Music...

May. 1st, 2009 09:35 am
stariel: (rock out)
The radio station we play at work (The Mountain, for the locals) is pretty decent. Sure, they play a few very annoying songs over and over, and then occasionally they bust out the Sublime and I want to throw things at the radio... But overall they're pretty unoffensive and occasionally even play things that I like.

Well, they also have all these recordings that the radio has done in their "lounge" so occasionally they'll have something that utterly confuses me - like the acoustic version of Plush - and I'll spend a minute thinking "I know this song... but it sounds so different..." (Incidentally, they also had a different acoustic version of About A Girl!)

Well... the other day one of these songs came on where I thought "I swear I know this song, but it sounds way different!" and it was, of course, the original version of Wicked Game by... Chris Isaac, right? In any case, it was not the HIM version I was expecting. Then I felt sort of silly.
stariel: (rock out)
Yesterday was my first real day back in Seattle and I spent it napping to recover from my road trip-lag and going to Bumbershoot with a bunch of MI kids I went to school with. We wandered around a bit, saw a few minutes of These Arms Are Snakes and decided they weren't for us, and saw The Black Keys and Stone Temple Pilots. The STP show was amazing and I was really excited to get to see them for the first time.

Bumbershoot reminded me of how much I love Seattle - the number of freaky people walking around and the number of Tool and Alice In Chains shirts I saw... I am most definitely home. The sun came out for a bit too and the weather was pretty perfect - not too hot and not too cold.

And now I'm here and thinking about getting started with the job hunting, because I need a job and an apartment in Seattle before I can be here all the time and I really want to be here starting now. Starting yesterday.
stariel: (juliet)
I'm in love... with a band.

This morning I woke up with this song stuck in my head. I guess I was singing it in my dreams.

Also I just found out that Opeth and Amorphis are both playing shows in Seattle in early October - I'm super excited.

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In other non-music news...

Packing, packing packing. A little over three weeks till I leave and I'm freaking out more than slightly.

They need "antsy" for a current mood.
stariel: (rock out)
I was having a conversation yesterday about a moment in *your* musical history that shaped where you are today. I was thinking back, and here's mine:

When I was quite young - perhaps 13 - in any case it was before my dad moved to Israel, I went with my dad and my sister over to his friend Debbie's house. Debbie has a son named Alex who is about a year younger than I am. Alex was more into rap, and I was just starting to stray from the rap / hip hop / whatever genre that was so popular at the time and tend more towards alternative.

For Christmas Alex had gotten a couple of cassette tapes - bands which at this point I hadn't heard of - but he thought I might like them and gave them to me. The weren't his kind of thing. Apparently whoever bought them (I think his dad) had asked someone at the store what teenagers listen to these days and came up with the following:

Ten by Pearl Jam
Core by Stone Temple Pilots

It was a sort of musical awakening for me. Here was something much different from the Snoop Dog my sister liked and the Coolio that everyone was singing along with. I was hooked.

AHHHHH

Jan. 27th, 2008 11:19 pm
stariel: (rock out)
I have this compilation from Revolution Records. The now-dead label released it in '95 or '96 I'm assuming - I got it in the summer of '96 right before starting my freshman year of high school.

The compilation has tracks from Letters to Cleo, Wakeland, Lotion, Super Deluxe and one song called "Discover" which doesn't come up in ID3 tags with an artist. I can't find any info about this compilation anywhere. The disc itself is black (I still have it which is how I know it is real!) and it came in a cardboard slipcase which I'm sure I lost somewhere in 1996 and will thus never be found again. It's a wonder I still have the CD!

It is driving me absolutely up the wall trying to figure out who this last song is by - it is obviously an artist that was on Revolution Records at around that time and may or may not have ever released anything that got any notice.

I've tried googling everything I can think of - the names of the bands in combinations, lyrics from the song itself, Revolution Records with names of an artist or two, all to no avail.

Blah.

But why?

Dec. 17th, 2007 08:41 am
stariel: (frogner)
I want to go see Marilyn Manson, but none of my friends want to go with me. :(

Do I...

A) Go anyway, alone.

B) Not go and save the money.

C) Go on a mission to find someone else to go with me.
stariel: (rock out)
This article is cool. That is totally something I would think about (as evidenced by the time travel post.)

And then there's another supercool one about optimizing toilet seat position by minimizing total cost and equalizing work.

