|Posted by Anna H. on December 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Have you done any Christmas shopping yet or are you still waiting, until the very last minute for sales? Over these last 3 days to nearly 2 months, you already know that I've been shopping like crazy for mostly family and friends.
Because I come from a somewhat large family and since I wanted to buy presents for friends, I had to do some budgeting with my money. Many people dread this time of year because they feel really pressured and distressed. Otherwise, there are some, who purposely choose to be apathetic cheapskates because they hate the holidays.
Billboards, commercials, and the media in general love to shove Christmas in our faces and down our throats, before the month of December. Loved ones may be terminally ill, if not be raped or killed before, during, and after the holidays.
To make matters worse, there are poor people, who are unable to provide for their families in general much less give a child(ren) a magical Christmas. Therefore, I can sympathize and empathize with people for not wanting to celebrate holidays, this month.
Some of you may recall that last December, my family and I spent money giving a long-time friend and her son Christmas. We HATED the thought of her little boy waking up on Christmas Day without anything under the tree for him.
This led to my grandmother, mother, and I going Christmas shopping for my friend and her family. Then, we shipped their Christmas presents to them.
This year, I bought them more Christmas presents. Right now, my family and I have been waiting for 1 extra present to be shipped to our house, so that we can send it with the rest of the presents I bought for them.
In addition, I have already spent more money buying presents for 2 other long-time friends, that I have known for the last 10-12 years. At least 1 of my friends got their Christmas presents. That same friend asked, "What do you want for Christmas?"
What an excellent question. My family has been asking me this same question. If you already know my personality, hobbies, and interests, it shouldn't be too hard to think of what to buy.
People should really be asking themselves before shopping:
1) What is my budget? ($10 or more/less)
2) What is IN my budget? ($10 or more/less)
3) What does he/she like? (Examples: hobbies, interests, views)
4) Can I customize my gift? (Examples: basket or mug with candy, hot chocolate, tea, body care, etc.)
5) How well do I know this person? (not very well or well enough)
6) Is he/she a good friend or an acquaintance? (If you BARELY know the person, you don't have to spend a lot on him/her. It is the thought that counts after all.)
It can be really difficult buying presents for certain people, when they already have a lot. Since this is the case with yours truly, I have to think really long and hard about what I would really like. This is especially when I don't want people to feel like I am trying to take them to the poor house shopping for me.
Here are a few ideas of what you can buy some people and yours truly. Some ideas of what close friends can buy me are in bold red with links.
1) Customizing mugs or gift basket with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, candy, etc. [Whichever works.]
2) Customizing a basket with bars of glycerin soap.
4) Music- If you know that person's favorite band, singer, music genre(s), etc. you should have no problem.
5) Anime- This is similar to #4. Everyone who frequents It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns should have some ideas of what to buy me or a fellow fan.
6) Movies- Also similar to #4. You already know that I'm a Horror fan in general. However, I'm mostly a Slasher Horror fan.
7) Christmas card with cash or a gift card always works as well.
8 ) You can never get too many headphones for reasonable prices.
9) Scented Candles for all those, who love lighting candles.
10) T-shirts, sweaters, sweat shirts, blouses, trouser socks, etc. as long as you know his/her size.
11) Hat & Gloves Set for those in need of some to keep them warm.
I am NOT begging any and everyone to buy me something really expensive, when it is NOT within your budget. If you have the money, fantastic! If you only have a little bit of money, it's not that big of a deal. This is only naming a few things for what you can buy someone you know and/yours truly.
All this talking about Christmas presents has mostly dominated today's Song Saturday. Considering that next weekend will be Christmas, I thought I would share a little Christmas Music.
Last week, I stumbled upon a darker version of the song, "Carol Of The Bells" sung by Madame Macabre. It features the pianist, Myuuji obviously playing the piano. I have never seen or heard of Madame Macabre or Myuuji, until this past week on YouTube.
You learn something everyday. This is exactly why I love YouTube. Anyway, here is Madame Macabre and Myuuji's dark version of "Carol Of The Bells" for today's Song Saturday.
Madame Macabre [Featuring Myuuji] "Carol Of The Bells" (2015)
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|Posted by Anna H. on December 10, 2016 at 6:30 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Have you done any Christmas shopping yet? Since Wednesday, I have been feverishly shopping for family and friends. By the late morning or sometime this afternoon, I will be going on another shopping spree.
In between shopping sprees, I did manage to update some more blogs for this month. There is 1 Cartoon Sunday blog in particular, that took me forever to update. Every time I was in the middle of updating it to re-share with you all, I started dosing off behind the screen. That's how busy I have been, lately.
Honestly, I have not been on the go this much, since my early 20's. That was 12-15 years ago. Hopefully, everyone will be pleased with what was bought for them.
Meanwhile, a gumdrop sent me this article from Bloody Disgusting on Wednesday. In this article, John Squires (author) listed the 5 Best Christmas Horror Movies Of All Time.
Reading this article was quite fascinating because some of these movies I have already watched and reviewed within these last 2-3 years.
Considering how busy I am at the moment and because I mentioned Christmas Horror Movies, it is only fair to revisit a previous Song Saturday, that is bone chilling. As my veteran gumdrops and newcomers already know, Silent Night, Deadly Night was the most controversial Christmas Slasher from the Slasher Horror genre, during the '80s.
If you are in the mood to embrace the Santaphobia rather than be bored to sleep by all the traditional Christmas Music on the radio stations and stores, you may want to listen to the LP for Silent Night, Deadly Night. This has '80s Christmas Slasher Music etched all over it. The link is below.
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|Posted by Anna H. on December 3, 2016 at 8:25 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? The above picture is a photograph of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland. In this exact picture, he is shown embracing his mother, Sharon Williams. It's really touching yet very sad all at the same time.
Here it is 1 year later. Honestly, I expected for Scott Weiland to have died 20 years ago. There was nonstop media coverage about him being in/out of rehab throughout the years. At the same time, it was still a tragic surprise to learn about Scott's death on social media, last year.
Stone Temple Pilots was a major part of my youth during the 1990's. Throughout my childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood, I listened to many different types of music genres, sub-genres, groups, and soloists.
As a music lover, I still have MOST of Stone Temple Pilots' albums; I have their first 4 albums to be more specific. Don't get me wrong, it's not like I didn't grieve over Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley's deaths.
When Kurt died, I was just going into middle school. When Layne Died, I was on my way to my 2nd and 3rd colleges followed by hosting my own radio show. Scott lived longer than Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and Alice In Chains' Layne Staley combined. Scott was almost 50 and died from a drug overdose, last December 3rd.
Early Wednesday morning, I took a quick peak at the official Stone Temple Pilots page on facebook. I was curious to know if STP had finally decided on another replacement singer. Once I clicked on the band's page, I saw a picture of Scott Weiland wearing a black suit and a red hat.
On STP's most recent facebook status (October 27, 2016), it says "Happy Birthday Scott. We miss you." Below his picture, a fan posted "The day I heard he passed away... part of my youth went with him. Happy Birthday Scott. RIP." I cannot help sharing this exact sentiment.
After learning, that Scott Weiland died last December 4th, a considerable amount of my youth died with him, too. I grew up listening to Stone Temple Pilots. I was in 4th and 5th grade, when the band started getting airplay. Normally, I would get a Stone Temple Pilots album for my birthday. That was if I did NOT already buy an album of theirs at 12-18 years old.
In fact, I remember when the band released their 2nd album, Purple close to my 12th birthday. June 7, 1994. Wow! It's like my life just flashed before my eyes. Damn, do I feel OLD. In 1994, that was when Stone Temple Pilots reached their pinnacle as a band.
Their music videos were in heavy rotation on MTV AND VH1. Speaking of both these networks, they act like Stone Temple Pilots NEVER existed, which is a slap in the face to us veteran fans.
Last night, MTV Classic aired Classic Albums: Nirvana – Nevermind. The network really should've aired Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver in tribute to Scott Weiland.
MTV Classic is a piss poor representation of what MTV was during the 1980's and '90s.
As much as I loved Nirvana and grieved over Kurt Cobain, during my youth, Nirvana was NOT the ONLY Grunge band to exist. I am still reeling over the fact, that MTV and the media in general continuously cast Scott Weiland's death to the side.
Most act like Stone Temple Pilots never existed. When the media is NOT blacklisting Scott Weiland and STP as a whole, they will demonize Scott as if he was the only entertainer in history to EVER be a drug addict and alcoholic.
Loudwire: Filter's Richard Patrick Discusses Scott Weiland's Death (2016)
Oh, I just love how much Richard Patrick from Filter has so much to say about Scott.
No disrespect to my fellow Nirvana fans, but I feel that Scott Weiland was a MUCH BETTER singer and songwriter than Kurt Cobain. STP's Scott Weiland and Alice In Chains' Layne Staley were both phenomenal lead singers for Grunge bands. Kurt Cobain continues to be a highly overrated dead frontman in regards to Grunge.
Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland and Alice In Chains' Layne Staley both had vocals, that made Nirvana's Kurt Cobain sound off-key with his incoherent babbling. Even Dave Mustaine from Megadeth could see Scott's talent, in the beginning.
