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July 24, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #29 (July 16 to 22)

Food: - Meatballs, curry and hummus at Piyototochat, Nishi-Ogikubo
- Chocolate cake and pineapple & coconut sorbet at Kies, Nishi-Ogikubo
- Tenpura, salad, etc. at Mag by Louise, Yoyogi-Uehara
- ... and more delicious food & fun times at a wonderful party!

ピヨトトシャ ピヨトトシャ Kies, Nishi-Ogikubo

Music event: I went to Reina & The Blue Valentines' in-store release event at Disk Union dues in Shinjuku. Their new album "Once in a blue moon" had just been released that day (I had got mine the day before when it hit the shelves). They played a nice set including several of my favorites from the new album, accompanied by bassist Nagaike Joe (Scoobie Do) and pianist/composer Ygal. That was a good show in a tiny-sized venue! Was it a coincidence that release day happened to be a full moon?!

Set list: Cosmopolitan / Tokyo Midnight Hour / konya wa Night Fever / Othello / warui onna
Encore: Romantic konya

Music release news: Tweedees, Tiakuh Jikang, microstar, "Bossa Brasilia 2016", "Aloha Exotica"

Tweedees "The Second Time Around" Taikuh Jikang "umitoyoru" microstar "She Got the Blues" Various Artists "Bossa Brasilia 2016" Various Artists "Aloha Exotica"

Playlist: Reina & The Blue Valentines, Misswonda, Negicco, Metafive, ...

Reina & The Blue Valentines "Lady or Girl?" Misswonda "In Flawless" Reina & The Blue Valentines Once in a blue moon" Negicco "Tea For Three" Metafive "Meta"

This week's video: Taikuh Jikang "Benaya Benaya"

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


July 16, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #28 (July 9 to 15)

Food: - Indian-style izakaya Yaruki, Nakano

やるき やるき

Music event: On Thursday, I went to see Kaji Hideki's in-store event at Tower Records Shinjuku, in promotion for latest album "The Blue Boy" released in May. The album is great! The event featured Kaseki Cider, who often contributes a few lyrics to Kaji-kun's albums. He was there to talk between the songs, and he also sang in duet on "shakunetsu shōjo" (from previous album "Ice Cream Man". A one-man live will be held on August 4 at Shibuya Quattro, part of a tour celebrating the 20th anniversary since his solo debut!

Set list: Hero wa kimi to boku / Melody / 5ji no Shibuya de / shakunetsu shōjo feat. Kaseki Cider

カジヒデキ & かせきさいだぁ

Exhibition: I dropped by HMV & Books's small gallery on the last day of an exhibition by Yoshioka Rina. The jacket of The Scooters' latest single "Make Her Mine" is one of her works that was selected by Shindō Mitsuo. Many of her paintings are inspired from movies, though other look like food (lots of curry!) ads. They all have a Showa kind of style, often with an erotic theme. I bought a small zine titled "Eat it" of food-themed works.

吉岡里奈の作品 吉岡里奈の作品 吉岡里奈の作品 吉岡里奈の作品

Music release news: Negicco, YeYe, Fujin Club, Nosa Reina

Negicco "Live & Life II Negicco 2016 Winter-Spring" (Blu-ray) YeYe "hito" Fujin Club "Fujin Color" Reina & The Blue Valentines "Once in a blue moon"

Playlist: Breakbot, Halfby, etc.

Breakbot "Still Waters" Halfby "Innn Hawaii"

This week's video: Fujin Club "taraibune ni notte"

Posted on July 16, 2016 at 17:37 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


July 10, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #27 (July 2 to 8)

Food: - Sunday morning cakes & coffee at Sunday Bake Shop, Hatsudai
- Dinner at flower shop snack Mag by Louise, Yoyogi-Uehara
- July curry & more at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo

Sunday Bake Shop! Tapir Tapir
Tapir Tapir Tapir

Music event: This year again I went to the "oshare bon-odori" event presented by fashion designer Keita Maruyama on the rooftop of department store Isetan! Like last year, Nomiya Maki performed live, and this time she was accompanied by Yokoyama Ken (Crazy Ken Band)! Maki sang ondō versions of P5 songs "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji" and "Sweet Soul Revue" (both were released on iTunes Japan a few days before), and also two new duets with Yokoyama Ken: "otoko to onna" (cover of "Un homme et une femme" to be included on Maki's new album coming out on August 31) and "T-jirō" (from Ken's next album to be released on August 3). The ondō versions were sung a bunch of times, maybe 4 times each, while the audience danced along the specially choreographed moves. The special cocktail was "Suica Soul Revue" (suica = watermelon), I had two. :) This fun event is the perfect cue for summer!

