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Kizuna Ai’s Crowdfunding Effort for Final Concert Reaches Goal in 3 Minutes

Kizuna Ai‘s crowd funding campaign, meant to generate funds for her last concert before going on indefinite hiatus, managed to achieve its ¥3,000,000 ($26,173) goal in a mere three minutes, a feat many will deem typical of the girl who popularized the medium of virtual YouTubers. Last December, Kizuna Ai reported she would be temporarily […]
Tags: Music, Japan, Money, Events, Crowd Funding, Anime, Kizuna Ai, Virtual YouTubers

Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Arc Musical Takes the Stage

The beloved manga series Rurouni Kenshin is returning to the stage in a new musical covering the events of the Kyoto Arc, an arc fans will readily remember as one featuring the appearance of Makoto Shishio and his Juppongatana. The Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Arc musical will open at the IHI Stage Around Tokyo in Koto […]
Tags: Music, Japan, Musicals, Tokyo, Anime, Announcements, Kyoto, Adaptations, Stage Play, Rurouni Kenshin, Makoto Shishio

Favorite Media of 2021

I’m sharing this later than usual, but yes, this year again (following 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020)  I’ve compiled a comprehensive and highly subjective list of my favorite media, this time for the year 2021 — that means I limit it to media that was released in 2021, which of course means that there are things that simply don’t make the list because I haven’t yet had a chance to take them in. For every category I start with an alphabetical top 5, fol...
Tags: Travel, Top 5, Comics, Games, Music, Japan, TV, Podcasts, Film, Web, Magazines, Wes Anderson, Tokyo, Bond, Apple News, Dlc

Worshiped Seiyuu Tanaka Rie Forms New Music Band Uz:ME

Legendary seiyuu and singer Tanaka Rie has formed a new band with Swedish rock musicians Patrik Leonheart and Simon Andante known as Uz:ME. Fans of the seiyuu and her divine voice are certain to be curious about her new music project and the unique makeup of its members. Tanaka is the main vocalist of Uz:ME, […]
Tags: Music, Japan, Anime, Announcements, Tanaka, Seiyuu, Rie Tanaka, Tanaka Rie, Seiyuu Tanaka Rie, Patrik Leonheart, Simon Andante

How Jazz Grew And Flourished In Japan

American troops brought jazz records with them; Japanese musicians picked up work entertaining the troops. There was a proliferation of jazz kissa (cafes), a distinctly Japanese phenomenon where locals could sit and listen to records for as long as they wanted. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Japan

‘Society was volatile. That spirit was in our music’: how Japan created its own jazz

Postwar Japan embraced the music of its former enemy – and, powered by anti-establishment feeling, remade it. As they find a new global audience, the country’s jazz innovators explain what drove themThe story of Japanese jazz is about music and a movement, but also a nation’s state of mind – a daring vision of a better future after the second world war, sounded out on piano, drums and brass. Jazz is a distinctly American art form – the US’s greatest cultural achievement, in fact, along with hip-...
Tags: Music, Japan, US, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Jazz, Osaka, Tokyo Kobe

DECO*27’s Newest Song “Salamander” Slithers About

Vocaloid musician DECO*27 has been managing to pump out several songs nonstop without fail as their latest release depicts Hatsune Miku as a cute salamander girl, the charming illustration coupled with the equally riveting song bound to have the artist again skyrocketing upwards in popularity. While the video on NicoNico Douga only managed to secure […]
Tags: Music, Japan, Animals, Artists, Anime, Deco, Hatsune Miku, NicoNico Douga, Vocaloid

Record Amount of Vocaloid Videos Surpassed 1 Million Views on NND in 2021

An individual dedicated to the world of Vocaloid recently charted the Vocaloid videos that were able to accrue 1 million views throughout every year since 2007, and exposed that 2021 was the most fruitful year for Vocaloid so far as a record amount of videos achieved the successful milestone. According to the dedicated fan, a […]
Tags: Music, Japan, Records, Statistics, Anime, Comparison, Hatsune Miku, Otaku, NicoNico Douga, Vocaloid, Video Gallery, Record Amount of Vocaloid Videos

Cosplay Pianist Pan Piano Hit With Seemingly False Copyright Claims

Pan Piano, a pianist who accrued far more attention after realizing the sex appeal of cosplay sells, has shared through her YouTube page that many of her videos have been copyright striked by a Vietnamese company that doesn’t seem to actually own the content in question, serving as yet another example of YouTube favoring companies […]
Tags: Music, Japan, Crime, Law, Youtube, Censorship, Copyright, Anime, Cosplay, Pan Piano

