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Shelter Video

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The Reducers at  Shelter, Tokyo, Japan - June 25, 2004 - Get Out Of Denver (small)Get Out Of Denver Video

Shaky!

BIG, BIG, full screen version.
20mb!! Good for super-speedy, office type internet connections.

Medium size version.
12mb. Good for speedy, home type internet connections.

Tiny little version.
5mb in size. Also good for home internet connections, but it will still take a while if you use a dial-up modem.

As an internet user it's your right to wait as long as you'd like for any size file, so if you've got the time and want to see the big video in all of its supreme shakiness, please click! Then wait.


Posted by rpb on July 13, 2004 at 12:27 PM EDT | Comments (1)

Sailfest

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At Peter's request I'm attaching two of my (increasingly blurry) photos from Sailfest yesterday. It might be time for a new camera. Just wait until you see Peter's great, fully focused photos from the tour...

Steve is gravity-challenged in this shot from Sailfest and that's why I like it.

The Reducers at SailFest 2004 - Click to enlarge photo


The Reducers at SailFest 2004 - Click to enlarge photo


Posted by rpb on July 12, 2004 at 12:38 PM EDT | Comments (0)

Audio Files from First Shelter Gig

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I thought I'd share a little bit of audio from the tour, and I'm going to try to post different mp3 tracks from each show as the weeks progress.

These two songs were recorded on June 25, 2004 at Shelter in Tokyo.

Life In The Neighborhood

Get Out Of Denver

ENJOY!


Posted by rpb on July 06, 2004 at 11:23 PM EDT | Comments (0)

Back To Brooklyn

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Well it took 13 hours in a tin can flying through the sky (as Tommy might say), but we finally made it back to JFK. Martha met us in a spiffy van, helped to pack us in and gave me a ride to my apartment. Of course I managed to steer us in the wrong direction from JFK, but hopefully everyone enjoyed the extended, if unintentional tour of glorious Flatbush Avenue. Heck, we even spotted an enticing little restaurant along the way...

osaka.jpg

Anyhow, The Reducers should be back in New London in a few hours after a safe (but oh, so lengthy) plane trip. We're all a little tired but still thrilled with the experience. I think we'll all continue to write notes over the next few weeks and try to go into more detail about some of the more interesting adventures, so stay tuned.


Posted by rpb on July 04, 2004 at 08:08 PM EDT | Comments (4)

Shelter Club/ 7/3/04 Set List

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Here's the blow by blow account of last night's performance.

Out Of Step
Black Plastic Shoes
She's Having A Meltdown
San Antone
Subject To Change
Fashion Of The Times
Going Going Gone
Can't Hardly Wait
Information Overload
Life In The Neighborhood
She's A Wind Up
Let's Go
Rocks
Some Other Time
Stay With Me
I Call That Living
Scared Of Cops
Company Man
That'll Be Just Fine
No Ambition
Pub Rocking
So Civilized

Encore 1:
Ready Steady Go
In The City
Hurt By Love
Going Back Home

Encore 2:
Hippy Hippy Shake (w/Fifi)

Encore 3:
Rockaway Beach

Encore 4:
Capital Radio (w/Shintaro)
She Does It Right/Route 66

Just a quick note before I gather up my bags for the return flight. There are so many great memories from last night and the past week (I will never forget Tom teaching the words "Tall Boy" to one of last night's party guests) and I hope we've been able to share some of these moments via this web blog. I'll get more photos to online as soon as I return to Flatbush Avenue, and with luck we can continue to share and recount the minute details of this amazing trip.

And my shiner? Ooooph, it's still there but its color has progressed from a cringe-worthy mucky black hue to a mild wavy purple that looks like half finished makeup job off of an early record by The Cure. Time to put on the shades.

Goin' back home...


Posted by rpb on July 03, 2004 at 08:54 PM EDT | Comments (1)

Shelter Club/ 7/3/04 Set List

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Here's the blow by blow account of last night's performance.

Out Of Step
Black Plastic Shoes
She's Having A Meltdown
San Antone
Subject To Change
Fashion Of The Times
Going Going Gone
Can't Hardly Wait
Information Overload
Life In The Neighborhood
She's A Wind Up
Let's Go
Rocks
Some Other Time
Stay With Me
I Call That Living
Scared Of Cops
Company Man
That'll Be Just Fine
No Ambition
Pub Rocking
So Civilized

Encore 1:
Ready Steady Go
In The City
Hurt By Love
Going Back Home

Encore 2:
Hippy Hippy Shake (w/Fifi)

Encore 3:
Rockaway Beach

Encore 4:
Capital Radio (w/Shintaro)
She Does It Right/Route 66

Just a quick note before I gather up my bags for the return flight. There are so many great memories from last night and the past week (I will never forget Tom teaching the words "Tall Boy" to one of last night's party guests) and I hope we've been able to share some of these moments via this web blog. I'll get more photos to online as soon as I return to Flatbush Avenue, and with luck we can continue to share and recount the minute details of this amazing trip.

