• SongMeanings: Endless Entertainment.

    Mai 6 2010, 15h16

    You know, I know that no matter what music you listen to, there are other people who also listen to it, and some of them are complete tards, and some of them are intelligent and cool... but still, sometimes it's hard to avoid giving into the temptation to stereotype entire groups of fans (en masse, not so much as individuals). For example, I read the commentary on One and Only and then I read, say, the commentary on Myxamatosis and think, well, I think if I had to choose which group of wankers to hang out with I'd pick the Radiohead fans arguing about rabbit brains over the people who are excited they heard a naughty word in a song. (BTW, I really like both of these songs and bands; I picked random examples off my own playlist.)

    As an aside I really like how someone posted Thom's actual comments re: the meaning of the song, and they are STILL arguing about it. XD CLEARLY HE IS JUST TRYING TO HIDE HOW DEEP HE IS. Also the person who was all "COULD YOU GUYS PLZ COME POST COMMENTS ON THIS OTHER BAND??" lolol

    Fav songmeanings comment of the day:

    "To FelipeVox: Heh. Simple? Don't you DARE say that anything by Radiohead is simple. Each song is very deep and complex. It's just your own fault that you happen to have a simple mind and, thus, see it as a simple song."

  • I hate when you're listening to a band or song and it's not bad...

    Fev 18 2010, 17h15

    ...and then eventually, due to the lyrics, you realize it's a Christian band. Way to ruin stuff, guys. (Srsly I have no real problem with the existence of Christian bands etc in general, but I don't want to listen to it. It just makes me feel bad for being a lapsed Catholic or possibly it's just that I feel uncomfortable because it's not FOR me.)

    (happened most recently with Kill Paradise.)
  • Live Shows of Interest (oct/nov 2008)

    Out 2 2008, 0h28

    Need more live music experiences? Well, if you're local, here's my list of Shows Of Interest for the next few months; feel free to join me at them. I probably won't go to most of them since my degree of apathy towards attending stuff by myself is high, but I haven't listed anything I wouldn't go see with someone else, and I will defintely go to at least a few of them.

    !! - I have every intention of attending, even by myself, because it will rule.
    ?? - I might go, depending on my mood and finances and how much I like the band that day and if I can get in free and such.
    && - I'd probably only go if someone else wanted to go with me.

