Sunday, September 25, 2011

musica es musica: Strange Mercy

Album Cover

          It’s like nightlife meets Space Invaders?  It’s poppy, rocky—definitely alternative, with some electronica, maybe glitchy, maybe hip-hoppy type of sounds, and sometimes kind of soft, yet sad and soulful, but somehow being energetic and heavy. Duffy-esque, Bjork-y? Sometimes. Unique—Always. Experimental—Yes. Fun—Oh yeah. Soooo, what the hell is it that I’m listening too and who’s responsible for this audible bewilderment? St. Vincent’s Strange Mercy—(with a little help from my friend…) a smorgasbord of sounds, genres, and textures all meshed together into a delightful buffet of musical wonderment.

The extraordinary woman herself.
          This is the third album (recently released) from Annie Erin Clark (who goes by the handle St. Vincent), an American born multi-instrumentalist. The album is a pleasure to listen to, though it is a pain to try and describe what exactly the album is as a whole because of St. Vincent’s skill at combining genres and use of many different instruments, vocal styles and effects. Though, there are some things I can say hold true for the entire album: It has a very cool feel to it—a sort of night time atmosphere, the music is solid with pretty much every beat sounding like it was placed purposefully, it is very unique, and while it may at first not seem too approachable, upon hearing it once, you are almost compelled to listen again. This is a great album in my opinion and you should give it a listen.

          Sidenote: I listen to a lot, A LOT of music and am really good at picking out good stuff but I’m probably one of the worst at describing why I like or dislike some music or even just describing it, which is why this musica es musica (and future) took so long and was so short.

          Anyway, I’ve provided some of my favorite tracks from the album after the jump. Have a listen.

Best Quote of the Week ~ [9/25/11]

          "I'm not going to rape you! I'm a little boy."
~A joke by John Mulaney

          This guy is a really funny comedian. Youtube's not letting me embed so I will leave a link to the full joke here. LINK.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Best Quote of the Week ~ [9/18/11]

By the time you read this I will have been done rereading the Scott Pilgrim books.
          "He is as hot as the flames of hell you bitches are going to."
~Joseph, Hollie's roommate, from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Vol. 2)

In full Context:

          Hollie:   "But the real reason we're here is because Joseph has a crush on their bass player."
          Kim:     "I haven't seen him. Is he hot?"
          Hollie:   "I don't know. Is he hot Joseph?"
          Joseph: "He is as hot as the flames of hell you bitches are going to."

Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Ramona in the film) holding up Scott Pilgrim Vol 2

Friday, September 16, 2011

Video Find!: Japan and Color

          I somehow found these three cool videos online just now. They're all Japanese with the last two being made my the same person (I think?). The first video, Loop Pool, by Daiki Aizawa is a short video that seem dream like with it's ambient music (which Aizawa also created) and cool visual. It's about the cycle or flow of life or food chain. The last two videos, Memory Player and Which Color Do You Choose For A Rainy Day?, are simpler that I just really the art direction and use color, which is sparingly, yet bold. Have a look.

Loop Pool

Memory Player

Which Color Do You Choose For A Rainy Day?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Get $1.50 off Select New Indie Releases on Amazon

          Hey, guys, Amazon is having a great deal right now. Get $1.50 off Select New Indie Releases by entering the code INDIE150. For full instructions click here. The selection is pretty and today $3.99 album is also included: Strange Mercy by St. Vincent. Get it for only $2.49. This is a really good album, I got it today and listened to it three times already! It's late, I know, but I had busy day and that was a lot considering the time I had. So stop reading and go for it! It only last until Sunday, September 18!

Chloe In The Afternoon from the album Strange Mercy

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Best Quote of the Week ~ [9/11/11]

          "You want to love everyone equally, and that's worse than impossible—it's wrong."
~Edward Morgan Forster

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Best Quote of the Week ~ [9/4/11]


          “Believe you can and you're halfway there.”
~Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, September 2, 2011

Big News in the World of Persona

Welcome to Persona
          This has been a big week for Persona and its fans with not one or two games announced but three as well as the launching of a new Persona website! Japanese magazine Famitsu broke the story this week with their interview with Persona 3 and 4’s director Katsura Hashino. The new games are: Persona 4: The Golden, Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena, and the now 100% confirmed Persona 5. Hit the jump for a ridiculous amount of news and information and pictures!

UPDATE 1 (9/9/11): The debut trailer for Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena has released! Find it after the jump near the bottom of the page.

Castella In Theory 3: Self-Righteous Suicide

          Hey, guys, I just finished the third story of Castella in Theory: Self-Righteous Suicide (in just under 2 weeks. Only 11 days!), it's a continuation of the first story. It takes two months after Ecila's passing and is about how Greg is dealing or not dealing with her death. I don't think that summary quite fits, but it's okay. Please read and comment! Hope you enjoy. The link for the story is below.

          I'm so glad I now know I can write a full story in less than 14 months or even less than a month! The first story actually took 30 days to complete. Fun fact: this story was originally going to be the second story, but I was having a lot of trouble writing the opening scene and had just come up with some ideas for the current second story and thought that that story was going to be an easier write. Wrong! Anyway, here's the third story.

This story can be surreal at times--this is just the picture to use
Read Here> Castella In Theory 3: Self-Righteous Suicide [It's only 12 pages]
(Click to read; right click and save as to download.)
P.S.: If there are any mistakes, let me know and I'll fix them.

UPDATE 1 (9/3/11): Minor fixes added.

UPDATE 2 (10/23/11): Added a little to the ending. It feels more complete now.

UPDATE 3 (10/26/11): Minor fixes to format and story.

UPDATE 4 (11/26/11): Minor fixes and tweaks to story. Plus a random picture added!

UPDATE 5 (2/29/12):  Minor fixes.