joonscribble: (WerewolfVampire)
If you're wondering who Richard Wells is, he's the fabulous composer for all the incidental music you hear on Being Human. And he's been nominated for a BAFTA for writing said music.

I've always felt that the music on Being Human has gone a long way to pushing the emotions just a bit more. The actors are fabulous, but the difference between me just sniffling to full out crying during certain scenes has always been thanks to Mr. Wells' music.

Here clips from the show at his official site HERE.
joonscribble: (WerewolfVampire)
If you're wondering who Richard Wells is, he's the fabulous composer for all the incidental music you hear on Being Human. And he's been nominated for a BAFTA for writing said music.

I've always felt that the music on Being Human has gone a long way to pushing the emotions just a bit more. The actors are fabulous, but the difference between me just sniffling to full out crying during certain scenes has always been thanks to Mr. Wells' music.

Here clips from the show at his official site HERE.
joonscribble: (AsanoTunes)
No Merlin review for me this week. I saw the episode and it was interesting. Lots of good acting, but also some ridiculously sloppy character development for Morgana. I feel like we skipped an episode or two with her that sort of...well, explains her in this episode. Oh well. I guess if the Arthur/Gwen romance gets a sudden rocket launch, they might as well do the same with Morgana and her impending turn to the Darkside.

In vaguely related news, I cannot believe I'm going to say this but I think I have a Merlin fic brewing in my head. Typically it's something angsty and the eponymous character doesn't actually appear in it. I think my plot bunnies are messing with me. Anyway...

Instead of a review, I bring you clips from the latest album by The Raveonettes. For those who don't know them, they're a Danish duo whose music sounds like a mix of 50's rock and something akin to The Jesus Mary and Chain. I feel like they've never made it huge here in the US, even within the alternative music scene where they'd most likely be embraced. They haven't done badly for themselves but I somehow feel like they should be bigger.

Their music is fun, infectious and I love how they sometimes subvert dark lyrics with incredibly poppy tunes. Their latest album is In and Out of Control. Listen to a few of songs below!

Bang!
Gone Forever
Last Dance


joonscribble: (AsanoTunes)
No Merlin review for me this week. I saw the episode and it was interesting. Lots of good acting, but also some ridiculously sloppy character development for Morgana. I feel like we skipped an episode or two with her that sort of...well, explains her in this episode. Oh well. I guess if the Arthur/Gwen romance gets a sudden rocket launch, they might as well do the same with Morgana and her impending turn to the Darkside.

In vaguely related news, I cannot believe I'm going to say this but I think I have a Merlin fic brewing in my head. Typically it's something angsty and the eponymous character doesn't actually appear in it. I think my plot bunnies are messing with me. Anyway...

Instead of a review, I bring you clips from the latest album by The Raveonettes. For those who don't know them, they're a Danish duo whose music sounds like a mix of 50's rock and something akin to The Jesus Mary and Chain. I feel like they've never made it huge here in the US, even within the alternative music scene where they'd most likely be embraced. They haven't done badly for themselves but I somehow feel like they should be bigger.

Their music is fun, infectious and I love how they sometimes subvert dark lyrics with incredibly poppy tunes. Their latest album is In and Out of Control. Listen to a few of songs below!

Bang!
Gone Forever
Last Dance


joonscribble: (AsanoTunes)
Pick five characters (canon or original) and pick a song that reminds you of him or her. The song doesn't have to represent them as a complete whole. It can be about a certain point in their lives. Explanations and sound files optional.

Mine are below the cut. I did three original characters and two canon characters. A couple of them might want to kill me for the song I picked out for them.

Sing a Little Song For Me )
joonscribble: (AsanoTunes)
Pick five characters (canon or original) and pick a song that reminds you of him or her. The song doesn't have to represent them as a complete whole. It can be about a certain point in their lives. Explanations and sound files optional.

Mine are below the cut. I did three original characters and two canon characters. A couple of them might want to kill me for the song I picked out for them.

Sing a Little Song For Me )
joonscribble: (WerewolfVampire)
I don't normally rec fanmixes. Mainly because I rarely download them. But I'm recommending this one because it not only introduced me to new music, but it really does capture what it was after in every song, in every lyric.

For Being Human fans, [livejournal.com profile] thelymachy has created a fanmix for the entire first season and it is incredible. Read her comments about why she chose each song and what she was hoping to convey and believe me, it all works. Not only that, but the songs, despite each one coming from a different artist all seamlessly fit together and capture the dark warmth of the show. And she gives us lovely artwork to boot! Download, give it a listen and don't forget to leave the creator a comment. She's planning a Mitchell/Annie mix so obviously I'm squeeing across the Internet.

joonscribble: (WerewolfVampire)
I don't normally rec fanmixes. Mainly because I rarely download them. But I'm recommending this one because it not only introduced me to new music, but it really does capture what it was after in every song, in every lyric.

