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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.

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.

My Week in Music #3: 2018/10/19 - 2018/10/26

Oct 30, 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 19, 2018 to October 26, 2018

Top 10 Artists

Top 10 Artists

  1. Coheed and Cambria (-) Even though I’ve been making a conscious decision to not listen to as much Coheed and Cambria, I’m still listening to them quite a lot. They’re too good!

  2. Vitamin String Quartet (*) This came totally left field. I was looking for In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 on Spotify and then I found that this group covered the entire album. When I looked through their discography, they covered a lot of cool alternative/rock/indie bands from the early to mid 2000’s and I went on a huge nostalgia trip. It’s a shame they’re only a quartet, I feel like a lot of the songs would have benefited from an entire orchestra. But yeah. Would recommend.

  3. Green Day (+6) I have so much Green Day in my library, I never really noticed. Lately I’ve been putting my library on shuffle and just letting it ride out. Some songs don’t have a lot of draw for me anymore. But similar to last week, I am still rocking out to those American Idiot and Nimrod tunes.

  4. Thrice (*) Thrice is a long time favourite of mine. I saw one of my friends listening to them on Spotify one day and I just went back and listened to them on repeat for a couple of hours.

  5. Amy Winehouse (+2) I don’t know how I overlooked some of Amy’s songs. I still need to listen to her discography.

  6. My Chemical Romance (*) This is another case of putting my library on shuffle, I feel. I have so much My Chemical Romance. I’m like 99% sure I have their entire discography, bar B-sides and demos and concert versions.

  7. Eminem (*) This week has just been pure nostalgia. With Kamikaze coming out, I went on Spotify and saved all the Eminem songs I listened to back in the day. A lot of them from Encore. This was another case of library shuffle and the Spotify algorithm probably picking more Eminem songs because he’s popular.

  8. Alexisonfire (*) More nostalgia and more library shuffle! I didn’t notice a lot of Alexisonfire this week. But I do recall rocking out to We Are the Sound a couple of times whenever it came on. It’s hard not to.

  9. Joanna Newsom (*) The nostalgia trip never ends. It’s a shame that Joanna doesn’t put her music on Spotify. I have most of her discography anyway (Divers was the last album I bought) and I can listen to it offline on Spotify but it’s still a barrier.

  10. Mashrou’ Leila (*) Wow, more nostalgia. Mashrou’ Leila is definitely more recent in my music history but I haven’t picked them up in a couple of months and I totally forgot how they have a bunch of great bops.

Top 10 Albums

Top 10 Albums

  1. Coheed and Cambria — Vaxis I: The Unheavenly Creatures (-) I told myself not to overplay this album but I just can’t stay away from it. It’s a little weird how no tracks made it into my top 10 songs for this week but that might be a good thing.

  2. Coheed and Cambria — The Afterman: Ascension (+1) Domino never gets old for me. Every time I listen to it, I can see the music video play so clearly in my head.

  3. Thrice — Vheissu (*) Vheissu is easily my number one or number two favourite album of all time. There is no track in this album that I don’t like or will ever skip. It’s great from start to finish.

  4. Amy Winehouse — Back to Black (+2) Not much to say about this one. Just been listening to a couple of tracks on repeat.

  5. Coheed and Cambria — In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (-3) Definitely slowly winding down on the Coheed. Mostly just listening to A Favor House Atlantic.

  6. Coheed and Cambria — Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV: Volume 1 (-2) Why is this album so good? Like, seriously. So many good songs on this album. But, still toning it down with the Coheed.

  7. Joanna Newsom — Ys (*) The only reason why Vheissu might be number two instead of number one is because of this album. I love this album. I think it is probably Joanna’s best album. It is a beautifull crafted piece of art. I love it.

  8. Coheed and Cambria — Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV: Volume 2 (*) Was talking to my friend about a couple tracks from this album. It’s pretty underrated, I’m not sure why so many fans are “meh” about it.

  9. Protest the Hero — Fortress (*) I was looking for good study music but I didn’t want like strings or lo-fi beats so I tried looking up metal/rock study music. Thank god Protest the Hero released instrumentals for their songs. Surprisingly, a lot of them definitely sound a lot less energetic without vocals. What a difference it makes!

