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  1. Hey guys, I'd really love your thoughts on this one! Something like 12 or 13 years ago, I started to really dive into vkei and obsessively collect and listen to any band from that scene/"genre" I could get my hands on. At the time it felt so foreign, so different, nothing like anything I've ever listened to (or seen) before and that's very appealing to a teenager who's looking for his own little niche, a place to build some sort of identity from. You guys know what I'm saying, right? When you're 14, 15, 16, maybe younger, maybe older, you start assessing your place in the world by selectively adopting or rejecting certain speech, behavior, social groups, music, music scenes as communities and so forth - the individual configuration of which becomes part of your identity. Anyway, all that's supposed to express, how important and dear to my heart vkei is, esp. that glam metal x postpunk x gothrock x poprock fusion from the late 80s to the early 00s. And since all those bands I'm talking about are really obscure to begin with and a complete enigma to the vast majority of Western Europeans, I thought it could be fun to indulge in some nostalgia and spread the love for that type of music. I live in Germany and most of my friends are pretty active in the local DIY punk scene (organizing concerts etc.), so my thought was that these people for example could actually be interested in our treasured japanese underground music scene - not only because punkrock is often a musical influence in vkei but also because I think that the general ethos is quite similar. (TLDR;) To make a long story short, I thought that it could be cool to create an instagram account where I would upload snippets which I consider emotionally exciting or stimulating (jeez, that sounds weird) from songs that I love. What do you think about that idea? Would you actually be interested in something like that? I know there's plenty of youtube channels offering a shitload of full length songs but this thing could be regarded as a more dense version of that. Plus some personal thoughts from time to time. Let me know what you think! Here's what I'm talking about: https://www.instagram.com/netherwave/
  2. I received my copies today and I was surprised to see they came with both Rudolf Steiner Tapes on CD. I actually didn't know these were included... maybe some sort of bonus for ordering both the LICHT and the DUNKELHEIT versions?
  3. Hey guys, I've searched the forum but haven't found a smilar topic (correct me if I'm wrong 👀). I'm looking for sites which offer really high quality 4K anime wallpapers (especially scenery, landscapes, cityscapes; no ecchi/hentai/lolita crap pls). I usually use wallhaven which has an anime section and some nice filtering options (see picture below), so if you're not familiar with that site, give it a go! Anyway, I'd love to hear your suggestions!
  4. I've pre-ordererd both versions a couple of days ago, really looking forward to this. Also, I'm curious what Közi did with SIRIUS and HYPNOS. 🤔
  5. I'm sorry but I'll have to resign from the tradeoff, stuff's come up >: Hf everybody!
  6. I'm pretty sure Kenny has killed before 👀
  7. Yesterday, on Oct. 6th, blgtz released a new single, purchasable via iTunes (JP) for ¥200. https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/ech0-single/id1292996585
  8. I guess it's nice to see who you're talking to on the forum, so here's a snapshot of me and one of those self-portraits I do from time to time.
  9. Jeez, this thread's been inactive for so long but there's no actual reason not to revive it, is there? I've recently updated my stereo setup to a pair of Jamo C93s, plugged into the SMSL AD18 amp which connects to my pc via USB (although I'm thinking about trying a fibre optic cable). I'd like to buy some speaker stands soon, because as everything's set up right now, I'm sitting way too close to the speakers :,D And I'm afraid they'll blow my ears off. For headphones I'm using the AKG K712 PRO with the FiiO E10K Olympus 2 headphone amp (as seen above).
  10. I consider Rammstein to be sort of a basic cornerstone in every teen's explorative endeavors of harsher rock and metal music. At least that's how I experienced them during my youth in the late 90s and early to mid 00s. I've been quite fond of them for a while back in the day and drew a lot of inspiration from them for my own petty poetic efforts. Them being associated with the political right was actually a non-issue for me, I've never felt it to be true and of any significance to the identity and message of the band (they even famously and openly denied these allegations in the song ‘Links 2 3 4’ on ‘Mutter’). Still, their use of snippets from Leni Riefenstahl's ‘Olympia’ for their ‘Stripped’ video is something I find very problematic and simply stupid. Also, the aesthetic and band-persona they cultivated in their first few years of existence was and still is at times bordering on proto-fascistic imagery - at least it can be read that way. Anyway, I've lost interest in Rammstein almost a decade ago and therefore don't feel the need to justify anything. Had I not come upon them in my teens, I doubt they would intrigue me much today. And even though I still like Till's poetry (cf. his collection of poems entitled 'Messer'), I feel that Rammstein are a superficial and at times painfully simplified version of Till's poetry lyrically and a bloated, sensationalistic and stagnant archaism musically. That being said I actually think that, apart from the cult-classic 'Mutter', 'Reise, Reise' and 'Rosenrot' are their most sophisticated works when it comes to lyrical content and songwriting in general. In my opinion these albums created a standard they were not able to reproduce or to carry further with 'Liebe Ist Für Alle Da', an album which I found to be very inconsistent and oversaturated with fillers/subpar tracks.
  11. Thanks for your review, @CAT5! I have anticipated your reservations regarding the first half of my mix, not only because our tastes (at least in the "life-giving music" department) are quite different but also because the peculiar charm of my 90s VK favorites is quite elusive even to me. However, I am glad you picked this mix because it is, I have to admit, closer to my heart and therefor more honest in respect to the topic of the trade-off. Let me try to put down some thoughts about the 'emotional connection' issue we both seem to have had while reviewing each other's mixes. It is quite difficult to assess the nature of connecting with music emotionally because this connection usually isn't constituted by some universally accessible quality. It's much more about the personal experience with it developed over time and driven by connotation, individual contextual framing and affinity towards specific cultural artifacts (which might just be a weirdly worded definition of 'taste'). For me, this aspect of music is particularly prevalent in VK. In fact, it usually overshadows the more rational and objective criteria (like production quality, the musicians' technical expertise or inventiveness) I tend to apply to Western music. I seriously cannot produce a conclusive argument for why I love some of these songs as much as I do but I guess this opacity and mystery is what makes it so beautiful; it’s what makes music in general beautiful and trade-offs like this one so interesting.
