Junco and Cheep Hiroishi started their 180 City Live Tour at the Yubari Fantastic Film Festival. It was like killing two birds with one stone(I don't kill birds) lol.
Same Old Story: A Trip Back 20 Years was the film I showed at the festival. Though the film only showed once in the 4 days of the festival, Junco and Cheep performed live every night of the festival. I really good start for the rest of the tour going through 2009 and 2010.
This is a different kind of live tour than the ones you might be thinking of. The northern island of Japan, Hokkaido has 180 towns inside its vast area of land mass. Most of the towns are really small, but when you are doing live shows in small towns there is one thing that spreads quickly.
The Japanese call it uwasa, but for Japanese musicians it is the best thing next to hot Sake.
The next towns in line for the show is Eniwa, and Otaru. This is only the start, but I really get the feeling they are going to take off with in the latter part of 2009.
Junco has been getting a lot of views from both Japanese and Westerners a like on her MySpace page. I have yet to update the info on her page, but as the tour starts to pick up you will be able to her more of her music there as well.
Cheep is...well Cheep is Cheep. He still has his die hard followers and some of the younger generations are starting to take to him. His MySpace is not as trendy as Junco's, but nonetheless still getting decent hits.
Both musicians write a blog (in Japanese) which can be read on the Discovery Music homepage.
If you are into different kinds of music from around the world then I can tell you now you are going to enjoy the music of Junco and Cheep. Keep you updated when I can.