Jake and Kate

Jake and Kate were coming out of hip Big Love records when I caught up with them for a photo and a chat. They were old college schoolmates both visiting Tokyo from opposite ends of the Globe, Jake from Boston where he’s involved with a local Japanese community and Kate, originally from the Bay area but coming for a rendezvous from Taiwan where she has been living for a year.

The three of us had such a whirlwind conversation that covered so much ground from US/Japan history, to Taiwan, to Sweden, to Harajuku-ura fashion, to Kanye and Big Love, to Christoper Nemeth and Fruits Magazine, to so many sub genres of music new to me, particularly Cloud Rap, that I’m having trouble recalling it all (Thinks to self: “I need to start recording these encounters …video? Audio? What’s the best way to actually achieve this? – Hint, Hint: Leave me a comment on how you’d do it?)

I could see Tokyo’s sparkle gleaming in both Jake and Kate’s eyes, and only having just arrived the day before, they no doubt had an exciting few days ahead of them and I suspect it won’t be the last trip to Tokyo for either of them. And speaking of exciting days ahead, though I already dug into some of these VERY intriguing records and magazines they scored, I am still looking forward to diving deeper into them. They found a great record shop in Big Love and I found a great example of “The Human Algorithm” through meeting them!

Thanks for your time, Jake and Kate! Stay in touch and maybe I’ll see you on your next trip to Tokyo!

More Tokyo Record Style on the way!

Dean Blunt – Black Metal 2
Label: Rough Trade – RT0253LP
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Country: UK
Released: Oct 22, 2021
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Art Rock, Abstract, Experimental, Indie Rock

Various – Rift 2
Label: Year0001 – YR0173CD
Format: CD, Compilation, Numbered, Stereo
Country: Sweden
Released: Aug 4, 2023
Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop
Style: Abstract

Död Mark – Demos
Label: Year0001 – YR0128LP
Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, EP, Limited Edition
Country: Sweden
Released: Jun 24, 2021
Genre: Rock
Style: Punk, Alternative Rock

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