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some more updates and stuff

Posted by Serein , May 27 2016 · 109 views

no jokes this time and I'll probably keep it relatively brief and casual cuz I'm just too tired

lots of great new music came out in the past couple weeks. there was the new Katatonia last week which is currently my AotY, and then this week new Architects and Thrice both of which are pretty killer. dude at the record store sold me the former a day earlier than the release date which is pretty cool. meanwhile I've been trying to work out a new organizational/storage system for my 750+ CDs and that's been kind of a pain (literally. those boxes are heavy)

also been catching up on this season's anime. Studio Trigger's Space Patrol Luluco is adorable and one of my favorite things in a while, although tonight's episode was kind of weird and felt rushed but still. I've also been enjoying Wit Studio's new show Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. it's a little too similar to Attack on Titan (also by Wit) storywise but the animation is absolutely gorgeous and I'm liking the characters for the most part. Kiznaiver is another thing I'm really enjoying, it's also by Trigger but it looks and feels kind of different for them and I'm really digging the story and the characters. I've also been watching Mayoiga, although I don't know why at this point, since almost all the characters are really unlikeable and the story has kinda jumped the shark. beyond that I've started Tanaka-kun Is Always Listless and Anne Happy but haven't gotten far enough in either to make a judgment yet, and I've also still got a pretty long list of stuff I intend to check out at some point.

and finally (and most importantly), in addition to my continued quest for employment I'm probably gonna start taking art classes soon. haven't worked out the specifics but it's something I'm really interested in doing and I've already found a few options that seem plausible. maybe if this pans out I can eventually do art as a career, that'd be pretty cool

and that's it I guess. idk why I've decided to make these occasional life update entries here, my interest in this place is at an all-time low and I don't think anybody reads them anyway, but whatever


[UPDATED] Katatonia

Posted by Serein , May 20 2016 · 542 views
music, collections
updated with the brand new album The Fall of Hearts, of which I just got my pre-order today.

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top to bottom:

- Dance of December Souls (2007 reissue featuring Jhva Elohim Meth...The Revival EP as bonus tracks)
- For Funerals to Come EP (2011 reissue featuring bonus tracks)
- Brave Murder Day (2006 reissue featuring Sounds of Decay EP as bonus tracks)
- Discouraged Ones (2008 reissue with bonus tracks)
- Tonight's Decision (2001 reissue with bonus tracks)
- Last Fair Deal Gone Down (2011 tenth anniversary 2CD reissue)
- Viva Emptiness (2013 tenth anniversary reissue)
- The Great Cold Distance
- Night Is the New Day (2011 tour edition reissue)
- Dead End Kings
- Dethroned & Uncrowned (acoustic reworking of Dead End Kings CD/DVD)
- Sanctitude (live acoustic CD/DVD)
- The Fall of Hearts (CD/DVD deluxe edition)

also owned:

- Kocytean (Record Store Day 2014 exclusive limited to 2,000 copies rarities EP on trans-orange 12" vinyl)

also owned, not pictured:

- Discouraged Ones (original 1998 Century Black US pressing)
- Viva Emptiness (original 2003 pressing)
- "Displaced" (digital My Twin single B-side)
- "Dissolving Bonds" (digital My Twin single B-side)
- "The Act of Darkening" (iTunes bonus track for Dead End Kings)
- "Wide Awake in Quietus" (iTunes bonus track for The Fall of Hearts)


some updates and stuff

Posted by Serein , May 17 2016 · 240 views

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what's this? a new entry on Scythey's blog that isn't a music post, some kind of bait-and-switch, or unfunny attempt at humor? I know, I'm disappointed too. never mind, it has all those things now. crisis averted.

first things first: this is officially my new proudest moment on BZPower

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second things second (see, I can count): I got a drawing tablet and have dipped my toes into the abyss you call art. personally I think I'm pretty terrible at it but I started an artblog anyway (if you're dedicated enough you'll find it) and apparently people like my stuff enough to ask me to do art for them. I got the amazing opportunity to do the interior artwork for an actual upcoming music album that will be printed in an actual physical CD booklet, which is an actual dream come true for me.

