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Monday, March 19th, 2007
2:39 pm
Hi ! I just bought here CD at strange music store, becouse nothing to listen to. And liked here music pretty much. :)))))
Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
9:31 pm
If this interests anyone...
My band did a cover of "Spin Spider Spin" on our latest record, It's a bit noisier and sung by boys. But I think it turned out alright:

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005
1:31 am
We seem to have been getting an awful lot of spammers in the community.. luckily, the moderator has been really good about popping out the posts after a day or two, but that's still pretty annoying/weak that they keep actually having to do it.

Perhaps we should maybe move to a moderation system? Or a thing where only approved members have posting access? (Granted really easily, of course, mainly by posting a comment in a particular thread or something, since I figure most of the spammers are just bots anyway... And I'm not sure if there're a whole lot of new non-bot members, since things have been (sadly) quiet on the Takako front for a while anyway.)

Just some thoughts. It's still an awesome community, with or without the every-couple-day-exulations to visit someone's hot webcam.

As for actual content: Manda Rin from bis/Data Panik has a flicker account, and posted a picture of her with Cornelius... that's sorta on-topic!
Sunday, January 23rd, 2005
10:33 am
Kind Of An Update, But Not Really
A week or so ago, I was doing a bit of research on Takako for a little thing I was writing (nothing of any consequence or anything), and I found the Polystar Japanese News Site

Good News:
There's an update from April, after 2 years of silence!

Bad News:
It's in Japanese, which I can't read, so I have absolutely no idea what it means.
The discography hasn't been updated (Maxi On's still the most recent release listed), so presumably whatever it says, it's not "There is a new album out!" And since it's been about 8 months, presumably it's not "She's in the studio now working on a new album!" because I'd figure it'd be out by now. (Not necessarily, I suppose, but it does make that less likely.)

So... yeah. Anyone here know Japanese and can translate the news?
Wednesday, March 24th, 2004
1:49 pm
Anybody have any news to report? Has Takako decided to call it quits? Is there anything new on the horizon?

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, October 21st, 2003
9:45 am
does anyone know....
any where where you download takako minekawas mp3s?
Friday, September 12th, 2003
8:09 pm
Im a new fan~~ I listened to Cloudy Cloud Calculator and I felt a surge of takako power!
Friday, September 5th, 2003
6:50 pm
hi! i am a new fan of takako minekawa and found this community recently. i haven't downloaded a lot of her mp3s yet because some of my music downloading programs dont work but i have heard a lot of her audio samples and i must admit takako creates some of the best electronic music i have heard in a long time. i just popped in to say hello and get introduced since i would love to know everyone here.

please take care.
lots of love,

Current Mood: sleepy...
1:59 am
Wow, a Takako livejournal group!

I have been a big fan of hers for over a year now. I was getting into Kraftwerk and I typed "pocket calculator" into WinMX and "Kangaroo Pocket Calculator" popped up. I thought it might have been a parody so I downloaded it and was completely blown away. Finding her music has proved to be a huge challenge, though. There is one shop in town, Good Records, that actually has a few of her cds. I have recubed, Cloudy Cloud Calculator and XIMER. If anybody is interested in a trade let me know. I also love Cornelius, Nobukazu Takemura, etc. but Minekawa is my favorite.

On the same line there are a lot of new electronic bands sort of in the same spirit as Takako coming out of Spain. Most are actually on the Elefant record label and include bands such as La Monja Enana and Entre Rios.

Does she have any music videos, DVDs, t-shirts or anything else that might be interesting?

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, August 12th, 2003
9:38 pm
Have you seen this video?
This one goes out to all the J-Poppers and J-Rockers out there. There's a music video from about two or three years ago that I'm trying to identify by a Japanese rock group with a female singer that I don't know.

The video starts off, I believe, with a person (they might have a big afro but I'm not 100% sure on that) playing the drums with an American flag in the background. Soon the camera shifts to the singer who over the course of the video is dragged behind a horse by a rope, wears a cowboy hat, a kimono, rolls her eyes back into her head so that you can only see the whites in her eyes, and plays a (Flying V?) guitar.

It's definitely a faster hard rock song, though I'm not sure if this is the usual style for the music group. Can anyone here tell me the name of the singer and song? Thanks!

