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2010 Year In Review

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2010 is over, so I guess I should take a moment to reflect on that.

Some thing I wanted to do in 2010:
1. Record an EP.
2. Play a bunch of shows.
3. Get a job.
4. Lose some weight.

I've done all of these things, but with a big, glaring asterisk of inadequacy.

1. I recorded an EP. BUT... My drummer got preggers and now there's no band, so what the fuck.
2. I played a bunch of shows, BUT... see above.
3. I got commissioned to do freelance social media/graphic design work. Not steady pay, but it was pay doing something I liked and for a good cause.
4. I lost 30+ lbs., BUT... actually, that was pretty good. I'm proud of myself for sticking to my diet.

I've accomplished relatively little this year. And part of me is disappointed in that, but part of me is enjoying doing nothing. Not NOTHING, but, y'know. Not having to work, but working when I feel like it. Making things and doing things when the mood strikes me, rather than to make rent.

This year also saw its ups and downs in relationships. I witnessed some friendships implode into a speck, slowly shrivel and wither, and others blossom and flourish.

I have no hopes or expectations for 2011. I have no hard goals this time. I'm just going to do the best I can -- and work out twice a day.*




















*Homestar reference. Will not actually work out. Ever.

Keiko & Robin on UStream!

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Keiko Takamura and Robin Yukiko. Two great tastes that taste great together!

Piano + guitar + harmonies, playing original songs & covers (Cranberries, Radiohead, No Doubt, Kings of Leon, Jennifer Paige, and even some stuff from the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack)!

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Buy it on Bandcamp!

Immediate download of 5-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.

Includes a bonus file of the "Grayscale" music video!

Your purchase directly supports this band. Thank you!

IDEAS FOR THINGS THAT NEED TO EXIST

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What do you call someone who keeps having huge ideas for things and keeps talking about them but doesn't really have any plan for making them actually happen? That's me.

Here's a few things that I would like to see exist somehow, someday, with my direction. But I'm not holding my breath. (Well, actually, the bottom two ideas are at least started.)

TV Show Idea

"The Clumsy Cook"
Why do cooking shows use culinary school graduates to show us how to make pancakes? With The Clumsy Cook, the motto is: "If I can do it, you can do it, too!" Part cooking show, part unscripted comedy, our hostess fumbles, grumbles, sets things on fire - and we all laugh & learn in the process. (*Note: I even have a theme song for this idea of a show. I am a dork.)

Store Idea
"Keiko's Cafe"
Geek. Chic. Green. Clean. Kitschy gifts, kitchenware, clothes, & accessories - all as local & sustainably made as possible. Pair that with an equally eco-friendly coffee bar & live music performances, and you have a gift shop/cafe that no one will ever want to leave! Imagine Etsy meets Amoeba Records meets Starbucks, and Starbucks isn't evil. Something like that.

Graphic Novel/TV Series Idea
"Free Drinks Tomorrow"
Modern-day Robin Hood, filled with action, tactics, espionage, robots, mutants, and exploring what it means to "do the right thing". A specialized team of assassins attempt to uncover & stop a conspiracy unfolding under the noses of the citizens. Along the way, we discover their history, their hopes & dreams, and why they would risk their lives for such a slim, abysmal chance at a better tomorrow.

Band Idea
"Alice Knows Karate"
Dark silk woven harmonies around haunting piano chords and minimalist beats. Finding the beautiful in the melancholy, a zen-like peace through sadness. All-star lineup of Robin Yukiko, Keiko Takamura (of The Shebangs), and possibly Seiko Delico (of Kaizoku).

CA's Prop 16 is ridonkulous. Vote no.

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I've been working on an online campaign against Prop 16. If you don't know what it is:

Proposition 16, the New Two-Thirds Requirement for Local Public Electricity Providers Act is on the June 8, 2010 ballot in California as an initiated constitutional amendment. If Proposition 16 is approved by voters, it will take a two-thirds vote of the electorate before a public agency could enter the retail power business. This will make it more difficult than it is currently for local entities to form either municipal utilities, or community wide clean electricity districts called Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs). Forming a local municipal utility or a CCA, if this measure is enacted, will require the approval, through election, of 2/3rds of the voters who live in the area of the would-be local municipal utility or CCA.[1]
Pacific Gas & Electric is the primary financial sponsor of the initiative, having contributed $34.5 million through May 2, 2010. That makes PG&E the Goliath in a David-v-Goliath battle, since Prop 16's opponents have raised less than $50,000 through early May.





Vote no on Prop 16 in June! Get your ass out to the polls and tell PG&E they can't buy their way into the CA constitution!

Tour Stop 1: The 7Seas Fishiversary

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I'm performing LIVE in SL at the 7Seas Fishiversary tonight at 7pm PST! Join in: http://bit.ly/fishiversary


Here's the whole schedule:

* 6pm-7pm, DJ Seven Shikami / Unlimited Solo Contest
   PRIZE: A ridiculous pile of bait and a Stitched Duck!
  
