• Chilling with Hide, 3/10

    8 Mar 2010, 03:08 by djgizmoe

    So after a relaxing 300 yen Bass Ale or three with my classmates down at Volta II, I decided to head down to Captain Kangaroo for one last drink before heading home. Lucky I did, because the drum set in the corner reminded me - Ultra Bide was playing a free show there that night! Them and Frying Dutchman. Well, Hide shows and he seems glad to have someone to talk with while he waits for his 11 PM start time. He invites me to come DJ at some oh my cow! event next month, and tells me some crazy news: れお (drummer for ULTRA Jr., NASCA CAR and Ni-Hao! - and almost-friend to yours truly) - is apparently the new touring drummer for Shonen Knife (少年ナイフ)! Talk about a spit take. I don't really know why Etsuko, their current drummer, is taking time out (check here if you like), but Reo-chan is certainly up to the task. We also talked about how the Ultra Bide show they did with a burgeoning blink-182 (for big wig execs in Albany) was the show that broke up that U.S. …
  • First half of February, 2010

    16 Feb 2010, 01:45 by djgizmoe

    If you harken back to the Ultra Bide, Schulz and VD event, you might remember that I was talking with some women outside at the CD table (one of them being a member of Sekiri (赤痢). Well, the other woman, Kyoko, ended up hooking up with me via Facebook, and we started talking about this rock bar in Kyoto that she said was sort of historically interesting (punk history, that is). Long story short, we agreed to meet and have a drink and chat, and she told me directions to her house, way on the other side of town. The way my schedule was, and the fact that I was going to be drinking, I had to bike across town, only about an hour I guess, which wouldn't have been that much of problem.

    Except for the fact that this was the ONE day this winter it fucking snowed. But I made it across town, parked at the train station, went to grad school, returned, and headed for her house. I got to her neighborhood a bit early, and with little money and snow falling, I decided to kill a bit of time in McDonald's. …
  • Misc. music happenings, 12/09-1/10

    2 Feb 2010, 01:22 by djgizmoe

    Nothing like business from keeping you from blogging. Unfortunately most of the events I'll be relating are now mostly a blur, but just for my own personal satisfaction (and so I don't forget), I'm going to scrawl down a few lines...

    In late December, Guenter Schulz (ex-KMFDM, ex-Slick Idiot) came to town with his Schulz unit, and I was lucky enough to be "on the list", so to speak. Vlad from VD had scrimped and saved to get enough cash to get him and his Canadian-based band over, but the crowd at Osaka Clapper was a bit on the small side. Maybe it could've been promoted a little more actively...I was one of the first to arrive and chatted up some of VDs acquaintances for a bit before Nick (Fucked 76 and Ben (Heian) arrived to provide me some company. Ben had been playing tour guide for Guenter and his son, who was playing bass with the band that night. I wasn't looking forward to spending the whole night awake, but there was enough going on to keep me interested:

  • Useless milestones....

    12 Jan 2010, 09:25 by djgizmoe

    I've been scrobbling for awhile now, it seems. Love how the last one is a Gaijin Sounds contest entry I find utterly repulsive, yet somehow can't bring myself to erase from my hard drive...
    Last.FM Milestones5000th track: (21 Mar 2005)
    Black Sabbath - The Dark / Zero the Hero
    http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/13608255.jpg6000th track: (14 May 2005)
    Schumann/Gershon Dembinsky/Jonathan Zak - Delicatement e con Espressione (Zart und mit Ausdruck)7000th track: (20 Jun 2005)
    Oingo Boingo - The Mystic Knights Of The Oingo Boingo - Queen's Revenge
    http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/176917.jpg8000th track: (21 Jul 2005)
    Cliff Martinez - Hi Energy Proton Accelerator
    http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/20313465.jpg9000th track: (30 Sep 2005)
    Hi-Posi - muon
    http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/73026.jpg10000th track: (22 Oct 2005)
    Sepultura - Amen
    http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/311426.jpg11000th track: (09 Nov 2005)
    Popnoname - choreographie
  • Junkroom Vol. 8

    3 Feb 2009, 03:57 by djgizmoe

    With all the end of the semester nonsense going on and ridiculous amounts of graduate school homework, I was a little swamped. But Sean Roe's Junkroom cavalcade of weirdness was coming, so I forced myself to get something together to perform. Having some ancient Groove Jigoku V Playstation Beats leftover from 10 years ago, I figured I could use my Nanolooped DS to noodle over that, and I programmed a few loops for that. Then I scribbled out a quick faux-pretentious spoken word ode to the event and recorded that as the opening. After a sound check at home, I was good to go.

    Friday I first headed over to Nick's place (see Fucked 76) to play a bit of GTA IV and drink diet happoshu. Then a scooter down Kiyamachi way, where I dropped my stuff off and cruised down to Starbucks for a fortifying Americano and scone.

