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04:44pm 16/09/2008
  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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M83 - Saturdays = Youth (2008)   
03:16pm 02/03/2008
mood: hungry
This hasn't leaked yet, but I just listened to Couleurs, their single for the upcoming album and I love it. I'm actually looking forward to the album now.

Another year, another list   
07:49pm 02/01/2008
  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

Even more lists...Collapse )
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Old, Forgotten Crap   
10:01pm 11/12/2007
mood: bouncy
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!
Booty butt, booty butt, booty butt CHEEKS   
09:08pm 03/11/2007
mood: contemplative
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!
10:01pm 31/10/2007
mood: amused
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:

Guess who gets to wake up at 4am to go to work tomorrow? I'll give you a hint. It's not me.   
09:04pm 16/09/2007
mood: sleepy
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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Leave Britney alone!!!11   
12:01pm 11/09/2007
  She's, like, a human being and stuff!!!111

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The late night snack update   
02:01am 24/07/2007
  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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Current Music Post!   
02:40pm 20/06/2007
  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.
"Arkansas: Four million people and only two thousand last names."   
01:42pm 18/06/2007
  So I just returned from my weekend long trip to Arkansas to see my cousin get married. Man, I love Arkansas. I mean, I *really* love Arkansas. In fact, I might move there some day; move there and do absolutely nothing. Because that's all there is to do in Arkansas; nothing. Sit around, breathe in the ripe smell of hogs, and occasionally point and laugh at the Amish. Oh, and get married, I guess.

Throughout the wedding I kept getting those annoying backhanded compliments from relatives. "Oh wow, you look really pretty when you dress up," or "Wow, you look really pretty....with makeup." Even my Dad said so and advised me to wear makeup more often, which was awkward. (I do wear makeup, actually.) For me it all translated to, "Oh honey, if you wore more makeup, you would look less like my left shoe." Aww, how considerate.

So I'm finally listening to the new Piana album. Thanks, batabid! It seemed like it took me forever to find it. I kept checking OiNK every two seconds. For such an exclusive site that promotes itself as having rare stuff, it sure does take them months to post anything hard to find.
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"Worst. Movie. Ever. I will only see it three more times. Today."   
05:07pm 30/05/2007
  Is a remake of "Funny Games" necessary, Michael Haneke? (Answer: No.)

In other news, I'm still unemployed! Whee!
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Xinlisupreme - NEINFUTURER (2007)   
03:06am 15/05/2007
  I keep finding all kinds of things tonight.

We haven't heard from Xinlisupreme since their last internet album No Future, a sloppy second of their better previous albums. Hopefully this one is much better. Does anyone know why they don't release physical albums anymore?

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New Piana album   
01:52am 15/05/2007
Piana - Eternal Castle (Out June 8, 2007)

Some clips can be heard here. (How fucking awesome is "Snowflakes?)

Also, here's her video for "Something is Lost," which was on the last album Ephemeral. It surprisingly doesn't look as cheap as I assumed it would. Ephemeral must've made her pretty semi-famous.

X-posted to avantsoundjapan.
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06:54pm 12/05/2007
  Bjork sims are cute creepy.

World's End Girlfriend - Hurtbreak Wonderland (2007)   
02:00pm 27/03/2007
Yay, free stuffz! (Stolen from here, apparently.)

I had no idea he was even releasing a new album. There's no mention of it on Noble (his label), which is kind of odd. Anyway, typical of WEG, this album is excellent and has a bit more frantic beats than Lie Lay Land. The perfect fusion of "beautiful" WEG and "crazy" WEG.

X-posted to avantsoundjapan.


While I'm here, I mind as well do some "real" updating.

In other news, CherryTankMachine.com is NO MORE. Of course, I'm probably the only person who knew about it, not to mention I never updated the site and the design/layout looked like crap on everyone else's computer except mine and my roommate's. I thought creating the site would help me get used to writing more and improve my skills, but I already have PopMatters for that, not to mention the many writing classes I'm taking. I think the problem is I'm writing too much. So to hell with that crappy, crappy site. By the way, I'm selling the domain for $5. Cherry Tank Machine...hmm...might make a nice porn site.
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Heeeeey yoooouuu guuuuyyys   
05:32pm 05/03/2007
  So I finally have a stable, working Internet connection. No more mooching off my neighbors. This weekend I celebrated by catching up on a ton of movies I've been needing to watch, thanks to peekvid and a few torrents that have been queueing forever:

-The Host
Nice popcorn flick. I was surprised with how enamoured I was with the plot.

-Little Children
Although there's a particular scene toward the end of the movie that's downright ridiculous, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

-Little Miss Sunshine
This was nominated for best picture?? The movie is cute, but not deserving of any of its hype.

-The Painted Veil
I'll admit I only saw this film because Edward Norton is in it, but I'll try to be objective here. This film is freakin' brilliant. It's a shame it's been internationally ignored. The performances are outstanding and the look of this film is simply beautiful. Because the film takes place in China, I was afraid it would relapse into one of those "WHITE MAN SAVES THE DAY" plots, but fortunately China is treated as more than just a backdrop here.

-A Scanner Darkly
I'll be honest, I just didn't get it. Perhaps I wasn't in the best frame of mind while watching it (it was 3am), but it all went right over my head. According to those geniuses at IMDb, to enjoy this movie you have to have tried drugs at least once. Hmmm.

