New Tracks from Midori Hirano

Midori Hirano has put up some new tracks online for our listening pleasure (and you can download her first EP, “Poet at the Piano,” here). The first two tracks, “Kalimba” and “PN,” are from her upcoming full-length release, and the third one, a non-final version of “Orb of Day,” will be on her second album, to be released next year on the Japanese label MIDI Creative. Here are direct links to the three songs:

Also, her next live event will be happening in Kobe at OTOYA on December 5. More info here.

Bunpei Yorifuji

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Just now on TV I caught a fascinating profile of illustrator/designer/art director Bunpei Yorifuji. He’s done tons of book covers, but his most recognizable work for readers of this site would probably be the infamous JT “smoking etiquette” campaign. He has his offices in Ginza, and he does all his work on a ping-pong table. I’ve fallen in love with the books he’s produced, like the one about shit (you have to see how he illustrates the workings of the human body — brilliant), and a new one, out next month, about death. Do take the time to check out his website, which is a joy to browse, with funny little illustrations throughout (it’s a shame the “works” section is still under construction though).