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2017

I don’t know if this will post with a December 31st date ’cause WordPress is screwy…

Hope you all had a wonderful 2017 and have an even better 2018. Here’s some music for your New Year’s Eve party!

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Rocktober – Late Edition

It’s well into the month and I haven’t Rocktobered once. Things have been hectic here at the station…. nothing really wrong, just very busy. However, in the spirit of lateness, here is some late night music –

And now a word from our sponsors and totally random celebrities, including two notorious for keeping late nights –

 

And now an obscure import to comply with the 4 A.M. public affairs broadcasting regulations –

This concludes tonight’s Rocktobering. Late Night Sky Radio, signing off –

City Pop Radio

I posted a City Pop collection by Van Paugam a while back. If you liked it, he’s now got a streaming YouTube channel, City Pop Radio, described as –

Streaming City Pop classics 24/7! Come with us on an endless drive through the streets of Japan while listening to over 30 hours worth of the best City Pop records from the 80s. Travel back in time through the haze of memories that aren’t your own, and melodies frozen in a particular place in history.

It’s been running for almost 2 weeks now. There’s a live chat on the sidebar, if you want to discuss City Pop music or ask questions about it. The playlist is randomized and updated weekly. There’s also a donate link, if you like what you hear. The driving video is kind of neat to watch (no, not the cheeky pic in the thumbnail, a real vid), I’m not sure how long it runs before looping back to the start.

Saturday Night Studio Bonus – City Pop Summer Edition

80s City Pop for long hot days on the beach, skating down the boulevard under a blue sky, and driving into the sunset on an infinite highway…

City Pop Summer Edition just dropped. It is most excellent.

 

Playlist posted by Van Paugam. He’s done a number of other City Pop collections, give them a listen.

♪ Track List (with associated anime clips):
♪OFF SHORE – 角松敏生Toshiki Kadomatsu (0:00) Waves gif from Neon Genesis Evangelion followed by Maron from Dragon Ball Z”
♪土曜の夜はパラダイス – エポEPO (5:11) “?”
♪RIDE ON TIME – 山下達郎Tatsuro Yamashita (9:18) “City Hunter”
♪HIGHWAY OF THE SUN – パイパーPiper (14:46) “Creamy Mami”
♪Dancing Tonight – 国分友里恵Yurie Kokubo (19:06) “Akira”
♪Streets Are Hot – 藤原美穂Miho Fujiwara (22:04) “Megazone 23”
♪Paradise Island – 中原めいこMeiko Nakahara (25:50) “Bubblegum Crisis”
♪Sky High – 松原正樹Masaki Matsubara (30:37) “Dragon Ball Z”
♪TRANSIT IN SUMMER – 杉山清貴&オメガトライブKiyotaka Sugiyama & Omega Tribe (34:10) “?”
♪そよ風のエアメール – 石川秀美Hidemi Ishikawa (38:26)
♪DEAR BREEZE – 杉山清貴&オメガトライブKiyotaka Sugiyama & Omega Tribe (42:42) “?”
♪Summer Connection – 大貫妙子Taeko Onuki (46:35) “Cowboy Bebop”
♪あこがれのSundown – 桑名晴子Haruko Kuwana (51:00) “Sailor Moon”

The Local Rock Group In Japan Is Trying Hard To Learn These Songs

I had no idea how shatteringly empty my life was without knowing Japan has its own Monkees tribute band…

They even have a Fifth Monkee sitting in with the band…

Is it awesome? Yes
Because girl
You know that it’s best
With a little bit East
And a little bit West

Saturday Night Studio – New Year’s Eve

Have some music to rock out the old year and ring in the new!

See you in 2017!

Trump Elected World President in Japan!

Swiped this, title and all, from John C. Wright, who notes –

It is not clear to me whether this charming weirdness is meant to mock Trump or applaud him, or just a neutral bit of fun that means nothing. For myself, I like Trump better, seeing this.

Rocktober Saturday Night Studio – 10th Floor Cibo Matto

Extra sugar, extra salt, extra oil and MSG with a few bad words if you’re delicate like that.

Shut up and eat!

Sixteen years ago, one day*
I was walking down the street
I was looking for music
You know what I mean?
And I picked up this CD

 

I kinda want to know her more

Are you made or broken by the birthday cake?

2 for 1, but 3 For 2!

She talks like American, she walks like Egyptian

 

*Ok, it might have been 15 years ago. Somewhere around there I picked up Viva! La Woman at a used CD place.

Rocktober Saturday Night Studio – Liphlich Great Nonsense Skam

By request, here’s some Liphlich for Wdydfae, whose site you really should check out. I have no idea what the hell the deal is with this band, they’re almost like a collision of Glam Rock and Lounge Style with some Scandinavian metal thrown in over a disco beat. Or something.

Skam Life –

Move every Zig for Great Nonsense –

Whatever happened to that Manic Pixie that you used to know?

Some live Liphlich, not the greatest video quality but good enough –

Thanks to Wdydfae for making this an easy one.

Chasing A Song Along the Yamanote Line

So over at What Do You Do For An Encore, wdydfae posted a video of a song called ““Kawaberi no Ie” (“house next to a river”) by Nao Matsuzaki. I tried to give it a listen, but the video’s not available in my country. I let him know, and he replied with another version of the video. Which also wasn’t available here. Wdydfae had included links to both Nao’s site (where I was totally lost) and a site where one can purchase the song (shipping alone would cost 2 or 3 times as much as the actual CD, never mind that I was only wanting to hear one song). Since he had mentioned the song was used in some documentary, I asked the name of it, thinking I might find that on youtube. He posted a video of said documentary, this video finally working.

72 Hours – Dreams Along The Yamanote Line, song at about 22:50 –

After this most roundabout path of finding a way to hear it, I listened to the song, which was all right, quite mellow even. But then I went and watched the entire documentary.

It’s just under 25 minutes long, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. They start at Shibuya Station on the Yamanote Rail Line in Tokyo and walk their way around it, interviewing people they meet along the way. Give it a watch.