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6:14 PM on 12.09.2009

dTunes: nekobun's Week, Day 3

For day three, I feel like nerding out a little, and sharing some of the Japanese music I'm into. My yellow fever's definitely receeded over the years, and I can't remember the last time I actively bothered to read any manga or follow an anime, but most of the music I ran into in my more Japanophilic days has stayed around.

And no, it's not going to be a bunch of anime and game theme songs. For the most part. So much for sticking to less than ten songs a post.

TWO-MIX - White Reflection


TWO-MIX has to be the first J-group I really got into, after some internet cohorts introduced me to them in high school. They're fairly poppy, but not quite as sugar-coated and annoying as a lot of other j-pop out there. That, and they just do not stop; I think the last album of theirs I got was BPM Cube, at least five years ago, and there's a lot of unfamiliar material I noticed when finding this vid.

The vid itself was produced in direct conjunction with the duo, and included as a bonus on one of their early "best of" albums, of which they have a gajillion. If they sound familiar to you, they've done themes for Gundam Wing and Detective Conan/Case Closed, among other things, and the vocalist, Minami Takayama, does Conan's voice in the original show.

Thee Michelle Gun Elephant - GT400


If you ever forget how to rock, put on some TMGE. Immune to the corrosive influences of visual kei, ballady power-pop, or any other sort of crap that turns into more spectacle than songwriting, these guys are a much more comfortable alternative to sticking a guitar straight into your ear.

Shaka Labbits - Flapper


I'll admit this band was introduced to me via a video game opening, but the guy who brought the game back with him from Japan to show us made the effort of finding their first album (and is, oddly enough, the person who posted this video in the first place). Rolling with a mid-heavy, ska-punkish sound, with things getting more straight-rock in flavor as they aged, with the occasional hilarious Engrish thrown in to most of their tracks, I can't help but be in a better mood whenever they come on. Also, their version of That Thing You Do is easily one of my favorite covers of anything, ever. Yeah, the song from the movie.

Peelander-Z - MAD TIGER


Technically, these guys are Japanese-American, but that means it's much easier to see them live, especially on the east coast. Of the three times I've seen them, I've been pulled onstage twice as a percussionist for this song (you'll see, around 2:20), and had a pair of glasses demolished in the mosh pit that formed at the most recent instance (yeah, bad idea, but I needed new ones anyway). Noisy garage punk and nonsensical, sometimes satirical lyrics make for a great time, every time. I'm pretty sure I'm somewhere in the crowd from the footage they start off with and return to a couple times.

Guitar Wolf - Gakulan Rider


My favorite story about Guitar Wolf was from a friend of mine I never knew was into them, until I mentioned them in passing, and he elaborated about this time he saw them live. Guitar Wolf (the lead guy) spent a good twenty minutes just combing his hair at the front of the stage. The crowd kept getting louder and demanding something happen, but he was unfazed. Suddenly, he just wails into the opening chords of the set, and refuses stop for the rest of the night, save for replacing several guitar strings between every two or three songs.

If you like your rock noisy, not to mention LOUD, these guys are for you. If you enjoy goofy sci-fi or zombie flicks, they are also right up your alley; they were the driving force behind and starred in such a film that goes by the name of Wild Zero. Watch it, and you shall not be disappointed.

Love Psychedelico - Lady Madonna


Another band introduced to me by the same guy as Shaka Labbits, falling in love with Love Psychedelico was almost instantaneous. Their interesting folk-rock sound, combined with the vocalist's effortless shifts from Japanese to (pretty good) English, and back again, make for a listening experience relatively uncommon amongst Japanese rockers.

Round Table f/ Nino - Groovin' Magic


Okay, I confess, it's another anime theme; this song was the opener to the (amazing) show Diebuster/Gunbuster 2. Which you should watch right now, or as soon as you're done with this article, because it is over-the-top Gainax at its best. Anyway, between this and recalling the OP they did for the show Chobits (which blows, don't waste your time watching that one), I decided to investigate them a bit further. Round Table consistently inspires dancing, pairing poppy, upbeat tunes with funky basslines and sensibility.

Guitar Vader - She's So Heavy


A fixture from the Jet Set/Grind Radio games, Guitar Vader has come a long way, and polished its sound quite a bit since then. Fortunately, they did so without diminishing their garage sound roots, even with the occasional experimentation with synthesizers alongside more traditional instrumentation. The best way to get a handle on them is to try and track down their first full album, entitled Die Happy!

Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Kaneda


Okay, this is the last direct-from-anime one, I promise. Geinoh Yamashirogumi did the entire soundtrack for Akira, but that's nothing compared to the rest of their repertoire. This crew experiments with instruments and musical traditions from all across the globe, with albums that have explored Africa, regions of Europe, and so many other places. I picked this video in particular so you could see it wasn't just one or two dudes messing around in a studio; Geinoh Yamashirogumi is serious business.

Here's a fun challenge for you to try: next time makeouts are imminent, put on the Akira soundtrack, and see how far you and your partner can go before it gets too awkward or ridiculous. Escalation of activities is permitted, but you have to keep the album on. No one I know has finished the entire LP. No one.

Cibo Matto - Know Your Chicken


Another Japanese-American group, Yuka and Miho of Cibo Matto managed to get some brief publicity back in the 90s, with videos for Sugar Water and Know Your Chicken (which embedding was disabled on) seeing at least a bit of airtime on MTV, before sliding quietly back into obscurity. An odd blend of
styles that jumps all over the place, these girls had a little bit of something for everyone, with laughable lyrics to go along with. I'm not sure if Yuka went on to much else afterward, but Miho Hattori landed a gig as Noodle's voice in Gorillaz.

Tommy February6 - Everyday At The Bus Stop


Sometimes, you just need some cheesy, 80s-inspired synthpop. This isn't just throwaway bubblegum, though; Tomoko Kawase, formerly (and once again) of The Brilliant Green is a damn genius, and knew exactly what she was doing with this persona. As a contrast to all this sugar, she later went on to release material as a flipside persona of sorts, Tommy Heavenly6, which was darker and more punk-inspired. Both personae have recently dropped new material, too, which was not entirely expected after her rejoining her old band and putting out a new album with them.

