Monthly Archives: May 2015

Press Release: MidTones J-Pop Night feat. Flying Platforms & Tune in Tokyo at Grand Star June 5th


Get ready for a night of new and classic Japanese pop as MidTones J-Pop Night returns to Grand Star Jazz Club in LA’s Chinatown. Headliners Flying Platforms, featuring guitarist Shin Kawasaki, will perform a set of J-Pop & rock tunes from the Showa era to the present! The event also features a performance by J-Pop Idol Chii Sakurabi, and LA’s Tune in Tokyo as house Djs.

Sean Danconia will be on hand with a special POP-UP Art Show showcasing a preview of his newest creation – SūpāPop! which will be launching at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas on June 9-11th.

Complimentary signed SūpāPop print will be made available to guests while supplies last.

MidTones this month also doubles as the official pre-party for Little Tokyo’s NINJA-CON convention, opening the following day (Saturday, June 6th) at the JACCC. Shin Kawasaki, Chii Sakurabi and DJ Greg Hignight of Tune in Tokyo would like to welcome attendees of Ninja-Con to start the weekend party early!

Cover is $5, Ages 21+. Event hours are 9 PM – 2 AM.

MidTones occurs on every 1st Friday of the month at historic and legendary Grand Star Jazz Club in the heart of Chinatown Los Angeles. Hosted by Shin Kawasaki and Flying Platforms alongside the Space Circus crew. MidTones offers an inclusive venue for musicians, noise-makers and music-lovers to experiment, explore and experience.

Grand Star Jazz Club is located at 943 Sun Mun Way, Los Angeles, CA 90012

About Shin Kawasaki and Flying Platforms
Shinichiro Kawasaki met young aspiring musicians in Osaka, Japan who inspired him to pursue music. He moved to Los Angeles in 1999, where he started performing live and recording as a guitarist. He has also contributed music for SanDisk TV commercial, Turkey Shoot Music Festival, Japan Self-Defense Airforce, NHK Enterprise, KDDI, House Foods and Kao corporation. Along with his live-performing outfit “Flying Platforms” Shin hosts MidTones, a monthly jam session at Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown, performing the mixture of cyberpunk-infused live-tronic original materials and covers ranging from jazz standards, 80s/90s R&B dance hits to J-pop.

About Sean Danconia
Sean Danconia has built a seductive visual universe by marrying cult-cinema & animation to a wild pop-art aesthetic. Born in Montreal, Canada, Danconia was named after another “Sean”-Connery—by his mother, an intrepid James Bond fan. This early “Bondian” bullet would fire itself throughout Danconia’s life and creative pursuits. After living and working in Italy, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Vancouver—this iconoclast Canadian designer/artist/animator is firing from all creative pistons. Danconia’s composite world is a “bio pic” of his own imagination: irreverent, prolific, explosive – based on an encyclopedic knowledge of popular culture past, and a knowing eye for future trend undercurrents years before they hit, Danconia’s Pop-Fusion Art, design, creative branding, collages, melanges all serve to integrate his punk-mod sensibility, which pops-out of a razor sharp eye, colored by an eastern tinted lens.

About Tune in Tokyo
DJs and promoters Tune in Tokyo founded the first monthly event in Los Angeles for Asian dance pop in 2008, weaving together the vibe of Indie dance clubs with global street fashion. An active force in the LA club and J-Pop and K-Pop scene, Tune in Tokyo hosts dance parties, fashion shows and concerts celebrating cutting-edge music and pop culture from across Asia. Tune in Tokyo’s residencies have included 2nd Street Jazz and Royal/T, in addition to appearances at KCON, the MNET Grammy Party, Anime Expo, Pittsburgh’s Tekko, Pacific Media Expo, Miku Expo, Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary at JANM, and Japan: Endless Discovery. Tune in Tokyo also offers music event consulting and production services.

About Chii Sakurabi
Chii Sakurabi is a J-POP Singer and recording artist from Japan living in the US! Chii Sakurabi is J-POP singer and recording artist from Tokyo, Japan known for her angelic voice, high-energy songs, and kawaii Lolita fashion. Chii originally performed live throughout Tokyo, and in 2010 moved to the U.S. to expand her music internationally. In late 2011, Chii’s breakout first album Mirage was released. It featured a unique electropop style with fantasy themes, as well as a mixture of English and Japanese lyrics. In May 2014, Chii took a giant leap forward with her second album, Moon Princess, creating a distinct and dynamic sound with a story based on the Japanese fairytale character Princess Kaguya.

