Archive for November, 2005

A big evening for those seeking live electro and industrial sounds in Tokyo this holiday Wednesday. Six bands including the oh-so-hot Euthanasie! Other bands are Super Boss M10, Far East Eclipse, Ruin Close Reptile, Freyja, Red Mecca, plus Ken Morioka doing some live mix work.

Event info:
Event: Club Cybernetics Code 12
Place: Shibuya Vuenus (nr. Shibuya station)
Address: Oppisite AsiaP – 1-8 Maruyamacho Shibuya-ku Tokyo :: Map :: Another Map
Date: Wednesday November 23, 2005
Start: Open 16:00 :: Start 16:30
Price: 2,500 yen adv. &dagger 3,000 yen @ door
Live DJ-style: Ken Morioka
Live Band-style: Euthanasie, Super Boss M10, Far East Eclipse, Ruin Close Reptile, Freyja, Red Mecca.
VJ: Visual Works Fraw

Zeus Machina’s Club Walpurgis goes forth with Rocky Horror Night. Club Walpurgis has it’s roots in the 1980s where the original club became quite a popular nexus in Tokyo. Mixing the darker (and much better) side of the 1980s with the sights, sounds and energy of the 21st century makes for a great retro-flavored night. Update!! Euthanasie shall be playing live!

Although not much information is available yet, tonight’s event, Rocky Horror Night, is likely to be dress-coded (vampire, Gothic, zombie, transvestite and glam), but with a Rocky Horror Picture Show slant (which should make Frank happy).

Event Info:
Event: Club Walpurgis :: Rocky Horror Night
Place: Aoi Heya (7 min. walk from Shibuya station)
Address: B1F, Yachiyo Bldg., 2-12-13 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo :: Map
Club Phone: 03-3407-3564
Date: Saturday, November 26, 2004
Start: 24:00 ~ 05:00
Price: W3 was 2,500 yen (1 Drink included)
Live: TBA, Zeus Machina
DJs: Zinny Aerodinamica (ZIN/ZEUS MACHINA, ROMEO MIRROR) and others.

Get ready for the second volume of Satanyanko’s Neko no bansan. On top of the hot moody punk of Satanyanko, you will be treated to goth-glam legends Jubilee, hard-gothing Jet Pepper Tower and Kalra. This is going to be one sleek and sexy live Goth event – trust me!

Event Information:
Event: Neko no bansan
Place: Fandango, Osaka
Address: 1-17-27 Juso-Honmachi, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka † Map
Club phone: 06-6308-1621
Date: Thursday November 24, 2005
Start: Open 18:00 † Start 19:00
Price: Adv. 1,800 yen † 2,300 yen @ door
Live: Satanyanko, Jubilee and Kalra

UPDATE! Lucifer’s taking a break, but there’s some tasty live electric drums by CONTROL FREAK (some stuff has Gothesque layered in to boot)! Overfused? is organized by Gothic club event specialists Midnight Mess. The DJ soundscape menu for tonight is expirmental industrial, technoise, drum’n'noise and breakbeats. Booking’s a cinch, just buzz Maya at

Event info:
Event: Overfused? Midnight Mess
Place: Shinjuku Marz (near Shinjuku)
Address: B1F Dai-ichi Tokiwa Bldg., Kabukicho 2-45-1, Shinjuku † Map
Date: Saturday, November 26, 2005
Start: 24:00 ~
Price: 2,500 yen adv. † 3,000 yen @ door
Live: Control Freak
DJs: Maya, Statik, hAj (seij minus aC)
VJs: Visual works fraw & Sa-kyo.

Fresh from their London assault, 101A will be doing preforming for Club Chop’s third anniversary on November 30. The band is a hot retro-rock act with hard femme vocals – w00f! There is also a nice mix of local acts with MuniMuni (ex. Sods) and others. Not Goth, but this night will rock with sounds on the edgier side of the Tokyo scene.

Event Information:
Event: Lunatic Tokyo – Chop’s third anniversary
Place: Club Chop (nr Ikebukuro station)
Address: B1, Shema 100, 2-46-3 Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 171-0014 † Map
Club phone: 03-5951-1127
Date: Wednesday November 30, 2005
Start: Open 18:00 † Start 18:30
Price: Adv. 1,500 yen † 2,000 yen @ door
Live: 101A, Marco, GLF Lesson, MuniMuni (ex. Sods), Kuja Ningen, Mankind (?).

This is a good end-of-week, lifestyle-Goth event. A well-paced night for the Friday crowd with various live sounds (some are true hidden gems) and some exhibition space. Head Power’s got a real cool early industrial feel with a labyrinthine entrance/lower floor and space for around 60-70 on the main stage floor.

Event info:
Event: Toge Toge Tokagee from Daybook
Place: Shinjuku Head Power
Address: B1, 1-34-13 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 166-0002 † Map
Club Phone: 03-3354-7727
Date: Friday, November 25, 2005
Start: 18:00 open † 18:30 start
Price: 2,000 yen adv. † 2,300 yen @ door
Live: RED SUN,
, Koryo, Dissolution of Um, Zombie Lolita.
Exhibitions: Deviant Behaviour, Soedamami,
Saeko, Fuchu

Sorry about the lack of updates, but I’ve been in the dungeon cooking up the code for Final Damnation, the final transition for the site.

