ltgmars: ([fastball] out of my head)
(Inspired by Cami whether she likes it or not, because I don't have the energy to do a daily music meme, but I do want to share my favorite music.)

Fastball has been my favorite band for years. I haven't talked about them for years, in the wake of flourishing interests of the Japanese variety, but they're still near and dear to my heart. The thing about me is that I don't listen to a lot of music (absurd and not-so-absurd music Ashley spammed me with notwithstanding); I have five playlists on my iTunes -- five artists whose full discographies I put on shuffle/repeat and play as the background music of my life: Arashi, Kanjani8, Shiina Ringo, Backstreet Boys, and Fastball. Beyond those five artists, I don't typically listen to anyone else regularly.

Fastball is best known for their hit "The Way", from 1998. You might remember it.


They released an album before then, entitled Make Your Mama Proud (1996), which was a bit harder and grittier -- also a bit more nonsensical and stupid in terms of what the music is about. They've since evolved into what I'd consider a "mellow southern power pop/rock" group; they depend on the classic setup of catchy melody/strong harmony on top of unadorned instrumentals, but occasionally their Texas twang comes out.

Four years ago I convinced my family to drive five hours to Cincinnati to see them perform, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. In concert, they're musically spot-on and quite energetic, but they're also incredibly friendly and laidback and down-to-earth; they make me want to be their friend; they make it easy to be their friend.

I jokingly refer to them as a one-and-a-half hit wonder sometimes (because "The Way" was their clear hit, but "Out of My Head" was also a really popular song at the time that a lot of people forget about), but I think all of their music is fabulous. They have a strong sense of what kind of music they produce, and in the 14+ years they've been active, they haven't compromised that at all.

So I'll close with a live cut of my favorite song from their latest album (released in 2008), "Soul Radio", plus another song, "Always Never":
ltgmars: (kamakari ~ rokkakumyu photo (textless))
I know what GIP means now. Heheh. I'd do the icon meme, but I can't make graphics worthy of my friends' awesomeness. D: But that's okay I still love you [livejournal.com profile] athena8!!! ♥


Purdue-ing was nice. Nothing out of the ordinary, but I'm almost positive my family has scarred Ilse for life with our dorkiness. While we were waiting for my mother to pay for dinner at Steak 'n Shake, my dad, brother, and I were discussing the functionality of the seat grooves in the floor of the van and what the grooves would be used for/why some grooves are different from others. Daddy says I won.


Received my Fastball live CD in the mail today. It's a 2-CD set (yayz), so I'll listen to the first one in bed tonight. :D Now I just need their best of CD (which they released after their third album... come on, guys, seriously), and I'll have them all. Not that there are a lot. I've just been spending my money on non-English things lately. ._.


I have so much to do in one week. I have to make a list. But first things first: 88 icons by Monday for [livejournal.com profile] manga100. Meanwhile, I'll be catching up on scanlations/fanfiction/other things, and I'll be working feverishly to draw a decent doujinshi, because I just realized that I have a week to do it (I won't have any free time the week before it's due, so yeah). O_O;;

And I have to organize my stuff for that "college" thing, too.
ltgmars: (*pnish* ~ lemons)
Tony writes the nicest/prettiest/catchiest/most melodic music. It's amazing. (You can listen to some of it on his myspace.) Too bad his lyrics are kind of weird sometimes... :X

Tony Scalzo - How Did I Get Here )

Well, see, that one isn't so bad. Try this stanza on for size, though.

stanza from Tony Scalzo - Reality )

...?

I wish his EPs weren't LE. His first two EPs are sold out at his website's store, but his third EP is out. I'm itching to click on the Paypal link...


Wisdom teeth are coming out tomorrow. I'm going to try that thing where you start counting as you're being anesthesiaized and you return to consciousness sometime later in the recovery room, still counting.


Oh, and random thought for the day, courtesy of Tokyo Toshokan: "The Duchess of Busty Mounds".

