Have you seen this video, Safe, that Dumbfoundead made in reaction to #OscarsSoWhite?
After the last Academy Awards and the regular whitewashing of Hollywood roles, I wrote this song and made this video to add my piece to the conversation. If you have any experiences or stories about this issue join the discussion at https://www.facebook.com/dumbfoundead/
Congrats to Aziatix for signing huge record deal with Cash Money Records worth $11.3 million!
Aziatix is still riding the wave from the huge splash they made with their new EP AWAKENING which debuted at #1 on iTunes R&B/Soul charts in America, Japan, and Korea. They have used this momentum to become featured in Converse’s latest “Three Artists. One Song” campaign that has featured recent song collaborations from Foster the People, A-Trak, Gorillaz, Andre 3000, Kid Cudi, and many more.
Converse’s latest “Three Artists One Song” campaign will feature a triple-threat team of Aziatix, Idiotape, and Jaurim. Much like Aziatx, Idiotape and Jaurim are two of South Korea’s most influential superstar music groups with Idiotape bringing their slamming dance beats powered by electrofied punk riffs and Jaurim bringing their legendary indie rock sound. Converse will bring these powerful sounds all together to produce a track that is sure to resonate all throughout the world. The track is available for both download and streaming herehttp://www.conversekorea.com/3a1s_korea/kr/
Who is Aziatix? Here are a few of their recent milestones:
On May 2nd, 2012 released a new EP album, Awakening which debuted at #1 on iTunes U.S. R&B/Soul charts
Debuted Awakening on top of iTunes charts in the U.S., Japan, and Korea
Featured on the cover of Newsweek Korea on February 2012
Featured in Newsweek Japan on January 2012
Won “Best New Asian Artist Group” at the Mnet Asian Music Awards 2011
Featured on Blastro, AOL (first Asian-American group), Myspace, MSN, and Windows Media Music main home pages
Reached #1 in orders in Japan for two weeks in a row following the album’s release on May 15, 2012
In Viennie V’s latest video “For You,” she finds herself in the midst of an outrageous dating show on her hilarious quest for true love. Watch as she saves her dates from drowning, choking and falling before finding sweet love on a rooftop at sunset.
Viennie V’s sweet single “For You” is #50 on Mediabase’s published Top 40 Chart! Being on the same list as music greats such as Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Swift is an amazing honor. As an Asian American musician, Viennie V is proud to represent the Asian community on the music charts. She is a prime example of how lifelong dreams can become reality with hard work, determination, and passion.
“Follow your heart and happiness will follow!” -Viennie V
Please continue to show your love for Viennie V by requesting “For You” at your local radio stations and spreading the word to friends and family.
If Money Boy by Paul Yee were a song, it would be Run Away Train by Alexander Jung.
And vice versa.
Rapper Alexander Jung’s Run Away Train track made me think immediately of Paul Yee’s critically acclaimed and award winning young adult novel, Money Boy. If a book could have it’s own sound track, it would be Run Away Train. It’s not just teen angst but the real deal, at least if you play it while reading the book, about being thrown out of your house when you are a teen for being gay. And then trying to make it on the streets as a prostitute. Gritty reality. But at least it has an anthem.
If Money Boy gets made into a movie, this is my choice for the soundtrack!
Ray Liu knows he should be happy. He lives in a big suburban house with all the latest electronic gadgets, and even finds plenty of time to indulge in his love of gaming. He needs the escape. It’s tough getting grades that will please his army veteran father, when speaking English is still a struggle. And he can’t quite connect with his gang at high school — immigrants like himself but who seem to have adjusted to North American life more easily. Then comes his father accesses Ray’s internet account, and discovers Ray has been cruising gay websites. Before Ray knows what has hit him, his belongings have been thrown on the front lawn, and he has been kicked out. Angry, defiant, Ray heads to downtown Toronto. In short order he is robbed, beaten up and seduced, and he learns the hard realities of life on the street. Could he really sell himself for sex? Lots of people use their bodies to make money — athletes, actors, models, pop singers. If no one gets hurt, why should anyone care?
I found this gritty young adult novel riveting to read and sadly realistic. I can picture an Asian American dad freaking out in the same way to discover his child’s homosexuality and react by throwing him out of the house and onto the streets. It’s an important book that explores the fringes of Asian American life that isn’t front and center as a “Model Minority.” Tiger parenting is not just demanding top grades from your kids, but also that they fit a particular acceptable mold. And when the child can’t or won’t comply, the consequences are dire.
Paul Yee’s excellent young adult novel is recommended for ages 14 and up. To view it more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.
• A Stonewall Honor Book, 2012
• “Yee’s sophisticated juxtaposition of immigrant narratives with questions of sexual identity is compelling and poignant.” — School Library Journal
• “Yee’s latest offers insight into the city’s immigrant-Chinese and gay communities…sure to invite both thought and discussion.” — Booklist
• “Paul Yee’s novel is a valuable intervention into the representation of gay and lesbian experience in the young adult genre.” — CM Magazine
It was nice to get an update from Simon of The Slants on their trademark filing. He’s the one in front.
This is Simon with The Slants. I just wanted to take a moment to give you an update on what’s been happening with our trademark filing.
