November 22, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #47 (November 15 to 21)

Food: - Dinner at Cicada, Omotesandō
- Oden at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo
- Deer spaghetti at Consequence, Shibuya
- Nasi Lemak at Malay Asian Cuisine, Shibuya

New music: - I received Old Monk's latest album "Posing as Love", the great Brooklyn-based band of my friend Tsugumi who I saw there last month! I've dreamed of seeing them live and I hope to have that chance someday. If you're near them check them out, or you can find the album on Bandcamp (etc.). The album comes on delicious pink vinyl with a MP3 download code. Check out their latest video "Secrets in the Lawn".

old monk

Music event: On Sunday I went to event "Switched On!" held in Kichijoji! This great series of events organized by Dr.Usui ((M)otocompo) and friends had been put on hold a few years ago, but now it seems to be back! There I got to see Genius, The Lady Spade, Saoriiiiiii, Kit Cat, The Aprils, (M)otocompo and more. That was a great show! It was also an opportunity to get The Lady Spade's new album (the first with current singer ATG) which will be released on November 26, and I got it autographed too!

その名はスペィド The Lady Spade Kit Cat エイプリルズ feat. Genius (M)otocompo

Music release news: Hoshino Michiru, Ishikawa Shunosuke

Hoshino Michiru "A/W Collection ~anata to watashi no Collection~" Ishikawa Shunosuke "Yuuchin" (Download)

Playlist: The Lady Spade, U-zhaan, Jintana & Emeralds, Old Monk, Noppal, Hoshino Michiru

The Lady Spade "makkuro sakasama Heart" U-zhaan "Tabla Rock Mountain" Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" Old Monk "Posing as Love" Noppal "Summer EP 2015" U-zhaan "Tabla Rock Mountain" HOSHINO Michiru "E-I-E-N Voyage"

This week's video: Hoshino Michiru & The Scooters "Tokyo Disco Night / koi suru Fortune Cookie" sampler clip

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November 16, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #46 (November 8 to 14)

Food: - Lunch plate at Fujiwara, Higashi-Koganei
- Lamb gyoza and curry at Indo Fuji, Higashi-Koganei

あたらしい日常料理 ふじわら インド富士

Music events: - We went to Higashi-Koganei for the Teratotera Sound Fes., a free event held at the Community Station below the tracks. This station area has been renewed recently and contains several nice shops. We got to see performances by Haino Keiji, actually we could only hear because of the crowd, and then Yamakawa Fuyuki (who I last saw in a play with Yokomachi Keiko (report)), who used microphones to get sound from his skull when hit with his hands to control snare and bass drums. He also did tricks with light bulbs synced with his heartbeat, and he showed his throat singing skills. He's a very unique performer!


- Also I had the chance to catch a free in-store event by Vanilla Beans, in promotion of their new single "uchōten Girl"! That's a great new song! Now I can't wait for their one-man show next month. :)

The set list was: koi no Sniper 007 / Please Me Darling / Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji (Pizzicato Five cover) / Kiss wa me ni shite po! / uchōten Girl

Music release news: Nomiya Maki, Vanilla Beans, Akakage, Nakatsuka Takeshi, Ruby*

Nomiya Maki "Miss Maki Nomiya Sings Shibuya-kei Standards" Vanilla Beans "uchōten Girl" Akakage "Peace Maker" Nakatsuka Takeshi "Disney piano jazz 'Happiness' Deluxe Edition" Ruby* "sweet music float"

Movie: Went to see Xavier Dolan's "Tom à la ferme" ("Tom at the Farm"). I liked it, better than "Mommy" (which we saw while in Québec last month). I'm happy that this Québec director is gaining popularity in Japan!

