For fans of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra!
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra to play in Korea for the first time!
First, on September 4th, with their fellow countrymen Dobermen (two toney Japanese ska), they will play at the Busan International Rock Festival! http://www.rockfestival.co.kr/
Next day, in Seoul, at the Melon-AX! http://www.ax-korea.com/
Sun, Jul. 1st, 2007, 04:35 pm
What's up guys! It's been awhile since anybody's posted in here...but let's try to breath life into this group with a big update!
In the last couple of months... TSPO have had two releases...
Best of Tokyo Ska (1998-1997)
Is a best of album that chronicles their hits ever since joining their currentl lable, Cutting Edge/Avex. The first edition came with a DVD containing all the music videos they've recorded since joining Cutting Edge, and is pretty neat!
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra Tour "Wild Peace" Final at Saitama Super Arena
DVD of the last concert for their tour supporting their latest album, "Wild Peace." Features all the guests who appeared on their album. It's pretty good, better than the last DVD, I think.
And finally...yes, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra is touring Europe again! Here are the dates, courtesy of their website: www.tokyoska.net
6/29 Holland Utrecht "Tivole De Helling"http://www.tivoli.nl/
6/30 France Belfort"EUROKEENNES 07"http://www.eurockeennes.fr/
7/01 France Ideaux Mendy“FESTIVAL EHZ"http://www.festival-ehz.com/sommaire-eu.html
7/03 Spain Valencia"El Loco"http://www.lococlub.org/
7/04 Spain Madrid“Heineken Arena"http://www.salaheineken.com/
7/05 Spain Bilbao“Kafe Antzokia"http://www.kafeantzokia.com/eus/bilbo.html
7/06 Spain Barcelona"Sara Apolo"http://www.sala-apolo.com/
7/07 France Paris"Solidays Festival"http://ns38432.ovh.net/~solidays/#
7/08 Belgium Brugge"Cactus Festival"http://www.cactusfestival.be/
7/10 France Carcassonne "Caracassonne Festival"http://www.carcassonne-festivaldelabastide.com
7/11 Italy Osoppo"Rototom Sunsplash"http://www.rototomsunsplash.com/
7/12 Germany Erlangen"E-Werk"http://www.e-werk.de/
7/13 Switzerland Montreux" Montreux Jazz Festival"http://www.montreuxjazz.com/home.aspx
7/14 Germany Hagen" Pelmke"http://www.pelmke.de/
7/15 Belgium Dour"Dour Festival07"http://www.dourfestival.be/fr
7/17 Germany Munchen"Backstage"http://www.backstage-online.com/
7/19 UK London"Meanfiddler"http://www.meanfiddler.com
7/20 France Briouze"Art Sonic Festival"http://www.festival-artsonic.com/
7/21 Holland Amsterdam"Melkweg"http://www.melkweg.nl/
It's pretty cool too, if you're into mod rock.
The last band, "The Hair" features Rui Sugimura, younger brother of Cleanhead Gimura (The bald guy in the older lineups of TSPO who died in 1995), and would later join Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra between the years of 1998-1999. You can hear his stuff on the TSPO album, "Arkestra."
Masayuki Hayashi, the original guitarist for TSPO was also in this group before joining Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (but this was filmed after he left, so he isn't in the video).
What's up, long time no update!
Hope you guys have a happy holiday season...
Here's a little Christmas gift: an old school lineup of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra covering a Bob Marley tune with a guy name PJ, at a Christmas show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4GsgwdJF_4
While Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra was touring Europe, they played with a lot of bands...but the only band that they really mentioned, as well as praise were the Aggrolites...
Here's what one of the TSPO crew member had to say about them:
"The heat of the preceding performances by THE AGGROLITES amped us all up, so we virtually ‘blew away’ the entire evening!"
And here's what Takashi Kato, guitarist for TSPO had to say:
"The performance last night by our co-performer Aggrolites was amazing! I had heard them earlier recorded in the compilation 3rd Era editorially supervised by Kawakami-san, but what they had to show on this stage was beyond my expectation!"
So who are The Aggrolites? They are possibly the best modern day reggae band today, comprising of veterans in the L.A. ska and reggae scene, drawing influences from early reggae groups such as the The Upsetters, and the Crystalites, to influences from Motown or funk like James Brown, or the Meters.
Check out their exciting 50 minute set in Amsterdam: http://www.fabchannel.com/ (click on the Aggrolites).
Not exactly Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra news, but it is sorta related! Masayuki Hayashi, original guitarist for Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, has just released his solo album last June.
After leaving Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra in 1992, Hayashi started his own ska band, the Blue Beat Players, in 1994. The Blue Beat Players lasted from till 2003, when they broke up. From what I can gather, Hayashi's solo album (which he played all the instruments in) is essentially a surf album, though he draw influences from other genres such as soul, ska, and heavy rock.
Check out his webpage for some short samples of the album: http://hayashi-music.com/
Here is the music video to the Puffy X TSPO song, "Hazumu Rhythm." The single comes out later this month.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uObbngeCjLw
It's a bit poppier than the usual TSPO stuff, but catchy nonetheless.
TSPO are touring Europe right now...check their english site for a list of all the dates they're playing.
They also put up a tour blog, and it's in English, so that's kinda neat (though the English isn't the best of English, but that's okay).
Check out their European tour blog: http://www.tokyoska.jp/en/
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra has colloborated with Japanese pop rock duo Puffy (also known as Puffy AmiYumi in the U.S.) and will release a single on September 20th, titled, "Hazumu Rhythm."http://www.puffytokyoska.com/
Also having a release in Septemeber is Tsuyoshi Kawakami & His Moodmakers with their latest album, "Singers Limited." It'll be an album featuring all vocal songs with guest artists (their albums of the past have been mainly instrumental oriented, with some vocals sprinkled in). That album will be out on 9/13.
For those of you who don't know, Tsuyoshi Kawakami & His Moodmakers is a side band started by TSPO's bass player, Tsuyoshi Kawakami. It features many members of other popular Japanese ska/reggae/rocksteady bands such as Little Tempo, Dreamlets, Determinations, etc. It also has the trumpet player and percussionist from TSPO. http://www.moodmakers.info/