FUN FACT: Despite the fact that most of her songs are primarily in English, Tomoko barely knows any English herself.

Boom Boom Satellites - Push Eject


Harder listening and more experimental than a lot of the other stuff in this article, Boom Boom Satellites was a lucky find during a channel-flip back in high school, where they were featured on some international music snippet on CNN. Unlike a lot of the other groups mentioned, they've actually seen some albums released in the US. Their style, to me, seems like what would happen if distortiony rock and trip hop had a slightly malformed but savant child. If nothing else, they get points for song titles such as Scatterin' Monkey and Shut Up And Explode.

Towa Tei - Technova


While he is of Korean descent, Towa Tei's spent most of his life in Japan. You should definitely recognize him; under the name Towa Towa, he was on the tables for Deee-lite, and is pretty easy to spot in the video for Groove Is In The Heart (hints: he's not Bootsy Collins and he's not the guy on slide whistle). Even before his stint with them, Towa was an established DJ, and went right back to the scene once Deee-lite's day in the sun ended. He's played around with all sorts of genres and languages, so chances are, he's done something, somewhere, that you would enjoy.

Now that I've sufficiently inundated you with music from the land of the rising sun, feel free to indulge in an orgy of bagpipe music, black metal, or what-have-you to purge yourself. Hopefully, I've shown you that music doesn't have to be in a language you understand to be enjoyable.   read

4:48 PM on 12.08.2009

dTunes: nekobun's Week, Day 2

For my second day, I figured I'd try and get into the holiday spirit with some alt-Crimbo jams. Stuff like this is what helps me survive the barrage of the same old Christmas shlock unleashed upon the masses every year. This one's a bit heftier than yesterday's, with thirteen tracks; one for each Day of Christmas.

Cosmicity - This Is Your Crappy Christmas Present


Forgive the video, it was the only one I could find with this song. Despite being a fan of Cosmicity, and having the album it's hidden on (Escape Pod For Two), I didn't even know this song existed until dropped it on me at random last week. Consider this post my crappy Christmas present to all of you.

Oscar The Grouch - I Hate Christmas


This is how I feel at an earlier and earlier point every year, with Christmas decor and displays going up even more and more ahead of time. Before Thanksgiving was bad enough, but now it's around Hallowe'en that they start? Come on.

Everclear - I Will Be Hating You For Christmas


A hidden track on So Much For The Afterglow, this is one of two Everclear songs I can still stand, besides the album's title track. Not sure why, but it's catchy. I'd bet money that it's about Art Alexakis' dad, because being pissed at his father is all the dude can write songs about. No wonder some friends and I out-partied them in Vegas last year.

Type O Negative - Red Water (Christmas Mourning)


A little more downbeat, even moreso now that it's had personal significance for me the past couple of years. I still enjoy it musically, however, and it's nice to hear Peter Steele singing about a holiday that isn't Hallowe'en. Definitely a contrast to the primarily over-cheery bollocks the season tends to engender.

Ting Tings - Shut Up And Let It Snow


The Ting Tings are one of the few bands I've bothered to really get into recently, and I highly recommend their debut album. If I remember correctly, they were discovered via their MySpace, so there's a twinkle of hope for all you aspiring musicians willing to brave that wasteland. The song itself is a parody of one of their album tracks, Shut Up And Let Me Go.

Run DMC - Christmas In Hollis


You can never go wrong with a little Run DMC. Ever.

Pet Shop Boys - It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas


I mentioned my love for Erasure, briefly, in yesterday's post; in all honesty, I have a soft spot for a whole lot of 80s-90s gay dance music. I'm really glad PSB finally decided to release this openly, as it's been little more than an exclusive single for their fan club members for over a decade. This ends up dominating my holiday playlists rather often, due to the fact that there were a whole pile of remixed versions of this on said single, but at least they're all pretty good.

MST3K - (Let's Have A) Patrick Swayze Christmas


There is nothing wrong with maintaining this tradition, even with Mr. Swayze's passing this year. If anything, he would want us to carry (and carol) on.

Tom Lehrer - A Christmas Carol


This, Charlie Brown, is what Christmas is all about.

Harry And The Potters - Wizard Chess


FUN FACT: I originally got into this Harry Potter tribute band because of a fine lady. That didn't pan out, but the music stuck, and I even went to a show and bought one of their shirts. Corny, yes, but cute in most cases if you're a fan of the books.

David Sedaris - Crumpet The Elf


Okay, it's not music, but one of the songs I wanted to include was embed-disabled, so I had to fill the gap to maintain my Twelve Days theme. David Sedaris is hilarious, and in '06, read a selection from his Santaland Diaries, which chronicle his time working as a department store Santa's elf henchman, on NPR. I'm not sure, but I think they replay it yearly, and I know there's a CD of the whole story somewhere.

James Brown - Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto


James Brown's Funky Christmas is arguably the best Christmas album ever produced, and features one of the most terrifying images of James himself on the cover. The entire album is worth a listen, but I included this song since it was the first one I heard off it. The album pictured in the video is not the same one, though he looks pretty terrifying in that get-up, too.

Richard Cheese - Jingle Bells


And, to close, some more traditional fare from one of your favorite, parody lounge singers. Yet another terrible video used due to lack of alternatives, but skip ahead to 0:29 or so to avoid the inexplicable inclusion of this guy opening the CD and putting it in his laptop. I mean, really, guy.

