Welcome to the long-awaited 2nd season to “Top 5 Records” where music-loving pals and DJs “AMFM2030” (Michael Warren), “bemsha” (Tatsuo Fukutomi), and “Zebrio” (Brian Scott Peterson), invite their friends to an afternoon and evening of playing records and counting down their Top 5 Records on various themes!

The Season 2 debut episode theme is “Music *ABOUT* Music” – songs and albums that are about, “Gently weeping Guitars,”, “Delights of Rappers”, and “Playing that Funky Music”! This will be our first LIVE and IN-PERSON version of Top 5 Records! Out Talk Show broadcast countdown will be sandwiched by 3 sets of music!

Join us Saturday, April 22nd, 4pm-8pm at Talking Gorilla in Shimokitazawa Station and celebrate the music we love! 

Bemsha’s Top 5 
  • Michael Frant’s “Everyone Deserves Music”, Everyone Deserves Music (2003)
  • Fat Freddy’s Drop, “Hope” – Hope (2003)
  • Don McClean’s “American Pie” – American Pie (1971)
  • Yello Magic Orchestra’s “音楽” (Ongaku) – 浮気なぼくら (Naughty Boys) (1983)
  • Joe Jackson’s “A Slow Song” (1982)
Michael’s Top 5 
  • Air’s “Ce matin-là” – Moon Safari (1998)
  • Los Straitjackets’ “Lately I’ve Let Things Slide” – What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets (2017), 
  • Khraungbin’s “Zionsville” The Universe Smiles upon You, (2015), 
  • Skatalites’s “Ska-Boo-Da-Ba” – Ska-Boo-Da-Ba (1966)
  • Sven Wunder’s “Asterism Waltz” – Asterism Waltz (2021)
Brian’s Top 5 
  • “Giorgio by Moroder” from the album “Random Access Memories” (2013) – Daft Punk
  • “Rock&Roll” – from the album “XXX” (1987) (V.U. Cover) – Jane’s Addiction
  • “A Song for You” (1970) – Leon Russell
    • “My Gutiar Want to Kill Your Mama” – from the album “Weasels Ripped My Flesh” (1969) [tie] – The Mothers of Invention
    • “While my Guitar Gently Weeps” from the White Album (1968) [tie]  – The Beatles
  • “Johnny Be Goode” (1958) (released as a single) – Chuck Berry

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Cheers to an amazing Record Store Day 2023 and to a first LIVE version of “Top 5 Records” – record-loving homies coming together to spin wax and countdown our top five records on various themes.

For this first special episode of T5R, Season 2, Michael, Tatsuo (bemsha), and I commemorated Record Store Day by joining up at ヤキトリてっちゃん Talking Gorilla, INSIDE Shimokitazawa’s new(ish) station to play records and to continue comparing the ranks of our favorite records on the theme, “Music ABOUT Music!” It was a bit of a test run, a proof of concept if you will, but we did indeed prove that it could be done and that it was goooood fun, despite a few minor hiccups.

With just a few words left, I want to send a very big thank you to Nor-san and Sangita-san and ヤキトリてっちゃん Talking Gorilla and to everybody who came out and had a listen or enjoyed from inside the station. Thank you to my music “Top 5 Record” Homies, Micheal and Bemsha for coming rallying! And thanks to our upcoming Season 2, Episode 2 special guest, James Banbury who hung the whole afternoon! More T5R and TRS, on the way!

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