Tokyo Damage Report

Archive for December, 2009

conquest for death, vitamin x, everybody’s enemy, dammit honey, yuuyake no oka, hardcore fanclub

friday november 6 @ nakano moon step   aaah shit! The Conquest for Death tour rolls on. This time with ANOTHER 9-band marathon show. This time, though, it was mostly younger bands, bands without a lot of "clout" or "juice" within the main Tokyo scene. Usually these bands have to "pay dues" for like 9 years […]

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top 10 non-fiction books I read in 2009

in no particular order:   1) NIXONLAND – Rick Perlstein –  at first I was skeptical – what more could be written about Nixon? Who cares in 2009? But by the end I was like, "give this book to your children because it explains how the world really works." 2) MCMAFIA – Misha Glenny – how […]

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GENRE LIFE-CYCLES

You can apply this to rock-n-roll, hippy music, punks, rave music, metal, rap. . . not so much country, for some reason.   1) someone has a new idea. (oh, that’s why it doesn’t work for country)   2) a community of rivals develops around the first bands. The bands are competing to out-do each […]

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conquest for death, Pisschrist, crow, kriegshog, framtid @ earthdom

This show was INSANE. 6 hours of nonstop hardcore, in a venue where there was not room to move. In between bands, the staff had to get a mop and bucket and mop the sweat off the stage. This was not band-sweat. This was the same sweat that coated the audience in a 3mm layer. […]

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2009 fall design festa

This happened on October 16th, 2009 at big sight.   I’ve been going to these festas for 8 years, just over half the entire life-span of the event. You’d think that – being a jaded old man – I’d be bored of it by now, but nope. Every time there’s new shit and more new […]

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SHIT THAT MAKES ME PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN

 A lot of stuff was invented in the USA, and a lot of stuff makes me proud to be American, But I can only think of 10 things that fit BOTH categories:   1) the Simpsons   2) Rap   3) Punk   4) Comic books   5) Stand-up comedy   6) Mad magazine – […]

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reexamine, setestar sept, endon, disgunder

 october 11, 2009 @ shinokubo earthdom.   BROB    This band – who I keep thinking are called "Be Right Back!" is a classic “classified-ad” band – the singer and guitar were thrashers from 1986, the other guitarist one skinny-tie away from being a Talking Head, the basist was from Cradle of Filth, and the […]

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decora alamode

 @ikebukuro CHOP,  October 18th.    WHAT THE HELL IS A  "DECORA ALA MODE" ANYWAY? Well,  since 2000, the A LA MODE team has been  the center of the gothic lolita scene. They put on shows and do a magazine. This event –  "DECORA alamode" is a visual-kei offshoot of regular alamode.  If I had known […]

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Insane Clown Posse on Sarah Palin

  I was suprised to learn that ICP had a new monthly column in The Economist magazine, even more so when I learned that they were political consultants with a wide range of views on policy matters.   Here’s an excerpt:   THE ECONOMIST:  So, gentlemen, what is your analysis of the Palin phenomenon?   […]

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