Taka of Bar Travis

Music is life. Music make the world smaller. Just had to say that.

Happy New Year Tokyo Record Style, Friends. I’m getting off to a late start writing and posting , and the backlog of photographed people is piling up. Had a bit of your standard issue writer’s block I suspect, but my fingers and clickity-clackiting away again. So here’s to a great 2024 of music life and record style! Off we go!

The first person featured on Tokyo Record Style of 2024 didn’t actually have any records! But he did have a proper Disk Union-branded premium tote, very much like the one I rock, but was using it to carry goods, rather than records, to his shot bar, Travis, which is apparently a 20-year Shibuya backstreet institution (follow the links).

Taka was very friendly and I could tell he didn’t want to disappoint me with the fact his record store bag contained no records. Luckily I have a trick for moments like these in whichI ask my new TRS pals to at least recommend some music if they don’t, for whatever reason, actually have any on hand. Taka recommended the sensational Italian glam(-ish) rock phenomenon, Måneskin, winners of the Eurovision 2023, a band whose party I am, to no one’s surprise, late to again. To make it up for my out-of-touch-ness to both Måneskin and to Taka, I spent the last 2 days absorbing all their albums and EPs, their edgy sound, reminiscent of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Zizzla, and Black Eye’s Peas, and now I’m all aboard the Måneskin train. Cool and interesting band and story. Genuinely dug it, and now I feel like I not only leveled-up some music knowledge and appreciation and now have a band from Italy to follow (which I have far far too few of), but I also know Taka a little better and his bar Travis where I imagine there is more of all of this to discover.

Let’s keep this show rolling for 2024! Much more Tokyo Record Style on the way!

Måneskin – Rush!
Label: Epic – 19658747351, Sony Music – 19658747351, Exit Music Management – 19658747351
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Red
Country: Italy
Released: Jan 20, 2023
Genre: Rock
Style: Hard Rock

Måneskin – Teatro D’Ira – Vol.I
Label: Sony Music – 19439872901, RCA – 19439872901
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Light Orange Transparent
Country: Europe
Released: Mar 19, 2021
Genre: Rock
Style: Glam, Hard Rock

Måneskin – Il Ballo Della Vita
Label: Sony Music – 19075876731, RCA – 19075876731
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Picture Disc
Country: Italy
Released: Oct 26, 2018
Genre: Rock, Pop
Style: Funk, Pop Rock, Ballad

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