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.


"IT WAS YOU" and "Netsuai Hakkakuchu" both get a PV

Most of you should be aware of this, considering the 1 million views the Yasutaka Nakata collab-song already has, but in case you weren't, I'll just leave this here.

PS - Let's hope for another million in 2 days.

EDIT: Full version of "Netsuai Hakkakuchu" was uploaded too.


Ringo 15th Anniversary Releases

There's a lot of excitement building up with the approach of Ringo's 15th anniversary in the music industry. A little bit like what happened during the 10th anniversary, with the unforgettable Ringo EXPO 08 and a couple of other releases that culminated with her 5th (or is it 4th?) solo album, Sanmon Gossip.

This time it won't be different: actually it will be better!
The anniversary concerts, called 党大会 (Toutaikai), will run for 5 days in Shibuya's Bunkamura concert venue, and we can pretty much rest assured that there'll be a DVD/BR for that later on. But before all that, we'll have a bunch of stuff to spend money on. A "Collaborations Best Of" album, a "Live Best Of" album, all of the 4 Seiteki Healing discs released in a combo Blu-Ray and all of her live concerts released in Blu-Ray as well. All of it will be released on November 13.

Here are the cover artworks and tracklists, released by kronekodow.

Title: 浮き名(Ukina)
Release Date: 20013.11.13
01 - やさしい哲学/冨田ラボ
04 - IT WAS YOU/椎名林檎と斎藤ネコカルテット
05 - Rock & Hammer/谷口 崇
06 - You make me feel so bad/ZAZEN BOYS
07 - 熱愛発覚中/椎名林檎と中田ヤスタカ(CAPSULE)
08 - MY FOOLISH HEART 〜crazy on earth〜/SOIL&"PIMP"SESSIONS×椎名林檎
09 - あまいやまい feat.椎名林檎/マボロシ
10 - 危険すぎる/浅井健一
11 - becoming/谷口 崇
12 - きらきら武士 feat.Deyonna/レキシ
13 - 殺し屋危機一髪/SOIL&"PIMP"SESSIONSと椎名林檎
14 - APPLE with Ringo Sheena/TOWA TEI
15 - Between Today and Tomorrow/椎名林檎と斎藤ネコカルテット
Bonus Track
16 - MY FOOLISH HEART 〜crazy on shibuya〜/SOIL&"PIMP"SESSIONS×椎名林檎

01 - Yasashii Tetsugaku / Tomita Lab
03 - Rockin' Ruler / MO'SOME TONEBENDER
04 - IT WAS YOU / Shiina Ringo & Saitou Neko Quartet
05 - Rock & Hammer / Takashi Taniguchi
06 - You make me feel so bad / ZAZEN BOYS
07 - Netsuai Hakkaku Chuu/ Shiina Ringo & Yasukata Nakata (Capsule)
08 - MY FOOLISH HEART ~crazy on earth~ / SOIL&"PIMP"SESSIONS x Shiina Ringo
09 - Amai Yamai feat. Shiina Ringo / Maboroshi
10 - Kiken Sugiru / Asai Kennichi
11 - becoming / Takashi Taniguchi
12 - Kira Kira Bushi feat. Deyonna / Rekishi
13 - Koroshiya Kikiippatsu / SOIL&"PIMP"SESSIONS & Shiina Ringo
14 - APPLE with Ringo Sheena / TOWA TEI
15 - Between Today and Tomorrow / Shiina Ringo & Saitou Neko Quartet
Bonus Track
16 - MY FOOLISH HEART ~crazy on shibuya~/ SOIL&"PIMP"SESSIONS x Shiina Ringo