Before I go, I'd also like to point out that both Billy Idol and Twisted Sister have put out Christmas albums in recent years, and they are both mind-blowing. I would've included stuff from them, but it would've ended up being the entire albums in both cases, and this post is already long enough. Idol actually takes a more tongue-in-cheek, vaguely loungey approach to a lot of traditional songs, but it works in every case, almost to the point that it leaves the listener confused. Twisted Sister, on the other hand, played around a bit more, with the riffs off their version of O Come All Ye Faithful being an almost exact clone of We're Not Gonna Take It. Check them out if you so desire.   read

5:19 PM on 12.07.2009

dTunes: nekobun's Week, Day 1

Fresh week, and dTunes returns again, with me, nekobun, at the helm. Since I found out I was doing this week at the last minute, we'll just jump right in now and I'll get chatty later. I will acknowledge right up front that my tastes are fairly scattered, so I'm going more for thematic days rather than anything genre- or band-based.

For day one, I'll share some briefly-popular artists you might know, but tracks may not've heard, as they're not singles that've seen radio play or other widespread distribution.

Rage Against The Machine - Know Your Enemy


A track off Rage's eponymous album, this was actually the first RAtM song I was exposed to while knowing it was theirs. Of all the ways I could've heard it, a friend of mine sent me a Sailor Moon AMV featuring it and asked for feedback. I obliged, and the AMV was... well, it was an anime music video, I mean, come on. The music, however, stuck with me, and led quickly to getting the album and developing a more solid Rage fandom.

Wheatus - A Little Respect


While what little renown Wheatus does have is mostly as a one hit wonder, for Teenage Dirtbag, this cover of an Erasure classic is incredibly solid. It's also been, often enough, the only form in which I can find it on karaoke playlists, since it's one of my staples. Between this and Teenage Dirtbag, you'd think their entire repertoire involved sappy, adolescent romance, but the rest of their album actually features moderately more angry, if not teen-angsty material.

Harvey Danger - Private Helicopter


I would have posted the actual music video, but UMG disabled embedding, so here's the next best live recording I could find. Harvey Danger might ring a bell to some of you, as the guys who gave us Flagpole Sitta; you know, "Paranoia paranoia everybody's comin' to get me..." et cetera. This was off the same album, and I believe it got a brief radio presence in some markets, but for the most part was overlooked. One of my all-time favorites by these guys, who've been active a lot more than most people think.

Simple Minds - Changeling


The guys who gave us Don't You Forget About Me, the theme song from The Breakfast Club, were actually rather interesting in their first five years as a band. Things sounded a lot meatier than the New Wave path they eventually settled upon, even in their poppier first LP. It's neat to see how some of your favorite bands have changed, and where they came from.

Sugar Ray - Tap, Twist, Snap


Oddly enough, the guys in Sugar Ray weren't always the musical equivalent of a massive, quivering vagina. Their old sound was a great deal harder than the stuff you hear in Fly and Someday, and a bit of that still clung to them when they released Floored, the album Fly came from. I still don't see the wisdom in completely alienating whatever fanbase they may have had up to that point, but I'm willing to bet it's made them piles of money they can swim through a la Scrooge McDuck.

Elastica - Stutter


Elastica got a bit of exposure in the 90s, mostly for their track Connection, which if nothing else, you might recall being in the TV ads for the film Hackers while being completely absent from the movie's soundtrack. Trying to find Connection and who played it was something of a holy grail when I was a kid, what without the internet being what it is now, and when I finally found a copy of their first, self-titled album, I dove in headfirst. This has always been one of my favorites, even though it got stacked behind a lot of their bigger hits in the album order and feels a bit tacked on at the end. Also of note, Elastica's frontwoman dated Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) for a while. You probably want to date Damon Albarn, too, if you know what's good for you, so this is kind of the next best thing.

And there you go, day one. Turned into a bit of a mid-90s to early-00s fest for the most part, but I hope you all enjoyed it well enough to come back for tomorrow's installment. Which should be up a lot earlier than this one, I might add.   read

8:38 AM on 11.27.2009

dTunes: Everyday Legend's Week, Day 5

I apologize in advance, as I am a retail employee in these United States of America, and today, I will find no such shelter or respite to finish this before about 9pm. However, here is a small sampling of what tunes you can expect, and I will have a header image and (mostly) full-effect story for each song ready to rock later on tonight. This much I promise you!

- EL
(trying like hell to stay above water)


As this is a videogame-related site, most people here would agree with my sentiment that a great score in a game is like a great score in a film: music really does make a world of difference. Some things can only be communicated through music, and the wrong piece of music (or even the right music) in the wrong place (or even the right place!) can make or break a scene, sequence or an entire project singlehandedly. This piece, as my final act as your week-long host, is a downright massive entry highlighting my opinion of phenomenal videogame music you may or may not have heard of. These songs are all readily hummable at will from my memory banks, and now I get to share these tracks with you, and this fills me with a considerable sense of pride. Read on, and listen well, as these are tracks of Legend.

SOUL BLAZER - Dr. Leo's Basement
This video is taken from an actual playthrough, so wait until the player descends into the basement, and enjoy. This track is something I've always wanted to slow down and make a rap beat to. It would be f'n sicksauce. What's rad is the entire soundtrack is absolutely amazing, some of the best 16-bit action RPG tunes you can come across.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 - Chemical Plant Zone
This song has one of the greatest 16-bit basslines ever. As in, EVER ever. I would love a band like the Minibosses to cover this track more than any other VG tune. It would rule.

Chrono Trigger - Theme Of Magus
The greatest character leitmotif I've ever heard. Hands down. Right up there with The Imperial March. This entire song bleeds darkness, like an oncoming storm destined to wipe out an entire world. Magus is one of my favorite characters in all of videogames, and this song suits his brand of unstoppable rage. Black Rock, Omega Flare, this game's so wrapped up you can call him Senor Juego Burrito. Badass-squared. Proper.

Tetris (NES) - Music #3
The most relaxing tune ever. I used to fall asleep to this tune as a child, watching my uncle wipe the floor with Pajitnov's classic godfather of the genre. Level 20, here we come.

Marble Madness - Stage 2
Out of all of the classic tracks in this classic game (a Rare original!), this one sticks out the most. This stage always got me amped.