    ?? - 10/07 Tue - Anberlin @ the Ogden. ($15/18) Pop punk.
    ?? - 10/09 Thu - Pendulum @ the Bluebird. ($20) Australian drum & bass. Should be a good time. Probably I won't be able to afford it though. :(
    && - 10/09 Thu - Great Big Sea @ the Paramount. ($25-30-35) Even cheap seats are expensive. :(
    && - 10/10 Fri - Hollywood Undead @ the Marquis. ($10/12) Bitchy, snarky electro. XD
    ?? - 10/11 Sat - Minus the Bear @ the Gothic. ($17/19) Experimental? I guess.
    ?? - 10/14 Tue - Bayside @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom. ($14/16 DOS) Pop rock. Never been to the venue but it's in HISTORIC 5 POINTS lololol
    ?? - 10/15 Wed - Streetlight Manifesto @ the Bluebird. ($17/19) Do you like danceable, catchy ska with a big horn section? Why not?????
    && - 10/16 Thu - The USA Is a Monster @ Rhinoceropolis. ($5) It's cheap, band's not bad, bring your own drugs and alcohol (everyone else does). For those who enjoy venues with no windows and/or observing the hair and fashion of REAL indie kids. (Entertainment all by itself.) Sadly I think J is working so unless someone else wants to go I probably won't.
    && - 10/17 Fri - Chris Cornell & Timbaland @ the Ogden. ($35) WAY too expensive, but interesting show. Chris Cornell is the singer for defunct grunge bands Soundgarden & Audioslave; Timbaland is a hiphop producer. Think I'll try to get in free, just out of pure curiousity.
    !! - 10/20 Mon - The Notwist @ the Bluebird. ($14/15) MISSING THIS SHOW IS A CRIME.
    && - 10/20 Mon - Apocalyptica @ the Ogden. ($20/22) Expensive and I'd have to miss The Notwist so no way, but I thought I'd note it FYI.
    && - 10/21 Tue - Against Me! & Ted Leo & the Pharmacists & Future of the Left @ the Gothic. ($19) Indie rock/punk. Might be interesting.
    && - 10/21 Tue - The Legendary Pink Dots @ the Bluebird. ($15/17) Psychedelic. They still exist?!?!
    && - 10/23 Thu - Kings of Leon & We Are Scientists & The Stills @ the Fillmore. ($31) Too expensive really and I don't care that much about Kings of Leon one way or another, but I would love to see We Are Scientists & the Stills. Will harass J to try for free tickets. :(
    && - 10/26 Sun - The Academy Is... @ the Ogden. ($18/20)
    ?? - 10/28 Tue - MSTRKRFT @ the Ogden. ($18/20) Dance. A bit expensive. :(
    ?? - 10/29 Thu - The Mathematicians + "probably halloween party!" @ Rhinoceropolis. ($5) As usual, sure to be an opportunity to observe the bizarre indie subculture if nothing else. XD
    !! - 10/31 Fri - Girl Talk @ the Ogden. ($17/20) Dance, kinda. Girl Talk is a talented mashup DJ. I hate that there's another good show at the Bluebird the same night, but I'll probably go to this unless I have a fight with J, because he wants to go really badly which means I'll have someone to drink/attend with and also might get in free.
    ?? - 10/31 Fri - Electric Six & Local H @ the Bluebird. ($20/22) If I fight with J or something I might go. XD I've seen Electric Six twice before so I don't feel as bad. (I'd like to see Local H too though. Alas.)
    !! - 11/02 Sun - TV on the Radio @ the Ogden. ($25) It's a bit expensive but J and I are both big fans so if I'm lucky he'll get free tickets. :D
    && - 11/07 Fri - Scars on Broadway @ the Ogden. ($20) Apparently a couple of the SoaD guys got tired of having a famous band and started a new one?
    ?? - 11/12 Wed - Rise Against & Alkaline Trio @ the Fillmore. ($28)
    ?? - 11/13 Thu - Rise Against & Alkaline Trio @ the Fillmore. ($28) Yes, they're playing twice.
    ?? - 11/14 Fri - Portugul. The Man @ the Marquis Theater. ($14/16)
    && - 11/16 Sun - of Montreal @ the Ogden. ($20)
    !! - 11/18 Tue - Hellogoodbye & PlayRadioPlay! @ the Marquis. ($15) Both pop-punky electronica with an emphasis on the pop. Way fun.
    && - 11/21 Fri - dredg @ the Bluebird. ($16/18)
    && - 11/26 Weds - The Photo Atlas & Astra Moveo @ the Bluebird. ($10/12) At least it's cheap to support your local Denver bands!
    ?? - 11/27 Thur - Ohgr @ the Bluebird. ($21/23) Industrial. Do you like Ministry & Skinny Puppy?

    Okay I am really tired of doing this because it is very painstaking and dull so uh, more updates as there are any, I suppose. One imagines this HAS to be a large chunk of good upcoming shows. There's actually a lot going on in the next two months! :O

    (reposted from my blog)
  • I saw the Faint and all I got was this cool t-shirt. [Concert review & muuuzak]

    Out 1 2008, 7h25

    (Reposted from my blog.)

    One thing I did in the last few months which I wanted to write about was see The Faint in concert at the Ogden. The Faint are this sort of darkwave/emo/electro type band that I am quite fond of (as you can see from my listening stats here), and the last time they came to town, I had tickets and then wound up missing the show because there was a blizzard. That was a few years ago and I was always sad about it, so when I found out they were coming here at the end of July I was all excited and was like DAMMIT I AM GOING TO IT THIS TIME.

