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Press Release: Anime Music Streaming Subscription Service “ANiUTa”

Anime music record companies cooperated and established a new company called “ANIUTA,INC.”  The new company announced and launched the worldʼs first anime music specialized paid subscription “ANiUTa” today.

ANiUTa will tap into a new market in music streaming subscription by creating a service specialized in anime music. With the rise of demand for anime and anime music concerts outside of Japan, this subscription service originating in Japan will take on the market worldwide.

The music lineup includes music from anime, game, superhero productions and vocaloid. The 100% pure content will definitely satisfy users from different generations.

ANiUTa plans to provide exclusive original services such as pre-release streaming during anime airing season and collaborations between voice actors/actresses. Services based on anime music, such as exclusive concert ticket application and exclusive merchandise online shopping will also be launched within the service.

The biggest feature of this subscription service is that users can search music from specific anime, which is an exclusive feature that can only be done through specialized anime music service. ANiUTa contains more than fifty thousand tracks while about twenty thousand tracks are released in subscription services for the first time. The service is expected to launch abroad in the end of 2017.

About ANiUTa
ANiUTa is established by the CEOs of the leading anime music makers – Shiro Sasaki from FlyingDog, Inc. and Shunji Inoue from Lantis Co., Ltd. Since the emergence of paid music subscription services such as “Apple Music,” “Google Play Music,” and “Amazon Prime Music” back in 2015, the market has grown rapidly. Witnessing anime music fans worldwide during anime music events held abroad, two companies believe that in order to satisfy anime fans, there should be a specialized service tailor made instead of having massive all-genre music platforms. The new project establishes a unique platform towards fans. This is the concept of ANiUTa – Anime music makers directly approaching fans worldwide and providing a service that satisfies their fans.

Main Anime Music (Starting with fifty thousand tracks)
Attack on Titan
Free!
Genesis of Aquarion
Girls und Panzer
K-ON!
Kantai Collection
Kira Kira☆ Pretty Cure A La Mode
Love Live!
Lucky Star
Macross Frontier
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Re:Zero ­ Starting Life in Another World
Yuri!!! on Ice

Participating Companies
FlyingDog, Inc.
Avex Pictures inc.
Frontier Works Inc.
Kadokawa Corporation
Lantis Co., Ltd
Marvelous Inc.
PONY CANYON INC.
Sunrise Music Publishing Co., Ltd.
TOEI ANIMATION MUSIC PUBLISHING CO., LTD.
TOHO CO., LTD

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Press Release: NYC Orchestra Performs Action Anime Music

New York’s animation ensemble iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra opens it’s 2016-17 performing season with “Kick-@ss Music,” a tribute to shounen anime, Friday, October 7, 7:30pm at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music.

The first of 4 concerts celebrating shounen [“young boy”] and mahou shoujo [“magical girl”] soundtracks, iTSO’s rock-orchestral fusion concert “Kick-@ss Music” will feature musical works from popular action anime series such as Astro Boy, Lupin the Third, Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, One-Punch Man, and Saint Seiya. The 17-piece chamber ensemble will also honor the end of the Tite Kubo’s Bleach series with a special concerto composed of Shiro Sagisu’s latin-inspired “Arrancar/Hueco Mundo” score.

“Kick-@ss Music” will be held at Mary Flagler Cary Hall inside The DiMenna Center for Classical Music located at 450 W 37th St, New York, NY on Friday, October 7. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $20 for general seating with discounts for students and 2016 New York Comic Con attendees and can be purchased online at: http://www.iconiquestra.org/kick-ass-music . No admission for guests under 18 years of age without an accompanying adult.

ABOUT ICONIQ THE SOUNDTRACK ORCHESTRA: iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra is a musical organization dedicated to preserving, appreciating, disseminating, and promoting the performance and study of music written for animated films and programs, cartoons, Japanese anime, and video games in New York and its surrounding communities. This is accomplished through free and affordable public concerts, music releases, and educational programs for audiences of all ages.