Travesty or tragedy? What Egypt thinks of Verdi’s Aida

Premiered in Cairo 150 years ago, set in an exoticised ancient Egypt and written by a man who refused to visit the country for fear of ‘being mummified’, the beloved opera has left a complex legacy in the country its drama is set In the middle of downtown Cairo is an anonymous-looking concrete building that stretches along one side of a huge landscaped roundabout. If you peer upwards, you’ll see it labelled, between rows of air-con units, in Arabic and English: “Opera office building and garage....
Tags: Music, Japan, Spain, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Opera, Cairo, Verdi, Carmen, Giuseppe Verdi, Edward Said, Khedivial Opera House

Virtual YouTuber Kizuna Ai Shakes Bottom to Justin Bieber

First ever virtual YouTuber Kizuna Ai may have gone down in terms of reputation for some after she released this video of her 2D self dancing to a piece sung by Justin Bieber, the great emphasis on her hindquarters possibly making up for this distasteful decision. Kizuna Ai’s dance video set to “Stay” by Justin […]
Tags: Music, Japan, Usa, Celebrities, Bizarre, Dancing, Justin Bieber, Anime, Justin, Oshiri, Image Gallery, YouTuber Kizuna Ai, Kizuna Ai, Virtual YouTubers

Hear Haruki Murakami Play Beatles Covers on His Radio Show, Murakami Radio

Now ramping up to a wide release is a film that will draw in no few fans of Haruki Murakami around the world: Drive My Car, adapted by filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi from Murakami’s short story of the same name. That name itself comes, of course, from the Beatles song, their knockout opener to Rubber Soul. It wasn’t the first time Murakami had borrowed a title from the Fab Four. The novel that made him a household name, in his homeland of Japan and subsequently the rest of the world, was ca...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Japan, Greece, College, West, Tokyo, Panasonic, Haruki Murakami, Richard, Seoul, Beatles, Ringo, Mary Wells, John Paul George, Petula Clark

Chrono Trigger Jazz Album Open for Pre-order in Japan

As part of an ongoing Square Enix jazz album series, the legendary Chrono Trigger had its music remixed with a jazz twist, which is certain to intrigue fans of jazz and Chrono Trigger both. The Square Enix Store made the announcement, which also announced a pre-order bonus song: The tracks announced for the album: “Peaceful […]
Tags: Games, Music, Japan, Anime, Announcements, Square Enix, OST, Anime Goods, Chrono Trigger, Square Enix Store

[Random] U900 & kerokerokingDX

First Scott e-mailed me about this cute amigurumi pair, then TempleDog -- It's such a good thing that I had to pass it along. :D 兎野U / Usagino U and 熊野900 / Kumano 900 make up U900, a terrific ukulele duo. Find out more about them in this video: For locals familiar with Hawaiian music may recognize some of their licks in some of their videos, but they also have a CD out with their covers of Ventures songs: Ukulele Ventures. In the meanwhile, you can watch more at ...
Tags: Music, Japan, Cute, Youtube, Animation, Anime, Ukulele, Random, Scott, Kumano, Amigurumi, Audra Furuichi, Nemu, Kumano 900, Stop-animation, U900

Devo Respond To John Hinckley Jr.’s Claim He Hasn’t Seen Any Royalties From Song He Co-Wrote With Them

Devo have responded to John Hinckley Jr.’s claim that he was never paid royalties for a song he “co-wrote” with the band. Hinckley, of course, is the the would-be assassin of former President Ronald Reagan. In 1981, he shot the president and three others, but was ultimately found not guilty by reason of insanity and was sentenced to a psychiatric institution. Hinckley had been reacclimating to society since some restrictions on him were lifted in 2016, and just last month was granted full uncond...
Tags: Europe, Music, Japan, News, Ronald Reagan, Devo, Hinckley, Gerald Casale, John Hinckley Jr

Stream German Screamo Band Masada’s New Album II

Masada are a screamo band from Germany whose particular twist on the subgenre errs on the side of scraping, muscular indie-rock, with moments of melodious quiet giving way to explosive stomping and howling. After dropping their debut way back in 2016, Masada have been working on their sophomore LP since a 2018 trip to Japan. After some COVID-related delays, II is finally here. The album is as furiously entertaining as you could hope, raw and combustible but captured in crisp clarity. Check it ou...
Tags: Music, Japan, Germany, New Music, Masada, Screamo Band Masada

