Supertyphoon Hagibis gives new wind to Philippine disco band

MANILA (Reuters) – For a four-decade-old Philippine disco band, the namesake supertyphoon bearing down on Japan has brought a sudden rush of interest in its macho act.

Sonny Parsons (R), leader of Filipino boyband Hagibis, poses for a photo with fans at a fastfood restaurant in Manila, Philippines October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Jerome Morales

Known as the Philippines’ “Village People”, all-male band Hagibis has been going since 1979. While some members have changed over time, it has retained its act featuring tight black trousers, leather jackets, open shirts, shades, moustaches and suggestive dance moves.

“Hagibis is getting indirect publicity worldwide,” said 61-year-old Jose Parsons Nabiula, who goes by his stage name Sonny Parsons and has been with the band since the start.

“It reminded everybody of my group’s existence… Some people are making fun of it, some people are very serious.”

Typhoon Hagibis is due to make landfall on Japan’s main island of Honshu on Saturday as the most powerful storm to hit the capital in six decades.

Google Trends showed that search interest had spiked this week in Hagibis the band as well as the typhoon.

Hagibis means speed and strength in the Philippine language Tagalog.

Tropical cyclones in the Western Pacific Ocean are given their identity in sequence based on names provided by 14 regional countries.

People had been joking about the vigor of Typhoon Hagibis and comparing that to the band, Parsons said.

Parsons said he hoped the inquiries and feelers pouring in for Hagibis would translate into bookings for a band that currently performs around twice in a month in the Manila area.

A former elected official, he now also juggles his performances with film-making and a construction business.

“Maybe after a month or two I will be expecting a lot of concert offers,” Parsons said.

Typhoon Hagibis looks on track to hit Japan a month after another destructive typhoon and Parsons said he was worried about the damage.

“I hope that Hagibis storm’s show happens in the middle of the sea,” Parsons said. “Definitely, people will absorb the wrath of typhoon Hagibis and I feel bad about it.”

Hagibis is best known for its members’ macho image and songs extolling the beauty of women. The group’s hit songs include “Katawan” (Body), “Legs” and “Babae” (Woman).

While the storm did not enter the Philippine territory, its extension brought scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in central and southern parts of the Southeast Asian nation.

Sonny Parsons (C), leader of Filipino boyband Hagibis, poses for a photo with fans at a fastfood restaurant in Manila, Philippines October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Jerome Morales

Hagibis had used its renewed fame to warn Filipinos in Japan ahead of the storm’s landfall, Parsons said.

He hoped the band would get the chance to go to Japan after the typhoon.

“We will undo the sorrow and depression people experience,” Parsons said. “If the singing group will have a chance to go to Japan, we will help you forget the typhoon.”

Editing by Matthew Tostevin & Shri Navaratnam

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Sour Note: Marching Band Members at Risk When Temperatures Soar

SATURDAY, June 29, 2019 — A new study is sure to strike a chord with anyone who plays in a high school or college marching band.

The researchers report that long, afternoon practices and playing on artificial turf put marching musicians at high risk of heat stroke.

“People usually think of football players when they think of students struggling with heat issues, but high school and college marching bands also often practice in the heat of August and early September, and play on the same surfaces while wearing uniforms and carrying heavy equipment,” said study author Dawn Emerson. She is an assistant professor of health, sport and exercise sciences at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

For the study, Emerson’s team measured the core body temperatures of musicians in two unidentified college marching bands during rehearsals and football games over one season. Participants swallowed a capsule with sensors to get the measurements.

A core body temperature of more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit signifies heat stroke — the most severe form of exertional heat illness (EHI). It’s a leading cause of death among U.S. high school athletes.

Average overall core temperature was significantly higher in one group: 101.1 degrees before activity for Band 2 versus 99.7 degrees for Band 1; and 101.8 degrees after activity for Band 2 versus 100.2 for Band 1.

Maximum core temperature was 102.7 degrees in Band 2 and 100.6 degrees in Band 1, the findings showed.

Seven members of Band 2 had core temperatures of more than 104 degrees for more than an hour during games, but only one experienced central nervous system dysfunction, indicating exertional heat stroke, according to the report.

The researchers offered several possible reasons why Band 2 had higher core temperatures than Band 1.

Band 2 had longer practices (116 minutes versus 87.5 minutes for Band 1) that started when the temperatures tended to be higher (3:45 p.m. versus 5 p.m. for Band 1). Members of Band 2 may also have been rushing to practice after the end of class, the study authors suggested.

In addition, Band 1 stretched its practices over four days, while Band 2 practiced three days a week, leading to longer practices.

During games, Band 2 performed on artificial turf, which has been shown to cause greater heat stress. Band 1 performed on natural grass. Temperatures on game days were higher for Band 2, according to the study presented Wednesday at a meeting of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, in Las Vegas.

Research presented at meetings is typically considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Emerson said schools need to take steps to prevent EHI in marching band musicians, such as practicing in cooler parts of the day and providing breaks in the shade.

