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B-Side Music Portraits On Sale Now
Photographer Rita Antonioli has just released her latest collection of portraits, B-Side Music Portraits. The book literally features subjects from A (Laurie Anderson) to Z (Hector Zazou), and includes an introduction by Patti Smith. Also included is Rita's portrait of Ryuichi taken in Italy.

B-Side Music Portraits is available for purchase online, but grab a copy quick as only 1,500 copies were printed.


Sakamoto BBC1 Mix Available Online
There are still a few more days for you to hear Ryuichi's mix created for Mary Anne Hobbs' groundbreaking experimental show on BBC Radio 1.

Inspired by Sakamoto's music selection, Mary Anne took things a step further, and created an entirely beatless, ambient special program which you'll definitely want to check out.

Ryuichi's selections for the show were:

Clear, Tilman Ehrhorn
Data.Duplex, Ryoji Ikeda
Kone, Pan Sonic
Pull Moll, Microstoria & Mouse on Mars
the elegant universe, AOKI Takamasa
[Linda Music] Gboyo: Music For Dancing, Central African Republic
Yangissa, Aka Pygmies
Amstel , Opiate
Circa 1666, SND
Grounding, Taylor Deupree & Christopher Willits
Father, Aphex Twin
Ligeti / Etude No.4 , Fanfares, Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Return, George Crumb
like a rolling stone, cornelius
Voluspa°≠ I (The Prophecy of the Seeress, Part 1), Sequentia
Extrit de "raft" 2002, Laurie Anderson
Musical Sticks, Mbuti Pygmies
One for Violin Solo, Nam June Paik


Babel Claims Seven Oscar Nominations
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel recently won Best Drama honors at the Golden Globe Awards, and now has been nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Film, Director, two nominations for Supporting Actress, and Original Score.

Babel prominently features Sakamoto's only love can conquer hate from Chasm, as well as Bibo no Aozora from 1996. Also included on the Babel soundtrack along with other music that provided inspiration for the filmmakers are a new version of Bibo, and Sakamoto's collaboration with David Sylvian, World Citizen-i won't be disappointed.

The Oscars will be announced on Sunday, February 25th. Visit the official Oscars site for a full list of nominees.


Sakamoto Programs BBC 1 Radio Electronic Show 1/19
Tune in to Mary Anne Hobbs of BBC Radio 1's pioneering electronic show (Thursday night - Friday morning 2-4am) this Friday, January 19th beginning at 2:00 AM to hear Ryuichi Sakamoto's playlist created especially for this show.

Mary Anne got her break in radio at BBC GLR on Sunday mornings alongside Mark Lamarr, before she was poached by Radio 1 in 1997. Mary Anne's time at Radio 1 has been hectic°ń she has hosted shows from all the major award ceremonies: Q, NME, Brits, Kerrang, Mercury Music Prize, and has made documentaries about artists as diverse as David Bowie and The Sex Pistols. She championed comedy god Ricky Gervais in his pre-Office days, hosted a movie review show with Mark Kermode called Cling Film. founded and fronted the award-winning Radio 1 Rock Show for five years.

For those of you outside the UK, you can catch Ryuichi's special playlist streaming on Mary Anne's Radio 1 site live, and archived for one week following the initial broadcast.


Sakamoto Programs BBC 1 Radio Electronic Show 1/19
Tune in to Mary Anne Hobbs of BBC Radio 1's pioneering electronic show (Thursday night - Friday morning 2-4am) this Friday, January 19th beginning at 2:00 AM to hear Ryuichi Sakamoto's playlist created especially for this show.

Mary Anne got her break in radio at BBC GLR on Sunday mornings alongside Mark Lamarr, before she was poached by Radio 1 in 1997. Mary Anne's time at Radio 1 has been hectic°ń she has hosted shows from all the major award ceremonies: Q, NME, Brits, Kerrang, Mercury Music Prize, and has made documentaries about artists as diverse as David Bowie and The Sex Pistols. She championed comedy god Ricky Gervais in his pre-Office days, hosted a movie review show with Mark Kermode called Cling Film. founded and fronted the award-winning Radio 1 Rock Show for five years.

For those of you outside the UK, you can catch Ryuichi's special playlist streaming on Mary Anne's Radio 1 site live, and archived for one week following the initial broadcast.


Babel Leads Golden Globe Noms
The Golden Globe nominations have been announced, and Babel leads all films with a stunning seven nominations. The film has been nominated for the following Golden Globe categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actress (Adriana Barraza), Best Supporting Actress (Rinko Kikuchi), and Best Score.

The nominees were obviously pleased with the film's strong showing:

"To be in the company of my fellow cast member Rinko Kikuchi, and BABEL co-star Cate Blanchett is beyond words. I never imagined having my name appear next to Cate's and the other nominees, all of whom I believe represent the greatest contemporary actors of our time. This is a marvelous dream realized. I am humbled by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's acknowledgment and thank them from the bottom of my heart for this honor which I will cherish all my life." Said nominee Adrian Barraza.

"I'm honored. I'm really at a loss for words. It is my pleasure to be part of such a wonderful film. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this unbelievable honor." Rinko Kikuchi said.

Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu said the nominations were "a beautiful gift," and called Babel "a film that, in the end, leaves you with a feeling that you need to touch and express and explore humanity in a profound way."

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton on NBC in the US on Monday, January 15th beginning at 8:00 PM. Tim Allen, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Dustin Hoffman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Djimon Hounsou, Steven Spielberg, Renee Zellweger, Drew Barrymore, Steve Carell, George Clooney, Dane Cook, Geena Davis, Cameron Diaz, Hugh Grant, Adrian Grenier, Jake Gyllenhaal, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Terrence Howard, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Sienna Miller, Sarah Jessica Parker, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlie Sheen, David Spade, John Stamos, Ben Stiller, Sharon Stone, Hilary Swank, Justin Timberlake, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Reese Witherspoon, James Woods and the cast of °»Heroes°… are slated to be presenters.


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