November 14, 2015

(Bi-)weekly revue: 2015 weeks #45-46 (October 31 to November 13)

Sorry, I got a bit late in updating my blog, so here's a quick summary of the last two weeks which were rather busy!

Small trip: We dropped by Mashiko for a pottery market, then by Utsunomiya to eat gyōza (the good stuff at Masashi).

益子 正嗣

I also checked out the Hitachi Seaside Park (Hitachi kaihin kōen) in Ibaraki where Kochia and Cosmos were almost in their best season.

コキア コスモス ひたち海浜公園

Music events: - On November 2, I went to see Hoshino Michiru's one-man show at clubasia, a release party for album "You Love Me". That was a wonderful show, the second half of which was backed by a full band with several members from Wack Wack Rhythm Band! She had a big surprise at the end for the 10th anniversary since she debuted with AKB48.

Set list: i-ji-wa-ru Darling / Wonderland / hanashite... / kanata e / sakamichi no tochū / ame no naka no Dreamer / Interstellar / seikan renrakusen / chotto Something New / natsu nandashi / Secret Touch / gekka kōyakyoku / Misty Night, Misty Morning (w/ Yafune Tetsuro) / shippo no Blues (w/ Yafune Tetsuro) / My Tiny World (w/ Matsuo Kiyonori) / itoshi no Rosie (w/ Matsuo Kiyonori)
With band nagareboshi gakudan: sono michi / rakuen to kisetsufu / Peaberry o mitsuketara / You Love Me / mō ichido Déjà-vu / kare no Irish Setter / koshinuke danshi ni I Love You / Discotheque ni tsuretette / koi no Funfair
Encore: Wish on a Starry Night (solo on piano) / ikitai hō e (w/ nagareboshi gakudan) / Magic Hour (w/ nagareboshi gakudan)

星野みちる 星野みちる

- On November 6 was Elektel's Lounge at Koenji Connection. I got to see some fun DJing and also live performances by both of Elektel. I even got a Casio SK-200 keyboard from a friend and fan who liked my Glad en Mono show a little while ago. :) And thanks to another friend who gave me good cakes from La Marée de Chaya in Hayama! Yum!

polymoog (Elektel) Ueken (Elektel) Elektel

- Then on Sunday November 7 I went to the last day of the Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival! The festival features a lot of the best and latest from Japan's pop culture, in music and more. It also has a strange system where foreigners can get free entrance. Of course I'm thankful for it! I got to see, suiyōbi no Campanella (who I had been curious about), CAPSULE, and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu! All of these were great! I was happy to see CAPSULE again, it had been a long time for me, and they played some songs old and new from most of their electro career, with "More! More! More", "Jumper", and much more. Kyary's set was the perfect finale!

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu set list: Fashion Monster / Candy Candy / Cherry Bonbon / Invader Invader / Ninjya-Re Bang Bang / tsukema tsukeru / Crazy Party Night

- The next day Tower Records' streaming show where regular MCs include Vanilla Beans' Lisa and DJ Fukutake. This time both of Vanilla Beans were also there to promote their upcoming single. I had to leave when things got interesting, but I at least got to see their new video in full! The end is totally crazy! It should be posted online when the single is released next week.

- November 11 saw the release of Nomiya Maki's new album, "What The World Needs Now Is Love"! I was very lucky to have the chance to get a rare promo 7" when I bought the album at Tower Records. And a few days later was an in-store performance at Tower Records Shibuya where she sang "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji" and "sekai wa ai o motometeru" (Japanese version of the title song)! This was followed by a greeting session where I got to shake her hand and received an autographed card. :D

野宮真貴 野宮真貴 野宮真貴 野宮真貴

Exhibitions: - A quick visit at QP's new "3 TOKYO" shop in Nakano Broadway. Everything was sold out but he seems to re-stock with new works every once in a while. A nice panel is on always display though!

