Tokyo Gigs, January 2018

JAN 19 World's End Girlfriend Liquidroom, Ebisu ¥3,900
JAN 19 Oskar Offermann, Max Vaahs, Jacob Chenaux, &c. Contact, Shibuya ¥3,000 w/flyer
JAN 19 Have a Nice Day!, CRZKNY, Gezan, Imai, &c. Unit, Daikanyama ¥3,000
JAN 20 Tokyo Gakuso: New Year Gagaku Suntory Hall, Akasaka ¥3,000-¥6,000
JAN 20 Sean O'Hagan, Takuji Ryodenji, Machida ¥4,000
JAN 20 Inverted Clap, Military Sniper Pinfall, Cailn, &c. Pool, Sakuradai ¥1,500
JAN 20 Atsuhiro Ito, Astro, Jun Morita, &c. Forestlimit, Hatagaya ¥2,000
JAN 20 Objekt, Wata Igarashi, Sapphire Slows, &c. Contact, Shibuya ¥3,000 w/flyer
JAN 20 DJ Haus, Licaxxx, Romy Mats, &c. Circus Tokyo, Shibuya ¥2,500
JAN 21 Mitsume, Mac DeMarco (solo), Shugo Tokumaru, &c. Liquidroom, Ebisu ¥4,800
JAN 21 Tera Melos, Lite Tsutaya O-West, Shibuya ¥4,000
JAN 21 Mermort, Dan Scanlon, Nonoko Yoshida, &c. Soup, Ochiai ¥2,000
JAN 22 Mac DeMarco Liquidroom, Ebisu ¥5,500
JAN 22 Alfred Beach Sandal, Kensuke Ide with His Mothership 7th Floor, Shibuya ¥2,300
JAN 23 Joey Bada$$ Tsutaya O-East, Shibuya ¥6,800
JAN 23 Sofheso, Suwakazuya, Kensuke Ishii, &c. Forestlimit, Hatagaya ¥1,000
JAN 23 Jamila Woods Billboard Live, Roppongi ¥6,300/¥7,800
JAN 23 MirrorMoves, dip, Maher Shalal Hash Baz WWW, Shibuya ¥3,500
JAN 25 The Internet Tsutaya O-East, Shibuya ¥6,300
JAN 25 Hyogen, Falsettos, Cero WWW, Shibuya ¥3,000
JAN 26 Keiji Haino, Merzbow, Lef!!! Crew!!! UFO Club, Higashi-Koenji ¥2,500
JAN 26 Julien Baker WWW, Shibuya ¥5,940
JAN 26 Shapednoise, Zenker Brothers, Ena, &c. Contact, Shibuya ¥3,000 w/flyer
JAN 26 DJ Nigga Fox, The Chopstick Killaz, Veeeeeky, &c. WWW (lounge), Shibuya ¥1,500
JAN 27 Living Astro, FDF w/ Kenjiru Bien, &c. Forestlimit, Hatagaya ¥2,000
JAN 27 Tom of England aka Thomas Bullock, Force of Nature, &c. Contact, Shibuya ¥3,000 w/flyer
JAN 27 Kaoru Inoue/Max Essa B2B, Shotaro Hirata, &c. Solfa, Nakameguro ¥2,000 w/flyer
JAN 28 Soda!, Deathro Tsutaya O-Nest, Shibuya ¥2,500
JAN 28 She Talks Silence, Lo-shi, Shoko, Lihappiness Velvetsun, Ogikubo ¥2,000
JAN 28 Gigadisco: Keiji Haino, Tatsuya Yoshida, Ni-hao, &c. Club Goodman, Akihabara ¥3,500
JAN 29 Shintaro Sakamoto Liquidroom, Ebisu ¥4,500
JAN 29 House Shoes, Muro, Afra Solfa, Nakameguro ¥2,000
JAN 30 Kei Kobayashi, Wolf Creek, &c. Forestlimit, Hatagaya ¥1,000

