Friday, 17 July 2009

Telephone Club in Koenji (July 18th 2009)

After last weekend's show in Fukuoka, Call And Response's live showcase returns to Tokyo and its regular venue of Koenji Roots tomorrow. Hyacca (百蚊) will come over from Fukuoka and Mir will once again be playing alongside them. Also joining the bill at a C.A.R. event for the first time will be The Mornings, bringing their usual burst of unhinged energy, along with quirky indie four-piece Owllights, who first played at Telephone Club this February. Completing the live lineup will be cottonioo, an all-girl pop duo with a kind of eccentric new wave sound and a neat line in sweet melodies and fragile arrangements.

DJs will be myself, as usual, and James Hadfield of Metropolis.

Place: Koenji Roots
Date: July 18th 2009
Open: 18:00 Start: 18:30
Cost: 1,800 yen + 1 drink adv. / 2,300 + 1 drink door

■The Mornings
■Hyacca (百蚊)

■Ian Martin (Call And Response)
■James Hadfield

Friday, 10 July 2009

Telephone Club in Fukuoka (July 11th 2009)

Call And Response's live showcase event Telephone Club is taking its yearly trip to Fukuoka tomorrow to continue our association with this amazing punk rock city. Coming with us from Tokyo will be the dark and fragile Mir, and helping us sort things out at the Fukuoka end are the amazing Hyacca (百蚊).

Also on the bill are ruruxu/sinn (pronounced "luluu-shin" for reasons only they are party to), who played at the last Telephone Club at Koenji Roots in March; Chow Chow (蝶丁), a psychedelic/dub band featuring Ruu from Masadayomasa; and Meats, who are apparently a "Vietnamese music band from Fukuoka".

DJs will be my good self and Miyagawa Electric 808, and Game Centers will provide their VJ experience.

Place: Fukuoka Public Space Yojigen
Date: July 11th 2009
Open: 18:30 Start: 19:00
Cost: 1,800 yen + 1 drink
(500 yen student discount)

■Chow Chow (蝶丁)
■Hyacca (百蚊)

■Ian Martin (Call And Response)
■Miyagawa Electric 808

■Game Centers

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Last Night's Fashion Crisis

A brief autopsy of the party last night:

Candles were charming and elegant as usual, but Mana's sound was desperately low, so their 1990s J-Pop-ish singing came over like someone singing karaoke in their bedroom. Without having time for a soundcheck, there wasn't much that could be done about it though. Eiichi Kawai's DJ set seemed to include an inordinate amount of XTC and/or Andy Partridge solo stuff, and James Hadfield's set included the usual mix of absolutely everything in the known universe.

My own sets were pathetically predictable for anyone who knows what I'm like.

First set (7:30-7:55)
Hot Hot Hot!!! - The Cure
New Feeling - Talking Heads
The Modern Dance - Pere Ubu
Friction - Television
The Bridge - Clinic
French Disco - Stereolab

Second Set (10:05-10:30)
Ricky's Hand - Fad Gadget
Switch on Bach - Moderne
A Complete History Of Sexual Jealousy (Parts 17-24) - Momus
One More Chance - Pet Shop Boys
Kino - The Knife
Electricity - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Third Set (Midnight-ish)
We Like Guys Named Luke - Mu
Ca Plane Pour Moi (Plastic Bertrand cover) - Sonic Youth
That's How I Escaped my Certain Fate - Mission of Burma
Surgeon's Girl - Wire
Map Ref 41°N 93°W (Wire cover) - My Bloody Valentine
Definitive Gaze - Magazine
So What - The Cure
Lachleute Nettmenschen - S.Y.P.H.
Getting Nowhere Fast - Girls at our Best
White Overalls - La Dusseldorf
Hero - Neu!
I Want More - Can

Monday, 6 July 2009

Fashion Crisis (July 2009)

Call And Response, in collaboration with technopop duo Candles and James Hadfield from Metropolis, has started a free monthly live and DJ party on the first Monday of every month, taking place at Koenji Bar One.

Today, July 6th, is the third such event, and the regular team will be joined by DJ Eiichi Kawai and by the electropop group Mana:

Date: July 6th 2009
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Place: Koenji Bar One
Cost: FREE
Live: Candles / Mana
DJs: Eiichi Kawai / James Hadfield / Ian Martin

Friday, 3 July 2009

Welcome to Call And Response Records

This is the first post on the new Call And Response Records blog. More information on our releases and events will be coming up soon. In the meantime, please check the Clear And Refreshing blog and the Call And Response Myspace for up to date information.