Tom à la ferme

Playlist: Nomiya Maki, Dorian, Aira Mitsuki, Hoshino Michiru,... also Noppal, (M)otocompo

NOMIYA Maki "Miss Maki Nomiya Sings Shibuya-kei Standards" Dorian "Melodies Memories" Aira Mitsuki "I'll Be Back" HOSHINO Michiru "E-I-E-N Voyage" Noppal "Summer EP 2015" (M)otocompo "OK SKA ep"

This week's videos:

Takanami Keitarō & Nangasaki Five "Sugar Town"

Negicco "hikari no Spur"

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November 9, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #45 (November 1 to 7)

Food: - Fish & chips and maguro tataki salad, etc. at Bespoque
- Yakitori

Fish & Chips with mashed peas Maguro tataki salad 焼き鳥

Music event: I went to see Nomiya Maki at Billboard Live Tokyo! This was her 2nd show there of the "Shibuya-kei Standards" series that started last year (that one is being released on CD this week). The show started with "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji (The Night Is Still Young)" and followed with many covers such as Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends' "Love So Fine", The Scooters' "Oh Honey", Flipper's Guitar's "Summer Beauty 1990", Swing Out Sister's "Breakout", Towa Tei's "Amai Seikatsu (La Douce Vie)" and many more.

Kaji Hideki also guested for 3 songs during the show, including "amefuri toshi", a duet with Maki from his latest album "Ice Cream Man". He stuck around for the covers of Flipper's Guitar (a song originally sung in duet by Oyamada Keigo and early P5 vocalist Sasaki Mamiko) and Swing Out Sister.

While the whole show was awesome, the most incredible was the encore which consisted of a P5 medley! Maki showed up in this outfit and sang "Nata di marzo", then undressed to this one and sang "I hear a symphony", "Groovy is my name" and "It's a beautiful day" (if my memory is correct, as it all seemed like a dream). Then Kaji-kun joined back for "Message song".

I got Maki's live album (a few days before release) with a signed card, and even got to line-up to shake her hand and say hi. :) A wonderful evening!

Set list: "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji (The Night Is Still Young)" (Pizzicato Five) / "Dreaming Day" (Yamashita Tetsurō/Celia Paul) / "Oh Honey" (The Scooters) / "amefuri toshi" (Kaji Hideki) / "Summer Beauty 1990" (Flipper's Guitar) / "Breakout" (Swing Out Sister) / "Amai Seikatsu (La Douce Vie)" (Towa Tei) / "koi no Corolla (O meu Corolla)" (Claudia) / "T jiro" (Koizumi Kyōko & Nakai Kiichi) / "Glass no ringo" (Matsuda Seiko)
Encore (approx.): Pizzicato Five medley "Nata di marzo" / "I hear a symphony" / "Groovy is my name" / "It's a beautiful day" / "Message Song"

Miss Maki Nomiya Sings Shibuya-kei Standards 2014 Miss Maki Nomiya Sings Shibuya-kei Standards 2014 "Miss Maki Nomiya Sings Shibuya-kei Standards"

Exhibition: "On The White" group exhibition at Musashino-Garō, with works by ESOW, Nozaka Toshikazu, etc. Also enjoyed some autumn colors in Koganei.

ESOW ESOW 野坂稔和 野坂稔和 小金井

Music release news: Hoshino Michiru, Smooth Ace, Brother's Sister's Daughter, Ryoma Maeda, lyrical school, "Twilight Time"

Hoshino Michiru "Planetarium de mattete ne" (CD+7") tofubeats "First Album" Smooth Ace "Sing Like Children" Brother's Sister's Daughter "BSD" Ryoma Maeda "Rhapsody In My Life" (Download) lyrical school "Pride" Various Artists "Twilight Time"

Playlist: Nomiya Maki, Buffalo Daughter, Tarte Tatin, Digital Underground, Frenesi, Kaji Hideki

Nomiya Maki "Party People" Buffalo Daughter "Konjac-tion" Tarte Tatin "Tetrad" NOMIYA Maki "Lady Miss Warp" Digital Underground "Sex Packets" frenesi "Dolphino" KAJI Hideki "Sweet Swedish Winter"

This week's videos:

Buffalo Daughter "Love & Food"

Akakage "Oh My God" (Short version)

Ryoma Maeda "Run Faster Than Beauty"

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November 2, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #44 (October 25 to 31)

Food: - Pumpkin cheesecake at Sunday Bake Shop
- Gingerbread latte at Starbucks! It's back this year again! :)

Pumpkin cheesecake Gingerbread latte

Shopping: - Some 600 personal items of Nomiya Maki are on display and for sale at Pass the Baton, Harajuku. Anything from clothing to Barbie dolls, badges and accessories, also some rare Pizzicato Five goods, etc. There will be a special live and talk event at the shop on Saturday November 15 from 19:00.


