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Messages - Manimal

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Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: April 23, 2018, 10:19:51 PM »
Spring is here and it's Yui season everyone. Much like the Ramones, Yui is a somewhat seasonal artist that I can listen to over and over and not tire of. Utada is always the best in J Pop, but Yui's music always delivers what I need. I think she has the best melodies along with the greatest flow, her singing is perfect and the guitar power on the songs, with the layers of electric, acoustic, little leads, e-bow etc. is just killer. Her emotive songs hit, but it's the up tempo ones I always go to. Summer Song is literally the most perfect summer song I have ever heard, and Driving Happy Life has a feeling and melody that just...ugh. Yui just doesn't get old, it's a shame she just disappeared from music altogether, she was so good. But she atleast gave us some fine albums, that maybe don't sound like my life but perhaps sound like what I want my life to sound like. A lot of my favorite music has that quality. 

Yui's voice feels like summer heat. On Driving Happy Life you can feel the sun in the first turn of the verse melody. and Summer Song instantly gets the movie reels in your head replaying your past summertimes from the sound of the acoustic. Kiss Me sounds like sunset at camp on the dock, or out of the sauna. Find Me, Laugh Away, Shake My Heart, is goes on and on, these songs just speak so vividly to me and I don't tire of them. Yui might not have had the big impact Utada, Seiko and others have had on me, but her music has been very important to me for it's quality, a quality I've not found in any artist since.

Somehow I have not made a Yui mixtape until now which I shall fix. Recording on a 60 minute as always. No sad songs, as great as Good-Bye Days is it makes me too sad to put on a fun mix for the car. I'm an actual mixtape a proper mixtape on a cassette tape you losers stop using the word wrong pro, almost 5 years since I made my first one, and the people still act amazed when I buy a box of blanks from the store. It's just a normal part of my life.

Laugh Away
Rolling Star 
My Generation
Ready To Love 
Find Me
Summer Song
Driving Happy Life 
No Way
I Do It
Shake My Heart
It's All Too Much
Kiss Me   

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Devola's Stuff
« on: April 23, 2018, 11:40:50 AM »
Fun cast here, the characters look good especially the armored one. Everything is put together very well here. So. Much. Style.

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Gabryel's Gallery
« on: April 23, 2018, 11:37:10 AM »
Good stuff! As normal the soft colouring looks good, detailed and well defined. Always good to see more from you!

Music / Re: The Manimal's Music (Another Song?)
« on: April 22, 2018, 01:07:03 PM »
Haha, thanks for listening. Eh, just a simple apple heist in BC, you know doing some wicked stuff. What you mean you can't understand when I shout like a dip and jumble words in a confusing manner? Ya I know what you mean though.

Another song today. It's um, I made it in like 2 seconds and wrote the lyrics while the water was boiling for mah noots. I don't actually say "zed" but as part of making my music as Canadian as possible I must take it on. Well, this set is shaping up more like random details of my life that are mundane but amusing to only me. Musically this is me trying to improve the rhythms of my songs, I'm quite happy with my bassline on this track though it doesn't punch althrough well in the verse. 

Camp Lazlo

Music / The Manimal's Music (2 NEW SONGS)
« on: April 22, 2018, 11:48:11 AM »
This is likely the most hell raising jam I have made ever. I'm quite happy with that despite how it sounds. This has far more feeling and...well endurance and ability to it then my sloppy "punk" jams like "One Hopeless Buyer". This drum track was hella hard for something so simple. I had to go robot mode and stop thinking just to keep up. I've never played such a beat so straight for this long.

Fraser Valley Apple Heist

This is a different thing now, well slightly. I did some brand new to me tricks. It turned out some what I suppose.

Awkward Potato   

Movies and TV shows / Re: The last movie you have watched
« on: April 21, 2018, 10:45:56 PM »
HBO's 3 hour special Elvis Presley : The Searcher

A documentary built of only old videos & footage with additional footage of Graceland that paints a picture of Elvis' character from the beginning and end of his life. Different people are interviewed to piece together the story, and it tries to present the importance and impact Elvis had, along with how his career decisions affected him, and what motivated and inspired him throughout. For this the movie does, and it's easy to paint an image of Elvis with what is presented. Sort of a tragedy of a good natured kid with a pure love of music who is exploited and milked to death. Unlike other documentaries of the kind, there is no narrator nor video footage of the people like Bruce, Tom Petty etc. who are interviewed. 

