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Wed, Dec. 16th, 2009 08:28 am
2 Tokyo events: Singing Curator and Unreliable Tour Guide

Yesterday I had a nice meeting with the charming Hiroshi Eguchi, who runs Utrecht. The art bookstore began as a by-appointment-only operation in his Nakameguro apartment, then opened at Utrecht Reading Room, an understated upstairs hideaway featuring a bookstore, cafe and gallery next door to Yohji Yamamoto, up at the Nezu Museum end of overstated Omote Sando.



Sitting out on his back balcony at the Omote Sando space, Hiroshi told me the lease on the building runs for the next three years at least, and in the meantime he's working on re-opening some kind of bookstore up on the roof of his Nakameguro apartment building. He thanked me for mentioning Utrecht in the New York Times, told me how much he likes Motto in Berlin, then proceeded to set up a Momus event at Utrecht on December 27th.

So, from 6-8pm on Sunday December 27th I'm happy to say I'll be giving an Unreliable Tour of the Yusuke Machiba drawing exhibition in the Utrecht Reading Room gallery, Now Idea. Entry will be 1000 yen, which includes a free drink. Utrecht Reading Room is a two-minute walk from Exit A5 of Omotesando Station on the Ginza, Chiyoda and Hanzomon Lines. Address: 5-3-8-201, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062.



More details have emerged about the other Momus event, which is at gm ten Gallery in Azabu Juban on Tuesday December 22nd. Before I was a curator I was a singer, you know! now has its own page on the gm-web and a blurb:

Before I was a curator I was a singer, you know!
Momus: The Singing Curator -- Live!

On December 22nd "gm ten" proudly presents a 45-minute live set from Momus, the Scottish singer, songwriter and producer best known in Japan for his work with Kahimi Karie. The Berlin-based Momus, visiting Japan this month in the role of an art curator, has agreed to perform a short set of his songs at "gm ten" Gallery. He'll take a break from preparing Aftergold, a major exhibition of Japanese art to be held in the UK in 2012, to sing songs written over the past twenty years. There will also be a guest appearance from Yukiko Sawabe.

[Date] 2009.12.22(Tue) Open 20:30 / Start 21:00
[Place] gm ten
Sanwa 2nd Bldg 3rd Floor, 4-1-7 Azabu-Jyuban, Minato-ku, 106-0045 Tokyo Japan
-3mins Walk from Azabu-juban station  on the Tokyo Metoro Nanboku line (exit 3 or 4) -6mins Walk from Azabu-juban station on the Toei Oedo line (exit 3 or 4)
[Charge] 1,000yen (Music fee + 1Drink)
[Live] Momus with Special Guest, Yukiko Sawabe
[DJ] Mao Yamazaki (gm projects / AKICHI RECORDS)
Ryo Aoyanagi (gm projects / AKICHI RECORDS)
[Reservation (not essential, but recommended)]
send email to info@gmprojects.jp
subject line: MOMUS LIVE
(1) your name (2) the number of persons (3) phone number



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(Anonymous)
Wed, Dec. 16th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)

Was something on the ceiling?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Dec. 16th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)

I was gazing into the very heart of Tokyo's cosmic wonder light source!


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milky_eyes
milky_eyes
milky_eyes
Wed, Dec. 16th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)

nice photo...

there is a certain kind of light in tokyo that is special and noticable.
Even in the photos.

you are quite the mover and shaker.
love your tour guide thing my nigga.


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jdcasten
J.D. Casten
Wed, Dec. 16th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
Let Them Have Cake And Eat It Too?

I don’t mean to be flippantly off topic—but I was thinking that a crux of the Momus-PC argument would involve whether or not the “delicious” PC frosting hides the insidious subjugation crap cake.



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(Anonymous)
Wed, Dec. 16th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
Lip pout.

I think I know that 'lip pursing' of yours; you haven't used it in a while, at least not in recent photos, I don't think. It's an 'I feel quite at home in this incredible scenery' look, and I know because I use it involuntarily, too!

You look so very much at home.

Yours Ashley Andel


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Wed, Dec. 16th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)

WHERE IS YOUR BEARD, MISTER.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Thu, Dec. 17th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)

DOWN THE SINK.


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Thu, Dec. 17th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)

OH DEAR GOD PLEASE TELL ME YOU DIDN'T CLOG IT.


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blasdelf
Fred Blasdel
Wed, Dec. 16th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)

The bicycle in the lower right of the first picture — is it a mini-velo (current Japanese fad) version of a Pedersen (Edwardian British) ???

I must know!


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akabe
akabe
alin huma
Wed, Dec. 16th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)

since i examined the actual thing myself i have to say it is :-)


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skazat
skazat
Alex à Paris
Wed, Dec. 16th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)

"Unreliable Tour Guide" - that's hilarious. Your idea? (That wasn't your Whitney piece... was it?) May I borrow it? It seems like it would be a fun thing to do when going to a museum I'm a little sleepy, over.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Thu, Dec. 17th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)

You're welcome to borrow it. Art wants to be free.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Dec. 16th, 2009 10:34 am (UTC)

how the hell do the japanese pronounce "utrecht"? must be difficult, that dutch "ch" sound. interesting.




erik
the netherlands


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Dec. 16th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)

I think it's pronounced something like Yu-to-reg'-to.

There's also a (pretty good!) Japanese band called Utrecht. I wonder if there is a connection.

Erik, from Utrecht


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Dec. 16th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)

ah yes I remember they pronounce "erik" also with an extension at the end, like eri-kou. something like that.


Erik
Rotterdam


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Dec. 17th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)

is that a cafe in ebisu where yr standng there? i could swear i was sat in that chair 6 months ago..

ant


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Thu, Dec. 17th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)

No, it's Office at Gaienmae, the view is out over the Aoyama Dori, the music is by Brigitte Fontaine, and the magazines are all from 2002, which makes it like a weird time capsule back to the time I lived in Tokyo.


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pay_option07
pay_option07
Wed, Dec. 16th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
Bzrkyr

Is there any performance drawing in Japanese Culture.



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