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January 21, 2017

Weekly revue: 2017 week #3 (January 14 to 20)

Food: - Curry dinner at Sunvalley Hotel, Sangenjaya
- Chicken curry & minced pork rice at Roka, Okubo
- Premium pudding at Coffeehouse Nishiya, Shibuya

Sunvalley Hotel Sunvalley Hotel Sunvalley Hotel
Roka in Okubo Roka in Okubo Premium pudding at Nishiya

Exhibitions: - Groovisions, a design company I have loved ever since I came to Japan, held an exhibition titled "GROOVISIONS 5x27" at Spiral in Aoyama! On display were a wide range of their design works, and so many Chappie life-size mannequins!

GROOVISIONS 5×27 GROOVISIONS 5×27 GROOVISIONS 5×27 GROOVISIONS 5×27 GROOVISIONS 5×27 GROOVISIONS 5×27 GROOVISIONS 5×27 GROOVISIONS 5×27

- Also, QP did a quick exhibition at skateboard shop FESN Laboratory in Nakano. Clothing line LIBE Brand Univs also released a lot of stuff in collaboration with QP for its latest collection titled "1 + 1 = 3". Each piece is printed with text in QP's signature font.

QP exhibition at FESN QP exhibition at FESN QP exhibition at FESN
QP exhibition at FESN QP exhibition at FESN QP exhibition at FESN

Music release news: "ExT Best File", G.Rina, Perfume, Towa Tei, Hollywood Zakoshisyoh

Various Artists "ExT Best File" G.Rina "Live & Learn" Perfume "Tokyo Girl" Towa Tei "EMO" Hollywood Zakoshisyoh "gokiburi otoko" (Download)

Playlist: Agata Morio, Crazy Ken Band, Maika Loubté, etc.

AGATA Morio "El jaguar del bandoneon" Crazy Ken Band "mō sukkari are nan dayone" Maika Loubté "Le Zip"

This week's video: Hollywood Zakoshisyoh "gokuburi otoko"

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 23:57 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


January 16, 2017

Weekly revue: 2017 week #2 (January 7 to 13)

Food: - Pho at BiaHoi Chop, Nakano. A new branch of Chopsticks (Koenji)!
- Rainy day gelato at Sincerita, Asagaya
- Lunch at Basque restaurant Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Shibuya
- Pâté de campagne & dessert at Matsuki, Nakano

Pho at Bia Hoi Chop, Nakano Rainy day gelato at Sincerita, Asagaya Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Shibuya Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Shibuya
Matsuki (松㐂), Nakano Matsuki (松㐂), Nakano

Music event: My first show of 2017 was on Monday January 7, Sally Soul Stew's new year event at Yoyogi Zher the Zoo. The super band led by bassist Sally Kubota (The Phantom Gift, Les 5-4-3-2-1) also features singers Lemon and Mashiro Megumi (Hicksville), guitarist Nakamori Yasuhiro (Hicksville), keyboardist Nakayama Tsutomu and drummer Shirane Kenichi (GREAT3). This time they were accompanied by Matsumoto Kenichi on saxophone and shakuhachi. As always the show was just great, with a lot of wonderful songs played by this great bunch! A new CD-R of 3 songs was sold there, recorded at Shirane Kenichi's home studio on 4-track tape like in the day. It sounds very nice!

Last but not least, the DJ was Comoesta Yaegashi (Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys) who played a lot of rocking good tunes. During the show Sally recalled the first time he saw Comoesta DJ and how he was impressed.

Partial set list: Shotgun (Junior Walker & The All-Stars cover) / Day Tripper (The Beatles cover) / ... / Joy To The World / ... / Poison Ivy (The Coasters cover, Japanese lyrics by Kimchi Cats) / Spooky Rock / Love Land / ... / Singer Lady (Shibata Natsumi cover) / Rock Steady (Aretha Franklin cover) / anata ni maketa no (Koyama Rumi cover) / Golden Cup / Black Coffee (Pete Mac Jr. cover) / hitori no kanashimi (Zoo Nee Voo cover)
Encore: Boy and Girl

Sally Soul Stew Sally Soul Stew Sally Soul Stew
Sally Soul Stew Sally Soul Stew Sally Soul Stew

Music release news: fox capture plan, Inoue Honoka, "ExT Best File", G.Rina

fox capture plan "Fragile" Inoue Honoka "First Flight" Various Artists "ExT Best File" G.Rina "Live & Learn"

Playlist: XTAL, La Veuve Moustachue, Pizzicato Five, ...

