L’amour (Or A Lack Thereof)

Songs: 92
Albums Represented: 48
Albums Complete in Library: 3

Finally we come to the Ls, where resides an album that I’ve brought up so many times before that I don’t need to say anything else about it.

Well, how to pick a track to represent My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless? With tracks that melt into each other, it’s hard to recommend just one.

Wait…I think that my very first post on this blog was about MBV! *Goes to check*

Ah, it wasn’t my first post, but it was an early post: It’s time to play, “What are they saying?!” 

“Only Shallow” is definitely one of my fave tracks on the album. Another one is “To Here Knows When,” which also happens to have a video.

Last, I’ll share one of my favorite GACKT tracks. It came up in the L’s because it was the b-side to the track “Lost Angels.” It’s the hauntingly beautiful song “Suddenly.” I’m pretty sure we’re meant to understand the person singing as a woman, something I didn’t really pick up on until I watched the Requiem et Reminiscence II Final DVD and GACKT was being so femme during this song. But when I saw that, I felt like an idiot for not noticing it sooner given the style of the lyrics. Anyway, here it is, from that same DVD, which I highly recommend and is available legitimately from CD Japan.


A Nice Reliant Music Sampling

Songs: 77
Albums Represented: 19
Albums Complete in Library: 3

The K’s turned out to be a short bunch. Of these 77 tracks, a good chunk were from video games. Usually when I think of video game music in my music library, my mind goes straight to the hoard of Castlevania and Final Fantasy tracks. But there were two games represented in the K’s: Killer Instinct and Kingdom Hearts.

In the F’s I wrote that Keiko Matsui’s Full Moon and the Shrine was my first ever CD. I guess it was in the sense that it was the first CD I had all to myself. However, if items owned by the children as a whole count, then my first CD would be the Killer Instinct soundtrack Killer Cuts, which came packaged together with said 1995 SNES fighting game. Back then, the graphics and sound on this game were unbelievable. I was a bit surprised by some of the vocals that were added to the BGM for the CD (what’s with the moaning on “K.I. Feeling”? @_@) but overall I still love this soundtrack. My favorite piece is definitely Cinder’s theme “Trailblazer.”

Haha, actually, one time a student was falling asleep in class, a boy sitting right up front too, and since I had my computer and speakers out for use in the lesson, I quietly warned the class that I was about to play some really loud rock music to try to jolt the sleeper. I played this track. The class thought it was hilarious, but Sleeping Beauty didn’t budge. ^o^; (For those who care to know, my sonic attack having failed, I put a snowman plushie on the student’s shoulder. What can I say? I think mild humiliation has a place in education. >o<;)

Now, going in the opposite musical direction…

I bought the Kingdom Hearts soundtrack for two songs: Hikaru Utada’s “Simple and Clean” and “Dearly Beloved.” The latter is the under 2-minutes piece that plays, if I remember correctly, only on the load screen. Sometimes I would turn the game on and let it just loop over and over before actually continuing my game. Perhaps “Simple and Clean” would’ve served better as the title to “Dearly Beloved”!

Justify My Music Library

Songs: 63
Albums Represented: 12
Albums Complete in Library: 0

I want to share three songs from the J-titled albums.

First, from one of the first ever non-bootleg CDs of Japanese music that I was able to buy in the U.S., Japan for Sale Vol. Two, comes “yume no nakae — malted milk mix” by Dt. Nice and tripped out track. The pics in this particular YT upload are unrelated to the song, but it has good sound quality. Well, I think it’s the only upload of the song on YT, barring usage without tags.

Ha…come to think of it, I bought that CD at Borders, which went out of business recently. *Sigh*

Well…speaking of using songs in YT videos without tagging the song title, that takes me to my second song to share, an electronica remix of GACKT’s song “Journey through the Decade,” included with this song’s single. It was labelled “J.t.D Re-mix RIDE ‘Distort'” on the CD. I used it as the background music for my photo video about Seoul. You can hear it starting from 3:03 in this video.

Last, comes the collection Just Say Sire: The Sire Records Story, which is probably the only time I’ve bought music after reading a review of it. Well, really, when I read the review, I was already familiar with many of the artists on said record label. But even as a young teenager, I had barely begun paying attention to who sang what. Thinking about the role that record labels play in what music gets heard was a whole ‘nother topic that I had never given much thought to. So when I read the review for The Sire Records Story and saw that it included artists as diverse as Madonna, Echo & The Bunnymen, Seal, Talking Heads, My Bloody Valentine, The Cult, and Depeche Mode, to name a few, I was intrigued.

I’m going to cheat a little here and share a track that’s on the DVD of The Sire Records Story, and therefore, not in my iTM Library. *Sneaky sneaky*

Does anybody else think that the very first shot of the singer looks an awful lot like Vampire Hunter D as illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano?

Gravity-bound Plasma

In other words, a star.

The title of this blog post is dedicated to the song “Stars” by Dubstar from their album Goodbye, the only complete album I have in the G’s. Dubstar, and this song in particular, is another group that I discovered through the now long defunct radio show Big Sonic Heaven.

I really like the lyrics to the song, and when I heard it, the line that caught my attention the most was “Is it asking too much / of my favorite friends / to take these songs for real?” At the time, it stood out to me because I had been hanging out with people, or driving around in their cars, and noticing how many people turned music on, then turned it down, and talked over it. I remember thinking, can you really say you like music if that’s how you listen to it, as background noise for the conversation? What’s the point?

Anyway, here’s the video for the song, which, before looking it up to put it in this post, I had actually never seen before, since this came out in 1997 (I discovered it more around 1999 or 2000),  pre-YouTube, and my family didn’t have cable.

Wow. It’s more “Cute Artsy Fartsy” rather than the “Dark Artsy Fartsy” I had been imagining all this time, ahaha.

This time, I’ll end with the stats:

Songs: 140
Albums Represented: 30
Complete Albums: 1