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nixlad posted in thread Hello! :

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I too am from the Discord. Nice to meet all of you!

KlausVonReinherz posted in thread Hello! :

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Hello everyone! Like others on here, I came from Discord.

RocketBrown published an article:

Who Is Tatsuro Yamashita

By RocketBrown

 - 13 Mar, 2019

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And why is he the greatest of all time?

![](https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3064/2549741985abc5d67498m.jpg) When I was in high school, I decided to take a Japanese class because I was tired of taking the spanish elective for the 7th time in a row.. Needles to say, when I started my japanese class, I was terrible at it, learning japanese was a struggle for me. However one piece of advice I got was to listen to japanese music so I could get the pronounciation down. So I took that advice and began searching for japanese music that I’d might like to listen to, which was ALSO a struggle since most of the japanese music I got in my childhood was from crappy early 2000s anime openings and those were hit or miss. Finally after about a month of searching, I came across two musical artist that would change my taste in music for the rest of my life, Dreams Come True (known to japanese fans as dorikamu) and the legendary Tatsuro Yamashita.

For those of you who aren’t aware, Tatsuro Yamashita is the greatest musician in Japanese History. And one of the greatest musicians of all time PERIOD. Now you’re probably wondering, “Rocket Brown, who the hell is this Tatsuro guy I’ve never heard of him?” Tatsuro Yamashita ( or just Tats for short) is a Japanese singer-songwriter and record producer 43 years worth of experience under his belt. He’s also the person to thank for the ever popular Youtube sensation, Plastic Love sung by Mariya Takeuchi, but I’m getting ahead of myself. If you really want to understand why this man is so great we gotta start from the beginning.

Born in Ikebukuro in 1953, Tatsuro Yamashita fell in love with Western music at an early age. So much to the point he would go on to form his own band in his school years and released a cover album simply called “Add Some Music to Your Day”, and homage to the Beach Boy song of the same name. Later on in 1973, he would form another Indie Band called Sugar Babe, with musicians including Taeko Ohnuki and Kunio Muramatsu, and released their sole album Songs two years later. Unfortunately the band discontinued after their 1st album, but that didn’t stop o’l Tats as he signed to RCA and launched his own career, with release of the solo album Circus Town in 1976. That same year he teamed up with Eiichi Ohtaki, who was the producer of Sugar Babe, and brief Sugar Babe member Ginji Ito to release an album titled Niagara Triangle Vol. 1.

Despite the amount of music he was making he experienced little success with the kind of music he was creating. Running counter to a lot of the other rock bands of its day, in the mid-’70s he had experimented with influences others seemed to frown upon. And that’s not to say his music was bad, on the contrary, he was just too ahead of his time.

Let’s compare this 1977 song by famous enka singer Keiko Fuji: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50SuWsSUnIE

To this Tatsu jam that came out in 1978 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULyI9ewHt3I

See what I mean? Keiko’s song, while still really good, sounds old fashioned and archaic next to the Tatsuro Yamashita’s “Soul Train”-esque masterpiece known as Bomber. The problem lies more in the fact that his music was to “American” for the Japanese audiences and Japan wasn’t quite ready for a more westernized sound. It wasn’t until 1980 when his song "Ride on Time" peaked at #3 on the Japanese charts, and the same-titled album topped the chart subsequently, AND a maxwell commercial that featured his hit single, that he got his big break. And the rest is history. Tats would go on to make 17 studio albums, 2 live albums, multiple compilations and over 40 singles. He did music for tv shows, commercials, and now to days, movies & video games. The dude is unstoppable, he’s a true artisan, crafting his music with the conviction and repetition of skill similar to a tradesman and accompanying it with a relaxed yet strong voice, one whose melody provokes the listener’s imagination in a powerful way.

Is you seriously haven't listened to this guy yet, you’re missing out. I would give you my favorite album recommendations, but that’s an EXTREMELY hard task since every single album contains a favorite song of mine. Instead Here are my Top 10 Tatsuro Yamashita Songs:

  1. Ride On Time - Ride on Time (1980)
  2. Bomber - GoAhead! (1978)
  3. Someday - Ride on Time (1980)
  4. Silent Screamer - Ride on Time (1980)
  5. Merry Go Round - Melodies (1983)
  6. Sparkle - For You (1982)
  7. Love Talkin - For You (1982)
  8. Kokiatsu girl - Melodies (1983)
  9. Magic Ways - Big Wave (1984)
  10. Funky Flushin' - Moonglow (1979)

No matter how you end up listening to the music, you’re gonna be in for a treat with each an every song. Some songs will make you think you’re listening to the Isley Bros, other songs will remind you of Bobby Caldwell, hell even the Beach Boys. But no matter what, your always listening to Tatsuro Yamashita.

...And that’s the idea.

lecheez published an article:

The very funky list

By lecheez

 - 9 Mar, 2019

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Of citypop (tbc)

I decided to create a list of the most funky tracks with maximum funkiness of citypop, stay funky.

  1. Junko Ohashi - Dancin
  2. Carlos Toshiki & Omega Tribe - Reiko (English Ver.)
  3. Toshiki Kadomatsu - Girl in a box
  4. 久保田利申 - Dance if you want it ...

lecheez posted in thread Hello! :

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hello there cheese from discord

RocketBrown published an article:

City Pop Digest

By RocketBrown

 - 9 Mar, 2019

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DJ Rocket Brown's City Pop Recommendation Chart

The following i is a ranking chart I develop to help me and others recommend City Pop artist to others who don’t know where to start on their musical journey. Don’t think of this as a “Good Music vs bad music” type of list, but rather a Ranking of who I would take priority over recommending to someone. I'm sharing it as sort of a topic of discussion, I know this is HIGHLY subjective, which is why I would like to hear your thoughts.

