Music! in the Month of July, 2016

1 08 2016

Not a lot going on but a good mix of live performances in both international and domestic music, music documentary films, a musical, and a very good band story film from Ireland.

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Music! in the Month of February, 2016

4 03 2016

Have been back a couple of days from my trip to Luang Prabang, Laos and there are lots more to write about that but for my record, taking a moment to review my music activities from last month.

noon at Motion Blue Yokohama

noon at Motion Blue Yokohama

David Bowie Is

David Bowie Is, a documentary film of the artist’s exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Victor Rock Festival 2016 @ Makuhari Messe

Hit the Road, a soul bar in Asakusa I happened to stumble upon

A. J. Croce @ Cotton Club

A. J. Croce @ Cotton Club

Adam at in-store event at Tower Records Shibuya

Adam at in-store event at Tower Records Shibuya

Schroeder-Headz in-store event at Tower Records Shinjuku

Schroeder-Headz in-store event at Tower Records Shinjuku

Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot! at Tokyo Dome Hall

Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot! at the Tokyo Dome Hall

Around the World in 50 Concerts, a documentary about the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Around the World in 50 Concerts, a documentary about the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Wrecking Crew, a documentary about a group of LA studio musicians that played on tons of hit records by some of the biggest names in music

Sarah Maeda at Motion Blue Yokohama

Here is the trailer for the David Bowie film which does not really do justice to the film which I thought was more interesting than the trailer seems to suggest.

 





A Belated Post About Music, Sushi, Soft Serves and Nails in the Month of December, 2015

14 01 2016

The musical activities.

One sushi night at my fave sushi joint.

A couple of soft serves to satisfy my addiction.

And nails for the holiday season.

 





Movies! in the Month of June, 2015

1 07 2015

New, old, serious, some funny, two Liam Neeson action films, and more.  I associate Liam Neeson with a TV mini-series A Woman of Substance which I enthusiastically used to watch with my mother years ago although it appears that he only appeared in three episodes.  Old impressions die hard.

Here is the whole list of what I went to see in theatres this past month, in chronological order.

It’s difficult to say which was my favorite.  I tend to like human-interest stories and Two Days, One Night and Still Alice I thought were great, but The Cobbler was a surprise hit with me with an unexpected outcome and I generally do not like films involving supernatural powers.





Music! in the Month of June, 2015

30 06 2015

Quite a few music-themed films this month.  Some music in Bucharest and Cannes as well.

Pride

Pride. Rather timely.

Visiting a label in Bucharest, Romania.

Visiting a label in Bucharest, Romania.

MIDEM @ Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France.

MIDEM @ Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France.

Get On Up, a biopic about the king of soul, James Brown

Get On Up, a biopic about the king of soul, James Brown

Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect

Shingo Sekiguchi @ Motion Blue Yokohama

Shingo Sekiguchi @ Motion Blue Yokohama

Blue @ Studio Coast

Blue @ Studio Coast

Moodoid @ Unit

Moodoid @ Unit

The Shiny Stockings @ Blues Alley

The Shiny Stockings @ Blues Alley

Hysteric Panic @ Yatsui Festival @ O-Nest

Hysteric Panic @ Yatsui Festival @ O-Nest

Blind Guardian @ O-East

Blind Guardian @ O-East

Hiroko Kokubu @ Yamaha Hall

Hiroko Kokubu @ Yamaha Hall

I quite enjoyed seeing these metal guys from Krefeld, Germany who came back to Japan on a proper tour for the first time in 13 years.





Music! in the Month of July, 2014

1 08 2014

My musical activities for the past month…

Good ol' Matt Bianco

Good ol’ Matt Bianco @ Blue Note Tokyo

Lovely Sara Gazarek @ Cotton Club

Lovely Sara Gazarek @ Cotton Club

Jimmy Cliff in the film The Harder They Come

Jimmy Cliff in the film The Harder They Come

Gaki Ranger @ Daikanyama Unit

Gaki Ranger @ Daikanyama Unit

Fire Horns @ Tama Plaza Terrace

Fire Horns @ Tama Plaza Terrace

The Dukes of Surf @ Ocean Peoples 2014

The Dukes of Surf @ Ocean Peoples 2014

Cool Danish jazz by Sidsel Storm @ Cotton Club

Cool Danish jazz by Sidsel Storm @ Cotton Club

David Garrett in the film The Devil's Violinist as Nicolo Paganini

David Garrett in the film The Devil’s Violinist as Nicolo Paganini

Alexandra Stan @ Womb

Alexandra Stan @ Womb

Jill Decoy Association @ Roppongi Blue Theater

Jill Decoy Association @ Roppongi Blue Theater

Shakatak @ Billboard Live Tokyo

Shakatak @ Billboard Live Tokyo

A fascinating music documentary film: Muscle Shoals

A fascinating music documentary film: Muscle Shoals

Fuji Rock Festival 2014!!

Fuji Rock Festival 2014!!

My main reason for being at Fuji Rock this year was this band: The Heartbreaks  Love this song and the video!





Music and Movies in the Month of January, 2014

31 01 2014

The year started with a nice vocal jazz show at the Cotton Club on January 3rd with the lovely Hilary Kole.

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Followed by a new EDM event, Electrox, at the Makuhari Messe the next day.

Went to the newly opened EX Theater Roppongi for a Maia Hirasawa show in the middle of the month.

Then just the night before I was flying to Paris, my first visit of the year to Blue Note Tokyo to check out the Average White Band.

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And I saw a few films this month as well though not all the ones I really wanted to see.

The Best Offer

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The Sapphires

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Wadjda

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And a screening of a new Japanese film, Wood Job! at the distributor’s screening room.  I rarely see Japanese films but this was work-related.

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What did I enjoy the most?  If I had to choose just one, The Best Offer.  Such a cleverly plotted film.  The official trailer:








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