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Steven Universe The Movie: With Musical Theater Geeks

Steven Universe the Movie is Steven Universe The Musical so one of my guests writes musicals: AriDy Nox is a black femme storyteller and social activist with a variety of forward-thinking creative works under her/their belt including the documentary Flawless Feminism, the sci-fi operetta Project Tiresias, and the dark comedy Joy is Dead, as well as others. AriDy creates out of the vehement belief that creating a future in which marginalized peoples are free requires a radical imagination. Ari is a graduate of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Performing Arts at NYU and a beneficiary of the Musical Theater Factory fellowship afrofuturist musical named Metropolis.

Klaudia Amenabar is a social media producer, pop culture critic, and occasional audio fiction voice actor. You may know her from her embarrassing Tumblr URL from high school Elphibia for President of Galifery or because she tweets too much about either Star Wars or Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure As https://twitter.com/kaludiasays

This is also the episode where https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn compares Steven Universe’s predicament here to Obama ending Organize for America…

  • “You cant fix all your problems with a song!”
  • What happens when you actually decolonize?
  • Antiracism is something you have to do for the rest of your life

Classic MST3K Songs Return on the PREVIEWS Exclusive Moon Printed Vinyl

Any MST3K fan will recognize music as a core component of the cult classic series. The show’s timeless theme song and musical interludes are as iconic as the show’s robots and bad movies. Now fans can own the music of MST3K on one beautifully rendered PREVIEWS Exclusive Moon printed vinyl from Shout Factory and Diamond Comic Distributors.

Long out-of-print, the classic MST3K soundtrack returns! This limited edition, double disc release includes all-time classics like (Let’s Have) A Patrick Swayze Christmas and Where, Oh Werewolf and a collection of theme songs from throughout the show’s original run, packaged in a brand-new cover illustration by Steve Vance.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive MST3K Clowns in the Sky Soundtrack (SEP198031, SRP: $40.00) is now available for pre-order at comic shops, with an expected release date of December 18, 2019.

PREVIEWS Exclusive MST3K Clowns in the Sky Soundtrack

Ezra Claytan Daniels’ Upgrade Soul Gets an Updated App and Original Vinyl Soundtrack

Upgrade Soul

Ezra Claytan Daniels‘ graphic novel debut Upgrade Soul has been a hit earning praise and accolades since release. It has won widespread praise and award nominations for the comic book industry’s top honors, including The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics and the Eisner, Ignatz, Harvey, and ‘Ringo Awards.

Timed for Halloween, Upgrade Soul gets an innovative, and updated, app as well as the release of an original vinyl soundtrack. Both the app and the soundtrack will be available for purchase October 25th, 2019.

Daniels spent a decade writing and drawing the graphic novel before it was published last year by Lion Forge. It was originally conceived as a digital graphic novel and published as an interactive iOS comic app, launching in 2012, complete with 3D picture-box effects, extra features, and unlockable content. The app was designed by Erik Loyer, a media artist and two-time Webby Awards Official Honoree, whose work has been commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Technology has changed in the years since the original app’s launch. That has enabled the team to finish the project as originally intended, with a rich interactive score, 3D picture-box effects, and seamless navigation. It’s not an enhanced version of the printed graphic novel, it’s its own thing.

The app featured an incredible original score by composer/hip hop producer Alexis Gideon, who is known for his work with the band Princess and his solo Video Musics series of animated operas. Gideon created the music for the Upgrade Soul app to seamlessly flow with and complement the interactive app, creating a wholly unique experience that’s a high water mark for digital comics and a standard-setter for the future of the medium.

And in October, for the first time, the trippy and ethereal soundtrack that accompanied the app’s initial launch will be available to the public outside the app. Chicago’s FPE Records will release the soundtrack in two formats: a regular black vinyl edition and a limited deluxe edition featuring translucent orange vinyl, red markings, and a signed print by Daniels. Of the latter, only 100 copies will be released worldwide. 

Upgrade Soul is the dark and surreal story of an elderly couple who volunteer themselves for an experimental scientific procedure intended to rejuvenate their aging bodies. When the procedure goes horribly wrong, creating physically disfigured but intellectually superior clones of the couple, the scientists, the couple, and their clones must grapple with existential questions of morality—with very real consequences. The book is a profound meditation on identity, and the ways society imposes restrictions based on our age, gender, race and perceived disabilities.