- We also visited Gallery TFTD on the last day of an exhibition by calligraphy artist Kakinuma Kizan, in collaboration with FESN's Kamikaze cruiser skateboards.


Food: - Sausage, salmon pie and trifle at Bespoque at Isetan, part of the British Week
- Oden at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo
- Date & oat slice at Rose Bakery, Marunouchi
- Chocolate cake and coffee at Magali at monami, Nishi-Ogikubo

Bespoque at Isetan Bespoque at Isetan Tapir Date & oat slice magali at monami

Tech: - I found an Android One phone at the Pakistanese restaurant, and bought it! Haha! Android One is an initiative by Google to make cheaper devices mainly aimed at countries where smartphones aren't all that common yet. The device I got is an Infinix Hot 2. It has a bit lower specs than regular Android phones on the market, and only supports 3G, but it seems to work very nicely. It will be perfect for traveling abroad.

- Also I got a brand new Chromecast (the new round type) sent to me from Canada! This isn't available in Japan yet, but it works perfectly nevertheless!

New Chromecast

Music release news: Reina & The Blue Valentines, Ryoma Maeda & Romantic Suiciders, Nomiya Maki

Reina & The Blue Valentines "First Recital in Shibuya" Ryoma Maeda & Romantic Suiciders "Synthesizer Garage Punk Band" Nomiya Maki "What The World Needs Now Is Love"

Playlist: Nomiya Maki, Jintana & Emeralds, hitomitoi, CAPSULE, Sugar's Campaign, Fantastic Explosion, and much more...

NOMIYA Maki "What The World Needs Now Is Love" Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel" CAPSULE "Wave Runner" Sugar's Campaign "Friends" Fantastic Explosion "Sounds In Space"

This week's video: Chiroline ver.3 "Napolitan no uta"

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October 30, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #44 (October 24 to 30)

Small trip: On Sunday October 25, we went to Nasu-Shiobara in Tochigi prefecture, to the Fujishiro Seiji Museum. Fujishiro Seiji is an artist who is mainly famous for his works using light and shadows with translucent sheets, many of which can be seen at the museum.

There was going to be a "Keroyon greeting" that day, which was the main reason I wanted to go. :) Keroyon is a character the artist created in the 60's, who appeared on TV and in two full-length movies which I love (trailer)! He also appears here and there in Fujishiro Seiji's shadow works. Every few months Keroyon, just as seen in the movies, visits the museum and greets all visitors. I even had the chance to take photos with him. :) That was awesome!

藤城清治美術館 藤城清治美術館

After the museum, we also went to have coffee at 1988 Café Shozo and checked out nearby shops. On our way back we stopped at Utsunomiya to eat gyōza, which the location is famous for.

Music event: I went to see hitomitoi live at Billboard! Her new album "The Memory Hotel" had just been released the week before, and most of the songs from it were played live. That was a great show as always (I've seen her shows for each album since "Dive")! LUVRAW was also featured on talkbox for 3 songs.

Set list: Dive / Overture / The Memory Hotel / sono me wa, Hypnotic / Mystery Train / bō - kyaku - hi - kō / toki o tomete koi ga odoru / Surrenderer w/ LUVRAW / Stardust Tonight w/ LUVRAW / Lonely Woman / Labyrinth ~kaze no machi de~
Encore: Anytime Manytimes (IMAI Miki cover) / koi wa omoi no mama w/ LUVRAW


Food: - Hot dog at the Fujishiro Seiji Museum
- Gyōza at Minmin, Utsunomiya
- Curry lunch at Have More Curry, Omotesandō

Hot dog 餃子 餃子 Have More Curry

Music release news: Negicco, Izumi Ookawara, Aira Mitsuki, Perfume

Negicco "Hibiya Yagai Dai Ongakudo Road of Negiiiiiii ~Negicco One Man Show~ 2015 Summer" Izumi Ookawara "Precious Days" (Download) Aira Mitsuki "Animo!" (Download) Perfume "Star Train"

Playlist: hitomitoi, Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong, etc.

hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel" Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong "Toropical Circle"

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October 24, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #43 (October 17 to 23)

Workshop: I went to a workshop by Chalk Boy, a master at chalk art as seen in cafés and shops everywhere. Held at unico in Shin-Marunouchi bldg, he taught us for about 2 hours some techniques to write lettering on a blackboard, and tips for it to look good. It sure is a bit difficult and needs some practice, but that was fun! I'll have to try to put this to work sometime. :)

By the way, the chalk he uses is Japan-made Dustless chalk by Nihon Rikugaku Industry (Kanagawa pref.), and it's made so that hands don't get all dusty. The company that makes it is also remarkable in that it employs mainly people with intellectual disabilities.

Chalk Boy workshop @ unico Chalk Boy workshop @ unico Chalk Boy workshop @ unico

Food: - Italian dinner at Trattoria Babbo, Shibuya
- Vegetables 65 & Malabar fish curry at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku
- Thursday morning sausage roll at Sunday Bake Shop, Hatsudai

Bobba, Shibuya Bobba, Shibuya Vegetables 65 @ Cochin Nivas Malabar Fish Curry @ Cochin Nivas Thursday morning Sunday Bake Shop Thursday morning Sunday Bake Shop

Music event: I went to a free event at Shinjuku Motion that featured (M)otocompo. First to play was Kagakutokusōtai, a band that mainly plays hit songs from SF movies (Godzilla, Ultraman, etc.). Their sound was quite amazing, and also they even had a super robot show up in the crowd towards the end of their set. Next was idol group Hauptharmonie who had many quite good songs.

Turned out that (M)otocompo announced that they have 3 new members (acoustic drums, bass and guitar), and also in addition to their saxophonist they introduced a horn section (this time with an additional trombone) called OTO2 Horns (pronounced "oto-oto Horns"). Watch this digest clip of their introduction.

(M)otocompo (M)otocompo (M)otocompo

Music release news: hitomitoi

hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel"

Playlist: YMCK, hitomitoi, Ice Choir, Kero Kero Bonito, HNC, frenesi, "Crue-L Cafe II"

YMCK "Family Dancing" hitomitoi "Pacific High / Aleutian Low" Ice Choir "Afar" Kero Kero Bonito "Intro Bonito" HNC "CULT" frenesi "gendai" hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel" Various Artists "Crue-L Cafe II"

This week's video: Vanilla Beans "onna wa sore o gaman shinai" (Short ver.) Single coming November 18!

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October 21, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #42 (October 10 to 16)

So here's last week's revue! A bit late. :)

Small trip: Monday October 12 was a holiday, and we went for a day trip to Gunma prefecture (Wikipedia) via shinkansen, and also on a steam locomotive! That was an impressive ride! The "D51 498" train took us from Takasaki to Minakami, taking short breaks at a few stations in between. At the terminal, we got to watch the locomotive being spun around on the turntable in the middle of the beautiful scenery.

D 51 498 D 51 498 水上

D 51 498 D 51 498 水上

Of course, most of my other photos were of mascot Gunma-chan!

沼田 沼田 ぐんまちゃん @ 上毛高原駅

Food: - monami's curry, at Magali @ monami, Nishi-Ogikubo
- Katsu don, at Ikufūdō, Minakami

monamiのカレー カツ丼 @ 育風堂

Book: Nomoto Karia's self-produced photo book, titled "KARIA NOMOTO F", finally has been published this month after a long time in the making! I think I remember it being first announced as it might be released in spring 2015, and I had been looking forward to it ever since. Obviously she put a lot of work into making it exactly as she wanted it to be. The 80-page book has lots of photos of her taken by five different photographers, who each took very different approaches giving a very nice diversity to the collection. Also it comes as a hardcover, with a stylish art book quality with perfect printing. I'm proud to have helped a little bit with translation of a poem used in the book. Find out all details here.


