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Thursday, 3 December 2009

SkaVille Sapporo Vol.13

2 day extrazaganza of Ska in Sapporo and the Club PI lads have been invited to drop some beats on Saturday night the BLACK DAY...If your in the area drop in and boogie with us. With 8 Live bands and added Dj Action from DAICHAN-G(DAICHAN GRADE SOUND SYSTEM), It will be a great pre-xmas party!

And don`t forget the Friday night "Bar Dogstar" session with all the Club PI dj`s and Friends in attendance!

When - Saturday 12th December 2009
Where - Klub Counter Action (Sapporo)
Time - 7.30pm til late
Adv/Door - ¥2,500/3,000

Friday, 18 September 2009

More Whiskey!

Aitken's 1958 single "Little Sheila"/"Boogie in My Bones" was one of the first records produced by Chris Blackwell, who founded his Island Records label that year, and the first Jamaican popular music record to be released in the United Kingdon. Other singles around this time was "More Whisky", produced by Duke Reid.

A. Laurel Aitken - More Whiskey
B. Lloyd Clarke - Papatino Boogie

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s & 70s

Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 70s presents 40 definitive publications from the era, piecing together an otherwise invisible history that has played out in tandem with photography as a medium. Included are some of the most influential works, along with forgotten gems, placed within a larger historical and sociological context.
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From Goliga Books
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Monday, 7 September 2009

The High Before The Who

"Ooh Poo Pah Doo" and "I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying".

Monday, 31 August 2009

Duke Vin & The Birth of Ska

A Gus Berger-directed documentary is the story of ska in the UK, focusing on the arrival in the UK of Jamaican soundmen Duke Vin and Count Suckle in 1954, their first sound system (in 1956) and their role in popularising ska in Britain, along with reggae and dub in later years.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Sharper Word.

Paolo Hewitt's book "The Sharper Word" has been reissued. It contains all the original articles, along with four new pieces from Dave Godin, Keith Rylatt and Phil Scott, Graham Lentz and Alex Roest, the latter being an edited version of an article Alex wrote about "suedeheads" - you can find the full article here.

A must read!...Buy It!

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Don`t Worry `Bout Us

'The kids are alright'

Here by the sea and sand
Nothing ever goes as planned,
I just couldn't face going home
It was just a drag on my own.
They finally threw me out
My mother got drunk on stout,
My dad couldn't stand on two feet,
As he lectured about morality.
Now I guess the families complete,
With me hanging round on the street
Or here on the beach.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

First Born..

News reaches club PI, that Papa B and his lovely lady now have a new addition to the family...their first born arrived on tuesday 12th may.

So a huge CONGRATULATIONS!! from all at Club PI and wishing you all wealth, health and happiness....Jah Bless!

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Club PI Vol.3 DJ Mix.

 Photo by Hiroto Taniguchi

Here is Shiro Yamada`s classic dj mix from a selection of tunes from his dj set at the "Rudies Lounge Birthday Bash" party.... If you want to keep a copy you can download it by right clicking the Vol.3 link under Special Presents on the right hand side and downloading as free user...Or you can just listen to the mix by clicking on link below....Hope you enjoy!


1. shake your tailfeather - james and bobby purify
2. i can't believe what you say - ike & tina turner

3. i want you - jeannie & the big guys

4. hands off - betty everett

5. i want you to be my baby - ellie greenwich

6. shout - lulu and the luvers

7. judy in disguise (with glasses) - john fred & his playboy band
8. loves like quicksand - sandy wynns

9. treat her right - roy head

10. soul stomp - earl van dyke & the funk brothers

11. you can't hurry love - the supremes

12. the name game - shirley ellis

13. mercy - duffy

14. going to a go-go - smokey robinson & the miracles

15. land of 1000 dances - wilson pickett

16. hey little girl - miss d.d.phillips

17. the happening - the supremes

18. be my baby - ronettes

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Vol.3 'Rudies Lounge Birthday Bash' Update:

All Photos by Hiroto Taniguch
Hi everyone, Vol.3 was another great event for the Club PI, it`s going from strength to strength....The original Sapporo Ska Rude boyz HIGE GAKUDAN gave us an unforgettable show of pure energy of sound. Dropping all their classic numbers, the adrenaline feeling was like the old 2Tone days in the UK (circa 1979).

Kicking off the evening DJ Machin dropped his debut set for club PI and nicely warmed up the crowd with some fantastic Mod Jazz tracks..

Then Birthday boy, Yamadasan gave us his usual twist & shout of 6T`s soul and British beat classics!..check out his DJ mix above.

After the band Dj Mago and keiron b, continued the show with the ska & rocksteady vibes into the early morning hours..
Finishing off what was a superb night with shiro`s cake & champagne.

So to all of you...a big Domo Arigato Gozaimasu for enjoying what turned out as a classic evening!

LIVE in 2004

Stay Tuned for info on Club PI Vol.4.....Sometime Soon.