third things third: speaking of amazing opportunities, two days ago I submitted a write-up for possible inclusion in a special featured article on a popular music site and today it was approved for publication. it's a large project that will feature a bunch of other writers and so far they've only got half the people needed so there's really no telling when it'll actually be finished, but still. also pretty much a dream come true.

and fourth things fourth: because this wouldn't be a good entry on my blog without some kind of music hype, new Katatonia album comes out this Friday and I should get my pre-order of the 2-disc limited edition by then. potential Album of the Year h y p e.



Posted by Serein , May 16 2016 · 132 views
Im sorry
Digital Audio Tape (DAT or R-DAT) is a signal recording and playback medium developed by Sony and introduced in 1987.[1] In appearance it is similar to a Compact Cassette, using 3.81 mm / 0.15" (commonly referred to as 4mm) magnetic tape enclosed in a protective shell, but is roughly half the size at 73 mm × 54 mm × 10.5 mm. As the name suggests, the recording is digital rather than analog. DAT has the ability to record at higher, equal or lower sampling rates than a CD (48, 44.1 or 32 kHz sampling rate respectively) at 16 bits quantization. If a digital source is copied then the DAT will produce an exact clone, unlike other digital media such as Digital Compact Cassette or non-Hi-MD MiniDisc, both of which use a lossy data reduction system.
Like most formats of videocassette, a DAT cassette may only be recorded and played in one direction, unlike an analog compact audio cassette, although many DAT recorders had the capability to record program numbers and IDs, which can be used to select an individual track like on a CD player.
Although intended as a replacement for analog audio compact cassettes, the format was never widely adopted by consumers because of issues of expense and concerns from the music industry about unauthorized high-quality copies. The format saw moderate success in professional markets and as a computer storage medium, which was developed into the Digital Data Storage format. As Sony has ceased production of new recorders, it will become more difficult to play archived recordings in this format unless they are copied to other formats or hard drives.


friendly neighborhood PSA

Posted by Serein , May 10 2016 · 218 views

if you live in the US and there's a primary in your state today and you're able, go out and vote

I want to vote in the primary but because of my current living/family situation and the way voting works in my state, I unfortunately can't. so if you have the opportunity to vote and you pass on it, I'm judging you extra hard today


Civil War spoilers

Posted by Serein , May 05 2016 · 226 views

the south lost, deal with it


it's May

Posted by Serein , May 01 2016 · 117 views

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Posted by Serein , Apr 20 2016 · 197 views

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from top to bottom:

- Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (US edition with bonus disc)
- Before the Dawn Heals Us
- Saturdays = Youth
- Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
- Junk

also owned digitally: the Oblivion original motion picture soundtrack. pretty dull soundtrack for a pretty dull movie, although the title track featuring Susanne Sundfør is still one of my favorite M83 songs.

I'm currently missing Digital Shades Vol. 1, which is a short instrumental ambient album and not really a full-blown studio album, as well as the self-titled debut which is just kind of okay and probably the least interesting thing they've ever done.

the new album Junk is easily the weakest M83 album yet from a songwriting standpoint, and it's getting extremely mixed reviews. while it's definitely a huge disappointment coming 5 years after the near-masterpiece Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, I personally enjoy it for what it is: a collection of schlocky, tongue-in-cheek pop songs that pay tribute to the cheesiest aspects of late-70s/early-80s music and culture.


I got married

Posted by Serein , Apr 18 2016 · 324 views
Stardew Valley
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(time for me to go read the Stardew Valley wiki to find out how marriage works. best wife 2k16)


Doctor Strange

Posted by Serein , Apr 15 2016 · 120 views

finally, the Sherlock/Hannibal crossover we've all been waiting for

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