Matt Bigelow

music, podcasts, and recordings from tokyo

the matty b sides -- experimental tri-lingual folk

Wild Thumbprints (Bandcamp) (CD Baby) (iTunes) -- Tri-lingual outsider country-folk-rock album by The Matty B Sides

the dead sea dropouts -- Tokyo's premier Klezmer Group (YouTube)

Matty B Files (iTunes) (Podbean) -- Podcast about music and living in Tokyo

Filtering by Category: Talk

MBF - 70 - Artificial Intelligence Exposé w/ Mike Hannah

Now we know A.I.

Now we know A.I.

Mike Hannah, frontman of the Goood Things and the Mootekkis, swung by the Ogikubo Studio where I showed him use-cases of Artificial Intelligence. Topics covered include racist AI, AI music, AI movies, self-flying drones, AI influencing elections, holoportation, and suveillance capitalism. We also review beer and celebrate our 11th year in Japan. 

If you are tired of deceptive billionaires turning their AI pet projects into controversial talking points for the public to squabble over, then this podcast is for you! Learn about actual use cases and applications, not moral commandements!

Musical Guest: Takashi Umemiya - Benjamin's Trail

Call for action!
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This podcast was written, produced, hosted, edited, researched, engineered, and uploaded by Matt Bigelow.

Video Links to AI Programs as Discussed on the Show

69 - Nikolas Faraguna (JamCast 2)

Post Jam Face

Post Jam Face

In Jamcast 2, guitar extraordinaire Nikolas Faraguna (@nikolasfaraguna ) and I record a jam featuring, rock, reggae, psychadelic, groove, and country. 

In the intro I talk about busy tourist destinations and how to avoid them, and after the jam I cover some news topics about food, tech, and odd events occurring in Japan. 

Download or stream the episode, and go for a walk or cruise around the town.  Boosh!

Call for action!
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Podcasting apps are on the rise -- your help in spreading the word to the podcast that you use makes a huge difference. Thank you!  

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This podcast was written, produced, edited, audio exported and uploaded by Matt Bigelow.

66 - Max von Schuler Kobayashi RETURNS

Max making an appearance at the Gamuso Open Mic

Max making an appearance at the Gamuso Open Mic

Max von Schuler-Kobayashi is an ex-spy who hunted communists in post WWII Japan. He has recently been publishing books about the relationships between Japan, America, and the Korean Peninsula. 

One of the goals of today's podcast is to discuss how the social relationships between Japan, America, and the Korean Peninsula are playing a major role in geo-politics.  We also talk about protest culture, and how a lack of of protest culture is giving Japanese youth a global edge. 

Max von Schuler-Kobayashi (Blog Japanese & English)

This podcast was hosted, produced, recorded, edited, audio-exported and uploaded by Matt Bigelow. 

Shelly of TCC on Canda's 150th

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Shelly, who heads the Tokyo Canadian Club, talks about Canada's 150th birthday, networking, and BBQing with the Canadian Ambassador.

Tokyo Canadian Club (website)

In the intro I rant about teaching Canadian history to developmentally delayed Christian-Korean pre-teens, Canadian political scandals, and how the government would grease your palms and wet your whistle when you voted.
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MBF 64 - The Living Deads (American PsychoBilly)

The Living Deads backstage 2017 Hibiya Park, Tokyo

The Living Deads backstage 2017 Hibiya Park, Tokyo

The Living Deads, a psycho-punkabilly country/folk band, talks about their Tokyo tour, American parking lot entrepreneurs, and how they made a business out of the music industry as it stands today. 

The Livind Deads (Official Site)

This podcast was written, produced, hosted, edited, and uploaded by Matt Bigelow. 

63 - We Singing Colors (Romania)

We Singing Colors in Tokyo Subway 2017

We Singing Colors in Tokyo Subway 2017

We Singing Colors, a new-folk duo from Romania, talks about the music scene in Bucharest, political assassinations & revolution, and their Japan Tour on this episode of the podcast.  They were really fun to hang out with and I liked their music as well.  There are a couple clandestinely recorded live songs available towards the end of the podcast. Give it up for We Singing Colors!

