Tune into web radio program @JapanVB

 

 

JVB – Japan Visionary Broadcasting

Your weekend has now officially begun.

A refreshing option to going out, enjoy good music and great DJs at home or in the office to get your weekend started.  You can tune in free to Japan Visionary Broadcasting via live web streaming.  Spinning a variety of good music, the DJs positive vibes and great energy transmit from their ‘secret’ studio location through to your PC, iPad or smart phone no matter what time zone you may be in.

Check it out :)

http://thejvb.co/

 

 

[EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] Talking with Japanese hip hop group Gagle of Jazzy Sport

 

@TokyoTwilighter EXCLUSIVE Interview with Gagle

Getting a behind the scenes look at music making brilliance

Last year I was blessed to have the opportunity to interview Japanese hip hop group Gagle.  We talked music, influences, family and appealing to the overseas audience.

Made up of brothers, MC Hunger, producer DJ Mitsu the Beats and long-time friend DJ Mu-r, the group has been together since 1996 making great music as part of independent label Jazzy Sport’s impressive catalog of Japanese artists.

Having been together since birth for the brothers and as a group since ’96, my first question was ‘Do you ever fight?’  To which the laid back trio was quick to reply, ‘Nope!’  Although younger brother Hunger did admit to being terrorized by older brother Mitsu as a child, sometimes when sleeping Mitsu would pour milk over his sibling to wake him up!

The onomatopoeic group name ‘Gagle’ comes from the word meaning a harsh or cacophonous sound which in the hip hop group’s earlier day’s accurately described their sound, especially Hunger’s distinct vocals, although they said over the years the music has chilled out quite a bit.

Beatmaker DJ Mitsu the Beats has gained international acclaim, with many of his videos on youtube gaining plus 100,000 hits and positive comments from fans even outside of Japan.  Mitsu’s music preferences tend towards old records, especially the 70s with his birth year being his favorite time period to sample from.

If you haven’t had a chance to hear the group’s music yet, make sure to check out their music on iTunes and YouTube.

Thanks to Magik.jp it was all capture on film and put together with some amazing show footage.

Finally MC Hunger was kind enough to do a short freestyle for me and add my name!

B.D. “NINJA TUNE” feat. KGE THE SHADOWMEN, MIKRIS

What a beautiful Japanese heart! Love the logo/national flag.

I came across this beautiful logo on Ameblo (Japanese blogging platform) the other day.

I wanted to share it and the story written by a Japanese blogger.

The blogger is from Kesenuma, one of the worst hit areas in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami.

You can see the original here but I’ve included the text below.

——————

See a lot of messages arrive from one of the world,
I almost cry every day very for joy.

Though I do not strongly feel what world and oneself are related to, I am strong at all and, in the everyday life, just take in it from the back of this major earthquake.

With all the feeling that I received from all of you of the world and,
I designed the Japanese national flag “Japanese flag = HINOMARU “.

Japan attracts a lot of heart.

For a lot of big love that arrived from the world, Japan is surrounded.

Please use it for your freedom if I liked it.

When I want an illustration of the big size including EPS, give me a message.

I transmit a message by an E-mail.

If English is wrong, I’m sorry.

A hometown is KesennumaCity.

With all the love to all of you and.

INTERVIEW : Welcome to @Raye6 … in JAPAN

‘Hurricane vocals’, daring fashion, big hair, saavy business sense and tantalizing stage performance skills.  Raye 6 is the perfect example that a woman can have it all and do it all when you’re focused on what you want.

Name: Raye6
Occupation: Inspiration
Twitter: @Raye6
Website: http://raye6.com/

@TokyoTwilighter : How many times have you been to Japan?

@Raye6 : Two times.

@TokyoTwilighter : Tell us how the latest trip came around.

@Raye 6 : Same as last year, through Jon Lynch who is the creator of Japan Music Week.  This year Jon proposed a sponsorship deal, we negotiated and I accepted his best offer. Marlboro Japan was the primary sponsor this year and they used 2 of my singles ‘Universal Lover’ & ‘Misstery’  available on Itunes. You can also go onto the Marlboro jp site to download my music.

