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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.

Otaquest Live J-Pop Concert Announces VIP Tickets and Other Packages

Otaquest Live, a unique, live summer concert presenting a dynamic slate of J-Pop, dance and hip hop superstars who define the vibrant sound, styles, moves and images that drive Japanese pop culture, has unveiled a variety of ticket packages, including VIP passes, for the event headlining The Novo in L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, July 3rd.

Produced by Otaquest and LDH USAOtaquest Live 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.

A variety of affordable ticket options and V.I.P packages will give attendees the maximum amount of flexibility to customize a memorable Otaquest Live experience.

OTAQUEST LIVE 2019 CONCERT TICKETS:

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, JULY 3; 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

All ticket packages on sale now:

(**All packages include AXS.com ticket fees)

OTAQUEST LIVE Ticket Packages:

Premium VIP Package: $250 – Only 200 tickets available

  • One (1) Orchestra Pit Ticket with Exclusive VIP Badge
  • All Star Meet-and-Greet with OTAQUEST LIVE Artists
  • Early 5:00pm Pre-Show Entry
  • OTAQUEST Exclusive Gift Premium

Standard VIP Package: $150

  • One (1) Floor Level Ticket with Exclusive VIP Badge
  • Early 5:00pm Pre-Show Entry
  • OTAQUEST Exclusive Gift Premium

VIP Balcony Package: $200

  • One (1) Premium Balcony Ticket with Exclusive VIP Badge
  • Early 5:00pm Pre-Show Entry
  • OTAQUEST Exclusive Gift Premium

Special Balcony Package: $75

  • One (1) Premium Balcony Ticket with Exclusive VIP Badge
  • Early 5:00pm Pre-Show Entry
  • OTAQUEST Exclusive Gift Premium

Standard Balcony Tickets:  Standard Lower Balcony Ticket: $50                    

Standard Upper Balcony Ticket: $40

Standard General Admission Floor Ticket: $60

Galaxy Quest in Concert to Premiere During San Diego Comic-Con 2019

The cult classic-sci-fi spoof Galaxy Quest in Concert arrives at Jacobs Music Center – Copley Symphony Hall on July 19, just in time for San Diego Comic-Con! Academy Award nominated composer David Newman conducts the San Diego Symphony performing his hilarious, fun-loving and, ultimately heroic score. This concert is part of the popular “Bayside Summer Nights” Season.

For those who don’t know of the film, the stars of a 1970s sci-fi show – now scraping a living through re-runs and sci-fi conventions – are beamed aboard an alien spacecraft. Believing the cast’s heroic on-screen dramas are historical documents of real-life adventures, the band of aliens turn to the ailing celebrities for help in their quest to overcome the oppressive regime in their solar system. Galaxy Quest was directed by Dean Parisot and stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Daryl Mitchell, and Sam Rockwell.

WHAT: World Premiere of Galaxy Quest in Concert with the San Diego Symphony
WHEN: July 19 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Jacobs Music Center – Copley Symphony Hall
750 B St, San Diego, CA 92101
WITH: David Newman, the San Diego Symphony, the Women of the San Diego Master Chorale & Special Guests

Marvel Unveils the Official Theme Soundtrack for War of Realms!

This April, all ten realms are at war…and it’s a battle that will change the Marvel Universe and the lives of every hero! To celebrate this epic event, Marvel has unveiled the official theme soundtrack for War of the Realms!

Recorded live at the gateway of the Black Bifrost, it’s a song so epic, even Surtur sheds a tear when he hears it! Composed and recorded by Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence and produced by Marvel Entertainment with creative input from War of the Realms writer Jason Aaron. 

Next week, all Hel will break loose as Marvel’s epic event from the award-winning creative team of Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson finally hits comic shops! Plus, don’t miss a special midnight release of War of the Realms #1 for retailers – be sure to check Marvel mailers for details!

Captain Marvel Has the Bangin’ 90’s Soundtrack We All Deserve

Captain Marvel Carol Danvers old costume Ms. Marvel

No matter how you feel about Captain Marvel, (I personally liked it very much, thank you!) you have to respect its soundtrack. As a child of the 80’s and an adolescent of the 90’s, this took some of the best of my high school years and put it up on screen beside a character from some of my favorite comics of the same time. Of course, she had a slightly different costume then. . .

But it was the 90’s! Everything was a little weird. Back then everyone wanted Jennifer Aniston’s haircut from Friends for some reason, acceptable fashion included overalls or flannel, we played with pogs, Pokemon, connecting to the internet made a weird noise, and we impeached presidents for basically nothing!

Times have changed, but that soundtrack from Captain Marvel lives on. This is a mixtape Meredith Quill would be proud of. It’s a mixtape I would’ve listened to. And hearing from some of our other Graphic Policy writers, people are really into it. For instance:

Can I just say how glad I am that there’s a movie that acknowledges that women love rock music? It seems like the discourse has floated so far to the “all those years I was just pretending to like rock to keep my boyfriend from complaining but now I’m free and just want to listen to Taylor Swift” type narrative. I’m sure that’s true for a lot of women and I’m happy they can feel free to embrace their love of dreck now. But a lot of us just genuinely love rock music. I liked seeing that on screen.

elana brooklyn

AGREED. 100%. This soundtrack is grounded in great 90’s rock and alternative, but it’s also got this great energy that comes into it from the inclusion of some soulful r&b. But Carol Danvers is a rocker. And despite maybe a few of the songs being a bit on the nose, it’s overall incredibly enjoyable.

