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Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW SONG)
« on: July 15, 2018, 09:48:25 PM »
One morning in KC I wrote 5 songs, just the guitar parts. I asked Vacant want to write about and he said a love ballad. I was like "but I don't know love". Romantic of course lol it's not that rainy a song but now it seems more dramatic then I thought. Then I goofed a mock 50's song like in the intro here and I quickly was like damn this can be a song. It's the only time I've written about this actually, I've managed to avoid any kind of romance related song in the now 2 years I've been at it. "Superior" is the only other time I've written lyrics this real, but it's not a great lyric by any means. The track is alright by my standards, the mix sucks man I wish the bass could pop. I play my best on my songs and you never can hear the stupid bassline. Four acoustic tracks playing the same thing and 2 different ones. 

I Don't Know Love

Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: July 13, 2018, 10:11:10 PM »
Good ol' Stevie T. 

Got some records in KC, the stores where fricking insane. Can't even compare with home because the selection is just better than anything I've seen. I only got 4, could've got more if I went mad but I was being reserved and didn't really dig too hard. Some places where too costy as well, aside from Brothers Music the badass place I got everything from. What a rad and fair priced store.

The Beach Boys, 20/20 

A bunch of random songs put together in a surprisingly good post Pet Sounds album. It goes all over, opening with a robotic and emotionless attempt at a surf song "Do It Again" which sounds like Google eating early tracks and trying to make a classic Beach Boys tune. "I Can Do Music" is quite good, the selection of covers is solid. "The Nearest Faraway Place" is a great instrumental, the highlight of the whole record. "Cabinessence" is included at the end and it makes no sense. The album just suddenly goes into "Our Prayer" near the end, which is stupid, then this weird song about railroads and running the iron horse just comes on. "Never Learn Not to Love" is overshadowed by who Dennis may of wrote it with, but otherwise it's a good listen.


The Byrds, Mr. Tambourine Man

It's about time I actually found this record. I've said many things about the Byrds because they're awesome and this is a classic record, an essential for 60's rock. Can't be missed. "Mr. Tambourine Man" is one of the finest pop songs of the era and the best Bob Dylan cover of all time. Roger McQuinn came up with something new and made a whole awesome album around the idea of that great electric 12-string. His playing isn't super clean either, on many songs he sounds gritty, like "It's No Use" and the instrumental bits. "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" has smashed up my playlists for 3 years, love it, absolutely fantastic and shows the band could do great originals as well. "The Bells of Rhymney" has a legendary guitar breakdown, "Chimes Of Freedom" showcases that magic harmony with David Crosby and the whole record goes on without a bad track. The classics shine brightest, but all in all this should always be mentioned along the best rock albums of the 60's.


The Rolling Stones, Beggars Banquet 

I listened to this album not overly long ago, but now I have it at last. I understand it better, and really got into it. It's not like every song is great, but it keeps up a tone. The band do a lot of cool things. "Sympathy for the Devil" is the kind of song I dislike in every context besides me putting it on. It really is quite a track, but it's easy to forget how good it is. "Street Fighting Man" however is always legendary and I think the very best Stones song aside from maybe  "Waiting On A Friend". The monstrous acoustic and cool ass sitar fills. It's just so awesome. "Stray Cat Blues" is a bastard of a track, "Salt Of The Earth" is classic, "No Expectations" is really good. Keith Richards is very creative throughout and the basslines are so good. It's like they took a bunch of things from songs that inspired them at the time and put it together, and it works well.


Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW SONG)
« on: July 12, 2018, 11:47:25 AM »
I reached the peak of the new songs with the first 2. Without realizing I made 2 of the best, tightest and melodically sound songs of mine. There is only one other song I worked on that much, the rest are just put it together the hope it works with lyrically inspiration I got all around from everywhere possible. It was such an eventful trip, months of happenings in a week, and I saw so many little things that I can base the whole album on my experience easily.

