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May 24, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #21 (May 16 to 22)

Food: - Apricot pork pie, fish & chips, and curry (finally!) at Bespoque
- Pork curry at Montenvers, Ebisu
- And a fun party with friends who all just got back from trips abroad. :)

Bespoque Bespoque Bespoque Yummy! :)

Music event: I went to a great event titled "Magicant Fes.", hosted by Maika Leboutet and Andersons, held at "yagi ni, kiku?" in Daikanyama. The event not only featured bands but also a market corner selling books and accessories, and there was a free buffet with chicken and curry that was really good!

First to play was Sami Elu, a guy who plays a self-made instrument he calls the Chopstick Piano, it has a really beautiful sound! Next on was jan and naomi, a duo of two guitarists (jan is of the band GREAT3), who played a very pleasant set. At the end they sat at the piano for "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" which was great.

Sami Elu jan and naomi jan and naomi

Then was Andersons, a band that I didn't know but liked instantly. They played a fun set of upbeat tracks with live guitar and keyboards. They're on 80KIDZ' PARK label. I'll definitely be looking out for them. Last was Maika Leboutet, this time playing a set with just her keyboards and drummer Bun-chan. Most of the music was played entirely live, showing off Maika's wonderful keyboard skills. There was a song using a strange speaking puppet that made me very curious. :)

Andersons マイカ・ルブテ マイカ・ルブテ マイカ・ルブテ

Exhibition: I dropped by Music Jacket Gallery 2015 held outside Takashimaya in Shinjuku, and got to see nice displays of works by Shindo Mitsuo (P5! Cornelius! & much more), Groovisions, Enlightenment, ... This ends today (May 24).

Music Jacket Gallery 2015

Music release news: Pizzicato One, Ichikawa Saya, Hoshino Michiru, petit milady

Pizzicato One "watakushi no nijuseiki" Ichikawa Saya "yo ga aketara" Hoshino Michiru "koshinuke danshi ni I Love You" (CD+7") petit milady "cheri*cheri? milady!!"

Playlist: Nosa Reina, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, hitomitoi, Maika Leboutet

NOSA Reina "don't kiss, but yes" Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Mondai Girl" hitomitoi "Pacific High / Aleutian Low" Maika Leboutet "100 (momo)"

This week's video: Maika Leboutet "Open me"

Andersons "Young Love"

Ino Hidefumi + jan and naomi Premium Studio Live (Digest clip)

Sami Elu plays Chopstick Piano

Posted on May 24, 2015 at 12:32 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


May 16, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #20 (May 9 to 15)

It's been a while! That's because we spent Golden Week in India! We went through Delhi, Jaipur, Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore, where we attended a friend's wedding! Photos are now up on Flickr!

Serving Gol Gappa Mr. Block Print peacocks Bengaluru Tiffanies Mysore Palace Men at work Wedding Ceremony Wedding Ceremony BLOW HORN Auto wala

Food: Curry and curry and curry!... and sometimes not curry.

Indian Breakfast Gobi 65 North Indian Meals South Indian Meals Hotel RRR Tamil Nadu Meals Mini Tiffin Black Velvet Cake

Music release news: Compilations selected by Sally Kubota ("odoru Showa Beat! GS Wild Party ~ tekuteku tengoku", "odoru Punch kayo! Showa Girls Garage Party ~ Bazazz tengoku"), Sunaga t experience 5th album

Various Artists "odoru Showa Beat! GS Wild Party ~ tekuteku tengoku", "odoru Punch kayo! Showa Girls Garage Party ~ Bazazz tengoku" Sunaga t experience "STE"

Playlist: Jintana & Emeralds, nakayoshi group, Noppal, Dorian, Crue-L Grand Orchestra, Count Buffalo & The Jazz Rock Band, "Idol bakari Pizzicato", HNC, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, DJ Fukutake, dip in the pool, Especia, Bakubaku Dokin, Scha Dara Parr

Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" nakayoshi group "The Jesus vs Cheatman" Noppal "Summer EP 2015" Dorian "midori" Crue-L Grand Orchestra "Crue-L Grand Orchestra I" columbia*readymade jazz-rock re-issues Various Artists "Idol bakari Pizzicato"