In other news, I went to see Saves the Day tonight and will soon be going to Rhinebeck with the girlies (road trip here we come!)

Saves the Day was good - it was an acoustic show. They played lots of good songs but the fans were singing along very loudly and annoying Rachel and me. Grr... I didn't pay to come to a concert to hear you sing random fan person!

Ok, it is obviously far too late for me to be writing since I' can't seem to form a coherent thought.

Goodnight!
stariel: (mainestars)
Comment and I'll give you a letter. In your journal, list 10 of your favorite songs that begin with that letter.

My letter is L: (songs are in no particular order)

1. Love You To Death ~ Type O Negative
2. Lightness ~ Death Cab for Cutie
3. Lithium ~ Nirvana
4. Love Like Winter ~ A.F.I.
5. Look What You've Done ~ Jet
6. Little Things ~ Bush
7. The Leper Affinity ~ Opeth
8. Lateralus ~ Tool
9. Love Is a Place ~ Metric
10. Lost Control ~ Anathema
stariel: (HIM)
On being "metal"...

I would definitely consider myself metal, much more so than punk or goth or whatever else outside observers might categorize me. Although nowadays when I'm not wearing band t-shirts every day (only on weekends) they might not try to categorize my musical taste at all!

I'm a nice person, I'm friendly. Rarely violent (and I'm a vegetarian for goodness sake!) I'm physically pretty small and not intimidating, and I look really... normal. But, as someone told me recently, "it's proof that metal is on the inside". Very true.

Although I listen to a wide range of music from alternative to punk to prog to rock to metal, there is something about really heavy stuff that makes me feel oddly happy. I find it almost vaguely amusing. Is it because I don't take it seriously? No, not really.

Although Growl Karaoke is hilarious. And back in the old skool days it wasn't on YouTube. ;)
Cradle of Filth always gives me a laugh because it makes me think of the video where they're all coming in in the beginning and it shows their boots and Dani is probably about my height and has these huge platform soles on his boots...

Anyway, back on topic:

I don't think I can really explain it. I know it's supposed to be angry, but I hear the double kick double bass drums and heavy guitar riffs and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. (I know, I'm weird.)

I've been going back to my musical roots lately, as I alluded to in an earlier post, and have recently been listening to In Flames. I don't think I could ever really love them because they don't have great vocals - the vocals are really important to me which is why I have such a deep love for Opeth, Amorphis, and Katatonia. But anyway, In Flames, *awesome* guitar work. I know now why Robb loved them so much - funny I never really 'got' it at the time, but listening to them on my iPod in the T station the other day on the way out to Rachel's I was suddenly struck by the really amazing guitar playing they've got going on.

And then there's this sudden urge I've gotten for the Beauty In Darkness compilation (Volume 1, of course!) which kind of got the whole thing started.
stariel: (rock out)
Something about Rachel and Thursdays and being social...

Tonight I went to a vegetarian potluck party at Rachel's - it was interesting as usual. There were yummy veggie Sloppy Joe's and enchiladas, I brought cookies - a bit of a cop out but I was coming from work.

And, as always, there was good and interesting company. I met lots of new people, chatted it up, and generally enjoyed myself a lot. On the way home I rode the T partway with one of Rachel's classmates who attended the party and chatted with him, and then on the ride from downtown to my neighborhood I talked to a group of people going to a Minus The Bear concert at the Middle East. They tried to convince me to come too, but I had to get home and get to bed. (What? I'm going to bed soon, I promise!)

It all started because the guy was wearing a I (heart) Seattle shirt and I said I loved Seattle too, then he started talking to me about this band, which is apparently sort of indie-prog from Seattle. I'm going to check them out. The people I met weren't actually from Seattle or anything, he just loved it because he understood the inherent awesomeness of my home city. ;)

And speaking of checking out music, I've been trying to listen to some new music lately. New being not necessarily *new* but more things-I-don't-listen-to-yet. I know there are quite a few bands out there that are similar to bands that I like, so I've been making an effort to check them out too.

Muse, for example, sounds like the result of a brief love affair between Radiohead and Dredg with a little bit of rebellion against the parents thrown in there for spice.

I'm listening to Diecast because Betsy knows them (or at least the singer) and promises we will go see them if/when they come here.

And I'm going back to the basics with some Alice in Chains. Because ever since Seasonal Temptress covered Man In A Box back on MI I've been in love with that song in particular - but really as a Seattle grunge band they deserve a little more of my time.

