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Superstate Gets a Soundtrack Tie-in from Graham Coxon

Superstate is a new graphic novel and accompanying original soundtrack, out 27th August 2021, in association with Z2 Comics. The high-concept world of Superstate encompasses the pairing of an original album soundtrack of 15 new songs from Graham Coxon, with a graphic novel of 15 stories featuring the work of 15 artists, and writers Alex Paknadel and Helen Mullane, with album and book cover artwork by Coxon himself.

Superstate sees Graham Coxon working with co-writers Alex Paknadel and Helen Mullane and 15 graphic artists including Christian Dibari, Marie Llovet, and Ryan Kelly as well as musicians Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne, Sharlene HectorValentina Pappalardo, and Vula to realize this reading and listening experience unlike any other. Coxon’s vision is brought to the page by an all-star co-operative of writers and artists who devised stories and visuals inspired by the original concept from Coxon. The creative process has been led by new music written and recorded by Coxon exclusively for Superstate. The result is a visual compendium that features 15 different graphic stories, each accompanied by its own individual soundtrack.

Superstate is about a dystopian world where angels and villains alike promise the people paradise, disenchanted children live feral in vast rubbish dumps and the masses are pacified by a drugged out, government-mandated digital dreamscapes and robot partners while they wait to perish on this dying planet. It seems all hope is gone but there might be one place in the universe where the most desperate can escape… heaven.

The tracklisting and artist credits for Superstate is, as follows:
 
1.         Yoga Town (Artist: Kendall Goode)
2.         Uncle Sam (Artist: Eryk Donovan)
3.         It’s All In Your Mind (Artist: Andrade Estevez)
4.         Only Takes A Stranger (Artist: Anna Readman)
5.         L.I.L.Y. (Artists: Luisa Russo)
6.         Bullets (Artist: Goran Gligovic)
7.         I Don’t Wanna Wait For You (Artist: Ryan Kelly)
8.         The Astral Light (Artist: Soo Lee)
9.         Heaven (Buy a Ticket) (Artist: Koren Shadmi)
10.       The Ball of Light (Artist: Vasilis Lolos)
11.       Tommy Gun (Artist: Minerva Fox)
12.       Goodbye Universe (Artist: Kim Canales)
13.       Butterfly (Artist: Dave Chisholm) 
14.       We Remain (Artist: Ivan Stojković)
15.       Listen (Artist: Taylan Kurtulus)
 
As well as a standalone digital release, the Superstate soundtrack will be available on vinyl bundled with the book.  A deluxe bundle that includes the soundtrack, a hardback copy of the book with an exclusive slipcase and 3 art prints, retails at £73.17 (US$99.99). A limited super deluxe bundle will also include a copy of the book signed by Graham, retailing at £146.34 (US$199.99). In addition, the Superstate book will be available to purchase separately in hardback £21.94 (US$29.99) and paperback £14.63 (US$19.99).

Superstate

Rise Against Goes from Music to Comics with Nowhere Generation

Rise Against follows up on their appearance on the comic book soundtrack to DC Comics’ Dark Nights: Death Metal with a graphic novel of their own: Nowhere Generation, to be released by Z2 Comics this October! The band teams with Shaun Simon and artists Sally CantirinoVal HalvorsonHuseyin OzkanSoo Lee, and more to be announced, inspired by the band’s brand new album of the same name.

The world is a powder keg – a system that favors power, wealth, and status – and we’re well past the tipping point. Nowhere Generation: Presented by Rise Against  is more than just a tale of rebellion fueled by the band’s passionate politics and artistic inspiration. This is a glimpse into the lives of the abandoned, a collection of down and out individuals coming together for a revolution; these are the stories of the ones who fight back.

Rise Against will bring the lyrical themes of their ninth studio album to comics this fall in Nowhere Generation: Presented by Rise Against, the official companion to their brand new album, available to preorder now in both a standard softcover and hardcover formats, as well as slipcase, deluxe and super deluxe editions featuring exclusive prints and and brand new vinyl colorway of the LP!

Mondo Launches a Black Widow Soundtrack and Enamel Pins

MARVEL STUDIOS’ BLACK WIDOW – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2XLP

Music by Lorne BalfePackage designed by Mo Shafeek
Featuring Liner Notes by Director Cate Shortland and composer Lorne Balfe
Pressed on 2x 180 Gram Colored Vinyl
Also available on 2x 180 Gram Black Vinyl
$35

Fans can also continue to build their collection of Marvel enamel pins with Mondo’s new Black Widow and Taskmaster enamel pins by artist Tom Whalen, and the Red Guardian enamel pin by artist Matt Taylor, all available on pre-order.