Hahahahahahahaha, what a stupid title. Spanish-subtitled anime pr0n, no less. I love it.
ltgmars: (fastball ~ out of my head)
I can die happy.
I'm so happy I could die.
If I killed myself right now, I'd be the frickin' happiest suicide victim EVER.
Words can't express my happiness.

We got to Cincinnati so early because my mother insisted that we leave at 10:00 AM, even though the drive is only five hours and Fastball was scheduled for 8:30 PM, so we just dawdled around for a few hours and returned to the stage to watch the band before Fastball (The Leroy Ellington Band) perform. They were a lot of fun, actually... Goofy, funky, good (they did a bunch of cover songs). But yeah, that was that.

FASTBALL. )

I have amazingly very little to say. I'm still kind of overwhelmed... and happy. So, so, so happy.
ltgmars: (lorelai ~ hold the phone)
The physics final was excellent. Mr. Kloser must have done a rush job with getting everything ready, since he recently found out that he'd be out of town this morning... We didn't need him there to answer questions, though, because he left the answer key stapled to everyone's tests. XDDD The first thing I do when I get a test is flip through it to make sure I have enough time to answer all the questions, and, lo and behold, there it was: the answer key to the final (labelled "Answer Key", no less), thirteen questions to match, right in front of the equations sheet. "Ummmmmm..." Alan and I were wondering if it was some type of psychological trick, but the answers were all correct, so, after she'd collected them, Miss Daughtery handed the answer keys back near the end of the period and just told us to check our work and to explain our reasoning for each problem.

The calc final was long, as expected. I clocked in at about 2:30, which is better than last semester's 3:00, but I need to get a good grade on this test, so I'm hoping I did well. I feel all right about it (I marked 15 or so questions (out of 25) as "almost definitely pretty close to correct", and I marked another 5 or so "maybe kind of correct"... stupid fscking no-partial-credit multiple choice tests :O), but that's how I felt last time, and I got a lot more wrong than I thought I would.

But we'll see. =___=;;


Afterwards, I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up some stuff to make keychains. Well, keychain. Singular. For someone.

I hope it doesn't turn out really scary-looking or anything. XD


Oh, I have to re-remind my parents about the Fastball thing on Sunday... I re-mentioned it last week, and my mom was like, "Yeah, let's go!" because she loves visiting random cities, so, as long as my parents remember, it looks like everything's green unless something weird pops up. Hopefully Lady Luck smiles upon me this weekend for Fastball.

And for the calc final, OMFG. =_=;;
ltgmars: (fastball ~ out of my head)
So Fastball, the Best Band in the World™, will be playing for Taste of Cincinnati on May 28th (it's on the live gigs page of Tony's website).

I'll be out of school by then. South Bend --> Cincinnati is a five-hour car trip. Attendance to Taste of Cincinnati is free.

I might be able to go.

Nothing's set in stone, of course, since we're not sure what time exactly they're playing (and how my post-school, pre-graduation schedule looks), but if I get to hear Fastball play live after everything's said and done, the impending schedule confusion and the potentially painful ten hours of driving would totally be worth it.

*crosses fingers!!*

P.S. I'm reinstating my Fastball icon for the occasion. Three icon slots left. T_T
ltgmars: (kamakari ~ antique melody)
I envy those of you who can change your icons without making a new post about them, but I'm unfortunately not as controlled as you are. ~_~

New Kamakari icon (replacing my previous Kamakari icon) = new default icon! And since the icon clashed with my Tezuka-colored layout, I just randomly picked a new S2 layout with a calm theme. Icon lyrics (I don't think you can read them) are from "Falling Upstairs" by Fastball. Of course. I love Fastball with all of my being. ><

In other news, I'm getting back into the fansubbing groove, finally. Major Blood+ marathoning this week before I edit some episodes during my happy four-day weekend. =^_^=
ltgmars: (tezuka ~ youth)
The problem with skipping out on LJ for two months is having to get caught up. I mean, I enjoy it, but my loverly friends list suffers from it. Sorry. ><

So I'll do as much as I can in as little space as possible...


