||工藤晴香 is Kudō Haruka, something I do not appear to have internalized, despite having put four of her earlier songs on these playlists in the last two years.|
||I would like to remember this now, as 流星列車 (Meteor Train, or something like that) is one of my two or three favorite albums of the year so far,|
||"星回りバイアス (Hoshimawari Bias)"
||and the bad way would be to just assume any name that begins with 工 is her.|
||This simplification fails immediately, because 工藤遥 is also a Japanese singer and actress whose name comes out Kudō Haruka when romaji'ed,|
||but a different one, younger, who was in Morning Musume and on a Power Rangers show.|
||"What is it worth?"
||藤 is a marvelously elaborate combination of 艹 (flowers), 月 (moon), 水 (water) and that tangle in the middle-right that somehow means "gladiator" but only in combination with other things,|
||such as, in this combination, wisteria. |
||"Brand new Pastel Road!"
||You learn 日 for sun and 月 for moon pretty early in Japanese, because in a bit of helpful annotative exuberance that other languages could really benefit from,|
||"Monochrome Sentimental Believer"
||Japanese quantities are always labeled by typed counters, and 日 and 月 are, naturally, the counters for days and months.|
||"fly with the night"
||fly with the night +1
||工藤晴香, the older Kudō Haruka, is both a singer and actress, too, but in her case an anime voice actress and a solo singer.|
||TEMPLATE/Wicked feat. Mori Calliope 4
||晴香 has two suns and a moon, and 遥 has none of either.|
||Whether I will remember this is unclear, but it's possible to imagine myself remembering it, which is a start.|
||Repeat listening ought, morally, to help, but really doesn't.|
||I mean, it helps, in that it increases my motivation to remember,|
||but realistically, I long ago gave up on name-memorization as an exploration constraint.|
||I don't have to look up "Dreamtale" or "Windrunner" to remember what words the symbols spell,|
||"Because of You"
||but do I remember, offhand, where either of those two bands are from or how many times I have wondered this in the past?|
||"Death / Hate"
||Ideas Are Bulletproof 3
||No, the answer is no. Dreamtale is a power-metal band from Tampere, Finland, and Everlasting Flame is their 8th album,|
||which took me two different searches to figure out, because for some reason their sixth album (but only that one) isn't available to stream in the US.|
||Windrunner is a progressive metalcore band from Vietnam, and TAN is their second album,|
||which took me three different searches to figure out, because Encyclopedia Metallum, my usual second search for metal info,|
||"Realms - Radio Edit"
||maintains an adorably dedicated aversion to anything anybody has ever referred to as metalcore,|
||"Sky Is The Limit"
||no matter how little like Sevendust or Spineshank they sound.|
||When I dislike metalcore, which I do frequently enough to mostly support EM's anti-metalcore rigidity,|
||it's usually due to some combination of brutish exaggerated masculinity and gooey groove-metal indiscipline.|
||Windrunner have a female lead-singer, and get to their -core via techy cyber/industrial crunch,|
||Rachel La Scalla
||which works for me, well enough that this is the eighth time I've had them on these playlists, but not so well that I could remember that fact without looking it up.|
||"Amber Of Illusion"
||But now we're thirty songs in, and I'm still reconstructing what I know about 4 artists,|
||one of whom isn't even involved in this. |
||That's one way to listen.|
||Trick or Treat
||"Have a Nice Judgment Day"
||It's the way I grew up listening,|
||Lords of the Trident
||and the way I half-implicitly learned that one should listen,|
||Pure Reason Revolution
||the serious way:|
||"Earth We Bequeath"
||one meticulously scrutinized album at a time,|
||Dark The Suns
||"Kun Aallot Kallioihin Murtuu"
||each artist ruthlessly contextualized,|
||each step patiently and deliberately taken.|
||This is a listening practice for a small world|
||We remain +2
||you don't plan to see much of,|
||"MARIA (POSLEDNEJE PISMO)"
||for a canonicalist's statuary and the careful avoidance of surprise.|
||It is a depth-first exploratory methodology,|
||with the accompanying assumption that the most interesting treasures|
||are buried exactly where you happen to be standing.|
||This Shame Should Not Be Mine
||That might be true.|
||"Skin & Sorrow"
||Or, more likely, it might be true that you can dig anywhere and find something treasurable at any specified depth.|
||"WRATH OF THE VANGUARD"
||Wrath of the Vanguard
||I believe that, but no more surely than I believe that you can also find treasurable things scattered on the ground,|
||or hanging from trees,|
||"Your Way To Kill"
||We Are Disconnected
||or beckoning to you from the sky.|
||There are many ways to listen.|
||Digging and memorization are slow.|
||I have spent slow years, already.|
||Nothing’s Carved In Stone
||What you learn, when you start to move faster,|
||is not that no good things are ever buried,|
||"Prefiero 1k veces 1 beso que 1 like de Instagram"
||but that confident assertions about where to dig are almost always|
||"La La La Luna"
||Quiero meterme en tu cama 5
||new styles of dowsing.|
||don't get lemon
||"The Film Star’s Car"
||Hyper Hollow Heaven
||If you want to dig where you are, just dig.|
||Blue / Billow 2
||You don't need grand claims about what you think you're going to find,|
||Colours Of One
||"To The River"
||you just need a sense of purpose for how the digging is going to justify itself,|
||for how you will find worlds nested inside of each other,|
||ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
||for how you will dig in one place as if you are digging everywhere at once,|
||"hate my favorite band"
||for how to stand expansively still|
||while the 日 and the 月 circle above you, and the 花 and the 水 swirl around you.|
||But that is not the only way, not the only serious way, not the way you have to choose.|
||Another listening practice for a small world is the absurd and impatient attempt to hear all of it.|
||"Black Ops 2 - umru Remix"
||Unlimited Ammo : Infinity 2
||You live on a planet where a former Helloween tribute-band can make a dance-without-tears-in-our-eyes anthem for the fear of the end of the world.|
||You live on a dirt-covered rock that you share with 8 billion people.|
||"made for you"
||You can't dig all the way through it. You can't learn all of their names.|
||Depth and breadth are geometrically orthogonal, but morally parallel.|
||"how does your girlfriend feel about it"
||One sun and one moon|
||form infinite possible days and nights,|
||Fire Escape +1
||but you can only have a few of them.|
||"Still Running (5K) (feat.DJ Lethal)"
||You can run in place, or walk away.|
||You can adore precision|
||or lovingly relinquish the responsibility of recall.|
||Pain Ya Jealous
||You can measure your relationship with the world by the displacement you cause,|
||or places you incoporate|
||"Le sais-tu ?"
||There are many ways to listen, but you only need one|
||in order to hear every noise at once.|
||There are too many songs left, and too few days,|
||I Can't Die Again 4
||but only if you think|
||"Fear of the Dark"