks. The new tracks include Still Alive (the full version of their Alive intro track) and the title song Monster written and composed by G-Dragon.

This version comes with a 36-page photobook, a 56-page brand book, a YG Family Card (first press; only while supplies last), and a folded poster.

Note: This album is available in six different versions. Customers who purchase this product will have one of the available versions selected for them at random. Product content is subject to change without notice.

Jewelry box [DIAMOND EDITION] (ALBUM+DVD+ PHOTOBOOK)(First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version)

After becoming the first overseas group to score a number one debut single on the Oricon chart, T-ara has released a string of successful singles. Now, the girls are finally releasing their first Japanese album! Jewelry Box features the Japanese version of Korean hits like Roly-Poly, Bo Peep Bo Peep, yayaya, plus two original Japanese-language songs. See how T-ara shines in Japan with Jewelry Box!

This edition comes in a special jewelry box. It includes a 100-page photo book, a postcard with a serial number (one randomly chosen from eight available styles), plus a bonus DVD with T-ara’s X’mas Premium Live.

Teen Top Mini Album Vol. 3 - aRtisT

Teen Top saw a big jump in popularity after Teen Top saw a big jump in popularity after their last mini-album It’s and hit song “Crazy”, which brought them their first no. 1 win on Music Bank. The group follows up quickly with their third mini-album aRtisT which features six tracks including the title song To You.

[Music] BoA: 6집 HURRICANE VENUS

After a massive five years concentrating on Japanese and US releases, BoA makes a K-Pop comeback with a great new album 6집 HURRICANE VENUS.
I’ve just listened to this album right through and I have to say I’m quite impressed. Usually an CD will have a couple of ‘fillers’ that let the side down, not so here. All tracks are single worthy and I’m even saying that about the ballads… (not a big ballad fan, me).
Highlights are the title track HURRICANE VENUS, Dangerous and probably my favourite Adrenaline. Well worth the price, which is under a tenner from if you order it from Yes Asia (free shipping).


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Boom Boom Satellites – Back On My Feet – New Album

Boom Boom Satellites - To The LovelessAfter a short hiatus (2008 – EXPOSED), not counting the greatest hits Double CD released earlier this year, Boom Boom Satellites are back with a new studio album. In typical BBS style, the album is spattered with tracks that have powerful beats, powerful guitars and powerful vocals – this system hasn’t failed up until now – so why change it?
A great album with some awesome tracks, particularly good are: Drain, The Harder They Come, The Harder They Fall and Hounds. Other songs are melodic, moody and tingling with electricity. Thirteen tracks of genius from the Big Beat Duo.

cdJapan have the album available in two editions:

Boom Boom Satellites – To The Loveless (Regular Edition)
Boom Boom Satellites – To The Loveless (w/ DVD Limited Edition)

Review: Ayumi Hamasaki – Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus

I’m pretty picky when it comes to the music I listen to, but when I started to become interested in all things Japan my music tastes become somewhat eclectic. At first it was just garage band type guitar music, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant for example, but after becoming immersed in Japanese culture I noticed that I would be looking for places where I could find certain songs that had appeared in a movie. This led me to a wider appreciation of J-Pop as a whole.

Ayu - Rock 'n' Roll Circus (A)
Ayu - Rock 'n' Roll Circus (A)

Once you dip your toe into the world of J-Pop you can’t help but notice probably one of the most prolific and iconic singers there is – Ayumi Hamasaki. This amazing talent has, to date, had a sting of 22 consecutive number one singles – yes, consecutive!
I had heard a few tracks and sought out a few PV’s (she’s not too bad on the eyes either (^_-)☆wink), and on checking out her back catalogue found that she has 11 studio albums, 5 compilation albums and 19 remix albums. She has also released 51 singles (although some are double A sides, so it’s more like 60) and out of those, only 2 have not managed the top spot on the Oricon Daily Chart…

Now we come to her latest release – Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of the album last week for review but have only just managed to find the time to listen to it. But I have to say, that it is probably one of her best efforts yet. Obviously this is only a personal opinion, but the CD has such a wealth of variety that you can’t fail to be impressed by it’s diversity.
As with all albums though, there seems to be a trend of putting in pointless little tracks that last for about a minute – fillers, if you like – and this to me seem a bit of a waste. As for the rest of the album, well it ranges is style from soulful ballads like Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~ and rocky pieces like Lady Dynamite, to dance tracks like Don’t Look Back and even one which I can’t really define – Sexy Little Things – but at least it sounds fun.
All in all it’s a well rounded album, extremely well produced and should be on your shopping list if you like J-Music…

Ayu - Rock 'n' Roll Circus (B)
Ayu - Rock 'n' Roll Circus (B)

