Staff Picks July 2017

Before long we'll be entering the "Dog Days" of summer, so named because of the increased visibility of Sirius, the Dog Star during the summer months. Fun fact: the Sirius star cluster spoke to the Dogon people during the Dawn of Man, but if you ask them about it today they'll act like they have no idea what you're talking about.

We missed the last month's Staff Picks. I could give you some excuses but in the end I will not apologize to you dogs, not ever, and like the Dogon people I will fade into obscurity and be forgotten, leaving behind only legends and whispers. It's the best a man can hope for in this July in the year of our Lord, 2017.

Jim Broadly, editor-in-chief

Aaron: As I'm sure we all are, I'm tempted to choose Kaala's own show, The Tower, on the 16th at Moonstep. Good venue, great bands. Instead I'll compromise by picking a show that isn't our own but also falls on a different day so that readers can make it to both! To wit: Shinjuku Extreme part 2, at DUES, is the day before (Saturday the 15th) and has a promising lineup. Fecundation and Needle Contaminated Pork are both being some great death metal, but the icing on the cake is JK nikutsubo setsudan, which have quickly become my favorite grind band in Tokyo. Get thee hence!

Jharrod: One month we are free from the tyrannical clutches of Jim Broadly, and the next he returns smelling of booze and cigarettes, slurring his words as he barks out orders. Once again under his iron rule, we bow our heads in shame for slacking and carry on.

In any case, my pick of the month is completely and totally biased, but without a doubt my favorite show on our calendar in July. Kaala Presents: The Tower is the start of our new series and the lineup is astounding. It’s hard hitting and features some of my favorite bands performing out of Tokyo today. Butcher ABC, Anatomia, F.I.D., Self Deconstruction, Worship Pain, and Broiler! Butcher ABC was one of the first Death Metal bands from Japan I had ever heard, so there is a lot of sentimental value there for me. In addition, Self Deconstruction and Broiler both performed at the first show I went to at El Puente. Anatomia is face-melting in their brutality. Worship Pain is the newest act on the bill, but with members of Funeral Sutra and Retch, you can be confident they know how to rock. And finally F.I.D., whose bone crunching grindcore is near unmatched in intensity and ferocity. Plus, The Tower is going to be held at one of my favorite venues, Nakano Moonstep. See you there on July 16th! Even though it’s a Sunday, the next day is a public holiday!

Jordan: Blah, blah, blah… The Tower… Blah, blah, blah. Of course, I’m looking forward to the The Tower, but the gig I’ve been waiting a long, long time for is Who Killed Spikey Jacket? with The Erections, Oi-SKALL MATES and others on the 9th of July at Antiknock. I’ll probably see them again at Antiknock on the 17th as well. To be honest, if The Tower wasn’t on the 16th, I’d be going to seem them on that day too. I’m going to try to not drink too much, but I’m guessing that won’t work out so well.