Loudwire: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Recalls Advice He Gave Scott Weiland (2015)
Meanwhile, I remember having a Stone Temple Pilots poster during the '90s and 2000. I managed to find an online picture of what my old poster looked like from my youth.
Vintage Stone Temple Pilots Poster Circa 1993
Too bad I had to throw it away. This exact poster ripped 16 years ago. I believe the main reason why I took Weiland's death harder than others is because I could really sympathize and empathize with him.
Scott was a talented entertainer, who suffered from rape in high school, was forced to mourn a baby that a significant other aborted years before STP's fame, the death of his brother, and other tragedies throughout his life.
Scott Weiland was a talented performer with severe substance abuse issues. Even though he was highly flawed, I can't help feeling his pain because I am an empath.
Since the time I was 12, I could actually feel his pain through the songs he wrote for Stone Temple Pilots. Now that Scott is dead, I feel his pain a lot more, whenever I listen to "Atlanta" and "Kitchenware & Candybars."
Because it is Song Saturday and the 1-year anniversary of Weiland's death, I wanted to share a few videos. Someone created their own video supposedly showing the 11 best moments and last performance by Scott Weiland.
Also, there are rare live performances he did with The Doors and Stone Temple Pilots. Before watching these videos, I want to share Sarah Michelle Gellar's condolences to Scott, his family, friends, fans, and bandmates.
Entertainment Tonight: Sarah Michelle Gellar Pays Tribute to Scott Weiland After His Death (2015)
Scott Weiland'S 11 Best Moments & Last Show (2015)
1) Stone Temple Pilots "Lounge Fly" Purple (1994); Live At Toronto (1993)
2) Stone Temple Pilots "Dancing Days" [Led Zeppelin Cover] Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin (1995); Las Vegas Secret Show (1999)
3) Stone Temple Pilots "Kitchenware & Candybars" Purple (1994); VH1 Storytellers (2000)
4) The Doors [Featuring Scott Weiland] "Break On Through" VH1 Storytellers (2000)
If you would like to learn more, here are links to other musicians sending their condolences and additional Song Saturday blogs about Scott Weiland.
RIP SCOTT WEILAND!!! Thank you my gumdrops! Don't forget to like, subscribe, share, +1 on Google Plus, and leave your feedback in the comments section below!
|Posted by Anna H. on November 19, 2016 at 7:05 AM||comments (6)|
How's it going my gumdrops? This has surely been a very unusual fall, especially this November. Because the weather has been so warm, it doesn't feel like it's fall. Then again, our temperatures took a massive nose dive within the last day.
On Thursday and during most of Friday, the weather was gorgeous. 65-72 degrees is abnormally warm for November in WI. Last night, our temperatures took a nose dive with high, gusty winds. Even though the last 2 weeks have been windy, it has been abnormally warm for both October and November.
The temperatures suddenly fell, during the late afternoon to early evening yesterday due to a cold front. A local meteorologist advised us NOT to bother raking any leaves over this weekend. The winds are too high and we would have to double our work by re-raking the same leaves.
Regardless, the weather is now starting to feel more like the autumn as opposed to the early spring and summer. We have been utilizing the warm weather as much as possible, this month.
In fact, I got a smidge of Christmas Shopping done on Thursday. There are still more family members to shop for. However, I refuse to shop on Black Friday. There are at least several holidays, that come before Christmas and Thanksgiving Day.
People need to spend more time enjoying Thanksgiving with their families and friends than rushing to the stores, chasing down the latest sale.
As much as I LOVE getting birthday and Christmas presents, there is more to life than frivolousness and being materialistic.
About 2 weeks ago, I thought about the fact that there are a lot of Christmas songs and covers of Christmas songs yet very little for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving always gets the shaft. Since the holiday is about being thankful, you would at least expect there to be more songs about giving thanks and being thankful for what we have.
Yes, I am a complainer. At the same time, I AM thankful for some things in my life. I am thankful for the fact, that I am STILL alive 10 years later. My family and closest friends have witnessed the health scares I endured, throughout this decade.
Having to spend most of my 20's battling a severe bleeding disorder and never getting an official diagnosis from any of my doctors was HELL.
These last 6 years, I have been cured of my bleeding disorder and have spent these last 3-6 years trying to rebuild my life. When you have severe health problems and have to also worry about family members with THEIR health issues constantly, it really takes a toll on you physically, financially, and emotionally.
As I was previously saying, I realized there are very few songs for Thanksgiving Day. Earlier this week, some of the news reporters on my local Fox network also brought this up in a discussion.
How many of you have ever noticed, that finding songs specifically about Thanksgiving is really hard to come by?
The Kinks' Ray Davies and SNL's Adam Sandler are the only 2 entertainers, that I can actually think of with songs about Thanksgiving Day. Otherwise, we have to "wing it."
While hunting for Thanksgiving songs online 2 weeks ago, I discovered a few retro R&B and Jazz songs. Most of them are from the 1960's. Out of all 5 songs I have selected to share for today are songs named after side dishes. The first 2 songs by Dee Dee Sharp and James Brown are about the Mashed Potato Dance craze from the 1960's.
4 out of 5 of these Jazz and R&B songs have NOTHING to do with Thanksgiving Day. Although, their song titles could pass as Thanksgiving songs, since they mention mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, apples, peaches, and Pumpkin Pie.
"Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" by Jay & The Techniques has been stuck in my head all throughout this entire week. The song is so catchy, that it has me humming the tune, which should say something.
If you would like to create your own music playlist for Thanksgiving Day, I say go for it! Turn off the Christmas Music and try something a little different for Thanksgiving Day. Anyway, here is my very own Thanksgiving Day Music Playlist for Song Saturday.
1) Dee Dee Sharp "Mashed Potato Time" It's Mashed Potato Time (1962)
2) James Brown & The Famous Flames "Mashes Potatoes U.S.A." Tour The U.S.A. (1962)
3) Booker T & The MG's "My Sweet Potato" And Now (1966)
4) Jay & The Techniques "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie (1967)
5) Adam Sandler "The Thanksgiving Song" They're All Gonna Laugh At You! (1993)
What are YOU thankful for this Thanksgiving?
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|Posted by Anna H. on October 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Is it just me or am I the only adult, who is jealous of kids for Halloween this year? I don't know about everyone else but my portion of Wisconsin will be warm, this weekend.
If you do NOT live in Florida, California, or another state(s) with sunny and warm weather, October's usually cold. Trick-or-treating at the end of the month always sucked in that aspect because the weather was usually cold.
Growing up, it was a little difficult flaunting our Halloween costumes mostly because we would be trick-or-treating in freezing cold weather. Normally we had to carry our coats and jackets with us, if not wear them OVER our costumes. If you didn't carry a coat or a jacket with you, there was a great chance you would be sucking on a cough drop because you were coming down with a cold within a matter of hours.
This Halloween in my hometown, it will be in the 50's and 60's. It may even reach 70 degrees on the day of Halloween! Consider children to be lucky this year. Yes, I know adults celebrate Halloween, too.
As for me, my family and I haven't celebrated Halloween in YEARS. My neighborhood consists of mostly retirees and senior citizens. Also, my street is mostly a ghost town. At the same time, it is 1 of the busiest main streets for drivers, which makes it noisy for us to sleep.
Meanwhile, you may have noticed on Thursday, that It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns was down, AGAIN. I have no idea what has been going on with Webs, lately. Usually, I don't have these types of glitches where this entire website is down.
Last week, Webs experienced server issues. Considering that a lot of popular websites suffered from DDOS Attacks last week, it would NOT surprise me if Webs had another DDOS Attack as well. Regardless, most of us with our own sites have been very irate. In case you missed the last blog, here it is once again.
On another note, today is the last Song Saturday of this month. If you were here last Saturday, you already know that you are getting another dose of Michael Jackson. You all knew this was coming, right? If not, you really should've.
The music video and song, "Thriller" off Michael Jackson's Thriller album were already considered classics before ever reaching 20 years. Normally, a song has to be at least 20 years old, in order to be considered "classic." I believe it is safe to say that almost everyone young AND old, and from all different walks of life STILL love "Thriller," 34 years later.
Generally speaking, had the music video for the song "Thriller" never been filmed, there wouldn't have been any singer or groups from various genres and sub-genres turning their music videos into short films. Just think about it.
How many in The Music Industry have turned their music videos into short films?
After "Thriller" was turned into a music video/short film, other mainstream musicians in the industry jumped on the bandwagon. Whether you love Michael Jackson or hate him, the man was not only a trend setter, but also had leadership skills.
I have NOT even had the chance to read all the accolades, that Michael Jackson earned and received over these last 3 decades or so.
In 2006, Guiness World Records had listed the music video for "Thriller" as the "most successful music video." Then 3 years later (2009), the Library Of Congress inducted the music video into the National Film Registry.
Supposedly, "Thriller" was the 1st music video to EVER be inducted into the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."
That right there should speak VOLUMES. Also, let's not forget that it is automatically a given that EVERY Halloween, someone somewhere around the world is celebrating the holiday with "Thriller."
During Halloween Season, Party City always advertises their stores using Michael Jackson's song.
