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Local area man in Hanami vibes, Japan

Written by: 8 April 2016 3 Comments

I once went to a Japanese film festival hosted at Charlie Greys in Auckland to see the documentary this week’s song choice comes from. We’d attended a one day international at Eden Park during the day. Greatbatch took a awesome catch, Hadlee was incredible… and it featured a huge Island gent with pierced nipples seated by us on the terraces who took to yelling at the bowlers a lot, he silenced the stadium… it was also a time when Mexican waves and can barrages were the norm, thus we all got quite bruised.

The night before we’d been in Grey Lynn the night before where Fatel Jelly Space played (I think this day I suffered the worst hangover know to bookend) – pretty sure the house is now where Richie Hardcore lives and on the night in question my friend Erin had to put down a cat that was hit by a car… this was a huge weekend in the big city for us Hamilton based folks and it was most fun, except for the cat thing which was a major bummer.

I’d say we weren’t quite in the right frame of mind for the documentary we saw… and also we were in the perfect state…

 

Einstürzende Neubauten were in their creative prime when punk film pioneer Sohgo Ishii shot this 58-minute document in Tokyo during the band’s world tour in 1985.

Set mostly in a condemned factory/junkpile (the former Nakamatsu Ironworks), the film features a tormental troupe of butoh dancers, fire, FM Einheit repairing his shoe, micro hotography, industrial textures, live footage from their Korakuen Hall arena shows, one of their guerilla street actions, lots of beautiful destruction and amazing music.

It’s extremely, lyrically visual, perhaps because Ishii didn’t feel the need to hang everything on some skimpy plot this time and could just let his camera do the talking.

 

Anyways this one’s for the local area guy who sends us DM photos of himself in the bath.

 

3 Comments »

  • Benny said:

    This post has it all! Cheers for the film.

  • Bob Daktari said:

    hey benny, you need to get the Tortoise FACT mix, its wanky and jazzy… perfect for you, it just made me mad as all hell

    I am going cardio shopping later though

  • Benny said:

    I’m ahead of you on checking that fact mix, and you’re right, was exactly my kind of thing, you know my love of jazz wank all too well. Reminded me how much I used to listen to tortoise too.

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