osaraba: (BT atsu tongue)
I... kind of had some rough times during college. And, while I've never been one to whom it would ever occur to say "this music helped me through ___" (because that's just not how I work), I've always been extremely into music and so have some very strong associations of certain music to certain times in my life.

So at the time I had basically just discovered Buck-Tick and was working my way through their backlog of music. There might be a couple of specific songs that trigger feelings of guilt, but they're more tied to the feel of the albums I was listening to at the time, Taboo and Kurutta Taiyou (one of my favorite BT albums). I just, kind of have to deal with the hurty feelings sometimes because there's just no way I could stop listening to BT, they're just too fucking good. <3

Buck-Tick's Iconoclasm (from the Taboo album)
Fave lines: one for the money / two for the x / skip three and four / five for japanese babies



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osaraba: (osakana)
My favorite album is Six/Nine by Buck-Tick.

Every. Single. Song. on this album. is sex.

The whole thing is like one big, protracted orgasm.

Seriously, I forgot how freaking weird (awesome) all the PVs (videos) are for all the songs on this album. Buck-Tick did a bunch of "video concerts" for the release of this album, where a PV was made for each of the songs on the album and (I think) shown in order. Later there were a few PVs made for the album's singles, I guess, so a few of those songs have two official videos.

I think I may have to go home and rewatch a bunch of my B-T lives and PVs. It's been too long since I was so into them, but this album will always, always, always be my favorite album of all albums in the world, ever. =D

My favorite song is Aikawarazu no "Are" no Katamari ga Nosabaru Hedo no Soko no Fukidamari, or "The Ever-Unchanging Mass of "That" Drifts at the Bottom of Selfish Vomit". English-translated lyrics here.

Fave lines: oyogu sakana / oyoganai sakana / oyogeru sakana / oyogenai sakana (see icon!)
(a swimming fish / a not-swimming fish / a fish that can swim / a fish that can't swim)



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osaraba: (BT atsu tongue)
I used to fall asleep listening to Metallica's thrashier albums, so I'm not even sure what to post. A song that makes me fall asleep because it's so boring? Or one that relaxes me and puts me in a good, floaty, trance-y sort of mood where I might fall asleep if I was so inclined?

I suppose I'll go with the latter since I'd rather not spend a long time trying to actually think of a boring song to post.

This is the song that introduced me to Buck-Tick: Gessekai, the opening to the Nightwalker anime. First time I saw/heard that opening... yeah seriously, I may have convulsed.

Okay, jesus, this song also makes me really horny.

Favorite lines: oyogu hitori fukai yami wo / anata ni aeru made (swimming alone in the deep darkness / until i meet you...) [Japanese lyrics & English translation here]



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osaraba: (osakana)
In our first year of college [livejournal.com profile] koyappi came over and hung out at NYU all the time. So in our second year, I returned the favor by hanging out at Hunter College just as much. Sometimes when I had no class for a long period of time I'd go over and sleep on the little circular 5th floor couches while waiting for her to get out of class.

This was during the time I started collecting Buck-Tick stuff -- albums, singles, books, etc. One morning in particular I'd gone to my p.o. box before going into the city so I had the newly acquired ドレス / 六月の沖縄 (Dress / Rokugatsu no Okinawa) 3" CD single.... which I then proceeded to listen to ON REPEAT for the next couple of hours.

THESE SONGS.

I have so much love for Dress; it's a sexy motherfucking song (especially the Spicelab remix), but somehow it's Rokugatsu no Okinawa ("Okinawa in June") that will always remind me of curling up on the 5th floor couch at Hunter College. I've heard that they tore the couches out and redid everything. SAD.

Favorite lines: kimi no koe kikasete yo / rokugatsu no ame no you ni / boku no koe kikoeru kai / kizutsuite shimau kai
[make me hear your voice / just like the rain in june / can you hear my voice? / am i hurting you?]