Kick-@ss Music: Action Anime in Concert
Presenter: iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra
Venue: Mary Flagler Cary Hall at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
Address: 450 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018
Start Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Price: $20
Buy Ticket Link: http://www.iconiquestra.org/kick-ass-music
Read more at http://www.iconiquestra.org/kick-ass-music

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Two Geek Musicians From Two Sides of the Planet Planning to Take Over the World in Song

Meri Amber (Geek Pop artist from Australia) and Kraken Not Stirred (Nerd Rock artist from Canada) play the role of two brains in tanks scheming to take over the world with love or fear respectively, in song. The song features not only the performances of the two geek musicians but also Kraken Not Stirred’s music production and guitar solo. The music video features not only their performances but also comic-style art and video editing by Meri Amber.
You can watch the newly released video here.

Another ear worm from Meri Amber, who provides her usual upbeat style of singing.  This is my first hearing Kraken Not Stirred but I have to say on this he bring both good rapping and guitar riffs.  The music video is all right, would have been more interesting if they had live action brains in the jar instead of just animated ones.
Meri Amber
Meri Amber is a Geek Pop artist from Australia who tours around and performs at many conventions in both Australia and, recently, New Zealand. She has released a number of CDs including the Super EP (songs inspired by ninjas, superpowers, YouTube etc.), her Doctor Who themed album, Pop Goes The TARDIS (songs inspired by Doctor Who), and her 90s themed album, Retro Sherbet (songs inspired by Tamagotchis, Pokémon, Xena etc.). Her next upcoming concert is at Sugar City Con in Mackay (Queensland, Australia).
Kraken Not Stirred
Kraken Not Stirred (otherwise known as Mike Bryant) is an Nerd Rock artist from Canada. Rather than creating his music acoustically, as is often done, he creates his music using a computer and Kitara digital guitar. He has released a large number of singles including The Ballad Of Han Solo, Today Sucked Show Me Cats, Pogo Zombie Is A Jerk, If You Post Spoilers I Will Kill You and Oh, The Places I’ve Been. He’s played at geeky events like Anime North (Toronto, Canada) and Con Funk! (Niagara Falls, Canada)

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New Inverse Phase Shows and News

There are a few chances to catch chip music creator extraordinaire Inverse Phase coming up this August.  You can hear his music and learn about chip music creation.

In Washington DC at the Rhizome Space in Takoma on Sunday August 7th at noon a gathering of Muff Wiggler forum users will feature various synthesizer demonstrations, most of them analog.  Inverse Phase will have his custom chiptune synth that he is building (read further down) on display.

Then on the weekend of Friday August 26th through the 28th on Sunday he will be at Omegacon in Charlottesville, Virginia at the Holiday Inn.  He will be doing a performance and a discussion panel over the weekend, plus exhibiting in the vendor hall.

He will also be at this year’s BRKFest in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 2-4.  I will post more about this one later.

Inverse has also been building his own chiptune synthesizer from scratch, having previously been using emulators to create his music.  He has been building it quietly for a while now just hinting to fans about it.  It currently only produces basic music but Inverse will continue to work on it.  He promises “amazing things are going to happen” with it.  You can read more about the creation on his Patreon account.

Fans of chip music should try to catch one of these shows if you can.  If you are not familiar with chip music, its culture, creation, and genres then check out one of these shows and let Inverse Phase tell you about it.  He is one of the best at explaining it to novices.

Follow Inverse Phase on social media or sign up for his newsletter to keep up with future shows what other adventures he is on.

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Press Release: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Brings 5th Anniversary World Tour to NY’s PlayStation Theater

Celebrating the fifth anniversary of her recording debut, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is bringing her colorful and energetic “KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR 2016″ to New York City’s PlayStation Theater on July 25. Tickets are still available for Kyary’s unique celebration event, featuring bright costumes, dancing, and the chance to sing along with Kyary on her You Tube-smashing hits.

