Archive for Live Review

2013.12.20: Kinoko Teikoku @ Shibuya Tower Records + group_inou @ Shibuya Club Asia

Kinoko Teikoku recently released a new ep entitled “Long Goodbye” so they held an in-store live at Shibuya Tower Records on Dec 20 with Daizawa Records label mates paionia. Access to the event was obtained by purchasing either Kinoko Teikoku or paionia’s new CD at Tower Records. Bad news: all the CDs with event tickets […]

2013.12.19: sgt. (one-man show) @ o-nest

sgt are an instrumental band who blend together numerous musical genres but primarily post-rock, jazz, classical and noise. Their sound is majestic and extremely powerful and is distinguished by the use of electric violin as the primary source of melody. They were one of four bands to take part in NMFT vol 2 back in […]

宇宙コンビニ: when you’re craving onigiri, Calpis water and good music between Jupiter and Saturn

Three months ago I booked my year end trip to Japan for Dec 19-Jan 1. But in late October my friend Wes (aka one80) introduced me to a band called 宇宙コンビニ (uchuu konbini) which means ‘Outer Space Convenience Store.’ The band name alone was clever and cute and had me interested but when I saw […]

2012.12.22 蔵フェス (Kura Fes) vol 20 & Natsumen @ O-nest

蔵フェス (Kura Fes) is a super-DIY music festival that takes place inside a shed (kura = shed or storehouse). It’s organized by Matsuda Kotaro: drummer of the band デロッピードロッピー (deroppy doroppy). Kotaro chooses six or seven bands that he really likes and invites them over to his dad’s house to play with deroppy deroppy for […]

2012.12.21 グーミ presents 「アングラポップたち vol.15 」 @ Shinjuku Nine Spices

グーミ (goomi) has been one of my favorite bands for a long time. They play a style of music they refer to as “アングラポップ” (Ungura Poppu i.e. Underground Pop). Unlike mainstream pop which is plastic, innocuous and superficial, Underground Pop places an emphasis on creativity and taking risks to make music with more character and […]

2012.12.20 uri gagarn / OUTATBERO / 佐藤千明 (Akai Koen) / チーナ okonomiyaki party

Tonight was one of those nights where there were too many great things going on. First, I had promised Tabata from Zankyo shop that I would stop by their Christmas party. There was food, music and a gift exchange. But it was a gift exchange with an unusual twist. We were told to write down […]

2012 Dec18 & 19: 浮遊スル猫 / toe / stim / Kimura Kaela

2012.12.18: Last month during チーナ’s one-man @ Daikan UNIT, Naka recommended a new band called 浮遊スル猫 (fuyuu suru neko = floating cat) to me. I checked out their clips on Youtube and admittedly their style of music is a bit generic for my tastes but I was intrigued by the fact they namedrop チーナ in […]

2012 Dec 14 – 16 ハラフロムヘル, きのこ帝国, sgt.

2012.12.14 My flight reached Narita airport at 3:30pm. The show I wanted to go to most this day was in Otsu, Shiga near Kyoto. But by the time I checked through customs/security, picked up my luggage, took a train to Tokyo, bullet-trained it to Kyoto, then took another train to Shiga the show would have […]

2012.11.10 Live music marathon

The itinerary: Shimokitazawa ERA: sgt /OVUM / Razooli / oakq Shimokitazawa Club QUE: Alaska Jam/KUDANZ/tricot/Jeepta Shindaita FEVER: fresh! / WRENCH / 虚弱。 Shinjuku LOFT: Tokyo Boredom!!! Before heading to Shimokitazawa I decided to go to Zankyo Shop in Shibuya to pick up chouchou merged syrups’ new demo. Running the shop today was my friend Tabata […]

timing 命! 2012.11.09 group_inou @ Nagoya Club Quattro

Nov 9, 2012: From Tokyo I took the shinkansen which brought me to Nagoya in less than two hours. group_inou were holding a one-man show to promote the release of their 3rd album “DAY.” _inou doesn’t have a strong following in Nagoya and in the past they’ve held their shows at the intimate and legendary […]

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Click here for show info: Oct 6 Toronto @ Tranzac Club, Oct 7 Toronto @ Lee's Palace, Oct 8 Montreal @ Divan Orange, Oct 11 Vancouver @ KW Studios.

The line-up for NMFT 11 is JYOCHO, Nuito, o'summer vacation, Gozen Sanji to Taikutsu, and Koutei Camera Girl Drei.

The Taupe will reign supreme at NMFT10

May 7, 2017
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arigarnon friends at NMFT10

May 2, 2017
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Tokyo Modal Soul (The Rebirth of..)

January 2, 2017
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City Po(o)p

October 24, 2016
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