Music event: Held at Parco in Shibuya until Sunday Oct. 25 is "Shibukaru Matsuri", an event involving many creative girls of all kinds. On the first day, last Friday, I dropped by the 2.5D venue in Parco to check out a show featuring Takei Mariko (ex-blue marble), Her Ghost Friend, and Oresama. All were great! I especially wanted to see Takei Mariko, whose stage presence I loved in blue marble, and I felt the same watching her solo performance. Her Ghost Friend did a conceptual set with poetry reading between each song, and VJing that uses illustrations made by singer Ono Shinobu. Oresama was a great surprise too, with their funky tunes and live bass and guitar.

"Shibukaru Matsuri" goes on until Sunday October 25. I recommend checking out Maika Leboutet at Parco Museum (Parco Part 1, 3rd floor) on Sunday from 19:00! (Info)

Music release news: Shoko, "Crue-L Cafe II", Nomoto Karia (photo book)

Shoko "A Love Letter to London" Various Artists "Crue-L Cafe II Compiled by Kenji Takimi" Nomoto Karia "Karia Nomoto F" (Book)

Playlist: Hoshino Michiru, Jintana & Emeralds, Especia, etc.

HOSHINO Michiru "You Love Me" Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" Especia "Gusto"

This week's video: Nomiya Maki new album digest clip! Can't wait to hear this in whole! Out November 11!

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October 10, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #41 (October 3 to 9)

Food: - BanpaiyaРомашка (Romashka) → Sugar Town, in Ōimachi
- Gelato at Ayura Café, Shinjuku
- Mac & cheese sandwich and latté at Deus Ex Machina, Harajuku
- Thai dinner at Celadon, Hatagaya

晩杯屋 ロマーシカ Ayura Café Gelato & Espresso Deus Ex Machina Celadon Celadon

Exhibition/event: - "Organic Contrast - Artworks of USUGROW" exhibition at Diesel Art Gallery in Shibuya (cocoti B1F). Until November 13, free entrance.


- Also dropped by this Kuroneko Yamato promotion where a gigantic cat sat in a subway passage in Shinjuku!

クロネコヤマト クロネコヤマト

Playlist: YeYe, esu-efu, Nomoto Karia, Maika Leboutet, hitomitoi, Cornelius

YeYe "Hue Circle" esu-efu "Sing Future" NOMOTO Karia "The Girl From R.E.A.D.Y.M.A.D.E" Maika Leboutet "100 (momo)" hitomitoi "Surfbank Social Club" Cornelius "Constellations of Music"

This week's video: STAMP (Thai artist) "Keyboard Hustle feat. Takeshi Yokemura (YMCK)"

hitomitoi "Labyrinth ~kaze no machi de~"

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October 4, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #40 (September 27 to October 2)

Food: - Tantanmen at Kisurin, Akasaka
- Kirsch Torte (Black forest cake) from Zuckerbäckerei Kayanuma, Tameike-sannō
- Tokyo Coffee Festival at Farmer's Market @ UNU, Aoyama
- Black forest custard tart at Sunday Bake Shop, Hatsudai
- "Taru Bar" event at Life, Yoyogi-Hachiman

希須林 FourBarrel Coffee Black forest custard tart!

Music event: I went to a mysterious event titled "hoshikuzu Salon" ("Stardust Salon") presented by movie director Macoto Tezuka at "haretara sora ni mame maite" in Daikanyama. The event featured shows by Nomiya Maki and POiSON GiRL FRiEND!

First was a set by POiSON GiRL FRiEND, with singer Noriko accompanied by two guitarists, sometimes with a backtrack. That was a really pleasant set with a unique ambiance. It seems she doesn't play many live shows (I think she says this was her first since the release of new album "rondoElectro"), as she is more active as a DJ, but I hope to see her again sometime!