How Randy Bachman Found His Stolen Favorite Guitar After 45 Years, with the Help of Facial-Recognition Software

Facial-recognition technology has come into its own in recent decades, though its imagined large-scale uses do tend to sound troublingly dystopian. Still, some of its actual success stories have been pleasing indeed, few of them so much as the one briefly told in the video above by Bachman Turner Overdrive’s Randy Bachman. Its protagonist is not Bachman himself but one of his guitars: a 1957 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins, a model named after the star Nashville guitarist. “This is the first re...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Japan, Technology, College, Toronto, History, Canada, United States, Tokyo, Nashville, Joni Mitchell, Seoul, Eric Clapton, Ontario Provincial Police, RCMP

Top 10 Karaoke Songs of the Summer 2021 Anime Season

Daiichi Kosho, a Japanese company dedicated to karaoke equipment, used its karaoke on demand service to survey the most requested songs of the anime that were aired during the summer 2021 season (which included shows from spring 2021 as well), the results bound to encourage individuals to check out the songs and perhaps even the […]
Tags: Music, Japan, Summer, Rankings, Anime, Karaoke, Video Gallery, Maid Dragon, Uramichi Onii-san, Tokyo Revengers, Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu, Daiichi Kosho

Watch Jaco Pastorius: The Lost Tapes Documentary, the Fan-Made Film on the Most Innovative Bass Player of All Time

People do not understand how hard a jazz musician works for a living. I’m not putting nobody down, but I’m telling you nobody understands how hard jazz musicians work. Jazz is not big in the US, because the States are too worried about Pac-Man and The Police. — Jaco When Jaco Pastorius uttered the quote above in a typically entertaining and insightful interview with Guitar World from 1983, I’m sure he meant no disrespect to the members of The Police. It may be safe to say that Jaco signi...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Music, Japan, College, France, US, Jazz, States, Warner Bros, Montreal, Joni Mitchell, Jaco Pastorius, Jacó, Hendrix, Josh Jones

‘Roar, roar, roar!’ Japan rolls out rock music against bear attacks

Authorities hope rock’n’roll song will help people of Iwate prefecture stay safe as number of bear sightings risesCan rock’n’roll keep people safe from bear attacks? One Japanese region is hoping so, and has commissioned a cautionary anthem warning residents about the threat of its ursine inhabitants.Bears are common across Japan and regularly spark frantic hunts when they venture into towns, where they have attacked and even killed residents. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Iwate

Hololive Fantasy’s First Live Show Coming to Tokyo Dome City Hall

The third generation of Hololive virtual YouTubers (“Hololive Fantasy”) is holding its first live show at Tokyo Dome City Hall, a magnificent occasion for loyal worshipers to see the beloved 2D girls “in person”, that is if the fearmongered Coronavirus doesn’t end up cancelling the whole concert. The event, called “Fan Fun Island”, will feature […]
Tags: Music, Japan, Events, Illustration, Tokyo, Anime, Announcements, Otaku, Anime Goods, Virtual YouTubers, Hololive, Tokyo Dome City Hall, Fan Fun Island

Mirga’s Successor At The City Of Birmingham Symphony Has Been Chosen

And it’s sort of an internal hire: in April 2023, Kazuki Yamada, a 42-year-old from Japan who’s been the orchestra’s principal guest conductor for three years, will succeed fast-rising Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (and, before her, Andris Nelsons and Simon Rattle) as the CBSO’s chief conductor. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Japan, Simon Rattle, CBSO, Mirga Gražinytė Tyla, Andris Nelsons, Mirga, Kazuki Yamada

Meet Brushy One String, the One String Guitar Player Who Will Blow Your Mind

When Jamaican musician Andrew Chin, better known as Brushy One String first told friends about his vision — “a dream in which he was told to play the one-string guitar” — they responded with mockery — all but one, who “insisted it was fate,” writes Playing for Change, “and that he had to make that dream come true.” So Brushy set out to do just that, playing on streetcorners and in the market, “in a big broad hat and sunglasses,” he says. The music came to him naturally. He is no ordinary...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Japan, Mississippi, College, Npr, Eddie, Keith Richards, Tina Turner, Robert Johnson, New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival, Shabba Ranks, Josh Jones, Bo Diddley, Teddy Pendergrass, UNITAR

