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Friday, Dec. 30, 2005

THE SECOND ROOM PRESENTS

Psychedelic radar 12.30


Special to The Japan Times Online

The question of where to be for Countdown 2006 is proving drastically tough to answer with no major venue booked by any large trance organizer in Tokyo. There are plenty of choices, just no "one place to be," and unfamiliar limits on crowd sizes.

What we are seeing this year can be called the "Christmas Effect." This happens when Dec. 25 (and a week later Jan. 1) falls on a weekend and organizers face tough choices on where to focus their resources in December.

With New Year's Eve venues and artist bookings at an obvious premium, the growing popularity of Christmas is fast becoming the better bet. Parties have in fact been taking place all week.

It only feels like there's nothing going on this year because Vision Quest is taking it's first countdown off in years after co-hosting the awesome "Vivid Experience 2005" with Solstice Music, which is scaling down into a popular Roppongi basement for the changeover.

Happy New Year from The Second Room!

Saturday, Dec. 31

Solstice Music presents "Countdown 2006 Tribal Psychedelica" at Club Mazel (ex. Spiral) in Roppongi. Starts at 9 p.m. and ends at 10 a.m. Door entry is 5,000 yen.

On the main floor, live and DJ set by Space Tribe (Ollie Wisdom) plus DJs Tsuyoshi, Xavier, Mitsumoto, Ryo, Kaen and Hachiga. Down the spiral walkway to the B2 floor are DJs Kotaro, Kei, Takaya, Tez, Masamu, Oz, Wataru, and Solstice Music's own Ryo Takahashi.

Saturday, Dec. 31

For a progressive approach to the New Year's holiday, anoyo presents "The First Trip to the anoyo Shrine 2005-2006." This trip comes in two stages.

The first stage is at J Pop Cafe in Shibuya, from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. The door charge is 5,500 yen with a limit of 400 people. Live acts Lunatic Thunder, Rice, Ukiashi, Omb, Uscus (five hours nonstop live), plus special surprise guest DJs. On the lounge floor, live sets including Astron and Ao and DJs Supernova and Nori.

The second stage, at Ever in Aoyama, starts at 10 p.m. and goes until 6 a.m. with a door charge of 3,500 yen. DJs Uscus, Ukiashi, Keiya, Shinya-Y, Matsunami, Mieko and Supernova. Includes live cinema by Ovali and Natural Mystic Yuri.

Saturday, Dec. 31

Crosslink! presents "Countdown Party" at Ark Studio Cube326 in Tokyo's Shibaura. This party starts at 9 p.m. and lasts until noon the next day. The door charge is 6,000 yen, but Cube will have music going on three floors.

On the 2nd Floor, live acts Son Kite, Minilogue and Omb, plus DJs Marcus (aka. Son Kite), DJ Seb (aka. Son Kite), So, Yu-Ki, Shinya, Sal, Bin.

Up on the 4th Floor, DJs Tri-Bute Team, Primitive Team, Pangea Team, Psychedelic Aeen Team, Fractal, Chabo and P'N'O, DJ Bosh, Yu-Ta and Daijiro.

The 6th Floor lineup features Organic Sound System, Upshy, Aquebi, Tao and Masa (Liquidnote).

Saturday, Dec. 31

Ochimusha presents "The Moon is Read Countdown Party" at Ball Room in Ebisu. Starts at 9 p.m., 6,500 yen at the door. (Limited to 650 people.)

Artists include Masaray, Ray Castle, Artman, Masa (Space Gathering), Ree.K, Hamase, Keisuke, Kinocosmo, K.U.R.O, Uni, Sine6, Jikooha, Keiya, Tri-Force, Savagescream, Kagiwo and Toshiyuki.

All parties are in Tokyo unless otherwise noted. Send potential party pick info to the2ndroom@yahoo.com


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