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January 2013 Archives


.26 Weekly revue: 2013 week #4 (January 19 to 25)
.19 Weekly revue: 2013 week #3 (January 12 to 18)
.14 Weekly revue: 2013 week #2 (January 5 to 11)
.05 Weekly revue: 2013 week #1 (December 29, 2012 to January 4, 2013)

January 26, 2013

Weekly revue: 2013 week #4 (January 19 to 25)

Food: - Le verre volé à Tokyo, Meguro
- Chocolates from Salon du chocolat at Isetan, Shinjuku (until Monday!)

Le verre volé a Tokyo Le verre volé a Tokyo Le verre volé a Tokyo Le verre volé a Tokyo Le verre volé a Tokyo Salon du chocolat

Shopping: I did some serious shopping at Amadana! New headphones of the SAL series, the calculator I always wanted, and spares of my favorite earphones.

Music events: - Last weekend a colleague invited me to go to a show of idol group Dempa Gumi inc., who I wasn't very familiar with except for the fact that Kaseki Cider wrote a few songs for them. The show was full of energy and a lot of fun! I did stand a bit towards the back where I didn't have to deal with over-enthusiastic fans (except for receiving light sticks on the head twice). I wouldn't call myself a fan yet, but there are several catchy songs that I like. Watch a video from this show below.

- And on Tuesday was Nakatsuka Takeshi's "enoteca" event at Batica in Ebisu. The guest band was supposed to be YMCK, but they canceled because of flu (it's been propagating lately). :( Takeshi's band decided to play 2 sets instead of just one. The 2nd didn't have a planned set list, instead Takeshi browsed around effect names on his effector to pick songs. That was really a fun set! There was also an announcement of Takeshi's new album "Lyrics" coming in February. Details will be posted shortly on Tokyo's Coolest Sound. I also enjoyed DJ WASA (aka singer SAWA)'s set which ranged from techno and house to J-pop tunes.

中塚武 中塚武 DJ WASA a.k.a SAWA

New music: - Kinoco Hotel "Marianne no yūwaku". I had almost given up my hopes of getting the limited edition "box", it having sold out online before it went on sale. But last weekend I dropped by Tower Records Shibuya (can't believe it was my first time there since it was renewed..!) and they had a sign saying "Back in stock miracle!? Ask the cashier.", and a minute later I had mine! The box is much larger than I had expected. It contains a photo book and poster, and to my surprise the art direction is by Shindō Mitsuo! Of course it's great!

This new album sounds a lot more like a dark smoky night club than the previous album that which felt more pop. This great neo-GS girl band keeps bringing interesting surprises. The box also came with a DVD of a 1-hour great psychedelic show held last summer at Liquidroom. It's full of up-close looks of each member's killer skills, and drummer Fabienne's beautiful smile. :)

Music release news: Isao Tomita, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (DVD), Crazy Ken Band

Isao Tomita "Symphony Ihatov" Crazy Ken Band "ma, iiya" Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "dokidoki wakuwaku Pamyu Pamyu Revolution Land 2012 In kirakira Budokan" (DVD/Blu-ray)

Playlist: Kinoco Hotel, Aira Mitsuki, Perfume, Breakbot, ...

Kinoco Hotel "Marianne no yūwaku" Kinoco Hotel "Marianne no kōkotsu" Aira Mitsuki "???" Perfume "⊿" Breakbot "By Your Side"

Tech: I upgraded Facebook Like buttons on my sites to use the latest code. I chose XFBML with the JavaScript SDK. It was rather easy, not as easy as the IFrame method but I believe they do load faster this way.

This week's videos::

Dempa Gumi inc. "W.W.D" live at Zepp Tokyo (January 20, 2013)

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "kimi ni 100 Percent" live on Music Station
(from upcoming single "furisodeshon / kimi ni 100 Percent")

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January 19, 2013

Weekly revue: 2013 week #3 (January 12 to 18)

This week we had snow! Relatively quite a lot too for a place where it only snows once or twice every winter.

