The final Fashion Crisis of 2014 features a special collaborative live performance between Xiroh from psychedelic kraut-blues band Buddy Girl and Mechanic, Danish folk singer Katrine Christensen and Indian dance performer Numanta. We also welcome back Cleveland's own Carl Freire as guest DJ as Fashion Crisis sees out its year in a mixture of style, charisma and hair.
Baby, it's cold outside... but it's going to be hot, hot, hot in Koenji One for November's edition of Fashion Crisis, featuring jet setting guest DJs Mark Cummins from Dublin and Fumie, back in Japan from her regular haunts in London, as well as funky musical encyclopaedia Wizz Jones returning to grace the decks once more.
Place: Koenji One Date: November 7th (Fri) Time: 8:00pm-midnight Cost: ¥500+1 drink (FREE before 9:00pm) DJs: - Mark Cummins (White Collar Boy) - Wizz Jones - Fumie (Bang The Noise) - James Hadfield - Ian Martin
October's Tententen explores the monoliths, megaliths and henges of empires past and present through the contrasting electronic-industrial claustrophobia of LIF (solo work by Soh from Hysteric Picnic) and rural psychedelic drone of Under. Guest DJ is Sue from Rhyming Slang, while the Pink Lodge this month features art by Ada Flores-Vidal.
Regular Fashion Crisis DJ James Hadfield is off to the mother country this Friday, but there'll still be no shortage of musical goodies for you to enjoy. Guest DJs this time round are DJP (from The Mornings), long-term friend of the event Ayaco, and Battle Princess (from Tacobonds).
Place: Koenji One Date: October 3rd (Fri) Time: 8:00pm-midnight Cost: ¥500+1 drink (FREE before 9:00pm) DJs: - DJP (The Mornings) - Ayaco - Battle Princess (TACOBONDS/transkam) - Ian Martin
My first event in Japan was exactly 10 years ago on September 27th 2004, so on the anniversary, I'm celebrating this landmark with old and new friends from my home in Tokyo and my home-away-from-home in Kyushu in this sure-to-be-legendary postpunk/new wave/alternative festival.
The end of summer is only the beginning of a new typhoon season, and whipping up a mighty wind at September's Fashion Crisis, we're proud to invite back on decks Yutaka Kogami and orange sonic architect Romantic Harp and Flute with Dolphins, while offbeat hip hop duo Y.I.M. will be blowing the house down live.
Place: Koenji One Date: September 5th (Fri) Time: 8:00pm-midnight Cost: ¥500+1 drink (FREE before 9:00pm) LIVE: - Y.I.M. DJs: - Romantic Harp and Flute with Dolphins - Yutaka Kogami - James Hadfield - Ian Martin
Call And Response Records' second new release of the day comes from synth-punk trio Jebiotto. The mini-album Love Song Duet comes out just as the band are coming off the back of a U.S. East Coast tour and showcases the central friction between the group's punk instincts and their love of pop. I've described them variously as "three punks who set out to be an 80s stadium band but got lost somewhere between Dan Deacon and Sonic Youth," "like Bon Jovi wrapped in tin foil, falling down some stairs," and "like TM Network in a washing machine with some rocks" so you might be able to see a theme emerging there of big, bold 80s sounds that the band can't help but sabotage.
Those who bought Call And Response's 2012 Dancing After 1AM compilation might remember Futtachi as the new project that Zibanchinka vocalist Iguz Souseki had just started. More recently, they made an appearance on our free Valentine's Day download where 21 bands covered Paranoid by Black Sabbath. Those brief glimpses of the band showed a bunch of musicians with a taste for psychedelia, but Tane to Zenra goes way further. The album is a single 30-minute track, composed of washes of kosmische sound held together by a throbbing, almost industrial rhythm. Futtachi have toured in Kyushu with Bo Ningen, but on the evidence of this, they're now taking psychedelia to deeper, more abstract extremes. We're putting out the album in collaboration with the band's own Baku no Yume Records label.
Nous avons un an! Due to schedule issues, we're holding this month's Tententen (our first anniversary event!) on Saturday the 9th of August rather than our usual 3rd Sunday timetable, but please come along anyway. Joining us live are Troglobytes and Steel Music, while Gotal, Ralouf and Ian will all be DJing.
Place: Koenji Art Bar 天/Ten Date: 8/9 (Sat) Time: 8:00pm Cost: ¥500+1 drink Live: - Troglobytes - steel music (zoo tapes) DJs: - Gotal (Lo-shi) - Ralouf (Lo-shi) - Ian Martin Expo: - Lignon
In advance of the release of Jebiotto's new Love Song Duet (CAR-76) album, they worked with longtime Call And Response visual collaborator Matt Schley and indiscriminately skilled talent-about-town Ryotaro Aoki to make this short documentary introducing the band, featuring live footage from legendary Koenji live house 20000V (Ni-man Den-atsu).
