forchancookie: (I Wanna Rock!)
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There are so many songs that it could possibly be because Queen is just classic awesome. However, I think it boils down to one song, Princes of the Universe. Why Princes of the Universe? Because it's the opening song to Highlander, which I love. Just hearing the guitars makes me happy and I have to sing along. It may not be their most famous or beloved songs, but it is my favorite. I also love Who Wants To Live Forever, for similar reasons. It was in Highlander, but it's very poignant.
forchancookie: (Fangirl Zone)
Lately, my tumblr has become my catch all for short fannish and dorky posts. I don't know why. It's not like I can't post them here, but it's hard to break the idea that livejournal is for long stuff and I shouldn't bother people with short posts. It's retarded, I used to make multiple shorter posts a day! This stupid notion makes it so that I hardly post at all these days! I guess the draw of tumblr is that there's a huge audience. On livejournal, you have your friend's list and sometimes the occasional transient. Sometimes they'll comment on your posts, but often they won't. This doesn't mean they're not reading, they just have nothing to say. On tumblr, anyone following one of the topic tags that you've used can potentially read, like or reblog your post. It just feels like people are listening or watching more than livejournal feels that way sometimes.

All that said, I know people read my journal when I do post in it so I'll just cross post to try to get back in the swing of posting. And here comes the first post!

Oblivious Fangirl is Oblivious

I feel rather oblivious at the moment. I only just found out that Take That, including Robbie Williams, did the ending song for X-Men: First Class. I like Take That. I love Robbie Williams. And I’m obsessed with X-Men: First Class. With these three combined, you’d think I’d have noticed this sooner. But no. I think it’s because I don’t fangirl the same way other people fangirl (or boy). While I’ve been reading almost nothing but X-Men fics for a month straight and I did watch another James McAvoy movie, I haven’t really gone out of my way to absorb everything even tangentially related to the movie. So I haven’t hunted down the soundtrack or learned all the actors’ life histories, or gone on actor photo expeditions or begun to ship McFassy, or a dozen other things that many other fans are doing.

I just never totally absorb into things. It’s very rare that I look up actors and follow their previous films. The same goes for voice actors in anime. I can rarely tell if someone’s been in something else and don’t really care one way or another. If I like I band, I probably can’t tell you the name of anyone in it unless their name is in the title. And I never follow them closely enough to know when new albums drop or anything like that. It generally comes as a surprise, like “Oh, they put out a new album…last year.”

About the only exception is books. If I like an author’s work, I’ll seek out more. Same goes for manga. But since I’m in fandom, if I like a work, I often tend to turn to fanworks of the original thing I enjoyed. Sometimes I feel like a bad fan because I just don’t fan like other people. But oh well, this is how I do things and I’m not changing it now. I’m simply too damn lazy to get as absorbed in things. If other people want to do it and it makes them happy, they are welcome to do so.

Now I’m going to listen to Take That songs and ignore the fact that I hadn’t realized Robbie has finally hooked up with them again and I didn’t notice. XD In my defense, you don’t really hear much about the British pop scene over in the states. Even less so when you just don’t follow the music scene at all.

And I think I'll end this all with the video. :D

The State of Music

Saturday, March 26th, 2011 12:16 am
forchancookie: (OMG What?!)
Let's talk a bit about music. This video has been floating around the internet for a while and you've probably seen it before. Basically, a guy with a guitar is lamenting about the overuse of that iconic bit of music from Pachelbel popping up in all sorts of pop music.

Pachelbel Rant )

It's one of those things that really makes you go hmm. Well, now there's this act by the Axis of Awesome about four chord songs.

Seriously! What does this say about the state of music? It's all so homogenized that we'll just keep listening to the same recycled bits over and over and over? I like a lot of the songs thrown in there too so I'm conflicted. If I'm horrified about what that says about music, then what does it say about my tastes in music personally? Not that I'm a music snob or anything. I'll happily listen to bubbly pop music over some of the other stuff on offer, but still.
forchancookie: (Alllways)
So, Lady Gaga's new video got released yesterday and man, it's fucking weird. And yet I agree with a review I read of it the other day. For all it's weirdness in the beginning, it simply isn't weird enough. You have all these alien birth scenes and then it just trickles off into your standard group dance video in really normal looking leather and latex outfits. I shouldn't be able to say that anything about that video is normal looking, but in the end, after the alien weirdness, it just trickles out. Oh sure, you have the weird cheekbones and skull guy, but meh.

