August 20, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 weeks #33 (August 12 to 18)
Music event: I went to dahlia's release party for latest album "MIRROR" (released in February)! I've been listening to the new album a lot, and also I still had memories of having a great time at a previous show 10 years ago (report), so I had been really looking forward to this event.
dahlia was accompanied on stage by producer Groove Unchant, guitarist Horasawa Tōru (of band The Bookmarcs which will release a first full-length album in November) and flutist Yoshida Kazuo). The set began with 4 songs from "MIRROR", followed by the nice surprise of three songs from "le mode d'emploi" (2003), and then closing with a song from previous album "Nude Lumière" (2008). While some songs were performed with a backtrack, some were played acoustically specially arranged for the show. Nicely paced with dahlia's soothing talk between some of the songs, this made for a very pleasant show. I hope there will be more opportunities to hear her sing live again soon, and I keep looking forward to more new music from this artist who I like a lot.
Set list: kūchū fuyū / KIKKAH ~boku no utsukushii hito~ / RENEWER / ciel blanc / the measles / lilic / flower / Scent
Music release news: Momoko Motion, Crazy Ken Band, Nomiya Maki, Monsieur Kamayatsu, PARKGOLF, Perfume, "Throw Away Your CDs Go Out To A Show"
This week's video:
"You Make Shibuya (Bon odori ver.)" sung by Nomiya Maki
Momoko Motion "Suppai Budou"
August 12, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 weeks #31-32 (July 29 to August 11)
Food: - Steak tartare and T-bone steak at BLT Steak, Roppongi
- Pork slider, spicy chicken, fish & chips and chocolate cake at Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano
- Ice cream at Dandelion Chocolate, Kuramae
- South Indian dinner at South Park, Asakusa
Music events: - On July 30 was an in-store event at HMV record shop Shinjuku Alta, featuring Wakita Monari, whose album "I am ONLY" had just been released! Her set focused on album tracks, excluding all of her previous singles with the exception of the last song, "Boy Friend". I've been enjoying this first solo album a lot!
Set list: Irony / Dippin' / inori no kotoba / nakimushi no Revolution / Boy Friend
- On Sunday August 6 I went to the World Happiness festival! It was the 10th edition, and the first time it was held at Kasai Rinkai Park. Some of the acts I especially enjoyed were (in order of appearance) Kotringo, Miyauchi Yuri, Itō Seikō with Dubforce (feat. Scha Dara Parr & Takagi Kan), Takenaka Naoto (with Takagi Kan and Araki Yūko), Denki Groove, Towa Tei, and Takahashi Yukihiro (feat. Suzuki Keiichi, Sunahara Yorhinori, Horie Hirohisa, ...). Takahashi Yukihiro's set featured actress Non for a cover of "Time Machine ni onegai" (Sadistic Mika Band), and the encore had all of Metafive plus Itō Seikō. That was a really great event! It was very very hot though, and I ended with a bit of a sunburn.
Denki Groove set list: Ningen President / Fallin' Down / Puerto Rico No HITorIKKO / Ichigo-Musume / Missing Beatz / Shameful / CATV2017
- And on August 11, a public holiday (since last year) called Mountain Day, was summer festival "Shibuya no Natsu-matsuri"! I was able to catch DJ Kawanabe Hiroshi and then a solo live performance by Tajima Takao (Original Love)! That was awesome! :)
Exhibition: Went to see solo exhibition 「1マス戻る」 by Okano Akiko (also known as the great curry chef at Tapir). This time all of her works were painted using just toothpicks! It's almost hard to believe as many of the pieces are quite large, with repetitive patterns that must have taken a lot of patience. The toothpicks she used were also turned into art pieces by being stuck together.