The Guardian Legend - Forest Labyrinth
Jump to 4:29, sorry about the quality.
Another playthrough video, this time a tune from a game I previously wrote about for a Monthly Musing assignment back in September. This game has some of the best 8-bit music EVER, all-time, no-contest, don't-fuck-with-me-about-this EVER. If you never played it, with all due respect, slap the hell out of yourself and all of your friends. You're exempt if you're not from the 80's, but are no less guilty.

Gitaroo Man - The Legendary Theme
Acoustic version.

Electric version. And fucking amazing. From a fucking amazing game.

Zelda: ALTTP - Dark World Overworld Theme
This song is burned forever into the deepest recesses of my cerebral crevasses. Say that motherfucker 5 times fast.

Street Fighter II - Ken Masters, Bitch!
Dude owns a boat. Dude gets off of the boat, leaving the party on the boat to kick someone's ass. Dude, victorious, gets back onto the boat for drinks and hot chicks, leaving behind someone who just got their ass kicked staring at him leaving in all of his ass-kicking pimp glory. Who wouldn't want to be Ken?

[size=25]Radirgy - Ukiha Shopping Mall[/stage]
This track is what got me interested in playing the game, actually. I saw a friend playing it (and I'm already a sucker for a good shmup) and heard this tune. Had to play just because of the happy tunes.

Rez - Creation/State Of Art
This is my favorite stage in the game (stage 3). Play this game on a great TV with a great sound system, and you will actually feel the possible timelines of your life diverge, with the one where you never played this game becoming the life you never wanted to live.

ActRaiser - Fillmore, Act 1
This shit gets me hyped every goddamn time I play this game. Without. Fail.

Project Justice - Seijyun Girls' High School Courtyard
This song fucking rocks, if just for the break...wak a wak, awaaa wak a wak, awaaa...
Shit is serious, son. Project Justice fucking rules.

Street Fighter 4 - Sakura's Theme
This is how all of the music of SF4 should have been. The stage music itself is just slightly above forgettable, but the work they did on the preexisting themes trump most of the work they've ever done.

Street Fighter 4 - Cammy's Theme
ESPECIALLY this one. GODDAMN, this is soooo well done. Capcom needs to stick with this line of thought for SSF4. If they don't, I'm going to be quite cross indeed. Really, the only thing that is better than these efforts in Capcom's entire history is...

Mega Man 2 - Bubble Man Stage
Don't fuck around and say that MM2 isn't the best in the series.
You'd be a liar, and only kidding yourself. For real. Stop hating.

Thanks for listening, thanks for commenting (if you've done so), and thanks for dtuning in.
It's been a great privilege hosting this week. I'll catch you all on the flip.

- EL   read

9:39 AM on 11.26.2009

dTunes: Everyday Legend's Week, Day 4

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving. Good luck to all on your attempts at turkey and pie genocide, as I will be doing my own irreparable damage to those groups very shortly.

However, I do have a responsibility, and I intend to uphold it.


Alright. I've been waiting to drop this one on you all for a while. These guys are one of my all time, undisputed, favorite guilty pleasures. There is no other band out there that sound quite like they do, some groups could be counted as inspirations, but no other group can say that they copy their style down to the finest of details in any way, shape or form. They are their own style, their own kind. They are awesome beyond measure, and prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that music is, in fact, the most universal language we as human beings possess.

They are Bomb Factory. And they're here to kick your ass with the power of raw sound.


In the beginning, I heard this song:

Bomb Factory - Exciter
This is the theme song for Tecmo's Dead Or Alive 2/DOA2 Hardcore. I remember picking this game up (not just for the boobs, but because I am a big Jeet Kune Do proponent, and Jann Lee is about the best representation of the style in a videogame) for the Sega Dreamcast and hearing this song tear my ears in half right on startup. That very day, I was out scouring the internet via whatever means I had at my disposal to find more music from this band named "Bomb Factory." I could only understand about half of what the lead singer was saying, but it didn't matter - the language of "rock your fucking face off" translated quite well enough.

Bomb Factory - Awaited Time
I do a lot of things to Bomb Factory's music. Work, play, gym, mowing my lawn, games, driving (GOD, I LOVE DRIVING TO BOMB FACTORY), you name it, I'll do it to Bomb Factory's tunes, no complaints there. This one gets me particularly amped, and I have no real reason why. It's most likely something about the boundless energy in this song that gets me ready to do anything. This is one of my all-time favorite songs ever, regardless of band, genre or age.

Bomb Factory - Down
Again, a song I could wreck faces to, no prob.

Bomb Factory - How Do You Feel?
One of the few tracks I've heard by them that have primarily Japanese lyrics. If you haven't brushed up on any Nihongo lately, don't sweat it, as it's not like you need to understand what's actually being said. A lot of folks I've tried to introduce them to (100% of them American) complain that they couldn't figure out what Jun-Ya was saying. It's irrelevant at best, as you really can't figure out what's being said in American modern metal music anyway, at least these guys try to make a sound that isn't like amplified phlegm removal.

Bomb Factory - Viper
One of their newer songs, and one of my favorites.

Bomb Factory - Break Up
Live, in France. I wish they'd play the southeast coast of the US, I'd go see them without fail. I'd love to meet these guys, actually. From what I have heard, they're all pretty fluent in English, and I'd jump at the chance to ask them how they feel about what I've basically based this entry on - why these guys are as good as they are and yet can't seem to get a major foothold established in America, where they deserve to get some serious airplay, in my opinion. I know they've had a compilation released here in the States, but that sucker needs marketing push behind it to not get lost in the shuffle. Someone high up somewhere, anywhere, needs to start pimping this band out here. There's ears that deserve them.

Hopefully this has served three purposes: introduced the band to people who have never heard them (or heard of them), gotten folks who had heard of them to take a chance on them, and brought present fans of them on Dtoid out of the woodwork to start pushing them to people here. They're HUGE in Japan. They're pretty well-known in Europe. But here, the West Coast has about the only knowledge of their existence that I've noticed. Here on the East Coast there are precious few of us who pack our iPods full of Bomb Factory jams.

