Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Junco & Cheep 180 City Live Tour Goods now Available!!!

Well, 2 cities down (Yubari & Eniwa) 178 Cities to go. Junco and Cheep are on their way to something big. I was surprised at the turn out in Eniwa and have the feeling the crowds are just going to get bigger as the word spreads.

The really good think about seeing the live concert now is that it feels a little more personal and you actually get the chance to meet the artists, shake their hand, get an autograph, etc..etc.., but once the major debut comes and the demand is bigger than the supply everything changes. Prices go up, you may ever see the artists beyond the stage.

The tour goods are now available and what a selection to choose from. I am telling you if you are a band/group follower then you know that first tours are the most valuable after the "big break" (especially with an autograph). Well Junco and Cheep are signing posters like crazy, 100% pure signature. You know what happens from there on out. Just copies of a signature not worth anything except a nice little memorabilia.

Though the order sight is in Japanese it is pretty easy to figure out. If for some reason you cannot figure out the Japanese then just shoot me an email and I will help you process the order. (stephen at discoveryfirm.com)

Without further adieu here is a short English description of items and the prices. Just click on the the CD link and you will be taken to the main page with all of the items available for sale.

Kanashii koto wa Kazu are do

Junco & Cheep's first tour album.
11 songs that will sooth your heart,
mind, and soul. Available for a steal
at 2,800 Yen.

Meigaza & Soshufu Promo DVD
This DVD includes two music videos titled Meigaza and Soshufu. Meigaza aired at the Yubari Film Festival and HTB TV in Hokkaido.
1,000 Yen

Autographed Tour Poster (Limited)
This is the first tour poster (and first print) signed by both Junco and Cheep Hiroishi. These won't be around for long and definitely won't be signed by
the artists personally the exposure starts to take off. Get one now why you can. 500 Yen

book_003.jpgJunco & Cheep The Book
First tour book, picture album, music score,
lyrics, and compositions by both Junco and
Cheep Hiroishi. You definitely want one of these
for your collection. They will not last forever.
1,500 Yen


Junco & Cheep Live Tour T-shirts
This babies will definitely not be around if you wait. The front has Junco & Cheep written on it and the theme song title of the tour. S M L XL XXL available.
1,800 Yen

There are some more items available pertaining to each artist in general, but the above are
official Junco & Cheep Tour goods. Get'm while they last.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Junco & Cheep 180 City Live Tour Hokkaido

Junco and Cheep Hiroishi started their 180 City Live Tour at the Yubari Fantastic Film Festival. It was like killing two birds with one stone(I don't kill birds) lol.

Same Old Story: A Trip Back 20 Years was the film I showed at the festival. Though the film only showed once in the 4 days of the festival, Junco and Cheep performed live every night of the festival. I really good start for the rest of the tour going through 2009 and 2010.

This is a different kind of live tour than the ones you might be thinking of. The northern island of Japan, Hokkaido has 180 towns inside its vast area of land mass. Most of the towns are really small, but when you are doing live shows in small towns there is one thing that spreads quickly.


The Japanese call it uwasa, but for Japanese musicians it is the best thing next to hot Sake.
The next towns in line for the show is Eniwa, and Otaru. This is only the start, but I really get the feeling they are going to take off with in the latter part of 2009.

Junco has been getting a lot of views from both Japanese and Westerners a like on her MySpace page. I have yet to update the info on her page, but as the tour starts to pick up you will be able to her more of her music there as well.

Cheep is...well Cheep is Cheep. He still has his die hard followers and some of the younger generations are starting to take to him. His MySpace is not as trendy as Junco's, but nonetheless still getting decent hits.

Both musicians write a blog (in Japanese) which can be read on the Discovery Music homepage.
If you are into different kinds of music from around the world then I can tell you now you are going to enjoy the music of Junco and Cheep. Keep you updated when I can.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Yubari Fantastic Film Festival 2009 Theme Song "名画座"

Yubari Fantastic Film Festival 2009 Theme Song "名画座" pronounced "MEIGAZA" meaning something like classic film theater in Japanese. The song was written and composed by Cheep Hiroishi and sung with JUNCO. It is an amazing song even if you don't know Japanese. The promotion video that was made for the song and the film festival is also very well made.

You can almost understand the words just by watching the video. Please leave a comment on what you thought about the song and video. It is kinda long running for over 6 minutes, but you still will want to watch it again.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival 2009 Updates

I just went to Yubari the other day to help film a promotional video of Cheep Hiroishi and Junco's new song that will debut at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival in February 2009. While I was there I got a chance to take a lot of photos of the town which I wanted to share with my blog readers.
I was suprised to see all the movie advertisments from the old days still displaying on billboards almost anywhere you look. I couldn't walk 20 feet without seeing some sort of movie display. Back in those days the ads were huge. There was not ink-jet printer so they were hand painted and put up everywhere from small coffee shops and hotels to government offices and schools.

I guess back in the day it was the movie festival to be at. The movie craze took a brief break due tolack of funding and the town's own finacial and political issues, but it seems to have bounce back. And just in time too.

My film along with about sixty others will be showing over a period of one week between February 26th to March 3rd. I am assuming it is going to be pretty big. I will definitely give more updates on the festival as I know about them and a good review of the festival after it is over.

The town is still filled really great people who are almost all movie fanatics. It really like walking into a completely new world. I
forgot that I was in Japan.

An experience some say you will remember for a life time. I'll just have to see for myself.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival: Same Old Story

The Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival 2009 is one of the most famous film festivals in the world. The Festival draws over 50,000 people in its one week movie and film extravaganza.
The festival starts on February 26th and run through March 2nd with closing ceremonies on March 3rd.