New music: - I got jōdan hakushaku's 2nd single "nagisa", it's the unit of Maezono Naoki and Arai Toshiya (Missing Linc, Kofta, and programmer for Konishi Yasuharu). I love their 1st single so I couldn't resist. This one is great too! A 3rd single has already been announced for December 2. Could an album be coming?

- I got Denki Groove's new mini-album "25", in its limited edition that comes with a 7"! Many fun tracks.

- Also Akane Hosaka has released a mini-album titled "Loop Music". It's available for free at Bandcamp so go get it. :) There are still copies of her previous album "pikkonoco" available at Tokyo Recohan.

jōdan hakushaku "nagisa" Denki Groove "25" Akane Hosaka "Loop Music"

Music release news: Josei, Especia, Yun*chi

Josei "I See You While Playing The Piano" Especia "Gusto (7" Vinyl Sampler)" (7") Yun*chi "Wonderful Wonder World*"

Playlist: Negicco, Denki Groove, Vanilla Beans, Pizzicato Five, jōdan hakushaku

Negicco "Melody Palette" Denki Groove "Vitamin" Denki Groove "U.F.O." Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans" Denki Groove "25" Pizzicato Five "Bellissima!" jōdan hakushaku "nagisa"

This week's videos:

Vanilla Beans "uchōten Girl"

Denki Groove "Baby's on Fire" (might only play in Japan though)

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October 25, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #43 (October 18 to 24)

Sorry I've been quiet, that's because we went to Québec via New York for the last few weeks! I should be posting more about this sometime. :)
Meanwhile here are some food photos from the trip.

Food: - Ricotta pancakes at Five Leaves, Brooklyn
- Tacos at Los Hermanos in Bushwick
- Cheddar Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich at Milk Bar, Brooklyn
- Brunch at Ma'tine, Montréal
- Deer with beets and pistachio at Pastaga, Montréal
- Pumpkin pie, Tarte Tatin, lemon pie & chocolate cake at Gus, Montréal
- "Sucré Salé" brunch at Régine Café, Montréal
- Boudin noir at Comptoir charcuteries et vins, Montréal
- Poutine at Patati Patata, Montréal

Ricotta pancakes Tacos Cheddar Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich Brunch Deer with beets and pistachio Cakes Sucré Salé Boudin noir Poutine

Music release news: DJ Misoshiru & MC Gohan, Especia, tofubeats, Cherryboy Function, U-zhaan, Noppal

DJ Misoshiru & MC Gohan "OPQ EP" Especia "Viva Discoteca Especia 2014" (DVD) tofubeats "First Album" Cherryboy Function "suggested function EP#3" U-zhaan "Tabla Rock Mountain" Noppal "Summer EP 2015"

This week's videos:

Chromeo "Old 45's"

sugar me "1, 2, 3" acoustic session at Sunday Bake Shop!

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October 4, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #40 (September 27 to October 3)

Food: - Frites! at And The Friet, Hiroo
- Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano
- Toquio, Minami-Aoyama

And The Friet Bespoque Bespoque Bespoque Bespoque Bespoque

Playlist: Octave Minds, The Suzan, Beastie Boys, and also Dorian and more. (I've been lazy at keeping this up-to-date..!)

