Taking Out the Trash #9 – Albums

As an effort to get everything rolling again, here’s something that should have been written up back in April but instead was thrown together yesterday. Woohoo!

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Hibike! Euphonium

What does it take to be “special”? For some people, it’s to contribute to something great. Yet for others, it’s to stand apart for unique characteristics. For the members of the Kitauji High School Wind Ensemble, their individual perceptions of the term may vary but they all come to have the same intention – to be the very best, like no one ever was.

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Taking Out The Trash #6 – Top 5 Albums of 2015

Over the past month, I ended up playing a bit of catch-up with albums from the year that I hadn’t picked up yet. I’ve reached a weird point where I have too much music and too little time. But anyways, here are my top 5 albums of the past year!

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Love Live! School Idol Festival

Have you ever yearned for a game that entices your need to “catch ’em all” in the same manner as Pokemon, but with pretty young anime girls in place of animals, keychains, and ice cream? Something to kindle your masochist desires, packaged with a mediocre rhythm game? Well, do I have the solution for you!

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 31: The Recap

Here we are at the end of the challenge! I figured I should do a brief recap and actually include some songs I had on my mind that didn’t quite fit elsewhere.

And once again, I’m sorry that there was almost a two week gap after day 26! I didn’t have a chance to prepare the rest beforehand, and during most of my job training I didn’t have internet available. I’m all moved in now, so that’s no longer an issue.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 29: A Song You Want Played At Your Funeral

Morbidity of the topic aside, this is a question I was asked once, and I didn’t really have an answer. It’s certainly strange to think about what song(s) you would want played at your own funeral. But there are two that came up after putting my mind to it.

Note: The original topic for this day of the challenge was “a song currently stuck in your head,” but since that overlapped with day 19’s, “a song you’re currently obsessed with,” I combined those and opted for a different topic here.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 27: A Song You Make Fun Of

I normally don’t make fun of songs, either because they’re just funny and actually enjoyable, or I don’t bother listening a second time to ingrain them in my memory. These ones stand out though. For all the wrong reasons.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 26: A Song By Your Favorite Band

I don’t have a single favorite band, so instead I’ll go with a favorite song from four of my favorite bands. There’s one song from another particular band that I’m omitting because it will apply to day 29, and I would have included La Villa Strangiato if it wasn’t included with day 17.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 25: An Acoustic Song You Love

Acoustic music always acts as an interesting foil to typically “electric” music, stripping back instrumentation for a simple and focused approach to the music.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 24: A Song That Makes You Angry

Of all the emotions that music can incite, anger isn’t really one of them for me unless a song is really bad and I just want it to stop. But since I don’t want to post bad music, I’ll go with something different.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 23: A Cover Song

Hearing a musician put a different spin on a song than the original performer can always be interesting – many times it’s just a matter of them playing the song, not including substantial changes, but other times they transform it into something different. In either case, it’s normally at least worth a listen to compare.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 22: A Song That You Haven’t Listened To In a While

Most of the songs that would apply to this topic would also apply to an earlier one, day 14’s “A Song You Liked When You Were Younger.” However, there are definitely ones that slipped through the cracks over the years, so that’s what I’ll focus on here.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 21: A Song You Want To Dance To At Your Wedding

Whenever I go to a wedding, I come out thinking “That’s exactly what I don’t want to do.” And that’s half in regards to the DJ with no sense of tonal balance, resulting in non-existing mids and aggravatingly overblown bass that just sounds like ass, and half in regards to the nearly universally crappy music.

And then there’s the fact that I don’t/can’t dance. So a more accurate title for this post would be “A Song of Your Choice To Be Played At Your Wedding.” I’ll be as realistic as possible.

I’ll also only hire someone with a sense of proper equalization/volume control.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 20: A Song From an Album You Are Looking Forward To

I actually haven’t paid too much attention to what albums are coming out in the near future, or which artists are even putting stuff out soon-ish, so I only have two songs that apply at this time.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 19: A Song Currently Stuck In Your Head

Sometimes a song ends up stuck in your head because you hear it too much, and sometimes it’s just too catchy for its own good. Fortunately, each song today is mostly a self-inflicted ear worm.

