March 29, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #13 (March 21 to 27)

Finally spring is here with traces of cherry blossoms! I took these photos today at Ōmiya Hachimangū.

大宮八幡宮 大宮八幡宮 大宮八幡宮

Food: - Hitachi beef steak at Iijima, in Mito
- Café latte at Saza Coffee, Mito

常陸牛ステーキ Saza Coffee

Music release news: Hosono Haruomi x Sakamoto Ryuichi (DVD), Count Joke, "Piano Man Plays Disney", kotringo, Charan-Po-Rantan, Izumi Ookawara, Saigenji, tofubeats

By the way, I made a Facebook page for Tokyo's Coolest Sound! Now you can get all music release news in your Facebook feed by just liking the page.

Hosono Haruomi "Hosono Haruomi x Sakamoto Ryuichi at EX Theater Roppongi 2013.12.21" (Blu-ray/DVD) Count Joke "itsuka dokoka de c/w yūrei no Ballad" (7"+CD) Various Artists "Piano Man Plays Disney" (2x12") kotringo "Edible melodies ~Gourmet Girl Graffiti Orignal Soundtrack~" Charan-Po-Rantan "Theatre no zanzō" (Blu-ray/DVD) Izumi Ookawara "Strawberry Jam" (Download) Saigenji "hikari mebuku toki" (Download) tofubeats "Stakeholder"

Playlist: The Lady Spade, U-zhaan, Old Monk, Wack Wack Rhythm Band, Caede, Vanilla Beans

The Lady Spade "Reverse Shaped Black Heart" U-zhaan "Tabla Rock Mountain" Old Monk "Posing as Love" Wack Wack Rhythm Band "Sounds of Far East" Caede "The Queen Of..." Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans IV"

This week's video:

"Babaji Ki Booty" from Indian zombie movie "Go Goa Gone"
The movie is currently showing at the Human Trust Theater in Shibuya. It was a blast! :)

tofubeats "STAKEHOLDER"

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March 21, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #12 (March 14 to 20)

Food: - Gobi 65, lotus fry, Nilgiri chicken, mutton egg fry, mint rice & chapati at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku

Cochin Nivas Cochin Nivas Cochin Nivas

Music release news: Tomita Isao, Budo Grape, (((sssurrounddd))), yamp kolt, Fujioka Minami & The Morones, LLLL, Tweedees, "Here Come The Girl'zoo" comp., Harada Tomoyo

Tomita Isao "Space Fantasy", "Tomita on NHK" Budo Grape "4321 hi o tsukero", "zankoku na yasashisa" (Download) (((sssurrounddd))) "See you, Blue" yamp kolt "chewing" Fujioka Minami & The Morones "Hajiki" Tweedees "The Sound Sounds." Various Artists "Zher the Zoo Yoyogi 10th Anniversary Compilation Album 'Here Come The Girl'zoo'" Harada Tomoyo "Love Song Covers" LLLL "Faithful"

Playlist: Scha Dara Parr, "Yava-kayo 2", Vanilla Beans, Reina & The Blue Valentines, Denki Groove, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Jintana & Emeralds, hitomitoi, CAPSULE

Scha Dara Parr "1212" DJ Fukutake "Yava-kay? 2 -TV Theme hen-" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans IV" Reina & The Blue Valentines "Lady or Girl?" Denki Groove "Fallin' Down" Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Mondai Girl" Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" hitomitoi "Pacific High / Aleutian Low" CAPSULE "Wave Runner"

This week's videos:

LLLL "Blue"

Tweedees "Kling! Klang!!"

(((sssurrounddd))) "Siren Syrup"

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March 14, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #11 (March 7 to 13)

Food: - Poulet yassa at Los Barbados, Shibuya
- "Ichibo" beef and chocolate terrine at cibot, Ikenoue
- Brownie and café latte at Sunday Bake Shop
- Boiled ham sandwich, fish & chips, chocolate cake at Bespoque
- Potato salad, mutton kalbi steak, minced katsu, etc. at Yaruki
- and more delicious and fun times :)

Poulet yassa "Ichibo" beef Chocolate terrine Sunday Bake Shop Boiled ham sandwich Spicy potato salad