And my shiner? Ooooph, it's still there but its color has progressed from a cringe-worthy mucky black hue to a mild wavy purple that looks like half finished makeup job off of an early record by The Cure. Time to put on the shades.

Goin' back home...


Posted by rpb on July 03, 2004 at 08:54 PM EDT | Comments (1)

Statto 7/1/04 Set List

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Here's the best reconstruction of the set list - the audience tape we recorded will be able to confirm the accuracy at a later date:

Life In The Neighborhood
San Antone
Don't Make Me Mad
On The Road Again
Out Of Step
Hurt
That'll Be Just Fine
Information Overload
Some Other Time
Get Away
Scared Of Cops
Shake Some Action
Let's Go
Bums I Used To Know
Kids Game
I Call That Living
Medim Cool
Pub Rocking

Encore 1
Can't Hardly Wait
Roadrunner
She Does It Right/Route 66

Encore 2
Rockaway Beach


Posted by rpb on July 02, 2004 at 10:28 PM EDT | Comments (0)

Just one more to go...

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I'll keep this short. I didn't really have much to say yesterday - thought the photos and videos might do more justice to the scene over here.

It's just impossible to believe that this adventure is winding down. Tonight is the last gig of the trip and then it's back to USA.

Yesterday was a terrific day off. Hugh and I took a trip to the Record Collectors district with Koji (Rockbottom bassist and super cool tall guy) and managed to find a few great items. I just wanted to get some picture sleeve 45's of Japanese artists, but also managed to sneak in a pretty cool double gatefold 10" called "Christmas Live at The Patti" - a very early relic of the pub-rock era. Never saw it before and now it's mine.

So many details about the evening but I went to give Hugh a crack. Peter will be sure to list the details of our evening at the baseball game and our "Fast Drink" adventure.


Posted by rpb on July 02, 2004 at 08:56 PM EDT | Comments (0)

Fiddler Video

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The Reducers at  The Fiddler, Tokyo, Japan - June 29, 2004I took some "me time" last night and took a look at some of the video and photos from the past few nights. I managed to get some of the Fiddler show into the laptop that we brought on the trip (thanks McD!!!) and put together a very quick compilation of a few moments from that crazy show. Check it out here:

http://homepage.mac.com/bruxx/comp2.mov

You'll need Apple Quicktime installed to watch. (3.7MB)

I also sent a mess of pictures to McD (our techno-hero halfway across the ocean) and with a little luck he'll be able to post them on the web site so that you have some images to go along with our blog posts.

We're off in a few minutes to Statto in Musashi-Sakai, just 30 minutes out of Shinjuku station. Our friend Kazu, AKA CHI (the caps are imperative) is going to guide us from the New Tokyo Hotel to the club and make sure that we arrive intact.

OK, Kaika's on my back to get off of the computer and out to the club.

We've been told that "Kaika" translates to "pleasure" in Japanese.


Posted by rpb on July 01, 2004 at 12:52 AM EDT | Comments (3)

Set List Fiddler, Tokyo 6/29/04

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Here's the set list for The Fiddler show. There were lots of impromptu changes as the night went on so this is our best reconstruction of what actually got played.

Set 1:
Thought I Heard A Heartbeat
Three Bells In A Row
Bums I Used To Know
That'll Be Just Fine
Life In The Neighborhood
Baby Come Back
Let's Go
Maximum Depression
Shake Some Action
Out Of Step
Company Man
Heart Of The City

Set 2:
Don't Mind Rockin'
Black Plastic Shoes
Catch That Train
Little Punky Hood
Subject To Change
Roadrunner
Rocks
Fine, Fine, Fine
Hurt By Love
Dirty Water
Capital Radio (with Shintaro on lead vocal!)
So Civilized

Set 3:
San Antone
First Time
Cruise To Nowhere
Take The K.A.S.H
Get Away
Spaghetti Western #6
Pub Rocking
99 1/2
Your Mother
Secret Agent Man
96 Tears
She Does It Right
Peace, Love & Understanding

Encore 1:
Complete Control
Something Better Change

Encore 2:
Tiger
Route 66


Posted by rpb on June 29, 2004 at 11:39 PM EDT | Comments (1)

Fiddler

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It's tough to describe the show last night without sounding like we're laying it on a little thick, but I promise that there's no exageration - last night was probably the most exciting Reducers show that I've ever seen.