  12. Pet Shop Boys - This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave
  13. @CAT5 sent me a very jazz-heavy mixtape with a plethora of sonic flavors stacked on top: math rock, garage, funk, psychedelic etc. Knowing his tastes from the forum and last.fm I’ve expected something along these lines and was kinda excited to jump right in, especially since I wasn’t familiar with a lot of the bands he picked. While I do enjoy jazz myself, I usually gravitate more towards the 50s and 60s era of American (hard-/post-)bop and some experimental stuff from the 70s, mostly the classics. I also love the technical side of music, complex melodies and chord progressions, intricate drumming patterns, experimental arrangements etc., simply put: music as a craft. However, it always has to have a certain transcendental element to it to click with me emotionally (a certain melody or sound, a certain timbre in the singer’s voice etc.). If it doesn’t have that emotional resonance, the enjoyment of the music comes solely from the cerebral process of listening and decoding, which is perfectly fine in many cases but prevents me from building a relationship with it. And that’s basically how I feel about this mix. 東京事変 - [教育 #01] 遭難 The opener is a quirky bass-centric jazz-rock piece blending a prominent (vocal) melody with tight instrumentation. As a whole I find it to be rather one-dimensional and therefore vapid which is partly due to its production quality. Everything’s mixed very loud so there’s hardly any dynamic range; almost like listening to it through a tin can (and the vocals feel like sonic papercut at times). 3/10 NATSUMEN - [KILL yOUR WINTER #02] New summer boy The second track is more math rock and post rock influenced. The linear yet lively percussion ties the whole thing together and acts as a driving force during the whole of the song. Its scenic post rock elements are reminiscent of a certain playful mood I found in some of あらかじめ決められた恋人たちへ’s music and the bridge in the middle juxtaposes the somewhat psychedelic horn section with an acoustic guitar which I think creates an interesting gradient. 7/10 八十八ヶ所巡礼 - [攻撃的国民的音楽 CD1 #03] IMNY I always liked the very colorful and energetic八十八ヶ所巡礼 and even though I am not super familiar with their discography, I’d say that this song is pretty much standard fare for them. Fast-paced rhythms made up by drums and bass in combination with kinda cocky, slightly child-like vocals and a fat layer of guitar slapped on top make the sonic experience a dance on the cusp of chaos. 6/10 Bo Ningen - [III #04] Slider Bo Ningen's sound blends very well with the rest of the mix. With more distinctly noisy and psychedelic tendencies they create a partly surreal atmosphere which is enhanced by reverb on the vocals and the impression of ceaseless flow, mainly aided by the bass line. I really enjoyed that one. 8/10 EGO-WRAPPIN' - [merry merry #05] Dog Smokie Dog Smokie is certainly one of the more easygoing tracks. It features varied and very expressive as well as playful vocals unfolding within a continuously warping musical frame, almost bearing the impression of red-glowing goo moving up and down a lava lamp, constantly losing and regaining shape. 7/10 SOIL&“PIMP”SESSIONS - [PLANET PIMP CD1 #06] Mars This sounds like a more traditional jazz ensemble albeit being quite modern and free. The horn section gives it an “exotic” vibe, allocating some melodies in the Near East (Ibrahim Maalouf comes to mind), just to dissolve this notion in an upbeat frenzy. 9/10 犬式 a.k.a. Dogggystyle - [意識の新大陸FLRESH CD1 #07] 手芽口土 Pretty laid-back track lead by an acoustic guitar and layered with some interesting sax melodies. I’d love to listen to this in a café or a stylish bar or something. Other than that, the song left me sort of unimpressed, it’s neither awesome nor bad. 5/10 Z - [絶塔 #08] DONUTSの罠 Another jazz-rock piece, this time with the rock-elements being rather garagy and noisy. Also the recording quality as well as the vocal style aren’t that appealing to me. 2/10 henrytennis - [R.U.R. #09] Holy Ghosts Holy Ghosts strikes me as a quite polished, progressive and very textured post/math-rock track with a generally mellow feel to it. During the second minute of playtime a sax joins the miasmic guitar melody and smoothly picked bass, adding a psychedelic tinge and solidifying the somewhat hypnotic nature of the song. 8/10 畠山美由紀 with ASA-CHANG & ブルーハッツ - [わたしのうた CD1 #10] 小さな木の実 This track comes on after roughly 49 minutes and I think that the placement in the track list is its main flaw. There’s nothing intrinsically bad about it, there’s good musicianship, the vocalist has a pleasant voice and I like the retarding moment around the two and a half minute mark. Other than that: I’ve heard more interesting tracks in the mix before that one. 5/10 385 - [脳みそあらおう CD1 #11] お正月 お正月 is the outstretched middle finger at the end of the mix and as such it works great as a closer. Its punky and noisy play on jazz tropes is a refreshing pick-me-up, especially after the 10th track and I like it for that. 7/10 All in all this is an interesting mixtape and I’ve certainly enjoyed delving into sonic spheres I’ve seldom visited before. While it hasn’t fully convinced me, it nevertheless sparked an interest in some of the bands and I’m sure I’ll be paying more attention to them in the future! So thanks @CAT5!
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