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April 2015 Archives


.19 Weekly revue: 2015 week #16 (April 11 to 17)
.14 Weekly revue: 2015 week #15 (April 4 to 10)
.05 Weekly revue: 2015 week #14 (March 28 to April 3)

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"

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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.

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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 :)

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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! :)


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.


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"

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