And then there's this 27 album that I had but somehow didn't make the mp3s between one of the computer snafus and now it's back.

Phew!
stariel: (Default)
I haven't been having the best luck with doors lately...

The other day I closed the door to my room and ended up having to unscrew the doorknob and open it with a wrench.

Well this morning as I was leaving my apartment I locked the door and then looked down because something was not right. The key was partially in and facing the wrong direction, and it wouldn't turn, however the door was locked, and now it wouldn't unlock. I called the maintenance company and left a message, and headed to work.

I returned home to find my door equally stuck. I called again, still no answer. I left another message. I sat on my porch and got another phone number from one of my neighbors returning home - still no answer. Another neighbor came home and gave me the cell number of the actual maintenance guy who comes and does the work so I called him. He did answer and said he would be over in a few minutes.

When he got there he tried his keys and a lock pick to no avail. He said he was going to have to climb in the window! A huge ladder, a screwdriver to pry the screen, teetering very precariously by my window and with all the neighbors staring I decided that my apartment is probably not an ideal one to break into. That's good. :) Once he was inside he went to open the front door from the inside, but it still wouldn't unlock! I stood in the hall and heard much banging, and then he asked me to kick the door in. Turns out he had to take the pins out of the hinges and I had to throw my weight against the door quite a few times before it finally opened. Well, actually it just popped out of the hinges and then he had to pull it because the bolt part of the lock was still "locking" the door. My cats were very disturbed. Luckily I have more than one lock as he had to break the malfunctioning one with a screwdriver and a hammer. He promises to come tomorrow and give me a new lock.

And now a cool new calculator I found on last.fm:

Take your top 20 artists. For each of these artists, collect the top 5 similar artists. The resulting numbe rof unique artists is your [b]eclectic score[/b]. If the score is small(extreme = 5) your musical preferences are very limited, and if it is large (larger than 80, extreme = 100), then you have an eclectic musical preference. You can compute your own score at http://anthony.liekens.net/pub/scripts/last.fm/eclectic.php

My eclectic score is currently: 81/100
The 81 related artists for my profile are 3 Doors Down (2), A Perfect Circle (2), Alanis Morissette, Alice inChains, Alkaline Trio, Amorphis, Anathema, Audioslave, Blackfield, Blink-182, Brand New (2), Breaking Benjamin, Bright Eyes, CKY, CountingCrows, Deftones (2), Dream Theater, Evanescence, Fall Out Boy (2), Foo Fighters (3), Gravity Kills, HIM, Hypocrisy, Incubus (2), Jimmy Eat World, KMFDM (2), Katatonia, King Crimson, KoЯn, Lifehouse, Linkin Park, Live, Machines of Loving Grace, Marillion, Marilyn Manson (2),Matchbox Twenty, Ministry, Modest Mouse, Moonspell, My Chemical Romance(2), My Dying Bride, Nickelback, Nine Inch Nails (2), Nirvana, No Doubt, Opeth, Orgy, Papa Roach, Paradise Lost (2), Pearl Jam (2),Pixies, Placebo, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Rammstein, Rise Against, Riverside, Rob Zombie, Sentenced, Something Corporate, Soundgarden, Spock's Beard, Stabbing Westward, Stone Temple Pilots,System of a Down (3), Taking Back Sunday (2), The 69 Eyes, The Cardigans, The Cranberries, The Decemberists, The Early November, The Get Up Kids, The Postal Service, The Shins, The Smashing Pumpkins (3),The Starting Line, Third Eye Blind, Three Days Grace, Tool, Weezer, lostprophets
stariel: (HIM)
I heard about this from [livejournal.com profile] zahgurim and I think it's pretty darn cool. So join MOG! It will index your music and what you play, and you can see other MOGs with similar taste.

http://mog.com

If you sign up and want to list me as a referral (I'm stariel there too) that would be cool.
stariel: (mulitcolorstars)
Just cuz I love you guys:

AFI on Saturday night:



I realize you can't see much, I need a camera like the lady next to me - super zoom!

Zero 7 on Sunday night:



Metric on Monday night:

stariel: (rock out)
Just got home from seeing AFI at Bumbershoot. I'll have videos up tomorrow provided they turned out well. :) While I was there I ran into [livejournal.com profile] mtvmike! It was weird because it was dark and I looked at him and thought "Is that Mike? Nah..." but then when I was leaving he said hi and it was Mike! It's been years, literally. So we had a nice little chat on our way out of the mainstage and walking down the street.

