Tuesday Night… Let’s go to Harlem in SHIBUYA

 

Almost everyone that has been to Japan has heard of the legendary Club Harlem.  Legendary for many reasons:  It’s one of the longest running ‘black music’ clubs in Japan; It has some funny rules about which foreigners and how many can enter their venue; and it is VERY picky about it’s promoters as not just anyone can throw a party there.

That said, it is a great spot to party at and for me in particular I love the upstairs BX Cafe.  The DJs here tend towards the old-school joints that has people dancing (and I mean actually dancing, not grinding) and vibing.  It’s less crowded than the main floor and for those with money to burn there’s a spacious VIP section with GIANT American style black leather couches to relax in.

I’m still at home on my bum leg, but I encourage anyone with time tonight to stop through.

 

Back to Tokyo for Round 2! Konnichiwa Greenstreet!


Greenstreet has the kind of sound that is indescribable while at the same time being unforgettable.  Excellent live performers, they made a splash on the Japanese music scene in 2010 with performances all around the Tokyo area for the Japan Music Week.  This year they return to Japan to get into the studio, talk Japan exclusive distribution deals and perform for their growing overseas fan base.  Here’s what they had to say about their last trip to Japan and what they’re looking forward to this time around.

Name: Greenstreet
Occupation: Music
Twitter: @alivegreenst @rengreenst @soupagreenst @snaxxgreenst 
Website: http://greenstreetrecords.net

@TokyoTwilighter :  How many times have you been to Tokyo?

A-Live : Once, but currently preparing for our second trip there next month.

Soupa: Once.

@TokyoTwilighter :  What surprised you the most about Tokyo?

A-Live : The efficiency of the city was incredible; from the trains, traffic, supermarkets, etc. I live in New York City, and it’s not half as efficient as Tokyo. The energy of the people was also positively surprising — everyone was super friendly and helpful in almost every situation.

@TokyoTwilighter : Where did you party?

A-Live : Hmm. Roppongi was crazy, we did the gaijin (gaijin is a slang term for not Japanese) thing to do and went to Gas Panic..for better or worse. Shibuya was my favorite locale overall.

Soupa : Everywhere. Roppongi, Shinjuku, Shibuya..especially at The Game.

@TokyoTwilighter : How was the music scene in Tokyo?

Soupa : The hip-hop scene in Tokyo was a small and supportive crowd.  I felt like they were a family, and I really appreciated them letting me be a part of that family while I was there.  It showed me that hip-hop has no borders, and that’s great for the future and progress of our art.

A-Live : I think Tokyo has a dynamic music scene, and the best part of it is, they seem to support their own. It also showed me that music is truly an universal language; we met so many people that didn’t speak even English but were rocking with us a 100%!

@TokyoTwilighter : Did you try any Japanese cuisine or snacks?

A-Live : Yeah! The highlights for me were kaiten sushi, the ebi burger at Mos Burger, and curry udon. Also Calpis soda! Soupa went to sleep cradling a can of that every night.

Soupa :  The sushi conveyor belts were a lot of fun. I could have eaten at one of those places for every meal of every day.  I was also a big fan of dorayaki.

@TokyoTwiligher : What was the biggest challenge while visiting Tokyo?

Soupa: My Japanese…or lack thereof.

A-Live : Hm, the language was a problem at times. I’m trying to become conversational in Japanese before my next trip. Also, the exchange rate..the US dollar is miserable, smh.

@TokyoTwilighter : What’s on your Tokyo bucket list for next time?

Soupa : Honestly, I would really like to get outside of Tokyo and explore the rest of the country. On the train ride from Narita airport, I saw a lot of beautiful scenery in the countryside that I would like to get a closer look at.  I also want to take a trip up to Nagano and chill with the macaques in the hot springs at Jigokudani.

A-live: Definitely echo what Soupa said. I want to go to an onsen as well. Also, I want to get an invitation to the Louis Vuitton store in Omotesando but..that’s probably wishful thinking, haha.

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Greenstreet will be back to Japan from November 3rd – 28th.

This weekend, November 4th they’ll be performing at Grande in Shibuya

#np Mac Miller – Donald Trump

Learned about Mac Miller via ILuvLola.net For all you tumblr fans out there you’ll be excited to know the site is a tumblr 😉

 

#np MeLo X – BK AllNighter

Video by Light Up Films

#NP GAGLE – うぶこえ(See the light of day)

Gagle is a hip hop group from the Sendai area, its members are DJ Mu-r, MC Hunger and Mitsu the Beats.  Surviving the 3.11 earthquake despite their proximity to the epicenter Gagle uses their music to promote awareness about what’s going on in Northern Japan.  This song is their charity song for The East Japan Earthquake.

directed by Kazufumi Kimura (KIMGYM)
photo by Watabe 4500 & Gerhun

available on iTMS world wide :
(Japan) http://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/id432883421
(US) http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id432883421?uo=4
(Canada) http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/id432883421?uo=4
(Mexico) http://itunes.apple.com/mx/album/id432883421?uo=4
(UK) http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/id432883421?uo=4
(France) http://itunes.apple.com/fr/album/id432883421?uo=4
(Germany) http://itunes.apple.com/de/album/id432883421?uo=4
(Spain) http://itunes.apple.com/es/album/id432883421?uo=4
(Austria) http://itunes.apple.com/at/album/id432883421?uo=4
(Australia) http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/id432883421?uo=4
(NZ) http://itunes.apple.com/nz/album/id432883421?uo=4

#np S.L.A.C.K. – NEXT (Produced by BUDAMUNKY)

#Np @djtomoko n Ucca-Laugh – “ラヴ合ちん”

Yes, they thanked me in the credits.  Ask me why I’ll tell you where in the video I am.  😉

#np Promise in Love- DJ Mitsu the Beats feat. Jose James

#np @Jlie ‘Champion’

Filmed in Tokyo, Japan

 

#NP Hexstatic – Perfect Bird