HNC "CULT" Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pika Pika Fantajin" DJ Fukutake "Yava-kayō 2 -TV Theme hen-" dip in the pool "Highwire Walker" Especia "Gusto" Bakubaku Dokin "Bakubaku Dokin" Scha Dara Parr "1212"

This week's video: Sunaga t experience "DIRTY30"

Posted on May 16, 2015 at 20:31 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


April 19, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #16 (April 11 to 17)

Food: - L.A.'s Menotti's Coffee Stop was in Tokyo for a 1-day pop-up shop at Sunday Bake Shop! That was on Monday. I had the best cappuccino ever! :) We also got to hang out a few times with these great people. We'll definitely drop by if we pass by L.A.
- Also we had some great gyōza at Harbin Gyoza in Horikiri, following a home party at friends'.

Menotti's Coffee Spot Menotti's Coffee Spot 哈爾濱餃子 哈爾濱餃子

Music release news: Record Store Day 2015! That was on April 18, but those great releases can still be found in stores until they sell out.

Playlist: Konishi Yasuharu Tokuma Japan compilations, The Aprils, Flin Flon, Fantastic Explosion

Various Artists "yoru no Minoru Phone Hour" Various Artists "Tokuma Dance Party" Various Artists "ozashiki Japan" Aprils "Magical Girls" Flin Flon "Boo-Boo" Fantastic Explosion "Sounds In Space"

Posted on April 19, 2015 at 16:31 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


April 14, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #15 (April 4 to 10)

I've been a bit busy! Sorry this update comes a bit late. :)

Photo: Cats and sakura at the Somei Reien cemetary in Sugamo.

猫 猫 猫

More photos at Flickr

Food: - White gyoza at Fight Gyoza, Sugamo
- Had a wonderful picnic day under some pretty cherry blossoms (they've all fallen by now)!

ファイト餃子 Picnic Picnic Picnic

Exhibitions: - Went to see an exhibition by UK street artist Vinnie Nylon. Very fresh and colorful works! This is on at Wish Less Gallery until Sunday April 19! Details here.

Vinnie Nylon Vinnie Nylon Vinnie Nylon Vinnie Nylon

- Dropped by Isetan where there are some displays of a collaboration with Perfume.

Perfume x Isetan Perfume x Isetan Perfume x Isetan

Music release news: Cypress Ueno & Roberto Yoshino, Negicco, fox capture plan, Kit Cat

Cypress Ueno & Roberto Yoshino "Condor" Negicco "LIVE & LIFE Negicco 2014-15 Winter" (DVD) fox capture plan "Underground" Kit Cat "Wordy Rappinghood" (Download)

Playlist: Jintana & Emeralds, Necozawa Emi, Sugar's Campaign, Ice Choir, Aprils, Crue-L Grand Orchestra

Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" Sugar's Campaign "Friends" Aprils "Astro" Crue-L Grand Orchestra "Crue-L Grand Orchestra I"

This week's video: Have some Negicco :)

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 21:48 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


April 5, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #14 (March 28 to April 3)

This week was full of fun surprises! First I was invited by The Aprils to take part in their annual April Fool activities. This year was a unit called Apry Mokyu Mokyu 25, and there was a video clip that parodied some big names (Ky*ry, Ex*le, Se*ai No Ow*ri,..). I was featured as one of the 25 dancers. :) It has been taken down already, but if you subscribe to their mail magazine you might be lucky?! Also you can still see some photos on music news site Natalie.

Another wonderful surprise was that I received an autograph board from Vanilla Beans, that I won by participating to a campaign in January! Yay! :)

バニラビーンズ色紙

Music event: I went to event "Feelin' Groovy" at UFO Club, organized by neo-GS band The Tramp, and featuring Nosa Reina & The Blue Valentines, yes mama ok? and Wack Wack Rhythm Band! Plus, the main DJ was Comoesta Yaegashi! Among lots of great music, he played Pizzicato Five's "Tokyo mon amour" followed by his version of Nomoto Karia's "Se Você Pensa"!