Maybe that'll change. A man can dream, right?

- EL

Coming up:

Fr: Everyday Legend Thinks Videogame Music Counts As Actual Music   read

9:46 AM on 11.25.2009

dTunes: Everyday Legend's Week, Day 3

"Bad artists copy. Great artists steal."
- Pablo Picasso

That adage goes double for music.

In my eyes (ears?), any artist or band who seeks to remake a previous work of another artist/band should do two things:
1.) Take a preexisting tune and adhere strictly, nearly religiously strict to the feel and emotion of the original work, down to the most minute detail, and
2.) Do not merely copy, make it your own.
This is a very difficult line to straddle, as it means outright theft of a song and putting so much aftermarket stuff on it that it stands on its own as an original piece, or at least as strongly as an original piece would if it were an original recording. Many people cover great songs, and a majority of them fail in my eyes.

This entry is about those who didn't fail in the least.


Lazlo Bane - Overkill
This song was originally done by Men At Work, an Austrailian outfit most popular for their songs "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Down Under." Lazlo Bane is best known for their song "Superman," the theme from Scrubs.

Talking Heads - Take Me To The River
This is one of the best covers I have ever heard. Hands down. David Byrne is called a genius for a fucking reason.

Van Halen - Pretty Woman
This is a live version, because finding the video on YouTube outright sucks. However, these guys were in their damn prime in this recording, and it shows.

Deadsy - Tom Sawyer
Not a big Deadsy fan. But this cover did it RIGHT.

Disturbed - Land Of Confusion
Not a big fan of Disturbed, either. Too many instances of "rah" and "ah." In fact, I know of two covers they've done, and this is the only one that I'd say they really succeeded with.

Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal
Say what you will about this choice, but the fact remains: they did a damn good job of translating a Michael Jackson pop song to modern rock sensibilities. Any arguments are therefore rendered null and void. So there.

Ben Folds - Bitches Ain't Shit
It's a shame that the last time I saw him live, he wouldn't play this song. A lot of people asked for it. The live video here proves why.

The (English) Beat - Tears Of A Clown
Wow. Amazing cover of a soul classic by Smokey Robinson, done by a group highly regarded os one of the originators of ska as we know it today.

So, that's all for now. If I get a second shot at it, then I'll drop some other covers here for you all.
Smother all 'yall in them shits. Yeuh.
- EL

Coming up:
Th: Everyday Legend Tours the Japanese Bomb Factory
Fr: Everyday Legend Thinks Videogame Music Counts As Actual Music   read

8:08 AM on 11.24.2009

dTunes: Everyday Legend's Week, Day 2

I was raised on a lot of different tastes and styles of music. In fact, my dad still prefers classic 70's rock and old country tunes, while my mom drives around in a giant Yukon with a bass tube in the back and jams out to Tupac's All Eyez On Me. That should give you quite a bit of background on what to expect from my musical foundation - varied ain't exactly the word for it, not strong enough, to be completely honest. I have a good friend of mine that calls me "The Human iPod," as I have a tendency to know what song is playing over any speaker within 5 seconds of it playing, no matter at what point the song has progressed to at the time of my picking it up.

Granted, that's an extreme exaggeration. I'm not "The Human iPod," but I am damn close at the strangest of times.

So, today I decided to do a little bit of "soul-saving," not in the sense of religion, but in the sense of saving the memory of one incredible era of musical achievement. Congregation, please rise and turn to
page 777 in your hymnals, we're about to get the spirit moving.

The spirit of love, that is.


James Brown - The Payback
If you've ever had someone do you wrong, double-cross you or just straight up stab your ass in the back, you'll identify with this tune. This song has been used everywhere, but since I was raised on old 60's soul music from a very early age, this track has never lost its luster over time no matter how many places I've heard it played. I am not a man who cries easily, but when James Brown died on Christmas Day 2006, I wept openly. It wasn't that he was famous or anything like that, but because I had such a deep respect for his particular art and knew that there would never be another like him - the mold that cast him was broken the moment he was born. There cannot be another James Brown. God rest the Godfather's soul, he paid the cost to be the boss.

Bill Withers - Grandma's Hands
This song got ripped off by Dr. Dre and Blackstreet for the single "No Diggity," but anyone who knows the original work that inspired the beat behind the song knows that the original work was downright untouchable. This is a live version, put on here just to display that this man needed no fucking voice modulator. He didn't need studio cleanup of any sort, no ProTools, no production bullshit to weigh the song down under any kind of artifice of any kind. This is his voice, natural and clean, and live. This, my friends, is an actual musician performing actual music. Take notes.

The Four Tops - Standing In The Shadows Of Love
This is old-school soul in its absolute finest, purest form. I remember my dad playing his greatest hits albums when I was a small child and bugging out over this song, especially during the "now, didn't I" break. The harmonies were on point, the instrumentation lent a weight that was light and breezy and yet deadly serious, all in simultaneous sonic synchronicity. This is one song I consider to be absolutely perfect in all senses of the word.

Al Green - Take Me To The River
Talking Heads did a phenomenal cover version of this song, and that's a topic I plan on covering (pun intended) later on in the week (stay tuned for that entry, it's going to be a great one). However, the original remains the undisputed champion, and the Reverend (not Burch this time) is one of the all-time greats of the genre, this song being a high-water mark to me. I'm a sucker for a good brass section, but adding organ and strings and a slick drum beat with slicker changeups just kicks my entire being into a sense of happiness that my body absolutely cannot contain. I dance when I hear this song, I can't help it. Al Green is so good that he's the only person on this list that I feel I have to mention twice.

Al Green - Here I Am (Come And Take Me)
Again, a song that was originally his covered by another group years later, this time by UB40. Unfortunately, the YouTube copyright gestapo has put the nix on the audio track of the one version that was an album cut, which I would have loved to put here. Instead, I am bringing you a live version sung by the man himself on September 7, 2007 at the B.B. King Blues Festival at Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California. Is it the album cut I wanted? No. Is it still worth listening to? Well, listen to how the crowd is going buck-wild and determine that for yourself. The man's still got it, no doubt about that, and his position as an ordained minister hasn't dulled his edge one bit - he can still get right down to the point. It's not like he can deny the impact of his own music, when it has contributed to if not directly caused the conception and subsequent births of thousands, if not millions, of human beings alive today. You tell 'em, Reverend. You tell 'em.