“Schools should use the same recommendations to prevent EHI for marching bands as they use for athletes, such as holding shorter practices the first week so musicians can acclimate to the heat, moving practice times to earlier in the morning or later in the day when heat and humidity are lowest, and ensuring the musicians have rest breaks and access to water,” Emerson advised in an association news release.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more on heat-related illness.

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Canada’s Licensed Producers Band Together Over Advertising Rules

Canada is in the process of legalizing adult-use pot, and most people are ecstatic over it. This is especially true for the licensed producers (LPs) of cannabis across the nation. A point of contention, however, exists over the proposed packaging and advertising guidelines put forth by the government. When the long-awaited Bill C-45 hit the floor in Parliament, one of the […]

Red Band Trailer for ‘Belladonna of Sadness’ Reveals Restored Gem


A long lost masterpiece of psychedelic ‘70s animation is being brought back from oblivion, and now thanks to Cinelicious Pics, SpectreVision and The Cinefamily you can watch a new trailer Eiichi Yamamoto’s controversial 1973 film, Belladonna of Sadness. The provocative adult-targeted anime has been restored in 4K for its first-ever U.S. theatrical release.

Belladonna of Sadness is a mind-bending, sensual story about an innocent young woman named Jeanne who makes a pact with the devil (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai from Akira Kurosawa’s Ran). The animation draws on numerous classic and contemporary artistic inspirations flashing to the beats of Japanese psych rock composed by Masahiko Satoh. The picture was the last in the adult toon Animerama Trilogy produced by Osamu Tezuka and has been restored by Cinelicious from the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements — including over 8 minutes cut from the negative.

The restored Belladonna of Sadness will open May 6 at the new Metrograph theater in New York, San Francisco’s Alamo Drafthouse and at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles the week of May 13, with a national roll-out to follow. Accompanying the release is a book from Hat & Beard and Cinelicious: Belladonna of Sadness: A Companion to the 1973 Cult Japanese Anime Film. The book features first-ever in-depth interviews with Yamamoto, illustrator Kuni Fukai and composer Satoh, plus color art reproductions and interviews with the restoration artists.

The regular and Limited Edition (including Blu-ray, poster, pins and more) of the book are available for preorder on Hat & Bear’s website.

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New $250 Microsoft Band Coming This Month

During a special Windows 10 event today in New York City, Microsoft announced a new version of its fitness- and health-focused Microsoft Band device. The wearable device launches on Oct. 30 for $ 250.

As you can see in the video above, the new Band looks nicer than last year’s model, and now comes with Cortana integration. It also sports GPS tracking, notifications, calorie and sleep tracking, and a new golf-specific feature that tracks your rounds and more.

The Microsoft event is ongoing; watch it here and check back later for more.

Also during the event today, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 has reached 110 million installs and that integration for Xbox One is coming this holiday. In addition, Microsoft is now accepting applications for HoloLens development kits, which will go for $ 3,000.


Rock Band, Dance Central Dev Will Crowdfund Its Next Game

What’s next for Harmonix after Rock Band 4 ships in October? While official details are being kept under wraps for now, Harmonix announced on Thursday that it will launch a campaign for an “unannounced title” through the new crowdfunding platform, Fig. The campaign is slated to go up sometime this fall.

This isn’t the first time Harmonix has tried crowdfunding, as the Boston-based studio raised funds for the new Amplitude on Kickstarter. But Fig is different. Once a regulatory development goes through, it plans to offer actual investment opportunities, in addition to the standard, Kickstarter-style rewards.

In addition, Harmonix chief creative officer Alex Rigopulos will join Fig’s advisory board. Industry figures already on the board including Double Fine CEO Tim Schafer, inXile boss Brian Fargo, Obsidian Entertainment Feargus Urquhart, and Fig CEO Justin Bailey, who formerly worked at Double Fine as COO.

The first game on Fig (unlike Kickstarter, only one game is highlighted at a time) is Outer Wilds, from the indie studio Mobius Digital. The game is looking to raise $ 125,000; at press time, funding stands at just under $ 102,000 with about two weeks to go before the campaign ends.

What are you hoping Harmonix’s next game might be? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Red Band Trailer for ‘Hell and Back’ Unleashed


Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (Robot Chicken, BoJack Horseman) has released the for-mature-auds-only red band trailer for its upcoming stop-motion feature Hell & Back. The R-rated comedy/adventure is directed by Tom Gianas and Ross Shuman, and features the voices of T.J. Miller, Nick Swardson, Mila Kunis, Bob Odenkirk, Susan Sarandon, Danny McBride, Rob Riggle, Jennifer Coolidge and Michael Pena. Hell & Back will be released October 2.

Hell and Back tells the story of best friends Remy (voiced by Nick Swardson) and Augie (T.J. Miller) who set out on a mission to rescue their friend Curt (Rob Riggle) after he is accidentally dragged down to Hell. With the help of a beautiful half human, half demon named Deema (Mila Kunis), the determined duo navigate run-ins with an emasculated Devil (Bob Odenkirk), a sassy angel (Susan Sarandon) and a mythical man (Danny McBride) for one hell of an underworld adventure. The film is produced by Corey Campodonico and Alex Bulkley.