    Concert Review: I like the Faint, the crowd didn't look nearly as prepared for Halloween this time, and I got groped anonymously.

    However, on the night of the show, I languished in apathy (not unusual for me >_>). I kept thinking, "argh, I've been looking forward to this show for like 2 months!! I have to go!" But I was just so... meh. About 10pm, I said to myself, "Self, you have been looking forward to this, and planning on it, and you will want to kick yourself if you don't go, so just get the lead out and stop being sucky for once!!" I then dragged myself out of bed (recent favorite activity: napping >_>), got dressed, and biked 2 or 3 miles to the Ogden.

    The band was just coming on stage as I walked in (I'd missed the opening bands, sadly), which I felt was fate, and I elbowed and shoved into the crowd in front of the stage. The attendees were largely youthful-looking so I felt very elderly and decrepit, but I danced my butt off anyhow and even got rubbed against/groped alarmingly by a random young guy (probably not over 20?) taking advantage of the sardine-tin conditions and my shapely backside (his shamefaced look when I turned to raise an eyebrow at the end of the song was total lol). I didn't really care. I guess I could have felt violated and all THIS IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND I DON'T HAVE TO TAKE IT!! but honestly I'm just not the kind of person who gets all upset about random gropage as long as I don't feel threatened.

    The crowd was not as... uh... eclectic as the last time I saw a group of Faint-concert-goers (read: less hilariously gothemotastic). I did not see any torn black tutus, stripy leggings with combat boots, kitty ears, etc, although there was still a more than fair amount of fun Hot Topic fashion and hair in attendance. XD Of course there were a few obnoxious moshers and crowdsurfers ruining it for everyone (as there often are), and also this girl standing right in front who was VICIOUSLY elbowing anyone who DARED run into or push her. I think she may have been pregnant? But I made sure I gave her back a few running elbows, because I don't care if you ARE pregnant, you shouldn't stand in the friggin' front and center at a crowded dancepunk type show if you're offended or upset by having your personal space violated.

    I hadn't been to a show for a while where dancing mainly consisted of shoving away the suffocating crowd around you so as not to be crushed (done in time to the music of course). Most of the shows I go to nowdays either do not involve much thrashing about and shoving, or else they don't have the attendance to really squash you like a hot, humid fist (you are even likely to have space around you in which to move freely!). The Health show at Rhinoceropolis was crowded enough (tiny room) but it was more of a "undulate en masse" type of thing; the Midnight Juggernauts show at the Hi-Dive was enthusistic and bouncy enough but lacked the necessary crowd density. The Ogden packed full of enthusiastic emo kids, on the other hand, was a very classic sort of concert-going experience. XD

    Anyhow I had a lot of fun, got really sweaty (my own & other people's >_>), and obtained a very stylish t-shirt, so it was a good night. My roommate J was there working security next to the stage; when he first found out a while ago that I like the Faint he was like "eh" because he had listened to an album or two, I guess, and not been particularly interested. Afterwards he said he really liked their live show and thought it was one of the better rock-electronica-dance type shows he'd been to. So I guess that means if the Faint is touring near you, you should go see them, because not only did I enjoy it, but it is also J-approved! (Unusual if more than 100 people are there!) For the information of sucky Puuz, they did not play "Southern Girls In London Sing" but they did play "Take Me To the Hospital" (I was a little surprised) and I believe they did "The Conductor." Also "Paranoiattack" was pretty awesome live (I think it was the last song in the encore).

