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HPL#13 Show Online for Download

The organizer (Hiya, J!) of HappyLIVEs #13 was kind enough to give the band an MP3 of our recent 74-min., unrehearsed jam at Yoyogi Koen's Outdoor Stage. Visit the Audio page and download the 68 MB file! We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Posted: 2006-09-27 07:48 JST

"Life After Justin" Tour Unexpectedly Announced

Justin Leclair, ex-guitarist for Life After Failing, apparently left Japan on Sunday, September 17, citing numerous personal reasons. The sudden departure, without even so much as a good-bye, left the band with three shows booked and, obviously, no guitarist to play them. The band is working through the difficulty to fulfill its obligations by having guest musicians join the band for the remaining engagements.

Before Justin left, he promised to leave the 40,000 Yen he owed in band expenses with his cousin. No word, as yet, has surfaced regarding which cousin on which continent would be given the money. The band continues to sigh repeatedly at the recent turn of events. Justin is cordially invited to PayPal the outstanding sum to

The future of the band is uncertain. It has not been decided whether to find another guitarist and carry on or whether to shelve the project.

Posted: 2006-09-24 12:34 JST

HappyLIVEs #13 @ Yoyogi Koen, Tokyo!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we're going to be playing the next HappyLIVEs event @ Yoyogi Park in Tokyo on the holiday Monday, September 18. Admission is free. Details are still being ironed out, but you can expect non-stop bands from noon till 6 p.m. Venue: Outdoor Stage in Yoyogi Park near the NHK buildings (you know, by the soccer fields).

Come out, drink a bunch of ridiculously expensive beer, dance near the stage and let's party. LAF will most likely get an hour of stage time. :-)

Posted: 2006-08-27 01:10 JST

A Bunch of New Photos!

I (as in Trane) finally had a chance to put together the photos from the May 7 Yukotopia and June 8 GARAGE shows. Enjoy. There are actually even a few of Dave in there for a change. ;-)

Check out the Photos page!

Posted: 2006-08-26 19:36 JST

Dead Heads Land Yukotopia & Shimokitazawa GARAGE Shows Announced

LAF will play at Yukotopia on Saturday, September 30th. The following night, Sunday, October 1st, Life After Failing will play a "3-man Live" at Shimokitazawa GARAGE. As details for each show become available, we'll update the information on our Schedule page. Stay tuned!

Posted: 2006-08-16 10:20 JST

2006-08-05: Dead Heads Land Yukotopia

LAF will play at Yukotopia on Saturday, August 5th. Tickets are 1,500 Yen + 500 Yen for one drink. 17:30 Open / 18:00 Start.

Life After Failing

Jerry's Week Special! LAF with Meltone again! It should prove to be a fantastic night.

Posted: 2006-07-08 16:17 JST

2006-06-29: Dead Heads Land Yukotopia

LAF will play at Yukotopia on Thursday, June 29th. Tickets are 1,000 Yen + 500 Yen for one drink. 20:00 Open / 20:30 Start.

Life After Failing
Gaijin Junk

and more ...

LAF will play a 90-minute set this night, so fans get a chance to see more band for less money at this event. Come on out!

Posted: 2006-06-20 00:17 JST

2006-05-07 @ Dead Heads Land Yukotopia

The band has been booked once again to play at Yukotopia. Details to be updated as the band gets more information regarding who is sharing the bill that evening.

Please plan ahead! Rumour has it that Shin-ichiro of MELTONE fame will be playing that night. That should make it a memorable jam-band event!

Posted: 2006-03-30 00:33 JST

2006-03-21 Yukotopia Show Ready for Download & Photos Updated

Our latest show at Dead Heads Land Yukotopia can now be downloaded from and will be approved very shortly at the Life After Failing section in the Live Music Archive. Feel free to download it, burn yourself a CD, send it to your Grandmother for her birthday or practice your frisbee. ;-)

As well, we've got a whole whack of photos that were taken at the show. As usual, not much of Dave can be found, but he really is in the band.  Honest. (Seriously, though, his missus was kind enough to take some photos that definitely ensured there is proof of his existence after all. Amazing, we know.) Have a look at the photo page.