XTAL "Skygazer" La Veuve Moustachue "Les Vacances de la Veuve Moustachue" Pizzicato Five "Bellissima!"

This week's video: U-zhaan x Tamaki ROY x Chinza Dopeness "Nanayoubi"

Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku x Negicco "Ebi Negi Alright!"

Posted on January 16, 2017 at 21:17 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


January 7, 2017

Weekly revue: 2017 week #1 (December 31 to January 6)

マムシ注意

Food: - First soba of the year at the Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum in Kasama. Also checked out the ceramic market nearby!
- Vietnamese hot pot at Chopsticks, Kōenji

蕎麦 Vietnamese hot pot at Chopsticks

Music release news: YMCK, the fascinations, Charan-Po-Rantan

YMCK "Family Swing" the fascinations "tsuki no ura de aimashō - Let's go to the darkside of the moon -" (7") Charan-Po-Rantan "toritomenashi"

Playlist: Pizzicato Five, Negicco, Metafive, Rodion, Ice Choir

Pizzicato Five "ça et là du japon" Negicco  "Rice&Snow" Metafive "Meta" Rodion "Generator" Ice Choir "Designs In Rhythm"

Posted on January 7, 2017 at 13:49 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


January 1, 2017

Weekly revue: 2016 week #52 (December 24 to 30)

Happy New Year 2017!! Best wishes for a year of fun, delicious times and plenty of good music!

Food: - Boudin noir & yellowtail fish rillettes at Tapir, Shin-Okubo
- Cafe latte at Parlour Ekoda
- Udon w/ chicken & chikuwa tenpura at Oniyanma, Nakameguro. The Gotanda branch was featured in vol. 2 of manga "It will be breakfast at Tiffany some day", which always depicts real breakfasts of actual restaurants, so I tried doing a quick collage!
- Hazelnut & tonic ice creams, and a strawberry & anko (red bean) pie at Sunday Bake Shop, Hatsudai
- Pizza and more at Guerrero, Shimokitazawa

Tapir Tapir Parlour Ekoda おにやんま
Sunday Bake Shop Sunday Bake Shop Guerrero Guerrero

Music release news: Hamada Maron, D.A.N., Urbangarde, hitomitoi, Nakata Yasutaka / Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Hamada Maron "kisetsu meguredo jazz ver." (CD+7") D.A.N. "SSWB" (Download) Urbangarde "Akuma des Akuma" hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel" (LP+7") Nakata Yasutaka / Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Crazy Crazy (feat. Charli XCX & Kyary Pamyu Pamyu) / Harajuku iyahoi"

Posted on January 1, 2017 at 20:49 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


December 25, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #51 (December 17 to 23)

Food: - Sri Lankan curry at Acala.naatha, Nakano
- "Buy Me" bánh mi sandwich at Buy Me Stand, Shibuya

Acala.naatha "Buy Me" bánh mi sandwich at Buy Me Stand

Music event: I went to the best year end party ever, hosted by my favorite art director: Shindō Mitsuo! It started precisely at 7pm with Nomiya Maki singing "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji", then some DJing by DJ Noel, and there was also a mini-live by Hoff Dylan. This was followed by a very special performance! I'm very thankful for having been able to go to this awesome party!

Hoff Dylan Grand piano

Exhibition: Went to check out the 「大ラジカセ展」 ("Radio cassette big exhibition") at Parco in Ikebukuro. There were lots of items on display, from very old tape player/recorders to more modern early 90's huge boomboxes, with a lot of odd ones in between, and lots of tapes too!

