Saturday, October 25, 2003

So I'm not really what you'd call a "music buff." Sure, I like music, but it's one topic that I have even less room to spew pretentious bullshit about than lots of other topics. I hate concerts, don't buy or download a ton of CDs, don't know lots of cool, eclectic, unknown bands, etc. In fact, here's a list of what I've spent the majority of my time listening to since fucking May:

Love Hina Original Sound File
Fluke Progressive History X and Progressive History XXX
Love Hina Spring Special
Full Metal Panic Original Sound Track 1 & 2

Sure, there's been other stuff mixed in there, but that's been the majority of my listening time, most of which has been on the road. I don't listen to FM radio, because I pretty much can't stand anything that's "mainstream." Plus, nowhere am I going to hear the Onegai Teacher opening theme followed by something done by Ferry Corsten and then the entire Xenogears soundtrack.

I pretty much just find a handful of things I like and play the living fuck out of them, somehow failing to get tired of them. Like Progressive History X, which somehow I've played constantly for two bloody years without it getting old. I always wonder how people can be married to the same person for so long without getting sick and tired of them. Now I know: I just need to find the female equivalent of PHX, because that's what it's all about.

Not surprisingly, five of the six albums up there are imports (and I'm just counting the PHXXX set as one disc; it's actually a three-disc set), because we get nothing but shit here in America. And not just music. Europeans have my trance/techno/electronica/dance/whatever shit. The Japanese have my anime. And toys. And electronics. And it's looking like my porn, too. Not that there isn't decent porn elsewhere (except, I'm realizing more and more, America, because our shit is so fucking sub-par it's not even funny), but I'm definitely appreciating the Japanese stuff more and more because these people are SERIOUS about their leg and school uniform fetishes.

Anyway, I'm getting off track here. The main point of this post was to mention that a new CD is entering the "play it until it's burned to a crisp" rotation. Amazon finally got me my imported copy of Fluke's latest, Puppy. There's really nothing on their site right now, but it's worth it just for that image.

This CD must be pretty good, because I've been listening to it non-stop all day today. I'm not sure if there's any point in comparing it to Fluke's earlier stuff, because it's always hard to compare electronic shit to other electronic shit. "Yeah, there's some synthesized stuff, a decent beat, and some random lyrics every now and then." It's good, so I'd say it's reminiscent of Fluke's earlier work.

One thing I hate about music is that the cool tracks, I mean the really cool ones, are always like a minute and a half long. Waaaay too fucking short, and I end up having to play the good ones five times in a row to really get my groove on. Aww, who the fuck am I kidding? I've never had a groove to get on. Still, I hate having to do that looping shit. Fluke, however, usually gets it right, and that trend continues with Puppy. "Yeah, this track sounds good... Let's make it nine and a half minutes long." Nice.

Apparently, this is the first release without one of their members, which means there are now two guys pushing buttons instead of three. The result is a CD that I can put in, press play, and not have to worry about pressing fucking buttons of my own because it's all pretty good. I don't have to do much fast forwarding, unless I'm anxious to get to a particular track.

Despite all being good, my favorite tracks at this point are 5, 6, 8, and 11.

Christ, that was the most worthless review ever. Like I said, I'm just not enough into music to be able to say anything pretentious or even remotely useful to others, but I know what I like.

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