Octave Minds "Octave Minds" The Suzan "Golden Week For The Poco Poco Beat" Beastie Boys "The Mix-Up"

This week's video: blue marble "prince of modern"

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September 28, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #39 (September 20 to 26)

Food: - Curry at Dylan, Ochanomizu
- Curry at Garam Masala, Kyōdō
- Curry at Ōiwa shokudō, Nishi-Ogikubo
- Kakigōri (shaved ice) at Neiroya, Ogikubo
- Curry at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo
- Drinks at
Bar Fill-Up, Nishi-Shinjuku

ディラン サバ缶 大岩食堂 かき氷 さんまカレー Bar Fill-Up

Music event: - On Monday evening I went to see an in-store live by Sugar's Campaign (Avec Avec & Seiho) from Osaka at Tower Records Shibuya. They were accompanied by Akio, who sings "Netokano" and "Hong Kong seikatsu". They also played several other songs DJ style, such as Hitomitoi's "Frozen Horizon" (produced by Avec Avec), and a remix by Seiho of Yuki's "daredemo Lonely". Their release party in Tokyo for single "Netokano" will be held at Daikanyama Unit on November 2.

Sugar's Campaign Sugar's Campaign Sugar's Campaign

- Then on Tuesday (a holiday), I went to Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong's "unofficial release party" for new album "Savage Imagination" at Ochiai Soup! I had seen them at the same place a year and a half a go (report). Again this time I was impressed at how they can recreate their complex songs entirely live by using an array of loop pedals. I also got my CD autographed by the two! Thanks! :D

An in-store event will be held at Tower Records Shibuya (3rd floor) on Saturday October 4 from 14:00. The album's official release party will be on October 14 at Shibuya O-nest.

Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong Savage Imagination

The opening band was Group A, an electro & violin noise unit girl duo who perform in very light clothing (a white drape over their white-painted bodies). They were good though a bit freaky to watch from the front row. :)

Group A Group A

Music release news: Perfume, 80kidz

Perfume "Perfume WORLD TOUR 2nd" (Blu-ray/DVD), "Perfume WORLD TOUR 1st" (Blu-ray) 80kidz "Face"

Playlist: Digital Underground, Le Tigre, Flin Flon, etc.

Digital Underground "..cuz a D.U. party don't stop!" Le Tigre "This Island"

This week's video: Jane Jupiter (aka Kid Sister) "Higher"
(Check out the free mix tape here)

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September 20, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #38 (September 13 to 19)

Outing: Enjoyed good local food and street performances at "Waiwai matsuri 2014" in Kunitachi.

ワイワイ祭り2014 くにニャン ワイワイ祭り2014 ワイワイ祭り2014

Food: - "Gelats" chocolate soft ice cream at Cacao Sampaka, Marunouchi

Cacao Sampaka

Exhibition: I went to see Fujishiro Seiji's 90th anniversary exhibition at Ginza Kyōbunkan. I know his works from the fantastic "Keroyon" musical films he made in the 60's (I have both DVDs). This exhibition has a large number of his works made of colorful acetates and then backlit to produce a unique effect. After some 40 years "hibernating", Keroyon will come back to TV screens next January, at least in Tochigi pref. (Tochigi TV only?) The exhibition is on until October 15 (details here).

ケロヨンとドライブ ケロヨンのユートピア(の一部)

Music release news: Takano Hiroshi to subarashiki Rallye no nakamatachi, Jintana & Emeralds, Quruli, Tarte Tatin, RF, Kushibiki Sayaka, Cupitron

Takano Hiroshi to subarashiki Rallye no nakamatachi "We are Here" Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" (12") Quruli "The Pier" Tarte Tatin "Tartetatin Are Allright!" RF "New Birth" Kushibiki Sayaka "koi suru unmei" Cupitron "Unicorn Parade"

Playlist: Takako Minekawa, Especia, Sugar's Campaign, Hoshino Michiru, Chromeo, Wack Wack Rhythm Band

Takako MINEKAWA & Dustin Wong "Savage Imagination" Especia "Gusto" Sugar's Campaign "Netokano" HOSHINO Michiru "E-I-E-N Voyage" Chromeo "White Women" Wack Wack Rhythm Band "Sounds of Far East"

This week's videos:

Cibo Matto "Déjà Vu"

Kushibiki Sayaka "I say a little prayer"

Cupitron "Unicorn Parade"
(shot at Robot Restaurant!)

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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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