Breaking Bad & Other things

 

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El Camino

Hope you folks are doing fine. After some testing travel, I had a pretty relaxing time today and finally watched El Camino. Needless to say, it was fantastic. It feels like it was just yesterday when Breaking Bad ended. Difficult to believe that it was six fucking years ago! It has to be one of my all time favorite dramas ever. As a big time Xphile, it was so easy to fall in love with Breaking Bad. Vince Gilligan has written some of the best X Files episodes and when I caught the first episode of Breaking Bad, it felt so fucking familiar. After The X Files, Breaking Bad was the show I started watching religiously. These days though, with just so many shows on TV and streaming platforms, it is so difficult to keep up. Word of mouth, great reviews sometimes pique my interest and I watch some shows, but not consistently like I did earlier with The X Files or Breaking Bad. Hell, there was a time, when I even watched The Bold and the Beautiful every single fucking day. I remember regularly popping a rod watching Brooke and nutting many times. She was my dream woman back then. She’s almost 60 now and has matured like fine wine. Cannot believe that she’s a grandmother now.

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Brooke Logan – Extreme Rod Popper 

Coming back to Breaking Bad, I loved the music that was part of the show man. A good scene becomes great with a perfect song/music. There are many examples of such wonderful synergy in Breaking Bad, but none so brilliant like DLZ by TV on the Radio. In this case, I don’t know if the scene elevated the song or the song made the scene so great. That death stare on Heisenberg’s eyes when he warns the guy to get out of his territory with DLZ slowly building up gave me the fucking goosebumps.

Again, my mind went back to The X Files and how great some of the song choices in it were. Relating to DLZ, there is a song called Hey Man, Nice Shot by Filter. It was featured in D.P.O, the third episode in Series 3. Great episode by the way and the song comes on when Giovanni Ribisi’s Darin Peter Oswald zaps Jack Black’s Bart Liquori. Perfect song for the perfect scenario. I never forgot that song ever since.

Similar slow buildup and the rock explosion towards the end. Sick shit! The second song that stayed with me forever was Unmarked Helicopters by Soul Coughing. Similar vibes like DLZ and Hey Man, Nice Shot. It was featured just briefly on Max, the eighteenth episode on Series 4.

Soul Coughing captured the very essence of the show and it described the situation in that episode perfectly and it was also a wonderful tribute to Fox Mulder. All three songs were pretty similar in my opinion and the connect between the two shows was felt across so many levels. Great stuff that!

Jazztronik Studio Live Best – 19.12.2012 Release

Jazztronik - Studio Live Best Cover

Jazztronik – Studio Live Best Cover

I mentioned about Jazztronik’s newest offering coming out tomorrow. I just wanted to let you guys know that the entire album is available for listening over at soundcloud (Just today!). I mean the entire hour and fifteen minutes. If you are a Jazztronik fan, you would immediately notice that most of the tracks are well known hits. But, the live studio environment gives an absolutely fabulous feel to the tracks. Head over to soundcloud pronto and listen to the tracks. Just follow the link below for listening:

Jazztronik – Studio Live Best – Listen at Soundcloud

Release party was held at AIR in Tokyo Shibuya, Japan last Friday. It featured a host of guest vocals from Mika Arisaka, Sonomi Tameoka and Eliana.

Release Party featuring Jazztronik and Guest Vocals

Release Party featuring Jazztronik and Guest Vocals

Being a big fan of Jazztronik, it should be no surprise why I love this album as well. If you wanna have a Jazzy Christmas, then you should buy this great album tomorrow. In celebration of the album’s release tomorrow, here’s the timeless track Samurai played live at JZ Brat SOUND OF TOKYO on July 29th 2006.

Another picture from the release party. I saw this picture on Mika Arisaka’s Twitter photo stream.

