May 14, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #19 (May 7 to 13)

Food: Potato salad, fried chicken, etc. at small food, Shibuya
- Cauliflower cheese, pork, etc. at Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano
- Marjoram sausage, etc. at No. 4, Ichigaya

small food small food small food
Cauliflower cheese @ Bespoque Bespoque Bespoque No.4

New music: - One of my favorite artists ever, Rodion (Rome, Italy) released brand new album "Generator" last month! This is slow disco/electro/techno performed by humans, with real drums and bass, and it's just awesome! It took me a little while before getting this album, as I was hoping to find the 2-LP edition (and hopefully encourage a local record shop at the same time), but so far no luck so I settled for a digital edition for now. The LP is available at Bandcamp, and you can also listen to the whole album here while reading track-by-track notes by Rodion himself.

- Also, I received a wonderful limited tape of Micropupazzo's latest album! It's hectic and crazy and fun! You can check it out at Bandcamp! Micropupazzo and Rodion are both dear friends from the good days in the 90's, and also both from the radioDD family.

Micropupazzo "Apertivo Degazzi"

Playlist: Halfby, Perez Prado, Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys, Rodion, hitomitoi

Halfby "Innn Hawaii" Perez Prado "Mambo No.5" Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys "Twin Perfect Collection Disc 1" Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys "Mambo Deco" Rodion "Generator" hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel"

This week's video: Alfred Beach Sandal "Cool Runnings"

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May 7, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #18 (April 30 to May 6)

This week was Golden Week! There were only 2 work days, of which I took one off. :)

Food: - Daal and pork keema curries at Indo Fujiko, Koenji
- Gelato at Sincerita, Asagaya
- Soba!
- ... and a super fun picnic on a sunny day!

インド富士子 Sincerita 蕎麦 Picnic Agneau

Outing: - Went to the Himatsuri pottery festival in Kasama, Ibaraki. Seems like I was even on the news on TV...! I did notice sneaky TV staff pointing a camera at me. I didn't see the segment myself but had reports from Tokyo and Osaka. :)

ひまつり ひまつり

Music event: - On Sunday I dropped by Tower Records Shinjuku for a mini-live of lyrical school. That was a fun show and I'm always impressed at how good the tracks are, and of course their good rap skills. Check the smartphone-minded video for latest single "RUN and RUN" you haven't yet.

Set list: tengal6 / Put Your Hands Up / Maybe Love / RUN and RUN / brand new day / I.D.O.L.R.A.P

Music release news: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, sōtaiseiriron, Ino Hidefumi, Negicco, Harada Tomoyo, Hoshino Michiru, Kaji Hideki, No Lie-Sense, Nanba Shiho

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "KPP Best" sotaiseiriron "tensei Jingle" Ino Hidefumi "No Satisfaction" Negicco "Tea for Three" Harada Tomoyo "Love Song Covers 2 ~ wakaba no koro" Hoshino Michiru "Discotheque ni tsuretette (Single Version)" (CD+7") Kaji Hideki "The Blue Boy" No Lie-Sense "Japan's Period" Nanba Shiho "meets sparkjoy"

Playlist: hitomitoi, XTAL, Vanilla Beans, Misswonda, Museum of Plate

hitomitoi "City Dive" XTAL "Skygazer" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans V" Misswonda "In Flawless" MissWonda "Wonderful Tangent" Museum of Plate "Practical Symphony No.5"

This week's video: Nanba Shiho "Good Morning Sunshine"

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May 1, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #17 (April 23 to 29)

It's now Golden Week! Yay!

Food: - Vegetable 65, chicken and mutton curries at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku
- Doria, croquettes and cake at Magali @ monami, Nishi-Ogikubo. Magali will close on May 8 to open in a new location in June. Café Monami and its great cream cheese muffins and curry remain though!
- Green curry, etc. at Bamii, Kōenji
- Sri Lankan curry at Pipinella, Kōenji

Cochin Nivas Cochin Nivas Magali at monami Magali at monami
Bamii, Kōenji ピピネラ ピピネラ ピピネラ

Music event: I went to see Negicco's tour finale at Nakano Sunplaza! They performed from start til end with a full band, often backed with a horn section, for a total of 8 musicians! They played 21 songs, but despite that leaving out some favorites (no "Sunshine Nihonkai"...). Nevertheless that was a great show! It was also my first time at Nakano Sunplaza, a venue that I had always wanted to go to, especially because its landmark building will be torn down next year. Lots of photos are up at Natalie!

