tj_dragonblade: (Hakuryu iJippu)
I learned fairly recently that Nightwish and Anette parted ways in October. Which is too bad, but c'est la vie and all that. Nightwish isn't hiring a replacement right away, probably won't even start looking (based on a November interview) until sometime next year. In the meantime, they've brought in Dutch singer Floor Jansen to finish out their world tour and other committed engagements. I was curious, so I went looking for videos of her old and current bands to get a feel for her voice. As it turns out, however, YouTube is already well-stocked with smartphone recordings of Nightwish shows with Floor on vocals so I got a better taste of how they mesh than I'd expected. She kind of sits right in between Tarja and Anette, stylistically; I looked up performances of songs from both former singers and she pulls them off impressively, adds a tastefully-balanced bit of her own flavor. And...well. I know she's not likely to end up as the official replacement (even though the way she was introduced in an Australian show a few days ago apparently has rumors flying that she might be), that she's got her own prior committments and projects and her own band and all. But I wouldn't mind being wrong about that; my first impression is that she's a really good fit for the Nightwish sound and style. I mean, when she sings Ghost Love Score with the band and it still gives me the same massive goosebumps despite crappy bootleg sound quality and an very enthusiastic fan right next to the video-taker shouting lyrics along in an off-key monotone? Yeah. I could definitely live with this as a permanent arrangement.

...Also. The Nightwish version of 'The Heart Asks Pleasure First'? Awesome. ♥
tj_dragonblade: (Default)
I learned fairly recently that Nightwish and Anette parted ways in October. Which is too bad, but c'est la vie and all that. Nightwish isn't hiring a replacement right away, probably won't even start looking (based on a November interview) until sometime next year. In the meantime, they've brought in Dutch singer Floor Jansen to finish out their world tour and other committed engagements. I was curious, so I went looking for videos of her old and current bands to get a feel for her voice. As it turns out, however, YouTube is already well-stocked with smartphone recordings of Nightwish shows with Floor on vocals so I got a better taste of how they mesh than I'd expected. She kind of sits right in between Tarja and Anette, stylistically; I looked up performances of songs from both former singers and she pulls them off impressively, adds a tastefully-balanced bit of her own flavor. And...well. I know she's not likely to end up as the official replacement (even though the way she was introduced in an Australian show a few days ago apparently has rumors flying that she might be), that she's got her own prior committments and projects and her own band and all. But I wouldn't mind being wrong about that; my first impression is that she's a really good fit for the Nightwish sound and style. I mean, when she sings Ghost Love Score with the band and it still gives me the same massive goosebumps despite crappy bootleg sound quality and an very enthusiastic fan right next to the video-taker shouting lyrics along in an off-key monotone? Yeah. I could definitely live with this as a permanent arrangement.

...Also. The Nightwish version of 'The Heart Asks Pleasure First'? Awesome. ♥
tj_dragonblade: (Gecko Advice)
Have had this song on loop the past three or four days. Somehow this seemed worth posting about at 3am. In looking up the YouTube link to do so, I discovered that Nightwish--who would probably qualify as my favorite band if I had to pick--has crafted a version of this song, which they included as a b-side to the single they released last March.

Huh.

Too bad iTunes isn't selling the single. May have to go old-school hardcopy on this and buy the actual CD.
tj_dragonblade: (Gecko Advice)
Have had this song on loop the past three or four days. Somehow this seemed worth posting about at 3am. In looking up the YouTube link to do so, I discovered that Nightwish--who would probably qualify as my favorite band if I had to pick--has crafted a version of this song, which they included as a b-side to the single they released last March.

Huh.

Too bad iTunes isn't selling the single. May have to go old-school hardcopy on this and buy the actual CD.
tj_dragonblade: (Hakuryu iJippu)
Somehow I missed the release of Nightwish's latest album Imaginaerum in November, but remembered that it had been forthcoming and picked it up a couple of months ago. As I understand it, the band has made or is working on a movie by the same name meant as a companion piece to the album, or vice-versa. Or something. I have yet to investigate that side of things, but I thought I may as well share my thoughts on the music.

Under the Cut )

Music Post

May. 21st, 2011 12:42 am
tj_dragonblade: (Hakuryu iJippu)
So I've been meaning to pimp this band for over a year now, but it's been a pretty busy year between one thing and another and the pimpage has never happened. Recently I've found myself on something of a kick with them again, so I figured: High time I made it happen.

Music Pimping: Poets of the Fall )
tj_dragonblade: (Hakuryu iJippu)
Ack. I composed most of this a couple-few months back when the album came out and I had it on repeat, but never quite got around to finishing and posting it. It's ended up less a proper review and more a rambling of my impressions.

