KING SUPER LIVE 2024 will be held across Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th at K-Arena Yokohama
moya, Whose Debut Single ‘This Is My Story’ Boasts More than 600,000 plays on Spotify, Releases ‘This is My Story (Party Remix)’ on January 31st
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Kuhmo Chamber Music Pushes the Boundaries
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Gibson Band Releases Debut “Deconstruction" Single, and Gibson’s own Cesar Gueikian Combine Forces to Bring Relief to Armenia
moya, Global Brand Ambassador for Lucy Pop, is Releasing the Song ‘This Is My Story’, with Lyrics Entirely in English
Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Announce Australian Dates for ‘The River Is Rising-Rest of the World Tour 2024’
Adam Jones of TOOL and Epiphone Unveil Ernest Fuch’s “ANTI-LAOKOON 1965” Limited-Edition Les Paul Custom Silverburst Guitar
YOSHIKI Triumphantly Returns To Headline Carnegie Hall in New York City on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 8pm
Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Announce ‘The River Is Rising-Rest of the World Tour 2024,' Tickets On Sale Friday Oct 20 at 10AM
Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators have confirmed a massive run of 2024 international dates. The newly announced The River Is Rising-Rest of the World Tour ’24 will kick off with the band’s return to Mexico City’s Pepsi Centre WTC, and will see SMKC hit 20 countries, and 31 cities across the globe. General on sale for tickets begins Friday, October 20 at 10:00 AM local time, but fans can access pre-sale tickets from Thursday, October 19 at 10:00 AM local time by signing up at https://laylo.com/slash/m/river-is-rising. For tickets, pre-sale access and more information, visit: https://www.slashonline.com/tour/ A decade and four albums into their career, the universally acclaimed album 4--which debuted as the #1 Most-Selling Hard Rock Album--is SMKC like you’ve never heard them before. A vibrant rock album fueled by memorable guitar hooks and compelling melodies, big choruses, and even bigger riffs, 4 hits on a wide range of sounds, styles, and moods in 10 songs, and does it all with laser-sharp musical focus and a lightning-in-a-bottle sense of immediacy. The fourth studio album from SMKC and SLASH’s fifth solo album overall, SLASH and his bandmates MYLES KENNEDY (Vocals), TODD KERNS (Bass & Vocals), BRENT FITZ (Drums), and FRANK SIDORIS (Guitar & Vocals), partnered with producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, John Prine, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile), on 4 resulting in the band’s strongest album to date. Recorded at RCA Studio A in Nashville, Cobb shared the band’s desire to lay down the tracks live in the studio--including guitar solos and vocals--revealing a stunning, vital sound and style all captured live. Listen to SMKC’s album 4, available everywhere via Gibson Records HERE. https://slash.lnk.to/4AlbumID The album kicks off with opening track “The River is Rising”—which reached #7 on the Rock Charts, making it the band’s 8th, consecutive Top 10 hit single at radio—is one of the band’s toughest and most dynamic compositions to date, unraveling via a menacing, tightly-coiled riff and deep-in-the-pocket groove. “April Fool” followed the successful first single “The River Is Rising”. SMKC performed “The River Is Rising” which Rolling Stone hailed as “raucous” and Billboard acclaimed as “euphoric” with “a surging main riff, dissonant hooks, an infectious chorus, and a guitar solo that conjures images of a rowdy bar brawl” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, HERE. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=231035029239326 4 is a standout album that grabs hold, and never lets go, from the deliberate stomp rock of “Whatever Gets You By,” the bright-toned, heart-on-sleeve pop-rocker “Fill My World,” to the talk box-drenched guitar hooks of “C’est La Vie,” exotica-tinged psychedelic fever dream of “Spirit Love,” the anthemic swell of “The Path Less Followed,” to the cowbell-inflected boogie-shake of “Actions Speak Louder Than Words,” the grimy Aerosmith-esque funk of “April Fool,” to the rampaging attack of “Call Off the Dogs,” and climaxing with the epic, six minute album closer “Fall Back to Earth.”
KOHTA YAMAMOTO’s Full Soundtrack (65 tracks) to ‘Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts’ Has Been Released
The full soundtrack to ‘Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts’, which began streaming worldwide on Crunchyroll and other services in April, has now been released. A soundtrack containing scoring by KOHTA YAMAMOTO has been released worldwide in the form of an ‘Expanded Edition’ exclusive to streaming containing all 65 tracks composed for the series. While eight tracks from the collection had previously been released, the long awaited full-soundtrack has now been made available. In Japan, a ’25-track CD’ and a ‘two-LP set containing 30 tracks’ has been released. The sleeve illustrations have been drawn by the original creator of ‘The Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts’, manga artist Yuu Tomofuji. Moreover, the CD and LP releases contain liner notes written by KOHTA YAMAMOTO himself (in Japanese). Beginning with strings, recordings were carried out using live instruments, with the plethora of tracks adding color to the world of the anime and acting as one reason for its massive popularity. YAMAMOTO, who has provided music for other much-discussed anime series in 2023, ‘Dark Gathering’ and ‘Kaina of the Great Snow Sea’, is a musician who continues to attract more and more attention internationally, having won an award for best composition for his collaborative work on the music for ‘Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2’ at Crunchyroll’s ‘Anime Awards 2023’. 'Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts' Original Soundtrack - KOHTA YAMAMOTO [Tracklisting] 'Expanded Edition' - Streaming Only OZMARGO / Sacrificial Princess / The King of Beasts / ALONE WITH YOU / Miles Away / Calm Days / SARIPHI / Wish You Luck / ANUBIS / KARANBUL / You and Me / Everything Will Flow / Stand Alone / Cold Eyes / My Darkness / His Majesty / LEONHART / KLEINOEL / Epilogue / Coronation / Kinds of Happiness / Princess AMIT / Princess TETRA / BENNU / CY & CLOPS / No Meddling / Rather Unusual Thing? / Banquet Waltz / Ball / MASKVIANA / JORMUNGAND / HYENA / Night of Divine Revelation / Lady VIVIAN / Loneliness / Imperial Council / Hostiles / The Offender / Severe Trial / Colored Shadows / Foreboding / Leo's Anger / LANTEVELDT / Broken / FENRIR / Blood of the KING / Judge SET / SET's Ambition / Judgement Day / ANOTHER KING / Behind the Sun / Prove Your Worth / GLEIPNIR / Return of the KING / Our KING / The KING's Secret / Lost Days / Past Days / Taciturn Hero / Lord Lead the Way / On Your Shoulders / The World is Changing / Tsuitachi no Nie -Pf- / ONLY -Gt- / ALONE WITH YOU -Vln Ver.- 2LP vinyl LP 1 Side A 01 OZMARGO 02 Sacrificial Princess 03 The King of Beasts 04 Miles Away 05 Calm Days 06 SARIPHI Side B 01 KARANBUL 02 ANUBIS 03 You and Me 04 Stand Alone 05 Cold Eyes 06 My Darkness 07 His Majesty 08 Epilogue LP2 Side C 01 Coronation 02 LEONHART 03 KLEINOEL 04 Princess AMIT 05 Princess TETRA 06 BENNU 07 CY & CLOPS 08 HYENA 09 LANTEVELDT Side D 01 FENRIR 02 Judge SET 03 The KING's Secret 04 Return of the KING 05 On Your Shoulders 06 The World is Changing 07 ALONE WITH YOU CD 01 OZMARGO 02 Sacrificial Princess 03 The King of Beasts 04 Miles Away 05 Calm Days 06 SARIPHI 07 ANUBIS 08 KARANBUL 09 You and Me 10 Stand Alone 11 My Darkness 12 His Majesty 13 KLEINOEL 14 Epilogue 15 Princess TETRA 16 BENNU 17 CY & CLOPS 18 The Offender 19 LANTEVELDT 20 FENRIR 21 Judge SET 22 The KING's Secret 23 Return of the KING 24 The World is Changing 25 ALONE WITH YOU [Musicians] Strings: Koichiro Muroya Strings Violin Solo: Koichiro Muroya Flute, Tin Whistle: Hideyo Takakuwa Horns: Otohiko Fujita / Yu Suzuki / Kenta Yano / Yu Kumai Piano: Keiko Osaki Guitar, Cello: Harutoshi Ito Bass, Double Bass: Toshino Tanabe Drums: Makoto Fujisaki Vocals: Ai Inoue Arrangement & Programming: KOHTA YAMAMOTO
Adam Jones of TOOL Unveils “Sensation," Epiphone Les Paul Features Artwork from Acclaimed Artist Korin Faught
