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 accompanied by 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.

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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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August 30, 2015

(Bi-?)weekly revue: 2015 weeks #34-35 (August 15 to 28)

Food: - Pancakes & salmon (!) and affogato at Sunday Bake Shop
- Sri Lankan beef curry at MarieIranganee, Shibuya
- Quiche, lamb, etc. at mimet, Yoyogi-kōen
- Crab & crab & crab at canned crab bar, Yoyogi-Uehara
- Fish & chips et bœuf bourgignon at Bespoque

Pancakes and salmon! Affogato at Sunday Bake Shop Beef curry mimet, Yoyogi-kōen mimet, Yoyogi-kōen Canned crab bar, Yoyogi-uehara Canned crab bar, Yoyogi-uehara Canned crab bar, Yoyogi-uehara

Music event: - On Sunday August 23 was the World Happiness 2015! It was the 8th year this festival organized by YMO's Takahashi Yukihiro was held. I was there mostly to see Nomiya Maki with Kaji Hideki, Scha Dara Parr and also Metafive (super-band of Yukihiro with Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), Towa Tei, Sunahara Yoshinori et al.). I also especially enjoyed seeing Polysics and King-show (kinniku shōjotai), and also clammbon and Controversial Spark (band of Suzuki Keiichi). You can see photos at Natalie.

My best moment was watching Nomiya Maki with Kaji Hideki from the front row. I was already in a perfect spot in the front row, but a good friend found me and pulled me to the very center! Best sight ever! :)

Set list: Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji (the night is still young) (Pizzicato Five) / Love so fine (Roger Nichols) / amefuri toshi (Kaji Hideki) / Summer Beauty 1990 (Flipper's Guitar) / My Boom Is Me (Kaji Hideki) / bokura ga tabi ni deru riyū (Ozawa Kenji) / Message Song (Pizzicato Five)

Metafive (shortened Takahashi Yukihiro & Metafive) were also awesome! We got to hear Towa Tei's "Luv Pandemic" live, and some brand new songs too! An album is in the works and should be released next January.

World Happiness 2015 World Happiness 2015

Exhibition: - Dropped quickly by shop Kitoit in Yoyogi-Uehara to check out an exhibition of paintings by Sakura Fantasma. Nice! :)

Sakura Fantasma at Kitoit Sakura Fantasma at Kitoit Sakura Fantasma at Kitoit

Technology: - I spent a day at YAPC::Asia Tokyo 2015, the world's largest Perl conference event. I got to see Perl creator Larry Wall, who is now working hard on finishing Perl 6 for a first release this Christmas (if everything goes well). Also saw some insightful sessions about ES6 (aka ES2015, the latest JavaScript standard) and about working remotely. While I love Perl, not all of the conference has to do with Perl, but all of it is good. :) It was said that it might be the last year the conference is held, but I hope that won't be the case.

YAPC::Asia Tokyo 2015 YAPC::Asia Tokyo 2015 YAPC::Asia Tokyo 2015

Music release news: Yellow Magic Orchestra, Cornelius, the oto factory, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Bajune Tobeta

CTO LAB. "3 Cycles" Yellow Magic Orchestra "No Nukes 2012" (CD), "Yellow Magic Orchestra Live In San Francisco 2011" (Blu-ray) Kyary Pamyu Pamyu album vinyl reissues Cornelius "Constellations of Music" Yapani! "Salvia feat. P.O.P" the oto factory "Cocktail Party" Negicco "nee Vardia" Kyary Pamyu Pamyu album vinyl reissues Bajune Tobeta "Teddy Bear and Password" (CD+DVD), "Space Loungin'" (12")

Playlist: Jintana & Emeralds, Kit Cat, Towa Tei, CTO LAB., Nomoto Karia, Yukihiro Takahashi & Metafive, "Idol bakari Pizzicato", Aira Mitsuki, hitomitoi, Chiroline ver.3, Flin Flon, U-zhaan, dip in the pool

Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" Kit Cat "Scratch You!" Towa Tei "Cute" CTO LAB. "3 Cycles" Nomoto Karia "Dance Music" Yukihiro TAKAHASHI & Metafive "Techno Recital" Various Artists "Idol bakari Pizzicato" Aira Mitsuki "???" hitomitoi "City Dive" Chiroline ver.2 "Last Pajama Party" Flin Flon "Boo-Boo" U-zhaan "Tabla Rock Mountain" dip in the pool "Highwire Walker"

This week's video:

Chiroline ver.3 "Cowgirl at High Noon"

Negicco "oyasumi"

Bajune Tobeta "Teddy Bear and Password" trailer

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August 14, 2015

(Not-quite-)weekly revue: 2015 weeks #32-33 (August 1 to 14)

Still having a busy summer so updates are sparse. Busy, but also having plenty of fun. :) By the way it was my birthday just recently and I had the great pleasure to be celebrated by many dear ones! Thanks to all for the memorable moments! :) So here's a quick sum-up of the last two weeks.

