Apparently there are some problems with the host server, which is why OFF THE LOCK or BNP are sometimes not reachable due to reboots or maintenance of the host system.
I find this annoying as much as you do, but there's nothing I can do since it's provider related.
Japan's most famous guitarist, and beloved guitarist of B'z, Tak Matsumoto, has finished creating just another new guitar(after introducing the new Gibson Tak Matsumoto DC Custom models), but this time it's for Epiphone, which is part of Gibson, just that Epiphone's guitars aim for customers with lower budgets.
The "Epiphone Tak Matsumoto DC Custom" will go on sale exclusively in Japan on December 25th, 2009 and will be priced at 122,850 Yen (about $1100).
Taken from Epiphone's Website:
Epiphone Announces the Release of the New Epiphone "Tak Matsumoto Signature DC Custom"Coming Out On Christmas Day Exclusively in Japan
Tokyo, Japan-December 18, 2009. Leading guitar maker Epiphone announces the release of the new "Epiphone Tak Matsumoto Signature DC Custom" available exclusively in Japan on December 25th 2009. Tak Matsumoto is one of the Japan's leading guitarists and a member of the popular rock band B'z.
you might have noticed some strange things happening to OTL or BNP in particular as I was moving the data from one server to another.
The reason for this is that I have upgraded my server once again. The monthly fee won't change at all, but now I have 1GB memory, 25GB harddisk space and 5 TB traffic at my disposal. I hope I didn't mess anything up, and there will be more updates (website/forum related) in the future. Finally I have the time at hand, to fix all the problems that have been around for so long. A good example would be the messed up smiley set on the forums.
On a related note, I have upgraded WordPress to version 2.9, which came out today.
Also, I want to use the chance and announce a project that Jd- and me have been pursuing for some time now: The B'z Wiki
I know, we came up with an idea of building up a huge database about B'z but it didn't work out in the end because the whole project was just too huge for the two of us to handle. A few months later, I thought that perhaps we could use the MediaWiki software to get the job done, dropped the idea later though because I didn't have spare time to work on it seriously. Now, that I have some free time, I'd like to introduce you to it, and it's not completely done yet -- not by a long shot. To complete this task, we need your help!
I'll announce details in a few days, so stay tuned.
The positive reception to SAHARA may lead to another edition. As per Slash's Twitter account:
Hey, thanks for all the compliments on "Sahara," we might have an english version on the album.
Slash's solo album isn't set for release until next year, but he had previously noted that SAHARA would be a Japan exclusive. The potential English version may not feature vocals by Koshi, however--we'll keep you posted as it develops. Fingers crossed!
And you thought their music was diverse; look at the albums Koshi & Tak listed as their favorite releases from the year of 2009. One of them doesn't fit with the rest, to say the least. Certainly an interesting choice, I'd say.
Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
Neal Schon - Beyond the Thunder
Superfly - Box Emotions
GReeeeN - Shio, Kosho
The Beatles - Complete Box Set
Band of Skulls - Baby Darling Doll Face Honey
OneRepublic - All the Right Moves
Cage The Elephant - Self-Titled Debut Album
Kings of Leon - Only By the Night
Vladimir Davidovich Ashkenazy - The Second Movement of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto
According to one of her latest blog posts, she has recorded a few songs with Koshi Inaba.
Update: The blog posting has been removed to prevent leaking of information, apparently. (hahahahaha)
(Translated from Japanese)
Today, I participated in the recording for Koshi Inaba's new solo album ♪
This time I was playing the first violin, too, and the songs from Koshi's new album are really great!!
The songs I got to hear were all wonderful☆
Source: Kozue Hayashi Official Blog (Post has been deleted)
For those who are wondering why she said "too", she was also involved in the recording of B'z latest album "MAGIC". Namely "MY LONELY TOWN" and "TINY DROPS".