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September 2016 Archives


.24 Weekly revue: 2016 week #38 (September 17 to 23)
.19 Weekly revue: 2016 week #37 (September 10 to 16)
.11 Weekly revue: 2016 week #36 (September 3 to 9)
.03 Weekly revue: 2016 week #35 (August 27 to September 2)

September 24, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #38 (September 17 to 23)

This week had two national holidays, yay!

初台の猫 初台の猫

Food: - Moon cake (& curry too) at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo
- Soft serve ice cream at Laitier, Sendagaya
- Carrot cake & latte at Sunday Bake Shop, Hatsudai
- Thai style chicken (& more) at Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano
- Chicken curries at newly opened Rainbow Spice Diner, Shinjuku. Actually it just happened to have opened that very day! They offer a quite nice rice & curry plate, with a choice of chicken curries (chicken masala and chicken butter masala, I think), pork vindaloo, and vegetable curry. I assume that the menu may vary. It's located at 2-46-7 Kabukichō 1F, Shinjuku-ku (Google map).

Moon cake (月餅) at Tapir Laitier Carrot cake & latte at Sunday Bake Shop Thai style chicken at Bespoque Rainbow Spice Diner, Shinjuku

HOSHINO Michiru w/ Nagareboshi Gakudan

Music event: I went Hoshino Michiru's "tasogare ryūseigun vol.5" event, the release party for her cover album "My Favorite Songs"! I was also excited to see Wakita Monari (ex-Especia) who appeared as the opening act, her debut as a solo singer. She sang both songs from her upcoming single, "In The City" and "ano ne...", and also a cover of ikkubaru's "Cloudless Night". All of that was very good! I'm now really looking forward to the single, expected to be released in November.

I also enjoyed Nishi Erika's show. She has a powerful voice and fun personality. Her songs were very good too! Her set was followed by some funny stage acting featuring Michiru, Erika and the other act Minaminorisa, which ended with throwing loads of "Happy Turn" snacks at the audience. :)

Then was Hoshino Michiru's show! The first half was karaoke style, with older favorites and songs from the new album, and the rest of the show featured back-band Nagareboshi Gakudan (Shooting Star Orchestra) mainly formed of members from Wack Wack Rhythm Band, Sloppy Joe and then some. Three members from The Scooters (Shindō Mitsuo, Ronnie Barry and Beauty) joined for their AKB48 cover, and then Nishi Erika came to sing in duet for two songs. That was really a wonderful show! Oh, and VJing (for all acts from start til end) was by Sally Kubota as usual! Great work! :)

1st set: Interstellar / seikan renrakusen ~Night Voyage~ / watashi wa Schedy / Sweet 19 Blues / natsu nandashi / Summer Candles / i-ji-wa-ru Darling / Wonderland / kono michi / doyō no yoru wa Paradise
2nd set (order may vary): watashi wa obasan ni natte mo / zutto issho sa / You Love Me / Peaberry o mitsuketara / koshinuke danshi ni I Love You / kare no Irish Setter / koi suru Fortune Cookie (w/ The Scooters) / Discotheque ni tsuretette (w/ Nishi Erika) / koi no Fun Fair (w/ Nishi Erika)
Encore : tengoku Kiss / Magic Hour

Music release news: Charan-Po-Rantan, Predawn

Charan-Po-Rantan "karimono kyousou" Predawn "Absence"

Playlist: Nomiya Maki, Hoshino Michiru, Yamashita Tatsurō, Pizzicato Five

NOMIYA Maki "What The World Needs Now Is Love" HOSHINO Michiru "My Favorite Songs" YAMASHITA Tatsuro "Greatest Hits! of Tatsuro Yamashita" Pizzicato Five "Couples" HOSHINO Michiru "hoshi ga Michiru" HOSHINO Michiru "E-I-E-N Voyage" HOSHINO Michiru "You Love Me"

This week's videos:

Charan-Po-Rantan "koi to Machinegun (Flipper's Guitar cover)" (Short ver.)

Charan-Po-Rantan "Shangri-La (Denki Groove cover)" (Short ver.)

Posted on September 24, 2016 at 21:46 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |

September 19, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #37 (September 10 to 16)

Did some cat watching in the gardens of Hotel New Otani. :)

Garden cats of Hotel New Otani Garden cats of Hotel New Otani Garden cats of Hotel New Otani

Food: - Meal at Ahiru Store, Shibuya, feat. Swedish chef Samuel from Beard (recently closed)
- Matcha #3 and hōji-cha ice cream at Nanaya, Shibuya

Ahiru Store Ahiru Store
Ahiru Store Ahiru Store ななや

Movie & event: Went to see a special screening of "Agata Morio yaya Deluxe", a 2008 documentary of singer Agata Morio's 60th birth anniversary tour, following him all across Japan, with a climax show in Tokyo that also featured Yano Akiko and Suzuki Keiichi. That was a lot of great footage! The movie was followed with a talk and live show, where Morio performed his hit song "sekishoku Elegy", and also requests "chiisana kissaten" and "ōsamumachi".

