Category Archives: Music

Tomoyasu Hotei: Battle Without Honor Or Humanity

This guy is teh awesum!

I frickin’ love that army of drummers, and the whole gold lamé look.

Recently while listening to the Kill Bill soundtrack I heard this song and remembered how much I always loved it and became curious as to who wrote it. I hadn’t even known its title. To my joy, thanks to a Facebook friend, I found out: Tomayasu Hotei. I’ve been listening to his “Electric Samurai” and “Guitarhythm V” albums a lot recently. This guy’s fracking awesome.

Oh, umm, weekend music thread, if you like. Post something if you’d like to share. Or don’t, I’ll just listen to more Tomayasu Hotei!

Great Songs In Unusual Time Signatures

Why is this theme song so awesome?

One big reason: it’s in 5/4 time.

I’ve known this song since I was a child, and it’s so memorable it’s practically in my bones. Anyone who’s heard it probably can’t forget it. Yet one of the reasons it’s so catchy is that it’s in an unusual time signature. Count carefully: that’s five beats per measure! (Or alternating 3-2, 3-2, same difference.)

It was only because Penn Jillette pointed this out in one of his recent podcasts that I even noticed it. I can’t believe I’ve loved that theme song my whole life and not noticed it’s in an exotic time signature–1-2-3-4-5, 1-2-3-4-5, 1-2-3-4-5, can you hear it?

Know of any other cool tunes in weird time signatures? I can name a few.

When Music And Literature Intersect

This is simply da bomb! Ordered the book, plus my wife and I are going to this very concert tonight at the Verizon!

Videos:

Clockwork Angels
Brought up To Believe

Pumped? Me? Why yes, yes I am! :)

Cross-Posted at Filed Away and Weekend Pundit

UPDATE: Great show! And since this was the first show of the Clockwork Angels tour it was also a little historic- Rush had guest artists on stage for the first time EVER in live performance. In this case it was an eight-piece string ensemble they used to back them up on the Clockwork Angels portion of the concert. It was well done and a good decision on their part; though it was a little strange, being so used to seeing Geddy, Alex and Niel up there all alone pounding it out for more than thirty-five years…