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Offline Manimal

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Re: What are you listening to
« Reply #4905 on: August 30, 2018, 05:55:04 PM »
Yellow Magic Orchestra, Naughty Boys   

Yes Pipe, I shall see just how good they are. Now an album of full on synth pop tunes, it feels a bit like songs that would shine best if other artists sang them, seeing as the vocals on this album are...not bad but not the greatest. The tunes though are good, there is plenty of neat stuff going on. "Opened My Eyes" is a fun pop number and "Lotus Love" has too many great sounds. "Kai-Koh" has those amazing sharp keyboards. I wasn't super taken by the album, but it was fine. 

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZSUEJgM47Q 

Dreams Come True, The Swinging Star 

Three piece jazzy 90's J-Pop group with Sonic 1 & 2's composer Masato Nakamura. This is the album made in the mist of Sonic 2 so it has the song I knew from long ago and had the English version on my PSP in the 2008 days "Sweet Sweet Sweet" which has the same melody as the sad ending theme after the boss battle. I cried to that song when I first beat it on the PS2 Mega Collection when I was like 10 because I was already nostalgic for being like 5 when I first played Sonic 2. Anyway, this album is not anything too amazing. It has a very dated sound and production style. Miwa Yoshida is a formidable vocalist and yes, the basslines are damn cool on here. Musically the rest is a lot of dry horns and pretty bland beats. Only in moments like the bass on "Kessen wa Kinyobi" does it sound Sonic 2. It's a fun album of it's time, a little long, often songs just go on, and nothing too great. "Sweet Sweet Sweet" is great though.

   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPjZuLljkXo 


Wednesday Campanella, Zipangu   

The group's first album, a slightly rougher more Hip Hop focused album with less of Superman's fine pop appeal. KOM_I is awesome as ever, with all kinds of neat flows. The production is okay, the instrumentals don't explode like on Superman, it seems there is more focus on KOM_I. There is not much in the way of catchiness, the only moment that stuck out is when she goes "Obi-Wan Kenobi". The album is alright.

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuuUfP4uJEk   

BRADIO, YES 

This group became legends when they did the delightfully unfitting OP of Death Parade that bested the show itself. The group is so funky the singer even has an afro for added powers. This is good fun, funky jazzy tunes with falsetto singing and good 70's vibes with a modern production. "LA PA PARADISE" is the single I knew before that I really liked! This group is really solid, it's not an album loaded with winner after winner, it has down moments, but there is enough fun. BRADIO is a group best as one song in a playlist however. They make killer singles. YES is shorter, to it's benefit. "LA PA PARADISE" is easily the best song, I love the groove and instrumentation as well as the vocals and smooth bassline. BRADIO is always good for funky J-Pop jams.

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c1pwM4VcGM 

WANIMA, Are Your Coming? 

Hard hitting J-Rock with fast tempos and high energy. It's decent, melodically sound songs with catchiness and attitude. It's in line with this kind of J-Rock, often I go for girl singers, but this works for a different more aggressive vibe. It's not bad, not something worth re-listening but a good high powered listen. The drummer is a mad lad on these tracks, the whole thing is constant slamming.

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRaHgQ3yjAo 

The Smithereens, Especially For You 

A decent 80's indie rock type album. It's very poppy and tuneful with jangle elements. It's not my favorite kind of jangle, in fact the guitars are kind of boring. The vocals are good, especially on "In A Lonely Place". I'm pretty indifferent to this kind of music, while it's enjoyable it never reaches the level of becoming anything really good. This album is kind of whatever.

   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdI-l5aTEaM 

Also listening to the Clashs' debut again, it's really not that good. Give 'Em Enough Rope is so much better in every sense, especially production and tones.

I need to start listening to power metal or something way different, I feel like I've found all the good jangle, post punk and punk music for myself to go mad about. Now this new to me stuff is becoming very boring. I love what I've already gotten into, but finding other stuff is difficult now. J-Pop is ever giving, it never ends. Sometimes I get sick of the ani-stuff, but there is still much to explore like the 80's synth stuff and city pop which I have not gotten into yet. Rock Island showed me new indie can still be good sometimes. I outta look at new stuff more, and well now that Fall is coming it will be metal season anyway. I need some refreshing full on Power Metal, corny stuff about dragons and all.
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Re: What are you listening to
« Reply #4906 on: September 09, 2018, 03:28:42 PM »
Making a magic Smiths tape on a 60 minute. The Smiths Quick II. The first one I made is a tape I always listen to, so I made another one.

