Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Hi-Yah!

HI-YAH! is the sound of mayhem – of flying fists and roundhouse kicks, ninja stars and fighting sticks.  Cowboy Bebop isn't exactly that way, although it can be kinetic, and neither is its sister anime, Samurai Champloo.  Although they create these interesting impressions with some pretty gorgeous art too boot.  Cowboy Bebop also is a noted anime for injecting quite a bit of jazz into their mix.  A friend of mine last night gave me a link to an interesting mix of, I think it's triphop or hiphop.  I don't know, but it has a nice vibe, and pretty mellow so you can do task while listening to it.  Check it out.
There some other mixes over there on YT if you follow the above video.  The one I was listening to last night, but for whatever reason I can't find, can be found here.  There are some other parts as well, if you want o hear even more.  


4 Comments:

At 1:41 PM, Blogger Richard Bellush said...

The title always induces me to assign jobs to styles by free association, e.g. stervedore ska, spongediver rag, goat-herder swing, pole-dancer polka, etc.

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger El Vox said...

Pole-dancer polka sounds like a song Weird Al might try or Brave Combo (a band out of Denton, Tx). But yeah, titles are fun. I usually don't have much mental block when it comes to titles whether it's representative of the said item or not. I see a lot of art work that's untitled, and I wonder if the artist couldn't come up with a title, or just decided why bother.

Saw Weird Al the other night. He was on a cable program, and I'm forgetting which one, but Tom Green was the host who used to be on MTV. I never cared for Green then, but he was more toned down, which helped. I guess both he and Al may have been friends, but they worked well together. Al was promoting a new album. He majored in architecture, which is odd given his profession. Glad he's still around, and making me laugh. I think Al needs to do a duo album with other famous musicians--might be fun and different.

 
At 10:43 PM, Blogger Roman J. Martel said...

Cowboy Bebop has a great soundtrack. Three albums worth of soundtrack for the television series. The music was composed and performed by Yoko Kanno, one of the greats of Japanese animation and video games scores. She and her band The Seatbelts performed most of the jazzy material on the scores. Kanno is very talented and can work with small jazz bands, electronic scores, opera arias and full symphonic orchestras. And the lady is still making scores this year. She's one of my favorites.

Weird Al is a treasure. I saw the man perform live in 2015 and 2016. I never go for concerts, but my wife is a huge fan and we decided to give it a try. I've never had more fun at a show. The audience was so into it and all ages were there. And the amount of energy he had was amazing. The guy was running all over the stage in all kinds of crazy outfits, including a replica of his fat suit from the song "Fat". It was a great show. if he ever comes back around my way I wouldn't hesitate to see him again.

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger El Vox said...

Yeah, I'll hand it to Weird Al to remain in the business and finding new ways to stay fresh. His latest interviews (or that are new to me) are outtakes of interviews that he sort of skewers sort of like Space Ghost Coast to Coast. They are fun to watch and quite addicting. I'd probably not buy one of his albums, but I'd go see him live.

Must be great being Kanno. You can make a good living off what she's doing, and although it's not as high profile as say John Williams or Radiohead or whomever I'm sure she has her fans. With as much work as she's already done I'm sure she stays busy.

 

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