ETA: JFC, I love the bass line in this song. <3



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osaraba: (BT atsu tongue)
FIRST. Blackhawks win over the Canucks 5-1 in an exciting game, though it seems Vancouver kind of just gave up late in the second and definitely in the third.

THEN. @TSNBobMcKenzie says he thinks Western Conference Finals will start either Friday or Sunday. WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS HOPING FOR -- because then I'd be able to actually watch a game in a Chicago bar while I'm there!!!! since I'm only free on Sunday night to do so -- but I was thinking that it would FOR REALS NOT WORK THAT WAY. BUT NOW IT MIGHT!

AND THEN. It's announced that X-JAPAN IS PLAYING LOLLAPALOOZA THIS YEAR. WITH SUGIZO. Seriously, WTF is up with things happening in Chicago this year?! Not that I'm going to go to this, but damn! The US has come a LONG way; seeing Japanese bands like D'espairsray and Dir en Grey successfully tour the US (and come back for more), and then arguably THE biggest metal/visual kei band EVER out of Japan is coming over to play...

I just wish one day BUCK-TICK would do this. I know their fanbase in the US is no where near the other bands I mentioned. BUT! <3 I'd love to see them again. I really wish I'd been able to see them in the 1996-1999 era. *pouts*
osaraba: (Default)
I'm so glad I checked the mailbox today after coming back from brunch with my mom! I've been waiting for a package from cdjapan that should have been delivered a week ago. I was afraid that they attempted delivery and were already returning to sender even though I never received a notice of attempted delivery.

but there was a note in the box from yesterday! so yay, I won't have to pay additional shipping charges (what already cost an arm and a leg)!

so now I'm having a nice walk over to the post office about a mile away. it's chilly out but perfect for a walk.

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osaraba: (laby jareth bah!)
So I'm bouncing around ff.net searching high and low for good Laby fic and I come across Miss Selah who writes short one-shots that are odd/quirky/slightly-dark J/S (Forsake the Rest is particularly good). Which, in fact, is kind of like what I tend to write, myself. So yeah, I'm scrolling through her list and what do I come across?!

Beetlejuice fic!

And yes, what I've read so far is good. And in that same interestingly odd/quirky/slightly-dark voice of hers.

Look at Jareth up there. He's all jealous.

<3

Okay, on another note -- I randomly am in the mood for Buck-Tick and The Cure, and also something EBM-like, so I scanned through my BT CDs, trying to decide what to listen to -- mostly thinking it would be from either their 97BT99 or SexyStreamLiner eras because they were pretty industrial-sounding then. But my eyes alit on the Schaft album I bought YEARS AND YEARS ago at Book-Off... but apparently never listened to. (Schaft was the side-project band of B-T's Imai Hisashi, Soft Ballet's Fujii Maki, and contributors like Raymond Watts and apparently someone from Luna Sea.)

IT WAS FUCKING EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR! I LOVE YOU IMAI! <3! Though it's only freaking 7 songs long and at least half instrumental. SIGH. I've now moved on to B-T's live album from the SexyStreamLiner tour and YES, IMAI - ROCK YOUR THEREMIN! ATSUSHI, YOUR VOICE IS TEH SEX. THANK YOU.

That is all.
osaraba: (osakana)
Just booked (pre-paid in full) a hostel for the trip to London at the end of March.

I was a fucking idiot and put it on my debit card instead of on the credit card I intended to use. Luckily, I have some extra funds which I can move around a bit.

Still, jeez, I'm out of it. Even after sleeping for 12 hours last night. I skipped class and got home at 6pm, was asleep by 6:30pm, and other than waking up every few hours for a couple of seconds each, I slept all the way through til 7am this morning.

Which brings me to... my stupidity of the last several days.

Monday was mostly a relaxing day, but I must have already started coming down with a cold because I barely ate all day. 4.5 hours after waking up, I decided I'd have half a bag of chips & guac from Chipotle. And then half a baked potato and some chicken nuggets a little later. That's it. All day. Not my usual fare.