It's the first Friday of the month, so that means our monthly DJ lounge Fashion Crisis is on tonight at our usual haunts of Koenji One. Joining us for our August edition are special UK Guest Simon Fowler (NOT the guy from Ocean Colour Scene, thankfully) and friend of the event DJ Rally of the bands Han Han Art and soon-to-be-legendary Tropical Deathmetal. Place: Koenji One Date: August 1st (Fri) Time: 8:00pm-midnight Cost: ¥500+1 drink (FREE before 9:00pm) DJs: - Simon Fowler (UK) - Rally (Han Han Art / Tropical Deathmetal) - James Hadfield - Ian Martin
Coming out this month simultaneously on August 13th are two new albums by bands who debuted on the label as part of 2012's Dancing After 1AM compilation album.
First up is Jebiotto's Love Song Duet (CAR-76), the Tokyo synth-punk band's second mini-album and first with Call And Response. Jebiotto are currently just about to kick off a short U.S. East Coast tour with American mates Warm & Comfy.
Our second new release is Kagoshima psychedelic supergroup Futtachi's Tane to Zenra (CAR-74). Vocalist Iguz Souseki's previous band Zibanchinka released their album Hatsubai Chushi through Call And Response in 2011, racing through 15 tracks in a breakneck 28 minutes. Tane to Zenra, which we're releasing in co-operation with the band's own Baku no Yume Records, features a single track over a more stately 30 minutes.
Both Jebiotto and Futtachi will be appearing at our annual anniversary event at Higashi Koenji 20000V/Ni-man Den-atsu on Saturday September 27th, along with a huge cast of other bands from Tokyo and Kyushu. More details on that to follow.
Lastly, here are the details for Jebiotto's East Coast tour (listed below):
August 2nd (Sat) Washington DC @ Bathtub Republic (day show - part of "In It Together Fest") Baltimore, MD @ The Crown (night show) August 3rd (Sun) Annapolis, MD @ The Metropolitan August 4th (Mon) Asbury Park, NJ @ The Wonder Bar August 5th (Tue) Astoria, NY @ Shillelagh Tavern August 6th (Wed) Newark, DE @ Blue Door (house show) August 7th (Thu) Baltimore, MD @ Club K
Call And Response Records is having a small party this weekend on the occasion of my (Ian's) birthday. Live music comes from Suginami Ward's finest Guided By Voices covers band Voided By Geysers, with indie/spacerock pals Servals, stoner/doom megaliths Human Wife, and Zibanchinka guitarist Maitake's new garage rock duo Count 8. Live music finishes at 10pm, but there'll be DJs playing all evening. Place: Koenji Art Bar 天/Ten Date: July 12th (Sat) Time: 7:00pm-midnight Cost: ¥500+drink Live: - Voided By Geysers - Servals - Human Wife - Count 8 DJ: - Grant McGaheran
June's Tententen sees the return of event hosts Lo-shi, who will be celebrating the digital release of their new album, Baku. They will be joined by noise-pop duo Slow-Marico and guest DJ Maki from Communication Breakdown.
Place: Koenji Art Bar Ten Date: 6/15 (Sun) Time: 8:00pm Cost: ¥500+1 drink Live: - Lo-shi - Slow-Marico DJs: - Gotal (Lo-shi) - Ian Martin - Maki (Communication Breakdown) Expo: - 菊川香渉 x Drew Barthélemy
Say hello to the summer with the June edition of Fashion Crisis, featuring live hip hop sampledelica from Communication Breakdown and tunes from guest DJs Methyl of Twee Grrrls fame and Konatsu from Saga garage-punk cake-Vikings Nakigao Twintail.
Place: Koenji One Date: June 6th (Fri) Time: 8:00pm-midnight Cost: ¥500+1 drink (FREE before 9:00pm) LIVE: - Communication Breakdown DJs: - Methyl (Twee Grrrls Club) - 呼夏ちゃん (泣き顔ツインテール) - James Hadfield - Ian Martin
Listen up, boys and girls: the May edition of Tententen features a double live treat of Tokyo's finest Guided By Voices covers band Voided By Geysers, whose almost-unique rock'n'roll stylings will be rocking the house first, and the icy, existential, new wave art-pop of the incomparable Mir. Joining on decks will be Ralouf and Gotal of ambio-dextrous kraut'n'bass duo Lo-shi and DJ team Maitake & mitsunavilino. The exhibition this month will be in the form of Mr. James Hadfield's lens-flaretastic punk rock photography. Come on down and get buzzed, kids!
