Club Quattro (18:30 | ¥6,500)
All hail the glorious funk rock of this New Orleans band and their new album, which is full of smooth tracks featuring guest appearances by Mystikal and Corey Glover of Living Color.
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥5,000)
This grindcore band is also from Louisiana, but that’s where their similarities with Galactic end. Not that they’re without their own glamour. Like the sirens of old, lead singer Courtney LaPlante will lull you with her dulcet tones, before blasting your brain meats with a shattering scream you wouldn’t think possible in such a cute package.
Club About (22:00 | ¥2,500)
Detroit producer Rod Modell makes gorgeous techno… look, I’m not going to bullshit you here. Mr. Modell is a talented producer, but it’s techno, minimal even. Unless that’s your thing, it will sound like one very long song is sound tracking the entire event. The live performance from Devecly Bitte might break the monotony, though.
Cafe Domina (22:00 | ¥2,500)
I was listening to the playlist I put together for this month’s events, and I didn’t even notice when Ron Modell’s tracks ended and Epicurean’s special guest Masanori Mikami’s new song OUTDRAW began. Gods, I hate techno.
The Nagoya Metro Party
Lover:Z (22:00 | ¥2,500)
Now this is what this month has been missing so far: house music! And while DJ e-M might splash in the occasional top 40 track, the riotously wild METRO scene is still the best party this and every second Saturday. Get your holiday season started off right!
Nagoya Bass Coalition
Café Domina (20:00 | ¥2,000)
I’ve been slowly warming up to the bass heavier dance genres this year, mostly in part to the prolificacy of talented DJs such as Smoker, Halcyon, Skullduggery and Zig-Nine. Their blend of the frenetic rhythm-scape that is DnB, breakbeat and hip-hop is a gateway drug. This night also features live performances from Danny and Taro and Vinny Vantage
Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,000)
This Juno Award-winning producer is famous for the electro house anthem You Gonna Want Me as well as several others. Prepare to dance like it’s 2007.
SPACE X’MAS Tour 2012
Apollo Theater (17:30 | ¥3,000)
SHONEN KNIFE is back with their 18th studio album, Pop Tune. Their annual Space X’Mas tour is a great chance for fans new and very old aike to enjoy their delightful blend of punk chords and saccharine-sweet harmonies.
X-Hall (22:00 | ¥3,000)
Live act JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra blends tribal rhythms with funky bass and a blaring horn section for a sound you’d have to be dead inside not to enjoy.
Ghost of Matsubara with Kat McDowell
Studio 246 (19:30 | ¥1,000)
Every December, Nagoya gets passed up by touring bands that only care for the bigger cities (fuck you, Tokyo!) However, Tom, Mike and Tak of the Ghost of Matsubara are like the 3 Wise Men bringing the gift of live music to a child in a cultural desert. Tokyo songstress Kat McDowell will be along to spread more tidings of joy.
Club Atlantis (22:00 | ¥1,500)
One of the best kept secrets in the Nagoya nightlife, Atlantis is playing host to the most eclectic dance event this month. Featuring a cornucopia of electronic sounds from a cross-section of Nagoya’s most-loved DJs including Ago, Chris Ollier, Halcyon, Thomas Lang and Zig-Nine.
The Winter Snow Ball 2012
Winter Garden (19:00 | ¥3,500)
At the end of the month, Nagoya’s grandest ballroom, The Winter Garden, a shrine to simpler times before the bump’n’grind became the pinnacle of modern dance, will be shutting its doors forever. And while the scene will be a little colder without it, dance groups from all over are coming out on this night to shake the dance floors before the wrecking ball has a chance to. Swing, lindy hop, line and belly dancers all will be there along with live music from Duck and the Billys, The Hospys and Space Gear RandR Trio.
SHOCK IS FELT
Huck Finn (18:30 | ¥2,100)
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.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Diamond Hall (18:00 | ¥3000)
When Hunter S. Thompson wrote his counter-culture epic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, I like to think that the music from this electro-shlock band ripped a hole through the space-time continuum with the sheer weight of its terribleness and was the nightmare-fuel that inspired him. Opening band Polysics doesn’t suck.
Rocka Rolla Vol.3
MyBar (18:00 | FREE)
Local band ELEVEN will be covering some of the hardest rock hits of the 70s and 80s along with DJ Doo Doo, holder of the most poorly-chosen DJ handle ever.
Café Domina (22:00 | ¥1,500)
DJs Ago, Halyon and Zig-Nine are back for a third time this month with more amazing dance music and fried chicken, which is an interesting change from the burgers they serve at their W-Double parties.
Club Zion (18:00 | ¥1,800)
A catholic (thank you, Word-A-Day) music experience featuring pop-punk from Sunny Side Walker, the alt-rock of ShiawasenoAoiTori and some good ol’ funk rock from Golden Whiskey Jam Sound. This is an affordable chance to check out some of the new NAG bands.
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,000)
Colin “Mr. G” McBean is a veteran of the London techno scene, and he’s developed a unique sound that incorporates the hi-energy of 90s club music with the appreciation of tech samples and loops of the millennium. Check out his track The After Effect, and then check out his set at JB’s to properly kick off your New Year weekend.
BREAK BEAT DELA 2012
Cafe Domina (22:00 | ¥1,500)
OK, this is getting ridiculous. Just how many gigs can Zig-Nine and Smoker pack into one month?! Luckily for them the talented tA.hA.rA will be along to give them a small break from dropping bass-bombs on the dance floor.
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,500)
“Legendary”; there is simply no better way to describe the impact that Timmy Regisford has had on the dance music since he started his Shelter Parties in New York City back in the 90s. There’s a reason they call him “The Maestro”, and his soulful house sets are not to be missed.