Stayed up til 4am on Monday night. Somewhat stressful conversation and only 3 hours of sleep later, and feeling like crap from all of the above. Plus a continued lack of appetite and headache. Rushed home to return the car to NJ. Discovered, when I tried to take out some money from the ATM, that NONE OF MY CARDS WORKED. So I drove over to borrow some money from parents, and realized I didn't need the money I had come to borrow -- because YOU CAN TAKE FDR NORTH TO THE GW BRIDGE INSTEAD OF THE TRIBORO. Therefore, NO TOLLS. Yeah, you can see exactly how on-top of things I was.

Finally made it to NJ, later than anticipated, and pretty hungry, with a headache. We went out for dinner, and despite the fact that I felt like I was starving, I didn't really eat that much, and that headache did not go away until I took some painkiller for it.

Left NJ -- not under the best of circumstances, but again, I maintain that I was not in my right mind -- at midnight and got to Port Authority 30 minutes later. Waited for the E to take me straight home. But since the E didn't come, and a D came instead, I figured, what the hell, I'll take this to 7th Avenue and wait for the E there.

Does the D even go to 7th avenue?

Ask me if I even cared.

So it stopped at 50th street and then at Columbus Circle. I got out there and walked west. Realized my mistake, turned around and walked east. Finally, gave up and said "Screw it; I'm taking a cab." Cab from Columbus Circle to home was only $16. NOT BAD. Got home at 1am, asleep by 2am.

However, yesterday at work I was even more out of it. Continued lack of appetite and general malaise. I realize I should not have lunch with coworkers in this state. I sound like an idiot. Hopefully they recognize that I was super exhausted (after all, I did tell them about my super exhausting weekend), and won't hold it against me.

So that brings me full circle, with 12 hours of sleep last night, but still feeling out of it today. Better than yesterday, but still. I should take a day off and get my shit together, but I feel guilty because I just had a 4-day weekend.

...

In a small bit of good news, I got the new Buck-Tick album this morning, which I am really looking forward to listening to on the way home tonight. Please to not be disappointed!
osaraba: (angelina wtf)
On Saturday morning, AJ looked at some video clips and articles and went over to japanator.com, which had been the first I'd heard of that particular website.

And lo -- they now have an article about Buck-Tick up. The writer posted on [livejournal.com profile] buck_tick with a link to his article. My response. I noticed the writer completely ignored my comment about B-T's "complete 180" being irrelevant in light of their history.
osaraba: (osakana)
The new Buck-Tick album arrived yesterday at my house! Got home at 10pm, and didn't actually get a chance to burn it and copy it onto my mp3 player until around 3:30am. T_T But I did it so I would be able to listen to it on the train this morning, and at whatever opportunities over the weekend. I only listened to the album once through and I know that there are a couple of songs I slept through on the train (not suprising, considering that I had only 3 hours of sleep, yay), but oddly enough I have a good idea of what I think about a good portion of the songs.

I ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY LOVE the first track, Mr. Darkness & Mrs. Moonlight. In my opinion, the album goes downhill from there. There are, of course, other good songs, but this one is really what I'd like to hear more of by them. I love the style, I love Atsushi's voice, it's pretty darn perfect. Even then, taken in context of the whole album (because that's how I listen to most music, as a whole album), it's still on the lighter side of what I'd really like to hear, but I know that this song is going to be one I won't get tired of hearing over and over; it won't ever bore me.

Other songs I enjoyed were モンタージュ, Beast, スパイダー, Alice in Wonder Underground, Revolver. I definitely have to listen to CREAM SODA again because I slept through parts of it. I could tell that it was an interesting song, though it may be that the style alternates a little too much for my preference.

Darker Than Darkness is not an album I've actually listened to all that much in comparison to certain other albums, so I find it hard to make comparisons, but I could hear a little bit of Six/Nine in that first track, and a mix of Sexy Stream Liner and Kyokutou I LOVE YOU in another track which I can't quite remember right now.