It's really only a film for people who like Elvis, it starts kind of boring with a lot of "it was so brilliant" type endless praising. But by the army period things get interesting. There is not a ton of new things to see here, but it's a worthwhile documentary in it's presentation. More dramatic then I thought, and it all anchors around the 68' Comeback Special, climaxing with the incredible performance of "If I Can Dream", one of the most raw and honest things he ever did. Elvis is worth remembering fondly, and I hope he is not written off in the future. The documentary does glance over a few things though to keep with it's narrative of Elvis as a tragic character, but it shows the brilliance of his music when it was brilliant quite well.

I also watched Rumble : The Indians Who Rocked The World

A documentary that goes over native peoples impact on Rock/contemporary music. Focuses on key artists like Redbone, Buffy, Link Wray, Randy Castillo, even Jimi Hendrix. It's an interesting tale that is virtually unknown, there are a couple neat tidbits here and the ways it suggests some traditional native sounds carried over to Rock and Pop. It was a little clumsy I feel, and missed some bands like Blackfoot but you can't have everyone (nothing from Northern Ontario either, although that is nearly as obscure as Canadian music gets). Regardless, it's a good topic to make a documentary on, and trace some roots of Rock n' Roll further then what we commonly know while going over the artist's struggles with their own identity. It makes you think of an element in Rock music that you would have never considered before anyway. Not bad, you may learn a thing or two from watching it.

Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: April 19, 2018, 07:22:19 PM »
Dish The Playlist Please : Part II - New Plates, Hot Takes

The Soft Boys : I Wanna Destroy You
The Smiths : Shakespeare's Sister
Beach Fossils : Careless
The Byrds : I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
Van Halen : Secret
Utada Hikaru : Shiawase Ni Narou
Mika Nakashima : Aroma
Wednesday Campanella : Three Mystic Apes
DAOKO : Juicy
Carly Rae Jepsen : Hurt So Good
Katy Perry : International Smile 
Yukari : Yule
YESEO : Lazy Mary Jane
Neon Bunny : It's You
Rina Sawayama : Alterlife
Fugazi : Styrofoam
Sonic Youth : Titanium Expose   
Rush : Red Barchetta
Redbone : Liquid Truth
Lorde : A World Alone


MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2018
« on: April 19, 2018, 12:18:09 PM »
Random question.

When you guys say it, do you say "America", "The States", "The US", "Texas & Other States" etc. I notice where I live people often say "The States" like "I'm going down to the States" (aka Minnesota). I always say America because even if it's the whole of the continents it's well...America.     

Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:17:08 PM »
Dish the playlist please.

Redbone : Sweet Lady Of Love
Michael Jackson : Rock With You
Utada Hikaru : Traveling
Rina Sawayama : 10-20-40
YESEO : Million Things
Yukari : Just Friend
Neon Bunny : All I Want Is You
Macross 82-99 : Belong
DAOKO : Ichibanboshi 
The Beatles : It's All Too Much
The Smiths : Handsome Devil
The Replacements : Can't Hardly Wait
Rush : Fly By Night
Bruce Springsteen : I'm On Fire
Lucite Tokki : Every You
BAND-MAID : anemone
Palm : Theme From Rock Island
Charli XCX : Unlock It     
Mika Nakashima : Seppun
The Clash : All The Young Punks (New Boots and Contracts)     

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Devola's Stuff
« on: April 18, 2018, 11:43:37 AM »
Hey you're back.

Great art as ever, colours look good, nice poses and expressions. Vibrant characters and great style!

Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: April 17, 2018, 07:58:27 PM »
Redbone, Wovoka         

Mad groovy and full of great 70's funk goodness. This is a very enjoyable album, with the band's biggest hit "Come And Get Your Love" and many other great tracks, in fact the whole thing is great. The basslines move, the drums are quite interesting also. Some great grooves and rhythms here. Guitars are wonky, sitar guitar sound on "23rd and Mad". The band bring native themes in their lyrics and certain bits like the "Wovoka Chant". The song "Someday (A Good Song)" is accurate...because it is a good song. Like all the songs. The album seems to be virtually unknown besides the big hit, it's a great funky record worth a listen.

They Might Be Giants, Lincoln 

A joyous and whacky rock album with a ton of fun songs, catchy tunes and a great spirit. There's humor and silliness, and also really good tunes with cool tricks and a variety of sounds among the minute to 2 minute length tracks. The vocals are full of personality, with odd lyrics about pencil rain and purple toupees. It's an intensely enjoyable album that doesn't seem to take itself too serious, but still focuses on making good tunes. I like the spirit of this record, it was very fun to listen to and didn't have a bad song! I must hear more from the band now.


