Wednesday, June 28, 2006


In my non Ali-Mo life, I'm an author, a writer, an editor, a traveling journalist, a lecturer at Todai, and a genial madman of ideas.
Got hired to give a speech to the JLPP--an association of Japanese Publishers, Editors, Translators and Writers.
Lots of VIPs in the audience. No band surrounding me. And me, sick as a pike post-Bangkok, from which I flew the night before.
Drumming may be hard, and it smashes up your body, but at least--you've got a great singer, guitarist, bass player and keyboardist in front of you. And lots of NOISE. It's a 'mother ship' surrounding you up on the stage. You can sweat and look ugly behind a pile of other geniuses, volume, and big fat drums.
But when you give a speech, or a reading, or any other 'literary' performance, there's just you, a microphone, a bit of water, and your ... nerves. Everything you do and say is attributed to YOU alone.
It sucks.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006


it's not that i'm an early bird.
feathers get ruffled -
and sometimes i just can't fall asleep.

4 years ago today,
a very great bassist passed away.
may he be resting in peace.

i wish i could rest in peace.

Monday, June 26, 2006


Great gig on Saturday--I guess. But I smashed the side of my hand in Thailand last week, and it hurt like hell after the show (see post-show pic). Aw, hell.

Thanks to the great audience literally chanting "Ali-MO!", we played well past our allotted ending hour. See, we were supposed to stop in time for the football/soccer match broadcast live from Germany on the giant screen at Fiddler, obliterating the stage. But nooooo ... our audience wouldn't let us go home!

Anyway, at least the keyboardist, bass player, singer and guitarist were rocking out, so I could hide behind the kit and nurse my aching hand. I smashed it against a table in fit of Bangkok rage, by the way. Stupid drummers ...

Here's a bad drummer joke for another tsuyu day: A little boy looks up to his mother and says, "Mom, when I grow up, I want to be a drummer." The mother looks down at her son with pity in her eyes. "Son," she says, shaking her head sadly, "You can't do both."

See ya in Roppo next month.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Saturday, 24th -- FIDDLER!!!

Everyone, GENKI?
Ali-Mo's having another gig at the Fiddler (Takadano-baba)
this Saturday.
Dance, drink, sing and party with Ali-Mo's hot music --
-- come shake off the dreary dampness of tsuyu with us!
Music starts a bit after 9:00pm-ish. No cover charge.
See you all there!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

a new beginning

Stay tuned for more from the members of Ali-Mo!!
They're just getting started.

Thursday, June 08, 2006


We've just had a WONDERFUL gig last Saturday at WHAT THE DICKENS, Ebisu.
To all the boys and girls who came out to see us, danced and sung with us,
THANK YOU SO MUCH for making it into such a great evening!
After our gig that night, the venue offered us another Saturday in August.
Will let you know the details when it nears.
Meanwhile -- our next gig is coming up later this month, on June 24th, Saturday,
at the Fiddler in Takadano-baba.
Please come!