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June 25, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #25 (June 18 to 24)

オシャレかっぱさん

Food: - Napoli pizza at Lupi32, Asagaya
- Curry lunch at Anjali, Shimokitazawa
- Sausage roll, corn pottage, fish & chips, and roast beef at Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano
- Cakes and cookies from Kies, Nishi-Ogikubo! Our good friend just opened her own café where she serves delicious cakes, cookies, teas and coffee. Until recently she was at Magali at Monami just nearby, and also at Sunday Bake Shop. Go check it out! :) ("Kies", 4-35-5 Nishi-Ogi-kita, Suginami-ku)
- Dinner at organ, Nishi-Ogikubo

Lupi32, Asagaya Anjali Bespoque Bespoque
Kies organ, Nishi-Ogikubo organ, Nishi-Ogikubo organ, Nishi-Ogikubo

Art: When walking in Shibuya we found by chance shop Mortar, recently decorated by HITOTZUKI. The 2nd floor has a skating ramp that opens 1st and 3rd Saturday every month from 20:30. The rest of the time it's a clothing and skateboard shop, with a coffee shop/café "iki Espresso Tokyo" inside. I happened to find nice shoes while there. :)

HITOTZUKI at Mortar, Shibuya HITOTZUKI at Mortar, Shibuya
HITOTZUKI at Mortar, Shibuya HITOTZUKI at Mortar, Shibuya

Music release news: Nakano Aya, suiyobi no Campanella, jan and naomi

Nakano Aya "Emerald In Paradise" suiyoubi no Campanella "UMA" jan and naomi "Leeloo and Alexandra"

Playlist: hitomitoi, Prince, Rodion, Sweet Robots Against The Machine, Missing Linc, Duck Sauce, Crazy Ken Band

hitomitoi "Surfbank Social Club" Prince "Art Official Age" Rodion "Generator" Sweet Robots Against The Machine "Towa Tei" Missing Linc "In The Linc Room" Duck Sauce "Quack" Crazy Ken Band "mō sukkari are nan dayone"

This week's videos:

Nomiya Maki "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji ondō"

Nomiya Maki "Sweet Soul Revue ondō"

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June 19, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #24 (June 11 to 17)

Got to watch some goats eating grass in Tachikawa. :) There seems to be a "rental goat" trend to take care of mowing unused grounds.

Goats in Tachikawa Goats in Tachikawa Goats in Tachikawa

Food: - Lamb curry at Spice Box, Kanda
- Café à Aux Baccanales, Kiyoichō
- Wednesday morning coconut pineapple cake & coffee at Sunday Bake Shop, Hatsudai (closed until July 2 for summer vacation!)
- Handmade pasta at Pastatoria Alessio, Nakano

Spice Box Aux Baccanales, Kiyoichō Sunday Bake Shop Pastatoria Alessio Pastatoria Alessio

Music events: - I went to illustrator/modeler Kow Yokoyama's 60th birthday party event! Held at Beams Cultuart in Harajuku for an audience of 50, it was already going to feature CTO LAB., which I was really looking forward to, and a few days before the event it was announced that rapper Kaseki Cider would perform too! The whole show was a lot of fun, especially with the friendly party atmosphere afterwards, chatting and eating cake. I got to take photos with my friends of CTO LAB., and also Kow-san and Kaseki Cider! :)

Kaseki Cider set list (accompanied by Nakamori Yasuhiro (Hicksville)): Cider ga tomaranai / natsu o Playback / kuchizuke kibonnu (song he wrote for Dempagumi.inc)

CTO LAB. set list: The Theme of Ma.K. / Happy Birthday / Napolitan no uta (w/ shin Chiroline's Fukunaga Marika / B-612 ni koi o shite (feat. Fukunaga Marika) / The Elements / Crash Bandicoot

横山宏×かせきさいだぁ かせきさいだぁ CTO LAB.
CTO LAB. CTO LAB. 福永マリカ (新・チロリン)

- Also last weekend I went to 7" pop-up record shop "uqiqau" where there were records owned by Konishi Yasuharu, Chabe, etc. I did a few nice finds there, and for very cheap too! :)

Music release news: Learners, Shuntarō Okino

Learners "Absolute Learners" (Photo book+Download code) Shuntaro Okino "Too Far [F-A-R Remixes]"

This week's video: Lucky Tapes "Tonight!"

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 23:12 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


June 12, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #23 (June 4 to 10)

Last weekend was an event called "Chasampo" ("tea stroll") in Nishi-Ogikubo. 101 shops in the surroundings participated, either by doing something a bit out of the ordinary (collaborations, exhibitions, etc.) or serving free tea to anyone who dropped by. What a nice way to attract customers, and for us to spend a day!

