NAG Live – August, 2014

Saturday 2

18th Anniversary
Club Mago (22:00 | ¥1,800)
In celebration of being the longest running night club in Nagoya, Mago has invited a large sampling of their talented DJ pool for “THE PARTY.” On this night you can hear Ogawa, Nakahara, SE-1, Hattori, Sonic Weapon and Jaguar P, just to name a few.

Sunday 3

The Business
Club Upset (18:00 | ¥3,500)
Before being co-opted by America in the 70’s, and subsequently ruined by the 90’s, punk was a British-only phenomenon consisting of angry teenagers with questionable levels of talent. Few were angrier than the guys from The Business, who helped give birth to the Oi! movement. But don’t be misled by their shaved heads and anti-establishment songs, they vehemently separate their music from racism and political extremism; which allows them to properly direct their anger: “Smash the Disco!”

Monday 4

Café Domina (21:00 | ¥1,000)
From Roll Deep, the same music collective that gave us the brilliant Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder, DJ Karnage has some firm roots in the original UK sound known as Grime. Come get filthy in all the bass!

Huck Finn (18:30 | ¥1,800)
Tokyo duo Sister Paul is back with more glum glam rock: a unique sound they achieve by co-
opting the fashion of Iggy Pop and a sound inspired by his heroin addiction.

Thursday 7

Tokuzo (18:00 | ¥3,300)
I love this band, but, admittedly it’s been a while since I last saw them perform live (when the hell did Quminco Grape cut her hair?!). But I intend to rectify that this month as I try to reclaim my title as the number one Grape Head (watch out, Mark). You’ll be a fan, too, once you experience their bubblegum pop via new wave sound.

Friday 8

DIAMOND HALL (21:00 | ¥5,000)
Taku Takahashi is one of the most popular DJs in Japan, mostly due to his renowned remix production skills; and he’s only a small fraction of the talent performing on this night. Daishi Dance, 80KIDZ, BAKU, NMZ and so many more will also be there.

Saturday 9

Good work, hello.
Club Rock n’ Roll (18:00 | ¥2,000)
I feel like I haven’t done the Saitama-based shoegaze band mothercoat justice the last few times I’ve covered their gigs. So, I’m going to direct you to the song that converted me; プランクトーン (Plankton). If that doesn’t do it for you, then perhaps the Avril Lavigne concert will be more to your liking.

Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,000)
Guest DJ Alex From Tokyo has garnered his international acclaim the honest way. Born in Paris, raised in Tokyo and based in NYC, how could he not have developed an original sound richly influenced by the best nightclub scenes in the world.

Café Domina (22:00 | ¥2,500)
When an event describes itself as “UK BASS MUSIC” that’s just promoter shorthand for grime, dubsteb, jungle , drum and bass and whatever other insanely fast music that will make you dance like a spastic on a sugar bend. Convulsions brought to you by guest DJ DX with MC Cardz, and Smoke, Ago and MOFONIX.

Sunday 10

File-Under 12th Anniversary Party
Huck Finn (18:00 | ¥3,000)
File-Under Records in Osu has been Aichi’s ichiban destination for the best of independent music for 12 years now, mostly due to owner DJ Yamada’s extensive work to put on some amazing live shows. So what better way to celebrate this milestone then with the groundbreaking experimental rock band Melt-Banana from Tokyo, along with Extruders, ZZZ’s and Free City Noise

Club Mago (14:00 | ¥3,500)
Featuring the So Deep techno of Belgian DJ Tom Hades, which is not a sound I would care to hear at 2:00 in the afternoon. 2:00 AM? Heck yeah. But this party ends at 22:00. I’m going to chalk this one up to a translation mistake between Japanese and… uh, Belgianese? What IS the official language of Belgium? French, Dutch AND German?! Well, no wonder.

Wednesday 13

Avril Lavigne
Zepp Nagoya (18:00 | ¥9,500)
If you think that is a lot to pay for tickets, it’s because you haven’t seen the reserved seat price of ¥11,000. Which I think we can all agree should include a blowjob. If that joke sounds familiar, it’s because I used it when she played here last year. She’s not worth coming up with new material for.

Cibo Matto
Blue Note (¥6,900)
The adage “big in Japan” is well-known, but lesser known is the idea that the opposite is sometimes true. For example this Shibuya-kei duo, though never popular here, have quite the following in America, eventually settling in NYC. And while I am ecstatic that their first full-length album in 15 years Hotel Valentine is quite good, their 1999 single Sci-Fi Wasabi will always hold a special place in my heart as the opening track for my college radio show. Yeah, I’m that old.

Friday 15

The A-Bones
Huck Finn (17:00 | ¥3,300)
Speaking of “big in Japan”, the A-Bones’ garage meets surfer rock sound struck an accord with Japanese audiences in the mid-80s, and they’ve been touring strongly here ever since. They’re going to sound right at home next to The Minnesota Voodoomen, the Surfin’ Creeps and Los Niagos.

Saturday 16

Natural Rhythm
Club JB’s (21:00 | ¥3,500)
If you were lucky enough to be living in Nagoya when the legendary Lounge Creek was open, you no doubt remember Leon; the affable co-owner known for the best house music sets in the whole east end. After nearly a 5 year absence, he’s going to be gracing the turntables at JB’s for one night only. And for those of us who remember the Creek, and even those that never had the pleasure, this is not a party you’re going to want to miss. With support from several other DJs, dancers and live art

Club About (22:00 | ¥2,500)
Using synthesizers, drum machines and didgeridoos, this German producer creates a unique experience that you just can’t get at most clubs. Can you dance to it? Well, that depends on how drunk you’re willing to get.

Sunday 17

Zepp Nagoya (16:00 | ¥6,200)
Just weeks after the World Cosplay Summit, Zepp is playing host to this celebration of anime OSTs and idol groups. We may not get a lot right here in Nagoya, but we geek out with the best of them.

Saturday 23

Endless Summer 2014
DayTrive (18:00 | ¥2,500)
DayTrive is a fucking dive, but there’s no denying they’ve got a smart business plan. Sure, they play host to some of the loudest, untested musicians around, but they smooth all that raw sound out with an open bar. However, with the always popular Ghost of Matsubara, several other alt rock and punk bands and a live art show on this night, you won’t need the open bar. You’ll still want it though. If you wear a bathing suit, you get a ¥500 discount.

Honey Dip
Club About (23:00 | ¥3,000)
Don’t be fooled by either the cute name of this event or the seemingly demure special guest, the lovely DJ Saori. Her hard trance mixes will go quite well with the hard bodies at this erotic festival, with a full bondage show, dance troupe SUGAR CUBE, body painting and drag queens.

Wednesday 27

K.D. Japon (18:30 | ¥2,500)
It never ceases to amaze me how a fairly unknown band, such as this art noise unit from the UK, has enough of a following to warrant a Japan-wide tour. But don’t let my incredulous attitude detract you from just how good they are.

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