The Tramp was simply great, with impressive vocals and crazy guitar solos. The band's guitarist is a member of New Castle that I love. I really liked an instrumental jazz-rock cover of The Beatles' "A Day in the Life".

Next was Nosa Reina & The Blue Valentines. It was my first time seeing her with this band started last year. That was a great set! The band will have a first one-man show on April 25 at Shibuya Milkyway.
(Partial set list: hoshi furu oka / Rock'n'Roll Drive / Lambrusco ni koi shite / warui onna / kyō wa sayonara)

ザ・トランプ ザ・トランプ 野佐怜奈とブルーヴァレンタインズ

Then was a set by yes, mama ok?, in which I was especially happy to hear "Coffee Cup no Rendez-vous tte saikō yo" (YouTube). A greatest hits album will be released this month.

The show ended with a powerful set of Wack Wack Rhythm Band full of their best groovy songs. Every time I see them I'm impressed at how all their songs are absolute classics, even the ones from their recent albums (maybe it's because I listened to the albums so much). And singer Lemon's voice is always wonderful. They closed with their cover of Nina Simone's "Ain't Got No, I Got Life".

yes, mama ok? Wack Wack Rhythm Band

More photos here.

Exhibition: Went to see street artist ESSU's solo exhibition at Gallery T.F.T.D (Facebook) in Nakano. This featured many new works, some with new styles that we hadn't seen before. This finishes today April 5.

ESSU

Food: - Chicken & pork curries at Umineko Curry, Nishi-Eifuku
- Spicy maquerel sauté, BBQ spare rib, trifle, etc. at Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano
- "Kapha" lunch plate at Ayurveda restaurant Ayurda, Shibuya

Umineko Curry, Nishi-Eifuku Bespoque Bespoque Ayurda, Shibuya

Music release news: Perfume, Cypress Ueno & Roberto Yoshino

Perfume "Relax In The City / Pick Me Up" Cypress Ueno & Roberto Yoshino "Condor"

Playlist: Maeda Norio / Inagaki Jiro All Stars, Dorian, Hair, The Aprils, (((sssurrounddd))), Flin Flon, Fantastic Explosion, Miho Keitaro & His Group

columbia*readymade jazz-rock re-issues Dorian "Melodies Memories" Hair "Roma o mite kara shine." Aprils "Magical Girls" The Aprils "Back To The Future Music", "Space Dream Bathroom" (((sssurrounddd))) "New Age" Flin Flon "Dixie" + "Dixie (Version)" (12") + Bossanova "Hey, Sugar" columbia*readymade jazz-rock re-issues

This week's video: Perfume "Pick Me Up"

Posted on April 5, 2015 at 13:38 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


March 29, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #13 (March 21 to 27)

Finally spring is here with traces of cherry blossoms! I took these photos today at Ōmiya Hachimangū.

大宮八幡宮 大宮八幡宮 大宮八幡宮

Food: - Hitachi beef steak at Iijima, in Mito
- Café latte at Saza Coffee, Mito

常陸牛ステーキ Saza Coffee

Music release news: Hosono Haruomi x Sakamoto Ryuichi (DVD), Count Joke, "Piano Man Plays Disney", kotringo, Charan-Po-Rantan, Izumi Ookawara, Saigenji, tofubeats

By the way, I made a Facebook page for Tokyo's Coolest Sound! Now you can get all music release news in your Facebook feed by just liking the page.

Hosono Haruomi "Hosono Haruomi x Sakamoto Ryuichi at EX Theater Roppongi 2013.12.21" (Blu-ray/DVD) Count Joke "itsuka dokoka de c/w yūrei no Ballad" (7"+CD) Various Artists "Piano Man Plays Disney" (2x12") kotringo "Edible melodies ~Gourmet Girl Graffiti Orignal Soundtrack~" Charan-Po-Rantan "Theatre no zanzō" (Blu-ray/DVD) Izumi Ookawara "Strawberry Jam" (Download) Saigenji "hikari mebuku toki" (Download) tofubeats "Stakeholder"