Set list (approx.): Hardly Ever Smile (Without You) (clip) / Comme rêve sans trève / Ces petits riens (Serge Gainsbourg cover) / Dreamer's Ball / Garage Land


Then was a talk show segment with film directors Macoto Tezuka and Torico, and columnist Inuyama Kamiko. A scene from Tezuka's movie "hoshikuzu kyōdai no densetsu (The Legend of the Stardust Brothers)" (1985) was shown, starring Takagi Kan, Kubota Shingo and Togawa Kyōko. That made me want to see the whole movie! Macoto Tezuka is now beginning to work (or at least think?) of making a sequel, which makes the theme of thie event series. A rare music video he shot in the 80's for Platinum Kit, unit of Kanatsu Hiroshi (also of Portable Rock), was also shown!

星くず兄弟の伝説 手塚眞 犬山紙子 TORICO

Last was a live show by "Nomiya Maki Unit", which featured Suzuki "Chibun" Tomofumi (Portable Rock) on guitar and Kanatsu Hiroshi (Platinum Kit) on percussions (cajón, cymbal, etc.). I always love sets where Maki is accompanied by Chibun, and that was the main reason for me to not miss this show. Also I had previously seen Kanatsu Hiroshi playing with Portable Rock at Club Crawl in 2012 (report). The set list was just delightful, with a selection of Pizzicato Five and Portable Rock favorites, plus Platinum Kit's song of which the video has been screened earlier. The last song was a cover of the movie "hoshikuzu kyōdai no densetsu"'s theme song.

Set list: Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji (The night is still young) (Pizzicato Five) / minna waratta (They All Laughed) (Pizzicato Five) (duet w/ Kanatsu Hiroshi) / hajimari wa Everyday (Platinum Kit) / Green Books (Portable Rock) / Sweet Renaissance (Portable Rock) / Magic Carpet Ride (Pizzicato Five) / Sweet Soul Revue (Pizzicato Five)

NOMIYA Maki Unit

Music release news: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, FPM

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "KPP MV01" (Blu-ray/DVD) FPM "Moments"

Playlist: Dorian, Negicco, dahlia, Vanilla Beans, YeYe

Dorian "midori" Negicco  "Rice&Snow" dahlia "Beautiful, But Noir" dahlia "Nude Lumière" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans IV" YeYe "Hue Circle"

This week's video: Moonriders "darui hito" live, feat. Kanatsu Hiroshi (Platinum Kit), Nakahara Nobuo (Portable Rock), Nomiya Maki (Pizzicato Five, Portable Rock), etc.

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September 27, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #39 (September 20 to 26)

This week was "Silver Week" (Wikipedia), a week in September where three holidays are stuck together. 2015 is a rare year when 5 consecutive days off can be enjoyed (including a weekend).

Food: - Curry at jicca, Hatagaya
- Sanma curry at Tapir, Shin-Okubo
- Carrot cake & cafe latte at Sunday Bake Shop (on Wednesday)

jicca Tapir Tapir

Music events: - On Saturday September 19 was a birthday party for Ookawara Izumi of Qypthone! Held at live space "yagi ni, kiku?" in Daikanyama, there were several DJs and fun shows by Katsumarley & The Soul Kitchen and Nakatsuka Takeshi. Izumi even joined Takeshi on stage for a quick Qypthone reunion, singing "On the palette" and "Mission banana muffins"! Also Izumi did a first ever rap song, for which she had been practicing for several months, as MC I.Z.M. That was actually very cool and I hope it gets released sometime. :)

カツマーレー & The Soul Kitchen Qypthone Qypthone

- On Sunday September 20, I went to see The Scooters at Saravah Tokyo (in Shibuya)! There was also a nice line-up of DJs, with Sally Kubota, Adam Torel, Noel (of Noel & Gallagher) and DJ 320 (Shindō Mitsuo). That was a wonderful show in two sets, with many favorites, including "Bye Bye Goodbye" from their first album but which they played live for the first time. Hoshino Michiru joined for two songs including the Scooters' wonderful "Oh! Honey". Below is the full set list (quite a few songs are covers, though all Scooterized, but I'm only writing the original artist for new ones).

