This was followed by a visit to a friend's painting studio in Long Island City, a converted sausage factory right around the corner from Takashi Murakami's own sausage factory, Kaikai Kiki (I got a glimpse of some minions in an aircraft hangar-sized space "producing superflat" for the master). After dinner with painter Jing Yu at Supercore and a good old browse at the fantastic Spoonbill and Sugartown (one of the world's best bookshops) I hooked up with Roddy Schrock and headed to Monkey Town to see Twi Humble Feather, a trio of guitarists and singers who don't like to be compared to Animal Collective, but inevitably are.
Video visuals were by Nobuko Hori (the musical partner of our good Berlin friend Kyoka) who's seven-and-a-half months pregnant and looks great on it, wearing a top of thin op art stripes which emphasizes her belly and zings your eyes as you follow the pinstripes over the bulge. I didn't think the day could contain any more "pregnant beauty", but when I got home an email awaited me from Tomoko Miyata, eight months pregnant. Attached was a gorgeous photo by her boyfriend Luc of Tomoko naked on the beach at Naoshima, on Japan's Inland Sea.