@TokyoTwilighter : What was the most memorable part about your trip?

@Raye6 : Hanging out with some of the most beautiful people in Japan! I wrote about it on my blog on http://raye6.com/?p=324 . I got to connect with DeeJays, producers, label owners, directors, photographers, make up artists, writers and more! It was a beautifully creative trip!

@TokyoTwilighter : Did you learn any Japanese words or customs?

@Raye6 : Only cross the street when the light turns red, KAMPAI! (cheers), HAI (yes), Sumimasen (excuse me)

@TokyoTwilighter : Where was the best place to party/perform?

@Raye6 : Best place to party is Micro Cosmos, best place to perform was all of them! Nippori for the GUNGNIR Skate event, Glad, Unit. I love everything about the venues and the promoters of the events.

@TokyoTwilighter :  What did you eat while in Japan?

@Raye6 : I ate a lot of croissants and water from a bakery in Mark City in Shibuya, Seafood Curry from Shantay (DELICiOUS), I had Japanese pancakes at Micro Cosmos and it was like biting into heaven!

@TokyoTwilighter : Where did you go shopping and what did you buy?

@Raye6 : I went shopping at Don Quixote they have everything! I went to find gifts for my family and friends. That place is like a drug store, beauty supply, macy’s, kmart, and fao schwartz all in one! I made a detour into 109 and damn near lost my mind! So many floors full of so many things! A girls paradise! I couldn’t decide what to buy so I bought nothing lol!!!

@TokyoTwilighter :  Any regrets about this trip?

@Raye6 : I regret I couldn’t stay longer! I know I can accomplish so many things in Japan but I’ll be back again and again and each time will be magical!

@TokyoTwilighter : What is the biggest challenge regarding performing in Japan compared to the US?

@Raye6 : No challenge, I perform with nothing but passion anywhere I perform. You get what you put out!

@TokyoTwilighter : How was the reaction to your music in Japan?

@Raye6 : People were excited and in aww. I’m a bit of a shocker on and off stage and they love it!

@TokyoTwilighter :  Are you planning another trip back to Japan?

@Raye6 : The next trip will be sometime in June so I can cover more ground. Between GOD, my relationships in Japan and my work ethic, I will be on the Official “Welcome To Universe 6 Tour”

@TokyoTwilighter : What do you definitely want to do next time that you didn’t get to do this time?

@Raye6 : Shop for me! I need a $2000.00 USD budget to rip a mini hole in 109!

@TokyoTwilighter :  Any words for your fans in Tokyo?

@Raye6 :

Passion is Universal
It has no skin color, no religion, nor does it have bias

I’ve witnessed in my many years on this planet

people’s passion for food, love, music, war, work and more

A passion to live is a common goal we possess as humans
My trip to Japan showed me once again my passion for living

To live
To breathe
To see
To take it all in
I have a Passion for life

To that I say KamPai! Cheers to you all! I will always have a PASSION for Japan

DJ Mitsu the Beats-My Simple ft. Aruma & 孤独少年 ft. S.L.A.C.K.

ART EXHIBIT : Must at M Space in Ebisu

 

“Voices of Ones with No Name”

Absolutely stunning stencil art work.

Amazing title that invokes a different reaction in each person that reads it.

Shouts-out to M Space in Ebisu for inviting such an amazing artist to be displayed in their event space.

Enjoy the rest of the work on flickr here

 


 

‘The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom’ nominated for an Academy Award

 

http://www.thetsunamiandthecherryblossom.com/

 

The most beautiful thing to watch can also be the most painful thing to experience.

Nearly one-year later after 3.11

 

In the weeks that come, the tv, the web, the conversations, the memories will be flooded with 3.11 stories and experiences as the one-year memorial quickly approaches.

 

And while for some it will just be a yearly newsflash and for others the most significant event of their lives, for everyone that’s seen the footage it is clear that the worst things can happen to the best people, the best things can rise from the worst situations and no matter how terrible the circumstances, there is always a reminder of hope in the smallest of flowers blossoming every spring.