Food: - Birthday lunch at Acacier salon de thé, Urawa, Saitama
- Ashore Coffee Shack at Sunday Bake Shop
- Chou à la crème at Over Mitten, Koganei
- Vegetables 65, mutton Coromandel, and mint rice at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku
- Brownie ice cream sandwich from Magnolia Bakery

Amuse Bouche Untitled Untitled Sunday Bake Shop Sunday Bake Shop Oven Mitten Cochin Nivas Cochin Nivas Brownie ice cream sandwich

Music events: - On July 31 was Hoshino Michiru & Negicco at clubasia in Shibuya, with DJ Konishi Yasuharu! The highlight was Negicco's "Idol bakari kikanai de" sung with Michiru during her set. Also for the encore all guests were called back on stage and even Konishi-san came to stand and clap along. Then the show seemed supposed to be over, but Michiru stayed on stage and sung "Wish on a Starry Night" a cappella! What a fun show! :) I also got to pick up Michiru's new 7" single of which the A-side is produced by Yann Tomita (Doopees covers!). Photos can be seen at Natalie.

Negicco set list: Space Nekojaracy / futari no yūgi / Pajama Party Night / Route Seven no kioku / Sunshine Nihonkai / atarashii koi no uta / Negative Girls! / attōteki na Style / jiyū ni / Triple! Wonderland

Hoshino Michiru set list: chotto Something New / Half Step / seikan renrakusen ~Night Voyage~ / natsu nandashi / watashi wa Schedy / sakamichi no tochū / Peaberry o mitsuketara / You Love Me / Discothèque ni tsuretette / koshinuke danshi ni I Love You / Idol bakari kikanai de (w/ Negicco) / kono michi de / i-ji-wa-ru Darling / Wonderland / koi no Funfair
Encore: Magic Hour / Wish on a Starry Night (a cappella)

- Then on August 3 was a talk & DJ event with DJ Fukutake at HMV record shop Shibuya. I got the latest mix CD of his "Yava-kayō" series, always a blast! This time the theme is "ondo", a sort of traditional Japanese summer rave music. :)

  Various Artists "Yaba-kayo 3 Non-stop DJ Mix -The Ondo- Mixed by DJ Fukutake"

- On August 7 was Towa Tei's release party for album "CUTE" at montoak, Omotesando. It was a free event sponsored by Perrier! "CUTE" is a great album!

 Towa Tei Towa Tei

Exhibition: Dropped by the "groovisions firstlight" exhibition at Eye of Gyre (Gyre 3F) in Omotesando. It had been a long time since I last saw chappie! Until August 23.

groovisions groovisions chappie

Music release news: Yapani!, Negicco

Yapani! "Salvia feat. P.O.P" Negicco "nee Vardia"

Playlist: Towa Tei, Sunaga t Experience, Kit Cat, DJ Fukutake, Concert, Sunahara Yoshinori, Duck Sauce, Old Monk, YMCK, Chiroline ver.2, CTO LAB., Sugar's Campaign, Pizzicato One, hitomitoi, Reina & The Blue Valentines, ...

Towa Tei "Future Listening! + Future Recall 3" Sunaga t Experience "STE" Kit Cat "Scratch You!" DJ Fukutake "Yava-kayō 3 -ondo hen-" Concert "Headache & Heartburn" SUNAHARA Yoshinori "subliminal" SUNAHARA Yoshinori "liminal" Towa Tei "Sunny" Duck Sauce "Quack" Old Monk "Posing as Love" YMCK "Family Dancing" Chiroline ver.2 "Chit Chat Chiroline" Towa Tei "Cute" CTO LAB. "3 Cycles" Chiroline ver.2 "Last Pajama Party" Sugar's Campaign "Friends" Pizzicato One "watakushi no nijūseiki" hitomitoi "YOUR TIME Route #1" Reina & The Blue Valentines "Lady or Girl?"

