2 days of FUN!

Pacific Media Expo 2007
Veterans' Day
Holiday Weekend
November 9 to 11, 2007
Hilton Los Angeles Airport

News

June Raffle
Win a softbound Japanese script for the anime Claymore autographed by Takahiro Umehara, and 2 PMX 08 full badges! (June Raffle closed on 06.30.08) (06.20.08)

PMX 2008
PMX will be returning to the LAX Hilton during Veterans Day Weekend, November 7-9, 2008. (06.08.08)

May Raffle
Win an autographed DVD of Flash Point and Goodies from The Forbidden Kingdom! (May Raffle closed on 05.31.08) (05.16.08)

April Raffle
Win an autographed CD from the band The Slants! (April Raffle closed on 04.30.08) (04.24.08)

March Raffle
Win an Angelic Pretty poster, signed by Maki and Asuka! (March Raffle closed on 03.31.08) (03.24.08)

February Raffle
Win a DVD Box Set of the K-Drama series My Lovely Sam Soon, and 2 free memberships to PMX 2008! (February Raffle closed on 02.29.08) (02.21.08)

January Raffle
Win an autographed Thee Out Mods demo CD, and 4 free memberships to PMX 2008! (January Raffle closed on 01.25.08) (01.16.08)

Photo Album / '08 Pre-Reg
Myspace photo album has been posted! For returning members, we are offering November 11, 2007 ONLY a $20 special price on pre-registration for PMX 2008. (11.11.07)

Ragnaholics Unite!
The Ragnaholics forum is hosting a Ragnarok Online panel with special guests from the game. Saturday, Nov. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Pasadena Hollywood Gardens. Q&A, games, prizes and fun!. (11.08.07)

Anime Schedule Added
The detailed schedule grids have been updated. (11.07.07)

Anime consumes another
Kenjiro Tsuda will be unable to attend PMX due to scheduling conflicts with a new anime project. (11.06.07)

James Kyson Lee
James plays Ando on Heroes and will be appearing at PMX this year! (11.06.07)

K-Drama Track Expanded
The detailed schedule grids have been updated. (11.05.07)

PMX Facebook Event
Facebook users, please join our facebook event and invite your friends! (11.05.07)

Collin Chou
This martial arts movie veteran will discuss his career and talk about his latest project. (11.05.07)

A day with Spike Spencer
Voice Actor Spike Spencer educates and entertains all comers at his three panels on Sunday. (11.05.07)

Asian Food Challenge
Only the strongest stomach shall prevail! Rules, prizes, and sign-up information are here. (11.05.07)

OLIVIA auction is over!
The PMX06 guitar autographed by OLIVIA has been SOLD for 101,100 Yen! (11.05.07)

Programming Schedule
It's here! The grid schedules for programming are up on the Programming Page. (11.05.07)

Convention Hours
An overview of PMX convention hours has been posted to the home page. (11.04.07)

Live programming
Descriptions of the Panels and Workshops at PMX has been posted. (11.01.07)

Movies and drama
PMX announces the Asian Cinema and Korean Drama that will be shown during the convention. (11.01.07)

OLIVIA auction is live!
PMX is auctioning off a Roswell Rhoads Jackson custom electric guitar autographed by OLIVIA. (10.26.07)

Brunch tickets are OPEN!
Enjoy an elegant tea party while you watch a runway fashion show of Angelic Pretty's new Sweet Lolita fall collection. Details here. (10.26.07)

Concert ticketing
The policy for concert tickets have been posted in the Music tab. Performance dates have also been posted. (10.25.07)

Gothic lead
Cure Magazine and Anime Jungle are bringing MYM, lead vocalist of the Japanese Gothic rock band GaGaalinG for an autograph signing in the Exhibit Hall. (10.25.07)

CosFest signups
Registration for the PMX CosFest is now open. (10.23.07)

Pumping the phones
PMX adds Head Phones President to its music lineup. (10.22.07)

Artists signups
The Exhibits tab has been updated with information on how to sign up for Artists Market tables and Exhibit Hall booths. (10.22.07)

Scouting the area
The Location tab has been updated with information about nearby eateries and parking options. (10.22.07)

