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[Interview] Songbirds. More Than Just A Museum Displaying Priceless Electric Guitars….

12 Aug

SongbirdsAvailable to rent on Amazon Prime and other streaming platforms.

Now available on VOD is Songbirds, a wonderful documentary about a museum (named after this bird) dedicated to showing how the electric guitar became what it is today. It’s about the people who built this place to what it is now, how the pandemic affected its business model, its closure and when it rose from the ashes like a phoenix to become something even better!

Their goal is to do more than showcase the history and influence of this instrument in 20th century music. Within its doors, people could play with the instruments (after paying a fee), and attend special concerts from those musicians who long to touch that first production telecaster. In its latest form, it’s to teach young children how to play too!

Dagan W. Beckett (pictured below, left) is the creative mind who made this one-hour length film. His love for this establishment is clearly evident from the first frame to last. He delivers not only a beautiful look back at this place’s founding but also hits all the right notes (pardoning the pun) to show us why more places like this need to exist around the world. Dagon BeckettBut even I had a few questions just to confirm a few lingering thoughts. It was a pleasure to correspond with him about this work.

Can we please have an introduction from you for those readers unfamiliar with your work?

I am a filmmaker/director currently located in Chattanooga, Tennessee which is just North of Atlanta. The documentary film, Songbirds, is my debut work and my team and I are so very fortunate to have received a handful of awards for it, as well as an Emmy® for best Topical Documentary.

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Introducing Arcanamusica to Manga. A Multidimensional Music Project.

8 Aug

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Arcanamusica, the multidimensional media-mix collaboration project from Shueisha and avex, will be made into a manga this summer.

When the mysterious music app named Arcanamusica suddenly appears on smartphones out of nowhere, the five protagonists Shizuka Kawawa, Gakunoshin Maimiya, Riku Shibuyoshi, Itsuku Igashima and Kazuki Jujo are given their new “Arcana names” (AN), making them RiZ, DarkPalace, Shibukichi, Ikkun and Rejje, and we follow each of them as they pursue their ambitions as singers and streamers.

The manga version will depict the truth behind the app and the secrets held by the five lead characters, as the mysteries behind Arcanamusica are gradually revealed…

With the cooperation of ‘Ikémen Series’ game developer CYBIRD Co., Ltd., Arcanamusica featured in a series of commercial spots during Anime Expo 2022, which ended on July 4; the spots sparked a huge reaction, especially from outside of Japan.

Arcanamusica’s RiZ (Shizuka Kawawa) – ‘My song’

Arcanamusica’s Rejje (Kazuki Jujo) – ‘Tenohira Dancer’

In addition, Arcanamusica will participate in Animate Girls Festival 2022 on Nov 5 & 6 in Ikebukuro, Tokyo! They will have both an exhibition booth and a stage appearance at the event. For further information, check out the festival’s official website and Twitter account.

Event information

Animate Girls Festival 2022 (Japanese)

Official website: https://agf-ikebukuro.jp/s/agf2022/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AGF_info

The Arcanamusica project will continue its constant and aggressive multidimensional activity, so don’t miss it! And don’t forget to check the official website and Twitter account for more information.

For more Arcanamusica Information

Behind the Scenes, Arcanamusica are:

  • Shizuka Kawawa: RiZ (music produced by Yuri Kuriyama) / voiced by Kakeru Hatano
  • Gakunoshin Maimiya: DarkPalace (music produced by SLAVE.V-V-R) / voiced by ROβiN
  • Itsuku Igashima: Ikkun (music produced by Somari) / voiced by Sho Sakagami
  • Riku Shibuyoshi: Shibukichi (music produced by Kinoshita) / voiced by Kosuke Shiraishi
  • Kazuki Jujo: Rejje (music produced by Natsuyama Yotsugi) / voiced by Tomohiro Hatano

Blondie’s Musical Archives is Coming in One Big Z2 Package!