This week's videos: Nomiya Maki "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji ondo"

Negicco "nee Vardia"

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August 1, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #31 (July 25 to 31)

Food: - Chicken curry at Tiri Tiri, Shibuya
- Sandwiches at Camelback, Shibuya
- Chocolate soft ice cream at Pierre Marcolini, Hikarie (Shibuya)
- And a fun & delicious party with wonderful friends! :)

Tiri Tiri Camelback Pierre Marcolini

Music release news: Towa Tei, Especia, CTO LAB., Chiroline ver.2

Towa Tei "Cute" Especia "Aviator / Boogie Aroma" CTO LAB. "3 Cycles" Chiroline ver.2 "Last Pajama Party"

Playlist: Maika Leboutet, Towa Tei, Hoshino Michiru, Sunahara Yoshinori, Doopees, Yann Tomita, Yukihiro Takahashi & Metafive

Maika Leboutet "100 (momo)" Towa Tei "Lucky" HOSHINO Michiru "natsu nandashi" SUNAHARA Yoshinori "lovebeat" Towa TEI "94-14 Covers" Towa Tei "MACH2012" Towa Tei "Big Fun" Doopees "Forever Yann Music Meme 3" Yann Tomita "Music Meme 4 Variations" (CD+DVD) Yukihiro TAKAHASHI & Metafive "Techno Recital" HOSHINO Michiru "E-I-E-N Voyage" HOSHINO Michiru "hoshi ga Michiru"

This week's videos:

Chiroline ver.2 "suteki na Girl Meets Girl"

Especia "Aviator / Boogie Aroma"

Towa Tei "Sound of Music" (Short ver.) + "Luv Pandemic"

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July 26, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #30 (July 18 to 24)

Food: - Pizza and salsiccia at Massimottavio, Eifukuchō
- Curry at Indian Canteen Ami, Komazawa-daigaku
- Carrot cake at Merci Bake, Shōin-jinja-mae
- Dinner at Salmon & Trout, Shimokitazawa

Massimottavio Massimottavio Indian Canteen Ami Carrot cake Salmon & Trout Salmon & Trout Salmon & Trout

Music release news: Towa Tei x Leo Imai x Nomiya Maki x Takano Hiroshi, Hoshino Michiru

Hoshino Michiru "natsu nandashi" (CD+7") Towa Tei, Leo Imai, Nomiya Maki, Takano Hiroshi "Intersect By Lexus Records #001"

Playlist: YMCK, Dorian, Vanilla Beans, hitomitoi, Reina & The Blue Valentines, Nomoto Karia, Sugar's Campaign, Hoshino Michiru, The Scooters

YMCK "Family Dancing" Dorian "midori" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans IV" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans II" hitomitoi "Surfbank Social Club" Reina & The Blue Valentines "Lady or Girl?" NOMOTO Karia "Karly" Sugar's Campaign "Friends" HOSHINO Michiru "natsu nandashi" The Scooters "The Scooters NOW !"

This week's videos:

Hoshino Michiru "natsu nandashi"

Kit Cat "Hang Around"

Posted on July 26, 2015 at 23:51 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |

July 20, 2015

(Not-so-)weekly revue: 2015 weeks #27-29 (June 27 to July 17)

So much good food and so many fun times, and so little time to blog about it! I'm being kept busy all weekends this summer, so updates have been sparse. Here's what I can recall of what has been up!

Food: - "Grandma's meat loaf", homemade sausage w/ homemade crisps, etc. at Bespoque
- A birthday dinner at New York Style restaurant Hoff, Hatsudai
- Sakaki Lab 10th anniversary at Lab and Kitchen, Jinbōchō
- Experimental gelato at Snow Picnic, Nakano
- Japanese Ice Ouca, Ebisu

Bespoque Bespoque Parlour Ekoda Snow Picnic Snow Picnic Japanese Ice Ouca

Music events: - July 1st: "torimatorimae 2015 feat. Kit Cat" at Chelsea Hotel. This was a fun free event celebrating the release of Kit Cat's first CD, "Scratch You!", which is so far only sold at their events. This CD is great and I've had it on repeat a lot the last few weeks! The event also featured The Lady Spade, who played a short but great set. Also I got to see techno-pop idol unit Cupitron (produced by Tobeta Bajune) who I had been curious about, their songs were very good. DJ YounaP! (of Yurumerumo) and early-teen idol group sora tob sakana were also rather fun.

