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I should take this opportunity to apologize to anyone I was friends with during the springtime of 2004. I was, in fact, just a little bit insufferable about this record. I know. I know. What is it? Franz Ferdinand is a 2004 eponymous debut record. How does it sound? It’s always better on sampler mix: […]

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Late April, 1983. An Australian band which had burst into the public consciousness of a U.S. audience with their previous record releases a follow-up, hopeful to continue and expand that level of success. … I’m reasonably certain this is the last time I’ll be able to use the preceding sentence during this

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If you grew up in the ’80s and ’90s and paid attention to both the rock music scene and the action-film scoring scene, the fact that superstar composer & conductor (not to mention frequent pop/rock collaborator) Michael Kamen teamed up with superstar rock band Metallica for a live show wasn’t surprisin

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Now for a sterling example of a band getting better over time. What is it? Transnational is VNV Nation’s ten-track 2013 release, and is the most current regular studio album in their discography. How does it sound? Which of us the sampler, which of us the mix: Why this pick? I have a weird relationship […]

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40 cards in 8 stacks, 300 diamonds (in-game currency) to flip each card, and on the 32nd try I get this: The game is Valkyrie Connect, a “gacha” mobile game of collecting fighters to defeat monsters blah blah blah whatever, it’s an amusing way to pass an hour or so per day, give or take. […]

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In my youth I railed against “best of” sets. “Go buy the regular albums, there are hidden gems to be found there!” I got better. What is it? Best of Yoshida Brothers | Tsugaru Shamisen is a 2008 compilation of thirteen songs by the Yoshida Brothers. The brothers themselves play the shamisen, a t

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It’s my birthday weekend, I’ll fanboy if I want to. What is it? Selling England By The Pound is the 1973 album by Genesis, totaling eight songs of wildly varying length. The album is not quite as old as I am. How does it sound? It’s mixing better in your sampler: Why this pick? Full […]

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Late February, 1990. An Australian band which had burst into the public consciousness of a U.S. audience with their previous record releases a follow-up, hopeful to continue and expand that level of success. Yes, another one. What is it? Gold Afternoon Fix is The Church’s follow-up to the popular and highly-regarded S

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Late February, 1990. An Australian band which had burst into the public consciousness of a U.S. audience with their previous record releases a follow-up, hopeful to continue and expand that level of success. What is it? Blue Sky Mining is Midnight Oil’s follow-up to the popular and highly-regarded Diesel & Dust al

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“Well space is there, and we’re going to climb it.” What is it? The Race For Space is Public Service Broadcasting’s second full album release, part of a sequence of records centered on a specific arc of historical events. Over the course of nine songs they hit a number of both high and low points [&#

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While I’m indulging my underdog-cheering side, let’s take a look at an underappreciated album by one of pop music’s late greats. What is it? Black Tie White Noise is David Bowie’s 1993 record and his first step on the return journey toward a steady solo recording career after the Tin Machine project

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Nineteen eighty six was a marvelous year. Genesis and Peter Gabriel individually released their biggest pop-culture hit records (Invisible Touch and So, respectively). Depeche Mode’s Black Celebration landed that year. Janet Jackson really arrived as an artist with Control. The Hagar-fronted version of Van Halen relea

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And someone said it’s fabulous they’re still around today… What is it? Fundamental is the 2006 studio release from the Pet Shop Boys. It runs for a dozen tracks, though one song is only about a minute long. There’s a special edition which adds a 2nd disc worth of remixes, if you’re into that so

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I promised that this week’s entry wouldn’t be a debut record. As I looked into the mid-to-late 1980s section of my spreadsheet for what to pick, a whole slew of not-debuts stood out. Let’s go with one of the most famous options. What is it? Now and Zen is the 1988 entry in Robert Plant’s […]