Track List:

  1. THE introduction
  2. Microphone
  3. count down
  4. Sunset 〜LOVE is ALL〜
  5. BALLAD
  6. Last Links
  7. montage
  8. Don’t look back
  9. Jump!
  10. Lady Dynamite
  11. Sexy little things
  12. Sunrise 〜LOVE is ALL〜
  13. meaning of Love
  14. You were…
  15. RED LINE 〜for TA〜

So, you’re all asking, “Where can I buy this CD?” Well, today I am mainly recommending Yes Asia, where you can pick up the album in a number of formats:

Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus Limited Box Set
Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus Jacket A w/DVD
Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus Jacket B

If you are not a snob, and don’t mind the pressing from Korea, then:
Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus Korea Version w/DVD

or alternatively there’s a couple of Hong Kong editions too:
Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus Hong Kong Version Jacket A w/DVD
Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus Hong Kong Version Jacket B

Spoilt for choice much?

Gundam 30th Anniversary Box Gundam Songs 145 [Limited Release]

Gundam Box Set
Gundam Box Set
This is massive. Not just the size, or the contents – but the scope… a huge selection of Gundam music for the masses and it’s available from the 24th of February at cdJapan.

Celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the anime series GUNDAM is this amazing CD box set, featuring a whopping 10 discs in the new high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players). Also included is a 260-page booklet.

It features all the OP and ED that you would want, including the latest ones from L’Arc~en~Ciel, The Brilliant Green, UVERworld, Tommy heavenly6, PUFFY and GACKT. Along with the classics from the 80’s… smashing stuff…

You can pick up Gundam 30th Anniversary Box Gundam Songs 145 [Limited Release] at cdJapan.

Thee Best of Thee

Thee Michelle Gun Elephant [TMGE] were a Japanese Rock band that formed in 1991 but were most prolific from around 1993 after their self released album ‘Maximum! Maximum! Maximum!‘ up until their split in 2003.
The latter part of last year and for the early part of this year, the band’s history is being recaptured in various different ways that get any J-Rock fan’s juices flowing…

Thee Greatest Hits‘ was released on both standard CD and SHM-CD with DVD [Limited Edition] in December. In January came ‘Thee Live‘, a staggering 10 DVD Limited Box Set featuring the band’s performances in concerts, events, festivals, TV programs, and more. And on February 17 ‘Thee Movie Last Heaven 031011‘ is released on DVD and Blu-ray.

Links above will take you to cdJapan where you can top up your stock of TMGE goodies, in the meantime check out this little ditty from 1998’s ‘Gear Blues‘ album.

SOIL&”PIMP”SESSIONS 6

SOIL
SOIL&'PIMP'SESSIONS 6
Released today in Japan is the latest offering from the Tokyo based SOIL&”PIMP”SESSIONS, the ‘Club-Jazz’ band that started out in 2003. Since then (and including today’s effort) they’ve released 6 albums:

2004: Pimpin’
2005: Pimp Master
2006: Pimp of the Year
2007: Pimpoint
2008: Planet Pimp
2009: 6

cdJapan have they’re latest CD on offer for ¥2667, roughly about £18, which whilst is expensive compared to retail CD’s pretty much anywhere else on the planet – is still a worthwhile investment for the sounds of this massive band.

Follow the links above for the releases available at cdJapan.

The Birthday – Ai de Nuritsubuse [J-Rock Pre-order]

cdJapan are offering a great deal on pre-orders for the latest offering from The Birthday‘Ai de Nuritsubuse’. Released on the 14th October this year, this album is available in a regular edition and a limited edition which includes a bonus DVD with promo videos and live footage.

The Birthday – Ai de Nuritsubuse [w/ DVD, Limited Edition]

The Birthday – Ai de Nuritsubuse [Regular Edition]

For a taster, check out a live performance of their 2007 single – Alicia …

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BoA: BEST&USA

AVCD-23830-1
AVCD-23830-1
Whilst in Hong Kong I was in my absolute element trawling through the music and DVD stores. One of those stores – CD Warehouse – became a habitual visit due to it’s massive stock of all types of Asian music and film.
On one particular visit I was thrilled to find that I could pick up the BoA BEST&USA 2 in 1 box set which I’d meant to order online for some time.
Originally released back in March, the set consists of a compilation CD ~Japan Best~ & DVD ~Japan Best Music Video~ and CD ~USA Début Album [BoA] and DVD ~Music Video & Special Contents~

Her long awaited arrival on the western music scene happened late last year and her single ‘Eat You Up‘ featured on the January ’09 Edition of the Mainstream Club Disc for DJ’s in the US. The single was very successful online, despite a distinct lack of promotion. The single hit number one in the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart Breakout Club Play and officially made its début the following week on the chart at number 42, peaking at number 8.