    I didn't really have a strong idea of how they'd look, but the lead singer looked rather like Dr Horrible, all in a pair of tight jeans and a lab coat with no shirt and a pair of goggles and his hair kind of fluffy-spiky-short and blondish. XD (Not that I'd seen that then, but as soon as I did the association was immediate.) From what I could hear, the talking he did between songs was also amusing, though I don't recall what he said; I do remember thinking, "Oh right, these are the silly dorks who have on their website a flash game called Drop Kick the Faint where you try to get punks to beat them up for their lame new-wave ways." Like most bands they were better live; I've posted some songs I like, and if you fancy them, remember the beat was 10x more ass-shake-inducing live and go see them while they're on tour for their new album! :D

    Muzik Samples:
    * Take Me to the Hospital
    The most danceable song about injuring yourself and getting taken to the emergency room ever. :D Also, you can learn to spell the word "hospital," so it's educational as well! Actually this is my fav song by the Faint; I was very pleased that they played it at the show.

    * Paranoiattack
    A fine song about how our nation suffers constant attacks of paranoia in recent years due to media and government fearmongering. ZOMG ANTHRAX! ZOMG TERRORISTS! ZOMG VIDEO GAMES! EEEEEEEEEEEEE etc. XD Crank it up with lots of bass and imagine a crowd of emo kids and hipsters around you shouting "PARANOIA!" and shaking their fists at the Man and dancing about. XD

    * Symptom Finger
    On the same theme, kind of, but this is the personal paranoia suffered by our populace regarding health problems, especially of the mental sort, especially of type advertised by commercials adsiving you to ask YOUR doctor. "You see the ads and start to think 'I feel it coming on'... target market television, telepharmevangelism, symptom finger; I'm gonna shut it off, down all the power, I'm a doctor today curing viewers by thousands." I don't think it was played live, which was sad. :(

    * The Conductor
    It's about, uh, the POWAR!!!!!! inherent in being an orchestra conductor. XD Strings represent!

    * The Conductor (Joy Electric Remix)
    One of two remixes of the song on the Danse Macabre Remixes album. The other one is a Thin White Duke remix, which I usually find awesome, but I guess the guy was off his game this time because I found it kinda boring and excessively long (dear remixers: making the song twice as long doesn't mean it will be twice as good). :( Joy Electric's mix is much better IMHO (not to mention far shorter).

    * Fulcrum and Lever
    From their new album, Fasciinatiion. A very apt comment at songmeanings said the song was like a dream you've been in before. I think the music really contributes to that; when it comes to the Faint, the lyrics always feel 100% more meaningful or odd when paired with the music. If I review the lyrics later I usually think, "That IS a kind of interesting feeling/experience, if you think about it," but the song topics are often so mundane that I think it takes the music to make me listen more carefully and say, "yeah, everyone's felt that, but nobody thinks about it." This song in particular had a sort of triple-take effect on me. 1st take: whoa, sounds cool! 2nd take: lyrics are kinda dorky, it's just about playing in a treehouse or with a board as a kid and falling and breaking your arm? 3rd take: nevermind, it's actually kinda surreal.
  • On the incredible lightness of tagging.

    Jun 14 2007, 20h34

    I decided maybe I'd actually write in this journal more often (although I've neglected LJ for the longest time ever, which I feel bad about XD). I'll try to stay on topic and use this blog to mainly talk about music and about this site, since pretty much nobody who reads the normal LJ would care anyhow except people who are also on this site... well, and Audiography members, but since I'm not writing about the Mountain Goats it might not interest them either? So if you are looking for links to my feelthy porn or something, it'll still be in the normal places.

    On to today's topic: tagging. If I were less lazy and/or enjoyed mindlessly clicking around this website more, I'd tag a lot more songs, but having to do every song individually makes me incredibly ununmotivated towards doing it. I really wish you could, say, click someplace and get tag fields for 10 or 20 songs at a time, and just back up through your playlist the way you would normally review it. (Although Piro has told me that they removed a feature like that because it was a massive load on the server... which I guess I understand... but it doesn't make me want it any less.)

