Sephiroth’s Black Parade?

I was talking with some friends about what instrument Sephiroth would play if he played one, and I said a tuba just to be ridiculous. I was challenged to draw this, and while my immediate reaction was “I don’t have time,” I thought, well, if I let it be a really rough sketch, that’s fine right? And of course, Seph + tuba = marching band wearing black = The Black Parade = My Chem = Me going on YouTube to see the video for that song and finding out through the comments that July 23rd is MCR Day.

Well, I also learned that what I always called just a “tuba” is actually a “sousaphone.”

Enjoy this randomness!

♪ When I was a fetus
My father injected me with Mako
So I’d be really strong
He said, “Son, when you grow up would you be the Savior of the whole world,
the beaten and the damned?”
He said, “Will you defeat them, that Cloud Strife, and all his weird little friends, the plans that they have made?”
“Because one day, I’ll leave you, a consciousness, deep inside a computer, to join the Reunion.” ♪

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XYZ & Numbers

Well, this is the last post in the iTunes All Album Challenge! @_@
Technically, I’m finished with all the albums, but there’s a chunk of 50 music videos in my library that get listed after all the songs in albums. Sometimes I think to list music videos as being “from” the album that the song is on, but since that’s not exactly accurate, I didn’t do it.  So, while this is the end of the All-Album Challenge, it’s not the end of “listen to every track in my iTunes Library.” I can’t believe it’s taken nearly a whole year to do this. @_@

Well, on with it!

X

Songs: 16
Albums Represented: 5
Albums Complete in Library: 1

I’m afraid to write the album title of 2 of those for fear of what kind of people might land at this blog through Google. ^_^;

In this bunch we find some tracks from the classic PSX video game Xenogears. I really don’t remember the game very well but I remember that it was AWESOME. Perhaps the only track that my brain left in retrievable memory was the theme aboard the Thames. I always got such a kick out of how the captain would dramatically say “Men…of…THE SEA!!!” You can hear it (when they’re not playing cards) in this video showing some gameplay.

Y

Songs: 39
Albums Represented: 8
Albums Complete in Library: 1

I think I talk enough about GACKT and his just-ended band YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz on this blog, so rather than highlight their album, I’ll share the track “Hello Bonjour” from the album Yell Fire! by Michael Franti and Spearhead.

Z

Songs: 1
Albums Represented: 1
Albums Complete in Library: 0

The only song representing the Z’s is “Bring the Light” from the Smashing Pumpkin’s album Zeitgeist.

Numbers

Songs: 66
Albums Represented: 32
Albums Complete in Library: 0

The lowest number is 1 and the highest is 2001. I’m going to end by sharing a track from a band that’s just a little younger than me, but I didn’t know about them until…mmm…5 years ago?

The band is BUCK-TICK, one of the grandaddies of the Japanese rock style of visual kei. I only have one album for them, the compilation album 97BT99.

The track that got me interested in them is “Gessekai” (「月世界」which would mean something like “moon world.” ) I know that I heard it on an ad for an anime. I think it was in the previews to some anime series my brother had rented from Netflix…maybe? In any case, I was hypnotized and dug around on the internet using the only lyrics I understood–“tsuki no hikari.” Hmm, I guess I would’ve known the name of the anime series as well. (Which turns out to be Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective.)

And with that laid back, tripped out rock track, I close my iTunes All Album Challenge! Whew!

What the?!

Songs: 58
Albums Represented: 26
Albums Complete in Library: 1

Around the time I was listening to the Ws, through something unrelated I realized that there was a gaping hole in my iTunes Music Library: not a single Weezer track. @o@!!! Well, I rectified that with “Buddy Holly” and a few other tracks from my childhood.

But in this post today I’d like to share a (probably) less well-known group. In the Ws we find Where Night Holds Light, the second-to-last album of Canadian indie rock band The Buttless Chaps. I’d like to share the title track. May the snow cool down those in hot areas!

V

Songs: 55
Albums Represented: 21
Albums Complete in Library: 0

I can’t believe I started this “I’m gonna listen to every song in my iTunes Library in order by album and clean out what I don’t like and fix any data entry errors” thing nearly a year ago! @_@ And I’m still not finished! I’m currently on the W albums, so here I am writing up the V’s.

I don’t know if Disney has been releasing similar albums in the States, but so far here I’ve seen albums dedicated to R&B, rock, and lounge covers of Disney tracks. The track I want to share is from a kitschy album called V-Rock Disney. It features Japanese visual kei artists covering Disney songs. I didn’t get the whole album, but I couldn’t pass on a Japanese band saying “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and succeeding at it!