Playlist: The Lady Spade, U-zhaan, Old Monk, Wack Wack Rhythm Band, Caede, Vanilla Beans

The Lady Spade "Reverse Shaped Black Heart" U-zhaan "Tabla Rock Mountain" Old Monk "Posing as Love" Wack Wack Rhythm Band "Sounds of Far East" Caede "The Queen Of..." Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans IV"

This week's video:

"Babaji Ki Booty" from Indian zombie movie "Go Goa Gone"
The movie is currently showing at the Human Trust Theater in Shibuya. It was a blast! :)

tofubeats "STAKEHOLDER"

Posted on March 29, 2015 at 00:27 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


March 21, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #12 (March 14 to 20)

Food: - Gobi 65, lotus fry, Nilgiri chicken, mutton egg fry, mint rice & chapati at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku

Cochin Nivas Cochin Nivas Cochin Nivas

Music release news: Tomita Isao, Budo Grape, (((sssurrounddd))), yamp kolt, Fujioka Minami & The Morones, LLLL, Tweedees, "Here Come The Girl'zoo" comp., Harada Tomoyo

Tomita Isao "Space Fantasy", "Tomita on NHK" Budo Grape "4321 hi o tsukero", "zankoku na yasashisa" (Download) (((sssurrounddd))) "See you, Blue" yamp kolt "chewing" Fujioka Minami & The Morones "Hajiki" Tweedees "The Sound Sounds." Various Artists "Zher the Zoo Yoyogi 10th Anniversary Compilation Album 'Here Come The Girl'zoo'" Harada Tomoyo "Love Song Covers" LLLL "Faithful"

Playlist: Scha Dara Parr, "Yava-kayo 2", Vanilla Beans, Reina & The Blue Valentines, Denki Groove, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Jintana & Emeralds, hitomitoi, CAPSULE

Scha Dara Parr "1212" DJ Fukutake "Yava-kay? 2 -TV Theme hen-" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans IV" Reina & The Blue Valentines "Lady or Girl?" Denki Groove "Fallin' Down" Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Mondai Girl" Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" hitomitoi "Pacific High / Aleutian Low" CAPSULE "Wave Runner"

This week's videos:

LLLL "Blue"

Tweedees "Kling! Klang!!"

(((sssurrounddd))) "Siren Syrup"

Posted on March 21, 2015 at 00:00 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


March 14, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #11 (March 7 to 13)

Food: - Poulet yassa at Los Barbados, Shibuya
- "Ichibo" beef and chocolate terrine at cibot, Ikenoue
- Brownie and café latte at Sunday Bake Shop
- Boiled ham sandwich, fish & chips, chocolate cake at Bespoque
- Potato salad, mutton kalbi steak, minced katsu, etc. at Yaruki
- and more delicious and fun times :)

Poulet yassa "Ichibo" beef Chocolate terrine Sunday Bake Shop Boiled ham sandwich Spicy potato salad

Music release news: Original Love, Hanae, lyrical school, Tokuma Japan compilations (selected by Konishi Yasuharu), Perfume

Original Love "Lover Man" (Download) Hanae "jōkyō shōko" lyrical school "SPOT" Various Artists "yoru no Minoru Phone Hour", "Tokuma Dance Party", "ozashiki Japan" compiled by Konishi Yasuharu Perfume "5th Tour 2014 Gurun Gurun" (Blu-ray/DVD)

Playlist: dip in the pool, Pizzicato Five, Museum of Plate, Dorian, Nomiya Maki, DJ Fukutake "Yava-kayō 2", Concert

dip in the pool "Highwire Walker" Pizzicato Five "Happy End of the World" Museum of Plate "Practical Symphony No.5" Dorian "Studio Vacation" NOMIYA Maki "Miss Maki Nomiya Sings Shibuya-kei Standards" Concert "Headache & Heartburn"

This week's video:

esu-efu "hiraku tobira, shimaru tobira"

lyrical school "I.D.O.L.R.A.P"

Posted on March 14, 2015 at 15:12 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


March 7, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #10 (February 28 to March 6)

This week I bought a new lens for my good old Panasonic Lumix GF-1 camera. The lens is actually by Olympus (fully compatible), a M.Zuiko 45mm f1.8 which should make me able to take much better photos even in low light, and also some nice street shots! Can't wait to use it more!