Epiphone has been a leading innovator in instrument design. By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into the future, Epiphone has set the stage for the next era of sound for present and future generations. Epiphone is proud to announce the Adam Jones Les Paul Custom Art Collection an unprecedented, limited-edition collection curated by Adam Jones of TOOL which brings Adam’s love of fine art and music together with seven, iconic and unique Les Paul Custom Silverburst masterpieces featuring the artwork of five distinguished visual artists handpicked by Adam. The Epiphone Adam Jones Les Paul Custom Art Collection is now available worldwide in limited quantities at authorized Epiphone dealers, and on www.epiphone.com By projecting her own thoughts and emotions onto her subjects, acclaimed American painter Korin Faught explores romanticism, femininity and timeless beauty within her art. Faught finds inspiration in mid-century modern design, fashion, and white on white. Her influences include master portrait painters (such as John Singer Sargent), Pre-Raphaelite painters (such as Waterhouse), and impressionist Marie Cassatt. The fifth model to debut in the Adam Jones Les Paul Custom Art Collection features Korin Faught’s original painting “Sensation” which first premiered as part of the “Lost Days” Exhibition in October 2016 at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. "'Sensation' is a painting about the loneliness and isolation of illness. 'Sensation' is a word to replace a fear based word. A word she learned while preparing for childbirth. A word she could retreat into when lying in bed with only herself and her thoughts. Gentle meditative properties and calmness resonate through her body as she lives within the moment." –Korin Faught Explore the Adam Jones Les Paul Silverburst featuring Korin Faught’s “Sensation” Here https://www.epiphone.com/en-US/Collection/adam-jones-art-collection and to learn more about artist Korin Faught, visit: www.korinfaught.com An exceptional instrument for your next musical masterpiece, this Epiphone Adam Jones Les Paul Custom has a bound mahogany body with a maple cap, a three-piece bound maple neck with an Adam Jones Custom profile, and an ebony fretboard. It is equipped with a reverse-mounted Epiphone ProBucker™ Custom humbucker™ in the neck position and a Seymour Duncan® Distortion in the bridge; both are wired to CTS® potentiometers and Orange Drop® capacitors. A Marquee Back Plate with the artist’s name and the name of the artwork is also included. This Epiphone Silverburst Les Paul™ is finished in Antique Silverburst as an homage to Adam’s beloved original Silverburst 1979 Gibson® Les Paul Custom, a Protector hardshell case is also included. The Epiphone Adam Jones Art Collection consists of seven, unique Silverburst Les Paul™ Custom models, each featuring reproductions of different works of fine art on the back of the guitars. Adam curated all of the featured artwork, and selected five distinguished artists for the collection Mark Ryden, Frank Frazetta, Julie Heffernan, Korin Faught, and Ernst Fuchs; additional artwork designed by Korin Faught, adorns the back of the headstock of each model. Only 800 guitars of each model from this limited edition and highly collectible series will be produced.
Noel Gallagher: World Renowned Singer-songwriter, and Guitarist, Featured on New Episode of ‘Icons,’ Streaming Now on Gibson TV
Gibson TV, the iconic American instrument brand’s award-winning, worldwide online network--features original series about music and culture from the world’s best storytellers. Gibson TV has premiered the seventh episode of the show titled “Icons”--a longform interview series featuring some of the most iconic artists, producers, and music business pioneers in the world. In the new episode of “Icons” out today, Gibson TV sits down with the world renowned singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Noel Gallagher. In this intimate look into his musical journey, Noel dives deep into his history and talks music influences, and his songwriting process, while sharing personal and hilarious stories along the way. Watch and share the Noel Gallagher episode of “Icons” on Gibson TV, HERE. For over 25 years, Noel Gallagher has been at the forefront of British music and has established himself as one of the world’s most prolific songwriters and performers. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds first emerged in 2011 with their eponymous album released in October that year. It has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. Three #1 albums followed, marking a decade of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and culminating in 12 consecutive UK #1 albums across Noel’s career, a feat no other artist has ever achieved. In the two decades prior to its breakup in 2009, Noel Gallagher was main songwriter, lead guitarist and occasional lead vocalist of Oasis, whom The New Yorker hailed as “one of the last generation-defining rock acts.” His band regularly toured America and played a tremendous role in shaping and inspiring contemporary guitar music from the 90’s onwards. Noel’s continued success with the High Flying Birds cements his position as one of the most gifted, successful, and enduring songwriters to come out of the British music scene in the last 50 years. Currently, Noel and his High Flying Birds are on an international tour in support of their new album Council Skies, available everywhere now: https://noelgallagher.lnk.to/Councilskies For all Noel Gallagher news, visit: https://www.noelgallagher.com
WENDY 1st Album ”Don’t waste my YOUTH” & lead track”SCREAM”Music Video is released
WENDY is Japanese 4-piece rock band and average age of WENDY is 18 years. Their song has been added to 30 playlists on Spotify and north America’s and UK’s listener is increasing now. Finally, WENDY’s 1st Album”Don't waste my YOUTH” is out on today！ All WENDY’s member is teenager,but there “YOUTH” time was stolen by COVID-19. They couldn't perform as well as they wanted, so they've been feeling frustrated.But, even in such a life,they experienced that the most important thing is not to waste a moment of "youth" and to enjoy it." A total of 10 songs with all one's heart is recorded that expressed that feeling as a song in this album. This Album, the sound producer is Marc Whitmore, who won the 2022 Grammy Award for Best Album for John Badiste's “We Are”. This work was completed after a miracle meeting between the producer and Wendy, who are paying attention to overseas music scenes. And, the first track on this album”SCREAM” Music Video is released on today. This music video, which consists of videos live performance that expresses the momentum of a song as it is, and running through the streets of Shibuya. It's a work that gives you a glimpse of the coolness and playfulness of WENDY, so please check it out. ◆WENDY Official YouTube Channnel https://www.youtube.com/@WENDYofficial04
Public Image Ltd. Release New Album ‘End of World’ via PiL Official Ltd, Today; Tour of UK and Europe Kicks-Off September 8
It was 45 years ago that John Lydon rearranged pop music – for the second time – with the introduction of innovative experimentalists Public Image Ltd. Almost a half-century on, PiL are an avowed musical institution (and, since Lydon wrested control from record labels roughly a dozen years back, they are truly independent, releasing records on their own PiL Official Ltd label. Today, Public Image Ltd. have released their vital eleventh studio album End of World worldwide by PiL Official Ltd via Cargo Records/Redeye USA, HERE. End of World is available everywhere on vinyl, CD and digital, a 2x LP is available on white vinyl at independent record stores with a special neon green edition exclusive to PiL Official / Cargo Records. On Tuesday, August 15, a limited edition digital pressing of End of World will be released that unlocks access to exclusive videos, previously unheard versions of songs, scanned lyric sheets, illustrations, audio interviews, and more. For more information on the End of World digital pressing, visit: https://artists.serenade.co/publicimageltd. On End of World, Lydon, refuses to fall back on any tried-and-true formula or convention – even his own. Take “Hawaii,” the album’s hypnotic first single; over a bed of pulsing toms, languid saz and plucked upright bass – courtesy of long time PiL compatriots Bruce Smith (drums), Lu Edmonds (guitar) and Scott Firth (bass) – he delivers his most vulnerable and moving vocal to date, a love letter to his late wife of nearly five decades, Nora, in which he reflects lovingly on a shared moment in time – the two of them “drinking mushroom tea and watching them dangerous waves all day