Shiina Ringo

Your WTF of the day

I didn't want to post this on my blog, so I figured I'd post it here. You know, the best thing about Wordpress is it allows you to monitor visitors to your blog. The bad thing about Wordpress is it allows you to monitor visitors to your blog.

Case in point:

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Shiina Ringo

Another year, another list

Best Albums of '07
(As usual, the gigantor folder of all the music discussed in this post is here for anyone who cares.)

10. Klimek - Dedications
The concept of "Dedications" is each track is dedicated to someone (family, friends, directors, collaborators) and the influence of such people are reflected in the music. On first listen the album doesn't stick right away, but soon songs like "For Eugene Chadborne & Henry Kaiser" really grabs you with its quiet intensity. This album is somewhat similar to last year's Xela's "The Dead Sea," another favorite of mine, in its quiet escapism. It's good to have at least one.

9. Apparat - Walls
"Walls" is an interesting album; one part electro-glitch, one part "Purple Rain" Prince?? It's actually a pretty compelling mix and a refreshing surprise all together.

8. M.I.A. - Kala
For a while I didn't know where I stood with this album. On first listen only two tracks stood out and I started pondering if this album was any better than "Arular." But the more I listened to "Kala" I realized how more musically daring it was in comparison. I couldn't keep myself away from it. Something kept drawing me back to it until it became my summer staple album. In fact, I can't believe I had faults with it (although I still think "Mango Pickle Down River" is the worst song of her career).

7. Tenniscoats - Tan Tan Therapy/Totemo Aimasho
I'm somewhat cheating here. Tenniscoats released two albums this year, and although I like "Tan Tan Therapy" a tad better, "Totemo Aimasho" has my favorite song on it, so I listed them both. "Totemo Aimasho" is more minimalist, electronic, while "Tan Tan Therapy" is more laptop folk. Sweet, but not cutesy.

6. El-P - I'll Sleep When You're Dead
Read my words, this is the ONLY relevant hip hop music being made today. I've heard of EL-P through his work with Prefuse 73, and although this was my first time listening to his solo stuff, I always knew he was a gifted producer, truly bringing innovative, fresh ideas to the genre. In fact, on first listen, "I'll Sleep When You're Dead" sounds a little overproduced, but you have to respect the daring directions he takes in the name of hip hop "loyalists." After all, what hip hop producer would think to grab Trent Reznor as a collaborator?

5. World's End Girlfriend - Hurtbreak Wonderland
Once again, WEG never fails and releases another stunning album. Unlike "Lie Lay Land," "Hurtbreak Wonderland" is definitely more classically inspired.

4. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
This is actually the first Animal Collective album I ever heard, so I can't really compare the music here to anything else, but I do know that "Fireworks" is simply one of the best songs ever made. I can't think of a song that could be any more perfect. The rest of the album falls into the categories of less conventional, yet obnoxiously brilliant pop.

3. Efterklang - Parades
Efterklang released an EP and an album this year, and it's kind of a shame because their EP ended up overshadowing the album. The EP is good, but "Parades" is infinitely better, taking their usual multi-instrumental sound and branching it into more daring waters.

2. Burial - Untrue
Although I liked Burial's last album "Hyperdub," I think my fondness for it was because it was the first dubstep album that didn't make me want to strangle someone....or fall asleep. "Untrue" is infinitely better than "Hyperdub," dabbling more in underwater dub that feels and sounds beautifully claustrophobic.

1. Ben Frost - Theory of Machines
Funny how the number one spot usually reserved for one Icelandic was stolen by another. Ben Frost's "Theory of Machines" didn't create as much buzz as I expected it to. The general consensus from music journalists and the blogosphere was that, as far as the realm of electronic music goes, Frost was the one to watch. I first listened to "Theory of Machines" early 2007 and knew right away that it would be a tough album to beat. I waited and waited for another album to come and equally blow my senses away, but it never happened.

Honorable Mentions
Amon Tobin - Foley Room
Caribou - Andorra
Colleen - Les Ondes Silencieuses
Deerhoof - Friendly Opportunity
Haco - Riska
Islaja - Ulual Yyy
Christian Fennesz/Ryuichi Sakamoto - Cendre
Liars - Liars
Lucky Pierre - Dip
M83 - Digital Shades Vol. 1
Melt Banana - Bambi's Dilemma
Milenasong - Seven Sisters
Mum - Go Smear the Poison Ivy
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Peder - And He Just Pointed To The Sky
Piana - Eternal Castle
The Field - From Here We Go To Sublime
The Go! Team - Proof of Youth
Tujiko Noriko - Solo
To Kill A Pretty Bourgeoisie - The Patron
Under Byen - Samme Stof Som Stof
Victor Bermon - Arriving At Night
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Is Is Ep

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Old, Forgotten Crap

So I decided to convert the last of my remaining CDs to Mp3s, which basically means I'll have no use for them ever again. I'm surprised at how much music I've forgotten about. I mean, I think it's seriously been almost a decade since I've listened to them. Hmmm, maybe I'm exaggerating, but it feels like a long, friggin' time. Oh, well. Who can argue with sweet, sweet nostalgia?

