New Shiina Ringo album this November!

So the rumours were true: Ringo is indeed releasing a new album this year (and new single), right before the announced Arena Tour 2014! The Rocking'On website released all the juicy info we need, so here I'll provide a romaji conversion of the tracklist and all the important dates.

The new album is called 日出処 (Hiizuru Tokoro), which means something like "The Place of the Rising Sun". Among old songs, the 13 tracks of this album include 6 new songs and a new arrangement for "Kodoku no Akatsuki" (perhaps similar to the one we heard here). Oh, and a studio version of "Ima". I find it a bit weird she would include such an old song as "Ariamaru Tomi", which was single-exclusive until now, but Ringo has been known to bring old material back from the dead (Sanmon Gossip I'm looking at you).

The contents of the limited editions DVD/Blu-Ray are not very exciting and actually make us contemplate the hypothesis that we'll stop getting new Seiteki Healing releases... This probably has to do with the change of labels. Sad.

Another interesting fact is the 6th track, ちちんぷいぷい (Chichin Puipui), which is both the name of a popular MBS TV daily gossip show and also an expression said to children to heal wounds (kind of like magic words). One has to wonder which of these meanings does the song actually intend to use.

Needless to say, the tracklist presents the usual Ringo symmetry, although only concerning the number of characters and not kanji/kana combinations like other albums. It's no surprise that "Ima", the only single character song title, is the central track.

Title: 日出処 (Hiizuru Tokoro)
Release Date: 2014.11.05
Limited Edition A (CD + Blu-ray) TYCT-69069 ¥4,968
Limited Edition B (CD + DVD) TYCT-69070 ¥4,212
Normal Edition (CD) TYCT-60053 ¥3,240
01 - 静かなる逆襲 (Shizuka naru Gyakushuu)
02 - 自由へ道連れ (Jiyuu e Michizure)
03 - 走れゎナンバー (Hashire wa Number)
04 - 赤道を越えたら (Sekidou wo Koetara)
05 - JL005便で (JL005 Bin de)
06 - ちちんぷいぷい (Chichin Puipui)
07 - 今 (Ima)
08 - いろはにほへと (Iro wa Nioedo)
09 - ありきたりな女 (Arikitarina Onna)
10 - カーネーション (Carnation)
11 - 孤独のあかつき(信猫版)(Kodoku no Akatsuki) (Shinnekohan)
13 - ありあまる富 (Ariamaru Tomi)

Contents of DVD/BR: 6 PVs (Ariamaru Tomi, Carnation, Jiyuu e Michizure, Iro wa Nioedo, NIPPON, Arikitarina Onna)

One month before the actual album, we'll get the chance to listen to one of the new songs, ありきたりな女 (Arikitarina Onna). It will be released exclusively as a digital single and will have a PV. The release date on iTunes and Rekochoku is October 1st.

Title: ありきたりな女 (Arikitarina Onna)
Release Date: 2014.10.01 (digital release only)
01 - ありきたりな女 (Arikitarina Onna)

This year sure is turning out to be one of the most exciting for Ringo fans!


Shiina Ringo Arena Tour 2014 announced!

So the rumours were true after all, Ringo will indeed pursue a big arena tour this year. Although it's untitled so far, priority access to tickets is included with every purchase of Gyakuyunyuu and all 5 dates have been fixed.

Shiina Ringo Arena Tour 2014
November 29, Saturday - Saitama Super Arena
November 30, Sunday - Saitama Super Arena
December 9, Tuesday - Osaka Jou Hall
December 10, Wednesday - Osaka Jou Hall
December 21, Sunday - Marine Messe Fukuoka

More details about this new tour will be posted in Kronekodow next month.


Sheena Ringo "Chottoshita Reko Hatsu 2014" - Setlists

Here are the set-lists for each day of the new (and short) Shiina Ringo tour: ちょっとしたレコ発2014 (Chottoshita Reko Hatsu 2014). The first two days happen in Yokohama and the last two in Osaka. Please refer to this post for more information.

It should be known that there are rumours about a new big arena tour this year, in November and December. I'll try to report about it once it gets clearer...


Ringo will provide the NHK theme song for Soccer World Cup 2014

Big news everyone! Even tho we're still anxiously waiting for the release of Reimport, Shiina Ringo thinks ain't nobody got time for that! After showing her passion for sports, our diva queen was offered the task to create NHK's theme song for the Soccer World Cup 2014, that will happen in Brazil. What this means is that every program related to that matter will feature Ringo's song, throughout the NHK TV channels. Much better than hearing the vuvuzelas non-stop, don't you think?

Ringo will surely make an impact in
the World Cup results, looking as gorgeous as this.

So far, the title of the song is still a mystery and it's also unknown if there will be a retail release or if it's digital-only (some rumours point out for a retail release actually...). But what we do know is that the first preview of the song will appear in a May 12 segment of a program called "生中継 ワールドカップ日本代表 発表", which will cover the different types of promotion created to support the japanese soccer team in the World Cup. After that and througout June, Ringo's music will be part of the daily NHK broadcasts.