Posted: 2006-03-28 19:59JST

2006-04-01: Roku Unit @ Dead Heads Land Yukotopia

Trane will be sitting in on bass and keyboards with the Psychedelic band "Roku Unit" for a 2-hour April Fool's improvisational jam session. Also on the bill will be the Psyche band "Abuku". Please come out and show your support.

To see the event flyer, click here.

Posted: 2006-03-26 13:12 JST

2006-06-08 @ Shimokitazawa GARAGE

Life After Failing has just been booked to play Shimokitazawa GARAGE on Thursday, June 8. Details of the event will be posted here in this space and on the Schedule page as they come our way.

Stay tuned. :-)

Posted: 2006-03-14 18:21 JST

2006-01-27 Yukotopia Photos

It took too long, we know, but the photos from our recent Yukotopia show are finally up and online for your perusal. Look for Justin's demon eyes caught by the flash in a moment of serious concentration. Lots of blurry Trane. Sadly, Dave pretty much got left out, although if you look hard enough, you'll see his hat in a few pics. Oops. Dave should get the missus to take more pics of him to ensure there's some balance there. ;-)

Posted: 2006-03-07 09:39 JST

LAF BBS Now Online!

We thought it would be fun to have a better way of interacting with all of you, so we've set up an online forum. Click on the Forum link in the navigation bar and come yap with the band! We'd love to hear from you. Want to know what kind of phaser Justin uses? Have you been wondering who did the squealing feedback in Spire on Small Light? Need to know what sticks Dave likes to break at rehearsal? Now you can find out.

Posted: 2006-03-07 06:59 JST

Kanda Session @ Dead Heads Land Yukotopia

Trane will be performing with guitarist Kanda-san and Mochi-san (Warlocks) at Dead Heads Land Yukotopia on Sunday, March 12, 2006 for a 50-minute, fully improvised jam session. What'll happen? Nobody knows, but we suspect that whatever it is, it should be very interesting. Come on out and show your support!

Posted: 2006-03-07 06:24 JST

Live Music Archive

Life After Failing live shows can now be streamed or downloaded from the Live Music Archive! First uploaded was our recent show @ Yukotopia. We got a really nice soundboard recording from the venue, so we thought we'd share it with the world. Enjoy it and check the LMA often for show updates! Also, don't forget that LAF allows taping at our shows. Don't be shy about bringing your rig and capturing the moment.


Posted: 2006-01-29 10:55 JST

Show Booked @ Dead Heads Land Yukotopia

The band will appear at Dead Heads Land Yukotopia on Tuesday, March 21, 2006. We hope to see you there! The line-up of bands looks like this: DEARS, Phoenix, Life After Failing & The Great Rollingflower. We're especially excited to be playing with The Great Rollingflower as they are a wonderful jam band. Drop by their site at MySpace via the link above and have a listen to some of their live recordings. Great stuff!

Order tickets for the show online at our Store page.

Updated: 2006-01-27 09:31 JST

Photos Pages Updated

We got some photos up from our Shinjuku ACB Hall show from back in September 2005. We think we're handsome young devils, so have a look and see whether you agree. We're sure you will. ;-)


Posted: 2006-01-23 22:30 JST

Band Page @ MySpace

The band now also features a page on MySpace as well as a blog. We'd love it if you'd add us as a friend and subscribe to the blog at:

Posted: 2006-01-13 10:04 JST

New Show @ Dead Heads Land Yukotopia

The band will appear at Dead Heads Land Yukotopia on Friday, January 27, 2006. We're very excited about this gig as it is our first time to play this venue and it seems ideally suited to our music. Our interaction with the venue's management has been wonderful and we look forward to putting on a solid show for them. We hope to see you there! Information about the show will be added and updated on the Schedule page.

