Had a really fantastic time Saturday at Soup, normally a home for experimental music, this time more focused on political messages and satire. The first act was a Ukelele/drag singer. The prominence of broad drag on the Japanese radical left is something I've only just really noticed, and I haven't quite processed it. It's particularly interesting because the same scene is home to a higher-than-normal concentration of transgendered people. It was a lot of fun and in good humor, but still I wonder how those in the audience (a couple) felt about seeing this:
The main attraction was Red Bandana Lab, who I knew from their appearances at numerous sound demos going back years. They really blew me away, both with their otherworldly track selections and MC Yuso's furious styles.
The event attracted a huge swath of Tokyo's radical left.
Kei of Irregular Rhythm Asylum
Taku from Shirouto no Ran
Photographer Goso Tominaga. I wrote a mini-essay for a book of his pictures coming out sometime in the fall.
In conclusion, stay away from awamori, that stuff is dangerous.