Title: 蜜月抄 (Mitsugetsu Shou)
Release Date: 20013.11.13
01 -  本能 <“下剋上エクスタシー”2000.4.26 NHKホール>
02 - 歌舞伎町の女王 <“座禅エクスタシー”2000.7.30嘉穂劇場>
03 - ありあまる富 <NHK「SONGS」2009年放送>
04 - 迷彩 <“第一回林檎班大会の模様”2005.12 恵比寿ガーデンホール>
05 - 今夜だふ <発育ステータス"御起立ジャポン"2000.7.8 新宿リキッド>
06 - 茜さす帰路照らされど… <“座禅エクスタシー”2000.7.30嘉穂劇場>
07 - 積木遊び <“下剋上エクスタシー”2000.4.26 NHKホール>
08 - 浴室 <“座禅エクスタシー”2000.7.30嘉穂劇場>
09 - 茎(STEM) <“Ringo EXPO 08”2008.11.30さいたまスーパーアリーナ>
10 - りんごのうた <“第一回林檎班大会の模様”2005.12 代官山UNIT>
11 - 罪と罰  <“Electric Mole”2003.9.27 日本武道館>
12 - 丸ノ内サディスティック <“Electric Mole”2003.9.27 日本武道館>
13 - 密偵物語 <NHK「SONGS」2009年放送>
14 - あおぞら <“下剋上エクスタシー”2000.4.26 NHKホール>
15 - ポルターガイスト <“賣笑エクスタシー”2003.5.27 九段会館>
16 - この世の限り <“Ringo EXPO 08”2008.11.30さいたまスーパーアリーナ>

01 - Honnou (Gekokujou Xstasy 2000.4.26 NHK Hall)
02 - Kabukichou no Joou (Zazen Xstasy 2000.7.30 Kaho Gekijou)
03 - Ariamaru Tomi (NHK SONGS broadcasted in 2009)
04 - Meisai (Dai Ikkai Ringohan Taikai no Moyou 2005.12 Ebisu Garden Hall)
05 - Konya Dafu (Hatsuiku Status "Gokiritsu Japon" 2000.7.8 Shin Yado Liquid)
06 - Akane Sasu Kiru Terasaredo... (Zazen Xstasy 2000.7.30 Kaho Gekijou)
07 - Tsumiki Asobi (Gekokujou Xstasy 2000.4.26 NHK Hall)
08 - Yokushitsu (Zazen Xstasy 2000.7.30 Kaho Gekijou)
09 - Kuki (STEM) (Ringo EXPO 08 2008.11.30 Saitama Super Arena)
10 - Ringo no Uta (Dai Ikkai Ringohan Taikai no Moyou 2005.12 Daikan Yama UNIT)
11 - Tsumi to Batsu (Electric Mole 2003.9.27 Nippon Budokan)
12 - Marunouchi Sadistic (Electric Mole 2003.9.27 Nippon Budokan)
13 - Mittei Monogatari (NHK SONGS broadcasted in 2009)
14 - Aozora (Gekokujou Xstasy 2000.4.26 NHK Hall)
15 - Poltergeist (Baishou Xstasy 2003.5.27 Kudan Kaikan)
16 - Kono Yo no Kagiri (Ringo EXPO 08 2008.11.30 Saitama Super Arena)

Title: The Sexual Healing Total Care Course 120min
Release Date: 20013.11.13
Disc 1 - Seiteki Healing ~Sono Ichi~
Disc 2 - Seiteki Healing ~Sono Ni~
Disc 3 - Seiteki Healing ~Sono San~
Disc 4 - Seiteki Healing ~Sono Shi~

Title: LIVE
Release Date: 20013.11.13
Disc 1 - Gekokujou Xstasy
Disc 2 - Hatsuiku Status "Gokiritsu Japon"
Disc 3 - Baishou Xstasy
Disc 4 - Electric Mole
Disc 5 - Zazen Xstasy
Disc 6 - Ringo EXPO 08
Disc 7 - Dai Ikkai Ringohan Taikai no Moyou
Disc 8 - Senkou Xstasy Document


Shiina Ringo will participate in Tomita Lab's new album

Update: Inserted the tracklist and other tidbits revealed through Natalie.mu.

Continuing with the collaborations that have marked most of the last years in Ringo's career, there is news of yet another project.
This time, producer Tomita Keiichi, known as Tomita Lab, requested her participation in his upcoming 4th studio album: Joyous. It was revealed that Ringo will lend her voice to 3 different tracks, and also her lyricist skills in one of them, "Yasashii Tetsugaku".

Joyous will have the participation of 3 other vocalists: Yuko Hara (Southern All-Stars' pianist), Yokoyama Ken (Crazy Ken Band) and Sakaiyuu. The album will have two editions: first-press and normal-press. The first-press will come with 2 CDs, the second of which will contain instrumental versions of the songs from the first CD (8 tracks in total). The first CD will have 10 tracks.

