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Sunday, May 2, 2004 Options

Japanese Music Special including an interview with Oki Kano

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Celebrate Golden Week in Japan with our approximately annual Japanese Music Special. Japanese roots and neotraditional music, world music and ethno-grooviness, enka, quirky pop, etc. Special focus on the islands south and north‚ Okinawa and Hokkaido, including an interview with the innovative Ainu (northern indigenous) musician/producer Oki Kano in the last half-hour.

Oki Kano homepage / song clips at; info in English and cds at .

Farside music is an excellent English-language source for exploring (and acquiring) Japanese and Okinawan roots and world music and for East Asian music in general. Great capsule descriptions of the cds by proprietor (and Resonance FM, London dj) Paul Fisher.

Other online sources we came upon while researching this show: and

Our favorite Japanese cd (and book) shopping outlet in NYC is Book-Off at 14 E41 St. The shop's large and varied selection of used Japanese cds includes a good deal of indie-label material not found at the few other Japanese cd shops in the NYC area. Click here for a blurb.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Happy End: Kaze Wo Atsumete Options / Various Artists: Lost in Translation Soundtrack / Emperor Norton
Featuring Haruomi Hosono

Happy End: Shin Shin Shin Options / Hosono Box / JVC
Featuring Haruomi Hosono

El -Malo: Ice Cream Options / Super Heart Gnome / Toy's Factory

Fairchild: Broken Children Options / Comme a la Radio / Pony Canyon

Rip Slyme: Track 9 ("Spinning Wheel") Options / Five / WEA

Kikusuimaru: Tansu de Dansu Options / Hore Hore Hare Hare / Triad

Sandii and the Sunsetz: Alive Options / Heat Scale / Alfa

Ry Cooder: Going Back to Okinawa Options / Get Rhythm / Warner

Rinkenband: Nenjyukuduchi Options / Rikka / Wave
With Three Mustaphas Three

Hirayasu Takashi: Kozarenka Options / Various Artists: Island Music Collection Volume One / Respect

Kina Syoei: Track 11 (Live) Options / Okinawa Minyo Nasake Uta Special / Mu Paradise

Ryukyu Underground: Mo Ashibi Options / Mo Ashibi / Respect / *

Shang Shang Typhoon: Do Do Do Options / Shang Shang Typhoon 9 / M & I

Soul Flower Mononoke Summit: Kaigara Bushi - Aran Peni Options / Asyl Ching-Dong / Respect

Haruo Minami: Aizu Bandai-san Options / Teichiku NL-2034

Misora Hibari: Track 20 Options / Denon AL-4070

(?): Daigaku-no-onechan / Various Artists: Cutie Dolls in University Soundtrack
Contributed by listener Julian in Japan

B & B 7: Ivy Tokyo Options / Hit Songs in Folk Style / JVC

(?): Seven O'Clock / Various Artists: A Slope in the Sun Soundtrack
Contributed by listener Julian in Tokyo

Haruomi Hosono: Roocho Gumbo Options / Bon Voyage Co. / Crown

Akanars: Go Go Chinbora Options / Various Artists: Rough Guide to Okinawa / World Music Network

  Oki Kano Interview Segment

Umeko Ando: Track 20 Options / Upopo Sanke / Chikar Studio / *
Produced by Oki Kano

Oki Kano: Kane Ren Ren Options / No One's Land / Chikar Studio / *
Vocals by Rekpo

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