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Saturday, Aug. 25, 2006


Psychedelic radar 08.25

Special to The Japan Times Online

Sirius: Aug. 26-27

Sirius -- Summer Festival 2006

Sirius Summer Festival 2006 at Norn Ski Resort in Minakami, Gunma Prefecture. Live acts Psysex, Dino Psaras and Joti. DJ sets include Goblin, Tokage, Miki, Noco, Unagi and Nori. Tickets are 8,000 yen at the gate. The parking charge is 2,000 yen. Gates open at 2 p.m. and the music starts at 4 p.m.

Norn is reportedly a very nice place, very close to the Kan-Etsu Expressway, and less than two hours driving from Tokyo. Sirius' full-moon version of this party last year did not do very well because of all the free full-moon parties happening. But people who went said it was a blast.

2006, however, has been a different kind of year and this summer's Sirius open-air will be under a new moon plus two days. And I know already that there are good people coming to this party. It should be a really good time.

On the Web site, you will find access and venue maps, photos, etc. But the timetable and FAQ in English can be found on Sirius' mobile site -- www.sirius-records.com/k/

Fineplay: Aug. 26-27

Fineplay -- The Beach 2006

Fineplay Music presents "The Beach 2006" on Mikawa Island in Aichi Prefecture. Live acts Absolum, Beat Hackers, Bizarre Contact, Michele Adamson, Perplex and Space Cat, plus DJs Dithforth, Jun, Mairo-such and Ronen (aka Perplex).

Tickets are 9,000 yen at the gate. If you're driving, the parking charge is 2,000 yen. And there's a 2,000 yen charge for the boat ride to and from the island.

I finally tracked down the video for this party -- on Fineplay's recent CD/DVD release of "The Beach 2006," now available in shops and by online order. The CD was compiled by DJ Dithforth and features tracks with Michele Adamson, Perplex, Space Cat, Bizarre Contact, Beat Hackers, Dynamic, Black and White, Shift and Space Buddha.

Fineplay CD-DVD -- The Beach 2006

The DVD, however, was almost entirely done by SGK Studio, which shot all the footage and produced six of the seven videos. Prepare to be amazed. MTV-style (and -quality) music clips are here and this is just the first generation. The edits are tight and innovative, the camera angles are dynamic and SGK's lens captures the Japan crowd in a fun but respectful way. Artists included on this DVD are Perplex ("Buddha Stick"), Bizarre Contact ("Peaches on the Moon"), Shift ("This Pain"), Beat Hackers ("Beat De Loucia"), Dynamic ("Dynamic Sound"), Space Cat with Perplex ("City of Dust") and on No. 7, a double-length two-track clip that rounds up the artists from "The Beach 2005."

S.U.N.S: Aug. 26-27

S.U.N.S presents supreme trance shaman Goa Gil (Avatar Records) for a long summer DJ set at a secret location in Hokkaido, joined by Ariane on an ethno-tribal DJ set. Only advance tickets -- 7,000 yen and limited to 500 people -- are being sold for this event. You must see the Web site for details.

Genkanon: Sept. 2 and 3

Genkanon presents "Space of Phantom" at the Goko-bokujyou Auto Camp in Minamisaku, Nagano Prefecture. Web sales on now for 4,500 yen (regular advance 5,000 yen, or 6,000 yen at the gate). There's also an "auto camping" charge of 2,000 yen, but that could be just for parking a car.

Main floor live acts Dark Nebula, Uni, Bon + Arsenic, Jihooka and Ten-G, plus DJs Keiki. Hatta, Michy, Masayuki.m and more for the freestyle floor.

Vision Quest: Sept. 16-18

Vision Quest -- The Gathering 2006

Vision Quest Tokyo presents "The Gathering 2006," Sept. 16-18 at the Palcall Tsumagoi ski resort in Gunma Prefecture. Presale ticket information is on the Web site. Advance tickets are 12,000 yen. Tickets for parking are available for presale order online at 3,000 yen. On the day, parking will cost 4,000 yen.

