RAVE has announced the release of their 4th single titled “toy parade waltz” on 2014.05.28 in Japan in two types: The Limited Edition costs 2,700yen w/ DVD, the Regular Edition costs 1,620yen - CD-only. Check out the track list below:
01. toy parade waltz
02. hijoushiki riron 「daha」 shou
Toy parade waltz PV & Making
Dear Japan, 3 years have passed since the day that changed your world. We, half way around the globe want you to know we are with you, we support you and most of all, we thank you for not only bringing to our ears your beautiful music but also your culture, traditions and your friendship. Your strength is amazing and well respected. You probably do not understand how you have opened our minds, our hearts and given us a new perspective, but you have. Through music we discovered how "Cool" Japan really is. Let's be happy today, the red string that binds us and keeps us together through all adversity is our love for each other. You are always in our thoughts and our dreams.
#Lin to resume activities after being indefinitely on hiatus from 2013.06.30, it is announced at the end of corruption world live "KISAKI BIRTHDAY EVENT 2014 FREEDOM 20140309" at Shinsaibashi BASSO at 2014.03.09 that 2nd line-up of 凛(lin)-THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD- will hold their first formal live in Tokyo at 2014.06.01 and their another live in Osaka at 2014.06.11, although details have not yet been announced. I wonder what the line-up will be?? M-H
J-rock North Promotions Inc., presents the fourth musical guest to perform at the Anime North Convention in Toronto Ontario, Canada is rock band from Japan "Daizystripper"!. It will be the second time the band has been invited to perform in Canada, previously at Animethon-19 in April 2012. This trip, the group will be returning without their guitarist and leader Mayu who paused band activities after their live at Shibuya Koukaidou on December 31st, 2013 which JpopAsia reported in early December. The remaining members have continued band activities and performing as a foursome energetically and with a positive enthusiastic persona. The concert for DaizyStripper will be held on Saturday May 24th, and their time slot is set for 7:00 p.m..
For those of you outside of the Canadian border, Anime North is an anime convention located in Toronto Ontario, Canada that celebrates anime, manga, music, games and all other forms of Japanese Culture held the weekend of May 23 - 25, 2014 at the Toronto Congress Centre and International Plaza Hotel. Here is a link to their website for more information.
The line-up of musical acts this year at Anime North are very exciting which includes Goth Duo Rose Noire which we reported just a few days ago, New York City based Visual Kei band Sol Ardour with both western and eastern influences, who have continuously worked towards creating an immersive world through music, with a tale encompassing their sounds, art , and imagination, a show not to miss! Also on the list is one of Canada's own, rock bandHOSHI★FURU from Ontario, primarily influenced by Japanese pop and rock.HOSHI★FURU's music is also influenced by a variety of other genres such as hardcore punk, metal, and screamo.
Tak Matsumoto, who is a Grammy Award-winning Japanese guitarist, producer, arranger, composer, singer and songwriter. In addition to guitarist and lead composer for the hard rock band B'z, he has also had a successful solo career *Picture shown is a cover for his previous work, "Strings Of My Soul." 2,593yen(2,800yen Tax incl. in Japan)
*Advanced Japanese release. Album from Tak Matsumoto [Takahiro Matsumoto (B'z)] includes tracks "New Horizon," "Feel like a woman tonite," "Black Jack (the theme song of animation "Black Jack Special" in 2003), "Rain," cover tracks, and more for 12 tracks total. Paul Brown joins as a producer and mixer again, following the previous work, "Strings Of My Soul."
"Nanda Collection World Tour 2014" Sound Academy, Toronto, ON
So glad that Friday's I get to leave work early, headed on the transit to the venue, met a few people also going to the concert along the way. Arrived about 5:30pm, lineup wasn't too long by that time, which is great, I'll be able to get closer to the stage! Overheard a conversation in front of me, they came all the way from Montreal!
Once inside to defrost my toes, found a place on stage right, about four rows back, give or take a few bodies. A repeating tune of xylophone and chimes to give anticipation to the tightly pack crowd. Start to notice a slowly creeping fog make it's way across the stage, then four very colourful support dancers make their appearance. Unfortunately I was so packed in that I didn't have room to dance or even do the hand dances. Cheers erupted once Kyary Pamyu Pamyu stepped into view, she is so kawaii that I couldn't believe my eyes. Her dancers are so expressive and their choreography was so amazing that I'm not even 1/4 of what they are. I bow down to them!!
Before the third song, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu talked for a little bit in english, mentioned this was her second world tour and her first time in Canada. Yesterday she went to Niagara Falls and thought it was so beautiful. Then we were taught the hand gestures for the song にんじゃりばんばん (Ninja Re Bang Bang). After a number of enthralling songs, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu went off stage to change while we were entertained by a most unusual character, a rather large blue rabbit in red shorts.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu next outfit was very cute, still no room for me to join in with all the dancing, so I bobbed my head the best I could. Finally outfit/costume for the night, had a very fuzzy pink rabbit lead us in a clapping frenzy, calling out her name to usher Kyary Pamyu Pamyu back to do some more songs for us and we weren't disappointed. My favourite outfit of the night, pink and green curved line patterned dress with a beautiful large pink bow. I was delighted when the second last song was Pon Pon Pon! This time I danced so, I hope the people around me please excuse me for bumping into them! Last song was Fashion Monster. She waved goodbye to us before going backstage.
The crowd, started chanting her name, Kyary Kyary Kyary Kyary Kyary Kyary!!! They wanted her back, it was too early for the night to end! Crowed roared again, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu came back, blue tour t-shirt and a pink rabbit head piece, took a picture with us and then performed two last songs. She thanked everyone for coming out to see her, waved a finally goodbye to us and headed off stage. Overall I had a great time, despite being squished..
DIR EN GREYwill release a new album in November which no specific date has been announced according to theirofficial website giving no further information. Furthermore their new DVD & Blu-ray "DUM SPIRO SPERO AT NIPPON BUDOKAN" will be released in July.
The most current upcoming release is "Tour13 Ghoul" on April 23rd which is a Documentary DVD and Blu-ray that was filmed during their "GHOUL"-tour last year. The tour included 15 lives in Japan and 14 lives in America and is available for order here.
"TOUR14 PSYCHONNECT -mode of "GAUZE"?-" has been announced to begin in August in Japan and listed below:
8/5(tue) mode:25 【TOKYO】SHINKIBA STUDIO COAST -｢a knot｣only-
8/6(wed) mode:26 【TOKYO】SHINKIBA STUDIO COAST
8/13(wed) mode:27 【FUKUOKA】Zepp Fukuoka
8/15(fri) mode:28 【AICHI】Zepp Nagoya
8/16(sat) mode:29 【AICHI】Zepp Nagoya
8/20(wed) mode:30 【OSAKA】NAMBA Hatch
8/21(thu) mode:31 【OSAKA】NAMBA Hatch
8/24(sun) mode:32 【HOKKAIDO】Zepp Sapporo
8/27(wed) mode:33 【TOKYO】Zepp Tokyo
8/28(thu) mode:34 【TOKYO】Zepp Tokyo