MARVEL STUDIOS’ BLACK WIDOW - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2XLP

Black Widow Enamel Pin

Artwork by Tom Whalen
1.43″ x 1.17″ soft enamel pin on shiny silver nickel, single post with butterfly clutch backing
Available as pre-order from July 9 until July 31
$10

Taskmaster Enamel Pin

Artwork by Tom Whalen
1.4″ x 1.2″ soft enamel pin on shiny silver nickel, single post with butterfly clutch backing
Available as pre-order from July 9 until July 31
$10

Red Guardian Enamel Pin

Artwork by Matt Taylor
1.18″ x 1.24″ soft enamel pin with an epoxy fill on antique gold metal, single post with red rubber clutch backing
Available as pre-order from July 9 until July 31
$10

Black Widow Enamel Pins

Otakon 2021 Sunday Concert to Feature “The Band Returns: J-MUSIC Ensemble LIVE!”

J-MUSIC Ensemble

Otakorp has announced the Otakon 2021 Sunday concert titled “The Band Returns: J-MUSIC Ensemble LIVE!“. The concert is presented by J-MUSIC Ensemble.

J-MUSIC Ensemble is an 8-piece, jazz-rooted band that is dedicated to bringing new perspectives to the world of Japanese music. Featuring blazing brass melodies and chilling saxophone solos, this band fuses its background in the jazz tradition with the catchy and brilliant nature of modern Japanese music to create powerful new versions of J-Pop/J-Rock songs, anime and video game music, and more. Since its inception, the J-MUSIC Ensemble has been building a sizeable following of dedicated fans around the world and has been notably featured with figures such as Donna Burke (“Metal Gear Solid” series, “Final Fantasy”, “Tokyo Ghoul”) and Adam Neely, with appearances on Nippon TV, KAI-YOU, and other Japanese media outlets. The idea was conceived by world-renowned and Grammy-nominated saxophonist, Patrick Bartley (sasakure.UK, Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste), who grew up hearing video game and anime soundtracks while simultaneously learning jazz and other American music styles and had a dream to someday bring those worlds together.

Otakon takes place August 6-8 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in our nation’s capital of Washington, DC.

J Balvin Teams Up with Transformers for First-Ever Music Collab Figure

Hasbro and NTWRK today announced the first Transformers Collaborative music-inspired item – the J Balvin Mash-Up, J Balvintron 3-Pack. Hasbro and NTWRK have partnered with J Balvin, one of the most influential and successful Latin artists, to bring this truly special blend of music-inspired toy and “More Than Meets the Eye” worlds together for fans.

Sound waves combine in this Transformers-J Balvin mash-up pack! “Reggaeton’s global ambassador” joins the Decepticons as the Transformers robot, J Balvintron. This Decepticon wields the power of rhythm to crush his enemies! The 7-inch tall Soundwave-inspired figure converts into cassette player mode in 6 steps and features deco and details inspired by J Balvin – including packaging inspired by J Balvin’s rainbow color scheme and his iconic smiley face icon with lightning bolt eyes. He comes with two mini cassette figures, with deco inspired by albums “Energia” and “Vibras”. The Energia Buzzsaw converts to condor mode in 4 steps, and Vibras Stripes converts to tiger mode in 3 steps. The figure also includes a blaster accessory and two rainbow blast effects.

Balvin, who is a diehard Transformers fan and watched the classic G1 animated series as a kid, had a huge part in making this unique collaboration happen. From his love for tigers, which inspired one of the mini-cassette figures with a strong big cat resemblance, to naming the figure J Balvintron.

The NTWRK platform that has brilliantly developed a new form of e-tail – selling products via bite-size video broadcasts and episodic content – will premiere an animated stop motion video highlighting J BALVINTRON converting and an interview with Transformers team designer to give fans a behind the scenes, detailed look at the figure, before debuting for sale.

Find full product information below:

Product Name: ​ Transformers Collaborative: J Balvin Mash-Up, J Balvintron 3-Pack

  • ​Shorthand Name: J BALVINTRON
  • Size: Stands 7 inches when in robot mode
  • Age: Made for ages 8+
  • Retail Price: $69.99
  • Promise Date: October 1, 2021

Transformers robots have always been…More Than Meets the Eye, but now through the Transformers Collaborative, fans can experience these larger than life characters as they team-up, mash-up, and meet up with other characters, teams, and people who share this same special quality. The J Balvin collaboration acts as the first music partnership for the brand since the Transformers Collaborative launched in 2019, in addition to marking the first-ever Latin music, Decepticon, and G1-inspired collaboration! NTWRK is the first platform where viewers can buy the collaborative figure. The figure will be available for pre-order beginning Tuesday, July 13th at 9 a.m. PST / 12 p.m. EST on the NTWRK platform during a live episode which will feature members of the Hasbro design team.

