September 14, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #37 (September 6 to 12)

Food: - Butcher's plate, sausage, tuna salad and bread at Machi no Parlour, Ekoda, as seen on TV on "kodoku no Gourmet" (one of my favorite shows)!

まちのパーラー まちのパーラー まちのパーラー

Music event: - Towa Tei is currently holding an exhibition at (marunouchi) HOUSE, celebrating 20 years of his solo career. On September 12 was a free party also to celebrate his 50th birthday (!), feauring DJ sets by Ino Hidefumi, Osawa Shinichi and himself, and also a live set by Dorian! Towa Tei began his set with "amai seikatsu" featuring special guest Nomiya Maki! All of that I watched from the front row. :) A wonderful evening! And I got to shake hands with Towa Tei!, and also Dorian and Yasuda Toshiyuki!

INO hidefumi Dorian DORIAN (w/ Towa Tei) Towa Tei feat. NOMIYA Maki Towa Tei & OSAWA Shinichi

There I also got to meet a Thai music fan who loves Shibuya-kei and writes about Japanese music (in Thai) at!

The exhibition is on until September 26 (open everyday until 4am!). There's also a shop selling brand new 7" singles (Towa Tei c/w She Talks Silence, Dorian c/w DJ Fumiya, Towa Tei x Osawa Shinichi), various new goods (T-shirts, shirts, bags, hats, towels), and also rare vinyl and promo items. A must-go for all fans!


- Also I had a nice time with Brazilian P5MLer Thiago, spending his last hour in Shibuya looking for used CDs and then hurrying to the Narita Express platform. Until next time! :)

Music release news: Frontier Backyard, kataomoi, Shunosuke Ishikawa

Frontier Backyard "Gladness" kataomoi "yama no hō" (Book+7") Shunosuke Ishikawa "Two Years Something" (Download)

Playlist: Towa Tei, Towa Tei, Towa Tei, the hair, Dorian, Dorian, Dorian, Towa Tei :)

Towa Tei "Future Listening! + Future Recall 3" Tei Towa "Flash" Towa Tei "Big Fun" the hair "pop concerto for the weekender" Dorian "midori" Dorian "Studio Vacation" Dorian "Melodies Memories" Towa Tei "MACH2012"

This week's video: P.O.P "Funky Word"

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September 7, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #36 (August 30 to September 5)

Food: - Aloo chat, special set (baingan masala & mixed beans), kanda pohe and puran poli, at Indian Home Food Restaurant Reka in Nishi-Kasai after watching Indian movie "The Lunchbox" ("Dabba")

Indian Home Food Restaurant Reka Indian Home Food Restaurant Reka Indian Home Food Restaurant Reka

Music events: - On Friday was a show of Playtime Rock (unit of Takanami K-taro, ex-Pizzicato Five) at Saravah Tokyo. This was the perfect place where to meet a Brazilian P5 fan I had met online, turns out he was also on P5ML, the great mailing list through which I met so many nice people. It had also been over a year since the last time I saw Playtime Rock (report) as they are based in Nagasaki. This time the show was mostly more of a talk show, where K-taro introduced foreign music and its influences to Japanese music, and that of the 19th century and early 20th century! This was very instructive with many surprising and funny bits.

playtime rock playtime rock

The opening band BANK was also very good! You can hear their works on label Too Young Records' SoundCloud.


Stars must have been aligned a certain way as this night let us meet two more Pizzicato Five members. :) Konishi Yasuharu was spinning at Shibuya OTO (it was my first time at this club since it moved from Shinjuku), although I rushed to catch my last train and missed his set... Better luck next time!

Larger sizes and more photos at Flickr

New music: - I absolutely love Sugar's Campaign's first single "Netokano" (see the video here), and its B-side "Hong Kong seikatsu"! Although the 7" had sold out quickly last month, there was a restock at HMV Record Store Shibuya to coincide with the CD single release. I can't wait to see what will come up next from this great unit formed of Seiho and Avec Avec.

