Music: Gotta keep looping Ani DiFranco’s “Willing to Fight”

Ani DiFranco is a force of music, never quite achieving the accolades she deserves for her astounding talent as a lyricist, guitarist and live performer. Need proof? Listen to “Willing to Fight” from Living in Clip and tell me you’re not fucking inspired.

Music: Brand New’s “I Am a Nightmare”

Brand New is one of my favorite bands, although I have to admit Daisy trailed a little too deep into the dark for my liking. With “I Am a Nightmare”, the band roars into some of their peppiest music yet, but don’t let that fool you; this is still a pretty morose song lyrically. Supposedly…

Music: Beyond Good & Evil’s “Propaganda” is the song we need right now

Beyond Good & Evil is my favorite game of all time, with one of the best soundtracks, too. Its message against the corruption of civil government into one fueled by tyranny and military occupation is very apt in the wake of the election, with Christophe Heral’s “Propaganda” serving as a siren call to wake up.

Music: Some Apropos Songs from Billy Talent

So, we have as a country chosen to elect someone who has never held political office, has a reputation of being a generally shitty person, has openly discussed his harmful views on women and sexually assaulting them, espoused some of the most racist and xenophobic diatribes in recent political history, and has been frank about…

Music: Jimmy Eat World’s “The End is Beautiful”

So soon, you say? Well, this track from Jimmy Eat World’s Integrity Blues encapsulates how I feel so god damn much it’s almost like I wrote it myself. Since the word is out there elsewhere, I’ve separated from my wife Grace, who posted a bit on this blog’s previous form and who I spoke of…

Music: Jimmy Eat World’s “Appreciation”

Yes, I could pick something from Jimmy Eat World’s new album (which is good from what I’ve listened to), but instead I’ll pick arguably the best song from their last effort Damage. This is a really good resonating song for me right now.

Music: Castlevania: Rondo of Blood’s “Vampire Killer”

Kinuyo Yamashita’s original composition of “Vampire Killer” gets the Turbo CD treatment here, and I have to admit it’s by far my favorite rendition of the iconic track. I’m not sure who remixed it; the four composers for Rondo are Akira Souji, Keizo Nakamura, Tomoko Sano, and Mikio Saito — all of them did a…

Music: Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin’s “Jail of Jewel”

‘Vania musical genius Michiru Yamane, who defined the series’ sound for over a decade, was joined by another legend, Yuzo Koshiro, for the franchise’s 20th anniversary title Portrait of Ruin. The result is arguably the best portable soundtrack for the series, as well as one of the finest in the entire Castlevania canon, with “Jail…

Music: Regina Spektor’s “Small Bill$”

Regina Spektor’s new album is quite good! My favorite CD of hers is Soviet Kitsch, and Remember Us to Life is arguably the closest to that marvelous disc Spektor has achieved (in my opinion, anyway). This is a standout track off the CD. Edit – Originally had “Bleeding Heart” here, but I put that in my last music…