Source: Oricon

UPDATE: The single will indeed have a physical release, scheduled for June 11!


Another Ringo penned song in Sayuri Ishikawa's new album!

The new Sayuri Ishikawa album will be released later this month (April 23) and news about its full tracklist have surfaced. There will be 3 Ringo penned songs in it!
Besides 暗夜の心中立て and 名うての泥棒猫, a third song is going to be part of the album. 最果てが見たい will have lyrics and music by Shiina Ringo herself, while the arrangement will be done by Hayashi Masaki, the pianist from the Toutaikai shows.
As a side note, the artwork found in the album's cover and booklet is by Yoshitaka Amano (known for his Final Fantasy illustrations).

Title: X -Cross II-
Release Date: 23/04/2014

01 - 暗夜の心中立て X 椎名林檎 (Anya no Shinjuudate)
Lyrics/Music: Shiina Ringo; Arranger: Saitou Neko
02 - 永久にFOREVER X 御徒町凧・森山直太朗
Lyrics: Okachimachi Kaito; Music: Moriyama Naotaro; Arranger: Kurata Nobuo
03 - 雨のブルース X 奥田民生
Lyrics/Music: Okuda Tamio; Arranger: Mori Toshiyuki
04 - Ra.n.se X TAKURO(GLAY)・Marty Friedman
Lyrics/Music: TAKURO; Arranger: Marty Friedman
05 - 空を見上げる時 X 御徒町凧・森山直太朗
Lyrics:Okachimachi Kaito; Music: Moriyama Naotaro; Arranger: Kurata Nobuo
06 - 千年逃亡 X TAKURO(GLAY)・Marty Friedman
Lyrics/Music: TAKURO; Arranger: Marty Friedman
07 - こころの色 X 樋口了一
Lyrics/Music: Higuchi Ryouichi; Arranger: Mori Toshiyuki
08 - 名うての泥棒猫 X 椎名林檎 (Naute no Dorobou Neko)
Lyrics/Music: Shiina Ringo; Arranger: Saitou Neko
09 - 最果てが見たい X 椎名林檎 (Saihate ga Mitai)
Lyrics/Music: Shiina Ringo; Arranger: Hayashi Masaki

Let's hope all three songs are performed in this week episode of NHK SONGS, April 12.

EDIT: Previews for every song are available on iTunes Japan already. Thanks for the heads-up deadgrandma!


Gyakuyunyuu will be broadcast by WOWOW

Satelitte channel WOWOW announced today two new programs for the May schedule, part of the Gyakuyunyuu promotion. One is a special program concerning the self-covers album (free broadcast!) and the other is none other than a direct-feed broadcast of the May 27th show in Yokohama (payed broadcast!).

The news by Rockin'On don't mention if the whole concert will be broadcast or just a portion, so I'm going to take a guess and say all of it.
Here are the full details.

May 25th
Timeslot: 4:45 PM
Title: 生中継直前!椎名林檎 WOWOW特別番組 ~セルフカバーアルバム「逆輸入」の件~
English: Just before the live broadcast! A Shiina Ringo special program by WOWOW concerning the ~Self-Covers Album Reimport~

May 27th
Timeslot: 7:00 PM
Title: 生中継! 椎名林檎 思い付きライブ ちょっとしたレコ発2014 ~横浜港へ逆輸入~

Please be excited!

Update: WOWOW's special page for these programs was created. See it here.


Shiina Ringo will produce a new band!

There's a major Ringohan update today!

It seems Shiina Ringo is going to produce a new girl band, called Rin Rin, two of her clones she kept locked in a cage for years. Their first single, "畜生Wi-Fi" (Chikushou Wi-Fi) will go on sale tomorrow as a digital-exclusive release. Here is the cover!

Title: 畜生Wi-Fi (Chikushou Wi-Fi)
Release Date: 2014.04.02
01 - 畜生Wi-Fi feat. きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ(Chikushou Wi-Fi)
02 - 人違い (Hitochigai)

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will be featured in the lead song, with her cute robot vocals auto-tuned by Yasutaka Nakata himself. It's a cute song about not having Wi-Fi signal when you really want to go watch Kyary videos on YouTube, but with a twist. Listen to a preview of the song here!
"Hitochigai", the B-Side will feature Saitou Neko as back vocals and talks about that moment when you tell everyone you're not someone who you obviously are. Also with a twist at the end.
Both songs will be arranged by Saitou Neko himself!

Last but not least, Rin Rin will go on a nationwide tour (including Budokan and Saitama Super Arena) starting next month! They will perform covers of old Ringo songs along with the debut single and B-Side.

Ringo stated in an interview that she will focus entirely in this new project from now on. She also said there won't be a second KZK and that she thought people would have realize that by now.


New Tour and New Album for Shiina Ringo!

