We’re back! After a brief and unexpected absence due to a death in the family… which is our first topic this week. We get up and personal with a first hand account of a Japanese funeral. To balance that out we follow with a lengthy discussion of Love Hotels. Hey what can we say… if you are tuning in for intellectual discourse you may find yourself somewhat disappointed.
This week we begin our countdown to the release of the results of the Bands of Japan Competition. A special edition of Japanzine will be released next month and we have two tracks from winning entrants 19 Mirrors and The Oldtones.
As always The Daniel Ostrander provides insight and integrity to the discussion of what’s to do in the Nag this week.
Wanna Be Child at Club JB’s in Sakae
(21:00 |ADV ¥1,500 / DOOR ¥2,000 )
Project Stroke & DJ Take present a real house music party for real house music fans along with Andy S., dij & YU-I.
Friday The 27th
Grand Opening Party at Amateras Lounge in Sakae on Friday & Saturday
(ADV ¥3000 / DOOR ¥3500)
From what little I can garner from their website, this stylish lounge could become a very popular addition to the Sakae nightlife. They certainly are starting off with a bang, bringing two amazing DJs to the decks for their grand opening weekend: Marc Panther (Friday) & DJ Kaori (Saturday).
Safari at Gen’s 2nd in Sakae
(23:00| Women ¥1,000 / Men ¥2,000)
But Amateras has a long way to go if they want to top last year’s new hotspot, Gen’s 2nd. Their ultra-trendy atmosphere & popular international DJs are a hard combo to follow, as shown on this night with DJs PauloAtNight, dij & more.
Saturday The 28th
Rachael Dadd at Tokuzo in Imaike
Last year I had the pleasure of sitting down with this very talented musician from Bristol, England to talk about her gorgeous folk songs & equally lovely art. She’s returning this month with a new album, “Bite The Mountain”, and she’s once again performing with one-man band superstar, ICHI, along with other special guests. For more details, check out Tokuzo’s new English website.
Fuck Rock Festival, vol. 41 at The Plastic Factory in Imaike
(22:00 | ¥2,000)
Those not a fan of Metallica, Green Day, AC/DC, Rancid and the like need not attend this regular party unless they want to have their faces rocked-off.
DIMENSIONS at Club About in Sakae
(22:00 | Adv. ¥2,000 / DOOR ¥2,500 1D)
DJs MOFONIX (Halcyon/ Zig-Nine), SMOKER, AGO, MAYHEM MEN (Alexander Sonoir) MCs AGO & THE THREAT with VJ KOH
Sunday The 29th
The Damned at Club Quattro in Sakae
(19:00 | ¥6,000)
Unlike some of their younger counterparts, the gothic punk of this iconic band has really stood up to the decades. It must have something to do with only releasing one album every 7 years.
Harmonium Parlour at The Plastic Factory in Imaike
(19:00 | ¥1,000 / 1 drink)
Artist and creative genius, Saddle Kobayashi will be setting up her stall in the gallery upstairs. Be sure to check out her work!