11/11/2019: wow!! i couldn't believe it. projekt a-ko just published some unreleased tracks on bandcamp today. their ressurected facebook page is pretty sparse so it was a nice suprise! check out the bonus tracks on bandcamp here.
some recordings i've only ever read about and thought would never see the light of day.. how pleasantly wrong i was. from what i read, projekt a-ko was working on a second album almost 10 yrs ago? that never came to fruition so i believe these were some of the songs. :-) i will be listening to their cover of winona on repeat for a while..
11/10/2019: life update: i'm still listening to urusei yatsura. what else is new?
i do want to take a moment to talk about this song because there is one part i can't stop thinking about. it's a version of kaytronika that i can't figure out where it originated. it's an ever so slightly different take than the one on the yon kyoku iri ep. is it just a glitch?
it happens during the second chorus starting around the 1:30 mark. the guitars go hay wire for a bit and it sounds so dark and cool.. it only happens this one time and i keep thinking about it!
last night i spent hours on the wayback machine looking at old urusei yatsura / projekt a-ko websites and fansites and reading interviews and forums, going through image galleries and guitar tabs like a hawk hungry for content... it feels kind of sad in a way because they're hardly known. i have like 20 things in my discogs cart and got my record player working finially and i want to get some records so bad!! mostly to complete my urusei yatsura collection, but also to listen to some good tunes in an enhanced way. the amp just makes things sound warmer. currently looking at some slint lp's, swell maps..the garden (lol). to be continued!
a few more songs to check out:
1. still exploding
i used to prefer fergus singing over graham, but i've reconsidered. i can safely say urusei yatsura would not be the same without graham -- he can really churn out some agressive, poppy tunes.
2. vanilla starlet
another example. that chant of pay attention to me always gets stuck in my head, and that catchy next line that what's i do~ feels sincerely raw.
3. planet of the skulls
this one's on here because i just came across it for the first time while getting all the links for the list. why is it so hard to find this stuff? i think this band nails the perfect ratio of pop-punk-shoegaze. i feel like a lot of shoegaze bands are two twee and too heavy on the reverb for my taste. my bloody valentine actually did it so good, the guitars are up front in the mix and not as reverb-y as you'd expect! it's also hard to miss the influence of sonic youth, but i personally don't think that's a bad thing.
4. down home kitty / majesty
just cause i've been putting these songs on repeat. they make me feel so much!
wipers - over the edge
swell maps - jane from occupied europe
in other news, i got inspired to record some guitar playing. i put this one to video, check it out!
11/8/2019: today i tried to learn plastic ashtray by ear because tabs dont exist for this song.. i got sort of close, but i need to practice more. i'm not very good at this kind of thing lol.
-- so let me embarass myself by sharing this recording of my first attempt. it will be fun to look back on my progress
11/5/2019: video of the day:
a cover of drop nineteen's winona by projekt a-ko (of urusei yatsura fame).
still digging deep into the urusei yatsura archives. a few notable favorites:
1. sucker (by providence)
before they were urusei yatsura, they were providence - named after a sonic youth song.. super lo-fi but also precious. beat happening meets nirvana.
very appropriate song title. very catchy melody on top of spectacular fuzzy riffs.
before releasing their debut we are urusei yatsura, they came out with the 6 track lp all hail urusei yatsura. i can't believe ive been missing out on this track!! that sound of the whammy bar during gnarly guitar fuzz riffs played over the sparse low vocals and bass.. fergus lawrie is like a sweeter, dreamier thurston moore. sorry, but true.
11/4/2019: latest music discovery: swell maps - a trip to marineville & jane from occupied europe
yesterday/today i ordered 3 cds from discogs: urusei yatsura - all hail urusei yatsura, yon kyoku iri ep, & everbody loves urusei yatsura
current mood is underrated lo-fi post/pop punk bands making music from 80's-00's a la guided by voices, wipers, swell maps, mission of burma, sebadoh, urusei yatsura, and i'm sure i'm missing a few.. on a side note, i am still enjoying remo drive from their good old angsty emo days (rip) which led me to title fight, so there's that. my love for urusei yatsura is re-ignited once discovering a whole bunch of releases i haven't listened to yet.. even more dreamy fuzzy noisy guitar goodness. i want to make this kind of music ASAP