The Upgrade Soul app, which includes the first story’s chapter, is available as a free download. Throughout the month of October, the entire story can be unlocked for $6.99. Beginning November 1, the entire book can be unlocked for $7.99.

The Upgrade Soul Original Soundtrack Standard Edition, with black vinyl, retails for $18.00. The Upgrade Soul Original Soundtrack Limited Edition, featuring color vinyl, is exclusively available through FPE Records’ website, via Bandcamp or directly from Ezra Claytan Daniels at appearances. The Upgrade Soul Original Soundtrack Limited Edition retails for $45.00.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 3XLP from Mondo Music

Mondo Music and Hollywood Records present the Academy Award Winning complete score to Marvel Studios’ 2018 film Black Panther.

Composed by Ludwig Göransson, the score to Black Panther is unlike any other piece of music composed for a superhero film. Göransson’s commitment to authenticity stands out in every note, combining traditional African instruments and vocal performances from legendary performers such as a Baaba Maal, with a Hollywood symphony, for a one-of-a-kind sonic experience.

The complete album, available for the first time on vinyl, on a limited 3XLP pressing featuring stunning illustrated artwork by Martin Ansin.

New releases go on sale at noon (CT) on Wednesday.

Black Panther Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 3XLP
Black Panther Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 3XLP

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 3XLP. Music by Ludwig Göransson. The complete score for the first time on vinyl. Artwork by Martin Ansin. Housed in a tri-fold Silver Foil jacket. Liner notes by Ludwig Göransson. Pressed on 3X 180 Gram Silver and Black colored vinyl. Also available on 3X 180 Gram Black vinyl. $45

Marvel, Pandora, and SiriusXM Celebrate Marvel’s Birthday with Marvel’s 80th: The Road to Marvel Comics #1000

During Marvel’s 80th anniversary panel at D23 Expo 2019, Marvel, SiriusXM, and Pandora announced plans to launch an all-new exclusive music station and limited-time channel: Marvel’s 80th: The Road to Marvel Comics #1000 to celebrate 80 years of Marvel. The Pandora station and limited-time SiriusXM channel 4, and SiriusXM On Demand, starting Thursday, August 29.

Released just two days before Marvel’s birthday, Marvel’s 80th: The Road to Marvel Comics #1000 will take listeners on a journey through eight decades of music, pop culture, and the Marvel Universe, starting in 1939, the historic year that featured the debut of the Human Torch and marked the birth of the sprawling Marvel Universe that fans know today.

Host Mike Rubens, known for his comedic work with Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, will guide listeners year to year with lively commentary tying each song to some of the most defining events in the Marvel Universe – along with the real-life history that happened right outside our windows.

The celebratory music programming, specially curated by Marvel with Pandora, and SiriusXM, features some of the most iconic songs through the ages, including classics from Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley; era-defining songs from The Rolling Stones, Duran Duran, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, and Prince; and explosive chart-topping hits from Eminem, Kanye West, The Weeknd, and more from the most popular music artists across generations.

Marvel Comics #1000 goes on sale August 28 at comic shops everywhere.

SDCC 2019: Exodus Performs at the House of Blues

Metal and comics will once again come together as one at the 50th anniversary of San Diego Comic-Con International (SDCC) with a special live performance from Bay Area thrash metal legends,Exodus! The intimate event, coined Bonded By Con, will commence on Thursday, July 18 at the House of Blues. Tickets are on sale now.

Vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza commented in the announcement:

It’s our honor to destroy the House of Blues San Diego for Comic-Con. We’re looking forward to seeing all of the fans of horror, sci-fi and pop culture, as well as the Exodus fans who always come out to get in the pit and do the Toxic Waltz!! Comic-Con will never be the same!!

This evening with Exodus is the official Nuclear Blast Comic-Con Kick-Off Party sponsored by Court Of The DeadStern Pinball, and Rebellion Republic. Stay tuned for more announcements from Nuclear Blast / Stern Pinball / Rebellion Republic Comic-Con Booth #501 coming soon

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Bay Area thrash metal legends Exodus recently unleashed a new single entitled ‘No Love (Live At Day In The Dirt 1984)’. The band announced the aforementioned single – featuring a rare demo version of “Death Row” on the B-side, which is only available on this release – can now also be purchased on limited 7″ vinyl. 

