Nov 07 2017

YOSHIKI and Nobel Prize winner Shinya Yamanaka collaborate to support Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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YOSHIKI and Nobel Prize winner Shinya Yamanaka have joined together for a special video interview in support of the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Launched by the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in August, the “ONE TEAM PROJECT” is an endeavor to inspire and build enthusiasm for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, led by a unified team of the most important creators and innovators of Japan.

In the third edition of the Committee’s special programs, titled “A Prelude to 2020″, X Japan leader YOSHIKI and Professor Shinya Yamanaka, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and Director of the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, engage in a deep conversation about the upcoming Olympic events and the personal significance of the year 2020.

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Nov 02 2017

Shiina Ringo announces self-cover album Reimport Vol. 2 and 2018 Tour

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Shiina Ringo has announced the release of her second self-cover album, Reimport Vol. 2 – Civil Aviation Bureau, featuring the singer-songwriter’s personal take on songs she penned for other artists such as Sayuri Ishikawa, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki, SMAP, Mitsuki Takahata, Ozaki Takashi, Takako Dawn, Doughnuts Hole, Megumi Hayashibara, and Eri Fukatsu.

Her previous self-cover album, Gyakuyunyu – Kowankyoku, was released in 2014. Reimport Vol. 2 – Civil Aviation Bureau will be released December 6, 2017 in a special-edition hardcover book format.

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Nov 02 2017

Morning Glory – Patchwork (Review)

Morning Glory
Patchwork

Review by David Cirone

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Morning Glory are back in top form in their latest CD release, Patchwork. The indies garage rock band from Gifu had a few surprise hits at the tail end of the last decade, but took a five-year break following 2010′s all-cover album Magical Mystery Tour. With Patchwork, they’ve returned to the catchy hooks and and powerful lyrics that marked their early successes.

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Nov 01 2017

MIYAVI – Dancing With My Fingers (MV)

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MIYAVI has released the music video for “Dancing With My Fingers” feat. Daichi Miura (directed by Takashi Miike) from the upcoming release SAMURAI SESSIONS Vol. 2.

SAMURAI SESSIONS Vol. 2 also features appearances by HYDE, EXILE SHOKICHI, and m-flo’s MC VERBAL. Scheduled for release November 8th, the special edition CD includes the music video for “Dancing With My Fingers” as well as five live tracks and documentary footage from Miyavi’s 15th Anniversary Live “NEO TOKYO 15″.

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Nov 01 2017

YOSHIKI brings Blade Runner chic to VAMPS Halloween Party 2017

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X Japan leader YOSHIKI reunited with VAMPS frontman Hyde on the final day of Halloween Party 2017 for a powerful collaboration performance.

YOSHIKI flew directly from France to make the October 29th concert at Makuhari Messe after completing an exhausting promotional tour of Europe for the award-winning documentary film We Are X. YOSHIKI and Hyde first teamed up at VISUAL JAPAN SUMMIT 2016, and performed together again at Halloween Party 2016.

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Oct 30 2017

Yoko Hamasaki – Interview (2017)

Yoko Hamasaki
Interview by David Cirone
October 30, 2017

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It’s been over a year since the release of Yoko Hamasaki’s second solo album, Blue Forest, and both the album and performer are still going strong, with even more solo events announced in Japan and increased attention from overseas fans.

J-Rock fans have been privy to 10+ years of Hamasaki’s daring, provocative, and intellectually challenging URBANGARDE alter-ego “Yokotan”, but Blue Forest revealed a multi-layered energetic and emotional persona. Hamasaki is already planning her follow-up album, with even more surprises and deeper personal revelations in store.

Why did you wait so long after Film Noir to release another solo album?

Hamasaki: It had been six years since my first solo work, Film Noir, and I started thinking about doing another one almost right away, but it took a while for the concept to really become focused in my mind. On top of that, URBANGARDE has been so busy, too. But finally, when the time was right, my manager and I decided to move forward. We said. “Let’s do it.”

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Oct 29 2017

DatuRΛ to Make US Debut at Tokyo in Tulsa 2018

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Visual kei band DatuRΛ will make their US performance debut at Tokyo in Tulsa 2018, presented by Chaotic Harmony Imports. Tokyo in Tulsa (TnT) will be held July 13-15, 2018 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Cox Business Center and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa Downtown. While at Tokyo in Tulsa, DatuRΛ will hold a live concert as well as participate in a panel, autograph sessions, the VIP Sakura Dinner, and Tokyo in Tulsa Foundation Charity Ball.

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Oct 27 2017

Yoshiki returns to Paris to complete whirlwind European promotion tour

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X JAPAN leader YOSHIKI returned to Paris, France, on October 24th for his final day of a marathon tour promoting the European premiere of award-winning documentary, We Are X.

YOSHIKI will immediately return to Japan to appear at the HALLOWEEN PARTY 2017 concert event at Makuhari Messe on October 29th presented by VAMPS. Next week, on November 3rd, YOSHIKI CHANNEL (ranked first among artist channels on Japan’s largest video site “niconico”) will broadcast a visit to the new YOSHIKIMONO exhibition and present a guest performance from Wagakki Band.

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Oct 25 2017

Best J-Rock on Spotify: Melt-Banana – Cat Brain Land

Today’s best J-Rock track on Spotify:
Melt-Banana – Cat Brain Land

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Oct 24 2017

NOAH (ex Avanchick) Announces New Solo Project And Tour

Image Courtesy of Marinovich PR.

Image Courtesy of Marinovich PR.

 

Former Avanchick vocalist NOAH has announced a new solo project, featuring a plethora of support members from various bands, including Hyu-ga from Avanchick.

Main Support Artists:
Guitar: Noburin
Bass: RuRu (ex. ALIVE)
Drums: Hyu-ga (ex. Avanchick)

Additional Support Artists:
Guitar: Hikarito (Aiolin)
Guitar: Yua (ex. iNSOMNiA)
Guitar: Rogiwo
Bass: Reisu (Aiolin)

Guest Artists:
Vocal: masaya (ex. BLESSCODE)

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