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Sunday, Oct. 13, 2006

THE SECOND ROOM PRESENTS

Psychedelic radar 10.13


Special to The Japan Times Online

Raja Ram's Stash Bag Tour 2006

Solstice Music presents "Raja Ram's Stash Bag Tour 2006." This is the final weekend of the Psychedelic Godfather's whirlwind Japan tour. See the Web site for details on the following dates: Kanazawa Oct. 13; Fukuoka, Oct. 14; Nagisa, Oct. 15.

Fineplay Music: Oct. 21

Fineplay Music -- Skynet Festival 2006

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

Live acts Shift (Timecode Records), Talamasca (Mind Control), Space Buddha, (Agitatou Records), and Standard Clear (3D Vision, Japan). DJs include Fineplay residents Dithforth, Mairo-Such, and Jun, plus Chris (a.k.a. Shift), Full Moon Mondo, and Takashi..

The gates open at 1 p.m. The music starts at 6 p.m. Advance tickets are 7,000 yen (or 8,500 yen at the gate). Parking costs 2,000 yen per car. Although Ibikougen is a pretty stern drive from Tokyo and it stands to get mighty cold overnight, Fineplay always throws a super party. (For Mind Control fans, Talamasca is printed to play the next afternoon at Velfarre in Roppongi, roughly a six-hour drive away in night traffic. Arrive early to make sure you don't miss him.)

Saturday, Oct. 21

Vision Quest Tokyo presents "Total Anarchy Vision" at Zepp Tokyo in Odaiba. Starts at 10 p.m. Advance tickets 6,000 yen (or 7,000 yen at the door.)

Featured acts Skazi, Dali, Freaked Frequency and DJs Ami and Roger Jordan.

Skazi is listed for a "special DJ set," and only Asher Swissa (a.k.a. DJ Skazi) is pictured on the information page, meaning B.Bass (Assaf) and the other guys won't be on stage. It's not difficult, however, to guess what kind of tracks will come out of Skazi's case. Freaked Frequency is Micha and Vlada, both from Serbia, two amazing kids both just over 20 years old. They will provide a transitional vibe for the electro-psy sounds of Dali, whose live act is actually better at Zepp because she can stand right on top of the screamers down in front.

Friday, Nov. 3

ageHa presents the release party for Mother Records resident DJ Ta-Ka's second live mix and compilation, "On and Off, S.O.S -- Space Of Sound.

Live acts Logic Bomb (Spiral Trax), Wizzy Noise (Heart Of Trance), and Pop Stream (Vision Quest), plus of course DJ Ta-Ka, Daijiro and more.

Tickets are 3,000 yen by Web advance, 3,500 yen for ageHa members, or 4,000 yen at the door, which opens at 11 p.m. Allow extra time for entry and security at this place.

Saturday, Nov. 4

Sirius Records presents "Sirius Moments," the 4th anniversary party of DJ Tokage's label at Differ Ariake in Odaiba.

Live acts Shanti (Vision Quest), Psysex (HomMega), and Sirius Isness (Mind Control), plus DJ sets by Tokage, Goblin, and Miki.

Tickets are 5,500 yen advance, 6,500 yen at the door. The party starts at 10 p.m. Differ is walking distance both from the Yurikamome and Rinkai lines, but the routes are prime cruising areas for police on their highly questionable shakedown patrols. Again, allow extra time, or take a taxi. ("Police shakedowns on the rise," Oct. 8, 2006)

CD Case -- Deep Chill

"Future Sound Theory," compiled by Matt.b (Celestial Dragon)

Celestial Dragon - Future Sound Theory

Celestial Dragon is the psychedelic chill-out label of Sonic Dragon Records, which describes itself as "an alliance of DJs, promoters, artists, and other people working behind the scenes of the underground psychedelic trance community." Also under the Sonic flagship are Manic Dragon, if you like acid trance way above 146 beats per minute, and Faerie Dragon, for the mutts that don't fit anywhere else.

Surprisingly, tied with Celestial for the most Dragon releases is the Manic label, including the just released artist album "Baphomer Engine" and followup compilation "Multiple Personalities 2." Ever wondered how close the brain is to melting at 156 bpm? Try one or both of these, but play the compilation second.

Celestial releases, however, are at the very opposite end of the scale, soothing, healing music with organic distractions that float off your speakers. Artists contributing are Antonio Testa, Ochre, Electrypnose, Gaudi, Dublicate, Gel Sol, Nalepa, Monolake, RaNDom, edIT, EOX, and Adron. Matt.b made very good use of Sonic's global reach to compile "Future Sound Theory." The 12 tracks here are deep and dreamy but not sleepy. Keep this cover in mind for the shanti friend on your yearend holiday giftlist.

CD Case -- Ambient

"Defining Moments" (Chillosophy Music)

Chillosophy Music - Defining Moments

"Defining Moments" is Chillosophy's first real compilation and sews up the cream of the Swedish upstart's EP offerings for this year. Tracks here by Pan Electric, Ooze feat. Tishk, Analogik, Fingertwister, Psyburbia, Omnimotion, Dab Screen meets Irina Mikhailova, Trotter, Kritical Audio, Anders Llar, Icotec and Dollboy range from deep to playful light chill. In its abstract concept, this will be the first in a wide ambient series.

Chillosophy was founded in 2005 by Sebastian Mullaert (a.k.a. Seb, Ooze) and Daniel Skantze. Seb is best known for his Son-Kite and Minilogue projects. The EP format -- either a 12-inch vinyl or a CD, usually with three or four versions of the same track -- is still an integral part of the downtempo scene, and Mullaert and Skantze are astute to incorporate it in their planning and promotions because the package is smaller, more focused and makes it easier on the DJ. Even when the world runs out of oil to make albums, the format will be an easy total crossover to digital.

"Defining Moments" is a carefree jaunt through an abstract soundscape as free-floating as the big bubble on the cover.

All parties are in Tokyo unless otherwise noted. Send party info and fliers to: the2ndroom@yahoo.com


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