Some of the films that will be showing is (cough) mine; Same Old Story: A Trip Back 20 years, Crows Zero 2 (opening), and Madagascar 2 (closing). Of course there are too many more to
mention, but the festival brings a lot of international talented filmmakers together and allows them a huge venue to promote their films.

Though Yubari itself is very small (and bankrupt) it didn't stop the film festival from continuing its name's legacy. If you are in Japan during the time of the festival I really recommend you attend. It is an experience you will never forget and a culture you will always remember.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Same Old Story・Winner: Best International Music Documentary

It is officially official. Same Old Story is the Winner for Best International Music Documentary from the New York Independent International Film and Video Festival. NYIFVF is not highest in film festival rankings, but is was our first feature film and something showing the film's accomplishments no matter how big or small it may be.

Same Old Story has really started to take off in 2009. Being less than a year old it already is featured on Wikipedia and IMDb. This has opened doors to future festivals one of which we are going to in February, Yubari Fantastic Film Festival.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Barack Obama's Inaugural Speech Transcript and Video

Barack Obama's Inaugural Speech Transcript and Video.

Well it is official. The man whose is going to bring change to America. The 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. Watch and listen as he delivers his Inaugural Speech to the U.S. and the rest of the world. Some critics have nothing better to do than to talk smack about something they could never do and tried to downplay the Address, but it is a really moving speech.

I have also add the transcript which took a long time to write but for the sake of the hearing impaired or speaker imparied readers out there. Sit back and enjoy.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you.

CROWD: Obama! Obama!! Obama!!! Obama!!!!

PO: My fellow citizens, I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.

I thank President Bush for his service to our nation...


..as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taked the presidential oath.

The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken aamidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We th People have remaind faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.

Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly, our schools fail too many, and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable, but no less profound, is a sapping of confidence across our land; a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real, they are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this America: They will be met.


On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.


In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less.

It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame.

Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things -- some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor -- who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life. For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West, endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died in places Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions -- that time has surely passed.

Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.


For everywhere we look, there is work to be done.

The state of our economy calls for action: bold and swift. And we will act not only to create new jobs but to lay a new foundation for growth.

We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.

We will restore science to its rightful place and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality...


... and lower its costs.

We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.

All this we can do. All this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions, who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short, for they have forgotten what this country has already done, what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them, that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long, no longer apply.

MR. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works, whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.

Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end.

And those of us who manage the public's knowledge will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched.

But this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control. The nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous.

The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart -- not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.


As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.

Our founding fathers faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations.

Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake.

And so, to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and we are ready to lead once more.


Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with the sturdy alliances and enduring convictions.

They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use. Our security emanates from the justness of our cause; the force of our example; the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy, guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort, even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We'll begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people and forge a hard- earned peace in Afghanistan.

With old friends and former foes, we'll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat and roll back the specter of a warming planet.

We will not apologize for our way of life nor will we waver in its defense.

And for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that, "Our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken. You cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you."


For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness.

We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth.

And because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.

To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict or blame their society's ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.

To those..


To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.


To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds.

And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders, nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages.

We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service: a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves.

And yet, at this moment, a moment that will define a generation, it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies.

It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break; the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours.

It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new, the instruments with which we meet them may be new, but those values upon which our success depends, honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism -- these things are old.

These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history.

What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility -- a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence: the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed, why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall. And why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.


So let us mark this day in remembrance of who we are and how far we have traveled.

In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by nine campfires on the shores of an icy river.

The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood.

At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

"Let it be told to the future world that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet it."

America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words; with hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come; let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Thank you. God bless you.


And God bless the United States of America.


Friday, January 16, 2009

Radio Connections From Twitter

Well has most of you know from looking to the upper right of this blog I am am a Twittering fool. I have met a lot of talented musicians and made quite a bit of friends. One really cool Twitter that I came across the other day is @JMKom. His bio reads "Ravenous Musician, Live Radio Host turned Blogger"... (aren't we all) and hosts a really nice blog on...Yes you've guessed it..Blogspot.

I told him I would give him a PR post with some link love. If you are a Radio maniac then this might just be up your alley. You can find his program, Title 8 Radio on his blog here: It airs every Sunday at 8pm PAC. The beta site is http://radio23.org/

Besides radio he has a lot of funny posts so if you are just into reading blogs (I hope that is not all you are into) you might find it somewhat ironically amusing.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Same Old Story on IMDb

Same Old Story finally after months and months of submissions has found its spot on IMDb.
This was no easy task, but after submitting to Withoutabox and then winning an award for "Best International Music Documentary" it started to open up a whole new can of media spinach.

Now that the film's title page is up and running on IMDb it is becoming even more of a task to submit updates. Don't get me wrong the guys and gals over at IMDb are doing a great job, but would be nice if things were a lot easier to submit.

I am still only 80% satisfied, but I am sure they will eventually get around to upgrading that satisfaction to 100%.

So this is for all of you film makers out there who are trying to get your film "out there" and be seen by the rest of the world in the easiest way possible. You have got nothing to lose by submitting to IMDb except them rejecting you. Even my submission got rejected the first time. Persistance is the key here along with a long line of PR linked throughout the world wide web.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Junco's Promotion Video "Kanashii Iro Yane" 悲しい色やね

Not a brand new PV, but new to this blog. Just thought I would post it here to save everyone time from clicking to a different site. Anyway here is an excerpt from Junco's promotion video "Kanashii Iro Yane"