Tokyo Gigs, September 2019

SEP 16 Pohgoh, Caitlin De Marrais, &c. Fever, Shindaita ¥3,800
SEP 16 Kazutoki Umezu/Kazuto Shimizu/Samm Bennett/&c. Pit Inn, Shinjuku ¥3,700
SEP 17 Yemen Blues Duo Haremame, Daikanyama ¥3,500
SEP 18 Phew/Seiichi Yamamoto Club Goodman, Akihabara ¥3,000
SEP 18 Qualiatik, Kaitai Zadan Kai, Ritsuko Sakata (DJ), &c. Forestlimit, Hatagaya ¥1,500
SEP 19 Jeremy Zucker Club Quattro, Shibuya ¥5,000
SEP 20 Magma (acoustic version) WWW, Shibuya ¥8,000
SEP 20 Mono Liquidroom, Ebisu ¥4,000
SEP 20 Salem Rashid, Albino Sound, DJ Soybeans, &c. Forestlimit, Hatagaya ¥1,500
SEP 20 Justin Van Der Volgen, Force of Nature, Mr Ho, &c. Contact, Shibuya ¥3,000 FB
SEP 20 Tzusing, Nkisi, Gaika, Fuyuki Yamakawa, &c. WWW X, Shibuya ¥2,300
SEP 21 Magma EX Theater Roppongi ¥9,000
SEP 21 Square Sounds Tokyo: cTrix, Skybox, Starving Gogo, YMCK, &c. Koenji High ¥3,500
SEP 21 Rosario Guiliani Quartet feat. Fabrizio Bosso Pit Inn, Shinjuku ¥4,000
SEP 21 Lord Echo, Asuka Ando Dub U Set WWW X, Shibuya ¥3,500
SEP 22 Robert Schneider/John Ferguson 7th Floor, Shibuya ¥5,300
SEP 22 Looprider, Melt-Banana, Groundcover, P-iple Higashi-Koenji 20,000V ¥2,500
SEP 22 Richard Pinhas/Hoppy Kamiyama/Tatsuya Yoshida Silver Elephant, Kichijoji ¥3,300
SEP 22 Square Sounds Tokyo: Cheapshot, Chibi-tech, Gesceap, &c. Koenji High ¥3,500
SEP 22 Ritto x Olive Oil, Cro-magnon feat. Blahrmy, &c. Contact, Shibuya ¥3,000 FB
SEP 22 Matrixxman, &c. Circus Tokyo, Shibuya ¥2,500
SEP 23 Elekibass, Wonderfulboys, Hoff Dylan, &c. Tsutaya O-West/O-Nest, Shibuya ¥4,000
SEP 23 D.A.N, Erika de Casier WWW X, Shibuya ¥3,800
SEP 23 Wrench, Melt-Banana, Minor League, Deepslauter, &c. Loft, Shinjuku ¥3,000