But man what a time it was, really one of the most important things to myself I've done in forever, and without a doubt the best week of my life since summer 2015. I realized what a vacation was actually like for once. It made me feel like the 6 months prior actually paid off. Now that I'm back of course it feels sad and like yup nothing changes, I guess the bummer of life is just that right, you work for those moments but they don't last very long and then you go back to just blah. This is obvious but only this year have I come to understand things better. There are little things along the way as well but it's so easy to just forget it and be like...ugh. Now it feels like...damn...having nothing to work towards or build up to in my life. But this is just the way things are.

This song is just, Eisenhower is in a lot of places in Kansas, from the state sign to the statue of him at the Legends mall, so we thought of Eisenhower's shower and came up with some rhymes that I used in the first verse. Musically I'm very happy with this track, one of my best solos as well. I've not developed a good fast playing technique, I just kind of found out one day after playing so long that I could solo faster than normal. But I'm not accurate or that tight with it quite yet.

Eisenhower's Theorem 

This one is based on IHOP and buying a Chiyomi Anzai figure at the barren wasteland of a con we spent an hour in. Chiyomi is one of my favorite characters from a show I haven't seen because she's just funny anime girl Mussolini. I find Italian heritage and much of it's representation to be funny at times, there is that element of just goofiness that makes me love it and want to sing about it so often. So I did that again. IHOP was so American, and Vacant is some kind of weirdo that eats pancakes with a spoon and thinks it's desert food. 

International House Of Pain

Music / Re: 2018 In Music
« on: July 10, 2018, 09:12:48 PM »
Seiko Oomori, Kusokawa Party 

She's at it again with another album. One that doesn't feel overarching or overly important, but still explodes with song after song of random cool things. "Shinigami" is nothing short of a Seiko masterpiece, a totally amazing and powerful song that kicks off the album on a depressing note. I raved about how it blew me away the other week, and man is it quite a song. and for the opener it's just a kick in the feelings. Easily one of Seiko's most emotional songs for me, it's just violent and massively sad. I love the hell of it, the more I listen the more it just hits me. The album then does a fast rocking song and a classic upbeat but demented Seiko track with "Reality Magic", slightly let down by it's chorus. "Girl's Girl" is fricking great, with the fast verses, great instrumental and out of nowhere chorus. I love this song, it just goes mad then the chorus is a complete roof raiser. "Ameba no Koi" is also fricking hella good. "7:77" rocks like mad, with a mad run away Ani-Pop chorus. Sure enough "Tokyo to Kyou" is just tossed on as a solo acoustic moment that comes in with no real purpose or reason in pacing. "Watashimi" has a good build and "Kimoi Kawa" is monstrous.

As a whole Kusokawa Party feels like a cool selection of songs just tossed around. It's not an altogether epic so much, Seiko just kind of does whatever she feels like. It feels significantly scaled back from kitixxxgaia. "Shinigami" is it's best moment, it remains solid throughout aside from "Tokyo to Kyou" which is just placed near the end because why not. The flow and pacing doesn't feel like it matters. This is really her first big album that feels more like a collection of tracks then anything else. I'm a little let down since "Shinigami" made it seem like this would be an important record, instead it's a good fun quick release, with some amazing songs, Seiko is throwing things out there. Unlike her last three releases it doesn't do anything as a whole and feels clumsy at points. It proves that even the best of artists can't keep such a streak of gold albums going. Songs are great I just hope the album gets better the more I listen, sounds like Seiko still burning to make music but cooling her ambition for a bit.


Music / The Manimal's Music (2 NEW SONGS)
« on: July 10, 2018, 08:44:50 PM »
Back in business. Returning from my trip to Kansas City where I had a valuable and amazing experience like no other with our resident Vacant, Coryn and Nairbons to go back to forum names. I wrote my whole next album with Nair's guitar, coming up with random ideas for songs wherever I could. This song for instance is all Vacant, he sang this ditty out of nowhere when we saw a Mr. Steak grill at Cabela's and this is the song that I worked on the most. I got back yesterday...or early today, and I feel terrible from lack of sleep but I needed to record. I'm currently in a weird state where I know the last week happened but now back at home I feel like I've lost my grip of reality and time...I need to sleep more tonight.

So the next set begins!

The Tragedy Of Mr. Steak 

A cutting edge song about Dunkin's and how it can't compete with Tims.

