•December 31, 2011 • Leave a Comment


Okay. So, these are all EPs that have been released as EPs. They are also all stand alone EPs at that. Meaning they aren’t EPs that are glorified singles, previews of songs on upcoming 2012 albums (sorry Anthony I

So, I just want to say a couple things quickly about my choices this year. They are all really poppy, which is interesting. We’ve had some good pop and electronic EPs to hit this year. You all probably know what my number one is, but I recommend, obviously, anything on this list. Without further ado, here are my top five EPOTYs. Spoilers: none of them are BTBAM.

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DOTYS 2011

•December 24, 2011 • Leave a Comment

DISAPPOINTMENTS OF THE YEAR (regarding albums, mind you) 😀

So. I think 2011 has been a pretty great year for music. It certainly has exceeded 2010. It has pushed boundaries and has led to evolution in several genres, (hip-hop most notably and a rather amazing new post-hardcore “wave” has really grown into itself as well) and there have been many amazing and completely unique albums from this year. I’ve even discovered a band that just may possibly be the best thing I’ve heard since Circa Survive, and I’ve also discovered my favorite two hip-hop artists. I’ll get to all of that in a few upcoming posts, but first, I want to get the negative out of the way. Like every year, there were some disappoints with some albums I was looking forward to. Now, disappointment doesn’t necessarily mean bad. These albums are all from artists I like, and some of these albums are perfectly nice and okay. They just failed my expectations in a really big way, none of these, except number one, are outright bad. However, as a whole, they lack what impressed me with their previous work or works. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give them a listen or two if you like the band or artist, though if you were to ask me about them, I would make you listen to other releases of theirs. Okay. Enough Rambling.

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2010 in retrospect

•December 18, 2011 • 1 Comment

Okay, so last year around this time, I posted my 2010 AOTY list, and gave a reason for each album choice. Before I roll out this year’s year-end music related post, of which there will be four more, I wanted to give an updated list of my 2010 AOTYs. Some of the album changes are due to changes of taste and my general enjoyment of music evolving and others are due to me not having heard some albums until this year. I am just going to post a quick list, and not restate all my reasons. THOUGH, I’ll be honest. My main reason for posting this list is because I can’t believe I thought versaemerge made my third favorite album of last year. The original post is here if you want to check it out.


10. Dessa – A Badly Broken Code (debut album from most interesting woman in hip-hop – core)
9. Good Old War – Good Old War (folk. dem harmonies and guitar).
8. Maps and Atlases – Perch Patchwork (folk math-rock NAA NAA NAA NAA core)
7. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (MBDTF core)
6. Sleep Party People – Sleep Party People (Creep-Pop? hell if i know. Unique. listen)
5. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (II) (baptism-core)
4. The Wonder Years – The Upsides (best pop-punk album ever)
3. Baths – Cerulean (dat glitch)
2. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach (dat production)
1. Circa Survive – Blue Sky Noise (dat Circa Survive)

Go listen to these albums y’all, they are great.

33 films you *really* should watch

•November 26, 2011 • 2 Comments

Like all my other lists, but this time, FILMS! Note: Does not include Anime movies. There was a post for that already. Also, this post does not include documentaries. This isn’t a list about the BEST movies, persay (though my favorites are for certain here), but movies I think you should go out of your way to watch.

  • 500 Days Of Summer (2009)
  • Adventureland (2009)
  • Battle Royal (2000)
  • The Breakfast Club (1985)
  • Captain America (2011)
  • Charlie Bartlett (2008)
  • Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005)
  • Coraline (2009)
  • The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
  • Dragonball Evolution (2010) (glorious)
  • Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotles Mind (2004)
  • Fred (2010) (not even trolling)
  • Gummi, Chocolate, Pinne (2007) (good luck finding this ANYWHERE)
  • Hey Arnold! The Movie! (2002)
  • How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
  • Inception (2010)
  • The Incredibles (2004)
  • Juno (2007)
  • Mean Girls (2004)
  • The Muppets (2011)
  • Ratatouille (2007)
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera
  • The Room (2003) (glorious)
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
  • Samurai Fiction (1998)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)
  • Suicide Club (2002)
  • Toy Story 3 (2010)
  • Up (2009)
  • Wall-E (2008)
  • Watchmen (2009)
  • Where The Wild Things Are (2009)
  • X Men First Class (2011)
I admit, my taste in films is not nearly as developed as my taste in other things. Yay pretentiousness!

