NAG Live – July, 2012

Daniel Ostrander offers up some sound advice

Wednesday 4th

Jesse Harris

Club Quattro (18:30 | ¥5,800)

Norah Jones may have made “Don’t Know Why” famous with her silky voice, but Mr. Harris won the Grammy for writing it. Catch him on this night of many other hits that should-have-been.

Friday 6th


Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,000)

Milton Bradley, no relation to the famous board game manufacturer, is a German DJ who produces dark techno tracks that are, indeed, not fun for the whole family. Though the club kids amongst you will probably dig his industrial vibe.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

KD Japon (18:30 | ¥3,000)

I enjoy the odd names of rock bands just as much as the next music nerd, but this American band has exceeded the point where their name and the acronym for same name are both equally troublesome to say. Thankfully, their upbeat music is well worth the hassle.

Saturday 7th

Da Doo Ron Ron vol.22

Club Upset (23:30 | ¥2500)

Expect a girl-riot when Tokyo-based That’s A NO NO! bring their punk sound to Ikeshita with The BeatGirls. Nagoya’s Police Girl will also be there, but seeing as they are all dudes, I think there may have been a booking mistake.

Sunday 8th

Thy Will Be Done

Tight Rope (16:00 | ¥3,500)

For those who prefer their rock more of the screaming pain variety, this US heavy metal band should suffice.

Wednesday 11th

Maya Vik Japan Tour

Club Upset (18:00 | ¥3,500)

The best nightspot in Ikeshita continues to impress me with their lineup this month, bringing this talented electro-pop act all the way from Norway. The lovely Maya Vik is a must see, if only for her impressive ‘fro.

Thursday 12th

Mark Kozelek Japan Tour 2012

Tokuzo (19:00 | ¥4,700)

The voice of such respected bands as Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters, Mark Kozelek music is no less beautiful but perhaps more forlorn as a solo effort. Expect a good deal from Sun Kil Moon’s newest album “Among The Leaves”.

Friday 13th

Goodweather 26

Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,000)

Using a pompous handle like “DJ Champion” would normally earn my ire, but this UK producer earns his title with some amazing grime-step remixes and original tracks. Along with MC Serious, this is the third-best bass-heavy party this month

Saturday 14th

Nagoya Metro Club

Lover:Z (22:00 | ¥2,500)

What can I say about Nagoya’s best all-embracing party that I haven’t already said? If my words fail to convince you of the sheer awesomeness provided by their DJs, drag queen cabaret and exotic floor shows, then perhaps it’s time you experienced it first-hand.


Cafe Domina (22:00 | ¥2,000)

This month Nagoya’s longest running D’n’B event features a special 2-hour set from DJ Smoker with MC Yukako on the mic. Residents DJs tA.hA.rA, ZIG-NINE and Halcyon will also be there, as will be the delicious hamburgers from Souvenir Dinner. Number 1 of the bass parties this month (mostly because of the burgers)

Sunday 15th

Soul Train Studio Disco

Bottom Line (17:30 | ¥4,000)

Sound Bar JAP is a throwback to simpler times when disco was still cool, and I guess it was OK to say the word “jap”. I’m happy to see them sponsoring this night dedicated to the 70s greatest gift to future generations, Soul Train, but I will miss the intimacy of their own space in the heart of Sakae.

RA Horizons

Club Mago (23:00 | ¥3,000)

Hailing from America, DJ Levon Vincent’s deep house and techno mixes offer a thick wall of sound to block out all distractions on the dance floor. When this party is over, don’t be surprised to find that you danced the whole night away.

Thursday 19th

Dragon Ash

Zepp Nagoya (18:00 | ¥5,800)

When I first moved to Japan, I listened to Dragon Ash’s hit “Grateful Days” a lot more than I’m proud to admit. This concert is for anyone who wants to relive the heyday of Japanese rock/rap infusion.

Friday 20th


Club JB’s (18:00 | ¥4,000)

This Tokyo group’s new CD Turbo Town, is severely lacking the electrified edge of their previous endeavors, replacing it with guitars and pop-infused lyrics. Though I can’t fault them too much for straying from the harder electro sound, especially when it sounds this good.

Saturday 21st


Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,000)

I couldn’t be happier that SMASH finally doesn’t conflict with the Metro party, so let’s all come out and help DJ Ogawa celebrate his birthday.

Thursday 26th

UKFC on the Road 2012

Diamond Hall (16:00 | ¥3,900)

These days, Diamond Hall’s calendar tends to be deficient in bands anyone would care to see. Though they make up for it a bit this night with J-rock from BIGMAMA, The Novembers, Polysics and the telephones.

Wanna Be Child

Club JB’s (21:00 | ¥2,000)

Changes are in store for this long-running house party. The lineup has been extended to include a good number of talented DJs including Toida, Mizo, Tom Langford and Andy S. Get an early start to your weekend because work on Friday is highly overrated.

Saturday 28th

Sound Machine Sessions on the Beach

Utsumi Beach (10:00 AM | FREE)

Ah, the beach party. The one time every year when I realize that I’ve really let myself go over the winter months. If you’re in the same tubby boat, then we’ve got until the end of the month to shape up for this day-long fiesta featuring DJs PauloAtNight, Mai, Junky, dij, scrying, m@tt, lest we be harpooned by Japanese fishermen.


Cafe Domina (22:00 | ¥2,000)

If you’re not completely danced out after the beach party, head over to Domina for the Nagoya Bass Coalition’s return with Alexander Sonoir, AGO, MOFONIX, Smoker and Skullduggery. For want of free hamburgers, this would be the best bass-night this month.

Sunday 29th

Girls House

Amateras Lounge (21:00 | MEN ¥2,000 / WOMEN ¥1,000)

This classy new night spot is finally reaching out to the foreign community, and our ambassador in this endeavor is DJ Nick Edges, who is joined by YU-I for this impressive ladies night special.

Monday 30th

Count Basie Orchestra

Blue Note (¥8,700)

“The Swingingest Band In All The Land” returns to Nagoya. Though I really wish they’d play a venue better suited to the dancing their BIG band sound encourages.

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