Dharma volitev

N'toko blog, 2. december 2012 ― Dobil sem občutek, da sem morda pustil nekatere stvari v včeraj objavljenem besedilu (http://www.drzavljanskaodgovornost.si/?p=77) nerazjasnene, zato bi rad še malo razdelal točke, kjer je prišlo do nerazumevanj. Predvsem sem od nekaterih komentatorjev dobil občutek, da je namen besedila zgolj vzpodbuda k volitvam, ter da izvolitvi "pravega" kandidata pripisujem prevelik pomen. Nikakor nisem tako naiven, da svoje upe polagam v kakega politika. Na volitve gledam predvsem pragmatično. Le malokateri politik je prišel na oblast in si rekel: "Ok, pa da vidimo, kaj lahko spremenim, da bodo ljudje v moji državi bolje živeli." Še enkrat navajam, kar sem že povedal v prvem besedilu: "Osnovne socialne pravice avtomatično pripadajo samo bogatim, nižji sloj pa si jih je moral vedno znova izboriti. In si jih tudi je. Ne s pomočjo cinikov, kot sem jaz, ampak tistih, ki so znali premagati svoje razlike in izkoristiti vsako, še tako majhno, možnost za napredovanje k cilju. So plod več desetletij trdega dela aktivistov, delavcev, sindikatov, pravnikov, izobražencev in kulturnikov." Spremembe ne pridejo z izvolitvijo nekega politika, pač pa s pritiskom nanj. Pri izbiri kandidata se torej poskušam vživeti v situacijo katerega izmed ljudi, ki se borijo za moje socialne pravice. Nekdo bo izvoljen v vsakem primeru. S katerim od kandidatov bodo ti ljudje lažje stopili v dialog in nekaj dosegli? Tudi zelo majhna razlika je lahko tukaj ključna. Vprašajte njih, ne sebe. Meni je morda vseeno, njim pa gotovo ne. Glede odnosa do volitev opažam še eno zmoto: Neudeležba ni isto kot bojkot. Bojkot volitev je aktivno dejanje, organizirana akcija, ki ima svoj konkreten manifest s katerim nastopi v javnosti z namenom nekaj doseči. Neudeležba je pasivno dejanje, je odstopanje od kakršnegakoli stališča, tudi od bojkota. Z njo ni izraženo nič. Tudi v primeru, da ti osebna prepričanja ne dopuščajo voliti katerega izmed kandidatov, je po mojem mnenju bolje iti na volišče in na svoj listek narisati sli
The Fashion Crisis Doesn't Stop!

The Fashion Crisis Doesn't Stop!

N'toko blog, 6. november 2012 ― Že dobro leto je mimo odkar so se Praha Depart prvič podali na pot v Evropo in s tem seveda tudi v Slovenijo. Turneja z mojim najljubšim japonskim bendom mi bo vedno ostala v spominu kot eden izmed vrhuncev mojega glasbenega delovanja. Še vedno kdaj za nazaj pogledam fotografije Aleša Rose, ki je dokumentiral celotno turnejo, in se spominjam neštetih zapletov in rešitev, ki smo jih srečali v tistih treh tednih. Gotovo je bil zame eden najlepših trenutkov turneje prav prvi nastop v Ljubljani, kjer so Praha Depart v tisti eni uri na odru upravičili ves šestmesečni trud, ki je šel v ta projekt. V nekatere bende se pač zaljubiš in težko sploh razložim ljudem, v čem je njihov čar, dokler jih sami ne vidijo v živo. Mislim da se vsi, ki ste bili na koncertih v Ljubljani ali Mariboru strinjate z mano, da malokateri bend da toliko od sebe na odru. Vmes so počeli marsikaj, med drugim obiskali tudi Kanado in ZDA in ustvarili kup novega materiala. Letos sem imel čast nekajkrat nastopiti z njimi na Japonskem in se ponovno prepričati, zakaj jih tako rad gledam v živo. 8. in 9. novembra bodo spet pri nas, v ljubljanski Gromki in mariborskemu Kinu Udarnik. Na Ljubljanskem koncertu se bo uresničila moja fantazijska kombinacija, saj bodo nastopili skupaj z najbolj pisano in vznemirljivo domačo skupino zadnjih let, Napravi Mi Dete. Dogodek smo ponovno poimenovali "Fashion Crisis", saj bi radi, da nekako povzame vzdušje istoimenskega tokijskega eventa. Na Fashion Crisisu vedno srečaš nepredvidljive kombinacije bendov in didžejev, saj obiskovalci vedo preveč o glasbi, da bi se obremenjevali s predalčkanjem. Zanima nas slišati nekaj novega, biti presenečeni in spoznavati različne glasbenike in njihove poslušalce. Predvsem pa se hočemo zabavati. Napravi Mi Dete in Praha Depart sta benda, ki mi poosebljata takšen attitude, didžeji Shampoo Guy, Shanti Priya in Bravo Urška pa se bomo tudi trudili ne zaostajati za kozmopolitanskostjo naših gostov. Kot kaže se bo nabor glasbe vsekakor nagi