    I enjoy reading the tags other people have put on songs, especially the totally nonsensical ones like "" which I think we can all agree is a fun phrase. It also helps me find out quickly what the music community's general impression of a band's sound is; they may SAY they are a punk band in their profile, but if all the tags say "pop punk" or "emo" or "sweater punk" then I can guess they aren't the next Sex Pistols. The tags and the "Similar Artists" list are the main things that make me check out a band's music. You'd think I'd use the preview function more, but I really don't, for some reason...? I tend to actually grab a copy of the most popular song(s) if I can and listen a few times to see if it's instantly appealing, music that grows on you, or hateful noise.

    However, some of the tags just get my back up for some reason, like "achingly intelligent" (which I've just remembered NOT to link as the link will also show up on the tag page >_>). I'm sure users of this tag just want to compliment a band for having very moving and unusual lyrics or music, but it almost invariably makes me think "god what a bunch of wankers" and I get a negative impression both of the band AND its fans, because WHO THE HELL SAYS SOMETHING LIKE THAT? I'll tell you who: elitist navel-gazing indie wankers!! Well, and that is of course terribly judgmental and mean of me to say. However, that is my honest gut reaction, even if I quash those feelings and try the band anyhow... but maybe I give them less leeway when deciding if the music is too pretentious and melodramatic for me? I'm not sure if it continues to affect my perceptions. I kind of suspect it might. That being said, there are of course some lovely bands with this tag. But I still wish people wouldn't use it, or other similar uber-wanker tags.

    I've just realized anyone who looks at my profile today is going to think I'm some kind of massive reggae fan. >_> It's not my fault that a few days ago, I snagged 800mb of reggae-themed electronica and hip-hop from some random French server! BLAME THE FRENCH

  • Corrected Paprika OST Tracklist

    Mar 12 2007, 6h58

    Some versions of the Paprika OST floating around seem to have the wrong track names (#nipponsei)... if you notice the the "instrumental" version of "Parade" and the regular version don't sound alike, then you probably have this problem.

    The following tracklist is copied from the scan of the back of the CD and was doublechecked via the interwebs. I created it assuming the tracks were numbered correctly and only the names are wrong (they seem to match up when you listen, so hopefully that's correct). The back of the CD has the song names in Japanese, with the English written underneath, which I put in brackets. If anyone actually wants romaji song titles or wants to know how to pronounce the song titles, lemme know. I can't remember if I wrote these in unicode or shift-JIS, sorry (but they scrobble and work in itunes).

    1. パレード [Parade] (5:44)
    2. 媒介野 [Mediational Field] (4:57)
    3. 回廊の死角 [The Blind Spot In A Corridor] (1:57)
    4. サーカスへようこそ [Welcome to the Circus] (0:58)
    5. 暗がりの木 [A Tree in the Dark] (1:24)
    6. 逃げる者 [Escapee] (3:12)
    7. Lounge (2:04)*
    8. その影 [The Shadow] (3:17)
    9. 滴いっぱいの記憶 [A Drop Filled With Memories] (4:37)
    10. 追う者 [Chaser] (3:01)
    11. 予期 [Prediction] (1:42)
    12. パレード (instrumental) [Parade] (5:49)
    13. 白虎野の娘 (パプリカ・エンディングテーマ) [The Girl in Byakkoya - White Tiger Field (Paprika Ending Theme)] (4:47)**

    * [note: has no Japanese title]
    **[note: "Byakkoya" means "White Tiger Field" so it seems redundant, but this is what it says on the back of the CD.]

    There's also an "outtake" you can download from here called "Runner" (along with a confirmation of the English language tracklist).

    (Track times added for doublecheck purposes.)

  • The inspiration for "Pillowcase"

    Jul 30 2006, 18h30

    Was listening to Dntel's song "Pillowcase" and thinking, eh, not that exciting. Then my friend showed me this:

    It definitely made this song more interesting to listen to for me. (Although it's still not exactly an earworm.)