long,” as he recalls – in a house on Oahu’s north shore. It's an intimate and stripped-bare performance, but also one, Lydon says, that speaks to the universal “we.” “I would say it’s got precious little to do with me and a lot to do with the problems many people face. But the only way you can deal with it is by being honest with yourself.” If you have yet to be acquainted with the sympathetic reverberations of “Hawaii,” you’re in for a treat. But be forewarned: If you expect End of World to present, as some have surmised from that one song, a “kinder, gentler John,” we can only say, well, you’re in for a surprise. To be sure, Lydon finds plenty to spit and scratch about on End of World, taking aim at Liars, Fakes, Cheats, and Frauds (“you’re fucking irritating!”) in the taut funk of “LFCF.” Blasting hyper-educated, low-on-common-sense university automatons atop the electro-grooves of “Being Stupid Again” (“How much money for that educayshun?”). Lamenting no less than the entirety of the human race (“martyrs and morons to the slaughter”) on the slinky “Walls.” Throughout, he shouts and snarls, barks and bellows, roars and rebukes, pokes, and prods, questions and commands with a dynamism and distinctiveness that remains unmatched in modern music. And still, let it be said that for all Lydon’s extravagant vocalisms, and his band mates’ glorious waves of strident, primordial noise (turn up – loud – the roiling “The End of the World,” the menacing death-march, “Penge,” and the rollicking “North West Passage,” splattered with what Lydon describes as “screaming, tear-your-ears-out” guitar), it’s not all existential dire straits here. There are lighter moments to be had both musically and lyrically – even if the album is called End of World. The T. Rex-tastic glam thump of “The Do That,” for one, where Lydon unleashes a dizzying stream of syllables (“there's a hundred thousand words,” he jokes) in a blur of trad-pop giddiness. Or the deranged “Dirty Murky Delight,” which the singer calls a comedy song. Or “Car Chase,” a deep-groove electro-disco rave-up about a mental patient who “cleverly breaks out of the mental asylum at night, unbeknownst to his owners,” Lydon explains, adding slyly, “We all have secrets… even the looniest of us.” My musical taste is extreme, is excessive – it goes everywhere,” Lydon acknowledges. That said, he also asserts that when it comes to creating music with PiL, the desire to probe uncharted musical territory “is not the driving force of why we put records together. It just happens to evolve that way.” It’s an ethos that rang true in the era of culture-shifting PiL platters like Metal Box and The Flowers of Romance and continues to resonate loudly on the band’s no-less-essential 21st century releases. “I’m a consistent writer, and I love it,” Lydon says. “And I don't feel like I'm running out of steam at all. A lot of people in this industry, a lot of singers and songwriters say, ‘Why don't you just give up, like we want to?’ Well, I'm not like that. The longer I live, the more I learn, the more I notice, the more I have to write about.” You could say, then, that with End of World, Lydon continues to build on an already extraordinary and expansive PiL legacy, with another extraordinary and expansive album. “I don't take accolades very kindly, and I'm always suspicious about praise,” he warns. “I seem to really thrive and get better and better and better with the more insults laid on my lap. People flash around titles, call me a great British icon – it just sounds so rude!” “The hardest thing of all when I first started was to find out if I had a true voice,” Lydon says. “I didn’t want to just be shouting words; I wanted those words to be clearly and totally understood. And so, each word became a part of my heart and soul.” All these years later, he continues, “What I can say is that I'm maybe not the world's best singer. But I’m possibly the world's best storyteller – except they're not stories. And I can happily tell you that the best song I've ever written? I haven't written it yet.” Celebrating their 40-year anniversary in 2018, Public Image Ltd. is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time. PiL’s music and vision has earned them 5 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK Top 20 albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound - fusing rock, dance, folk, pop and dub – Lydon guided the band from their debut album First Issue in 1978 through to 1992’s That What Is Not, before a 17-year hiatus. Lydon reactivated PiL in 2009, touring extensively worldwide and releasing two critically acclaimed albums This is PiL in 2012 followed by their 10th studio album What The World Needs Now… in 2015, which peaked at number 29 in the official UK album charts and picked up fantastic acclaim from both press and public. (The album also peaked at number 3 in the official UK indie charts and number 4 in the official UK vinyl charts). What The World Needs Now… was self-funded by PiL and released on their own label PiL Official Ltd via Cargo UK Distribution. In 2018 PiL celebrated their 40th anniversary with a career-spanning box set and documentary, both called ‘The Public Image Is Rotten’. John Lydon, Lu Edmonds, Scott Firth, and Bruce Smith continue as PiL. They are the longest stable line-up in the band's history and continue to challenge and thrive. PiL will be touring the UK and Europe in September and October 2023 - dates below. Track listing for End of World: 1. Penge 2. End Of The World 3. Car Chase 4. Being Stupid Again 5. Walls 6. Pretty Awful 7. Strange 8. Down On The Clown 9. Dirty Murky Delight 10. The Do That 11. L F C F 12. North West Passage 13. Hawaii U.K. Tour Dates Fri 8th Sept - Sheffield - Leadmill Sat 9th Sept - Leeds - The Woollen Mill Mon 11th Sept - Swansea - Patti Pavillion Tue 12th Sept - Margate - Dreamland Wed 13th Sept - Lincoln - Engine Shed Fri 15th Sept - Blackburn- King Georges Hall Sat 16th Sept - Buckley - Tivoli Mon 18th Sept - Sunderland - Fire Station Tue 19th Sept - Scotland - Aberdeen Beach Ballroom- Thurs 21st Sept - Edinburgh - O2 Academy Fri 22nd Sept - Manchester - O2 Ritz Sat 23rd Sept - Holmfirth - Picture Dome Mon 25th Sept - Coventry - HMV Tues 26th Sept - Brighton - CHALK Thurs 28th Sept - Bristol - O2 Academy Fri 29th Sept - Torquay - Foundry Sat 30th Sept - London - The Forum Europe Tour Dates Mon 2nd Oct - Germany - Cologne - Kantine Wed 4th Oct - The Netherlands - Amsterdam - Paradiso Thurs 5th Oct - Belgium - Gent -Vooruit Fri 6th Oct - Germany Stuttgart Im Wireman Sun 8th Oct - Germany - Hamburg - Gruenspan Mon 9th Oct - Sweden - Gothenburg - Pustervik Tues 10th Oct - Sweden - Stockholm - Nalen Thurs 12th Oct Estonia - Tallin - Helitehas Fri 13th Oct - Finland - Helsinki - Ääniwalli Sun 15th Oct - Germany - Berlin - Metropol Mon 16th Oct - Czech Republic - Prague - Lucerna Music Bar Tues 17th Oct - Czech Republic - Brno - Fléda club Fri 20th Oct - Spain - Madrid - Shoko Sat 21st Oct - Spain - Barcelona - Salamandra Sun 22nd Oct - Spain Bilbao - Cafe Antzokia Tues 24th Oct - Portugal - Porto Hard Club Wed 25th Oct - Portugal - Lisbon LAV Fri 27th Oct - France - Paris - Le Trianon Sun 29th Oct - Switzerland - Lausanne - Les Docks Mon 30th Oct - Italy - Milan - Magazzini Generali Tues 31st Oct - France - Strasbourg - La Laiterie Public Image Ltd: John Lydon - After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978. Outside of PiL John has released several solo records and collaborations. He also brings quality TV to the masses. He has released two autobiographies; ‘Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs’ in 1994 and ‘Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored’ in 2014. He then released ‘Mr Rotten’s Songbook’ in 2017, which features never before seen artwork as well as annotated song lyric sheets spanning John’s entire career, all written in his own hand. Lu Edmonds - Multi instrumentalist and former guitarist in The Damned, Lu joined PiL in 1986 recording and playing on the album Happy? and co-writing the album 9, adding yet another dimension to the PiL sound. Bruce Smith - Drummer in The Pop Group and formerly of The Slits Bruce became percussionist for PiL in 1986 playing and recording on the albums Happy? and 9. Seen as a drumming virtuoso, Bruce brought his unique style into the fold. Scott Firth - Joined PiL in 2009. A bass player/multi instrumentalist that has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands including Steve Winwood, John Martyn and Elvis Costello.