Studio Live Best Release Party - As seen on Mika Arisaka's Twitter

Studio Live Best Release Party – As seen on Mika Arisaka’s Twitter

More Music

I am planning to post some tech related content tomorrow. But before I call it a night, thought of talking about some music. As usual, this one is also from the Japanese Lounge scene. When I am programming, I am always listening to music, mostly Jazz or Lounge from Japan. What is unique about lounge music originating from Japan is the role of the piano. Most of you would be aware of the importance of piano in Japanese culture. It is one of the most popular music instruments when it comes to learning. Piano compositions in Japan have been even given an academic treatment in a few cases. For instance, J. U. Garrett from Rice University wrote a thesis about Japanese piano compositions of the last hundred years. Apart from a fascinating read, it also provides a list of 3000 compositions ever since the first one appeared in 1900.  For those who are interested in this study, just follow the link below to download the thesis from Rice University Digital Scholarship Archive.

Japanese piano compositions of the last hundred years – J. U. Garrett

The track you are about to listen is called YAWNING CAT by the artist, Dr. Echo Logic. Soothing track to relax and simply chill. It’s part of the compilation, Tokyo Lounge – Dinner Time.

Tokyo Luxury Lounge - Dinner Time

Dr. Echo-Logic (Hirofumi Asamoto) is another one of my favorites. I love his PianoxDub album. You can get to his website to know more about him by clicking his picture.

Dr. Echo-Logic - Website

Now let’s come to the track. Have a listen and see if it is your kinda music. If yes, get the Tokyo Lounge album straightaway. It’s a great compilation album.

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Till tomorrow folks.

 

Rant + Killer Music

Sorry about not having posted new stuff in a while folks. Tied up with a few things here and there. Currently on my way to Munich and have some time to update.

Today marks the first anniversary of me getting dumped by my ex in Starbucks. You tend to forget everything and move on but on a day like this, everything just keeps coming back, whether you like it or not! Anyway, this is gonna be the last time I am ever gonna mention about it, I promise.

Thankfully, I found some new music, thanks to my friend gutterslob (you may know him from crunchbang forums) that made me happy. He is an avid fan of the Japanese underground Jazz and lounge scene, just like I am. I was pleasantly surprised to find an email from him with a link to the album Kayabe from Bun/Fumitake Tamura.

Kayabe | Bun/Fumitake Tamura

If you are into this kind of music, Kayabe is a worthy addition. What’s even better is that the album is available absolutely free for download. Totally legal. Before posting the link, let me post a track from the album called, Searchin. Have a listen and see if it’s your kinda deal.

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Follow the link for downloading the album. I will continue to post music from the Japanese scene.

Kayabe – Fumitake Tamura

More coming up later…..

Today’s Music Fix – Moments in Love – G.O.L – Sensations of Tone

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I listened to this track on Groovesalad yesterday, and it was pretty smooth. Got hold of the album after a long search last night. Too bad G.O.L disbanded after their only album Sensations of Tone was released. This track is very smooth and worked great on me when I was working late night, testing some new shell scripts.

I am linking the track right here for you hearing pleasure. Let me know how you folks like the track.

It’s a very rare album, but if someone needs it, all you need to do is let me know with your comments. Happy listening.

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Today’s Ken Ishii Fix – Daybreak Reprise

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Am linking another Ken Ishii track here. This is from his Daybreak Reprise – Sunriser Remixed album. Ken Ishii is killing me with his totally awesome tracks. I started hearing his work only recently, so hating myself as to why I didn’t discover him earlier. But  I have almost all his albums, so its fine. And my ncmpcpp is populated with just his tracks. Anyway here is a Sunriser Remix track. It’s called Spirit Catcher’s Other View Mix.

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Ken Ishii – Sample

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I do admit, I love me some techno. And of late have been listening to a lot of Ken Ishii, the rocking DJ from Japan. His tracks are mostly great, except for some of them that kind of cross over to the pop zone, which I don’t like. Listening to his tracks late at night when either coding or hacking LFS, certainly livens the mood a lot. I am posting one of my favorite Ken Ishii tracks here, so have a listen, while you are reading my other posts. The track is called EXTRA, and it’s from his album Jelly Tones, which was released 14 years ago, in 1995. I love this track. Enough said, happy listening.

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Song of the Day!

How ’bout another track from Soma FM? I listen to most of their playlists, but during coding, groovesalad, spacestation, and beatblender work the best! Groovesalad features a lot of tracks from Yoshinori Sunahara, the amazing Japanese dude who is widely popular for his funky mixes! Here’s a track from him, titled, ‘Love Beat’! You can also find a lot of his tracks on youtube as well!