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Stage Future vol.2: live report

On Friday I headed to haretara sora ni mame maite (translates to "when it's sunny, sow beans at the sky"), a live house in Daikanyama that doubles as a café serving some very good food, all focusing on beans. I was hungry so I ordered a chili con carne plate with gokokumai (5 types of rice mixed together) and some vegetables, which was quite good! The place has a somewhat LOHAS atmosphere, even the drink "ticket" is a small stone.

The event "Future vol.2" featured bands from Too Young Records. All were good-feeling acoustic sets with talented musicians, which all have songs appear on the label's "Dukes and Birds" compilation.

My main reason to go there was not for the main acts though, but for arcorhyme (MySpace), the new unit of Takanami K-tarō (ex-Pizzicato Five) and Nishimura Ikuyo.

シンドウユカFirst was Shindō Yuka, a girl from Osaka who used to be in a band called The Fox. Now she plays ukulele and sings. It seemed like she hadn't played in Tokyo for a while. She was accompanied by BANK's musicians which was to play a set later. She began with a cover of "Java Jive" and her set included the great "Tiki Tiki Bamboo" which can be heard at her MySpace.

Next was KIdOIES, a band of 4 guys that played folkish rock. The pianist and guitarist alternated on vocals. They were good! The drummer played a "beat box", that is a box that makes sounds similar to a bass drum and snare. I've seen that type of instrument before but don't know what it's called, so if anyone can fill me in... :)

From left to right: KIdOIES and BANK

Last was BANK, a band led by Nakamura Dai, who seems to run Too Young Records, and features Hirami Fumio who used to play in Love Tambourines. They played pop songs and I had a good time.

Best of all though was when arcorhyme came on stage for the short time of two songs. They played a cover of The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" and the title track of their first iTunes EP, "amai hibi ~la douce vie~". Both can also be heard on their MySpace. For the cover, Ikuyo played bits on the flute, which she has only been learning for a few weeks. K-taro played the guitar and sang chorus. The original song was just delightful, it's been on heavy rotation on my iPod ever since it was released on iTunes. Though short, I was very pleased and will be looking forward to seeing them again in December!


They also made some announcements, mainly that their two debut albums will be released on January 23 on K-taro's new label called Arcotone! It's distributed by Vivid Sound, so no worries about availability. Arcotone is also likely to be releasing some compilations in the future.

Oh, and I got to chat briefly with the two of them!! I could tell them that I'm the proud owner of their limited CD-R's #001, and Ikuyo was quick at offering me a special prize. :)

When I was ready to leave, a very friendly staff member of TYR accompanied me to the door and said "merci!!" for goodbye. A very memorable evening!

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