Vol. 160 Chiio

Recently, I went to Nakameguro koukashita which is one of hot places in tokyo now for a walk. Under the elevated structures in the area of the Nakameguro station was re-structured and number of popular stores in tokyo are just opened up there so there were so many people that I did not realize about the fact that the day when I visited was weekday.

I felt the atmosphere of the area of Nakameguro station was changed somewhat commercial and sophisticated so Nakameguro became an unapproachable place a bit for me compared with the past. However, I have been curious about NAKAME GALLAERY STREET. It is spaces like rental offices for creators there. I have no idea about what kind of tenants will be located in the spaces but if something like art galleries, old bookstores and record shops open or not but I will absolutely pay a visit there.

I am sure that Nakameguro will changed so much in the future and I hope that Nakameguro is one of towns that continue to send creative things out of Tokyo without destroying the calm atmospheres.

Today’s artist is “CHIIO” that is a 4 piece pop band in Tokyo. I listened to their music for the first time at an event that was held in Tennoucho last month. Despite a PA staff of the venue seemed to be concerned about a sound and very nervous because the venue was rather small, their gigs in the event was pretty cool and well worth listening. Their music is composed of guitar melodies like a rock music of the west coast in the U.S. and Japanese lyrics of smoothly sounds is very comfortable. Please check them out.

 

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Apollo

 

最近、散歩がてら今話題の中目黒高架下を訪れました。東急電鉄の中目黒駅周辺の高架下が再開発され、東京で人気のお店が出店していたりと、平日とは思えないようなたくさんの人で賑わっている様子が伺えました。以前に比べ、ちょっとアーバンでビジネスライクになった雰囲気が、筆者のような田舎出身の者には少し近寄り難くなったなぁという思いがありつつも、施設の中にあるNAKAME GALLAERY STREETというクリエイターの為の貸しオフィスの様な空間はちょっと気になる。自身にとっては定期券内でふらっと立ち寄れる身近な駅ですし、アートギャラリーの様なものや古本屋とかレコードショップなどが出来たらついつい寄っちゃうのだろうなぁとか思ったりします。とはいっても中目黒という土地柄もありますし、きっと出店条件もそれなりなのでしょう。街の雰囲気が大きく変わりそうですが、目黒川沿いのような穏やかな雰囲気は残しつつも、東京の新しいクリエイティブを発信し続ける街であってほしいなと思います。

 

今日のアーティストは CHIIO。東京を拠点に活動している4ピースのポップバンド。先月、天王町で行われたイベントに出演していた際、初めて知り、気になったバンドです。彼らの転換中に、会場のPAの方が「CHIIOは最高だ。俺のPAがダメすぎる。」の様なことを会話していた風景がとても印象に残っていて、しかしながら、仮にもし音響に不完全があったとしても、先日のライブは充分に聞き応えのある演奏だったなぁと思いました。US西海岸ロックの様なギターメロディーと、淡々とした穏やかな音の日本語の歌詞の組み合わせが心地よくて、演奏が進むに連れてメンバー全員の熱量がだんだん高まっていく感じも感じ取れましたし、とても良いバンドだなぁと思いました。

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