For Being Human fans, [livejournal.com profile] thelymachy has created a fanmix for the entire first season and it is incredible. Read her comments about why she chose each song and what she was hoping to convey and believe me, it all works. Not only that, but the songs, despite each one coming from a different artist all seamlessly fit together and capture the dark warmth of the show. And she gives us lovely artwork to boot! Download, give it a listen and don't forget to leave the creator a comment. She's planning a Mitchell/Annie mix so obviously I'm squeeing across the Internet.

joonscribble: (AsanoTunes)
Tickets for the Met Opera went on sale today for the general public at 12pm. I got there naively at 11am and was greeted with about 200 people standing in front of me. Nice. By 3pm, I finally managed to get tickets for Don Giovanni for one of the four nights Peter Mattei would be singing the title role. The Met very cleverly did not pair his Giovanni with D'Arcangelo's Leporello so I'll have to get separate tickets for D'Arcangelo.

I was disappointed to find out that Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel decided to pull out of playing Dulcamara for the Met's L'Elisir D'Amore. I was looking forward to seeing his interpretation, but apparently he's decided to retire the role completely so there goes my chance.

While waiting in line, the Met had their flat screens going to show bits of their upcoming productions as well as their old stuff. After seeing the documentary for it about 18 times while in line for 4 hours, I kind of want to see John Adams' Doctor Atomic now. An opera about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, is unusual and I'm also not a huge fan of contemporary opera, but the documentary made it look so interesting.

Little factoid: if Oppenheimer hadn't come up with the atomic bomb, B.F Skinner's plan for using trained pigeons to pinpoint bomb target sites might have been picked up. That's right: trained pigeons.
joonscribble: (AsanoTunes)
Tickets for the Met Opera went on sale today for the general public at 12pm. I got there naively at 11am and was greeted with about 200 people standing in front of me. Nice. By 3pm, I finally managed to get tickets for Don Giovanni for one of the four nights Peter Mattei would be singing the title role. The Met very cleverly did not pair his Giovanni with D'Arcangelo's Leporello so I'll have to get separate tickets for D'Arcangelo.

I was disappointed to find out that Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel decided to pull out of playing Dulcamara for the Met's L'Elisir D'Amore. I was looking forward to seeing his interpretation, but apparently he's decided to retire the role completely so there goes my chance.

While waiting in line, the Met had their flat screens going to show bits of their upcoming productions as well as their old stuff. After seeing the documentary for it about 18 times while in line for 4 hours, I kind of want to see John Adams' Doctor Atomic now. An opera about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, is unusual and I'm also not a huge fan of contemporary opera, but the documentary made it look so interesting.

Little factoid: if Oppenheimer hadn't come up with the atomic bomb, B.F Skinner's plan for using trained pigeons to pinpoint bomb target sites might have been picked up. That's right: trained pigeons.
joonscribble: (AsanoTunes)
In an unexpected twist of timing, the official soundtrack for Torchwood got released in the US first. Not sure how that happened, but I'm not really complaining.

It's a mix of music from series 1 and 2, though I think 2 got more of a representation. Which works just fine since I dug the music in series 2 a lot more. Just about everyone gets their name slapped onto a song, even some guest stars like Tommy Brockless and Gray. As well as Pearl and the Ghostmaker. Those two got their own theme as a pair. It's the music that plays during their pool scene. See? Total OTP. The only one left out was Ianto, which sort of makes sense. The only real tune I can associate with his character is the music that played when he and PizzaGirl!Lisa had their final conversation toward the end of "Cyberwoman." I wouldn't have minded the tune being thrown on there since I actually kind of liked it but oh well. EDIT: Because someone way more observant than me pointed out that the Cyberwoman tune is in fact on the soundtrack. It's integrated into the "Another Day, Another Death" track.

After listening to the entire thing, my favorite track is "The Girl on the Roof" which is in reference to Maggie Hopper, the suicidal widow Owen met in "A Day in the Death." The first 45 seconds of that is just gorgeous. It's sweet, innocent with a touch of darkness shadowing the lovely melody. In short, it's a perfect depiction of Maggie's character and the tragic life she had up until Owen met her. They even weave in notes from Owen's theme into it, which also works really well. Out of all the tracks, I find it to be the most subtly effective.
joonscribble: (AsanoTunes)
In an unexpected twist of timing, the official soundtrack for Torchwood got released in the US first. Not sure how that happened, but I'm not really complaining.