Prices are for advance tickets, unless otherwise stated

Tokyo Gigs, February 2018

FEB 2 Solar, DJ Nobu, Galaxis, &c. Contact, Shibuya ¥3,000 w/flyer
FEB 3 Mitsu The Beats, Mass-Hole, Illmore, D.D.S, &c. Solfa, Nakameguro ¥3,000
FEB 5 Superorganism WWW, Shibuya ¥5,000
FEB 5 Jim O'Rourke/Eiko Ishibashi/Riki Hidaka 7th Floor, Shibuya ¥4,000
FEB 8 DMBQ, Struggle for Pride, Fucker, DJ 2741 Club Quattro, Shibuya ¥3,500
FEB 9 Morton Subotnik/Alec Empire/Lilevan, Jacques, Tofubeats, &c. WWW X, Shibuya ¥3,500
FEB 9 NX1, Blush Response, Netochka, &c. Contact, Shibuya ¥3,000 w/flyer
FEB 10 Jacques Greene, Submerse, &c. Circus Tokyo, Shibuya ¥2,500
FEB 10 Rhadoo, Raha, Ryosuke, &c. Contact, Shibuya ¥3,000 w/flyer
FEB 11 David Morales (all night) Contact, Shibuya ¥3,000 w/flyer
FEB 12 Mai Mishio, Moon Mama (Pika/Yuji Ishihara) Nanahari, Hatchobori ¥2,200
FEB 15 Bonobo EX Theater Roppongi ¥6,800
FEB 15 Father John Misty Tsutaya O-East, Shibuya ¥7,000
FEB 15 Yosuke Yamashita/Tokyo Phil. Orchestra Tokyo Opera City, Hatsudai ¥4,000-¥6,000
FEB 18 Green Milk from the Planet Orange, Transkam, &c. Club Goodman, Akihabara ¥TBC
FEB 19 Ride Tokyo Dome City Hall, Suidobashi ¥7,000/¥8,000
FEB 19-21 Gogo Penguin Blue Note Tokyo, Aoyama ¥7,800
FEB 20 Syntax Error, Lyoma, Mitchelrock, Komatsu Contact, Shibuya ¥2,000
FEB 23 Pia Fraus High, Koenji ¥5,000
FEB 23 Gami Holla Production Development, Isao Suzuki/The Lefty, &c. Contact, Shibuya ¥3,500
FEB 24 Andy Kolwes, Yoske, P-Yan, &c. Circus Tokyo, Shibuya ¥2,500 w/flyer
FEB 24 Chawiwan Damnoen/Po Chaladnoi, Pongsapon Upani, &c. WWW, Shibuya ¥3,500
FEB 24 Elephant Noise Kashiwashi, Linekraft, Straytone, &c. Pool, Sakuradai ¥2,500
FEB 25 Alan Bern/Mark Kovnatskiy/Cicala-Mvta Club Goodman, Akihabara ¥4,000
FEB 25 Keroppy Maeda & DJTkd, Masaki Batoh Brain Pulse Music, &c. Pool, Sakuradai ¥2,500
FEB 26 Yann Tomita, Cornelius Unit, Daikanyama ¥8,500
FEB 27 Mogwai Studio Coast, Shinkiba ¥7,000

Prices are for advance tickets, unless otherwise stated

Tokyo Gigs, March 2018

MAR 1 Colin Stetson SuperDeluxe, Roppongi ¥4,800
MAR 1 Ty Segall, The Silence Unit, Daikanyama ¥4,800
MAR 1 Hazel English, &c. Circus Tokyo, Shibuya ¥4,300
MAR 2 Fushitsusha 1981 (Haino/Usui/Watanabe), The Silence Club Goodman, Akihabara ¥3,000
MAR 2 Matrixxman, DJ Nobu, DSKE, &c. Contact, Shibuya ¥3,000 w/flyer
MAR 3 Henrytennis, Dalljub Step Club, Mononkul, &c. WWW, Shibuya ¥3,800
MAR 3 Pan-Pot, DJ Ishijima, Drunken Kong, &c. Contact, Shibuya ¥3,500 w/flyer
MAR 10 Aoki Takamasa, Claudio PRC, Wata Igarashi, &c. Unit, Daikanyama ¥2,500
MAR 20 Nai Palm from Hiatus Kaiyote WWW X, Shibuya ¥5,000
MAR 21 Afro Begue, Fox Capture Plan, Tri4th, &c. Unit, Daikanyama ¥3,900
MAR 23 NHK yx Koyxe, DJ Nobu, DJ NHK fm Circus Tokyo, Shibuya ¥2,500
MAR 24 Godzilla Densetsu: Makoto Inoue, Hikashu, &c. Garden, Shimokitazawa ¥5,000
MAR 24 Lord Echo (full band), Yossy Little Noise Weaver WWW, Shibuya ¥3,000
MAR 28 DYGL, Beach Fossils Club Quattro, Shibuya ¥5,000

Prices are for advance tickets, unless otherwise stated

Tokyo Gigs, April 2018

APR 9 Charlotte Gainsbourg EX Theater Roppongi ¥8,000/¥9,000
APR 17 The Notwist, Spirit Fest WWW, Shibuya ¥5,000

Prices are for advance tickets, unless otherwise stated

Best of 2017

Or... a not-top-10 of Japanese music I’ve enjoyed this year


In a break from regular programming, I thought I’d cobble together a list of the Japanese music I particularly enjoyed this year (an apparently simple task that’s ended up taking nearly a month). For the sake of argument, I’ve limited this to musicians who are based in Japan or actively involved in the music scene here. That means that Ryuichi Sakamoto and Jim O’Rourke made the cut, but some exceptionally talented Japanese musicians based overseas didn’t (to whit: Iku Sakan, WaqWaq Kingdom and Masaya Ozaki & Kaito Nakahori). Every year-end listicle I’ve read has alluded to the contrast between the outpouring of great music during 2017 and the otherwise dire state of world affairs, so I won’t dwell on that here, except to say thanks to everyone featured on this list for making life a little sweeter...