America Runs On Lies   

Music / Re: 2018 In Music
« on: July 06, 2018, 10:46:14 PM »

Oh God oh my holy my God wow. Seiko's new album is going to be great oh my oh Jeez oh yes. Lay it on me.

Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW EP)
« on: July 01, 2018, 10:23:08 AM »
Provincial Matters (EP)

1. The Siege Of Leningrad
2. To Microwave A Penguin
3. Shed Podcaster
4. Slipper Assassin
5. World End Mika
6. Kansas City *

All songs written & performed by the Manimal sans * Leiber & Stoller 


Here comes the greatest artist from Northern Ontario...who writes songs about his Grandma, Pingu, and the Finns push on Leningrad in the same album...coming in with a hot EP for Canada Day. Which actually is my least Canadian release compared to my last couple. Considering there is a cover of "Kansas City" to be...symbolic.

This EP came about very quickly, I worked on some songs meaning them to be just warm-ups and simple throwaways before 50/90. But suddenly a few days ago I realised I had another EP with this. It lacks the craft the best songs from my last 2 EP's have, only "The Siege Of Leningrad" has any work put in. But that's the point of this EP, plus it caps a trilogy, you gotta have those trilogies. No real theme, mix of silly & serious as normal. 

I pretty much wrote all the lyrics on my phone and used them as I saw fit. In "To Microwave A Penguin" there is a bit about how I didn't like Call Of Duty 2 The Big Red One because one of the missions is against Italy in North Africa, I was like...nah I ain't shooting my Great Grandpa in this game. I thought before in Umaru she had World At War on her floor, which isn't weird at all because who cares about the campaign really, but it's the same kind of thing. There is a bit about how the DNA testing will create a Clone Army and the Dutch will turn the planet into Geonosis. I don't know how. These are topics I want to write full songs about, some stuff here is half done to put the EP out today. "Shed Podcaster" has awful lyrics, I've written to many songs on that topic.

I should try to write songs that aren't about, my country, my heritage, the 2000's, Love Live/K-On! girls, Midnight Stella, random stuff I did when I was younger and Tims. That's like 80% of my output right there.

"The Siege Of Leningrad" is a bit rough however, it gets better after that. I tried to do something, it didn't really work and plus the title is...unfitting. It's just...it just worked when I came up with the song but then the lyrics...ya I know. I wanted to write about the Finns part but man there's like 100x songs recently that I mention Karelia in, time for some new content! This is a random kind of thing, all over really but it caps this era of my music. So now 50/90 will see what's next with my stuff.


break Room / Happy Canada Day!
« on: July 01, 2018, 07:35:58 AM »

Eh bud, looks like it's time for a right good Canada 151 there. Let's celebrate our great campy country by getting Tims or Robins and like listening to Rush and Carly Rae all night. I was saddened, I went to Tims this morning, naturally had The Spirit Of Radio, Subdivisions & Distant Early Warning going from my Rush mixtape, but anyway I got my normal dark roast double double and a sausage breakfast sandwich on an English muffin, but they had no Canada Day donuts! Well frick bud, I just had to settle with the poppy seed loaf, a newer item, but I was crying.   

At the end of last year I went though a whole thought of, what does my nationality mean to me? and what does it mean to be Canadian? There is no deep answer, it's very clear to me, even though my armpit in Northern Ontario might not have the brightest prospects, there is still something to be found all around that makes me feel the spirit. What is the spirit? I can't say bud, you'd have to live here to understand.

This unexciting picture I took in a nearby township says it all for me.


Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW SONG)
« on: June 30, 2018, 08:38:32 AM »
When in doubt write about your Grandma...again. No my Grandma is not violent like this, it just works in the song.

Slipper Assassin 

Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW SONG)
« on: June 29, 2018, 08:42:12 AM »
It's a weird era for my music. I was going to change my name but I was like no, I have to be Barry Goldman. It just works and I kind of wish it didn't but it does so I must go with it. It's the only name sort of my own that fits. So Kanttila Bay is now a Barry Goldman EP and suddenly I got another one going. Kanttila stuff wasn't very good anyway besides "Gloved Hello" and "Summer Soundtrack". I was just wanting to take a break until 50/90 but then all of a sudden all these songs came about so frick, another EP must be made for a trilogy. This is like the failed album era where nothing comes together as a whole because I'm thinking ahead too much. This song is the ultimate do it quick. I wanted to make the bones of a song in less than an hour and I thought, Carly Rae songs are often just one progression with elements added so why not try to do that. So I tried to make a pop song that is still Barry Goldman. It's not amazing or anything just a quick one.