First, I wanted to thank you again for your willingness to help in this matter. I can’t tell you enough how much this means to me as an Asian American who is fighting for equal rights. It’s been nearly two years but we are still continuing the fight. As I go through the Trademark Office’s records once more, it’s interesting to see that of the 50 trademark applications containing the term “slant,” ours is still the only one that they’ve raised the issue of it being a racial slur (every other applicant who was not of Asian descent experienced no questions or doubt at all).
In our most recent appeal, we sent over 700 pages of evidence. From expert testimony showing the history/use of the word to a national survey of Asian Americans, letters of support from respected API activists, support from API media, and much more, it was an unbelievable collection that reflected thousands of hours of work. However, the Trademark Office expressed no interest in seriously considering anything from the Asian American community but instead dismissed all of the evidence presented because they believed it would be more politically correct to do so. Because our band is associated with a proud form of Asian American activism, we were struck down.
Since then, we’ve teamed up with a new attorney to assist us. We have reapplied using a different tactic and are working our way through the system again. I believe that we have a long road ahead of us but it’s an important one for the community. Some day, all of us will be able to look back and see how this case contributed to changing history for all minorities who have suffered the inequities of outdated laws.
Thank you again, I hope to send you some good news soon.
The Slants are the only all-Asian American dance rock band in the world.
Kicking off the band’s career at a tiny dive bar in Portland, OR, The Slants soon found themselves on tour and in demand worldwide performing at music halls, colleges, and anime conventions. Within months, they released their debut album “Slanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts” winning multiple awards from the likes of Willamette Week, Rockwired, AsiaXpress, and the Portland Music Awards. Since that first iconic show in 2007, The Slants have been cited as the “Hardest Working Asian American Band” (slanteyefortheroundeye.com), toured North America ten times, rejected a million dollar recording contract, were the first and only Asian band to be a Fender Music artist, and according to U.S Congress, the first rock band to play inside a state library.
The Willamette Week, summarizes The Slants’ history perfectly: “It’s a great story: All-Asian synthcore troupe lands anime festival, achieves instantaneous notoriety from overpacked fireball-laden maelstrom, inspires John Woo and Dragon Ball Z fans toward aggro electro and—just months after its first practice—books gigs across the globe. As shadow-warriory as the Slants’ rise has been, it’s still all about the tunes, and the band’s debut—floor-filling synth pop bristling with all the menace and grandeur of its oft name-checked cultural icons—is propulsive, cinematic and impossible to ignore.”
AZIATIX releases their newest music video for “Nothing Compares to You,” an infectious new dance track from the Japanese release of their debut album Nocturnal.
Congrats to Aziatix for signing huge record deal with Cash Money Records worth $11.3 million!
Click to view at Amazon
Hot off winning the award for Best New Group at the international Mnet Music Awards, Aziatix drops “Nothing Compares to You” as a tribute to their fans who had made their incredible rise to international stardom and success possible.
“Can’t Concentrate” is PaperDoll’s fourth official music video. The track was produced by Meteor Award Winner Michael Moloney and is available on itunes, amazon, and all major online retailers. The multi-cultural group is currently featured in a NIKE campaign airing in Greater China. Fronted by Chinese American Teresa Lee, PaperDoll is known for their uninhibited, high-energy live shows.
The video features the best of New York’s “hooper” (hula hooper) talent and was filmed in Navatman dance studio in Midtown Manhattan. PaperDoll is quickly gaining a reputation for finding the best in emerging subcutlures and talent. Past videos have featured underground animator Richmond Lee, Japanese director Tomoyuki Kato, and hip hop video director Court Dunn.
Back from their six-city, seventeen-show tour of China, indie pop band PaperDoll releases their latest music video for single “Can’t Concentrate“.
In 2007, after four years at USC (where she recorded and self-released three EPs) and a brief move to Austin, TX, Kina joined YouTube, made a music video and entered herself into Doritos’ Crash The Super Bowl contest. In the months that followed, Kina began to accrue followers, lots of them, making herself right at home in front of her computer. Her Two Weeks For Kina site traded daily videos in exchange for votes, and while her votes piled up her following grew exponentially. A few months later, her video for “Message From Your Heart” aired during the Super Bowl and its 97-million viewers and Kina had a YouTube following, a Twitter following, a #1 video on Digg.com, a street team and, for a short time, a record deal.
Interestedly, after getting a recording contract with Interscope, Kina Grannis decides to go her own way:
Exchanging creative control for independence, Kina forfeited her record label, determined to record and release the songs she’d been writing for years. In true DIY form, Kina self-funded and independently-released Stairwells in early 2010. The album debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 and #5 on iTunes Pop Chart, and The New York Times and WNYC Soundcheck recognized Kina as one of the top Asian-Americans making an impact in the pop music world (she’s half-Japanese). She released a music video for her single “Valentine,” which has been featured on Yahoo! Music and has accrued more than 10-million views on YouTube. The track would later propel Kina to win Sirius Radio’s Coffee House Singer/Songwriter Discovery of 2010.
“One of the most amazing things that came out of the whole experience was the relationship that formed between me and my supporters online. They were right there on the journey with me, and every bit of success I had was thanks to them.”
Stairwells Album, click on image to view at Amazon, $13.84
MP3, click on image to view at Amazon, $5.49
In Your Arms single, $.99. Click on image to view.
Valentine single, $.99. Click on image to view.
To see her in concert, her World Tour schedule is here.