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Friday, May 26, 2006


Psychedelic radar 05.26

Special to The Japan Times Online

Saturday, May 27

Vision Quest - Visionary

Vision Quest Tokyo presents "Visionary" at Zepp Tokyo in Odaiba. Starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are 7,000 yen at the door.

Live acts Dali, Melicia and Eskimo, plus DJs Ami and Roger Jordan. This event will also be held at Zepp Osaka on June 3. See Web site and mobile site for updated info.

This is the Japan release party for Dali's debut album "Hectic," which you can find in stores today. Dali (Dalit Eizner) brings an inspired show to the stage, confidently translating her rocky interpretations for the electronic dancefloor. The Melicia live experience just keeps getting better and better. Aviram Iluz and his sister Odelya create a trusting chemistry, each soaring on the other's strengths. Both Dali and Odelya know how to turn it up and on when they bring their performances to the edge of the stage.

Personally, I would have named this show "Sexy Vision" because it features two of psychedelic trance's seven sexiest women (in no particular order). Don't ask me why it's seven; it's a mental runway not a competition. Any more than seven and I might start making Dirty Bertie noises. Eskimo might also be sexy, but he was underage the last time I saw him play live, so it wasn't prudent to wonder, not that I would. If you think he's sexy, let him know.

After catching Roger Jordan's full-on DJ set at Earth Energy in Yamanashi Prefecture last weekend, I've decided to start showing up earlier. This is the only visible drawback to being a Vision Quest DJ for these big A-list headliner events. Like Ami, Roger almost never gets the chance to really groove in front of the full VQ turnout. And I'll tell you, this man can fly.

May 27 (Sat.)

Messenger presents "Meltingstar New Moon and Sun Dance" at Auto Camp Ginga in Nishi Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture. This event has a posted limit of 555 people. Gate opens at 2 p.m. Tickets are 5,000 yen on the day, parking will cost 1,000 yen. The music lasts until 2 p.m. on Sunday.

DJs include Domino, Ray Castle, Kotaro, Kei, Jun and Anny.

June 3 (Sat.)

Solstice Music presents "Spun Field 2006" at the Myoko Suginohara ski resort in Niigata Prefecture. Gates open at 3 p.m. and the music will start at 6 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale for 7,500 yen (or 9,000 yen at the gate.)

Live acts Growling Machines, Zorba, Alien vs. The Cat, plus DJ sets Riktam, Bansi, Ari, Avi and Gabriel.

This lineup at this location is about perfect as it gets for a one-night open-air. Myouko Suginohara is located just off the Jyoshinetsu Expressway (Myoukokogen IC), a mere 6 km from Myouko Kogen Station on the Shinsyu Line (running between Nagano and Naoetsu). The area, I'm told, is not only lovely but also dotted with onsens.

Recent creation Growling Machines, combining Riktam and Basi of GMS with Gabriel Serrasqueiro of Wrecked Machines, and Alien vs. The Cat, Ari Linker of Alien Project and Avi Algarnati of Space Cat, will set an amazing backdrop for the ultra rare Zorba live set, which will bear out the melodic playful alter ego of our venerable Growling Mad Scientists.

Friday, June 9

Wakyo presents "If 6 was 9" at Unit Daikanyama. This party starts 10 p.m. Advance tickets are 3,500 yen (or 4,000 yen at the door).

Live act PFN, plus DJs Flix, Ree.K, and Haze on the Dance Floor. Over in the lounge, DJs Kotaro, Masamu, Hina and H-Cool (a.k.a. Nan).

Saturday, June 10

Mother Records presents "Droid Save the Queen" at Differ Ariake in Odaiba. Advance tickets are 5,000 yen (or 6,000 yen at the door).

An amazing list of live acts: Sub 6 feat. MC Joh-Natan, Oforia, and Xerox and Illumination. DJs Ta-Ka, Daijiro and Xerox.

CD Case will return next week with an exclusive interview. All parties are in Tokyo unless otherwise noted. Send potential party pick info to the2ndroom@yahoo.com

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