If an artist is in the highest tier (S), These Artists are Pioneers & Helped Define the genre. The Lowest Tier (C) means that these are Artists who are good, but barely count as City Pop and/or Artists whose work is a good example of city pop but doesn’t break any boundaries. Everything in the middle (A-B) are artist, while not mandatory listening, have a very exceptional library of City Pop.

S TIER

  1. Tatsuro Yamashita
  2. Mariya Takeuchi
  3. Toshiki Kadomatsu
  4. Junko Ohashi
  5. Anri
  6. Eiichi Ohtaki
  7. Harry Honsono
  8. Miki Matsubara
  9. Junko Yagami
  10. Omega Tribe
  11. EPO
  12. Minako Yoshida
  13. Taeko Ohnuki
  14. Yoshino Fujimaru

A TIER

  1. Casiopea
  2. Amii Ohzuki
  3. Toshinobu Kubota
  4. Yellow Magic Orchestra
  5. Meiko Nakahara
  6. Hiroshi Sato
  7. Makoto Matsushita
  8. Mai Yamane
  9. Dreams Come True
  10. Kingo Hamada
  11. Yurie Kokubu
  12. Terumasa Hino

B TIER

  1. Yumi Arai (Yumi Matsutoya)
  2. Bread & Butter
  3. Haruko Kuwana
  4. Piper
  5. T Square
  6. Chocolate Lips / Miho Fujiwara
  7. So Nice
  8. Katsumi Horri Project
  9. Spectrum
  10. AB’s
  11. Jadoes
  12. Hitomi Toyama
  13. Shigeru Suzuki
  14. Kimiko Kasai

C TIER

  1. Hideki Saijo
  2. Akira Terao
  3. Mari Ijima
  4. Motoyoshi Iwasaki & WINDY
  5. H20
  6. Hako Yamasaki
  7. Cho Kosaka
  8. Ginji Itoi
  9. Kyozo Nishioka
  10. PAO
  11. SHOGUN
  12. Ginji Ito
  13. Hiromi Go
  14. Sadistic Mika Band
  15. Yasuyuki Okamura
  16. Char
  17. Ryo Kagawa
  18. Pink Lady

IHeartGaming posted in thread Help with easing the way into the music :

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Any particular reason why the 80's releases are better than releases from other timeframes?

PorousBoat posted in thread Bug reports :

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Thanks a lot for the detailed bug reports! I will try to fix them with the next update I roll out to the site.

Everdarkgreen posted in thread Bug reports :

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Hello!

Everdarkgreen posted in thread Feedback and feature requests :

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Hello!

Everdarkgreen posted in thread Help with easing the way into the music :

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It's not updated very often these days, but there's plenty in there to get you started.

IHeartGaming posted in thread Help with easing the way into the music :

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what would you consider to be a decent starting point

PorousBoat posted in thread Help with easing the way into the music :

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Excellent choice of albums so far! Sunshower is a personal favorite of mine.

Everdarkgreen posted in thread Help with easing the way into the music :

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Aoi Hoshi Line posted in thread Bug reports :

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Looks fine now, don't see any more obvious bugs atm.

YuRi0 posted in thread My budget home setup :

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oHh I like these, My budget home setup starts with the receiver.It's a mint big boi, (40 pounds of big boi) that is a class A/B [Pioneer Elite from 2004](https://www.reddit.com/r/audiophile/comments/ahi7tc/recentlypurchasedapioneervsx52txanyonehave/); I got for about 60 dollars. It's paired with a set of Polk T15s and a Yamaha 8 inch Sub that were also 60 and 40 dollars at the time of purchase respectively. Alongside my [Nakamichi RX-202](https://www.reddit.com/r/cassetteculture/comments/amh2pf/nakamichirx202paid40dollarsforthis_unit/) that I was graced with by an older gentlemen for around 50 dollars.

IHeartGaming posted in thread My budget home setup :

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I might as well be the first to post in this section.

PorousBoat posted in thread Bug reports :

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Good eye. Will fix.

Aoi Hoshi Line posted in thread Bug reports :

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Another thing I see that needs changes is that on forum main page you cannot jump directly to last reply or at least the thread in general, you need to enter the subforum first. This is not how it should be.

PorousBoat posted in thread Bug reports :

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Fix will be coming with next update (i.e. later today)

PorousBoat posted in thread Roadmap and the future of the site :

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This thread is dedicated to discussing what you want to see from this site in the future, and for me to communicate to you what is (and isn't) currently in the works.

Aoi Hoshi Line posted in thread Bug reports :

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@PorousBoat

PorousBoat posted in thread Feedback and feature requests :

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Something missing? Or is something just plain bad?

PorousBoat posted in thread Bug reports :

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Could you elaborate a bit? @Aoi Hoshi Line

Aoi Hoshi Line posted in thread Bug reports :

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Forum front page doesn't work as it should. Shows outdated information.

Announcements

Open beta launch!

Finally!

After all these months of silence I'm so incredibly excited to open the floodgates on this site for everyone! Please enjoy yourselves, and make sure to report any bugs (of which there are likely plenty) over in the feedback forum.

There are a whole slew of features missing at the moment, but they're coming. Development isn't even close to finished on this yet. This does unfortunately mean that it's not at all outside the realm of possibility that the database will be wiped a few more times. I'll make sure to keep album submissions intact though. :)

Enjoy!

By PorousBoat

22 Feb, 2019

Recently submitted albums

た そ が れ

Mai Yamane

1980

Paraiso

Haruomi Hosono

1978

A Long Vacation

Eiichi Ohtaki

1981

I Miss You

Hi-Fi Set

1983

1&2

Hi-Fi Set

1982