DJ Peli スイーカ・ソウル・レヴュー おしゃれ盆踊り
野宮真貴 & 横山剣 野宮真貴 & 横山剣 野宮真貴 & 横山剣

Music release news: lyrical school, Lucky Tapes

lyrical school "Summer Foundation" Lucky Tapes "Cigarette & Alcohol"

Playlist: hitomitoi, Crazy Ken Band, Latin Quarter, Sloppy Joe, Sugar's Campaign, "Idol bakari Pizzicato", "sob-a-mbient", Sunaga t Experience, Yakenohara, Dorian, Hoshino Michiru

hitomitoi "Surfbank Social Club" Crazy Ken Band "mō sukkari are nan dayone" Latin Quarter "Juicy Sunset Mix 2" Sloppy Joe "With Kisses Four" Sugar's Campaign "Friends" Various Artists "Idol bakari Pizzicato" Various Artists "sob-a-mbient" Concert "Headache & Heartburn" Sunaga t̀ Experience "A Letter from Allnighters" Dorian "midori" hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel"

This week's video: lyrical school "Summer Foundation" (in sync with fireworks!)

Posted on July 10, 2016 at 22:18 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


July 3, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #26 (June 24 to July 1)

Food: - Curry at Venu's South Indian Dining, Kinshichō
- Grilled corn & sandwiches at Café Habana Tokyo, Daikanyama
- Ice cream at Ouca Japanese Ice, Ebisu
- Curry at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo

Venu's South Indian Dining Cafe Habana Tokyo, Daikanyama Japanese Ice Ouca
Tapir Tapir Tapir

Music event: - I went to see a DJ & talk event featuring Konishi Yasuharu! The event is part of the "JIA Talk" series, and was held at Kinchikuka Kaikan (Architect's House) in Gaienmae. The series started in 1976, and most often features non-architects to talk about what they do. Konishi-san presented music that influenced him since his childhood, chronogically! There was a time limit of two hours, and he could only share about half of what he had selected, still that was a wonderful and unique opportunity. I really wish there will be a 2nd part!

小西康陽

Music release news: Nomiya Maki, Perfume, Hoshino Michiru

Nomiya Maki "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji (bon odori Version) / Sweet Soul Revue (bon odori Version)" (Download) Perfume "WE ARE Perfume -WORLD TOUR 3rd DOCUMENT" (Blu-ray/DVD) Hoshino Michiru "Love Me Again feat. ikkubaru" (CD+7")

Playlist: hitomitoi, Nakatsuka Takeshi, Bank, Towa Tei, Vanilla Beans, Philip Glass

hitomitoi "City Dive" NAKATSUKA Takeshi "Eye" Bank "True Tempo" Towa TEI "94-14 Covers" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans V" Philip Glass "Songs From Liquid Days"

This week's video: Watch Nomiya Maki & Yokoyama Ken (Crazy Ken Band) live from last night! Only archived for one week so hurry. :)
You need to skip to around 3:00.

Posted on July 3, 2016 at 13:53 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


June 25, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #25 (June 18 to 24)

オシャレかっぱさん

Food: - Napoli pizza at Lupi32, Asagaya
- Curry lunch at Anjali, Shimokitazawa
- Sausage roll, corn pottage, fish & chips, and roast beef at Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano
- Cakes and cookies from Kies, Nishi-Ogikubo! Our good friend just opened her own café where she serves delicious cakes, cookies, teas and coffee. Until recently she was at Magali at Monami just nearby, and also at Sunday Bake Shop. Go check it out! :) ("Kies", 4-35-5 Nishi-Ogi-kita, Suginami-ku)
- Dinner at organ, Nishi-Ogikubo

Lupi32, Asagaya Anjali Bespoque Bespoque
Kies organ, Nishi-Ogikubo organ, Nishi-Ogikubo organ, Nishi-Ogikubo