That's 5 songs for you to get your Tuesday morning soul groove on. Peace be with you. Don't forget to have your favorite girl (or guy) in the room while you're listening, 'cause love is the message, baby.

Can you dig it?
- EL

Coming up:

We: Everyday Legend is Lost Under The Covers
Tr: Everyday Legend Tours the Japanese Bomb Factory
Fr: Everyday Legend Thinks Videogame Music Counts As Actual Music   read

9:40 AM on 11.23.2009

dTunes: Everyday Legend's Week - Day 1

I hate Monday.

SERIOUSLY. I hate Monday.

It's the one day that can single-handedly ruin a perfectly good weekend. Just think, it's the time where all that partying actually catches up to you, the day you realize your bank account is righteously f**ked up and you're to blame, the day that the game you want comes out tomorrow, the day you have to go back to real, honest work...let's face it:


Monday just f**king sucks. Thankfully, music is here to soothe it all.

When I start a Monday, I usually am in a pretty righteously foul mood, what with waking up at the asscrack of dawn to make a 5:30am run to the gym before work. When I have to be up that early, there's only one kind of music that fits the scenario, and that's something really, really angry.

Mudvayne - Dig
That's a real fuckin' treadmill song for your ass! No "I should be on ecstasy" rave music, and none of that pussy-esque Beyonce bullshit, nothing for the fucking single ladies. Bombs away.

Del The Funky Homosapien - Press Rewind
Whew. Now that all that pent up morning rage is out of my system, it's time for something that's a little more chill, yet no less motivational. That's where my man Del comes in. You may recognize him as the rhyme guru on the first Gorillaz album, but if that's all you know of his work, then you should be rightfully ashamed of yourself. Deltron 3030 is one of the finest albums I've ever listened to, even though this track is off of Both Sides Of The Brain, which is still a damn good entry.

Datarock - Fa Fa Fa
This song has the most catchy, infectious beat I've heard since the heyday of Daft Punk's Homework. This shit gets me moving, man. I can't tell you how much sweat I lose to this song in the gym. It's crazy. And probably life-threatening to some degree. But I don't care.

The Prodigy - Narayan
Booyah. The beat is sick, and vocals by Crispian Mills of Kula Shaker are dreamy in nature - just the right zone to get into when you want to forget that you're only staring at the same wall for 30 minutes on end.

Atmosphere - Hockey Hair
And so begins the drive to work. Gotta have something with enough attitude to shrug off the fact that it's fucking Monday, and that nothing will change that fact other than your state of mind, so I listen to a few songs during my commute that assist in doing just that.

Wu-Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)
When you roll into the parking lot of a sales job, you really want something that makes your boss(es) think that you mean business. This song does that.

Daft Punk - Da Funk
And this, folks, is how you take a lunch - with style.

Ween - Piss Up A Rope
And finally, this is how you leave work on a shitty Monday - with a laugh.

Monday's through. Tomorrow, I examine the power of soul.

- EL

Coming Up On EVERYDAY LEGEND'S dTunes Week!:

Tu: Everyday Legend's Righteous Soul Charge
We: Everyday Legend is Lost Under The Covers
Th: Everyday Legend Tours the Japanese Bomb Factory
Fr: Everyday Legend Thinks Videogame Music Counts As Actual Music   read

12:05 PM on 11.20.2009

dTunes: Shin Oni's week, Day 5

Last day. Since trying to get favorites for a lot of games is rather....huge, and not to make the post ridonculiously long, i'm just gonna stick with music from fighting games I enjoy (minus Shinobi.) I enjoyed being unlazy and actually blogging in some sense again. At least this helped me in trying to blog more on dtoid again. Hope you enjoyed seeing the things I listen to and get a general idea of what you'd hear if you were to step into my mind.

More than happy we got the PS2 game after falling in love with Shinobi III on the genesis (and very vague memories of me playing Shinobi II.)Both games have awesome soundtracks worth listening to and playing the game for. Too bad Kunoichi sucked.

Waiting place


Strange Device (Oni Fave)
Green Dragon
Red Blade

Solitary (Oni Fave)

Sakura (Oni Fave)

Idaten(Oni Fave)
My Dear D(Oni Fave)

Street Fighter
all 2D street fighters have awesome themes. This is something I can't deny. II set up character themes, Alpha gave a mix of stage/character/series themes, and III gave a more street/gritty feel to stages and themes. 4 did a ok job for remixing some of the old themes. Every other stage in that game (outside of USA and Ship stage) sucked.

Leave Alone (2nd Impact version)

Twilight (Oni Fave)

Street Fighter III Opening Theme
Arcade version There are times I prefer the arcade version.

Tomboy(Oni Fave)
Spunky(Oni Fave)

Guile's Theme

Dee Jay's Theme (Oni Fave)

Sagat's Stage: SNES/Arcade(Oni Fave)
Balrog's Stage SNES
Cammy's Stage Arcade(Oni Fave)

I've always liked Tekken's music. It's a shame they don't do arranged tracks for the games anymore. They were pretty damn good. Tekken 2 still holds the title of favorite musicwise.

T2 Kazuya's Theme (Oni Fave)

T1's Chicago/Lee's theme for T2
Original version

Jack-2's Theme
T2 Paul's Theme: Arranged/Arcade
Character Select: Arranged/Arcade(Oni Fave)

Tekken Tag PS2 Ogre Stage

Tekken Tag PS2 Xiaoyu Stage

Tekken Tag Arcade School Stage

Tekken 4 might suck, but the music is good.
Touch and Go
Authentic Sky

Tekken 5/DR was also good considering everyone hung off Midnight wilderness like crazy.
Moonlight Wilderness
Estrada da Estrela

Then there's Tekken 6...i'll just do 1 since I'm only really obsessed with just 1 track right now.
Mysitc Forest

Arcana Heart
Arcana Heart 2 was a disappointment in both port and music. Mine is sitting somewhere collecting dust. So i'm sticking to Arcana Heart 1.

