"…Why hear’st thou music sadly?"

So here’s some things you start thinking about as you age and you’ve built up a huge collection of beloved music (1700hrs — ten weeks — for me) and can only listen to it for maybe an hour a day:

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  • I haven’t heard this track in a decade! I love this song! Will I ever hear this song again? What other songs have I forgotten!? Will I ever find them!?

  • Are my ears hearing everything I heard when I was a teenager and loved this song and hadn’t attended hundreds of concerts? NOPE!

  • Should I buy an even more expensive pair of headphones and an even more expensive amp so everything sounds better — even if it’s only a placebo effect!?

Aging is very complicated. 

(Macabre tour 00-01)

can still win that Gauze tab for free if you win the luna sea, x japan AND hide guitar tab book auctions on the ebay ;)  http://www.ebay.com/usr/jrocknyc

Emon Saburo Reborn

…In failing health, and desperate to find the monk before he died, Emon Saburo decided to reverse his direction: instead of trying to catch the monk from behind, he would encounter him head on.

On his last legs, struggling up a steep mountain trail, Emon Saburo met with the monk who had stood eight times at his gate so many years before. Through his changed heart and great effort, he was forgiven; and the monk asked him if he had a final request. Reflecting on his life, Emon Saburo sought a most unusual boon: could he be reborn as the Lord of his province? This would put him in a position to do good for the people, and atone for his cruelty.

So the monk wrote something on a small stone and placed it in Emon Saburo’s hand. After Emon Saburo died, the monk buried him and placed Emon Saburo’s staff as a marker.

Nine months later, a baby was born to the wife of the Lord of Iyo — a baby with a clenched fist. Natural remedies failing to open the child’s hand, a priest was summoned, who charmed it open with prayer and incantation. As the child’s hand slowly opened, there was revealed inside it a stone bearing the words: “Emon Saburo reborn.”

[http://thetempleguy.com/articles/religion/emon_saburo.htm]

Enemy (2013)

So this movie looks and feels kinda slow, but you have to pay attention and think about what you’re seeing and hearing pretty much at all times, and run through different theories (and then discard them for updated ones once new information is revealed) in your mind as you watch, so it actually flies by. You may even want to TAKE NOTES.

In a way, it crosses the bridge between film and games — you can’t just passively absorb, you have to actively engage. 

rating: :)

(bonus: it’s got Inglourious Basterds’ Melanie Laurent.)

hide tribute spirits & singles collection tab on ebay… for $8.00! 

the tribute one also has L’Arc’s “Heaven’s Drive” in it — wtf!? (Shows you how often I even looked at that one. I got it for the Luna Sea version of “scanner” back when I was covering j-rock songs with Lo-Rez in the Bowery in 1999/2000.)

Uh, and if you win this hide auction, AND the luna sea tab book auction, AND the x japan tab book auction… i’ll give you dir en grey’s GAUZE tab book for free. that’s like 30 pounds of music for the price of 3! 

X Japan band scores for Dahlia and On the Verge of Destruction 

~only $8 on ebay!~

I have this thing going, if one person wins all three auctions — the Luna Sea, X Japan, AND hide tab books — then i’ll include my copy of Dir en grey’s GAUZE tab book too, for free.