Welcome to Season 2 of “Top 5 Records” where music-loving pals and DJs 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!

Volume 13’s theme is “Summertime” – songs and albums that are made for summer! It will be up to our DJs to share how they interpret Summertime, whether that be “Hits of the Summer”, “Surf-Rockers/Beach-life classics” “Scorching Hot Solo-ridden jams”, “Albums for Convertibles”, and so on. This will be our 3rd LIVE and IN-PERSON version of Top 5 Records, and we are happy to be joined by special guest DJs: Jason Garcia and DJ Keesh!

Our Talk Show broadcast will be sandwiched by 4 sets of music! Join us Saturday, August 5th, 4pm-9pm at Talking Gorilla in Shimokitazawa Station and celebrate the summer!! 

Jason’s Top 5
  • “Hot Sand” (1972) – Shocking Blue
  • “Tell Her” (1966) – Dean Parrish
  • “Competition Ain’t Nothin’” (1968) – Little Carl Carlton
  • “What’s It Gonna Be?” (1967) Dusty Springfield
  • “(I Love Her So Much) It Hurts Me” (1969) – David & Ruben 
Michaels’s Top 5
  • “That Sunday, That Summer” (1963) – Nat King Cole
  • “The Warmth of the Sun” (2012) – Lightships
  • “Like So” (2016) – Eggstone
  • “Corre Corre” (2019) – Los Hermanos
  • “夕凪の時” [Yunagi no toki] (1976) – 浅川マキ [Asakawa Maki]
Bemsha’s Top 5
  • “The Theme from A Summer Place” (1959) – Percy Faith and his Orchestra
  • “Waiting on a Friend” (1980) – The Rolling Stones
  • “Saturday In the Park” (2007) – Luciano
  • “夏に恋する女たち” [Girls in Love with Summer] (1983) – 大貫妙子 [Taeko Ohnuki]  
  • “So Nice” (Summer Samba) (1965) –  Walter Wanderley
Keesh’s Top 5
  • “Three Little Birds” (1977) – Bob Marley
  • “93 ‘til Infinity” (1993) – Souls of Mischief
  • “Watermelon Man” (1962) – Herbie Hancock
  • “RFRE” (2019) – Seba Kaapstad
  • “Son-Ray” (2000) – Greyboy with D-Style, Ricci Rucker
    • Honorable Mentions: 
      • “ChanChan” (1984) – Buena Vista Social Club
      • “Get Sun” (2021) – Hiatus Kaiyote feat. Arthur Verocai
Brian’s Top 5

Rather than share a Top 5 Summertime list, I gave a short presentation about artist and illustrator Hiroshi Nagai who provided the cover image for our poster. He happens to be having an exhibition going on right now at Isetan in Shinjuku, which Keesh and Tama went to after my talk and sent me some photos. We should all go see it for summer!

Event page: https://fb.me/e/3L1OjNCiS

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