Night Beat


Thank you!

Rival Schools/Project Justice
A lot of these tracks are awesome. But that's cause a fighting game about Japanese schools fighting for something was a awesome thought to begin with. Plus both games do really well in having that "high school" feel/sound.

Taiyo Highschool Rooftop

Gedo High School construction site

Mountain Area

Seijyun Girls High school courtyard
Taiyo High school classrooms
Taiyo High Classroom
Pacific High

hope you enjoyed this week to some extent.   read

1:37 PM on 11.19.2009

dTunes: Shin Oni's week, Day 4

continuing on from yesterday's Japanese music, we'll just blend it in with Anime openings.

Brilliant Green
This group apparently is pretty popular in Japan and i've only caught wind due to their Gundam 00 opening. I keep forgetting to check out more their stuff as apparently they've done drama show openings. (and the few of their songs I have are kinda meh.)

Ash Like Snow

The Anime opening version. I really love this song. It's a strong and powerful one and it's my favorite opening out of Gundam 00 (considering all the openings were done by rather known bands/singers.) Plus both versions (anime/music video) are awesome. Not so sure why people hate on Gundam 00 so much. It's not Gundam Seed emo.

Stand By Me

while I love Ash Like Snow, this song grabs me the most from them. This is my favorite i've stumbled across by Brilliant green as of now. Enjoy.

Completely unrelated to this theme. But come on...I have this in my favorites in youtube and it is MY'll either love me or hate later.

Doc Gerbil's World

10 mins of pure bliss. Back on track...

Switching it up a bit, The Air anime is one of my all time favorites since I watched it back in 2005. Along with the rather good story and beautiful visuals, the music was on par and awesome. Sadly, since I don't know how to read moonspeak, I haven't had much success in the visual novel bit (and everytime I do go to anime cons, I DO look for it, see it, ask the seller about it EVERYTIME as if something will change) but one of these days i'll buy it and let it sit in my room collecting dust until I learn to read moonspeak.

Tori no Uta

This is something I never stop listening to either. It's a very beautiful song and the artist, Lia, does it justice. I'm a fan of Lia, but I really can't find any of her songs. (except a few she's done while she was under the I've Sound group). Apparently she does hardcore happy stuff and she's very fluent in english. Here's a another version of the opening. I think this just adds a few pictures or something. Visual Novel version is here.

Eiko Shimamiya
Another from the I've sound group, she's done a few anime openings (mainly thinking of Higurashi and something else I should know.). Most of the stuff she's put out have a rather dark tone/eerie feel to them. Considering I had music sex over I've Sound's music over the summer, I appreciate her stuff more.

All alone

This song was with the Higurashi opening's CD single. It turned out I really liked it. That's about I like how it ends.

Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni
Along with Air, Higurashi is another anime/visual novel i'm rather obsessed with. I won't talk about it unless someone brings it up or suggesting anime to watch. (and i'm sure some of you who've seen my past avatar of the chick laughing? well there you go if you were wondering where it was from.) upon hearing this the first time I started watching the series, I thought "Oh wow..different for a sweet looking anime." But of course that was before I realized the nonsense that went down in Hinamazawa. Same as Air, I don't read moonspeak so I can't do much but stare at the visual novels at Cons and ponder if I should buy them or not. Anime opening for those interested.

Mami Kawada
Another I've Sound singer, She's my current love interest when it comes to the current singers of I've Sound. Something about her voice, along with the songs she does that makes me automatically say "ok I like that." She's known for doing the opening/ending theme of an anime while Kotoko does the other of the same anime. (the Onegai series and Hayate no Gotoku series come to mind with this in effect.)


after watching this, I found a new love interest to take over Ayumi Hamasaki. Anime opening here. I like the breakdown in this song and obviously Mami's voice. Shakugan no Shana is another anime I like.

Hisyoku no sora

anime version here Yea uh...I think this song confirmed for me that I can listen to Mami songs and not be disappointed.


Ending theme to the second season of Shakugan no Shana.

Asu e no Namida

Anime version Here. Hope i'm not scaring yall folks away lmao.


Kotoko's an artist I just like some of her music...some being some of her anime openings and just that.


Anime opening with the full song Here. This gave me some Faith that Kotoko was pretty good. Just that. This is probably the only song from her that'd I listen to nonstop.

Another song done by Kotoko under another name (Outer) that I can't find (and just may upload and put in tomorrow's segment) is Synthetic Organism. Too bad she didn't stick with that style.

There's a lot of songs/openings I want to add but I don't want to take too long in trying to get this out today. Maybe there will be a round 2 in the future week so I can dwell on some of the older anime/Japanese artist.   read

12:55 PM on 11.18.2009

dTunes: Shin Oni's week, Day 3

Today is might be small as I had a good amount of music planned from [url='ve_Sound]I've sound[/url] but finding out just about anything that isn't Kotoko/Mell/Mami Kawada/Eiko Shikamiya aren't on youtube (and I personally don't have the time right now to upload all my personal fave) this will just continue to be a jpop day...just..not as big as I planned.

Ayumi Hamasaki
This is where my jpop roots started. Back during Thousand Arms and hearing this song (and then finding out a bunch of remixes years later..not surprising.) I kinda was interested in this "new music" as I didn't hear much of anything outside of rap/R and B and game music not featuring singers...especially in another language. Internet was starting to get big and you can imagine Napster was the thing back then...

anyway, I consider this chick my first female artist crush. (or at least the one I remember). I still love Ayumi Hamasaki but most of her new stuff is a hit or miss.


Since I can't find my favorite version of this song on youtube (Violin mix), here's a A Piano version which is pretty nice.