Hell and Back

Hell and Back

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Van Halen Finally Coming to Rock Band

Legendary rock band Van Halen is no stranger to music video games, as Activision dedicated an entire Guitar Hero title to the group in 2009. But the band’s music has never appeared in a Rock Band game before. That’s changing this year with Rock Band 4, Harmonix announced on Monday.

The band’s famous 1984 hit, “Panama,” will be featured on Rock Band 4’s soundtrack, with more songs from the band to come later as downloadable content through the Rock Band Music Store.

Van Halen isn’t the only classic rock band featured on Rock Band 4’s soundtrack. Some other big-name bands include Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, The Outfield, The Who, Rush, Heart, and Van Morrison.

“For years we’ve wanted to bring Van Halen’s music to Rock Band,” Harmonix CEO Steve Janiak said in a statement. “Not only are the songs incredible in their own right, but they’re amazingly fun to play and perform, whether you’re on guitar, bass, drums, or vocals.”

Despite Rock Band 4 being developed on one of the smallest-ever budgets for a Rock Band game, Harmonix pledges that the title will offer a “top-tier” soundtrack (see 17 new songs here). The game launches October 6 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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This week we talk about who’s winning so far: Guitar Hero Live or the new Rock Band, what we want from Mafia 3 and how we feel about the first chapter in King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember.

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Rock Band 4 Instruments May Suffer Stock Shortages

Instruments for Harmonix Music Systems’ Rock Band 4 may be difficult to acquire when the game is released later this year, according to studio CEO Steve Janiak.

Speaking to IGN, Janiak said “the response to our announcement of Rock Band 4 has been incredible” and has indicated a high level of demand for the upcoming rhythm game.

“Demand from both retailers and consumers for product has exceeded out expectations,” explained Janiak, who advised fans to sign up to be alerted when pre-orders go live, which you can do here.

“While we’ll do everything we can to meet demand, the realities of manufacturing and getting hardware on shelves means that we can’t guarantee hardware for everyone on day one without a pre-order,” he continued.

“For those looking for new instruments, pre-ordering ahead of launch will guarantee that you’ll be able to start a band and rock the world with your family and friends this holiday season.”

Rock Band 4’s physical peripherals will be provided by Mad Catz, which has recently enjoyed success creating an official line of arcade sticks for Capcom’s fighting games. Currently, only guitars, drums, and microphones are planned for release.

Harmonix has said the team is “working their asses off” to include Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 controller support on the new consoles.

“We are actively engaged with Sony and Microsoft to support PS3 controllers on the PS4 and Xbox 360 controllers on the Xbox One,” it said.

“It’s tough because a lot of the implementation is out of our control. You’re dealing with radio chips and technology that fundamentally changed between one console and the next. There is some policy we need to work through as well as some nifty engineering we have to work through, which we are.”

Harmonix officially confirmed Rock Band 4 in March and provided a vague 2015 release window for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


Evolve: Watch Metal Band Behemoth’s Bassist Play the Behemoth Monster

Turtle Rock Studios on Friday released a new video called “Behemoth Plays Behemoth,” wherein the bassist of metal band Behemoth–Tomasz Wróblewski AKA Orion–plays the Behemoth monster in Evolve.

“It’s pretty much like being on stage,” Orion says about playing Evolve. “It’s the same feeling.”

Joining Orion in his playthrough is George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, the lead signer of another metal band, Cannibal Corpse. Are they any good at the game? Watch the video and find out.

Behemoth is Evolve’s newest Monster, added to the game on March 31 alongside a heap of other content, including additional maps, Hunters, and more.

Now, if we can only get EA’s Origin game platform to team up with the metal band Origin…

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Guitar Daemon Beats Dark Souls… With Rock Band Controller

Okay, so you already know that Dark Souls is a perversely difficult video game. Like, lean-over-a-balcony-and-get-assaulted-by-a-daemon-difficult.

But, as merciless as it is, one hardcore fan has decided the challenge wasn’t enough and has filmed himself completing Dark Souls using… a Rock Band controller (no, really).

Benjamin “Bearzly” Gwin plugged his plastic Rock Band 1 guitar into his PC and, using an emulator, remapped the guitar’s controls to the Xbox 360 pad (diagram below).

As the video below shows, Gwin strummed and wailed his way through the depraved and dangerous alleyways of Lordran like a phantom Jimi Hendrix (minus, you know, the music and charisma).

Explaining the severe limitations his plastic guitar had on gameplay, Gwin writes on Reddit: “My only movement actions are control vertical movement speed, move to right, and rotate camera left.” Sounds painful.

But Gwin overcame the odds and managed to finish Dark Souls in little more than eleven hours. If that doesn’t inspire you pick up that dusty old Rock Band guitar, nothing will.

Take a look at Gwin killing Ornstein and Smough in the video above.

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