Tokyo Damage Report

Archive for January, 2010

January random photos

 Below, a booth at the 2009 PREMIUM INCENTIVE EXPO:  Below: a festival in Asagaya:    Below: picture this guy singing, THE SUN WILL COME OUT, TOMORROWWWW…. Who needs a shower, when you can bathe IN FUZZY SUNBEAMS?   below: shredder. Note how there is a reverse button. What does that do? Un-shred?  Talk about your least-profitable-applications-for-dude-who-discovered-how-to-reverse-entropy. […]

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J-punk vs. Western: is it just fashion, or what???

I’m not a huge fan of ‘political punk’ or the ‘good ol days’ of MRR, back when MDC got called out on the front cover of the magazine for (gasp!) taking a plane instead of a bus to one show. "Sell-outs!" That shit was never my deal.   But I think Western punks take it […]

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kabukicho : epiphenomena of fuzoku

Kabukicho (KBC) is basically Vegas, everyone knows this. Lots of mobs-run things ( brothels AKA ‘fuzoku’, and gambling joints), combined  with teen-oriented things (like game arcades and karaoke) to form the  "entertainment district." I’m going to ignore BOTH kinds of "entertainment" , and instead concentrate on the SIDE-EFFECT businesses:  perfectly legit shops that cater to KBC’s […]

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Sick of this mess!

I’m going to piss off some people!   There’s this idea – both in japan AND in the west – that if you say  you’re ‘into Japanese punk’ then you must be ‘into ‘80s punk’ , because ‘80s bands are “The Real Deal.”    Balls to that idea!   I am obsessed with Japanese punk, […]

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zeni geva, gallhammer, pigmen

  fri Dec. 4th, 2009 @ earth-dom   This was an odd show because ZENI GEVA is famous overseas but gets very very few props in their native land. When I got here, the first band was starting, there were only 3 people in the audience, Mr. Yoshida (ruins’ and ZG drummer) was in the […]

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KISS

 I don’t love Kiss or hate them. I don’t even care enough to have an opinion. They had two OK songs. The FACTION had six good songs – the black room ep, plus “Why save the whales?”. That means, to me, that THE FACTION is exactly THREE TIMES as good as KISS. But two good […]

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EVERY BAND SHOULD BE FORCED TO RECORD ONLY LIVE ALBUMS

Every band’s first EP should HAVE to be a live recording. And it should be made without any distortion. You should have to be CERTIFIED to earn your distortion. Live records should be the only records allowed, actually.   a)      recording clean makes sure that you actually know how to play your instruments,   b)     […]

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avskum, d-clone, isterisimo, unarm,deathtribe

  Wednesday, Dec 2009 @ Waseda Zone-B.  This was a crust/d-beat show, so I’ll dispense with saying what each band sounded like.  Also the photos suck because the air in Zone-B is basically cancer, and my camera can’t focus through 10 feet of  cancer. DEATHTRIBE  Deathtribe’s singer was a maniac attacking the audience, but all […]

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MORE JAPANTHROPLOLOGY

Like I said in the last one, a little of this stuff goes a long way.  But it’s a new year and I got 10 decent generalizations so, BEHOLD:   Japan is a country  . . .   …where entire sidewalks of people bust out umbrellas at the first hint of rain.   … where […]

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BOOKERS SUCK, AND I’M NOT EVEN IN A BAND!

  Bookers are a kind of scene-weasel. Bookers are the people who put shows together, and decide which bands get to play shows. Which means – ahem – deciding which bands DON’T get to play those same shows.   On the one hand, you could say, “In return for all my work in putting together […]

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kriegshog, total noise accord, fastkill, contrast attitude, crossface, screwithin

DECEMBER 12 AT OOKUBO EARTHDOM: magma beat hell v.3 "magma beat hell" is the name of the concert series that the band Kriegshog puts on. Since when do hardcore bands produce concert series? Since they have to pay to play, dummy!   The band has to pay to rent the hall, and they also have […]

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