Music release news: Original Love, Hanae, lyrical school, Tokuma Japan compilations (selected by Konishi Yasuharu), Perfume

Original Love "Lover Man" (Download) Hanae "jōkyō shōko" lyrical school "SPOT" Various Artists "yoru no Minoru Phone Hour", "Tokuma Dance Party", "ozashiki Japan" compiled by Konishi Yasuharu Perfume "5th Tour 2014 Gurun Gurun" (Blu-ray/DVD)

Playlist: dip in the pool, Pizzicato Five, Museum of Plate, Dorian, Nomiya Maki, DJ Fukutake "Yava-kayō 2", Concert

dip in the pool "Highwire Walker" Pizzicato Five "Happy End of the World" Museum of Plate "Practical Symphony No.5" Dorian "Studio Vacation" NOMIYA Maki "Miss Maki Nomiya Sings Shibuya-kei Standards" Concert "Headache & Heartburn"

This week's video:

esu-efu "hiraku tobira, shimaru tobira"

lyrical school "I.D.O.L.R.A.P"

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March 7, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #10 (February 28 to March 6)

This week I bought a new lens for my good old Panasonic Lumix GF-1 camera. The lens is actually by Olympus (fully compatible), a M.Zuiko 45mm f1.8 which should make me able to take much better photos even in low light, and also some nice street shots! Can't wait to use it more!

Photos: - A little walk at the Imperial Palace, while Prince William was visiting Japan. (This was before getting the new lens.)

皇居 皇居 桃華楽堂 皇居 皇居

- And some fun with the new lens around Tokiwamatsu, Shibuya.

渋谷 渋谷 渋谷

Food: - Curry (chicken and aloo gobi) at Dylan, Ochanomizu
- Pork sandwich vs roast beef at Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano
- And more good food partying!

Chicken curry and potato & cauliflower (aloo gobi) curry Ham sandwich Roast beef

Music event: The Lady Spade held a secret-ish free one-man show at Future Seven in Aoyama, a place I had always been curious about every time I passed in front of it. The show was full of songs from the new album. Those who are uninitiated may want to start with this live collage clip! The album, "Reverse Shaped Black Heart", clocks over 1 hour and it's absolutely great!

その名はスペィド その名はスペィド その名はスペィド

- Also caught a nice little exhibit of Denki Groove goods at Tower Records Shibuya! Love those red shirts (and the song "Big Shirts" of course), big hat and the Fuji-san cone!

電気グルーヴ 電気グルーヴ

Music release news: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Nomiya Maki

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Mondai Girl" Nomiya Maki "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji / aru hi totsuzen" (7")

Playlist: CAPSULE, Denki Groove, The Lady Spade, Chiroline ver.2, Buffalo Daughter

CAPSULE "Wave Runner" Denki Groove "Fallin' Down" The Lady Spade "Reverse Shaped Black Heart" capsule "STEREO WORXXX" Chiroline ver.2 "Chit Chat Chiroline" Chiroline ver.2 "Forever Chiroline-zaka" Buffalo Daughter "Konjac-tion"

This week's video: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Mondai Girl"

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February 28, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #9 (February 21 to 27)

Food: - Katsudon at Zuichō, in Shibuya. My Brazilian Pizzicato friend Thiago's last meal before leaving Tokyo to go back home! Btw this was one of the best katsudon I've had. :)
- We went to Bespoque's 3rd anniversary party! The small restaurant was full of happy regulars and we stood for about 5 hours enjoying good food and drinks. Lots of fun!
- Sri Lankan curry lunch plate at Acala.naatha, Nakano
- Okonomiyaki at Tsuchiya, Shinjuku. There was an autograph of Marty Friedman on the wall. :)

かつ丼 Acala.naatha つちや

Music release news: Denki Groove, "Yaba-kayō 2", Especia, Sugar's Campaign, Count Joke, Hideki Kaji x Yakenohara feat. Takagi Masakatsu, "HELLO!!! vol.8"

