Warming up for this weekend’s Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival at the Seattle Center, we heard music from Japan, and music from elsewhere featuring Japanese instruments and themes. And as you might expect, it wasn’t all traditional! Also, new releases and more in hour 2.
Apologies; the audio archive of this week’s show suffered technical difficulties, and is not available. (So I hope you listened live.) If you need an STG fix, feel free to browse the archives of dozens of past shows that stream for free via Mixcloud.
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Yoshida Brothers “Storm” from Yoshida Brothers
Mari Atsumi “Suki Yo Ai Shite” from Nippon Girls: Japanese Pop, Beat & Bossa Nova 1966-1970
Ryuku Underground “Kokusai Dori Dub” from Ryuku Underground
Cicala Mvta “Stara Planina” from Ghost Circus
Kodo “Floor” from Heartbeat – KODO 25th Anniversary
Takashi Hirayasu “Mangetsu No Yube” from The Rough Guide to the Music of Japan
Oki “Utuwaskarap” from Music from the Tea Lands
On Ensemble “Zeecha” from Dust and Sand
Unidentified Artist “Shoji” from Asian Takeaways
Set break — KAOS Community Billboard
Kusano Chikuzan/Fujiwara Eizan/Ichinohe Ozan/Isono Sazan “Toge Hachiri” from Shakuhachi-Japanese Traditional Music
An Chang Project “Winding Path” from Monkey Harmonizing Songs
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra “Sea Monsters” from Heroes
Takio Ito & Takio Band “Takio’s Soran Bushi” from The Rough Guide to the Music of Japan
Eccodek “In Confidence” from Singing in Tongues
Metá Metá “Alakorô” from MetaL MetaL
Anansy Cisse “Baala” from Mali Overdrive
Rona Hartner “Frida y Diego” from Balkan Fever
Alsarah & The Nubatones “Rennat” from Silt
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan “Heart of Gold” from Ecstasy
Golem “My Horse (feat. Curtis Hasselbring)” from Tanz
Isle of Klezbos “A Glezele Yash (Live)” from Live from Brooklyn
Set break — Concert Calendar
Jungle By Night “Weapon” from The Hunt
Ernest Ranglin & Avila “Joan’s Pen” from Bless Up
Sambatronica “Brazuca” from Brazil: Sambossica 4
Boulpik “Rele” from Konpa Lakay