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I also like some simple Japanese songs like ゴンドラの唄 (Gondola no Uta), Aogeba Tōtoshi and 赤とんぼ (童謡) (Red Dragonfly).
I also like João Gilberto’s Chega de Saudade album (even though I’ve never bothered to look up any of the lyrics besides the title track’s) and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Stone Flower. I’m a fan of the Bossa Nova Japanification Project (ボサノヴァ日本語化計画).
I do sometimes wonder why I don’t listen as much to Japanese music. It may be that since I’ve spent all my teenage years (when I first got interested in listening to music) in the US, my musical tastes were influenced that way.
I’m open to suggestions (e.g. sometimes Kristin Lie will show me a song), but I feel I’ve mostly discovered what I like, so I don’t spend time actively searching for new things to listen to. Finding more Japanese songs I like would be especially nice though.
I should also mention that I can go for long periods (weeks) without listening to any music. It might just be that my collection is so small I get bored of it quickly, but can come back to it after some amount of time has passed.
- “Dream A Little Dream of Me”—Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day
- Taylor Swift—“Blank Space”, “Back to December”, “Forever and Always”, “Ours”, “Red”
- Neon Genesis Evangelion OST
- Pokemon OSTs, in particular the Ruby and Sapphire OST
(I plan to make a table like the following to better keep track of my music. For me, music often allows me to experience the qualia of certain periods of my life, so it’s important that the time periods when I listened to the music are listed alongside it.)
|2007 or 2008 (?)||Queen|
|before 2016||I mostly listen to mainstream Western music from a few decades back: Bob Dylan1, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Kinks2, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Velvet Underground (roughly in that order). Jean Michel Jarre, Jean-Luc Ponty, mostly through my father.|
|2013 or 2014||Sidi Touré, Detektivbyrån|
|2015-12 (?) to 2016-02 (?)||Sunny Day Service (band): “aitakatta shoujo”, “baby blue”, 曽我部恵一BAND「魔法のバスに乗って」|
I believe I got a second generation iPod Touch right around when it came out, which seems to be late 2008; this is the only Apple product I ever bought. This isn’t directly about the music I listened to, but I mention this because (1) this means my interest in music began around or before this point in time; and (2) I remember the songs I put on that iPod. I am sure I listened to Queen, and pretty sure but less confident about Led Zeppelin and The Beatles.
- Pink Floyd
- Bob Dylan (Highway 61 Revisited)
This is the summer before starting at Inglemoor; I remember constantly listening to Bob Dylan (specifically Blonde on Blonde and Highway 61 Revisited).
The Cure and Pet Sounds as early as this point in time.
Discovered Fishmans, originally through a Quora answer. The full story is: on December 11 I spammed Quora with a series of questions of the form “Which Japanese bands sound a lot like X?” for various X. On December 18, Austin Do answered the question for Velvet Underground, and I’m almost certain this is what led me to discover Fishmans. I remember listening to “Baby Blue” first. By December 21, I had asked on Quora “What are the best Japanese bands that sound like Fishmans?”
stat shows that I had downloaded the full album videos from YouTube by December 22 and converted them to MP3.
“頼りない天使”, “バックビートにのっかって”, and also their later albums: 空中キャンプ, 宇宙 日本 世田谷, ORANGE.
- Taylor Swift (“Shake It Off”, “22”, “Our Song”)
- Taylor Swift (“I Knew You Were Trouble”, “22”)
- Taylor Swift (“Better Than Revenge”, “The Way I Loved You”)
- Corinne Bailey Rae: “Put Your Records On”
- Norah Jones (starting around this time): “She’s 22”
- Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise OST
- Sunny Day Service
- RahXephon OST (the classical tracks)
- The Seatbelts and Cowboy Bebop OST
- The Blue Hearts
- Hyouka OST (I think I watched Hyouka from March 7–23, and began listening to the OST during this period or soon after)
- RahXephon OST 3; see track listing
- “Innocent World”
- “Forbidden Ponds”
- “Secret Seeker”
- “Inner Take”
- “Door of Adolescence”
- “Over the Senses”
- “Dense Blue Water”
- “Writes Herself”
- “Reverse Point”
- “Second Sorrow”
- Hilary Hahn (via Andrew Ho)
- Final Fantasy VII OST
- “Anxious Heart”
- “Barret’s Theme”
- “Oppressed People”
- “Don of the Slums”
- “Farm Boy”
- “It’s Difficult to Stand on Both Feet, Isn’t It?”
