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Fri, Jul. 3rd, 2009 12:00 am
Hot gossip from Japan

We've mentioned Kahimi Karie a few times on Click Opera over the last week or so, showing old pictures of her from 1996 or noting that she's recording a new album. But there may be bigger Kahimi news -- or at least Kahimi gossip -- coming out of Japan. One of Kahimi's oldest friends, Kenji Takimi, boss of Crue-L Records, (the label which released I Am A Kitten), made a very strange blog posting on Monday.



Entitled Life's hard and then you die, this posting lamented the passing of Michael Jackson, but then turned an emotional corner and stated that the same weekend that Michael died, something "blissful and unexpected" had happened. What this event was, readers were left to wonder, but two blurry, dark photographs (click 'em to see 'em bigger) show what looks like a wedding party. Post-rocker Jim O'Rourke is identified in a caption. He's playing a guitar, and beside him is the unmistakable figure of Kahimi Karie, singing and wearing something that looks remarkably like a wedding dress. Kahimi is visible in another photo, still wearing the white confection while others dance. Can it be that Kahimi Karie got married last weekend? Did she marry Jim, or someone else? Is there any substance to Twitter rumours that she married a tap dancer (could it be Kazunori Kumagai, seen tap-dancing below?) and may have a kitten of her own on the way? Only time will tell, but somewhere, to persons unknown, congratulations are clearly due.



The other gossip coming out of Japan is the sad but not unexpected rumour that Studio Voice magazine -- long my favourite cultural review -- is going on "extended hiatus", which is usually a euphemism for harvest by the Grim Magazine Reaper. A recent issue celebrating the 400th edition of the magazine, with thumbnail photos of all 400 covers and capsule descriptions of contents, was suspiciously elegiac. It now seems to have been the "multi-media mix" magazine's swansong. Studio Voice was known for its excitingly exhaustive theme issues on subjects from Acid Psychedelia to Africa Remix. I wrote just one column for it -- about musique concrete -- but bought it regularly. It's probably the mag I'm least able to throw out; there are more back copies of it lying around my house than anything else.



Disappearing from the world of print doesn't have to mean death for a magazine, of course -- you can trans-substantiate webwards, relaunching as an electronic publication with lots of extra features. That's just what Art-It magazine did recently -- and this might be the time to reveal that I'll shortly be joining the Art-It team as an official blogger.

It might also be the moment to declare a suspicion that Roger McDonald, who recommended me for this "job" (it's unpaid), had me well and truly hoaxed with his first post for Art-It, the one about radical Japanese fashion label The Afro Ninja Destiny and the Black Panthers. This time he's blogged about William Burroughs and Brion Gysin hunting in Yamanashi, but his Photoshop skills have slipped -- terrible lasso technique on the layers -- suggesting to me that the whole series is a tendentious farrago of febrile fabrication.

Everything else in today's post, I hasten to add, is solid... well, solid gossip, anyway. Like most things in Japan, the facts are there for all to see -- between the lines.

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psychronic
grand trunk
Thu, Jul. 2nd, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)

Kahimi Karie married a tap dancer and is pregnant


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Thu, Jul. 2nd, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)

Fast-breaking story! We have the tap-dancer's name!


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Jul. 3rd, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)

Yes. It's not a particularly recent one, just the biggest SV illustration I could find. And I liked the thematic irony; KK and Cornelius nearly married at one point.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Jul. 3rd, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
rogered

must log in to read roger mcdonald's blog post? nevermind...


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Jul. 3rd, 2009 08:29 am (UTC)
Re: rogered

It'll be the same for my posts, I'm afraid. The registration process is a bit of a chore, but the contents do make it worthwhile if you care enough about the Japanese art scene.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Jul. 3rd, 2009 09:43 am (UTC)

Momus, in all the time you worked with Kahimi Karie, did you ever have sex with her? What about Laila France? If you didn't, did you find it frustrating working with such sexy women and not going to bed with them?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Jul. 3rd, 2009 10:29 am (UTC)

I didn't have sex with either, no.

I enjoy sexiness held at a certain level of non-fruition, I think cultural fruit can emerge from that situation. Sublimated sex can occur in the songs you make. French culture mediates or socializes or channels sexual energy rather well -- flirting is more or less obligatory in social situations in France, but happens in a tamed, almost formulaic way. The Laila and Kahimi projects happened in France, very much under those conditions of chivalric flirtation.

It never got out of hand; the one time I remember being somewhat troubled was when Laila, at one of our Wednesday afternoon writing sessions, produced a tube of condensed milk and started dribbling it out of her mouth. We snapped a few webcam shots, and at the next session Laila produced a little animation she'd made: the milk dribbled out of her mouth, her eyes rolled up to heaven, and a little sign popped up on the screen saying: "I love Luc!" (her boyfriend at the time).


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Jul. 3rd, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)

Count me in as one of those girls who loves to be sprayed with cum, preferably by tall, ruggedly handsome blond-haired Scotsmen. It's one of life's great joys, getting naked and receiving a great dollop of hipster cum in my mouth, then teasingly dribbling it out over my lips and beyond. It gets me moist, there I've said it. And anyone who wants to deny me my right to say it (and when I say "right", obviously I don't mean it in any essentialist or universalist sense at all, I'm in no way in league with the Amnesty International imperialist conspiracy), is a downright PRIG. I don't care how old Momus is, if he wants to talk about dribbling cum right on the face of a beautiful Japanese girl who is over the age of sixteen, THEN HE SHOULD JUST COME RIGHT AND SAY IT AND DAMN WELL IGNORE THE STUPID PRIGS OF THIS WORLD!!!


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Jul. 3rd, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)

For the record, I spoke only of ambrosia and condensed milk. It was the trolls who insisted on inserting cum into the conversation. I do feed them, I suppose. And my, how they gobble!


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Jul. 3rd, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)

Re-record "SITUATION COMEDY BLUES" and we'll go away.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Jul. 3rd, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)

The Japanese media are now reporting the Karie - Kumagai marriage -- the Yomiuri Online has a report on it in which Kahimi's management confirm the wedding but say they know nothing about any reports of pregnancy.


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Jul. 4th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)

summat wrang wae that link .... aw just squiggles


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Jul. 4th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8132726.stm


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subalpine
subalpine
subalpine
Sat, Jul. 4th, 2009 07:41 am (UTC)

is a Tap Opera anything like a Click Opera, do you suppose?

from Kaz(unori)'s blog:


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Jul. 4th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)

I'm not sure I can conceive of anything more beautiful than a pregnant, lactating
Kahimi Karie...

(Sorry to lower the tone)


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Jul. 4th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)

Sorry to spoil your erotic fantasy, but I don't think you'll find many women who lactate while they're pregnant. It usually happens after.


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