Today’s original topic, “a song you’re currently obsessed with,” overlapped with day 28’s (which is what I’m sort of doing today), so I just decided to jam them together. Day 28’s post will be a completely different topic.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 17: A Song You Like Hearing Live

Seeing a band live is an experience that can’t quite be captured in words – instead of just hearing the music performed live in some venue, it’s an entirely different experience. So for this post, I’ll be including songs from three particular shows I’ve been to.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 15: A Song People Wouldn’t Expect You To Like

In most cases, I think my taste in music is pretty straightforward. There are definitely the selections that are a bit… out there… but otherwise they’re somewhat consistent. These are some of the ones that don’t quite fit the mold, but to go along with tomorrow’s post, none of them are guilty pleasures.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 14: A Song You Liked When You Were Younger

This was probably the most fun thing to think about, reaching back into my childhood and basically what kind of music I listened to before I really got into music during middle/high school. So the quality varies, but it was a nice nostalgiac look back at my ignorant days.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 13: A Song You Sing In The Shower

Along with dancing, I don’t really sing. However, being in the shower sometimes changes that, especially since I normally have my phone playing music during the duration. Whether or not I actually hum or sing along depends mostly on my energy levels, but there are plenty of songs that provide the motivation to do so.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 11: A Song That Reminds You of Summer

Since the summer is starting to wind down, this is a bit of an interesting question to think about. All three songs that came to mind were for the same general reason as well.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 9: A Song That Makes You Want To Dance

I am not into dancing. At all. So I’m going to spin this question into something more relevant to me (and for which I can provide a concrete answer) – songs that make me want to pick up my bass and play along.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 5: A Song That Has New Meaning Each Time You Hear It

Looking through the list, this is probably the most difficult question to approach. This is nothing I’ve thought about before, so I had to dig a bit to see if I even had a valid answer.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 4: A Song That Reminds You of Something Sad

Honestly, the only songs that came to mind immediately are from soundtracks. But they’re still very appropriate.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 3: A Song That Makes You Laugh

While humor in music has been around for ages, it’s never something I actively look for. So instead of songs that will leave you in stitches, these are more along the type that will make you smirk or let out a light chuckle. Or shake your head in disappointment and question my morality.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 2: A Song That Helps Clear Your Head

There are two types of situations where I would turn to music to help clear my head – in preparation for something, or to simply relax. And since different songs would work for each situation, I decided to approach both with this post.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 1: A Song That Makes You Happy

Normally, I don’t listen to music in order to influence my mood. However, there are undoubtedly many songs out there that can easily brighten my day. Even if I do tend to prefer darker/atmospheric stuff.

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My Top 10 Soundtracks

Here is a list of my top ten soundtracks – five are from video games, three are from anime, one is from a visual novel, and one is from a film. My reasons for selecting these soundtracks are fairly simple – they contributed immeasurably to supporting the tone of the medium, and remain interesting to listen to well after experiencing them in context.

This is an update of a similar post from a few months ago, but you should forget that other one even exists. This time, I didn’t forget two that should have definitely been there. And unlike that post that doesn’t exist, I decided against limiting this to original soundtracks. While OSTs can provide new and interesting music, licensed soundtracks can also do a phenomenal job of supporting a film or game.

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Review – Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion Limited Edition BD Box Set

Note: If you’re looking for my review of the movie itself, go here.

Last year, December 7th. Armed with a bottle of Dr. Pepper and a small container of daifuku mochi, I set out on a journey to a nearby city. The purpose of this journey? To see an anime film in a theater. An anime that would turn out to be one of my favorites of all time.

Following that fateful day, I pre-ordered the most important purchase of the decade (so far) – something that altered the balance of the universe.

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