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Gentle Forest Jazz Band

If you are a Swing fan, you need to check out the Gentle Forest Jazz Band. The first track is Dolls look the Moon, the second is A Man Is A Man, and the 3rd is Thrilling The Band. They may not be politically correct from a gender perspective, but they do create some amazing music, and I can’t wait to hear more from them.

Garden of Earthly Delights, 2017

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to see this yet, it is a contemporary interpretation of The Garden of Earthly Delights, commissioned for the 500-year anniversary of Hieronymus Bosch’s death. Wish I could have seen the exhibition at the MOTI Museum in Holland when it all happened last year, I bet it was amazing.

PARADISE – A contemporary interpretation of The Garden of Earthly Delights from STUDIO SMACK on Vimeo.

New Yoshida Brothers: Cool Spiral

This may be my favorite music video from the Yoshida Brothers so far, posted this past Tuesday. The song is Cool Spiral, from their new mini-album which also features their rendition of While My Guitar Gently Weeps and the Japanese language theme for the animation Kubo. The disc will be released on February 7th.

New Vivid Undress

The new song from Vivid Undress is called Goodbye dilemma, released last July on their 3rd mini-album Endless. They will be doing the third leg of their Endless tour beginning in mid January, finishing up at the Daikanyama UNIT on March 31st, 2018.

The Future of Piano

I think you will enjoy this one!

Something to Do: Movies

The winner this week has to be The Shape of Water, a story by Guillermo del Toro that seems to be an evolution of one of the characters from his Hellboy films. I am looking forward to seeing this one on the big screen.

Something to watch; Discs

I didn’t see anything in western releases, Anime has Kiddy Girl-AND, the sequel to Kiddy Grade. Taking place 25 years later, the galaxy is once more on the brink of chaos, and two new heroines need to step forward to save it. Squid Girl is also being released this week, silly fun for the aquatically inclined.

New Wagakki Band

This week there is a new CD being released by the Wagakki Band which includes the song Synchronicity (the first track), posted just a few weeks ago. The album is a Best Of collection mixed with a few new songs created for Hana Hanako’s recent solo project. The second track is Tengaku from their original 2013 album.


Something to Do: Movies

There are a number of choices this weekend, but top of the list in my mind is Pixar’s Coco, which just looks like too much fun to miss. It actually starts playing on Wednesday, to take advantage of the long holiday weekend. John Cusack’s new film Singularity could be interesting, but the trailer makes me think I have already seen this movie through a few dozen earlier iterations. I will have to see the documentary Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars, but I don’t think it requires the big screen to make it worthwhile, so I will catch it when it streams. Firangi on the other hand may need the larger venue, so I might have to check that one out this weekend as well.

Something to Watch: Discs

Topping the list, Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets was an instant classic that didn’t do well in the US, since almost no one here was familiar with the French comic it was based on. We get another French film this week as well in the form of the animation Leap!, original title Ballerina. Birth of the Dragon is also out this week, and while it isn’t genre, The Hitman’s Bodyguard looks like a fun film. The Korean action-thriller The Villainess also hits the shelves this time around, if you haven’t seen it, now is your chance. TV brings us a couple of comedy favorites in the form of The Librarians, Season 3 and Red Dwarf: XII