Now that that's discussed, let's move onto another video. This video is particularly brilliant because it brings together some odd things that the internet loves. Recently, James Van Der Beek has made a viral come back on the internet with a few Funny or Die videos and the James Van Der Meme website. It takes advantage of the popularity of the Dawson crying .gif and well, he's gone crazy and made all sorts of emotional .gifs. It's really fun. Way to harness the internet James! And so, we take James, who is now an internet sweetheart of sorts for his sense of humor and ability to make fun of himself, and we add in some unicorns and rainbows, also beloved staples of the internet, and we make a music video. That music video is "Blow" by Ke$ha. No matter what you might think of her and her music, whoever conceived this video was very smart. They had an audience in mind and that audience was the internet.

Something else that I like, while Lady Gaga is covered in makeup to look perfect or alien or whatever look she's going for, Ke$ha doesn't have much on at all, mostly some shadow but more importantly no sleek perfect layer of cover up. You can see all her freckles and possible imperfections. You can see her face. Her real face! That's so rare that she gets many many props. Isn't it sad how the smallest bit of real is such a shock? She's getting trashed in the comments for her lack of makeup and bad skin, but we all know that youtube comments are full of stupid. She gets a little respect from me for being just a regular woman.

ETA: Speaking of Funny or Die, Ke$ha was in Disney's Princess Ke$ha. The girl has a sense of humor about herself.
forchancookie: (I Wanna Rock!)
Let me introduce you to my newest addiction. I lay a lot of blame for this at the feet of Bento who randomly introduced me to the interesting world of Vocaloids quite some time ago. Vocaloids are voice synthesizers used to sing songs. And since it really took off in Japan, they have cutesy mascots for each specific singer. And since there's a cutesy mascot, there is a big fandom.

What's fascinating about Vocaloids is that it's users who create the music and then have the vocaloid sing it. But then it gets more interesting. Fans of the songs will make art and create videos to go along with their favorite songs so you have a very organic sort of music experience. It's just some guy that composed the song and just some fan who drew the art and created the video.

The thing about Vocaloids is that they're just programs. They work really well in Japanese given that all words are composed of smaller syllables. The English language ones are far more lacking. Even so, while sometimes they can fool you into thinking you're listening to a human sing (and indeed the vocaloids are sampled from real singers) they still have a distinct computerized sound. It's pretty cool, but I could only take it in certain songs.

Circle Me, Circle You ended up on my favorite list because it's a pretty creepy song where the haunting computerized voices really work well. It really gets stuck in your head! The video is quite macabre if you do decide to watch. Another one that I liked, more for the video than the song is Trick and Treat the Reborn version. Someone took the video and changed the characters from the vocaloids to Reborn characters. It's very cool. The song is pretty catch too.

At the time I listened to a few other songs, but it didn't really catch on with me and I moved on. But Bento kept favoriting stuff and I found Nico Nico choruses on her favorite list on youtube. Nico Nico Douga is a Japanese video sharing site where vocaloid videos and pretty much every Japanese video gets posted. It's their youtube. Fans weren't content to just listen to music, they wanted to participate. They all record voice tracks or even instrument tracks and post them and people mix them together to form Nico Nico choruses. So now you take the very organic user generated music add in regular fans singing put it on a video that is remixed for that particular chorus and you've got a really unique music experience.

When I first listened to a few, as before, I was like "This is pretty cool" but it didn't really catch me. That's probably because Bento has an obsession with the Black Rock Shooter song and I was about ready to shoot myself in the head after three or so choruses of that. ^_^;;

But recently, I was poking around on Crunchyroll and they had this video posted Just Be Friends by Rapbito & Zebra. It's a rap remix of a Just be Friends sung by one of the Vocaloids. The video just happens to be very poignant I think. The art is really pretty. The Rapbito video was similarly remixed and it's really awesome.

After watching that one, various choruses were suggested for me to consume and consume I did. And that's when it happened! I found some really good Nico chorus singers and suddenly I'm addicted! And even though you end up listening to the same songs over and over by dozens of different people, you can't stop. You want to hear the other versions. Some of them make you wince, but some are really good.

I've started compiling a decent sized playlist of some of my favorites. There are a few repeats and a few flat out Vocaloid songs mixed with some choruses and single chorus singers. One of the first ones that really sucked me in was a chorus version of Imitation Black sung by Clear, Dasoku and Valshe. Having pretty bishies singing about a love triangle in the video helps (even if Valshe is a girl, she's singing a guy's part).

I sortof went crazy with Clear. He has a really nice voice. I think he showcases it well in Last Night, Good Night. It's usually sung by females. I heard him in a chorus version, but the horrible girl voices had to go. Glad I found the single version. It seems that Clear will be putting out an album of his covers soon. Valshe already has one. I guess it's the thing to do once you've got enough popularity.

