Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,500)
If all techno DJs worked as hard as Jeff “The Wizard” Mills at making their sets dynamic and frenetic, I’d never have a negative word to say about the genre ever again.
Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3000)
DJ Surgeon (UK) produces tracks full of beat-driven pulses and hypnotic rhythms that are reminiscent of the early days of rave, minus the E and horrendous fashion.
Club Quattro (17:00 | ¥6,800)
Instead of following my normal formula for metal music (metal = shit), I gave Carcass the benefit of the doubt and listened to their new album Surgical Steel from beginning to end. I woke up 4 hours later in the woods naked and covered in sweat with no knowledge of how I got there. My dog has been missing since. This is music to accompany horrible, horrible things.
Krome Angels Japan Tour-
X-Hall (22:00 | ¥4,500)
As if the trance music scene wasn’t trippy enough with the rampant drug use and the psychedelic light shows, along come the Krome Angels, a collective of European DJs banging some sick sets. Clad in silver masks and grey hoodies, their menacing presence is sure to freak some trance-heads right the fuck out.
Club Buddha (16:00 | ¥2,000)
Recently learning that the music from my youth is being co-opted by Millennials, ironically nonetheless, is disheartening. But at the very least perhaps it will lead to an increase in excellent parties like this one, celebrating the fashion and music from the greatest decade.
Club iD (19:00 | ¥2,000)
iD doesn’t have guest DJs all that often. Why would they bother? They’re the most popular club in Nagoya despite the fact that they close early and have the most intimidating group of bouncers this side of Altamont. So when they go out of their way to book DJ Les Schmitz from Ibiza, you should probably take notice.
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,000)
This Swedish producer is one of the giants of the house music industry, and I am totally bummed I will be outta town when he hits Nagoya’s ichiban club for Golden Week.
Yo La Tengo
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥6,000)
Yo La Tengo is the kind of band music snobs use to identify each other, instead of, say, sniffing each other’s asses. Just be prepared to discuss any of their albums besides the seminal I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass unless you’re prepared for a self-righteous “I liked them before…” tirade.
Club Mago (22:00 | ¥4,000)
Moscow’s Nina Kraviz is everything that I wish was happening in the club scene; amazingly talented people putting out their own challenging music and the people loving it. Perhaps some of that will rub off on Nagoya when she plays at Mago.
Mods Mayday Nagoya 2014
Lounge and Live VIO (20:00 | ¥4,000)
It seems all the cool kids from all the retro parties are getting together for this one; including lots of live performance from Les Cappuccino, The Absolude and more, as well as seemingly every DJ associated with that British RandB sound.
Conny Ochs and Baby Universal
K.D. Japon (18:00 | ¥2,500)
German folk musician Conny Ochs writes dark music that would best be chased with a bottle of Jack Daniels.
Blue Note (2 shows | ¥8,600)
There is a sincere comfort in this man’s soulful music, a reminder of what R&B should sound like. He’s obviously doing something right; they keep throwing Grammys at him.
Club Upset (18:00 | ¥4,500)
If Eric Benét’s music is a warm blanket, then this San Francisco band is the monster you hide from underneath it. A Frankenstein-like abomination cobbled together from the somber guitar solos of shoegaze and the rending screams of death metal. It’s awful.
Steve Adamyk Band Japan Tour
Huck Finn (18:30 | ¥2,500)
North American punk debuted and peaked with The Ramones. It’s all been a steady trend downwards since then. But this Canadian band does their best to follow in the footsteps left by Joey, Johhny and Dee Dee.
X-Hall (21:00 | ¥3,400)
A pioneer of the nu-disco scene, this British DJ has left his mark remixing and producing some of the biggest names in the industry. Once again, X-Hall is the place for big room EDM in Aichi.
Radio Slave Japan Tour
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,000)
Ministry of Sound resident, Radio Slave brings his award-winning house mix back to Nagoya. There’ll also be lots of local flavor opening, including Stereophonic’s own Nick Edges.
Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,000)
It’s not easy maintaining my normal disdain for techno this month when being bombarded by so many examples of how this genre doesn’t have to suck. The minimal beats of Mathew Jonson from Canada are just further proof that I may be wrong.
The Spring Jam 2014
Flex Lounge (22:00 | ¥3,000)
The godfather of the Nagoya hip hop scene, the incomparable Vinny Vintage, has gathered some mad talent for this year’s Spring Jam, all ready to burn this sunovabitch to the ground: Chriz Jay, Ali Baba Urbano, Marie, Shaillo, Ayano, Ingrid, ONE with DJ scrying and many more.
Café Domina (23:00 | ¥2,500)
Releasing their first album OPALUS on this night, Kyoto experimental duo Byakudan is going to wow the Domina crowd with their unique blend of jazzy vocals, drum machines and a phat bass lines.
Imperial State Electric
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥5,000)
Even more shocking then discovering a music scene in Sweden that doesn’t involve the words death, black or core, is the fact that these guys kind of kick ass, if garage rock is your thing.
Tony Harnell and TNT
Electric Lady Land (18:00 | ¥8,000)
If you remember the Norwegian glam metal band TNT, congratulations twice. You’ve one-upped me as a music nerd, and they are doing a reunion tour in the one country that loves them more than any other.