CD/DVD Track list:

【CD ~JAPAN BEST~】
※AVCD-23830~1/B~C, AVCD-23832~3

  1. UNIVERSE feat. Crystal Kay&VERBAL(m-flo)
  2. DO THE MOTION
  3. 永遠
  4. 七色の明日 ~brand new beat~
  5. Winter Love
  6. メリクリ ~BEST&USA Version~
  7. Sweet Impact
  8. 抱きしめる
  9. LOVE LETTER
  10. Sparkling
  11. KEY OF HEART
  12. make a secret
  13. Everlasting
  14. LOSE YOUR MIND feat. Yutaka Furukawa from DOPING PANDA
  15. Believe in LOVE feat. BoA(Acoustic Version)
  16. VALENTI ~BEST&USA Version~

【DVD ~JAPAN BEST MUSIC VIDEO~】
※AVCD-23830~1/B~Cのみ

  1. DO THE MOTION
  2. make a secret
  3. 抱きしめる
  4. Everlasting
  5. 七色の明日 ~brand new beat~
  6. KEY OF HEART
  7. Winter Love
  8. Sweet Impact
  9. LOVE LETTER
  10. LOSE YOUR MIND feat. Yutaka Furukawa from DOPING PANDA
  11. be with you
  12. Kissing you
  13. Sparkling
  14. 永遠
  15. 永遠 ~Dance Edit Version~
  16. Bonus Contents (初回のみ)

【CD ~USA DEBUT ALBUM <BoA>~】
※AVCD-23830~1/B~C, AVCD-23832~3

  1. I Did It For Love feat. Sean Garrett
  2. Energetic
  3. Did Ya
  4. Look Who’s Talking
  5. Eat You Up
  6. Obsessed
  7. Touched
  8. Scream
  9. Girls On Top
  10. Dress Off
  11. Hypnotic dancefloor

【DVD ~MUSIC VIDEO&SPECIAL CONTENTS~】
※AVCD-23830~1/B~Cのみ

  1. Eat You Up
  2. BEST&USA DOCUMENT FILM

AVCD-23830~1/B~C, AVCD-23832~3
AVCD-23830~1/B~C, AVCD-23832~3
Listen to Eat You Up:
To listen to more tracks and watch the PV’s featured on the release, visit her official Avex discography page (Japanese) where you’ll find the relevant buttons to push.

BoA: BEST&USA – available from CDJapan.

Links:

Go!Go!7188 [J-Rock Tips]

LoLyfe.com Featured Artist: Go!Go!7188

Go!Go!7188, also known as Gogo, are a Japanese Rock (J-Rock) band originally formed back in 1988. The 3 piece are:
Yuu
(ユウ) [Yumi Nakashima] (中島 優美 Nakashima) Vocals, guitar, music & lyrics.
Akko
(アッコ)[Akiko Noma] (野間 亜紀子 Noma Akiko) Bass, vocals and lyrics.
Turkey
(ターキー) [Takayuki Hosokawa] (細川 貴之 Hosokawa Takayuki) Drums, vocals.

Best of Go!Go!
Best of Go!Go!
This track Kamisama no Hima Tsubushi [神様のヒマ潰し] (God’s Spare Time) is featured on the 2006 compilation CD – Best of Go!Go! still available from Yes Asia. The meaning of the bands name is apparently shrouded in secrecy, only the band members know what it really means.
Their latest CD, Antenna, was released in February of this year.

Official Website
J-Pop World’s page in English

Music Tip #9 [2008-11-03] Anna in Nudy Show!

Nudy Show!
Nudy Show!
Anna Tsuchiya is back with a new album – Nudy Show!, released last week on the 29th. When I first looked at the track list I was a little disappointed as quite a few of the tracks have been previously released, so it looked a little like a compilation effort. However, after a run through it didn’t matter. The songs all work together on the most eclectic album I’ve listened to in a while. J-Pop, J-Rock, R&B and a spatter of Anime soundtrack fare are all combined to make perfect driving company.

Tracklist:
1. overture
2. Cockroach
3. Crazy World feat. AI
4. Virgin Cat
5. GINGER feat. MONKEY MAJIK
6. u
7. Dirty Game
8. Style
9. masquerade
10. BUBBLE TRIP
11. Serenade
12. Shape of your love
13. cocoon ~NUDY SHOW! version~
14. LUCY
15. RIDE ON!
16. BLOOD ON BLOOD
17. Kuroi Namida ~deep sadness version~ (黒い涙; Black Tears)

Here’s the PV of the latest single, Virgin Cat. Anna in a neko suit … awesome ..!