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Breaking Barriers with Rock Critic Confidential

22 Jul

Rock Critic Confidential: Morgan, Jeffrey: 9781912587537: Books - Amazon.caBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Released: June 28, 2021
New Haven Publishing Ltd
Available to purchase on Amazon USA

Canada’s best known rock critic Jeffrey Morgan has a secret. Not everything he’s written or published in the past can be retrieved. He’s been in the business of covering the music scene since 1964, and he has a style that many people, musicians included, like. He’s made a name for himself and has a way of getting his interviewees to open up. It’s funny to think his first career goal was to write for comics (more on this later).

Rock Critic Confidential is a salacious tell-all lands as a hardcover coffee-table book and reading it is a wonderful trip through memory lane—especially when those big names were just getting their start. The distinguishing feature in the book is how readers get to learn something they may not have known. Was it hearsay or from someone in the know? Within this book are his “interrogations” with Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Meatloaf, Nash The Slash and many more.

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From Art to Music with Millennium Parade’s Debut Album!

12 Feb

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By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Not everyone will know of Millennium Parade, an arts collective from Japan whose music can’t be easily pigeon-holed. They are led by Daiki Tsuneta, frontman of J-Pop band King Gnu, and can be categorized as New Wave or Trip Hop. The debut self-titled album is a fresh exhilarating experience for me, and their sound is similar to but not quite like the sound from the virtual band’s Gorillaz. But anime fans will know them because they’re the composers of the opening song, “Fly with Me” for Netflix’s Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2045.

This work draws from Japanese folklore, and this supernatural world has modern tonality embedded in the lyrics. The songs take ideas from Hyakki Yagyo – The Night of One Hundred Demons and transform the images, stories and lore from this Asiatic world into evocative melodies that’s both a meditative and a clubbing experience. On the cover, a “Tezutsu Hanabi” (the oldest form of Japanese fireworks, encased in bamboo and held by hand) which was traditionally used to protect from evil spirits, and was also used to pray for a good harvest, is held by Ebisu (one of the 7 Gods of Fortune).

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BRATS Online Jan 10th with Ambitious Girls Rock Volume One Livestream!

9 Jan

Brats | Discography | DiscogsJapanese punk rock band, BRATS is ready to kick 2021 into high gear with with live albums and a free Ambitious Girls Rock Vol. 1 livestream on January 10! This show starts at 1:00pm (Japan time) and will include many female bands from Japan and South Korea to show no one’s gonna take it anymore, and show its still possible to have fun. These girls got it all!

This release features this group’s hottest sets since they released their second album Karma last September.

This set features the special event “Karma The LIVE” at Shibuya Tsutaya O-East, where the trio performed the new album’s full track list.

The follow-up record showcases their “Ambitious Girls” live set at Ikejiri Ohashi #Chord.

Before the big event, both albums are available worldwide to watch at https://avex.lnk.to/BRATS_PLAYLIST. The following are just exerpts.

BRATS – “Kimarigoto” Live at TSUTAYA O-EAST 2020.09.13

 

BRATS – “Doudatte Yokatta” Live at #Chord 2020.11.08

 

On January 10, BRATS will perform as part of the free “Ambitious Girls Rock – Vol, 1” online concert event. The four-band livestream stars female vocal rock bands from East Asian countries: BRATS (Japan), Velvet Sighs (Japan), Rolling Quartz (South Korea), and VINCIT (South Korea).

Watch live at https://www.youtube.com/c/ROLLINGQUARTZofficial.

  • BRATS will begin at appx 1:30pm, streaming their performance from Shibuya Tsutaya O-Crest.

Rolling Quartz – Blaze
https://youtu.be/Pg51wRHMRek

VINCIT – Strike Out
https://youtu.be/KK0cuakU0oM

Velvet Sighs – Pretending
https://youtu.be/GwQpESCJSJ4

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