Continued recording work on the new hashigo album. At this point it was mostly just my vocals that remained. I could just never bring myself to sing a decent take, so things dragged.
Dodo also participated on the new album. When we recorded their contributions, pianist Nozomi Iwashima also happened to be around the studio, so we corralled her too. I skipped my job's new
year party to attend this session.
Continued to help record the new Bluehour CD (forthcoming).
Also participated on a song by Usual Name. The day I went out to their place to talk things over, we got hit by a blizzard. The whole city shut down, which I found quite pleasant.
Carried out a video deletion plan. Made a little extra room on YouTube for you.
In a search for new sounds, bought myself a sampler. Still haven't touched it.
On the 22nd, played solo at Fourth Floor (Kichijoji).
On the 23rd, kemuri no wan played at Three (Shimokitazawa). We haven't played a show since. I just haven't had my act together.
On the 28th, played solo at Wasted Time (Shibuya).
Bluehour: re-recorded guitar for one song. If you want to make something good, you've got to take the time to get it right.
Met Bridge, a distributor in Tokyo. They agreed to distribute the new hashigo album "March of the Yagamo".
I made a video for the hashigo song "kanashimi", which the band took one look at and said, "Hell, no."
Took a ramble around Japan. Actually, for several months I'd been reverse-shoplifting copies of "kokyu zanmai" onto the shelves of stores around Tokyo. I continued this on my trip, like a
Johnny Appleseed of CDs. I got rid of around 100 of them.
On the 8th, played solo at Wasted Time.
On the 9th, played at Ringoya as a duo with Nozomi. People loved her.
On the 15th, played solo at Artica (Yoyogi). Also playing: Yureru Sakana, Nananeroli, Iori Shiranui. A likely bunch.
On the 25th, hashigo played in a Furun-curated event at Strobe Café (Kita-Sando). Met How to Count Planets again, and got to meet Fun'iki Zowa Zowa Gakudan, who put on a captivating
hashigo started a mini-tour on the 31st, heading to Nagoya to play a show arranged by Emi Inahata.