Anyway, moving on, the fun thing about having all these individual voice tracks to play with is that people can make duets (or choruses) that wouldn't usually happen. So when a sexy song like Magnet comes out, it's easy to hook two gorgeous voiced young men together for a scintillating duet! *purrs* And let us not forget the ladies. There seem to be about a million versions of Magnet out there, some better than others.

Those are all songs with only a singer or two. For larger choruses, they'll choose a photo to represent each singer and have them flash on the screen when they sing, like in this super catchy song World's End Dancehall that I stole form Bento's favorite list. That's a pretty simple video. Some of them get pretty complicated. The sheer amount of musical mixing and keeping the tracks straight and matching them up with their photos is amazing, especially in the larger choruses. This version of Fire◎Flower is pretty involved. I can't even keep track of how many people are singing in this version of Meltdown x_X

And the Japanese can't keep all the fun to themselves! Here's a Russian girl belting out Love is War in Japanese. I'm trying to find some English translated covers that don't make me wince....I'll keep working on that. This version of Just Be Friends has decent singers. The main problem is that singing it in English makes it really awkward. They lyrics don't fit the music as well and the singers try to cram them in there. The guy's solo version of this song is better. I think I'll stick to the Japanese ones though. I don't need to understand the words to enjoy the pretty music. Not to mention a lot of these lyrics are nonsense anyway >_>

There are some down sides. Singers with different singing abilities being the obvious one. Just one bad apple can ruin a good chorus song. Singers can be out of sync since their tracks are recorded individually and then put together. There can often be a noticeable difference in sound and mic quality from singer to singer that is sometimes distracting. As mentioned, sometimes the songs don't make any damn sense if you translate them. Regardless though, I can't stop! I even hunted down a handy dandy website that lets me rip mp3s of songs of Nico Nico Douga :D I already have a program to rip mp3s from saved youtube videos, but Nico Sound is so much more convenient. ♥

So there you have it folks, I am strangely addicted to nico nico singers and choruses and to a smaller extent, vocaloids. Not that I'm complaining. Musical addictions are delicious. I leave you with this very pretty video I just stumbled upon.

forchancookie: (Genius at Work)
Some evil shadowy guy is planting a new virus on computers, intent on creating a computer zombie army! Oh noes! It's set to go off on April Fool's Day. Oh ha ha. Jerk. Anyway, read up on it. You don't want your computer to become one of the slobbering zombie masses!

In other geekery, I've downloaded the Venus Wars Soundtrack. I saw it well over ten years ago when the SciFi Channel (it will never by SyFy dammit!) had their Saturday morning anime block. I recorded it on an old VHS that's sitting in my closet right now. It also has Project A-Ko, which I was in love with, and Odin, which was ok, on it. So nostalgic. I want to watch it now....heck more than that now I want to find the A-Ko soundtrack. I'm such a geek.

Anyway, some things I really remember about Venus Wars are that in the dub the female love interest's cat was named Andrew. My brother was amused by this as a child. They had a shot of the main character in his tighty whities that my younger self thought was hawt. XD In one of the op/end songs, the female singer uses Engrish and says "crash and burn". When I heard that I was all "Woah! It's the same! Now I know Japanese!" Ah younger self, you were so cute! *pinches own cheeks* And that's enough geekery from me.
forchancookie: (I Wanna Rock!)
Dear Damien Rice,

Cut it out! What's the deal with having the last track on the cd be a zillion minutes long? Once the song ends you go off into over ten minutes of silence until some "bonus" pops up. No! Having all that dead silence is punishment. I hate "secret tracks" like that. The one on the first X-Files has to be the worst. You have all the music, then silence, the suddenly some freaky guy starts talking about aliens and scares the shit out of you!

Back to Damien though. On both the cds I have, O and 9, he does that. So I'll be listening and if I'm not paying attention when the song ends I have all that annoying dead air. Sometimes I'll realize the music died and other times I won't until suddenly "Surprise!" There's more music now after all that silence! Fuck that shit. Just stick another track on there and cut the crap.

No Love,

As long as I'm talking about music, I want to inflict two of my new favorite people on you. First, there's Duffy. Yeah, the name is kind of silly. It makes me think of Duff beer from the Simpsons or Buffy with a D. But it's easy to get past that since she has a great set of pipes. I first found her on youtube singing Rain on Your Parade which I fell in love with. And after listening to her other songs, like Stepping Stone, I just needed to have her album. She made it to the 30 slot in Rolling Stone's Best 50 Albums of the Year where they call her a modern-day Dusty Springfield. Her song Warwick Avenue also hit 41 (out of 100) on their Best Singles of the Year list. You may have even heard her. Around Valentine's Day, her song Syrup and Honey was used in some soppy Hallmark commercial.