Take a trip back to that incredible time in thrash metal history with the recently unearthed live recording of “No Love (Live At Day In The Dirt 1984)”, and listen to the raw power of the original Bonded By Blood line-up of the band that started it all… Exodus!

Exodus

SDCC 2019: Poppy to Perform a Free Concert

As pop culture’s finest creators descend upon San Diego for San Diego Comic Con, Z2 Comics has announced a free concert by the musical enigma Poppy. Poppy will be performing to celebrate the release of her first-ever graphic novel Genesis 1The concert is scheduled for Thursday, July 18that 7:00PM at The Quartyard (1301 Market Street). Fans interested in attending can sign up for free tickets. There is also a bundle that includes a ticket as well as a special pin created specifically for the event available for a small donation

Genesis 1 is written by Poppy, Titanic Sinclair and Ryan Cady and drawn by Masa Minoura and Ian McGinty and tells the elusive origin story of Poppy. The story of the graphic novel is as much of a mystery as the icon Poppy herself is. Is she a girl? Is she a machine? Is she humanity’s redemption, or its damnation? Don’t be scared — either way, she is Poppy… and you love Poppy. The original graphic novel is bundled with an exclusive brand-new album and can be purchased via Amazon.

Genesis 1

Japanese Pop Culture Concert – Otaquest Live – Hits L.A. On July 3rd

Otaquest Live,a unique live summer concert event featuring a dynamic slate of J-Pop, dance and hip hop superstars who have helped to define the vibrant sound, styles, moves and images that drive Japanese pop culture, will headline The Novo in L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, July 3rd.

Produced by Otaquest and LDH USA, this one-night-only live concert will feature live concert performances by J-Pop superstars Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and m-flo, as well as the first North American live performances from CAPSULE, CrazyBoy, and Hiroomi Tosaka.

Later in the evening, Otaquest Kick Off takes over and will showcase performances by some the hottest DJs from the bustling Tokyo EDM scene. Catch groove inducing sets by Taku Takahashi, TeddyLoid and Yasutaka Nakata (CAPSULE) and experience the captivating cultureof thereal Japanese club scenein Los Angeles for one night at this special live dance and DJ event.

Tickets for OTAQUEST LIVE and OTAQUEST KICKOFF are available now:

OTAQUEST LIVE

OTAQUEST KICK OFF


OTAQUEST LIVE 2019:

WHEN        WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 5:00 pm (doors), 6:30 pm (show starts)
WHERE:         The Novo by Microsoft
 L.A. Live — 800 W. Olympic Blvd
ARTISTS
    CAPSULE, CrazyBoy, Hiroomi Tosaka, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, m-flo


OTAQUEST Kickoff Club Event

WHEN:            WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 10:30 pm 
WHERE:         The Novo by Microsoft
 L.A. Live – 800 W. Olympic Blvd
ARTISTS:
      Taku Takahashi, TeddyLoid, Yasutaka Nakata (CAPSULE)

OTAQUEST events showcase what is “of-the-moment” in Japanese culture and celebrates the best in Japanese pop music and dance with some of today’s hottest artists. For additional information, visit: https://live.otaquest.com.


OTAQUEST LIVE ARTISTS:

m-flo

m-flo is a hip hop and dance group that has taken the Japanese music scene by storm and is captivating a widening international fanbase. Beginning with their 1988 breakout debut, the maxi-single titled, the tripod EP, which earned them an instant spot in the Top 10 of the Japanese Oricon charts, m-flo has gone on to chart 12 singles and 2 hit full-length albums, including Expo Expo, which sold over 800,000 copies in Japan. In 2017, m-flo celebrated its 20th anniversary and continues to inject vibrant sounds and moves into hip hop and pop music.