Overall, I'm pleased with the album. It's not going to replace any of my top 3 (Six/Nine, Kurutta Taiyou, Sexy Stream Liner), but it'll probably hover around with my next favorites (OLOD, MLO, Cosmos, Taboo).

There were lots of other things I wanted to talk about, but the album has been on my mind since this morning, so the other things will have to wait. I have to remember to write something about my new job. ^^;
osaraba: (house got to be kidding)
Juliet flew back to Chicago some time this morning. It was really fun hanging out with her over the summer, so I'm going to be sad she's gone since we don't stay in touch too much while she's away. =(

In other news, going home and putting my foot up and just lounging in bed last night was definitely the best thing to do. I stupidly ran a little on it yesterday morning and it was painful for the rest of the day. Let's hope today's better. It also had a beneficial side effect, which is that I actually fell asleep at a decent time. I think I was out by around 11:30pm. Which is a far cry from the 2:30am and 3am from the previous nights. It was hard to get out of bed this morning, but I certainly feel more awake here at work.

Oh! I'm really excited for the new Buck-Tick album! It came out yesterday in Japan and I was already notified by CDJapan that it's on its way! I would generally, of course, be happy for new B-T music, but the last album (Juu-san kai wa gekkou) wasn't completely my cup of tea, unfortunately. I liked it, but I haven't listened to it since the first couple weeks after it came out and maybe a brief stint a couple months later when I was in a slightly more goth-y mood. [livejournal.com profile] _maldorora's description of the new album has made me really excited for it -- she has compared it to the early 90s album Darker Than Darkness. It's certainly not my favorite album of theirs, but it's much more my style than 13kai and I'm hoping for some Six/Nine influences as well, since I'd die over anything that sounds like Six/Nine. <333!!!!

Also, why is there something to do every weekend from now until November? T_T
Sept 22 -- Carrie's birthday/mini-golf thing
Sept 23 -- MangaNEXT meeting (that I actually have to go to this time)
Sept 27-30 -- Digital Life (maybe...)
Sept 29 -- Yurisai
Sept 30 -- Pop's birthday is Oct 1st, so probably hang out with parents
Oct 5 -- Margaret's party (maybe)
Oct 5-7 -- MangaNEXT
Oct 13-14 -- What, a free weekend? I'll probably have to spend it with my parents.
Oct 20-21 -- Judy's party?
Oct 25-28 -- Yaoicon/SF

I'm beginning to feel like Chris. ^^;
osaraba: (obsession)
OMGyes -- the new Buck-Tick single "Kagerou" is the xxxHolic OP! It will be released in early August -- I think the day before we leave for Otakon, actually.

I've already pre-ordered all 3 releases of this single.

Because I'm crazy.

So if you want to add to my CDJapan order, Angelica, let me know.

You know you want to help me split shipping costs.
osaraba: (osakana)
The beautiful [livejournal.com profile] il_pleut ripped the a capella version of Cosmos (audio only, to mp3 format) from the Sweet Strange Live Film DVD! I am BESIDE MYSELF! I have been trying to somehow get this since I first saw the video (on VHS) in 1999 or 2000, I think.

Of course, the reason is that it was only released earlier this month on DVD, so it would have been more difficult to rip from a VHS. But that doesn't matter. It only matters that I HAVE IT NOW.

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHA!

*dies*
osaraba: (osakana)
I pre-ordered the B-T items that are set to come out in December.

13th Floor with Moonshine concert tour video Limited Edition DVD (8000yen), and an untitled BEST OF 2-CD set, which includes the "entire history of Buck-Tick's major works." (Although, I wonder what that "entire history" includes.)