Music release news: Wednesday Campanella, Omisohan to Richakohan / Vanilla Beans, Kaseki Cider, WHY@DOLL, P.O.P, Sunaga Tatsuo (compilation), Emerson Kitamura
This week's videos:
P.O.P "Kiss Me"
Kaseki Cider "Kung-Fu Dance"
Wednesday Campanella "Yuta / Nero / Unico (Live)"
July 30, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 weeks #29-30 (July 15 to 28)
Travel: Last week was a short trip to Taipei (Taiwan) for summer vacation! That was a lot of fun and we had a lot of good food, such as a dinner at restaurant Mume, General Tso's chicken at a restaurant founded by its inventor, and breakfast at Hua Shan Market. Highlights included flying on a Sanrio plane (Eva Airways), going to visit to mountain village Jiufen, and meeting several cats. See more photos at Flickr.
Other food: - Poulet yassa at Los Barbados, Shibuya
- Curry at the newly opened Kyūyamtei in Shimokitazawa
- Fish head curry at Shake Stand, Daitabashi
- Negura & Indo Fujiko collaboration plate at the Yamato-chō Hachiman-jinja Bon-odori
Music events: - On July 21 was a special free event at Trunk Hotel in Shibuya. It was a launch party for the latest issue of art magazine Nero, for which Sean Lennon was in town! The event had BGM selected by Cornelius, featured DJ sets by his son Milo Oyamada and also YYOKKE & YAKK (ex-Harvard), and live sets by Maika Loubté and DYGL! There was also a surprise performance by Sean and French artist SoKo, of a new song they recently made together, after which SoKo DJ'd.
Maika Loubté set list: Le gong / Universal Metro / (New song?) / Candy Haus / Skydiver / You & I
- Kishino You-ichi's annual Bon-odori at Yamato-chō Hachiman-jinja. Many people were dancing and the mood was very pleasant! Curry shops Negura and Indo Fujiko had teamed up for a special curry plate, and there were also record shops and others with stands.
Music release news: Negicco, Wakita Monari, Denki Groove, Manon
This week's videos:
Wakita Monari "nakimushi Revolution" (Produced by Nishidera Gōta)
Manon "Beat the Bad Luck" (Produced by Yuppa (HNC))
July 16, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 week #28 (July 8 to 14)
Food: - Ice cream at Tomihisa Ice Cream, Shinjuku
- Chocolate ice cream at À tes souhaits! Glace et chocolat, Kichijōji
- Kokutō, karintō and shiso cream chesse ice cream at Japanese Ice Ouca, Ebisu
- English muffin ham sandwich, fish & chips, etc. at Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano
Music event: I went to see Cornelius!! It was the 2nd and last day of his "Mellow Waves Release Party" series at Liquidroom, Ebisu. I stood about 10th row near the center, right in front of Cornelius! His show was preceded by a DJ set by Takimi Kenji (Crue-L Records), which was really good (though maybe a little bit long, as it lasted a whole hour and we were getting hungry for the main dish).
Cornelius' band featured Horie Hirohisa (Neil & Iraiza) on keyboards/guitar, Araki Yūko (mi-gu) on drums, and Ohno Yumiko (Buffalo Daughter) on keyboards(Moog!)/bass. All also sang! The show had about 4 songs from "Mellow Waves", maybe I'd have a liked to hear a few more, but there were also several from previous albums back to "Fantasma". With the recent "Fantasma" world tour that didn't come to Japan I sure hoped to hear some of that, so I was very pleased! The show was a great retrospective of Cornelius' catalog since the time I got addicted in the late 90's, and also a showcase of some of the best latest songs, which are definitely tour de force level in terms of being played live by humans. The non-stop set (!), barely stopping for more than a few seconds between the songs for the members to take a sip of water, closed with "If You're Here" which was just outstanding! The whole show was sync'd with video and onstage lights.
This is the set list according to my memo scribbled in the dark. (A song or two could be missing.)
Set list: Sometime / Someplace (いつか / どこか), Breezin', Helix / Spiral, Drop, Point of View Point, Count Five or Six, I Hate Hate, Wataridori, In a Dream (夢の中で), Beep It, Fit Song, Gum, Star Fruit Surf Rider, If You're Here (あなたがいるなら)
Encore: Seashore And Horizon
After the show I dropped by gallery Kata above the venue, which had original artworks used in the album and singles. All were created in the 70's by artist Nakabayashi Tadayoshi (now 79).