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Press Release: Alpha Riff’s Birthday Celebration: Everything is Free

Every year, Alpha Riff does something special for the people who have supported him in his artistic endeavors and 2015 will be no different. To celebrate adding another year to his age, all paid content on Alpha Riff’s Bandcamp site will be free for 24 hours. Whether it’s From Beta to Alpha Riff, his first LP; VI: Final Fantasy VI Tribute, the 3 track EP he released to celebrate Final Fantasy VI turning 20 in the US; or Digital Champions: Migdal Bavel, his brand new sci-fi/cyberpunk laced Hip-Hopera, it will be a free download as many times as you’d like for 24 hours. Each download includes tons of extras, including ringtones, wallpapers, videos, and more.

From Beta to Alpha Riff was Alpha Riff’s debut LP. Released on May 31, 2013, From Beta to Alpha Riff tells the story of Alpha Riff facing his inner turmoil on a quest to retrieve his Glass Heart, while his rival, Beta Riff, tries to thwart him. This 31 track LP features 20 musical tracks, 11 narration, and a host of amazing features such as MC Ohm-I, 1-UP, Beefy, LMC, Crystal Hart of Undone, Force of Will, MZ, and Brad Ward. His breakout single, Superhero Swag, as well as the PAX Prime favorite, Black Holes Just Mean I Love You in Space Jargon, show off Alpha Riff’s lyrical finesse and broad topic range.

VI: Final Fantasy VI Tribute was Alpha Riff’s debut instrumental only EP. Released on October 20, 2014, VI: Final Fantasy VI Tribute features reimagined themes of three of Alpha Riff’s favorite characters from the game: Locke, Cyan, and Shadow. Having spent untold hours playing FFVI, studying its characters and stories, and listening to the original soundtrack, Alpha Riff lovingly crafted three songs to reflect what the characters mean to him. It was featured as the background music for Dr. Vern’s October 28, 2014 episode of The Nerd Groove on Nerdy.FM and credited as one of the best reinterpretations of Final Fantasy VI music to date.

Digital Champions: Migdal Bavel is Alpha Riff’s newest LP. The 23 track Hip-Hopera tells the story of a cybernetic bounty hunter, his A.I. partner, and their friends and foes. Coming off the back of a very successful IndieGoGo campaign, ending at 158% completion, the album spawned a community wide movement called the Digital Champions Consortium, where fans and creators alike could add to the story, the world, and the lore. Already, trading cards, comic books, and mobile games have been released or begun development.

On May 18th, everyone will be able to download these and other digital content for free. For those wants something physical, use the code “birthday” at checkout to receive 50% off your purchase. Grab a physical copy of Digital Champions: Migdal Bavel and From Beta to Alpha Riff for only $5 a piece or the new Digital Champions: Migdal Bavel poster, designed by Twill Distilled, for only $2.50!

 

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Press Release: Support Kirby Krackle On Patreon And Receive 2-Exclusive Fan Club Songs Each Month.

“Why should I join the Kirby Krackle Music Fan Club on Patreon?”

This is a question I get asked a lot at shows and conventions, and because Patreon is still pretty new to some people it’s no problem reminding you why every Kracklehead should become a member!

Patreon is an amazing way for fans of an artist to support what they do, and in the process receive amazing exclusive content that they won’t find anywhere else. Besides pioneering the nerd-rock genre in 2009 and independently releasing 6 albums without the help of a label since that time, we’ve had some amazing opportunities over the years to write songs for our favorite companies (Marvel, Cards Against Humanity) and even open for Weird Al Yankovic in 2013 (he was so nice!)…but at the end of the day, we are still an indie-band that only exists with the support and listenership of our awesome fans. We want to create more awesome videos, come see you all at more conventions, and in an effort to do that we decided to partner with Patreon in creating the Kirby Krackle Music Fan Club; a place where fans will receive exclusive Kirby Krackle music and bonus items not found anywhere else!

