Midori Hirano has put up some new tracks online for our listening pleasure (and you can download her first EP, “Poet at the Piano,” here). The first two tracks, “Kalimba” and “PN,” are from her upcoming full-length release, and the third one, a non-final version of “Orb of Day,” will be on her second album, to be released next year on the Japanese label MIDI Creative. Here are direct links to the three songs:
Just now on TV I caught a fascinating profile of illustrator/designer/art director Bunpei Yorifuji. He’s done tons of book covers, but his most recognizable work for readers of this site would probably be the infamous JT “smoking etiquette” campaign. He has his offices in Ginza, and he does all his work on a ping-pong table. I’ve fallen in love with the books he’s produced, like the one about shit (you have to see how he illustrates the workings of the human body — brilliant), and a new one, out next month, about death. Do take the time to check out his website, which is a joy to browse, with funny little illustrations throughout (it’s a shame the “works” section is still under construction though).
A few pics from the Plusminuszero Cafe in Aoyama.
Pics from the recent “Take Art Collection 2005” exhibition at Spiral in Aoyama. The event poster was designed by Nendo.
A couple of pics of the soon-to-be-opened (this week) Xbox Lounge in Aoyama. Peeking inside, nothing was really set up yet (as of last Monday).
I love the techno-based illustrations found at the Izmojuki site.
Jesper working hard at Cafe Pause, making sure the Mamma Gun will rock.