SEP 23 Hopi, Takashi Hattori, Dos Monos, DJ Memai Kagurane, Kagurazaka ¥2,800
SEP 23 Struggle for Pride, Shut Your Mouth, Merauder, &c. Bush Bash, Koiwa ¥3,000
SEP 23 Richard Pinhas, Keiji Haino, Tatsuya Yoshida, &c. Club Goodman, Akihabara ¥3,300
SEP 24 Robert Schneider/John Ferguson, Comeropeway Tsutaya O-Nest, Shibuya ¥5,300
SEP 24 Doja Cat WWW X, Shibuya ¥5,500
SEP 24 Shin Sasakubo/Daisuke Aoki, Marucoporoporo, &c. Haremame, Daikanyama ¥3,000
SEP 25 Misty Coast, &c. 7th Floor, Shibuya ¥TBC
SEP 25 Nothing, Luby Sparks, Aya Gloomy Tsutaya O-Nest, Shibuya ¥4,500
SEP 26 Flying Lotus in 3D Studio Coast, Shinkiba ¥7,500
SEP 26 Manic Street Preachers Zepp Divercity, Odaiba ¥8,500/¥9,500
SEP 26 Attractions, Aaamyyy, Black Boboi WWW, Shibuya ¥3,000
SEP 26 TOC Band feat. Keiichi Tomita, Meetz Twelve, &c. Club Quattro, Shibuya ¥5,000
SEP 27 ZZZoo, The Silence Club Goodman, Akihabara ¥3,000
SEP 27 Joe Ellis, Deejay Go, Slagbat, KST Bonobo, Harajuku ¥1,500
SEP 27 Tzu Ni/Kyosuke Terada, Rohco/Koki Miyabe, &c. Kagurane, Kagurazaka ¥1,500
SEP 27 Locked Groove, Compuma, Mayurashka, &c. Vent, Omotesando ¥2,500
SEP 28 The Bulgarian Voices Angelite Mitaka City Arts Center ¥5,000
SEP 28 Otori, Pens+, Mass of the Fermenting Dregs Club Goodman, Akihabara ¥2,500
SEP 28 Nothing, Palm, Malegoat Rips, Hachioji ¥4,000
SEP 28 Deathro, Youseitachi, Ni-hao!!, 6eyes, &c. Soup, Ochiai ¥2,000
SEP 28 Todd Terje, Kikiorix, DJ Smooth Failing, &c. Contact, Shibuya ¥3,300 FB
SEP 28 Function, Patrick Russell, Ryogo Yamamori, &c. Vent, Omotesando ¥2,500
SEP 28 M.E.S.H, Shaka Bose, Tyosin, LSTNGT, &c. WWW ß, Shibuya ¥2,300
SEP 29 The Bulgarian Voices Angelite Sumida Triphony Hall, Kinshicho ¥5,000/¥6,000
SEP 29-30 Turkuaz Blue Note Tokyo, Minami-Aoyama ¥7,000

