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Re: What are you listening to
« Reply #4890 on: June 11, 2018, 11:24:09 AM »
Some vaporwave is really good, particularly when it takes its samples somewhere interesting or doesn't sample altogether. Other vaporwave is really low-effort and just consists of pitching down an R&B or City Pop track and calling it post-ironic post-capitalism. I'm not against all cultural exchange, but vaporwave often goes into the appropriation realm: taking samples from black or Japanese artists, not crediting them, barely doing anything to change them, and taking credit for it. Basically, it's the Led Zeppelin of our age.

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Re: What are you listening to
« Reply #4891 on: June 20, 2018, 11:27:01 AM »
While awaiting Seiko's upcoming album Kusokawa PARTY, July 11th, I've been listening to her a lot as normal. Seiko's music still does it for me, just as powerful as ever. Her new album won't have "draw (a) drow" which makes sense, since it's more a collab than a traditional Seiko song. I admit I'm kind of disappointed though since it's the most amazing song of 2017. Live performance with back up.  Seiko says it will be her most aggressive album which...fricking hell I can't even. The violence is already the key part in Seiko's music, but what will it be next. I'm just worried it might be a lot of solo stuff and not full arrangements. Utada's new album next week also, naturally I ordered both of these.

kitixxxgaia I've felt super strongly and medium strongly about, but now I think it's just great. If it was a little shorter and tighter in the end it'd be as good as Tokyo Black Hole, it does lack a bit, but as it is I love the style. The first chunk is killer after killer, each song is jammed packed with cool turns, it's hyper and mad just keeping the high energy going. "Dogma Magma" is an actual masterpiece, I love everything about that track. Actual 10/10. "Pink Metosera" as well with it's lava sound and instrumentation, really awesome. "Positive Stress" is catchy and fun, "Ji Mo To No Kao Kawaii Tomodachi" is a highlight for the groove and Seiko is just great vocally on everything. Her melodies as well are always fantastic, "Hikokumin Teki He Low" is too catchy. "Kimi Ni Todoku Na" is such a great tune as well, love the chorus. "Orion" also. The song with DAOKO could've been greater, but it still sounds badass when she pops on the track. As a whole kitixxxgaia is such a great album. It's great when Seiko collabs a lot to keep the album interesting, she never loses her character. It's just such an album that hypes me up and makes me burn with creative energies and juices like man why I can't I be this cool in my music!   

But Tokyo Black Hole is on another level. The warmness, the songs that are so comforting but crazy like my favorite Seiko song and atleast top 30 songs ever "Nama Kill The Time 4 You". I can make an essay on everything I love about this song. It's a blanket song like Utada's Distance. Of course the album is connected to a very eventful time in my life, so it's been put in place as a Manimal Eternal Classic. I've talked about it enough at this point. I think kitixxxgaia is more creative and wild as a whole where Tokyo Black Hole just has the tunes. Sennou on the other hand is a different kind of beast, and a beast it is. I underestimated how badass and awesome this album is. Song by song it's killer, and Seiko releases her divine expression at full realization for the first time. Kettai Shoujo is almost there, "Zettai Shoujo" is a top 5 Seiko song, and I just love the sound and production. " Midnight Seijun Isei Kouyuu" is really the only other completed song, but the other tracks have great moments of performance and composition. 

Where other new artists I get into can fade, and some albums from 2017 I was all about, I don't really care to listen to now, Seiko is an eternal figure and easily one of the greats for me. Thank You Blue, Melodrama, The Gurriela BiSH and Superman are still all great. It should be Melodrama #1 & kitixxxgaia #2. Ya'll know I think she's the best artist of the modern age, her music is just satisfying and so visceral and enjoyable to hear. It packs joy, life and madness. I don't want to build up to disappointment with Kusokawa Party so I won't say anything...but Sennou, Tokyo Black Hole and kitixxxgaia are a holy trilogy. and Seiko continues to give me what I need out of music in a way no one else can. I've listened to J stuff since 2013 and I still haven't got sick of any of it yet, it's just magic music for me. There is so much to find, and it's a lot more interesting than anything else in the music world these days I feel. Aside from https://barrygoldman.bandcamp.com/

I painted Seiko off before also, just like the Smiths I am understanding her and her aims better, it's not the Anti-Idol thing, not even close. I'm also surprised, I only came to realize what the Smiths really where this year as well. and they've been the band obsession of the first half of the year.

   
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Re: What are you listening to
« Reply #4892 on: June 21, 2018, 09:02:33 PM »
Finally got my hands on the old Gorillaz album Demon Days. Oh, how I have missed it. Growing up, I had a friend who had it.

I can now say that there are about five albums that summarize my life and music tastes.
Demon Days by Gorillaz
...and the moon was hungry... by the Romanovs
Paradize 2069 by Extize
Toxicity by System of a Down
and How I Learned to Stop Giving a Sh*t and Love by Mindless Self Indulgence.