OMG! And the best news yet! Someone on the B-T comm said that they're relesasing SweetStrangeLiveFilm on DVD!!!! I CANNOT WAIT for this to come out! I hope this is true and not just rumor. I need to have it finally! on DVD! And will have to beg (probably the whole B-T LJ comm) for someone to rip the audio track of Atsushi's a capella version of Cosmos, which is just hauntingly raw and beautiful. I NEED it. And I will play it on repeat forever.

I seriously need to see B-T live again. I'm hoping that possibly next winter I'll be able to go to the Day in Question 2006. I'm going to really try and aim for that.

Yes, I am crazy.
osaraba: (osakana)
Wow, today was spectacularly boring. Aside from hanging out with Liz a little after picking her up from Katie's house around 6:30pm, I feel like I did a whole bunch of nothing. And not that good nothing, either. I got to read a little of my current read, Lie By Moonlight by Amanda Quick. It's pretty good, entertaining as all of her other stories are. Amanda Quick is one of the few authors of historical romances that I still read. Oddly enough, it is the pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, who writes contemporary romances under her own name and which, mostly, I won't touch with a 10-foot pole. One exception was her recent title, Falling Awake, which was good but nothing to get excited about.

In any case, I didn't do much today.

Friday Angelica and Liz went fabric shopping all by themselves and actually bought fabric this time! Including fabric for the mushrooms' robes, hats, heartless-skin, and skirt-hoop wire to make the robes bell out. I just have to get around to, like, making these costumes. If I actually pull it off, it'll be a miracle. If not, I guess you can expect to see us in our Schwarz outfits, maybe? LOL. Who knows. Still left to be bought: yellow fishnet for the heartless' eyes, felt for the heartless logos on the mushrooms' robes, foam to make the hats.

Will met up with them after work, and Angelica went straight to her grandmother's house. Will and Liz met up with me at the store where Maryann was working by herself. After a little visit, Will, Liz and I went back to my house -- OMG, it was so nice to just sit and relax at home and not do anything and not be outside, I need a break from 6-day work-weeks -- where Will and I watched Buck-Tick's at the night side concert video (one of their best!) and Liz got ready to go to her friend's sleepover party.

Maryann came over after closing the store. After a little while of watching sexy Atsushi beautiful B-Tness, I dragged her over to shinigami so that she could send resumes and stuff to ads from craigslist (that girl needs a job and we both knew that if she went straight home after work, she'd never send any resumes out). While she was doing that Will and I watched the documentary part of Picture Product. B-T is so awesome. [livejournal.com profile] bondagepenguin, if you feel like downloading a bit of B-T, I happen to have a few random mp3s up on my site. I highly recommend Aikawarazu, and Dress is awesome. I'd say don't bother with 21st Cherry Boy, it's not anywhere near one of my favorites, but you're welcome to it if you'd like. If you're interested, I'm sure either Maryann or I could make you a CD of some of their stuff.

Drove them home around 3am (I really have to get my own car soon); got back home around 4, and fell asleep with my book beside me. ^^
osaraba: (osakana)
The person that I sold my extra copy of 13kai wa Gekkou emailed me that she got it, but was surprised by it because she didn't think it sounded like them. I emailed her back because if you prompt me at all about Buck-Tick, I'm going to write you back with a novel. ^^

So here's her email to me, and my response, just cause I love to hear myself talk about music in general and BT in particular. )
osaraba: (osakana)
Is living with Buck-Tick still comfortable or did it change?
Toll : Basically it doesn't change.
U-ta : I think it didn't change, but to have worked separately like this time had some importance for me. Since I worked with other persons, I have that impression. What was normal wasn't anymore normal, or it was the opposite, or when I thought to be understood without saying anything it didn't work elsewhere. I won't say as far as a perfect harmony, but I realized during the rehearsals and others that we don't even need to talk to understand each other.
Toll : I would say, we can stay there normally. There isn't any weird tension. And we don't say "good morning !" like when we work with someone for the first time (laughs). From this point of view, things go smoothly.