Sugar's Campaign "Netokano"

Music release news: Crazy Ken Band, Takahashi Yukihiro & Metafive, Nakano Aya, Moso Calibration

Crazy Ken Band "Spark Plug" Takahashi Yukihiro & Metafive "Split Spirit" (Download) Nakano Aya "warui kuse" P.O.P "Summer of P.O.P" (Download) Moso Calibration "mōsō shōjo 00"

Playlist: Buffalo Daughter, Denki Groove, Scarlatti Goes Electro, Taketatsu Ayana, Vanilla Beans, CAPSULE, Sugar's Campaign, playtime rock, Pizzicato Five

Buffalo Daughter "Konjac-tion" Denki Groove "U.F.O." Scarlatti Goes Electro "Third Album" TAKETATSU Ayana "apple symphony" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans II" CAPSULE "CAPS LOCK" Sugar's Campaign "Netokano" playtime rock "Play Time" Pizzicato Five "Bossa Nova 2001"

This week's video:

Suiyoubi no Campanella "Sen no Rikyū"

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August 30, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #35(August 23 to 29)

Food: - Chicken pie, Lincolnshire sausage, lemon & meringue pie at Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano
- "Hiyajiru" (cold soup) at Tapir, Shin-Okubo
- Curry lunch at Hi, How Are You, Hiyoshi

Lancashire sausage 地鶏とクランベリーのパイ Lemon and meringue tart 冷汁 Chicken and chikichiki curries

Exhibition: Went to MOMAT to see "Hardcore Contemporary Art's Truly a World Treasure: Selected Works from the YAGEO Foundation Collection", a large exhibition of part of the expensive collection of Mr. Pierre Tie Min Chen. We could see some Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Ron Mueck up close. Outside of the museum was a 3.3m sculpture of Kate Moss doing yoga, of which a smaller gold version is part of the collection.

Kate Moss

Music release news: Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong, Towa Tei, hitomitoi, Boogie the Machmotors, Sugar's Campaign

Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong "Savage Imagination" Towa Tei "94-14", "94-14 Covers" hitomitoi "toki o tomete koi ga odoru" (Download) Boogie the Machmotors "Hi! Erectus!" Sugar's Campaign "Netokano"

Playlist: Towa Tei, Jintana & Emeralds, Justice, Especia, Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong, P.O.P

Towa Tei "Towa Tei/Best/Korea" Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" Justice "Audio, Video, Disco" Especia "Gusto" Takako MINEKAWA & Dustin Wong "Savage Imagination" P.O.P "tanoshii koto bakari arimasu yō ni"

This week's video: Sugar's Campaign "Netokano"

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August 23, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #34 (August 16 to 22)

Food: - Lamb gyōza and stir-fried lamb with cumin, at Ajibō, Kanda
- Gobi 65, eggplant fish curry and onion cheese pakora, at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku
- Thursday night ice cream at Sunday Bake Shop (collaboration with tocoro cafe)

ラム水餃子 ラム焼き餃子 ゴビ65 Eggplant fish curry Ice cream

Exhibition: Went to see exhibition "MAN☆KOTEN" by manga artist MAN☆GATARO at Nakano Broadway. This is on until August 26.

漫☆個展 にこっ ぶっちーん クソして寝ろ!!!!!

Music release news: Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Team Syachihoko, Funassyi, P.O.P, mimmam, BTB, Negipecia

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra "Ska Me Forever" Team Syachihoko "ii kurashi EP" (12") Funassyi "Boogie Boogie Funassyi -Funassyi Official Theme Song 2-" P.O.P "Summer of P.O.P" (Download) mimmam "yurayura Blue" (Download) BTB "Back To Basic ~ore to omae hen~" Negipecia "Girl's Life"

Playlist: nananon, Emerson Kitamura, Kahimi Karie, Pizzicato Five, P.O.P, Towa Tei, Negicco

nananon "Nana Nana Non Non" Emerson KITAMURA "ochikochi ni" Kahimi Karie "Nunki" Pizzicato Five "Bellissima!" P.O.P "tanoshii koto bakari arimasu yō ni" Towa Tei "Lucky" Negicco "Sunshine Nihonkai"

This week's video: Negipecia "Girl's Life"

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August 17, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #33 (August 9 to 15)

Food: - Had some of the best meat ever! Grilled dry aged Tajima beef, at Uchi - Nakasei, Myōgadani

