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SHORT PANTS BEACH PARTY

The mighty SPP returns for a summer party down the beach. The old gang back together, featuring all the best DJs that have played at our past parties! So don your Short Pants, bikinis and swimming caps, and get yourself down the seaside for some summer lovin…!

SHORT PANTS BEACH PARTY

21 July 2012
9am - 9pm
Beach Saiko!!, Zushi Beach (Beach Bar)
Entry ¥2000 Door / ¥1000 Facebook
Free beach bar access and showers all day!  

ARTIST

Aerobics Girls
Bazz
Da Monde
DJ A-so
DJ Alex
Dub Mayhem Crew
Fizxxy
Gypsy Badman
Le Champ
The Lunatic Fringe
The 9/11s
musiqconcierge (dB UKi/ROCK ACTION)
Pipi
Shitty Wife
Smoooch!
Somewhere Outside Tokyo
tomharu (Live)

BEACH SAIKO!! - 神奈川県逗子市新宿海岸
http://beachsaiko.com/  

MAP https://maps.google.co.jp/maps/ms?msid=200006435710929193634.0004aad8063085be7d5fe&msa=0
iFLYER
 http://iflyer.tv/event/109659/SHORT-PANTS-BEACH-PARTY/
FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/events/438022076219299/

 Join the Facebook event for ¥1000 discount entry

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CONTROL LOUNGE x JAMES ZABIELA

This Saturday CONTROL will be hosting the D-lounge at Tokyo’s hottest new venue SOUND MUSEUM VISION, with some regular CONTROL DJ’s.

Guest DJs include JAMES ZABIELA, FAFI, JOMMY, YOON and lots more.
GET CONTROL DISCOUNT (2500YEN) BY JOINING THE EVENT ON FACEBOOK

SAT 19 MAY @ SOUND MUSEUM VISION

SHOWCASE

OPEN 22:00 / ¥3,500(1D) DOOR ¥3,000(1D) WITH FLYER / ¥2500 WITH CONTROL FACEBOOK GUEST LIST

/ GAIA /

SPECIAL GUEST: JAMES ZABIELA www.jameszabiela.com
DJ TASAKA
DJ KIYO
DJ RITA

*** D-LOUNGE ***

CONTROL LOUNGE
Acid House / Rave / Madchester / Indie / Funk / Soul
BAZZ
DUCK ROCK
HMS CONTROL
HORSE IS NOT
UNUSUAL CLUB
ROB JUDGES
BRYAN (the) BUTCHER

/ DEEP SPACE /

produced by DIESEL:U:MUSIC
DAS MOTH
JOMMY
MAYU & MONKEY TIMERS

/ WHITE /

“BABYMARY IN WONDERLAND”
SPECIAL GUEST: FAFI www.fafi.net
ELLI-ROSE
PUNKADELIX
YOON
ALYN
BABYMARY

JOIN THE CONTROL LIST ON FACEBOOK FOR 2500 YEN ENTRY

CLICK HERE: http://www.facebook.com/events/404637866236890/

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CONTROL No. 5

*** CONTROL IS BACK! ***

We are having a little party to welcome AUDIO / THE HACIENDA FESTIVAL to Japan!
We will be doing a special deal on the night, where for 7000yen, you can enter the party AND get a 1 Day festival ticket (usually 12,000yen on the day!).

www.fac51thehacienda.jp
(^^For more info on AUDIO THE HACIENDA FESTIVAL^^)

SAT 21 APRIL 2012
22:00 ~ 05:00

TRUMP HOUSE

GUEST / FACEBOOK 1000Â¥
DOOR 2000Â¥
HACIENDA SPECIAL 7000Â¥ (INCLUDES 1 DAY HACIENDA FESTIVAL TICKET)

iFLYER

***DJs***

TAAR (Roc Trax / FEED)
GEORGE (Mop Of Head)
DIGIKID84
DUCK ROCK
WSZ80 (LEF!)
HMS CONTROL
HORSE IS NOT Mobileset
DJ T*TTS NYC
JUN SHIMBO
TOMMI TOKYO
DANGER MONEY x MR. B
BRANDON (CHIEF&MISCHIEF)
ROB JUDGES
MS*HEXAGRAM x YUMIKO
BRYAN (the) BUTCHER

Look forward to seeing you on the The Good Ship CONTROL!

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Radical Face

We talk Tour, Curses and Street Fighter 2 with Ben Cooper aka Radical Face

日本語は英語の後にあります!

We recently caught up with Ben Cooper aka Radical Face to have a quick chat ahead of his Japan tour this weekend, taking in Nagoya, Kyoto, Gunma and Niigata supported by a host of artists along the way including miaou and tomharu before playing the final show of the tour in Shibuya at the O-Nest on March 24th.