Next, there's Jack McManus. He rocks his piano in the upbeat ballad You Think I Don't Care. He has a silly curly whiteboy fro, but he's very endearing. He had a good voice and really, I love a guy who rocks the piano. And he really has fun with his piano. In Bang on the Piano they have a wacky size changing piano with moving keys. It's just fun. He has some great serious songs too. Amy is a "boy falls in love with untouchable girl from afar" type song. It has some great strings in it. I love the line "I'm gonna dance with her someday." It just makes it so sweet and poignant. So check out Jack. He's a very sweet guy with a piano and some lovely songs.
forchancookie: (Default)
Day three into my not-diet and I'm noticing a problem. My stomach insists that it is hungry if I don't overeat. Somewhere in the past few months I've just gotten into the habit of overeating. You know that thing your parents tell you about wasting food and starving kids in Africa? I think I have it engraved on my brain. It doesn't help that I seem to be the only one that really eats the food at home. If I don't eat it, it tends to rot. As a result, I end up overeating stuff so it's not wasted. Thanks for the issues mom! -_- So yeah, I'll eat, feel slightly full and a short while later I'm hungry all over again. I'm thinking I might combat this with smaller more frequent meals and snacks. I also need to add in some movement. Get that step counter and do more walking, uncover my floor so I can do some DDR. I just have to actually get doing instead of just saying.

Maaaaan, I feel like I'm starving even though I finished off a small bowl of ice cream less than two hours ago. This is ridiculous. And yet, stupid me did it to myself. And of course it takes longer to fix the damage than it does to do it. Well, nothing for it but to get hopping.

And speaking of Issues, I stumbled across this video on youtube a while back and I got addicted! )

Music Meme

Sunday, June 1st, 2008 02:50 am
forchancookie: (I Wanna Rock!)
I snagged it from Deani.

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.

Well, my letter is L and sorry, but I don't feel like uploading (they're mostly WMAs anyway) but if you really really need something lemme know. So here's my five!

Learning to Fly - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Last of Days - A Fine Frenzy
The Luckiest - Ben Golds
Let Me Fall - Josh Groban
Love Conservative - Iwasaki Taku (TTGL soundtrack)

I limited myself to only one "Love" song. I thought it'd be cheating otherwise XD

The Rick Roll

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008 12:34 pm
forchancookie: (I Wanna Rock!)
If you don't know what a Rick Roll is, you're obviously not getting around enough on the. Never fear though, The Guardian has written an article about it and it's adoption by anonymous in the fight against Scientology. It mentions its predecessor, the Duckroll, which I'll admit I've never heard of. Anyway, it's funny to read a newspaper article about a meme.

And as long as we're on the subject, someone had posted this link. It's a video of a college basketball game getting Rick Rolled. The cheerleaders dance and sing along and some guy dressed up like Rick Astley dances all around the gym. If you can stand a deliberate Rick Roll, it's funny.

You know...I've started to watch the video on purpose and sing along x_x Then I Rick Rolled Phish to try and pass it along, but it's still in my head! Arrgh! Never gonna...give you up! X_x

Music Meme

Thursday, February 7th, 2008 05:15 pm
forchancookie: (I Wanna Rock!)
I knicked this meme from [ profile] uuun. I am just incapable of filling int he blanks without blabbering as well x_X Anyway, here it is, go to your music player and fill it out too!

Number of Songs Total: 3758
Total Length of Songs: 244 hours 30 minutes and 42 seconds

Sort by song title
First song: "Libera me" from Hell from the Tengen Toppa Furren Lagann soundtrack The quotations earned it the top spot ^_^;;
Last song: The Nazca soundtrack got delegated last since it's in Japanese ^_^;; aside from that, the last song with a letter is Zoe Jane by Staind

Sort by time
Shortest song: Subtitle from the Genshiken OST; 7 seconds long ^_^;;
Longest song: 1812 Overture; 15:14

Sort by album
First song: (Skipping the blank album songs) Stop Draggin' My Heart Around - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "Playback" Excerpts
Last song: Smiling Bomb - Mawatari Matsuko - Yu Yu Hakusho