Grilled dry aged Tajima beef Grilled dry aged Tajima beef

Music events: - On Sunday August 10 I went to the World Happiness festival, organized by members of YMO. Unfortunately, it happened that there was a typhoon passing above Japan on that day, which gave for a lot of rain and wind. The festival went on, leaving many performers (and the crowd) very wet, but it was a lot of fun anyway. The event featured Puffy, Takahashi Yukihiro with In Phase (feat. James Iha, Horie Hirohisa, etc.), Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Pokaskajan, Quruli, cero, Hosono Haruomi, No Lie-Sense, Denki Groove, Kimyo Reitaro Travel Swing Orchestra, and Takahashi Yukihiro & Metafive (feat. Oyamada Keigo, Towa Tei, Sunahara Yoshinori, etc.), among others.

Some set lists:

Puffy: Basket Case (Green Day cover) / ai no shirushi / watashitachi no ikiru michi / nagisa ni matsuwaru Et Cetera / Asia no junshin (and more)

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: Pika Pika Fantajin / Kira Kira Killer / minna no uta / Candy Candy / PONPONPON / tsukema tsukeru / Ninja Re Bang Bang / Invader Invader

Denki Groove: Hello! Mr. Monkey Magic Orchestra / Shame / Shameful / Zoo Desire / Garigari-kun / Flashback Disco / Shangri-La / Technopolis (remix of YMO) / Asunaro Sunshine

Takahashi Yukihiro & Metafive: Key / Ballet / Split Spirit / Radio / Turn Turn / Still Walking To The Beat / Something In The Air / La femme chinoise / Cue

World Happiness 2014 World Happiness 2014

- And on Monday evening, I went to a free DJ event by Cibo Matto at Brooklyn Parlor in Shinjuku. We got much better seats than last time! Had a great time listening to all good music (almost none that I know) while chatting with friends with many similar tastes. :)

Some tracks that were played: YMO "Cosmic Surfin" (some remix?) / Missy Elliott "Work It" / Beenie Man "Dancehall Queen" / Inner City "Good Life" / Digital Underground "The Humpty Dance" / Tem Blessed "Whale Song" / Mystikal "Shake Ya Ass"

Cibo Matto Cibo Matto

- Also watched a live DJ set by Noel & Gallagher (= DJ Noel & Konishi Yasuharu!) on Dommune. You too can watch it here. Dommune streams live through YouTube, so I used Chromecast to watch it in HD on my TV, that was great!

Music release news: hitomitoi, "taiko no tatsujin Original Soundtrack 'Girls Pop Mania'"

hitomitoi "natsu kōsen, kira." (Download) Game Soundtrack "taiko no tatsujin Original Soundtrack 'Girls Pop Mania'"

Playlist: Jintana & Emeralds, Emerson Kitamura, Buffalo Daughter, hitomitoi, etc.

Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" Emerson KITAMURA "ochikochi ni" Buffalo Daughter "Konjac-tion" Buffalo Daughter "Euphorica" hitomitoi "Surfbank Social Club"

This week's video: Kaji Hideki "Ice Cream Man"

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August 9, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #32 (August 2 to 8)

Outing / food: - It was my birthday weekend, and we went for a quick day trip to Odawara especially to eat at Zen, a conveyor belt sushi restaurant that doubles as a French restaurant. I had been curious about it for a long time because of the techno compilation series on Speedking Productions. All the food was very good, and it was a lot of fun to order from both sushi and French menus. I also bought the "Sushi Disco" compilation which was also spinning on the conveyor belt, and got it autographed by the owner chef. :)

あじわい回転寿司 禅 あじわい回転寿司 禅 Sushi Disco

- Also had some great Sri Lankan curry, beets & more, at Acala.naatha

アチャラナータ アチャラナータ

Music release news: Kaji Hideki, Kirinji, NeoBallad, nananon, Kemio & Amigachu

Kaji Hideki "Ice Cream Man" Kirinji "11" NeoBallad "03 ~enishi~" nananon "Nana Nana Non Non" Kemio & Amigachu "Kerokero"

Playlist: "Sushi Disco", Negicco, Especia, Cibo Matto, Bakubaku Dokin, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, the hair, Buffalo Daughter

Various Artists "Sushi Disco" Negicco "Sunshine Nihonkai" Especia "Gusto" Cibo Matto "Hotel Valentine" Bakubaku Dokin "Bakubaku Dokin" Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pika Pika Fantajin" the hair "pop concerto for the weekender" Buffalo Daughter "Konjac-tion"