Anyway, I thought I'd upload a little mix of old, forgotten crap (mostly old electronic music):

1. Aphex Twin - Acrid Avid Jam Shred (from "I Care Because You Do)
2. Hooverphonic - 2Wicky (from "A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular")
3. Cornelius - Point of View Point (from "Point")
4. The Orb - Pi (from "Orblivion")
5. Sneaker Pimps - Spin Spin Sugar (from "Becoming X")
6. The Future Sound of London - Papua New Guinea (from "Accelerator")
7. Leftfield - Swords (from "Rhythm and Stealth")
8. Bjork - There's More To Life Than This (from "Debut") <----Yes, it's been a long ass time since I've heard this song.
9. The Orb - Toxygene (from "Orblivion")
10. Hooverphonic - Battersea (from "Blue Wonder Power Milk")
11. Herbert - The Audience (from "Bodily Functions")

Don't click me, I'm full of chocolate!
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Shiina Ringo

Booty butt, booty butt, booty butt CHEEKS

It seems lately I've been so behind on movies. Usually I like to stay up to date, but lately I feel so lazy. My Netflix account is just collecting dust (and money) and even though I keep adding movies to my queue, I've had Strange Circus, Hot Fuzz, and The Science of Sleep at my house pretty much all summer. What a waste.

So lately I've been trying to catch up. A few days ago I downloaded I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK and Nightmare Detective. Haven't watched them yet, but I'll post my thoughts if I remember/am not lazy. I also got Paprika from PopMatters. I already watched it earlier this year. Satoshi Kon can do no wrong in my book. Perfect Blue is still my favorite of his.

Hmmm, this post needs pictures.

There we go.

I might do a music post soon. It seems a lot of things of mine have been collecting dust lately and I don't want this journal to be one of them. So for whatever reason, I'm gonna try to keep this thing alive. *sigh*

Official graduation date is December 15th! Woo!
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Shiina Ringo


How sad that my last post was about Tv Links, especially now that the site is dead. *Le sigh*

Tv Link: R.I.P
Oink: R.I.P
Still looking for Demonoid invites. Anyone, anyone?

Well, since it's Halloween, I guess I shall post something, so here's a healthy dose of Halloween WTF:

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Guess who gets to wake up at 4am to go to work tomorrow? I'll give you a hint. It's not me.

Tv Links is my new favorite site. Today I watched a few documentaries that were particularly good. (beautifiedmedia, I was gonna send these to you, but guess who's not online? Hmmm?)

This Film Is Not Yet Rated: This documentary is about the seedy underbelly of the MPAA. The film particularly goes into depth on exactly who these people are and why they have so much power over the movies they rate.

Great Happiness Space: The Tale of an Osaka Love Thief: Now this was a surprise. This is a documentary about a group of male escorts operating within the Osaka underground love scene. It's pretty depressing, actually.
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Shiina Ringo

The late night snack update

Well, I lasted a whopping four days at my new job. I was working at a pet care facility. Funny, all the other new hires got to be "playtime associates" and play with puppies all day, but I on the other hand got stuck hosing shit off cages. I'm surprised I lasted four days; I should've walked out my first hour. But anyway...hooray, unemployment!

Look what I found:
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    Mum - Go Smear the Poison Ivy
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Current Music Post!

While typing in the address of this LJ, I accidentally pressed Enter too soon after typing "rob." Did you know whenever you type keywords in the address bar it takes you directly to Wikipedia? I just spent the last two minutes learning about R.O.B. the robot.


It's kinda funny. I had two new things to listen to yesterday; one was Piana, of course, and the other was the new Yeah Yeah Yeah's ep, "Is Is." I was more excited for the Piana one and had high expectations, so I was surprised to find myself listening to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs over Piana. Not like I'm trying to compare the two, I just find it interesting how current circumstances can affect things like this. For example, let's take a look at Piana's album. The cover gives a cool vibe that accompanies tracks like "Snowflakes" and "With the Sea." It just doesn't mesh well with the 90+ degree weather right now. But the Yeah Yeah Yeahs album? I can bump that all summer.

Of course, Piana always releases these wintery-type albums; it's her signature sound. Unfortunately there's not much progression here from the last album and wavers between really good and really forgettable. Piana has long ditched the glitchy experimentation of her first album, and although I bitched about that during her sophomore album, the live instruments of "Eternal Castle" is not what's bothering me. What's troublesome is it sounds like she's following the generic route of pop ballads. The track "Prayer" sounds more suitable for some J-pop singer.

But of course, I'm being overly critical (as always) and there are good songs here. "Snowflakes" is simply amazing. In fact, I should just upload it: Here it is.

I don't know. I'm curious to see where she goes from here.

Hmmmmm, anyway. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Is Is" is surprisingly awesome. I'm not the biggest Yeah Yeah Yeahs fan and didn't even bother to listen to "Show Your Bones," but "Is Is" is refreshing. No huge progression, but more maturity, better production and more fleshed out songs.