Place: Koenji Art Bar 天/Ten Date:5/18 (Sun) Time: 8:00pm Cost: ¥500+1 drink Live: - Mir - Voided By Geysers DJs: - Gotal (Lo-shi) - Ralouf (Lo-shi) - まいたけ & mitsunavilino Expo: - James Hadfield
Lo-shi are back for the the April edition of Tententen, performing a live soundtrack to the drug-addled 1916 Douglas Fairbanks comedy short "The Mystery of the leaping Fish" along with collaborator Tamachi Joe.
Completing the live bill will be Lo-shi's comrades-in-arms from Damo Suzuki's Network, noise pop duo Umez.
(Note the slightly earlier than usual opening time)
Place: Koenji Art Bar 天/Ten Date:4/20 (Sun) Time: 7:30pm Cost: ¥500+1 drink Live: - Lo-shi with Tamachi Joe - Umez DJs: - Gotal (Lo-shi) - DJ Smoothface - Ian Martin (Call And Response Records) Expo: - Karmic Butthole x Ralouf
Five fucking years! Come celebrate with us at the usual place, at the usual time, with the usual good vibes and sweet sounds. Place: Koenji One Date: April 4th (Fri) Time: 8:00pm-midnight Cost: ¥500+1 drink (FREE before 9:00pm) LIVE: - Kitsch Hitori Gakudan/キッチュ一人楽団 - Batman Winks DJs: - Ryan Erik Williams - Hitodama/人魂 - James Hadfield - Ian Martin
N'toko is in Japan with his marvellous new album "Mind Business", so come join us for a release party and tour final in Higashi Koenji. He'll be joined by a crowd of Tokyo's finest postpunk and industrial beat-botherers, so get down there early and spread the fun all around.
Date: 3/29 (Sat) Place: Higashi Koenji 20000V/二万電圧 Time: 18:00 Cost: ¥2000 adv/¥2300 door (+ 1 drink) Live: - N'toko - 無呼吸過呼吸深呼吸 (from Skyfisher) - group A - JEBIOTTO - dubideb (from GROUNDCOVER. / numbs) DJs: - Tanaka Kaita (Worst Taste) - Ian Martin (Call And Response Records) N'toko:
The March edition of Tententen features live performances from synthpop kitten Gloomy and hip hop beat-hounds Communication Breakdown. The whole Tententen crew will be behind the decks and Ian and Ralouf will offer a sequel to their crypto-situationist 2012 "Kill Your Sempai!" expo. It will, as usual, be rad.
(Note the earlier-than-usual opening time and get down there EARLY!)
Date: 3/16 (Sun) Time: 7:00pm Cost: ¥500+1 drink Live: - Communication Breakdown - Gloomy DJs: - Gotal (Lo-shi) - Ralouf (Lo-shi) - Ian Martin (Call And Response Records) Expo: - Kill Your Sempai!
Here are the full dates and lineups of the N'toko "Mind Business" Japan tour. We'll update this as any last-minute details or additions are finalised, so check below and see if we're gonna staycate your area!
12th (Wed) - Tokyo, Shibuya Home
¥1000/¥1500 + drink
LIVE: N'toko / Nature Danger Gang / Boys Get Hurt
DJs: Tomo (Style Band Tokyo) / Rally
13th (Thu) - Yokohama 試聴室
¥500 + drink
LIVE: N'toko / Come To My Party / 左右
DJs: Ian Martin (Call And Response Records) / gou (picnic)
15th (Sat) - Nagoya Bar Ripple
¥1500 + drink
LIVE: N'toko / ロック墓場 / ONOBLK
DJs: Ian Martin (Call And Response Records) / Halsion & Substance (Boredom)
N'toko's new album Mind Business is now available internationally via iTunes. You can just search for it in your local iTunes store, but here are a few links to get you started: Slovenia UK USA Taiwan France Italy Germany Brazil Malaysia Hong Kong Russia And, um, Japan Basically, it's available everywhere except China, where for some reason we can't sell it.
