Blog - June 2017 Archives
June 2017 Archives
June 25, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 week #25 (June 17 to 23)
Food: - Chicken curry at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo
Music event: I went to Wakita Monari's in-store event at HMV record shop Shinjuku Alta, on the day before the release of new single "I'm with you"! The new single's title track is a song written and produced by Fukutomi Yukihiro, a house music producer also famous for doing programming for Pizzicato Five (he was the co-producer of "Happy End of the World", which happens to have been released on the very same day 20 years ago!). The song is great of course! Watch the new video below. I also love the B-side, "EST! EST!! EST!!!", which was arranged by Arai Toshiya (of Count Joke, and also programmer for Konishi Yasuharu for many years now). She also sang new song "Irony" from her upcoming album "I am ONLY" (I suspect the title is a sort of "Monari" anagram). I really can't wait for the album!
Set list: Irony / EST! EST!! EST!!! / I'm with you
New music: Also this week was the release of Hoshino Michiru's new album "12 signs of the zodiac"! I've been enjoying it a lot! I can't wait to hear many of the new songs live. Check out the video below, directed by Sally Kubota!
Exhibition: I went to Los Apson's annual T-shirt fair, where about a hundred artists make brand new T-shirts. It supposedly starts with T-shirts sorted and piled nicely, but with so many people digging around to find ones they like or their own size it soon gets very messy! T-shirts end up in big piles, and what should be here might be at the other side of the room. Bottom line it's a lot of fun despite being a bit tiring! :) This is going on until tonight at 10pm. Hurry!
Music release news: Wakita Monari, Hoshino Michiru
This week's videos:
Hoshino Michiru "nagareboshi Rendez-vous"
Wakita Monari "I'm with you"
June 18, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 week #24 (June 10 to 16)
Food: - Puttu, chicken and black chickpea curries at South Park, Asakusa
- Deep-fried baby corn & "tulip karaage" at Pétanque, Asakusa
- Black forest cake from Acacier in Urawa, Saitama
- Hamburg steak at Augustus Gastropub, Shibuya
- Curry dinner at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku
- Apple pie at Lunettes, Shinjuku
Music release news: Emerson Kitamura, Fujin Club, Halfby, Nona Reeves, Chie & The Wolf Baits, Alfred Beach Sandal + STUTS, Tweedees, Wakita Monari
This week's video: Fujin Club "tabi to Ferry"
June 11, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 week #23 (June 3 to 9)
Food: - Three curries lunch plate & chai shaved ice at Hachi, Toshimaen
- "Bring Home the Bacon" at Buy Me Stand, Shibuya
Music release news: Hideki Kaji et Maki Nomiya, Nakano Aya, Sunny Kubota & Old Lucky Boys, Mondo Grosso, Cornelius
This week's videos:
Mondo Grosso "Time"
Sunny Kubota & Old Lucky Boys "Candy Boy (Short ver.)"
June 4, 2017
Weekly revue: 2017 week #22 (May 27 to June 2)
Food: - Dinner at Trailer, Kagurazaka! This temporary restaurant will close in August.
- Kerala chicken & pork vindaloo curries at Epitaph, Golden-gai
- Cherry parfait at Fruit Parlor Fukunaga, Yotsuya 3-chōme
- Curry nyūmen at Shake Stand, Daitabashi
Music event: I went to "Perfume FES!! 2017"! The first night actually, an event with Perfume and Denki Groove! I've loved Perfume for a very long time but it was my first time to see them live! Plus I'm a huge Denki Groove fan (and I love the new album "Tropical Love"), so that was a dream-like opportunity to see these two! Both shows were fantastic, with amazing visuals.
Denki Groove had VJing as usual, using full potential of the provided screens including the reversed triangle one in the center. For two songs guest Tomita Shiori (who sings on the album). Perfume's visuals had an incredible amount of lasers and synchronized lighting, probably the most hi-tech show I've ever seen.
Denki Groove set list (partial): Ningen President / Fallin' Down / Puerto Rico no HITorIKKO feat. Tomita Shiori / Ichigo-Musume feat. Tomita Shiori / Missing Beatz / Turn Over (Ishino Takkyu) / Shameful / Shinkansen / Flashback Disco / Baby's on Fire / N.O. / Love Domination (Ishino Takkyu) / Ufoholic
Perfume set list (partial): Tokyo Girl / I still love U / Flash / Magic of Love / ijiwaru na Hello / hōseki no ame / Game / Electro World / (Dancing along to Shangri-La w/ special visuals) / Party Maker / Puppy Love
Encore: Chocolate disco
Exhibitions: - Dropped by Mizuma Art Gallery to see a photo exhibition by Matsukage Hiroyuki titled "Lust". This is on until June 10. Details here.
- Also on its last day I caught solo exhibition "Archives" by street artist KAMI (HITOTZUKI), at Kinmeguro. Many paintings in both new and old styles.
Music release news: Kinoco Hotel, Hoshino Michiru, Hideki Kaji et Maki Nomiya
This week's video: Kinoco Hotel "atashi no Sniper"