Cupitron set list: denshi keisanki / Battery / Unicorn Parade / Robot Boy Robot Girl

The Lady Spade set list: Black Magic / (E)na / are tabetai na / End of the World / Hungry Army

Kit Cat set list: oshaberi majo (Wordy Rappinhood) / Lily Lies / Space Cat Walk / Fairytale Twin Tale / Hang Around

その名はスペィド Kit Cat Kit Cat

- July 11: Isetan x Keita Maruyama "oshare bon-odori" on the roof of Isetan in Shinjuku. I went there to see an appearance by Nomiya Maki, without quite knowing what to expect. The event was hosted by fashion designer Keita Maruyama who was there thoughout the evening, dancing, singing and greeting guests. The event's music was part DJ, with DJ Peli who did some good "ondo"-oriented mixes, and also there was some live ondo music performed by Shinjuku Roman-za. Maki showed up twice during their set, each time singing a specially arranged ondo version of "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji (the night is still young)", which including encores she sang a total of 4 times! Of course that's not too much considering that it can't be heard anywhere else. For me this evening really felt like the start of Japanese summer.

おしゃれ盆踊り 野宮真貴 野宮真貴 おしゃれ盆踊り

- July 12: YMCK "Family Dancing" release party at Shibuya WWW. At one of my favorite venues, YMCK played this one-man live featuring all songs from their new album "Family Dancing" and also many other favorites, often rearranged in a more dance-y way to fit the event's theme. This evening I was also happy to meet my good P5ML friend Mai from Thailand again!

Set list: Los Colores De La Vida / Neo Identity / Floor 99 / Darling / John Coltrane wa kaiten mokuba no yume o miru ka / Pixel Voyage / Danba Danba Din Dan / Perfect Device / Time Bomb / Disco Kitsch / Colorful Number / neko ni kakomarete kurashitai / 52 Futures / Unity / You Can Be a Star
Encore: sasetsu shite usetsu shite / Magical 8bit Tour


- July 14: Nakatsuka Takeshi x Batica presents "Delica Lab". Again I got to meet up with my friends from Thailand, and after a quick stop by cat café Nyafé Mélangé we went to Batica. This event was a great opportunity to catch Nakatsuka Takeshi, Ookawara Izumi (both of Qypthone) and also Somethiing New and the Mami Ōnishi Trio. All were great jazzy sets! We also had a good time chatting with the performers thanks to the cozy venue.

中塚武 Something New 大河原泉 大西まみトリオ

Music release news: Sally Soul Stew, The Scooters, "Yaba-kayo 3", Negicco, Recoride

Sally Soul Stew "Joy To The World / Black Coffee" (7"+CD) The Scooters "The Scooters NOW !" (7"+CD) Various Artists "Yaba-kayo 3 Non-stop DJ Mix -The Ondo- Mixed by DJ Fukutake" Negicco "Negicco First Tour 'Never Give Up Girls!!! & Rice&Snow'" (DVD) Recoride "Freshless"

Playlist: "odoru Punch kayo! Showa Girls Garage Party ~ Bazazz tengoku", dip in the pool, Jintana & Emeralds, Pizzicato One, hitomitoi, Kit Cat, Negicco, Duck Sauce, The Scooters, the hair, YMCK, Hoshino Michiru

Various Artists "odoru Punch kayo! Showa Girls Garage Party ~ Bazazz tengoku" dip in the pool "Highwire Walker" Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" Pizzicato One "watakushi no nijūseiki" hitomitoi "Pacific High / Aleutian Low" Kit Cat "Scratch You!" Negicco  "Rice&Snow" Duck Sauce "Quack" The Scooters "The Scooters NOW !" the hair "pop concerto for the weekender" YMCK "Family Dancing" YMCK "Family Days" YMCK "Family Cooking" HOSHINO Michiru "E-I-E-N Voyage" HOSHINO Michiru "hoshi ga Michiru"

This week's videos:

Towa Tei "Luv Pandemic"

YMCK "You Can Be a Star"

KiWi "Kiwi no uta"

Recoride "kowarenai Paradaisu"

Posted on July 20, 2015 at 12:22 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |

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