I Want The One I Can't Have
Nowhere Fast
Hand In Glove (Album Ver.)
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
You've Got Everything Now (Hatful Ver.)
Rusholme Ruffians
William, It Was Really Nothing
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle

London
What She Said
Bigmouth Strikes Again
You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby
Accept Yourself
Girl Afraid
Shakespeare's Sister
Shoplifters Of The World Unite
Half A Person
Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want 


   

I made a BAND-MAID tape yesterday. Gotta say the band has really snuck up on me. I love them, they take all that's great about Hard Rock/Metal and combine it with melodic J-Rock sensibilities. Saiki is a deadly vocalist and the melodies are so great. The riffs are cool as hell and...they're just the best straight rock band I've heard in a forever. World Domination may end up as my top album of the year, it's really just packed with killer songs. "anemone" shows the band are fantastic at slower tunes as well, Miku is a very impressive composer. The songs follow similar paths but there are some stand out tricks and cool bits that keep things interesting. "Dice" is crazy, all the little changes. It's true what they say, Rock n' Roll never died, it just moved to Japan. BAND-MAID is really fricking good.

I found BAND-MAID in 2015 and I thought they where fine but not outstanding yet, and I liked their previous album, but World Domination really did it for me. I love their visual as well, cool gothic maids, you gotta have a good image to really stick as a band for me, and combine it with excellent tunes. This is where J stuff really nails it. Image matters in music. It's not everything but all the best bands for me have a visual stick to them. Even Bruce though he keeps it simple has that powerful image of the guy who looks like his lyrics sounds with his beat up Tele. Some J stuff gets too gimmicky, but a group like BAND-MAID shows how to combine awesome music with catchy and unique visuals. 

I am very lost musically, my music is completely dead in it's tracks at the moment, I haven't even come up with a start for a new song in 2 weeks or so. I don't know what I can do but I know what I want to do. I want to make a Hard Rock album with jangle guitars and Yui style melodies. But it's hard to come up with a good rock riff without making it so dead simple I don't even bother. I don't know how to even compose good melodies, I want badly to make music like Yui but man that's not something you can suddenly just do. So I keep going on. I want Nirvana out of my music, I like punk of course but there are elements of negative energy I don't want in my stuff. I want to make an awesome guitar album.
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Re: What are you listening to
« Reply #4907 on: September 13, 2018, 08:16:11 PM »
A playlist with a few normals and some new stuff for me.

BAND-MAID : So, What?
The Smiths : I Don't Owe You Anything
DAOKO : Mercury
Seiko Oomori : Noroi Ha Mizuiro   
Allan Holdsworth : Metal Fatigue
Scott Henderson : Dolemite
Chick Corea Elektric Band : Elektric City
Mike Stern : Little Shoes
Joe Pass : Cloe
Wes Montgomery : D Natural Blues
Grant Green : Mambo Inn
Pat Metheny : Bright Sized Life
Yellow Magic Orchestra : Cosmic Surfin'
Yes : Siberian Khatru
Rush : La Villa Strangiato 

I listened to Bright Sized Life and Close To The Edge earlier today. Daaaaamn Yes is not so bad. What a good album that was, shorter in overall length than I feared with the two long songs being real epics with linking parts that worked well, especially the I get up I get down bit. That last song though is crazy, some really great stuff, and pretty awesome musicianship. Loving all this guitar jazz also, randomly came across Bright Sized Life and it led me to other stuff. Damnit jazz guitar I wish I could play...in any way besides normal rock licks. How cool this all is.
 
   
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Re: What are you listening to
« Reply #4908 on: September 13, 2018, 08:47:30 PM »
Bright Size Life is one of the better Metheny projects. The title track is great. Got to see him live and he was pretty great. He's not one of my favorite album artists because he can get a bit corny for my tastes, but he's a great player. Very melodic. Interesting how all of the guitarists on ECM records were very different even though the label is associated with a very strong aesthetic. Check out Ralph Towner and Terje Rypdal for reference.

Also, Wes Montgomery is one of the greats. The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery is where it's at.

And of course Close to the Edge is great. Relayer and Tales From Topographic Oceans are great albums of their too. I guess the next step would be to listen to King Crimson's debut, though it's not my favorite (once they get to Lizard is when I tune in, Lark to Red is best era tho). It's one of the most acclaimed. KC albums have to be purchased tho. They're nowhere to be found in streaming platforms. They're still in print tho, at least.
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