Photos: Osaka, Japan with Madlib, J.Rocc, Jeff Jank, No Records (But Good Wine).

Note to all of those who will soon travel to the Southwest of Japan in search of records: even though you might have heard stories of mint copies of James Knight and the Butlers’ solitary LP and sealed copies of Syl Johnson’s Is It Because I’m Black turning up in the “Rare Groove Sale” section of random Kyoto record stores, sometimes it’s more fitting to use your off day after a sold-out show in Osaka digging for the best riverside crab tempura in Arashiyama, and spend the evening drinking Mersaults from the late ’70s….