What’s Final Damnation
In a nutshell, FD is the culmination of a year and a half’s site development of JP Goth. The site has gone from absolutely nothing, cranked out on Notepad (my preferred choice for looking at HTML) with heavy use of pastels, to a Google blog, to a database-driven blog and falling into the current content database-driven system.

It’s funny, but I still prefer the old Notepad version, although the blog was the most successful in terms of new visitors. However, the current system has been the greatest development in terms of growing an awareness of Japan’s Goth/underground scene and probably the most important as a community-building tool. Also, the current version has pulled the most interesting people of all the systems! Yes, if you signed up here or lurk around then you rock!

But now it’s time to get it on with the dream system (in my mind at least). FD is prepped to be:
† bilingual (Japanese/English interface – and content if the Japanese writing Goths join in);
† easy to submit information (news, event info, pictures etc.);
† consistent system and style – no more pastel sub-sections and a complete look; and
† Possibility for mobile delivery (although that will be later).

I could go on (and on and on), but things are looking ripe for the change.

One of the major challenges lies in the transfer of data. Preliminary experiments suggest that most User data, News submissions and other smaller parts can be transferred. Other sections may be too complicated to transfer, but they could be re-bled into the landscape after FD takes place.

A working launch will probably start early December with alterations, data transfers, etc. taking place in the first half of that month. The final change-over is expected in December and after a short break, I’ll be chained into the desk to ride this thing in January 06.

On the user side (you guys), I hope that you will feel like joining the contributions. Anything that comes from the community helps so much with building an interesting place to be. So don’t be coy when FD comes on! It might be a CD you’ve heard, some bit of weirdness in the street, or whatever. Something to ponder anyway. If you’re busy or don’t have time, energy, etc., I hear you! If you just keep dropping by I’ll be happy!!

As for my part, I’ll be working on a few projects related to J-Goth in the months to come and might have a few other things ex-J-Goth as well. I’m gonna keep trying to nail info here when I can, but there’s lots of other “stuff” to do!

Anyway, back to the dungeon for FD and some work on one of those other projects.


Closed Caskets’ latest weekly program is now online with some nice additions to the rotation from Dach’s recent trip to Japan. It’s available at a very low bit rate so it’s like listening to AM radio (which actually makes the retro-punky bands sound even better).

Good for a gander at the sounds us J-Gothers get to hear anytime (am I rubbing it in?)! If you like the sounds, the bands sell these things called “CDs” that let you here the songs in all their phonic glory – so don’t be afraid to give them a buzz if you are interested in purchasing a silver platter (English is usually okay, and the bands might be able to help out getting things sent overseas). Jump over for the show!

Also, while I’m plugging online stuff, don’t forget Sins of the Flesh’ Halloween download – a bit different from the hard stuff they nail into your head at events (and on silver platters – did I mention them?), but definitely a cool version of the Halloween movie theme and only available online for FREE! until the end of November. Halloween Download HERE!

Pardon me for plugging, but I only do it for the good stuff. I haven’t even mentioned my latest ferrets gone nuts viddy…. oops.

A MASSIVE event for Nagoyans this month with toxic industrialists Despair, goth-glam legends Jubilee, local hard gothers Demonoid 13 and three other hot bands on show. There is absolutely no excuse for missing this event, especially at 2,000 yen.

Event Information:
Event: Torture Technique Vol. 3
Place: Day Trip, Tsurumai, Nagoya (nr Tsurumai station)
B1, 5-11-33 Chiyoda, Naka-ku, Nagoya † Map
Club phone: 052-241-5019
Contact: Demonoid 13: 052-413-2605 sister_leviATcrowDOTmemailDOTjp
Date: Sunday November 20, 2005
Start: Open 18:00 † Start 18:30
Price: Adv. 2,000 yen † 2,300 yen @ door
Live: Despair, Jubilee, Demonoid 13, The Smells, Comfortable Numb and Dead by Dawn
DJ: Xendat (Fuzzword)

Gadget are back! YES! Just plain hot, the sexy psychedelics will be getting it on for Chaos’ Orgasm 17 @ Yotsuya Outhbreak. Orgasm is more of a live rock event, but Gadget’s got a great sound (samples!) and a delivery that goes down anywhere and at least one of the other bands have got some serious style going on (Unnerbussi 13 – check the samples).

Event Info:
Event: Orgasm 17 by Chaos
Place: Yotsuya Outbreak (nr. Yotuya JR and Marunouchi 3-chome Yotsuya stations)
Address: Dai-ni Taro Bldg, B1 2-10 Yotsuya † Map
Club Phone: 03-5368-0852
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2005
Start: Open 18:00 † Start 18:30
Price: Adv. 2,000 yen † 2,500 yen @ door
Live: Gadget, Unnerbussi 13, Kamadouma and more.