Beartooth and Z2 Take Readers on The Journey Below

Z2 Comics pairs with Ohio’s hardcore stalwarts Beartooth for the official prequel to their brand-new album, Below. Following up on last week’s release of their brand new album, amidst rave reviews, The Journey Below serves as a prequel to the pummeling sounds of Below; the world of Barry, its demon overlord.

The story behind the myths of Beartooth’s album Below is brought to life as Barry awakens corporate drone Lita’s memory of how alive the world once was before the cold forces of the corporate world outlawed rock, reminding her of who she truly was, and who she could be again. Told by #1 New York Times best-selling author Tony Lee with the members of Beartooth, The Journey Below is a powerful tale reminding us of the vital power contained within every chord and beat of a song. It features art by Szymon Kudranski.

Beartooth will bring their new antihero and mascot Barry to comics this fall in Beartooth: The Journey Below, the official companion to their brand new album, available to preorder now in both a standard softcover and hardcover formats, as well as slipcase, deluxe and super deluxe editions featuring exclusive prints and vinyl.

Mondo Releases a Wonder Woman 1984 Soundtrack and Posters

Mondo’s celebration of the heroes of the DC Universe continues this week with Wonder Woman 1984 soundtrack and poster releases featuring the thematically resonant artwork of La Boca, available at MondoShop.com on Wednesday, June 30.

WONDER WOMAN 1984 Soundtrack

Featuring incredible artwork by La Boca and housed in a tri-fold jacket with holo-foil elements, with liner notes by writer and director Patty Jenkins, the vinyl pressing is available on 3x 180 Gram Fireworks colored vinyl (limited to 1,000 copies) that is exclusive to Mondo’s webstore and 3x 180 Gram Black vinyl, as well as 3x Swirl colored vinyl through select independent retailers.

WONDER WOMAN 1984 Soundtrack

WONDER WOMAN 1984 Posters

WONDER WOMAN 1984 (Version 1)
Artwork by La Boca
Edition of 200
36″x24″ Screenprint
Printed by Lady Lazarus
$50

WONDER WOMAN 1984 (Version 1)

WONDER WOMAN 1984 (Version 2)
Artwork by La Boca
Edition of 200
36″x24″ Screenprint
Printed by Lady Lazarus
$50

WONDER WOMAN 1984 (Version 2)

Rock out to the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack

Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack

DC and Loma Vista Recordings have digitally released the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack, a companion piece to the best-selling DC comic series by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo that includes seven previously unreleased songs by contributing artists Soccer Mommy, Show Me The Body, IDLES, and more – now available at all DSPs HERE. Physical copies will be available on July 16th.

Executive produced by Tyler Bates (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Watchmen,” “John Wick”), the acclaimed composer here unites an array of artists across various genres, forming his own musical super crew to create a first-of-its kind companion piece of original music, which adds further dimension to the lauded DC “Dark Nights: Death Metal” series through a multimedia experience including custom limited edition comics, videos, and more. All artists involved took a hands-on approach with contributing songs—and in the case of a few, collaborating together for the first time—inspired by the text that depicts a hellish Earth twisted beyond recognition, wherein the Justice League is at the mercy of the Dark Multiverse and a diabolical Batman Who Laughs.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack Tracklist:

  1. Mastodon – “Forged by Neron”
  2. Chelsea Wolfe – “Diana”
  3. HEALTH, Tyler Bates – “ANTI-LIFE (feat. Chino Moreno)”
  4. Maria Brink, Tyler Bates – “Meet Me In The Fire (feat. Andy Biersack)”
  5. Grey Daze – “Anything, Anything”
  6. Rise Against – “Broken Dreams, Inc.”
  7. Manchester Orchestra – “Never Ending”
  8. Denzel Curry, PlayThatBoiZay – “Bad Luck”
  9. Carach Angren – “Skull With a Forked Tongue”
  10. Starcrawler – “Good Time Girl”
  11. GUNSHIP, Tyler Bates – “Berserker (feat. Dave Lombardo)”
  12. Greg Puciato, Tyler Bates, Gil Sharone – “Now You’ve Really Done It”
  13. Show Me The Body – “Stone Cold Earth”
  14. IDLES – “Sodium”
  15. Soccer Mommy – “Kissing in the Rain”

Otakon 2021 Friday Concert to Feature Video Game Music

Eric Roth

Openworld, the Friday concert at Otakon 2021, will feature exciting new arrangements of video game music for a chamber ensemble of world-class musicians. The concert will be conducted by internationally known composer/conductor, orchestrator/arranger, and concert producer Eric Roth. The concert is presented by AWR Music Productions.