We Singing Colors (Site) Roxanna & Andrei

In the intro I talk about bicylce scammers in Tokyo, and review a very talented beer.
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Co-Produced by Apryl Peredo (Tour Booking in Japan)

This podcast was written, produced, edited, hosted, audio-exported & uploaded by Matt Bigelow.

MBF - 62 - Jun! Yoyogi Caribbean Festa & Guavaberry Rum

Feeling hot hot hot!  

Jun is the organisor for the Yoyogi Caribbean Festival, which attracts between 10 to 20 thousand people a year. Wow! He is also an importer of guavaberry rum. Jun explains the guavaberry rum, and its story in this podcast. We also talk about a very mysterious truck. 

Yoyogi Caribbean Festival

This podcast was written, edited, produced, hosted, & uploaded by Matt Bigelow

MBF 61 - JamCast with Nikolas Faranuga

MBF 62 - Nik Faraguna

Nikolas Faraguna is a professional guitarist and model in Tokyo. He creates his own pedals and hacks guitars to make his own sound. He shreds, picks, and navigates his way through pretty much any genre you throw his way. We both played as backing members in the Mana Hardcore Band

We set up a jamcast. At the 30 minute mark (or thereabouts) we get into the JamCast. 

What is a JamCast? Well, it's when Nikolas Faranuga and I set up our drum and guitar equipment, plug in some recording equipment, and have a musical conversation. 

A JamCast is an impromptu recording, where you, the listener, hears the sausage being made. This is not a sugar-pop experience for pre-teens. It's for those of us that know how the sausage is made, yet we still eat it anyways, with relish.

Are humans being digitally replicated? Has the first digital virus struck humans?  These well-intended questions are devled into on this week's introduction. Think about it -- our pockets are filled with digital patterns of ourselves on social platforms via our smart tech. And now that data is being amalgamated to be put to use. But to what use? These questions I answer on my own behalf. 

Nikolas Faranuga (Freelance Model Page) (Twitter)

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Cameron Lee Matty B 60

Cameron Lee talks about his new book, "Start Your Own T-Shirt Company from Nothing". His t-shirts (Cameron Lee WorldWide) focus on humor, politics, sjw/keks, and Literally Hitler. Cameron's shirts have been worn by people all over the world, and have appeared on the Gavin McInnes Show, InfoWars, and How's it Goin, Eh?. 

Today's Music is brought to you by "The GoOod Things" -- A perfect way to kick-off the summer. 

Click the links below for more information. 
Cameron Lee

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I sell music. You can even buy it, here

This podcast was written, edited, hosted, uploaded, produced and recorded by Matt Bigelow. 

57 -- DABWM 9

Hey there! It's time for an awkward acronym -- DABWM.  What does it mean?  ...
In this podcast topics include

  • VR Sales Disapoint
  • Generative Adversarial Networks
  • Musical Guest DEMI, from the Philippines
  • Why not many Japanese people pursue Traditional Music
  • Book Review: Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Buried Giant"

This podcast was recorded, edited, hosted, written & produced by Matt Bigelow. 



Hey Hey, Ho Ho,
Braindead Millenials
Have got to go!

MBF 56 - Royal Bravada (Rock from Milan!)

Royal Bravada is a rock n roll band touring Tokyo, and we breakdown the Milan music scene compared to the Tokyo music scene. I learned a lot! These guys play balls to the wall rock, and that's why they are this week's guest. Co-Producer Credits go out to Apryl Peredo. She can book your tour. You are just one-click away from booking your Japan Tour.

In the introduction:
I have seen and heard a lot of people talking about North Korea recentely, and possible military action. There are very complex social relationships between Japan and Korea. There are 100,000s of ethnic Koreans in Japan that fall into separate sub-groups. I deconstruct some of these sub-groups as a way to raise awareness about how the complex social relationships between China, Japan, Korea, and Russia will probably override miltary action. A little history goes a long way.  To be honest, it not a good idea to say "bomb this, they're bombing that, bomb bomb bomb!"