ENGLISH

1. This isn’t your first time in Japan - how do you think shows here are different compared to in the USA?

They’re very different. For one, the crowds are a lot more polite in Japan. In America it can be difficult to get anyone’s attention, especially if you have material that’s slow or quiet. There are exceptions, but that’s often been the case in the past. I didn’t have that issue at all in Japan. It seemed like people really came to listen. It was surprising. I also have to commend you on the quality of sound in your clubs. I didn’t have one night where it was difficult to hear on stage last time I toured there, which was really cool.

2. Before arriving in Japan you had been playing shows all over Europe - can you share some of your highlights of the trip with us?

It went well. The tour almost completely sold out, which I really wasn’t expecting, and it seemed like people had fun. But my “curse” was in full effect, my curse being: whenever I tour, bad things happen. Not so much with the shows, but with everything else. This time, I injured my lower back during my weight lifting just before leaving, and had a limp the entire time and played all the shows seated. It was also the coldest Winter Europe had seen in a while, which made driving tough, and everyone got sick halfway through. And then our tour manager woke up one night unable to breathe and had to be rushed to the hospital where he received throat surgery. We had to finish the tour without him, just managing everything as best we could. He’s still recovering. Two people from the band we were touring with got arrested one night. The list goes on. Hahaha.

So it was very eventful! But I still had fun. It was just a lot of stress. My curse was in rare form for that trip.

3. What are you looking forward to the most during your stay here?

I really love Japan. It’s my favorite place I’ve ever toured. So I’m looking forward to the entire trip. But two things I really enjoy are 1) eating, as there’s lot of new and interesting foods to try, and a lot of great restaurants 2) the arcades. I’ve played fighting games like Street Fighter for about 22 years now, and I still play them regularly and go to tournaments here in the US. It’s an old hobby I never dropped. You guys still have functioning arcades, where most of ours are gone. So I plan to spend a lot of time in them playing fighting games.

4. Do you have any favourite Japanese bands?

Sure. Off the top of my head I really like: Bordeoms, Mono, Shugo Tokumaru, Boris, Radical Fashion, Melt Banana. And I like a lot of the modern composers like Nobuo Uematsu and I’m also a big fan of random things like the soundtrack to the animated show Escaflowne by Yoko Kanno.

5. The new album is the first of a three part series. What do you have planned for the next releases?

The records all follow a family through multiple generations. The first album was the furthest back in time, and therefore the simplest and used the least instruments. I will be getting more modern with the production on each album. On record two, which I’m currently recording, I will be using full drum sets and electric guitars again, and the third album will sound the most modern of the bunch. I also have a series of free EPs that I’m weaving between the albums, called “The Bastards”. So there’s a lot of material for this. I’ve been working on it since the start of 2007.

6. You collaborated with Miaou on a song on their new album - how did you go about working on that?

They contacted me and asked if I was interested in singing on a piece they were working on. They sent me the music and I liked the track, so I said “Sure.” I recorded my vocals in my shed here in Florida, and they liked what I did, so it made it on the final record. It all went really smoothly.

7. When you start writing on a song does it always begin as a song for a specific project? For example, would you start on a song with it being targeted for Iron Orchestra from the outset?

Usually I write for the specific project, especially when it’s a collaboration. But sometimes songs just kind of show up our of nowhere and I have to watch and see how they’re evolving before I can decide what their home will be.

8. What will you be working on when you get back to the states?

I will be finishing the next album in the Family Tree set, working on two music videos, finishing up a movie I have been filming with friends for a year and a half now, and releasing Clone. So it will be a very busy year, but it’s all work I enjoy a lot. I’m looking forward to really diving in after this last little tour.

9. Can you recommend and new artists for us?

Some I have come across recently and enjoyed are: Son Lux, Rachel Grimes, Baths, and Jonsi.

10. Finally, do you have any words for your fans in Japan?

If you’re still reading, thanks for making it this far. Hahaha. And hopefully I’ll see some of you when I’m visiting. Feel free to come say hello. I like to meet new people.

JAPANESE

1. 日本ツアーは始めてではないけど、日本とアメリカのショウはどう違うと思いますか?

ずいぶん違うよ。一つにお客さんは礼儀正しいよね。アメリカでは注目を引くことはけっこう難しいんだ。曲がスロウだったり静かだったりすると特にね。いつもそういうわけじゃないけど大抵そうだね。日本ではそういう問題はなかったよ。お客さんはちゃんと音楽を聴く為に来るんだ。ビックリしたよ。あとは日本のライブハウスの音はすごく良いよね。前のツアーの時もずっとスムーズで、何も問題なかったよ。それはとてもいいことだよね。

2. 日本に来る前にヨーロッパでたくさんショウがあったけど、ツアーのハイライト教えて下さい。

良かったよ。意外にもチケットはほとんど売り切れたし、みんな楽しんでくれたみたいなんだ。でも僕のの呪い(?)はスゴい力を持ってて、いつもツアーをすると悪いことが起こるんだ。ショウのことじゃなくて、他の事だけどね。

