Hinata and Kaho

Hello Hinata and Kaho!

Another couple who claimed not to be a couple (yet?) but who were out on what looked very much like a record-shopping date.

This got me thinking back to, well, slightly dangerous territory to venture into, but …loves of yore, all the music I’ve shared with past girlfriends …and just the notion of music in a relationship, and how personal music is, and how unlikely it probably is to genuinely share music tastes with a partner.

Some know that I met my wife in a band. I played piano and she played drums. I also play guitar (sorta) while she also plays piano (much much better than I do)m and while we did have that nice band for a bit, and though we both love and listen to music all the time, with the exception of dance music, like Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, Fat Boy Slim, and Underworld, our music tastes don’t overlap in too many places.

If I go through my mental Rolodex, I can think of quite a few artists that I still love, admire, and listen to that were turned onto me by ex’s, that maybe I would have never found or fallen in love with like I did otherwise: Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, my first Dylan record, Blonde on Blonde was a gift from an ex, Joni, Nick Drake, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Yo La Tengo, PJ Harvey, believe it or not, Frank Zappa, Liz Phair, Greg Brown, The Musemeant, Aimee Mann, Pavement, Modest Mouse, Portishead, St. Vincent, and lastly I’ll throw Andy Shauf in there, though not technically not from an ex. Heaps of great music, most definitely that have shaped my tastes. …Wow. This is a nice little reflection. Thank you, past lovers, for so much great music. I guess I got pretty lucky in that department. And like I said, though I don’t connect with the misses on musical tastes, our house is always filled with music, whether it be one (or some) of us playing instruments or spinning/steaming music …and nobody is ever complaining to turn it down. That’s nice.

So here’s to music and lovers! May you find some music to love together with your sweetie. Maybe even take a queue from Hinata and Kaho and make your next date night a trip to the record store. Maybe I’ll see you there 😉

More Tokyo Records Style on the way.

Little Creatures – Little Creatures Meets Future Aliens “Yellow”
Label: Midi Inc. – CXLP-1011
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Japan
Released: Sep 1, 1997
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Indie Rock, Experimental

Cero – My Lost City
Label: Kakubarhythm – KAKU-142
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue
Country: Japan
Released: Jan 21, 2022
Genre: Rock
Style: Indie Rock

Tennyson – Rot
Label: Counter Records – COUNT189
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, White
Released: Feb 18, 2022
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Downtempo, Experimental

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