Album Review - A Thousand Suns )
tj_dragonblade: (Hakuryu iJippu)
- Watched Coraline last night. Charmingly creepy. ^_^
- Still no Online assignment posted for class this week; since it'd be due tomorrow I'm going to assume that the instructor is just skipping this week. Fine by me.
- Naruto Shippuuden English dub is just as good as the Naruto dubs have been until now. Has the same pronunciation issues, too, but I can live with that. Long as I get my online subs fix every now and then. ^_^
- Wii Sports Resort promises more fun of the basic Wii variety. Kiba-Mii is a natural at wakeboarding, but ironically enough he sort of failed at the Dog Frisbee event. ^_^; We'll have to work on that.

~~~***~~~

Comment on this post saying you want a letter - I'll give you one, then post to your journal your five favourite songs that begin with that letter - along with downloads if you like. Or music videos...whatever works.

[livejournal.com profile] kispexi2 gave me 'D'. And man, was it tough to narrow down the list to a mere five, but (and I chose downloads):

Five Favorite 'D' Songs )

~~~***~~~

Separate of the meme, but coincidentally enough both still keeping with the 'D' thing, a couple songs wherein lyrical themes and overall 'attitude' conveyed remind me of Saiyuki:

D-Gaiden-Saiyuki )

~~~***~~~

Relatedly, in a similar vein, but moving down the alphabet to letter 'E', have at a pair of cross-incarnational 10K/58 tunes:

E-10K-58 )

I think that leaves just the two instances of that 'Words' meme that I still need to finish and post.
tj_dragonblade: (ChibiTenpou)
Because I couldn't resist slipping in a request on Xpyne's version of the meme:

The first TEN people to comment in this post get to request a drabble of any pairing/character (from one of my usual fandoms) of their choosing from me. In return, they have to post this in their journal, regardless of their ability level. If you absolutely can't write, I don't see why you wouldn't be able to offer drawings or icons or something instead.

On the one hand, I'm going 'Crikey, TEN??' *commitment-phobia* On the other, I'm wondering if there's even that many flist-folk who'd have time to jump on this. So whatever. I haven't done drabble in a very long time, I miss fic writing, and this might be a good opportunity to get a little creativity flowing.

A couple stipulations:
1) I make no guarantee how quickly these will get done.
2) Please give me some sort of quick prompt/scenario for your pairing or character so I've got somewhere to start.

I'll assume that most people who'd read this are familiar with what I'm comfortable writing in Saiyuki, and GW is still fair game. Other fandoms:
- Naruto (willing to try paired, gen, or individual with any of the following: LeeGaa, Kakashi, Iruka, Gai, ShikaChou, the Sand sibs and possibly NaruNeji)
- DS9 - Garak and Bashir
- PSoH - Count D and Leon
- Avatar - anyone gen, or canon pairings (have never attempted/considered attempting fic here, but I'm willing to give it a shot. No guarantees on quality/accuracy, however)

Also, for those who collect music:

Have a 12-track sampling of Doa, a Japanese band whose sound often falls just shy of country-western (more western than country) with a healthy dose of 70's rhythms and vocal harmonies for flavor. Good stuff, and fun.

I should gab about my Friday night class at some point. Some other point. ^_^;

To-Do List, elsewise:
- Clean Leon's tank
- Descriptive paragraph homework for Written Communication
- Beta-work on Wish
- Various fic comments
- Dissect/Reassemble ded laptop for familiarity
- Arrange AJ's playdate for next wkd
- Finish half-done pages for [livejournal.com profile] haku_ryuu
- Assorted ficwork

Meme

Feb. 28th, 2009 11:47 pm
tj_dragonblade: (Hakuryu iJippu)
Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] zalia, who gave me ' T '

1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.


1. Thinkin' 'Bout Lifting You, by Moby vs. Londonbeat. Mashup of Londonbeat's 'Thinkin' About You' (which I utterly loved back in my Michael Bolton era, ahaha ^_^;) and something by Moby that's most likely called 'Lift Me Up' or thereabouts. The musical tracks of both are blended together throughout the whole thing, while the lyrics of first one then the other are laid over top. It's a fairly good and well-rendered mashup.

2. Temple of the Pharaoh and
3. The Temple of Vaal, by David Arkenstone. Instrumental fantasy-epic-Egyptian flavored tracks, both of them.

4. Thor, by Zonata. A little Swedish power metal ditty about the Norse god. ^_^ Lyrics are in English.

5. The Transformers Theme, by Lion. From the 1986 animated movie. \m/ Dude, this so takes me back. *nostalgia trip*

Again, yes, nothing of any mental taxation. Maybe it's better that way.
tj_dragonblade: (Sokka Sai)
Redoubt is still rumbling in the background of my day-to-day, apparently unable to decide if it's going to blow or not. Boss out of town this weekend means that I'll be on volcano-watch duty. If it blows, I get to come in and ensure that all the servers etc etc are shut down, properly covered, the works. And boot them back up once an all-clear is given. *sigh* Will be OT, at least. Assuming it comes to that. Please, please, if it comes to that, let it not be at like three in the morning... T_T