Art: When walking in Shibuya we found by chance shop Mortar, recently decorated by HITOTZUKI. The 2nd floor has a skating ramp that opens 1st and 3rd Saturday every month from 20:30. The rest of the time it's a clothing and skateboard shop, with a coffee shop/café "iki Espresso Tokyo" inside. I happened to find nice shoes while there. :)

HITOTZUKI at Mortar, Shibuya HITOTZUKI at Mortar, Shibuya
HITOTZUKI at Mortar, Shibuya HITOTZUKI at Mortar, Shibuya

Music release news: Nakano Aya, suiyobi no Campanella, jan and naomi

Nakano Aya "Emerald In Paradise" suiyoubi no Campanella "UMA" jan and naomi "Leeloo and Alexandra"

Playlist: hitomitoi, Prince, Rodion, Sweet Robots Against The Machine, Missing Linc, Duck Sauce, Crazy Ken Band

hitomitoi "Surfbank Social Club" Prince "Art Official Age" Rodion "Generator" Sweet Robots Against The Machine "Towa Tei" Missing Linc "In The Linc Room" Duck Sauce "Quack" Crazy Ken Band "mō sukkari are nan dayone"

This week's videos:

Nomiya Maki "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji ondō"

Nomiya Maki "Sweet Soul Revue ondō"

Posted on June 25, 2016 at 14:29 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


June 19, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #24 (June 11 to 17)

Got to watch some goats eating grass in Tachikawa. :) There seems to be a "rental goat" trend to take care of mowing unused grounds.

Goats in Tachikawa Goats in Tachikawa Goats in Tachikawa

Food: - Lamb curry at Spice Box, Kanda
- Café à Aux Baccanales, Kiyoichō
- Wednesday morning coconut pineapple cake & coffee at Sunday Bake Shop, Hatsudai (closed until July 2 for summer vacation!)
- Handmade pasta at Pastatoria Alessio, Nakano

Spice Box Aux Baccanales, Kiyoichō Sunday Bake Shop Pastatoria Alessio Pastatoria Alessio

Music events: - I went to illustrator/modeler Kow Yokoyama's 60th birthday party event! Held at Beams Cultuart in Harajuku for an audience of 50, it was already going to feature CTO LAB., which I was really looking forward to, and a few days before the event it was announced that rapper Kaseki Cider would perform too! The whole show was a lot of fun, especially with the friendly party atmosphere afterwards, chatting and eating cake. I got to take photos with my friends of CTO LAB., and also Kow-san and Kaseki Cider! :)

Kaseki Cider set list (accompanied by Nakamori Yasuhiro (Hicksville)): Cider ga tomaranai / natsu o Playback / kuchizuke kibonnu (song he wrote for Dempagumi.inc)

CTO LAB. set list: The Theme of Ma.K. / Happy Birthday / Napolitan no uta (w/ shin Chiroline's Fukunaga Marika / B-612 ni koi o shite (feat. Fukunaga Marika) / The Elements / Crash Bandicoot

横山宏×かせきさいだぁ かせきさいだぁ CTO LAB.
CTO LAB. CTO LAB. 福永マリカ (新・チロリン)

- Also last weekend I went to 7" pop-up record shop "uqiqau" where there were records owned by Konishi Yasuharu, Chabe, etc. I did a few nice finds there, and for very cheap too! :)

Music release news: Learners, Shuntarō Okino

Learners "Absolute Learners" (Photo book+Download code) Shuntaro Okino "Too Far [F-A-R Remixes]"

This week's video: Lucky Tapes "Tonight!"

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 23:12 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


June 12, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #23 (June 4 to 10)

Last weekend was an event called "Chasampo" ("tea stroll") in Nishi-Ogikubo. 101 shops in the surroundings participated, either by doing something a bit out of the ordinary (collaborations, exhibitions, etc.) or serving free tea to anyone who dropped by. What a nice way to attract customers, and for us to spend a day!

Food: - Chicken nanban sandwich from Ayumi shokudō, and Earl Gray & blueberry ice cream at gallery/café Mizu no sora, Nishi-Ogikubo
- Chocolate cake (with sanshō) and coffee at flower shop/café cotito, Nishi-Ogikubo
- Also dropped by Kies, a new cookie & cake shop a friend will open soon! I'll post again once it opens. :)
- Vegetables 65, aosai kootu, lemon sevai, etc. at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku
- Blue Seal ice cream in Shinjuku

あゆみ食堂 🍦 Chocolate cake & coffee at cotito Vegetable 65 at Cochin Nivas 青菜のクートゥ at Cochin Nivas Blue Seal ice cream

Music event: I went to a DJ event featuring Gaz Mayall from London and Sunaga Tatsuo, held at TimeOut Cafe (above Liquidroom). That was awesome! Best of all I got to hang out with my favorite bass player, and meet some cool people!