This week's videos:

nananon "Nana Nana Non Non" (produced by Konishi Yasuharu)

Kemio & Amigachu "Kerokero" (produced by Konishi Yasuharu)

NeoBallad "Hachinohe kouta"

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August 3, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #31 (July 26 to August 1)

Food: - Indian curry at British Indian Cafe 1930, Harajuku
- Coffee at Omotesando Koffee
- Black forest cake from Sucreries Nerd

British Indian Cafe 1930 omotesando koffee Gâteau forêt noire

Art: - Went to see artist Benicotoy's "Kitschy Award" solo exhibition at Kit Gallery, Harajuku. Her main works on display were trophies, a very unique theme! All were very original and colorful.


- Also I started playing the FlashInvaders iPhone game (also on Android), which lets you collect "space invaders" found around the world and gives you points accordingly. There are a bunch in Tokyo, but still it needs a lot of dedication to stay in the top 100 hall of fame. Those in Paris are lucky. :)

Music event: I went to Hoshino Michiru's release party for album "E-I-E-N Voyage". This event had a wonderful line-up, with two sets by Michiru, the 2nd featuring a large back-band mainly formed of members of Wack Wack Rhythm Band! That was wonderful! There were also DJ sets by Konishi Yasuharu and Kubota Takeshi, Nishidera Gota (Nona Reeves) and more. Plus Michiru's VJ was Sally Kubota (Sally Soul Stew). That was really a great event! I keep looking forward for more from her.

1st set: Moonlight ni sasowarete / watashi wa Schedy / mō Rendez-vous / Wonderland / koi no Funfair / shinkū Kiss / Orange iro / seikan renrakusen ~Night Voyage~ / issho ni tabi suru kimi e
2nd set: i-ji-wa-ru Darling / hanashite,,, / ame no naka no Dreamer / kanata e / Peaberry o mitsuketara / kono michi de / mo ichido Déjà-vu / rakuen to kisetsufū / Wish on a starry night
Encore: Magic Hour

星野みちる 星野みちる 小西康陽

Music release news: KANADe, Teen Runnings

KANADe "TARIKi" (Download) Teen Runnings "Now"

Playlist: Halfby, blue marble, Negicco, Missing Linc

Halfby "Green Hours" blue marble "full color" Negicco "Melody Palette" Missing Linc "In The Linc Room" Negicco "Sunshine Nihonkai"

This week's video: Kaji Hideki "Tropical Girl"

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July 27, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #30 (July 19 to 25)

Food: - Chinese lunch at Sen Yō, Higashi-Kōenji
- Pepper beef curry at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo
- Black forest cake at Sunday Bake Shop, Hatsudai

チャーハン 小籠包 タピ Black Forest Cake

Music events: - I went to electro trackmaker COR!S' album release event at Strobo Café. There were live performances of Funwari-chan (who did a remix on Buffalo Daughter's new album) and of course COR!S, with a talk session where she explained how she uses Cubase to make her tracks. She then played a full set of most songs from her album "Across Time & Space", and then some, her live keyboards and singing made for a really fun show! The album is great and should please electro fans.

- On Monday was "Marine day" ("umi no hi"), and I went to the release party of JINTANA & EMERALDS, which started at 3pm and went on until 9pm, with also live sets by Dorian, Sugar's Campaign (Avec Avec & Seiho, from Osaka) and Paisley Parks (juke/footwork unit), with DJing in between. I got my CD autographed by all of JINTANA & EMERALDS (Jintana, Kashif and singers Toi (Hitomitoi), Chao (Kuroki Meisa) and Mami). That day really felt like the start of summer. (More photos here.)


- Then on Thursday was event "Joy Ride vol.165" at Koenji High, with Technoboys Pulcraft Green-Fund (band now active for 20 years), NeoBallad (electro+drums+minyō), and CTO LAB.. All of the bands were great! (More photos here.)


- And on Friday night was a solo DJ event by friend Nazo Production at Bar Sangai in Musashi-Koyama (Meguro line). We have many similar tastes, though his are much wider and deeper.

