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February 2016 Archives


.29 Weekly revue 2016 week #8 (February 20 to 26)
.21 Weekly revue 2016 week #7 (February 13 to 19)
.14 Weekly revue 2016 week #6 (February 6 to 12)
.07 Weekly revue 2016 week #5 (January 30 to February 5)
.01 Weekly revue: 2016 week #4 (January 23 to 29)

February 29, 2016

Weekly revue 2016 week #8 (February 20 to 26)

Food: - Yellowtail fish curry at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo
- 4th anniversary event at Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano
- Vegetables 65, etc. at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku
- Kumiko's Thai food event at Sunday Bake Shop, Hatsudai

Tapir Bespoque's 4th anniversary Cochin Nivas Cochin Nivas
Sunday Bake Shop x Kumiko's Thai food Sunday Bake Shop x Kumiko's Thai food Sunday Bake Shop x Kumiko's Thai food

Music release news:, Asa-chang & Junray "aidoro C", "Subliminal Diet / koshikake Rap" (7") Asa-chang & Junray "mahou"

Playlist: Especia, Breakbot, Dorian, dahlia, Vanilla Beans, hitomitoi

Especia "Gusto" Breakbot "Still Waters" Especia "Primera" Dorian "midori" dahlia "Beautiful, But Noir" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans V" hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel" Especia "Primera" Especia "Carta"

This week's video: Halfby "Slow Banana feat. Alfred Beach Sandal"

Posted on February 29, 2016 at 21:37 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |

February 21, 2016

Weekly revue 2016 week #7 (February 13 to 19)

Food: - Steak frites at L'amitié, Takadanobaba
- Araredofu (fried tofu) & peanuts curry w/ chick pea pottage and homemade bread, basmati, at Tapir, Shin-Okubo
- Kevin Bacon at Whoopi Goldburger, Shibuya
- Minazuki, Hatagaya

L'amitié Tapir Kevin Bacon @ Whoopi Goldburger 水無月 (Minazuki)

Workshop: I got to go to a workshop/showcase free event at French cosmetics shop Dyptique in Aoyama. For about an hour we had the chance to sample about 20 fragrances while being explained many details, and making notes of which we liked or didn't. Among others, I liked "L'Ombre dans l'Eau", and also "Eau des Sens", a new fragrance that's being launched soon.

Music release news: Perfume, Especia

Perfume "Perfume Complete 'LP' BOX" (12"x6) Especia "Carta"

Playlist: blue marble, Breakbot, Vanilla Beans, XTAL, Especia

blue marble "full color" Breakbot "Still Waters" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans V" XTAL "Skygazer" Especia "Primera"

This week's video: The video footage of these two clips by Especia is from the show I saw in January! New album "Carta" is coming on Feb. 24!

Especia "Clover"

Especia "Rittenhouse Square"

Posted on February 21, 2016 at 20:27 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |

February 14, 2016

Weekly revue 2016 week #6 (February 6 to 12)

Food: - Quiche plate and carrot cake at Buik, Omotesando
- BLT slider et coq au vin chez Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano

Quiche plate @ buik Carrot cake at Buik BLT slider at Bespoque BLT slider at Bespoque Coq au vin chez Bespoque

Music event: I went to see Maika Loubté, and Takako Minekawa and Dustin Wong! The event was "DAW EXPO" organized by Maika at moon romantic (tsuki miru kimi omou) in Aoyama. Mineko and Dustin were on stage first, and played a fun set with songs from their albums but also what sounded like a bunch of new ones.

Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong

Then Maika went on stage together with Mother Tereco, a unit of two ex-members of Open Reel Ensemble. The stage was literally full of synthesizers, fulfilling the DAW expo theme. That was also a really great set that sounded really good with deep bass. In addition to her own songs, she also sang a cover of "Eight Melodies" from the game Mother! Maika announced that she changed her artist name to Maika Loubté (from her real name Leboutet).

Maika Loubté Maika Loubté Maika Loubté Maika Loubté

Sexy Killer (ex-DJ Puripuri) DJ'd before, between and after the shows, playing several older Mineko solo classics, and also game music and more.

