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Yoshida Brothers

Wildly popular in their native Japan, the Yoshida Brothers are virtuosos of the Tsugaru shamisen, a traditional three-string instrument not unlike the banjo, and they've taken the instrument outside the realms of Japanese folk, incorporating elements of pop, smooth jazz, rock and new age styles into their music. The Yoshida Brothers perform with the strength and swagger of rock guitarists, while respecting the shamisen and its rich heritage. The Yoshida Brothers hail from the city of Noboribetsu in Hokkaido prefecture; Ryoichiro Yoshida was born in 1977, and Kenichi Yoshida in 1979. The siblings each took up the shamisen when they were five, and in 1990 they began advanced instruction under master musician Takashi Sasaki. After an impressive showing at several shamisen competitions, the Yoshida Brothers released their first major label album in Japan in 1999; it was a surprise success, selling over 100,000 copies, and became the first of several top-selling releases for the duo. While the Yoshida Brothers initially performed in a traditional folk style, they soon began embracing a more eclectic sound and their live performances became increasingly elaborate. In 2003, after several more high-charting albums and successful concert tours at home, the Yoshida Brothers made their American debut, releasing a self-titled album through Domo Records and playing a handful of U.S. dates. More international touring followed, and the duo's 2006 album III was recorded in Los Angeles, with a tour of Europe, the United States and Hong Kong following. In 2007, the Yoshida Brothers' music reached more American ears than ever before when one of their songs was used in a television spot for the Nintendo Wii video game system. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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BEUTIFUL NEW SOUNDS WHILE HONORING AND RSPECTING THE PAST.
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a really big theatrical sound I love it
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Wii would like to play.
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One of the top artists I like. Such an incredible style.
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they are so talented, love all the songs and really love that three string Japanese instrument - just jams
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neal.lord
Love it
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Blessed be.. Beautiful!! Reminds me of Enigma without the the chants.. Both are great and mellow..Perf e c t for laying in front of fireplace with a beautiful woman and some good wine...You get the picture!
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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No better way in mixing the OLD with the NEW. Simply & utterly AMAZING
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To all the Naruto fans who love this group, when they perform with a taiko drummer, that drummer is always the drummer from the Naruto series.
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I've never heard of a Tsugaru shamisen: I'm amazed that they can pick so many sounds out of just 3 strings! That's a LOT of fretting!

I thought this was an Indian sitar, which has 17-20 strings. I love the exotic world sound!
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Nice to see traditions kept and the young generation embracing the old in music ...........t h e n re interpret it to the modern style they create. It's a good evolution of the music. Seven Sisters are the same type of young ones doing the same. Good to listen to.
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86dave86
Kinda funny that these guys are Japanese and sound more country than most American country singers.
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This is so funky
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Wonderful
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So relaxing... ����
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Loved these guys for long time. Just heard them on downtempo radio.
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Reminds me of Naruto.
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the song rising sounds like a phil collins song anyone else think so
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Indeed awesome!!•!!
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jsheagirl
These guys are incredible
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wizegamot
What a great find!
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This song always hits home. I feel inspired.
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This simply amazing, I really like this.
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sounds a little like enigma
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This sounds amazing I really am amazed how good they done it.
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I think of Naruto when I hear this:)
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Hola
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I think of a samurai or ninja fight when I hear this XD
Love it :3
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This is a cool Radiohead ripoff. Trippy.
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I agree with derwood the song is good so put some album art on it
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Hey Pandora! I think the Best Of Yoshida Brothers deserves some kind of album art yeah?
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I know a band its called the taiko project
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I've heard this used in movies and games lol I found u ^_^
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The way they mix old and new is so cool
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Never heard this before, but I like it. It has a funky smooth groove to it.
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This is bad-a**! Such style. Much culture.
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bluchap
Love this, love Japan and Japanese reverence in all they embrace.
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Cool i was listening to it last night
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This is lovely music.
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wtf are you talking about, it's a rip off from radiohead this song came out before any of their major songs...
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This reminds me of a battle with a Ninja or a Samurai. X3

These guys are awesome. C:
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Ppl ppl ppl it's from the movie nightmare before christmas
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tjulianbell
It's a complete rip off of radiohead... l i k e completely. Ok Computer much.
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Does anybody know any Japanese rock bands?
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I feel like this song came from an anime
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Definitely one of my most favorite artists.
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4years of luv...not bad tat talll
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brybrabra
I'm really digging their sound. Great introduction to the music and these wonderful musicians. :-)
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narutouzamak i 1 9 7 8
The truth
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