chrryblssmninja: (tragicradiance_jessicahyde)
her music, at least

via:
Earlier tonight, one of Shiina Ringo’s recent side projects, the handover ceremony at the Closing Ceremony of the Rio Olympics, took place. Her songs “Chichinpuipui” and “Bouenkyou no Soto no Keshiki” were used during the ceremony.

THE OLYMPICS IS HER SIDE PROJECT

via: Sheena Ringo now has the power to make world leaders dress up as video game characters for her entertainment. I won’t hear any other explanations.

WHEN WILL YOUR FAVES EVER

haven't checked flist in a while but tv-wise, I'm trying to stream any good episodes of Masters of Horror before it leaves free Hulu. The Night Of and especially Mr. Robot are v v tense and frustrating TV!

slowly progressing with editing my short film.

also, the posts about Puerto Rican gold medalist Monica Puig made me tear up last Saturday
chrryblssmninja: (mimicar)
I was going to continue with my practice of setting 101 goals for the new year, but then I can't remember if I clicked "revert to previous draft" when I opened this page or not, so, my goal for the year is...accomplish something.

I did write about my media highlights and favorite music of 2015.

Goals actually accomplished in 2015:

  • I was able to show [livejournal.com profile] whomp around San Francisco, and I also reconnected with many relatives on both sides of my family! I'm a really social person, and it was great to see and talk with them.

  • With the family, I returned to Las Vegas and Puerto Rico. New places we visited included Yosemite and Mammoth, other towns in Gold Country, Also did more local tourism, including the Renaissance Fair at Casa de Fruta. All the hyperlinks in this paragraph link to pictures!

  • I did get to speak Spanish more, especially in Puerto Rico, and I used Japanese a little at work (although, when one customer asked me a question in Japanese, I answered in Spanish. I corrected myself and she was fine with it, but yeah). I even had a simple conversation in Norwegian! Although I can't say more because we can't post about specific customers on the internet. Even a few phrases of Tagalog helped once. I am now on over 80 days of practicing Gaeilge and Norsk on Duolingo.

  • Finally visited New People when we went to a festival in Japantown. My mom bought me this Omocat sweater...partly because I forgot to wear warm enough clothing for that windy day...

  • I did start lifting 20-pound free weights, and while I didn't get to 25-pound, I did move from 10 reps to 15 reps over the course of the year.

  • I bought some nice and often useful clothes (many via work discount), as well as 2 CDs, nice yearly agendas (classic art for 2015, and a slim Star Wars one with Rey and BB-8 on the cover for 2016 through 2017), and the Universal classic Horror DVD set. Also received a new photo camera and mini-tripod prior to our Las Vegas trip.

  • I did read at least one book from every continent except Antarctica, but I think that's less of a feat because diverse selection is pretty much my general taste when I go to the libraries here. Also read five non-fiction books, as well as five books published in 2015. Now I want to read more from before 1900.


I think I'll just dump my list of TV watched from October through December here. So much I still have to catch up on...
the episodes )
chrryblssmninja: (fromthewind_iceisland)
Finally changed up some of my icons. I am, at default, an island of frost.

Been busy with retail work (survived Black Friday!) and family. The latter dragged me to the Exodus movie yesterday but at least I was vindicated when everyone realized how bad it was. The most entertaining part was 11-year-old Isaac Andrews' performance as Lil' Punk Almighty.

Frustrated that I might never get into making movies ever with the way life is going, (lol I know I'm only 26 but you don't know my life dude. Maybe I could direct or at least write a better Biblical short than 99% of what is made.) Maybe I'll try and edit some footage I still have, idk.

Catching up on Adventure Time and Elementary and other current watching includes Brooklyn 99 and Key and Peele. aw man Jakob's leaving Kollektivet but I wish him the best. Need to find some time to watch Over the Garden Wall and Blue Blazes (the Japanese live action show about anime creators in college) and other shows and movies from 2014 I can manage to find before the year ends. Anticipating the Black Mirror Christmas Special but I won't get my hopes too high for it just in case. Also cautious about the upcoming Star Wars film, although I like many in the cast.

Music I've been into recently:

Ladytron - "Melting Ice"

Shiina Ringo - "Shuen no Onna (Leading Lady)." I want to make a tribute to '60's Japanese crime movies that is set to this song. I also like how the title and sound contrasts with "Arikitari na Onna (Ordinary Woman)" (great live performance there) from the other album she released this year.

