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October 28, 2017

Weekly revue: 2017 week #43 (October 21 to 27)

Food: - Beef curry and fig chou à la crème @ Tapir

Tapir Tapir

Music event: On October 21, I went to "Shibuya no Radio no Shibuya-kei Festival", featuring Nomiya Maki, Kaji Hideki, Vanilla Beans, Takano Hiroshi, and DJs Konishi Yasuharu and Halfby! That was an amazing show! I wrote about it in detail at Tokyo's Coolest Sound.

Shibuya-kei Festival T-shirt (by Kaseki Cider)

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October 22, 2017

Weekly revue: 2017 week #42 (October 14 to 20)

Food: - Chocolate & mint chocolate ice cream at Tomihisa Ice Cream, Shinjuku

Tomihisa Ice Cream

Music events: - On October 15 was the release party of SOLEIL's first single "Pinky Fluffy"! SOLEIL is a band fronted by singer Soleil, bassist/producer Sally Kubota (of Sally Soul Stew, les 5-4-3-2-1) and guitarist Nakamori Yasuhiro (Hicksville). This time they were accompanied by drummer Shirane Kenichi (Great3) and chorist Lemon!

It was the first show in which they performed songs other than the single's, there were some brand new originals and covers, and even some instrumentals too in which the singer showed her skills at playing glockenspiel and drums! This show gave a much wider view of SOLEIL's sound, and a lot to look forward to in upcoming releases. I definitely can't wait to hear those songs again! I got SOLEIL's photo book, with autographs by all three members! :) Many photos of the show can be seen at Natalie.

Set list: SOLEIL no Theme / Pinky Fluffy / koi no Happy Date / koi no Happy Date (The Nolans cover) / Wow Wow Wee (He's The Boy For Me) (The Angels cover) / Captain Scarlet / aoi Ink no Love Letter / Believe In Magic / Breakout (Swing Out Sister cover) / namida no Moonlight / SOLEIL no Theme
Encore: (Session w/ Soleil on drums) / So Much in Love (Timothy B. Schmit cover)

SOLEIL @ Shinjuku Red Cloth SOLEIL photo book autographed!

- I dropped by the free opening party of "Shibukaru Matsuri", an annual event organized by Parco, to see singer Manon perform accompanied by producer Yuppa (HNC) and VJ unit onnacodomo! That was a very fun show! Aside from the 4 songs already released, a new one titled "Somewhere" was also played. Yuppa played some live keyboards, and Manon also played toy piano (the intro to "Wavy Pineapple Days") and hit some sampler pads.

I was very happy to see onnacodomo at work, as I hadn't seen them in a long time. They're a very unique and creative team that uses cameras and real toys and cute objects to make live analog-style VJing. Manon's latest video "Popcorn Crisis" was directed by them, and I love it! You can watch a short live video that I shot here.

Set list: xxFANCYPOOLxx / Wavy Pineapple Days / Somewhere / Beat The Bad Luck / Popcorn Crisis

MANON @ Shibukaru Matsuri Opening Party, Shibuya Club Quattro MANON @ Shibukaru Matsuri Opening Party, Shibuya Club Quattro

Music release news: Rie Aono, les 5-4-3-2-1, VIDEOTAPEMUSIC

Rie Aono "Pastoral" les 5-4-3-2-1 "le coeur qui jazze / un garcon et une fille" (7") VIDEOTAPEMUSIC "On the Air"

This week's video: VIDEOTAPEMUSIC "Fiction Romance"

Posted on October 22, 2017 at 21:15 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


October 15, 2017

Weekly revue: 2017 week #41 (October 7 to 13)

Food: - Sri Lankan curry at cojicoji, Mito
- Shrimp and saag paneer curries at Good Luck Curry, Shibuya
- Chocolate & coffee gelati at Gelateria e Cioccolateria Vitali, Jiyūgaoka

cojicoji, Mito Good Luck Curry Gelateria e Cioccolateria

Music events: - On October 7, I briefly dropped by a block party event held in Jiyūgaoka. Jintana & Emeralds performed a short but sweet set! They played original favorites "Honey", "Runaway" and "Destiny", and also a cover of "There she goes" (The La's). All kinds of people gathered to enjoy beats and bites, and it felt good to hear such good music from that party echoing in the streets, even as far as the station a few blocks away. It would have been nice to spend the day there, but I had another plan shortly afterwards... (see below)

Jintana & Emeralds

- I went to Vanilla Beans' 10th anniversary show! Congratulations!! It was held at Duo Music Exchange in Shibuya. They had made it into a seated venue, although everyone stood up and danced throughout the show. The set list was quite straightforward, pretty much all of their singles in an almost chronological order, at least in the order of labels they've been through (Tokuma Japan, T-Palette and now Avex). I've been a big fan since the very beginning so I remember all of those steps they've been through. I hope they will continue again for a long time.