Epiphone Announces Limited-Edition Sheraton, Wilshire, Crestwood Custom, and Zephyr DeLuxe Regent, In Celebration of 150th Anniversary
For 150 years, Epiphone has been at the forefront of musical instrument design. By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into the future, Epiphone has now set the stage for the next era of sound for present and future generations. Epiphone is proud to announce a new editions of the Sheraton, Wilshire, Crestwood Custom and Zephyr DeLuxe Regent guitars are available worldwide in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Epiphone. Explore the Epiphone 150th Anniversary editions at authorized Epiphone dealers and on www.epiphone.com In celebration of Epiphone’s 150th anniversary, we are proud to release these special 150th-anniversary editions of the Epiphone Sheraton, Wilshire, Crestwood Custom, and Zephyr DeLuxe Regent. From U2’s The Edge and Jimi Hendrix to John Lee Hooker and Django Reinhardt, some of our favorite artists have made some of our favorite music on these uniquely Epiphone guitars which offer something special for every player, in every genre, that is perfect on every stage. Epiphone 150th Anniversary Sheraton An Elegant Celebration of Tone Introducing the limited edition Epiphone 150th Anniversary Sheraton, an elegant instrument created in celebration of Epiphone’s 150th anniversary. It features a semi-hollowbody crafted from layered maple with a maple centerblock for feedback resistance. The 22-fret one-piece mahogany neck has a bound Indian laurel fretboard with block mother of pearl and abalone inlays. The bound headstock has a historic Epiphone logo and tree of life in mother of pearl on the front and a gold Epiphone 150th-anniversary logo on the back. The Epiphone 150th Anniversary Sheraton comes with premium electronics, including made-in-the-USA Gibson Mini Humbucker™ pickups wired to CTS® potentiometers, Orange Drop® capacitors, and a Switchcraft® three-way pickup selector switch and 1/4” output jack. The striking gloss Cherry finish is complimented by gold hardware, including Grover® Rotomatic® tuners, a LockTone™ Tune-O-Matic™ bridge, and a Tremotone vibrato tailpiece. An Epiphone 150th Anniversary Historic Hardshell Case is included. Epiphone 150th Anniversary Wilshire Here to Rock the Celebration Introducing the Epiphone 150th Anniversary Wilshire, a hard-rocking guitar was created in celebration of Epiphone’s 150th anniversary. From its introduction in 1959, the Wilshire has been one of Epiphone’s most successful original solid body electric guitars. This special anniversary version features an asymmetrical-style Wilshire double-cutaway mahogany body for outstanding upper fret access, a mahogany neck with a comfortable 60s SlimTaper™ D profile, and an Indian laurel fretboard with dot inlays. The headstock is the popular “Batwing” style, with Wilkinson® six on a plate inline tuners with metal buttons. The Wilshire is featured in a custom Pacific Blue finish which is of the era. The electronics feature a pair of Gibson™ Mini Humbuckers™ that are wired to CTS™ potentiometers and a Switchcraft 3-way toggle switch and output jack. The included hardshell case features nickel hardware and an Epiphone 150th Anniversary logo. Epiphone 150th Anniversary Crestwood Custom Epiphone’s First Electric Solidbody The Crestwood first appeared in 1958 and it was renamed Crestwood Custom in 1959; it was Epiphone's first two-pickup solid-body electric guitar design. The latest Crestwood Custom celebrates Epiphone’s 150th anniversary and features an asymmetrical solid mahogany double cutaway body that gives players unhindered upper fret access, a mahogany neck with a comfortable 60s SlimTaper™ D profile, and an Indian laurel fretboard with oval inlays. The headstock is the popular “Batwing” style, with Wilkinson® six on a plate inline tuners with metal buttons. The electronics feature a pair of Gibson™ Mini Humbuckers™ that are wired to CTS™ potentiometers and a Switchcraft 3-way toggle switch and output jack. The Crestwood Custom arrives in a unique custom, California Coral finish which is of the era. An Epiphone Tremotone vibrato tailpiece gives you extra expressive capabilities. The included hardshell case features an Epiphone 150th Anniversary logo. 150th Anniversary Zephyr DeLuxe Regent A Return of the Classic Archtop The Epiphone Zephyr DeLuxe Regent was originally produced from 1948 until 1957 and was one of the world’s preeminent archtop guitar designs when Epiphone was Gibson’s biggest competitor. In celebration of Epiphone’s 150th anniversary, Epiphone is proud to release the new 150th Anniversary Zephyr DeLuxe Regent. Built for jazz, blues, and rockabilly and inspired by the highly collectible vintage originals, but updated to meet the needs of modern players, the new 150th Anniversary Zephyr DeLuxe Regent is a full hollowbody. It features a deep cutaway for improved upper-fret access, a multi-layer pressed maple arched top, and a 25.5” scale 5-piece maple and mahogany neck with an ebony fretboard. The inlays include a historic 50s-style Epiphone logo, a Tree of Life headstock inlay, and historic Epiphone Cloud fretboard position markers - all in Mother of Pearl. The electronics are equally impressive, with a pair of Epiphone NY Mini Humbucker™ pickups. Each has individual volume and tone controls with CTS® potentiometers. The Zephyr DeLuxe Regent arrives in a stunning Aged Antique Natural finish. An Epiphone 150th Anniversary decal adorns the back of the headstock, and an Epiphone hardshell case is included.