Whitney Houston live in Japan

Whitney performing in Osaka, Japan circa 1991

Then in 2010 Japan got a special treat when Ms. Houston sold out the Saitama Super Arena 3 DAYS IN A ROW.

And she nailed those last 3 notes of ‘I Will Always Love You’

She wasn’t washed up, she was reborn every time she walked onto that stage, blessed be that phoenix who rose from her own ashes.

Japan will miss you.

 

 

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Members

Whitney Houston (Vocal)
Michael Baker (Drums, Musical Director)
Sherrod Barnes (Guitars)
Matthew Garrison (Bass)
Jetro Da Silva (Keyboards)
Shedrick Mitchell (Keyboards)
Adi Yashaya (Keyboards)
Bashiri Johnson (Percussion)
Cindy Mizelle (Background Vocals)
Valerie Pinkston (Background Vocals)
Sharlotte Gibson (Backgournd Vocals)
Gary Houston (Background Vocals)
Dres Reid (Dancer)
Shannon Holtzappfel (Dancer)
Ryan Chandler (Dancer)
Tre Holloway (Dancer)

■ セットリスト:ホイットニー・ヒューストン@さいたまスーパーアリーナ
Setlist : Whitney Houston @ Saitama Super Arena, February 14, 2010

show started 16:15
00. Intro
01. For The Lovers [From CD "I Look To You"2009]
02. Nothin’ But Love [From CD "I Look To You"2009]
03. I Look To You[From CD "I Look To You"2009]
04. My Love Is Your Love [From CD "My Love Is Your Love"1998]
05. If I Told You That [From CD "My Love Is Your Love"1998]
06. It’s Not Right But It’s OK [From CD "My Love Is Your Love"1998] (Whitney out of stage)
07. For The Love Of You (Sung by Gary Houston) [Isley Brothers, Whitney]
08. Queen Of The Night [From CD "Bodyguard"1992]
–. Video Montage (One Moment In Time) [Recorded Song]
(Whitney came back on stage)
09. (Unplugged Medley #09-12) Saving All My Love For You [From CD "Whitney Houston"1985]
10. The Greatest Love Of All [From CD "Whitney Houston"1985]
11. All At Once [From CD "Whitney Houston"1985]
12. I Learned From The Best [From CD "My Love Is Your Love"1998]
13. Amazing Grace [Traditional]
14. I Love The Lord [From CD "Preacher's Wife"1996]
—-. A riff of “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Never Can Say Goodbye”, “Missing You”, “You’re The Man In My Life”(Lady In My Life).
15. I Wanna Dance With Somebody [From CD "Whitney"1987]
16. How Will I Know [From CD "Whitney Houston"1985]
17. I Will Always Love You [From CD "Bodyguard"1992]

Enc. Million Dollar Bill [From CD "I Look To You"2009]

show ended 18:01

[ Saitama Super Arena show info via here]

See more photos from the 2010 Japan tour here

Billboard Live Music Event : @JoseJamesMusic [Brought to you by Jazzy Sport]

Jose James performs at Billboard Live Tokyo & Osaka

 

Sexy man, sexy voice… what else could a girl want in the post-Valentine’s day blues.

 

I mention again and again my admiration for Japanese music selectors for their ability to find high-quality music worldwide and import it into Japan, successfully bridging the gap between language, music and culture… intersecting somewhere near audio-sensory perfection.

For myself I was first introduced to Jose James via  Japanese label Jazzy Sport’s DJ and producer Mitsu the Beats who created such a delectable collaboration with the NYC artist that I could hear, taste and smell New York almost as vividly as I could feel and see Mitsu’s record needle and music notes weave a dream within a dream of vinyls, NYC sidewalks and couples with hands clasped on an autumn day through Yoyogi park.

 

 

Is it possible to want to fall in love and have it broken just to be able to fall in love again all at the same time?

 

That’s how this music makes me feel, that’s how Jose James makes me yearn.

 

 

Jose James will  performing live in Tokyo, Japan February 18th & 19th as well as Osaka on February 20th

You can follow him on twitter @JoseJamesmusic … but it looks like the only person he follows back is @DalaiLama ;)

Learn more about him in the video below.

 

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