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World Order: Let’s Start WWIII (NSFW-ish), Singularity, more

Japanese performance powerhouse World Order has a new song online called Let’s Start WW3, and while I usually avoid anything political here (being rather seriously apolitical myself), this video is just too good to pass up. It features as always their amazing dance routines combined with excellent music and great singing, all the things a quality music video requires. And then there is Singularity, posted on the same day earlier this month, every bit as good, and in fact it includes a group dance-off that is just amazing. To round off the set I had to include their 2014 track Informal Empire filmed in London, UK, and the 2013 song Imperialism filmed in Washington, D.C.; they are both a lot of fun to watch but also present additional food for thought.

Perfume: Reframe

Japanese art-rock band Perfume has been very busy lately, and this time around we have a few of their Perfume x Technology project videos. These are a series of live presentations using prerecorded audio tracks, combining the music with dance, stagecraft, and computer displays, to render a truly unique theater experience. They are not set to allow embedding on other pages, so you will want to go to the Perfume x Technology project page yourself to watch them. Reframe was posted just last week, with a show segment three songs long, you should start with that one and work your way through the collection; enjoy!

Perfume: Mugenmirai

Perfume started life as an electronica oriented art-rock band, and they have grown since then. Mugenmirai, in English Flash, is the theme song of CHIHAYAFURU, a movie about the card game that is at the core of so many Asian games, and of the spirit of competition it brings. I intend to see this movie, but while I am waiting I have to post the full length version of this song, which was only released on line this week. Enjoy!

Radwimp: Legend of the Demon Cat

Radwimp has done the music for another feature film, the Live Action Legend of the Demon Cat, and it looks amazing; the title of the theme song is Mountain Top. The movie was made by major Japanese film company Kadakawa, includes a substantial Japanese cast, and is based on a Japanese novel by Yoneyama Mineo. Which is a bit unusual for a film that takes place in China. I am definitely looking forward to seeing this one.

INSHOW-HA

The Art-Rock band Inshow-Ha have been making music since 2009, and I wanted to share a few of their tunes so you could get to know them. They are office workers who only do a few live shows a year, but they have still developed a fair sized audience of fans in Japan. Lemon is the first track, Kirei (Pretty) is the second, and the third is Kyujo.

Perfume: Ready for Prime Time

Perfume started life as an electronica oriented art-rock band back when they lived in Shibuya, and they have evolved wonderfully in the past decade. They have a tasty new tune to share, and although the versions available for posting online are short, they illustrate the power the full version brings to the table.

Mugenmirai, in English Flash, is the theme song of CHIHAYAFURU, a movie about the card game that is at the core of so many Asian games, and of the spirit of competition it brings. It can look a little confusing to western eyes at first, until you look at the cards and realize they are not the standard 52 card deck. Each card is actually a fragment of a poem; if you can see the poem hidden within the hand you have been dealt, you only have to remove all the cards that are not part of it from your hand before your opponent does the same with theirs. If you rethink anything, if you hesitate, if you even take a breath before acting, you have lost; only the swiftest and smartest have a chance at winning this game.

And don’t think this is a team sport. The huge crowd bent down on the gymnasium floor may be broken into two groups, each wearing their school colors, but the similarity ends there. You start out going up against members of the opposing school, but when you have thinned them out you play against your classmates, until a single person is victorious. There is no team in this sport, only a winner and a few thousand losers.

The second track is a visual variation of that same song, and since I went that far, throwing in a trailer for the movie seemed only fair. The songs were posted on February 14th, soundtrack will be released on March 14th, and the movie itself comes out on Saturday March 17th (if I am reading the information correctly).

Kitten Witch

Kitten Witch is absolutely adorable, as you are about to see. Written by James Cunningham with cinematographer Oliver Hilbert, you may feel the need to watch it again and again.

50 Kaiten Again

It has been a while since I have posted about 50 Kaiten, so here are a few tracks to remind you how fun they are. The first is Vinyl Change The World, the second is 50 Revolutions twice, the 2016 live remake and the 2006 studio version. In 2016 they put out a Best Of album covering their first decade of music, and the two versions of this song were their acoustic bookends for the collection.

SIGGRAPH Asia

A few highlights from SIGGRAPH Asia 2017, and an invitation to make the 2018 gathering. If you are into creating your own animations, or you like doing 3D modelling, you really don’t want to miss this event.

Something to Do: Movies

For the second week in a row we get a movie worth checking out. Annihilation is based on the multiple award winning book of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer, and since it is the first book of a trilogy there may be more coming if this one does well. As with most books turned into movies, there are differences between the two, but hopefully not too many.