A week or so ago, I get this e-mail from by brother in feathers GreyDuck talking about having "introduced someone to the Yoshida Brothers the other day." I had never heard of these people, but I trust GD's taste in music to approximate my own pretty well, so I looked 'em up.
Yoshida Brothers - Rising
Who knew you could shred on shamisen?
Yoshida Brothers - Storm
I'm thinking this was from the soundtrack to the Spy Hunter video game. If it wasn't, it should have been.
Yoshida Brothers - The National Anthem
I've never been a fan of Radiohead, but covers like this could convince me.
There was once a time in my life where the very concept of listening to "world music," no matter how funkified or Americanized it was, would have appalled me. I guess that's fallen by the wayside, huh?
It sounds like they retuned the shamisens to a more Western tuning. But that's totally legit for folk instruments.
Posted by: firstname.lastname@example.org at November 24, 2014 03:50 PM (ZJVQ5)
You might like Nakajima Miyuki, a very jazzy vocalist. She does some interesting music.
Posted by: vonKrag at November 24, 2014 08:48 PM (ArsMf)
I believe I need some of this in my car. That be good drivin' music.
Posted by: Mikeski at November 24, 2014 10:50 PM (luDkn)
For some reason I'd been sure that you already knew about these guys... but hey, I'm glad you like them! (Once payday arrives I'm totally springing for one or two of their CDs...)
Posted by: GreyDuck at November 24, 2014 11:45 PM (AQ0bN)
It's a type of music I would really dig, so I should have known about it. Now I do, and I do. Dig it, I mean.
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 25, 2014 02:20 AM (jGQR+)
A long time ago a friend gave me a tape (Which should help indicate what a long time ago it was) of the "New Koto Ensemble of Tokyo" They were playing classical music on Kotos (The big bench-like stringed instruments). Alas, I've never seen if it was ever released on CD.
Posted by: Mauser at November 25, 2014 04:49 AM (TJ7ih)
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 25, 2014 09:02 AM (jGQR+)
Awesome! Thanks for the find. (Probably because I had stopped looking) clearly released in 1990, when I was just out of college, and thus impossible to find in a normal record store. Actually, I don't think I even had a CD Player at the time.
Posted by: Mauser at November 25, 2014 03:34 PM (TJ7ih)