Hey folks, sorry about the delay. I was locked in battle with a stomach flu that threatened to end me by exploding from one end or the other. It was foul and miserable, but I have returned! There are a few items in the new music front I wanted to hit you with.

Shugo Tokumaru, who appeared on the show often (and also in an old video of mine), released his fourth album Port Entropy in April of 2010, but it is now becoming available to AMURRICUN shores. If you haven’t heard it, it’s a sweeping dreamscape in which Tokumaru plays more instruments than you knew existed, crafting a shimmering world of major chords and sunshine-type melodies perfect for a kids-movie montage or cell-phone commercial. But don’t take my word for it!

I am going to say that this video seems very Japanese, but I’m not going to explain how or why I think so. If you like reading other people’s opinions, there are a number of them to peruse.


In other “new music” news, Asobi Seksu has an album coming out called Fluorescence which features the rugged lead single “Trails.” It’s kinda plodding and warbly, and is perhaps indicative of a new direction for the band. There is a music video in the works, and you can check out their Facebook for behind the scenes shots of that. The album itself will be released on 2/15 but if you pre-order, you will get an mp3 copy of the album upon checking out that you can listen to RIGHT NOW. Yeeks, right?

Finally, my second favorite Ono-band, Deerhoof, is releasing their 11th studio album on the 11th year of the NEW MILLENNIUM. It is entitled Deerhoof Vs. Evil, and probably has nothing to do with that. J-philes, prepare yourself for this video for “Super Duper Rescue Heads!” which features lead singer Satomi living the juicy life in J-pan and navigating through bizarre camera effects.

By some mystic coincidence, one lone record label (Polyvinyl) is serving up all three of these releases – on green, clear pink, and pink vinyl, respectively. You may be able to nab some of the special editions and there are BUNDLE DEALS available on their website.

Next time on Jet Set Radio Blog: If I Haven’t Heard It, It’s New To Me! Stay tuned.


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