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, January 8th, 2003
6:07 pm
yay. a takako community!
i'm new by the way. i love takako's music. my brother toured with her in 1998 playing guitar for her shows. she came over one time to my house to record a few tracks but she was feeling a little sick so i made her a cup peppermint tea and the 3 of us talked for a while about Mazinger Z. hehe.
she's the cutest girl i've ever met. so shy and quiet. :)
Friday, August 9th, 2002
4:15 pm
Hi hi.
Holy hey-now! I couldn't believe it when I saw it, but there's actually a little community here of people who lub Takako Minekawa. Of course I joined immediately, and figured I should say Hi, wow, and Hello.

There was a whole period in which between now and years ago - uhm, my college years and and some wild times in San Francisco - that I had trouble finding new music that I liked. I mean, none of the kind of music I like is on the radio. I don't think they even play music on MTV anymore. But eventually I got hooked up on the web, first with Napster and now more legal means of hearing stuff, and thus, I found people like Takako, Cornelius, and others. And now here I am.

What can I say about myself that's relevant here; I'm a big music geek and occasional bedroom DJ; I love an eclectic range of music, but especially electronic-based music; and if you combine the two, well the uncategorizable people such as Ms. Minekawa fit in with my tastes really well, and completely doth rock my little world. And here's people that have equally if not greater taste in music. Bravo hey!

So hello! Nice to meet you.
Friday, May 17th, 2002
8:24 pm
takako, these are my friends....
A great thing about returning to Chicagoland is spending time with old friends. Paul and I were never too close, but liked many of the same things and spent enough time together to grow on each other. We have hung out every couple of weeks for the past three months, and I started loaning him some music that I thought he would enjoy. When I visited him last night, I exchanged some new music for what I had already loaned him, and slipped a Takako Minekawa disc [Fun9] in with some other things.

How do your friends act when you play them Takako? Most of mine do not care for her, or cannot seem to just enjoy the music for what it is instead of trying to take it so seriously. I see her music as being childlike, but not childish. It is full of wonder and imagination, and always sounds great in headphones. What more could I want?

Current Mood: um....pass
Tuesday, May 7th, 2002
1:05 am
how did you hear about her?
Hi, I just joined LJ and am still learning everything, including how to join a community based on one of my favorite musicians.


This is my 'how I first heard Takako' story...
My steady job of lo-fi webwork and graphic design for this local restaurant empire had suddenly cut my hours a bit. They were very slowly replacing me with an enthusiastic, unimaginative go-getter who thought good layout was centering everything. So, it was off to the classifieds for me.

This local t-shirt shop hired me to sling art. Sadly, it involved even less creativity than the restaurant propaganda job. Lots of rush jobs and no room to experiment nor to have fun with the whole process.

But, it did afford me plenty of spare time. More often than not, I just kept Illustrator or Xpress open with a couple of files and pretended to be touching up something while listening to the radio.

This all took place in Bloomington, Indiana; a quaint, semi-progressive Midwestern college town. One of the cool things about Bloomington was WFHB, a volunteer-run local radio station with a completely open format: If you wanted to do a radio show, and had enough material, you could eventually do it.

Their format allowed for all kinds of fantastic, obscure music. I was listening to that station one day, and heard Plash from Fun9. The quirky guitars and overachiever drumming had me completely hooked, and I nervously waited by the radio [hearing some great stuff by Suzy Ibarra in the meantime] until the dj announced who she was and the album name. I called the station to thank them and doublecheck my spelling, and had the disc within a couple of days, thanks to a well-stocked local cd shop.

In a couple of months I also had Cloudy Cloud Calculator, but then I entered a long period of little money and less new music. That part is all over now, so all I need is another great record shop.

So it is,

Current Mood: calm
Thursday, January 31st, 2002
7:56 pm
Milk Rock in the cradle
I miss Takako. I'm sure she's so busy with her new family. I saw her husband Cornelius in the most recent issue of NYLON magazine, but it mentioned little about their new family.
Mario is so lucky. He has two amazing parents, both artistically inspiring and just plain neat.
Awww...I hope we hear something about them soon. :P
Friday, September 14th, 2001
3:20 am
Takako is such a sweet girl and with such a talent that packs in a punch!

I must admit that I am partial to FUN9. It has this very strange, dark yet sweet sound to it that you want to keep with you in your breast jacket pocket. I listen to Remix quite a bit because it's so beautiful--the way the song can tell a different story. I think I was addicted to it last summer.

If I were to see her today, I'd give her some of my strawberry pocky. She'd understand.
Thursday, September 6th, 2001
12:29 pm
a bio of our lovely girl
Takako Minekawa () was born on June 3rd, 1969, in Japan. She was a movie and tv star as a child, and as such, she had a hard time regularly attending class, and was teased. She eventually enrolled in a private school for child actors, but didn't quite fit in there, either, as she took a much more focused view on life than a lot of her peers.