Set list: hikari no Spur / Triple! Wonderland / atarashii koi no uta / 1000% no kataomoi / jiyū ni / Idol bakari kikanai de / Life Is Candy Travel / kimi to iru machi / Cream Soda Love / For a long time / oyasumi / doyō no yoru wa / mujun, hajimemashita. / Canal no madobe / Blue, Green, Red and Gone / futari no yūgi / Get It On! / sayonara Music / tokimeki no Headliner
Encore: attōteki na Style / nee, Vardia

Negicco Negicco

Pop-up shop: My friend who runs zine shop Vermikko Books has a pop-up store open at Hikarie's 8th floor "aiiima 2" space until May 8! Details here. I dropped by to say hi, won't you too. :)

Vermikko Books "Vermillion Week" at Hikarie

Music release news: lyrical school, Scha Dara Parr, Shūnosuke Ishikawa

lyrical school "Run and Run" Scha Dara Parr "Ani Shinbou" Shunosuke Ishikawa "Can't wait for spring" (Download)

Playlist: hitomitoi, Negicco, ...

hitomitoi "City Dive" hitomitoi "Surfbank Social Club" Negicco "Melody Palette" Negicco  "Rice&Snow"

This week's videos:

Scha Dara Parr "Let's Rock On"

Kids Day Band "daidaidaisuki dakishimetai"

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April 29, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #16 (April 16 to 22)

Food: - "Hanami bentō"-themed curry set at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo

Tapir Tapir

Music events: - I went to Nakatsuka Takeshi's release party for new album "EYE"! Held at Daikanyama Unit, the venue was transformed into a mini festival with 5 food stalls, complete with a nicely designed map of the premises. Takeshi perfomed with a full band and brass section, with a total of 8 people on stage! A lot of new songs were played, even tough ones that had made me wonder "can that be really played live?!" There were also performances of Shumusic Saxophone Quartet, who wandered through the crowd while playing. That was a wonderful show! There was also some DJing by regulars of the Delica Lab event. The next Delica Lab will be held on May 24 at Batica, Ebisu.

All my other photos can be seen here.

中塚武 中塚武 中塚武
中塚武 Shumusic Saxophone Quartet DJ 高橋マサル

- Record Store Day 2016 was held on April 16, and as every year there were a lot of good releases in Japan! I picked up Reina & the Blue Valentines' new 7", a beautiful 7" boxed set of the "Idol bakari Pizzicato" compilation, and a re-issue of Hosono Haruomi's "Cochin Moon" album. The last I picked up for a combination of its great jacket, the India theme (having been to Cochin before), and also because "Hum Ghar Sajan" strangely sounds so familiar. Many of RSD 2016 releases are now available to buy online (if not already sold out).

Record Store Day 2016

- The next day I had the great opportunity to beat some drums, recording a cover song with a friend. It had been a really long time, but I think I managed! That was a lot of fun! :) I can't wait to hear the result when other parts will have been recorded.

Music release news: Aira Mitsuki, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Piggy Banks, YeYe

Aira Mitsuki "Detective A" (Download) Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Sai & Co" Piggy Banks "Time Thriller" YeYe "ate a lemon" (7"+CD)

Playlist: Hosono Haruomi, Nakatsuka Takeshi, XTAL, Perfume, Halfby, hitomitoi

NAKATSUKA Takeshi "Eye" XTAL "Skygazer" Perfume "Cosmic Explorer" Halfby "Innn Hawaii" hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel"

This week's video: YeYe "ate a lemon"

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April 17, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 weeks #14-15 (April 2 to 15)

I finally got a new iPhone to replace my iPhone 5 that was falling apart. Yay! I chose the new iPhone SE, same size and design as the iPhone 5s though with updated specs.

Food: - Vietnamese dinner at Vietnam-chan, Ōkubo
- Duck & avocado salad-style soba at Snuf Kitchen, Higashi-Koganei
- Curry at Have More Curry, Omotesandō
- Coffee and pancakes at Toquio, Minami-Aoyama
- Gelato at Chiosco by the park, Kichijōji

ベトナムちゃん ベトナムちゃん ベトナムちゃん ベトナムちゃん
Snuf Kitchen Have More Curry Toquio Chiosco by the park

Music event: - I went to an in-store of True Tempo, an acoustic sub-unit of band BANK, at HMV record shop. Nakamura Dai (ex-Arch) and Hirami Fumio (Misola, ex-Love Tambourines) played a pleasant set of songs from BANK's album "True Tempo" (and some others).