Photos: - A little walk at the Imperial Palace, while Prince William was visiting Japan. (This was before getting the new lens.)

皇居 皇居 桃華楽堂 皇居 皇居

- And some fun with the new lens around Tokiwamatsu, Shibuya.

渋谷 渋谷 渋谷

Food: - Curry (chicken and aloo gobi) at Dylan, Ochanomizu
- Pork sandwich vs roast beef at Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano
- And more good food partying!

Chicken curry and potato & cauliflower (aloo gobi) curry Ham sandwich Roast beef

Music event: The Lady Spade held a secret-ish free one-man show at Future Seven in Aoyama, a place I had always been curious about every time I passed in front of it. The show was full of songs from the new album. Those who are uninitiated may want to start with this live collage clip! The album, "Reverse Shaped Black Heart", clocks over 1 hour and it's absolutely great!

その名はスペィド その名はスペィド その名はスペィド

- Also caught a nice little exhibit of Denki Groove goods at Tower Records Shibuya! Love those red shirts (and the song "Big Shirts" of course), big hat and the Fuji-san cone!

電気グルーヴ 電気グルーヴ

Music release news: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Nomiya Maki

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Mondai Girl" Nomiya Maki "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji / aru hi totsuzen" (7")

Playlist: CAPSULE, Denki Groove, The Lady Spade, Chiroline ver.2, Buffalo Daughter

CAPSULE "Wave Runner" Denki Groove "Fallin' Down" The Lady Spade "Reverse Shaped Black Heart" capsule "STEREO WORXXX" Chiroline ver.2 "Chit Chat Chiroline" Chiroline ver.2 "Forever Chiroline-zaka" Buffalo Daughter "Konjac-tion"

This week's video: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Mondai Girl"

Posted on March 7, 2015 at 23:39 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


February 28, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #9 (February 21 to 27)

Food: - Katsudon at Zuichō, in Shibuya. My Brazilian Pizzicato friend Thiago's last meal before leaving Tokyo to go back home! Btw this was one of the best katsudon I've had. :)
- We went to Bespoque's 3rd anniversary party! The small restaurant was full of happy regulars and we stood for about 5 hours enjoying good food and drinks. Lots of fun!
- Sri Lankan curry lunch plate at Acala.naatha, Nakano
- Okonomiyaki at Tsuchiya, Shinjuku. There was an autograph of Marty Friedman on the wall. :)

かつ丼 Acala.naatha つちや

Music release news: Denki Groove, "Yaba-kayō 2", Especia, Sugar's Campaign, Count Joke, Hideki Kaji x Yakenohara feat. Takagi Masakatsu, "HELLO!!! vol.8"

Denki Groove "Fallin' Down" Various Artists "Yaba-kayō 2 Non-stop DJ Mix -TV Theme hen- Mixed by DJ Fukutake" Especia "Primera" Sugar's Campaign "Holiday" (7"), "tonari Town" (7") Count Joke "LED c/w nagisa" (7"+CD) Hideki Kaji x Yakenohara feat. Takagi Masakatsu "Sound of Felicity" (7"+Download) Various Artists "sube no ana Presents 'HELLO!!! vol.8'"

Playlist: frenesi, Denki Groove, capsule, Vanilla Beans, Bakubaku Dokin, Negicco, Reina & The Blue Valentines, Aira Mitsuki, esu-efu, Sugar's Campaign

frenesi "Dolphino" Denki Groove "25" capsule "STEREO WORXXX" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans IV" Bakubaku Dokin "Bakubaku Dokin" Negicco  "Rice&Snow" Reina & The Blue Valentines "Lady or Girl?" Aira Mitsuki "I'll Be Back" esu-efu "Sing Future" Sugar's Campaign "Friends"

This week's video: Denki Groove "Fallin' Down"

U-zhaan feat. Cornelius "Homesick in Calcutta vol.1"
(also watch vol.2 and vol.3)

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 21:18 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (1) | Tweet |


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