    When I returned to UrBANGUILD, Sean was there talking with the REAL headliner, Aussie screamo-experimentalist Kusum Normoyle. …
  • Happy Noise Monday, UrBANGUILD, 10/27/08, etc.

    24 Nov 2008, 02:59 by djgizmoe

    Well, it's been almost a month since the last Happy Noise Monday at UrBANGUILD, and my memories of the event have been heavily dulled by nights of work, study and compensatory debauchery since. I do recall that Jet Vel (Jeff Bell) from Kansai Time Out was the DJ, and tormented the crowd with a relatively harsh mix of noise, early 80's industrial electro and a few 'normal' pop songs thrown in for good measure. Fucked 76 played his best IDM set yet, and Naked Mozart (aka Donald from oh my cow!) and his imminently talented girlfriend had a cute laptop and violin duet. Jahiliyyah was a group of spacy, noisy gaijin, who had a helluva lot of equipment. And I was too tired to wait around for Ultra Bide Hide's duet with Jet. I did pick up a CD that I said I'd review for Japanzine from Jahiliyyah (actually a side-project). Which reminds me ...where did I put that baby...

    Anway, this month I (J.P. DuQuette) was the DJ and performed with Fucked 76 as Cell 63, our usual laptop vs. …
  • Middle9 at Kobe Zink 10/25/08

    26 Oct 2008, 06:56 by djgizmoe

    Gah, while last weekend was crazy busy because of (count 'em) 20 hours of graduate seminars, this weekend was only marginally last frantic - but in a good way this time. Last Friday night I spent an after class drinking chatting merrily with drunken OLs at Captain Kangaroo (Tomoko and Erika, if memory serves), and last night I also ended up there for a spell after my Saturday class finished up, where I shit-talked with some lifers on the porch there until I met up with Nick and we grabbed some okonomiyaki and beers at Hirokazuya. We were both in a pretty good mood as we rambled the backstreets of Umeda, but there was business to attend to in Kobe, so circa 9:30, off we went to Fukae.

    To call Fukae Kobe is a bit of an overstatement, more like somewhere in the t'aint between Kobe and Osaka. We took the Hanshin line (which I believe I haven't taken since I saw my first Tigers game in 1995), and ended up in a dockyard area that wouldn't have seemed out of place in a John Wu gangster movie…
  • Harried and helpless...new LMD tracks and bitching

    20 Aug 2007, 10:20 by djgizmoe

    I am pissed off cause I have new MIDI_sai artists and an older amazon saliva album that I've gotten permission to upload, but the Last.FM uploader repeatedly stops at 98% when uploading, then gives an error message. Anyway, instead of waiting any longer to give everyone a 'complete' overview of the last few weeks' new tracks, here's a very incomplete rundown:
    1. I've got two new albums from Hawaiian punkers The 86 List.
    2. Garage punk from Kyoto girlie band Longtail Spangle.
    3. Improvised noise duets from myself (J.P. DuQuette) and Fucked 76 on our Cell 63 project.
    4. Experimental glitch from the aforementioned Fucked 76 on the Lister Block EP.
    5. Sloppy girlie garage pop ala Shonen Knife from Kyoto's The Dokoros (ザ・ドクロズ).
    6. Ultrarare tracks from ex-Boredoms/Zeni Geva/Acid Mothers Temple & the Cosmic Inferno/ amazon saliva guitarist Tabata (sorry no album cover upload yet).
    7. MIDI_sai records awesome breakcore comp j-pop terrorizm, featuring Shabushabu, hard off!, Da.
  • Me (!) at Futuro and UrBANGUILD (pt. 2)

    17 Aug 2007, 02:29 by djgizmoe

    After my boffo peformance at Futuro it was time to start psyching myself for the big time show at UrBANGUILD. Unfortunately for me, I still had to spend most of my day on an exam committee at work. Luckily, the lead guy Gordon was cool enough to let me leave early, and with my oversized backpack in hand (er, "on back" I suppose), I scootered on downtown.

    Unsurprisingly, everyone was still doing soundchecking. In fact I had to wait around a good two hours before we could do ours (which gave me a chance to sample Wendy's Chicken Salsa Burger - always a silver lining). VD was there, wearing a typically skimpy outfit (I'm starting to see her as sort of the Japanese Peaches now). The stage was so full of giant speakers (for the Guilty Connector and friends show), that we were forced to set-up on tables IN FRONT of the stage. Whatever. When about 15 people showed up, we started.

    There was not much pre-show banter this time, unlike at Futuro where I with my crappy Japanese was responsible for prepping the crowd. …
  • Vanity Projects ala DuQuette

    6 Jan 2007, 14:33 by djgizmoe

    Well it looks like LMD Records is finally off the ground at Last.FM. Feel free to take a listen to streamable tracks from both my dad's new album (White Album) and my old (circa 2002) unreleased EP (Hanami EP). Good fun for the whole family.

    Lon Milo DuQuette
    J.P. DuQuette