In tribute to finals, a last minute venting dedicated to my first day at college

To The One Day

The sun was out and so was I
First day back to this world

Always the same for me
In a corner I found
Conversing with me
And me alone

Perceived as Invariable
Then there was another
That spoke in echoes
With no cave in sight

Sounds of piece
Sights of glory
Freedom in thought
Liberation in life

Sudden disconnection
One moment of relief
Among years of this exile
Satisfactory for more

To the other
Who we echo each other
And who gave me piece
Don’t ever talk to me again

The ape finds everything
In the flourishing jungle
But the jungle herself
Has no need for one more damn monkey

The communiqué saved my life
And that was enough from you
In tribute to the one day
Maintain planetary silence


More Wrasslin

1. Yuji Nagata Vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, 04/13, NJPW

2. Yuko Miyamoto Vs. Takashi Sasaki, 03/14, BJPW

3. Shinjiro Otani & Takao Omori Vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Kohei Sato, 02/18, Z1MAX

--4. Mitsuharu Misawa Vs. Takuma Sano, 04/28, NOAH

5. Ryouji Sai Vs. Mammoth Sasaki, 02/18, Z1MAX

6. Meiko Satomura Vs. Mayumi Ozaki, 02/12, LLPW

7. Takeshi Rikio & Jun Akiyama Vs. Mohammed Yone & Takeshi Morishima, 04/01, NOAH

--8. CIMA, Susumu Yokosuka, & Dragon Kid Vs. Naomichi Marufuji, Ricky Marvin, & Ippei Ota, 04/28, NOAH

--9. Kengo Mashimo & Madoka Vs. Iifushi Kota & HARASHIMA, GPWA Differ Cup, 05/06

10. Daisuke Sekimoto Vs. Kengo Mashimo, 03/22, Wakamusha

11. Yoshihiro Takayama, Hirotaka Yokoi, & Kohei Sato Vs. Takao Omori, Shinjiro Otani, & Kazunari Murakami, 01/19, Z1MAX

12. SUWA, Yoshihiro Takayama, & Minoru Suzuki Vs. Takeshi Rikio, KENTA, & Naomichi Marufuji, 01/21, NOAH

13. Jun Akiyama Vs. Go Shiosaki, 01/21, NOAH

--14. Togi Makabe Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, 04/08, NJPW

15. Doug Williams Vs. Yoshinari Ogawa, 03/04, NOAH

16. Osamu Namiguchi Vs. Atsushi Aoki, 03/08, Z1MAX

17. Shinsuke Nakamura Vs. Toshiaki Kawada, 01/04, NJPW

--18. Mitsuharu Misawa Vs. Takashi Suguira, 03/05, NOAH

19. Keiji Muto Vs. Toru Owashi, 03/27, AJPW

20. Tiger Mask, Koji Kanemoto, Wataru Inoue, Kaz Hayashi, & TAKA Michinoku Vs.  Jushin Thunder Liger, Minoru, Milano Collection AT, Shuji Kondo, & "brother" YASSHI, 01/04, NJPW

--4. Mitsuharu Misawa Vs. Takuma Sano, 04/28, NOAH

On DVDBoards, I've already gone over why I liked it, so I'll just do the basics again.

-This match should've been ass, but wasn't.

-Misawa is outstruck, and that never happens.

-Sano throws out weird topes and dives and shit.

-Misawa is great as wrestling George Foreman, relying on the big shots and attrition.

-The finish is essentially "The Northern Lights Bomb ain't got shit on the Emerald Frosion", and that's true, because I really hate the NLB.

Really. Watch it. It's great.