Right now they've just begun a tour of all of Japan's Tower Records, doing in-store mini-live shows at each of over 70 stores in promotion of their upcoming "Vani Best II" greatest hits album to be released on December 6. The limited edition will contain some live footage from the 10th anniversary show.

Set list: Nicola / sakasaka Circus / U ♥ Me / Love & Hate / D & D / toki no kakera / Choco Mint Flavor Time / Non-Section / Muscat Slope Love / watashi... fukō guse / Please Me Darlin' / uchōten Girl / onna wa sore o gaman shinai / Night and Fly / Style and Council / Beanius / sweet life
Encore: Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji / Summer vacation

Vanilla Beans 10th anniversary Vanilla Beans 10th anniversary Vanilla Beans 10th anniversary Vanilla Beans 10th anniversary Vanilla Beans 10th anniversary badge & autograph

- I dropped by HMV record shop Shinjuku Alta for an in-store mini-live by Gallantique Kazue, whose recital I had once seen a long time ago (in 2009). She sang songs from her two new releases: "yoru ni okiru Patron" written by Kashif and "kagayaite Night Flight" written by Gary Ashiya (info). Nagata Kazunao accompanied as DJ, since his label ExT Recordings just released "yoru ni okiru Patron" on 7". I bought that 7" and got it autographed by Kazue. I really want to see her recital again sometime!

Set list: yoru ni okiru Patron / kagayaite Night Flight / hateshinaki yokubo / yoru ni okiru Patron (Cherryboy Function Remix)

ギャランティーク和恵 / Gallantique Kazue ギャランティーク和恵 / Gallantique Kazue Gallantique Kazue "yoru ni okiru Patron" autographed 7"

Music release news: Gallantique Kazue, Hikashu, Aira Mitsuki

Gallantique Kazue "kagayaite Night Flight", "yoru ni okiru Patron" (7") Hikashu "ANGURI In the style of unlanding" Aira Mitsuki "Pyramidal"

This week's videos:

Nomiya Maki "fuyu ga hajimaru yo" (Video edit ver.)

Nomiya Maki "Winter's Tale ~fuyu monogatari~" (Video edit ver.)

Posted on October 15, 2017 at 16:17 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


October 8, 2017

Weekly revue: 2017 week #40 (September 30 to October 6)

Food: - Coffee, cheesecake & chocolate ice cream @ TiKi TaKa Ice Cream by Sarutahiko Coffee, Shinjuku
- Great steak & more at Shonzui, Roppongi

TiKi TaKa Ice Cream 祥瑞 / Shonzui 祥瑞 / Shonzui 祥瑞 / Shonzui

Music events: - For a short period Tokyo Midtown was host of the unique Ark Nova mobile inflatable concert hall installation, a work of architect Arata Isozaki and artist Anish Kapoor created to support recovery of the East Japan Earthquake. Read more about it here. We had the chance to watch a concert by Lucerne Festival-related musicians Reinhold Friedrich (trumpet), Takezawa Eriko (piano) and Andrea Loetscher (flute). They played a selection of pieces by Ravel, Shchedrin, Piazzolla, Falla, Moszkowski and Bizet. The beautiful music in this special place made for a very nice evening.

Ark Nova Ark Nova Inside Ark Nova
Inside Ark Nova

- On October 3rd was the 10th anniversary of Vanilla Beans' debut (single "U ♥ Me" released on October 3, 2007), and a special event was held on the roof of the Marui department store in Shibuya! They did a mini-live and also announced the release of their 2nd greatest hits album, "Vani Best II", which will include a brand new version of "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji" produced by none other than Konishi Yasuharu! I can't wait to hear this!

I got a special 10th anniversary badge, and an autographed coaster at the cafe of the same building that was doing related promotion! :)

Set list: Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji / sakasaka Circus / U ♥ Me / Summer Vacation

Vanilla Beans 10th anniversary

Movie: Went to see "Zen and Bones", directed by Nakamura Takayuki. The documentary movie is about the life of half-Japanese half-American Buddhist priest Henry Mittwer (1918-2012), and follows him up to his very last days. Interviews with the man himself and also family members are paced with drama scenes that retell episodes of his life. The movie also focused on his obsession with making a movie about a girl with red shoes, of which a statue can be found in Yokohama, where he was born.

