One of the best artists hailing from Japan these days, intricate experimental pop-folker Shugo Tokumaru, has finally released his latest record in the U.S. Last year’s Exit, another one of my favorite albums from 2007, is the first of his to see a release in the States and came out yesterday via Almost Gold Recordings. So, for all of you who haven’t been able to check out this excellent record (or those who’ve downloaded it), lend some support and pick up a copy from your local record store or just order it online.
Shugo will also be playing a few shows in the U.S. and Canada. If you’re anywhere near these cities, I’d recommend you make a serious effort to get there… unless you plan on going to Japan, chances are you won’t get many opportunities to see him again.
Sept. 13 — Chicago, IL — Empty Bottle (Wire’s Adventures in Music Festival)*
Sept. 23 — New York, NY — Mercury Lounge (w/ Twi the Humble Feather)**
Oct. 3 — Montréal, QC — O Patro Vys (Pop Montréal Festival, w/ special guests)