Gibson Records Artist GHOST HOUNDS Release Single/Video for "Last Train To Nowhere"; New Album 'First Last Time' Out July 28
Listen to the powerful new single “Last Train To Nowhere” out today, from GHOST HOUNDS. The rock and blues-fueled song comes ahead of the group's fourth studio album, FIRST LAST TIME, out July 28 on Gibson Records; pre-save the album HERE. The explosive song will make its global TV debut during the premiere episode of Taylor Sheridan’s (creator of "Yellowstone") new TV series “Special Ops: Lioness”--featuring Nicole Kidman, Morgan Freeman, and Zoe Saldana--airing on Sunday, July 23 on Paramount+. “Last Train To Nowhere” sets the tone for a pivotal moment during the show, fueling the scene’s intensity throughout. Listen to “Last Train To Nowhere” HERE. https://found.ee/lttnsingle and watch/share the new performance video, directed by Jay Arcansalin, HERE. “Last Train To Nowhere” comes to life with explosive guitar riffs, complemented by ineffable vocals from lead singer Tré Nation as he tells the story of a man confronting the fact that he lacks purpose, a legacy, and a moral compass. These themes of desolation and unfulfillment are explored further on the band’s forthcoming album, FIRST LAST TIME. The 10-track album is a masterclass in blues rock, with the band feeling invigorated after touring with The Rolling Stones in 2022. On the new song, guitarist/songwriter Thomas Tull explained, “That’s one of my favorite songs that I've ever written. I wrote it on an acoustic, and the music just came together. Lyrically, it’s about a guy who’s reflecting on his life. He's gotten older, and he’s had a varied career, if you want to call it that. He talks about laying bricks and doing all these odd jobs. He’s not someone who worked at a company or was a teacher or a fireman that can say, ‘This is what I did with my life's work.’ This guy's life's work was whatever work he could get. And he never settled down, never had kids. So, he's thinking about that last train ride, or whatever metaphor you want to use there, and he's starting to think, ‘I'm not sure I'm gonna leave any legacy at all.’ And what does that feel like? That’s the story of that song.” Ahead of the album release, GHOST HOUNDS will be performing on Saturday, July 15 at Harley-Davidson’s Homecoming Festival, which celebrates the iconic motorcycle brand’s 120th anniversary. The band will be performing at the Milwaukee festival alongside legendary rock acts including Green Day, Foo Fighters, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and more. Catch GHOST HOUNDS’ set on Saturday, July 15 at 3pm at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, WI. On Thursday, July 27, GHOST HOUNDS will celebrate with an official album release party and performance at the Gibson Garage in downtown Nashville. Stay tuned for more tour dates to be announced soon. FIRST LAST TIME, Full Album Tracklisting: 1. “Last Train To Nowhere” 2. “Dirty Angel” 3. “First Last Time” 4. “Make It Shake” 5. “Let’s Sleep On It Together” 6. “Here No More” 7. “Love You Too Hard” 8. “Chasing You” 9. “Hot Dog” 10. “Country Roads” Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, GHOST HOUNDS plays blues-inspired rock in such a way that proves that the genre is not only alive but thriving for the next generation of rock fans. GHOST HOUNDS--features Thomas Tull (guitars/songwriting), Johnny Baab (guitars), Bennett Miller (bass), Blaise Lanzetta (drums), and is fronted by the powerful lead vocals of singer Tré Nation--have released three studio albums to date. Their debut Roses Are Black (2019) generated millions of streams and received acclaim from Billboard, American Songwriter, and more. In 2021 the band released their sophomore album, A Little Calamity, showcasing the band’s classic rock chops, that included the infectious track and hit single, “Good Old Days.” Soon after came the band’s 2022 album, You Broke Me, a perfect testimony to GHOST HOUNDS’ ability to blend classic blues rock with modern influences. The band has had plenty of time to refine their sound on the road, having supported legendary acts including The Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Garth Brooks, and Bob Seger on major global tours. Currently, the band is gearing up to release their fourth album, FIRST LAST TIME which will be released on July 28 via Gibson Records--the music label which delivers guitar-driven music to the forefront of culture--in partnership with Firebird Label Services for distribution.
The MV Has Been Released for Voice Actress Azusa Tadokoro’s New Song ‘Private Room’ which Began Streaming on July 4th
Today, July 4th, voice actress Azusa Tadokoro released her 14th single, ‘Private Room’. This track will be used as the ending theme for chapter 2 of the televised anime series ‘Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari’, which will commence its run in July 2023. Following on from her last single ‘Drumshiki Tansaki’, Kosuke Oki, who wrote the lyrics, and John Kanda, who composed the music, team up once again on this track, challenging us to think about the words that we use casually and the everyday sensations that we take for granted. In addition, the song’s composer John Kanda also takes the lead in creating the accompanying music for the ‘Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari’ series. One thing to listen out for in the track is how it links back to the anime. A music video has also been released in addition to the single, so make sure to check it out. [ Details about the Single ] Azusa Takadoro’s 14th Digital Single ‘Private Room’ is Now Streaming!（It is the ending theme for chapter 2 of the anime series ‘Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari’) Following on from her last single ‘Drumshiki Tansaki’, Kosuke Oki, who wrote the lyrics, and John Kanda, who composed the music, team up once again on this track, challenging us to think about the words that we use casually and the everyday sensations that we take for granted. Streaming Links▶ https://lnk.to/LZC-2430 [ Music Video] ‘Private Room’ ▼Music Video Staff Director： Emiri Torihata（SEP） Cinematographer： Shiho Miyazaki Lighting Director： Kenta Sasaki（OFFICE DOING） EED： Junichi Nishimuta（TOC） MA： Katsuhito Kumagai（TOC） Production Manager： Tomoe Gouma（SEP） Production Staff：Risa Miyakoda（SEP） Producer： Tomohiro Wada（SEP） [ Concert Details ] -Title：AZUSA TADOKORO LIVE 2023〜Private Room〜 -Date & Time：Sunday, July 16th 2023 Doors Open 16:45/ Start time 17:30 -Venue：Zepp DiverCity TOKYO -Performers：Azusa Tadokoro, AZUSA 2Gou (Band members: Guitar & Bandmaster – John Kanda, Guitar – Tomohiro Nagasawa, Bass – Shinichiro Iwakiri, Drums – MIZUKI, Keyboard – Yosuke Shibazaki, Manipulator – Kyoichi Shinozaki) *Ticket SOLD OUT [ Azusa Tadokoro - Bio ] Azusa is affiliated with HoriPro International Inc. She was a winner at the 36th Horipro Talent Scout Caravan in the category, “Next Generation Voice Actress Artist Auditions”. As a voice actress, she has appeared in a wide variety of anime and video games, such as “Aikatsu” in the role of Aoi Kirya, “BanG Dream! Girls Band Party”, as Kaoru Seta, “Uma Musume Pretty Derby”, as Symboli Rudolf, “Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken”, as Chloe, “Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon”, as Moroha, “Kami-tachi ni Hirowareta Otoko”, as Ryouma, “Arknights”, as Texas, “Masamune-kun no Revenge R”, as Tae Futaba and “The Idolmaster: Million Live!”, as Shizuka Mogami. Azusa made her major label debut as an artist in 2014 with the release of her first album ‘Beyond Myself!’ She has released a total of 14 singles and 4 albums. - Twitter：https://twitter.com/AzusaTadokoro - Instagram：https://www.instagram.com/azusa_tadokoro/ - Facebook：https://www.facebook.com/tadokoroazusaofficial/ - fuanzoo（Fans'）： https://www.fansnet.jp/azusatadokoro
Signs that Asobi Doumei Have Scored a Worldwide Streaming Hit with ‘Daremo Karemo Dokomo Nanimo Shiranai’
Asobi Doumei’s track ‘Daremo Karemo Dokomo Nanimo Shiranai’, the ending theme for the acclaimed anime series ‘TENGOKU-DAIMAKYO’ which is currently streaming worldwide and on-demand on Disney Plus (excluding mainland China), has been available to stream on music streaming sites internationally since April 8th. It seems that the group has scored a hit not only in Japan but globally, with the song achieving such feats as charting in Spotify’s viral top 50 in Taiwan. With the CD release of the track on May 24th, it is now available on music streaming services and as part of an EP, meaning this track will be one-to-watch moving forward. Asobi Doumei is a vocal group comprised of male and female duo ‘RiMy’ and ‘TOKUMIX. They have released numerous covers and original tracks, primarily on TikTok and YouTube, and are particularly popular with Gen Z. ‘TENGOKU-DAIMAKYO’ is a science fiction adventure set in the near future which is currently serialized in Kodansha’s ‘Afternoon’ magazine, with the original manga the work of Masakazu Ishiguro (Renowned for ‘And Yet the Town Moves’). The series garnered attention immediately after its initial serialization in 2018, topping the rankings in the male edition of the ‘Kono Manga ga Sugoi 2019’ (This Manga is Amazing!) list in the December immediately after its first publication, a rare feat for such a young series. It has grown to become an even more popular series that has had 8th volumes of manga published. Production of the anime series of ‘TENGOKU-DAIMAKYO’ is spearheaded by ‘Production I.G., with involvement from ‘PSYCHO-PASS’ who have worked on numerous famous sci-fi series such as ‘GHOST IN THE SHELL’. ■Links to Music Streaming Sites https://lnk.to/ASOBIDOUMEI_DAREKARE_ALL ■Links to Sites Selling the CD https://lnk.to/ASOBIDOUMEI_DAREKARE_CD