Music release news: Learners, Charan-Po-Rantan, lyrical school, The Aprils, hitomitoi
This week's video: lyrical school "natsuyasumi no Baby"
July 9, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 week #27 (July 1 to 7)
Food: - Dhindo set at Nepal restaurant Purja Dining, Sugamo
- Chicken curry set at momo no mi, Suidōbashi
- "Noir" (forêt noire) cake at Très calme, Sengoku
- Coffee ice cream at Matsuki, Nakano
Music event: I went to an awesome event held by Grand Gallery, titled "Home Party". It was held at venues Unit/Unice/Saloon in Daikanyama, all of which are connected together. There were a lot of bands and artists performing, with a busy schedule that had me almost running between the venues to catch as many as possible. :)
I first went to Unice where I caught a bit of Chabe's DJ set, which was followed by a 3-piece set by Nakatsuka Takeshi (guitar, saxophone and vocals), which I watched while eating green curry by Abe Kumiko.
I then ran downstairs to Unit for a dreamy set by Jintana & Emeralds. Guitarist Kashif was absent but replaced by a keyboardist. They played songs including "Honey", "Emerald Lovers", "Runaway", "Moon" and "futari no natsu".
After having some more food at Unice, a generous plate of roasted pork, I went back to Unit and watched T-jiros, a duo of just guitar and bass, who gave a rocking good show.
Then was a show of The Scooters, who were absolutely awesome! They played a selection of their most popular songs, and also many from their recent singles. Their powerful sound that I love made me dance the most of the whole evening. :) I had such a great time!
Set list: (Love Is Like a) Heat Wave (Martha And The Vandellas cover) / Dancing in the Street (David Bowie & Mick Jagger cover) / I Believe In Miracles (Jackson Sisters cover) / Young American (David Bowie cover) / Hang On In There Baby (Johnny Bristol cover) / Make You Mine (Honey & The Bees cover) / Shout (Isley Brothers cover) / Tokyo Disco Night (Original)
After catching a glimpse of Nakano Aya at Saloon, which was quite crowded, I went back to Unit and enjoyed some live dub by Kodama Kazufumi Dub Station Band. Kodama Kazufumi is an ex-member of Mute Beat. I enjoyed their show quite a lot, and was quite impressed by keyboardist Hakase-Sun, an ex-member of Fishmans. Then at Unice I caught a bit of Sokabe Keiichi's show, but then had to run back to Unit.
The last to play there was Yann Tomita! It was my first time seeing him. He played a set using mainly modular synthesizers and some samplers. He was accompanied by three rappers and a VJ. The music went from very abstract sounds, with some deep frequencies I'm sure I had never heard before, to sometimes dub beats accompanied by some rap. That was a set impressive for the ears and eyes.
I then got to hear a little bit of city pop singer Natsu Summer, at the small Saloon which was again rather crowded (I couldn't see much at all). Her first album was just about to be released the next day. And although there was still much more DJs who were going to play later in the night, it was time to go home...! Still, what an amazing event!
Music release news: Natsu Summer, Mira Parameter, Manon
This week's videos:
Manon "xxFANCYPOOLxx" (produced by Yuppa (HNC)!)
Cornelius "In a Dream"
July 1, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 week #26 (June 24 to 30)
Food: - Dinner at Matsuki, Nakano
- Lunch at Gastro Pub Augustus, Shibuya
Exhibition: Went to see street artist ESSU's exhibition at Diginner Gallery Workshop in Jiyūgaoka. There were several new big pieces and sculptures, with an impressive large 3D artwork, the type where things appear and disappear when looking at it from another angle.
New music: This week was the release of Cornelius' new album "Mellow Waves"! I've been listening to it a lot since, and it's great! Actually I also got the Cornelius x Idea design book (which comes with non-album track "Surfing on Mind Wave pt.3"), and Sound & Recording magazine (which has downloadable remixes by Sakamoto Ryuichi and Hosono Haruomi). Now I really can't wait to experience this live just in a few weeks!
Music release news: Tamaki ROY, Inoue Honoka, STE (Sunaga t Experience)
This week's videos:
Tamaki ROY "furukotobumi"
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"
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