Monday, November 22, 2010

Upcoming! MYSTERY MONDAYS Vol. 4, "No Nov Ember"

"No Nov Ember"
Hatagaya Heavy Sick

OPEN: 20:00
TICKET: 1800 +1D

4-hour new wave, no wave, post-punk party people!

Featuring bands:


Guest DJs:

Late addition!


Host DJ:

Thursday, November 18, 2010

MYSTERY MONDAYS Vol. 3, Halloween Bash

This past October we had a nice Mystery Monday Halloween party to kick of the week leading up to All Hallow's Eve on the following Sunday. Heavy Sick was well decorated with spider webs, bats and jack-o-lanterns and I offered plenty of trick-or-treat candy and goodies like mini-skeletons and spider rings. And of curse plenty of spooky tunes on the turntables and cool live bands.

The first band to play was PLAY FIGHT, a band of mixed nationalities with each member bringing his own influence and style. The end result is a well-crafted and tight mix of indie rock, funk and lounge with songs in both English and Japanese. They've been making noise in the Tokyo expat scene and have a growing following in the city.

The next band was ANDROID BEACH PARTY, a wired mix of surf-instrumentals and sci-fi themed space-jams led by Canadian musician Chris Farr. His CD "Scientific Flying Machine" is now available at Pacifiction Records and the band has recently been active playing more frequently with Japanese garage bands. Chris and DJ Sachi B were dressed in skeleton suits in real Misfits Halloween fashion making the night truly festive.

In between live sets, the DJ station was creating plenty of noise that goes bump in the night with the help of creepy connoisseur DJ Mr. DEATH and the trashy garage and freak show tunes of BILLY TRASH of the notorious ED WOODS. My DJ set as the Stately Wayne manor invoked typical Halloween spirit with music by the Misfits, The Monsters and the Cramps. Sachi B caught some of our more stooge moments of film!

(DJs BILLY TRASH, WAYNE MANOR & Mr. DEATH goofing at the tables)

(THE STATELY DJ WAYNE MANOR & his skull maraca)

(ANDROID BEACH PARTY jamming on stage)


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

MYSTERY MONDAYS Vol. 2, Mystery Girls Part 1

(THE HARPY's at Mystery Girls Part 1; Photo by SACHI B)

The last Monday of September was our first installment of Mystery Girls, featuring girl bands and rockin' female DJs. It was also the welcome back gig for THE HARPY's fresh off their US tour with myself acting as tour manager wheeling for them around the NYC/tri-state area. Despite it being rainy and having a light crowd, THE HARPY's proved once again they are an untiring force on the Japanese indie punk scene.

(THE DARLINGS at Mystery Girls Part 1; Photo by SACHI B)

The second featured girl band was THE DARLINGS who combine cutesy 60's fashion with upbeat and occasionally raw powerpop making for a pretty unique sound while fitting into the Tokyo garage scene. In between acts, DJ SACHI B, of the Go Honey Go record hop, and DJ KYOKO of punk band THE LEGS provided rockin' psychobilly & garage tunes. Yours truly, The Stately Wayne Manor and DJ Michael of Head Kicked in provided MC action and opening and closing sets. I'm already planning some surprise guests for Mystery Girls Part 2 which should take place at the end of January or February, so keep your panties on!