大ラジカセ展 大ラジカセ展 大ラジカセ展 大ラジカセ展 大ラジカセ展 大ラジカセ展 大ラジカセ展 大ラジカセ展 大ラジカセ展 大ラジカセ展 大ラジカセ展 大ラジカセ展

Music release news: Uchoten, Ishino Takkyu, Budo Grape, Hamada Maron, D.A.N.

Uchoten "Kafka's Rock/Nietzsche's Pop" Ishino Takkyu "EUQITANUL" Budo Grape "oyatsu no kakushibasho" Hamada Maron "kisetsu meguredo jazz ver." (CD+7") D.A.N. "SSWB" (Download)

This week's video: Ice Choir "Designs In Rhythm"

Twisty "Deer Socks"

D.A.N. "SSWB"

Posted on December 25, 2016 at 23:56 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


December 18, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #50 (December 10 to 16)

Food: - Chicken vindaloo & asari (clam) curries at Negura, Kōenji
- Xmas special Victoria sponge cake at Kies, Nishi-Ogikubo
- "Bring Home The Bacon" BLT sandwich at Buy Me Stand, Shibuya

Negura, Kōenji Xmas special Victoria sponge cake at Kies "Bring Home the Bacon" at Buy Me Stand

Music event: Had the great opportunity to watch instrumental improvisational jazz trio The Necks from Australia, at Shibuya WWW X. The band was formed in 1987, and it was their first time to play in Japan! They played two sets (= two songs, as their pieces run up to about an hour) which were mesmerizing and soothing.

The Necks at Shibuya WWW X

Music release news: lyrical school movie, Especia, Nakano Aya feat. Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys, Negicco, Emerson Kitamura, "Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Artworks 2011-2016"

"lyrical school no michi to no sōgū" (Blu-ray/DVD) Especia "Danger" Nakano Aya "Mambo Alc.0.00% feat. Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys" (CD+7") Negicco "ai, kamashitai no" Emerson Kitamura "Rock'n Roll No Hajimari Ha" Steve Nakamura "Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Artworks 2011-2016" (Book)

This week's video: Emerson Kitamura "kaerimichi no hon"

Posted on December 18, 2016 at 23:13 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


December 10, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #49 (December 3 to 9)

Food: - Salmon dinner at Shake Kojima, Daitabashi
- Oden and salmon curry at Shake Stand, Daitabashi
- South Indian curry dinner at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku

しゃけ小島 しゃけスタンド しゃけスタンド
Cochin Nivas Cochin Nivas

Music event: - Went to see Ice Choir from NY at Fever, Shindaita! Having been enjoying very much both of their albums, it was great to hear all those songs performed live. I bought the vinyl edition of "Designs in Rhythm", and had it autographed by all members. :)

Ice Choir Ice Choir Ice Choir "Designs in Rhythm" 12" autographed

The other bands Luby Sparks and Poor Vacation were very good too!

Luby Sparks Poor Vacation

Playlist: hitomitoi, Ice Choir, Agata Morio & more

hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel" Ice Choir "Designs In Rhythm" AGATA Morio "kindai Rock"

This week's videos:

Negicco "ai, kamashitai no"

Especia "Danger"

Posted on December 10, 2016 at 22:09 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


December 4, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #48 (November 26 to December 2)

Food: - Italian & curry dinner at Pavone Indiano, Hatagaya
- Oden at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo
- Kevin Bacon at W.P (Whoopi) Gold Burger, Shibuya
- Mince pie and coffee at Sunday Bake Shop, Hatsudai

Pavone Indiano Pavone Indiano Pavone Indiano Pavone Indiano
Oden at Tapir Kevin Bacon at Whoopi Gold Burger Sunday Bake Shop Sunday Bake Shop

Music event: - On November 27 I went to "Moshi Moshi Nippon 2016", a festival held every year with magical free entrance for foreigners. This year again there were live performances by CAPSULE and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, so of course I'm in. :) I also got to see Dempagumi.inc, Tempura Kidz, Daishi Dance feat. Pax Japonica Groove, and fun promotional shows of DJ Marukome and "Domobics" (Domo-kun with Tokyo Performance Doll aka "Tokyo Performance Domo").

