June 25, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 week #25 (June 17 to 23)
Food: - Chicken curry at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo
Music event: I went to Wakita Monari's in-store event at HMV record shop Shinjuku Alta, on the day before the release of new single "I'm with you"! The new single's title track is a song written and produced by Fukutomi Yukihiro, a house music producer also famous for doing programming for Pizzicato Five (he was the co-producer of "Happy End of the World", which happens to have been released on the very same day 20 years ago!). The song is great of course! Watch the new video below. I also love the B-side, "EST! EST!! EST!!!", which was arranged by Arai Toshiya (of Count Joke, and also programmer for Konishi Yasuharu for many years now). She also sang new song "Irony" from her upcoming album "I am ONLY" (I suspect the title is a sort of "Monari" anagram). I really can't wait for the album!
Set list: Irony / EST! EST!! EST!!! / I'm with you
New music: Also this week was the release of Hoshino Michiru's new album "12 signs of the zodiac"! I've been enjoying it a lot! I can't wait to hear many of the new songs live. Check out the video below, directed by Sally Kubota!
Exhibition: I went to Los Apson's annual T-shirt fair, where about a hundred artists make brand new T-shirts. It supposedly starts with T-shirts sorted and piled nicely, but with so many people digging around to find ones they like or their own size it soon gets very messy! T-shirts end up in big piles, and what should be here might be at the other side of the room. Bottom line it's a lot of fun despite being a bit tiring! :) This is going on until tonight at 10pm. Hurry!
Music release news: Wakita Monari, Hoshino Michiru
This week's videos:
Hoshino Michiru "nagareboshi Rendez-vous"
Wakita Monari "I'm with you"
June 18, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 week #24 (June 10 to 16)
Food: - Puttu, chicken and black chickpea curries at South Park, Asakusa
- Deep-fried baby corn & "tulip karaage" at Pétanque, Asakusa
- Black forest cake from Acacier in Urawa, Saitama
- Hamburg steak at Augustus Gastropub, Shibuya
- Curry dinner at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku
- Apple pie at Lunettes, Shinjuku
Music release news: Emerson Kitamura, Fujin Club, Halfby, Nona Reeves, Chie & The Wolf Baits, Alfred Beach Sandal + STUTS, Tweedees, Wakita Monari
This week's video: Fujin Club "tabi to Ferry"
June 11, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 week #23 (June 3 to 9)
Food: - Three curries lunch plate & chai shaved ice at Hachi, Toshimaen
- "Bring Home the Bacon" at Buy Me Stand, Shibuya
Music release news: Hideki Kaji et Maki Nomiya, Nakano Aya, Sunny Kubota & Old Lucky Boys, Mondo Grosso, Cornelius
This week's videos:
Mondo Grosso "Time"
Sunny Kubota & Old Lucky Boys "Candy Boy (Short ver.)"
June 4, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 week #22 (May 27 to June 2)
Food: - Dinner at Trailer, Kagurazaka! This temporary restaurant will close in August.
- Kerala chicken & pork vindaloo curries at Epitaph, Golden-gai
- Cherry parfait at Fruit Parlor Fukunaga, Yotsuya 3-chōme
- Curry nyūmen at Shake Stand, Daitabashi
Music event: I went to "Perfume FES!! 2017"! The first night actually, an event with Perfume and Denki Groove! I've loved Perfume for a very long time but it was my first time to see them live! Plus I'm a huge Denki Groove fan (and I love the new album "Tropical Love"), so that was a dream-like opportunity to see these two! Both shows were fantastic, with amazing visuals.
Denki Groove had VJing as usual, using full potential of the provided screens including the reversed triangle one in the center. For two songs guest Tomita Shiori (who sings on the album). Perfume's visuals had an incredible amount of lasers and synchronized lighting, probably the most hi-tech show I've ever seen.
