Music – RIP Chester Bennington

Another prominent singer of my generation has passed away today; today we learned Chester Bennington of Linkin Park has taken his own life. It’s been a pretty devastating year for some key musicians I grew up with, with Chris Cornell earlier this year and now Bennington. While I didn’t listen heavily to Linkin Park, I…

Music – Chrono Trigger’s “Outskirts of Time”

Have you ever had a talk with somebody who somehow manages to make something you couldn’t quite piece together on your own suddenly collide together? I had such a chat today with a friend that managed to fill some of the gaping holes I had generated regarding my life the past couple years. It’s pretty…

Music: Of Monsters and Men’s “I of the Storm”

I really like Of Monsters and Men. They’ve put out two fantastic CDs, and today’s song is a cut from the second, Beneath the Skin. Lyrically it has been resonating with me lately. Probably not a surprise if you’ve been following me the past year to any extent. :p Regardless, great song, marvelous CD, excellent…

Music: Foo Fighters’ “Run”

Foo Fighters, oh man. It’s been a little while since I’ve been so into a song you’ve done, but “Run” off of the upcoming Concrete and Gold is really, really good. The band is now apparently a six-piece? Jesus Dave, you’ve gone a long ways from the original album being essentially a solo work. :p…

Music – Five Great “Overworld” Themes

Time to tackle a few more of my favorite songs from my Top 100! This time I’ll share five of my favorite overworld themes, which I’m defining as a track that takes place in a game space not considered a town or an overall level theme from, say, Mega Man or Contra. Secret of Mana…

Music – Join Terra on her Random Encounter

Random Encounter is a band I’d like to hear more from, if the amazing quality of this cover from Final Fantasy VI is any indication. They absolutely nail this song. SO GOOD. Taken from their album Unavenged. You can sample their entire back catalog at their Bandcamp (something I need to do myself!).

Music – Lorde’s “Green Light”

I’ve not listened to a lot of Lorde’s work, but this song came out at the right time to really hit me deep in my emotions. It’s a powerful bit of music and one that got me more interested in more of her canon. Perhaps I’ll start with this album, Melodrama. Enjoy! Image from Youtube.

Music: Bôa’s Duvet

Bôa is one of those underrated bands that deserved a lot more success than they ended up with. Jasmine Rodgers has an amazing voice and her backing band is pretty spectacular, and their masterwork “Duvet” taken from Twilight is smashing all the way around. If you’ve seen Serial Experiments Lain, this song will be very…

Music: Feeling good about life, so here’s a happy Pillows song

The Pillows are one of my favorite bands. Since I discovered them through FLCL, I have been an ardent fan of their music in the anime and out, and this is my top pick of all of their music, “Like a lovesong (Back to Back)”, taken from Little Busters. This isn’t an official video; it’s…

Opinion: 5 Wonderful Level Themes

Many of my Top 100 picks are level themes…so much that just picking five of them would be difficult. So I’m just going to gush about five that are tickling my fancy today and cover more in the future. Castlevania – Wicked Child (NES, Konami, Kinuyo Yamashita) This here is my jam. One of my…