--8. CIMA, Susumu Yokosuka, & Dragon Kid Vs. Naomichi Marufuji, Ricky Marvin, & Ippei Ota, 04/28, NOAH

CIMA Vs. Marufuji is a big deal, even if both of them are really terrible now. That changes surprisingly little in how much this match means to junior wrestling, and the people in Japan are stoked to see it. This match is built around CIMA in NOAH, and it's built surprisingly well. Marvin and Ota do most of the work, while CIMA and Yokosuka do set up work for their team. Marufuji and Dragon Kid are kept apart so they can just work at big offense. The sub story of the match is Ota, amazingly, being able to keep up with the DG crew. It's a tight little match, with a surprising lack of botches, and some memorable moments. And most of all, the whole DG crew, barring Yokosuka, makes it out of the match without throwing out the big stuff that's finishers for them, which means they'll mean that much more when they do happen. A really smart match that gets everyone over and builds to some interesting match ups. Only time will tell if NOAH's smart enough to let CIMA/Marufuji keep building to an autumn face off, or if it's going to fill time for the late-summer Budokan.

--9. Kengo Mashimo & Madoka Vs. Iifushi Kota & HARASHIMA, GPWA Differ Cup, 05/06

DDT Vs. K-Dojo. Mashimo is a giant jerk, Madoka is flippyfloppy, Kota is great, HARSHIMA is great. This match does good jobs of playing to everyone's strength, and skipping out on the useless bullshit that goes to a lot of other Japanese indy wrestling. Mashimo and HARASHIMA are the big guns on each team, being singles title holders for each of their promotions, where as Kota and Madoka are seen as the big up and comers for each fed. There's a really nice video package before the match, showing how both teams got to where they did. I'm worried about the match being silly because there's a lot of hold for hold stuff, but then HARASHIMA kicks Kengo in the leg that the Z1 Team fucked over, and I turn around instantly, as they have my attention. Basically, this is a good big-time indy junior match, where Kengo is allowed to be a giant scumball, Madoka is allowed his flips (and has some awesome stomping, by the way), HARASHIMA is allowed to be HARASHIMA, and Kota is allowed to be Kota. The leg selling gets a little weird for a small amount of time, and Kengo wantonly nosells a german suplex, but that' s it.  Post match, there's a handshake because they just beat the crap out of each other. HARASHIMA and Kota are still, somehow, worlds beyond the rest of the indy scene, but Madoka and Mashimo totally keep up.

--13. Togi Makabe Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, 04/08, NJPW

Chain death match. Which means Makabe awesomeness. Indeed, this match is loaded to the brim with awesome Makabe-ness, and decent Nakamura-ness. This really is another Makabe show, with Makabe just going above and beyond the call of duty to be an awesome heel. GBH at ringside is also great, antagonizing him further, and the referee violence is pretty ace for Makabe, especially for the random acts of Tiger Hattori as a result. Nakamura's comeback is alright, but...I dunno. There's something missing in the way everything is laid out. It's totally on Nakamura, though, because Makabe's awesome all throughout.

--18. Mitsuharu Misawa Vs. Takashi Suguira, 03/05, NOAH

The realization of "Misawa as Pace Setting, Bruising Old Man." It kind of came by accident in it's invention match against Morishima this year, as you can only do so much when concussed like he was. But he apparently looked at that match and decided that's the direction he should go for everything, and he showed this idea off against Suguira, who's riding a big popularity wave. Suguira really tries to stand up to Misawa, but Misawa is content to just throw big elbow after big elbow, since no one in NOAH (except Kobashi and Sano) can really stand up to his elbow power. So he just throws more elbows than usual, in place of actual wrestling moves, and it works. It's a good match to set the backstory of Misawa's reign, and it's one of the better Japanese matches this year, but that doesn't say very much, apparently.


Exits 9-13 on the Road to I WRITE LOTS ABOUT 2007 ALBUMS

I've already written lots about 2007 albums, so I guess I'm not going there. I'm already there. Whatever. I'm gonna do album art when I'm home from school.

Didn't get around to listening to Bloc Party. Sorry.