BTW -- I have music that you can buy.

Matty B Files 55 -- Sunset Drive (Alastair Rogers & Tosh)

On this episode of the MBF, Alistair Rogers & Tosh sit with me in Second Drip Recording's Lounge (great recording studio, check 'em out here). Mike Hannah pops in for a bit with a plastic bag. Alistair & Tosh & Mike are putting a show at Zher za Zoo on April 28, 2017. Facebook Event Page here.  Co-Producer Credit goes out to Masa.

Alistair and Tosh founded the band Sunset Drive (YouTube Vid), where they recorded, toured & played countless shows. 
Alistair is back in town recording with Tosh for Sunset Drive. In the podcast we talk about changes in the music industry, touring, magnets that talk, and why Led Zepplin stole all those songs -- and why that's perfectly awesome.

Max von Schuler-Kobayashi finishes off the show with indepth analysis about why we shouldn't care about North Korea's nuclear threats.  Max is an ex-marine, former spy, published author, and researches the historical relationship between Japan and Korea.

 In the intro I play Patriotic North Korean Music. Topics include:

This is a JAM PACKED episode.  Especially made to go with driving, walking, or drinking alone. 

This show was hosted, recorded, edited, engineered, uploaded, written and produced by Matt Bigelow


Matty B Files (54) -- Count the Thief (Thailand Band)


Count the thief (Thailand-based Indie Band)


Apryl Peredo (Interldoru) (Music Manager, & Co-Producer of today's show)


Max Von Schuler Kobayashi (Japan Korean Relations Analyst, Ex-Marine, Former Spy)


Stephen Deg (Astrological Expert, Musician)


Matt Bigelow (host)

Variety Galore in today's episode!
In the intro I rant about what it's like to wake up to no coffee in the house while being threatened with nuclear war by a neighboring country.
Then we travel to Shinjuku where Thailand-based band Count the Thief sat down in front of a punk venue with me and we talked about their Japan tour.  They are also the music guest.
After the interview I take a call from Japan-Korean relations analyst Max Von-Schuler Kobayashi where he gives the low-down on the current naval fleet heading to potentially bitch-slap North Korea.
Finally astrological technician Stephen Deg delves into his star-knowledge that perhaps explains how our on-the-brink-of-war socio-economic position may in fact be MANDATED BY THE STARS!
Like I said -- Variety Galore in today's Episode.
Check out the links to broaden your horizon, and to spend time on other platforms besides FaceBook and Twitter.
You could even... buy my music.

This podcast was hosted, recorded, uploaded, edited, written & produced by Matt Bigelow.



MBF 52 - Saku Yanagawa

MBF 53 - Saku Yanagawa (Comedian)

Saku is a comedian who spends his time writing in Tokyo and doing comedy in Chicago. He stopped by the Ogikubo Studio and we talked comedy.

Introduction topics include:

  • types of Hanami
  • music
  • Jordan B. Peterson
  • Cotton Club

Music guest --> The Dirty Ts

Saku Yanagawa (instagram) (FaceBook)

this podcast was hosted, edited, recorded, uploaded, written & produced by Matt Bigelow

MBF 51 - DABWM 8

I reviewed a Mikkeller 20 IPA and a Vuur & Vlam  and expanded on and introduced a list of topics.

  • List of Topics Include:
    • Cleaning Noises
    • Prosecutors Apologize
    • Tech News: AI & Tracking
    • Kinlay Song (Website)
    • A rebuke regarding a claim that I am homophobic
    • Hanami
    • Japanese Cars for Womyn
    • Short History of Japanese Toilets
    • Yukio Mishima & Philip Glass
    • Japan Wanko Headline Reads (Website)

Recommended: listening while walking

This podcast was recorded, edited, uploaded, hosted, written and produced by Matt Bigelow.


