Tribune Tokyo bureau chief and RAIN reader Michael
Lev is joined by his wife, Carla, for a rendition of
the Goo Goo Dolls hit "Slide" at a Roppongi-area karaoke
stage bar on Friday night. Both Levs were active in college radio
at Northwestern University's WNUR/Evanston alongside Arbitron's
The MiniDisc format is an extremely popular music format in
Japan (for home taping, at any rate) and most users like to keep
their MD player inside a pocket or backpack and use the supplied
remote control for song selection and volume control. This new Sony
model incorporates a wireless remote control within a stylish
Music licensing issues are currently getting in the way of
Webcasting in Japan. However, here's an Internet-only broadcaster
we'll look later this week.
Tokyo has a reputation as being insanely expensive, but that
reputation is undeserved. (The $8 cup of coffee, for example, is
an urban legend.)
Here's a great deal at a lively, reasonably-priced sashimi
restaurant -- better than any deal you'd find in America:
All you can drink (beer, wine, whiskey, fresh grapefruit
sours, and more) for 100 minutes for only 1,000 yen (about $9)!
More coming soon as RAIN reports live from Tokyo all this week.
Reprinted from Saturday's edition:
From Entertainment Wire: "On Saturday, March 4, world-renowned
musical icon The Artist [Formerly Known as Prince] proudly
unveils his brand new website NPGonlineLTD.com, reinforcing
his role as the first musical artist to recognize the Internet's valuable
role in an independent artist's career.
with this debut, the prestigious Soul Train Awards will honor The
Artist's history as the most prolific artist-composer-producers of
our time by bestowing him with the Artist of the Decade Award (Male)
during the Soul Train Awards telecast on March 4th. Adding to the
thrills of the day, VH-1 will grace our airwaves with The Artist's
New Year's Eve pay per view concert RAVE UN2 THE YEAR 2000 at 10pm.
"The launch of NPGonlineLTD.com sustains The Artist's breakthrough
use of the Internet as a homebase for his groundbreaking music, revolutionary
political views, unique philosophies and up-to-the-minute news. Slick
and gorgeous, the new site is not only the ultimate fan site, it is
weighty in political and social views unique to The Artist.
"The site will also link to Paisley Park studios and his other
two sites --1800newfunk.com the retail stop and Love4Oneanother.com
which focuses on The Artist's charitable work. 'It's my hope that
NPGonlineLTD.com will become a place where all creators who seek and
desire true artistic freedom will come and express their views. The
voices of change are always welcome here,' comments The Artist.
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