All dressed up...
The dress code for the Angelic Pretty Fashion Brunch have been posted. (10.19.07)

New tunes
Check out samples of music from The Candy Spooky Theater in the music player above. (10.16.07)

Bringing more music
PMX adds two more bands to its lineup: The Candy Spooky Theater and D&L. (10.15.07)

More hip-hop
Hip-hop crews Kaba Modern and Get Down Dolls will be participating in PMX's .pure furisuta event. (10.15.07)

Three more guests
PMX announces a trio of anime guests of honor: Voice actress Yukana, Director Hiroyuki Tanaka, and Character designer and animator Takahiro Umehara. (10.14.07)

Angelic Pretty designers
Information about Angelic Pretty designers Asuka and Maki have been added. (10.05.07)

Twisted Tea Party 2007
Information and rules for the Twisted Tea Party has been posted. (10.05.07)

The Slants to perform
Enjoy the dance/rock blend of The Slants. Clear your cache and check out their music samples on the streaming audio player above. (10.04.07)

OLIVIA guitar auction
The auctioning of the custom OLIVIA guitar will start Oct. 28. Stay tuned for more information. (10.03.07)

Fly to PMX
Take American Airlines to LAX and receive a 5% discount on your ticket. See our Location page for more information. (10.03.07)

Press, industry & panel registration available
Please see here for press and here for industry and panel reg. (09.27.07)

hip-hop dance exhibition
.pure furisuta is an evening of dance performances and an afternoon of workshops, featuring crews from Southern California. Special guest performance from one of So.Cali's #1 b-boy/hip-hop crews, Sickstep. (09.25.07)

Loli news
PMX announces the attendance of Angelic Pretty. Designers Maki and Asuka will be participating in a variety of events, including a brunch and boutique. (09.24.07)

Time extended!
We're extending the first registration deadline due to an imminent announcement. Take advantage of the pre-reg discount. Click to register for PMX. (09.20.07)

Thee Out Mods to perform
Local j-rockers Thee Out Mods join the PMX lineup and will be playing with LiN CLOVER. (09.18.07)

LiN CLOVER to perform
Japanese band LiN CLOVER will be attending PMX as performing guests of honor. Check out their music samples on the streaming audio player above. (09.15.07)

Volunteer for PMX
Spend a few hours each day helping out PMX and earn yourself free admission and maybe more. Click for more details. (09.13.07)

Weapons policy posted
The cosplay weapons policy is now online. (09.10.07)

Online registration is open
Register for PMX now! (09.06.07)

OLIVIA guitar auction
PMX and AVEX have joined to offer up a custom guitar signed by OLIVIA and her band. Win the guitar featured in OLIVIA's "Into the Stars" PV. Auction proceeds benefit aspiring Asian and Asian-American artists. (07.07.07)

Attention all students
PMX introduces a program that allows free admission for select officers of high school and college clubs. For more information, see our Community page. (07.26.06)

Location, location, location
The Hilton hotel is now taking reservations for PMX. Reserve now and secure the special PMX convention rate. See PMX's Location page for more details, or go straight to the Hilton's page specifically for PMX. (07.06.21)
 
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The Slants

Performing Sunday, Nov. 11

the slants asian dance rock PMX Pacific Media Expo Music Live band The Slants will be live and in concert at Pacific Music Live.

Make sure you stop by their booth in the PMX exhibit hall.

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The Slants hail from Portland, Oregon, and are one of the only, if not the only, Asian dance/rock bands in the country. They have been exploding with success fueled by anime and Asian-culture obsessed fans even before a lineup was fully established.

It's been said that everything that could be done in music has been done already. It's been said that new artists are inherently boring, with not much new that is original or creative to offer. But those people hadn't heard The Slants (yet), a band who has everyone screaming for some "Chinatown Dance Rock."

the slants asian dance rock PMX Pacific Media Expo Music Live band It was early 2006 when Simon Young decided to leave his group, The Stivs, to start something more of a synth-pop outfit. In essence, synthesizer-driven rock n' roll with an Asian twist. Enter Gaijin, who answered one of Young's numerous calls for Asian musicians. Though he wasn't Asian himself, the two found a common love for The Faint, Depeche Mode, New Order, Joy Division, and of course, sushi. After some shuffling with the line up, The Slants were formed and began playing in mid-2007.