Set 1: I Believe In Miracles / (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave / namida no Break Away / kanashii uwasa / Hey Girl / You Can't Hurry Love / Oh! Honey (with Hoshino Michiru) / koi suru Fortune Cookie (with Hoshino Michiru)

Set 2: Modern Love (David Bowie cover) / Young Americans / The Key to Her Ferrari (Thomas Dolby cover) / Bye Bye Goodbye / Make You Mine (Honey & The Bees cover) / Shout

Encore: Motown medley / Tokyo Disco Night

After the show was DJ 320's set, during which Nomiya Maki (who came to see the show) sang a few songs such as Towa Tei's "amai seikatsu (La douce vie)"!

スクーターズ スクーターズ

スクーターズ feat. 星野みちる スクーターズ

More photos on Flickr

- Then on Tuesday September 22, I went to Billboard Live Tokyo to see Pizzicato One, the solo project of Konishi Yasuharu! The show was a live performance of latest album "watakushi no nijūseiki" which consisted of self-covers of Konishi's works. The music was performed by skillful musicians, but Konishi-san did show up on stage several times to sing himself and play the piano. The entire show was really wonderful! The best surprise for me was the "Love Again" encore sung by Konishi-san himself! And also when the curtain behind the stage opened during "Stars" to reveal the beautiful night view as described in the lyrics.

There will be another Pizzicato One show on December 28 with Sunny Day Service, though details have yet to be announced.

Set list: Flower Drum Song (vo. Kōda Miyako) / watashi ga shinde mo (vo. Ōta Emiri) / T.V.A.G. (vo. Nishidera Gōta & enaha) / 24 décembre (vo. Mizuno Mari) / Tokyo no machi ni yuki ga furu hi, futari no koi wa owatta. (vo. Mizuno Mari) / nichiyōbi (vo. Nishidera Gōta) / Y.O.U. (vo. Yoshikawa Tomoko) / kinō no tsuzuki (vo. Yoshikawa Tomoko) / kanashii uwasa (vo. Yoshikawa Tomoko & Konishi Yasuharu) / Gondola no uta (vo. Konishi Yasuharu) / Magic Carpet Ride (vo. Nishidera Gōta & enaha) / Stars (vo. Kōda Miyako, piano Konishi Yasuharu)

Encore: Love Again (vo. Konishi Yasuharu) / To Our Children's Children's Children (vo. & piano Konishi Yasuharu)


Music release news: "G.I.R.L.S RAP", Aira Mitsuki, Bank

Various Artists "G.I.R.L.S RAP" Bajune Tobeta "Tokyo Galaxy" Aira Mitsuki "Lightsaver" (Download) Bank "True Tempo"

This week's video: DJ Misoshiru to MC Gohan "This Is Isetan Underground"

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September 20, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #38 (September 12 to 19)

Food: - Curry at Piwang, Kichijoji
- Nuts praline Cremia ice cream at Rose Bakery, Kichijoji
- Hot dog with Libertin sausage at Paddlers Coffee, Hatagaya
- Ahiru Store, Shibuya

Piwang Cremia ice cream at Rose Bakery Paddlers Coffee Paddlers Coffee

Ahiru Store Ahiru Store Ahiru Store Ahiru Store

Music event: I went to the release party for CTO LAB.'s "3 Cycles" and Chiroline ver.3's "Last Pajama Party". The event itself was called "Last Pajama Party". :) Technoboys Pulcraft Green-Fund were also playing, and they were on stage first. That was some amazing live techno with twin drums (acoustic and electronic)! I was also excited to see the Juno-6 in action. I also own one but I can't make such good sounds.

Technoboys Pulcraft Green Fund Technoboys Pulcraft Green Fund Technoboys Pulcraft Green Fund

Next was Chiroline ver.3! The band has changed since ver.2, two have left, and bassist Noe has joined. Chiroline ver.3 is formed of Marika (guitar), Noe (bass) and Airi (drums), all of which also take turns singing. That was a nice show, including all new songs from mini-album "Last Pajama Party", and a few other favorites. CTO/Aprils' Imai Kentarō joined for the last two songs.