Show information and tickets

Kyary released her 2-disc greatest hits compilation album KPP Best last May, which included many of her well-known songs including “Tsukema Tsukeru”, “Ninja Re Bang Bang”, “Fashion Monster”, “PONPONPON”, and her latest single, “Sai & Co”. The “KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR” kicked off the same month in Singapore, with subsequent stops in Australia and England before her American concerts in July.

“KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR 2016″ is Kyary’s third world tour, and will be themed around her brand new song “5iVE YEARS MONSTER”. The song celebrates Kyary’s five-year singing career and is included in the KPP Best album.

TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO

VIDEO MESSAGE (in English and Japanese) for New York fans

MUSIC VIDEO “Sai & Co”

ABOUT KYARY PAMYU PAMYU

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (KPP) is Harajuku’s iconic existence. She is a combination of model and artist with self-producing skill. KPP started her career modeling for AOMOJI-KEI (Harajuku fashion) magazines when she was in high school and soon became the most popular AOMOJI-KEI fashion model. She earned a great reputation and support from her enthusiastic teenage fans all over Japan who were also attracted to Harajuku fashion culture.

KKP also became a well-known blogger due to her utterly uninhibited way of expression that is unimaginable for her sweet doll-like looks. She released her début mini album, MOSHI MOSHI HARAJUKU (Hello, Harajuku) with WARNER MUSIC JAPAN, produced by Yasutaka Nakata (capsule). MOSHI MOSHI HARAJUKU is available for streaming in 23 countries worldwide. A music video from her album, “PONPONPON,” has been streamed over 90M times on You Tube.

In May 2012, she released her 1st full-album, ”Pamyu Pamyu Revolution”, and it debuted at No.2 on national weekly charts, selling 230K copies so far. Later in 2012, she went on her first nationwide tour and successfully performed at Budokan.

In 2013, she then went on to perform in France, Belgium, UK, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and LA and NY. Her long-waited second album, “Nanda Collection,” was released on June 26th. It debuted at No.1 on the national weekly charts, selling 400K copies.

In 2014, KPP went on her 2nd world tour, “KPP NANDA COLLECTION WORLD TOUR 2014,” performing in 5 US cities, Toronto, Sydney, Hong Kong, Paris, Cologne, London, Taiwan, Singapore and Bangkok.

In July 2014, her 3rd album, ”Pika Pika Fantajin,” debuted at No.1 on the national weekly charts. After releasing several singles in 2015, she released her first remarkable visual product – a compilation of all of her past music videos with new visual contents. The limited version product with an artwork booklet sold out in a second.

2016 is an anniversary year for KPP: the 5th year from her stunning major début. KPP has many surprises in store for her fans to make this year very special.

KYARY PAMYU PAMYU Official Facebook for Fans
KYARY PAMYU PAMYU You Tube Channel

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Press Release: J-Pop Summit 2016 Announces Opening Night Live Concert with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

J-POP SUMMIT 2016, one of the world’s biggest Japanese pop culture events, proudly presents pop princess — Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – for a very special live concert performance in San Francisco at the Regency Ballroom on Friday, July 22nd to kick off the weekend-long J-POP festivities.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, May 6th. KPP Concert Ticket BASIC and PREMIUM packages, along with KPP + J-POP SUMMIT Combo Tickets, will be available for purchase at: www.J-POP.com. The Regency Ballroom is located at 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is one of Japan’s biggest pop and fashion stars and represents the dynamic fusion of Japanese pop culture, fashion and music.

The singer is currently marking her 5-year anniversary as an artist with an international concert tour “KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR 2016” supporting the upcoming release of her very first retrospective album, KPP BEST. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu was a headliner at the J-POP SUMMIT 2013 and returns to San Francisco to celebrate her anniversary with fans on Friday, July 22nd at J-POP SUMMIT 2016 Opening Night.

