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New Nananon single, “Rock Nananon,” announced

Love “Nananananonnon” (Memories of Shibuya‘s #2 single of 2014) but wish Nananon had even one song other than the A and B-sides of that single? Well, your wish will soon come true – as “Rock Nananon,” the second self-referential single from Nananon, will be coming out on March 24, to the delight of Shibuya-kei idol aficionados everywhere. Details are scarce at the moment, but it’s probably a safe bet that the single called “Rock Nananon” won’t find the girls playing the marimba or delving into the art of Tuvan throat singing.

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The Shibuya-kei Year in Review, part three: Singles of the Year

As Negicco said in their “Idol Bakari Kikanaide”, “normal people don’t buy things like CDs anymore” – so, naturally, CD sales in the present era are mostly accounted for by hardcore idolĀ wotaku, with the “normals” either buying their music off iTunes or, more likely, hopping to their favourite torrent site to fly their pirate flag. As a consequence, most Shibuya-kei artists don’t bother releasing singles on physical media anymore, preferring instead to use videos to promote an album directly. However, there are still some groups that stillĀ release singles in the conventional sense, and here are our picks for the three best of these releases (there really weren’t many Shibuya-kei songs released as single CDs in 2014).

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Nananon’s debut single gets the 7″ treatment

Shout-out to Tokyo’s Coolest Sound for the scoop on this one – the first single from Yasuharu Konishi’s girl group Nananon just came out in the ultra-hip 7″ vinyl format, with title track “Nananananon” (video above) joined by a cover of Pizzicato Five staple “Baby Portable Rock” on the B-side, although lacking the CD version’s instrumentals (no great loss). I’m a musical blasphemer who doesn’t own a working record player (I do own one, but its needle is so blunted it gave up on being able to actually play records a while ago and I’ve yet to bother finding a replacement) so I won’t be grabbing this one, but interested parties can snag a copy of their own via Amazon.

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