Sunday, August 07, 2005

The shows

Well, Yoshi from Delic totally hooked us up ...
The bullet train to Osaka on the 29th was of course, right on time.
Jeez ,is there a better train service in the world ?
and the trains look so great, like super land schooners or as Rammellzee said - a dolphin.

The big van that picked us up was nice , the ride into town highlighted by the sight of the sky building Noyuri and I had visited last time we were in Osaka.
From beneath it looks like there is a big turntable perched between the two legs that tower up into the sky.
Osaka skyline has changed some since we were there last .

The people at club noon were so nice (YOU know who you are),
great to have a woman soundperson (thanks for the mix and tape from the board)
and the Delic DJs Latin Ras Kas and Matsumoto tore it up, the promoter set up this chain link mesh in front of the stage for some industrial atmosphere (and something to grab onto during the gig)
come gig time (2 AM) we were all jazzed and the gig went smooth ,nice and loud onstage.
As I had requested , we went after soundcheck to a grand okonomiyaki dinner at a place way down this long corridor with guys shouting invitations to clubs, skin bars and who knows what else .
Kiyoshi brought the new Ltd Ed. Vader DCC T shirts in his overstuffed North Face pack, Jun translated and we did our business.
Good crowd ,lots of ladies an some mixi people too ...

Bk to Green Hotel ,sleep a bit ,then get up and go to breakfast (of sorts)
everyone a bit tired but excited after the gig, punchy.

The plan was to take the bullet bk to Tokyo at 3 PM but we changed it to 12 PM and got bk to Tokyo when we would have been leaving Osaka . Whew ...

The soundcheck @ Unit was fine ,
but the meal afterwards was not the best on this trip and the 1 hour nap had me waking up in between refreshed and something else .
But by gig time ,again 2 AM all was good (thanks to that great J stomach med)and we saw the line at the club going way out the door and around the corner.
Waayyy around the corner ...
eventually 600 people got in .
Toshi and Plastics -ex did a fine set ,
followed by new friend top DJ Kan Takagi`s sweet set and well, time to play ...
Not so fast , we got pushed bk from 2 to 2:30 AM ,finally rocked it to the stage , drank a Carlsberg and let it rip DCC style.
Quite grand.
Big stage ,good sound (best sound system in Tokyo) we did the Riphop era songs and new ones too .
Cool bkstage scene with Hajime Tachibane and Mr.Shima buzzing through, Toshi had vocalist from Piccicato Five with him and a dancer who had her own pole onstage.
And this is in a town that has a candy bar called Crunky ...
DJ High Priest then went on to cut it up further into the night while artist painted .
We bailed out at dawn , bk to Domi Inn


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