The other guitar parts just came naturally, and boom a song was made. Simple. I gotta finish the EP by Canada Day because then it's boom off to Kansas (if all goes as it does, not going to jinx it). I have 5 songs anyway, just need to sing on two and add bass to another. I should try to make a 6th song also instead of adding my cover of "Kansas City". So I won't get to start on 50/90 right away but I need to have an EP to be symbolic and end this era of my music, the sort of lost period after Skywalk. Yes, I am a big time Barry Goldman historian and everything is an era. This song is obviously about how I feel right now, it's the sequel to "Diver's High" in a way.

World End Mika

Music / Re: 2018 In Music
« on: June 28, 2018, 08:15:57 PM »
Wednesday Campanella, Galapagos 

An 8 song mini album, the group add some more jazzy elements to their sound, still expanding on their trademark tricks. This album has a lot of sounds but it often lacks tune and catchiness like Superman. There are a couple really good songs like "Melos" and the opener "The Bamboo Princess". "Melos" is actually a really really good song. The last two tracks are slower and don't really do much "The Sand Castle" feels awkward melody wise. This set of songs isn't so grabbing right away, but the group continue to do cool things. KOM_I only falters in the before mentioned last songs. It's alright.


Mondo Grosso, Attune / Detune   

Producer dude who gets a bunch of people to sing. Very contemporary chill electro songs, low-key instrumentation that is led by the vocalist. I listened for "False Sympathy" a good song which features BiSH's star member AiNA THE END. Not everything is good, I couldn't wait for the rap in the first song to end, and the piano instrumental is bland. Etsuko Yakushimaru saves the day in the last song because of course she would. The vibe of the album is not bad. There are good elements and the production is varied. A lot seems to depend on who buddy is collaborating with however, it's not surprising the two best songs by far are Etsuko and AiNA's. Worth it for those two tracks alone.


Music / Re: 2018 In Music
« on: June 27, 2018, 08:12:02 AM »
Utada Hikaru, Hatsukoi

20 years in the music scene Utada follows her return album Fantome with...a lot of quiet dramatics. Things start rough with a trilogy of ballads upfront. They are rather uninteresting and not very good melody wise, in fact Utada's high singer does no favours. "Forevermore" is when things get better, a good tune with strategic jazz cymbals and keyboard. "Too Proud" is neat, though the random UK guy rap cameo is weird. "Good Night" has nice guitar, it's a slower song but with more going on and in general a stronger tune then the opening chunk. "Pakuchi No Uta" is a simple but catchy tune. "Ozora de Dakishimete" is a really good tune, it has classic Utada instrumentation.

This is the album I thought Fantome would be, but wasn't. Much slower with lots of string ballads. The album has some good moments after the first bit, it's really just a quieter softer sound. Fantome had more songs that stuck out, Hatsukoi is more low key. I don't think anything after the first 4 songs are bad, now that I know the feel I'll see how it is after more listens. Right now I'm feeling pretty much how I thought I would. It's alright but nothing amazing. Utada is just making the music of her times. She's done so many amazing songs in the last 20 years and it's great that she is still at it making very sincere and honest music.


Also I'm still rocked how good "Shinigami" is. Fricking hell it's just such a ripping track, it has that helpless and hopeless feeling like a movie where everything goes wrong and is unfixable by the end. It's a feeling I've got from Clannad, Little Busters and White Album 2. In fact the track reminds me a bit of "Song For Friends" but way more explosive. I love it so much, Seiko just rips it up. The song is way too good. First I was like "oh this is a balla-oh my God". It's great that she was able to nail this emotion, it's not one I hear too often. The song just creeps up, and when I listen to it I can't stop replaying it because the payoff is so mighty, and the build to it from that piano intro that feels just a little off. It's even better than "draw (a) drow". The melody just gets in my head.

