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Friday, April 28, 2006


Psychedelic radar 04.28

Special to The Japan Times Online

Saturday, April 29

Solstice Music party

Solstice Music presents "New Maps of Hyperspace 2006" at Makuhari Messe (exhibition hall Nos. 2 and 3) in Chiba Prefecture. Tickets are 9,000 yen at the door. This event is also being staged in Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo and Kanazawa -- see the Web site for dates.

Live acts 1200 Micrograms, GMS, Hujaboy and Gataka. DJs Raja Ram (Shpongle/1200 Mics), Dimitri D.K.N and Solstice resident Ryo.

Welcome to the last "indoor doof" of the season. The above lineup rates a venue of the expanse afforded by Makuhari Messe, which can be set up to reasonably mock the feeling of a big-sound, open-air party, sans tents. Solstice has had to prohibit alcohol on the dance floor at past events, with security checking everybody coming in from the vendor-chillout hall at a chokepoint opening in the dividers, where a long line also tends to form for the restrooms.

We have to hope that somebody will be shooting footage for a DVD. This rave will feature the flagship sounds for this year's Solstice Music Festival in 1200 Micrograms, GMS, DJs Dimitri and of course Ryo. If you haven't heard Gataka or Hujaboy before, you are in for a real treat. Just about a year ago at Makuhari, Raja Ram pulled off a devastating 26-minute "encore track" for the closing DJ set -- just kept holding up one finger and couldn't stop playing. That's what I wish I had on DVD.

Saturday, April 29

Sirius Records presents "Absolum" at Tokyo Kinema Club.

Live act "Absolum" (3D Vision) plus DJs Tokage, Miki, Noko and Unagi Starts at 11 p.m. Tickets are 4,000 yen at the door.

Check out the new Sirius own mobile site at www.sirius-records.com/k/

Saturday, April 29

Psy16 presents "Weird Science" at Funk Time in Shinjuku. This kooky themed party features the talented hands of mad scientist Drs. Batta, Kemix, Pedro, YK, O-Perry and Asteca.

Start time is 10 p.m. At the door, it's 2,500 yen (or 2,000 yen with a flier). All entries include one drink.

Saturday, April 29

Fineplay Music presents "Global Exposition" at Gifu Ibi Kougen. See the Web site for details if you are out in the Nagoya area.

May 4 and 5 (Thurs., Fri)

Mother Records presents "Ground Beat" spring open-air at Kiyosato Kougen in Yamanashi Prefecture. Tickets are 7,500 yen advance (or 8,500 yen at the gate). Check the Web site for updated info on tickets and more. Parking will cost 2,000 yen.

Live acts Protoculture, Son Kite, Wizzy Noise, X-Noize, D-Nox and Beckers, and Astron. DJs will be Mother resident Ta-Ka, D-Nox, Beckers, Marcus (Son Kite), So (Labyrinth), Nate Raunemheimer, Daijiro, Batta and more. Plus, there's a whole Chillout Village, mayored by Artman, Dominic, Seb and live acts by Metalob and Nata.

Kiyosato is located in the northwestern part of Yamanashi Prefecture near the Nagano Prefecture border at about 1,300 meters above sea level. The venue is close to JR Kiyosato Station on the Koume Line. Most Web sites recommend taking a limited express on the JR Chuo main line from Shinjuku Station and transferring at Kobuchizawa Station. Time required varies from three to five hours one-way. Factor Golden Week congestion into your travel computations.

Mother Records is bringing together a very special group for this one-night event, which is essentially a preview for their own flagship S.O.S. party this summer. The gates will open at 2 p.m. and the music starts at 4 p.m.

Psychedelic Radar will return May 12 with CD Case reviews for U-Recken's "Aquatic Serenade" and MFG's "Message From God." All parties are in Tokyo unless otherwise noted. Send potential party pick info to the2ndroom@yahoo.com

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