Utopia 2 OST - "To You All Kids Will Come"
Separating this from the events it accompanies in the show, this piece puts me into a state of euphoria. Ecstasy. Maybe just euthymia If I'm not able to play it at its best settings on any media player or in my head.

Music Go Music - "Shine Down Forever"
THE BAND IS INSPIRED BY DISCO AND SIMILAR MUSIC FROM THAT ERA SO THE CORNY LYRICS TOTALLY FIT THIS SOUND OK

Small Faces - "Runaway"
I was looking up covers of Del Shannon's "Runaway" when I found this. Thus, I found out about Small Faces a few days after their keyboardist died. RIP. At least I found out about them?

need to play music to fight the Christmas music mix on loop at the store where I work. Also, my supervisors are pretty good but so many of them are younger than me and this is one of the things (along with current events and family arguments!) that gets me crisis-ing in my mind now and then.
chrryblssmninja: (prelude_of_dawn_sneakyowl)
I like making lists, and as I was making my way through flist, I was ~inspired~.
This is where I like to show off my weird taste.

MY 10 FAVORITE SONGS OF 2010

1) "The Night Last Night (feat. Rose Elinor Dougall and Alex Greenwald)" - Mark Ronson and the Business International
Beautiful use of melody and counterpoint.
2) "Seamstress" - Dessa
Sharp lyrics and haunting sound.
3) Gasoline - The Dead Weather
Raw and ripped.
4) “Tightrope”- Janelle Monae
Can't help but dance to this. Takes a retro R&B sound and makes it fresh.
5) "Tighten Up" -The Black Keys
One Youtube commenter said that he or she sang this song to a scoop of ice cream because it made him or her happy.
6) "Ikiru (To Live)" - Tokyo Jihen
First, it makes crazy use of autotune to create a robotic barbershop chorus feel. Then it breaks into bouncy '20's-ish pop jazz. The melody stays strong throughout, even though its range is probably too ambitious for Ringo-chan's voice (or my voice when I try to sing to it). The lyrics are quite depressing for its bright sound.
7) "Stylo" - Gorillaz
cool on the down low
8) The Tron:Legacy Soundtrack
9) "Runaway" (feat. Pusha T) - Kanye West
I still need to see the short film. However, I realized I really liked this song when it was playing in a store and I became lost in my mind.
10) "The Island - Part 2 - Dusk" - Pendulum
I like fast-paced electronic songs that have lots of variety.

Cover songs that I also enjoyed:
"Stand By Me" - Prince Royce (cover)
be quiet it's cute and fun to sway to
Mike Patton - "Il Cielo In Una Stanza" and "Ore D'Amore"
Songs to burst out in the car or on a table or on a stage.


Best mainstream pop chorus - "Billionaire." There's just something sad and hopeful about it.
Best sound: BRRRRRRMMMMM

Two more lists:

There is a * by stuff I really enjoyed, for one reason or another. Not an exact indication of quality.

Books read in 2010 )



Movies watched in 2010 )


ETA: oh shoot I forgot that I really liked "Born Free" by M.I.A
I didn't listen to much of the new album, but I reallllllllllllly liked that song
chrryblssmninja: (magicmachine_droids)
meme
1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter. just ask me for a letter if you want one
2. List (and upload) 5-10 songs you love that begin with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.


[livejournal.com profile] mc_valya gave me the letter E.

1) "Ekimae (In front of the station)" - Tokyo Jihen

2) "Earth Angel"

3) "El Andén (Con Mala Rodriguez)" - Bajofondo

4) "El Justiciero" - Os Mutantes

5) "Eriatarka" - The Mars Volta

6) "Exo-Politics" - Muse
I've exercised to this song so many times

7) "Ecstasy of Gold (Ennio Morricone vs. Nas)" - DJ Erb

8) "The End of You" - Sleater-Kinney

9) "The End of You Too" - Metronomy

10) "“Echigo Tsutsuishi Oyashirazu” - J.A. Seazer, from Kokkyou Jyunreika, 1973



yay for Misfits coming back soon

Also, this Sunday is the US public television premiere of Sherlock, so I'll see what you all have been spamming about.


