IN LIKE A COWARDLY LION
Before I start this week’s EC, I want to apologize for the lack of EC last week. Through no one’s fault (*COUGH* Rangi), the scheduled email did not post and all of Nagoya went unawares of the awesomeness they were missing.
Actually, gatherings like Tohoku Awareness, MOONDANCE and the Nagoya Harlem Shake seemed to go off like gangbusters without the EC… which makes all my hard work seem pointless…
Anyway, I have included a list of my Top 8 favorite events for this month at the end of the newsletter. Those rays of light should keep the darkness at bay… for now.
BFF = BFF
I should also apologize for the curt events calendar posting from 2 weeks ago. I should, but I won’t. If I hadn’t rushed it out, I would not have been able to experience what was the best concert in this still young year.
The Ben Folds Five show was everything a reunion concert should be. A heaping helping of classic tracks from all of their albums (even the oft ignored Naked Baby Photos) with a smattering of new songs from The Sound of the Life of the Mind, as well as a wicked long jam session.
Along with their everyone-pleasing set list, the trio was affable and really knew how to work a Japanese audience. Certainly, ¥8000 was a lot to pay, especially for someone on a fixed income like myself (where’s MY press pass?!), but their 90-minute performance (plus the best encore ever!) made it well worth it. As a bonus, I made a new friend.
On to the calendar!
Huck Finn in Imaike from 18:30
This UK band exemplifies the college rock sound from the early 90s, which I realize that some of you weren’t around for… now, I feel pointless AND old. DOOR ¥2500
A|X Music Tour
X-Hall in Osu from 21:00
It seems Armani Exchange has applied their business model to their event promotions: lots of style at exorbitant prices. DOOR ¥4000
Tracks Bar in Hakuba, 2 day event
This yearly festival of music and snow is always a lot of fun, but this year’s lineup is too good to be missed. The live stage will feature such Nagoya faves as Ghost of Matsubara and Semi-On, while the DJ floor has a United Nations worth of international talent. If you’re into the more wintery of sports, and excellent music is your thing, then don’t let the distance keep you away from this amazing party. In fact, you won’t have to as there are bus tours heading out from Osaka, Tokyo and Nagoya. For details on the Nagoya package, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lover:Z in Shinsakae from 22:00
This month, Nagoya’s preeminent all-sexuality-embracing party features a special guest performance from the talented DQ from America, because no one does drag queens better than the good ol’ U.S. of A! DOOR ¥2500
Radix in Tsurumai from 21:00
Blending hip hop DJs with local skaters seems like a winning combo but I’m not sure how Radix is going to showcase skate-boarding talent, short of building a half-pipe on their dance floor. DOOR ¥2500
Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00
While DJ Ogawa is irrefutably the prima donna of this popular progressive house party, I’d like to shine the spotlight this month on the very talented 2nd room DJs: Nick Edges and Tom Langford from Stereophonic Productions. If you hit up this party on Saturday, I think you’ll find very little reason to even go into the main room (aside from that being where the bar is and all). ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500 (1D)
Plastic Factory in Imaike from 15:30
The East End is putting up quite the effort on this night as well with live paint performances and support from a ton of DJs. DOOR ¥2500
Club About in Sakae from 22:00
Dueling art/DJ parties! Sure, About’s Depict is a tad cheaper than the PF’s Steady Progress, but I’d still have to throw in with Heinz and crew. About may be one of Nagoya’s best sources for tech-y house, but the Factory has proven time and again to be Nagoya coolest gallery. DOOR ¥2000
Diamond Hall in Shinsakae from 16:30
Though a very talented and lovely RandB artist from Yokohama, Kuri-chan should really consider a new stage name that doesn’t sound like slang for meth. DOOR ¥5250
Apollo Theater in Shinsakae from 18:30
These prolific street performers’ jams can be heard all throughout Sakae most weekends. It’s weird to have to pay for their music, but I can imagine they’d sound even better on stage. They’re releasing their second album “Knot Fast” on this night. DOOR ¥2000
All Time Low
Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:00
Another American pop punk band with nothing new to offer. DOOR ¥5500
Voices of Rainbow
Bottom Line in Imaike from 19:00
70s hard rock band Rainbow went through so many changes that no two albums in their decade-long career featured the same lineup. On this night you can hear most of the vocalist from Rainbow (rest in peace, James Dio). But without the guitar of Ritchie Blackmore, it seems moot. DOOR ¥8500
Red Rock in Sakae from 20:00
An old bar favorite comes to the Red Rock with an interesting twist. They’ll be selling pitchers of beer this night for ¥1800, but you save ¥100 IF you sing a song. The more you drink, the more you’ll sing; the more you sing, the more you’ll drink. It’s the Mobius Strip of karaoke nights. This new weekly event includes ¥5000 in prizes to be won.
Danny’s Top 8 Picks for March
|March 14||Wanna Be Child @ Club JB’s|
|March 15||Coat of Arms Pub Grand Opening!|
|March 16||W-Double Anniversary @ Café Domina|
|March 16||St. Patrick’s Day Parade @ The Osu Arcade|
|March 20||DuckFace @ Taurus|
|March 30||Nagoya Spring Jam @ Flex Lounge|
|March 30||Budo Grape @ Tokuzo|
|March 31||The Best Brunch @ Shooters|