David Takeo Neptune directed video for Ken Tanaka Band

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By Ken Tanaka in New Music on Wednesday 22 June 2011

A few weeks ago, I posted a link to up and coming American-Japanese director David Takeo Neptune’s Onstar parody. Here is the beautiful new music video he just shot for the Ken Tanaka Band.

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Everybody Dies: A Children’s Book for Grown Ups

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By Ken Tanaka in New Illustration on Thursday 9 June 2011

This is my new book, Everybody Dies: A Children’s Book for Grown Ups. It’s my first full book, and it took me about 14 months to write and illustrate it. It was hard work and it’s very gratifying to finally see it in print.

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Gary Musgrave

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By Ken Tanaka in New Illustration on Tuesday 7 June 2011

Gary Musgrave is a recent graduate from Art Center College of Design, and is quickly gaining fame as an illustrator and printmaker. He just did a great cover of Harper’s magazine. Musgrave is a DIY purist, and usually burns his silkscreens in the sun instead of under a lamp. His work has a kind of […]

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Onstar commercial parody by director David Takeo Neptune

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By Ken Tanaka in Video on Monday 6 June 2011

David Takeo Neptune is a young, up-and-coming American Japanese director. Raised in Chiba, Japan, Neptune move to the US at age 15 and went to film school in Southern California. He has been making funny, awarding winning shorts with no budget. This Onstar commercial parody stars Reid Ewing from the show Modern Family and was […]

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Layla Lane: a Japanese-Western duo

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By Ken Tanaka in New Music on Monday 6 June 2011

Layla Lane are one of my favorite new Japanese pop bands. Perhapds they are better described as international pop, since they are a Japanese/Western duo. There’s a happy, bounciness to their music that always makes me smile. The above video is directed by up-and-coming Japanese director, Ken Ochia.

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You Don’t Get There From Here

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By Ken Tanaka in New Trends on Monday 6 June 2011

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with You Don’t Get There From Here, an auto-biographical zine by cartoonist Carrie Mcninch. She calls it a ‘diary comic’ and writes a three column episode for each day. It is a slice of life story and she talks a lot about her relationships with cats, friends, art and coffee. Reading […]

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