Namioka san

Pal, partner-in-crime, and regularly-featured Tokyo Record Style friend, bemsha and I hung out a few weeks back visiting a fashion/jewelry exhibition of our mutual friends Paramitha and Fani, who hail from Indonesia and whom we both know through photography and Tokyo’s creative world. The exhibition was super cool and afterward, bemsha and I remembered that Tower Records in Shibuya had recently closed, remodeled, and reopened its record floor, stocking it with twice as many records and thought it would be fun to check it out before heading back home.

On our way there, we spotted friendly Namioka san on the street who was just coming from Tower (and Reco fan before that.) He gave us his impressions of Tower’s redesign and was willing to hear about Tokyo Record Style and pose for a couple of photos. This day he had scored some Who, their double packaged release containing “A Quick One (Happy Jack) / The Who Sell Out”, and two Zeppelin albums, their 1976 release “Presence” (which I neither own nor know well) and their 1971 untitled release also know and “IV” (that I possibly have listened to more than any other album in my collection.) Also in his haul was the soundtrack to Sophia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides which contains songs from Todd Rundgren, Boston, Heart, Sloan, The Hollies, Al Green, Gilbert O’Sullivan, 10cc, Styx, and Air. Nice scores, Namioka san!

Namioka san was a good sport and was willing to pose on the street despite Shibuya’s busy foot traffic. We managed to find a nice source of light and leverage it to make a few flattering portraits of Namioka san and his scores.

Thanks, Namioka san for stopping to say hello and sharing your finds with us! And thank you to bemsha for some behind-the-scenes photos, and for accompanying me to the exhibition and to Tower! And congrats to Mitha and Fani! Great show!

More TRS on the way!

The Who – A Quick One (Happy Jack) / The Who Sell Out
Label: MCA Records – MCA2-4067, Track Record – MCA2-4067
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Reissue, Rainbow label
Country: Canada
Released: 1980
Genre: Rock
Style: Classic Rock

Led Zeppelin – Presence
Label: Swan Song – 8122796579
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo, 180g, Gatefold
Country: Europe
Released: Jul 31, 2015
Genre: Rock
Style: Hard Rock

Led Zeppelin – Untitled
Label: Atlantic – 8122-79657-7
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo, Gatefold, 180 gram
Country: Europe
Released: 2021
Genre: Rock
Style: Hard Rock, Classic Rock, Blues Rock

Various – The Virgin Suicides (Music From The Motion Picture)
Label: Emperor Norton – EMN 7029
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 2000
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop, Stage & Screen
Style: Soundtrack, Pop Rock, Ambient

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