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Jan 4, 2018

2017 Retrospective

Everyone knows it's basically impossible to quantify a year of life into a general list, so I'm just gonna share some photos from my tour in Japan with Ant'lrd and my mystery friend, who is also an artist I love and respect very much.

Before kicking the photos off, I'd like to link a few preceeding albums:

Ant'lrd's "Cherubian," which I released on Moss Archive this year:
https://mossarchive.bandcamp.com/album/cherubian

Bastian Void's "Adapter," which was released on Japanese label, birdFriend:
https://birdfriend.bandcamp.com/album/adapter

Bastian Void / Ant'lrd tour split, which was released on Japanese label Muzan Editions:
https://muzaneditions.bandcamp.com/album/dream-forest-somnambulist

Takahiro Mukai's "Superficial Vein," which I released on Moss Archive
https://mossarchive.bandcamp.com/album/superficial-vein

Endurance's "Heteros," which I released on Moss Archive. This guy runs Muzan Editions:
https://mossarchive.bandcamp.com/album/heteros

My set with Foodman on NTS radio:
https://www.nts.live/shows/foodman/episodes/foodman-13th-june-2017

Equip / Bastian Void / R23X / Ant'lrd in Vancouver

We arrived in Akihabara at night!

Our first bowls of ramen...

First show of tour... Halloween night in Shibuya

Our Posters in the elevator up to 7th Floor

Ant'lrd Live at 7th Floor

Sharing the stage with FOODMAN:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/607y3w6q4vtv87e/IMG_0360.m4v?dl=0

Group shot with Takahide a.k.a 食品まつり a.k.a foodman
... Cropped for privacy!

Kazuma, our tour manager, on the balcony outside 7th Floor... (someone at the show had weed. A rare treat in Japan!)

Halloween night in Shibuya! It's no joke.

Ant'lrd - gachapon king!

Ant'lrd and I rocked the Dodonpachi machine above Super Potato in Akihabara.

Kanda River, Tokyo

DJ Dirty Dirt (professional tape enthusiast) at FORESTLIMIT in Tokyo
A true punk basement in Japan. Cigarette cave.

Bar Bonobo in Harajuku. We played that chillout room up top. 
A video from that night:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/607y3w6q4vtv87e/IMG_0360.m4v?dl=0

Sick night.

H. Takahashi live at Bonobo

BEEP - Vintage PC Game store in Akihabara.. utterly amazing.

The best arcade in Akihabara - forgot the name.

Figurine Fever! Nakano Broadway in Tokyo

Best sushi of my life...

Setting up at HARMONIE in Kanazawa

Lounging. Kanazawa. We had to write our order down in Kanji. Intense.

Amazing game bar in Kanazawa called Hello World. 

View from our hostel balcony in beautiful Kanazawa.

Shochu on the roof in Osaka.

Urbanguild in Kyoto

Cyberpunk alleyway in Kyoto

Pre-show food quest in the streets Kyoto at night.

Endurance live at Urbanguild.

Takahashi Hattori live at Urbanguild! Amazing AV set.

With Takahashi Hattori - incredible composer!

Shrine atop Mt. Ikoma

Endurance. Urban explorer extraodinaire!

Streets of Osaka

Subarine bar. Totally silent inside, save for the whirring of ventilation fans. Cyberpunk af. Best Gin & Tonic of my life.

Nerding out with YPY (birdFriend Tapes)

Last show of tour...

Takahiro Mukai

7FO - dub master

Our last bowl of Ramen, back in Tokyo. Best bowl of the entire tour!
KAEDAMA!


Thanks so much to all my amazing friends and chosen family who helped make this tour a success!
Colin (Ant'lrd), Equip, Kazuma Sasajima, Josh (Endurance, Muzan Editions), Hino (birdFriend, YPY), Chris Konopka for the tour visuals, Mark Junker, Takahiro Mukai, 7FO, H. Takahashi, Yung Hirai, KATO at Forestlimit, and Takahide (Foodman)!!!! 


Here's my ten favorite videogames I snagged while in Japan:

Soukyugurentai
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shTMXSlZue4

Hellfire
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-9g9TMARs0

Kiki Kaikai
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D72hXudj_Yg

Umihara Kawase
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7ytZwSGp24

R-Type 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExfYd_1D5Ww

Mars Matrix: Hyper Solid Shooting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNBhyEjCR1U

Guardian Heroes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUCA8p0RldE

Gunner's Heaven
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGX5-U3Oi0U

Geki-Oh Shooting King
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJC38nx4QUQ&t=680s

Zero Wing (ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_WaqY7vMgw

Also a huge shoutout to everyone who I played with and everyone who helped me out in 2017!
That includes Mark McGuire, Stany (Euglosine), Peter Tran (Curved Light), Tim Davison, EAB, John Brown (World Cup), Kevin Greenspon, Mickey O'Hara, Abdul Sherzai, Ryan Kayhart, Peter Seligman, Lee Tindall (Belarisk), & my chose fam: Nick, Brian + Marg, and my amazing, brilliant partner Shawna.

Finally, here's a clip of FOODMAN playing in my room this summer:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/194lcduysjrsah9/0614171956.mp4?dl=0


ありがとう ございます