Party City's Halloween Commercial Covering Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (2009)
That baby dressed in the devil costume looks so adorable. Anyway, here is Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for today's Song Saturday.
Michael Jackson "Thriller" Thriller (1982)
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|Posted by Anna H. on October 22, 2016 at 8:40 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Did you get my e-mail notification, last night? If not, you are gonna love this. After typing Shinigami In Japanese Folklores at 9:20 am, during Thursday, I clicked the "Publish" button. Within a few seconds, It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns went down!
It was not only my website that went down, but also many other sites through Webs were down on Thursday. Luckily for us, It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns is back up and running! I would really appreciate, if all my subscribers read the previous blog about Shinigami in Japanese folklores. I explain in great detail about their history, the similarities and differences between Shinigami and The Grim Reaper, etc.
On another note, I mentioned last weekend that today and next Saturday will feature music videos by a notorious yet beloved Pop icon. Over these last 2 years, I have been reluctant to share any songs or music videos by this icon because of the slanderous remarks and allegations held against him, since 1993.
Last month, Cory Feldman was a special guest on The Dr. Oz Show. Cory explained about his life as a child actor, the substance and sexual abuse that he endured as a teenager, his bond with Michael Jackson, etc. What I learned about them both was quite interesting.
Cory Feldman mentioned, that he was introduced to drugs at age 13 by his father's assistant. That same assistant was his rapist. From 13 to 17 years old, Cory abused drugs. By the time he became of age, he quit. However, the mainstream news rags continuously printed lies about him as an actor. The same especially applies for Michael Jackson.
While talking on The Dr. Oz Show, Cory explained about his rough time in Hollywood as a teen. He had difficulty contacting Michael Jackson, during his rough times.Since Cory was still young, he did not quite understand that Michael was in a high demand because of Michael's fame.
After con artists (including his own crooked, self-serving sister, LaToya Jackson) accused Michael of pedophilia, everyone had turned against him. These accusations caused him to become really paranoid. Michael had distanced himself from everyone including family and friends like Cory Feldman.
Considering Cory and Michael's past together as friends, Michael Jackson NEVER molested Cory. All the while, people in the media and other random nobody's are still accusing Michael Jackson of being a pedophile.
When mainstream news announced Michael Jackson's death 7 years ago, self-righteous Baby Boomer women, lonely housewives, Elvis Presley zealots, critics, cynics, and trolls wreaked havoc online over Michael's death.
On Soapnet, anybody who was a Michael Jackson fan and/someone trying to be the voice of reason got trolled with rape threats, death threats, derogatory slurs, etc. I am NOT saying this to sound like a Michael Jackson "worshiper." I have witnessed as well as experienced these vicious attacks on Soapnet and on other sites.
Slander and sexual abuse really hit close to home for some of us. They especially hit close to home for me.
You already know that I have spent an entire year having my reputation smeared by a sociopathic liar across Adult Swim's forum, while the head moderator colludes, plays favoritism, and condones such an atrocity. I also have my own history of dealing with sexual assault publicly, as a form of putting me in my place by an asshole jock, my high school senior year.
Whenever someone is a social outcast or is perceived as being highly influential, that person is BOUND to be seen as a threat to others AND can be treated as prey.
People fail to realize that other people are indifferent to almost everything, including the truth today. Because they never had to deal with others trying to maliciously ruin their lives, they don't care. Until something similar happens to them, THEN they will care and want the whole world to care as well.
Originally, I did NOT intend for today's blog to be a long college lecture or a speech. At the same time, these are continuous issues that need to be addressed.
All it takes is for that 1 threatened person to unload the most malicious lies about his/her perceived threat to ruin his/her reputation and lives. When I say, "lives" I mean the demonized person's life as well as his/her family's life.
With that being said, these next 2 Song Saturday blogs will feature Michael Jackson's music videos. Today's video is extremely rare and is probably the longest music video that Michael Jackson has ever done.
"Ghosts" was filmed 20 years ago, but was unaired on major music channels like MTV. Michael Jackson became blacklisted after the 2nd set of child molestation allegations were held against him. Shortly after Michael's passing, some of his accusers had come forward and admitted to slandering him.
There is more to come next Saturday. The best way to watch this music video is to watch it on YouTube. That way, you can maximize the screen. Anyway, here is Michael Jackson's "Ghosts" for today's Song Saturday.
|Posted by Anna H. on October 15, 2016 at 6:00 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Did you enjoy yesterday's blog? Hopefully, you were able to learn something interesting and possibly new if you're not already a Grimm fan like me.
This upcoming week, I intend to explain more about another folklore. Don't forget to keep your eyes peeled. In case you missed yesterday's blog, the link is below.
Meanwhile, I contemplated whether or not to publish another Song Saturday blog featuring Rap and/Horrorcore Rap Music, for this month. I will NOT publish more Horrorcore Rap blogs for Song Saturday, considering how extremely militant and divided our country is at the moment.
Maybe by next year, the havoc will have ceased and I will share another Horrorcore Rap blog for Song Saturday. It all depends on the situation.
Many of us are beyond political fatigue after reading, watching, and listening to the incessant race riots over the extreme disdain for police and this farce of an election. Let's TRY to make 2017 better than 2016.
If you would like to listen to Horrorcore Rap Music from the previous Song Saturdays, here are the following links:
Since there is no Horrorcore Rap Music for this October, here is some Horror Metal as a replacement. It comes from another friend from Horror-Punks.net. Over the last 3 nights, I talked with vocalist/guitarist Jimmy Evans from the band, Hollow Bodies.
I originally meant to share music from Hollow Bodies much sooner, but never had the chance until now. When I asked Jimmy to explain more about his band Hollow Bodies, he said that Hollow Bodies is a "sonic assault on your senses mixing Horror-Punk, Metal, and Rock."
Basically, the band's music genre(s) is a combination of Horror-Punk, Metal, and Rock. The typical subject matters that can be found in Hollow Bodies' music are about love, zombies, blood, and pizza.
You must have a dark and morbid sense of humor, in order to appreciate Hollow Bodies' music.
Right now, I am really enjoying the band's song "Infected Lust," which can be found on their Infected Lust EP from 2014. I asked the vocalist/guitarist (also a bassist for the band, Others) about Hollow Bodies' "Infected Lust."
According to Jimmy Evans, the song "Infected Lust" is about "finding a zombie, taking it home, and making love to it." He went on to say:
"I'll tell the crowd, 'Don't kill zombies. Take them home, cut a hole in its torso and make sweet love to it.' Hahaha! It always gets them going."
Anyway, here is Hollow Bodies' "Infected Lust" from their Infected Lust EP for today's Song Saturday.
Hollow Bodies "Infected Lust" Infected Lust EP (2014)
|Posted by Anna H. on October 8, 2016 at 6:30 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Did you "fall" into the season yet? Yes, I know. That was a really cheesy question to ask you about the fall season.
Throughout this week, I have been planning my blog schedule for this month. As long as no emergencies throw monkey wrenches into my plans, I should be able to publish more Halloween themed blogs. There are at least 2 Song Saturday blogs, that I have planned for the last 2 Saturdays of October.
It seems like most of my subscribers like Song Saturdays better than Cartoon Sundays. I believe more subscribers are indifferent to Cartoon Sundays because there are STILL those adults, who believe that animation is only for kids. All the while, some of those SAME adults will bum rush the lines at the movie theaters to go see the latest Disney movie.
Now Disney movies really ARE for kids!
Most of my Cartoon Sunday blogs feature animation for a more mature audience. That does NOT mean 5-year-old children. Some animation which is occasionally shared for Cartoon Sunday blogs CAN BE pornographic. However, the animaton I usually share is mostly violent and/has profanity in it.
I spent yesterday updating a Cartoon Sunday blog, which I published 2 years ago about Beetlejuice, considering that we are already on the topics of both my Cartoon Sunday blogs and animation. Updating that blog inspired me to publish a Song Saturday blog featuring the theme song to Beetlejuice.
While updating an older Cartoon Sunday blog about Beetlejuice, I noticed that Beetlejuice's "Critters Sitters" video was removed from YouTube. Therefore, it required a lot of hunting for another copy of the episode on another site.
Yesterday I linked that episode to my Cartoon Sunday blog, again. YouTube sure does love to remove and censor content, nowadays. So much for the company being about "broadcast yourself."
YouTube viewers can barely watch certain music videos and listen to certain songs anymore because they have been removed. Luckily, I was able to find Beetlejuice's theme song composed by Danny Elfman.
There are at least 2 different versions of the "Beetlejuice Theme Song." The version I found goes to the original 1988 movie for Beetlejuice, which samples parts of Harry Belafonte's "Day-O." I always loved the film version of Danny Elfman's "Beetlejuice Theme Song."
The film version of the theme song has more of a haunting sound to it combined with some really campy elements. Since we are now on the topics of Beetlejuice and Song Saturday, here is Danny Elfman's "Beetlejuice Theme Song" for today's Song Saturday.
Danny Elfman "Beetlejuice Theme Song" Beetlejuice Original Soundtrack (1988 )
|Posted by Anna H. on October 1, 2016 at 7:05 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? This past week has been so chaotic offline with more family emergencies, that I did not have the chance to publish another blog. It was bad enough reliving the physical pain from my last car accident from 3 years ago.