Openworld features music from “Halo,” “Super Mario 64,” “Metal Gear Solid,” “DuckTales,” “The Legend of Zelda” series and many others. Selections range from ‘90s classics to recent releases.

The name of the production comes from a term to connote freedom of movement within a video game; OPENWORLD embraces that spirit of freedom, movement and adventure.

Roth is the music director and chief arranger for Openworld. He was previously the music director and producer of “Distant Worlds: Music from FINAL FANTASY” and “A New World: Intimate Music from FINAL FANTASY” by AWR Music Productions and Square Enix, the video game developer. His orchestrations and arrangements have been performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony and many other ensembles.

He was the conductor of the orchestra for ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s historic 2019 “Strings Attached” Tour, performing dozens of monumental multimedia shows throughout the United States and Canada. 2020 saw the incredible sold-out premiere performances of “Undertale LIVE,”for which Roth was the music director and primary arranger/orchestrator, as well as the groundbreaking recording he produced. 

During 2020, Eric’s arrangements for viola soloist Clara Takarabe were essential to her work on Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Neurology Telemusic Program in Chicago.  Also in 2020, guitar virtuoso Sam Griffin and ER collaborated on the colossal solo guitar audio release “The RPG National Anthem”Variations, a theme and variations based on the Main Theme of the original FINAL FANTASY game by Nobuo Uematsu. 

In 2016, the Pat Benatar/Neil Giraldo orchestra production launched with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Roth is the primary arranger and orchestrator for this project. In 2011 he was the orchestrator and associate poducer for “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Symphony”and also for 2013’s follow-up recording.

Since 2012, Roth worked as conductor and orchestrator for live performances with orchestra by chart-topping singer/songwriter John Ondrasik/Five For Fighting. He also rearranged those orchestrations for the successful Five For Fighting String Quartet touring production which culminated in the 2018 commercial release of a live recording. Roth has been the conductor for performances by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, ensembles accompanying artists such as Seal, Jewel, Dennis DeYoung and Stevie Nicks, and other orchestras and ensembles. He was also the conductor for the ‘once in a lifetime’ “Surprise, Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular,” at the United Center, Chicago 2011 for a roster of performers including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle, Usher, Kristin Chenoweth, Jamie Foxx and Josh Groban.

Original music includes the abovementioned “The RPG National Anthem Variations” for Sam Griffin, music for the dynamic harmonica and piano duo Konstantin Reinfeld/Benyamin Nuss, for the documentary film “Baseball’s Been Very, Very Good to Me: The Minnie Minoso Story,” for “Curious George’s Dictionary” award-winning application for mobile devices as well as other applications by Scrollmotion, Roth’s own recording of minimal percussion music, “Battery, Lyceum”for Percussion Ensemble and solo recitation, Marquette, Michigan, “The Clark Street Bridge Project”for 80-plus percussionists—for the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, “Secret Cheese”—for the Tate Modern, London. etc.

Roth’s been an instructor at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music (New York), Boston University (Distance Ed.) and other institutions. ABD for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music composition at The Graduate Center (City University of New York), he holds a MA from Mills College and a BA from the University of Michigan. His composition teachers include Tania León and Alvin Curran.

Otakon takes place August 6-8 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in our nation’s capital of Washington, DC.

Anime Expo Lite x LisAni! LIVE L.A. Ani-Song Concert Announced For July 3rd

Anime Expo Lite 2021 teams with anime music media outlet, LisAni!, to present – Anime Expo Lite x LisAni!LIVE L.A. – a very special live online concert featuring performances by ASCA, BURNOUT SYNDROMES, JO☆STARS, Liella! (Love Live! Superstars!!) and Morfonica (BanG Dream!) to complement this year’s two-day, livestream convention running Saturday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 4th.

This year’s online live Anime Expo Lite x LisAni!LIVE L.A. concert event is a special edition of “LisAni!,” a festival event that has been held annually in Japan since 2010 featuring a wide array of the latest ani-song music artists and groups.

