Carnival: Vice Bongo 1st Anniversary
The alt-culture zine and upstart promoter celebrate
their first year by taking over Shibuya for one night
Photos courtesy of Bongo
Canada-based magazine Vices new Japanese
edition and the new youth-oriented Bongo division at veteran
promoter Kyodo Tokyo both have something to rejoice in: after
a year of business, theyre still in business.
The publishing trade and music biz both leave plenty of casualties
among start-ups. But with their eyes firmly on the youth demographic,
Vice and Bongo have succeeded in reaching the one-year milestone.
To celebrate, theyre hosting an event that will bring
a busload of rock acts and DJs to Shibuya live house O-East
and dance club Womb around the corner.
With a track record of bringing to Japan bands that are unfamiliar
here, Bongo has several emerging acts slated for the O-East
show, which is dubbed Shake Head Carnival. From Tucson, Arizona,
The Mean Reds only recently graduated high school, garnering
attention with a high-energy set of atavistic punk at this
springs South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin,
Texas. Their debut EP, Some Sort of Adventure Through History,
is out on Record Collection/True Love Records.
Equally youthful but more nubile are Magneta Lane, a trio
of Canadian new generation riot grrls whose first album, The
Constant Lover, was released last year on Paper Bag Records,
home of the Fembots and Uncut. Led by guitarist/singer Lexi,
they reportedly only picked up guitars last year, but are
already creating a minor sensation with melodic indie-rock
influenced by bands as diverse as Sonic Youth and Nancy Sinatra.
On the domestic front, the night will feature
veteran melocore survivors Back Drop Bomb, whose decade of
gigging has seen them play major venues from the Fuji Rock
Festival to the aforementioned SXSW festival to recent sessions
with jazz-funk showboaters Soil & Pimp Sessions.
With an eccentric visual flare and high-octane live show,
the five musicians who comprise Soil & Pimp
are also accomplished musicians who blend club and acoustic
jazz with flair.
The Shake Hip Carnival program at Womb also looks to make
for an interesting night out. Veteran house DJ/producer Emma
and omnipresent electro turntablist Duck Rock make for an
odd pairing, but the real focus of attention will be on theoverseas
electronica guest acts Diplo and Chromeo.
|Soil & Pimp
Emerging out of the booty-shaking Miami bass
scene, DJ/producer Wesley Pentz, a.k.a. Diplo, has been generating
a lot of press in recent months for his Philadelphia Hollertronix
club nights and his debut disc Florida, released by Big Dada
records. Diplo blends Miami bass with underground hip-hop
and cutting-edge ghetto dance styles like the Brazilian baile
funk of the Rio favela slums, and East London grime.
Chromeo, meanwhile, is a two-man unit made up of P. Thugg
and Dave 1, who also happens to be the hip-hop editor at Vice.
Theyre known for recycling the less remembered aspects
of 80s funk in post-millennial style on Shes in
We want to create a new environment for audiences to
enjoy great live music all night long, says Bongos
Nori Tsuzuki. There will be various performances in-between
each act on the bill for Shake Head Carnival at O-East as
well, and we are presenting each act in a Vice party atmosphere
like its done elsewhere in the world.
O-East and Womb, July 8. See concert
listings for details.
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