Yukari, Echo 

Korean "chillwave", dreamy electronic sounds, produced, performed and composed solely by Yukari. It's a good album, with a very lonely sound. The opener "Just Friends" has very wavy sounds with a great dynamic pick up. There are nice sounds throughout that create great tones. I do love the sound of chillwave type stuff, it's very emotive and dreamy. I like that Yukari is a one girl unit, making her music feel more personal. Echo is full of fantastic sounds, I'm really liking this kind of music.


Aseul, New Pop 

I didn't realize until I just read her Bandcamp page that Aseul is Yukari. Odd though, while Echo is quite good, New Pop is...not. This electro pop album falls flat and runs on far too long, every song is virtually the same and it's all just kind of boring. The tracks never really go anywhere and the vocals are just a distant voice the whole time. There are plenty of cool background sounds, and song by song there are some nice effects and bits of production, but as an album it's just not interesting. I like some songs, like "Gong" with it's Linkin Park piano, and other tracks with guitar sounds, but as a whole it runs far too long on one tone.


YESEO, Million Things 

You may think I'm simple and like anything with 2000's R&B themes and soft girl vocals. This is true, and this 30 minute album is full of that. With the electro sounds, layers of melancholy, and great R&B beats, this is a wonderful set of tunes. Great vocals, great feel, and lots of detail in the instrumentals. I simply love this kind of music, it sounds great and yes...I am such a sucker for things that use these kind of elements. Especially when the deep bass gets going and the 90's piano sound comes in. The distant drops of sound in the background, and even those trendy pitched up voices can sound good if used well. It's not the most creative in this regard, but it sounds good. 


Keiko Fuji, Onna No Blues     

Utada's Mom. Okay now that we got that out of the way, Onna No Blues is a 70's Enka album. A traditional Japanese style of ballad, sung with high drama and rather unique vocal inflections. The instrumentation on this album is driven by horns, strings, a light acoustic and various percussion. Keiko's vocals are upfront and sung clearly with much grit and emotion. She sounds spectacular, her performances have quite a power. The vocal style of Enka is slightly odd at first, but it's really quite a great style when you give it a chance. I love the horns on this album and all the instrumental fills. It all fits nicely under Keiko, who carries the mightiest instrument on the record. I get a little tired of the same tone by the end, but every song has something to offer. Keiko is worth checking out, and it's now worth hearing more Enka singers. 


Hedningarna, Karelia Visa   

It's time to visit Karelia with Hedningarne, a traditional Swedish/Finnish folk band that digs up old Nordic sounds and styles and mashes them in an electric and exciting manner. This album focuses on the old songs and tradition of Finland's former Karelian territory, taking from old folk songs. The instrumentation is crazy with all kinds of different things going on. A song can be upbeat with familiar tones and sounds like "Metsan Tytto" or it can be haunting, eerie and very unique like "Ukkonen", driven by an old flute, where the two female singers sound like they're summoning some kind of spirit. The band throws together all kinds of old Scandinavian elements while keeping the Karelian language tunes in focus. It's a creative, the band sound like they are searching for something and every song is interesting in it's own way. 


Ella and Louis   

Put two of the most iconic jazz vocalists together who are complete opposites and this is what you get. A slow album of easy going soft ballads with nice subtle instrumentation. Ella and Louis are dramatically different as vocalists and it creates an interesting dynamic. Ella is basically the most definitive voice of jazz music, her graceful and smooth singing goes along well with that, um...however one describes Louis Armstrong. Whenever he's not singing he's often ringing out that trumpet, the only time an instrument really comes through the mix. I love jazz piano, it's in my top 5 favorite musical things. The songs feel lengthy given the tempo, but there is a lot of good stuff here. Ella's singing is brilliant and yes, Louis to. This is quite a good record.


Rush, Fly By Night   

All that other stuff is cool, but I needed to end with traditional music of my culture. Fly By Night can be seen as Rush's first real album, with Neil Peart joining. His drumming and lyrics are a big part of what make Rush, Rush and it all begins here. The album begins with some 70's hard rock action, Geddy Lee going high, the toms being tommed. On side one it busts into "By-Tor & the Snow Dog" the 8 minute multi-section Prog track with some sci-fi effects and time signature messing about, also seen on the opening track "Anthem". "Fly By Night" is one of the band's best known...and best songs. It's just a track that feels classic, it has the, rather lightly toned, riffs, catchy vocals and uick tight drumming. "Rivendell" is an unexpected acoustic track, it's sappy but not over the top, it's actually really mellow and nice.  Fly By Night is the sound of the band finding their sound, they perfected it with Moving Pictures, but this is a good step on the way. Not a bad album. No matter what anyone tells you, Canada's band is Rush.