Dave Mustaine: Legendary Guitarist, Vocalist, and Songwriter, Launches Kramer Vanguard, Available Worldwide Today
Kramer, the original Made To Rock Hard guitar brand has been setting trends with premium, performance-focused instruments since 1976. Kramer is proud to welcome Dave Mustaine, the legendary guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and founder of the multi-platinum selling and GRAMMY® Award-winning band, Megadeth, to the Kramer Artist lineup with the release of the Kramer Dave Mustaine Vanguard. The new Kramer Vanguard guitars arrive in Ebony, Silver Metallic, and a limited edition “Rust In Peace” in Alien Tech Green. The Dave Mustaine Collection is now available globally and at all authorized Kramer dealers and on www.kramerguitars.com. “While on our recent ‘Crash, the World Tour,’ when I’d take the stage for our first number, ‘Hangar 18’, my adrenaline is racing. I’m not nervous, I’m pumped! I get handed my guitar each night by my guitar tech and I head out onto the stage to do my job. Imagine my surprise when I was a few songs into our set and I realized I was not given my Gibson signature Flying V, I was given my new Kramer signature Flying V. The playing ability of this guitar is superb and if I didn’t look at the legs on this beauty, I would never have known the difference. An excellent guitar from an excellent company; this is a serious metal weapon.” –Dave Mustaine of Megadeth With its Original, Modern, and Artist Collections, Kramer offers entry-level and intermediate options, as well as guitars for professional musicians and continues to be the guitar of choice for today's rock and metal legends. The Kramer Dave Mustaine Vanguard delivers the powerful, heavy sounds and exceptional playing performance on the stage and in the studio that Dave demands. The Vanguard is equipped with a symmetrical mahogany Vanguard body, a 25.5” scale mahogany neck with a medium C Dave Mustaine custom profile, an ebony fretboard with 24 jumbo frets, black chrome hardware, and Dave Mustaine’s signature Seymour Duncan Thrash Factor pickup set. The Vanguard is available in Ebony and Silver Metallic, as well as limited edition Rust In Peace version in Alien Tech Green. For all Kramer Dave Mustaine models, a custom Dave Mustaine hardshell case is included. Kramer is honored to be working with Dave Mustaine, who formed Megadeth at the dawn of the American thrash metal movement. Renowned worldwide and synonymous with metal guitar, Dave Mustaine founded Megadeth in 1984 and less than a year a later debuted with the release of Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! in 1985. Megadeth has gone on to sell more than 50 million albums worldwide, earning many accolades along the way, including a GRAMMY Award for the title track from their album Dystopia, along with 12 additional GRAMMY nominations, as well as five consecutive platinum/multi-platinum albums. Megadeth has headlined many of the biggest stages in the world and the most recent “Crush The World” Canadian tour where they headlined hockey arenas. Also, a New York Times bestselling author and sought after speaker, host, and commentor, Mustaine has remained a standard bearer for metal and heavy guitar rock, combining a musical and technical standard with the punk and rock n’ roll ethos and attitude. As vital as ever, Megadeth debuted at the top of the charts with their new album The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!. The new album premiered at #1 on the Top Rock & Alternative Albums, #1 on Top Rock Albums, #1 on the Top Hard Rock Albums, and at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 marking the highest charting Megadeth album of all time and the eighth Top Ten album of their career. The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead! released via Ume, features twelve new tracks, and is available on CD, vinyl, and cassette, as well as digitally through all online partners, HERE. https://megadeth.lnk.to/SickDyingDeadPR Watch and share the Dave Mustaine interview from the Gibson TV’s series “Icons,” HERE.
Introducing the new Epiphone Dave Mustaine Flying V Custom and Flying V Prophecy (Limited Edition), Available Worldwide Today
2023 marks the 150th anniversary of Epiphone, a leading innovator in instrument design. By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into the future, Epiphone has now set the stage for the next era of sound for present and future generations across the globe. Epiphone is proud to announce its first-ever partnership with Dave Mustaine, the legendary guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and founder of the multi-platinum selling and GRAMMY® Award-winning band, Megadeth. Epiphone and Dave have unveiled the Flying V Custom and a limited-edition Flying V Prophecy which are now available worldwide at authorized Epiphone dealers, and on www.epiphone.com. “I have to admit, I knew nothing about the Epiphone Flying V when I was offered my ambassador role with Gibson guitars. I’m happy to say I know a lot more now about Epiphone, the manufacturing, the playability, and the incredible sound that they offer. I am 100% certain the Epiphone signature Dave Mustaine Flying V is a badass guitar! We made the guitar to my exact hand specifications, identical to my Gibson Flying V. My favorite is the red antique model, but we’re just getting started. It’s mind-boggling to think, ‘if I didn’t look at the headstock, I couldn’t tell this guitar apart from my Gibsons’.” –Dave Mustaine of Megadeth Dave demands excellence from any instrument and the new Epiphone Dave Mustaine Flying V Custom delivers the powerful, heavy sound and exceptional playing performance with every note. The 24.75” scale mahogany neck has a gloriously agile ebony fretboard with 24 medium jumbo frets, an Explorer style headstock with Grover Mini Rotomatic tuners, and a Graph Tech nut. The mahogany Flying V-style body is equipped with a LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge, string-thru Flying V tailpiece, and Dave’s signature Seymour Duncan Thrash Factor pickups that deliver all the high-output mayhem you’d expect from a Mustaine signature axe. The pure metal looks are rounded out with a Black Metallic finish offset with a white binding on the body, neck, and headstock, along with black nickel hardware. A hardshell case is also included. The Dave Mustaine Flying V Prophecy is for players looking to set new standards in speed, sound and technique. Front and center a pair of Fishman Fluence pickups that are custom voiced for the Epiphone Prophecy Collection deliver three distinct tones- a warm “Patent Applied For” vintage humbucker; a hot modern humbucker; and a shimmering, optimized single-coil sound, all accessed by push/pull Volume and Tone pots. A limited-edition model, the Dave Mustaine Flying V Prophecy also includes Grover locking Rotomatic tuners, Epiphone’s LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and Stop Bar tailpiece for added sustain, and a Graph Tech nut that boots harmonic content and increases tuning stability. The mahognay neck boasts an ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and Dave’s custom “D” profile, and is built for the kind of speed and precision that he’s renowned for. With a AAA flame maple veneer top and sinister Aged Dark Red Burst finish, completmented by crushed black nickel hardward for the ultimate metal look. A hardshell case is also included. Explore the new Epiphone Flying V Custom and Flying V Prophecy: Epiphone is honored to be working with Dave Mustaine, who formed Megadeth at the dawn of the American thrash metal movement. Renowned worldwide and synonymous with metal guitar, Dave Mustaine founded Megadeth in 1984 and less than a year a later debuted with the release of Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! in 1985. Megadeth has gone on to sell more than 50 million albums worldwide, earning many accolades along the way, including a GRAMMY Award for the title track from their album Dystopia, along with 12 additional GRAMMY nominations, as well as five consecutive platinum/multi-platinum albums. Megadeth has headlined many of the biggest stages in the world and the most recent “Crush The World” Canadian tour where they headlined hockey arenas. Also, a New York Times bestselling author and sought after speaker, host, and commentor, Mustaine has remained a standard bearer for metal and heavy guitar rock, combining a musical and technical standard with the punk and rock n’ roll ethos and attitude. As vital as ever, Megadeth debuted at the top of the charts with their new album The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!. The new album premiered at #1 on the Top Rock & Alternative Albums, #1 on Top Rock Albums, #1 on the Top Hard Rock Albums, and at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 marking the highest charting Megadeth album of all time and the eighth Top Ten album of their career. The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead! released via Ume, features twelve new tracks, and is available on CD, vinyl, and cassette, as well as digitally through all online partners, HERE. Watch and share the Dave Mustaine interview from the Gibson TV’s series “Icons,” HERE. https://megadeth.lnk.to/SickDyingDeadPR Watch and share the Dave Mustaine interview from the Gibson TV’s series “Icons,” HERE.