Denki Groove "Fallin' Down" Various Artists "Yaba-kayō 2 Non-stop DJ Mix -TV Theme hen- Mixed by DJ Fukutake" Especia "Primera" Sugar's Campaign "Holiday" (7"), "tonari Town" (7") Count Joke "LED c/w nagisa" (7"+CD) Hideki Kaji x Yakenohara feat. Takagi Masakatsu "Sound of Felicity" (7"+Download) Various Artists "sube no ana Presents 'HELLO!!! vol.8'"

Playlist: frenesi, Denki Groove, capsule, Vanilla Beans, Bakubaku Dokin, Negicco, Reina & The Blue Valentines, Aira Mitsuki, esu-efu, Sugar's Campaign

frenesi "Dolphino" Denki Groove "25" capsule "STEREO WORXXX" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans IV" Bakubaku Dokin "Bakubaku Dokin" Negicco  "Rice&Snow" Reina & The Blue Valentines "Lady or Girl?" Aira Mitsuki "I'll Be Back" esu-efu "Sing Future" Sugar's Campaign "Friends"

This week's video: Denki Groove "Fallin' Down"

U-zhaan feat. Cornelius "Homesick in Calcutta vol.1"
(also watch vol.2 and vol.3)

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February 22, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #8 (February 14 to 20)

Food: - Falafel hamburger steak set at Vespera's Falafel, Koenji
- Gratin and chocolate cake, and muffins at Magali @ Monami, Nishi-Ogikubo
- Saag & paneer curry at Ghungroo, Omotesando
- And more good food at fun fun birthday parties!

Falafel hamburger steak Magali @ Monami Magali @ Monami Ghungroo

Music events: - On the night of Valentine's Day was DJ Fukutake's pre-release party for his upcoming compilation "Yava-kayō 2", and I went there with Brazilian Pizzicatomania friend Thiago! The event featured DJs Konishi Yasuharu, Sally Kubota and many more, with a live show by Nakano Aya. Konishi-san played two brand new remixes (one for my favorite two-piece idol group!), to be part of compilations that will be released in the following months. It was also a rare chance to see a DJ set by Sally Kubota (my favorite bassist, lately seen playing with The Scooters), if I remember right he played Hoshino Michiru's "kanata e" which always reminds me of Les 5-4-3-2-1. Nakano Aya also did a great show, in the middle of which she couldn't resist interviewing the foreigner standing in the center (me!), of course I said that I love Japanese kayōkyoku. :) DJ Fukutake's set was also awesome, full of groovy tracks! We finished the night watching DJ Jet Baron play Funkot tracks until the morning.

DJ サリー久保田 DJフクタケ なかの綾 DJ 小西康陽

- Then on Friday was an event at Koenji Connection with Elektel friends Polymoog and Ueken. That was a lot of fun too! Ueken played a lot of Pizzicato-related songs, and Polymoog played live keys while DJing. He also gave a preview of new stuff in the works!

Elektel Elektel Elektel

Music release news: Oops... :) Better luck next week!

Playlist: Le Grand Escroc, Reina & The Blue Valentines, Negicco, dip in the pool, Vanilla Beans, Hoshino Michiru, "Sushi Disco", Chromeo mix CD

Le Grand Escroc "Portraits" Reina & The Blue Valentines "Lady or Girl?" Negicco  "Rice&Snow" dip in the pool "Highwire Walker" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans IV" HOSHINO Michiru "E-I-E-N Voyage" Various Artists "Sushi Disco" Various Artists "Chromeo: Ce soir on danse!"

This week's video: Noppal "I Luv MaryJane"

Pizzicato Five live in 1989!

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February 15, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #7 (February 7 to 13)

Happy Valentine's Day (a bit late)! I got these wonderful and delicious things! :D

Valentine's Day 2015 Valentine's Day 2015 Valentine's Day 2015 Valentine's Day 2015 Valentine's Day 2015

Food: - Standing izakaya Kido fuji, Koenji
- Three different curries at a friend's curry & DJ event at Koenji Connection
- Mame (beans) course (azuki soup, hirame & hummus carpaccio, soy milk cottage cheese, chickpea tofu, dosa, sanbar, soy milk yogurt, sakekasu & chickpea okura dessert, soy milk masala tea) at Tapir, Shin-Okubo
- Various mutton dishes at Bistro Hitsujiya, Yoyogi
- Lamb curry at Bar Trench, Ebisu

タピ タピ タピ タピ Bistro ひつじや Bistro ひつじや Bistro ひつじや Bar Trench Bar Trench Bar Trench

Music event: - We had the opportunity to see singer Banks live at Ebisu Liquidroom. Great show, songs and voice! Her first album "Goddess" was released in Japan just this month.


