Music / CD Reviews Mar 2, 2007

DJ Kentaro "Enter"

DJ Kentaro is best known for his furious cut 'n' scratch performances that won him the coveted DMC World Championship title in 2002 with a perfect score. Kentaro's mixing forte has always been his ability to span genres with seamless dexterity, and its this ...

Afrirampo

Music / Concert Previews Jan 12, 2007

Afrirampo

'We get our influences from food -- cucumbers, carrots and spring onions and rosemary." If Afrirampo's supposed musical inspiration seems a bit bland, their tracks certainly are not. On Jan. 14, the duo plays the final day of the three-day Enban Jamboree 6, held by ...

Plentitudes to show

Art Dec 14, 2006

Plentitudes to show

'The thing that has been consistently with me is the notion of creating something today that didn't exist yesterday; to make things for me is a kind of curiosity," says the prolific 55-year-old artist Shinro Ohtake. This unassuming inquisitiveness, as well as his obsession with ...

"Letters First"

Art Oct 19, 2006

"Letters First"

Space Edge October 20 & 21 Presented by street crew Seventh Letter and the Australian street label, Royal Elastics, Letters First (www.tkicorp.jp/lettersfirst/) presents the work of 43 graffiti artists. Taking place at Space Edge (Shibuya, 3-26-17, Nomura Building, 1F; free), each artist submitted a one-letter message. ...

Artist as inventor

Art Jul 20, 2006

Artist as inventor

You, like many, might be satisfied with just dreaming of flying. But for inventor/artist Kazuhiko Hachiya, such an idea is hardly in the realm of fantasy -- he thinks that if people want to fly, he should find a way of making it possible. ...

Eye looks to tranquillity after his contrived chaos

Music Jun 9, 2006

Eye looks to tranquillity after his contrived chaos

"I don't really think I have any musicianship. I can't play any instruments. I have no technique. I really can't do anything. I have no professional skill at all. I'm also a crap DJ. I'm really not very deft! Really I'm crap . . ...

A mechanical evolution

Art Apr 13, 2006

A mechanical evolution

The Mori Art Musem is currently hosting an exhibition of previously unidentified life forms. These newly evolved creatures were found recently in urban areas, structurally resemble flowers, fish and insects, and have a complex inorganic, electromagnetic make-up. Or so South Korean sculptor Choe U-Ram ...

Turntable takedown

Music Apr 7, 2006

Turntable takedown

In junior high, when Kentaro Okamoto first encountered DJing on a televised DJ battle, he could never have suspected that he would end up winning the 2002 DMC World Final Championship for his talent on the turntables, or spinning alongside hip-hop royalty like The ...

Aya Kondo : Rock 'n' roll with manners

Art Feb 9, 2006

Aya Kondo : Rock 'n' roll with manners

What can you say about Aya Kondo, a woodblock-print artist who has taken staid wafu -- traditional Japanese style -- and turned it into girly sass? In doing so, Kondo encapsulates everything we love about Japanese youth culture at its best: well-mannered rock 'n' ...

Completely useless objects

Art Dec 22, 2005

Completely useless objects

It's 6 p.m., it's the end of the work day at a busy Kanda office block. OLs have been furiously tapping away at their keyboards, and connections have been made in the meeting rooms. Power players in their suits have been clinching make-or-break, win-win ...