US College Radio Stations Airs Original Concert Audio of Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Tizzy Bac, Nell and Straightner produced by Tokyo FM

asiankungfugeneration2Tokyo FM and JFN(Japan FM Network), Japan’s largest commercial radio network and its key station presented the EARTH X HEART LIVE 2014 concert on Earth Day, at the TOKYO International Hall in Tokyo.

Under the station’s principle “Earth & Human Conscious,” the concert aims to “pave the way to the future through respect for the earth and human life” through the power of music by the ASIA’s four leading bands NELL, TIZZY BAC, ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION and STRAIGHTENER. Radio stations in the World will participate in the broadcast.

Participating stations/programs in the US
WVCR 88.3 FM The J-Pop Exchange, Saturday 8PM
Impact 89 FM Asian Invasion Monday 8PM
KNDS-LP – 96.3 FM Fargo  The Russian Predicament Sunday 3PM
The WAWL Tokyo Tower Show Wednesday 9PM
Contact the stations for details.

*Or contact your favorite radio stations! The concert audio is still available for radio play.


AKGAsian Kan-Fu Generation is a Japanese alternative rock band formed in 1996. The band’s musical style has seminal Western punk and alternative rock influence in conjunction with their own local Japanese indie rock background. Despite the indie nature of their music, the band has enjoyed worldwide commercial success in addition to critical acclaim. They are known for the theme songs of the popular anime series “Naruto”, “Fullmetal Alchemist” and “Bleach.”

2014 Performer: from JAPAN <STRAIGHTENER>

StraightnerJapanese rock band STRAIGHTENER was formed in 1998. After several years of indie gigs, they released their major debut single “Traveling Gargoyle” from Toshiba EMI in 2003. In December 2013, they toured in Korea, Singapore and Taiwan with Asian Kung-Fu Generation to celebrate both bands’ 10-year anniversary.


Performers : from KOREA <NELL>

NellNell is a South Korean indie rock band. Formed in 1999, the group was named after the movie, Nell, that starred Jodie Foster. The band is known for their gloomy and psychedelic sound. After they gained their fame with tracks like “Stay” “Thank You” and “Good Night.” Their third studio album Healing Process was chosen as one of the five best recordings of the year by critics from South Korea. Nell’s fourth studio album Separation Anxiety was a huge hit in South Korea, ranking number one in various album charts.


Performer : From  TAIWAN <TIZZY BAC>

tizzybacFormed in 1999, Taipei, Taiwan, multicolor band TIZZY BAC integrates jazz, alternative rock and electronic elements, creating a unique atmosphere that indistinctly reminds of Ben Folds Five, New Order and Loop.
Their second studio album “I Think It’s All My Fault That You Turned Out Like That” (2006) made Tizzy Bac one of the biggest indie rock bands in Taiwan.



Tokyo FM welcomes all the radio station to participate in the BROADCAST of the concert’s recorded audio and help raise awareness of important environmental issues, such as marine and atmospheric pollution.

If you are a radio broadcaster and would like to broadcast free recorded material, please contact

EARTH x HEART LIVE 2014: Summary
Date and time: April 11, 2014 (Monday)
Venue: NHK Hall (Shibuya, Tokyo)
Audience size: 3000 people (estimate)
Donations: A proportion of the concert’s profits will be donated to charity.
Original Broadcast Date/ time: April 22, 2013 (Monday) 19:00-21:00 Japan Time
Stations broadcasting the concert: The 38 stations of JFN, the nine stations of the UFO network. We are also in negotiations with various other radio stations around the world in addition to your company.

TOKYO FM/JFN(Japan FM Network)
Japan’s largest commercial FM radio network and its key station. The network covers the areas where 10 million people reside.


The Origins of Ernest and Celestine

March 27, 2014 – By Anita C. Wang and Sara Barton

Every night, Didier Brunner, French film producer of The Triplets of Belleville (2003), would read, Ernest and Celestine, (a popular children book series written and illustrated by Gabrielle Vincent), to his daughter Pauline. Each time the story ended, Didier was left wondering how this mouse and bear met, since it’s never explained in the books. In 2008, Didier took matters into his own hands and acquired the rights to Ernest and Celestine, from Gabrielle Vincent’s publisher. Thus, the animated feature film, Ernest and Celestine was created to answer that lingering question.

Once the rights to Ernest and Celestine were secured, Brunner also needed the right talents to make his dream project come true. He personally handpicked all the creative talents to ensure that, Ernest and Celestine would remain true its roots. Its screenplay, adapted by, famous French writer, Daniel Pennac, expands on the world of Ernest and Celestine creating an enchanting back story.


The story unfolds with perfect pacing showing how the friendship between Celestine and Ernest developed. Raised in society where it’s frowned upon for bears and mice to socialize with each other. A mouse, Celestine, and a bear, Ernest, are brought together by a unique set of circumstances. Celestine, a budding artist, and Ernest, a street performer, create a bond through shared creativity; forming a strong friendship that lasts a life time.

The animation is beautiful and fitting of the original book series, as it show cases the signature water color style backgrounds. From start to finish, the movie is perfect love letter to the book series. It leaves the audience an ending that in fact feels like a new beginning; as Ernest and Celestine pay homage to their creator, Gabrielle Vincent, when they sit down and begin to write their origin story.

Now making it’s second debut in theaters,  the Oscar nominated, Ernest and Celestine has been dubbed in English and it sounds flawless. Forrest Whitaker and Mackenzie Foy, give a heartfelt performance,as Ernest and Celestine. Lauren Bacall is perfect and frightening as The Grey One.

What started as a question by Didier Brunner has grown into an animated feature that gives us an answer, which is satisfying as it leaves both children and adults smiling in their seats.

Edited by: Sara Barton