April 28, 2007
Love again - Hird
Cinnamon and cloves - Zoot Sims
We want more !!!! - Soil & "Pimp" Sessions
Winding rhythm - The Baker Brothers
Stop what you're doing - Ben Westbeech
Bungalow - Damon Aaron
P.A.Z. - Antibalas
Afro blue (2007 version ) - Dee Dee Bridgewater
Soul vibration - J-Walk
This evening after work, I decided to try out a fairly new 'British' pub in Nakano for something to eat and a drink or two.
I tried the fish and chips, which was passable (but not a patch on the fresh local catch you get from the English Channel), and a warm vegetable salad, which was pretty good.
On the whole it's not a bad place, and better than some other British-style pubs I've tried in Japan, though being open for less than two months, it still has a shiny, new feel to it. Also, given that it's on the second floor of a brand new buidling, it's always going to be stuggling to recreate the atmosphere you get in a pub that has existed for generations.
April 26, 2007
April 18, 2007
Supercapitalism - Wynton Marsalis
What If We Stopped Paying Taxes - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
A Wave Crashed On Rocks - Felt
Bungalow - Damon Aaron
1234 - John Arnold featuring Paul Randolph
Come on (Superpimp) - Marden Hill
Stop What You're Doing - Ben Westbeech
Don't Sleep - Lanu
Your Letter - Peven Everett
Once a session is over, the ball-bearings are exchanged for some token gift, which the punter then takes to a window in a separate building to exchange for cash. Since no cash has been given out as winnings inside the premises, it doesn't fall foul of the law.
You can see people waiting outside the parlours at prior to opening time in the morning, and there are whole channels on satellite TV dedicated to this activity, though quite what the thrill is I don't know.
This picture shows the queue forming outside a newly revamped parlour, everybody wanting to get there on day one.
April 10, 2007
Chester's Tongue - The Baker Brothers
Atlantic - Thief
Cuss Cuss - Lloyd Robinson
A.I.E. - Soil & "Pimp" Sessions
Old Soul - Ben Watt featuring Baby Blak
Let That Sound Out! (Gerd's 4 Lux Remix) - Colonel Red & Delgui
Doing It To Death (Part 1) - The JBs
Oh Constance - Marden Hill
The Hunger - Nostalgia 77
April 05, 2007
Despite the heavy rain yesterday, many of the trees were still in bloom and there were thousands of others taking in the atmosphere too.
I wasn't the only person with a camera! Looking at the people snapping around me today, I think there was several hundred thousand pounds' worth of photographic equipment in the park today.
Close-up of a two-tone blossom.
A carpet of cherry blossom petals.
April 02, 2007
I think this poor mutt's jeans were a size or two too small as it seemed to have some difficulty walking properly.
A Street in Bombay - Amancio D'Silva
Sold out - Dalindeo
Dolla bill - Dudley Perkins
Pull up to the bumper - Grace Jones
Highlights - Delgui
Outra Vida - Les Gammas
Hope - Bugge Wesseltoft
Exit Routine - Ras
Tunnel - The Dining Rooms