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Kicking back and relaxing isn’t my standard musical mode, admittedly. Kicking back and relaxing to lounge music is particularly not my standard musical mode. Sometimes I enter a non-standard musical mode. What is it? Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor is the 12-tracks-long 2010 debut album… …well,

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Last year’s project was tracked via a simple text file which I updated whenever I picked something off the list to become a particular entry. This year’s project involves a spreadsheet. I know, right? Sometimes the hardest part of a project is deciding where to begin. So I looked at the sorted-by-release-date li

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Here we are. This is it. The last one of its kind, the final Weekly Word Working Assignment of 2017. I had to pick a high point to go out on and they don’t get much higher than this, one of the greatest televised animated stories of all time. What is it? Avatar: The Last […]

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Remember scrobbling? Ever even heard of scrobbling? Anyway. For the last dozen or so years I’ve configured my primary music player (current MediaMonkey) to send last-played data for songs in my library to the Last.fm website. The idea being that folks can see what I’m currently playing and/or most recently liste

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I had something else queued up in this slot for almost the entire year. It wasn’t a show I was wild about. I needed a 51st entry (the final one, number 52, is a doozy and has been in that slot for months) and went with something I figured would do well enough. I liked […]

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The weekly word working assignment is nearing the end of its first year. Overall, how did it go? I consider it a success. I never missed an update, I’m reasonably proud of most of the posts, and there’s a chance (however slim) that I may have led someone to watch something they might have overlooked […]

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It’s our last non-anime of the year. Time flies when you’re having fun writing about fun stuff to watch! What is it? Kung Fu Panda is a 3D CGI DreamWorks animated feature film which spawned sequels and a television series. What kind of story is it? It is simultaneously a loving homage to the martial […]

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Thanks to some shenanigans with online wishlists, I was spoiled about one of my holiday presents so the gifting individual decided to just give it to me early. So, hey, let’s do a quick onboxing! I adore the Mouretsu Pirates anime, as I have made clear during the weekly writing project. Once I found that […]

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Previously, we had girls-with-guns up against a secret organization bent on controlling them. What happens when the girls with guns already work for the secret organization? What is it? Gunslinger Girl is a 13-episode anime series based on the early volumes of the manga series of the same name. It is succeeded by a follow-u

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Every so often a show comes along which resets an entire subgenre’s expectations. This week and next we’re going to tackle two of those in the same genre. Chronologically, even. While this isn’t my favorite subgenre, I can enjoy it if the right show comes along. What is it? Noir is a 26-episode anime from

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One of the core tenets of this project is that I’m presenting bits of animation that brought me joy and might do the same for you, but without any value judgements along the lines of “you must watch this because it’s an Important Classic.” So I won’t come out and insist such a thing in […

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If you want to tilt your head and squint a bit, you could view this film as Vin Diesel earning a spot in the list of all-time great film portrayals of Superman. (…I am a bad man. I know this.) What is it? The Iron Giant is a 1999 animated film based (somewhat loosely) on […]

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Do you like the idea of bounty hunters in space but don’t want to commit to watching all of Cowboy Bebop? Well, this might suit your needs. What is it? Iria: Zeiram the Animation is a six-episode (roughly three hours long) story created as a direct-to-video prequel to a live-action movie. What kind of story […]

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But what if the Moon was made of cheese? What is it? A Grand Day Out is the first of the Wallace & Gromit stop-motion animated shorts from Aardman Animations. What kind of story is it? A man and his dog build a rocket and travel to the moon in search of cheese. I mean […]

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It’s easy to dismiss a show without watching it. For starters, who has the time to watch everything? You need to apply basic standards as you go down that list of new shows every season. (Funny that I write this statement after having watched far more than my usual amount of first-episodes from the Fall […]

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When filmmakers in the West adapt a popular long-running fantasy novel series, we get Game of Thrones. When an anime studio does it, we get something like the previously covered Moribito, or possibly something like… this. What is it? The Heroic Legend of Arslan is an anime series based on a long-running Japanese fanta

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