DJ SUNAGA Tatsuo DJ Gaz Mayall

Music release news: Sunaga Tatsuo compilation, "Game ongaku taizen" book, Un Amin

Various Artists "Sunaga Tatsuo no yoru Jazz gaiden 2 ~ All the young dudes ~ subete no wakakiyarōdomo" "Game ongaku taizen" (Book) Un Amin "Giant Panda ni notte mitai"

Playlist: Hoshino Michiru, Sloppy Joe, Rodion, Especia, Halfby, Negicco, Scha Dara Parr

HOSHINO Michiru "hoshi ga Michiru" Sloppy Joe "With Kisses Four" Rodion "Generator" Especia "Gusto" Halfby "Innn Hawaii" Negicco "Tea For Three" HOSHINO Michiru "Discotheque ni tsuretette (Single Version)" Scha Dara Parr "AniShinBo"

This week's videos:

- VIDEOTAPEMUSIC "Sultry Night Slow"

- Un Amin "Giant Panda ni notte mitai"

Posted on June 12, 2016 at 23:13 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


June 5, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #22 (May 28 to June 3)

Food: - Bacon cheeseburger at WIN-P'S, Nakano. This burger shop has poutine! Only in the dinner menu though.
- Mutton biriyani & saag curry set from Erick Curry & Biriyani, Shibuya
- FourBarrel coffee at The Local, Shibuya
- Friday morning sausage roll & coffee at Sunday Bake Shop, Hatsudai

WIN-P'S The Local Coffee Stand Sunday Bake Shop

Music release news: Rocketman, Original Love, Sunaga Tatsuo compilation

Rocketman "I'm Music" Original Love "Golden Time" Various Artists "Sunaga Tatsuo no yoru Jazz gaiden 2 ~ All the young dudes ~ subete no wakakiyarōdomo"

Playlist: Towa Tei, XTAL, Negicco, Sunaga t Experience, Denki Groove, Dorian, Museum of Plate

Towa Tei "Sunny" XTAL "Skygazer" Negicco  "Rice&Snow" Sunaga t Experience "jazz et jazz" Denki Groove "Human Beings and Animals" Dorian "midori" Museum of Plate "Practical Symphony No.5"

This week's video: Twisty BonBon "Friday Night"

Posted on June 5, 2016 at 11:41 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


May 29, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 weeks #20-21 (May 14 to 27)

Food: - Chiffon cake sandwich at Foodmood, Kunitachi
- Mutton and bonito curries w/ coriander at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo
- Apple Cheese (pork rib, apple, Camembert, ...) at Buy Me Stand, Shibuya

Foodmood タピ タピ Apple Cheeks (pork, apple, cheese) sandwich @ Buy Me Stand

Music events: - I went to see Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys who played live at their club event "Latin Panic!". This year they're celebrating their 30th anniversary! The event used to be held several years ago at club Oto when it was still in Shinjuku, and I went a few times. This time was the first time the new "Latin Panic!" was held at Shibuya Oto. It was an awesome energetic show! I got to hear a bunch of favorites such as "James Bond (Mambo Bond)", "Speak Up Mambo", "Green Onions", "Peter Gunn", "Pachinko", and vocal songs "Bongo Tengoku" and "Dynamite Mambo" feat. illustrator Sorimachi Akira.

東京パノラママンボボイーズ 東京パノラママンボボイーズ 東京パノラママンボボイーズ

- The next day was record conbini event "Double Cast vol.6", with Kishino You-ichi and guest DJ Konishi Yasuharu (Pizzicato One)! It seems over 100 people entered the small convenience store that night, and the happy and cheerful ambiance was just wonderful! Both DJs gave great crowd-pleasing performances! I'm looking forward to the next events. :)

DJ KONISHI Yasuharu at the conbini DJ KISHINO You-ichi @ thé record conbini DJs KONISHI Yasuharu & KISHINO You-ichi

- And yet the next day was Halfby's release party for latest album "Innn Hawaii", which I love! There were shows by VIDEOTAPEMUSIC, Alfred Beach Sandal, etc., with DJing by JxJx (Your Song Is Good), Halfby and more.

