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December 14, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #50 (December 6 to 12)

Food: - Chicken rice at Circus, Kunitachi
- Taiyaki at Wakaba, Yotsuya

Chicken rice たい焼き

Exhibition: Went to see street artist PUTS' exhibition at Kojimachi Gallery. PUTS' works often include cute characters, often with a "P" mark. There were about a hundred works shown in the small space, most already sold by the time we went.

PUTS PUTS x QP

Music release news: Negicco, jōdan hakushaku, Kojima Mayumi, NyoROBOtics, hitomitoi, Okada Tohru presents Ukulenica

Negicco "hikari no Spur" jōdan hakushaku "yūrei no Ballad / itsuka dokokade" Kojima Mayumi "On the Road" NyoROBOtics "3 micron no neji" hitomitoi "Pacific High / Aleutian Low" Okada Tohru presents Ukulenica "Phases of the moon ~ Ukulenica meets Moonriders"

Playlist: Nosa Reina, dahlia, Die Doraus Und Die Marinas, hitomitoi, Duck Sauce, Takahashi Yukihiro & Metafive

Reina & The Blue Valentines "hoshi furu oka" NOSA Reina "namida de dekita Christmas" NOSA Reina "don't kiss, but yes" Reina & The Blue Valentines "Space Camera" dahlia "Nude Lumière" dahlia "Beautiful, But Noir" Die Doraus Und Die Marinas "Blumen Und Narzissen" hitomitoi "Pacific High / Aleutian Low" Duck Sauce "Quack" Yukihiro TAKAHASHI & Metafive "Techno Recital"

This week's videos:

Okada Tohru presents Ukulenica "Elephant"

Maika Leboutet "YAYUYO"

Vanilla Beans "uchoten Girl" wallet phone version

Funassyi meets Ozzy Osbourne!

Posted on December 14, 2014 at 12:07 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


December 6, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #49 (November 29 to December 5)

December 1st marked 14 years living in Japan! Yay!

Music events: - On Saturday (November 29) was event "ELEKTEL's Lounge vol.3" at Koenji Connection. I had the great pleasure to be invited as a guest DJ, and I took the opportunity to also play a few Glad En Mono songs on my old Concertmate-600 synth (a Casio MT-100 OEM). It was a lot of fun and I had some positive comments afterwards. This was my first time to play music live in Japan, hopefully not the last. :)

My DJ set was something like this:
- Naka Shigeo "Nocturne"
- Comoesta Yaegashi "Too much on my mind"
- Hosaka Akane "uchū no korisu-chan"
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- Rodion "Solenoid (Original Mix)"
- Sugar's Campaign "Holiday"
- Kero Kero Bonito "Build It Up"
- Bakubaku Dokin "Beefsteak"
- Dorian "Onsen Holiday"
- playtime rock "GO!GO! Kikaradi-tan"
- "Lelemon no Theme" (by Hasebe Novko & Isoda Osamu)
- Pizzicato Five "Marble Index"
- Fantastic Explosion "Hope"
- Dorian "Nasty Ice Cream"

polymoog DJ HALa9000 ウエケン

- Then on Monday, I went to see Ookawara Izumi (Qypthone)'s solo show at "Yagi ni, kiku?" in Daikanyama. Nevermind the calm café atmosphere, Izumi gave an energetic show, even pushing the tempo faster than usual. I had a great time! I also enjoyed sax-and-guitar unit Bossa Neko, and squirrel character Melody-chan (& friends) the event was about. Izumi plans to release a new song on iTunes in January!

めろでぃーちゃん 大河原泉と仲間たち 大河原泉と仲間たち ぼっさねこ

Exhibition: Went to see "Otomo Yoshihide: Between Music and Art" at NTT ICC. The exhibition mainly features a large dark room with a white box in the center. Musician shadows are on projected on each side, and the according music is heard in the room. Kahimi Karie is one of them.