It's a mix of music from series 1 and 2, though I think 2 got more of a representation. Which works just fine since I dug the music in series 2 a lot more. Just about everyone gets their name slapped onto a song, even some guest stars like Tommy Brockless and Gray. As well as Pearl and the Ghostmaker. Those two got their own theme as a pair. It's the music that plays during their pool scene. See? Total OTP. The only one left out was Ianto, which sort of makes sense. The only real tune I can associate with his character is the music that played when he and PizzaGirl!Lisa had their final conversation toward the end of "Cyberwoman." I wouldn't have minded the tune being thrown on there since I actually kind of liked it but oh well. EDIT: Because someone way more observant than me pointed out that the Cyberwoman tune is in fact on the soundtrack. It's integrated into the "Another Day, Another Death" track.

After listening to the entire thing, my favorite track is "The Girl on the Roof" which is in reference to Maggie Hopper, the suicidal widow Owen met in "A Day in the Death." The first 45 seconds of that is just gorgeous. It's sweet, innocent with a touch of darkness shadowing the lovely melody. In short, it's a perfect depiction of Maggie's character and the tragic life she had up until Owen met her. They even weave in notes from Owen's theme into it, which also works really well. Out of all the tracks, I find it to be the most subtly effective.
joonscribble: (AsanoTunes)
I'm currently feeling some student glee as I've gotten back my first paper ever for grad school and it's full points all around. Now I just need to do this for every other paper from here on out and it'll be good...

But moving on, my ramble about my opera experience at the Royal Opera House.

joonscribble: (AsanoTunes)
I'm currently feeling some student glee as I've gotten back my first paper ever for grad school and it's full points all around. Now I just need to do this for every other paper from here on out and it'll be good...

But moving on, my ramble about my opera experience at the Royal Opera House.

joonscribble: (AsanoTunes)
It's been awhile since I've put up a few tunes for people to check out. So I thought I'd remedy that. Below are three covers by three actors of three good songs.

"Anywhere I Lay My Head" by Scarlett Johansson from Anywhere I Lay My Head, covering Tom Waits
Johansson recently put out an album that covers a set of Tom Waits songs. It's been getting mixed reviews and after giving it a full listen, yes, not everything on the album works. Tom Waits is a musician I've always liked, whose talents as a songwriter cannot be denied. But his vocals are an acquired taste and I know people have a hard time getting used to the scratchy, growly quality of his voice. His original version of this song is one of my favorite Waits songs and I really like Johansson's rendition of it. It's hazy, melodious, and romantic in a slightly skewed way. Certainly worse ways for one to pay tribute.

"You Really Got a Hold On Me" by She & Him from Volume One, covering The Miracles
The "She" in She & Him is Zooey Deschanel, from such films like The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Almost Famous. I rather like the quality of her voice and she does a nice, slow, lovely rendition of the Miracles song about the one you love, even though you really wish you didn't. The "Him" in the song is M.Ward, whose previous albums I've enjoyed.

"You're So Vain" by John Barrowman from Another Side, covering Carly Simon
This one is a bit unfair since Barrowman is an actor, but he's also pretty much a musician as well. Still, I felt the need to share this one. The original Simon version is a wonderfully angry, angsty, accusatory song. I mean, just look at the title. It's also kind of campy, but I love it for that. Barrowman's perhaps sounds less angry, but it's still great fun to listen to. And yes, maybe I sort of envision Captain Jack singing this to the Doctor, but shhhhh! Quiet! Just give me my fannish-ness.


joonscribble: (AsanoTunes)
It's been awhile since I've put up a few tunes for people to check out. So I thought I'd remedy that. Below are three covers by three actors of three good songs.

"Anywhere I Lay My Head" by Scarlett Johansson from Anywhere I Lay My Head, covering Tom Waits
Johansson recently put out an album that covers a set of Tom Waits songs. It's been getting mixed reviews and after giving it a full listen, yes, not everything on the album works. Tom Waits is a musician I've always liked, whose talents as a songwriter cannot be denied. But his vocals are an acquired taste and I know people have a hard time getting used to the scratchy, growly quality of his voice. His original version of this song is one of my favorite Waits songs and I really like Johansson's rendition of it. It's hazy, melodious, and romantic in a slightly skewed way. Certainly worse ways for one to pay tribute.

"You Really Got a Hold On Me" by She & Him from Volume One, covering The Miracles
The "She" in She & Him is Zooey Deschanel, from such films like The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Almost Famous. I rather like the quality of her voice and she does a nice, slow, lovely rendition of the Miracles song about the one you love, even though you really wish you didn't. The "Him" in the song is M.Ward, whose previous albums I've enjoyed.

