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Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 12:23 pm
Matsuri-kei hits Berlin!

Great party at the Zink Gallery in Kreuzberg last night, where Yoshitomo Nara's first Berlin show (a collaboration with Osaka designers graf) opened with a crash, a bang and a wallop -- sampled percussion, in fact, triggered by a keypad being played by the wild gestures of the feisty ladies who constitute M.A.G.O., a "Matsuri-kei" band not unrelated, I hear, to Kiiiiiii (also "Matsuri-kei"). Click the thumbnails below to see bigger thumbnails of the party.



It was a delight to find Olly, our much-missed flightcase ramen man, in operation at the opening, ladling out his excellent noodles to anyone who could actually reach his stand. Olly, a tall Berlin designer of measured gesture, has been operating his ramen stand at various locations for more than ten years, but only two days a week. Now he tells me he's starting a proper ramen restaurant which will be open every night of the week. It launches in three weeks on Gipstrasse in Mitte.

Anyone in Berlin who wants another chance to hear and see M.A.G.O. should come along tonight to 5 Finow Strasse in Friedrichshain, where the girls will be doing their avant matsuri thing again sometime after 6.30pm. I'm treating it as my birthday party.

And now I hope Marxy doesn't mind if I embed his wife -- purely as an example of "Matsuri-kei":


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akabe
akabe
alin huma
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 11:33 am (UTC)

i'm very intrigued by the "Random mp3s 2" folder.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC)

You can rummage through it when you're here, Alin! You'll have the use of this magnificent 24" iMac. I feel like Kirk on the deck of the Enterprise.


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)

it wasn't so much the content rather something about the name of the folder that intrigued me. like, is there something subtly derogatory about it - i mean you're the guy who wears silence headphones - but yes i'll check it out. meanwhile you can hang out in the Nara/Graph cafe in, where was it, Aoyama. It's a great place even though my tolerance limit for nara kids has been reached long ago.

alin


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dzima
dzima
ralf dziminski
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC)

Whether you will bed or embed Marxy's wife I'm not sure, but I still don't know which one of the two is his actual missus.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 12:12 pm (UTC)

She's the singer.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 12:11 pm (UTC)

I'm listening to the M.A.G.O. album "Thursday" right now and it's good (apart from the tootling saxophones, I hate sax!). Nara gave me a copy last night.



Not sure if this is a prerelease, or a homeburn, or what. But the sleeve is very matsuri, isn't it?


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)

how can you stand Bowie then?


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blackmoth
KARI ALTMANN
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 12:12 pm (UTC)

Could you tell me more about Matsuri Kei??


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dzima
dzima
ralf dziminski
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)

Here's a photo of a Matsuri-kei music festival


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC)

It doesn't really exist. I just made it up. But I do think it's quite a good term for a certain strain of playful, self-consciously Japanese indie music emerging from the leftfield this decade. There's Okinawan folk in it, Red Krayola-type art school experimentalism, lots of energy. It's best experienced live, as it shades over into performance art. I was thinking about writing a serious essay about it. I guess Kiiiiiii, Groopies, M.A.G.O. would constitute the obligatory three bands you need to make up a new movement label. If anyone can think of any others, tell me!

Of course, the moment a movement is named, it's on the skids...


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pay_option07
pay_option07
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Rabbit Fighters

political but the exuberance
pedophilial


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klasensjo
klasensjo
klasensjo
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMUS

...so let's celebrate in style.




Thanks for all the joy this journal brings every single day.


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cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMUS

I agree.


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pay_option07
pay_option07
Mon, Feb. 12th, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMUS

Belated salutations and more rain on the funnybone from your
creative family. Nic needs an art series of intercontinental interviews.
Yippie!


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fishwithissues
fishwithissues
jordan fish
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)

i like digitally-embellished long takes with jumping.


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scottbateman
scottbateman
Scott Bateman
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)

Are there any MP3s online by the group in the video? Is that MAGO?


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)

Happy Birthday (?)

I like M.A.G.O. The percussionist plays her drumpad in the most interesting way possible.

M.A.R.X.Y.


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nickink
nickink
Nick Ink
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)

Happy Birthday Nick!

Keep up the positivity.


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
S&M (Tough Love)

It's endearing, the way in which you often insult Marxy, then turn-about and offer sweet complements.

Makes me think the dude has a self-esteem problem, where he keeps sucking-up your sweet nothings, and thereby inherently, returning for more abuse.


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)

Happy Birthday Nick!! ..and please be around for at least another 50, please please... :)


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
Wiiiiiii

Kiiiiiii are fucking awesome. Thanks for writing on them, they have a new fan.


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xchimx
xchimx
john fisch
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)

excellent video.

Was Yoshitomo the one who did the illustrations for the most recent Fantomas album? It looks quite familiar.


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lobsterbelle
lobsterbelle
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Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)

I think the bible has rules against embedding another man's wife.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sun, Feb. 11th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)

And so the LORD smote the XML of the wanton embedders, and lo, their style sheets did cascade even unto zero, dust and ash. And then shivers did pass through the wicked coders of Nineveh, and even unto the web cafés of Tyre did the tidings fly.


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pay_option07
pay_option07
Mon, Feb. 12th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
Budha

You can't chase two birds at once.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Feb. 13th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
finow strasse

drat, missed your party - konnie und feit invited me down to see the band but i was deep inside the medical history museum - 'living with replacement parts' exhibit...

William Thirteen
http://www.squirm.com


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