Dear Customer and friend of the Far Side,
We’ve been busy!
It’s been a while so a lot has happened, with quite a lot of new stuff out this month, the latest radio shows and other stuff.
Where to start?..well, how about OKI Dub Ainu Band who have their first album out in five years. And very good it is too. The female Ainu quartet, Marewrew also have a new album out.
Yukihiro Takahashi has a box set of 80s stuff out with an unreleased DVD, a book and four hard to find remastered albums with mini LP style cardboard sleeves. His band Sadistics have three albums that haven’t been available for a while, re-released onto SHM-CDs.
Talking of box sets, there’s a very lavish set of American composer Raymond Scott that includes a CD of covers by Haruomi Hosono, Miharu Koshi and others. The two videos give a good idea on what you get.
There are three albums of live recordings from John Cage’s 1962 Japan tour with various Japanese musicians including Yuji Takahashi and Yoko Ono.
Also from Japan, is electronic soundscapes from Sugai Ken, Celtic music from Harmonica Creams, extraordinary saxophone avant-garde from Masanori Oishi, and minyo from singer Yoshiko Furuta. You can listen or watch album trailers to most of these.
There are seven Bunraku DVDs in the superb Best Selection series, some with English subtitles, and a DVD of Ryukyu Classical Dance with very information English notes.
From the rest Asia, are four CDs in the excellent Journey of Sounds series released in the 1990s; Timor, Malaca, Macau and Sumatra. From Thailand, 1970s and 80s morlam and funk music on CDs that include English notes, and a re-released album by Malaysian 1980s pop legend Sudirman.
Continuing our quest to to source the virtually unobtainable (in recent years North Korea and Burma for example) we’re buying more albums direct from Mongolia. For now there’s just a couple more although we are trying to find cheaper shipping charges, which are very expensive.
For anyone who ordered Tomita’s new album, the release has been delayed until March 23rd, and we’ll send them out soon after that. At least now, we have the cover.
There are six new Far Side Radio shows to listen to again since the last newsletter, originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4fm; new releases of Japanese electronic music, Chinese New Year, two shows of my recent trip to Okinawa, new releases and some other crazy stuff, and female instrumentalists for International Women’s Day.
You can listen live on Resonance 104.4fm in London from 12 noon on Wednesdays, via DAB digital radio in London, via Radio Player or through http://www.resonancefm.com. And don’t forget, Far Side Radio is repeated every Sunday on Resonance from 8am.
February was also the fundraising month at Resonance that helps to keep the radio station on air, and pay for things like the Digital Radio platform and studio expenses. You can donate here. It would be much appreciated!
Until next time!
All the best