Food: - Gobi 65, onion cheese pakora, garlic mushroom mutton curry and black chana rice at Cochin Nivas
- Pizza slices at Pizza Slice, Shibuya
- Mince meat cake, brownies and molasses breadman from Sunday Bake Shop

コチン・ニヴァース コチン・ニヴァース Pizza Slice Sunday Bake Shop

Music release news: P.O.P, Sugar's Campaign, EmiLy, Reina & The Blue Valentines, Maika Leboutet

P.O.P "Watch Me" (7") P.O.P "fuyuzora to utagoe wa kirei na hou ga ii" (Download) Sugar's Campaign "Holiday" (Download) EmiLy "colorful ribbon" Reina & The Blue Valentines "Space Camera" (7"+CD-R+DVD) Maika Leboutet "100 (momo)"

Playlist: Taketatsu Ayana, The Lady Spade, Prince, Sugar's Campaign, Hoshino Michiru Meets The Scooters, Maika Leboutet, P.O.P, Ice Choir

TAKETATSU Ayana "apple symphony" The Lady Spade "Reverse Shaped Black Heart" Sugar's Campaign "Netokano" Maika Leboutet "100 (momo)" Ice Choir "Afar"

This week's video:

Glad En Mono "Glad En G (仮)" live at Koenji Connection
(One more here, and the whole show on Ustream here)

Maika Leboutet "Open Me"

Posted on December 6, 2014 at 21:47 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


November 29, 2014

Weekly revue: 2014 week #48 (November 22 to 28)

Outing: Spent last weekend in Ibaraki countryside, enjoying some autumn colors and the Scarecrow Festival that featured various characters made in hay (sometimes). Had great soba and local brand beef (Hitachi beef) and pork (Rose pork) too!

紅葉 紅葉 紅葉

かかし祭 かかし祭 かかし祭 かかし祭

Food: - Soba and tenpura
- Hitachi beef and Rose pork at Iijima

天ざる蕎麦 常陸牛ステーキ&ローズポークハンバーグ

Music event: I went to see Hoshino Michiru! The event was also a release party for a collaboration 7" single with The Scooters, covers of "Tokyo Disco Night" (The Scooters' classic rearranged) and "koi suru Fortune Cookie" (post-Michiru AKB48 hit). The 7" is only sold at shows for the time being. The event also featured The Scooters, Kinoco Hotel and Wack Wack Rhythm Band (who also joined during Michiru's set), with DJs Konishi Yasuharu and Fukutake! That was an awesome event full of music that I love. Check out the all-star curtain call!

星野みちる 星野みちる feat. Wack Wack Rhythm Band Curtain call

Stuff: Got the new "Ease Up" photo zine by our good old Flickr friend TRUE2DEATH who specializes in immortalizing graffiti'd freight trains. His photos are beautiful, and so is this 40-page full bleed zine! Each comes with a photo print, vintage railroad stationary and an original sticker. It can be bought online here.

TRUE2DEATH "EASE UP" zine

Music release news: The Lady Spade, enami Taisuke, nananon, Taketatsu Ayana

The Lady Spade "Reverse Shaped Black Heart" enami Taisuke "f e r m e n t" nananon "Nana Nana Non Non" (7") Taketatsu Ayana "Colore Serenata"

Playlist: Yume to Cosme, Hoshino Michiru, etc. Just been too lazy to update!

Yume to Cosme "Kiss toka kirai toka" Yume to Cosme "zettai! Love Motion"

This week's video: Making movie of CAPSULE's upcoming album "Wave Runner" (Feb. 18, 2015)

Posted on November 29, 2014 at 15:12 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


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

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 22:34 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


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!

山川冬樹

- 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"

Posted on November 16, 2014 at 13:08 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


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"

Posted on November 9, 2014 at 23:11 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


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.

NOMIYA Maki

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)

Posted on November 2, 2014 at 14:20 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


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!

Posted on October 25, 2014 at 14:27 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


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"

Posted on October 4, 2014 at 11:42 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


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)

Posted on September 28, 2014 at 11:41 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


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