Set list: True Tempo / 7 Days / Color Field / kūfuku ni tsuite / I don't know why / Step


Exhibition: I dropped by Vacant in Harajuku where is being held an exhibition by Israel artist Amit Berlowitz. 4 short films are shown, as well as blank & white photographs and a room and clothing used in those. Info at Tokyo Art Beat.

Amit Berlowitz exhibition at Vacant Amit Berlowitz exhibition at Vacant
Amit Berlowitz exhibition at Vacant Amit Berlowitz exhibition at Vacant

Music release news: The Scooters, Perfume, Re:Served, Negicco, Denki Groove, Record Store Day 2016

The Scooters "Make You Mine" (CD+7") Perfume "Cosmic Explorer" Re:Served "Chypre" (Download) Negicco "mujun, hajimemashita." Denki Groove "Denki Groove The Movie?" (Blu-ray/DVD), "tofunsai" (Blu-ray/DVD) Record Store Day 2016

Playlist: Nakatsuka Takeshi, Negicco, Perfume, Especia

NAKATSUKA Takeshi "Eye" Negicco "mujun, hajimemashita." Perfume "Cosmic Explorer" Especia "Carta" Especia "Primera"

This week's video: Perfume "Flash"

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April 9, 2016

Weekly revue 2016 week #13 (March 26 to April 1)

For this year's April Fools', I had the chance to make something really fun at work that involved cats and turned out to be quite a hit! :)

Food: - India-inspired curry at Negura, Kōenji. This tiny restaurant is only open for a limited time until July, when the building will be removed.
- Sri Lankan curry at Acala.naatha, Nakano
- Nepal dinner at Nanglo Ghar, Ōkubo
- Had a fun time at the "Wine 10" exhibition, which offers wine paired with each of the 10 art pieces. At W Tokyo (5-60-2 Yoyogi) until today Saturday April 9, from 15:00 to 19:00.

ネグラ(妄想インドカレー) Acala.naatha Nanglo Ghar
Wine 10 Wine 10 Wine 10

Music release news: Saoriiiii, Aira Mitsuki, Cutemen

Saoriiiii "Nostalgy" Aira Mitsuki "Days" (Download) Cutemen "Born To Love You / Gasoline Car" (Download)

Playlist: Pizzicato One, Scooters, Ice Choir, Nomiya Maki, Especia, Bank, hitomitoi, Dorian, nakayoshi group

Pizzicato One "watakushi no nijūseiki" Scooters "Une Manche et La Belle" Ice Choir "Afar" NOMIYA Maki "What The World Needs Now Is Love" Especia "Carta" Bank "True Tempo" hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel" Dorian "Melodies Memories" nakayoshi group "The Jesus vs Cheatman"

This week's video:

lyrical school "RUN and RUN" (To be watched on smartphone!)

Cutemen "Gasoline Car"

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March 30, 2016

Weekly revue 2016 week #12 (March 19 to 25)

Most of last week was spent on a fun trip in Kanazawa (Ishikawa pref.) and then to Himi (Toyama pref.) where we spent a night at the cottage of winery Says Farm together with several dear friends. We ate delicious sushi everyday, and also Kanazawa oden, and gelato.

金沢 金沢 金沢
日本海 七尾 七尾
氷見 氷見

Many more photos at Flickr!

Playlist: Concert, frenesi, etc.

Concert "Headache & Heartburn" frenesi "gendai"

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March 23, 2016

Weekly revue 2016 week #11 (March 12 to 18)

Food: - French restaurant Sublime, Shinbashi
- Cakes from Ressources, Akabane-bashi
- Coffee and chocolate cake at Aux Baccanales, Kioichō
- Sausage roll & more at Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano

Sublime Sublime Sublime Sublime
Sublime Sublime Aux Baccanales, Kioichō Sausage roll @ Bespoque

Music event: - Vanilla Beans performed their 9th one-man live on March 18, at Tokyo Kinema Club. I had bought our tickets via their free fan club back a few months ago, and just about a week before the show I received an email with the magic numbers: 1, 2, 3! Yes, we had the very first numbers which allowed us to go in before everyone else and get the best seats ever (center first row)! :D Of course it was my first time seeing Vanilla Beans live from so close! They gave a wonderful show full of favorites, with even three P5 covers (!), and a lot of songs from their latest album "Vanilla Beans V". The show was backed with their live band from start to end. I couldn't resist getting this great S*nic You*h homage T-shirt. :) Go to Natalie for show photos, and try to find me on this one.

