Friday, 19 November 2010

Telephone Club in Fukuoka (November 20th 2010)

A quick note on tomorrow's Telephone Club event in Fukuoka, just to say there are six fantastic bands, including several CAR favourites and that anyone in town on that day should definitely make it down.

Place: Yakuin Utero
Date: November 20th (Sat)
Time: 6:30/7:00
Cost: 1800yen + drink

- Nontroppo
- Hyacca
- MacManaman
- Zibanchinka (from Kagoshima)
- The Mornings (from Tokyo)
- Cynical Smile is Your Favorite (from Kumamoto)

- Ian Martin (Call And Response Records)

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Switched On! + Japan Music Week: Post-Punk Festival

The first part of Switched On!'s contribution to Japan Music Week 2010 is this post-punk and new wave event, featuring some of the finest new bands in Tokyo, as well as international guests The Stingrays, who were among the founding members of the Bristol punk and new wave scene in 1977.

Japan Music Week wristband holders can get in for half price (1000yen) by showing their wristband at the door.

Place: Shibuya Star Lounge
Date: 11/9 (Tue)
Time: 18:00 Open/Start
Price: 2000yen (adv) / 2500yen (door) + 1 drink (1000yen with JMW wristband)

- The Stingrays: Leading figures in the first generation of Bristol punk and new wave through their work on the Heartbeat and Fried Egg labels, The Stingrays are often described as Bristol's Ramones, although their sense of humour and less rigidly punk style makes perhaps The Rezillos a more apt comparison.

- She Talks Silence: Gorgeous, lo-fi post-punk, with sweet, whisper-voiced melodies drenched in feedback, recalling elements of The Jesus & Mary Chain and The Vaselines.

- The New House: Wide-ranging, psychedelic tinged indie music from Tokyo, as well as being veterans of SXSW and touring partners of the Vivian Girls (

- Anisakis: Garage rock influenced post-punk, reminiscent of classic psychedelic era bands like The Monks, as well as the kind of edgy, post-Wilko Johnson guitar style of the British post-punk era.

- Umibachi: Born out of the ashes of Tokyo's late 90s new wave revival, Umibachi retain that generation's B-52's and Devo influence, wedding it to psychedelic and dance influences.

- The Bitchs: Totally unreconstructed, none-more-Ramones, Japanese punk rockers.

- Sumire (Twee Grrrls Club/Violet & Claire): As well as being the founder of Tokyo's premier all-girl DJ team, her unerring, under-the-radar instinct for great music means Violet & Claire label was the first place to discover both The New House and She Talks Silence.

- Wizz Jones: Music geek extraordinaire and 80s indie/post-punk encyclopaedia.

- Ian Martin (Call And Response Records): Retro post-punk and new wave.

Friday, 5 November 2010

The Stingrays (From Bristol) Japan Tour

One of the classic first generation punk bands from my lovely home town of Bristol, The Stingrays, are in Japan from today (November 5th). The Stingrays were one of the key bands on Heartbeat Records' Avon Calling compilation, which remains to this day the classic document of Bristol punk and new wave, as well as being a notable local band in their own right through their association with Fried Egg Records.

Call And Response, along with the brilliant Hide from Ultra Bide and Kevin from Big Jugs Experience, has been helping book their current Japan tour, so please come along to any of these shows that you have a chance to.

Kobe Helluva Lounge
w/ apr├Ęs-guerre napoto, The Young Pennsylvanians, Ittanbu
Open 18:00/Start 18:30 1,500yen adv./18,00yen door

・11/6 Osaka The Cellar
Big Jugs Experience event:
w/Boys of Hong Kong, Penumbra, DJ Clever Dan
Open 13:00/Start 13:30 1,100yen (Including 2 drinks)

・11/7 Osaka Socio
w/Juggling Dubs, Cockney Cocks, H.O.G, Niwatori Obake, Jump and Fall, Cannonball (Tokyo), Explosion Sack, wooOrmz, Minerals, Animal Video, Shiraiwa Hiraz
Open/Start ?

・11/8 Kyoto Socrates
A Seed Night (Ultra Bide event):
w/Ultra Bide, Psychedelic Desert, Whales, DJ AFRIphonicAAA (UK)
Open 18:00/Start 18:30 1,500yen adv./18,00yen door

・11/9 Shibuya Star Lounge
Switched On! Post Punk Night (with Japan Music Week)
w/The New House, Umibachi, The Bitchs, She Talks Silence, Anisakis, DJ Sumire (Twee Grrrls Club/Violet & Claire), DJ Wizz Jones, DJ Ian Martin (Call And Response Records)
Open/Start 18:00 2,000yen adv./2,500yen door (1,000yen with JMW wristband)

・11/11 Shibuya Hobgoblin
Japan Music Week - Wales Night: Russ Mainwaring DJ set
Open/Start 19:00 1,000yen adv./1,500yen door (FREE with JMW wristband)

・11/13 Shibuya Rock West
Japan Music Week - Bristol Night (trip hop, drum'n'bass, Sarah Records, punk & new wave):
w/DJ Sumire (Twee Grrrls Club/Violet & Claire), DJ Carbon, DJ Alex Cox, DJ Ian Martin (Call And Response Records)
Open/Start 17:00 1,000yen adv./1,500yen door (FREE with JMW wristband)