La Depression

N'toko blog, 26. oktober 2012 ― My bro Shampoo Guy has a new song up. It's built around vocals taken from the Pizzicato Five song "La Depression" from their 1998 record "Playgirl Playboy". I really like the lyrics of the whole song, although I only used a small part of the original. "I havent seenA single interestingMan aroundFor agesA gentleCuteRichBlokeWeve been going throughQuite a recession these daysThe world is going throughSome crisis I tell youThese days have beenSomewhat tediousInterestingGuysAre not availableThis seasonGentleCuteRichBlokesWeve been going throughQuite a recession these daysThe world is going throughSome crisis I tell youEverything has beenA bore of lateThe worldIs a boreMy godYou are so unfairAs for interestingAs for interestingGuysI dont think theres anyAroundWeve been going throughQuite a recession these daysThe world is going throughSome crisis I tell youEverything has beenA bore of lateThe worldIs a boreMy godYou are so unfair"
New season of Safari!

New season of Safari!

N'toko blog, 23. oktober 2012 ― Prišla je jesen in hladne dni si bomo malo popestrili z novo sezono Safari eventov. Lanska sezona je minila prehitro in v 9ih mesecih nismo uspeli povabiti vseh imen, ki nas trenutno navdušujejo na domači elektronski sceni. Letos se spet obeta veliko novitet, pa tudi nove glasbe artistov, ki jih že dolgo nismo videli nastopati. Veselim se spet prijetnega vzdušja v Gromki in vseh prijateljev, ki ste lansko sezono naredili tako zabavno! Začeli bomo z live actoma dveh producentov, ki še nista prišla na vrsto, čeprav sta bila ves čas visoko na seznamu naših želja. V četrtek bosta torej na odru kraljevala dva neverjetno produktivna in kreativna domača ustvarjalca elektronske glasbe, Poll A Rock in Bownr. Močno priporočam! Autumn has arrived and we're kicking off a new season of Safari events to keep ourselves amused durning the cold upcoming days. Last year passed too quickly and we didn't manage to invite all the artists we're excited about in those 9 months. There are a lot of new acts coming up, as well as new music from artists we haven't seen in a while. I'm really looking forward to the pleasant atmosphere in Gromka and to seeing everybody who made last year so much fun.  We'll be starting the season with live acts from two awesome producers who have been high on our wishlist all year, but we still haven't managed to get to Safari. This Thursday the stage in Gromka will belong to Poll A Rock and Bownr, both unbelievably tallented and hyperproductive electronic musicians. I strongly suggest you check them out!Both artists have done amazing remix work, I've already worked together with Poll A Rock on this Moveknowledgement track, and would love to see Bownr lend some of the magic he did with New wave Syria's music. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/536679086345591/LiVe aCts:BOWNR (zAvodKru, Ricochet UK)Popotnik skozi žanr in čas, nepogrešljiva figura na domači elektronski sceni, ki nas že leta navdušuje z nepredvidljivimi izdajami na
Prava Japonska