Finally,



Stole this from tumblr, where I also got the idea to name the file, "MENACING HAIRCUT."
chrryblssmninja: (chocoberrie_ringodance)
I've made several posts featuring multiple versions of the same song before: "Beggin'" - originally by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, "Lover, Come Back to Me". I'm sure I did one for "Manha de Carnaval" as well, but I can't find it in tags or Google search.

Now, multiple songs in a multiple versions post!
"Aquellos ojos grises," "Solamente una vez," and "Sleepwalk."

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"Aqellos ojos grises"
This choice was inspired by [livejournal.com profile] zestylime's search for music in triple meter.
The title translates to "Those Gray Eyes."
Orignally composed by Argentinian quena (Andean bamboo flute) musician Uña Ramos.

Here's Ramos in a recent performance of the song, a flute instrumental.



In 1974, the Japanese gave it lyrics.
Haiiro No Hitomi (灰色の瞳) performed by Katou Tokiko and Hasegawa Kiyoshi, acoustic instruments.

a dramatic rock version, recorded by Shiina Ringo and Spitz bandmember Kusano Masamune in 2002.

Romaji + English translation of the lyrics

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This choice I came up with while writing this comment about music in Spanish

"Solamente una vez" is originally by Mexican composer Agustín Lara. It was written in Buenos Aires and is dedicated to his friend, the baritone and actor José Mojica, when Mojica decided to become a Franciscan monk.
A more comprehensive biography of Lara, in Spanish.



Many might know the song from its appearance in Disney's The Three Caballeros as You Belong To My Heart (the volume's low on this one) performed by Dora Luz, with English lyrics by Ray Gilbert.

Here is a translation of the original lyrics, which are a bit different than what's sung in the English version.

Here's the Bing Crosby version, performed with the Xavier Cugat orchestra.

Nat King Cole, singing the Spanish version.
yeah, his pronounciation's funny, but I like how back then, pop singers would perform songs in Spanish and Portuguese and other (mostly European) languages for an American audience, translated and untranslated.

Bilingual version with Ezio Pinza (South Pacific) and Lana Turner
from the comments: My father tells me that he used to see people on the streets during World War 2 singing this song to each other with tears in their eyes. Most had lost a father, husband, brother or son and it somehow expressed their feelings.

slow intrumental electric guitar version by Santo and Johnny

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This last song is an original by the rock guitar duo brothers Santo and Johnny, surname Farina. It's their most famous song, "Sleepwalk."



Versions with lyrics have been recorded, including "Sleepwalkin'" by Modest Mouse.
It has been used in films such as 12 Monkeys and La Bamba.

The first version I heard, by the Stray Cats.

ukelele version by Jake Shimabukuro.

An electronic-tinged version by Joe Satriani

One time, it played on a Spanish-language radio station. No explanation why, but it was nice.
chrryblssmninja: (Default)
MUSIC OF THE YEAR 2009

DJ Earworm's got his latest mashup of Billboard's top 25 hits here. Another brilliant work.

My top 20 songs of 2009!

Not necessarily the best, since my taste is weird and sometimes it takes me a year or two to hear songs. Some songs need to sneak up on me. Oh well. There's something for everybody here.


1) "The Fire and the Thud" - Arctic Monkeys feat. Alison Mosshart
If it's true you're going to run away/Tell me where/I'll meet you there
Airy melancholy melody and romanticism flares into dark rock guitars. Fell for this song when I heard it acoustic on a radio show, and I was excited to find out it would be on the band's upcoming album. Humbug wasn't a perfect album, but it grew on me and had awesome tracks like this. Alison gives it a great raw touch.

2) "Purexed" - P.O.S
But when I fall I tend to land like a ton of bricks/Stand like a man made of concrete and sediment
Rap isn't dead. The most inspirational song of the year. Never Better was definitely worth buying, and not just for the fun interchangeable CD covers (that are really brilliantly done, btw).

3)“I Walk Alone” - Music Go Music
I live life in the twilight/I walk alone through waking dreams
Modern indie disco with both an edge and a gift for melody? yes.
Posted lots of links (with free music) of them here. Bought the album Expressions and it's great.

4) "Percussion Gun" - White Rabbits
THE drum line that stuck in my head all year.