Vanilla Beans

Set list: Say Goodbye / watashi,,, fukō guse / It's a Beautiful Day (Pizzicato Five cover) / Sweet Soul Revue (Pizzicato Five cover) / onna wa sore o gaman shinai / Night and Fly / Nicola / Choco Mint Flavor Time / Muscat Slope Love / Non-Section / Please Me Darling / Lady Survivor / Boyz & Girlz / Style and Council / Beanius / uchōten Girl
Encore: Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji (Pizzicato Five cover) / Now & Forever

Exhibitions: - QP x Son of the Cheese collaboration at Isetan in Shinjuku!

QP @ Isetan QP @ Isetan QP @ Isetan QP @ Isetan

- Ran by chance into UJINO's "Rotate'n'Roll Over" solo exhibition at Yamamoto Gendai! It's up until Saturday March 26.


Playlist: Vanilla Beans, Especia

Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans V" Especia "Primera" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans IV" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans III"

This week's videos:

Nakatsuka Takeshi "Japanese Boy"

suiyōbi no Campanella "Chupacabra"

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March 17, 2016

Weekly revue 2016 week #10 (March 5 to 11)

Food: - Sandwich, tiramisu and coffee at Parlour Ekoda
- Vegetables, soft shell crab & more at Gessekai, Shibuya

パーラー江古田 パーラー江古田 月世界 月世界

Music event: I went to see Denki Groove on the first day at Zepp Tokyo! The entire show was non-stop from start til end, with no talk at all (except during the encore). Many older and rare songs were played. What an awesome techno show!

Set list: Hello! Mr. Monkey Magic Orchestra / Fallin' Down / Missing Beatz / Shameful / Shinkansen / Eine Kleine Melody / Baby's on Fire / Scorpion 2001 / Baron Dance / Asunaro Sunshine / Kamelife / TKO Techno Queen / Fake It! / Love Domination / Flashback Disco / Jumbo Tanishi / N.O. / Wicked Jumper
Encore: Loop Zombies

Exhibition: - QP x Son of the Cheese at Ginza Mitsukoshi!

QP @ 三越銀座店 QP @ 三越銀座店 QP @ 三越銀座店

Music release news: unBORDE all stars, Suzuki Saori, Nakatsuka Takeshi, FPM

unBORDE all stars "Feel + unBORDE Greatest Hits" Suzuki Saori "East River" FPM "Motions (Best Killer Remixes & Produce works by FPM)" (3CD) Nakatsuka Takeshi "EYE"

Playlist: Jintana & Emeralds, Denki Groove, Vanilla Beans, Especia, CAPSULE, XTAL, Reina & The Blue Valentines

Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" Denki Groove "20" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans V" Especia "Carta" CAPSULE "Wave Runner" XTAL "Skygazer" Reina & The Blue Valentines "Lady or Girl?"

This week's video: Kero Kero Bonito "Lipslap"

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March 6, 2016

Weekly revue 2016 week #9 (February 27 to March 4)

Food: - Curry at Indo Fujiko, newly opened in Kōenji (below Enban)
- Curry from Asia Curry House, Kinshichō
- Dark chocolate & pistachio gelato at Ayura Café Gelato & Espresso, Shinjuku. The gelato here is by Malga Gelato in Ishikawa pref . A must check for gelato fans!

インド富士子 インド富士子 Asia Curry House Ayura Café

Music event: - On Sunday February 28, I went to Dr. Usui's "OTOCO no Revenge Fes" festival held for free at Shibuya Lush, or at least I made it for the 2nd half of it. I got to see thai kick murph (a talented group with girl vocals with a post-rock-ish style), Genius P.J's (electro + rap unit), Electric Ribbon (idol group) and (M)otocompo! As I always think of Dr. Usui's band picks, all were great!

thai kick murph Genius PJ's
(M)otocompo (M)otocompo

Music release news: Chocolat & Akito meets The Mattson 2, Maika Loubté, Tarte Tatin, Aoi, Polysics

Chocolat & Akito meets The Mattson 2 "Chocolat & Akito meets The Mattson 2" Maika Loubté "Universal Metro" (Download) Tarte Tatin "re:10 tartetatin" Aoi "Girl" Polysics "What's This???"

Playlist: Denki Groove, XTAL, Especia, dip in the pool

Denki Groove "Fallin' Down" Denki Groove "25" XTAL "Skygazer" Denki Groove "Human Beings and Animals" Especia "Carta" Denki Groove "Yellow" dip in the pool "Highwire Walker"

This week's video:

Negicco "mujun, hajimemashita."


Re:Served "MIGOTO"

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