Prava Japonska

N'toko blog, 8. oktober 2012 ― Če bi se spusčal v vsak slabo napisan, površen, ali zavajajoč članek objavljen na internetu, bi verjetno lahko počel samo še to. Postal bi eden izmed tistih anonimnih komentatorjev, ki nikoli ne izključi caps lock tipke in bljuva ven svoje ultra-desničarske ali ultra-levičarske reakcije na vse, kar je izrečenega na kakem internetnem mediju. Vsekakor hočem bolje izkoristiti svoje življenje. Za voljo svojega umskega zdravja se vzdržujem pretiranega ukvarjanja s stanjem novinarstva v Sloveniji in se poskušam omejiti na branje vsebin, ki mi ne bodo možgane ves čas poganjale v caps lock stanje. Da ne bodo na koncu obtičali v njem. Večino časa mi kar uspeva, imam pa eno šibko točko; vedno znova, ko se kak novinar, bloger, fotograf, ali popotnik spravi k pisanju o Japonski, se me polasti neverjeten bes in še preden se zavedam, že divje udriham po tipkovnici v svojih možganih. In priznam, včasih tudi po fizični tipkovnici na računalniku.  Na Japonsko tematiko sem občutljiv, ker se precej ukvarjam z njo. Moja ljubezen do Japonske se je začela podobno kot pri večini zahodnjakov. V njeno kulturo sem vstopil skozi glasbo, filme, animeje in literaturo, ko pa sem končno tudi zares stopil na njena tla, nisem nikoli več hotel oditi. Želel sem si razvozlati skrivnosti te misteriozne dežele na koncu sveta in se v njeni, tako radikalni drugačnosti, počutiti domače.  Po petih letih vračanja lahko res rečem, da mi je Japonska postala drugi dom, nikakor pa ne morem reči, da sem karkoli razvozlal. Prvo leto sem mislil, da zdaj vem vse, naslednje leto sem videl, da sem si marsikaj čisto narobe razložil, tretje leto pa sem videl, da so tudi moja nova spoznanja zelo omejena in da sem v resnici šele na začetku. Z novimi poznanstvi, boljšim razumevanjem jezika in širšimi izkušnjami pride tudi vedno novo preverjanje dosedanjih dognanj.  Ravno zaradi te njene izmuzljivosti nam je Japonska tako privlačna za preučevanje. Ker je tako eksotična, je tudi tako odprta za interpretacijo. Tam
Squat Disneyland

Squat Disneyland

N'toko blog, 1. oktober 2012 ―                                       Squat Disneyland V zadnjih tednih, odkar spet obiskujem ljubljanska koncertna prizorišča, v sebi opažam nove občutke. Morda bi stanje bolje opisal kot pomanjkanje občutkov, kar je zame nekaj novega. Za ponazoritev bom uporabil dogodek Festival Pomladi, ki se je prejšnji četrtek zgodil v Gali Hali. Pa ne zato, ker bi ta konkreten festival ali to koncertno prizorišče po čemerkoli iztopala v dobrem ali slabem smislu, niti si ne želim pisati recenzije ali karkoli očitati organizatorjem in klubu. Vsi so vrhunsko opravili svoje delo. Ta večer uporabljam le zato, ker je tako primeren teren za opis tega, česar zadnje čase (ne) čutim.  Za začetek naj povem, da mi je bil line-up Festivala Pomladi všeč. Vključeval je močnega headlinerja, Nôze, ki naj bi preverjeno pripeljala veliko ljudi, in mi njihova glasba celo ni popolnoma nagravžna. Vključeval je manj preverjenega nemškega eksperimentalnega elektroničarja Tolouse Low Trax, ki bi sicer težko našel pot na slovenske odre. In vključeval je preverjeno dobro, a še čisto svežo in večini publike neznano, domačo zasedbo Ewok. Zanimiva kombinacija bolj 'ljudskih' in nekoliko bolj podtalnih izvajalcev. Sluzasta žurerja Nôze bi lahko v zakajenem, ne-sterilnem metelkovskem vzdušju izpadla kot prava hedonista iz zlate dobe chicago house-a, alternativnejši Tolouse Low Trax in Ewok pa bi pred tako veliko množico nakurjenih plesalcev izpadli kot prave zvezde. Obetala se je zabavna noč.  Zgodil pa se je event, ki ga je obiskovalec pozabil še preden se je dobro odpravil domov. Lahko bi ga primerjal z žensko, ki je očitno ogromno vložila v svojo garderobo, a ne zna okusno nositi svojih oblek. Kaj je šlo narobe? Zakaj nisem začutil nastopov na Festivalu Pomladi? Kot se pogosto dogaja, se je najbolj zagnan, najizvirnejši in najbolj konkreten nastop večera zgodil na samem začetku. Ewok so svoj nažigaški, punkovsko surovi elektro repertoar odigrali kot pravi festivalski bend, s fantastičn
Last days in Japan

Last days in Japan

N'toko blog, 28. avgust 2012 ― Hey hey people, I'm sad to say that my last week in Japan has arrived and I will be going back to Slovenia soon... It has been an amazing 3 months and like every year so far I am leaving with the firm determination to come back as soon as possible. I am incredibly lucky to be able to hang out with such amazing people in this beautiful city! This weekend I finally got to experience the amazing Awa-odori festival in Koenji! It was so exciting to see the hundreds of thousands of people rolling into Koenji to partake in the dancing madness. The atmosphere was amazing and the dancers were too beautiful to be true.  This last week I will try to make the most of my time and I will be playing a show almost every day. Here's where I'll be gigging: 8/30,Thursday  My friends Jebiotto are putting together an amazing event in one of my favorite venues, Higashi Koenji 20000 Den-atsu. I'll be playing with Praha Depart, Jebiotto, Exoskeletone, and Abikyokan! Do.Not.Miss.!!!! https://www.facebook.com/events/132468363562617/ 8/31, Friday Friday night in Shibuya! Catch me at the event 絶対 Blend vol.2 in Ruby Room with ManYuh, Swanky Dank and Icon Girl Pistols. Zana will be deejaying! https://www.facebook.com/events/412725758763423/ 8/2, Sunday Me and Zana will have our little goodbye party in Koenji One. We'll be DJ-ing along with several other Fashion Crisis regulars and our good friends Kanterbury and Praha Depart will play live sets! 8/4, Tuesday The very last night before boarding the plane I will be making a final stop in Roppongi Super Deluxe at the event This&That Cafe! https://www.facebook.com/events/347282842013930/ Hope to see you guys sometime this week!
Koenji staycation