Honestly, the last 2 months especially last month has been hell for my family and I. Hopefully, this month will be an improvement because I seriously need a break.
Yesterday, I changed the music on the main page. It's only fitting to have the original theme song to John Carpenter's Slasher, Halloween during the month of Halloween. It helps to set the mood. If I have some better luck this month, I may be able to publish a blog explaining about Shinigami in Japanese folklore.
The topic of Shinigami has been backburned, throughout this year. I really mean to explain more about it. Because 2016 has been so chaotic and the days have been so unpredictable, I have yet to address various other topics. It's not easy when monkey wrenches are constantly being thrown into your plans.
Speaking of Shinigami, if you are an Anime fan and have been subscribed to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns within these 2 last years, you may recall me publishing at least 2 blogs about Shonen Supernatural Anime, featuring Shinigami.
Death Note is 1 of the 2 examples of Shonen Supernatural Anime, which features Shinigami.
If you watched the Anime for Death Note within the last 10 years via online streams in Japanese and/possibly on Adult Swim in English Dub, both the opening and ending theme songs should be very familiar to you. At least the opening and ending theme songs from Season 1, anyway.
"The World" Featured As Death Note's Season 1 Opening Theme Song (2006)
"Alumina" Featured As Death Note's Season 1 Ending Theme Song (2006)
Both songs were performed by the Japanese Rock band, Nightmare. The videos above are of Death Note except the opening and ending scenes are creditless versions from the Anime. "The World" and "Alumina" can both be found on the original Death Note Soundtrack and on Nightmare's 4th album, The World Ruler.
Nightmare has a somewhat eclectic musical style. The J-Rock band experiments with genres and sub-genres such as Alternative Rock, Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, Gothic Rock, Pop Rock, Heavy Metal, Jazz, and Electronica. Judging by the music sub-genres I listed, they are mostly a Rock band.
"Alumina" is still my favorite song by Nightmare, 10 years later. If I could, I would make this song my cell phone's ringtone. If memory serves me right, the character Misa Amane has "Alumina" as her ringtone in the Death Note Anime.
Nightmare originally formed in 2000 and over the last 13 years, the J-Rock band has released 10 albums and 30 singles. That is A LOT of singles for a band, that has not existed for 20-30 years.
Then again, I must remember that Japanese entertainers must always be involved in every little social event, in order to remain in the public eye.
There is so much more to learn about the band, Nightmare and J-Rock in general. Within the last month or 2, I had the music video for "The World" featured on my main page.
I don't know if most of you pay close attention to the main page here on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. I changed the music on the main page because I wanted to share some J-Rock for Song Saturday. I haven't done so in quite a while.
Also, I wanted to share more about Nightmare, since we are now in the month of October. Some of you have already been exposed to Nightmare and are vaguely familiar with the band because of Death Note.
Meanwhile, most people know very little, if anything about J-Rock, especially since K-Pop groups are currently "trending." If you want to learn more about J-Rock, you have to be open-minded and interested in listening to it.
Would you like to see more J-Rock and/J-Pop featured for Song Saturday? If so, let me know.
However, I will warn you in advance that Babymetal will NOT be on the list of J-Rock bands I will feature.
With that being said, here is Nightmare's "The World" for today's Song Saturday.
Nightmare "The World" Death Note Original Soundtrack (2006); The World Ruler (2007)
|Posted by Anna H. on September 24, 2016 at 7:45 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? How did you enjoy yesterday's Q&A blog celebrating the 3rd anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns? Even though there weren't as many questions this year, I still spent a lot of time answering some of your questions. I highlit my answers in green because a lot was explained in great detail.
Not only have I been working on yesterday's Q&A the last 3 days, but I have also been updating information on my Links page for Horror-Punks.net. I highly recommend all my fellow Horror fans to check out the relaunch. There is a message board for fiends to frequent and the site still has Horror Radio, H-P TV, news, and other features.
Horror-Punks.com used to have a blogging feature, IM chats, a message board, and social media profiles for us Horror-Punkers. Imagine facebook before Timeline and Yahoo IM with screaming and growling noises coming from your IM.
Additionally, rather than clicking the "Like" button, we clicked on "Stab." Hopefully, some of these features will return to Horror-Punks.net. Everything will be a work in progress.
If more fans join and rejoin Horror-Punks.net, they will be helping to revive the community.
Everybody can return to social networking among Horror fans. I believe Horror-Punks.com became less active because most of us are filmmakers, business and website owners, writers, bloggers, musicians, show hosts and hostesses, etc.
When everyone is so focused on their own content, the community is bound to have some kind of loss. This is all the more reason why Horror-Punks needs MORE Horror fans to socialize with each other. Therefore, if you are a Horror fan, run to Horror-Punks.net! Lord Marquis will be expecting you.
Now that fall has officially arrived as of yesterday, it is officially Halloween Season! Oh the horror! That reminds me, how many of you out there are terrified of clowns?
Approximately 2 years ago, I published a blog about Coulrophobia. I cannot speak for everyone else, but I am still reeling over the fact, that there is actually a phobia of clowns.
When you really think about it, being scared of clowns is somewhat hilarious for those who have zero knowledge of Pennywise The Dancing Clown. Tim Curry dressed as a clown is absolutely frightening.
Speaking of Horror and clowns, the coulrophobes may find today's Song Saturday to be too traumatizing for them. Last December, I published a blog featuring the Gothic Horror Instrumental composers, Midnight Syndicate.
Do you want to learn more about these Gothic Horror composers? Watch the video below.
About Midnight Syndicate (2014)
I knew nothing about these 2 composers until I joined Google Plus, last November. After discovering Midnight Syndicate, I found their music to be interestingly dark.
Midnight Syndicate's "Goons & Greasepaint" really helps to set the tone for the Halloween Season. With that being said, here is Midnight Syndicate's "Goons & Greasepaint" for today's Song Saturday.
Midnight Syndicate "Goons & Greasepaint" Carnival Arcane (2011)
|Posted by Anna H. on September 17, 2016 at 8:00 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Sorry about there not being any blogs published, last weekend or earlier this week. These last 2 weeks have been rough with sudden changes both on and offline.
In case you did NOT get the last e-mail notification, Horror-Punks.com has now been changed to Horror-Punks.net. Even though I mostly publish blogs here on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, there were several blogs I published on Horror-Punks as well. Therefore, I will be transferring my better blogs from Horror-Punks.com to Blogger. Blogger is my alternate blogging site after all.
Meanwhile, I was forced to postpone Song Saturday, Cartoon Sunday, and 1 of my Q&A blogs on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. Last Friday, I was in the middle of going to 1 of my doctor's appointments and my mother had to be rushed to the ER.
She is currently feeling better. However, my mother has been to the hospital at least several times, since September 9th. I almost had to cancel 2 of my appointments over these last 2 weeks because there is ALWAYS something wrong. Hopefully, today and the rest of this next week will be much better.
Aside from those issues, today is not only Song Saturday, but also Batman Day.
I won't sit here and act like I am a HUGE Batman fan, but I did enjoy watching the original TV series based on this comic book character. I wonder how many people know, that the original actor, who plays Mayor West on Family Guy is voiced by Batman's Adam West.
If you did NOT already know this, now you know.
While growing up during the late 1980's and '90s, it seemed like Batman became more popular than it was during the 1960's and earlier. Tim Burton directed the first 2 Batman films.
After Tim Burton directed Batman in 1989, there was a ton of Batman merchandise. The Batman bank and earrings, that I got as a little girl are somewhere. That same year was the year when Prince did the entire soundtrack for the movie. You may recall, that I mentioned this in my Prince Tribute blog this past spring.
Growing up, I was entertained watching Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns. Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever was the last Batman film I had watched.
In fact, I went to see Batman Forever at the theater with a middle school friend for my 13th birthday and it was the last Batman film I liked watching. George Clooney replacing his predecessors (Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer) was reason enough to make me NOT want to go see Batman & Robin.
I REFUSED to watch the other movies because I despise George Clooney with the passion and the reboots seemed too serious. I had no problem watching Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer as Bruce Wayne/Batman because I like both actors. They played quirky and eccentric roles in other films outside of the Batman franchise.
Batman, Batman Returns, and Batman Forever had campy yet brooding tones. The first 2 Burton films were campy much like the original TV series from the mid-60's. That was what Michael Keaton appreciated about Batman and Batman Returns.
After Warner Bros dropped Tim Burton as the film director for Batman Forever and replaced him with Joel Schumacher, Michael Keaton chose to leave the franchise. I remember the original being an R-rated film. Batman Returns was rated PG-13 yet parents complained about it not being "family friendly."
Michael Keaton declined and left the Batman franchise because he felt that the script for Batman Forever was too lighthearted in tone. When you watch the first 3 movies, you can tell the differences in tone. Batman Forever was not a terrible movie. I have yet to see the Batman reboots.
Even though I do NOT hate Christian Bale, the thought of him playing Batman really creeps me out. Watching Bale play Patrick Bateman in American Psycho makes me shudder. I still say the man played the role of a sociopathic and misogynistic serial killer a little too well.