In other news, I was just listening around on my library and realized.
Man, this track would make an awesome anime opening for MRverse. I know not everyone is a big fan of that heavy hardstyle bass, but if there was like some kind of "everybody got separated and had to compete in dance tournaments to reform the world or something" story, all I'm saying is that there are worse options.

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Re: What are you listening to
« Reply #4893 on: June 21, 2018, 09:31:06 PM »
It's a solid filler arc somewhere around the 160's.

May I also submit: https://open.spotify.com/track/4MCyGRJqGyFwevVJ3rctN6?si=iyIeMxhhR9arP3DbtNp27w


On a semi-related note, I've been building lot of playlists in a sort of vision board way for the stories I'm working on. It started with last year's Raid, where it was all kinda just thematically accurate, but with Quest!, while it starts like that for five songs or so, I diverged right into an almost story board of music. It's kinda cool that I can listen through the playlist and almost hear the chapters and scenes.

If nothing else, it's a great way to work out the flow. I can identify where the gaps are just by listening to the thematic jumps.

Will review stories upon request. My latest arc: http://goo.gl/KYgsfF

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Re: What are you listening to
« Reply #4894 on: June 21, 2018, 09:34:55 PM »
Yeah. I've been thinking about making playlists for all sorts of things. Maybe it can be a new thread? But eh, what do I know? I'm known for posting, not making threads.

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Re: What are you listening to
« Reply #4895 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
BAND-MAID : Play
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. 
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Re: What are you listening to
« Reply #4896 on: July 08, 2018, 02:50:23 AM »
I feel like this is something either Manimal or Lego would do.

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Re: What are you listening to
« Reply #4897 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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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Re: What are you listening to
« Reply #4898 on: July 14, 2018, 11:53:38 AM »
Hecka hecka dang I forgot "Cinnamon Spider" by Jack Off Jill is literal fire. :heart: :heart: :heart:

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« Reply #4899 on: July 16, 2018, 05:50:28 AM »
I took one of those stupid online tests or whatever that was "What 90s song are you" and got f---ing "Wonderwall".
At first I was a little offended, but then I resigned myself to the fact that getting an Oasis song was inevitable.

Currently on an Oasis binge. I've only really heard a couple of their songs on the radio but I'm kind of inspired now.

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Re: What are you listening to
« Reply #4900 on: July 24, 2018, 04:37:33 PM »
Yes, Toxicity is a good SOAD album, but can we talk about Mezmerize for a sec? Somehow it feels more raw. Not that Toxicity isn't heartfelt, but it is quite polished. Mezmerize is just...feral.

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« Reply #4901 on: July 28, 2018, 08:59:38 AM »
Now I've had more time to take in Kusokawa Party, got the 2 CD+DVD version in. Each version has 2 different tracks after "Tokyo to Kyou", this one being two more acoustic songs, but much better ones. In the same style as Muteki's multiple vocals.

This album is tricky because for the first 7 songs it's a complete and total masterpiece. It's Seiko ripping it up, with a visceral and ridiculously strong energy that makes me feel it in my organs. This is the most hype and badass Seiko's music has ever been, and it just keeps thing going so strong. "Shinigami" is the perfect song, and the perfect opener that goes from soft and offputting to a completely gone wrong chorus, she goes hard on the end. "ZOC Jikkensh*tsu" makes up for the lack or "draw(a)drow" completely. "Last Dance" I completely underrated, it's so amazing and has everything good about Seiko's music in one song.

The album is somewhat challenging or unclear in a way. It takes listens, that is true. You are hit with the most intense and solid block of songs Seiko has ever strung together, and then it suddenly stops and tries to build up, but kind of reaches a grey non-climax of sorts with "Kimoi Kawa". My first impressions where off, this album is a lot bigger than it seems. Seiko was really just throwing ideas out, but the flow of this album takes a listen or two to get used to. It makes you feel jazzed and full of energy before it just stops. It's so impressive what Seiko did with the first 7 songs, easily the best stuff I've heard all year so far. I can listen to them over and over and over and over because they are just perfect. I was so wrong when I said this was alright or Seiko could do better. Kusokawa Party is a great album that is a different feel and not an instant classic like her last three. She took on a different character. 

Song by song there are not many general albums I can think of that stack 7 powerful, energetic and hype songs that good together. kitixxxgaia had Dogma Magma, Positive Stress, JI-MO-TO etc. but not all the first 8 songs where quite equal. But on Kusokawa Party it's just such a ridiculous and powerful block. "draw(a)drow" really set the stage. It's hard to understate how fricking good it is. The last 3 are not the best of best, she has done much better ballads, but it still comes together in a satisfying manner. and it's tight at 10 songs. The bonus versions add a longer "Tokyo to Kyou" section to the album, which works as well. Kusokawa Party won't be known as the best of Seiko but man is it good and worth many listens. Damnit I fricking love Seiko Oomori, no one is better than her nowadays. You're allowed in my top 5 artists of all time now Seiko.