Alfred Beach Sandal Halfby feat. VIDEOTAPEMUSIC Halfby feat. Alfred Beach Sandal

- Another show I went to see is "Hitomitoi plays City Dive" at Billboard Live Tokyo, in which the singer and her band formed of members of Nona Reeves (plus some others) performed the whole of album "City Dive" (2012) which I love. That was a wonderful set! 4 songs also featured Kashif, including duet "Summer Breeze '86" in which they do that cool dance. I'm glad I could see that again!

Set list: Dive / Galactic ni sasete / matenrō no koibito / ningyo ni naritai / Summertime ni kuchizukete / Rainbow / Glass ni ukabeta Nonchalant (Acoustic) / Summer Breeze '86 (w/ Kashif) / Harbor Light (w/ Kashif) / koi wa omoi no mama (w/ Kashif)
Encore: Spring Rain (Ryusenkei cover) / natsu kōsen, kira. (w/ Kashif)

Hitomitoi sings "City Dive" @ Billboard Live Tokyo

- Then on a Monday I went to have a peek at "Shibuya no Radio", where Nomiya Maki and Kaji Hideki hold their radio show "Shibuya no Radio no Shibuya-kei" every Monday from 5 to 7pm. The studio can be seen from outside!

- And, not quite a music event if it wasn't for meeting good friends from abroad who love Shibuya-kei and Pizzicato Five! We went to Kawaii Monster Cafe and had "colorful poison cake (chemical)"! It was good. :)

Kawaii Monster Cafe Kawaii Monster Cafe Kawaii Monster Cafe
Kawaii Monster Cafe Colorful Poison Cake (Chemical) @ Kawaii Monster Cafe

Music release news: Cupitron, "Sailor Moon Crystal" single w/ song produced by Konishi Yasuharu

Cupitron "Galaxy Express 999" Horie Mitsuko "New Moon ni koi shite" / Chibiusa (CV. Fukuen Misato) "otome no susume" (CD+DVD)

Playlist: Perfume, Jintana & Emeralds, Halfby, Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys, Wack Wack Rhythm Band, hitomitoi, Denki Groove, Hoshino Michiru, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Perfume "Cosmic Explorer" Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" Halfby "Innn Hawaii" Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys "Mambo Imperial" Wack Wack Rhythm Band "Sounds of Far East" hitomitoi "City Dive" HOSHINO Michiru "You Love Me" HOSHINO Michiru "E-I-E-N Voyage" Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pika Pika Fantajin"

This week's videos:

Kaji Hideki "Heroes"

Un Amin "Giant Panda ni notte mitai"

Cupitron "Galaxy Express 999"

Posted on May 29, 2016 at 14:05 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


May 14, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #19 (May 7 to 13)

Food: Potato salad, fried chicken, etc. at small food, Shibuya
- Cauliflower cheese, pork, etc. at Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano
- Marjoram sausage, etc. at No. 4, Ichigaya

small food small food small food
Cauliflower cheese @ Bespoque Bespoque Bespoque No.4

New music: - One of my favorite artists ever, Rodion (Rome, Italy) released brand new album "Generator" last month! This is slow disco/electro/techno performed by humans, with real drums and bass, and it's just awesome! It took me a little while before getting this album, as I was hoping to find the 2-LP edition (and hopefully encourage a local record shop at the same time), but so far no luck so I settled for a digital edition for now. The LP is available at Bandcamp, and you can also listen to the whole album here while reading track-by-track notes by Rodion himself.

- Also, I received a wonderful limited tape of Micropupazzo's latest album! It's hectic and crazy and fun! You can check it out at Bandcamp! Micropupazzo and Rodion are both dear friends from the good mp3.com days in the 90's, and also both from the radioDD family.

Micropupazzo "Apertivo Degazzi"

Playlist: Halfby, Perez Prado, Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys, Rodion, hitomitoi

Halfby "Innn Hawaii" Perez Prado "Mambo No.5" Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys "Twin Perfect Collection Disc 1" Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys "Mambo Deco" Rodion "Generator" hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel"

This week's video: Alfred Beach Sandal "Cool Runnings"

Posted on May 14, 2016 at 21:28 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


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