Two Tracks from the Soundtrack to ‘Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts’, Commence Advanced Streaming
From ‘Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts’, which has been streaming since April internationally on Crunchyroll and other streaming platforms, the first two of the BGM tracks that are used on episode 5 of the anime are now released on music streaming services! The titles of these tracks are ‘Sacrifical Princess’ and ‘Kind of Beasts’, and just as you would expect from their names, they thematically examine the main character of Princess Sairphi, and Leonhart, the King of Beasts. This soundtrack has been created by KOHTA YAMAMOTO, who won the Best Anime Score award at “The Anime Awards 2023” for his collaboration on “Attack on Titan - The Final Season Part 2”. In addition to his work on ‘Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts’, just this year he has also created music for the popular series ‘Kaina of the Great Snow Sea’ (January) and ‘Dark Gathering’ (due to commence broadcasting from July), making him a musician who continues to garner increasing attention internationally. The soundtrack to ‘Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts’ features recordings that include live music such as strings, with the wide range of music adding a depth of color to the world created in the anime. KOHTA, who created a wide range of different music for the anime commented, “[Just like the theme of the anime that explores love for different races] the music leveraged in it is equally diverse”. The soundtrack to ‘Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts’ is scheduled to be released on September 27th. In addition to the Standard Edition, which will feature the same 25 tracks that can be found on the domestic Japanese release of the CD version of the soundtrack, an Expanded Edition will also be available to stream, which features all 65 tracks created for the production. The illustration used on the jacket of the album was designed by Yu Tomofuji, the creator of the original ‘Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts’ manga. [Musicians] Strings: Koichiro Muroya Strings Violin Solo: Koichiro Muroya Flute, Tin Whistle: Hideyo Takakuwa Horns: Otohiko Fujita / Yu Suzuki / Kenta Yano / Yu Kumai Piano: Keiko Osaki Guitar, Cello: Harutoshi Ito Bass, Double Bass: Toshino Tanabe Drums: Makoto Fujisaki Vocals: Ai Inoue Arrangement & Programming: KOHTA YAMAMOTO [Comments from KOHTA YAMAMOTO] When I approached the creation of music for ‘Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts’, I decided to read the original manga on which the anime is based. What I felt when I did so was that despite the fact that it is a work of fantasy that deals with love between humans and magical beasts, in actuality, it is an emotive and touching work that directly examines how we interact with others in this reality. How we engage with others and whether or not we accept them are very relevant and current problems across the world. This work afforded me the opportunity to re-examine how I behave in my own daily life. I think this is the reason that there are so many fans of this work and why I felt so happy to be involved with it. In creating the music, I was conscious of invoking personal feelings as much as possible in songs that have such themes. Of course, not all the songs deal with isolation and trauma, there are also songs about intimacy and closeness. I created a wide range of songs, everything from gentle songs to funny songs and even battle songs, pouring everything I had into producing songs that match the particular scene and clearly evoke the worldview. I think that in this way the range of songs in the anime matches the diversity of the work itself. I hope that you will enjoy the music in tandem with the images on screen. [KOHTA YAMAMOTO - Bio] KOHTA commenced his work as a composer and arranger in 2015. In addition to arranging and composing songs for artists, he is involved in a wide range of other activities too, such as creating instrumental pieces to be committed to film in dramas, anime and TV commercials. [Major Works（Background music for anime series）] ・TV Anime Series ‘Kaina of the Great Snow Sea’(co-creator) ・TV Anime Series ‘Attack on Titan: The Final Season’（co-creator） ・TV Anime Series ‘Kingdom’Seasons 3 and 4（co-creator） ・TV Anime Series ‘86 -Eighty Six-‘（co-creator） ・TV Anime Series ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’, Seasons 2, 3 and 4, Movie Version of ‘The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh’（all co-creations） ・TV Anime Series ‘Re:Stage! Dream Days’ etc.
chilldspot Release the Music Video for ‘HIRUNE NO KUNI’, a Collaboration with the Manga ‘Saturn Return’
‘chilldspot’ have released the music video for their new song ‘HIRUNE NO KUNI’ (The Land of Naps). Released to music streaming services today, HIRUNE NO KUNI, was written for a manga music video by chilldspot as part of a collaboration project to commemorate the completion of the manga ‘Saturn Return’, an impactful piece of work from Akane Torikai published in ‘Big Comic Spirits’ (Shogakukan). The HIRUNE NO KUNI music video is grounded in the panels of the manga ‘Saturn Return’. The manga author Akane Torikai created new illustrations for the video, with the crazy and edgy sounds of chilldspot overlaid to faithfully recreate the world of the manga. The result is that both the illustrations and the music come together to deepen one another. Particularly in the chorus, a sense of comfort is drawn from the rhythm of the compounding words in the melody, with the lyrics of Hiyune (Vo&Gt), who read the manga in depth, dripping with her trademark wit. Fans who have read the original manga will enjoy the word choices, and a dance scene in the video in which the protagonist of the manga Ritsoko Kaji engages in a unique dance to the music has garnered particular attention. The video, enriched by the music, is a is a must-see right up until the emotionally charged final scenes. [ Comments from Hiyune (Vo&Gt）] The manga was packed with both the majesty and horror of humanity, and it really made me wonder if it was possible to encapsulate such an extraordinary manga in a song. I believe that the charm of the work is in the sense of crazed exhilaration that emerges all of a sudden from a place of stagnation. We continually worked to combine the charms that we ourselves offer with this addictive feeling, and then pour it into the track. With ‘Saturn Return’, the images and words resonate in the heart, and through their transformation into song they are spread out among the people. This is then, in turn, returned back to the work. I am truly grateful to be involved with such a wonderful network of people. I hope this piece of work and the acompanying song will be shared and loved far and wide. [ Comments from Akane Torikai ] From the point when I originally thought that it would be great for a song to be attached to ‘Saturn Return’, to now releasing a video into the world in which we can see this alternative character Ritsoko Kaji that I created for my manga dancing around to childspot’s wonderful newly composed song ‘HIRUNE NO KUNI’; all I can say is that I think that every step taken to reach this point was a miracle. The result is something that surpasses all my expectations. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to express my respect and gratitude to all of those who make music, make images, make pictures move and who put all of these together!