ABBA Set to Release Their First Album in 40 Years: Hear Two New Tracks, and Get a Glimpse of Their Digital Live Show

45 years ago, ABBA’s music was inescapable. 25 years ago, it had become a seemingly unwelcome reminder of the inanities of the 1970s in general and the days of disco in particular. But now, it’s revered: rare is the 21st-century music critic who absolutely refuses to acknowledge the Swedish foursome’s mastery of pure pop songwriting and studio production. With current musicians, too, naming ABBA among their inspirations without embarrassment, the time has surely come for ABBA themselves ...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Japan, Technology, London, College, Abba, Seoul, Waterloo, Ulvaeus, Anni Frid Lyngstad, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Bjorn Ulvaeus Benny Andersson Agnetha Faltskog, Facebook ABBA

Hatsune Miku Theme Park Miku Land Offering Summer Attractions in VR

Miku Land, a special amusement park that can be visited in virtual reality courtesy of Virtual Cast and HoloModels, is introducing three new summer-themed attractions, certain to have hardcore Vocaloid fans excited to see Hatsune Miku through virtual reality. Not just Hatsune Miku will be taking part as Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Ren, Snow Miku’s rabbit […]
Tags: Music, Japan, Summer, Events, Virtual Reality, Anime, Hatsune Miku, PV, Image Gallery, Vocaloid, Kagamine Rin Kagamine Ren Snow Miku

Hear 45 Minutes of Funky Old Soundtracks from 1960s-70s Japanese Films & TV Shows

The life of a Japanese film composer in the 1960s and 70s was very different from their American counterparts. “For Hollywood movies, there is a three-month period to write the music after the film has been finished,” says legendary film and television composer Chumei Watanabe. When Watanabe first began working for Shintoho studios, “at first, they gave us five days. Of course, it would usually be shortened…. One time, there was a Toei movie being filmed in Kyoto. The next day was the re...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Japan, Hollywood, Television, Film, College, Quentin Tarantino, Tarantino, Hunter, Kamen, Josh Jones, Watanabe, Toei, Durham NC Follow, Kikuchi

Unique & Original MV “Unison” All About Virtual YouTuber Houshou Marine

Pretty pirate virtual YouTuber Houshou Marine has enchanted her loyal followers with a new original music video, the production possessing a surplus of impressive animation and art of the perverted pirate and bound to only cause watchers to fall in love with the 2D maiden even more. The music video “Unison” which is a slight […]
Tags: Music, Japan, Illustration, Artists, Anime, Moe, Oppai, Image Gallery, MV, Virtual YouTubers, Hololive

Tokyo 2021 Olympics Rhythmic Gymnastics Team Pays Tribute to Sailor Moon

The surprises contained within the Tokyo 2021 Olympics have yet to be fully depleted as a rhythmic gymnastics team from Uzbekistan paid tribute to the Sailor Moon franchise by performing to theme song “Moonlight Densetsu”, the power of anime and manga clearly spanning the globe. A video of the female team’s entire performance: The whole […]
Tags: Music, Japan, Events, Dancing, Olympics, Tokyo, Uzbekistan, Anime, Sailor Moon, Otaku

Grab these unhyped releases on Bandcamp Friday and retune your mood

Let’s try something different today. I’m pencil-dropping releases sent in my feed and from my followers, but not randomly – truly some great, largely undiscovered gems to transform your mood when you need it most. We still need food, but music is essential sustenance, too. I got a lot more of these, but tried to […] The post Grab these unhyped releases on Bandcamp Friday and retune your mood appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.
Tags: Music, Japan, Indonesia, Berlin, Experimental, Chile, Machine Learning, Kenya, Ai, Industrial, Ambient, IDM, Bandcamp, Electronica, Klara Lewis, Peder Mannerfelt

David Hoon Kim's Playlist for His Novel "Paris Is a Party, Paris Is a Ghost"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Roxane Gay, and many others. In David Hoon Kim's Paris Is a Party, Paris Is a Ghost beauty and mystery commingle and coalesce into an unforgettable novel. Kelly Link wrote of the book: "The kind of book that holds you in a dr...
Tags: Europe, Music, Japan, London, France, Rome, Bette Davis, David, Paris, Davis, Congo, Tokyo, Denmark, Goldman, Serge Gainsbourg, Arnaud Desplechin

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