So you realized again that you are like a family?
U-ta : I personally realized it strongly. I thought I knew it but I realized I didn't know it. But I don't say that (laughs).
Toll : And yet it can seem doubtful (laughs). Since before we don't do stuff like making a circle before the lives (laughs), or once finished we don't line up in front of the stage. We don't attach so much importance to the rock bands' "stylism". We received that kind of fanletters, saying : "you never stop and that's so cool" (laughs).


An exerpt from [livejournal.com profile] hyluko's translation of the Buck-Tick interview in the May 2005 issue of Fool's Mate. The first page is the interview with Atsushi, which is really cute -- he talks a bit about the whole goth theme of 13kai and how it fits him, as well as how he is more of a role-player in this album, rather than being Sakurai Atsushi.

But the exerpt above is from the second page; the interview with U-ta and Toll, and it just makes my heart pound and flutter and get stuck in my throat to know that they really feel about each other the way I've thought them to feel. When U-ta says, "when I thought to be understood without saying anything it didn't work elsewhere. I won't say as far as a perfect harmony, but I realized during the rehearsals and others that we don't even need to talk to understand each other," it really just feels so wonderful -- I can't find the words to describe the way it makes me feel about them. It's like, 幸せ (shiawase/happiness).
osaraba: (osakana)
Even more of my money decided to stay in Japan. Not surprised, however.

I'm home again. It's an odd shift, I still feel like I should be thinking up ways to say things in Japanese. And doing the guruguruguru dance. ::sigh:: I had so much fun, and a lot of it was because Yoshi was the most excellent host, tour guide, and all-around social hentai one could dream of. I really do want to go back, now knowing what to expect, and go to all the places I didn't get to visit this time around, and bring less spending money. Ha ha.

The Buck-Tick concert was... beyond words. I saw Atsushi. I was in the 8th row. All the way on the right side. But still in the 8th row. He was so beautiful. They were all so amazingly kirei and... natsukashii~!

(report post)
(set list)
(album theme revelation)
osaraba: (osakana)
We really went shopping way too much. I found too many rare things that just happened to be available for my two obsessions (Zetsuai and Buck-Tick). K-Books had the Bronze/Cathexis 2-VHS set. Originally sold for around 7800yen, but being re-sold for 4200yen. I just couldn't leave it. HMV had 13kai wa gekkou that I split with Angelica so we could hear it, then sell it once we get back to the US; as well as Lucy's Rockarollica which I haven't been able to find at Book-Off. That was about 5000yen total.

Then I found -- in a goth/rock store in Harajuku today -- a DEMO CASSETTE TAPE from 1985!!! I had to buy it; I just couldn't leave it there. That was 3800yen, plus there was a CD single there (only 100yen) that said "The Bluck" on it. I'm hoping it has to do with Bluck-Tlick, but it's probably just a shot in the dark. But at 100yen, it wasn't a loss of anything.

Then. In Tower Records, Angelica found a photobook I was looking for... another 4000yen. And even though I saw the UV (#113) I was going to buy -- with BT on the cover, and the pin-ups, I got the Ongaku to Hito instead, 'cause Atsushi looks just so delicious on the cover. (And it was 680yen instead of 1200yen.) ^_~

More updates tomorrow. BT concert tomorrow. I took a look at the tour goods on the BT site just now, and (damn them) 4 out of the 5 designs are S/M sizes only (3000-4000yen). One design comes in a L (of course this one is 4500yen), so I'll probably get that one, and the tour book (2500yen).
osaraba: (osakana)
[1:15am/Saitama] Went shopping today, and was able to pick up "13kai wa gekkou" ~ WITH the first press postcards! Sugoi ne! Also, I was asked one of the shop workers to help me find Lucy's "Rockarollica", so I was finally able to get that as well! 13kai wa gekkou sounds great, although I haven't really had a chance to just listen to it with my undivided attention. And I haven't even listened to Rockarollica yet, but I'm just so happy I was able to get them!

Waiwaiwai~!

I can't wait for the concert on Sunday!!!

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