5) “Hurt Feelings (Reprise)” - Flight of the Conchords
one of my favorite moments in the run of their televised musical comedy. Song's funny and a bit poignant too.

6) "Hold the Line" - Major Lazer (vid slightly NSFW)
This song had me suddenly stepping in tune in stores because the song was playing over and over in my head.

7) “Angus” - Pintandwefall
Punky little anthem about a little piranha. Cool bass line too.

8) "Heads Will Roll" - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
This song snuck up on me. Another tune to dance to.

9) "Heavy Cross" - The Gossip
Addictive pop/rock song with a bit of disco to taste.

10) "United States of Eurasia" - Muse
While The Resistance diappointed me, this song is Muse at their bombastic best.

11) “Come Wander With Me” - British Sea Power
a beautiful melody (taken from a Twilight Zone original song, I hear) performed for the band's soundtrack for Man of Aran.

12) Baptized by Fire -Spinnerette
I still say this melody reminds me of sea shanties...

13) "Fog" - Nosaj Thing
ELECTRONICA WITH A SYMPHONIC EDGE THAT MAKES IT MORE INTERESTING THAN THE MAJORITY OF ELECTRONICA AND DRIFT IS AWESOME TO PLAY IN THE CAR I AM SO GLAD I BOUGHT THE CD BECAUSE IT'S LIKE THE SOUNDS ARE TEXTURES AND ANGLES MELTING. phew. had to get that out.

14) "Bonsai Hada (Ordinary Skin)" - Shiina Ringo
Dramatic, with great use of accordion and cryptic but pretty lyrics.

15) Gaman (Frustration) - Tokyo Jihen
B-side that goes crazy with funk shuffling back and forth into rock and then suddenly going samba? Crazy and awesome.

16) "Rocking Horse" - The Dead Weather
The soundtrack of a shadow-soaked cowboy vampire shootout, dissolving into screams at the end.

17) “Undelivered Letter” - Quantic and His Combo Barbaro
Silky-smooth and funky jazz track with something new at every turn.

18) Too Fake -Hockey
I was crusing random streaming CDs and found Mind Chaos. Without knowing a thing about Hockey, I enjoyed listening to it while doing work and partying on [livejournal.com profile] to_boldly_rock. Fun dance rock.

19) “Mannequin (Overthrill Remix)” - Noah
Someone needs to make an awesome dance crew video to this RIGHT NOW.

20) “People” - Chester French
pleasedontjudgeme ithascatchymelody funcheekylyrics ican'thelpit


bonus: The oddest dance track about a cannibalistic rave nightmare. You can't help but dance to it.
chrryblssmninja: (levatio_armback)
everyone needs to watch this video. It's Disney on Japanese crack.



SHIINA RINGO - TSUGOU II KARADA (THE CONVENIENT BODY)

lol the scale


I also really like the part in the song with the time signature shift
and how Shiina Ringo is one of the few Japanese pop musicians whose fans argue about chord progressions and time shifts and stuff
seriously, I've seen things get so serious and angry about CHORD PROGRESSION on some random page that it scared me
chrryblssmninja: (pacalis_zombiepyramid)
argh, I should have done more work this Spring Break. But then again, I don't feel that I've relaxed enough.

via [livejournal.com profile] prthecrazyone:

You can learn a lot about someone by the music they listen to. So here is the game! Hit shuffle on your ipod or mp3 player and write down the first 25 songs. No cheating or skipping songs that are shameful. That is the fun! Then tag your friends!
ah whatever, here you go, no tagging )

I've been in the mood for horror these past few weeks.

I finished reading Ted the Caver. It was alright, but I could recognize some of the tricks used in other stories.
thoughts on the story and its rumored veracity;
the original, complete story (pg 14 is where the online version stopped).
Sometimes it's better to leave things unexplained.
also finished Dionea House and its related sites. Also pretty good but I can see the gimmick. I guess, with stories like this, I want something as developed as House of Leaves.
Still, this is creepy: Those who know, we consume.
one of the commenters created a nice name for this genre: docu-horror
ETA: okay, I'm reading more of the connected blog comments and now I'm afraid of doors. what. I should be afraid of one-story houses

via IMDB:
Survive the Outbreak, an interactive zombie movie. Anyone want to try it?
the use of sound in horror film
Some of the best analysis I've seen on the "torture porn" genre, and very concise but informative on the topic of cinematic sound as well.
Zodiac utilizes an interesting technique when the voice of the Zodiac killer is heard over 911 lines. David Fincher and his sound team assembled a vocal track using two different actors’ voices, alternating each word, in order to create an altogether strange, but not unreal, moment.
aww cool.