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/astromantic,

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mflo_official,

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mflo_official/

Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mflo10yrs.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is themost followed Japanese artist on Twitter and one of Japan’s most influential pop icons. She made her major J-Pop music debut with the Moshi Moshi Harajuku EP, which was notably produced by Yasutaka Nakata (CAPSULE). Kyary released her full-length solo debut Pamyu Pamyu Revolution in 2015 and it scored her first #1 spot on the Oricon charts, iTunes Japan charts and Worldwide Electro charts.  Kyary has garnered accolades from Western artists such as Katy Perry, Ariana Grande and Charli XCX. Kyary also curated an exhibition, The World Goes Pop, for London’s Tate Modern Art Museum. Kyary’s style and originality as a Harajuku icon and her music and artistic activities continue to attract and inspire an international fanbase.

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KPP.FC/

Official English Artist Page: http://kyary.asobisystem.com/english/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pamyurin

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kyarypappa/.

CAPSULE

CAPSULE is the live production unit of Yasutaka Nakata. Formed with Toshiko Koshijima in 1997, they debuted in 2001 as a dynamic all-in-one music group combining shared passions for music, fashion, and video media. Yasutaka Nakatawrites, composes, and arranges all of CAPSULE’s music. CAPSULE has performed at many renowned international festivals and incorporates impressive audio/video stage elements to its live shows. CAPSULE also has produced music for Perfume, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and contributed to the Star Trek: Into DarknessLiar Game and Apple Seed Alpha movie soundtracks.

Official Website: http://capsule-official.com,

Official Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CAPSULE.OFFICIAL

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CAPSULEOFFICIAL

Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CAPSULEOFFICIAL

CrazyBoy

CrazyBoy is the hip-hop project of ELLY, who made his debut as part of the J Soul Brothers III.  His EPs NEOTOKYO and NEOTOKYO II have drawn wide international acclaim and debuted at #1 across multiple sales charts including on iTunes and mu-mo.CrazyBoy has collaborated with hip-hop legends Snoop Dogg and PKCZ® (VERBAL / DJ MAKIDAI / DJ DARUMA) on the track, “Bow Down ft. CrazyBoy from EXILE TRIBE.” The song was released by the Dutch dance music label, Spinnin’ Records/Trap City. CrazyBoy has also appeared on tracks by Shinichi Osawa, the hip-hop icon, ANARCHY, and the dance hall reggae masters, Mighty Crown.

Official Website: http://crazyboy.jp

Twitter: https://twitter.com/elly24soul

Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbEutdoNcdNFEVKKQzGS2Mw

Hiroomi Tosaka

Hiroomi Tosaka is an actor, solo artist, and vocalist and released his major label debut in the Japanese pop group J Soul Brothers III from EXILE TRIBE with their first single, “Best Friend’s Girl”. In 2017 he released his first solo single, WASTED LOVE and last year debuted his first full-length album, FULL MOON, which he supported with a 23-date international tour. His clothing brand, CLAIR DE LUNE, offers a distinct world view expressed through fashion and draws influences from a wide range of cultures. As an actor, Hiroomi Tosaka debuted in Hot Road (2014), directed by Miki Takahiro, and was bestowed the Newcomer Award in four Japanese film festival ceremonies including the Japan Academy Prize. He is also an accomplished photographer and has released a collection of photo essays, NOBODY KNOWS.

Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/hiroomi_3jsb

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/3jsb_hiroomi_tosaka

Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwjuPHBb3ZoncVeGoV1FSVg

About OTAQUEST:

OTAQUEST started as a web media platform delivering news on Japanese pop-culture including anime, music, video games, fashion and fan culture. Headquartered in Japan and staffed with a global network of contributors, OTAQUEST delivers timely content and daily updates including interviews with content notable creators, directors, and industry luminaries, as well as editorial and video content highlighting unique and focused topics for a growing English-speaking fanbase.

In 2018, OTAQUEST LIVE was established in both Japan and the United States with an emphasis on expanding the global audience for Japanese pop music and culture. Focusing on trending artists and the latest bands, DJs and live performers, OTAQUEST LIVE delivers the current sounds and styles of Japan with high energy and spectacular production quality. For additional information visit: https://www.otaquest.com

About LDH USA:

LDH USA Inc. was established to broaden, celebrate and raise awareness about Japanese culture internationally. The LDH roster of artists includes EXILE, J Soul Brothers III, GENERATIONS, and legendary Japanese hip hop and dance act, m-flo. A dynamic multi-faceted company, LDH Japanoperates 14 dance schools and artist development facilities known as EXPG designed to inspire youth and develop talent. EXPG NY was established in New York City in 2014 and serves as an artist development center focused on training young artists in dance, music and singing and acting. In January 2019, EXPG LA was established in Hollywood in partnership with mL studio (Movement Lifestyle) one of the top dance studios in LA.