If you're interested in this ever-so-exciting little bit of Nature's Indecision, feel free to check out the observation webcam. During daylight hours, anyway (sunrise is rather pretty, between 9:30/10:00-ish local time, 13:30/14:00-ish Eastern). Except that you'll not see much of anything last I checked, day or night, because it's been snowed under. Brilliant, right? Well worth the expense of flying someone from the observatory out to set it when the volcano started rumbling, let alone the expense of getting someone back out to clear the snow every time this happens. It's really not funny, I suppose, but I find it no end of amusing all the same. ^_^

Elsewise, briefly:

I've a small music share posted up elsewhere; download link is here for anyone who likes collecting random music.

Songs in the zipfile:

Daft Punk - Harder Better Faster Stronger
Linkin Park - KRWLNG (re-working of the radio single 'Crawling' featuring Aaron Lewis from Staind)
Nat King Cole - Nature Boy
Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah
Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Foreigner - I Wanna Know What Love Is
Mama Cass - Dream a Little Dream of Me
Nickelback - Gotta Be Somebody
Ishida Akira - Secret - Dareka No Message
Ishida Akira - (counting sheep for 26 minutes)

If you're interested in the Why, see the comm post here.

Also? Saiyuki omake* tracks are still awesome. Especially with translations. ^_^ Though I do need to get ahold of new copies of the tracks from the earliest three vocal albums - my iPod won't play those six tracks all the way through. Or half the Gaiden drama tracks, either. T_T Maybe if I burn them off to CD, and rip them back...nnh. Worth a try, I suppose.

*Whether they're actual omake tracks from Drama CDs, or the stuff from the Party CD, or the 'mini comedies dramas' from the Vocal albums. I tend to refer to them all as omake tracks.
tj_dragonblade: (Hakuryu iJippu)
For the hell of it. Though it was meant to be in time for Halloween. I built me a goth playlist last December or so; there've been a few things added to it recently that have me revisiting it. Is good stuff. These are highlights. Check it out if you like. ^_^

There are some of these that I'm pretty sure I've pimped before, but memory and research fail me and it would have been awhile ago regardless and besides, if I've had them up before and am doing so again, that means they're good, right? ^_^;

I'll apologize up front to anyone who's on dial-up or who'd rather download individual songs, pick and choose, that sort of thing. I was originally going to upload and link each song individually as well as the zip files, but time for such things is not in great supply and there are further restrictions on that front looming with my return to school next week. I've left all the song descriptions and what-not that I've spent time drafting so there's a good idea of what you're downloading, but the all-inclusive pair of zip files is all I'm going to be able to upload.

Music share: Goth flavored.

You want the links titled Goth Sampler 1 and 2. Enjoy. Feel free to come back and let me know what you think, good or bad. Also, feel free to point out any songs you may know of that belong on this list. I'm always looking to expand. ^_^

Further info and individual pimpage )
tj_dragonblade: (Hakuryu iJippu)
A music post. My flavor of the moment recently has involved a bit of cello rock.

Apocalyptica is a Finnish band that started out as a cello quartet performing Metallica covers several years ago. Benjamin and I thought it was a geekishly cool idea, but their rendition of 'Unforgiven' was really the only one that caught my ear. Recently, I discovered that they've kept on, done more Metallica covers (I need to get my hands on their version of 'Nothing Else Matters'), changed up membership and added some more conventional rockband instrumentation, branched into original stuff, and have recently-ish released an album called 'Worlds Collide' that I went ahead and picked up.

There's a single out, "I Don't Care", that's made an appearance on alt/rock radio in my neck of the woods and is what caught my attention in the first place. Features Adam Gontier of Three Days Grace on vocals, and isn't too bad a song.

"Helden" features Till Lindemann of Rammstein. It's one of the better tracks on the album, imo.

"Stroke" is an awesome instrumental thing that, once it reaches the melody about a minute in, is just a thing of loveliness. The backbeat and bass rhythms would be very annoying by themselves, but underneath the rest of it they just work.

In a similar musical vein, I'm also offering up an extended version of the theme song from 'Angel'. There are elements that I prefer about the TV-size (which I have yet to actually get ahold of), but this is a pretty good version too.

Download links can be found here.

