Just a reminder to check out the Tokyo Record Hunting Service. Best damn place on the Net for used Japanese CDs. There are even little featured artist blurbs now, to give you an idea of why you should be picking some albums. Be original this Christmas and get something different for the music freak that you love so much.
TB.37 is finally up at the OPi8 site, after a one-week break. Stuff from my day at the Resfest.
Also, a big thanks to Warren Ellis for mentioning GEISHA in the latest message of his Bad Signal mailing list. For those popping in because of that, check back in a few days for the fourth issue.
I started work on a new issue of my Geisha ezine tonight, and I plan on finishing it up this week. I usually do them in one night, but there are a few pics I want to take to include in this one (a festive issue), so hopefully I’ll be able to get that done in the coming days. As for Tokyo Boy, it wasn’t updated last Friday as I promised (I got a second attack of intestinal problems, which seems to have cleard up now), but should be tomorrow.
As you can tell by the still updated daily pics, yes, I am still alive, but I just haven’t been into spending a lot of time in front of the computer these few days because of my illness. I’m finally better now, and actually went to work today, so things are looking up. I just hate getting sick, and I’m definitely the worst sick person in the world.
The next TOKYO BOY update will be tomorrow, as usual, and will contain some pics that have showed up on this site this week, as well as new ones. I’ll also talk a bit more about the my Resfest experience, which I really did enjoy (and I’m really, really thankful that I only started getting sick the day after).
Also, this week as seen a few good Japanese releases on the music side of things. Thanks to my good friend Patrick, this is what I’m listening to right now:
Fantastic Plastic Machine – “Why Not?”
New single by FPM. Although in general I’m not as big a fan of FPM’s more recent output, I’m enjoying this single (which includes 4 new tracks). Reminds a lot of Towa Tei’s Sweet Robots Against the Machine stuff.
Mansfield – GOLDEN HOUR
A remix album of a lot of stuff from his MANSFIELD POPP album, which was released earlier this year. Includes a nice cover of Beck’s “New Pollution”.
Various Artists – JAMES BROWN ULTIMATE REMIXES
Haven’t listened to this one much yet, but includes remixes by Yasuharu Konishi, FPM, Cornelius and other Japanese artists.
Also listening to:
Katerine – 8e CIEL
New album by Philippe Katerine. Includes a very wacky video of him performing in drag as a young girl.
No TB today as I am really sick. Somekind of stomach virus or food poisoning. I might post it tomorrow depending on how well I’m feeling (meaning if I can stay long enough out of the toilet room).
The new TB is up at the OPi8 site. All night shots of Tokyo streets (and all pics that you’ve seen here this week).
Yesterday I bought some tickets for two programs at this weekend’s Resfest. I would like to see everything at the festival, but time and money are preventing me (and the fact that the scheduling is a bit annoying this year as they are only showing everything once). I did get tickets for the two programs I most wanted to see though, the one covering motion design shorts (probably my favorite program of last year), and the one for documentaries. I might try to catch another program or two on Sunday, but I’m at least certain to see those two.
And speaking of motion design, check out the STAT.IND site for a few cool examples.
A lot of foreigners that come to Japan say that Japanese TV is just insane and that there’s nothing worth watching. Superficially, it’s true, things look quite inane, but there is beautiful madness in there, and I got some more examples tonight. It’s no use really describing what I saw, as I don’t think anyone would get it (let’s just say that it included one of the priceless appearances by one of my favorite comedians that everyone in Japan hates, Egashira 2:50, on the show PuSma). I laughed myself silly, even though I wasn’t understanding everything that was being said (I’m getting good though, and I’m surprising myself by how much I’m understanding a lot these days).
Japanese TV. Beautiful madness. Yeah.
Just posted the new TB at the OPi8 site. A few pics from the Film Marmalade event that I attended last night. It’s a showcase for amateur video filmmakers in Tokyo, and I was actually pleasantly surprised by quite a few of the shorts. A few years ago I had seen a tape of shorts from an organization called Eyesaw, and, well, it was definitely very “amateur”. I did attend a cool Eyesaw event once, it had all sorts of art installations, but haven’t heard anything from them in a while, even though I’m supposed to be subscribed to their mailing list. I just checked out their website (which I had sort of forgotten about), and they still seem to be organizing events, so maybe I’ll check another one out in the near future.
As for the shorts shown last night at Film Marmalade (formely known as Filmbrothel), I especially enjoyed the 3 that were done by someone who was just listed as Takuya. Even though they were all quite different (going from really funny to documentary style), they were all shot in an interesting way, and never lost my interest. One of the funniest shorts there was by Rob Pongi, who has a whole bunch of short videos on his site. The personals are especially funny. And yes, he was wearing the same outfit last night that he wears in all of his videos.
You can also check out the TokyoDV site, which is affiliated with last night’s event.
This is really weird. Someone did a flash ad for the Japanese Kikkoman soy sauce. Lots of in jokes (like the cat from the infamous 2 Channel BBS).