Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Hearty Nails: the originals

Today's the day. Today this band I've put so much effort and enthusiasm on (and I'm not even IN the band wtf) will be gone. Excuse the dramaing, but it frikin hurts. So here's my tribute, which isn't new, but it wasn't posted in here so yeah. There's one design for each member of the band and then another extra Rookie.


The first time I did Rookie I painted the design on the border thingies of his blog. [that's the screen of my old laptop with Vista HAHAHA that's how old this is]


Because I had started and planned to continue on doing the blog design border thingies for each of them, I tried to paint those tabasco bottles he had, but it was such a disaster that I gave up and drew his very own kaomoji instead.


For Toshi I did manage to draw the wheel that was his blog border thingie, but then I suddenly felt the need to add something extra out of nowhere (or if it came from somewhere I can't remember now) and I drew (or tried to anyway) a proper treasure chest, overflowing with gold coins and all.


Nimo had a skull with pearls in its mouth as his blog border thingie, but this is no ordinary skull, for this is William III. Which is what he named the prop skull he had on his microphone stand. For this one too I felt like I needed an accent nail, though you can barely even see it, but the ring finger skull has actual nail beads instead of just dots for the pearls.


And this is the redoing of the Rookie tribute, which came from (thumb) his hat, (index) his hair/headband under the hat, (middle) the same blog border thingie from the first time, (ring) his violin, and (pinky) his favourite way of wearing his own nails.


I know this wasn't my best blogpost but I'm not exactly in my best state of mind right now. Not only because THEY'RE GONE NOW, but also I'm actually feeling like I caught a cold today so that isn't helping. I'll leave links below to other places where I've posted these before, because I'm 100% sure my words were better there than they were here.

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Sunday, 27 April 2014

Hearty Music: random assortment of opinions

I'm kinda sick of having opinions on the music I listen to and no friends available to talk to. [This also applies to books and well, basically anything I can have an opinion on] I have busy friends. So instead of bothering them when they're busy, I'm going to start voicing my opinions on my blog. This of course opens a whole new mess on a blog that's already a bit messy as it is, so I think I'm going to need to rearrange something.
Anyway, let me get on with my thoughts. Because, you see, I have a whole bunch of releases I haven't heard yet so I'm going to do it now in one sitting. Welcome to Anid's poorly structured ramblings.

1- Lycaon's "Baka ne"
These guys have changed a lot since they started, but I was actually agreeing with the changes up until a couple releases ago. Since they turned all electro and Yuuki has pink hair. I'm blaming it all on the pink hair. Yuuki please go back to blond and everything will be ok. But no, he's still pink. And they're still electro-weird. And I'm not agreeing with it. Which saddens me because I do love them.

2- Arthur Darvill singing a Doctor Who themed version of Frozen's "Let It Go"
This is a bit of a ridiculous thing that just got tweeted as I decided to write this post, and as soon as I played the video I knew I wanted to include it here. Click on the link on the title, really. It's epic on its own special way.

3- Mejibray's "Raven"
I actually have a nail post inspired by them to be posted soon.Ish.
Whenever I talk about them with my friend who's now busy writing her graduation thesis, we always agree how smart they are in the way they mix the commercialness with the whatever-the-frick-they-wanna-do-experimenting. Their marketing strategy is really smart, but also, I imagine, exhausting, from the looks of it. Their schedule is ridiculously busy, it's amazing how they manage to keep going without dying of stress or something.
Anyway, the single. This is a single on the comercial side. It's still got the whatever-the-frick-we-want element, but strictly music-wise it's to sell. And as expected, I like the third song best. Which is not to say I don't like the other two, because I do.

4- Codomo Dragon's "Children's Dope"
This band is a strong candidate for "next-band-I-fall-for" [nevermind that just now when trying to link videos I found out the name of their serial program and got slightly traumatized]. In truth I've been curious about them since a friend brough me a bunch of flyers [the posters of the penniless] back from Japan and there was one from them. Back then I'd only ever heard their name here and there but never bothered paying attention. More recently I watched their performance on the Stylish Wave NYE countdown, and since I quite liked it, I've been paying more attention, until I saw the video from the link and decided to try out the whole album.
From what I've seen the only thing about their style I can actually accurately describe is "they obsess with a colour per single". Right Evil was white/red, NEPENTHES. was bright pink, and Children's Dope, gold. This has nothing to do with the music, but their music is really really hard to describe properly. In any case, I am definitely liking it. Yep.

5- LM.C's "Perfect Fantasy"
It's been a while since I paid them proper attention, but I used to like them a lot, so I decided I want to pay them some attention again. This album (or is it a mini-album? It's got 8 tracks? Sometimes it gets confusing) is nice, sounds fun, but it's not anything oh-so-amazing. A couple of song do sound like I might grow to like them a lot more than I do at first listen though.

6- DIV's "Mudai no Document"
Not a new release really, but I've only recently started listening to DIV, so it's new to me. Mind you, I say "listening", I could just as truthfully say "obsessing". Their other album, Zero One, was listened to quite obsessively indeed. And I think the odds of this one being listened to just as obsessively are pretty high. Currently wondering why the song Answer is both here and in Zero One tho. I think it's a rerecording or something of the sort, but really guys you have 2 albums it's a bit early to do this. Anyway, it's a pity they haven't got more stuff released (they're a very young band ok they're like 2 years I think?) because I'd obsessively listen to the whole of it.

That's it, the end.