LDH Japan also operates 12 restaurants and 9 fashion brands including the renowned jewelry and apparel brands, AMBUSH, and HUMAN MADE, which is a partnership between LDH, Pharrell Williams and NIGO®. LDH USA is a part of the LDH Global Initiative which strives to share the LDH philosophy of “LOVE DREAM HAPPINESS” with the world and replicate the enormously successful live shows that LDH produces in Japan that have drawn over 50,000+ attendees per show and over 1.5 million guests per tour. For additional information about LDH, please visit:

USA: https://www.ldh.co.jp/eng/usa/ Japan: https://www.ldh.co.jp/eng/

Diana Garnet to Be Guest at Otakon 2019

Diana Garnet

Diana Garnet, a rising star in the J-Pop and anime music scenes, has lent her dynamic, powerful vocals to many anime and game titles. The D.C. native Garnet has been added to the ranks of Otakon 2019 guests.

A highly accomplished vocalist, Garnet got her start winning “Best Foreign Singer of J-pop” in the televised singing contest “Nodojiman The World: Spring 2013.” She recently took home the title of Best Female Singer from another televised singing competition, “The Karaoke Battle.” Her striking tone, expansive range, and formidable arsenal of techniques along with her unique perspective as one of the few foreign entertainers in the industry, come together to create a force to be reckoned with in Japan’s music scene.

In addition to music, Garnet is also one of the few bilingual voice actors currently active in the industry, bringing life to many characters in both English and Japanese. She also hosts several educational radio programs and lends her voice to many characters in NHK’s institutional English educational radio show, “Kiso Eigo 1.”

In recent years, Garnet has made many appearances on TV, from educational programs and variety comedy to monomane (impressions) and showcases on subculture. In March 2017, Diana made news when she began hosting her first regular TV show, NHK’s educational program “Igo Focus,” a show about the 4,000-year-old game of Go. In Spring 2018, she appeared on-stage for the first time in “Sarachi 14,” a long-running skit-based production from Omori Company, calling upon her skills not only as an actress and singer, but also as a martial artist. Having caught the acting bug, she’s since begun pursuing more acting roles, appearing in various commercials and the TV drama “Shiba Kouen” with more to come soon! She’s also featured in a variety of shows highlighting sub-cultures in Japan; Formerly as host of “Otaqueeen” English and currently as a regular contributor and host of cosplay and otaku-culture show “PandrettaD.”

A frequent guest at anime conventions all over the USA, Garnet has also travelled to China, the Philippines, Myanmar, and England to spread her love of J-pop, anime, and music. Always excited to share her experiences with others and give back to the community that gave her so much growing up, Garnet takes any opportunity she can to engage with the audience: going above and beyond the call of duty, hosting Q&A sessions, panels, and helping other guests whenever needed.

Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

nano Added to Otakon 2019 Guest List

nano

Singer nano, popular both in Japan and internationally, has been officially added to the slate of Otakon 2019 guests.

A Japanese bilingual singer born in New York, nano began sharing English covers of Japanese songs in 2010 on sites such as YouTube and quickly received a positive response from viewers around the world.

In March, 2012, nano made a professional debut with the release of the first album “nanoir,” which ranked 10th in the Daily Oricon Charts on the first day of release.

In 2015, nano’s third studio album, “Rock On,” was released, which reached fourth on the Oricon Daily Charts, creating a big splash in the J-pop scene.

After debuting in 2013, nano held the first live concert, “Remember You Color,” at the Shinkiba Studio Coast, which sold out 2,500 tickets within the first day.

A Zepp Live Tour followed quickly after, and nano has been actively holding concerts both in Japan and internationally.

In 2015, nano’s first concert in Germany and Taiwan took place. In 2018, a sold-out concert of 2,800 people was held in San Jose, America, nano’s first concert back home.

nano continues to reach beyond borders, connecting people around the world through music.

Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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