Two of us

Along with the opening to Thousand Arms, she also did the ending theme which I personally like a lot more than the opening. (the original opening at least.) Perfect song for a ending I barely remember. Don't hate me, I didn't officially beat TA. I watched my sister do it and my saved data ended up getting erased one day. anyway, I only know of 1 version for this song (gasp). But run with it. Worth a listen.


Sorry. no explination here lol.


I liked the opening this song...then I don't remember why I like it. Oh there's one of those Remixes I was talking about. I do enjoy the whole thing for that though. The other songs I wish to find seem to be live and personally...I like Ayu songs in studio over her live. Songs worth checking out though:

Flower Garden

Utada Hikaru
This is somewhat like Daft Punk. I don't need to do much explaining. She got big in America with simple and clean (and I can't deny I listened to the trailer of KH for this song nonstop after hearing it.) and she's also a rival to Ayumi Hamasaki (at least I think she still is.) A lot of people say Ayumi is a entertainer while Utada is a Singer. Either way, I still love the music they put out.


Here's the Japanese opening of Kingdom Hearts II which is another I listened to a lot/nonstop during my small stench in college. I like Utada in english but for KHII, Passion >Sanctuary and KHI, Simple and Clean > Hikari. for me at least.

Sakura Drops

I have sex with this song. It's a calm and peaceful mind relaxer to me. This is something I can stare off into the stars till the night is over.

Tokyo Nights

Here's another "raid the night" song for me. Very upbeat song for me. I think of the nighttime highlife with this song. Club hopping or just out getting lost in a city of lights. This, along with Sakura Drops, are songs I don't like to skip and feel bad if I do...which makes me go back on my zune and listen. I'm usually not disappointed afterwards.

Final Distance

This is supposed to be one of her big "MUST LISTEN TO" songs. I love it, but I personally wouldn't go to Final distance first. (I guess that's Sakura Drops for me.) But you can't deny it's a very beautiful song. One of those "pick me up when i'm down" songs and it does good.

Gentle Beast interlude into Celebrate

from Utada, this has been my sexy song. These songs are seperate on her Heart Station album but they connect into each other. (and even though this video doesn't get rid of the time gap, you can tell.) I think the fact they're seperate tracks and connect is what makes me like it. Plus Celebrate is a very upbeat song already.

Song worth mentioning:
Paint it Black
Any song off the Heart Station album.

So it's not all Jpop now. UVERworld is a band I will admit I got hooked on through their bleach opening. But when listening to their stuff, I loved it. Now they're my jrock favorite band. D-technolife is good but it seriously lacks in their non anime themed stuff. Plus they're known for some pretty badass beatboxing.


This came from one of those Bleach Heat the Soul games but I love it just for the startup. After's ehhh.


This was the opening theme for Gundam 00's second season. (first opening.) I was trying to hold anime openings for a later day but screw it.

Just Melody


since I can't find the few others (and the awesome sick live concert of them beatboxing before performing the song, we'll end it here. Mentions? you know it

Yasashisa no Shizuku
Toki no Namida
Mixed Up
Ai Ta Kokoro
Colors of the Heart

I honestly didn't expect to branch off like that but i'm going to continue this into tomorrow and mix with Japanese fave/anime openings and then start grazing into the video game music at the end. sorry guys. I tried my best to not get a bunch of AMVs and whatnot for some of the songs.   read

12:54 PM on 11.17.2009

dTunes: Shin Oni's week, Day 2

I said Rock/Techno but I personally don't know jack about rock. I'm sure I meant pop/rock/techno. anyway...

Black Kids
I stumbled across them during my random watching of The N when it was worth watching. I don't regret stumbling across this group at all as their first album gets more than enough playtime in the car/around the house. They're known for their old school 60ish feel in the music and it works completely. Plus, the singer's last name is fucking Youngblood.

Hurricane Jane

I'm Not gonna teach your boyfriend

Paramore to me is a love/hate relationship. as in love their first album, 2nd album is bleh, 3rd album makes up for the bleh in 2nd album. Misery Business got me interested, but it wasn't into I listened to their first album where I actually started to like them more.


because I love this song so much (probably my favorite with Misguided Ghost) I found a live acoustic version which makes me melt.

Misguided Ghost

This is my top from these guys right now. Acoustic tracks I like. I just never can find acoustic version of songs I like....


for some reason, I think of when they blew up Tom on Tonnami for this song. don't ask why. But in a sense, the song fits seeing Cartoon Network continually fucked up Tom's design after the 2nd version....and Toonami along with it.

Daft Punk
This is a given. I don't even need to explain Daft Punk.

Digital Love

This song was my sex when Toonami did their midnight run of the first 4 Discovery tracks. It still is my sex. By all means this song made way for me and I still sing this song religiously whenever. Best bet, i'll make love to this song quick. (honestly i'd make love to that whole album)

Around the world

not the long version but something about hearing around the world for 8 minutes made me interested in Daft Punk...and then the video...


the whole Daft club album is something else for sure.

Something about us

hesre's a fanmade version that IIRC was featured on one of the front page segments.

Here's hoping the Tron 2.0 music kills too.


yea I can't go any further cause this whole genre is rather weak on my end.

Keenan & Anderson feat Tiff Lacey - Runaway Mat Zo Dub Mix

Heard this one during Tiesto's clublife. I made this my summer 08 theme.

Tiesto -Summer Jam

same as runaway in being 08 summer theme. The "raid the night" theme here ladies and gents.

Ayumi Hamasaki - A Song For XX (Ferry Corsten Chilled Remix)

Ayumi Hamasaki is known for a bajillion remixes of her stuff and this one's a personal favorite.

People i'm CLEARLY missing but wish to add: Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk. Though I SERIOUSLY recommend anyone interested in Armin Van Buuren to check out his radio show A State of Trance. You won't be disappointed.

Aftermath: my friend who keeps me up to date and tells me stuff when it comes to electronica/techno artist decides JUST NOW to let me know of Ronald Jenkees. So yea...

Throwing Fire

another version here   read

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