Since this is mostly about the Batman franchise and today is Song Saturday, it would be fitting to revisit Siouxsie And The Banshees. A little over 2 years ago, I published a Song Saturday blog about this kooky Goth Rock band.
Rereading that blog, reminds me of how much I have gone through over these last 3 years with toxic and indifferent people. Don't forget that September 23rd is the 3rd anniversary for It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. I will be publishing my Q&A blog.
As I was saying, I had published a Song Saturday blog about Siouxsie And The Banshees over 2 years ago. I forgot to mention that they were featured on the Batman Returns Soundtrack in 1992. Siouxsie And The Banshees' "Face To Face" was also featured in the film.
Their song played while Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Selina Kyle (Catwoman) danced, during the masquerade ball scene.
Batman & Catwoman Come "Face To Face" (1992)
Anyway, here is Siouxsie And The Banshees' "Face To Face" for today's Batman themed Song Saturday.
Siouxsie And The Banshees "Face To Face" Batman Returns Soundtrack (1992)
Thank you my gumdrops! Don't forget to like, share, +1 on Google Plus, and leave your QUESTIONS in the comments section below or on the Contact page!
|Posted by Anna H. on September 3, 2016 at 8:00 AM||comments (7)|
How's it going my gumdrops? In case you missed yesterday's e-mail message, I updated more blogs from the past 2-3 years, throughout this entire week. Because Webs' tech support has been somewhat uncooperative with me this year, I was forced to make a few minor adjustments to the header's font on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
You may recall, more readers have recently joined It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, last month. Also, I have changed the background again to get all my gumdrops in the Halloween Spirit, these next 2 months.
Guess what's creeping around the corner, during the month of September?
September 23, 2016 will officially be 3 years, since I built It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. Usually, I reserve my Q&A blogs for this month. With my "cult following" growing on Google Plus, I was thinking about answering questions throughout the month of September, each week.
Whenever I asked for gumdrops to submit their questions, there would typically be at least 1 person bombarding me with 5,10-20 questions at a time. This makes it difficult to answer everyone's questions, when there are multiple followers with 10+ questions each. This is especially when some ask really complex questions, which can be turned into a blog.
To ALL my newbie subscribers, I will try answering AT MOST 2 questions from each subscriber.
In addition, I have also considered making updates to past Q&A blogs over these last 2 years to re-share with newcomers. Normally, I avoid answering questions about my political views and love life.
Considering that It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns is centered around entertainment, I tend to answer questions about hobbies, interests, likes, dislikes, and my background in general. If you have those types of questions, that would be great!
Aside from those updates, I thought about sharing a little Marilyn Manson to set the mood for Halloween Season. Recently, I noticed that I did not have a Song Saturday blog about Marilyn Manson. To warn you all in advance, I am NOT a huge fan.
I have enjoyed some of Manson's songs over these last 2 decades. However, he is not someone that I would want to interview, much less meet.
Does Marilyn Manson scare me?
Absolutely not. Even though the man is talented in doing artwork such as painting and I still feel, that he should've been casted as Trevor Goodchild in the Æon Flux movie, Marilyn Manson loves to be a narcissistic instigator. (I can imagine us "locking horns" with each other.)
This is along with the fact, that Manson tries TOO HARD to prove that he is a social outcast and deviant. After the media unfairly uses him as a scapegoat for tragedies such as the Columbine High School Massacre circa 1999, for example, he becomes the victim.
That shooting was NEVER Marilyn Manson's fault, but he gives the media more ammunition to demonize him with his ridiculous antics.
Do I blame Marilyn Manson for Columbine?
No, not at all. I was going on 17 when that school massacre happened. Until this very day, I still believe it was complete bullshit listening to the media and parents blame movies, video games, Marilyn Manson, several other bands, and the Goth Sub-Culture for the Columbine High School Massacre.
Those 2 domestic terrorists were NOT Marilyn Manson fans. Those 2 immediately saw through his extremely contrived facade, which is the only thing I can agree with them on. Otherwise, I think that blaming Manson for 2 domestic terrorists massacring high school teachers and students over high school girls rejecting them was bullshit.
That last statement is not something I'm exaggerating. I watched ABC's 20/20 special, earlier this year. The special featured the mother of 1 of the shooters, who published a book about her son and such a horrific tragedy. Watching that special reminded me what it was like being an angsty teenager, during the 1990's and being demonized for writing angry poetry for my own catharsis.
Even though I am an adult now, that part of me as a person never completely left. Whether I am on or offline, I still have to deal with demonization, negative labels, and being treated like a freak. I feel this is mostly why Marilyn Manson still has fans from Generations X and Y.
I may not be a huge fan of his, but I can empathize with the man to an extent and listen to some of his songs from 1994 to now.
Speaking of 1994, I was only 12 years old when I saw the music video for "Dope Hat." It aired on the music channel called, The Box. In '94, "Dope Hat" was a music video made by Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids.
While watching that music video as a 12-year-old girl, my reaction was, "What the fuck is that? This is like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory on crack." As bizarre as the music video for "Dope Hat" was, I liked the song.
Then again, my interests have always been eccentric and Goth, since childhood during the late '80s. At that time, I don't believe "Goth" was a coined term yet.
Marilyn Manson and I do share a few similarities by coincidence, which is somewhat uncanny. This includes some fashion. About a year or so ago, I happened to stumble upon a YouTube clip of him on the Late Show With David Letterman from 2003.
In that clip, Manson wore the exact same Demonia Boots, that I still have from college. To get a better view, here's a photo of OUR boots.
Demonia Trashville Patent Leather Boots
College friends and classmates will tell you, that I wore those exact boots quite often between 2003 to 2006. Since we are in the middle of another Mercury Retrograde and because I already mentioned this music video, here is Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids with their video for "Dope Hat."
Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids "Dope Hat" Portrait Of An American Family (1994)
|Posted by Anna H. on August 27, 2016 at 10:30 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? These last 2 weeks have been a full on bitch fest with people both on and offline. I am known for my complaining, however judging from what I have been witnessing lately, I have clearly been outmatched. You are surely wondering:
Anna, what did you do last weekend when you took a break from It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns?
I ran some shopping errands, mostly kept calm, squeezed in some sleep, watched MTV Classic after my replacement Dish Network box had arrived, and marathoned the first 7 episodes of xxxHolic. I could've watched more, but I got sidetracked with several other things I needed to do.
Speaking of MTV Classic, it appears that most viewers are enraged over the fact, that MTV misled viewers into believing that MTV Classic was going back to MTV's so-called "roots," as the new president claimed.
In order for a movie, show, album, or song to be considered a classic, it must be at least 20 years old most of the time. This really isn't so much of the case with what's currently airing on MTV Classic.
During the launch on August 1st, MTV Classic was doing okay. The month is just about over and MTV fans are pissed. MTV Classic keeps airing music videos and shows from the last 1-15 years, which does not count as being "classic." Old School MTV viewers want to watch MORE music videos and cartoons from 1981-1999.
MTV Classic mostly keeps airing music videos and shows from 1995-2014. Episodes to cartoons are being aired out of sequence. This is along with the network re-airing the same 2 Beavis And Butt-Head episodes from the 2011 reboot every week.
Considering that Beavis And Butt-Head was on MTV for nearly a decade and was the network's biggest cash cow, it would NOT hurt to air episodes dating back to 1993.
In addition, MTV Classic will not stop re-airing 1980's movies such as Ghostbusters and Sixteen Candles, as if the network is STILL The VH1 Classic Channel. If MTV was NOT truly committed to launching another clone music video channel, they should NOT have wasted everyone's time.
As much as I love watching old music videos and certain shows from the '90s and early '00s, MTV Classic needs to stick to their format and stop trying to appease the wrong crowd.
Since we are already on the topic of MTV, it was finally revealed that DJ Khaled will host the MTV VMA Pre-Show. We still have YET to learn who will be hosting the MTV VMA's, this year. That's if there will even be a host, this year. The following article from TIME Magazine explains more in detail about MTV's plans:
I will ask this question, once again. If MTV is NOT that invested in their viewers, why should their viewers care? You may be wondering why I still watch the MTV VMA's as well.
As the MTV VMA's keep getting worse each year, I am always curious to know, who these new groups and so-called "artists" really are and, who will make asses out of themselves each year. THAT'S why I continuously watch the MTV VMA's.
This year, I am mostly watching the MTV VMA's because I want to see, if MTV actually does tributes to their biggest, most talented, and innovative music video icons.
Since last December, we lost Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie, Vanity, Prince, and now someone from 3 Doors Down. It has already been confirmed, that Beyonce will be giving her own Prince tribute. I don't know if the rest of these dead musicians will be given the shaft by MTV. This especially applies to Rock Music.
Last night, I skimmed through the VMA archive on Wikipedia, which lists past and present VMA shows. Because it has been more than 2 decades, I forgot that there were categories for both Alternative and Hard Rock/Metal bands.
Throughout these last 6 years or so, MTV only wants to acknowledge and give special treatment to Pop and other genres, that sound similar to it. I have to always YouTube most of these groups and singers, in order to know WHO they are.
Lately, the MTV VMA's are more like The Teen Choice Awards on crack. The best part about this year's MTV VMA's is that there is a great chance, that Taylor Swift may be a NO SHOW!!! WOO-HOO!!!