Buchou~ *___* Shishido's album is really good. Like, really good. (I'm pretty sure I'm going to try to buy it once I can order stuff online.) Wintermyu is hot. Akadot Retail sent me OCEAN LINE. Kamakari goes, "Ko-Koorogi? Koorogi ya!" in his DVD. (I watched an idol DVD. Apocalypse Now, what?) I'm currently experiencing an unhappy allergic reaction to some strange facial medicine. I bought KKJ 2, Howl's Moving Castle, and My Neighbor Totoro with a large sum of paycheck money that my mother withheld from me for two years. I want the Gilmore Girls box sets. The only thing I saw of the Olympics was an hour or so of the opening ceremonies. Claire sent me a Singing Valentine "from the cast of Tenipuri". I contemplated getting fake glasses (still do; I'd probably do it if it didn't make me ridiculously pretentious). I'm getting better (less awful) at Japanese. I've forgotten everything there is to know about Spanish. Torishishi makes me so happy. I need to buy HP4. (Rupert Grint rocks my socks.) My Instrumental Ensemble ensemble kicks butt. I've already killed my computer with stuff I downloaded in one day, but I still have so much more to download. I'm trying to convince my mother to buy me Fastball's live albums (here and here), and she may be willing to do it since they're not of Japanese origin. We had a happy Indonesian dinner at Great Wall last week, and I ate some creepy-looking fish. Japanese Culture Club has made a subtle shift from "meeting after school in Kuharic's room" to "everyone coming home with me to watch anime at my house". (Which I wouldn't mind if the regulars weren't so potentially irritating.) I need to get a paid LJ account (for icons, yes). My mouth hurts.

And three pre-typed picspam posts coming your way. Right now.
ltgmars: (chibi tezuka)
  • pre-school: listened to the Tenimyu Dream Live 1st soundtrack before school (yeah, burned copy...)

  • period 1: felt the love from Mr. Kloser and Sarah and Rob (wah!!) during Physics... so nice~

  • period 2: chatted with Mrs. Chismar and Claire a tiny bit before Calc; chatted with my Calc class (so much fun) after Wojo was finished teaching

  • period 3: mentioned Fastball once in study hall (in convincing Mr. Gerencher to play their music next Monday)

  • period 4: internally rolled eyes at Anne for not knowing what she was talking about (regarding anime) during lunch

  • periods 5-6: drew a nice "random girl" during Media... I'll have to scan it in; I haven't drawn for such a long time

  • periods 7-8: used public variables in Computer Science and got Mr. Dillon to refer to Diki's graduation speech XD

  • period 9: mentioned Fastball during English (in trying to find the crazy boys a theme song... Charlie the Methadone Man, anyone?)

  • period 10: uh, adoration...?

  • post-school: chased Alan around (in trying to convince him that yes, he is the most huggable guy)

  • at home: realized that it's TEZUKA-BUCHOU'S BIRTHDAY and danced around a bit


  • Unfortunately, not everyone has had as wonderful a day as I have. If it's any consolation, I was crying during Physics yesterday... ~_~

    But I get to finish off a nice day by shutting myself off from the world and studying chemistry for six hours in living, breathing anticipation of the SAT IIs tomorrow! YAY!
    ltgmars: (fastball ~ out of my head)
    *_* I'm so freaking obsessed. Anyway, I made yet another avatar (I think I'm ImageReady's new whore). Cute, ne?

    By the way, I just realized that John (orchestra John, whom I have something of a crushlet on) sort of looks like Fastball's Tony (sans the atrocious sideburns; John also has lighter hair, but just as intense a gaze).

    Tony's a bit weird-looking at times, but cute (best with longish hair). John's hot. >_>

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