Feel free to come back and share thoughts if you're so inclined. ^_^

Whoops - boarding.
tj_dragonblade: (Hakuryu iJippu)
All of these I've done before. But all of them are worth doing again, so here we are. ^_^

Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] jibii
In My Pants meme )

Also stolen from [livejournal.com profile] jibii
Guess the Lyrics meme )

Stolen from/tagged by [livejournal.com profile] tangerine_haze
Seven Songs meme )

Music Post

Feb. 9th, 2008 10:52 pm
tj_dragonblade: (KonzenGoku Sunshine)
Threads elsewhere have got me ruminating on diversity in fandom and solidarity as fannish people despite that diversity. Which prompts me to go ahead and move on a music post I've been idly composing of late. I am forever applying my fandom experience to music that I hear, testing for echoes of familiarity in the lyrics, the notes, the overall feel of a song. I find a lot of them could be applied to any number of pairings in any fandom, but I tend to apply toward Saiyuki, as that's my prinicipal focus. Even therein, however, I find that a great many songs have themes that could apply to 585 or 393 equally, depending on how a person chooses to interpret. Being more of a 58-oriented fangirl, most of those pairing-ambiguous songs end up on the 585 playlist. However, I have managed to come across a nice manageably-sized handful of songs that definitely strike me as 393. Seeing as how the list is thus manageably sized, and several of you are 393-ers, I figure it's a good share. If you've been hanging around my LJ awhile, chances are good you've seen some of these up before for one reason or another. But you might find something new.

Songs in the key of 393 )

So that's that. If anyone is inclined to share their own sense of 393 tunes, please do - I'd love to add to my list, or at least explore others' musical impressions and how they see/feel these two.

And, as usual, if I've flubbed any of the links or they're otherwise broken/uncooperative, holler and I'll fix. ^_^
tj_dragonblade: (Hakuryu iJippu)
Some of you may remember about three years back, I was befuddled and irked over a couple of Depeche Mode CDs that had gone missing from my library. While the Personal Jesus single eventually turned up, my copy of Violator is still MIA. That particular disc had great sentimental value attached, having been Benjamin's before he died, but I've finally given up on finding it and broke down and picked up another copy. Which, when combined with the fact that I've also finally found Martin Gore's Counterfeit2 CD, means that I can now properly supplement his section of the favorite voices post I made this past spring, as follows:

Depeche Mode - Sweetest Perfection
One of those occasions where Martin stepped up to the lead mic, and one of my favorite DM songs. I love the roll and the rhythm and the rhyme scheme and the build of it. Seems to be about an unspecified addiction of some sort, which touches familiarly on the obsessive-addictive tendencies in my own personality, which probably accounts for at least some of the resonance.

Martin Gore - I Cast a Lonesome Shadow
I heard this on internet radio a couple-three years back, which is how I found out about his second solo release. It's...stylistically, it wouldn't be out of place on DM's Playing the Angel album. Lyrically, it's satisfyingly melancholy with just a hint of the poetic to it. It's hard to put to words what I like about it any better than that.
tj_dragonblade: (Hakuryu iJippu)
I picked up the soundtracks to Pirates 2 & 3 over the holidays, because despite their over-the-top moments here and there the PotC movies resonate with me on all sorts of levels that I feel more than I can verbalize, and the music is part of that and helps evoke that sense of...joy. Enjoyment. Liking-ness, excitement? *waves hands* Vocab seems to be switched off tonight. But. Hans Zimmer does all manner of awesomeness with musical scores, and these two are no exception. There's a playful epic grandeur that I love about it. Thus. I subject you to a handful of the bits that keep sticking in my head.

Up is Down

One Day

Drink Up Me Hearties

Davy Jones

Wheel Of Fortune

As usual, if links are wrong, yell and I'll fix. Enjoy. ^_^
tj_dragonblade: (Hakuryu iJippu)
Album Review
Tarja Turunen - My Winter Storm )
tj_dragonblade: (Goujun Soul to the Sea)
...Yeah, it's about two months overdue. Not that anyone was actually waiting for my opinion. ^_^;

Album Review: Nightwish - Dark Passion Play )

Music Post

Nov. 10th, 2007 06:20 pm
tj_dragonblade: (Hakuryu iJippu)
I had promised to upload this CD for my brother this weekend, and had mentioned it to at least one of you out there, and for all I know there's more of y'all who might like it, so. Here 'tis.

David Arkenstone - Ocean Dreams

It's a...a mood-setting, meditative sort of CD, composed of varying bits of tranquil-minded music over a soft soundscape of surf and seabirds. Good for sort of...of de-fragging and re-booting the mental harddrives and processors. Enjoy.

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