Koenji staycation

N'toko blog, 21. avgust 2012 ― Haven't been playing too many shows since my Kyushu tour, but luckily that's left me with enough time to finally see some more gigs from other bands and djs, as well as spend some quality time in good old Koenji! Me and Zana joined our friend Matt on his "Koenji staycation" project, the object of which is him spending his summer vacation at home to explore Koenji's endless labyrinth of amazing bars, shops, cafes, restaurants and live venues. We went from visiting shops that we've passed by numerous times and never walked into, to finding hidden treasures in places we've never bothered to look at or even knew existed. It was fascinating to see Meluken, supposedly the oldest cafe in Koenji, which feels like a fairytale cavern lost in time, shrubs overgrowing the entrance, classical music playing with the hiss of old vinyl, ancient decor and an incredibly charming madame running the place as if the outside world hadn't changed for decades. On the other hand you have post-apocalyptic clothes shops such as Kitakore or Nincampoop Capacity, retro-futuristic sci-fi bars like Godzilla 2, 1930s era Japanese film themed izakayas in basements, European styled cafes in the street, bizzarro music venues Muryoku Muzenji and Enban, bleach white sparsely decorated minimalist coffee shops, and places like the mysterious Cafe Rui which seem as if the only people who ever visit them must be ghosts. The more time I spend here, the more exciting I find Koenji. One can observe beautiful sights from early morning when the first people head to work and the monks see to their rituals in the temples, to late night when the last incredibly shitty yet in some way amazing street bands play their songs outside Koenji station.  But just in case you were wondering, no, we're not just sitting around eating and drinking and partying (although that does seem to take up a large percentage of our time), there is also an N'toko video being shot and a new Trinitron album being recorded and a bunch of g
Kyushu tour report

Kyushu tour report

N'toko blog, 24. julij 2012 ― In Kyushu hotel Amorphous Kaki with Deltas Fake Girl Nott RIM Kaki Call And Response crew rocking Saizeriya Jebiotto in Kokura Kokura after party Ian DJ-ing in the early hours of the night-Kumamoto after party
Telephone club

Telephone club

N'toko blog, 17. julij 2012 ― So what's new? I've been dragging my gear around Tokyo playing a bunch of shows and took a trip to Osaka as well. My personal highlight so far has been the birthday event in Koenji DOM, where Ian rounded up a bunch of awesome bands to celebrate his, mine and Zana's birthday (we all have them in the same 10 days, so we made one big party instead of 3 small ones). Now Koenji DOM isn't a proper live music venue, but a rehearsal studio for bands. That means that gigs are held back to back in two tiny practice rooms with just enough space in them to fit in a 5 member band. Add 20 more crazy audience members into the room and you have an amazing, sweaty, loud as fuck rock experience. Well, that is if the bands are good, which in this case, they were. It started off with a great performance by a band called KyuShoku, who played a heavy, noised out stoner-dub set that set the atmosphere for the night perfectly. The mysterious, ever-changing Kaki played a gig in pitch dark and started the dance-friendly part of the evening, it was great to see her play to such a cool audience. I missed a couple of bands while setting up my gear, then quickly found myself playing to a packed room of sweaty enthusiasts, which I realized is the best possible environment for me. Fuck big venues and festivals, give me a dark chamber with 20 head banging friends any day. After my gig I saw heated performances by LOVEBUYLOVE and my favorite band of the night Jebiotto. Jebiotto brought the event to an end with a show as fun and relaxed as their singer was drunk...everything seemed to be falling apart at the seams, mics falling to the ground, effects getting stepped on by the audience, cables pulled out, lyrics forgotten and the vocalists voice completely gone, but it all added up to a hell of a show. Can't remember having that much fun in ages. I say that a lot don't I? Jebiotto doing their thing. The clip isn't from our event, but I think it sums up what they do nicely The party was follow
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