As Hugh mentioned, things started off a little rough but there was nothing but joy once the music began, and the feeling in the room became overwhelmingly positive. The crowd just couldn't get enough and their knowledge of the band's repetiore (both covers and originals) was staggering. The enthusiasm of the crowd was the key element to the success of the evening. The unrestrained exuberiance of these kids was a sight to behold. Flailing arms, pogo dancing beaming faces were the order of the evening and it went on for almost 3 hours (with a couple of breaks for rehydration).

The sound system in the place left a lot to be desired. We just put the vocal microphones through the PA and left the band to use their amplifiers to fill the sound in the room. Kind British expact (and Fiddler regular) Julian really helped to get the the PA in order and I made sure that the blend between PA and live instruments worked. There was a little squealing every now and then, but for the most part I think it sounded good. There were no facilities to record the sets on audio tape, but I did get lots of video footage. We watched a few minutes last night and I think it conveys some of the frenzy of the evening. It'll be great when we finally get to share some of it with everyone.

We've got the day off and I think I'm going to try to hit the Disk Union, yet another completely amazing record shop I sniffed out in Shinjuku. 7 floors (SEVEN FLOORS!!) of great stuff. I might need another suitcase.


Posted by rpb on June 29, 2004 at 09:35 PM EDT | Comments (3)

Set List Pipe69, Osaka, 6/27/04

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Here's the set list as performed in Osaka:

Don't Mind Rockin'
San Antone
Nothing Cool
Rocks
I Call That Living
Fashion Of The Times
Fistfight At The Beach
Jackpot Fever
Kid's Game
Scared Of Cops
Bums I Used To Know
Life In The Neighborhood
Black Plastic Shoes
Hurt By Love
Out Of Step
Let's Go

Encore 1:
No Ambition
Something Better Change

Encore 2:
Pub Rocking
Head Kicked In

Now in a previous post you might remember that I mentioned something about the blissed out audience shouting "Punk Rock Kings...."? Well Hugh seems to think that they weren't shouting that at all, and were just asking for Pub Rocking as an encore.

Hmmm, "Puh-bra-king! Puh-bra-king!" or "Punk Rock Kings! Punk Rock Kings?"

I dunno, Hugh.


Posted by rpb on June 29, 2004 at 03:58 AM EDT | Comments (2)

Set List Pipe69, Osaka, 6/27/04

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Here's the set list as performed in Osaka:

Don't Mind Rockin'
San Antone
Nothing Cool
Rocks
I Call That Living
Fashion Of The Times
Fistfight At The Beach
Jackpot Fever
Kid's Game
Scared Of Cops
Bums I Used To Know
Life In The Neighborhood
Black Plastic Shoes
Hurt By Love
Out Of Step
Let's Go

Encore 1:
No Ambition
Something Better Change

Encore 2:
Pub Rocking
Head Kicked In

Now in a previous post you might remember that I mentioned something about the blissed out audience shouting "Punk Rock Kings...."? Well Hugh seems to think that they weren't shouting that at all, and were just asking for Pub Rocking as an encore.

Hmmm, "Puh-bra-king! Puh-bra-king!" or "Punk Rock Kings! Punk Rock Kings?"

I dunno, Hugh.


Posted by rpb on June 29, 2004 at 03:58 AM EDT | Comments (2)

6/28 Tuesday Morning, Tokyo

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We're back at the Tokyo hotel and the coffeee is delicious! It was like coming home when we arrived last night and we celebrated by getting comfortable with some refreshments from the 5th floor vending machines and some food from the burger joint down the block (Mos Burger - very delicious burger).

We're planning a little excursion to some new neighborhoods this afternoon but will return in the afternoon to prepare for the show tonight.

I've just tried to encourage both Steve and Tom to sit down at this thing and write a few notes but they're being a little shy. We'll see if a little more peer pressure will get them to sit down and write a few words for the people to see.

So how's my eye? Well it's very colorful (VERY colorful) and thanks for asking.

Just don't ask about my back...


Posted by rpb on June 28, 2004 at 08:34 PM EDT | Comments (0)

June 28 Osaka 11:43m

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It's the morning after the Pipe 69 gig in Osaka. Hugh and I spent a half hour searching out an internet cafe and ran into many nice people who managed to steer us in the right direction despite our obvious lack of language skills. (Hugh descriptive language - "Eeeenternet Kah-fay")

It was another winner of a gig last night for The Reducers. The crowd's excitement level built into a frenzy by the end of the set and I have documentation of the audience chanting "Punk Rock Kings! ... Punk Rock Kings!..." to lure the boys out for their encore. A rockin and very, very sweaty night! I'll leave it to Hugh to go into the details.

