Rinken Teruya’s latest solo album “Pause 2” now on iTunes (and more)

Rinken Teruya (leader of the O-pop band Rinken Band) has been one of the most tech-savvy of his peers—as evidenced by the rinken.gr.jp website which has been around for several years as well as his willingness to release his music digitally. Although he’s had numerous projects in the past (like Tink Tink, Mihanagumi, Tomoko Uehara’s solo works, among others), he released his first solo instrumental album last year titled “Pause” and this year released the follow-up album, “Pause 2” (link opens iTunes). Both albums are available in the US iTunes Store.

Unfortunately, many of his other projects (like Tink Tink’s music) are only available at the Japan iTunes store. While we’re on that subject (i.e. of what those of us who live outside of Japan can’t get), I’ll share two iMixes[1] worth checking out. Please be aware that these links will open iTunes and log you off of the US store as it’ll open the Japan store. For an exhaustive look at artists with music available for sale at the US store, check out my special page: Listing of Artists on iTunes.

iMixes found at the Japan iTunes store:

  • Ryukyu Utahime Shu – an iMix of female singers from Okinawa.
  • Ryukyu Geinou Catalog – although I usually think of performing arts when I hear the word “geinou,” this iMix is just a collection of rock and pop artists from Okinawa.
  • Shimauta – an interesting iMix of artists covering THE BOOM’s “Shimauta.”

And although I haven’t done any in awhile, here’s a link to my iMixes (link will open the US iTunes store).

Back to post1 These are customer-created mixes that include links to the artists’ album. Both of the iMixes consist mainly of songs that are currently available only at the Japan iTunes store. Hopefully, this gives us a look at what may one day reach the US store too—especially the Parsha cluB stuff FTW!

Ryukyu Beatles, not an insect, rather, it’s the name of an album

Yup, Richie here at Karakui.com is a pretty big fan of The Beatles and it’s pretty cool to see their music redone with an Okinawan twist. The group of this wonderful album are calling themselves “Soul Gakudan” and they’re none other than Toru Yonaha (sanshin, fue), Kazunari Uechi (taiko), Yoko Onaga (koto) and Natsuko Morita (kuucho). (That’s Toru in the YouTube clip performing “Day Tripper” in Koza.)

The first pressing of the 10-track album—released on 6/18/08—comes with a kunkunshi (or kururunshi) booklet and is currently on sale for ¥2,000 at retailers like CDJapan.


Track listing:

  10. HEY JUDE

Rinken Teruya’s solo album, “Pause,” available on iTunes

We all know him as the leader of perhaps the greatest recorded O-pop group in history, Rinken Band, and Rinken Teruya is finally recording a solo album. Pre-released in a digital format exclusively at the iTunes Store in August 4th of this year (yeah, I missed it), “Pause” (link opens iTunes Store) is an instrumental, or BGM (as in background music) album. The 11-track solo album will have a CD version available—for those of you who must own the actual shiny disc with liner notes—on October 5, 2008.

I’ve always admired Rinken as he has the one of the best online presences of all the Okinawa-based artists I’ve come across and he’s been doing it for years.

Be sure to also check out other albums of the Rinken family of artists on iTunes (links will open iTunes Store) like Tomoko Uehara, Rinken Band and Mihanagumi. There’s actually a lot more available at the Japan iTunes Store so let’s hope the folks at Apple work in making them available at the US store too.

(Via Okinawan Music Net.)