雪 雪

Food: - Galette des rois from Katane Bakery, Yoyogi-Uehara
- Galette des rois from Maison du Chocolat, Marunouchi
- Galette des rois from Le pain de Joël Robuchon, Shibuya
- Coffee & walnut cake, and strawberry flapjack traybake from Sunday Bake Shop
- Chicken fajitas at Mucho, Marunouchi

Galette des rois チキンファヒータ

Music release news: kotringo, hitomitoi (12"), Kaseki Cider (12"), Hanazawa Kana, Isao Tomita

kotringo "tsubame Novelette" hitomitoi "YOUR TIME Route #1" (12") Kaseki Cider "Mr. City Pop EP" (12") Hanazawa Kana "Silent Snow" Isao Tomita "Symphony Ihatov"

Playlist: Kinoco Hotel, Towa Tei, Kaseki Cider, FPM, YMCK, Nosa Reina

Kinoco Hotel "Marianne no yūutsu" Towa Tei "Sunny" Kaseki Cider "Mr. City Pop" FPM "FPM" YMCK "Family Music" YMCK "Family Racing" YMCK "Family Genesis" YMCK "Family Cooking" NOSA Reina "don't kiss, but yes"

This week's videos:

Isao Tomita feat Hatsune Miku

Space Shower TV jingle by Yasuda Toshiyuki

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 13:18 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |

January 14, 2013

Weekly revue: 2013 week #2 (January 5 to 11)

Food: - Dates square at Rose Bakery, Kichijōji
- Mexican chicken avocado bread salad at seat mania, Shibuya

Rose Bakery seat mania

Music event: Last weekend I went to see friend Char's band Saitō Neon Sign, and the new band of Sally Kubota Love & Revolution which happened to be playing at the same event. My report is here.

斎藤ネヲンサイン ラブ&レボリューション

New music: I got French artist Breakbot's "By Your Side" album and I like it! I was surprised by "Fantasy" which sounds a lot like Aira Mitsuki x Saori@destiny's "Wowtown". My guess is that they both sampled the same disco track, but looking around the web I couldn't find the source.

Breakbot "By Your Side"

Music release news: tofubeats, P.O.P ORCHeSTRA, Perfume

tofubeats "yumenonakamade feat. ERA" (Download) P.O.P ORCHeSTRA "" (Download)

Playlist: Dorian, frenesi, Emmy Lee & The Psyzans, Momoiro Clover Z, capsule, Denki Groove, Vanilla Beans, Tarte Tatin, Chromeo

Dorian "Melodies Memories" frenesi "gendai" Emmy Lee & The Psyzas "koi no teppōdama" Momoiro Clover Z "bokura no Century" capsule "World of Fantasy" Denki Groove "Karateka" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans III" Tarte Tatin "Tetrad" Chromeo "Fancy Footwork"

Tech: On my blog's top page, I changed the Moblog on the left to show my latest photos posted to Instagram. Since Instagram doesn't provide any kind of feed (RSS, Atom), I used a service called RSS.stagram.

This week's videos:

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "furisodeshon"

Perfume "mirai no Museum" (Doraemon ending theme)

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 00:27 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |

January 5, 2013

Weekly revue: 2013 week #1 (December 29, 2012 to January 4, 2013)

Happy New Year 2013! Here's wishing for a fun and peaceful year of the snake!

My first week of the year was a quiet one as it should be, except for catching a show on December 30 with my friend Peter. And I spent the first hour or so of 2013 in a small temple in the countryside, listening to prayers of a Buddhist priest..!

Music event: Nakatsuka Takeshi's "Beat Communist vol.12" event at JZ Brat on December 30. See my report here.


New music: I got my first Momoiro Clover Z CD... because it has some remixes by Konishi Yasuharu! :) "bokura no Century" is only sold at Momoclo shows and on the label's site that ships to Japan only.

Music release news: Nona Reeves, Small Boys, Negicco, Black Bottom Brass Band, Tomoki Kanda, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Denki Groove, Cornelius, Candles

Nona Reeves "Hippy Christmas / Live Thirteen" Small Boys "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ" Negicco "Negicco One Man Live -Best of Negicco- @ Shibuya Sound Museum Vision" (DVD) Black Bottom Brass Band "Kids Brass ~Big Easy!~" Tomoki Kanda "Interstellar Interlude" Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "kimi ni 100 Percent / furisode-shon" Denki Groove "Missing Beatz" Cornelius "NHK 'Design Ah'" CANDLES "Fantastic parallel world"

Posted on January 5, 2013 at 14:45 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |

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