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Vol. 3 - 'Rudies Lounge Birthday Bash'

Here we go people, Volume 3 is in the bag and the event is as follows. Due to us wanting to kick off 'Golden Week' in style and as the saturday before falls on Shiro Yamada`s birthday we`ve incorporated the two to bring you a Rudies Lounge Birthday Bash.
Headlining the event is the original Sapporo, beard & mustache rude ska boys

Who will be performing a Sizzling LIVE ska set @ midnight.
we will also be introducing for his debut gig, dj machin who joins the club P.I crew of shiro yamada & keiron B.
and dj mago drops in again.

DJ`s - mago (sound one - sapporo)
keiron b , shiro yamada & machin
(club pi)

And Ladies don`t forget! you will be able to receive a ¥500 reduction on the entrance price when you arrive before 11.30pm and present the flyer. Just in time for the live set.

When - Saturday 25th April 2009
Where - BJ`s club (chitose)
Time - 10pm til late
Adv/Door ¥1,500/2,000(1 drink service) ¥500 Off for ladies who arrive b4 11.30pm with flyer:

Any inquires please contact:

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Apple Crumble.

As we`re waiting on the arrangements of vol.3 of Club PI to be finalised, here`s a bit of Appel Crumble to whet your appetit for the next event.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

It was all at the Casino!

A Great documentary on the Wigan Casino.

See also In The Club

Oh So Rare!!

About the rarest record and most sought after soul record of all time is about to go on sale!!...Yes.. you can actually buy it if you have very deep pockets.

Frank Wilson wrote and recorded "Do I Love You" (Indeed I Do) in 1965 and 6 demo copies were pressed up on Soul, the Motown subsidiary label, ahead of its scheduled release in November of that year. However Motown boss Berry Gordy wasn’t that impressed with the perfomrance of the song, and suggested Wilson stick to songwriting and producing. Copies were, as usual, ordered to be destroyed, but some (if not all six of them) survived. Only two copies were known to exist for certain in collecting circles, with Gordy himself claiming to also own one. However more copies have always rumoured to exist, and many stories and myths exist about them....

The song became very popular when it made its way onto the northern soul scene of England in the 7T`s. Record Collector Kenny Burrel famously paid £15,000 for his copy in 1996, but this new third copy should go for a much higher price than that. The record is to be sold via the John Manship auction site between March 14th and April 8th

Friday, 6 February 2009

Interview with Alton!

Roger Steffens of Reggae Scrapbook interviews rocksteady legend and now sadly departed singer ALTON ELLIS.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Club PI Vol.2 DJ Mix.

Here`s a Mix from some of the tunes dropped at Vol.2 Sounds & Power on Saturday 31st January....If you want to keep a copy you can download it by right clicking the link under Special Presents on the right hand side and downloading as free user...Or you can just listen to the mix by clicking on the small arrow box below....Hope you enjoy!

Club PI Vol.2 DJ mix.

1. judge dread - prince buster
2. last call - the silverstars

3. one love - the wailers & the skatalites

4. good time tonight - soul sisters.

5. please operator - tony & tyrone

6. you get your kicks - mitch ryder

7. double cookin - checkerboard squares

8. astral trip - mystic moods

9. silent treatment - arin demain

10. splash down -the crystalites

11. don't call me daddy - derrick morgan

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Power of Sound!

Well, what another great night for the club pi and moving to a bigger venue the crowd didn`t disapoint us, with some well know sapporo faces in attendance, hige gakudan. The original beard and mustache boys turned out in style. Hopefully we can get these guys to do a live set with us someday. The Heatwave boys kicked off the evening, followed by a sizzling ska set from Hidevicious and then Shiro Yamada laying down his own brand of british beat.
But the highlight of the evening commenced a short time after keiron B. & dj Mago were flexing their tunes, back 2 back....

The Silverstars tune "Last Call" was the que!

Up stepped the main man PAPA B. to wax lyrical on the mic over the ska step, to an enthusiastic crowd....jumping on every note to the verbal energy of the top toaster...Nobody wanted it to end!....So a BIG Arigatoo to Papa B. for a great set...seen!
Let`s do it again soon..

papa b. & keiron b.

Dj Mago & keiron B. continued on back 2 back to the evenings close, to what was a cracking event, so stay tuned for Vol.3 coming soon!
Dj Mago (center) with Shiro Yamada (right) and friend.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Vol. 2 - 'Sounds & Power'

Ah, yes,, it`s finally here the info for Volume 2 of Club PoisonIvy. We decided to move venues for this event at a great club called BJ`s.....and Ladies you will be able to receive a ¥500 reduction on the entrance price when you arrive before 11.30pm and with don`t forget!..(more info at bottom of post)

We have DJ Mago (RUDEBOY) from Sapporo joining us for the evening.
A special friend of ours who ClubPI hold in very high esteem may also turn out for your evenings come along to find out who it may be!!

DJ`s - Mago (rudeboy-sapporo)
Keiron B (club pi)..Shiro Yamada (club pi)
Hidevicious (skaville sapporo)
HeatWave/ hayasaka & daimon (motor bike beat)

When - Saturday 31st January 2009
Where - BJ`s club (chitose)
Time - 10pm til late
Adv/Door - ¥2000 (1 drink service) ¥500 Off for ladies who arrive b4 11.30pm with flyer:

Any inquires please contact: