The Stranglers live in WWW, Shibuya

Went to see “The Stranglers” perform in WWW, Shibuya.

But let me start with “Are these really The Stranglers”? When two members continue the band and add new members that sound different and perform different, is it still the same band ?

Will Radiohead be “Radiohead” without Thom Yorke?

It is always fun to go to a concert and remember the old songs, but it did sound to me like a band covering “The Stranglers” . (And asking forgiveness from the members that are there from the starts).

So, I have to say I was disappointed.

My ears hurt when in “Golden Brown” struggles to sync with the keyboards. Song started with the drums, keyboard entered and were out of sync… Drummer struggles to sync which he did, but lost it again several times.

In another song the drums were too strong, but then settled down as song progressed.

Tuning the guitars was messy, talk was bad (but have to admit most artists fail to talk with Japanese … maybe they are concerned they will not be understood).

So, overall enjoyed an evening of two guys from the Stranglers (I know) performing their songs with some people I do not know.

The Cure , Fuji Rock

Unfortunately, I could not go to Fuji Rock this year. I tried, enrolled, but lost the draw and decided not to do an overnight bus. I am too old for that.

Watched the concert Live on YouTube. (Thank you Softbank) . It was magnificent.

When the show ended, Robert Smith seemed like he wants to stay on the Stage, that it is difficult for him to part from the crowd. His body language showed emotions, which was very endearing.

I was not the only one noticing it, and he was asked about it in the post concert interview.
The interview has some good news for me as Robert Smith stated he would like to come back to Japan and tour it properly! YEAH!

Love my way

Not sure if I knew this song when I was young, but discovered it last week while listening to Spotify and I can’t just stop listening to it.

 

The Psychedelic Furs, Love My Way :

 

 

Audio Architecture 21_21

Visited Audio Architecture exhibition at 21_21

Was thinking how to describe the experience, but I find it quite difficult.

Music by Cornelius, Graphics, film, animation combined together.

As 21_21 sight says:

The exhibition tries to construct a type of “audio architecture” by repeating the music paired to various films over and over, in the space dynamically designed by Masamichi Katayama (Wonderwall). Please come and discover a fresh perspective on music in the venue integrating sound, video and space.

But I am sure it still does not explain what to expect.

A few photos may help:

21_21 Audio Architecture

21_21 Audio Architecture

21_21 Audio Architecture

 

Fuji Rock

Another year that I did not go to Fuji Rock.

Thinking about it every year, but the logistics around it discourage me.

Had dinner on Friday and the sommelier told me he is planning to go on the following day on a one day trip.  Actually a good idea, though a bit difficult driving back after a full day at a music festival.

This year, I watched over youtube.

CHVRCHES:

Radiohead Lift cover – Kettles

Found the Kettles through their “Heart of Glass” Cover and found an interesting band of two members, Drums and Guitar.

Love their most recent cover, “Lift” by Radiohead.  Actually, “Cover” is a not the fitting word here as the music is copied, but the lyrics are different.

When Radiohead Lyrics are about being in a safe place, isolated when it is time to come home, Kettles Lyrics are about a new start. Similar in a way, but different.

(Translation below is not complete)

 

もう走れない靴で歩いてた

I walked in shoes that cannot run

ずっと曇ってる空が続いてる

Cloudy days continue

 

ついにさよならを告げる時が来た

何もかも捨ててしまえば

朝は来る

Time to say goodbye, throw away
Morning is coming

もう二度と嘘はつかずに生きていたい

そっと休めてた羽を広げて

この空を飛び回ろう

Want to live a life without lies, spread my wings and fly

朝を迎えて そして

新しい日々が始まる

振り向かずに

Facing a new morning, new days are coming.

Not looking back

The Cure – Sold out

As expected, The Cure 40th Anniversary concert, is sold out.
Planned for July 7 in Hyde Park. Had considered going there, but obviously did not do enough to plan and purchase a ticket.

The Breeders new album

Should I get excited?

All music sites, spin, pitchfork   discuss the new album by the Breeders.

Release is expected March 2nd, with only two songs released.  I like “Wait in the Car” better than “All Nerve”, but I definitely missed Kim Deal’s voice and Bass.

Hope I don’t get disappointed.

10 Albums That Prove 1997 was one of uk rock’s best years

Interesting article from Pitchfork.

https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/1446-10-albums-that-prove-1997-was-one-of-uk-rocks-best-years/

As it happens, I was 26, and one of the years I invested a lot of my time and money to listening to music.

For me, the Chemical brothers and Radiohead are the top two and still shine after 20 years.

Also interesting is that I just noticed that Mogwai’s cover has “Fuji Bank” (Fuji Ginko) on it. The bank does not longer exist and this blog post tracks the location of the photo.