Food: - Chicken nanban sandwich from Ayumi shokudō, and Earl Gray & blueberry ice cream at gallery/café Mizu no sora, Nishi-Ogikubo
- Chocolate cake (with sanshō) and coffee at flower shop/café cotito, Nishi-Ogikubo
- Also dropped by Kies, a new cookie & cake shop a friend will open soon! I'll post again once it opens. :)
- Vegetables 65, aosai kootu, lemon sevai, etc. at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku
- Blue Seal ice cream in Shinjuku

あゆみ食堂 🍦 Chocolate cake & coffee at cotito Vegetable 65 at Cochin Nivas 青菜のクートゥ at Cochin Nivas Blue Seal ice cream

Music event: I went to a DJ event featuring Gaz Mayall from London and Sunaga Tatsuo, held at TimeOut Cafe (above Liquidroom). That was awesome! Best of all I got to hang out with my favorite bass player, and meet some cool people!

DJ SUNAGA Tatsuo DJ Gaz Mayall

Music release news: Sunaga Tatsuo compilation, "Game ongaku taizen" book, Un Amin

Various Artists "Sunaga Tatsuo no yoru Jazz gaiden 2 ~ All the young dudes ~ subete no wakakiyarōdomo" "Game ongaku taizen" (Book) Un Amin "Giant Panda ni notte mitai"

Playlist: Hoshino Michiru, Sloppy Joe, Rodion, Especia, Halfby, Negicco, Scha Dara Parr

HOSHINO Michiru "hoshi ga Michiru" Sloppy Joe "With Kisses Four" Rodion "Generator" Especia "Gusto" Halfby "Innn Hawaii" Negicco "Tea For Three" HOSHINO Michiru "Discotheque ni tsuretette (Single Version)" Scha Dara Parr "AniShinBo"

This week's videos:

- VIDEOTAPEMUSIC "Sultry Night Slow"

- Un Amin "Giant Panda ni notte mitai"

Posted on June 12, 2016 at 23:13 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


June 5, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #22 (May 28 to June 3)

Food: - Bacon cheeseburger at WIN-P'S, Nakano. This burger shop has poutine! Only in the dinner menu though.
- Mutton biriyani & saag curry set from Erick Curry & Biriyani, Shibuya
- FourBarrel coffee at The Local, Shibuya
- Friday morning sausage roll & coffee at Sunday Bake Shop, Hatsudai

WIN-P'S The Local Coffee Stand Sunday Bake Shop

Music release news: Rocketman, Original Love, Sunaga Tatsuo compilation

Rocketman "I'm Music" Original Love "Golden Time" Various Artists "Sunaga Tatsuo no yoru Jazz gaiden 2 ~ All the young dudes ~ subete no wakakiyarōdomo"

Playlist: Towa Tei, XTAL, Negicco, Sunaga t Experience, Denki Groove, Dorian, Museum of Plate

Towa Tei "Sunny" XTAL "Skygazer" Negicco  "Rice&Snow" Sunaga t Experience "jazz et jazz" Denki Groove "Human Beings and Animals" Dorian "midori" Museum of Plate "Practical Symphony No.5"

This week's video: Twisty BonBon "Friday Night"

Posted on June 5, 2016 at 11:41 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


May 29, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 weeks #20-21 (May 14 to 27)

Food: - Chiffon cake sandwich at Foodmood, Kunitachi
- Mutton and bonito curries w/ coriander at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo
- Apple Cheese (pork rib, apple, Camembert, ...) at Buy Me Stand, Shibuya

Foodmood タピ タピ Apple Cheeks (pork, apple, cheese) sandwich @ Buy Me Stand

Music events: - I went to see Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys who played live at their club event "Latin Panic!". This year they're celebrating their 30th anniversary! The event used to be held several years ago at club Oto when it was still in Shinjuku, and I went a few times. This time was the first time the new "Latin Panic!" was held at Shibuya Oto. It was an awesome energetic show! I got to hear a bunch of favorites such as "James Bond (Mambo Bond)", "Speak Up Mambo", "Green Onions", "Peter Gunn", "Pachinko", and vocal songs "Bongo Tengoku" and "Dynamite Mambo" feat. illustrator Sorimachi Akira.

