Did you know that I'd do most anything for Sheena Ringo? I'd climb big things, eat yucky stuff, just for the privilege of listening to her masterful music.
Well, after 4 "solo" albums (with a fine backing band) she's now fully joined up with a new unit, Tokyo Jihen also known as Tokyo Incidents. Their first single, [Gunjo Biyori] came out on 9.08.2004, and it's quite pleasing, but perhaps not to the same degree as her earlier work.
Still, I adore the Ringo-san experience no matter what, and simply ignore slightly awkward and annoying tracks like the [The Lady is a Tramp] cover. No matter, Tokyo Jihen are a tight jazzy-spazzy-rock band to look into, made all the better by she who makes me all doki-doki. This is a fine release, followed by another great single, [Sonan], on 10.20.2004.
Their first album, [Kyoiku] (released on 11.25.2004), is heaping hand and feetfulls of magic, yet perhaps simply too much for any one person to take in initially. Once you ease into the beautiful messiness, then there's a whole lot to hold on to. You have the previous singles to enjoy, plus items from her solo work like a variation on [Ringo No Uta]. Sonically I'm reminded of [Karuki Zamen Kuri no Hana] (her last solo album), only with far less pure Japanese influence. It's jazz, rock, punk, surf and more, all shot into a reverse-prism by Ringo-san lasers, ending up with a powerful coherency that's hard to beat. In fact, I found it to easily be one of the best albums of 2004, and a fine progression of her legacy.
A tour of Japan is starting 1.17.2005, so make sure to check them out if you're around, or simply browsing your local check out counter.
Tokyo Incidents have also come out with a DVD featuring 6 Promotional Videos of their songs. [tokyo incidents vol. 1] is full of nuggets of joy, with remarkably inventive visuals and ample camaraderie between Ringo-san and crew. I have much more respect for Tokyo Jihen now that I've seen them both in the videos and making of documentary.
Make sure to check out my Sheena Ringo page for heaping handfuls of information about her.
tokyo incidents (tokyo jihen)
Ringo Sheena: Vocals, Guitar
Mikio Hirama: Guitars
Toshiki Hata: Drums
Seiji Kameda: Bass
(Lineup as of first album, second is different)
Old Sheena Ringo songs re-recorded and refreshed, plus new ones - bound to be great. Limited has "deluxe cross-opening special package, three stickers, and a coaster" (thanks CDJapan)
03. Sakuran (TERRA ver.)
04. Hatsukoi Shoujo
05. Papaya Mango
10. Karisome Otome (TAMEIKESANNOH ver.)
12. Yume no Ato
13. Kono Yo no Kagiri
[Dai Ikkai Ringohan Taikai no Moyo]
19 Sheena Ringo solo songs from a fan-club only concert with the Neko Saito Orchestra.
[Konoyo no Kagiri]
Theme to [Sakuran], the movie. A duet with her brother Junpei.
[Just Can't Help It.]
22 songs at Tokyo's NHK Hall in 5.2006. 96 minutes, and All Region NTSC - it plays on US DVD players.
[Tokyo Jihen DVD Eizo Sakuhinshu - Adult Video]
6 listed video tracks, has three songs from [Adult]. 22 minutes long, All Region NTSC - it plays on US DVD players.
TOCT-25884 - "Homme" (CD and DVD)
TOCT-25885 - "Femme" (CD only)
First album by new lineup. All good, all the time, no doubt. Limited DVD includes concert footage from [Dynamite] tour, plus small booklet and fragrance. The two CDs have different cover designs but the same music.
Track Listing for [Adult]
01. Himitsu 02. Kenka Joto 03. Keshonaoshi 04. Super Star 05. Shuraba adult ver. 06. Yukiguni 07. Kabuki 08. Black Out 09. Tasogarenaki 10. Tomei Ningen 11. Tegami
First single by new lineup. More information when it arrives in a month.
Includes 50 minutes of concert footage (5 full songs, plus fragments) and behind-the-scenes episodes. Is All Region NTSC for the enjoyment of everyone.
I eagerly await this 120 minute concert from the Dynamite! tour
JM = Junk Magnet has this
[Gunjo Biyori] JM
TOCT-25884 - "Homme" (CD and DVD) JM
TOCT-25885 - "Femme" (CD only) JM
[tokyo incidents vol. 1] JM
[Dynamite In!] JM
[Dynamite Out!] JM
[Tokyo Jihen DVD Eizo Sakuhinshu - Adult Video] JM
[Just Can't Help It.] JM
Official Page [J]
Go Here First
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Official Ringo [J]
Go Here Third
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