CAPSULE set list: Starry Sky / Another World / More More More / Never Let Me Go / Stay with you / Sugarless GiRL

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu set list: Kira Kira Killer / Candy Candy / PON PON PON / Ninjya-Re Bang Bang / Tsukema Tsukeru / Sai & Co

DJ Marukome DJ Marukome Tokyo Performance Domo

Music release news: Negicco, Hoshino Michiru, Learners, Okada Tohru

Negicco "Negicco at NHK Hall ~ TADAIMA ~ 2016 Summer" (Blu-ray) Hoshino Michiru "You Love Me ~you love me more today than yesterday but not as much as tomorrow~" (12") Hoshino Michiru "suteki ni X'mas Night" (7"+CD) Learners "Learners Christmas EP" (7") Okada Tohru "Aurora miru made nemurenai c/w Muscat Coconut Banana Melon" (7")

Playlist: CAPSULE, Genius, Metafive, Pizzicato Five, & more

CAPSULE "Wave Runner" Genius "This is not new." Metafive "Metahalf" Pizzicato Five "Bellissima!"

Posted on December 4, 2016 at 12:52 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


November 27, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #47 (November 19 to 25)

Food: - Dinner at 37.2℃ (Nanadonibu), Roka-kōen
- Gyōza at Fujiiya, Suidōbashi
- "Son of the Cheese" grilled cheese sandwich at Buy Me Stand, Shibuya

37.2℃ (ナナドニブ, Nanadonibu) 37.2℃ (ナナドニブ, Nanadonibu) 37.2℃ (ナナドニブ, Nanadonibu) 37.2℃ (ナナドニブ, Nanadonibu)
37.2℃ (ナナドニブ, Nanadonibu) 37.2℃ (ナナドニブ, Nanadonibu) 藤井屋 Fujiiya "Son of the Cheese" at Buy Me Stand

Music event: - On Wednesday I caught a bit of the "Switched On!" event in Kichijoji, organized by Dr. Usui ((M)otocompo). As always at his events, the line-up was impressive. I'm glad I got to see Genius, The Lady Spade, The Aprils, Cutie Pai, and also Dr. Usui-produced idol group "ikoku no Palpitante"!

Genius Genius
Genius

The Aprils feat. The Lady Spade The Aprils feat. The Lady Spade The Aprils feat. The Lady Spade
The Aprils feat. The Lady Spade

The Aprils (partial) set list: ki-ra-me-ki Moon Diver / Cosmo '80s / Discotheque Murder (Motocompo cover) / C.Disco (CTO LAB. cover) / Magical Girls feat. The Lady Spade / Horror Survivor feat. The Lady Spade (& zombie Taichi) / ..

Music release news: Okada Tohru, sugar me, Cutemen, Negicco

Okada Tohru "Portraiture of T" sugar me "6 femmes" Cutemen "Humanity", "Cruel Memories -The Best & Rarities-" Negicco "Negicco at NHK Hall ~ TADAIMA ~ 2016 Summer" (Blu-ray)

Playlist: Vanilla Beans, (M)otocompo x Kit Cat, frenesi, Metafive, Agata Morio, Genius

Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans V" (M)otocompo x Kit Cat "Poplot Times 2016" frenesi "Cupra" Metafive "Metahalf" AGATA Morio "kindai Rock" Genius "This is not new."

This week's video: Okada Tohru "shikkari! Dynamo! tanomu zo! Battery!"