Prices are for advance tickets, unless otherwise stated

Tokyo Gigs, October 2019

OCT 1 Tamikrest Musashino Swing Hall, Mitaka ¥4,000
OCT 3 Miguel EX Theater Roppongi ¥9,500-¥18,000
OCT 3 Schnellertollermeier, Yuasawan Bush Bash, Koiwa ¥2,500
OCT 3 Gruff Rhyss Club Quattro, Shibuya ¥5,500
OCT 3 Livingstone, Bo-Peep, Devell Lush, Shibuya ¥2,000
OCT 4 Lori Scacco, Certain Creatures TOT Studio, Harajuku ¥3,000
OCT 4 Schnellertollermeier, Yoshio Machida/Cal Lyall Velvetsun, Ogikubo ¥2,500
OCT 5 Kikagaku Moyo, Ogre You Asshole WWW X, Shibuya ¥4,000
OCT 5 RNA (Eiko Ishibashi/F.Kosakai/K2), Halbach, Former Airline Forestlimit, Hatagaya ¥1,800
OCT 5 Parris, Akiram En, Moodman (On-U set), Mew WWW ß, Shibuya ¥1,800
OCT 6 Schnellertollermeier, NRQ Galaxy-Gingakei, Harajuku ¥2,500
OCT 9 Ebola Disco, Whales, Jdow/Dave Skipper, &c. Kagurane, Kagurazaka ¥1,500
OCT 10 Men I Trust WWW X, Shibuya ¥5,500
OCT 11 Haruomi Hosono/The Eight Beat Combo + guests Ebisu Garden Hall ¥7,800
OCT 11 Seiichi Yamamoto/Toshiaki Sudoh/Tatsuhisa Yamamoto UFO Club, Higashi-Koenji ¥2,500
OCT 11 Hot Chip Akasaka Blitz ¥7,000
OCT 12 Jamila Woods WWW X, Shibuya ¥6,000
OCT 12 Lori Scacco, Certain Creatures, &c. Soup, Ochiai ¥3,000
OCT 13 Z.O.A, Boris Koenji High ¥4,500
OCT 13 Haruomi Hosono, Jim O'Rourke, Yasuharu Konishi, &c. Ebisu Garden Hall ¥5,800
OCT 13-14 Embryo UFO Club, Higashi-Koenji ¥3,500
OCT 14 Ruins, Surfers Sun, Ita-roh, Es Club Goodman, Akihabara ¥2,500
OCT 15 Jun Togawa, The Novembers Loft, Shinjuku ¥4,000
OCT 15 Luby Sparks, Tawings, Jan and Naomi WWW, Shibuya ¥3,000
OCT 17 The Novembers, Dos Monos, Ohzora Kimishima, &c. WWW, Shibuya ¥3,300
OCT 18 Kid Fresino, Shaka Bose, Tohji, &c. WWW/WWW X, Shibuya ¥TBC
OCT 19 Efrim Manuel Menuck/Kevin Doria Tsutaya O-Nest, Shibuya ¥4,200
OCT 19 Shredded Nerve, T.Mikawa, Kazuma Kubota, Our Wrongs, &c. Soup, Ochiai ¥2,000
OCT 20 The Ratel, Kuroyagi, Extruders, Kumagusu Kagurane, Kagurazaka ¥2,700
OCT 21 3MA (Ballaké Sissoko/Driss El Maloumi/Rajery) Haremame, Daikanyama ¥4,800
OCT 21 Tamikrest, Oki, &c. Aoyama Moonromantic ¥3,500
OCT 21 Tokyo Health Club, Mom, Xiangyu Tsutaya O-Nest, Shibuya ¥2,500
OCT 22 Full of Hell, Butcher ABC, Cunts, Endon, &c. Earthdom, Shin-Okubo ¥3,500
OCT 23 Kaho Nakamura Sogetsu Hall, Aoyama-Itchome ¥4,000
OCT 24 Kyoko Katsunuma/Jun Miyake + band WWW, Shibuya ¥5,600
OCT 24 Sen Morimoto, Aaamyyy Unit, Daikanyama ¥4,000
OCT 25-27 Azymuth & Marcos Valle Blue Note Tokyo, Minami-Aoyama ¥8,500
OCT 26 The Mummies, The Phantom Surfers, Jackie & The Cedrics, &c. Loft, Shinjuku ¥4,500
OCT 26 Full of Hell, Palm, Fixed, Kamomekamome, &c. Earthdom, Shin-Okubo ¥3,500
OCT 27 The Mummies, The Phantom Surfers, Guitar Wolf, Mad 3, &c. Loft, Shinjuku ¥4,500
OCT 27 Nango, Urbanfeti, Koochewsen, &c. Nepo, Kichijoji ¥2,500
OCT 28 MC Gaza, Shibusashirazu Orchestra, &c. Nakano Zero ¥3,000
OCT 29 Gang of Four Unit, Daikanyama ¥7,000
OCT 30 Tangled Waves, Jun Morita/100take, &c. Kagurane, Kagurazaka ¥1,500
OCT 30 Watusi Zombie UFO Club, Higashi-Koenji ¥20
OCT 31 Tom Zé Mitaka City Public Hall ¥8,000-¥15,000

