I often say that music is the best invention of humankind and with that idea, I land somehow with music. Last year I could attend to two gigs plus some performances at the festival Bossanova in Aoyama. This time I also witnessed some performances at the Sumida Street Jazz Festival.
And some days later I hit Shibuya and landed at a tiny place in a sort of basement, called the NOB. A band from Taiwan, “1976”, plus another band, “Icon Girl Pistols” where going to perform. 1976 had performed some days before at the Summer Sonic. The entrance was 1500 yen with a drink included, or 2500 yen with all-you-can-drink. The ambient was cool, and the audience responded very well, the bands, not to say were excellent performers.
That was a good dosis of music for me, in a kind of underground spot with a certain kind of underground music.
But that was not all. Some days later I hit Asagaya. While travelling the Chuo/Sobu Line and stopping at Koenji Station, I saw from the window a lot of things going on, a Matsuri I supposed. So, in Asagaya I went to a place called “Gamuso“, with three floors, also very little spaces: the first being a bar, the second holding an exhibition and a stage for concerts, and at the last floor the exhibition continued and there was a live performance, where the artist was impressive tattooist Carlos from Shimokitazawa, who live-tattooed a couple of persons. Cool place, with lots of expats.
After the live tattoing I turned to the gigs. I didn’t really pay attention to the first band, and I guess I don’t really feel bad for this. The second was a solo performance by singer songwriter Mana Hardcore.
That is cool in Tokyo, I guess that if one follows the Chuo-Sobu Line, westwards from Shinjuku, there is a restless music scene, in stations like Koenji, Okubo, Asagaya…