Tomorrow I'm going to see Zero7 and [livejournal.com profile] hibrian and [livejournal.com profile] halchedog, woohoo!
stariel: (rock out)
and I'm totally exhausted and have to take the train to Portland tomorrow.

More in the morning if I have time.

Bad cookie!

Dec. 9th, 2005 12:05 am
stariel: (nemo)
Once again I stay up late when I say I won't.

This is almost like Bad Robot!, but different.

Blah - I have nothing to say but I'm compulsively posting. Oh well.

Oh, I finally got the rebate check for one of the two cell phones I bought for me and [livejournal.com profile] robb54 last January. $200, but they still owe me another check for $200. I'll have to call them tomorrow.

Now for my weekly music charts:

stariel's Last.fm Weekly Artists Chart

Enjoy!
stariel: (juliet)
List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your LJ along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

1. Wicked Game ~ H.I.M.
2. Black Baloon ~ Goo Goo Dolls
3. Combat Baby ~ Metric
4. Nothing Better ~ The Postal Service
5. H. ~ Tool
6. Track 3 ~ Kitty F Band
7. Benighted ~ Opeth

And I'm tagging: [livejournal.com profile] lunacia [livejournal.com profile] meli88 [livejournal.com profile] hibrian [livejournal.com profile] marmelade [livejournal.com profile] kale_eater [livejournal.com profile] scribblescrawl and [livejournal.com profile] bellaboca

Wow, I don't have very many LJ friends. ;)
stariel: (HIM)
How many songs: 2243

Sort by song title:
First Song: #1 Crush ~ Garbage
Last Song: Zombie Eaters ~ Faith No More

Sort by time:
Shortest Song: 17 ~ Smashing Pumpkins
Longest Song: Medicated to the One I Love ~ God Lives Underwater

Sort by album: (Ignoring those without album listed...)
First Song: Wonderwall ~ Oasis
Last Song: Tainted Love ~ Deathline International

First song that comes up on Shuffle: Violent Mood Swings ~ Stabbing Westward

Search ....
"sex", how many songs come up? 6
"death", how many songs come up? 17
"love", how many songs come up? 73
"you", how many songs come up? 130
stariel: (HIM)
Today [livejournal.com profile] hibrian and I went to Bamboo Garden for lunch. There was a slight complication getting there because of traffic from the Seattle marathon and ensuing madness.

After lunch we headed out to Southcenter to see Pride and Prejudice, but decided on the way to just go shopping instead. We made a quick run to Old Navy where I bought a black fleece and some socks, headed over to Borders to look for DV for Brian, which they didn't have, and spent some time getting creative in Jo Ann's while looking at furry yarn.

We headed over to Half Price Books where I found Lemony Snicket #10 and #11 (no DV there either) and then to Barnes and Noble. Guess what book they didn't have. ;)

We headed over to the mall. Outside the mall Eulogy came on The End, which is having a no repeat weekend. Otherwise they never would have played a song with such a long intro, but I guess they're getting desperate! Sad though, because they have an entire day to go - wpnder what gems will be coming on tomorrow...

I decided against a sweatshirt at Express Men. It was adorable - and Brian has one already, but I just couldn't bring myself to spend the money. At Hot Topic I would have bought a H.I.M. shirt, but all they had was Youth Large and adult Large, neither of which are my size.

After the mall we went to get Bubble Tea, but sadly Yunnie is closed on Sundays (duh!) so we couldn't. :( Instead we went to yet another Barnes and Noble, which also didn't have DV but did have other fun things. We browsed books and giggled for about an hour!

Now I'm back at my aunt and uncle's house, and looking forward to my last day in Seattle tomorrow.

H.I.M.

Nov. 17th, 2005 11:49 pm
stariel: (HIM)
It was a great show. A really great show.

They played a few of my faves of the first album, and enough other old stuff to keep me happy.

Also, Ville became my hero when he told people not to smoke weed - and actually had some people thrown out! In fact, it was the most people within a 10 foot radius of me that I've ever seen thrown out of a concert. Two for smoking weed, and another 3+ for fighting. No idea what the fighting was about, some girls jumped on each other.

And now, to bed! I have to go to Genetics in the morning.

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