October is here! And if you’re a human person in the world, that means you’re either getting excited for or are already annoyed by the constant and all-consuming Halloween fever everywhere. The weather is getting colder, the leaves are changing colors, the pumpkin spice lattes are being made, and it’s time to get spooky.
Or, if you’re a regular here on this blog, you might remember that last year I had a themed month. A musical themed month, actually. And I thought that was a pretty fun time, so I decided to do another theme for this October. Will this be a yearly thing?
But for this October I suppose we’re going a little traditional. For all this month I’ll be taking on spooks, scares, horrors, and more. And for this first week, I wanted to start with a song I’ve been lowkey thinking about doing an analysis of since the beginning of this blog. “Unfinished Business” by White Lies.
First, a note. While this song is originally by White Lies, I became familiar with this song via the Mumford and Sons cover. There’s two reasons why I prefer the Mumford and Sons cover to the original, and one is that I heard the cover first. The second reason will come up in a bit, promise.
So I feel like I’m the only person in my friend group who is caught up with “Steven Universe” and it’s been… agonizing, to say the least.
And yes, I know the elephant in the room of making a post like this about this cartoon is all the controversy surrounding it, and how there’s a whole dedicated group of people on the internet who really just want everyone to know how this show, personally, killed their whole family, salted their fields, and laid a plague upon their village, but I’ve watched all the way up to the most recent episode and have gotten nothing but enjoyment from it. Honest.
It’s not a perfect show by any means, but I still really love it. I think it’s charming and it makes me happy and I’d really like to see where the story ends up. And I think one of the best parts of this show is its music. So I figured it would be on-brand for me to
dodge the controversy count down my favorite songs from this show.
Remember that time, just over a year ago, when I thought that “Humanz” was gonna be the last Gorillaz album? Remember that? When I continuously defended it to the weirdly many detractors I came in contact with because it was one of my favorite bands in the world coming together with lots of other artists to comment on the state of the world in a bunch of beautiful, genre-bending tracks? And I wrote a whole review on it thinking it was gonna be the last one ever?
Oh… well… uh… Gorillaz is back now. I guess “Humanz” wasn’t their last album, huh? Surprise!
I’m joking around a little, but gosh was I not expecting this album as fast as it came. Well actually, I wasn’t expecting this album at all, but here we are! I wanna do “The Now Now” the same justice I gave “Humanz,” but as I sit here writing this intro, I don’t feel like I have the same sort of emotional investment in this album as I did the last one. I’m not at all saying it’s a bad album – it’s great. But the fact it came so quickly and was accepted so easily into the fanbase makes it seem so much less of a big deal than “Humanz” was.
So, anyway, I’m gonna do my best here because I love Gorillaz, and I feel… complicated about this album. I apologize in advance, because while this review starts out pretty run-of-the-mill, it kinda gets weird toward the end. I wanna reiterate that I don’t think this is a bad album, and yet… it really disappointed me in a way I have trouble voicing throughout the post. I hope you enjoy anyway.
And just like I promised last week, I’m back again with more Bandori/Bang Dream content. I’ve realized I haven’t been consistent with which name I’ve used to refer to this game (it’s changed over my first post about the game to my best characters list post to now), but I feel like the names are interchangeable to me, so, apologies for any confusion that may have caused.
Anyway, today I’m counting down my top 20 original songs from this game. Just like last week, I’ll be giving a little blurb on each one. Though it’s fun that this game covers well-known anime openings and the like, I still definitely find myself repeatedly coming back to the original music created specifically for the game.
In a lot of ways, they exemplify the personalities of the bands that “perform” them a lot better than the covers do. So, without further ado, let’s celebrate the best of the best!
If you’re wondering if I’m still hopelessly devoted to Bandori…. I still am. So much. So much that I decided to do another post on it. And another post on it next week. I’m so sorry, you guys.
Yep, after ranking the characters of Bandori, this week and next week I’ll be ranking my favorite cover and original songs respectively. Today, we focus on the covers.
The fact that Bandori covers songs really sets it apart, at least to me, from many other similar games. It’s really fun to hear their take on so many well-known Vocaloid songs and anime OPs and EDs.
But which ones are my absolute favorite? Let’s find out together.
I was tagged by my friend Olivia over at Books and Big Ideas to do the Shuffle the Music Tag, which has rules as follows:
- Thank the person who nominated you for this tag and link to their blog.
- Shuffle your entire music library (no matter how old songs the songs are) and talk about the FIRST FIFTEEN songs that come up (anything like why they are there, if they signify something, any story, why you like them, etc.)
- Mention the songs as well as the artists.
- Tag 7 people or more to do this tag and please let them know!
Just like Olivia did, I’m going to be doing 20 songs because I love myself some tunes. Also, I’ll be pulling these songs from six different Spotify playlists. See, I organize my music in Spotify by year I first got into them, so I’ll be pulling the first 5 songs from my 2018 playlist, and then 3 from the next five playlists going back all the way to 2013. There’s sure to be some real relics in here, haha.
Without further ado! Let’s get to the music.
It’s become somewhat of a tradition in my family to declare a “Song of the Summer” every year. Usually, this song is a radio hit at the time, one we believe will get the most airplay over the summer and become an iconic summer jam for that year.
Some of the greatest joy in this tradition comes from declaring the summer song ludicrously early, even before summer officially begins, because we like to be know-it-alls with way too much confidence when it comes to music. So I thought this yearly tradition would make a great blog topic.
Here are 10 songs of the summer from every year since 2008… and my pick for the song of the summer for this year. My personal definition for the song of the summer is any song that was popular during that year that could easily be played in a convertible with the top down. Sound good? Let’s go.