Let's all hope and pray that Taylor stays home for once, this year. She's not performing and has not been nominated for an award at all this time.
Shouldn't everyone be tired of Taylor Swift exploiting and writing call out songs about every man she serial dates, while always crying victim yet?
As much as I loathe Kimye and Taylor, I really can't stand Taylor Swift and never did. She lied about knowing that Kanye West wrote his song about making her famous and approving it. As conceited as that Chi-Town thug is, I must side with him this time.
Kanye West throwing temper tantrums about Taylor Swift winning over Beyonce at the 2009 MTV VMA'S DID make Taylor famous. Honestly, I'm starting to believe that his tantrum was a publicity stunt.
Since Kanye West's temper tantrum, Taylor Swift was always being offered movie and cosmetic gigs. That's not including serial dating celebutards and freshly legal cousins from The Kennedy Family, 4 years ago.
Aside from giving those 2 attention whores more unneeded attention, let's revisit the issue of the Rock Music genre getting the shaft. While browsing through the archive I mentioned earlier, I noticed that Stone Temple Pilots had a few nominations, in the past.
In 1993, Stone Temple Pilots was nominated for Best Alternative Video and Best New Artist. The Alternative band won the Best New Artist Award for "Plush." In 1995, they had 4 nominations for "Interstate Love Song" but did NOT win a single VMA. The same applies for the 2000 MTV VMA's.
It was NOT until 2002, that the MTV VMA's really started blacklisting the Rock Music genre. By 2002, MTV began focusing on shitty Pop-Punk bands like Good Charlette.
Taking all this into consideration, everyone already knows where MTV stands with Rock and Metal bands. This is all the more reason why so many musicians and fans stopped caring about music television, mainly boycotting MTV.
Hopefully, this year's show won't be smothered with political propaganda and racial division like last year. Even though we know the 2016 MTV VMA's will be a total Shit Sandwich, I still look forward to laughing at the train wrecks at the VMA's.
To read the tribute blogs I published about Scott Weiland, David Bowie, Lemmy Kilmister, Prince, and Vanity, simply click on their names above in today's blog.
Because I know how much MTV blacklists real Rock Music and because the media barely acknowledged Scott Weiland's death, here are 2 music videos from Stone Temple Pilots.
STP debuted with "Plush" and won the award for Best New Artist at the 1993 MTV VMA's. The year after, they accoustically performed their song, "Pretty Penny." Anyway, here is today's Song Saturday.
1) Stone Temple Pilots "Plush" Core (1993)
2) Stone Temple Pilots "Pretty Penny" Purple (1994)
|Posted by Anna H. on August 13, 2016 at 8:45 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? While re-arranging furniture last week, I suddenly began thinking about that old Machine Language EP by Dynamix II.
You know those Entertainment books? Well, my mother bought Dynamix II's Machine Language for me in 1995. At the time, I had NEVER heard of Dynamix II. Their EP was only $2 at a music store with an Entertainment coupon. My mother bought it for me over 20 years ago, when she went album shopping.
Most CD's were ~$12-$15, during the 1990's.
My mother bought Machine Language mostly because it was on sale ("Sale" being her favorite word) and because it was Techno. She knew how much I loved listening to Techno and other Electronica sub-genres.
Judging only by the EP's front cover, I assumed that Dynamix II was the name of an unknown video game or animated movie soundtrack very much like the Toonami: Deep Space Bass Soundtrack.
As a quick reminder, Cartoon Network's Toonami block did NOT exist during the early to mid 1990's. It was NOT until 1997, that Toonami was launched and it was not until 2001, that the block released a soundtrack. (That's another topic for another time.)
Last weekend, I YouTubed and searched Dynamix II on Wikipedia and discovered, that they are an ACTUAL duo. Dynamix II is a Breakbeat Electro-Bass Music duo based in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and have been around, since 1985.
The duo's Machine Language EP was released in 1992, which was 3 years before my mother randomly bought it for me. I was quite surprised that over 20 years later, I learned that Dynamix II was a duo and is still releasing music 2-3 decades later.
In fact, it was just last year that Dynamix II collaborated with Section 25 on the remix for the song, "Looking From A Hilltop." Sooner or later, I will have to try searching for Dynamix II's other works.
As a teenager circa mid to late '90s, I loved listening to Machine Language. Until this very day, "Get Out Of My Mind" is still my favorite song from Dynamix II. There's just something about the song, that has this sinister vibe yet it's awesome for dancing, if not working out to with some weights.
Sometimes I would do Tae Bo to "Get Out Of My Mind," after I had created my own aerobics mixtapes. Honestly, it would NOT be surprising if my college friends were laughing, while reading this blog.
Trying to imagine me doing Tae Bo as a teenager is probably hilarious to those, who did not know me 2 decades ago.
Now that I think about it, "Get Out Of My Mind" was also 1 of my theme songs for my radio show during 2002-2003. Maybe someday, I'll consider using this old theme song as a promo for my content on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. You never know.
Speaking of my old radio show's theme songs and Dynamix II, here is Dynamix II's "Get Out Of My Mind" for today's Song Saturday.
Dynamix II "Get Out Of My Mind" Machine Language (1992)
|Posted by Anna H. on August 6, 2016 at 7:00 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? This past week, I appeared to be greatly in demand. This especially applies to my social interaction on Horror-Punks.net. It has been quite a while, since I last shared any new music from the Horror-Punks community.
We really need to revive it. So many of us have been focused on our own content and other projects, that the social environment is basically non-existent. Many of us are writers, musicians, filmmakers, TV and radio show hosts, producers, etc. on Horror-Punks.net.
Now, if only we could have more people join Horror-Punks and if only there were more Horror readers, listeners, and fans socializing on this Horror-based site, the community would be replenished and more vibrant or "spirited," again.
Until this very day, the sounds from the IM chat are my favorite. You know how on most IM chat features there's always that DING! noise? Well, on Horror-Punks.net, the noises coming from the IM chat features are screams and growls. I'm not lying. Whenever someone messages you, it literally SCREAMS and GROWLS.
Since we are already on the topic of Horror-Punks.com here on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, there was a message I received from an Independent Horror-Punk Metal band. Voice Of Doom asked me to review their Scared To Death EP.
On Thursday night, I listened to Voice Of Doom's Scared To Death EP. It's NOT bad. I could instantly hear a variety of the band's musical influences such as Black Sabbath, Misfits, Motorhead, and Black Flag.
While listening to Voice Of Doom's song, "Scared To Death," it somewhat reminded me of the band, Queens Of The Stone Age with some Horror music videos, for some odd reason. I'm not sure if Voice Of Doom considers them to be another musical influence of theirs or not, but they reminded me of Queens Of The Stone Age.
As of this moment, "Dead Things" is my favorite song off Voice Of Doom's Scared To Death EP. There are elements of the song, that sound like Black Sabbath. The best way I can describe "Dead Things" is to imagine if an old school Metal band like Black Sabbath went to a Punk Rock club to give a concert performance with fans pogoing and moshing in the crowd.
Speaking of Voice Of Doom's music videos, I have watched both "Dead Things" and "Scared To Death." Judging by how their music videos have been shot, they have a more retro appearance to them. Both music videos seem more like Classic Zombie films from the 1960's and '70s.
Imagine if Black Sabbath, Motorhead, and The Misfits were playing at a Punk concert with their music being heard in the background of George A. Romero's Night Of The Living Dead. That's Voice Of Doom, to paint a more fiendish picture for you all.
Normally, I would share a block of songs or music videos with you all, but it is much better for you all to visit Voice Of Doom's website. All you have to do is click on the link for the band's Scared To Death EP above and it will soon redirect visitors to the band's page.
With that being said, here is Voice Of Doom's "Dead Things" for today's Song Saturday.
Voice Of Doom "Dead Things" Scared To Death EP (2016)
|Posted by Anna H. on July 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? I must apologize for not publishing another blog sooner. Earlier this week, I meant to publish a blog about the new home page design for It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. Since I allowed myself to be sucked into the eternal drama and toxicity from other people on and offline, they drove me to becoming politically fatigued, emotionally drained, and led to my automatic disgust.
Not only have I been emotionally drained and disgusted with the chaos in our country and around the world, but also the never ending social politics that I must endure on other sites. When I say "social politics," I mean the uproarious high school popularity contests among morally corrupt adults on the Internet. Most specifically, obnoxious man-children online.
Throughout this week, I have dreaded turning on my laptop and signing into all my accounts, including my very own website to stare at more bullshit. It was not until yesterday morning, that my mood slightly lifted. I learned that VH1 Classic is now being rebranded as MTV Classic starting on Monday, August 1st. Supposedly, MTV Classic is "going back to MTV's roots."
MTV Classic Launch Promo (2016)
After reading the article above, it put a smile on my face and gave me a little sense of joy. MTV Classic will be branded as more of the 1990's version of MTV. I think it's fantastic. It's about time more networks began focusing on this particular decade.
Older Gen Xers, Baby Boomers, and extremely bratty Millennials are complaining this second about this rebranding. They need to comprehend, that there are adults in our 30's and 40's, as well as younger viewers, who would LOVE to watch music videos on music television. This is along with animation and some classic reality shows such as The Real World and Road Rules.