Anime Expo Lite x LisAni!LIVE L.A.! takes place Saturday, July 3rd. Tickets for the concert are $27.00 each and require purchase an Anime Expo Lite pass. The concert will be accessible to audiences worldwide (**some exceptions may apply; please see Anime Expo Lite FAQ for details). Each concert ticket includes access to nearly 100 hours of Anime Expo Lite 2021 VOD content and programming that will be available through July 16th.

Anime Expo Lite x LisAni!LIVE L.A.! Concert Details:

  • Show Date: Saturday, July 3rd
  • Time: 3:00PM – 5:30PM PDT
  • Purchase Tickets (*Use your Anime Expo Lite ID # as the “access code” to purchase a concert ticket)
  • Ticket Price: $27 each

ASCA

ASCA drew initial wide acclaim in Japan for being a top 3 finalist in the 5th National Anisong Grand Prixas Asuka
Ookura. In August 2017, ASCA’s first original song “RUST” was released in the anime music magazine “Lis Ani!”. Her fourth single “RESISTER” was the opening theme for Season 2 of “Sword Art Online Alicization” and went on to be certified as a Gold hit record. In 2019, ASCA released triple A-side single “RUST / Hibari /Koubou” followed by her debut album “Hyakka Ryoran.” Her long-awaited new album Hyakki yakou was released earlier this year.

BURNOUT SYNDROMES

BURNOUT SYNDROMES is a rock band formed in Osaka in 2005. With their literary lyrics celebrating the Japanese language, the band craft their arrangements to color the world and are constantly pushing the limits of a three-piece group. In 2010, BURNOUT SYNDROMES appeared in the TOKYO FM “SCHOOL OF ROCK!” sponsored event “Senko Riot” and won the Semi-Grand Prix. The band made their major debut with the single “FLY HIGH !!” from EPIC Records Japan. The band has gone on to compose many anime theme songs for series such as “Haikyu !!,” “Gintama,” “Dr. STONE,” “Those Snow-White Notes,” and “HxEros.”

JO☆STARS

A super-powered trio that has provided the themes for the anime TV series, “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.” JO☆STARS consists of Hiroaki “TOMMY” Tominaga, CODA, and Jin Hashimoto. Their opening song, “Jojo That Blood Memory ~ ENDOF THE WORLD ~” from JoJo’s Bizarre Fate of the Blood Stardust Crusaders Egypt Edition received the 20th Animation Kobe Theme Song Award. The band has appeared at ANIMELO SUMMER LIVE2015-THE GATE and released “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure THE ME SONG BEST” GENERATION.”

Liella! (Love Live! Superstars!!)

Liella! is a school idol group that appears in “Love Live! Superstar!!,” the latest installment in the multi-media “Love Live!” series. In April, they released their debut single, “Hajimari wa Kimi no Sora,” along with an animated music video. The group is slated to appear on a TV anime series beginning in July. Liella! members include Sayuri Date, Liyuu, Nako Misaki, Naomi Payton, and Nagisa Aoyama.

Morfonica (BanG Dream!)

Morfonica is the 4th edition of ‘real life bands’ from the next generation of the “girls band project” BanG Dream! (Ban Dori!), which combines anime, games, comics and ‘real life’ performances by voice actors. The group formed in 2020 as the project’s first violin rock band. Band members include Amane Shindo (Vocals), Hina Suguta (Guitar), Yuka Nishio (Bass), Mika (Drums), and Ayasa (Violin). Their 1st single “Daylight” which was released in May 2020, placed at #2 on the Oricon weekly sales rankings. In May 2021, they successfully held their second solo live concert, “Andante,” at Zepp Haneda.

Tickets to access this year’s Anime Expo Lite programming are $5 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Hate Is A Virus commUNITY Action Fund. After the stream concludes on July 4th
,
ticketholders can re-watch the content, as well as access additional programming, on a VOD
basis from July 5th-16th, 2021.

Anime Expo Lite 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of the long-running annual convention. Anime Expo is the biggest North American fan celebration for Japanese pop culture including anime, TV & film, fashion, video games, manga, dance, live concerts, collectibles, and exclusive convention merchandise, presented as an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages.

Registration information:

  • Dates – July 3-4, 2021 / 12pm – 8pm (PST)
  • Ticket Registration
  • Registration $5 (+ processing fees) – all proceeds to benefit the Hate Is a Virus commUNITY Action Fund

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