Also Charli XCX's recent single Focus/No Angel is pretty good! I guess she is doing one offs, I wasn't taken by 5 In The Morning but I really like these two songs! Really like Band-Maid's new single "Start Over" Saiki just goes "I don't give a f*ck" in the last lyric after this nice J Pop Rock song. I like this direction since they did so well with "anemone" on World Domination.
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« Reply #4902 on: August 15, 2018, 08:00:57 PM »
I finally listened to Can, "Ege Bamyasi". Not bad, basically felt like a jam album led by the drums. The vocalist, mad did he even say words I'm not too sure. But it was cool, a neat album but it felt like there was nothing I could latch onto to on first listen.

I got the record of Melodrama finally, the album still does it for me a year later. Lorde hit something special, it's truly a once in a few years generation defining album (for myself) beside the only other two albums I'd give that title, Emotion and Teenage Dream. All came out at the right times in my life, and all are masterpieces in different ways. Melodrama feels important and while my lifestyle is not what Lorde sings about, I just get it you know. "The Lourve" is one of the great pop songs of our generation. The fact that the ending guitar riff resembles "Born To Run" kills me inside, I almost want to shed a tear when I hear a shadow of the riff that's given me so much hope for my future in times I've been uncertain fade bleakly in that song.

and then The Smiths' debut album is growing on me so much.

I like the lower key and feel of this version of "Reel Around The Fountain". The drums sucks unlike Hatful, and the keyboards are super lame, but the tune still shines. Morrisey hit a home run lyrically, one of the best youthful tales of lost innocence. "You've Got Everything Now" is also lame compared to Hatful, given how strange the vocal mix is. Also the chorus has strange loud dynamics where all this garbage bursts into the mix. It sounds so wrong. Still a top tier tune however. Side 2 is so kick ass that I can't even be mad.

This album has "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle", "Pretty Girls Make Graves", "I Don't Owe You Anything" and  "Suffer Little Children" (YOU MIGHT SLEEP BUT YOU WILL NEVER DREAM) which are amazing. Johnny Marr's riffs really shine here. "Miserable Lie" I can get into, even if Morrisey's yelling is comical and the drums overpower the mix. Man this album has such bad yet glossy production. You have "This Charming Man" which sounds perfect, a masterpiece of a mix where everything is in line, then the fast part of "Miserable Lie" which sounds like a 10 year old mixed it. All this said it's still an album with a lot of character and amazing songs. Man I fricking love the hell out of this band, I went from liking them fine last year to loving them too much this year. Man I fricking love this music so much it makes me want to write essays on how visceral and energized it makes me feel. 

My favorite Johnny Marr riff is either "Handsome Devil", "The Headmaster Ritual" or "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others". Favorite Morrisey lyrics are "Still Ill", "Ask", "I Know It's Over", "The Queen Is Dead", "Cemetry Gates" and "Hand In Glove". "England is mine and it owes me a living" is my favorite Morrisey phrase. Best song overall "The Headmaster Ritual". It's a Jesus tier song. It has EVERYTHING. "Ask" is a heavy runner up.   

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Re: What are you listening to
« Reply #4903 on: August 23, 2018, 02:51:49 PM »
PassCode, Locus 

Indies re-record album by Alt-Idols PassCode. The album opens with "Toxic" a deadly computerized electro metal track, fast, urgent and full of changes. The vocals are almost Vocaloid, working perfectly with the music. "Axis" is guitar power, with violent yelling and frantic J Pop melodies. The sound is almost overwhelming and extremely rad. More proof that you can do anything with idol pop and it just works. The music goes all over in one track, "Nextage" swings from tone to tone in such a smooth manner. This is such a killer album, it's an absolute menace. The songs don't do one thing for too long and there are so many sections where you just go...oh man. PassCode is such a powerful group, even when it slows down for "Now I Know" it still packs a punch. "Club Kids Never Die" is a spectacle, going from growling vocals to great J Pop choruses to a metalcore breakdown. This is just awesome music, man. 

 
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Yellow Magic Orchestra, Solid State Survivor 

Finally the grand synthpop album, in my ears. What a wonder this is. The first 3 songs are God tier, absolutely stunning arrangements. "Rydeen" especially sounding like arcade madness. The familiar basslines that inspired so many are positively pumping and of course the keyboards are next level. Not to mention all the odd sounds. This is the sound of three masters exploding. "Day Tripper" is one of the most unique and transformed covers I've ever heard. "Insomnia" is great and "Solid State Survivor" is too cool. A neat album for sure, great stuff.

 
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Re: What are you listening to
« Reply #4904 on: August 27, 2018, 03:02:29 PM »
YMO is GOAT material. They also individually had long, interesting solo careers and produced a ton of neat stuff for other people. Yellow Magic Kayohyoku is a good compilation of a lot of the synthpop stuff they produced, although they did more than just synthpop.