Tuesday, 28 December 2010

trawler//trash (#6)

This belated episode of trawler//trash features fresh, young Tokyo artist Maki Hikita. Maki's almost entirely monochrome work is characterised by flowing, strong lines, startling detail, and her unique take on nature. Only Maki knows the message in each of her pieces, but the sheer intricacy of the detail entices one to speculate as to the hidden meaning in each one. With a strong personal style, Maki's work appears to have the makings of something big. If you like amateur art, and you want to see some of Tokyo's best, check out the link below.

RiFe In JaPaN! (#4)

Those of us who are resident in this megalopolis will agree that Tokyo is full of surprises, both pleasant and nasty. Whilst passing through Shibuya's central Hachiko Square recently, I was presented with the former. Not the first time I've seen this kind of thing in Tokyo, but the steady stream of suited, middle-aged salarymen edging towards the two young ladies and presiding over an internal battle of their instinctive urges and the risk of shame, inevitably ending hugless, drew my attention to the fact that, unlike some of the less aesthetically pleasing, more hairy folk who are often found clasping these boards, these two young ladies were actually quite attractive, and very pleasant (Tokyo Trawler, also enduring such an internal battle, took a picture but didn't get a hug, by the way). 

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Video Interviews, Ikebukuro (#11)

Tokyo Trawler Catch of the Day: Johnny, USA
Artist: The Crazy Ken Band

Tune: Thirty Seven Degrees
Record: Thirty Seven Degrees (2005)

Johnny's essential rating: 3/5

Johnny's Message to the People: "For tonight, everybody, Got Faded Japan, it's all good"

The Interview:

The Tokyo Trawler’s Essential Review:

Johnny told us that this song is "probably the best song you could ever go with", and whilst the Tokyo Trawler can't agree entirely* with that notion*, we can agree that this is an extremely smooth tune. Using the Trawler's slightly limited powers of translation, the Japanese lyrics to this tune appear to be littered* with innuendos*. This playful lyrical content is matched well with the almost cheesy* instrumentals - think the background lobby music in a beachfront hotel on the Copa Cabana - and the somewhat unnerving* laughter towards the back-end* of the song ensures* that you could never take this song too seriously.

Category: A hump 'n grinder

The Tokyo Trawler's message to the people: There's no way you can pick up 37 girls in one night unless you're the mother-fucking super-fly pimp 'n shit.

To download or not to download?? 3/5 (IT'S GOTTA BE DONE)

iTunes available: Yes
: entirely, notion, littered (2), innuendo, cheesy, unnerving, back-end, to ensure

Thirty Seven Degrees URL:

Monday, 6 December 2010

Tokyo Trawler Recommedation #18 (06/12/10)

Artist: Arcade Fire
Tune: Crown of Love
Record: Funeral (2004)
Category: A deep thinker/twilight zoner

Don't you sometimes wonder how your speciality* tomato sauce pasta would taste if you were able to make it in Gordon Ramsay's kitchen, and the man himself were there to guide you (read: swear relentlessly*)? Undoubtedly* of huge talent, with a reputation for innovation* and originality, Arcade Fire appear actually to stick to the basics here, at least lyrically. I mean, this probably isn't the first painful love-poem you've ever heard, but make no mistake*, there is a hell of* a musical feast to be had here - the lead-footed, bassy piano opening, the rich violins, the build up to an almost frantically* angry ending. The recipe's a classic, but it just shows what you can do when you've got all the best tools at your disposal*.

The Tokyo Trawler’s message to the people: Actually recorded in Gordon Ramsay's kitchen. Fact. 

To download or not to download?? 
iTunes available: Yes
勉強のキーワード: speciality (2), relentlessly, undoubtedly, innovation, make no mistake, a hell of (5), frantically, at one's disposal (3)
Crown of Love URL:

RiFe In JaPaN! (#3)

This time, RiFe In JaPan! takes you to the north Tokyo stretch of the Keihin-Tohoku trainline, at 5am on the day before a national holiday. Even after a long night pouring drinks and being overly polite to their w***er of a boss, and then trying their luck and failing with a group of the high school girls on their way home from karaoke all-nighter, I'm sure you can find it in your hearts to forgive these two chaps, especially as they've politely removed their shoes so as not to dirty the velour. Remember, IT'S ALL FOR THE GREATER GOOD!! NI-PPON!! NI-PPON!!