Posted on November 27, 2016 at 15:14 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


November 20, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #46 (November 12 to 18)

Food: - Sri Lankan food at Cafe Lolita, Yoyogi
- Carrot cake at Buik, Minami-Aoyama
- Lamb meat, etc., at Ajibō, Kanda
- Annual oden at Tapir, Shin-Okubo

Cafe Lolita Cafe Lolita Cafe Lolita
Carrot cake at Buik 味坊 味坊 Oden at Tapir

Music events: - I went to Nomiya Maki's annual show at Billboard Live Tokyo! This year the theme was "soundtrack Shibuya-kei", mainly covers of songs heard in movies or TV that inspired Shibuya-kei artists. That was a wonderful show! The song selection was great! I was especially moved by a version of "T'en va pas" (as sung by Harada Tomoyo with Japanese lyrics by Ōnuki Taeko). It was also a great flashback to hear "Topless Party", featured on Maki's solo album "Miss Maki Nomiya Sings"! ... and the Pizzicato Five medley of course! I sure hope this will be released on CD like the previous years' shows.

Set list: Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji (Pizzicato Five) / Chanson des Jumelles (from "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort") (Michel Legrand) / Love Squall (from "Lupin the 3rd") (Sandra Horn aka Sandii) / Melody Fair (from "Melody") (Bee Gees) / T'en va pas (from "La Femme de ma vie") (Elsa) / kaitou Ruby (from "kaitou Ruby") (KOIZUMI Kyoko) / Topless Party (from "Sweden: Heaven And Hell") (Piero Umiliani) / Go Kart Twist (from "Eighteen in the Sun") (Gianni Morandi) / 7 uomini d'oro (from "Seven Golden Men") (Armando Trovajoli) / koi to Machinegun (Flipper's Guitar) / Rouge no dengon (from "Kiki's Delivery Service") (ARAI Yumi (Yuming)) / Un Homme et Une Femme (from "Un Homme et Une Femme") (Pierre Barouh & Nicole Croisille)

Encore (Pizzicato Five medley!): konya wa Boogie Back (Scha Dara Parr cover) / Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji / À Tokyo (Afternoon At The Cafe) / Happy Sad / Baby Love Child / Twiggy Twiggy / Weekend

NOMIYA Maki at Billboard Live Tokyo NOMIYA Maki at Billboard Live Tokyo NOMIYA Maki at Billboard Live Tokyo
NOMIYA Maki at Billboard Live Tokyo NOMIYA Maki at Billboard Live Tokyo

- I went to see Agata Morio's in-store event at Tower Records Shibuya's Pied Piper House (5th floor), in promotion of his new album "kindai Rock" out on that day. There was a talk show also featuring Pied Piper House's Nagato-san, and Suzuki Sōichirō (of World Standard, who sound-produced the album). Although it was just supposed to be a talk show and autograph session, he added in a mini-live show! Accompanied by Suzuki-san, he sang two songs from the new album, and also "boku wa tenshi janai yo".

Set list: Rosetta no keikoku / kaero kana, yozora o. / boku wa tenshi janai

AGATA Morio

New music: This week was vinyl week! I got La veuve moustachue's new LP (a kind of updated version of the mini-album from 2002, with twice more songs), and also Hirayama Miki's "mayonaka no Angel Baby" (a newly recorded version produced by Groove Unchant and Arai Toshiya, plus a remix by Comoesta Yaegashi). I had also been looking around for Chikada Haruo's "hoshikuzu kyōdai no densetsu", an 1980 album that was later made into a movie of the same name. All great stuff!

Music release news: Wakita Monari, La veuve moustachue, lyrical school, "Japanese Sounds" mix CDs, Agata Morio

Wakita Monari "In The City / anone,,," (CD+7") lyrical school "guidebook" La Veuve Moustachue "Les Vacances de la Veuve Moustachue" (12") Various Artists "Japanese Sounds - A Tatsuo Sunaga Live Mix", "Japanese Sounds mixed by Muro" Agata Morio "kindai Rock"

Playlist: Fujin Club, Emerson Kitamura, Nakatsuka Takeshi, Pizzicato Five, Tarte Tatin, hitomitoi, Chikada Haruo, etc.

Emerson KITAMURA "ochikochi ni" NAKATSUKA Takeshi "Eye" Pizzicato Five "Bellissima!" Pizzicato Five "Bossa Nova 2001" Tarte Tatin "Tetrad" hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel"

This week's video: Wakita Monari "In The City"

Posted on November 20, 2016 at 13:27 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


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