Set list: Cowgirl at High Noon / tochū ni shite ne / suteki na Girl Meets Girl / konna ja dame kamisama / Napolitan / Brand-New Morning / sonna Banana / Hello, Goodbye

新チロリン / Chiroline ver.3 新チロリン / Chiroline ver.3 新チロリン / Chiroline ver.3

Last up was CTO LAB. Their set was preceded with live painting by Kow Yokoyama who digitally painted the "3 Cycles" jacket while the DJ played "mirai no kioku" and "Pack up my sorrow".

Then CTO LAB. appeared and played all songs from "3 Cycles" among others, sometimes with dancing by Taichi and Saki of Genius. I'm always amazed at Imai-kun's ability to sing the periodic elements! For the encore Chiroline were called back on stage for a Moonriders cover and CTO's ending song "Crash Bandicoot".

Set list: 2001 A Space Odyssey / The Elements / sekai wa Bon Hi-Bon / itoko dōshi / Smile / Space Arcadian / Go! Spiral Go!
Encore w/ Chiroline ver.3: ii Papa ii Mama warui Papa Polka / Crash Bandicoot



Music release news: The Collectors, Bajune Tobeta, Yano Akiko, tofubeats

The Collectors "iitai koto ienai koto iisobireta koto" Bajune Tobeta "Tokyo Galaxy" Yano Akiko "Welcome to Jupiter" tofubeats "Positive"

I also had fun running around to collect autographs from all of CTO LAB. and Chiroline ver.3. :)

CTO LAB. Chiroline ver.3

More photos from the show at Flickr.

Playlist: Cornelius, CTO LAB. Chiroline ver.3, Pizzicato One, Hoshino Michiru, The Scooters

Cornelius "Constellations of Music" CTO LAB. "3 Cycles" Chiroline ver.3 "Last Pajama Party" Pizzicato One "watakushi no nijūseiki" HOSHINO Michiru "You Love Me" Scooters "Une Manche et La Belle" The Scooters "The Scooters NOW !" Scooters "musumegokoro wa SCOOTERS"

This week's video: tofubeats "asa ga kuru made owaru koto no nai Dance o"

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September 13, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #37 (September 5 to 11)

Food: - Chicken curry at Indian canteen AMI (Facebook page), Komazawa
- Free(!?) & delicious gelato at Gelato World Tour!
- "Sunday Bake Shop x Kumiko" Thai food event at Sunday Bake Shop! We had a variety of delicious Thai dishes and inspired desserts! :)

Indian canteen AMI Gelato World Tour Gelato World Tour Gelato World Tour Gelato World Tour
"Sunday Bake Shop × Kumiko" "Sunday Bake Shop × Kumiko" "Sunday Bake Shop × Kumiko" "Sunday Bake Shop × Kumiko"

Music event: - I went to event "Udagawa Council #2" at Kissa Smile in Shibuya. This event is organized by Nakamura Dai (of BANK, who also runs the label Too Young Records). I had seen BANK a few times before at events featuring Takanami K-taro, and also I was interested in both other bands this time, Misola and Freedom Suite Folk Club (the latest form of Yamashita Yō's band Freedom Suite).

Nakamura Dai played solo songs, and also a cover of "Alone Again (Naturally)", and song "Morning" by his 90's band Arch (Crue-L Records). He also announced the release of a new album by his band BANK, to be released on September 26. The album is mixed by Kanda Tomoki. A release live will be held on October 10 at Shichimencho in Shibuya.

Next was Misola, a city pop band that I knew of because it released an album on Orange Records. The band features two other members of BANK, and also drummer Kitayama Yūko who I had seen play in Hitomitoi's band a few years ago. Her drumming has a distinctive style that I can recognize. That was a great set!