15 Jul

Blondie Against The Odds

In the mid-70s, singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein were more than pioneers. Not only did they pioneer the new wave genre, but also broke the mold for what the New York sound was about. The band Blondie was more than a punk rock band too. From their self-titled debut album, “In the Flesh” got heads turning, and all it took were two more albums before they became mainstream with the disco-infused “Heart of Glass.”

I fell in love with their music somewhere in between, and back then, all I had were regular magazines to get any information about who they were. We didn’t have the Internet back then. Because they were relatively young, and as their fame grew, so did my passion to collect all their albums.

Coinciding with the upcoming launch of the Blondie: Against The Odds graphic novel–which features a short biography, and stories based on their music–this fall, Z2 Comics and Blondie will include the 124-track archival box set Against the Odds 1974 – 1982 too! It’s a curated collection, remastered from original analog tapes on vinyl and I can’t be any more excited. Now if only they can visit Victoria, BC and perform here! Realistically, it’d have to be in Vancouver, BC; I’ll be fine with that too.

The album will be out on August 26, 2022, but if you’re patient, buying the version with the graphic novel will make the experience all the more worthwhile.

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From the Z2 Press Release:

The package features 52 bonus tracks across four albums—Plaza Sound, Parallel Beats, Coca Cola, and Home Sounds—and comes with a 128-page hardcover book inside a foil-wrapped slipcase.

The package definitively captures the iconic band’s inception and rise, as Blondie merged disco, rock, and beyond in the punk cradle of New York City’s Lower East Side. Limited to 100 copies, the Blondie 1974-1982: Against The Odds 4-LP box set will be released in platinum editions of the Blondie: Against The Odds graphic novel anthology.

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Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Puts Only The Essential Life in the Spotlight.

27 Jun

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Biopics about musicians are often sanitised for the big screen. Bohemian Rhapsody (review link) was more about Freddie Mercury, more than the band from a third-person perspective. Conversely, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis looks at this musician’s life through the eyes of The Colonel’s (Tom Hanks). It sometimes vilifies rather than objectifies his role in making this man a star.

Even this villain who managed this singer (Austin Butler) throughout the decades admits to his problem. We get little sympathy for the devil.

Anyone who followed Elvis’ career or was part of his inner circle knew Colonel Tom Parker was trouble. Even though he helped turn the teen from Tupelo, Mississippi into a superstar, the stuff he held back on (or didn’t allow him to partake) may have dimmed this superstar’s light by a little. The spotlight is back because of the award-winning performances between Hanks and Butler. The film is really about their relationship first and the music second. Any tidbits of actual history are marginalised. This performer was upset because he wasn’t given the respect he so deserved during his time in Hollywood.

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Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis is a Deuce! Coming This Summer

15 Jun

Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory
Coming to VOD and DVD:
July 5, 2022

Game, Set, Match! This summer, get ready as the tennis prodigy Ryoma Echizen and his friends will grand slam your heart in a thrilling new adventure. This cinematic adaptation is based on the blockbuster Japanese sports manga series and its sequels created by renowned manga author Takeshi Konomi.

With 60 million copies sold over 22 years, Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis is the first CG anime movie from this popular franchise. Featuring an all-new storyline with music and lyrics by Konomi and directed by Hiroshi Koujina (City Hunter, The Vampire Dies in No Time), this highly anticipated movie finally makes its long-awaited North American home entertainment debut following its nationwide theatrical release.

Available for the first time in North America, the collectible Blu-ray + DVD combo pack boasts an exciting movie presentation (featuring English audio and Japanese audio with English subtitles) with special bonus content – Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis edition. This is the full-length alternative cut of the movie that includes different scenes featuring Hyotei team captain Keigo Atobe and Shitenhoji team captain Kuranosuke Shiraishi.

A definitive entertainment release that will score well with anime and pop culture enthusiasts and collectors, this title is available for pre-order now at ShoutFactory.com and will be available in stores and other fine retailers.

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