Music release news: akiko, Tarte Tatin, Cupitron, Towa Tei, Noppal

akiko "Rockin' jivin' swingin'" Tarte Tatin "Pro Ducer" Cupitron "Battery" Towa Tei "Heaven" (Download) Noppal "I Luv MaryJane / Lazy Sun Day" (7")

Playlist: hitomitoi, Hanae, Reina & The Blue Valentines, Sugar's Campaign, Kinoco Hotel, dip in the pool

hitomitoi "Pacific High / Aleutian Low" Hanae "jikkai Quiz" Reina & The Blue Valentines "Lady or Girl?" Sugar's Campaign "Friends" Kinoco Hotel "Marianne no gyakushū" dip in the pool "Highwire Walker"

This week's video: CAPSULE "Another World"

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February 7, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #6 (January 31 to February 6)

Food: - Curry & biriyani at Halima Kebab Biriyani, Ueno
- Pork curry at Tiri Tiri, Shibuya

ハリマ ケバブ ビリヤニ ハリマ ケバブ ビリヤニ チリチリ

Music events: - First of all, this was Vanilla Beans week! Their new album "Vanilla Beans IV" was released on February 3, to coincide with setsubun (Wikipedia). Many in-store shows were held everyday (with even more this weekend), and I went to see two of these.

On release day, I dropped by the 5th floor of Marui Jam in Shibuya where there is a temporary Vanilla Beans shop (until this Sunday), and then we rushed across the street to Marui City where a mini-live was held. They sang two songs ("Please Me Darling" and "uchōten Girl"), and then they were joined by long-time friend Okite Porsche for some setsubun celebrations. Okite-san was the demon by default (of course), and Rena, Lisa and him threw hundreds of small bags of beans at the crowd to be taken home. :)

バニラビーンズ バニラビーンズ バニラビーンズ
バニラビーンズ & 掟ポルシェ(as 鬼) バニラビーンズ & 掟ポルシェ

The 2nd show I saw was at Tsutaya in Nakano, where they often play a show on Thursday whenever they have a new release. There they sang "tasogare Highball", "Muscat Slope Love", "Fågel och vind" (my favorite so far on the new album) and "Please Me Darling".

- Rewind to Tuesday. After seeing Vanilla Beans we went to Organ b. where Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji was holding his monthly event "Learner". This time the guest was Kaji Hideki, and the place was packed! It was my first time seeing a live show at Organ b., and there were chairs for the audience to sit. This event has a kind of rehearsal theme. Chabe (and guests) bring sheet music, or play songs they haven't played in years, or covers, etc. and they just play and sing without really practicing first. Actually it's a bit like seeing how they may practice at home, there's no decided set list, and it's ok to stop after a verse and start over. That was a lot of fun! Chabe and Kaji-kun collaborated for several songs too. They also talked about old Shibuya-kei days, when they both worked together at Zest Records in Shibuya, and Kaji-kun taught Chabe how to use the register! I'll definitely go again when the timing is good.

カジヒデキ & チャーべ カジヒデキ & チャーべ カジヒデキ

Music release news: Toshiyuki Yasuda, Reina & The Blue Valentines, Count Joke (jōdan hakushaku)

Toshiyuki Yasuda "Nameless God's Blue" Reina & The Blue Valentines "Lady or Girl?" Count Joke "bird man c/w ameagari" (7"+CD)

Playlist: Jintana & Emeralds, Sugar's Campaign, Shinohara Tomoe, Vanilla Beans, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" Sugar's Campaign "Friends" SHINOHARA Tomoe "Super Model 15th Anniversary" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans IV" Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pika Pika Fantajin"

This week's video: Reina & The Blue Valentines "hoshi furu oka"

Also check out Original Love's brand new song "Lover Man" here!

