Thursday, March 31, 2011
Daytime Benefit Show for Japan @ The Smell 4/10
SO, this is gonna be good but for even a better cause. Facebook event here. Here is a message from the man that is the inspiration for this event.
>> Hi everyone, it's Shinji here.
>> Osaka is getting warmer day by day. Flowers are blooming everywhere in
>> my town, and Japanese favorite cherry blossoms will flower in this
>> weekend here. Although Japan is a state of emergency now, the nature
>> surely brings a beautiful seasonal scene as usual.
>> The nuclear plant situation is going to worse day by day still... We
>> have to hear bad news every day. Today, plutonium was detected in the
>> nuclear plant site, and high levels of radiation exceeding 1,000
>> millisieverts per hour have been detected in water in a trench outside
>> of the nuclear plant. It is coming from the reactor’s core where fuel
>> rods have partially melted. It means the inside of the nuclear reactor
>> runs to the outside. However, the government announcement and the TV
>> news are very quiet, and they are telling us again and again just "The
>> level is no risk to humans immediately". I think now all the Japanese
>> general person feels the situation is much more stringent than the
>> government announcement and Japanese TV news report. And, most of
>> overseas media and some specialists in Japan warn that this is not a
>> safe level any longer. We need correct information right now. However,
>> information is very complicated here. I think this nuclear plant
>> accident will face the decisive point soon. For better or worse, it
>> will face the end sooner or later. At that time, we have to take
>> correct measures.
>> The relief of the stricken area is infiltrating gradually. It is not
>> enough yet, but getting better day by day. The circle of support
>> extends surely. The relief that victims need begins to change to the
>> next diversified stage from the primary stage. Although we cannot pay
>> attention to all of those, we can think what we can do now. Actually
>> some of my friends are also starting up activity independently here.
>> It is becoming big support though each one is as small as us.
>> I could talk with Yoshihide Otomo on 28th. He said his brother in
>> Fukushima told him the most of urban area of Fukushima is getting
>> better. The city function is recovering gradually. However, the
>> catastrophic damaged area in Fukushima is different. The area is
>> off-limits now because of radioactivity. So, only a few groups are
>> working in that area.
>> I am going to send some donation from you to a non-profit group called
>> The Japan Chernobyl Foundation (JCF).
>> JCF is a only medical group which is entering in this area now. Now
>> the government pressed the voluntary evacuation to residents in
>> 30-kilo meters range from the nuclear plant. However, there are a lot
>> of elderly persons and sick persons in the area. Most of people
>> escaped to outside of this area independently. Only the weak who
>> cannot move long distance by bedridden remain in this area. Their
>> evacuation is very difficult and costly. Even the municipality is in
>> great difficulty now because getting cooperation from private
>> companies is not easy. JCF is doing great activity under this severe
>> situation. They do medical care and bring medicines to the area.
>> And, now I am talking with a NGOs called JOICFP, a group that
>> supports pregnant women and nursing mothers and the woman in the
>> developing country and the disaster area.
>> Now they are working for pregnant woman and baby's mothers in the
>> refuge, for their birth and child care. They have intimate cooperation
>> with the mid wives association in the stricken area. The refuge is the
>> one of the worst environment for birth and child care, for hygiene,
>> medical treatment, and mental side too. They are long‐standing,
>> reliable group. However, their activity are not receiving much
>> attention from the general public, and the activity fund doesn't
>> suffice at all. Because their activities are not large-scale relief
>> activities like Civic Force, I think our small fund is used here very
>> I will send them the donation
>> that totals from you and from my Japanese friend's network too. I
>> think this small fund with you is able to be a important part of early
>> relief for this terrible earthquake and tsunami. I am proud of this.
>> Thank you for your warm support. I appreciate it very much!
>> Shinji Masuko /DMBQ, Boredoms
In conjunction with Shinji Masako from DMBQ and The Boredoms, The Smell, and Panache Booking
cLAy TV presents:
A daytime benefit for Japan:
(Members of Murder City Devils,The Melvins, ex-Karp)
(Members of XBXRX, Hawnay Troof, Bro Hammer, Man's Assassination Man, Signals, KIT, Robotonists, Robin Williams on Fire, ex-Mae Shi)
///////////////////SPOBRA from Japan
/////////////////////Dj Jacob Safari
(Wavves, Signals, ex-Mae-Shi)
Vegan food items will be available.
$10 or as much as you have. If you have the capabilities to help with more, then do so.
This event will sell out. Get there early.
PROCEEDS GO TO THE RELIEF FUND SET UP BY JAPANESE BANDS DMBQ and THE BOREDOMS (Donate here by paypal email@example.com) AND THE AFOREMENTIONED.
I lived in Japan for a year in 2004-2005, tied the knot with Ruiko (she is from Japan) and am a 2004 tsunami survivor so this all touches close to home. I am proud to be putting this together and happy to be playing with some of my favorite L.A. bands. Hope to see you there!