Saturday, July 19, 2008

ALi-Mo fans--WE love YOU/YOU are US

summer tour 08 is over. you guys rocked us to our bones--and we are gratefully deboned.

we're headed to the studio this weekend to prep for future gigs. arigato.


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Look for the so-called " incorrigible rogue " keyboardist Kent at the age of 15 .. and win a trip to club alife on any given Saturday night ( good for one person only and absolutely no sandwiches and bentos allowed ) .. Tim ..?? ..

Monday, July 14, 2008

So long, farewell, and remember the olamo!

We had a lot of fun playing our last concert for the summer at Billy's Beer Bar in Aoyama on Saturday night. The crowd was full of energy - or was it alcohol? - and the manager of the bar graced us with a few excellent jazzy solos on his guitar. Thanks to all our friends who joined us.

It was also the last engagement for me with Ali-Mo, as your humble bassist is moving on from Nippon. I've been playing with the band for about a year now, and I must say it's been a fantastic experience and lots of fun. Ali-Mo is made up of some extremely talented and wonderful people, and it was a great privilege for me to play with them (the keyboardist, however, is an incorrigible rogue).

And for the record, Ali-Mo is also the only gaijin rock band in Japan with a Lamborghini.

Since we had a mid-afternoon sound check a full four hours before our gig on Saturday, we spent quite a bit of time in the neighborhood. We handed out flyers for the concert, had steak in a restaurant that seemed stuck in the year 1962, discussed make-believe marsupials and counseled one of our members on matters of love. It brought home to me the fact that being in a band isn't just about playing music, it's about friendship. And I will miss these friends very much.

Before I am overcome with tears, let me say thank you to all in the band. I hope we'll have the chance to play together again. But for now - so long, farewell, and remember the olamo!

Friday, July 11, 2008


This weekend, the two surviving members of the brilliant and now ancient British rock band, THE WHO, are being feted in Los Angeles, with several young American bands--including The Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam--performing Who songs live, and for a later broadcast on VH-1.

Here's a guide to WHO Heaven in LA.

The same weekend, the ancient, multi-cultural Tokyo rock band, ALi-MO, will be feted by... themselves!

In Aoyama Saturday night:

ALi-Mo's last Summer gig.

Coincidence? I think NOT!!

(Er, well, okay, it probably is an accident. And we can't jump as high or play as loud as the almighty WHO. But we do have passion, and that counts for something, ne?)

If you're not otherwise occupied in LA--join us in Tokyo!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Saturday Night GIG -- July 12 at BBBB

To those of you who came to our gig in Ebisu last Friday -- Thank you!!!
Okay -- we're gearing up for another one this Saturday at
Billy Barew's Beer Bar (Aoyama).
It'll be our first time playing at this venue, which is only about 6 minutes away from
Omotesando station. Cool location. Cool bar. Please come join the fun!! *******************************************
Billy Barew's Beer Bar (AOYAMA)
B1F 1-6-3, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
(6 minutes walk from Omote-sando station, exit B2)
TIME: 9:00 p.m. till midnight
-- No Cover Charge!!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

What does 'Ali-Mo' mean?

Inquiring minds want to know. What in the world does "Ali-Mo" mean?

A survey of band members was recently conducted to get to the bottom of this mystery.

This is what they had to say:

Lisa (vocals): Ali-Mo is from ari mo in Japanese, which means "ants also." I'm a huge fan of Adam and the Ants so it's a tribute to 1980s rocker Adam Ant. He was so misunderstood.

Kent (keyboards): What's it mean? That's easy. Aringmo means a woman's p**** in Indonesian! An inside joke between me and Denny. Ha ha ha! I love bentos.

Tim (bass): Actually, Ali-Mo refers to Alice Moore Hubbard, a famous feminist. She died when the RMS Lusitania sank in 1915. Her expression "humanity will move toward the light" inspires all of us. Truly.

Rich (guitars): You've never heard of the olamo? It's an Australian animal. It's a marsupial, I think. It's really furry and cute. The olamo is the official mascot of my hometown, Canberra. Tastes pretty good on the barbie, too.

Roland (drums): It's taken from a Haruki Murakami story. And that's all I'm going to say!