Devin Townsend - "Ziltoid The Magnificent"
Oh yes. I really dislike modern metal stuff, whether it's melodic or not, and I have a lot of trouble listening to it with a straight face. However, I don't have to listen to this with a straight face, because it's a joke. A really great joke, that you're laughing all through out, up to the punchline, and days after. This is the musical version of the Bill Hicks' "positive drug story" joke. Try and stay with me here. The album is about Ziltoid, an intergalactic rock star, who has come to the planet Earth for (wait for it) The Ultimate Cup of Coffee. The coffee displeases him to the point where he decides to launch an attack on Earth, using his giant army, including the secret weapon of the Planet Smasher. From there, it's an album about cosmic travel, self discovery, and a "Wah wah waaaaah" ending. So great.

Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero
I should do this while it's on my mind. Get it over with.

This album sucks. I mean, really a lot.

I feel bad for Trent Reznor. And not because I understand his anguish or anything like that. No, I feel bad for him because he's 42, and writing like modern 16 year olds. He's shown a great deal of promise. "The Fragile" was, while a little long, full of shining, defining moments, and "...and all that could have been" showed how Reznor was developing as a composer. This was apparently a very large lie, as this album is entirely self composed, and repulsive. It's, at it's best, a standard mid life crisis put on record, and at worst, the most miserable concept album ever. Yes, I read the concept. World is nuked or whatever. That does not justify poor, blunt lyric writing. A case study in Minimalism gone wrong.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - "Some Loud Thunder"
I blame the Questionable Content guy for getting my hopes up. When reviewing the initial album, he said "enough with the Talking Heads comparisons already." Well, hey, I am all for Talking Heads ish bands. This band? Nothing like Talking Heads. David Byrne, while squeaky and unstable as a singer for the first two albums, was not so nasally shrill. To be fair, I initially reached the same conclusion after my first exposure to Arcade Fire, and I did a turn around on them. But, I'm waiting to be impressed. I really, REALLY hated this album. It sounded more like Neutral Milk Hotel, and lord, I can't stand them either.

Air - "Pocket Symphony"
I need to talk about an album I like before I get a coronary. So, Air. I came to the conclusion that there's two types of techno, and everything else is your usual genre definition clap-trap. There's extroverted techno, like LCD Soundsystem, which has already come up as a good album this year. Simple, easy to dance to, pulsating bass drum, we know the type. Then there's introverted. Surrealist and deep, with an occasional minimalism to the sounds at work. It's more concerned with the feelings of the individual than the movement of the masses. Air, a French duo, creates introverted techno with the kind of pop hooks that stick in your mind for months and months. From the haunting instrumental opening to the soft, vulnerable vocals of JB Dunkel in "Once Upon A Time", Air sets a really great mood for the rest of the album. Then, they restructure that mood on the very next song, with Jarvis Cocker of Pulp softly crooning his ode to the morning after, "One Hell of a Party." The rest of the album is voiced by Dunkel, which makes that song stick out even more amongst all of it, but that's no disrespect to Dunkel. There's a certain childish innocence to his voice. Actually, I guess it's more like a wounded, whimpering animal, only instead of a bear trap, it's love that's got him down. Corny as it seems, the album is very solid, and is a pretty constant listen for me nowadays.

1. Arcade Fire - "Neon Bible"
2. Ted Leo & The Pharmecists - "Living With The Living"
3. Clutch - "From Beale St. To Oblivion"
4. Air - "Pocket Symphony"
5. Maximo Park - "Our Earthly Pleasures"
6. Devin Townsend - "Ziltoid The Magnificent"
7. LCD Soundsystem - "Sound of Silver"
8. Fu Manchu - "We Must Obey"
9. - "The Good, The Bad, & The Queen"
10. The Shins - "Wincing The Night Away"

-Neurosis just said "May" for it's next album, so it's fair game now.
-Cassedega Nights. Yay for John C. Reilly. Wait, that's not right.
-Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Bloc Party
-The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Thinking of a joke for their album would just be straight rude.