Edel Grace

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My Week in Music #5: 2018/11/02 - 2018/11/09

Nov 13, 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 November 02, 2018 to November 09, 2018

Top 10 Artists

Top 10 Artists

  1. Coheed and Cambria (-) Wow, Coheed and Cambria has been #1 for five weeks in a row. I can’t stop listening to them, it seems.

  2. Green Day (+) I have too much Green Day in my library. Maybe I need to stop putting my library on shuffle.

  3. L’Arc~en~Ciel (+) How does Green Day beat out L’Arc~en~Ciel in terms of RNG? I definitely have a lot more L’Arc~en~Ciel in my library compared to Green Day. I call Spotify algorithm hacks.

  4. Alexisonfire (+2) Nice. This is RNG I can get behind. Whenever I’d see Alexisonfire on the queue, I would usually bump it up.

  5. Amy Winehouse (+) Still listening to those classics.

  6. Logic (+3) On the weekend, I listened to Logic on loop at least twice while hanging out with friends. My brother listens to him a lot and Logic is slowly growing on me.

  7. My Chemical Romance (+) More RNG trickery! I do not complain, however.

  8. DIR EN GREY (+) Oh man. When was the last time I wrote “DIR EN GREY”? It’s awesome going back to those tracks I love so much.

  9. Mashrou’ Leila (-6) Another RNG move I can get behind. Mashrou’ Leila is a good band and I need them to come out with more music ASAP.

  10. The White Stripes (+) I forget how I suddenly went on a White Stripes binge. I think I was reminscing about early 2000’s rock music and it naturally led me to The White Stripes. I really was a bit mystified over the Meg and Jack White dynamic for a while.

Top 10 Albums

Top 10 Albums

  1. Coheed and Cambria — The Afterman: Ascension (+5) This album is too good.

  2. Logic — Under Pressure (+) I was barely conscious for most of the time I was listening to this album (I feel asleep to it) but I really appreciate Logic’s autobiographical approach in this album. It’s pretty solid.

  3. Coheed and Cambria — Vaxis I: The Unheavenly Creatures (-1) I can’t stay away from this album, apparently. I haven’t really been going out of my way to play it, except for The Gutter sometimes.

  4. Amy Winehouse — Back to Black (+2) Classiccccc. Still haven’t listened to the rest of the album. I will queue it up now.

  5. Alexisonfire — Crisis (+) Bless this album, that got me into Alexisonfire in the first place.

  6. Green Day — Insomniac (+) This was the very first physical CD I ever owned. My mom bought it for me for my birthday back in elementary school. It is such a different sound but I really appreciate it in the grand scheme of Green Day’s discography.

  7. Jeff Williams — RWBY Volume 1 Soundtrack (-) Jeff Williams is a mystery to me. He really is a great composer and his daughter really nails the vocals on the RWBY soundtracks. But I think this album is the best out of all the RWBY volumes.

  8. Green Day — American Idiot (+) A classic. My favourite rock opera. I love it.

  9. Green Day — Nimrod (+) I think I like this album as much as I love American Idiot. Nimrod is a little bit of a mainstream sell out according to most punks (actually, most punks don’t find Green Day punk at all) but it’s a pretty solid album to me.

  10. Mashrou’ Leila — Ibn El Leil (+) I’m listening to Bint Elkhandaq right now. I can’t believe I initially disregarded this album as Mashrou’ Leila selling out but they perfectly blend that more pop sound with their indie alternative band sound on this album. They have a lot of good ones on this album.

Top 10 Songs

Top 10 songs

  1. Coheed and Cambria — The Hollow (+) The opener to The Afterman: Ascension. It’s calming and soothing. Pretty short. But good.

  2. Green Day — Song of the Century (+1) I actually don’t like this song too much but it’s pretty okay from Green Day’s recent era.

  3. Coheed and Cambria — The Gutter (+7) Bless. This. Song. It is so good. I love it. Every time I listen to it, I am just so happy to sing along.

  4. Green Day — Tight Wad Hill (+4) Oh man. I used to love this song from Insomniac! I don’t understand it anymore but I have fond memories.

  5. Alexisonfire — Boiled Frogs (-1) One of AOF’s bests. I think Wade in this song really sells it.

  6. Linkin Park — Numb (-) I remember when I went through a big Linkin Park phase. One time, when I went to the Philippines I bought a bootlegged Linkin Park CD which was basically just all their hits on one CD. I was too young back then to know it was a bootleg but now I know better.

  7. The Sound of Animals Fighting — On the Occasion of Wet Snow (-) This band really is really under my radar. I have an album of theirs, an artifact of one of the many bands one of my exes from high school introduced me to. They have a couple good songs. I might need to clear this out of my library.

  8. L’Arc~en~Ciel — AS ONE (+) I remember this song! It’s not one of the bests from L’Arc~en~Ciel but it’s still pretty good.

  9. ギルガメッシュ (Girugamesh) — FREAKS (+) RNG brought this song up. It’s pretty good. I really like the album this song is from. Girugamesh always had that pop element to them, being a slightly nu-ish metal band. Ah, Girugamesh. RIP.

  10. The Fool — God Bless You (+) Wow. The Fool! They came to my city once, at out local anime convention. It was wild seeing them. I have no idea what they are doing now.

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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