あがた森魚 あがた森魚 あがた森魚

Music release news: (M)otocompo x Kit Cat, Ushio Kensuke (agraph), Dorusen from TPD (produced by Konishi Yasuharu), ShinoVani (Shinohara Tomoe + Vanilla Beans)

(M)otocompo x Kit Cat "POPLOT TIMES 2016" Ushio Kensuke "'koe no katachi' Original Soundtrack - a shape of light" Dorusen from TPD "sensei no okiniiri" ShinoVani (Shinohara Tomoe + Vanilla Beans) "onna no ko ☆ otoko no ko / kokoro no usagi"

Playlist: Denki Groove, Reina & The Blue Valentines, Fujin Club, "Nippon Samba"

Denki Groove "Human Beings and Animals" Reina & The Blue Valentines Once in a blue moon" HOSHINO Michiru "My Favorite Songs" Fujin Club "Fujin Color" Various Artists Nippon Samba

This week's videos:

Agata Morio "ōsamumachi"

ShinoVani "onna no ko ☆ otoko no ko"

Dorusen from TPD "sensei no okiniiri"

Larger sizes and more photos at Flickr

Posted on September 19, 2016 at 12:29 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |

September 11, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #36 (September 3 to 9)

Outing: I went to Gōtokuji, a temple famous for its many manekineko figures. I didn't think there were so many though! :)

豪徳寺 Gōtokuji 豪徳寺 Gōtokuji 豪徳寺 Gōtokuji
豪徳寺 Gōtokuji 豪徳寺 Gōtokuji 豪徳寺 Gōtokuji

Food: - Beef, sanma (Pacific saury) and eggplant curries at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo
- Hamburger steak with tomato sauce at Gastro Pub Augustus, Shibuya. Very good and friendly restaurant that opened recently near Shibuya station, taking inspiration from Australia where the chef has worked. The lunch set comes with salad, soup, mini-dessert and drink for just ¥1000.
- Great iced café latte (with demonstration!) at Glaubell Coffee, Daita
- Evening desserts at Neue, Shimokitazawa

Tapir Gastro Pub Augustus Glaubell Coffee Neue Neue

Music event: I went to Maika Loubté's release party for new album "Le Zip", at Shibuya O-Nest! At events organized by Maika I'm always impressed at the good bands she picks to share the stage. The event had a busy schedule, using both the main stage and the lounge area. As a band was finishing their set the next was already starting to play, so no time wasted! The other bands playing were: jan and naomi, Yüksen Buyers House, DYGL and Sapphire Slows.

Maika's stage was especially wonderful, backed by Mother Tereco, and with Maika playing live synths a lot as usual! She played many new songs from the new album, and also others such as "Open Me", and 80kidz' "J.M.F" she guested on. The new album is excellent, so be sure to check it out. It should be on iTunes in your country too!

jan and naomi Yüksen Buyers House DYGL
Maika Loubté Maika Loubté Maika Loubté

Music release news: Hoshino Michiru, lyrical school, TRI4TH

Hoshino Michiru "My Favorite Songs" lyrical school "-RUN and RUN- lyrical school one man live 2016@CLUB CITTA'" (Blu-ray/DVD) TRI4TH "Defying"

Playlist: Wack Wack Rhythm Band, Tucker & Emerson Kitamura, The Scooters, Yamashita Tatsuro, dip in the pool, Mark Robinson, Nomiya Maki, Sawada Shungo / Maruoka Takeru All Stars / Pizzicato Five

Wack Wack Rhythm Band "Sounds of Far East" Tucker & Emerson KITAMURA "Special Presets" The Scooters "The Scooters NOW !" YAMASHITA Tatsuro "Greatest Hits! of Tatsuro Yamashita" dip in the pool "Highwire Walker" Mark Robinson "The BJ Rubin Show: The Original Soundtrack" NOMIYA Maki "Un Homme et Une Femme" columbia*readymade jazz-rock re-issues Pizzicato Five "Couples"

This week's video: (M)otocompo x Kit Cat "FLASHBACK50"

Posted on September 11, 2016 at 12:19 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |

September 3, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #35 (August 27 to September 2)

Food: - Curry at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku
- Homemade corned beef sandwich with truffle oil & gravy sauce, at Grain Bread and Brew, Shibuya

Cochin Nivas Cochin Nivas Cochin Nivas Grain Bread and Brew

Music events: - On Sunday August 28 was the World Happiness 2016 festival! It was the last time it's held at Yumenoshima Park, which was a very nice place for it. I got to see Metafive, Denki Groove, Scha Dara Parr, suiyōbi no Campanella, Moonriders, Yano Akiko (feat. Seiho!), Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, and many more! That was a wonderful day! Metafive also announced a new mini-album titled "Metahalf"! The encore was YMO's "kimi ni, mune kyun.", with guest drummer Steve Jansen. Photos and all setlists can be found at Natalie!

World Happiness 2016 suiyōbi no Campanella at World Happiness 2016

- The day before was a matsuri-style event organized by Mixi Group at Miyashita Park in Shibuya, and I got to see DJ Misoshiru & MC Gohan, bird, DJ Kawanabe Hiroshi, and Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō! I also spotted a food truck with artwork by ESOW!

ESOW food truck! DJみそしるとMCごはん bird
とんかつDJアゲ太郎 Bon odori w/ Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō

- Early Pizzicato V memorabilia seen at Pied Piper House (Tower Records Shibuya 5F)!

Early Pizzicato V memorabilia Early Pizzicato V memorabilia Early Pizzicato V memorabilia
Early Pizzicato V memorabilia Early Pizzicato V memorabilia

Music release news: Nomiya Maki (new album out now)!

Nomiya Maki "otoko to onna 'Un Homme et Une Femme' ~ Nomiya Maki, French Shibuya-kei o utau."

Playlist: Nomiya Maki, Pizzicato Five, Hoshino Michiru, hitomitoi, ...

NOMIYA Maki "What The World Needs Now Is Love" Pizzicato Five "Pizzicatomania!" NOMIYA Maki "Un Homme et Une Femme" HOSHINO Michiru "E-I-E-N Voyage" hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel"

This week's video: suiyōbi no Campanella "Matsuo Bashō"

Posted on September 3, 2016 at 21:04 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |

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