But, because we just can’t get enough here, scroll to the bottom to find a Spotify playlist where I’m also adding my own list of 90’s songs “fit” with Captain Marvel (sort of, at least in my logic) as well as a special list of songs from other 90’s soundtracks that belong on this soundtrack because omg it’s meta-inception.

But beware, dear reader, I warn you that reading this article may spoil some of the best surprises of the film. It’s not that the songs themselves are spoilers in any way, but that how they get used and their reveal in the film is so beautiful, you may want to go into your first viewing not knowing. In searching for songs they may have used in the soundtrack, there was only one that I found confirmed on a website, but I almost wish I hadn’t known because the reveal was so good. But, if you want to read further, here’s your giant [SPOILER ALERT!!!]

I’ll do these in the order they appear in the film:

Heart – Crazy On You

Technically not a 90’s song, but when they flash back to Carol Danvers’ past, there is literally no better song than an anthem like this from the First Ladies of Rock, Ann and Nancy Wilson.

Lita Ford – Kiss Me Deadly

Here’s another unconventional choice (and another holdover from 80’s hair metal), but given the context (a brief flash of karaoke) this totally makes sense. Uh huh, it ain’t no big thing. But I know what I like. . .

Salt N Pepa ft. En Vogue – Whatta Man

While Deadpool got to “Shoop” first, this is the real deal. I wasn’t even really into rap or r&b in the early 90’s, but I still loved this song. Still do. Whatta song. Whatta video. Whatta collaboration.

Elastica – Connection

Confession time: from the moment this song ended up in a trailer, I was 99% sold on Captain Marvel as a 90’s period piece, even moreso than the Blockbuster Video or other easter eggs. This song was everything that a slightly depressed teenage me wanted circa 1995.

Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains

Did I mentioned what slightly depressed me in 1995 loved to listen to? This album didn’t leave my 5-disc cd changer for a year. (See kids, back in the day, music came on compact discs. . .) Literally any track from the first two Garbage albums would’ve been perfect in this movie. Seriously. Any of them. My pick would’ve been “Vow,” but going with the iconic, radio-friendly song isn’t so bad. Also, I may have had a crush on comic book Carol Danvers in the mid-90’s, but I was madly in love with Shirley Manson. Plus Butch Vig, the keystone of 90’s grunge. I’m riding high on a deep depression. Pour some misery down on me.

TLC – Waterfalls

And then sometimes you just had to chill out. This song has hooks for days, and the rap breakdown by Left Eye remains amazing. Again, even as someone who wasn’t that much into r&b/rap, this song was ubiquitous. And that wasn’t a bad thing.

Des’ree – You Gotta Be

This is not a song in a million years I would’ve thought to put in this movie. And so it’s a good thing I wasn’t in charge of the soundtrack, because the lyrics to this pretty much tell the lesson of the second half of this movie. This is now my favorite.

Nirvana – Come As You Are

Again, not the Nirvana song I would’ve picked for this soundtrack (“Been a Son” seems actually more apt, especially to address the throngs of fragile manbabies triggered by the idea of a female superhero– she should’ve been a son. Get it?) but but but this song more than any other is used so effectively to set a very specific mood that it is a gamechanger. Literally, after this song played, I didn’t have any more gripes about the movie after that. It took it to a next level. Which leads me to. . .

No Doubt – Just a Girl

I’d complain this song is a little too on the nose, especially for the scene it’s used in, but it’s just so infectious and perfect. It’s a move I would’ve made if I was making the movie. I was tickled. True story: I saw No Doubt play in a converted airplane hangar in Orem, Utah in 1994 when they were just part of the local/regional ska scene. I was jarred, but not surprised, when they broke through with this poppy crossover. And here I sit snuggling my Dance Hall Crashers cds wondering why they didn’t break out (there’s some of them on the Spotify playlist below),

R.E.M. – Man on the Moon

Now Andy did you hear about this one? Yeah yeah yeah yeah. While REM was certainly everywhere at this point in the 90’s, this one may have been a little on the nose. And there’s so many others to pull from this album or Monster or (bold choice) New Adventures in Hi-Fi. Again, the soundtrack makes the safer choice of the more mainstream and ubiquitous song, and that’s fine. At least it wasn’t Shiny Happy People?

The Marvelettes – Please Mr. Postman

Do you count this as being in the soundtrack if we just got Sam Jackson singing a few bars of it? I do. I most certainly do. Also, this has nothing to do with the 90’s or the rest of the movie. I love how left-field it is. And is that how she gets her name? Ironically, if Carol Danvers tries to explain it to everyone, old man Steve Rogers still won’t get it. . . unless he ever got past that “Troubleman” album. Or if he was on Vine, which was how my kids knew it:

Hole – Celebrity Skin

Ok, confession time. I don’t like Courtney Love. I probably never will. But if you’re going to choose a Hole song, get Malibu or Bruise Violet. Ok, fine, fine, I concede that Celebrity Skin is actually pretty good and a fair choice to play over the closing credits. It’s fine, it’s great actually, I just have to get rid of my distaste for Hole.

