Hiya all! It is Wednesday again, so I’ve pulled myself away from my PS3 for a while, just for ya’ll. For the past few months, most of my blogs have focused on either anime or movies, both of which I greatly enjoy. However, there really is quite a bit more to me than just those two things; I’ve also talked a wee bit about video games and even my addiction to tattoos (and yes, I did end up getting a new one after that post ^-^) but there is one thing I haven’t touched on that really is a huge part of who I am: music. For some reason, I just never got around to it, so I thought it was time to remedy that! I have pretty varied tastes in music, and I will listen to just about anything from one end of the musical spectrum to the other. Because of this I tend to have a lot of random music on my iPod, including songs in many other languages; most of which I can’t speak at all. I don’t really have one particular favorite artist; more like a pretty big list of favorites and even that is changing all the time, so I thought I’d sort of do a Top 5 At-This-Moment list.
Emilie Autumn Liddell, better known by her stage name Emilie Autumn, is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and violinist. Her style of music, which she labeled Victoriandustrial, draws inspiration from plays, novels and history – particularly the Victorian era. She performs unique shows with her backing band, The Bloody Crumpets, incorporating elements of cabaret, glam rock, burlesque, electronica and classical music. She is currently on tour promoting her newest album, Fight Like A Girl. Maybe not for everyone, her music is usually pretty dark and even a little bit insane, but her songs are so gorgeous to listen to. If you don’t believe me, just give it a listen. You’ll be one of her Plague Rats before you know it.
Takamasa Ishihara, better known by his stage name Miyavi (or Miyabi, which he toured under with Dué le Quartz; or MYV, which he used promotionally on an album called MYV*POPS) is a Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer. He is known for his distinctive guitar playing style, which is freakin’ amazing (Go youtube Selfish Love, or Jibun Kakumei!) Miyavi started as the guitarist for the now defunct visual kei rock band Dué le Quartz, but toned down his on-stage style a bit when he went solo in 2004. He started his own company, J-Glam Inc. in 2009, and even with his marriage to fellow J-pop artist Melody Miyuki Ishikawa and the birth of their two daughters he has remained a musical sensation, attending the Main Square Festival in Arras, France as the only Asian representative.
Breathe Carolina is an American electronic/punk rock musical duo from Denver, Colorado. David Schmitt and Kyle even compose the duo, which started in 2007 and has since released three albums, one EP and five music videos. I found Breathe Carolina recently, and have only just begun to explore their music so I can’t tell you much except that the few songs I’ve got are pretty awesome. They do a pretty neat combination of electronica and punk rock, which really caught my interest. This is mostly noticeable in the song “See You Again”, which is a cover they did for the compilation album Punk Goes Pop 2. They also participated in Warped Tour 2012.
No Doubt is an American rock band from Anaheim, California. Mostly recognized by front woman and lead vocalist Gwen Stefani, No Doubt is a fairly well known band. As a band, they have released 6 albums, 3 compilation albums, 3 video albums, 22 singles and 2 box sets. In addition to all of that, Gwen Stefani released 2 solo albums while the band was on hiatus from 2004-2008. Their newest album, Push and Shove, just came out late September of last year. I don’t know anyone who has never heard at least one No Doubt song, even if they can’t name the band. While I’m not a huge super-fan, I have my favorite songs from them and I think they are definitely worth a listen.
Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist, musician, dancer, performance artist and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos. She maintains a youtube channel, Lindseystomp, where most of her work can be found, and was a quarter-finalist on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent, where she was known as the Hip Hop Violinist. She performs a variety of styles, from classical to pop, hip hop, and dubstep. Aside from original work (which is awesome; check out Spontaneous Me) she also performs cover songs and medleys (also awesome; she did a Game of Thrones intro cover, as well as both Legend of Zelda and Lord of the Rings Medleys!) I love violin work, so when I found her Legend of Zelda medley I was pretty ecstatic. I was even more amazed when I found her other stuff; her cover of Party Rock Anthem is pretty sweet, and the Skyrim cover she did with a cappella vocalist Peter Hollens is gorgeous (especially the video!)
Well, anyway I suppose that is enough for this week. Honestly, I could keep going; I really love music and there are a lot of great artists that I didn’t cover. However I have a feeling that a 10 page blog post would most definitely not be welcome, so I will go ahead and cut myself off here. I will see you all around next week for another blog!
Until next time,
Caelrona – signing off! ❤