50 - Jay Ken (Midnight Snakes)

Jay and I sat down in a dodgy... room let's cal it -- in Shimbashi, Tokyo. His band, Midnight Snakes, plays 70s inspired rock and sings lyrics about the nightlife and sketchy sides of living in Tokyo. 

In the intro I present solar panel roofs, YouTubers who complain about their free platform that changes the rules, and play a song from GhostRoads, the movie that was written by last week's guest, Mike Rogers. 

Check out the links below for more information. Or click around on this website and find my music.  You could even buy it

Jay Ken (Midnight Snakes FaceBook contact) // GhostRoads (YouTube Trailer)

This podcast was recorded, edited, uploaded, hosted, written and produced by Matt Bigelow.

Max Returns! Pro-Trump!

Max is an ex-Marine. He was also a double-agent Communist spy hunter in post-Vietnam Japan, and has recently written a pro-Trump book in Japanese.  Check out his blog. Check out his book.

Liberalism has gone off the rails, and in this podcast, we talk about the failing news media, why Trump won, and I also play some clips from Trump's speech in Mexico, a clip from an Islam Immam, and some other goodies as well.

Politics is very much divided at the moment, and although I am a traditional liberal, I find myself unable to really believe what liberalism has become in the past 5 years, which is to say, I do not think that identity politics being pushed by people in their 20s is going to be very helpful for me as a straight white male who wants to leave other people alone so that they can find their own prosperity in life. That's why perhaps a vote for Trump is a vote for prosperity. I don't agree with everything he says, especially about torture and the building of a wall, but I do agree that international business relationships need to change, as they are based on largely post WWII agreements.  I do believe in strong borders, and building infrastructure.  So when I look at the options -- identity politics, which are about as volatile as the bitcoin trade, or jobs related to engineering, such as engineering, computer design, maintenance -- I am going to choose the latter as it brings more prosperity to my family and my friends, which in the end makes me happier. 

I live in Japan, and Japan is a country that puts Japan first.  No one really disagrees with that. But when America wants to put itself first, everybody's nostrils start flaring.  Japan produces some of the most high-quality infrastructure and security projects in the world, and as a result is a place where people work and tourists have been flocking to Japan to admire its culture.  It didn't achieve these milestones by banging on protest drums and shouting lame slogans. Japan has realized its successes through consultation, implementation, improvement, and independence.  Japan is not a perfect place, but I admire the fastidiousness of its workers, and their admiration for high-quality standards.  

So have a listen to the podcast! See how bigoted we aren't.

39 - Stephen Deg ...returns! (Astrology)

Stephen Deg knows a lot about astrology.  Seemed fitting to have him back on the podcast and talk about 2016 and what next year has in store. Disclaimer: I am not really into astrology, but I like to listen to people know know a lot about a certain topic. Have a great year, and listen to the podcast and see what can astrology do for you! You might not believe in it, but everybody knows their celestial information!

In the introduction I talk about why 2016 is not a bad year!

Musical Guest: Mickey Acorn (Reverbnation)

Topics include:

  • Why astrology?
  • Year of the monkey
  • Year of the rooster
  • Music
  • Medical Conditions

Stephen Deg (Reverbnation) (BandCamp) (Facebook)

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34 // Japan Wanko... is back! (Tokyo Top5s) // Intro: Trolling the Trolls

Japan Wanko wanted structure in this podcast. So he came with some! We talk about our top 5 parks, train lines, and more! This podcast just might make you want to get off your ass and do something, even though you are probably an exhausted adult trying to figure out what your life is really all about.

In the intro I talk about communication issues on social media.  Trolling the trolls.

Japan Wanko (News Delivered with Forced Humour)

Matt Bigelow (iTunes) (Bandcamp) (CD Baby) 

The audio file is larger than 160mb, which SquareSpace says is too much to handle...OOOh SquareSpace can't handle it.  So, you will need to listen via Podbean, and the episode is also available for download.  So no biggie, right?