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Tokyo Live Calendar: Gigs of Dec 2009

friday 4th

Takkyu Ishino et al @ Womb (23:00 | ¥3,000-¥4,000)

Takkyu Ishino, aka one half/third of Denki Groove (see this month’s J-techno history feature), will be pushing hard beats along with German technohead Tobias Lützenkirchen. And if you’re not sated after that, you should probably stay in Womb (so to speak) mode through till the following evening…


saturday 5th

"Womb Adventure" @ Makuhari Messe (21:00 | ¥6,000)

The annual technofest returns – see www.womb.co.jp/adventure for more details. Richie Hawtin and Dubfire play the "Womb World Wide" area, while a dedicated Kitsuné zone is packed with the likes of Digitalism, Heartsrevolution and Dex Pistols (see this month’s cover feature).


sunday 6th

"British Anthems Vol. 8" @ Studio Coast (13:00 | ¥6,500)

The Vaselines, Patrick Wolf, Johnny Foreigner, James Yuill, Bombay Bicycle Club, etc. All British. All apparently anthemic. But will they have Abbot Ale on tap at the bar? That’s the big question if you’re British.


tuesday 15th

Oki Dub Ainu Band @ Shibuya Club Quattro (19:00 | ¥3,500)

Another month, another demanding live schedule for Oki Dub Ainu Band. Back from their native Hokkaido and highly recommended!


thursday 17th

Yo La Tengo @ Stellar Ball (19:00 | ¥6,000)

YLT’s show at O-East on the 16th is already sold out, but you might be able to find tickets for this gig at Shinagawa’s Prince Hotel. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen ’em play, but they never disappoint…


saturday 19th

"100% GENKI!" @ Liquid Room (19:00 | ¥3,500)

80kidz, De De Mouse, Riddim Saunter and Tucker appear in Tokyo as part of the Japan leg of the "100 GENKI!" tour, which initially took these up-and-coming artists to the UK back in May.


thursday 24th

Shonen Knife @ Shibuya Club Quattro (19:00 | ¥3,500)

Three extremely proficient, awesomely powerful obasan. Just don’t let them hear you call them "obasan".


friday 25th

Nathan Fake @ Womb (23:00 | ¥4,000)

Spend Xmas in the company of Nathan Fake – a surprisingly genuine-sounding label-star from Border Community. Good for dancing.




the venues



Club Quattro (Shibuya)

| www.club-quattro.com/schedule_shib.php


Liquid Room (Shibuya)

| www.liquidroom.net


Makuhari Messe (Chiba)

| www.m-messe.co.jp


Stellar Ball (Shinagawa)



Studio Coast (Shinkiba)

| www.studio-coast.com





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