今回、出発する前なんだけどウェイトリフティング中に腰をけがしてしまったんだ。だからずっとツアー中は足を引きずってて、ショウは座って演奏したんだ。

そしてヨーロッパは本当に寒い冬だったよ。運転は大変でみんな調子がよくなかったよ。それである夜僕たちのツアーマネージャーが突然呼吸することできなくなって、病院に行ってそこでのどの手術をしたんだ。そこからツアーマネージャーがいないままツアーは終わったんだ。 彼はまだ本調子でないんだ。あとは一緒にツアーしたバンドのメンバー二人が逮捕されたんだ。数え上げればきりがないよ。ハハハ。

いろいろ問題はあったけどすごく面白かったよ!たくさんストレスはあったけど。僕の呪いは今回特に強かったね。

3. 日本で一番楽しみにしている事はなんですか。

日本は本当に大好きなんだ。全部すごく楽しみにしているよ。

特に二つのことが楽しみかな。 1)食べる事。たくさんの新しくておもしろいものを食べてみたいよ。素晴らしいレストランにもいっぱい行きたいね。2)ゲームセンター。22年前からストリート・ファイターみたいな格闘ゲームをやってて、時々アメリカでトーナメントにも参加するんだ。辞められない古い趣味だよ。アメリカではゲームセンターはほとんど無くなったけど日本ではまだまだ良いゲームセンターがあるよね。だからゲームセンターでいっぱい過ごしそうだよ。

4. 好きな日本のバンドはありますか。

もちろん。すぐ思いつくのはBoredoms, Mono, Shugo Tokumaru, Boris, Radical Fashion, Melt Banana なんかかな。現代的なコンポーザーで言えば植松信夫。あとぼくはエスカフローネっていうアニメの菅野よう子が手掛けたサントラがすごく好きなんだ。

5. ニューアルバムは3部作の1作目です。次のリリースではどんなプランがありますか?

このシリーズはある何世代にもわたる家族をテーマにしたものなんだ。最初のアルバムは昔のことについてで一番シンプルで、あんまり色んな楽器を使わない。次のアルバムはもっと現代的なプロダクションをやると思う。今レコーディング中の2作目はフルのドラムセットとエレキギターを使ってるんだ。それで3作目はこのシリーズの一番現代的なリリースになると思うよ。

それとこのアルバムを作ってる間、”The Bastards”っていう無料のEPもリリースしたよ。

6. Miaouのニューアルバムで一曲コラボレートしました。どのように制作されたのでしょうか??

Miaouから良かったら歌ってくれないかって連絡がきたんだ。そしてその曲を僕にを送ってくれたんだけど僕は気に入ったからいいよって答えたんだ。フロリダでボーカルを録音したんだけど、彼らはそれをとても気に入ってくれて完成したんだ。すごくスムーズに出来たよ。

7. 曲を書き始めるときに、いつも具体的な計画がありますか?例えば、この曲はIron Orchestra向きだなとか。

たいてい具体的な計画があるんだ。とくにコラボレーションの時はね。だけど時々突然どこからともなくアイディアが出てくるんだ。それでどんなプロジェクトになるかを決めるんだよ。

8. アメリカに戻ったら次のプロジェクトは何ですか?

Family Treeの2作目を完成させて、2つのPVを作るんだ。それから友達2人と作ってる映画を仕上げて、それをクローンって言うプロジェックトでリリースしたいと思ってるよ。すごく忙しくなると思うんだけどスゴく好きな仕事なんだ。この最後のツアーが終わってからもとても楽しみだよ。

9. おすすめのバンドはありますか?

最近出会って良かったのは Son Lux, Rachel Grimes, Baths とJonsiかな。

10. 最後に、日本のファンにメッセージをお願いします。

読んでくれてありがとう。ハハハ。日本に行ったらみんなに会えるかもね。僕は新しい出会いが好きだから気軽に声をかけてね。

Radical Face kicks off his Japanese tour in Nigata tomorrow night, for ticketing and tour info click here!!

Check out Radical Face online here.

Thanks to Tim!

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The Weeknd - The Knowing Official Video

The weird world at the weekend…

This is the official video for the track ‘The Knowning’ taken from the excellent debut album ‘House of Ballons’ by Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd. In the space of a year and at only 22 the Canadian born singer/songwriter has already established a string of critically acclaimed releases, his works have been featured on Entourage, he’s works with the likes of Drake and narrowly missed out on a Polaris Prize back in 2011. In fact he has been such a busy boy that he hasn’t really had time to knock out any videos, and so this official video may be a tad overdue but well worth the wait - even if it is weird as hell.

While you’re on check out The Weeknd’s latest FREE album ‘Echoes Of Silence’ available here.

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O.Children - PT Cruiser

Here is a tasty little freebie of a track from London based O.Children.

PT Cruiser is a give away track that the boys have released to mark the coming release of there highly anticipated second album - Apnea, available via Deadly People on May 28th. Take a listen on Soundcloud.