Denki Groove set list (partial): Ningen President / Fallin' Down / Puerto Rico no HITorIKKO feat. Tomita Shiori / Ichigo-Musume feat. Tomita Shiori / Missing Beatz / Turn Over (Ishino Takkyu) / Shameful / Shinkansen / Flashback Disco / Baby's on Fire / N.O. / Love Domination (Ishino Takkyu) / Ufoholic
Perfume set list (partial): Tokyo Girl / I still love U / Flash / Magic of Love / ijiwaru na Hello / hōseki no ame / Game / Electro World / (Dancing along to Shangri-La w/ special visuals) / Party Maker / Puppy Love
Encore: Chocolate disco
Exhibitions: - Dropped by Mizuma Art Gallery to see a photo exhibition by Matsukage Hiroyuki titled "Lust". This is on until June 10. Details here.
- Also on its last day I caught solo exhibition "Archives" by street artist KAMI (HITOTZUKI), at Kinmeguro. Many paintings in both new and old styles.
Music release news: Kinoco Hotel, Hoshino Michiru, Hideki Kaji et Maki Nomiya
This week's video: Kinoco Hotel "atashi no Sniper"
May 29, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 week #21 (May 20 to 26)
Food: - Thali at Dhaba Kunitachi! This new restaurant finally opened last month. Congratulations!
- Eton mess at Borton, Kunitachi
- Salmon curry at Shake Stand, Daitabashi
- Maguro burger & hot dog at Matsuki, Nakano. Normally only open for dinner, this was a monthly lunch event, in collaboration with Watering Hole from Yoyogi.
Music release news: J.A.M, Muro
This week's videos:
BUBBLE-B feat. Enjo-G "bakuso Minivan ~Highway Star~"
suiyōbi no Campanella "Melos"
May 21, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 week #20 (May 13 to 19)
Food: - Curry lunch at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo
- Bak kut teh & paper chicken @ Malay fūkō bishoku, Ogikubo
Music events: - I went to "wamono meeting vol.6" at Shibuya Kissa Smile! The DJ event featured Comoesta Yaegashi, DJ Fukutake, Itō Yōichirō (Akakage) & more, plus special guest Konishi Yasuharu! I was happy to hear the original of "Cinderella Liberty" (a song by Yokoyama Ken's old band Cools R.C., recently covered by Nomiya Maki) which DJ Fukutake began his set with. Konishi-san's set was his signature (of the recent years) fast-paced 7" mixing, selecting and mixing the next song in about 30 seconds. That was a very fun event with lots of good groovy Japanese music.
- Also went to North Indian classical music "Indian Classics Tokyo 2017" at the Suginami Public Hall in Ogikubo. The show consisted of two pieces, a night raga and a late night/midnight raga, each close to an hour duration. The first featured Terahara Tarō on bansuri, Ty Burhoe on tabla and Izawa Makiko on tambura. The second featured Steve Oda on sarode, U-zhaan on tabla, and Ikeda Ayako on tambura. There was also an encore with all musicians playing an Indian folk song.
That was a great concert, probably my first time seeing sarode, an impressive stringed instrument, and also getting to see two of Zakir Hussain's tabla students. The 2nd piece with Steve & U-zhaan was especially mesmerizing! This show also made me intrigued about tambura, an instrument that has an important role in Indian music sound. Checking the merchandise, I randomly bought a tape by Furukawa Miki & U-zhaan, which turned out to be a very recent release of two Japanese traditional songs performed with tabla. Very good!
Music release news: Shibata Satoko, Scha Dara Parr & Ego-Wrappin'
This week's video:
Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa "Elastic Astral Peel"
suiyōbi no Campanella "Unico"
May 14, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 week #19 (May 6 to 12)
Food: - Tokugawa Shogun cafe latte at Saza Coffee
- Sri Lankan curry lunch at Acala.naatha
Music event: I went to event "City Pop Connection" held at Kabuki Lounge, in Kabukichō, Shinjuku. Mainly a DJ event feat. DJs Ikegami Takashi, Gō, and Kanazawa Yoshikazu (selector/supervisor of "Light Mellow" compilation series), there was also a mini-live of singer Wakita Monari (ex-Especia)! The small venue was very crowded, so much that it was sometimes a bit difficult to walk around, but it was definitely a fun event with many friendly people. Monari did a set of her own songs, including the great unreleased "est est est", plus a cover of Count Joke, and later she sang a Japanese cover of Kylie Minogue's "I should be so lucky" (as sung by Wada Kanako in 1988). That was great! The show also served as a demo of the "Lyric Speaker", a cool device that shows lyrics as songs are played.