This movie's soundtrack is also very good, with artists including Nomiya Maki, Tablet Jun, Yokoyama Ken, Kishino You-ichi and Comoesta Yaegashi.

Music release news: "Godzilla Legend V", marino, fox capture plan, CTO LAB., tofubeats, Punpee, Stardust Brothers, Manon, Nomiya Maki, Yashiro Aki

"Godzilla Legend V" marino "watashi wa kouchayasan" fox capture plan "UNTITLED" CTO LAB. "The Theme of Ma.K." (Download) tofubeats "Baby EP" (Download) Punpee "Modern Times" Stardust Brothers "hoshikuzu kyoudai no densetsu" (Download) Manon "Popcorn Crisis" (Download) Nomiya Maki "Nomiya Maki, Holiday Shibuya-kei o utau." Yashiro Aki "yoru no tsuzuki"

This week's video: Manon "Popcorn Crisis"
Song produced by Yuppa (HNC) & video directed by onnacodomo!

Posted on October 8, 2017 at 23:57 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


September 30, 2017

Weekly revue: 2017 week #39 (September 23 to 29)

Food: - Fish & chicken curries at Indo Fujiko, Kōenji
- Soft serve ice cream at Fukushimaya, Akihabara

インド富士子 / Indo Fujiko Fukushimaya

Music events: - I went to see SOLEIL's in-store mini-live at HMV record shop Shinjuku Alta, following the release of first single "Pinky Fluffy"! Singer Soleil, bassist & producer Sally Kubota (Sally Soul Stew, Les 5-4-3-2-1, ex-Phantom Gift) and guitarist Nakamori Yasuhiro (Hicksville, Sally Soul Stew) performed on stage. The first played "Pinky Fluffy" (music by Takanami K-taro) and then "Breakout" (cover of Swing Out Sister), which was followed by an encore of "Pinky Fluffy" one more time. I bought the single there and got autographs by all three members. Yay!! :)

A release party will be held on October 15 at Shinjuku Red Cloth from 17:00. I can't wait!

SOLEIL @ HMV record shop Shinjuku ALTA SOLEIL

- I went to "Delica Lab" at Batica in Ebisu, a regular event organized by Nakatsuka Takeshi (Qypthone). This time the other bands playing were Somethiing New (piano + trumpet duo), it's Me. (the recent unit of Ookawara Izumi and Hossy) and Small Circle of Friends! All were great! As always the event's schedule is quite busy, with 20-minute live sets on the 2nd floor in-between which there are 20-minute DJ sets on the 1st floor. Lots of good music!

On the way out I got Studio75 (aka SCOF)'s "Coffee Shop Card" CD, which comes packed in a coffee pouch. It contains 30 different beats made with 30 of their favorite coffee shops (and bars, etc.) in mind. The two, Azuma and Satsuki, were very nice to autograph it for me!

Nakatsuka Takeshi set list: niji o mita kai / Rhythm / Prism / toki no kiseki

中塚武 / NAKATSUKA Takeshi Somethiing New it's Me. it's Me. DJ Masaru TAKAHASHI Small Circle of Friends Studio75
Nakatsuka Takeshi, Somethiing New, it's Me, DJ Takahashi Masaru, Small Circle of Friends

Music release news: Pizzicato Five, kataomoi

Pizzicato Five "Pizzicatomania!" (12") kataomoi "hinotori" (7")

This week's video: SOLEIL "Breakout" & "Pinky Fluffy" in-store live at HMV record shop Shinjuku Alta

Posted on September 30, 2017 at 21:34 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


September 23, 2017

Weekly revue: 2017 week #38 (September 17 to 22)

SOLEIL "Pinky Fluffy" now on sale! There will be an in-store mini-live on Sunday September 24 at HMV record shop Shinjuku Alta from 13:00 (details here).