finally, [livejournal.com profile] ladyalcalmy found this link to last night's episode of Supernatural: The Changing Light at Sandover
chrryblssmninja: (ennife_wheat)
[livejournal.com profile] pocketnote I'm stealing your link and your Youtube style

Shiina Ringo - new Ringo Expo 08 DVD - Yokushitsu.

Oh my gosh the knife.

Cutting an apple has never looked so cool

Ah, Ringo-chan, never change.


ETA: via raspberry_vanity:

chrryblssmninja: (plaidskirt)
subject title thanks to [livejournal.com profile] toronja, for finding this link

a few words on The Spirit:
Eisner and Miller do have common ground on which to stand: noir. Both The Spirit and Sin City are derivatives of classic film noir, and for this reason it seems to make sense for Miller to direct an updated film noir using Eisner’s classic source material. Or does it? The Spirit the comic isn’t really a derivative of classic ’40s noir, it actually is ’40s noir, albeit for the page rather than the screen. Miller’s brand of noir truly is derivative, with updates and distortions that render it something completely different than the old detective and dame yarns we all know.


Being Human "prequel" clips to give you an idea of the upcoming show

in case you haven't heard: the new Doctor.
this is a Doctor-ish picture of him someone posted.

The A.V. Club's best TV episodes of the year
I would have picked different episodes of 30 Rock and The Office, but yay Lost and Chuck and BSG and Pushing Daisies and The Middleman and Doctor Who and IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA!, of which I'm still on Season 2 but it is awesome anyway.

via [livejournal.com profile] subtle__sarcasm:
49 films that will define 2009
I know some of these films were released in 2008, but I guess it’s a mix of distribution/award shows/cultural influence.
I heard that Assassination of a High School President doesn’t live up to the awesomeness of its title.
Monsters vs. Aliens looks promising, and I like their little bit on Up
Public Enemies! Directed by Michael Mann! He directed Collateral, one of my favorite movies ever, and I still need to watch Heat...wasn't too excited about the Miami Vice film version, though. Still, great cast with cool history-based crime people!
Anna Friel in Land of the Lost
Lol the pics of Matt Damon
Hmm maybe The Wolf Man might work


A first look (with longish articles) at 12 upcoming movies
Not so wild about The Ugly Truth, but Public Enemies looks fantastic, and Where the Wild Things Are actually looks okay


7 songs of the moment in chrryblssmninjaland:
all songs are on sites that let you try them out first.
1) "Boyz" - "The Very Best" mixtape version by Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit
this hybrid cover/mashup of M.I.A's "Boyz" does what was once impossible: it adds even more energy and rhythm to the already frantic song, with Malawi-born singer Mwamwaya adding even bits of Christmas carol melody. You can get that track and more for free here.

2) Council Estate - Tricky
Tricky adds a furious rush of rock to his trip-hop sound to create this great little anthem.
They call you council estate
They call you 'can't go straight'
They call you crime rate
They call you 'can't go straight'
But remember boy you're a superstar
Can't break it, can't take who you are
Can't break it, can't take who you are
Remember boy you're a superstar


3) Mighty Mike - "Beggin For Glory (Madcon “Beggin’ [Instrumental]” vs. Portishead “Glory Box”)
very cool. Try it out.

4) Creeper - Islands
Right from the start I was stabbed in the heart
no I wasn't breathing
no I had been bleeding

it's creepy and pretty and catchy and rock.

5) Paris Summer - The Last Shadow Puppets feat. Alison Mosshart of the Kills
Alison Mosshart's voice is so so strong and pretty on this...I had heard some songs from The Kills before, but her voice just a standout on this live track.

