So I got a very special package this week... two 月ノ破片 (Tsuki no Kakera) demotapes!!
Basically, I noticed that PureSound recently made listings for the demotapes, but said they were sold out. But I knew the pictures were new, so I went out on a limb and emailed them to ask if they tapes were actually in stock. And they said yes!
It was my first time ordering from PureSound, and they're a little nerve wracking. They ask that you email in Japanese, and they instead of PayPal, they use a Japanese service called NICOS which requires a credit card. (And this might just be me, but the payment took forever to clear with my bank.) But as far as shipping goes, they were great, and you just can't beat some of the items they have. So yeah, might use Muku next time, but it wasn't sooo bad.
Oh, also, while I was emailing PureSound, someone actually listed one tape on mbok, using the picture that PureSound posted! So I thought that person had purchased the tapes in order to resell them, and I was really bummed. Especially because of this: PureSound price = $5; mbok price = $200. Lol. But anyway, the auction was taken down and nothing happened; maybe the store put out a feeler auction to see if they could get a better price first??
The tapes are one track demos that were distributed at the monthly lives leading up to the release of their first CD. Although I wouldn't be surprised if there were other releases, grass thread says that these are the first things they released. So that's cool!
The second one, 眩暈 (Memai), I actually had long ago, thanks to a friend. But I lost it in the great HDD crash, and by then the friend had stopped talking to me because I didn't return the favor when he mailed me a lock of his hair. At any rate, the first one (chronologically), 一縷の絲 (Ichiru no Ito), was totally new to me!
And both are good, and it's awesome to hear early 苓 (Ren), and so on.
So aside from that: some Japanese girl on last.fm has the ロットマン (LOTMAN) distributed song + another distributed CD (presumably a comment track) :(((. I sent her a message asking to trade, but she hasn't responded, and I'm not sure she knows how to use last.fm anyway. I'm pretty desperate for at least rips of those, though, so I'm pretty bummed about it. Anyone speak Japanese and want to give it a try? She seems pretty active on twitter.
No doubt inspired by that fiasco, I actually had a dream the other night where I found an auction selling all of ロットマン's distributed DVDs and CDs and photos and things. ...found it 30 minutes after it had ended, and someone else had won it. I remember literally crying in my dream. I would never actually do that in reality, but man how sad hahahaha.
Still trying to find someone to pay to go to Dali's oneman so I can get that dist CD. It's really too bad that Nadzkun hates me now, 'cause I'm sure she would have in the past ;( Oh vell!
I put this together in the past week, sort of the result of a few months of toying around with different ideas. It's basically just a method for me to insert discography entries with a few nice features:
- Japanese/romaji versions of titles are handled beautifully. Just type it in as “ペニス||PENIS” and it automatically separates the two, and from there can format them in any way. Hover over the red underlined text! (Btw, I'm aware much of the Jap shows as “???”; this is an error from putting it online, but I will fix that eventually.)
- Scans can be uploaded as the discography entry is made, and they're automatically attached to the resulting post. I'll probably work out a way to do this for lyrics as well, sometime in the future.
- Artists (and eventually labels, etc.) are in their own table, so there's no chance of accidentally saying a release is from “Pnhatasmagoria”; also, I'll be able to make it so you get a list of suggested artists while typing, just to make it even more failsafe (I've already done this once and can easily implement it).
- It can smartly handle inputs/lack of. For example, if an entry doesn't have any date info, the date is displayed “?”; if it has year only, it shows as “2003” but if it has year and month only, it shows up as “2003-10-??.” It's very flexible in that way!
There's no overarching purpose for this (as in, I'm not planning a specific site), it's just more of a longterm hobby project. But it's turning out pretty cool, at least in my opinion.
If any of you feel like it, feel free to play around and try adding your own ridiculous discography entries/scans/dick pics! Might at least help me find broken aspects that I never noticed~ (Oh, and all of this took a ridiculous amount of PHP work, which I'm new to, so that's why it's newsworthy for me.)