SOLEIL now on sale! @ HMV record shop Shinjuku Alta SOLEIL now on sale! @ HMV record shop Shinjuku Alta
Display at HMV record shop Shinjuku Alta

Food: - Sanma (Pacific saury), liver & lemon, autumnal eggplant curries at Tapir, Shin-Okubo
- Victoria sponge cake at Kies, Nishi-Ogikubo
- Curry doria and salt-grilled tuna at Kitchen Ohnami, Kichijōji
- Mac'n'cheese at Good Meals Shop, Shibuya

Tapir Tapir Tapir Tapir
Kies きっちん大浪 / Kitchen Ohnami きっちん大浪 / Kitchen Ohnami Mac'n'cheese @ Good Meals Shop

Music release news: The Lady Spade, "Zen and Bones" Original Soundtrack, Meet The Hopes, Kaede (Negicco), Boomdigi, Cornelius, "Sweets Wonderland"

The Lady Spade "Phenomenon" Soleil "Pinky Fluffy" (7"+CD) The Lady Spade "Dial 'S' for The Lady Spade!" "'Zen and Bones' Original Soundtrack" Meet The Hopes "uwasa ni naritai / Jasmine High" (7") Kaede "ano ko ga kurasu machi (made ato dore gurai?)" (Download, 7") Boomdigi "hinokuni Bounce / Welcome 2 My World" (7") Cornelius "In a Dream" (7")

This week's video: Aira Mitsuki "Future in Loop"

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September 17, 2017

Weekly revue: 2017 week #37 (September 9 to 15)

Food: - Meatballs at World Meatball Classic, Shinjuku-gyoenmae
- Chocolate & salt milk ice cream at Tomihisa Ice Cream, Shinjuku
- Coffee and happy cat time at Café Arles, Shinjuku

World Meatball Classic World Meatball Classic World Meatball Classic Tomihisa Ice Cream
猫 Café Arles 猫 Café Arles

Music events: - Last weekend was a special edition of party "Cult Club". It was held in the afternoon at Shimokitazawa Cage, part of an Asobisystem-related event. There was a special appearance by Fukuoka model Manon who recently started a singing career, with cool tracks produced by HNC. Her first 7" single "xxFANCYPOOLxx" had just been released. Manon sang all of her three songs ("xxFANCYPOOLxx", "Beat the Bad Luck" and "Wavy Pineapple Days"), giving a fun performance as she danced and posed for the many cameras, while HNC played some live keys! I also got to see rap units Yomeiri Land and Dreamcast, and also DJ sets by HNC and Threepee Boys.

Manon (w/ HNC) @ Cult Club Manon (w/ HNC) @ Cult Club Yuppa (HNC) @ Cult Club
yomeiri Land / 嫁入りランド @ Cult Club yomeiri Land / 嫁入りランド @ Cult Club Dreamcast @ Cult Club

- I dropped by an event at Journal Standard Shibuya that featured Nomiya Maki! Accompanied by DJ Tomizawa Noboru, also her long-time make-up artist, she sang "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji", "Shibuya de 5ji", "Un homme et une femme" and "Sweet Soul Revue"! That was a short & sweet set in a beautiful decor! I also caught the end of a performance by Saitō Neko & Venus Kawamura Yuki.

NOMIYA Maki w/ TOMIZAWA Noboru @ Journal Standard Shibuya NOMIYA Maki w/ TOMIZAWA Noboru @ Journal Standard Shibuya SAITŌ Neko x Venus KAWAMURA Yuki @ Journal Standard

Music release news: De De Mouse, "Ace 2" & "Ace ep" (J-Pop compilations by Konishi Yasuharu)

De De Mouse "via alpha centauri" (Download) Various Artists "Ace 2", "Ace ep" (7"x2)

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September 10, 2017

Weekly revue: 2017 week #36 (September 2 to 8)

Food: - "Canadian size" poutine at Robson Fries, Shimokitazawa
- Horse meat & more at Ōhashi-shōten no tonari shokudō, Daitabashi. Great food and BGM!

Poutine @ Robson Fries 大橋商店のとなり食堂 大橋商店のとなり食堂 大橋商店のとなり食堂

Music event: I went to the release party live show for Wakita Monari's album "I am ONLY"! It was held at clubasia in Shibuya, and the place was packed! Monari was backed by a full band (guitar, bass, keyboards and drums) for the first time in her solo career, and together they performed all of the songs from the album, no exception! I've been enjoying the album a lot, and this made me realize even more how all the songs are so good. As always Monari's singing was amazing! There was also an acoustic part where Hase Yasuhiro (Yume To Cosme) accompanied on piano for three covers.

Set list: Cloudless Night / Irony / Est! Est!! Est!!! / Nakimushi Revolution / inori no kotoba / Tonight, the Night (Bonnie Pink cover) / Circus Night (Nanao Tavito cover) / Joy (Yuki cover) / I'm with you / Dippin' / anone,,, / akai Skirt / yoake no View / Boy Friend
Encore: In the City

The release of her next single was also announced, "Wingscape" produced by Count Joke, out on November 22! And another show with the same band will be held on December 15 at Roppongi Varit. These flowers were sent by Mori Erika (ex-Especia).

