For all the indie music lovers out there, you'll know that Loz Colbert is of course the drummer from seminal 90's shoegaze band, Ride. We've known each other for years, having briefly played in an Oxford-based band together for a bit, we reconnected over our involvement with Gaz Coombes. Loz drums for him. I sang BV's for Gaz's Matatour at the end of last year. Small world, swings and roundabouts, yadda yadda yadda = it's all good how that stuff works out.
I had the joy of tagging along with Gaz Coombes to Japan, he was in Tokyo to play 2 shows at Billboard Live, one of Japan's premiere music venues. The day of the gig, the Billboard bus collected us from the lobby, Duncan, Mikko and Adam have been at the venue for hours already setting up.
Has a record company ever taken you to dinner? I know that Jeffrey Lewis has some strong thoughts about that, but I have been lucky enough to have a few of these dinners, some in honour of me, some in honour of others, but never in Tokyo (until now).
Okay, I know, it's slacker and 'Oh-So-Western' to go to Starbucks when we should be eating the more traditional okayu (rice porridge), tamagoyaki (an omelette type of thing), tsukemono pickles (random pickled things), nori (dried seaweed) & natto (fermented soy beans).
The Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku was our next stop... It is surreal, from the moment you arrive at The R. R. your senses are attacked with pure bling and eclectic over-the-top-ness.
This second installment will not be a blog about jet lag because seriously how boring would that be? But it would be unfair not to mention it because it is significant. I.e. Day one actually lasted two days, one of which was spent on planes.
Already I'm excited to visit the place where trained parrots sing Beatles songs, The Robot Restaurant, and the bar where tiny monkeys bring you edamame beans (I have been assured that the monkeys are very well treated and only work for two hours a day).