Edel Grace

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My Week in Music #4: 2018/10/26 - 2018/11/02

Nov 6, 2018 | Comments

Last.fm is a website that can keep track of users and their listening habits. I’ve been listening to music with Last.fm since 2010 and am slightly obsessive over my music stats. These stats are for my listening from the past week.

My week for October 26, 2018 to November 02, 2018

Top 10 Artists

Top 10 Artists

  1. Coheed and Cambria (-) Still reigning as the top artist. I’m terribly bad at not listening to Coheed and Cambria. I haven’t even been listening to the new album, really. I’m actually quite afraid of overplaying the new album.

  2. L’Arc~en~Ciel (+) The lead singer of L’Arc~en~Ciel, HYDE, released a single recently. It made me super duper nostalgic and I went ahead and listened to a lot of L’Arc~en~Ciel songs. I decided to listen to one of their latest concert DVDs as it’s been a while since I’ve listened to one of those. Good stuff.

  3. Muse (+) I used to be part of a server of a friend’s and originally it was a lynch (a Japanese rock band) fangirl server but it slowly devolved to Bowie and Muse. There have been a couple songs that I’ve liked from Muse but it’s only until now that I’ve listened to more of their songs.

  4. My Chemical Romance (+2) Similar to L’Arc~en~Ciel, the lead sing of MCR, Gerard Way, released a song recently. It makes me long for the days of MCR. However, this was definitely a case of shuffling my library and MCR holding a good chunk of my library.

  5. HYDE (+) HYDE’s new singles are very VAMPS/666 era-like. I won’t complain because I feel like rock is thriving in Japan thanks to musicians like HYDE BUT OH MY GOD WHAT I WOULD DO FOR A ROENTGEN PART 2. I know that whatever genre Roentgen is isn’t really mainstream or commercial but it is a beautiful album. But I do like HYDE’s other albums too.

  6. Joanna Newsom (+3) I recently imported Spotify songs into foobar2000, the music player I used to use all the time before Spotify came around. So I can easily listen to more Joanna Newsom now, thankfully. I still have to listen to the Divers album.

  7. ギルガメッシュ (girugamesh) (+) Girugamesh is another band that takes up a lot of my library. I never really listened to them that much. They do have quite a lot of bangers, however.

  8. Björk (+) Björk AKA my queen. I am listening to quite a lot of oldies but goodies these past couple of weeks.

  9. Green Day (-6) How the mighty fall. I love Green Day but not that much. I definitely toned down on the Green Day.

  10. Metric (+) This is a result of my playlist repetition. I have like three or four songs on my most heavily listened playlist.

Top 10 Albums

Top 10 Albums

  1. Coheed and Cambria — In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (+5) Curious. I’m surprised this is at number one. It’s not that many scrobbles, however.

  2. Muse — The Resistance (+) I listened to this album for the first time and it’s pretty good. I really like Muse’s sound. It sound futuristic and oh man, is it politically charged. I like it.

  3. Coheed and Cambria — The Afterman: Ascension (-1) Still hyped about Coheed apparently.

  4. Coheed and Cambria — Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV: Volume 1 (+2) Yup. More Coheed!

  5. L’Arc~en~Ciel — 25th L’Anniversary Live (+) This album is long. This doesn’t even include “interviews” between songs. I just realized this setlist doesn’t have Flower in it. That’s so weird.

  6. L’Arc~en~Ciel — 15th L’Anniversary Live (+) In terms of quality, I think I like 15th more than 25th. 25th has a really diverse setlist but the concert was a lot more tighter and intimated in this L’Anniversary.

  7. Joanna Newsom — Ys (-) Joanna you beautiful songstress. I love you!

  8. My Chemical Romance — The Black Parade (+) Ah, yes, the emo bible for all emo kids back in 20062007. I loved this album so much. I’m not sure how much of it I still love now but it’s pretty good even now.

  9. Sharon Van Etten — Epic (+) I can’t keep away from this album, or rather, a couple songs from this album.

  10. EMI MARIA — EUPHORIA (+) Oooh, this one is interesting. EMI MARIA is a half-Japanese J-pop singer. She’s a bit more innovative in her sound, which I like. Some of it is a bit outdated but I dig it. EUPHORIA is a solid album.

Top 10 Songs

Top 10 songs

  1. Muse — Uprising (+) This song is so cool. I love the futuristic sounding synths. The guitar when it mimicks “come on!” is amazing. They will not force us. They will stop degrading us. They will not control us. We will be victorious.

  2. Coheed and Cambria — Domino the Destitute (+1) This song is still a banger. That is all.

  3. Coheed and Cambria — Crossing the Frame (+7) Good jam. I’m spying on you Newoooo.

  4. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes — Neon Rust (+4) Listened to this a little more compared to last week. Good song!

  5. Coheed and Cambria — No World For Tomorrow (-1) Still don’t understand how NWFT isn’t an absolute banger to some people. I love it.

  6. Sharon Van Etten — A Crime (-) I hope I never grow tired of this song because it is beautiful x2. I’m surprised this is still at #6 for the second week in a row.