Due to the loner lifestyle she lived as a child, she grew up as a very independent individual. As a child, she took piano lessons, and developed, from an early age, quite a skill with keyboard instruments. One day her mother bought her a Casio keyboard / calculator combination, and it was with this toy that she began to love pressing buttons and turning knobs, and she learned to enjoy sound, in itself. Takako can also play guitar, but most of her work on her albums focuses on keyboard and vocal technique.

Upon entering college, Takako developed an affinity for French music. She and a friend soon formed a group called Lolita. Her real live debut however, was in 1990, as a member of the group Fancy Face Groovy Name, a band in which she shared membership with the now-popular Kahimi Karie. (I never knew that! ^_^ ) She was also in a band called L <-> R for a while.

For a period of time after that, she went from band to band, playing a small role in each, until she released her solo debut Chat Chat, a cute album compromised mainly of cover songs (including the Beatle's "Drive My Car"), in 1994. She traveled to New York City later that year to record with NRBQ for her Christmas album, A Little Touch of Baroque in the Winter, that was released by Polystar records in Japan.

In 1996, she released Roomic Cube, an album that went on to receive rave reviews, and decent success (CMJ top 20 college radio charts). It was produced by the Japanese band Buffalo Daughter, and they were featured on about half the tracks on the album. Soon after, in 1997, Takako released Athletica EP, on which she collaborated with ex A.D.S. guitarist Yasuo Takai. This CD was an experiment with metronomes, and was also more beat-oriented than most of Takako's material. After that came her next full length LP: Cloudy Cloud Calculator. This album was produced entirely by Takako, and she took full control, and went even farther with her eclectic music stylings. Her next release was entitled Recubed, a remix CD containing tracks off of Roomic Cube, as remixed by various skilled artists, including Buffalo Daughter.

Following Recubed., she released a remix album for Cloudy Cloud Calculator, XIMER, featuring remixes by an array of talented folk, including Cornelius, the talented Trattoria artist who also happens to be Takako's romantic interest. (i didn't know that either! She produced the majority of the album Fun 9, but Cornelius guest-produced three tracks, and Sukia did three also. Michiko Endo from Citrus also helps out on two of the tracks.

Takako Minekawa loves many things... cats, clouds, Kraftwerk, French pop music, French movies, and she has an obsession with the color white. All of these show through in her unique music. She, as a person, is quite unique in the fact that socially, she's very shy, but through her music, she is very bold and experimental, always trying things never done before. Her music combines many different elements, ranging from her adoration of Kraftwerk, to her inclusion of French pop-ish elements into the mix. All around, her music is very relaxing... Something you can sit back, pop into the stereo, and think to... but believe me, just because it's calming, doesn't make it boring. Her role as a female musician in Japan is a unique one. She has a beautiful sing-song voice, and soft beautiful looks, seemingly perfect to be an idol-type singer, but rather than doing that, she is constantly branching off in new directions, and doing what she wants to do.

When not working on her music, Takako writes a regular column in Keyboard Magazine, writes a serialized novel for the anthology magazine Bungei, and frequently appears on the covers of Japanese indy music magazines. ...and while she has (as far as I know) not returned to acting as she did as a child, she has had some involvement with TV. Ever see those Sony Playstation ads where a girl says "Playstation" at the end of the commercial? That's Takako! (Crazy huh??)

Takako has been quite prolific in the few years that she's been working solo, and she's been making some truly inspiring music, and in my opinion, some of the best stuff out there.
Anyways, she and Keigo Oyamada (Cornelius) just gave birth to a baby Mairo in the past month or so i believe. I wish them all of the best.

Current Mood: surprised
Thursday, August 9th, 2001
12:45 am
Does anybody listen to Bloem De Ligny? just curious...

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, August 7th, 2001
12:36 pm
is there any cd (of lovely miss minekawa's) that anyone is adament about her fans having?
i (heart) her, but it's a little hard to find anything by her when i go out... and instead of just reading or knowing the titles of cd's, and having to guess which may be the better of them...

Monday, August 6th, 2001
11:56 am
cloudy cloud questions.
hey, i know everyone's heard 'Milk Rock' by our loverly lady, but has anyone heard the 'remix' by Cornelius, which is much more lounge-y and well... more like Cornelius than Takako's original. I can't decide which one i dig more. I guess it's a question of 'Are you feeling quirky, punk?'

what about you guys?
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