Music release news: Nakatsuka Takeshi, Julie Watai, agraph

Julie Watai "Tokyo Future Classic" (112-page book) Nakatsuka Takeshi "Japanese Boy / Valentine Kiss" (7") agraph "the shader"

This week's videos:

Maika Loubté "Universal Metro"

Kero Kero Bonito "Flamingo"

Posted on February 14, 2016 at 20:56 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |

February 7, 2016

Weekly revue 2016 week #5 (January 30 to February 5)

Food: - Kawaii Monster Cafe, Harajuku. I finally went! It's a crazy, colorful and fun place, much bigger than I expected!
- Curry at aoi tori, Hatagaya
- Curry at Have More Curry, Omotesando
- Sunday Bake Shop!

Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku 20160130kawaiimonstercafe.jpg
青い鳥 Have More Curry Sunday Bake Shop

Music events: - On February 2 was "Absolute Learners #3" at Shindaita Fever, featuring Learners (band of Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji), Kaji Hideki, Shoko and SaToA. All were great! Shoko's band was formed of Kaji Hideki (her husband), organist Tucker, and Koncos. Then Kaji Hideki played his energetic set with the Koncos guys. Last was Learners who totally rocked the place (there was even some stage diving!), also featuring Tucker for 4 songs. Kaji Hideki also DJ'd with his Blue Boys Club unit. What a fun evening!

カジヒデキ カジヒデキ


- I went to see a free Vanilla Beans in-store event on the roof at Shibuya Marui, on the release day of "Vanilla Beans V". This was also the day of "setsubun" (the traditional spring day) which is celebrated by throwing and eating beans, and Vanilla Beans appeared holding baskets from which they threw small packs of beans all over the audience.

Actually I also passed by Tower Records Shibuya on Friday just while they were having another in-store. So I got to watch them again although I missed the beginning and had to leave before it finished. If you haven't bought the album yet, you should during this month so that you can contribute to their tough goal (15000 copies by the end of February).

2/3 set list: onna wa sore o gaman shinai / Night and Fly / Beanius / Say Goodbye
2/5 set list: Sweet Soul Revue / onna wa sore o gaman shinai / Night and Fly / Say Goodbye / Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji

- The weekend before was a DJ event at Newport, Yoyogi-hachiman w/ DJs Yasunaga Shinya, Chikakoshi Fuminori (Rallye Label), Nagai Seiichi (sōtaiseirison), Ueda Yasufumi (ex-Harvard), Umebayashi Tarō, etc.

Playlist: Dorian, Vanilla Beans

Dorian "midori" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans V"

This week's video: Learners live at Fever (the rest of the show can be seen on the same YouTube channel)

Posted on February 7, 2016 at 23:05 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |

February 1, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #4 (January 23 to 29)

Food: - Dinner at Gris, Yoyogi-Uehara
- Jams & more from Sunday Bake Shop, Hatsudai
- Basque cusine lunch at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Shibuya
- Mutton curry at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo
- Chocolate & strawberry tart at Café comme ça, Shinjuku
- Lamb, etc. at Hitsujiya, Iidabashi

Gris Gris Gris Sunday Bake Shop Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Pont
Tapir Tapir Comme ça café

Music event: I went to Batica (Ebisu) for "Delica LAB" to see Nakatsuka Takeshi (Qypthone), Ookawara Izumi (Qypthone), Ishikawa Shūnosuke and Oonishi Mami Trio. All were great! What a nice evening! I also got to meet an online friend and fellow music lover who is in Tokyo for a few months.

中塚武 中塚武 大河原泉 大河原泉
Shumusic Saxophone Quartet Shumusic Saxophone Quartet 大西まみトリオ

Music release news: XTAL, Soviet Chance

XTAL "Skygazer" Soviet Chance "Soviet Chance"

Playlist: Vanilla Beans, Halfby, Hoshino Michiru, bambino, & more

Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans III" Halfby "Innn Hawaii" HOSHINO Michiru "You Love Me" bambino "With Pop"

This week's video: CaptainMirai feat. Vocaloid Fukase "sekai no hajimari"

Also check out Old Monk's new video "History" here!

Posted on February 1, 2016 at 23:59 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |

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