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[Victoria Film Festival 2020] What Lurks Behind the Men’s Room is Music

7 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Feb 7 | 6:30 PM | Capitol 6
Feb 14 | 12:15 PM | The Vic

For Vi er Gutta (original title) or The Men’s Room is a sombre documentary about a men’s choir who don’t have much of a future for themselves. This movie length work by Petter Sommer and Jo Vemund Svendsen follows “The Male Choir,” a band of merry men who should be burdened with uncertainly. They are 40 somethings by my reckoning. Every Tuesday, they get together and sing the blues. It’s laced with references about women, whisky and wine one day, or that desire for rockstar fame in another. Ivar is their conductor. He helps the team fine tune their singing voice and honestly, they’re quite good. The music is therapy for them.

When they learn their lead has cancer, the plot is simple. Just how long does he have? They’ve been asked to open for Black Sabbath–no easy feat–and they better be on top of their game.

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It’s The Vintage Tempest’s Hard Rock Christmas Countdown!

16 Dec

Image result for trans siberian orchestraBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

When the malls are flooded with traditional music to get shoppers into the Christmas mood, I find I need heavy metal or grunge instead to start rocking it. When considering it’s not always going to be about hearing those sleigh bells jingling, ring tingle tingling, and the lovely weather is colder than you like, it’s time to get the body moving to stay warm! When it’s time, I’m sure the last track is cozy enough to fall asleep to.

With only ten days left for that day (instead of counting down from twelve), I offer my picks to listen down to (the order is intentional) as that annual holiday draws near:

Manic Street Preachers
Ghost of Christmas

Not everyone will know of this Welsh rock band, but when I discovered them, I was hooked! Their sound brings a touch of Roy Orbison, The Clash and perhaps Sex Pistols together in a harmony which simply caught my attention. Ghost of Christmas is simply punk at its best.

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Say よし to Yoshiki! Coming to YouTube Originals March 2020!

20 Nov

RMMS-Yoshiki-YouTube-Original-announce-1.jpgA new documentary series detailing YOSHIKI -Life of a Japanese Rock Star is slated to premiere on YouTube Originals in March 2020.

It was hand-picked by this service as part of a select group of internationally-renowned artists to be profiled. He’s likened to such powerhouses such as Paul McCartney, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, BTS, Robert Downey Jr., Will Smith, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Mark Ronson, Dwayne Johnson, and Taylor Swift. The six-episode series marks the first documentary program from a Japanese artist to be featured.

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Yoshiki Live at Carnegie Hall hits PBS Nation-wide this Month!

4 Nov

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To find when this performance will air, please visit https://www.yoshiki.net/classical

Yoshiki Hayashi’s concert at Carnegie Hall is going nation-wide, and fans of this super-star musician can see at soon, airing across various PBS Stations beginning this month.

This special was filmed in New York and it was sold-out. Not only did he perform to standing ovations but also was taped. Yoshiki Live at Caregie Hall made its broadcast premiere this year in the New York City area on WNET13, the most-watched public television channel in America. Because of the enormous reaction from American viewers, this touching concert created overwhelming demand. All other major PBS-affiliated TV stations received numerous requests to add the special to their schedule.

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