Posts tagged ‘Weekly Music Pick’

August 22, 2010

Weekly Music Pick – Queen’s Blade Themes

This week’s music pick is an orchestral piece from a fairly recent anime, Queen’s Blade.


Queen’s Blade Main Theme 1

Queen’s Blade is an ecchi series of “visual combat” books, which are essentially books that lets the reader choose the protagonist’s path by turning to the relevant page.

The Queen’s Blade books enjoyed cult success, and in 2009 was made into an anime, enjoying 2 season runs of 12 episodes each. Personally, the anime’s plot was terrible, a stereotypical hero’s journey involving scantily clad women with out of the world proportions. If that does not stretch your disbelief, try a slime shaped in a busty woman that shoots acidic milk out of her mammaries (Melona for those wondering), or fighting that involves more cloth ripping than blood spilled.

What saved the anime from eternal damnation were a few pluses: the pacing is better than most anime and voice-acting is top notch, involving famous names in the field like Rie Tanaka, Yuko Goto and Rie Kugimiya etc. Another major factor is the memorable soundtrack, especially the pieces that play during high tension scenes.

The main theme of Queen’s Blade, simply titled “Queen’s Blade Main Theme” in the OST, is actually 2 songs, part 1 and part 2. The 2 parts differ in the introductory section and the portion prior to the main refrain, mainly because of the situations in which they were used: Part 1 was used in the anime’s introduction while part 2 plays during comebacks from a disadvantageous situation. In both cases, the main theme actually refers to the main refrain, a series of string sections that form a rising crescendo.

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August 18, 2010

Weekly Music Pick – Raise Me Up

For those wondering, Derek Redmond was a favourite coming into the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, after a shock victory over the American athletics team in the 1991 World Championship 4x400m relay.

The fateful event happened during the semi-finals. As stated within the video, 150m into the race Redmond tore his hamstring and collapsed on the track. As paramedics came to assist, he would wave them off and then started to hobble towards the finish line, 250m away. 65,000 spectators watched in silence as Redmond and his father, having braved security to support his son, hobbled the remaining distance to the finish line. At the end, Redmond finished with a standing ovation from the spectators.

2 years after, Redmond would retire from athletics due to injuries, but he never gave up on representing his nation in other events.

This week marks the first week of YOG competitions, so something a bit more uplifting is in order. “You raise Me up” is a 2002 song originally sung by Irish singer Brian Kennedy for the Secret Garden album “Once in a Red Moon”. The song sold well in its home market but true popularity would only come after several notable covers, WestLife among other acts.

The melody of the song is derived from Danny Boy, a popular Irish folk song (lyrics written by an Englishman), which in turn was based on Londonderry Air. A copy of the songs are listed below for your listening pleasure/comparison.

August 9, 2010

Weekly Music Pick National Day Edition – Baby I’m a Fool

This week’s music pick coincides with National Day, but instead of blaring some nationalistic song, why not kick back and listen to some cool groove as we welcome this new day?

Baby I’m a Fool by Melody Gardot is a jazz piece, reminiscent of such 40s-50s era crooning songs such as Fly me to the Moon and Dream a Little Dream (of Me).

July 20, 2010

Weekly Music Pick – Wanderer on the Offensive/The Opened Way

This week’s music pick is not just 1 song, but rather almost 2, namely a remix and its original arrangement. This should cover my earlier absences, due to my overseas trip to the US.

Below is the OC-remixed version, entitled “Wanderer on the Offensive”. The remix re-imagines “The Opened Way” from the Shadow of the Colossus, if the Wanderer was an offspring of Dante the Demon Hunter that is. (Hint:  DMC)

For those unfamiliar with the term “oc-remix,” it stands for OverClocked Remi, which is the term given to remixes produced by what is possibly the largest video-game community

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June 15, 2010

Weekly Music Pick – Aria on Air (British Airways Banzai!)

This week’s theme is in honor of a friend of… or rather 2 friends of mine, who are both getting married to, well, to each other. For those unfamiliar with the song, it’s called Aria on Air by Malcolm McLaren.

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May 25, 2010

Weekly Music Pick – Sting & Emmanuel

From the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) special, “Chris Botti in Boston”, which is a series of very jazzy covers of songs both obscure and famous. A cover (?) of the Sting classic, Shape of my Heart. Considering Sting was singing as well, it’s iffy if the performance can be considered a cover or a re-worked version. Here’s another “cover” of another Sting classic: “If I ever lose my Faith in You”.

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May 17, 2010

Weekly Music Pick – Rehearsal

From the award winning manga-turned-anime Cross Game, the fourth ED, “Rehearsal” by Natsuko Kondo. I highly, highly recommend the anime.

Taken from Wikipedia:

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May 14, 2010

Weekly Mus… Scratch that. Pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa Powa!

I couldn’t do up a weekly music pick this week because I spent too much time laughing and rewatching this clip.

Old Spice Odor Blocking Bodywash is so powerful it can block odors for 16 hours! OMGWTFBBQ!!one!eleven!!

EXPLOSION!

May 5, 2010

Weekly Music Pick: Yui’s Solo Guitar Riff (K-On!!)

Late by a week and a half at least…. but better late than never.

This week’s weekly music pick comes from the latest season of K-On, simply titled K-On!! (note the extra exclamation mark). It comes from the opening minutes of the 1st episode, when Yui begins to practise her guitar strumming skills – a min and a half of pure bliss.

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April 18, 2010

Weekly Music Pick: Song For…

Missed 2 weeks of Weekly Music Picks, for that I have to apologize and explain. Real life (aka) work caught up with me, some major changes gonna occur in the next few weeks, some of which I am looking forward to, others which I had hoped to avoid. With that said, back to the song.

This week’s song comes from Zoids Chaotic Century, a TV anime series that aired from fall 1999 to winter 2000. The pick is the first ending theme by a Jrock group called Dear, entitled “Song For…”, an energetic rock ballad. I always liked this song from the moment I heard it because it fills me with a sense of yearning, a hunger for something I cannot put a finger on.

The song is also famous as the theme for an inspiring Guilty Gear combo video, entitled simply as “Song For…”, featuring 1 of the most eccentric guilty gear characters Zappa.

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