NEW: It's now possible to order tickets for the show online at our Store page.

Updated: 2006-01-12 23:51 JST

Summit - A New Song Available for Download

We pulled a gem from a recent rehearsal and posted it on the site for you to download. Drop by the Audio page and check out Summit. It weighs in at a hefty 10.6 MB, but its 11:37 of jamming goodness makes it worth the download. We're sure you'll love it!

Oh, and before I forget:


Posted: 2006-01-07 00:15 JST

Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings from Trane, Justin and Dave!

For those of you who celebrate, we hope that you have a safe and happy Christmas holiday. For those of you who don't, be safe and watch out for those X-mas drunks on the road! ;-)

Posted: 2005-12-24 21:52 JST

Photos Pages Updated

It seemed like a good idea to add some captions to all the photos, so if you were curious about what we were doing for a certain shot, feel free to have a look. We promise to make sure that any new photo galleries will have comments already added before we upload them to the server.


Posted: 2005-11-02 02:03 JST

LAF Web Server Down for Maintanence

Our site's hosting provider will be bringing down the systems for a UPS replacement upstream from their colocation offices. We've been given a servicing window of between 2005-10-18 23:00 EST and 2005-10-19 0400 EST. The expected downtime will be between 20-40 minutes while electricians wire a distribution panel upstream from ours into the new UPS. Life After Failing apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause.

UPDATE: The transition to the new system completed without any downtime at all. The crew managed to work in an emergency power feed for the duration of the servicing and the systems were able to be transitioned to the new UPS without service interruption. Nice.

Updated: 2005-10-21 11:40 JST

New Photos Online

We've posted some photos from our August 11th recording session at Rinky Dink Studio in Umegaoka. Drop by our Photos page and have a look. By this time next week, we should also have pics up of our show at Shinjuku ACB Hall. The band hasn't had a chance to see those yet, either, so we're champing at the bit!

Posted: 2005-10-18 10:29 JST

Small Light Now Available for Sale!

Life After Failing is pleased to announce that our debut CD, Small Light, is now available for sale from our Store page. To make things easy, we've set it up so that you can pay via PayPal for orders placed outside Japan. You don't even need a PayPal account to use it! For orders placed within Japan, we've stuck with the standard money transfer to keep things as simple as possible.


Posted: 2005-10-13 10:27 JST

LAF Announces Friendly Taper/Trader Policy

Today, Life After Failing announced its taper/trader policies to and to encourage audience recordings of LAF shows and to make sure it's clear that people are allowed to trade these shows in whatever format they wish. Trane puts it like this: "As long as it's strictly for non-commercial personal use, we're good with it. Tapers perform a valuable service for the community and we feel it's in everybody's interest for us to allow audience-based audio- and video recordings. If it weren't for tapers and traders, I'd never have heard Phish and what a shame that would be."

For a formal declaration of LAF's taper/trader policy, please visit our Contact page.

Posted: 2005-09-13 17:23 JST

Collectors' tickets available from LAF

Life After Failing is now directly selling tickets for the Shinjuku ACB Hall show on September 23rd. The ticket stubs can be traded in at the ACB Hall ticket office for access to the venue, but you may keep the main part of the ticket as a memento. The ticket was designed by our very own David Watkins, so you don't want to miss it.

Posted: 2005-09-11 22:45 JST

Show @ Shinjuku ACB Hall

LAF is happy to announce that Life After Failing will be playing at Shinjuku ACB Hall on September 23rd. LAF is on tap to help support The Whats on their Japan 2005 tour. If you'll be in the Tokyo area on the 23rd, we'd love having you come along to see us kick off our very first show as a trio. For information about the venue itself, please visit Shinjuku ACB Hall's web site. Information about the show itself can be found on our Schedule page.

Life After Failing is also taking the opportunity at this event to announce the release of our debut CD, Small Light. Don't miss your chance to get one of the very first copies of a very interesting, textural, instrumental jam album.

Updated: 2005-10-13 10:36 JST