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February 1, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #5 (January 24 to 30)

Food: - Yammama at Thai restaurant Pappon Kitchen, Shibuya
- Belgian fries at Pommeke, Gaienmae
- Cookies from Ressources, Asakusa
- Drinks and cakes ("special fruit cake"!) from Sunday Bake Shop :)
- "Himalaya" meat at Takibiya, Shibuya
- Sphinx curry (complete with pyramid of rice) at Gee-ge, Shibuya (see below!)

パッポンキッチン Pommeke! Sunday Bake Shop Special fruits cake! "Himalaya" before "Himalaya" after

Music event: - My first show of the year (except some ukulele and hula shows in Hawaii) was jazz band Emi Necozawa & Sphinx, live at Gee-ge in Shibuya! I've been a fan of Emi for many years (maybe since hearing her song on Sunaga t Experience's "Crouka"), and I was delighted when she started Sphinx a few years ago. Their live album "Pyramidia" (2012) is really awesome, and here finally came my first chance to see them live. All the musicians are truly skillful, and the show was just great! This evening was also a great opportunity to catch up with my Brazilian friend Thiago!

Partial set list: Salé / Zobi la mouche / Madrigal / Syncopation / Zo-wa-z' oiseaux / Röntgen ...

On the way out I got this 12" EP, which has a remix by Miura Makoto (aka Le Grand Escroc / Monsieur Mieurax, who was the DJ for the evening) and 12" mixes different from the album, and Emi's autograph too! Merci beaucoup! :)

Emi NECOZAWA autographed EP! Sphinx curry Sphinx curry (detail)

Exhibitions: - ESOW did a solo exhibition at Tri Gallery in Ochanomizu! (Actually belonged to the previous weekly revue.) Many new works, many on wood and making wonderful use of the knots.


- And a few days later at ESOW's own gallery/shop, Fūraidō in Asakusa, started an exhibition by KYNE, a street artist from Fukuoka who paints faces of beautiful imaginary girls. We went on opening day, and people there were talking about which of them they'd like to date and what kind of personality they might have. Until February 8!


On our way there, we had the chance to grab a limited edition copy of his book "Sui Sui" (Amazon), which comes binded in a wooden cover. It was found at Daikanyama Tsutaya, though maybe this was the last one? ESOW was so kind to autograph a full page of it!

ESOW book "Sui Sui" ESOW book "Sui Sui"

Music release news: dip in the pool, Scha Dara Parr

dip in the pool "Highwire Walker" Scha Dara Parr "1212"


Sugar's Campaign "Friends" Flip Flap "Jungle Django Jumbo" Emi NECOZAWA & Sphinx "Pyramidia" Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pika Pika Fantajin" Various Artists "Motley Crue-L House"

This week's videos:

Scha Dara Parr "chūyō heibon Punch"

dip in the pool "Bali Ha'i"

Jane Jupiter x Chapman "Stargazing"

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January 25, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #4 (January 17 to 23)

Haha, I skipped two weeks! There's a good reason: I spent the last two weekends in Hawaii! That was quite a nice escape from the winter. Some photos and episodes might follow later, but for now here's the regular weekly revue.

Hawaii Exceptional tree View from Diamond Head

Food: - Chicken curry at Dylan, Ochanomizu
- Egg keema curry lunch at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku
- Lamb chop, sausage & mash, fish & chips, crème caramel at Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano

Chicken curry Egg keema curry Lamb chop Sausage & mashed potatoes Fish & chips Crème caramel

Music release news: "Women's Liberation" (Nomiya Maki, Toki Asako, etc.), Negicco

Various Artists "Women's Liberation" Negicco "Rice&Snow"

Playlist: Kid Cudi, Noppal, Especia, Mansfield, Jintana & Emeralds, The Lady Spade, YMCK, Playtime Rock, Vanilla Beans, hitomitoi

Kid Cudi "A Kid Named Cudi: The Mixtape" Noppal "Summer EP 2015" Especia "Gusto" Mansfield "Golden Hour" Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" The Lady Spade "Reverse Shaped Black Heart" YMCK "Family Days" YMCK "Family Cooking" TAKANAMI Keitaro to Playtime Rock meets SHIBATA Kenichi "Evening Primrose" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans III" hitomitoi "Snowbank Social Club"

This week's video: Sugar's Campaign "Holiday"

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