* 7pm-8pm, LIVE MUSIC with KEIKO TAKAMURA, part of the Help Keiko Record Tour!
                       / Fishing Costume Contest! Wear your best fishing-flavored outfit! (Or your best FISH outfit.)
   PRIZE: The entire Quackerschmidt Family as a swimming, wearable pet, and a Stitched Duck.
  
* 8pm-9pm, DJ Seven Shikami / Reverse Payout Contest; 5th place gets the top prize!
   PRIZE: The Ninja vs. Pirate Duck Set, and a Stitched Duck.
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HELP KEIKO FINALLY RECORD TOUR! (FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE)
April 17th - April 24th, 2010 AD

Keiko Takamura has been a Second Life live musician since 2006. She has played countless shows with both newcomers and well-known olbies such as Cylindrian Rutabaga, Juel Resistance, Frogg Marlowe & Jaycatt Nico, Maximillion Kleene, etc. She has also played numerous charity events for organizations such as Relay For Life, Toys For Tots, Make A Wish Foundation, Friends of the Urban Forest, Child's Play Charity, and so on. She has been an active member of the Second Life community and an advocate for Second Life in general. She made an appearance on the machinima shows Live N Kickin and Tonight Live with Paisley Beebe. She met with Philip Linden (creator and then-CEO of Second Life) and has most recently been the postergirl for Second Life's "face2face" ad campaign.

She was featured on MTV News with Stephen Totilo (now of Kotaku) and is more widely-known for her appearance on MTV's True Life.

It has been a long uphill struggle, but in 2009 she formed a band called The Shebangs and started to play shows around the San Francisco Bay Area, including the 2009 Second Life Community Convention.

And now, after years of slowly trudging up the ranks, making music, making fans, Keiko and The Shebangs are finally ready to record a 5-song EP. The studio they want to record at has worked with bands such as CAKE, Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello, Teagan and Sara, Deerhoof, Death Cab... but it is PROHIBITIVELY EXPENSIVE.

Please consider donating to help Keiko - FINALLY - record!

How to pre-order a copy of the EP with your donation:

1. Pay the "Donate Here" sign in SL 1400L.
2. Send your SL name and email address to TakamuraKeiko at gmail
3. Get your digital copy of The Shebangs EP in your email when it's finished!

OR

1. Go to http://keiko.chipin.com/ and use the ChipIn widget.
2. Donate $5 or more with PayPal and make sure to enter your email address.
3. Get your digital copy of The Shebangs EP in your email when it's finished!

HELP KEIKO RECORD TOUR DATES
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All times are PST. Times and dates are subject to change. Please join Keiko Takamura's Anti-Fan Club and follow @KeikoTakamura on Twitter for the newest updates. All of Keiko's shows will be simulcast live via webcam at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/keiko-live-zomg.

**Saturday, April 17th**
7Seas 3rd Fishaversary
7pm: Keiko
Details: Come celebrate the 3rd year running of the majorly addictive fishing game, 7Seas! Contests, special prizes, and LIVE KEIKO zomg. (http://www.7seasfishing.com/)

**Sunday, April 18th**
Keiko's Cafe
8pm: Keiko (http://www.myspace.com/theshebangsband)
9pm: Demolicious Wonder (http://www.myspace.com/demoliciouswonder)

**Monday, April 19th**
Keiko's Cafe
2pm: Keiko (http://www.myspace.com/theshebangsband)
3pm: Maximillion Kleene (http://www.myspace.com/maximillionkleene)
4pm: Matthew Perreault (http://thematthewshow.com/)

**Tuesday, April 20th**
The Scandalous Concert Stump
7pm: Keiko (http://www.myspace.com/theshebangsband)

**Wednesday, April 21st**
Keiko's Cafe
2pm: Keiko (http://www.myspace.com/theshebangsband)
3pm: Juel Resistance (http://suzenjuel.com/)

**Thursday, April 22nd**
2pm Keiko @ Cisum Webzine
5pm Keiko @ The Firefly

**Friday, April 23rd**
Keiko's Cafe
3pm: Keiko (http://www.myspace.com/theshebangsband)
4pm: Pato Milo (http://www.myspace.com/patomilo)
5pm: Kacklick Martin (http://ka-klick.com/)

**Saturday, April 24th**
Harajukubox
2pm Keiko (http://www.myspace.com/theshebangsband)
3pm RobinYukiko Rhapsody (http://robinyukiko.com/)
Details: Come see Harajukubox's BODY MOD FAIRE! EXCLUSIVE body modification products available from Harajukubox Shops April 23rd-25th! You can also enter to win a photo contest with the grand prize of 5000L! More details at: http://harajukubox.blogspot.com/