6) Coming Back - Gotye
very romantic and pretty song, with great rhythm.
Though I count the days, they're grey without you
The weather's much better when I think about you
I'm just gonna wait till you come home
Empty glasses, burnt out matches
Curtains drawn on near-full blackness
I'm sleeping through the day
You're coming home


7) The Killing Moon - Nouvelle Vague (Echo and the Bunnymen cover)
It's so soft and waltzy and pretty and it makes me swoon

finally...since this is my first non-101 resolution post of the year, I can use that as an excuse to post this:

罪と罰 - 椎名林檎

Tsumi to Batsu (Crime and Punishment).
my favorite song of all time.
Shiina Ringo's voice is a bit rough in that video, but the performance is raw and rock n'roll.
chrryblssmninja: (girlyb_icons_drinkandderive)
Guess who set the alarm clock for the Arsenal game, but forgot to actually TURN ON THE ALARM?!


oh well.

Right now I'm watching Shaun White do Vert Ramp skateboarding. With him, the hype is totally justified- great speed, good height, and very consistent. There are others who stay low and play safe and others who start with great energy and then fall.
Bob Burnquist is next. I like him, but oh he fell. But he's still continuing. Nice run.
Pierre-Luc Gagnon and Bucky Lasek didn't succeed, so Shaun White is in 1st today.

I also like Ryan Sheckler, despite the hype (sad to see him hurt his elbow), but I'm tired of this Panasonic ad with him that they keep on showing again and again

Here are some random icons I made. Not a lot, so I won't put it under an lj-cut unless requested to do so.

Pushing Daisies (caps from Striped Wall and me)


Gene Tierney (pics capped from IMDB)


Arsenal


other


Shiina Ringo (pics from Shiinaringo.se)


chrryblssmninja: (iconzicons_sauceawesomes)
random: Prince Charles has an Aston Martin that runs on wine power.. Much classier than french-fry oil.

Jack White joins Last Shadow Puppets onstage at Glastonbury
my comments while watching the two vids on that site:
1st vid-
Hey that’s Matt Helders! Had to click on it to make sure...
Alex’s a bit flat
Miles’ voice gets a bit weird towards the end of “Age of the Understatement,” but video sound is bad too…
Is Alex drunk?
hee Alex says sorry they were a bit sketchy
This song sounds awesome!
It’s Jack White!
The song’s “Wondrous Place.” (originally Billy Fury, the site says) Will it be released any time soon? Studio version please!
Lol how they all just wander on and off stage. Even Jack White.
2nd vid-
The second vid sounds so much better. The singing sounds so much better. But it has no Matt. :(
Great song selection for a Jack White collaboration, though. Nice and bluesy.
The Last Shadow Puppets add American dates to their upcoming tour. Just LA and NY though. Why not SF?! waah
ha like I can even pay for tickets
Finally: Alex Turner to team up with The Kills' Alison Mosshart for a song
ooh, that sounds promising.

Ran into the comm [livejournal.com profile] linguaphiles via [livejournal.com profile] blumenfeuer and found this interesting post on multilingual songs.
Glad to see Rie Fu, "Desert Rose," and even The Mars Volta get a mention in the comments. But I had to add Shiina Ringo's Portuguese/English version of "Manhã de Carnaval." The English part is a lot closer to the original than the more popular English version ("A Day in the Life of a Fool," great song performed by Frank Sinatra and countless others, but sort of different than the song it was adapted from).
Found the following performances here.
"Manhã de Carnaval."

Her accent and voice in the first vid aren't perfect, but I like her attitude and translation anyway.
Well, I may be a bit biased. I mean, just look at who's in my new header and default icon. Fandoms come and ago, but Shiina Ringo will always be crazycreativecool.
Also posted on that site: a very nice Japanese version of a song from Argentina.

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finally, two top 5 prompts, from Hann )

ETA: Check out my revamped profile! (beware slight Doctor Who casting spoiler in the banner I made. no, not casting spoiler for THAT. Very minor, but I'm just saying. Got the pic from the BBC site anyway.)
Okay, not that many changes. Still way too many banners, but I can't help it. And Dan Faraday's reaction to the Ben pic is my favorite thing.
chrryblssmninja: (Default)
me being random before bedtime


pretty cool live performance of "Marunouchi Sadistic." Not among my favorite Shiina Ringo/Tokyo Jihen songs, but not bad. And she is so awesome in this vid.




my second-favorite song from her first album.
"Kabuki-Chou no Joou"


It's about how she's young and thinking about her future, and wondering if she'll end up like her mother, a "woman of Kabuki-cho."
the lyrics

Finally, a live version of one of the craziest songs she's done for Tokyo Jihen: Kronekedow (a.k.a. "Kuro neko no dou," or "Way of the Black Cat)

I wish I could become a crazycreative singer/songwriter/composer like her. Although with less screeching. I mean, I'm a fan, but ouch.