"You're So Vain" by John Barrowman from Another Side, covering Carly Simon
This one is a bit unfair since Barrowman is an actor, but he's also pretty much a musician as well. Still, I felt the need to share this one. The original Simon version is a wonderfully angry, angsty, accusatory song. I mean, just look at the title. It's also kind of campy, but I love it for that. Barrowman's perhaps sounds less angry, but it's still great fun to listen to. And yes, maybe I sort of envision Captain Jack singing this to the Doctor, but shhhhh! Quiet! Just give me my fannish-ness.


joonscribble: (AsanoTunes)
Below is a video of Ildebrando D'Arcangelo singing the Catalogue Aria from "Don Giovanni." The aria is basically about Giovanni's manservant listing all the different kinds of women Giovanni's slept with over the years. In this particular production, they've even extended it out so that Giovanni pretty much sleeps with anything that's bipedal.

I was once told that most male opera singers reach their peak at around age 40-something. I think Ildebrando D'Arcangelo exemplifies this. He's always been a pretty good singer, but his actual voice didn't reach it's height until recently now that he's in his early 40's. Tempo for this aria here could have been faster, but I still get shivers 3:07 into the aria as D'Arcangelo builds up to the long note.

joonscribble: (AsanoTunes)
Below is a video of Ildebrando D'Arcangelo singing the Catalogue Aria from "Don Giovanni." The aria is basically about Giovanni's manservant listing all the different kinds of women Giovanni's slept with over the years. In this particular production, they've even extended it out so that Giovanni pretty much sleeps with anything that's bipedal.

I was once told that most male opera singers reach their peak at around age 40-something. I think Ildebrando D'Arcangelo exemplifies this. He's always been a pretty good singer, but his actual voice didn't reach it's height until recently now that he's in his early 40's. Tempo for this aria here could have been faster, but I still get shivers 3:07 into the aria as D'Arcangelo builds up to the long note.

joonscribble: (AsanoTunes)
I've been trolling around the Fanmix LJ Comm to try and find new music. Someone put the Jeeves and Wooster theme song on their Jack/Ianto mix, which I found to be utterly hilarious and brilliant. I'll now forever have visions of Ianto holding that Tea Tray of Weaponry whenever I hear the violins to the J&W theme.

Other than that discovery, it was a pointless venture. Not because the music selections are bad, but I got interrupted online by Friend Rachel, who just recently finished the entire season 1 of Torchwood and had lots to say on the matter. I could practically hear her keyboard groaning in agony as she pounded her IMs down. Her reaction basically boils down to: Why Am I So Enraptured By These Dumb As Rocks People? Heh.

Anyway, here is a small selection of music from my own old library.

The World Was a Mess But His Hair Was Perfect by the Rakes
I often associated this song with Crowley from Good Omens. Because in my mind, the pending apocalypse never got in the way of Crowley's style. And now I also associate this song with Jack. Because same thing.

They Marry by Mi & L'Au

It's a love song that sounds a little creepy. I tend to picture Merry Go Rounds when I hear this song. Creepy Merry Go Rounds. No, but really. The song's rather pretty. If a bit cre- you get the idea.

Sweet Sweet Heartkiller by Say Hi To Your Mom
Don't you just love the name of this band? They're so hipster and irreverent. The song's about a female vampire. No, really.
joonscribble: (AsanoTunes)
I've been trolling around the Fanmix LJ Comm to try and find new music. Someone put the Jeeves and Wooster theme song on their Jack/Ianto mix, which I found to be utterly hilarious and brilliant. I'll now forever have visions of Ianto holding that Tea Tray of Weaponry whenever I hear the violins to the J&W theme.

Other than that discovery, it was a pointless venture. Not because the music selections are bad, but I got interrupted online by Friend Rachel, who just recently finished the entire season 1 of Torchwood and had lots to say on the matter. I could practically hear her keyboard groaning in agony as she pounded her IMs down. Her reaction basically boils down to: Why Am I So Enraptured By These Dumb As Rocks People? Heh.

Anyway, here is a small selection of music from my own old library.

The World Was a Mess But His Hair Was Perfect by the Rakes
I often associated this song with Crowley from Good Omens. Because in my mind, the pending apocalypse never got in the way of Crowley's style. And now I also associate this song with Jack. Because same thing.

They Marry by Mi & L'Au

It's a love song that sounds a little creepy. I tend to picture Merry Go Rounds when I hear this song. Creepy Merry Go Rounds. No, but really. The song's rather pretty. If a bit cre- you get the idea.

Sweet Sweet Heartkiller by Say Hi To Your Mom
Don't you just love the name of this band? They're so hipster and irreverent. The song's about a female vampire. No, really.

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