Archive for January, 2007


Stigmatic[Hard LOUD Goth - DJ'd] The only regular Goth event in Nagoya will be taking place on the third Saturday of odd-numbered months this year. This is good news for all you industrial-EBM-alt folk in Japan’s third largest city as it reflects an increase in activity.

Stigmatic[Hard LOUD Goth - DJ'd] The only regular Goth event in Nagoya will be taking place on the third Saturday of odd-numbered months this year. This is good news for all you industrial-EBM-alt folk in Japan’s third largest city as it reflects an increase in activity.

Soundwise the event’s master, DoomSpider, is harsh EBM industrial Goth with flourishes of lighter sounds mixed in. He’ll be joined by VenoMoth (aka Sister Levi) doing femme-future and elektro-Goth, and riz-K with elektro-clash.

January’s event will also see a guest spot by Osaka’s Taiki who is responsible for the Black Veil event among many other things.

25 people pre-booking for the event will receive a special Doom Spider mix CD. I have one such CD and have to say that these mixes are bitchin’ so I recommend buzzing your booking ASAP!

More info.

[Alt-rock] Cut the Crap is one of those bands that can play at dark nights or more general events and make it rock! This is a more general event, but also includes dibs, a grimy, grungy outfit who saved me from a psychotic episode after the band playing before them finished up with Neverending Story.

I think dibs will be releasing a new recording that night, but don’t quote me on that! I heard one of the other bands and they have a heavy rocko-screamo feel, so it looks pretty solid – especially considering the entry price!

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After a successful European tour at the end of 2006, Euthanasie has returned home alive and well… and announced the band’s name has been changed to Gothika!

I’m checking out the reason now, but regardless of the change, the band remains dedicated to delivering its brand of sexed-up elektronicka to punters!

The online home of the band remains the same, but the MySpace locale has changed:
Official: http://antimass.cool.ne.jp/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/gothikatokyo

As they have recently returned to Japan, we can expect a few shows of the boys on their home territory in the months ahead. Europeans need not despair, however, as the band is expected to tour Europe again in 2007.

While not as popular as the nation’s women re-dying their hair back to natural black (yay!), there does appear to be a bit of a mania for killing, cutting and running.

This time in Ibaraki… A torso was found on a river bank in a black plastic bag. The arms were bound with rope, but the lower part of the body had gone… walkies.

I don’t know about you, but I think the black plastic bag was not approved for trash disposal by the local government – they usually need to be semi-transparent so the trash collectors can inspect the contents or something.

Current count: 3. This is much more interesting than counting mad cows.

You might remember the little slice and dice newsy bit about a young man’s torso and bottom bit turning up in Shibuya and Shinjuku was the result of domestic issues. Now it appears that the wife did it, as their relationship soon went on a rapid decline a few months after marrying in 2003. The bevy of reasons given by the suspect include ongoing arguments, the husband’s disdain for what she was doing and belittling her, and possible physical abuse. The English reports seem to be hedging this last part. However, the final straw is a doozy though.

After the husband made a stellar flub of coming home drunk and going to bed early, the wife hit him on the head with a wine bottle (sounds like someone made a romantic dinner). After he died she found the body too heavy to move and bought a saw, etc. and proceeded to saw the body apart and place the parts in plastic bags for disposal. The head is in Machida park, and the arm parts are either in the burnable or non-burnable tips.

One quote from one news from gosh-knows-where has the wife saying “I could not be the person I am because our ways of living never matched… After he assaulted me, I decided to kill him.” Well there could be an argument for battered wife syndrome, but there was a two day delay from death to dissection, which might point to something more than uncontrolled lashback. There should be more about this story soon, but yikes…

The other “family issue” that led to a young woman being killed and later dismembered by her brother has also been cruising the news circuit for the past week. The brother had been avoiding the victim for three years because he felt she put him down, but had been talking prior to the death. After whacking her on the head with a wooden sword (several times apparently), they talked about family things etc. He gave her a towel when she said she felt cold, but he lost his rag when she said he had no dreams and choked her with it (the towel, not the dreams). Most of the body was found in his closet, but some had been put in the trash disposal unit (in the sink?). Another grim tale that is certain to get a mountain of coverage.

People lose it all the time, but I think Japan is a place where you learn how to suck it up so you can go forward with a good face. This is good, but when the rare time comes that someone snaps, that inner spring is so tightly wound that the snap can be an awesome and unpredictable explosion of emotion.

Psydoll picturesDecember 26 was a Monday and the icey rain was coming down hard. That didn’t stop me from heading out to the Neuromancer event featuring Psydoll (info) and Musu Bore, among others.

Turnout was expectedly light, but the bands were doing their thing on stage, the bar was open, and those who braved the sudden cold snap got a dose of Cyber – things were good.

