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Sunday, Dec. 29, 2006


Psychedelic radar 12.29

Special to The Japan Times Online

The trend for New Year's Eve parties in Tokyo has swung from budget-busting blowouts to smaller underground gatherings of friends. It's obvious why considering only the costs and competition for artists and venues, skyrocketing air fares, premium hotel fees and all the surprise etceteras. Plus, it's a helluva lot of stress and exhaustion to start your year on.

The glory-year parties to ring in 2000 through 2005 were awesome, but usually sent us home with a wicked flu. Which we probably would have contracted anyway by spending New Year's Day outside in the freezing cold visiting shrines. The high-water mark was 2004, when the extra Leap Day bumped Dec. 25 and 31 into the weekend and we scored holiday bashes just six days apart. We all paid for that.

With both holidays totally off the weekend next year, the chances are good that we won't have the energy for New Year's Eve, provided that organizers are astute enough to book venues now for the three days beforehand.

Last year, Solstice Music put on a small but solid New Year's Eve party in Roppongi after joining Vision Quest for Vivid Experience 2005. For Countdown 2007, Solstice has done itself a few better with what appears to be three parties -- two in Shinjuku and a special Solstice Black Label gig in Yokohama.

Sunday, Dec. 31

Solstice Music presents "Countdown 2007 in Shinjuku" at Shinjuku Face and Club M's. Start time is 9 p.m. and door tickets are 7,000 yen. Access info on the Solstice Web site.

Live acts Alien vs. The Cat, Alien Project, Bio-Tonic and Space Cat, plus DJs Ari (Alien Project), Avi (Space Cat), Bio-Tribe, Hachiga, Ichige and Atsushi, Kei, Mistumoto, Moca, Ryo, Shingo and Ziki (Noga Records).

The "Solstice Black Label Countdown" starts at 9 p.m. at Witch Cafe in Yokohama. Pay 6,000 yen at the door for legendary live act X-Dream (G+ Records) plus DJs Xavier Morel, Marcus (X-Dream, The Delta), Jan (X-Dream, Prime Suspects), Masamu, Omoro Innovators, and Wataru and Ryo.T from Solstice.

Keep an eye on Tokyo Psy-blog for Psychedelic Radar updates in 2007. All parties are in Tokyo unless otherwise noted. Send party info and fliers to: the2ndroom@yahoo.com

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