I love Vertical Inc.

•October 26, 2011 • 1 Comment

The Manga game has changed a lot in the past year and a half. Kodansha has taken a big initiative in replacing Del Rey Manga with themselves to directly publish their own titles, and the manga community and industry has (or apparently not if you’re Stu Levy) lost Tokyopop, which faltered in their final years but made huge contributions and arguably set up the manga market to what it is today. Viz publishes the most manga these days with Kodansha (mainly due to their new Sailor Moon release) and Yen (who’se launching the first Simulpublish early next year) are in 2nd and 3rd. Still, a few other smaller companies continue to exist by publishing niche, but quality manga.

One of these companies is Vertical Inc. Who, in the past year and half, have done two things; They are expanding both the amount and kinds of manga they’re publishing, and they’ve solidified their self as my current favorite publisher (though Yen is a very close second. they people working their are FANTASTIC and they put out a quality product. I just happen to like Vertical’s manga a bit more). Vertical is that company who, for the past 5 years or so, have been publishing most of the Osamu Tezuka (you know, that Godfather of manga guy. Who wrote over 700 manga.) titles that are coming out in America today. My first experience with them was reading Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha, which was fantastic (though, one of my exes my first four volumes. I’ll never be seeing those again T_T) and then, soon after, the absolutely brilliant To Terra (Toward the Terra if you’re watching the Anime) written by Keiko Takemiya. After a few more Tezuka titles they put out which were great reads, and this is pretty big, they began to publish the best episodic manga of  all time; Black Jack, which many had thought, after Viz’s fiasco with the title, would never see light and day in America again. From then on I had decided to follow Vertical, and since I’ve read almost every manga published.

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Japanese music you’ve *probably* never heard of.

•October 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Made this list for my Mori No Hitos, but I figured I might as well post it. Enquire about any of the bands here if you’d like.

School Food Punishment (Kind of Rock with beautiful piano and beautiful vocals and beautiful electronics and beautiful everything and it’s the best)

Nuito (modern prog. Amazing guitars)

Matryoshka (kind of ambient electronic post rock)

Yellow Magic Orchestra (70s synthpop)

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On NYCC 2011

•October 18, 2011 • Leave a Comment


Okay. So. Let’s talk about New York Comic Con 2011. There’s a lot to say, and I’m not exactly sure where to start with this, so please bear with me. Though, this needs to be said first. I am not officially a part of Reed Expo and I do not officially work for Peter Tatara (the director of programming), or at New York Comic Con / New York Anime Festival. However, I do work with Peter, outside of NYCC/NYAF, for NYCC/NYAF and other projects at many other events. So, while I have helped promote this year’s NYCC/NYAF at Sakura Matsuri and Otakon, I had nothing to do with the actual production of this year’s convention. So, as much as possible, I’m viewing this convention as an attendee who has some idea of the inner workings.

I really enjoyed this year’s NYCC, and I’ll go into the specifics, and talk about several observations, below the jump.  While completely crowded and packed, I thought NY Comic Con made better use of The Javits Center than it ever had before, and I was QUITE impressed by the sheer enormity of the show floor, even though this was my fifth New York Comic Con. There were certainly a lot of interesting guests, and many interesting panels, to check out, and, again, even though the convention was VERY crowded, there were always places to chill out and catch a breath when necessary. NOT TO MENTION THE AVENGERS PANEL, which was, by far, the biggest thing NYCC has gotten to ever do. The con ran fairly smoothly, with no major delays and minimal disappointments. All and all, as an anime and comic book fan, I found NYCC to be quite the enjoyable experience this year, and probably the best NYCC experience since 2008.

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