HOTEI has announced some very special guests joining him on stage for his forthcoming London show next month.
HOTEI will be performing at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 9th November and will feature special guest performances by Andy Mackay (English multi-instrumentalist best known as a founding member of Roxy Music) and Mike Edwards (singer with Jesus Jones). Both have collaborated in the past with HOTEI making this gig a special reunion.
Additionally, HOTEI will be joined by a band of international all star members. Drummer Zachary Alford, played on David Bowie’s latest album The Next Day and will be traveling from New York for the show, as well as the well known New York-based British bassist, Tony Grey. Toshiyuki Kishi (keyboard/programming) and Steve Eto (percussion) will also join the band on stage.
HOTEI will perform songs from his extensive catalogue, including the acclaimed ‘Battle Without Honor or Humanity’ known globally as the theme song from Tarantino’s film Kill Bill.
Tickets are on sale now at http://hotei.com/en/event
Say what you like about merchandise, but you can’t really go wrong with badges – particularly when they’re colourful J-Pop Go badges.
These 25mm pin badges feature 4 different designs as conceived by Arc23, including 2 variations on a wonderful chibi-style design of J-Pop Go mascot Eva by Wing Yun Man (http://ciel-art.com/). Plus, they come in a custom printed package with the J-Pop Go logo. More Inside »
Having achieved domestic success, the Technopop trio of Perfume continue to carve their global path and appear to have emerged as the flag-waving vanguard for J-Pop.
LEVEL3 is Perfume’s 4th studio album (and their first on the Universal Music Japan label) following on from 2011’s JPN release. Expectations have been high for LEVEL3, which made it all the more surprising that initial web commentary on the album revolved around the fact that Kashiyuka had changed her hairstyle for the album sleeve. Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth, the question being asked was whether or not LEVEL3 can meet the high standards that Perfume and producer/writer Yasutaka Nakata have set for themselves. More Inside »
Savvy UK fans will be aware that PERFUME’s new album LEVEL3 will be getting a UK release (both physical and digital) on 28th October, but even before LEVEL3 has made itself comfortable another single release is inbound titled ‘Sweet Refrain’.
The new single is culled from the theme to TV drama Toshi Densetsu no Onna and the song (a preview of which is here) demonstrates a bright, airy pop tune with a smattering of dubstep bassy sounds.
It’s a quality Perfume track which would have fitted in very well within the context of LEVEL3 (of which, more later) although no doubt there was an arrangement for the TV drama to get some exclusivity and promotion from the Perfume collaboration.
1. Sweet Refrain
2. Koi wa Zenkeishisei
3. Sweet Refrain (Instrumental)
4. Koi wa Zenkeishisei (Instrumental)
‘Sweet Refrain’ is released on 27th November and will once again come in Regular and Limited editions. There’s also an added bonus of a free poster with the First Press Limited Edition purchase.
Level3 is released in the UK on 28th October.
KYARY PAMYU PAMYU has unveiled the pv for 7th single release ‘Mottainaitorando’.
The single, which is released 6th November, revolves around the Japanese term Mottainai which roughly translated refers to a sense of regret over waste. The video features the trademark bonkers visuals that we’ve come to expect from the scary haired one, although the strawberry poo was a particular highlight…
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