And so that’s it! If you want more, I’ve made a Spotify playlist with these dozen songs as well as a bunch more. I will take the blame for anything you hate, but whatever you love on the playlist know that it was carefully curated from among a bunch of our Graphic Policy writers.

What’s in it? A lot more rock/alternative, especially skewing towards female artists (Liz Phair, The Breeders, Veruca Salt), a bunch of Riot Grrl stuff, a little more hip hop, and because it’s a tragedy she wears a Nine Inch Nails shirt the whole time and never listens to NIN, we have some of that. And starting with track 50, the last songs are very special songs from other soundtracks because the 90’s was full of great movie soundtracks. So, so meta.

What did we miss? Hop in the comments and tell us. Maybe we’ll even add it to the playlist!

Note: No songs from any of the Batman soundtracks because I’m not mixing Marvel and DC. Nope. (Even though “Trust” by Prince is amazing. So is “Partyman.” But still nope.) And also no Space Jame because ewwwww even small proximity to R. Kelly. . . NOPE.

Foo Fighters – Breakout – Me, Myself and Irene
Sneaker Pimps – Six Underground – The Saint
Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise – Dangerous Minds
Green Day – J.A.R. – Angus
The Crystal Method – The Name of the Game (ok, bending the rules here as this was from 2001, but it still sounds super 90’s and was in another Marvel movie and I can’t resist) – Blade II
Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You – Empire Records
Daft Punk – Da Funk – The Saint
Dr. Dre – Keep Their Heads Ringin’ – Friday
Nine Inch Nails – Dead Souls – The Crow
Dance Hall Crashers – Enough – Angus (what is this Angus movie and how did it have such a great soundtrack?!?)
Metric – Black Sheep (Ok, REALLY breaking the rules here, but if you don’t get the joke, I’m not going to explain it)
Guns n Roses – You Could Be Mine – Terminator 2
Nine Inch Nails – The Perfect Drug – Lost Highway
Filter – Hey Man, Nice Shot – The Cable Guy
The Cardigans – Lovefool – Romeo+Juliet
Chris Cornell – Seasons – Singles

Panels To Chords Ninety – Nine Righteous Men

Ben and Madi are back for a all-new episode of Panels To Chords! This time, they’re talking about K.M. Claude’s Ninety-Nine Righteous Men, the cult hit webcomic about two priests with a shameful history between them that must join forces to vanquish a demonic being of lust possessing a helpless choir boy. It’s sexy, blasphemous and darker than your morning coffee. Just what the doctor ordered!

The Punk Mambo #1-5 Pre-Order Bundle Features a Free Download of A Sound of Thunder’s Punk Mambo Song!

Valiant has announced that Punk Mambo – the upcoming limited series by Cullen Bunn and Adam Gorham featuring the eponymous, hard-living voodoo priestess – is available to pre-order now at comic book stores everywhere in advance of its April 24, 2019 premiere date!

Available only as a pre-order set,the Punk Mambo #1-5 Pre-Order Edition Bundle – five massively expanded editions following the supernatural adventures of the mystical mercenary for hire – can only be ordered together and must be reserved with your local comic shop by the final order cut-off date of April 1st, 2019!

In her first-ever solo series, Punk Mambo investigates a series of abductions in the New Orleans Gutter Punk scene and stumbles upon a deadlier mystery that takes her – and her otherworldly loa companion – to the haunted shores of Haiti. 

Released monthly from April 2019 through August 2019, each 40-page Pre-Order Edition issue comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content – including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs, and exclusive covers by interior artist Adam Gorham that can’t be found anywhere else – and at for no additional cost!

As a bonus, the first Pre-Order Edition issue will offer a free download of A Sound of Thunder’s “Punk Mambo” song!

Celebrate Your Holidays with A Very Spidey Christmas

A Very Spidey Christmas

Just in time for the holiday season, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – A Very Spidey Christmas EP is available from Sony Music Masterworks. Voiced by cast members of the Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation critically-acclaimed hit feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the five-track EP reimagines classic holiday favorites with Spider-Man inspired lyrics.  

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, the screenplay is by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman from a story by Phil Lord based on the Marvel Comics. The film is produced by Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Christina Steinberg. Stan Lee, Brian Michael Bendis and Will Allegra serve as executive producers. The film features the voices of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn with Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn and Liev Schreiber. 

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE – A VERY SPIDEY CHRISTMAS EPTRACKLIST:

  1. Joy to the World – Shameik Moore
  2. Spidey-Bells (A Hero’s Lament) – Chris Pine
  3. Deck the Halls – Jake Johnson
  4. Up on the House Top – Chris Pine
  5. The Night Before Christmas 1967 (Spoken Word) – Jorma Taccone
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