コレクションハウスビル DJ Nazo Production

Music release news: Buffalo Daughter, Takahashi Yukihiro & Metafive, Takahashi Yukihiro with In-Phase, Towa Tei, ryo fukawa

Buffalo Daughter "Konjac-tion" Takahashi Yukihiro & Metafive "Techno Recital", Takahashi Yukihiro with In Phase "Phase" (DVD+Blu-ray+2 CDs) Towa Tei "Towa Tei 94-14 Remix" ryo fukawa "life is music 2"

Playlist: Hoshino Michiru, (((sssurrounddd))), hitomitoi

HOSHINO Michiru "E-I-E-N Voyage" , (((sssurrounddd))) "New Age" , hitomitoi "City Dive"

This week's video: Buffalo Daughter "Oui Oui"

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July 19, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #29 (July 12 to 18)

Food: - Lamb Rogan Josh and dam chicken biryani, at Indian-style bistro Momo no mi, Hongō
- Taco rice at Toquio coffee and desserts, Minami-Aoyama
- Nasi goreng at Malay Asian Cuisine, Aoyama

前菜盛り合わせ Lamb Rogan Josh Biryani タコライス Nasi goreng

Music release news: lyrical school, Emerson Kitamura, Crazy Ken Band, COR!S, SMAP, Negicco

lyrical school "Fresh!!!" Emerson Kitamura "ochikochi ni" Crazy Ken Band "Spark da!", "Free Soul Crazy Ken Band", "Crazy Ken Band Tour Flying Saucer 2013" (DVD) COR!S "Across Time & Space" , Negicco "Sunshine Nihonkai"

Playlist: Bakubaku Dokin, COR!S, Especia, Jintana & Emeralds, Dorian, Hoshino Michiru, P.O.P

Bakubaku Dokin "Bakubaku Dokin" COR!S "Across Time & Space" Especia "Gusto" Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" Dorian "midori" HOSHINO Michiru "E-I-E-N Voyage" Bakubaku Dokin "Bakubaku Dokin" COR!S "Across Time & Space"

This week's videos:

Emerson Kitamura "ochikochi ni" album trailer

Negicco "Festival de aimashō"

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July 12, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #28 (July 5 to 11)

Food: - Bia Bia special ramen at Bia Bia, Koenji
- Black forest cake from Acacier, Saitama (via Isetan)
- Black forest cake from Les années folles, Ebisu (via Isetan)
- And a fun & delicious surprise birthday party (for a friend)!

Bia Bia special ramen Forêt noire Forêt noire

New music: - P.O.P "tanoshii koto bakari arimasu yō ni" (roughly translates to "for there be only fun things"): Now that's a truly high quality first album from these twin rappers (as in identical twins) I've seen live many times. Actually including a full band with Shibuya-kei-sounding roots, P.O.P feels a mile apart from most of the hip-hop scene, in a wonderful way. A refreshing and fun album in time for summer!

- Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pika Pika Fantajin": Quite a fun album with a lot of variety. It's not as easy as the previous ones, which is not necessarily a bad thing though it will need some more listens to fully get into it. I got limited edition B which comes with a world tour documentary DVD with footage from Toronto (yay!), New York, Sydney (Australia) and Hong Kong.

P.O.P "tanoshii koto bakari arimasu yō ni." Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pika Pika Fantajin"

Music release news: Kojima Mayumi, Charan-Po-Rantan, fox capture plan, hitomitoi, POiSON GiRL FRiEND, lyrical school

Kojima Mayumi "On The Beach" Charan-Po-Rantan "wasurekaketeta monogatari" fox capture plan "Wall" hitomitoi "Glass no Summer Holiday" (Download) Hoshino Michiru "E-I-E-N Voyage" POiSON GiRL FRiEND "rondoElectro" lyrical school "Fresh!!!"

Playlist: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Kaji Hideki, hitomitoi, Scooters, Jintana & Emeralds, P.O.P

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pamyu Pamyu Revolution" KAJI Hideki "Sweet Swedish Winter" hitomitoi "Surfbank Social Club" Scooters "musumegokoro wa SCOOTERS" Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pika Pika Fantajin" P.O.P "tanoshii koto bakari arimasu yō ni"

This week's video: Charan-Po-Rantan "su-dara bushi"

Posted on July 12, 2014 at 13:15 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |

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