-Linda Linda Linda
This was voted as the best Japanese movie of 2006 at Midnight Eye. Um...was 2006 a slow year? The movie, about a high school girl band, is kind of cute, but a bit boring and even painfully slow in some parts. It's a nice little light-hearted movie. The best of '06? Uh...I hope not. Here's the best part of the movie when they all perform at a school music festival:

These other three movies were required viewing for my film class:
-The Searchers
(I don't have much of an opinion for any of these. Watching them was liking doing homework, but none of them were too terrible. Sunrise was the best, mostly because the other two were Westerns and I hate those.)
In other news, where has my head been?? The new Sims expansion pack was released and I had no idea. What's wrong with me? Usually I'm always on top of things.
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I have class in 10 minutes   
11:56am 06/02/2007
Tujiko Noriko - Solo

Don't thank me, thank this guy. The copy I ordered still hasn't come yet.

X-posted in avantsoundjapan.

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Just finished watching this movie. It was quite awful actually, with tons of overacting and complicated story lines. It didn't help that the subs were a few seconds slow either. Luckily my copy was free since it came from PopMatters. Hmm, not sure if I can compile a 800 word review, though.
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Awww, yeah!   
02:45pm 12/01/2007
  Tujiko Noriko - Solo
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Release date: February 5, 2007

Some 30 second clips can be found here and here.

X-posted in avantsoundjapan.
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Best of '06   
11:55am 11/01/2007
mood: still
Yeah, so it's a little late, but it's better than never. I put all the mp3s in a gigantor untidy zip folder for those interested. Look at me; I'm full with goodies!.

Considering how much I hated 2005, things could only go up for 2006. Although there was a few major disappointments, the several dozen of quiet achievements kept everything in balance. The music varied from artists I never cared about until now (Joanna Newsom, Liars), artists who had subpar resumes until recently (Xela, Ammoncontact), and to artists who I would've never dreamed of liking (Grizzly Bear). Overall, a solid year.

Best albums of 2006:
10. The Blow - Paper Television

9. Phelan Sheppard - Harp's Old Master

8. Ammoncontact - With Voices

7. Dani Siciliano - Slappers
(I never knew Matthew Herbert's wife - who's also a vocalist on his records - made her own music. I have to say, I liked this a lot more than Herbert's "Scale.")

6. Liars - Drum's Not Dead

5. Fovea Hex - Bloom/Huge Ep (Yeah, so I'm cheating. So what?)

4. Grizzly Bear - Yellow House

3. Ryan Teague - Coins and Crosses

2. Xela - The Dead Sea (Can't help loving an album about a ship attacked by zombies.)

1. Joanna Newsom - Ys (Well that was pretty obivious, hmm?)

(I know I usually write summaries for each, but....ugh, I'm lazy.)

Honorable mentions:
Burial - Hyperdub
Spank Rock - yoyoyoyoyoyo
Daedulus - Denies the Days Demise
Midori Hirano - Lush Rush
Aus - Sonorapid
Yasushi Yoshida - Secret Figure
Herbert - Scale
Psapp - The Only Thing I Ever Wanted
Razor X Productions - Killing Sound
Sol Seppy - The Bells of 1 2
Junior Boys - This is Goodbye
The Knife - Silent Shout
Cortney Tidwell - Don't Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up

Best Tracks of 2006:
I don't know why I chose to do this. Ohhh yeah, I copied the idea from Pitchforkmedia. Well....NEVER AGAIN! This was a tough-ass list to make.

1. Xela - Drunk on Salt Water
(Quiet, restrained brillance.)

2. Joanna Newsom - Emily
(A 10+ minute stunner.)

3. The Knife - We Share Our Mother's Health
(Everything you could ever like about electronic pop rolled into a gumball.)

4. Liars - Let's Not Wrestle Mt. Heart Attack

5. Ryan Teague - Nephesch

6. Grizzly Bear - Little Brother

7. TV on the Radio - Playhouses
(No, I did *not* like TV on the Radio's latest album, but I did like this track. It's the only decent one.)

8. Junior Boys - The Equalizer
(I'll admit, I only started listening to the Junior Boys from all the hype surrounding them. This track is the best.)

9. Fovea Hex - While You're Away
(I posted this song a few months ago. Yup...still amazing.)

10. Aus - Small Time
(Aphex Twin and Piana got together one sexy night...had a baby...)

11. OOIOO - Uma
(It's like a cannibalistic tribal ritual. Has to be heard to believe.)

12. Dani Siciliano - Think Twice

13. Monotekktoni - Schiess mir ein Loch in den Kopf
(She reminds me of a German Sir Alice. Unfortunately, I thought the rest of her album was a stinker.)

14. Midori Hirano - Ancient Story in the Room
(I was tempted to put her album in the top 10 just to post this song. It's that good.)

15. Cut Chemist - The Garden/Storm
(Some killer summer tracks from turntablist Cut Chemist. This was his first solo album, but these two tracks were the only impressive ones.)

16. Freescha - The Strange Disappearance of J
(The first few seconds sounds like Coldplay's "Parachutes." I know that sounds absolutely awful, but it gets better, I swear.)

17. Razor X Productions - Killer Queen
(For a song about killing people, Warrior Queen's voice is so cute here.)

18. Georgia Anne Murdow - New Orleans
(A beautiful commentary to the politics of Hurricane Katrina. It's really a shame the rest of the album is the typical modern r&b rubbish.)

19. Sol Seppy - Move/Slo Fuzz (Yes, I know I'm cheating.)

20. Cornelius - Gum

Most disappointing albums of 2006:
5. TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
(I know I'm holding an unpopular opinion. I was expecting more of an evolution from them.)

4. Kahimi Karie - Nunki
(An ode to quiet experimental French-esque pop that never quite gets the formula right.)

3. Najwa Nimri - Walkabout
(I haven't liked a Najwa album since "Carefully." I think I should officially give up on her.)

2. Squarepusher - Hello Everything
(Are there any Squarepusher fans here? Can someone explain this?)

1. Aco - Mask
(This isn't even an album, it's a MINI album, which makes it even more pathetic.)
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