  10. Jeff Williams — RWBY Volume 1 Soundtrack (*) RWBY Volume 1 has arguably the best soundtrack in the entire series. This Will Be the Day, Gold, From Shadow, Mirror Mirror, Red Like Roses, I Burn, I May Fall, Wings,… There are way too many good songs on it. The only song that I don’t like from the soundtrack is probably Red Like Roses Part II (just kidding as I’m writing this I’m listening to it now and I like it).

Top 10 Songs

Top 10 songs

  1. Amy Winehouse — Tears Dry on Their Own (*) He walks away, the sun goes down, he takes the day but I’m grown. Oh Amy, thank you for gracing the world with your music. I really think this is a nice and hopeful song.

  2. Thank you Scientist — Feed the Horses (+7) Wow, this song went up from last week. It’s a good song but I’m not entirely sure why I keep listening to it as much as I have.

  3. Coheed and Cambria — Domino the Destitute (-1) This song is a banger. That is all.

  4. Coheed and Cambria — No World for Tomorrow (*) Probably the best song off of the album. Curse us, as god has. Amazing. I would love to hear this song live one day. There’s no world for tomorrow, if we wait for today. I remember talking about how In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 made me feel like a soldier marching into battle, this definitely takes that concept and amps it up a hundred times.

  5. Kero Kero Bonito — Only Acting (-5) Still a good song, just haven’t been listening to it as much. Time to queue it up.

  6. Sharon Van Etten — A Crime (+1) I hope I never grow tired of this song because it is beautiful.

  7. Coheed and Cambria — A Favor House Atlantic (-2) The other day I looked up the music video for this song. It is so ridiculous but hilarious. They definitely take a jab at Green Day with Claudio dressing up in Billie Joe’s trademark black button up and red tie, it’s so funny.

  8. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes — Neon Rust (*) I really need to listen to more of their songs because this is a really good song. I just love the atmosphere of the song. The melody in the beginning is really soothing and then it builds up to the chorus. It feels a little empty until the climax but it really releases all the tension in the song. So good.

  9. Joji — SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK (-5) Joji. Who hurt youuuuuuu??

  10. Coheed and Cambria — Crossing the Frame (*) Good jam. I’m spying on you Newoooo.

My Chemical Romance in Concert

Apr 8, 2011 | Comments

Last night, I had my very first concert experience. That’s right, I saw My Chemical Romance. It was amazingly awesome. For some reason though, I expected it to be much more… Epic. A lot of people here on Mibba describe their first concert like it was the best orgasm of life.

But for me, it was kinda awkward and surreal. I can’t believe that the band was really in front of me. It just felt like I was watching a video or something. It didn’t seem real. The people around me were pushing and shoving and throwing their fists in the air and screaming. That part was so real. But the band was like a hallucination or like a dream. Ahh, I can’t even remember what any of the members looked like. TT_TT

The music was awesome though. I was so pleasantly surprised at all the older songs they played. They played This is How I Disappear as one of the first songs, and then I knew my life was complete. I’m not a huge fan of the new album, and I knew all the songs they played from that album except for one or two so I was thankful for that. I got lucky, haha. I didn’t listen to Danger Days as much. Destroya, Planetary (GO!), and Thank You for the Venom was AMAZING live. The energy was so high.

Also, I feel like a need to grow already. I’m 4’11”. I was swarmed by tall people. There was the odd moments when I could see over some shoulders but then another head would get in the way. Ah well, there’s other people taller than me who couldn’t see. The music mostly got me pumping. I just wish I was taller.

I still can’t get rid of the surreal feeling though. It didn’t seem real. Maybe it’s supposed to be like that?

Q U E S T I O N S

  1. Describe your first concert experience. If you haven’t been to a concert yet, what would you like it to be like?
  2. MCR. Yay or nay?
  3. Danger Days. Yee or naw?
  4. How do you feel about orange peelings?

Celebrity Dreams

Sep 29, 2007 | Comments

I had a dream, that Gerard Way and Amy Lee were at my church and they fighting over who was a better singer. It was so weird. Then suddenly, Gerard got naked. One second he had clothes, the next he didn’t. He just magically got naked and strangely, Amy wasn’t bothered with it.

I also had a dream that Billie Joe Armstrong murdered someone and got into jail and went all crazy up in the mind. He sat in a dark jail cell and started singing to himself. Extremely creepy! All my celebrity dreams are just too weird!

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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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