MTV Classic really can do without the reality shows. As much as I enjoyed watching both The Real World and Road Rules throughout the 1990's and early 2000's, reality shows in general have become extreme overkill on every local, cable, and satellite channel. Even though both these TV shows helped pave the way for some of today's celebrities and political figures, we need to have a break from reality shows.
Much like political propaganda is dominating our daily lives, the same can surely be said about Reality TV Shows. We want to see more entertainment such as real actors playing actual characters on TV shows, watching music videos on music channels as opposed to watching them online, and so on.
As a child and teenager from both the 1980's and '90s, I enjoyed MTV. The network was mostly about airing music videos, MTV VMA's, news, animation, and concert performances. During the 1990's, very few reality shows existed.
At the same time, some MTV viewers still complained because the network began airing Liquid Television Animation. Older Gen Xers wanted MTV to return to airing music videos 24/7.
I Want My MTV Promo (1982)
Because I am on the cusp of both Generations X and Y, I had the chance to experience the best and worst of both eras in general.
Younger Millennials were born when the Internet was just invented, if not slightly before its launch. Not every Millennial knows what it's like to use much less own a record player, tapes, landline phones, CD's, records, walkmans, discmans, VCR's, stereo equipment, pagers, etc.
Now, the younger Millennials and more recently, Generation Z, are getting a glimpse of what life was like in the 1990's because they were either too young, or were NOT yet born. When saying that last sentence, the ABC sitcom, Fresh Off The Boat is the only TV show right now, which is basically a "throwback" to what life was somewhat like, during the 1990's.
For years, I have been waiting for a series like Fresh Off The Boat to be aired on local networks for younger viewers to see what the '90s were about. After reading today's blog, some of you may now be questioning the content I share here on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. You may be wondering this:
Is Anna's entire purpose of her site about trying to show her readers what MTV was like, during the 1980's and '90s?
Not exactly. Although, the more I really think about it, I cannot help admitting that MTV from the 1990's contributed to my influence. Overall, I have always been about entertainment. This especially applies to music and animation.
I always loved being entertained, entertaining others, and exposing my audience to other sources of entertainment. This includes writing stories, which was originally why I built this website.
Speaking of music, the '90s, and stories, a long time favorite song and music video of mine comes from Suzanne Vega. Her song "Tom's Diner" was written around the same time I was born (between mid-1981 to mid-1982).
The original release of the song was in 1987. Then in 1990, 2 British record producers, Nick Batt and Neal Slateford (better known as "DNA") released the remix of "Tom's Diner."
Growing up, I have always loved the remix of "Tom's Diner." It's a song that not only tells a story, but also makes you want to dance. I will even go as far as saying, that "Tom's Diner" also has a seductive tone to it. With that being said, here is Suzanne Vega featuring DNA with her song, "Tom's Diner" for today's Song Saturday.
Suzanne Vega [Featuring DNA] "Tom's Diner" Solitude Standing (1987, 1990)
|Posted by Anna H. on July 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? You may have already noticed this July, that I did NOT bring back the creepy Christmas In July scenery. This was because I wanted to bring back the turquoise, teal, and aqua colors.
Considering the way this year has been, I wanted It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns to have a more calming appearance. Never fear! (Or should you?) I just may bring back the Halloween scenery in September. I have not yet decided.
Even though there have not been any other Christmas In July themed blogs like last year, I have managed to bring back a Christmas In July themed Song Saturday. With the media and most people complaining about the sultry weather, I thought I would use a more unorthodox and creepy kind of approach.
This block should chill you out alright, or at least make your skin crawl. Some of you may remember, that I have published at least several blogs over these last 3 years about the 1984 Christmas Slasher, Silent Night, Deadly Night.
Have you ever listened to a Horror movie's film score and instantly felt creeped out?
For someone like me, you may find it rather odd that I would become afraid of songs from a film score. Normally, Horror Movies don't scare me. However, listening to the music is really what makes these movies scary. At least it does for me, anyway. This especially applies to Horror films, that were made during the 1970's and 1980's. Take the Christmas Slasher, Silent Night, Deadly Night for example.
As controversial as Silent Night, Deadly Night was during 1984, the music played in its trailers made the film appear a lot more traumatizing than the movie itself. Not that I am at all trying to minimize Billy's traumatic experiences, but the music is rather bone chilling.
Maybe it's because Silent Night, Deadly Night hits closer to home for me because I was a child, during the 1980's. To be more exact, I was only 2 years old when the movie released in theaters. Maybe it is because Silent Night, Deadly Night really exploits the fact, that Billy is Santaphobic.
The protagonist eventually goes psycho being fixated over witnessing his father being killed and his mother being brutally raped and killed on the road by a robber/serial killer/rapist dressed as Santa Claus.
In addition to the film scores, that were used in old Horror movies from the 1970's and '80s, poster ads also captured and set the tone for the movies. When you pay close attention to the advertisement for Silent Night, Deadly Night, the poster ad shows the arm of Santa Claus hanging outside the chimney with an ax in his hand.
This is along with a caption that reads:
"You've made it through Halloween, now try and survive Christmas."
Simply reading that statement automatically gives me a threatening feeling. Now, that's what you call excellent marketing for movies, that are supposed to scare its audience. The advertising for Horror movies, during the 21st Century, seriously do NOT compare to advertisements from the last 3-4 decades.
Besides the fact, that most movies today are shitty remakes and reboots, their trailers and billboard ads fail at capturing the Horror within today's movies.
I believe marketers should return to MORE abstract and disturbing art illustrations for Horror films and spend LESS time abusing CGI.
Since this blog is mostly about the original Christmas Slasher film Silent Night, Deadly Night and because it will be Christmas in July on Monday (The Southern hemisphere is celebrating winter), it wouldn't hurt to share some bone chilling music from this 1984 cult classic. You will have to forgive me for not listing all the song titles for Silent Night, Deadly Night's LP.
Apparently, there is NOT a total listing of songs titles with matching samples posted online. I went to several websites, including Amazon. Had more YouTubers bothered to label each song title with each song on their playlists, they could've saved me the time of spending 2 hours hunting for the track listings.
I managed to locate ONLY 4 song titles for Silent Night, Deadly Night's LP. The film score was composed by Perry Botkin. Meanwhile, Morgan Aimes created the movie's soundtrack. Out of all the songs, Morgan Aimes' "The Warm Side Of The Door" is my favorite.
For years, I always misheard it as being "The Wrong Side Of The Door." I was thinking more along the lines of dark humor. Then, I learned that the song is actually called "The Warm Side Of The Door." The actual title sounds more perverted than dark.
Me and my dirty mind. Anyway, to celebrate a more disturbing take on Christmas in July this Song Saturday, here's the LP for the 1984 Christmas Slasher, Silent Night, Deadly Night.
Silent Night, Deadly Night LP (1984)
1) Perry Botkin "Main Title" (1984)
2) Morgan Aimes "Christmas Fever" (1984)
3) Morgan Aimes "The Warm Side of the Door" (1984)
4) Morgan Aimes "Santa's Watching" (1984)
|Posted by Anna H. on July 16, 2016 at 5:00 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Since Wednesday, I have been battling with laptop glitches. To be honest, I didn't know if there was going to be a Song Saturday or Cartoon Sunday for this weekend.
You may be saying to yourselves, "Anna, don't you have a tablet?" Yes, I do have a tablet. However, typing on it is a royal pain in the ass. A tablet is nowhere near the same as being on an actual computer or a laptop. The functionalities and the screen layout are completely different than how they would be on computers and laptops.
I highly prefer using older technology as as opposed to today's latest high tech gadgets. Most of today's gadgets are user unfriendly.
Meanwhile, some ideas have been floating around in my head, in regards to wanting to give the main page a bit of a makeover. Every so often, I add some extra features to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. Right now, I'm thinking more about the physical appearance and some other changes.
Aside from those problems, I have lately been reminiscing more about the amount of music variety, that existed on mainstream radio stations 15-20 years ago. You may be saying to yourselves, "Here Anna goes again with her nostalgia." Honestly, I really can't help it.
During the 1980's and '90s, there were more than several music genres and sub-genres being acknowledged and gained music exposure. Mainstream radio stations over these last 12-14 years began limiting we the listeners to MOSTLY Pop and Hip-Hop Music.
Today's Hip-Hop really should be considered Hip-POP. As much as I enjoyed 2 of those music genres along with many other genres, they have become massive overkill and today's artists are complete sell outs.
That's not including mainstream musicians being wannabe self-righteous, political activists ad nauseam.
What I miss more than anything right now would be The Z-Rock 50 Countdown. Most average people today have most likely never heard of The Z-Rock 50. The Z-Rock 50 was the equivalent of American Top 40 except Z-Rock was specifically a countdown for Hard Rock, Alternative, and Metal bands.
The countdown mostly played Hard Rock and Metal bands every Sunday night.
In my hometown, The Z-Rock 50 regularly aired on Sunday nights at 6-10pm. Without that countdown, I probably would've never been exposed to Type O Negative, White Zombie, Prong, and many other bands, that were more obscure, during the early to mid-90s.