- “Cait Sith’s Theme”
- “Cosmo Canyon”
- “Great Warrior”
- “Descendant of Shinobi”
- “Jenova Absolute”
- “The Birth of God”
- “One-Winged Angel”
- “World Crisis”
- Chrono Trigger OST (“Corridors of Time”)
- Final Fantasy 3–6 OST
- Terranigma OST (“Yomi”, “Present (おくりもの)”)
- Illusion of Gaia OST
- Radiohead: OK Computer (“Subterranean Homesick Alien”, “No Surprises”, “Karma Police”, “Exit Music (for A Film)”)
- Girls und Panzer OST
- Ed Sheeran’s x (“Thinking Out Loud”, “The Man”)
- Neil Young’s After The Gold Rush (“After the Gold Rush”)
- Blur, after seeing it mentioned in a Facebook comment by Sebastian Nickel. So far I like Parklife the best.
- The past several days I have been listening to Please Please Me on loop. There is something special about this album that is not present in any of the other early Beatles albums.
- “I Don’t Want to Know” by Fleetwood Mac
- OK Computer disc 2; these tracks seem to be listed only in some deluxe or special editions
- The Pillows: Happy Bivouac (“Funny Bunny”, “Back Seat Dog”, “Crazy Sunshine”), Runners High (“Runners High”), “この世の果てまで” (sounds a lot like a traditional Japanese song or something by the Blue Hearts that I can’t remember; I like the YO-KING version)
- Good Dreams
- Living Field
- Little Busters (“Another Morning”, “One Life”, “Patricia”, “Black Sheep”)
- Coldplay: Parachutes
- Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head (“Warning Sign”)
- OK Computer sounds really good after listening to Coldplay for several days straight. This time around, I’m liking “Paranoid Android”.
- Kid A (“The National Anthem”, “Morning Bell”)
- Slime Girls: Vacation Wasteland (fine the first few times, but I quickly tired of it)
- Radiohead: The Bends
- Radiohead: “Radiohead Live at Berlin - 4/7/2000 Full Audio”
- Radiohead: “Radiohead - Glastonbury 1997”
- Radiohead: In Rainbows
- Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool
- Radiohead: In Rainbows – From the Basement
- Radiohead: “Lift”
- Radiohead: Hail to the Thief
- Radiohead: The King of Limbs
- Radiohead: Pablo Honey
- The Pillows: Pied Piper
- The Pillows: Trial
- Sparklehorse: It’s a Wonderful Life
- Radiohead: “Separator”
- Sparklehorse: Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
- Sparklehorse: Good Morning Spider
- Radiohead: Milan 2017 concert
- Mac DeMarco: 2
- Mac DeMarco: Salad Days
- The Pillows: Thank You, My Twilight
- The Pillows: Horn Again
- The Pillows: Wake Up! Wake Up! Wake Up!
- Fishmans: 若いながらも歴史あり 96.3.2 @新宿LIQUID Room
- Explored the city pop genre a bit, but the songs blur together for me and I did not find any particular thing I really liked.
- Kikuchi Momoko: “Mystical Composer”
- More city pop
- Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works 85-92
- Bourbon Suite
- Can Can Can!
- Musou Toshi
- The Pillows: Across the Metropolis
- PilotRedSun songs
- Boards of Canada (nothing in particular yet)
- David Parsons: Ngaio Gamelan
- Tatami Galaxy OST
- Etsuko Yakushimaru: Radio Onsen Eutopia
- Sōtaisei Riron: Hi-Fi Anatomia
- I’ve been listening a lot to Rubber Soul (The Beatles) lately. This time around, I am really liking “Girl”.
- Kinoko Teikoku (きのこ帝国): I just discovered this band in my YouTube recommendations. Still too early to say if I will continue listening to them, but I am hooked on their general sound. Sort of a mix between Fishmans and Sunny Day Service, but worse than both. Still, I like it.
This was originally written as an answer to the Quora question “What music does Issa Rice listen to?”
The page started out as a collection of music I like to listen to, but considering that my tastes have drifted with the passing of time, I felt it more appropriate to make it a list of music I at one point in time liked listening to.
“Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream”, “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)”, “Visions of Johanna”, “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again”, “Just Like a Woman”, “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, “Mr. Tambourine Man”, “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”, “I Want You”, “Highway 61 Revisited”, “Ballad of a Thin Man”, and many more.↩
I really enjoy Ray Davies’ cynical worldview. See songs like “Sitting in my Hotel”, “Supersonic Rocket Ship” (I read this as an indictment of modernity’s populism/PC culture: “Nobody’s gonna travel second class / There’ll be equality / And no suppression of minorities”), “Celluloid Heroes”, “Waterloo Sunset” (okay, this one is just sweet), “Apeman”, “Autumn Almanac”, “Little Miss Queen Of Darkness”, “People Take Pictures of Each Other”, “The Hard Way”, “Afternoon Tea”, “Wonderboy”, “I’m On An Island”.↩