Music / The Manimal's Music (2 NEW SONGS)
« on: April 15, 2018, 12:14:01 PM »
Well looks like the first three songs of the next project are in place...

Burger Cops

The Shy Lightning                                                           

Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: April 14, 2018, 11:45:46 AM »
Added The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me to my collection.

I wasn't impressed with the record at first, but it's a solid one. Not all the songs are great but it's best moments are as good as the band got. "Alex Chilton" is awesome, with it's mad catchy chorus you'll be singing all day, and the way cool bridge part. "The Ledge" is a highlight, along with "Nevermind" and "Valentine". I really like the emotive and descriptive "Skyway", plus the finale "Can't Hardly Wait". I love the attitude and general vibe of Paul Westerberg, he just has such a quality in his lyrics and singing. Such a great songwriter! This album has a lot of 80's rock type sounds that I like, although I'm not fond of the drum sound on tracks like "I.O.U". This album shines in it's more mid tempo songs, "Alex Chilton" is the only great rocking track.

Still Let It Be, Tim and Pleased To Meet Me make up one hell of a great trilogy, I just really like the whole aura of the band and their style. I like that they rock and aren't pretentious and snotty like a lot of Alt Rock guys are. I refuse to listen to R.E.M. for instance because I despise the frontman, I want to punch him in the face everytime I see his cock face bald head, and the band's attitude. "Losing My Religion" is one of the worst songs I've ever heard in my life. Ever. I can get down with The Replacements vibe and really just resonate with the tunes in a way. Tim and Pleased To Meet Me are both albums that just...say something to me. Not so much in relating to the songs, but in just...another type of quality which I am unsure how to describe.

I gave The Stones Roses' debut my first good intentive listen. You know, the first 4 songs create a great vibe. When you turn the lights off and listen I like the tone it creates with the guitars and other sounds. "I Wanna Be Adored" is a great opener that takes a nice slow crawl to start. "She Bangs The Drums" is catchy, and I didn't realize the cleverness of "Waterfall" and "Don't Stop". It's neat how the "Don't Stop" is merely "Waterfall" reversed with new lyrics, it creates an interesting flow as one turns to the other, it's a cool trick to pull at the end of side 1. This album is not some great masterpiece, nor "the best debut album of all time". The band gets overrated, they aren't even 2% as good as the Smiths for instance, but this album has some great moments. Nothing really stands out, vocals are...fine. Lyrics...do the job. Guitars...sound good. Songwriting is...fine. There is nothing the album says to me. It's more just the overall solidness of the album and general consistent songwriting as well as the mood it creates. 

I put Electric Lady Land on after, and you know it's not an album that hits the spot like the debut. You don't come out thinking "wow that was great!". It really doesn't work as a whole unit, like how satisfying the white album and London Calling are as doubles, but it's not bad either. "Voodoo Chile" being early in the tracklist throws things off a bit and given how good "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" later it feels like there is no reason to have the long live jam, but it has moments. I really like "1983... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)" and the long quiet jam it turns into, it's a nice relaxed space in the track. There are great songs like "Crosstown Traffic", "Gypsy Eyes", "Still Raining, Still Dreaming", "Burning Of The Midnight Lamp" and such, but it just doesn't hit that feeling. The debut makes you feel super charged, this album is just like...yup that was a thing.

I listened to Neil Young's At The Beach at my friend's place yesterday and was surprised how good it is! I'm not big on his songs, and don't care much for his hits aside from "YOU'RE A GARBAGE CAN!", but this album has a good chill tone. Side 1 is virtually drumless, and has a nice feel to it. Side 2 rocks a bit more, as a whole it was quite solid.


Music / Re: The Manimal's Music
« on: April 12, 2018, 05:11:05 PM »
Yes but with the f for the bref action. Like bre-fix-t or something. Though I could go into Tims like "I want a sausage Brexit sandwich". Brek-fest is too much word, the k sound just slows you down or something. I dunno.

Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW SONG)
« on: April 12, 2018, 03:55:03 PM »
No time to stop! Another set begins with...well a song. The mix is miserable. Don't you dare make fun of how I say "breakfast" okay. I've never said it correctly and never will. Bref-ixt. I've said many times how I love morning talk shows because they feel so sentimental, something about it feels so 2000's just like the guide channel that played movie trailers and all the jingles like "iTravel 2000 dot com! Call 1-8-6-6 wow deal! and get away for less". and the classic "800-5-88-2-300 Empire! Today!". One of my silly dreams is to be on one of those early shows. and New York is always an interesting city to me. When I think of America I think TEXAS, but New York is like that outsider image, the super city.

Oh ya I got a new hi-hat also.

Mornin' New York 


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