J-POP SUMMIT 2016 continues Saturday and Sunday July 23rd and 24th at the historic Fort Mason Center in San Francisco’s Marina district. Attendees will experience a colorful assortment of Japanese pop-influenced culture including fashion, pop art, live music and technology, accented by ramen vendors, sake-tasting, and other attractions to be complemented by celebrity Guests of Honor, anime programming, cosplay and karaoke contests, and a wide assortment of vendors and other programming.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu LIVE at J-POP SUMMIT OPENING NIGHT – KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR 2016 in San Francisco ticket options include:

*KPP Concert Ticket BASIC · $40 each
Includes general admission at Regency Ballroom

**KPP Concert Ticket PREMIUM · $150 each
Includes general admission at the Regency Ballroom, exclusive meet & greet with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and a special gift.

**Both options DO NOT include entrance to the J-POP SUMMIT at Fort Mason.

KPP + J-POP SUMMIT Combo Tickets — including J-POP SUMMIT 1-day and/or 2-day passes that each include a KPP Concert Ticket BASIC starting from $55 each – will be also available on Friday, May 6th at: www.J-POP.com.

Stay tuned for news coming next week on J-POP SUMMIT tickets, including V.I.P packages, and information on other artists set to perform.

About Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Born in Tokyo 1993, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu began her career as a model for several Harajuku fashion magazines while she was still in high school. Her unique look and uninhibited, self-expressive personality quickly garnered the attention of Japan’s bustling fashion and music scenes. In 2011, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu released her début mini-album, MOSHI MOSHI HARAJUKU (Hello, Harajuku) under Warner Music Japan. The music video for its single “PONPONPON,” has been played over 93 million times on YouTube. Her first full-length album, Pamyu Pamyu Revolution, was released 2012. The following year was Nanda Collection, and another release, Pika Pika Fantajin in 2014. Last year, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu released the single, Mondai Girl, which was followed by a Halloween-themed single, Crazy Party Night (Pumpkin no Gyakushu).

In May 2016, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will release her first retrospective album, KPP BEST, a collection of 23 career-spanning tracks that includes infectious hit singles such as Invader Invader, Kira Kira Killer, Fashion Monster, as well as 5th anniversary song “5iVE YEARS MONSTER”.

About J-POP SUMMIT
J-POP SUMMIT is one of the world’s biggest Japanese pop culture events, held every summer in San Francisco, CA. By introducing the latest in Japanese music, fashion, film, art, games, tech-innovations, anime, food, as well as niche subcultures, the festival has become a landing platform for new trends from Japan.

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They Might Be Giants’ Instant Fan Club is Closing Tomorrow

They Might Be Giants’ Instant Fan Club is closing enrollment tomorrow April 8th, so if you want to join get on it.  The club is a secret society and is going to be the only way to keep up with They Might Be Giants.

If you join the club you will get at an Instant Fan Club t-shirt, Brooklyn Live 2015 album download, light-up pen, membership card, Phone Power album download, 17 Phone Power Videos, and future exclusives from the club.  Club exclusive add-ons include extra t-shirts for your family are $25 each and Phone Power CDs are $10.  Basic level membership is $49.95.  Physical products will begin being shipped out on Monday May 2nd, members should expect three to four weeks for delivery.

The first exclusive from the club will be a live stream of a They Might Be Giants full show from Philadelphia on April 10th will be.  Other future plans of the club are at this time classified.

For $95 you can become an Instant Fan Club Super-President.  You will receive everything at the basic level plus a 2016 fan club Super-President t-shirt, a full-color certificate of thank you mini-poster, and exclusive guitar pick set in five colors.
All shipping costs are included in price of membership, for U.S. members only.  You can gift memberships.  If you love They Might Be Giants, or know someone who does, this is for you, or them, cause the band is taking some time off so this will be the only way to keep in touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The band is still on tour.  So you can still catch them.

They Might Be Giants’ Instant Fan Club Oath

As a TMBG Instant Fan Club Member, 

I am a willing participant in this 

secret experiment in human happiness.

 

When asked about the Instant Fan Club I shall reply: 

“Oh, I don’t know. You must be thinking of some other band.”

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