Far East to East Showcase returns!

The Far East To East Showcase is back again with a lineup that will rock out the New York Anime Fest. weekend. Taking place at Sunday September 27th at The Studio @ Webster Hall, F.E.T.E.S. 2009 will feature: Kokusyoku Sumire & Swinging Popsicle from Japan, and local bands Echostream & Gelatine.


Kokusyoku Sumire

Swinging Popsicle More Details after the jump Event Details: Far East To East Showcase 2009 Date: Sunday September 27th Venue: The Studio @ Webster Hall — MAP
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Doors: 5:30PM Show: 6:30PM Cover: $10 Advance // $15 Day of Show All Ages Get Tickets Here! Featured Artists: KOKUSYOKU SUMIRE: The dark sounds of baroque and cabaret unite for a unique two-piece band know as Kokusyoku Sumire. At the center of Kokusyoku Sumire (Black Violet) are Yuka, a genuine soprano songstress with the attraction of a little devil, and Sachi, an exceptional violinist and model who effortlessly strikes adorable poses. The girls express with extravagant freedom motifs based on internationally known fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, The Little Match Girl, and Hansel and Gretel, while adopting elements from such music genres as chansons and classical music. Formed in 2004, this musical unit has acquired a unique position in the Japanese musical scene and the world. Kokusyoku Sumire toured France at the end of November 2007 and are ready to enchant New York City at NYAF. SWINGING POPSICLE: Japanese indie music veterans Swinging Popsicle play pop/rock music in amazing fashion with incredible vocals, tasty guitar work, and catchy lyrics. After starting strong with multiple Sony-label releases, Swinging Popsicle continued to build their international fan base with their independent releases of “Change” and “Orange.” Their album transit features the hits “I Just Wanna Kiss You” and “Girl Meets Boy.” Performing to regular sold-out live shows, the band continued to develop new material for their full-length album, Go on, which features “rainbounds,” “Clash,” and “Chocolate Soul Music.” Swinging Popsicle also contributed music to the NITRO+ PC game “STAR MINE GIRL / SUMAGA. Swinging Popsicle was nominated as Best Japanese Rock Band by Shojo Beat magazine. ECHOSTREAM: Echostream is a band that succeeds in creating music that can draw the audience into its world of rich and vivid emotion. Deep grooves, driving guitars, and a dark and beautiful ambience provide a perfectly crafted world for emotion-injected vocals to thrive in. Live performances are more like theatrical experiences than concerts. Echostream’s ability to connect emotionally with its audiences is the band’s true strength. Their fans come back time and time again for a chance to relive this intense experience. For never having been on extended tour, Echostream has racked up a lot of credit around the Eastern half of the nation and opened up for international touring acts such as Blood, Anti-Feminism, and Phantasmagoria. For more information about this unique band, go to myspace.com/echostream. GELATINE: In Japan, there was an all-girl punk band called 10 Yen Anakinoko, begun by singer Seiko when she was only 15-years-old. This band ended after playing in New York City in 1995, and they have since become a legend. Five years later, a 10 Yen Anakinoko reunion show with new guitarist Jun became the beginning of Gelatine; a band created to let the great songs of 10 Yen Anakinoko come to alive once again as well as to craft new, intense music. Gelatine’s long-awaited first album, Gie Ji Gaii, was released in January 2009. It is an embodiment of what Gelatine has been aiming to capture for all these years. Experience the Japanese horror-comical freak punk metal that is Gelatine at FETES! THE NEW YORK ANIME FESTIVAL: The New York Anime Festival takes place September 25-27, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan and is organized by Reed Exhibitions, the creators of New York Comic Con. The New York Anime Festival showcases the best of anime pop culture, including the latest anime, manga, Japanese cinema, music, and games, and anime-influenced comics, animation, and films from around the world. The festival features exclusive and extensive screenings, a gala cosplay masquerade, sessions with the some of the biggest names in anime from Japan, Asia, and America, and explores the Japanese cultural experience with displays of both traditional and cutting-edge Japanese life. Further information can be found at newyorkanimefestival.com. New York Anime Festival: http://www.newyorkanimefestival.com Medium At Large (NYAF official blog): http://www.mediumatlarge.net/ SG_FETES_poster_SM

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  1. I don’t care what the date was, Last year’s September 27, 2009’s FETES (Far East To East Showcase) was the best New Year’s Eve Party I ever attended. Even without the Knitting Factory around anymore, I don’t expect lightning to strike twice, but this year’s FETES is mighty impressive. Gelatine and Echostream are reasons to leave the house on any occasion. Seeing Swinging Popsicle for the first time has my heart pounding. I have their CDS courtesy of JapanFiles, a long time co-sponser with Karaterice and now Superglorious. This time around they have a new CD and I can’t wait to hear it live before purchasing it. Knowing promoter Hayden’s taste in music, Kokusyoku Sumire is going to be this year’s new discovery. I can’t wait to see them. In my bones, I know we will be talking about them for a long time.