Imai Keishô / Yamase Shôin

On May 24, World Arbiter will release Japanese Traditional Music: Koto - Shamisen, a compilation of 1941 recordings of the Kokusai Bunka Shinkô-kai, masters of the koto and shamisen. This release, the third installment in a projected five-volume series, features koto/shamisen literature and dances from Kabuki and puppet theater traditions. You should buy the real deal too, as it comes with lengthy liner notes. With any luck, maybe you’ll learn a thing or two.

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Chocolate Grinder

CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we’ll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.