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Yokohama, Japan. Outskirts of Tokyo. This is PUNK DISCO. They call themselves “hyper digi-punk”. Killer skate-punk with all members going bonkers, especially the front-man. Dude running around getting everyone geeked out the whole show, mixed with some really colorful locals, made for some of the best mix of bands of this whole tour. Add in ShigeruThe Shig Sato’s overwhelmingly wonderful hospitality, and you have yourself a killer night of noise. Again, if you tour Japan, you’ll know doubt be going to Tokyo. Do yourself a favor and take the hour trip to El Puente in Yokohama. You’ll be happy you did. Onward, Tokyo!!! Guiguisuisui[鬼鬼祟祟] and Noise Arcade show one of four TONIGHT at Gamuso Chroma! Let’s go! #guiguisuisui #noisearcade #yokohama #japan #elpuente #punk
Yokohama, Japan. El Puente. Another killer eclectic bill of musical stylings from noise, jam-psych, to some classic skate-punk. The venue, a tapas style spanish-influenced live house owned by ShigeruThe Shig Sato. One of the most lively bar owners I’ve met in a long time. He fed us beers and good food the whole night. He’s super stoked on what he’s doing. He lived in Los Angeles for a long time before moving back. He wanted to bring the DIY, non pay-to-play spirit back to Yokohama, a place he says has no proper venues. If you tour Japan, definitely stop by here on your way to Tokyo. The punk bands front-man, fittingly titled “Punk Disco”, ran around fucking with everyone the whole night, “FUCK YOU” tattoo’d across his chest. Amazing night. Tokyo, we’re coming for ya! 4 shows in 3 days. Let’s go. Onward!!!! #guiguisuisui #noisearcade #yokohama #japan
"Now we will clean." Osaka, Japan. DIY improv noise night at FIGYA. Mizutama Araki’s great space in an art warehouse district neighborhood. As 大担 said…off the hook. Yuko Tomino and Kozue bang around with contact mics and water, pans. Kozue has gadgets hooked up to a vacuum cleaner. All sorts of shit I will never understand. Speaker play. Psychedelic jams from the nicest fellow ever. A wholly original, stellar night. Osaka, you rule. So much hospitality, such great people. Yokohama tomorrow. The final show before a 4 gig stint in Tokyo. The Guiguisuisui[鬼鬼祟祟] and Noise Arcade tour is in full swing. Let’s roll, Japan.
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Back in Osaka. Returned to Mizutama Araki’s space FIGYA. Chilling out, playing with noise gadgets. Megumi, Mizutama’s wife busts out a few dozen of these small motion sensor birds. Satoshi, a musician who will play tonight, shows up and starts playing guitar. Megumi finds a small insect she bought in Taiwan that makes noise when you spin it. I joke we should start a noise band called “Bird Rock”, our first EP to be released now. We all start messing around. I film a bit, then take out my sound recorder and join in. 13 minutes. “Bird Rock” has formed, chirps and guitar plucking and synth soundscapes. I suppose you could call it my 2nd improv noise set in Asia. EP release this fall. ;) Tonight should rule. Onward, Osaka!
Kobe, Japan. Blonde New Half. You can probably guess what that means. Bowie meets Jesus Lizard spazz punk. Awesome licks. Nice guys. One of them had a Jesus Lizard shirt on. They also love Silkworm and Bottomless Pit. This was a great show. One hour on a train from Osaka. Tonight, FIGYA, a small DIY style space in an artist warehouse district. Onward!!! cc : Tim Midyett #guiguisuisui #noisearcade #kobe #japan
Tero Tero. Kobe, Japan. Helluva Lounge. Killer bill of noise, synth, guitar freakouts, and old school punk rock. Everyone here is super nice. The kids love Bottomless Pit and Silkworm. @obitsband and Tim Midyett posters are everywhere. I told ‘em all to go. Wish I could trek backward to Osaka for that second Obits show, but it just doesn’t make sense. Tomorrow, back to Osaka!!! Japan!!! Awesome. Onward! #kobe #japan #guiguisuisui #noisearcade
Osaka, Japan. A travel day. We meet Mizutama, our host who runs an art space and DIY show spot in an art district of the city. Super nice fellow. He brings us to his exhibition, a mix of photos, tofu sitting in water, films, and a few rooms of his own crazy creations. Today we sleep above the venue in traditional style sleeping arrangements. Wonderful. Tomorrow, we head to a show in Kobe, and then back to Osaka for a show in his space. Japan rules. The cities we’ve been in are smaller, but even Osaka, it’s got a relaxed vibe to the whole thing. It’s all as meticulously clean as everyone says. The food is killer. The fast trains are unreal. After today, the Guiguisuisui[鬼鬼祟祟] and Noise Arcade goes full speed and ends with 4 shows in 3 days setting on Tokyo. Let’s roll! Onward! #guiguisuisui #noisearcade #osaka #japan