BiSH dropped a new single and video, "NON TiE-UP", without warning. Wow they are good and just getting better and better. The video is awesome, great visuals. They look so cool.

Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: June 26, 2018, 05:52:40 PM »
The playlist that may list a song or two on the avenue. 

Rush : Subdivisions
Sky Ferreira : Everything Is Embarrassing
Subaeris : Crying Pyramid
Future Girlfriend Music : Crazy Nights
ESPRIT : Summer Night 
Neon Bunny : Now
Asobi Seksu : Thursday
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu : Kimi No Mikata   
Perfume : Mugenmirai
Seiko Oomori : Silent Majority
Palm : (Didn't What You Want) Happen
Kero Kero Bonito : You Know How It Is
The Smiths : Nowhere Fast
The Beach Boys : Let Him Run Wild
Nico : The Fairest Of The Season
Ozzy Osbourne : Diary Of A Madman
Morrisey : Everyday Is Like Sunday
DAOKO : Suisei 
iri : Slowly Drive
Wednesday Campanella : Zeami
The Beatles : Kansas City / Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey
Bruce Springsteen : Independence Day 
Lorde : A World Alone
Utada Hikaru : Time Will Tell 

Rush really really clicked recently when I put on Moving Pictures, as I have a number of times over the years, but this time it was like wow. Of course I always mention Rush and love them for being Canada's band, and I listen to them now and then casually. But when I finally listened to Signals I was alarmed like oh my God this is an amazing album. "Subdivisions" is a pure masterpiece, the best use of synths in all rock music ever period. It and Limelight are the two greatest Canadian rock songs ever. It's just so fricking good, the lyrics are unbelievable and Geddy sounds perfect. The way it goes into the chorus, changing the drum beat smoothly and going over the riff bars before the "subdivisions" sample voice. Brilliance, Rush where the best when they made the prog tight and in the context of a "pop" song. Not to mention how all the changes work perfectly, man oh man. Imagine making a song this good. Now I've just been listening to them more than before.
I'm obsessed with "Let Him Run Wild". I just found out about it this year, it's the best pre-Pet Sounds Beach Boys song. It's perfect, an amazing short song with remarkable melodies and instrumentation. It's basically a Pet Sounds sound right before the album was made. Kyary certainly lost her relevance but her new single is good, still Nakata has overdone it between her and Perfume. I still like Perfume and the new stuff isn't bad, but he's been doing the same production tricks for a decade now. Perfume's debut is a remarkable album and the production is still top notch, but he's just done too much of the same thing between a number of artists. 

MR Pub / Re: The Manimal's Unbelievable Gameplay Commentary
« on: June 26, 2018, 04:34:43 PM »
I'm still making these dumb videos. It started as a joke but then I started to just talk seriously and now I enjoy sitting for like 10-15 minutes and talking about anything while playing a dumb game I don't care about. It was ironic 100% until I enjoyed making the videos and just kept going.

Some of the best episodes of the last while if ya just wanna listen to me ramble, the video part is unnecessary. I ended up logging my life right before a very eventful time, so these videos have served some weird purpose for me.


Complete playlist (45 videos to date)

Music / Re: 2018 In Music
« on: June 22, 2018, 09:08:41 PM »

This album is going to be fricking good and it's going to be the opener!

What an awesome song, sounds soft and has a really neat verse melody, but that chorus is nasty. Such an aggressive and mature sounding song. Even her look, she changes in little ways so much and it's not even been that long since she took off. What a build up as well, with such an explosive pay off. As a PV before the album this is a lot different than "Dogma Magma", an actually mighty ballad. It takes a lot for me to like a J Ballad but if it's Seiko that's not hard at all. Man oh man, what is this album going to be jeez. I just keep playing the song, I love the tone. This is a fricking good song. and a really depressing song to. Man this is good. 

First there's Utada's album next week but man...it's not even going to be close. I just hope it's enjoyable. 

I missed this song when it came out, it won't be on the next album. This is really good to! Man.

This one is on the next record. This is just not going to be a good time. That Tokyo PV song will be on here as well, hopefully in a full band version. I mean it's fine as it is, but Seiko needs backing to make her songs pack a full punch for me.

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