2019 – Global music reporting with a new epicenter

2019 has started with a BANG! 
We have reclocated to a musical capitol in the world: Austin.
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The Elected Officals video shoot in Austin

However, you probably won’t find us sitting still here in Austin too often.
Goal is to really be out and about.
It is true that musicians from all over the world are coming here,
and there are tons of good music already IN this town,
but we will also go places, both within the US, and abroad, to report about how
music aids in positive change, produces community,
and creates value
for people.
Now when focus is broadend, some of you might fear that we won’t keep in touch
with the Japanese scene. Fear not, several trips are planned for Japan,
and we have started a new feature here on the Pink Spider Web:
an artist catalogue.
This will take time to develop, so pleace be patient while we will be publishing
this a little at the time.  Goal is to have a page for each of the bands we have seen,
heard about, are about to see, or is the talk of the town.
Artists lists will be listed in catoegories:
Japanese artists, Swedish artists, American (USA) artists and the rest of
the world.
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Punk is one of many categories we will cover.

The last category will be broken up, and new catoegories coming as we travel
the world and expand our ‘roster’. Next in line is breaking out for example
UK artists, Italian artists, Russian artist etc.
New collaborations are also in the making. We are currently networking
with other journalists, labels, bookers, venues and of course artists
all around the globe.
So even if you came here primarily for your interest in Japan and Japanese artists,
don’t worry, we will still keep a close tab on happenings in Japan,
but you will also have more inside stories, news, and find artists from
other places in the world! Think of it like a BONUS!
Many have asked us why we don’t focus on a special genre, like punk, or metal,
or shoegaze, or ska, or….., or……, or……
This is a good and valid question.
However, since this site started as a site for Japanese music and especially for
Visual Kei music coming out of Japan, and then ventured out to include
all kinds of music within Japan, it is only natural we maintain that broad vision.
That said, we will pick and choose what we find interesting, our preferences f
or what we like to listen to, and hoping to ignite your interest and passion,
for all the artists we showcase.
2018 was a year of many transitions.
2019 will be a year of new launches for us, expansions both on and off the site,
new gigs, new adventures, like SXSW, international scopes, international travels
and most of all tons of MUSIC!
Let’s ROCK this year!!
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More to come soon
// Anna

 

 

I can feel the kiss

I recorded this video clip in Vanuatu 2010.
The true beginning…as every day is a beginning.
I just wasn’t aware of it then, that the trip to Vanuatu
was going to set-off a chain reaction of events,
that lead from this moment in Vanuatu,
to my ‘new life’ in Japan just a year later.

The amount of accumulated special moments since then
until this present moment, is huge!
So what I am doing, is to spread them out on my
enormous time line.
I have divided the time-line spanning from little before this
video in Vanuatu until today, and on it I add photos.
To each photo I add a note with event name,
for example “Live gig at Meguro Live Station with xxx band”.

Under the line I also add notes like departure times for
flights, visits from abroad, and everything else.
Just to keep track of all the places I’ve been…
is a task in itself
During the years I cover (about 6-7 years), besides my life in Japan,
I lived in or visited (not in order and many I visited several times):
USA: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico,  Texas,
Utah, and Washington
UK including London and Wales, Sweden, Germany, Laos, Ukraine,
Azerbaijan, India, Nepal, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Vanuatu, Mexico, Canada, Singapore
…. and more
and in Japan, I traveled a total of 6 weeks with Japan Rail Pass.
From northern Tohoku to Kyushu and a lot of it in between.

The program I use for this purpose is called ‘Scapple’
and it’s really invaluable to my book writing project.

In the photo below I combined two screen shots.
In the upper half,
one can see one year (of approximately 7 years total)
In the lower half one can see
how it looks closer up.
I still need to add more notes about each event,
for example names of band members at a live,
or who was with me at a certain bar and so on.

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It is however time-consuming!
Often I find my mind wandering off.
A photo generate an intense feeling of
actually being there.
I can smell the flowers.
I can hear the music.
I can feel the kiss on my lips.
I can hear arguments and conflicts.
I can sense the love
It’s all embedded in this time line.
And the questions arise.
Why?  Why did we meet?
Why did I choose this or that?
It is also time consuming by the whole
metod in itself,
but in the end, I’m sure this is the best way!

Memories, but also a future.
My future.
Our future.
I have no doubt that even if I’m writing my book
about the past, it is not finished.
My story is not finished.
Friendship, and relationships,
continue in to the future.
My book is a snippet of this
continuum!
It really has no true beginning,
nor is it by any means
over yet!

Anna

 

PAINFUL departure

Leaving Tokyo was emotionally painful..but I was looking forward to some sunshine and warmer weather in the US. LAX had gorgeous spring weather and here today it was a nice +15C/+59F and I felt hope for spring and thawing my core… until I had this sudden realization tonight, that NO, this is New Mexico and yes, temperatures can drop, and weather can change especially over night….
I’m becoming so intolerant for this yucky frozen wetness and I really dont like it, especially not without proper winter clohtes. NOT Much sense in buying any either since Im leaving in less than 2 weeks going to Australia and in April when I come back to Japan it will not be horrors like winter temperatures anymore…
I really think that part of my agony has to do with the fact that I don’t have clothes for this.
I do soooooo NOT like this!
Sorry for the whine, but now I regret ever complaining about the cold temps in Tokyo!!

Good Bye Tokyo! See you soon again!

Good bye Tokyo …. This post will be blogged from my phone while in bed the last night
in my Sangubashi apartment.
It’s painful.
I’m not sad or depressed, at least not yet, but it hurts!
Most likely the pain will become tears later on, maybe on the airplane on Monday night..
But I know I will be back here soon and maybe one day will come when I don’t have to
do this back and forth travel, but instead travel when I think it’s a good time to do so,
and have a more permanent situation in Japan.
One day at a time though.
Yesterday me and Phoe-lo went to Shimokitazawa and to my favorite bar there – Duke.
They have the sweetest DJ,  who has his long hair tied up in a ponytail and he plays
classic rock from vinyls.
I love shimokitazawa!
It has a relaxed, cool and ambient atmosphere, like a laid back and less anxious Shibuya. Less people and less tourists. It’s a very music, artsy kind of place in Tokyo.
On the schedule today was cleaning and packing everything up.
After scrubbing the bath tub, we took a break and went to Anea cafe across the street
from my apartment. For some odd and unknown reason I have never been there during
my five months in this apartment, and well we were up to two surprises:
First of all as you can see in the photo they also accept canine guests, and each dog immediately gets a bowl of water and a basket to rest in if they want one.
Also in the menu there’s a section with dishes especially designed for the dogs.
The second surprise was that they have free wifi, something extremely rare in Tokyo and
the only other place I know of that has that is a Seattle coffee place near Shinjuku station.
Was a tad annoying to discover this my very last day in Sangubashi. Then again yet
another plus for choosing this place again when I’m back;
if they have any availability that is.