Prices are for advance tickets, unless otherwise stated

Tokyo Gigs, November 2019

NOV 1 !!! (chk chk chk) Tsutaya O-East, Shibuya ¥6,500
NOV 1 DJs Squarepusher, Oneohtrix Point Never, Bibio, &c. Tsutaya O-East, Shibuya ¥5,500
NOV 2 Thalia Zedek/Chris Brokaw UFO Club, Higashi-Koenji ¥4,000
NOV 2 World's End Girlfriend, CRZKNY, Mizuirono_inu, &c. WWW, Shibuya ¥1,000 or more
NOV 3 The Stranglers WWW, Shibuya ¥9,500
NOV 3 Celeste, Heaven in Her Arms, Killie Earthdom, Shin-Okubo ¥4,000
NOV 3 Thalia Zedek/Chris Brokaw Nanahari, Hatchobori ¥TBC
NOV 3 Steve Gunn 7th Floor, Shibuya ¥4,900
NOV 4 The Stranglers WWW, Shibuya ¥9,500
NOV 4 Celeste, Heaven in Her Arms, Boris Earthdom, Shin-Okubo ¥4,000
NOV 4 Battles Ebisu Garden Hall ¥6,800
NOV 5 Ride EX Theater Roppongi ¥8,000
NOV 5 The Stranglers Tsutaya O-West, Shibuya ¥9,500
NOV 9 The Monochrome Set, The Catenary Wires Koenji High ¥7,200
NOV 10 Koenji Hyakkei Club Goodman, Akihabara ¥3,300
NOV 12 Gentleman Surfer, Green Milk from the Planet Orange, &c. Fever, Shindaita ¥2,000
NOV 12 South Penguin, Dos Monos, No Buses WWW, Shibuya ¥2,700
NOV 12-13 Joel Ross Blue Note Tokyo, Minami-Aoyama ¥7,000
NOV 13 Benny Sings WWW X, Shibuya ¥5,000
NOV 13 Candlemass Club Quattro, Shibuya ¥7,500
NOV 14 Emperor, Deafheaven Tsutaya O-East, Shibuya ¥8,700
NOV 15 Emperor, Deafheaven Tsutaya O-East, Shibuya ¥8,700
NOV 17 Superchunk (acoustic), Hello Hawk Fever, Shindaita ¥3,900
NOV 18 Superchunk, Homecomings, Not Wonk Fever, Shindaita ¥5,500
NOV 19 Kindness WWW X, Shibuya ¥6,500
NOV 19 Melvins Duo Music Exchange, Shibuya ¥7,000
NOV 19 Superchunk, The Firewood Project Tsutaya O-West, Shibuya ¥5,500
NOV 21 Kid Fresino (band set) Liquidroom, Ebisu ¥3,500
NOV 22 Triple Fire Tsutaya O-Nest, Shibuya ¥3,500
NOV 23 Nasca Car, Otori, ReRun Lance, &c. Club Goodman, Akihabara ¥2,000
NOV 26 Richard Reed Parry's Quiet River WWW X, Shibuya ¥6,500
NOV 26 Shintaro Sakamoto Showa Women's University Hitomi Memorial Hall, Sangenjaya ¥5,000
NOV 27 Kauai Hirótomo with Greenside Alternative Orchestra, &c. 7th Floor, Shibuya ¥3,500
NOV 28 Gus Dapperton Unit, Daikanyama ¥5,500
NOV 29 Stephen Malkmus Stream Hall, Shibuya ¥6,500
NOV 28 DC/PRG Shinjuku Blaze ¥6,000
NOV 29 Triple Fire Tsutaya O-Nest, Shibuya ¥3,500
NOV 30 Kenta Maeno Dance Hall Shinseiki, Uguisudani ¥4,500
NOV 30 U-zhaan/Tamaki Roy/Chinza Dopeness, Gagle, &c. WWW, Shibuya ¥3,500

Prices are for advance tickets, unless otherwise stated

Tokyo Gigs, December 2019

DEC 1 Black Ganion, Endon, Kruelty, Saigon Terror Earthdom, Shin-Okubo ¥2,800
DEC 4 Starcrawler Liquidroom, Ebisu ¥6,000
DEC 6 Opeth Zepp Tokyo, Odaiba ¥9,000
DEC 7 Dub Trio Fever, Shindaita ¥4,300
DEC 7 Oorutaichi Special Band WWW, Shibuya ¥3,500
DEC 8 Pelican, Nepenthes, NoLa Earthdom, Shin-Okubo ¥5,000
DEC 9 Pelican, BB, Masahiro Tobita/Koki Miyabe Fever, Shindaita ¥5,000
DEC 10 Kaho Nakamura Studio Coast, Shinkiba ¥4,500
DEC 12 Charan-Po-Rantan Liquidroom, Ebisu ¥4,300
DEC 15 Aldous Harding WWW X, Shibuya ¥6,000
DEC 23 Yosuke Yamashita Trio 50th Anniversary Shinjuku Bunka Center Grand Hall ¥7,000/¥8,000

Prices are for advance tickets, unless otherwise stated

Notable Japanese releases of 2019 (Summer edition)

Following on from the spring edition, here’s a survey of the new Japanese music that’s been keeping me distracted over the past few months. I’ve limited this to April-June releases for the sake of my own sanity, and there’s still stuff that I wasn’t able to include (like this and this) for the simple reason that I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet. Bandcamp links included where available, though a couple of the albums mentioned here appear to be only available on CD, which is the kind of old-school obstinacy that I can get behind.