Edel Grace

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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!

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.

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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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