When you become a member of the Kirby Krackle Music Fan Club by joining our Patreon, you will receive 2 brand-new KK Fan Club exclusive songs each month in the vein of the nerd-rock you’ve come to expect from us over the years at the base level of a $4 membership. If you’re interested in receiving higher reward level options such as live performance videos, “How To Play KK!” tutorials, custom songs, Skype hangout sessions, visits to the studio and much more, we encourage you to take a look at what reward level gets you the most excited!

As we approach the one-year mark for the KK Music Fan Club, we added a new bonus item in the form of “Nerd Rock Kitchen” where as a member you’ll receive recipes and cooking tips for what we like to eat at home when we’re not nerd-rocking in a town near you. This will be a lot of fun, and we’re excited to cook with you.

Thank you to all of our fans around the world for supporting nerd-rock music and what Kirby Krackle is all about. We want every Kracklehead to be able to enjoy our Fan Club exclusive music and content, and look forward to having you on board as a member.

Join this week to receive the new single for May headed out to members soon!

KK

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Time for Logan Awards Again

The 5th annual Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music (Logan Awards for short) nominations have been announced for this year.  The award was started in 2011 to recognize those who work in the comedy music industry and to pay tribute to Logan Whitehurst a musician who died at the age of 29 in 2006.  The three categories are Outstanding Original Comedy Song, Outstanding Parody Song, and Outstanding Comedy Music Video.  Nominees are chosen from songs from the previous calender year in an open nomination process then Jurors chose the finalists and winners for each category.  Winners receive a robot cat statuette, inspired by Logan’s song Robot Cat, designed by artist Jamie Noguchi.  Jurors for this year are fan jurors Kristi Avery, Tim and Margie Winslow (the Poohs), and Angela Brett; musician jurors Seamonky, Jared Ringold, Chris Waffle, Paul Sabourin, and permanent juror Dr. Demento.

The finalists for this year’s Logan Awards are:

Out­stand­ing Par­ody Song

Out­stand­ing Orig­i­nal Com­edy Song

Out­stand­ing Com­edy Music Video

The awards ceremony will be held at FuMPFest in Wheeling, Illinois on June 5th to the 7th at the Westin Northshore.  The ceremony will two hours with performance from some of the nominated artists (just do not expect Weird Al to be one of them) and others to cover for those who will not be there.  Come and dress up for that proper award show feel.

 

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Press Release: Quantum Electro Flavor Dynamics

SIR KN8 makes poetically adventurous hip-hop. His music exhibits deft and deep lyricism, thematizing subjects uncommon to rap lexicon, which draw on his intellectual commitments in philosophy, history and science, and his Clark-Kent-alter-ego as an adjunct lecturer at schools in NYC. He very literally manifests KRS-One’s declaration “I am teacher, and others are kings,” and approaches this neglected dimension of emceeing with both sincerity and humor. In his recent stint in NYC he’s shared stages with the likes of Hemlock Ernst (Samuel Herring of Future Islands) and Michael Busse (formerly of Chronic Future.)

Last year his video “Makin’ Bread”, a recipe rap for a rustic Italian loaf, was an official selection at the Silver Sound Music Video Film Festival and Band Battle, and received the distinction “Most Instructional.”

Pretext Social Club describes Sir Kn8’s style as “delving into the fundamental essence of life-like a poetic form of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History Of Time…For all who choose to actively listen and discern his casually spun, bopping words, the lyrics toss you down a paradoxical rabbit hole…”

American Pancake says “Sir Kn8 is a gentleman of the Universe’s court…he is a prolific speaker inciting the youth to learn things they usually would not give a fuck about if it were not for his blessed delivery and inspiring ability to wrap words together like a balloon animal.”

Dingus calls Sir Kn8’s music as “catchy, mind expanding tunes…You can’t stop smiling from all their good energy.”

1.21 Gigiwatts describes it as a mixture of “tasty beats, fresh funk, wonky sounds, smells, cactus trees, pitch bends, pre-socratic philosophy, space aesthetically and cosmically…songs which are both surreal and relatable.”

His work includes a song about the principles of formal logic, via an enumeration of all the things one can say or think about an avocado.   It is from the full-length album Quantum Electro Flavor Dynamics, which is about the philosophical implications of quantum physics.

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