On the hunt for b-roll on a rest day, thinking it may finally be a relaxed day of no drinking. I stumble around some high rises and crawl on rooftops, yielding…not much. I hear some noise from a pretty discreet door with a sign I can’t read. Obviously some sort of Karaoke bar, but the sign is pretty classy, so I poke my head in. Turns out to be a very small, beautiful bar that the owners rocking out as much as everyone else. Best vibes. Unexplainable in a short post. I meet Miho, Matsubara. Everyone buys me drinks. Miho keeps running around feeding everyone these wooden ladles of unknown Japanese liquor, switching from a spoon to just straight out making everyone drink from a giant wooden pineapple. Twenty songs are yelled. Of course I took video. This shitty Instagram photo will have to do for now. So yeah, best b-roll. Gripped. Bed time! Oita, you RULE. Tomorrow, Osaka!!! Onward!!! #oita #japan #guiguisuisui #noisearcade
Oita, Japan. Jams. Digging this city. Another huge bill of varying styles, including a pianist. In the audience, 2 ladies in kimonos who brought an elderly couple. They stayed for the whole show. 大担 couldn’t quite get ‘em to play the ol’ diddley board, but they enjoyed it. The entire crowd stuck around for all 5 bands, which rules. Tonight, we sleep in the venue again. Tomorrow, a much needed day of rest and not carrying heavy shit around, before heading to the next city. Cheers, Japan. Onward! #guiguisuisui #noisearcade #oita #japan
Fukuoka, Japan. Slept on the stage of the venue. Probably smell awesome. One more from MACMANAMAN. Loved this band. A nice surprise nearing the end of a really long day. Video should be sick. We asked for CD’s and they gave us a bunch of case-less CD-R’s scratched to shit. Punk! OITA! We’re coming for ya! #fukuoka #japan #punk #guiguisuisui #noisearcade #oita
Alright, Japan! #Fukuoka #Oita #Kobe #Osaka #Yokohama …FOUR shows in #Tokyo …It all ends with OBITS + Tim Midyett, before I fly back to Chengdu for Hiperson and Stolen at Chengdu Little bar. Let’s roll!!!!!!!!! @obitsband #japan #guiguisuisui #noisearcade
South Korea…. Thank You. Hell of a run. So far, the Guiguisuisui[鬼鬼祟祟] / Noise Arcade tour has been off the rails. You know you’re in good company when you can crowd surf to a grand total of 5 people. Some unexpected wilding out, surprises, connections. Aside from my monopod getting eaten by a Beijing taxi, it’s all been nearly perfect. Killer vibes. New buds. All of the cheers. Japan, see you soon. Onward!!! #japan #southkorea #guiguisuisui #noisearcade
#TURNDOWNFORWHAT Guiguisuisui[鬼鬼祟祟] Noise Arcade #XiaoshuangDu. #busan #southkorea #stripperpoles #balconies
Until this tour is over, to me, the wheel is mankind’s greatest invention. Xi’an airport destroyed my roller bag, no small feat considering its bulk. It was actually my roommates. So I drug it around to 5 cities with a broken clip and a bust wheel. We finally found two disgusting pink bags for the right price, and spray painted those mofos black. Currently they’re covered in USERS stickers. The small bag is already busting full of CD’s and tapes for the record packs. DIDERS, Wang Wen, Loose Union stuff from Korea. Stolen have about 40 LPs and 7”s safe in Chengdu, waiting for my return. So happy to not be lugging that around. So yeah. The wheel!!!!!! Word. Today, Busan! Onward!!! #southkorea #busan
SEOUL. In the bag. Unforgettable. Cheers to new friends. Currently in Daegu, South Korea. Colours just played their 2nd to last show ever, Noise Arcade, Guiguisuisui[鬼鬼祟祟] just ripped it out. A new band playing now. In more “WTF small world” news, I just met a guy who saw Paper Mice and PUSSY PIRATES at the MOPERY. Not shitting! Is this real life? He knows Kevin Decker who he said Dave Reminick would know. John Carroll? Unreal. This tour is bonkers. Shit, I keep posting mid-show. Let’s keep rolling. What next?! Onward!!! #papermice #chicago #mopery #southkorea #seoul #colours #noisearcade #guiguisuisui