Last was Freedom Suite Folk Club, the current form of Yamashita Yō's band Freedom Suite which was also released on Crue-L in the 90's. They played mostly covers, of Kings of Convenience, The Jam (Paul Weller), Lindisfarne, Arthur Alexander ("Soldier of Love"), Smokey Robinson ("You Really Got A Hold On Me"), and also an original.

中村大 MISOLA Freedom Suite Folk Club

The next "Udagawa Council" is already being planned, it will be held on November 1st at Fūchi Kūchi in Shimokitazawa, and will again feature Freedom Suite Folk Club, and also I think Wack Wack Rhythm Band's Kunimi Tomoko and Kanda Tomoki.

Music release news: Denki Groove, Yano Akiko

Denki Groove "Fallin' Down" (12") Yano Akiko "Tong Poo" (7")

Playlist: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, YeYe, hitomitoi, Sunaga t Experience, Especia, Hoshino Michiru, Cornelius

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Mondai Girl" YeYe "Hue Circle" hitomitoi "Surfbank Social Club" Sunaga t Experience "STE" hitomitoi "Pacific High / Aleutian Low" Especia "Gusto" HOSHINO Michiru "You Love Me" Cornelius "Constellations of Music"

This week's videos: Yano Akiko "Tong Poo" (arranged by Seiho!)

Also Vanilla Beans live with Shinohara Tomoe! Part 2 here.

Posted on September 13, 2015 at 13:46 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |

September 6, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #36 (August 29 to September 4)

Food: - Chicken keema curry at Bharat Spice Labo, Omotesandō
- Pineapple cakes at SunnyHills, Minami-Aoyama
- Smallest cheeseburger & onion rings at Teddy's Bigger Burgers, Harajuku
- Nasi goreng at Malay Asian Cuisine, Shibuya

Pineapple cake at Sunny Hills in Aoyama Teddy's Bigger Burgers Malay Asian Cuisine

Music event: Went to an event featuring Harco and YeYe at Moon Romantic (aka tsuki miru kimi omou) in Gaienmae. It was my first time seeing both and I had a great time! I especially enjoyed YeYe's set and ended up buying her latest album's LP, which she autographed for me! :) There were also shops including Sunday Bake Shop where I got delicious cookies and coffee. :) Btw I love YeYe's video for the song "Parade"! Check it out below.

YeYe YeYe YeYe HARCO 20150904yeye&i_180.jpg

Exhibitions: - Dropped by space yui where Amigo Koike was exhibiting paintings mainly under the theme "Higashi-Nihon" (East Japan). Many beautiful and serene landscapes. This exhibition will go to Yokohama from September 7 to 19 (closed on 13), at Yui Garden (shopB). Details here.

Painting by Amigo KOIKE Painting by Amigo KOIKE Painting by Amigo KOIKE

- Also went to the art gallery at Seibu Shibuya to see an exhibition titled "Post-Painting" featuring works by HITOTZUKI, KAWS, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Christo and more. This is on until today September 6! I also liked a some painted monitors by Houxo Que nearby. Info.

HITOTZUKI KAWS Christo Houxo Que

Music release news: Towa Tei feat. UA, Hoshino Michiru, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, CAPSULE, Count Joke

Towa Tei feat. UA "Sound of Music" (12") Hoshino Michiru "You Love Me ~you love me more today than yesterday but not as much as tomorrow~" Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Crazy Party Night ~Pumpkin no gyakushū~" CAPSULE "Wave Runner (Deluxe Edition)" Count Joke "Pink Shadow / tamago" (7"+CD)

Playlist: Towa Tei, Halcali, Kit Cat, YMCK, CAPSULE, Chiroline ver.3, Vanilla Beans

Towa Tei "Cute" Halcali "ongaku no susume" Kit Cat "Scratch You!" YMCK "Family Dancing" CAPSULE "Wave Runner" Chiroline ver.3 "Last Pajama Party" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans IV"

This week's video: YeYe "Parade"

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Crazy Party Night"

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