Sort by artist
First song: (Skipped blank artist >_> Pirated music ^_^;;) The first artist to pop up is Nsync because of then they had that * in front of them name x_x So yeah, *Nsync - Somewhere, Someday (From the first Pokemon soundtrack...I like that soundtrack! x_x)
Last song: The Nazca soundtrack came in last again due to Japanese, alternately more anime music is last Psyche De Psycho by Yusuke Honma from the second GTO Soundtrack

First 10 songs that come up on shuffle
1. Kaze No Hana - Hana*Hana
2. Black Cadillacs - Modest Mouse
3. Cup of Tea - The Verve Pipe
4. Miracle - Vertical Horizon
5. Elm - The Seatbelts
6. Soy - Gipsy Kings
7. Rakutenjou - Saitou Tsuneyoshi
8. Angels - Stroke 9
9. Speeding Cars - Imogen Heap
10. Consumer Whore - Lemon Demon

"sex" - how many songs come up?: 7
"love" - how many songs come up?: 173 >_>
"you" - how many songs come up?: 557 ^_^;;
"death" - how many songs come up?: 57 Thanks to Death Cab for Cutie

La La La La La La!

Saturday, May 19th, 2007 06:38 am
forchancookie: (Sarara Froggie)
Ok, so I wanted to find the Bottle Fairies theme song for download. I type in "Bottle fairies theme song" into google and guess what I get? My journal pops up as a result on the first page for mentioning the theme song stuck in my head. I am such a dork! ZOMG! I need an icon now. And to find that song >_>

Edit: Found it! Might as well link it right? Bottle Fairy Binzume Yousei - Image Album 1 - Four Seasons and Bottle Fairy Binzume Yousei - Image Album 2 - Asa Hiru Yoru. P.S. Sarara singing karaoke is so cute! *squee* she's my favorite fairy *points to icon*

The Cookie Album

Saturday, March 17th, 2007 07:20 am
forchancookie: (Nametag)
It snowed today. It was so nice out the other day and then BAM, snow! I was actually awake and had the day off, so Niku and I went out to play in it. She put her jacket on and went hopping around like a crazy dog. She's so cute. She loves snow. ^_^ I ended up shoveling the driveway and uncovering my car. Then I was all sweaty and took a nice bath. After that, I took a nap. When I woke up, the snow had turned to sleet. I was supposed to take my cousin to the movies to see 300. I was so close to canceling on account of the nasty weather, but I decided to go anyway. I had to go dig out my car again and then I had to drive out to pick up my cousin from work. It was an adventure. I was just really careful on the road. I didn't have any problems because I Was being so careful. There were a lot of plows up cleaning up the nasty mess the weather had made of the roads.

We got to the movie theater just fine. Elizabeth works there. She was telling me how she got hired at Quizno's to be a manager there. Woo... Anyway, we had seats in the top center of the theater so I could see the Spartans in all their ripped glory. They showed a preview for Blades of Glory. OMG! It looks positively ridiculous! I have to see it. Anyway, back to 300, it's like continuous gory eyecandy with a dash of plot and bonus boobies thrown in. Quite nice really. After the movie, we went to Denny's and chowed down on fried foods. Our waitress thought she was so clever and funny. She came up to us and said, "There's been a little trouble in the kitchen, I hop you don't mind spit in your food." ....Totally not amused by that. She's lucky I tipped 15% because she really wasn't worth it. She served some guy while talking on her cell phone! Cell phones will be the death of customer service. You just wait and see.

Anyway, I stole this meme from Dae. It's a music meme. Yay!

How to play:

1. Have your music library ready.
2. Choose one song from your music library whose title starts with the first letter (or number) of your screen name.
3. Repeat this process with each successive letter (or number) in your screen name until you run out of letters (or numbers).
4. Post up your results.
5. BONUS POINTS: Upload your mix (whether it's individual songs or a .zip of all the the songs) and include the mix in your post.

F For Now - Avenue Q
O On Your Shore - Charlotte Martin
R Runnin' Down a Dream - Tom Petty
C Crawling in the Dark - Hoobastank
H Hayling - FC Kahuna
A Another Little Hole - Aqualung
N Never You Mind - Semisonic
C Could it Be - Staind
O One Time - Stroke 9
O On a Day Like Today - Bryan Adams
K Kiss that Girl - Sheryl Crow
I Into the West - Annie Lennox
E Every Day is Exactly the Same - Nine Inch Nails

For the record, doing this meme took me HOURS. I have 10 gigs of music and I spent a lot of time agonizing over just the right song. Because of that, I will share every damn one of them with you and you will like it! My name is so long, I pretty much have a full album here!

Download The For-Chan Cookie Album! or here.
If you, for some strange reason, only want something specific, comment here.

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