BACK BEHIND THE WHEELS
A DJ is an addict with itchy fingers eager to scratch, always looking for the next hit. I haven’t had the chance to spin at all this year, and there’s only so much relief to be gained from playing by myself at home… I seem to have mixed my metaphors. The point is; I’m more than ready to make my 2013 debut at Wanna Be Child this Thursday. Been loading up on a good deal of fresh house tunes during my timeout, and I cannot wait to drop bombs alongside DJs Andy S, scrying and more.
The cold may be sticking around for a bit longer then hoped, but there’s some hot music heading our way that should help the thaw. Passing up obvious gems like Bloc Party next Wednesday, Patti Smith (Saturday) and the always excellent Harmonium Parlour on Sunday, I’ d like to shine a light instead on The Cigavettes, who are playing at Café Domina this Saturday. While a lot of Japanese bands attempt to plow the corpse of the Beatles, this Tokyo band offers a sound not unlike the 60s British Invasion that is more of an homage than a desecration. Their newly released sophomore effort We Rolled Again is a love letter to Paul McCartney, as well as Brian Wilson and Roger Daltry. If you cannot make it out this weekend, be sure to check them at Club Rock`N`Roll on March 2.
All this year I will be adventuring out to discover more hidden gems in Nagoya (it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it… any volunteers?!), so if you have a favorite bar, party or band you’d like to promote, drop the details to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On to the calendar!
Wanna Be Child
Club JB’s in Sakae from 21:00
WBC is a long running party that dates back to when Lounge Creek was still opened. Recently under new management, it now features a good deal of foreign DJs both new and old playing a cornucopia of house music that emphasize the vastness this dance music genre has to offer. Get an early jump on the weekend. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)
Taro and Jordan
Tokuzo in Imaike from 18:00
Tokuzo seems to have a new year’s resolution to become even awesomer. Offering midweek chill live music like this talented mandolin and guitar duo at a reduced price makes me wish I still lived in Imaike, and then I remember all of the Pachinko parlors. DOOR ¥1000
Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00
A very chill party and a true Japanese clubbing experience for music lovers who care more about dancing then being a part of a “scene” ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500 (1D)
Radix in Tsurumai from 21:00
It’s not often that Radix offers an oasis to those suffering in a desert of horrid music (keep reading), but the sweet and easy reggae of Brigadier Jerry and Admiral Tibet is the cool glass of water Nagoya needs on this night. DOOR ¥3500
ALLIANCE TRAX TOUR
Club Zion in Kamimaezi from 17:30
Godammit! Tour promoter Alliance Trax does it to me every time! They bring bands from across the world to Nagoya every month, and when I research their music, my ears bleed. Well, I’ve lost my last pint to the likes of hardcore punk bands Terrors and Xibala. Do you hear me, A.T.! No more. DOOR ¥4500
K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 18:00
Imagine an epileptic ward. Throw in a marching band worth of broken instruments and then record the cacophony on a cassette deck. Now, burn that cassette. Listen closely and you will hear demons shrieking in the flames. That sound is close to the noise rock of this American band. DOOR ¥2500
Café Domina in Sakae from 22:00
Café Domina is always my first stop on nights when the Top 40 of the bigger clubs won’t suffice. They are always a safe bet for underground music that won’t bore, like this night’s special guests, The Cigavettes. ADV ¥1500 / DOOR ¥2000
Patti Smith and her band
Club Quattro in Sakae from 17:00
65 years young and the godmother of punk is still kicking ass. The years may have softened her voice, but the energy and inspiration from Horses is still there. DOOR ¥7000
X-Hall in Osu from 22:00
Two of Japan’s most talented DJs Kentaro and Baku are playing the main room on this night, while local faves SKULLDUGGERY and Zig-Nine go lounge side. DOOR ¥3500
Plastic Factory in Imaike from 19:00
Local indie superstars, Semi-On, continues to offer a sanctuary where all are welcome to be creative in and off the dance floor. Besides all the great open-mic performances on the main stage, they also have an exhibition space on the second floor. If you’re looking for a venue to showcase your talent, drop them a line at email@example.com. DOOR ¥1000 (1D)
Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
Blue Note in Sakae for 2 shows | ¥8,900)
Damn! Not to besmirch the illustrious career of this power duo, but ¥8900 is a lot of money just to hear A Whole New World.
ALLIANCE TRAX TOUR
Club 3 Star in Imaike from 18:00
Let me just read about this event… “featuring As Blood Runs Black”? Nice try, A.T.! Fool me 13 times… DOOR ¥4500
Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:00
After a few hits and misses, London club rockers Bloc Party’s new album Four could be their best effort since their debut. DOOR ¥6500
Doxy in Sakae from 18:00
With her sincere lyrics and talented backing band, this Tokyo songwriter’s music would sound at home in Nashville or Branson, which is more of a compliment than you might think. DOOR ¥4000