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2022: The Year of Floating Pupa

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Pupa is a Japanese group that consists of Yukihiro Takahashi, Tomoyo Harada, Hiroshi Takano, Ren Takada, Hirohisa Horie, and Tomohiko Gondo.  They put out their debut album, Floating Pupa, in 2008.  It is a wonderful album of indie pop that brings to mind The Postal Service, amongst other groups.  We mean this in a best way.  Pupa is not a MySpace phenomena that helped fill the vacuum left by the Postal Service, but instead the coming together of many skilled musicians that wanted to offer their take on this sound.  Yukihiro Takahashi is probably the best known member of Pupa. ...

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OBI Curious?

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The OBI strip that comes on Japanese LPs and CDs is somewhat of a curiosity when first encountered by Western listeners.  Perhaps you go to Wikipedia to learn the basics that OBI.  Keep digging and you learn it originated as a way to provide details such as the LP’s name and track list to the Japanese listener in their native language.  By sliding this paper slip over the LP, the OBI preserved the original presentation of the LP as it was designed, while also providing the details of the LP to listeners who don’t read English (or whatever language is...

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Egg Salad Sandwiches and Vinyl? HMV and Lawson Entertainment

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  You may have noticed that some of the Japanese imports/reissues that we sell are from HMV and/or Lawson Entertainment. How and why are these LP being released by a (seemingly) defunct British record store chain? And who is Lawson?  It’s an interesting story.  You may be familiar with HMV, short for His Master's Voice, a British record store chain that started in 1921.  They had a decent number of US stores in the 1990’s; a solid record chain, but nothing remarkable. You may also remember the one near you closing - their last US location shut down in 2004.  This...

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