Spooktober Week 1: A Lyrical Analysis of “Unfinished Business”

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?

…Maybe!

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.

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Heck, Let’s Start a Radio Show!

Shorter post this week because I have a really cool announcement for you all!

First of all, this one’s a bit time sensitive. My blog posts always go up at Sunday at 8:30 a.m., so if you’re here close to that release time, you might still have a chance to listen to our show live! We’ll be on here at 11 a.m.!

So, I was involved with my on-campus radio station, WIUX, all of my freshman year, but at the time I was kinda too… well, anxious to do any actual on-air work. But this year, with an entire year of college under my belt I decided now was the time to have a show.

And then, sitting down to apply for the show, the full weight of what I expected myself to do laid down on my shoulders. Right then, as if spurred on by fate, my good friend Marisa was like “Hey, are you applying for a WIUX show? Do you need a co-host?”

And so, Marisa and I began to formulate an idea for a radio show – Pork Soda n’ Peaches. A show where the song selections aren’t based on genre themes, but instead based on lyrical themes. Every Sunday at 11 a.m. we’ll have a new lyrical theme – like “songs that seem like love songs but actually aren’t” or “songs where the singer has weirdly specific expectations for their lover.”

As you probably know from the content of this blog (I’ve already done two lyric analysis posts here and here), this show’s theme is really up my alley and I’m excited to share my lyrical enthusiasm with the world! Plus, I think having Marisa with me as my co-host will really diversify the music we play. So not just the same old hipster stuff from me over and over again! Yay!

And what’s with that title? Well, I’ve been keeping it hush on the interwebs for the most part because that will be covered in our first episode, but since it’s entirely possible you’ll be reading this far after our first episode has come and gone, our title is a reference to two songs. One is Pork Soda by Glass Animals, a song I’ve analyzed right here on this blog. The other is a favorite of Marisa’s, a song called Peaches by The Presidents of the United States of America.

These songs aren’t random selections either. For us, they represent the spectrum of lyrics that deserve appreciation. Pork Soda is a deep song that’s fun to dive into the lyrics of, but just as fun are the simple, humorous lyrics of Peaches. Both are worthwhile and fun lyrics.

Anyway, this blog will return to its regularly scheduled programming next week, but I hope this week you’ll consider checking out our show (or if you missed it, check us out next week at that same link!) Or, you can follow the show’s twitter here! (You’ll be able to get sneak peeks of our themes every week there, and even a chance to contribute music to our show!)

It’s a Good Show, You’re Just Mean – Top 20 Steven Universe Songs

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.

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Surprise! – “The Now Now” Review

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.

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When Will I Quit Talking About This Game? – Top 20 Original Bandori Songs

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!

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A Bias for Hello, Happy World – Top 20 Bandori Covers

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.

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Shuffle the Music Tag!

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:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you for this tag and link to their blog.
  2. 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.)
  3. Mention the songs as well as the artists.
  4. 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.

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