東京パノラママンボボイーズ 東京パノラママンボボイーズ 東京パノラママンボボイーズ

- The next day was record conbini event "Double Cast vol.6", with Kishino You-ichi and guest DJ Konishi Yasuharu (Pizzicato One)! It seems over 100 people entered the small convenience store that night, and the happy and cheerful ambiance was just wonderful! Both DJs gave great crowd-pleasing performances! I'm looking forward to the next events. :)

DJ KONISHI Yasuharu at the conbini DJ KISHINO You-ichi @ thé record conbini DJs KONISHI Yasuharu & KISHINO You-ichi

- And yet the next day was Halfby's release party for latest album "Innn Hawaii", which I love! There were shows by VIDEOTAPEMUSIC, Alfred Beach Sandal, etc., with DJing by JxJx (Your Song Is Good), Halfby and more.

Alfred Beach Sandal Halfby feat. VIDEOTAPEMUSIC Halfby feat. Alfred Beach Sandal

- Another show I went to see is "Hitomitoi plays City Dive" at Billboard Live Tokyo, in which the singer and her band formed of members of Nona Reeves (plus some others) performed the whole of album "City Dive" (2012) which I love. That was a wonderful set! 4 songs also featured Kashif, including duet "Summer Breeze '86" in which they do that cool dance. I'm glad I could see that again!

Set list: Dive / Galactic ni sasete / matenrō no koibito / ningyo ni naritai / Summertime ni kuchizukete / Rainbow / Glass ni ukabeta Nonchalant (Acoustic) / Summer Breeze '86 (w/ Kashif) / Harbor Light (w/ Kashif) / koi wa omoi no mama (w/ Kashif)
Encore: Spring Rain (Ryusenkei cover) / natsu kōsen, kira. (w/ Kashif)

Hitomitoi sings "City Dive" @ Billboard Live Tokyo

- Then on a Monday I went to have a peek at "Shibuya no Radio", where Nomiya Maki and Kaji Hideki hold their radio show "Shibuya no Radio no Shibuya-kei" every Monday from 5 to 7pm. The studio can be seen from outside!

- And, not quite a music event if it wasn't for meeting good friends from abroad who love Shibuya-kei and Pizzicato Five! We went to Kawaii Monster Cafe and had "colorful poison cake (chemical)"! It was good. :)

Kawaii Monster Cafe Kawaii Monster Cafe Kawaii Monster Cafe
Kawaii Monster Cafe Colorful Poison Cake (Chemical) @ Kawaii Monster Cafe

Music release news: Cupitron, "Sailor Moon Crystal" single w/ song produced by Konishi Yasuharu

Cupitron "Galaxy Express 999" Horie Mitsuko "New Moon ni koi shite" / Chibiusa (CV. Fukuen Misato) "otome no susume" (CD+DVD)

Playlist: Perfume, Jintana & Emeralds, Halfby, Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys, Wack Wack Rhythm Band, hitomitoi, Denki Groove, Hoshino Michiru, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Perfume "Cosmic Explorer" Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" Halfby "Innn Hawaii" Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys "Mambo Imperial" Wack Wack Rhythm Band "Sounds of Far East" hitomitoi "City Dive" HOSHINO Michiru "You Love Me" HOSHINO Michiru "E-I-E-N Voyage" Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pika Pika Fantajin"

This week's videos:

Kaji Hideki "Heroes"

Un Amin "Giant Panda ni notte mitai"

Cupitron "Galaxy Express 999"

Posted on May 29, 2016 at 14:05 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


May 14, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #19 (May 7 to 13)

Food: Potato salad, fried chicken, etc. at small food, Shibuya
- Cauliflower cheese, pork, etc. at Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano
- Marjoram sausage, etc. at No. 4, Ichigaya

small food small food small food
Cauliflower cheese @ Bespoque Bespoque Bespoque No.4

New music: - One of my favorite artists ever, Rodion (Rome, Italy) released brand new album "Generator" last month! This is slow disco/electro/techno performed by humans, with real drums and bass, and it's just awesome! It took me a little while before getting this album, as I was hoping to find the 2-LP edition (and hopefully encourage a local record shop at the same time), but so far no luck so I settled for a digital edition for now. The LP is available at Bandcamp, and you can also listen to the whole album here while reading track-by-track notes by Rodion himself.

- Also, I received a wonderful limited tape of Micropupazzo's latest album! It's hectic and crazy and fun! You can check it out at Bandcamp! Micropupazzo and Rodion are both dear friends from the good mp3.com days in the 90's, and also both from the radioDD family.