  7. Coheed and Cambria — A Favor House Atlantic (-) Another song that hasn’t changed in ranking this week. Nice.

  8. Metric — Dressed to Suppress (+) I keep procrastinating on listening to Metric’s new songs and here I am, listening to their old single over and over again like a blob.

  9. Mystery Skulls — Ghost (+) This song is so catchy it’s dangerous.

  10. Coheed and Cambria — The Crowing (+) Instant chills on the first riff of this song. I do not know what Claudio is singing about in this song whatsoever. Pray you’re not the only one.

Concert Bucketlist

Oct 31, 2018 | Comments

So this year I went to a bunch of concerts. Two of those concerts (Alexisonfire and Coheed and Cambria) were big wish listers for me and this got me thinking. What other artists do I want to see live?

L’Arc~en~Ciel

I know for sure that I want to see L’Arc~en~Ciel live in concert. L’Arc~en~Ciel is a band I got into around junior high. Thanks to the power of the Internet, I know approximately the first time I fell in love with L’Arc~en~Ciel. I used to watch anime all the time on YTV, one of the cartoon networks in Canada. They aired Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa on October 19, 2007 where L’Arc did two songs on the soundtrack and I loved them immediately.

I remember when L’Arc performed in Madison Square Garden a couple of years ago, I was insanely jealous. I watched the footage, the concert reviews, the fan interviews and bawled my eyes out. Even now, the mere thought of the possibility of seeing L’Arc~en~Ciel live in concert is bringing tears to my eyes. Actually, at this moment I’m listening to their 25th Anniversary live disc and I’m very emotional right now (yes, this is what spurred this post).

And a couple years ago, when they were planning their world tour they asked for suggestions for cities to go to and I spammed Canadian cities so hard. Of course, they never came. But I so desperately want to see them live one day.

L’Arc~en~Ciel is definitely a classic band for me. I remember making this post a like six years ago on Tumblr (god, remember all the confession tumblrs back then??). It’s still true to this day.

L'Arc~en~Ciel is my one and only real favourite band, even though I've gone through periods of not listening to them for months on end. They're the only band that I can come back to after a long time and listen to their songs as if I've listen to it for the first time and love it with the same intensity as before

I say “I can die happy now” after like every concert I’ve been to but seeing L’Arc~en~Ciel would be the concert that would actually make the statement true. I’ve been wanting to see them for 11 years now. I hope to god L’Arc~en~Ciel will continue touring until I can see them.

Björk

One of my friends asked once me who my musical goddess was (no joke) and when I answered with Björk he was surprised. “I thought it would be Beyonce,” is what he replied. No offense to Beyonce (love her, she’s amazing and empowering and makes great music) but she is definitely not on the level of artistry as Björk.

I remember watching TV in the dark late at night on MTV and Björk’s Bachelorette came on. I was entranced. This big voice coming out of a rather small woman wearing jeans and what seemed like a dress. I listened to so much Björk ever since.

Admittedly, some of her latest music kinda flies over my head nowadays but what I would give to see her live in concert.

Joanna Newsom

Continuing the trend of amazing women musicians… Joanna Newsom. I would love to see her live as well. I remember my ex in high school was the one who introduced her to me. I thank god I never think about him whenever I listen to Joanna Newsom. Her music transcends silly things like temporary bonds.

Most of the songs I love, Joanna would probably never play live again (okay, I really just want to hear Only Skin which is a 16-minute epic) but it would definitely be cool to see her live. She doesn’t do concert DVDs (as far as I can see) so most live footage I’ve seen have been shitty fan videos. I would want to hear harp live in action.

Green Day

This one is a little silly. I haven’t really loved Green Day in years. A lot of their songs have aged even if I do enjoy them from time to time. But I want to fulfill 12 year old me’s dream of seeing them in concert. I think it would definitely be a fun experience, they can put on a show.

Who Would I Not See Live?

I looked at my top artists on Last.fm and there are a couple of musicians who I love dearly but would probably be okay with not seeing them live.

DIR EN GREY is definitely one of those bands. While their music is banging, I’ve never liked watching their performances. If I had the chance to see them, I would do it but it’s definitely not pressing.

Utada Hikaru is another artist. I love her but she is definitely a studio artist and not really great at performing. Her voice is a bit weak and it doesn’t translate to great concerts. The Strokes is a band I wouldn’t see for a similar reason. Their concerts always seem really lacking in energy. Julian Casablancas has a great voice regardless but they’re usually just… Standing around on stage and engaging at all. They never seem like they’re having fun.

My friend asked me to go see Thrice with him this February (I said no, mostly because he lives all the way in Australia). It would be a lot of fun to see Thrice but I’m not that dedicated of a fan to do so. I only really like one of their albums. I don’t know much of their discography.

That being said, even if I wouldn’t go out of my way to see these artists live (I would fly to Japan to see L’Arc~en~Ciel if I have to), I would totally go see them if it wasn’t a hassle. Concerts are a lot of fun, even if you don’t really know the band well or at all. Here’s to hoping for more concert going in the future!

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My name is Edel Grace Altares. My programming interests include full stack development and back end development. My languages of choice are Python and Java. Outside of programming I enjoy crocheting, video games, cats, historical fiction, and reading.

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