Dori Sakurada’s Debut Single ‘MIRAI’ Is Now Available to Stream! From 7:00pm Today
Today, Dori Sakurada has released his debut single ‘MIRAI’ to music streaming services. Dori himself lent his talents to the writing of the lyrics for the track, which gives the listener a sense of his determination to face the future without fear of change. In addition, the music video for ‘MIRAI’ will be uploaded to YouTube Premium today, May 12th, at 7:00pm. In advance of the release of the full video to YouTube Premium, a teaser clip has been posted to the official Dori Sakurada YouTube channel. On the day of the release, Dori will be going live on Instagram Live at around 6:45pm, just before the video drops. We hope that you will look forward to the video reveal and imagine what it might look like while perusing newly released photos of Dori and examining the worldview present in the song’s lyrics. ■‘MIRAI’ music video – Released on YouTube Premium at 7:00pm on May 12th https://youtu.be/Be677K6Sd-A ■Instagram Live appearance to celebrate the release of the music video https://www.instagram.com/dorisakurada/ From 6:45 pm on Dori Sakurada’s official Instagram account (@dorisakurada) ※Subject to change based on circumstances on the day. ■Song information Friday May 12th, 2023 - Debut Single ‘MIRAI’ Links to streaming services: https://lnk.to/dorisakurada_MIRAI ■Biography In 2005, Dori Sakurada made his screen debut in the TV drama ‘Ruri’s Island’. Ever since he was chosen to play the role of protagonist Ryoma Echizen in the musical version of ‘The Prince of Tennis’ (from 2006-2007) he has appeared in a wide variety of popular works. In recent times he has appeared in the TV series ‘Coffee and Vanilla’ and leveraging the global popularity of the Netflix series ‘Alice in Borderlands’ he has begun to adopt a global perspective in his work. Dori also appears in ‘Play it Cool, Guys’, currently being broadcast on TV Tokyo, and ‘We’re Broke, My Lord’, which will be released in theatres on June 23rd, in which he takes on his first role in a feature length period film, showing himself to be an actor who continues to expand his range. Since making his on-screen debut in his teens, in addition to honing his craft in a wide variety of televised dramas and movies, the influence exerted by him on social media has been highly praised in fashion circles, gaining massive support from famous fashion houses, a diverse range of creatives and trendy, fashion-forward young people. Through his wide-ranging projects, Sakurada Dori is an artist who has adopted a determined approach to share his thoughts and feelings with as wide an audience as possible. He makes his major label debut on May 12th, 2023, with ‘MIRAI’, released on ‘early Reflection’s new label ‘Pandrec’, operated by PONY CANYON INC. 【Official site】 http://www.sakuradadori.com/ 【Twitter】 https://twitter.com/s__dori 【Instagram】 https://www.instagram.com/dorisakurada/ 【Weibo】https://weibo.com/7314957235 【TikTok】https://www.tiktok.com/@dori_sakurada_official 【YouTube】https://www.youtube.com/@dorisakurada_official
YOKO TAKAHASHI EVANGELION ultimate Live "TSUKI JYU YA"：The First Solo Concert themed “EVANGELION”
YOKO TAKAHASHI EVANGELION ultimate Live "TSUKI JYU YA"：The First Solo Concert themed “EVANGELION” To Be Live Streamed Globally on May 28, 2023. Enjoy and Listen to the best of Yoko Takahashi. [Streaming Information] YOKO TAKAHASHI EVANGELION ultimate Live "TSUKI JYU YA" [Date] May 28, 2023 (Sun) [Open] 16:00 (JST) [Start] 17:00 (JST) [Archive Stream] From after the performance until June 4, 2023 (Sun) 23:59 (JST) *It may take some time for the Archive Stream to be released. [Viewing Ticket Price] 3,000JPY [Sale Period] May 10, 2023 (Wed) 18:00 (JST) - June 4, 2023 (Sun) 18:00 (JST) [Ticket Purchase (Stagecrowd)] ■For viewers in Japan https://stagecrowd.live/1265352623/ ■For viewers overseas https://intl.stagecrowd.live/7587575737/ [Concert Information] YOKO TAKAHASHI EVANGELION ultimate Live "TSUKI JYU YA" May 28, 2023 (Sun) [Venue] Zepp Shinjuku（TOKYO） [OPEN］16:00 (JST) [START］17:00 (JST) [Yoko Takahashi Official Web Site] -YOKO TAKAHASHI OFFICIAL WEB SITE- [Listen to "A Cruel Angel's Thesis/Soul's Refrain" here] https://lnk.to/YOKO_TAKAHASHI_EVANGELION_2023
TWO-MIX to catalogue is now available worldwide
TWO-MIX is a musical duo formed on April 29, 1995 featuring Minami Takayama, who performs main vocals as well as composing, and Shiina Nagano, who writes lyrics, composes music and arrangement. The duo has been responsible for the theme songs of a great number of anime and TV dramas, such as ‘NEW MOBILE REPORT GUNDAM WING’ and ‘Detective Conan’, to name but a few. Coinciding with the 28th anniversary of their debut, on Saturday, the April 29th, 2023, 17 of their singles and 9 albums are now available worldwide. While listeners around the world can enjoy ‘Just Communication’, the opening theme for the first part of ‘NEW MOBILE REPORT GUNDAM WING’, they can experience other major hits, such as ‘Rhythm Emotion’ the opening theme for the second half of the series, ‘White Reflection’, the theme song for the straight to video animation (OVA) ‘NEW MOBILE REPORT GUNDAM W Endless Waltz’, ‘Last Impression’, the theme song for the theatrical movie ‘NEW MOBILE REPORT GUNDAM W Endless Waltz -Special Edition-‘, and ‘Truth～A Great Detective of Love～’, the theme song for ‘Detective Conan’. With the release of the ‘TWO-MIX Tribute Album "Crysta-Rhythm"’ on July 27th the duo is continuing to attract attention, even 28 years after making theirl debut. Don’t’ miss their expansive catalogue of famous songs available around the world. ▼Download/streaming links available here: https://king-records.lnk.to/two_mix [Playlist of Original and Cover Version] https://king-records.lnk.to/twomix_kikikurabe [Official YouTube Channel] https://www.youtube.com/@two-mix-25th [Special 25th Anniversary Website] https://cnt.kingrecords.co.jp/two-mix25th/ [Official Twitter Account] https://twitter.com/TWO_MIX25th <Profile of TWO-MIX> TWO-MIX was formed in 1995 by Minami Takayama, who performs main vocals as well as composing, and Shiina Nagano, who writes lyrics, composes music and arrangement. The name of the duo comes from the term ‘TWO-MIX’. which is used in recording to describe the process of mapping a sound source between left and right in stereo. Their music videos have been created using computer graphics and animation. Because of this, the image of the artists was not well circulated in the media. In addition, owing to the fact that they did not proactively perform live concerts, they were sometimes thought of as virtual artists. TWO-MIX has also been responsible for creating the theme songs for many popular anime and TV programmes such as ‘NEW MOBILE REPORT GUNDAM WING’ and ‘Detective Conan’. In 1998, they released a CD on which they collaborated with orchestras from Paris and Warsaw. Throughout the noughties the group diversified their activities, crossing genres with the release of the dance mix project CDs in collaboration with night clubs. In 2021, they released their 25th anniversary greatest hits album, ‘TWO-MIX 25th Anniversary ALL TIME BEST’. As of April 2023, their total sales are more than 7,000,000 units.