Now, regarding my physical state... I'm taking a little bit of a beating here but fighting back every step of the way. My right eyelid is a little black and blue as a result of "The Table Incident" from a few days ago, but I've been assured that the color suits me. More than one other Reducer has suggested eyeshadow for the left eye to complete my new fashion statement.

8 hour drive back to Tokyo today (oy!) and then we'll prepare for the gig at The Fiddler tomorrow. The Fiddler is an English Style pub and the plan is for The Reducers to play more relaxed sets with plenty of cover songs. The crowds will go nutty, I'm sure.

Apologies that I haven't been able to get photos through. If we aren't able to do it by the end of the trip I'll put together a comprehensive photo album right after we get back.

OK, I'm gonna go back toward the hotel. There's a record store next door that easily ranks as one of the best I've ever seen. Amazing picture sleeves, comprehensive stock of oft-overlooked artists and tons of things I've never seen before. I've got a yen to spend yen.


Posted by rpb on June 27, 2004 at 10:45 PM EDT | Comments (4)

Shelter, Tokyo 6/25/04 Set List

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Don't Mind Rockin
San Antone
She's Having A Meltdown
Rocks
I Call That Living
Fistfight At The Beach
Jackpot Fever
Bums I Used To Know
Scared Of Cops
Life In The Neighborhood
Black Plastic Shoes
Hurt By Love
Out Of Step
Let's Go

Encore 1
Pub Rockin'
Peace, Love & Understanding

Encore 2
Get Out Of Denver


Posted by rpb on June 26, 2004 at 05:40 AM EDT | Comments (1)

Saturday, June 26 7pm

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Wow - what a few days it has been. We've arrived in Kyoto and have just finished checking into the hotel.

The first show last night went over better than any of us could have hoped. The boys played great, the crowd was singing along, jumping up and down, and having a great time. I was stuck behind the sound board taking pictures and shooting (shaky) video, but I think I'm going to put the cameras aside for a few minutes for each of the next shows and get down into the crowd like the Reducers fan I am.

Now in a previous post I mentioned some misadventure...

The only downer of the night was that I tripped while shooting video at the after-show party and my forehead came into unfortunate contact with a table. I was more embarrassed than hurt, but a big bump quickly rose on my forehead. My thoughts soon turned to my lack of Japanese Emergency Room vocabulary (my guide book only mentions "nukanaide kudasai" which translates to "I don't want it extracted" - - yikes!) and I was going to manage this bothersome little crisis.

Luckily there was plenty of ice available and I applied it liberally for the next hour or so. So how does it look now? Amazingly my forehead shows minimal to no signs of the accident, although it seemed certain that one half of my head would be black and blue. Road scars! I've got road scars!

So despite that little bit of drama, things are going really, really well.

Tonight we stay in Kyoto, have dinner, drink and sleep.

Tomorrow we sight-see, drive to Osaka and rock!


Posted by rpb on June 26, 2004 at 04:51 AM EDT | Comments (1)

Good Morning Tokyo

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It's just about 9:45 Friday morning and we're all getting past our first night of sleep. Yesterday's travel was exhausting, but we're all feeling great and can't wait to explore. In fact, Hugh and I took a little walk around the neighborhood of the hotel this morning and only got lost once!

Spirits were high last night as we went out for dinner and drinks with the fellas from Firestarter and Rockbottom. These guys know how to have a good time!

Sound check is at 5pm this afternoon, show time is 9 and the band is readier than ready.

Internet access in the hotel is limited to a common computer so I'm not sure that I'll be able to get photos and video to the web site as easily as I had hoped. Still, we'll keep on writing and keeping everyone up to date.


Posted by rpb on June 24, 2004 at 08:51 PM EDT | Comments (3)

Here We Go...

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Here I am in Brooklyn just a few short hours away from meeting up with the boys at JFK. Most of you out there don't know me, but I'll make a quick introduction. I'm Richard, I like the Reducers and I'm going to Japan!

I will be your eyes and ears for this trip as I make every attempt to document every misadventure and musical utterance. Keep an eye out for updates here and keep your fingers crossed that we have a nice easy time with Internet access.

Let's Go!


Posted by rpb on June 23, 2004 at 09:51 AM EDT | Comments (4)


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