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Sakamichi no Apollon: Kids on the Slope

So, thanks to a lot of hype, I ... acquired this anime and watched it all in a couple of sittings. I'm a real sucker for anything that revolves around music and the fact that this is directed by Watanabe Shinichirō (director of Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, etc., who is known for blending music in really well) with music taken care of by Kanno Yōko (who is a bloody legend), is about as big a recommendation as any anime can get.


Pianomania is an interesting peak into the life of Stephan Knüpfer, a piano tuner working for Steinway as he tries to keep a bunch of concert pianists such as Lang Lang, Brendel, and Ainard happy. It's fun to get a behind-the-doors look into how pianos are set up, transported, and tuned. There are also a couple of laughs here and there. It would have been nice to get a little more technical and also hear some more music. It appears that I'll have to watch "Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037" to get my wish.

Music Videos with a reverse narrative

Reverse narratives can be fascinating when done right. Here are some music videos - in a loose order of preference - that I can remember which use this technique with mixed results. I've expanded this list to included all competently made "backwards" videos that I can remember / find as there aren't all that many out there.

Shifting the pitch (and tempo) of music rather than retuning your guitar

If you, like me, enjoy playing on your guitar to music from your PC, you will share my annoyance at the fact that bands often tune up or down a step or so for different songs. While it might be simple enough to tune your guitar up and down as and when necessary, I think that everybody will agree that it's a bit of a pain. Here's a solution for people like me who tend to have, well, an indolent approach to their guitar.

SotD: Paul McCartney - Wanderlust

I've always felt that Paul McCartney in his post-Beatles career, never quite lived up to (my) expectations. He certainly had hordes of fans. But Lennon had more and understandably so, seeing as to how his music was more hit than miss. That said, he certainly had his moments and in the song Wanderlust, the moment is quite mesmerising.

SotD: Rush - The Trees

Today's Song of the Day, and the same for the last few weeks in my car has been Rush's The Trees, off their 1978 album, Hemispheres. While the song is interesting musically, what truly captivates are the lyrics which are pasted below:

SotD: Dream Theater: Erotomania

Today's Song of the Day is Dream Theater's Erotomania off one of their earlier albums titled Awake. The album also happens to be one of my favourites not least due to the presence of this track.

Jojo's bizarre Bizarre adventure

For the last couple of days, I've been reading a manga named JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. It's alright, I guess - decent premise with slipshod execution. But something that I initially perceived as humourous became disconcertingly distracting enough for me to post about it. This certain something is to do with the majority of the character names in the manga being named after western music artists.

Anna Russell: Comedienne par excellence

The following are a bunch of Anna Russell videos that showcase some of her wonderful wit. While, the older videos (especially the analysis of the Ring cycle) were taken when she was well past her prime, they are still very entertaining, if not as good as the audio version recorded much earlier.

Analysis of the Ring Cycle

The original audio versions:

Marty Friedman interview + band recommendations

I came across an interview with Marty Friedman (look for edition 18) on the BOSS website. It covers a variety of topics including how he got together with Jason Becker, how he got the Megadeth gig and so on. Towards the end, when asked to recommend bands to listen to, he lists the following (all J-rock bands):


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