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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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« 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: