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Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2006


Psychedelic radar 09.29

Special to The Japan Times Online

Mother Records: Sept. 30

Mother Records -- Power of the Sun

Mother Records presents "Power of the Sun" at Mikawa Kougen Camping Village in Aichi Prefecture. The site opens at noon. The music on the main stage starts at 4 p.m. Saturday and goes until 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are 9,000 yen at the gate. The parking charge is 2,000 yen per car.

This event is an unprecedented third open-air this year for Mother and it's going to feel more like the final hours of "Ground Beat" back in May than their "Space of Sound (S.O.S.)" in early last month.

The lineup promises a more housey, electro experience, which can get to be feeling pretty good with a hoof-driven dust storm going on the dancefloor. Mother resident DJ Ta-Ka actually has bigger following and has made a bigger mark in this less psychedelic style.

Live acts on the main stage feature the first-ever "Space Jam" session with System 7 vs. Son-Kite, and a special live to launch the debut album by Triac (Ear Peace Music Group). Also playing live sets are System 7 (A-Wave), Son-Kite (Digital Structure), Hydrophonic (Nano Records), Chakra (Hommega), and Omb (Frame/Anoyo/Japan). DJs Marcus and Seb, Regan (Nano Records), Omb (Frame/Anoyo/Japan), Daijiro (Digital Block/Japan), Tez (Boshke Beats/Ring/Japan), Dual Method aka DJ Yu-Ki (Psyristor Trax/Japan) and Gyoro (8bit/Japan).

The second stage features live performances by Mirror System (System7/A-Wave) and Puff Dragon (Dakini Records) plus a host of premier ambient DJs including Artman (Qooki Records/Japan), Dominic (Interchill), and Seb of Chillosophy Music, which has been scenting the downtempo scene with some tantalizing ambient 12-inchers this year.

Eternal Dream: Sept. 30

Supported by Solstice Music and Blissdom, this party brings live acts Koxbox, Quadra, Hydro Generator and Ancient Beach to the cozy and easily reachable Tamagawa Camp Village, just inside Yamanashi Prefecture near Lake Okutama.

Dance floor DJs include Frank'E (Koxbox), Ryo, (Solstice), Takashi and Isao of Blissdom and more.

The site opens at 2 p.m. and the music starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are 7,000 yen at the gate. The charge for parking is 2,000 yen. By train and local bus, the Okutama area is reachable from lower Tokyo in less than three hours. To get there, take the Ome Line from JR Tachikawa Station in western Tokyo to Okutama Station, then catch a bus right across from the street. First-timers should tell the bus driver "Tamagawa Camp" -- it's a popular destination. The tent sites are an easy 10- to 12-minute walk from the bus stop.

Raja Ram's Stash Bag Tour 2006

Solstice Music presents "Raja Ram's Stash Bag Tour 2006." See the Web site for details on the following dates: Nagoya, Oct. 6; Tokyo, Oct. 7; Gifu, Oct. 8; Kanazawa Oct. 13; Fukuoka, Oct. 14; Nagisa, Oct. 15.

Blissdom: Oct. 7

Blissdom presents "Star Dance Festival 2006," an overnight full-moon extranganza at Ibikougen Kaizuki Resort in Gifu Prefecture. Advance tickets are 10,000 yen (or 12,000 at the gate). Parking costs 2,000 yen, unless you are staying over until the Monday (Oct. 9) holiday, then it's 3,000 yen.

Look out here comes DJ Raja Ram (Tip.World) for the Gifu stop on his "Stash Bag" tour. Live acts include Space Tribe (Space Tribe Music), Sesto Sento (Com.Pact / Noga Records), Bio-Tonic (Solstice Music), Karmachanic's (Noga Records), R.I.G (Uni / Sine6) and Xeno Biotic (Innerplanet). DJs Olli Wisdom (Space Tribe Music), Lucas (Tip.World), Aviram and Itay (Sesto Sento/), Kei (Planet B.E.N Records), Fullmoon Mondo (New World), Takashi (Blissdom), Isao (Blissdom), Kemix (Earthcore), Yabai Yuji and Atom (Yabai Records), Dithforth (Fineplay Music), Ita (Primitive), McCoy (Alter Active), Legion (Blissdom), Phonic (Blissdom), and Iry (Namaste Cafe).

Fineplay Music: Oct. 21

Fineplay Music presents "Skynet Festival 2006," the third open-air of 2006 for this Nagoya organizer, at Ibikougen Kaizuki Resort in Gifu Prefecture.

Live acts Shift, Talamasca, Space Buddha, and Standard Clear. Advance tickets are 7,000 yen (or 8,500 yen at the gate). Parking costs 2,000 yen per car.

Psychedelic Radar will return Oct. 13 after a brief antipodean adventure. All parties are in Tokyo unless otherwise noted. Send party info and fliers to: the2ndroom@yahoo.com

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