music, news

Turpsycore has a release date and full tracklisting

Momus’s 2015 album Turpsycore has a date now – the album’s going to be coming out on March 3, via the man’s own American Patchwork label. The 3-disc set will feature the previously-released “Turpsy” suite, his “Dybbuk” set of David Bowie covers, as well as his previously-unreleased “Harvard” set of Howard Devoto songs. You can pre-order it through Darla Records – the listing on which also has the full tracklisting – and, as always, Memories of Shibuya will be staying on top of any news relating to the release as it comes up.

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Artist Spotlight: Kahimi Karie, music

Artist Spotlight: Kahimi Karie (week four)

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Every month, Memories of Shibuya will be taking a look at a different artist or group, with featured songs – one per week – highlighting the peaks (and, occasionally, troughs) of their musical career.

Concluding his series on the artist whose work he is perhaps most well-known for collaborating on, Momus writes here about the end of an acclaimed and productive working relationship, and the 20th century along with it.

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The Canon: Kahimi Karie – I am a kitten

Inspired in no small part by The AV Club’s dearly departed “The New Cult Canon” feature, our newest feature at Memories of Shibuya aims to catalogue the releases that formed the core of what Shibuya-kei meant, and set the stage for what it would become in the future. These may not necessarily be the “best” selections when viewed purely on musical merits, but they are the ones that are most essential to Shibuya-kei as a genre. So, without further ado, Kahimi Karie’s 1995 Crue-l EP I am a kitten: Kahimi Karie sings Momus in Paris.

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Artist Spotlight: Kahimi Karie, music

Artist Spotlight: Kahimi Karie (week three)

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Every month, Memories of Shibuya will be taking a look at a different artist or group, with featured songs – one per week – highlighting the peaks (and, occasionally, troughs) of their musical career.

After the success of “Good Morning World,” Kahimi Karie was able to enjoy a brief stint as a global pop star in the late ’90s, making hits in her home country of Japan from half a world away. As Karie’s success grew, though, fractures began to appear in her most acclaimed musical partnership, as Nick “Momus” Currie examines in the somewhat melancholy penultimate chapter of our Kahimi Karie spotlight.

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Artist Spotlight: Kahimi Karie, music

Artist Spotlight: Kahimi Karie (week two)

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Every month, Memories of Shibuya will be taking a look at a different artist or group, with featured songs – one per week – highlighting the peaks (and, occasionally, troughs) of their musical career.

In this installment of Memories of Shibuya‘s special look at the ’90s highlights of Kahimi Karie’s musical career, her former songwriting partner Nick “Momus” Currie discusses the biggest hit that he and Karie ever had – and, as writer Ian F. Martin memorably noted, the only time that a reference to The Fall got on the Oricon top 10.

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Momus’s Turpsycore packaging revealed

Over at the official Momus tumblr account, preview images of the packaging for upcoming triple album Turpsycore have gone up, designed by the very talented Hagen Verleger (who appeared as “the Pope” in Momus’s recent novel Herr F). Worth noting is that the Momus originals that make up the “Turpsy” disc are apparently published by Sony Music Japan – turns out that the trickster god has been affiliated with a major label for at least a decade now. The address on the back of the album’s packaging isn’t up quite yet (one can assume it will launch closer to the album’s still yet-unknown release date), but you can be sure that Memories of Shibuya will stay current with all updates as they come up.

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Artist Spotlight: Kahimi Karie, music

Artist Spotlight: Kahimi Karie (week one)

kkmem1 Every month, Memories of Shibuya will be taking a look at a different artist or group, with featured songs – one per week – highlighting the peaks (and, occasionally, troughs) of their musical career.

When people talk about Kahimi Karie, the discussion is never about whether or not she was Shibuya-kei royalty; the question is whether she should be called “queen” or “princess.” One of the scene’s most successful artists during the golden age of Shibuya-kei in the mid-’90s, her music took the jet-setting chic of Pizzicato Five one step further – not only singing in multiple languages, but working with a number of outsiders as well. Chief among these outside talents was the Scottish-born Nick “Momus” Currie, who would go on to become a Shibuya-kei legend himself, and Memories of Shibuya is overwhelmingly proud to present his spotlight on Kahimi Karie as our second guest series. Continue reading

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