Live acts include Alternative Control, Astrix, Cyrus the Virus, Dali, Delirous, Dino Psaras, Domestic, Eskimo, Infected Mushroom, Melicia, Pixel, Pop Stream, Psycraft, Shanti, Skazi, S.U.N. Project, and Void. DJs include Vision Quest's own Ami and Roger Jordan, plus Asher Swissa (Skazi), Dino Psaras, Eli Biton (Pixel), Eskimo, Ido Ophir, (Domestic), Jan-Willem (Cyrus The Virus), Ratsko and Toca (Alternative Control), Sasha, Shanti and Yinon Oved (Pop Stream).

Click here to read the preview for last year's event at Palcall. Vision Quest has put out a 32-page pocket-size booklet with loads of great information. Hotel space at the Palcall resort and the local lodgings filled up surprisingly fast last year and look to do the same for 2006. Check the "Hotel Plan" (in katakana with mouse-over balloon English) page for a list of official hotels and reservation information.

See the Web site and mobile site for updated info. VQ is adding multiple-language support to their mobile site -- select by clicking on the flags. More to come as we get closer.

APAP, New Caledonia: Sept. 16

APAP -- Earth Dance, New Caledonia

The defining parties of our genre in Goa, India, and Ibiza, Spain, are reportedly a thing of the past, or will be soon. New Caledonia is the next new destination for a small but growing tribal scene spearheaded by the Association for the Promotion of Art in the Pacific (APAP), a nonprofit organization that has done some wonderful things for the island's children. The Second Room will bring you more about this organization and this tropical island that is still a paradise and the new tribal movement in the months ahead.

To find New Caledonia, turn your globe upside down, drive your finger toward Australia's Gold Coast and take a left at the Tropic of Capricorn. Keep an eye on the APAP/Kosmix Web site for updated information. The "Earthdance 2006" being held near Noumea is part of the larger global festival for peace that's being staged in 250 places in 50 countries. All DJs at these events donate their sets and many of the DJs from neighboring Australia pay their own fares to get to New Caledonia.

Earthcore Japan and Psy-16: Sept. 16-18

Earth Energy 2006

Earthcore Japan and Psy16 present "Earth Energy" at Namesawa Camp Village in Yamanashi Prefecture.

This party is limited to 500 people. Web tickets are on sale now for 5,000 yen, and 100 of these people will receive free the new "Earth Energy: Resolution" CD, compiled by DJ Kemix. Tickets at record shops will cost 6,000 yen, or pay 7,000 yen at the gate. The parking charge is 4,000 yen per car. But for three or more people inside, then it's only 2,000 yen.

Live acts Optokoppler (Y.S.E. Records), Chromatone (Vapor Vent), Naveen (Labs of Perception), Purepressure (Vapor Vent), Asteca (El Dorado Sounds), Jikkenteki (Par-2 Productions) and 01-N (Psy16), plus DJs Daijiro, Kemix, YK, OZ, Tomoko, and Psysuke.

CD Case -- Full-on

Hard Enough by Opposite8

"Hard Enough," by Opposite8 (Noga Records, Trancelucent Productions)

This CD surprised me because I had long ago given up on trying to use Chevy Chase sound bytes in my remixed tracks. His straight-on delivery of classic movie lines just never sounded right with the stuff in my playlist. But on "Hard Enough," the debut album from Opposite8 (Idan Hos and Kobi Kastoriyano), we get two excellent Chase-graced selections. ("Stop Thinking," from the classic film "Caddyshack," and "Line In, Line Out," which I haven't figured out yet.)

Hos and Kastoriyano got together about a year and a half for this project. The result here is nine very inviting dance tracks that will grab you right about hip-level. For morning music, this one is just hard enough. DJs will enjoy the choices they get here for those moments when they need to take edge off but still keep things moving. Another favorite here is track No. 5, "Black Out," which has one of the trippiest vocal effects I've heard all year, bouncing along on a chunky sandwich of delcious melodies.

Psychedelic Radar and The Second Room remind you to make your campsites as theft-proof as possible by camping in groups and discussing security watches and padlocking your tent zippers as a basic precaution. All parties are in Tokyo unless otherwise noted. For information about a "secret" afternoon party on Sept. 10, send mail to: the2ndroom@yahoo.com

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