But, if you've noticed, she's usually my default icon. That's how much I still like her. See that up there? I made that. :)

sleepytime now
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news links saved in my Yahoo!Notepad:

6 die in bomb outside Danish Embassy in Pakistan
Isolated tribe spotted in Brazil
Whenever they say "lost to civilization" or something like that, it irks me. My modern Anthro training makes me go grr at all the cultural arrogance implied in the headlines...
from a while back: Nepal abolishes monarchy

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and now, a music meme I couldn't resist, via [livejournal.com profile] realproof:

here )

ETA: JOSE'S AT INTER?!!!!
chrryblssmninja: (girlyb_icons_littlegirl)
Is it bad that when I read “Possible Tornado rips through Atlanta,” I thought “Possible Tomato?” And pictured it too. bad bad me.

[livejournal.com profile] logovo1 posted these links:
LJ Ad butler
how you can remove ads from LJ accounts

some of the best recent webcomics that weren't about the late Gary Gygax:
Horton hears Cthulhu
You’ve been Ringrolled.

Video time!
[livejournal.com profile] padfootie posted this video of Adrian Pasdar flying. In a plane, of course. Excellent choice of music.

Want something super bizarre: Watch World War II as reenacted by food
It kind of cracks me up that the assistant animator is named Adam Levine.

[livejournal.com profile] hannahstarr posted a cute vid of a dancing walrus.

[livejournal.com profile] cleolinda linked to two new "epilepsy-inducing" Speed Racer trailers.
ack they've been taken down. But I found this on Youtube, check it before that's gone too...

And two music videos.
One of them’s a pretty, mostly black-white animation vid for Shiina Ringo's "Karisome Otome (Tameikesannoh ver.)," one of the songs from the movie Sakuran. The song itself is a pretty, punchy little tango pop song.
The black cat is Shiina Ringo’s alter ego symbol thing.


I have been playing this next video over and over for the past three? four? days.
Buraka Som Sistema (feat. M.I.A., Puto Prata, DJ Znobia, Saborosa) - “Sound of Kuduro”
The sound is fast and furious, and should appeal to those who like their dance music grimy and baile funk-ish.


What is Kuduro?
Kuduro isn’t world music. Well, not the kind of world music that finds its way onto Later with Jools Holland or a Damon Albarn album. This is the raw, uncompromising sound of the streets of Luanda, Angola. Meaning ‘hard ass’ or ‘stiff bottom’, it combines traditional Angolan Kilapanga, Semba and Zouk with Western house and techno.
related links here )

Finally...
the past Sunday, we were eating at Chevy's. They usually play a bunch of current Spanish language pop, but I was suprised to hear ABBA singing "Mamma Mia!" in Spanish. I heard another one of their Spanish songs on the radio a while ago, and it's kinda weird yo.
And then what played next at Chevy's? A 60’s folk pop-style version of “Float On.” In English, mind you. Interesting.
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Well, it stopped raining and the winds stopped wearing their horror-movie clothes but it's still pretty gloomy here.

ack this meme is like 98% spot-on )

via [livejournal.com profile] claennis: the procrastination flowchart. Oh so true.

Progressing slowly on the novel. I have written "NEEDS MORE FUN" in big caps on top of pages.

It's interesting, finding old classmates on Facebook. The good friends, the people you were just okay with...it's a bit strange, facing them out of the blue and saying, "Hi" and hoping that they remember you or that they're not annoyed...

And finally, I watched the first two eps of Slings and Arrows S3 (after finally finishing King Lear yesterday) and ooooooooooh me laughing and sadness and whee!

Oh, and lookie at the pretty new Shiina Ringo icon I made! -points to userpic-
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Various Shiina Ringo graphics, arranged more or less chronologically from first single to her current Tokyo Jihen days. Feel free to use/alter. Comments and credit are appreciated. Most pictures from ShiinaRingo.se.



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