Within three months of their first show, The Slants have already found themselves with international press (print, radio, and internet), requests to perform in four different continents, and even played for a gathering of 3,000 fans. Also, within this time, they released their first record: "Slanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts."

"Slanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts" has everything that a perfect record should have: shattering hooks and anthemic choruses, powerful guitar and keyboard lines, and just the right mix of rock with darker, dance themes -- all with an Asian twist. The self-recorded, self-produced, and self-released record quickly caught media attention, with press from Asian Week (the world's largest English printed Asian newspaper worldwide), the Asian Reporter, Willamette Week, Shojo Beat (an international teen girl's magazine), and more! It seemed like everyone can't but help dance to the beat being played in The Slants' army.

On the album, Aron's voice powers through songs reflecting of love and loss, as well as thoughtful prose about struggling with an Asian identity in American Society. Jen Cho leads the way with danceable synth leads, as well as adds sultry back-up vocals in tracks like "Kokoro (I Fall to Pieces)" and "I Want Everything." Throughout the album, AC's pulsating drums keep the dance flavor alive.

Audiences everywhere have fallen in love with the band after watching them as well. At the first show after the album was released, over 200 copies were sold. Furthermore, The Slants spent nearly six hours autographing copies of the cd, posters, and other merchandise picked up by their fans. "It's been very exciting for us," says lead singer Aron, "we're able to give these kids an Asian hero now."

PDX-Pole calls The Slants "controversial but well loved." It's true, the name has stirred some controversy, bringing the band even more attention. Bassist and founder Simon Young explains, "Most of the people that find our name racist aren't even Asian! We're saying to the world 'We're proud of who we are, we aren't going to hide it.' In fact, our biggest support has been from the Asian community itself!"

"Slanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts" reflects some of the same themes. Aron explains "We have a song called Sakura, Sakura where we take hateful rhymes about Asians and we turn them into a song about unity and being proud of our heritage." But the band is more than just sharing similar ethnic heritages: Jen Cho explains that "everyone pays attention to our name. We might be met with a lot of skepticism at first. Once they see us play, they realize that we're serious musicians and not just a kitschy music project."

Indeed, the culmination of all of the band members' experience totals to over 2,500 live performances, several cross-country tours, hundreds of hours in the studio, and working with some of the biggest names in the business. However, The Slants are now poised to take on the world with their own music and presence, their own name. Like the power of the rising sun, The Slants are bold, majestic, and filled with unlimited potential to light the dark ignorance of society...all while melting people's faces off with "Chinatown Dance Rock!"

THE SLANTS Story:

Act I:
Our story begins on the streets of Hong Kong, Saigon, Osaka, Seoul, and Tokyo. It is a struggle of immense proportions, as each person's story is riddled with tragedy, sorrow, bloodshed and revenge. Seeking a better tomorrow, Simon Young Siu-Lung (formerly of The Stivs), forms the brotherhood of THE SLANTS: a triad movement that would give rise to a troupe of seeking violent justice.

Act II:
Enter members Gaijin, Gwei Lo, and Jen Cho. Their mission becomes more clear as they begin writing music akin to a cacophony of melodic rock intricacy tempered by darker, dance themes; music that makes "you want to kill." The very idea of the band, combined with their early demo tracks, leave record labels and promotional agencies smitten and hungering for more. Aron soon joins as vocalist and frontman, giving a bombastic attack and opening the way for anthemic choruses and shattering hooks. The sound is rich, taking from rock and dance icons such as The Faint, Depeche Mode, and Joy Division but giving it an asian spin; the dream is one step closer...

Act III:
As THE SLANTS prepare the stage for their first release and series of tours, it is like the power of the rising sun: majestic, bold, beautiful...and filled with frightening power.

"...usually every show, at least one of us ends up bleeding." (Simon Young interview with Pretty Vacant 01/06)

The Slants are:
Vocals: Aron
Bass: Simon Young
Guitar/Keys: Gaijin
Guitar: Johnny
Keys: Jen Cho
Drums: AC

Find out more about The Slants:
* at myspace
* at their website
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