You have no idea how much I miss the days of there being more local Rock stations, which gave Metal bands a lot more exposure. Whenever I listened to Z-Rock 50, it aired on the station, 93.3 WQFM. WQFM played a lot more Metal than LAZER 103.
Both Rock stations have been rebranded over the last 11-20 years, which sucks ass if you're someone like me, who doesn't always want to listen to Pop and Hip-Hop Music. By the time I reached high school age, WQFM became a Jazz station (not that I hate Jazz) and by 2005, LAZER 103 became The Hog 102.9.
The Hog is mostly what I would consider to be an Old Guy Rock station, which mostly panders to Baby Boomers and older Gen Xers on their Harleys, that want to listen to Hair Metal bands. They will still play some Grunge bands. Otherwise, The Hog will play a few overrated mainstream bands for some Millennials.
As much as I enjoyed listening to songs by mainstream bands from the 1970's-1990's, it gets tiring after a while. That's why I miss when 93.3 WQFM used to air The Z-Rock 50, during Sunday nights. The show aired various Rock and Metal sub-genres from both mainstream and underground bands.
Every time I listened to that countdown in WI, it was being broadcasted from Detroit, MI. Since most of my relatives live in Michigan and because my family used to pick up my youngest aunt from college in Grand Rapids, I sometimes made my family change the radio station to The Z-Rock 50. This was during our road trips to and from MI.
During those road trips, I tortured my family because they were being forced to listen to bands, that weren't Glam or Hair Metal or Pop. In fact, I normally screamed at my mother from the backseats of her conversion van to turn up the radio every time The Z-Rock 50 played Prong's song, "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck."
Here it is 22 years later, and I STILL love that song. I always found the dark humor in that song title. Then again, I always was pretty morbid in thinking. Every time I hear "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck," Prong's guitar riffs automatically remind me of Pantera. Maybe it's because they were both Groove Metal bands, that went on tour together at some point, during the '90s.
Since I mentioned this old Groove Metal band, that I used to torture my family with on road trips, here is Prong's "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck," for today's Song Saturday. CHEERS!
Prong "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck " Cleansing (1994)
|Posted by Anna H. on July 9, 2016 at 6:20 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Are you liking the latest scenery? The turquoise, teal, and aqua colors have been brought back to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. The more I look at this background, the more it reminds me of 1 of my drawers full of these colors.
Sometimes I feel like the cartoon character Lois Griffin, for example.
Literally, I have 1 drawer of blouses and T-shirts that are nothing but turquoise, teal, and aqua. You may recall from my interview with bassist Sean Yseult, that we both love the colors blue and turquoise. She laughed when I told her, that turquoise has been dominating my wardrobe lately.
My family usually buys me turquoise clothes for birthdays and Christmas. This year, they gave me a break and bought me more clothes in different colors for my birthday.
Speaking of, you may recall that I went out to celebrate my birthday, as well as my friend's birthday with our friend, last month. I forgot to mention that there was a cover band performing, while we were at Hart Park. The cover band was awful.
Listening to that cover band perform the theme song to Ghostbusters made my soul weep on the inside. It was God awful. It was like listening to people try to sing at a karaoke bar.
Luckily, we did NOT have to pay to get into the Hart Park. If we had to pay to get into Hart Park, I would've demanded back my money. My friends and I were mostly sitting and lounging on the grass, as we talked to each other.
Meanwhile, my friend, who was celebrating her birthday early with us, allowed her son to play with the other children. With all of us talking to each other, it helped to somewhat drown out the horrible covers being performed.
Considering that we are on the topic of Ghostbusters, it has been YEARS, since I last watched the movies and their cartoon, The Real Ghostbusters. Believe it or not, I still have the original Marshmallow Man action figure from 1984.
Marshmallow Man is somewhere in storage, along with my Ghostbusters Gear and other toys from my childhood.
By me bringing up the topic of Ghostbusters, I'm sure your enquiring minds want to know my thoughts about the reboot. If you have been following me for the last 1-3 years, you already know that I hate MOST remakes and reboots, whether they are movies or shows.
I CANNOT help siding with most Ghostbusters fans, that are against the reboot. The constant remakes of classic movies is the main reason why I stopped going to movie theaters after 2005.
Yes, there were some new and original films, that were released in theaters over these last 11 years. However, a good portion of Hollywood films have been shitty remakes and reboots. Also, most movies today come with some form of political propaganda.
Don't get me wrong, there have almost always been some type of political, moral, and/religious themes behind movies. At the same time, their messages were NOT extremely visible to the extent, that it was oppressive with propaganda.
Why should anyone have to spend a fortune to be chastised and oppressed, when they are paying to be ENTERTAINED?
Just think about it. Would you want to pay $10 or more to go see a movie or a concert only to be lectured about your views and lifestyle? I sure as hell don't, which is all the more reason why I quit going to the movie theaters.
Imagine paying $10 or more for a movie ticket, spending the first 10 minutes watching political PSA's, then having to sit and watch a movie filled with political propaganda. If you are someone like me, who doesn't enjoy fighting everyone about your political views, you would be annoyed.
I do NOT encourage and/condone trolling the new cast of Ghostbusters for being a female dominated cast. Although, I feel that Hollywood filmmakers are out of ideas for creating their own films and mostly want to promote and oppress everyone with their political views.
Originally, the cast of Ghostbusters was male dominated in 1984. The 2016 reboot is female dominated.
Why didn't the filmmakers turn this reboot into a long overdue sequel with the original characters handing down the proverbial torch to their daughters? That could've been more interesting.
Instead of going that direction, the filmmakers wanted to promote a "feminist" spin by re-writing the story and making the male characters female. This has been my overall stance about reboots in general and the Ghostbusters reboot for now.
Because today's blog is mostly Ghostbusters centric, I will leave you with Ray Parker Jr's "Ghostbusters" for today's Song Saturday.
Ray Parker Jr. "Ghostbusters [Theme Song]" Ghostbusters Soundtrack (1984)
|Posted by Anna H. on July 2, 2016 at 7:30 AM||comments (8)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Yes, I am back with Song Saturday this weekend. I already know that many of you have been waiting for over 1 1/2 month.
Although, last week was more of a Song Saturday/Cartoon Sunday Combo, when I shared Dethklok's music video for "The Gears." I killed 2 birds with 1 stone, since I have really been pressed for time.
Honestly, I am rather disappointed in myself for backburning these regular blogs on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns these last several months. As I predicted, 2016 has NOT been my year for much of anything. Then again, this has been a HORRIBLE year so far, for most people internationally.
When people and catastrophes are constantly throwing monkey wrenches into your plans, they make it difficult to accomplish much of anything.
This most definitely applies when there are constant family emergencies, setbacks before, during, and after interviews, dealing with a vengeful, sociopathic, cyber stalker, who's worse than having a crazy ex, etc.
Moving along, Song Saturday is back! Can you believe that Independence Day is in ONLY 2 more days? Once all the patriotic holidays are over on Tuesday, it will be time to change the scenery again for It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
For this weekend, the theme is fireworks. While working on this blog last night, our neighborhood could not help hearing fireworks from the outside. I actually live not too far away from another park besides Hart Park. There are also firework shows at Summerfest, which is in Downtown Milwaukee.
Now that I think about it, I haven't attended Summerfest in more than 2 decades. My family and I used to attend Indian Summer Festival, when I was a teenager. Because it is always so expensive to buy American Indian merchandise and because there are too many chain-smoking, crazy alcoholics, getting into brawls with random strangers before, during, and after Pow Wows, we stopped going.
Attending the Indian Summer Festival is too much like the trailer park raiding the Pow Wow for my family and I. This will probably offend some if not most, but the constant drinking, 2nd-hand smoke, fighting, and vandalism were never parts of our lifestyles.
Everyone has their own issues. However, some can at least TRY to maintain the peace and act more civilized, in order to NOT get ousted and/arrested in public.
As I was saying, the theme for this weekend is fireworks. Those who are fans of the Shonen Jump Action Anime and Manga, Bleach may be familiar with today's song. It comes from the J-Pop Rock band, Ikimono-gakari.
Their song "Hanabi," meaning fireworks in Japanese was featured as an ending theme song to Bleach. To be more specific, "Hanabi" was the 7th ending theme song to the series. It's also 1 of my favorite Bleach theme songs. Considering my favorite genres of music, "Hanabi" is a bit unusual for me to like as a song.
As most of you already know, Metal is my favorite genre. However, you may also recall that I do enjoy other music genres, including some J-Pop. I normally would NOT be a fan of listening to the harmonicas. Thus, Ikimono-gakari's "Hanabi" is an exception for me.
You can find "Hanabi" on Ikimono-gakari's debut album Sakura Saku Machi Monogatari. I'm sure that all you Bleach, J-Pop, and Anime Otaku fans were just dying to know, which album you could find the song. Now, you know. You're welcome.
Anyway, here is Ikimono-gakari's song, "Hanabi" for today's Song Saturday.
Ikimono-gakari "Hanabi" Sakura Saku Machi Monogatari [The Story Of The Town Where Cherry Blossoms Bloom] (2006)