I only really watched Psydoll and Musu Bore. Both bands put on a good performance and, despite my suit dripping all over the club, I had a pretty darned good time. Actually, truth be told, I enjoyed racing through the rain to the club as it felt like I was in some dark Gibsonian novel. I also got a chance to chat with Nekoi Psydoll and met another mad Monday gaijin (hi Synboi!). A nice night.

There are only a handful of photos in the pixie gallery here – I am still getting used to my new just-out-of-date digicam.

Psydoll are taking a short break, but should be back in February when Tokyo begins to thaw out ready for Spring eventing.

Psydoll pictures from the Neuromancer event.

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:: Igor’s Blah ::

Akemashita omodetougozaimasu… Happy New Year. Not much to say. A dozen or so Tokyo events have been put up, a couple from Nagoya and one from Osaka. Expect more events for February soon.

The overnight fun starts from midnight tonight with Tokyo Dark Castle – the club edition. I did not mention it on the site, but Baal will be putting doing a live performance to add a bit of extra spice to the night.

Next week’s Mechanical Slaves is looking d-lish with live outings for Destruct System and Morgue. This should be a great event for those seeking to get their skulls vibrated with heavy industrial, etc.

Other good’uns include Gramarise on the 19th with CtC and dibs (you might not know them, but they play good grimy stuff), and Midnight Mess on the 27th.

Nagoya should be happy with 80′s Romance tomorrow and Stigmatic on the 20th. Osaka has full industrial noise assault with Utero ZZZAAA late in the month, and Harshrealm are up on Fukuoka. Some events this month are not quite Goth, but should be worth checking.

As to what is happening on the site, I am still working out how much time to spend doing things each month. The more interest, the more time will be invested. Thanx for your support in 2006, and I hope JGoth.com remains important for you in 2007.

:: IGNITE 2007 WITH GOTH EVENTS ::

Sat. 6 Jan. 2007
Tokyo Dark Castle Club Edition @ Marz, Shinjuku TOKYO

Sun. 7 Jan. 2007
SoundMine in 80s Romance @ Buddha NAGOYA

Sat. 13 Jan. 2007
DS & Morgue in Mechanical Slaves @ Motion Shinjuku TOKYO

Sun. 14 Jan. 2007
Morgue @ AntiKnock Shinjuku TOKYO

Fri. 19 Jan. 2007
CtC and Dibs in Gramarise @ Chop, Ikebukuro TOKYO

Rowthe @ Loft, Shinjuku TOKYO

Sat. 20 Jan. 2007
Stigmatic @ P.O.D. Sakae NAGOYA
Club Walpurgis @ Aoi Heya, Shibuya TOKYO

Thu. 25 Jan. 2007
Harshrealm @ Graf FUKUOKA
Utero ZZZAAA @ Sound-Channel OSAKA

Fri. 26 Jan. 2007
Zombie Lolita in Night Strange #4 @ Urga, Shinjuku TOKYO

Sat. 27 Jan. 2007
Midnight Mess @ Marz, Shinjuku TOKYO
Blue Velvet Night @ Aoi Heya, Shibuya TOKYO
Seaside Suicide @ Urga, Shinjuku TOKYO

Sun. 28 Jan. 2007
Gadget. in Ronde Final @ Yaneura, Shimokitazawa TOKYO

:: Other Stuff ::
Murder and Bits in Shibuya
More Murder and Bits in Shibuya
VK-Phantasmagoria Tax Shock
SNS and Poor Personal Security = Social Death
Oh, Yeah – Happy New Year

That is all from chaos central.

:: Igor
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The Shibuya body bits theme continues with the gruesome discovery of a young woman’s dismembered corpse in her elder brother’s room. I told you kids to play nice…

The body had been cut up with a sharp knife into numerous pieces and placed into three plastic bags. It is uncertain whether the bags were real garbage bags, let alone Metro Government approved or not.

The brother has been arrested for damaging the body, but not for murder. People might think that not arresting for murder is a bit crazy, but it makes sense considering the actual cause of death is not yet officially determined (kind of embarrassing to declare murder and find out it was suicide or something). Also, as you can be locked up for up to 30 days when arrested, there is no need for the police to go rushing for the next arrest warrant (assuming her death was due to foul play or misadventure). This also gives police extra leverage in investigations they can re-arrest the suspect to string out the time in detention for another 30 days.

The annual new year message is a vital component of any Web entity. The message informs you that the site owner is actually aware of the passage of time and cares enough to inform you that it is, in fact, the start of a new year. Yeahah, lets get the amateur artwork rolling…

Happy New Year from Igor at JGoth.com

All the best for 2007 from
:: Igor
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