Wakita Monari set list: LED (original by Count Joke aka jōdan hakushaku) / est est est / akai Skirt / In the City / anone / Boy Friend
& later: Lucky Love (Japanese cover of Kylie Minogue's "I should be so lucky")
Music release news: microstar, The Boom, Towa Tei, tofubeats, little moa, Smooth Ace, Mocche Nagai
This week's video: Cornelius "anata ga iru nara (If You're Here)"
May 5, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 week #18 (April 29 to May 5)
Outing: - Went to see the sea of nemophilas at Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki. Beautiful! The place was very crowded as it's just the best time to see them, and also it's Golden Week.
Music events: - On Saturday April 29, I went to Asakusa Golden Tiger for the release party of the first 7" single of Mary & the Flying Bowties, a new band fronted by Sara Mary of Learners. DJing were Chabe and Comoesta Yaegashi, and there was also a performance by Comoesta's recent unit "Comoesta Yaegashi with Golden Oriente" that features some exotic and sexy dancing.
- Also I went to an in-store event by The Nyantokanyaru's, idol unit of Eve-nyan (also of Kit Cat) and Ao-nyan (aka Sorano Aozora) produced by Dr.Usui. They sang all three songs from their first EP. After the show there was a photo session where I had my photo taken with Eve-nyan. :)
Music release news: Kashif, The Nyantokanyaru's, "Game ongaku taizen Revolution" (Book by YMCK et al.), Gallantique Kazue, "'Tasha Tudor - a still water story' Soundtrack" (sione, world's end girlfriend, ...), Yogee New Waves
This week's video: The Nyantokanyaru's "chikyū ga tonikaku kawatteru"
April 30, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 week #17 (April 22 to 28)
Music events: - On Record Store Day, I went to Tower Records Shinjuku to see Vanilla Beans, part of an event for the release of split-singles with The Pen Friend Club. I didn't know The Pen Friend Club before, but turns out they're a cool band that takes inspiration from the sound of the Beach Boys and Phil Spector. Also performing was Niigata idol group RYUTist which has some very nice vocals. Vanilla Beans sang "Nicola", "sweet life" (released on 7" this time) and "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji" (Pizzicato Five cover)! The dance poses in "Nicola" on the 2nd and 3rd photos always remain favorites. :)
- And on Friday I went to see Maika Loubté, who performed a live set in the entrance of Isetan Men's in Shinjuku! What a cool place to blast electronic sounds! This was presented in collaboration with Agnès b. Maika had brought a bunch of synths and played everything live as she does it, including the two songs from her recent single "Skydiver". I posted a very short clip on Instagram.
Set list (the 2nd of 2 sets): Feel / Coconut Juice / Universal Metro / Le Gong / Skydiver / Mountaintop
Music release news: Agata Morio & Hachimitsu Pie, Cornelius, Metafive
This week's videos:
Report of "Thank You Origato Nakanishi Toshio"
April 22, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 week #16 (April 15 to 21)
Food: - Brazilian coffee event by Borderless Café! "from seeds to cup, from Brazil to Japan ~a celebration of Brazilian coffee~" Got to taste 6? 7? 8!? different coffees from Brazil! :)
- Indian dinner at Salma Tikka & Biryani, Shinagawa
- Cuban (half) sandwich lunch at Cafe Habana, Daikanyama
Music release news: Hollywood Zakoshisyoh, Record Store Day 2017, Learners, Nomiya Maki
This week's videos:
Momoko Motion "Fake Food"
& "You Make Shibuya" promotion song sung by Nomiya Maki w/ music by Kaji Hideki! Hear it here.
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