N'toko has also been reviewed recently in a few places, so why not have a look at what some people have said about it (it helps if you can read Slovenian -- English and Japanese speaking journalists, pull your bloody socks up!): - Odzven (Slovenian) - Cookie Scene (Japanese) - Radio Student (Slovenian) - Mladina (Slovenian) - Hrupmag (Slovenian) - Slovenia Times (English)
Call And Response Records presents 「チョコくれるのはいいが・・・、何を企んでるんだぁぁ！？！？」 ("Thanks for the chocolate… What's your agenda!?!?"), a compilation of covers by our musical friends of the song Paranoid by Black Sabbath. You can download it free (it's a hefty file at 114mb so may take a long time).
Hysteric Picnic will play a show at the "New Vibration" event at Shibuya Home on Wednesday February 12th with industrial duo group A. New Vibration organiser Tomo will DJ alongside Ian from Call And Response Records. group A are back to their official lineup after sickness saw violinist Sayaka Botanic replaced temporarily by sax player Ryota Komori of Miila and The Geeks for our show at Koenji Ten last month. Hysteric Picnic are playing as a full band for the second time so it should be heavy and loud. Date: 2014.2.12 (WED) Event: STYLE BAND TOKYO presents: NEW VIBRATION #17 Place: Shibuya HOME Time: 20:00 ～ 23:00 Price: adv.1500yen / door.2000yen (including 1 drink) LIVE: - Hysteric Picnic - group ADJ: - TOMO (STYLE BAND TOKYO) - Ian Martin (Call and Response)
February's Tententen celebrates the release of Call And Response Records' Valentine's gift 「チョコくれるのはいいが・・・、何を企んでるんだぁぁ！？！？」("Thanks for the chocolates… what's your agenda!?!?"), an album of covers of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" that will be available to download for free on the 14th.
Starring on the night (and hopefully on the album too) are avant-popsters Abikyokan and post-punkers Uruseeyo, while Ryotaro Aoki will be bringing his metal hammer to the decks.
Date: 16th Feb (Sun) Place: Koenji Art Bar Ten/天 Time: 8:00pm-1:00am Cost: ¥500+1 drink Live: - Abikyokan - Uruseeyo/うるせぇよ DJs: - Ryotaro Aoki - Gotal (Lo-shi) - Ian Martin (Call And Response Records) Expo: - Liaisons Mètalliques
Baby it's cold outside, as the philosopher Dean Martin once said, so come inside and get warm with us this Friday at Koenji One. We have a packed schedule of DJs and live music, all tastes catered for, as long as your taste falls somewhere within the loosely defined area of glam-industrial junk-noise astro-folk Kraut-skronk.
Place: Koenji One Date: February 7th (Fri) Time: 8:00pm-midnight Cost: FREE Live: - Bank of Joy DJs: - Matt Schley - Tommi Tokyo - Kaname K - James Hadfield - Ian Martin
A superstar in his native Slovenia who has toured continental Europe and the UK and played alongside everyone from Crystal Castles to Melt Banana, N'toko has also made a second home of sorts for himself in Tokyo, where he regularly stays for extended periods, working with local indie and experimental musicians.
His music has twin roots in hip hop and experimental electronic music like EBM and industrial, and he has a profound fondness for the punk and alternative music scenes, not just for their music but also for their rawness, energy and independent spirit. He toured throughout Japan in Spring/Summer 2012 and his albums have received praise in the international media from outlets such as The Wire and MTV.
In Slovenia, N'toko's music and socially-conscious lyrics have made him a (sometimes unwilling) spokesperson for a generation, while in Japan he is fascinated by the trashy subcultures of Koenji, the avant-garde fashion world of Harajuku and the club scene of Shibuya. All of these themes collide in his music, strung together with a keen ear for beats and a dry sense of humour.
「Mind Business」はN’tokoの日本国内リリース第2弾のアルバムであり、ヨーロッパでの生活や日本での滞在生活に影響を受けた作品となっている。ミュージックビデオ「The Baddest」(directed by by Tomaž Šantl)では祖国スロベニアが鋭く観察されており、「Mind Business」(directed by Matt Schley)では日本の映画監督 石井 聰亙にインスパイアされていて、この2つのMVを見ていただくと彼の音楽性を垣間見ることができるだろう。
"Mind Business" is N'toko's second album released in Japan and shows influences from his life in Europe and his stays in Japan. This is easily apparent in the videos, with "The Baddest" (directed by by Tomaž Šantl) depicting sharply observed scenes of his native Slovenia, and "Mind Business" (directed by Matt Schley) a Sogo Ishii-inspired surreal mind trip through the backstreets of Koenji. The album was mixed and mastered by Slovenian producer Igor Vuk apart from the title track, produced by Swiss producer Beckoning, the album also draws from sessions with Japanese musicians like Seijiro Murayama, ZONZONO and Kaneko Yuki.