Title: Joyous
Release Date: 23.10.2013
01 - やさしい哲学 feat. 椎名林檎 (Yasashii Tetsugaku)
03 - 都会の夜 わたしの街 feat. 原 由子, 横山 剣, 椎名林檎, さかいゆう (Tokai no Yoru, Watashi no Machi)
09 - この世は不思議 feat. 原 由子, 横山剣, 椎名林檎, さかいゆう(Kono Yo wa Fushigi)

Bonus Disc:
02 - やさしい哲学 -Instrumental-
04 - 都会の夜 わたしの街 -Instrumental-
08 - この世は不思議 -Instrumental-

For a bit of related trivia, Tomita Lab arranged Yumi Matsutoya's cover of "Kaede", in the Sweets for my Spitz covers compilation album. Ringo participated in that album with a cover of "Spica".

There is room for speculation too: is this a new path for Ringo? Considering how Kameda has been producing most of her releases since a long time, is she trying to work with different people now? Maybe Tomita Lab?
She has done a awful lot of collaborating in this year already and, after Jihen's break-up, I think that means a lot. Let's see how it goes after the 15th anniversary shows in November.


Ringo collaborates with Soil & "Pimp" Sessions once again

There's a new Ringo song around the corner, and this time it's a collaboration with Soil & "Pimp" Sessions, a band she has worked with a lot of times before. It's called "殺し屋危機一髪" (Koroshiya Kiki Ippatsu), meaning something like "The Assassin's Close Call" but officially translated as "The Assassin's Assassin".
The lyrics were written by Ringo herself and the song was composed by her and Tabu Zombie, the band's trumpeter and one of the founding members. The arranger is Saitou Neko, another regular, and the song will feature a small orchestra.

There is a special teaser clip on YouTube and NicoNicoDouga, and a full PV will be released on June 7. The song in the teaser clip is called "ピンプパンサー" (Pimp Panther), which will either be a B-Side of the single or another track of a future album, if I may take any guess.

If the title of the song and video can tell us anything is that this is probably going to be reminiscent of spy action songs like "Mayonaka wa Junketsu", "Mittei Monogatari" or maybe "Karisome Otome".  The video is also very reminiscent of "Konya wa Karasawagi".
But that's just taking guesses, we'll have to check it out on June 7.

This collaboration represents the 2nd stage of Soil & "Pimp" Sessions 10th Anniversary, following April's release of "Jazzy Conversation", a collaboration with Rhymester, one of Mummy-D's hip-hop bands. You should remember Mummy-D from all the collaborations with Ringo, as well.
These anniversary releases point out to an eventual Soil's album this year, with "殺し屋危機一髪" included.

The following image, posted on kronekodow as a "mysterious photograph", looks pretty much like what the single cover will look like, without any words on it.
"Jazzy Conversation" was a digital-only release, but this time it will be a retail release also.

Title: 殺し屋危機一髪 (Koroshiya Kiki Ippatsu)
Release Date: 26/06/2013
Price: 1200 Yen

Lastly, here's a bunch of screens from the teaser clip.











Official YouTube Channels

After a long time, both Shiina Ringo and Tokyo Jihen have official YouTube channels, through Vevo. Most of the videos are uploaded there, with 240p to 360p maximum resolutions. Some of the old ones are 480p, but, in the case of "STEM", the aspect ratio is incorrect: 4:3 instead of 16:9.
Not great, but not bad either, since we can finally share most of them legaly and without worrying about their eventual take-down.

However, it isn't a perfect solution, since some of the videos are locked outside of Japan. Kind of lame, if you ask me.


Wake up everyone, there's a new Ringo single coming!

Long time since worthwhile news, am I right?
Shiina Ringo is releasing a new single next month and it's a double A-Side, made of two tie-ins. She does like to tie-in, doesn't she?
The first song, いろはにほへと, serves as Fuji TV's new dorama series, 鴨、京都へ行く。(Kamo, Kyoto e Iku.), which already started airing. The second song, 孤独のあかつき, ties-in with NHK-E's new cross-interview show, SWITCHインタビュー 達人達 (SWITCH Interview Tatsujin-tachi), whose first episode aired last Saturday.

Here are the release details, with the official cover picture.

Title: いろはにほへと/孤独のあかつき (Iro wa nioedo / Kodoku no Akatsuki)
Release Date: 27 May 2013
01 - いろはにほへと (Preview)
02 - 孤独のあかつき (Preview)

Both songs were composed by Ringo, and while the lyrics for いろはにほへと were written by her as well, Watanabe Aya was in charge of 孤独のあかつき 's lyrics.
Pre-orders are available at the usual online stores.