Micropupazzo "Apertivo Degazzi"

Playlist: Halfby, Perez Prado, Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys, Rodion, hitomitoi

Halfby "Innn Hawaii" Perez Prado "Mambo No.5" Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys "Twin Perfect Collection Disc 1" Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys "Mambo Deco" Rodion "Generator" hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel"

This week's video: Alfred Beach Sandal "Cool Runnings"

Posted on May 14, 2016 at 21:28 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


May 7, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #18 (April 30 to May 6)

This week was Golden Week! There were only 2 work days, of which I took one off. :)

Food: - Daal and pork keema curries at Indo Fujiko, Koenji
- Gelato at Sincerita, Asagaya
- Soba!
- ... and a super fun picnic on a sunny day!

インド富士子 Sincerita 蕎麦 Picnic Agneau

Outing: - Went to the Himatsuri pottery festival in Kasama, Ibaraki. Seems like I was even on the news on TV...! I did notice sneaky TV staff pointing a camera at me. I didn't see the segment myself but had reports from Tokyo and Osaka. :)

ひまつり ひまつり

Music event: - On Sunday I dropped by Tower Records Shinjuku for a mini-live of lyrical school. That was a fun show and I'm always impressed at how good the tracks are, and of course their good rap skills. Check the smartphone-minded video for latest single "RUN and RUN" you haven't yet.

Set list: tengal6 / Put Your Hands Up / Maybe Love / RUN and RUN / brand new day / I.D.O.L.R.A.P

Music release news: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, sōtaiseiriron, Ino Hidefumi, Negicco, Harada Tomoyo, Hoshino Michiru, Kaji Hideki, No Lie-Sense, Nanba Shiho

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "KPP Best" sotaiseiriron "tensei Jingle" Ino Hidefumi "No Satisfaction" Negicco "Tea for Three" Harada Tomoyo "Love Song Covers 2 ~ wakaba no koro" Hoshino Michiru "Discotheque ni tsuretette (Single Version)" (CD+7") Kaji Hideki "The Blue Boy" No Lie-Sense "Japan's Period" Nanba Shiho "meets sparkjoy"

Playlist: hitomitoi, XTAL, Vanilla Beans, Misswonda, Museum of Plate

hitomitoi "City Dive" XTAL "Skygazer" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans V" Misswonda "In Flawless" MissWonda "Wonderful Tangent" Museum of Plate "Practical Symphony No.5"

This week's video: Nanba Shiho "Good Morning Sunshine"

Posted on May 7, 2016 at 15:23 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


May 1, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #17 (April 23 to 29)

It's now Golden Week! Yay!

Food: - Vegetable 65, chicken and mutton curries at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku
- Doria, croquettes and cake at Magali @ monami, Nishi-Ogikubo. Magali will close on May 8 to open in a new location in June. Café Monami and its great cream cheese muffins and curry remain though!
- Green curry, etc. at Bamii, Kōenji
- Sri Lankan curry at Pipinella, Kōenji

Cochin Nivas Cochin Nivas Magali at monami Magali at monami
Bamii, Kōenji ピピネラ ピピネラ ピピネラ

Music event: I went to see Negicco's tour finale at Nakano Sunplaza! They performed from start til end with a full band, often backed with a horn section, for a total of 8 musicians! They played 21 songs, but despite that leaving out some favorites (no "Sunshine Nihonkai"...). Nevertheless that was a great show! It was also my first time at Nakano Sunplaza, a venue that I had always wanted to go to, especially because its landmark building will be torn down next year. Lots of photos are up at Natalie!

Set list: hikari no Spur / Triple! Wonderland / atarashii koi no uta / 1000% no kataomoi / jiyū ni / Idol bakari kikanai de / Life Is Candy Travel / kimi to iru machi / Cream Soda Love / For a long time / oyasumi / doyō no yoru wa / mujun, hajimemashita. / Canal no madobe / Blue, Green, Red and Gone / futari no yūgi / Get It On! / sayonara Music / tokimeki no Headliner
Encore: attōteki na Style / nee, Vardia

Negicco Negicco

Pop-up shop: My friend who runs zine shop Vermikko Books has a pop-up store open at Hikarie's 8th floor "aiiima 2" space until May 8! Details here. I dropped by to say hi, won't you too. :)

Vermikko Books "Vermillion Week" at Hikarie

Music release news: lyrical school, Scha Dara Parr, Shūnosuke Ishikawa

lyrical school "Run and Run" Scha Dara Parr "Ani Shinbou" Shunosuke Ishikawa "Can't wait for spring" (Download)

Playlist: hitomitoi, Negicco, ...

hitomitoi "City Dive" hitomitoi "Surfbank Social Club" Negicco "Melody Palette" Negicco  "Rice&Snow"

This week's videos:

Scha Dara Parr "Let's Rock On"

Kids Day Band "daidaidaisuki dakishimetai"

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April 29, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #16 (April 16 to 22)

Food: - "Hanami bentō"-themed curry set at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo

Tapir Tapir

Music events: - I went to Nakatsuka Takeshi's release party for new album "EYE"! Held at Daikanyama Unit, the venue was transformed into a mini festival with 5 food stalls, complete with a nicely designed map of the premises. Takeshi perfomed with a full band and brass section, with a total of 8 people on stage! A lot of new songs were played, even tough ones that had made me wonder "can that be really played live?!" There were also performances of Shumusic Saxophone Quartet, who wandered through the crowd while playing. That was a wonderful show! There was also some DJing by regulars of the Delica Lab event. The next Delica Lab will be held on May 24 at Batica, Ebisu.

All my other photos can be seen here.

中塚武 中塚武 中塚武
中塚武 Shumusic Saxophone Quartet DJ 高橋マサル

- Record Store Day 2016 was held on April 16, and as every year there were a lot of good releases in Japan! I picked up Reina & the Blue Valentines' new 7", a beautiful 7" boxed set of the "Idol bakari Pizzicato" compilation, and a re-issue of Hosono Haruomi's "Cochin Moon" album. The last I picked up for a combination of its great jacket, the India theme (having been to Cochin before), and also because "Hum Ghar Sajan" strangely sounds so familiar. Many of RSD 2016 releases are now available to buy online (if not already sold out).

Record Store Day 2016

- The next day I had the great opportunity to beat some drums, recording a cover song with a friend. It had been a really long time, but I think I managed! That was a lot of fun! :) I can't wait to hear the result when other parts will have been recorded.

Music release news: Aira Mitsuki, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Piggy Banks, YeYe

Aira Mitsuki "Detective A" (Download) Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Sai & Co" Piggy Banks "Time Thriller" YeYe "ate a lemon" (7"+CD)

Playlist: Hosono Haruomi, Nakatsuka Takeshi, XTAL, Perfume, Halfby, hitomitoi

NAKATSUKA Takeshi "Eye" XTAL "Skygazer" Perfume "Cosmic Explorer" Halfby "Innn Hawaii" hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel"

This week's video: YeYe "ate a lemon"

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April 17, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 weeks #14-15 (April 2 to 15)

I finally got a new iPhone to replace my iPhone 5 that was falling apart. Yay! I chose the new iPhone SE, same size and design as the iPhone 5s though with updated specs.

Food: - Vietnamese dinner at Vietnam-chan, Ōkubo
- Duck & avocado salad-style soba at Snuf Kitchen, Higashi-Koganei
- Curry at Have More Curry, Omotesandō
- Coffee and pancakes at Toquio, Minami-Aoyama
- Gelato at Chiosco by the park, Kichijōji

ベトナムちゃん ベトナムちゃん ベトナムちゃん ベトナムちゃん
Snuf Kitchen Have More Curry Toquio Chiosco by the park

Music event: - I went to an in-store of True Tempo, an acoustic sub-unit of band BANK, at HMV record shop. Nakamura Dai (ex-Arch) and Hirami Fumio (Misola, ex-Love Tambourines) played a pleasant set of songs from BANK's album "True Tempo" (and some others).

Set list: True Tempo / 7 Days / Color Field / kūfuku ni tsuite / I don't know why / Step

BANK

Exhibition: I dropped by Vacant in Harajuku where is being held an exhibition by Israel artist Amit Berlowitz. 4 short films are shown, as well as blank & white photographs and a room and clothing used in those. Info at Tokyo Art Beat.

Amit Berlowitz exhibition at Vacant Amit Berlowitz exhibition at Vacant
Amit Berlowitz exhibition at Vacant Amit Berlowitz exhibition at Vacant

Music release news: The Scooters, Perfume, Re:Served, Negicco, Denki Groove, Record Store Day 2016

The Scooters "Make You Mine" (CD+7") Perfume "Cosmic Explorer" Re:Served "Chypre" (Download) Negicco "mujun, hajimemashita." Denki Groove "Denki Groove The Movie?" (Blu-ray/DVD), "tofunsai" (Blu-ray/DVD) Record Store Day 2016

Playlist: Nakatsuka Takeshi, Negicco, Perfume, Especia

NAKATSUKA Takeshi "Eye" Negicco "mujun, hajimemashita." Perfume "Cosmic Explorer" Especia "Carta" Especia "Primera"

This week's video: Perfume "Flash"

Posted on April 17, 2016 at 18:37 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


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