Journal

  • When the cat's away...

    29 Mar 2009, 02:05 by djgizmoe

    Alone. So...alone. Well, for 5 days anyway. The wife and son gone for a few days back to the in-laws', you would think I'd try my best to live it up. Well, I'd try not to have fun, honestly; I had a whole line-up of statistics assignments to work on and narry a plan to go out. Narry a...

    But it twas not to be. My Cell 63 co-dude Nick (Fucked 76) gave me a call and told me that our mutual friend Hide (amazon saliva/ULTRA Jr., etc.) was promoting an event with (gasp) NoMeansNo that very night, and Hide was apparently letting friends in on the guest list price of 1500 yen (most normal folks had to pay a whopping 5500! (more than $50)). So I called up Hide to confirm, and then cancelled my study plans for the evening.

    About an hour later, Hide calls me back. "So, J.P., how early can you get here?" Uh-oh, here it comes. Turns out he needed a before/between bands DJ, and I must admit I was happy to oblige. Unfortunately, knowing that UrBANGUILD lacks CDJs…
  • Drumandara at Bears, 12/20/08

    20 Dec 2008, 16:04 by djgizmoe

    Last day of grad school in Umeda, and it seemed best to keep my options open for the evening should the rest of my class want to go out for a drink or three. To be honest, I actually had sort of secretly planned to head up to Whynot? Japan's X'mas party at Pure. I mean I AM writing an article for Japanzine on them (officially). But then I started thinking: what was the best that could come out of an evening there? I'd spend a nomihodai drinking it up and flirting with semi-attractive women, maybe a few e-mail addresses and knowing winks might get exchanged, but then I'd be back on the way home to the crabby wife anyway. So a little Net check later, and...oh, there's that drum thing at Bears.

    First I dropped by Canopy to have a few beers before the show. Can't see I really dug the vibe much at this Umeda standby, but the drinks were cheap at happy hour, and nowhere else opened at 5. So with Yuganaut blaring in my walkman (and prepping my brain for some of the madness to come), I hopped on the subway and I was off to Namba. …