Disclaimer: It's not exactly a new SOLO album, it's a self-covers album!

Ok, now that your hearts are less excited because of the post title, let's see what Ringohan brought us today. Very soon, Shiina Ringo will be live touring again and will release her first (and much begged) self-covers album. Themed around importation and exportation, these activities will mainly concern the songs she wrote for other artists throughout her career. Different producers will provide unique arrangements to the songs, in what will certainly be similar to a "Utaite Miyori" 2 experience (but with more than 2 producers this time). Who else was expecting a self-covers album?

If you track "KKTU 7327385" in the K-Line website,
you can see the recent life of that red cargo next to Ringo.
Arrived January 27, left March 7.

Without further ado, here's all the information!

Title: 逆輸入 ~港湾局~ (Gyakuyunyuu ~Kouwankyoku~)
Translation: Reimport ~Port and Harbor Authority~
Release Date: 27/05/2014
Limited Edition: TYCT-69017 (Y3.780)
Cardboard case with hardcover booklet (like Ukina/Mitsugetsushou) + B2 Poster
Regular Edition: TYCT-60035 (Y3.240)

01 - プライベイト(Private)
By: Hirosue Ryoko (07/10/1998)
Arranged by: Ken'ichi Maeyamada (Momoiro Clover, AKB48, SMAP, etc)
02 - カプチーノ(Cappucino)
By: Tomosaka Rie (27/01/1999)
Arranged by: Takeshi Kobayashi (Lily Chou-Chou, etc)
03 - 雨傘 (Amagasa)
By: TOKIO (03/09/2008)
Arranged by: Takamune Negishi (Cocco, Quruli, Mika Nakashima, etc)
04 - 渦中の男 (Kachuu no Otoko)
By: TOKIO (03/09/2008)
Arranged by: Takeshi Ueda (The Mad Capsule Markets, etc)
05 - 日和姫 (Hiyori Hime)
By: PUFFY (25/02/2009)
Arranged by: Tooru Hidaka (Beat Crusaders, etc)
06 - 主演の女 (Shuen no Onna)
By: PUFFY (17/06/2009)
Arranged by: Yoshihide Ootomo (Ground Zero, Kahimi Karie, etc)
07 - 決定的三分間 (Keitteiteki Sanpunkan)
By: Chiaki Kuriyama (02/03/2011)
Arranged by: Nobuhiko Nakayama (Shouso Strip, Sanmon Gossip, etc)
08 - 青春の瞬き (Seishun no Matataki)
By: Chiaki Kuriyama (23/11/2011)
Arranged by: Tomita Lab
09 - 真夏の脱獄者 (Manatsu no Datsugokusha)
By: SMAP (08/08/2012)
Arranged by: Shinichi Osawa (Mondo Grosso, Boa, Crystal Kay, Namie Amuro, pretty much anything Avex)
10 - 幸先坂 (Saisakizaka)
By: Youko Maki (27/05/2013)
Arranged by: Yoshiaki Sato (accordionist in Toutaikai and Hantaikai)
11 - 望遠鏡の外の景色 (Bouenkyou no Soto no Keshiki)
By: Noda Igeki (06/09/2012)
Arranged by: Youichi Murata (Pizzicato Five, Southern All-Stars, SMAP, TOKIO, etc)

Shiina Ringo
Chottoshita Reko Hatsu 2014
~Yokohama Kou he Gyakuyunyuu~
Dates: 26/05/2014 and 27/05/2014
Venue: 横浜大さん橋ホールは (Yokohama Daisan Hashi Hall)
Doors Open: 06:15PM
Start: 19:00PM

Shiina Ringo
Chottoshita Reko Hatsu 2014
~Oosaka Kou he Gyakuyunyuu~
Dates: 05/06/2014 and 06/06/2014
Venue: Sankei Hall Breeze (Osaka)
Doors Open: 06:15PM
Start: 19:00PM

Tickets for the shows will be on sale through Ringohan, as usual.

Credits to Yahiko and Chris for helping me put this together. You guys rock!


Sheena Ringo 15th Anniversary "Toutaikai" - Translations

Here are some translations from the Toutaikai shows, mainly what Ringo said in some of the MCs and the voice-over tracks of the "The Truth About the Rumours Corners".

All of these were found in the 2ch Shiina Ringo board and are rough translations done by me and Yahiko. I'll put the original text too, of course.


Sheena Ringo 15th Anniversary "Toutaikai" - Setlists

Another concert tour, another setlists post. This time I'll try to gather the setlists for each of the 5 days of the 党大会 (Toutaikai) shows and also of the 2 班大会 (Hantaikai) shows.

The Hantaikai shows are limited to Ringohan members and the last one will be live broadcast at a large number of cinemas, so it's likely that's the day we'll get on the future DVD/BR release.
The Toutaikai shows will all happen at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall, and the Hantaikai shows will happen at the Hamarikyu Asahi Hall. Also, every concert will open doors at 6PM and start at 7PM.