Flowers at WAKITA Monari "I Am Only" release party

Music release news: Cutemen, Lucky Tapes, TRI4TH, Kaseki Cider & The Natsuyasumi Band, Ōzawa Kenji to Sekai No Owari, neco nemuru

Cutemen "Exhibition Of Love & Desire" Lucky Tapes "Virtual Gravity" TRI4TH "4th Rebellion" Kaseki Cider & The Natsuyasumi Band "Quiet School" (7") Ozawa Kenji to Sekai No Owari "I Hear an Owl" neco nemuru "Sayonara Summer / hinekuretai no" (7")

This week's video: YMCK "Come on! Swing all stars" live performance from their show last February

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September 3, 2017

Weekly revue: 2017 week #35 (August 26 to September 1)

Food: - Tapir event at Watering Hole, Yoyogi
- Hamburger at The Counter, Roppongi
- Oden, etc. at Shōwa-kayō oden restaurant Denden, Kudanshita
- Chocolate mint, chocolate and pistachio ice cream at Tomohisa Ice Cream, Shinjuku

Tapir × Watering Hole Tapir × Watering Hole Tapir × Watering Hole Tapir × Watering Hole
The Counter Denden / 田々 Denden / 田々 Tomihisa Ice Cream

Music event: I went to see hitomitoi's concert for her latest album "Ecstasy", at Billboard Live Tokyo! While the album is mainly synthesizers, entirely produced by Dorian, for the show the songs were performed by a live band. 7 songs from "Ecstasy" were played, as well as some other favorites. Dorian and guitarist Kashif also appeared as guests for a few songs each. I love watching Dorian play live synth solos, plus he even sang chorus, maybe for the first time ever on stage? (Just my guess.) :) That was a really great show!

Set list: Dive / Serpent Coaster / Flash of Light / Dolphin (w/ Dorian) / Let it Out (w/ Dorian) / Discotheque Sputnik (w/ Dorian) / Prismatic (w/ Kashif) / natsu kōsen, kira. (w/ Kashif) / Moonlight / Swept Away / Varadero via L.A
Encore: koi wa omoi no mama (w/ Dorian & Kashif)

hitomitoi / 一十三十一 hitomitoi / 一十三十一

Music release news: Manon, Crazy Ken Band, Soleil

Manon "xxFANCYPOOLxx" (7") Manon "Wavy Pineapple Days" (Download) Crazy Ken Band "20/20 Video Attack! Live at Kobe Crazy Ken Band Tour Hong Kong Taxi 2016" (DVD) Soleil "Pinky Fluffy" (7"+CD)

This week's video: Soleil "Pinky Fluffy / Breakout" debut single sampler clip

Posted on September 3, 2017 at 02:02 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


August 26, 2017

Weekly revue: 2017 week #34 (August 19 to 25)

Food: - Curry dinner at Dhaba★Kunitachi
- Pineapple mille-feuilles at Matsuki
- Annual "hiyajiru" (cold soup) set at Tapir
- Ice cream at à tes souhaits glaces & chocolat

Dhaba★Kunitachi / ダバ★クニタチ Dhaba★Kunitachi / ダバ★クニタチ Pineapple mille-feuilles @ Matsuki / 松㐂
Tapir Tapir à tes souhaits glaces et chocolat

Music event: I went to a free event by Kero Kero Bonito, who were in town for Summer Sonic and to promote their latest album "Bonito Generation". It was held at Space Odd in Daikanyama, it was my first time there and it's a quite nice venue! The opening act was chelmico, a cool 2-girl MC rap unit that I heard for the first time. Kero Kero Bonito were just as awesome as expected! Full of energy! It was my first time seeing them too, although I have been a fan for several years. I think I first heard of them in the Love and Hates' remix contest for which I had also done a remix. I've always had a special familiar feeling for them ever since. Thanks for that great fun show! :)

Kero Kero Bonito chelmico Kero Kero Bonito

Music release news: Magokoro Bros, Chelip, Toshiyuki Yasuda

Magokoro Bros "Summer Nude / Endless Summer Nude" (7") Chelip "hikaru kaze no naka no subete / korette koi da to omounda" Toshiyuki Yasuda "Landfall" (Download)

This week's videos:

Manon "Wavy Pineapple Days" (better viewed on mobile phone!)
(Produced by Yuppa (HNC)!)

Kero Kero Bonito "Forever Summer Holiday"

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