Asher’s Jukebox Part 184

Hurt by Johnny Cash March 2003 From The Album: “American IV: The Man Comes Around” Genres: Acoustic Rock, Country, Alternative

This emotional piece was created by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Cash’s cover of the song moved Reznor so deeply, that it almost seemed like Cash’s version was the original. The song literally brings me to tears every time I hear it, and the lyrics pierce the soul like an emotional arrow. It also is important to know that this was one of Cash’s last songs, as he died months later. In the video, you can tell that Cash’s health is dwindling, but his deep and crooning voice shines out like a last hurrah. His excellent guitar skills are also absolutely beautiful in this song. The video also shows Cash at his prime, and tells his life story. Some of the lyrics really hit hard for me, and I’ll discuss some of them now. “Everyone I know goes away in the end”. This is extremely deep, and basically means that everyone will die at some time, and nobody’s immortal. The chorus also seems like a plea of desperation and demise, which gives the listener a shocking truth about the fragility of human life. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

Asher’s Jukebox Part 181

Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? by Moby from the album “Play” (October 11, 1999)

Good old Moby! He’ s not only one of my favorite Electronic musicians of all time, but one of my first experiences with that genre as a whole. This album, “Play” was played (no pun intended) many times on long car journeys. I already talk about two other Moby tracks on the jukebox before from his third album, “Everything is Wrong”. This song, is absolutely beautiful, and gives off a melancholic vibe. Moby usually uses gospel singers in his music, and this piece is no exception. The entire song has a very melodic piano playing, and it echoes sounds of bittersweet happiness. The lyrics, while repeated many times, are super powerful, and send chills down my spine. The chorus will also hit you right in the heart, and stay with you for a long time after listening. I would really like to hear what you guys think of the piece in the comments’ section below.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiYsNKM1rbeAhUEZd8KHYxLDRwQyCkwAHoECAYQBQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Do1Xsj9-3Pvo&usg=AOvVaw0Lyavowgg3uLi3I–0jksx

Asher’s Video Game Reviews (Every Other Month)

Hello fellow Gamers! It’s time for my Bimonthly video game review! This particular game has been a favorite of mine for quite a while. Now, let’s begin our bloody journey into the world of Hotline Miami!

Hotline Miami Release Date: October 23, 2012 for Windows and Mac Rating: M for intense violence, strong language, drug use, gore, and sexual content. Published by Devolver Digital, Developed by Dennaton Games, Designed by Jonatan Soderstrom and Dennis Wedin, Programmed by Jonatan Soderstrom, Artist: Dennis Wedin, Written by Jonatan Soderstrom and Dennis Wedin, Music by Sun Araw, M|O|O|N, Perturbator, Jasper Byrne, Scattle, Elliott Berlin, Eirik Suhrke, CoConuts, El Huervo, and Shelby Cinca. Genre: Top-down shooter   

Hotline Miami is an ultraviolent Top-down shooter that takes place in the late 80’s. The story starts with our main character, Jacket, meeting with three unknown figures in animal masks. The rooster and horse mask appear to know who he is, while the owl masked figure responds with hostility. We then move to Jacket in his apartment when the phone rings. The call tells him to “take care” of something downtown. He also gets a box with a rooster mask inside. He leaves in his awesome DeLorean-like car, and the game begins. Jacket starts out with only one mask, however he collects many more as the story progresses. The gameplay is in the style of a Top-down shooter, with Jacket facing numerous thugs and Russian mobsters. The enemies can be killed in various ways, ranging from knives to Uzis. Keep in mind, however, that you’re only human, and one hit from anything will kill you. Fortunately, the game has unlimited continues, and will actually reward you for playing recklessly. The violence is quite extreme, and even though it’s from a top-down perspective, you see every blow in visceral detail. The game is enhanced even further with one of the most amazing soundtracks. The songs go perfectly with whatever is going on in any situation, and it creates some great immersive gameplay. The game was met with critical praise, and a sequel was made three years later. I highly recommend this game to people who love a gristly crime story and fast, action-packed gameplay.

Final Rating: 9.00/10 (Close to perfection) 

Asher’s Anime Reviews (One Every Two Months)

Hello fellow Otakus! It’s time for another Anime review. This particular entry is very serious, and has many adult themes. Now, without any further ado, let’s begin!

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day  Manga by Mari Okada and illustrated by Mitsu Izumi (April 4, 2012-March 2013 3 Volumes) Anime produced by Hiroyuki Shimizu, directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai,  music by Remedios, licensed in America by Aniplex of America, and written by Mari Okada (April 14, 2011- June 23, 2011 11 Episodes) Genres: Romance, Supernatural, Tragedy, Drama Rating: TV-14

Anohana is a tragic and gorgeous series that focuses on six childhood friends. In their past, one of the friends, Menma, tragically dies in an accident. The story takes place many years after the tragedy, and we see how the loss has impacted them. The leader of the friends, Jintan, has become a complete recluse, having to deal with his mother’s passing as well. He also has cut off connections with his other friends. However, he has a special power, which allows him to see Menma, although his other friends can’t. If Jintan can fulfill her wish, she can go to heaven. The other characters are; Anaru, the pretty yandere of the group that has unrequited feelings for Jintan, Menma, a cute and  lively member of the group who tragically died in an accident, Yukiatsu, the cocky and intelligent asshole of the group that acts like a bully to Jintan, Tsuruko, the shy and calculating member of the group that has a secret love interest, and Poppo, the giant with a heart of gold. The Anime is one giant roller coaster of emotions that I highly recommend to mature audiences. Be warned though, the ending will have you crying like a baby!  Final Rating 9.5/10 (Fantastic!) Also beware of looking up anything about the series, because you will be spoiled! 

You can watch Anohana on Crunchyroll

 

Asher’s Art Gallery (Mondays)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are  ready for some great new works. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • Ero Pop by Chiho Aoshima 2001 Inkjet print on paper

This is a very sublime work by Japanese artist, Aoshima. It is both beautiful and unsettling. The main focus of the painting is the female figure with her internal organs exposed. Although this sounds horrific, Aoshima depicts it in way of surreal beauty. The organs are very colorful, and remind me of a bouquet of flowers. I also believe the work to be sexual in a few ways. The woman appears to be sitting on an oyster shell, and this could be reference to Botticelli’s Birth Of Venus. We also see a white snake above her heart, and this could be a depiction of lust. The background is a brilliant shade of blue, and this puts the view at ease. It is hard to believe that visceral works can be beautiful, but I believe that this art work completely describes this phenomena. I would love to hear what you guys think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

ero

  • THE UPLOADERS by Larry Carlson 2007 Collage on paper (info about piece found on Larry Carlson’s website, larrycarlson.com)

Time for another insane work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. This work blends real-life images with bizarre patterns and colors. The piece takes place in space, as seen by the starry sky that makes up the background. There are three objects that resemble abstract lava lamps. Inside each of the “lamps” we see a different colored human figure. The weirdest part of the work is the purple-robed figure with a spherical owl as a head. Another human figure is seen with a pot for a head. I love how Carlson takes the style of collage, and transforms it into an epic and unique work of Surreal genius. I would love to hear your thoughts on the piece in the comments’ section below.

LARRY CARLSON, THE UPLOADERS, collage on paper, 14x11in., 2007.

Asher’s Jukebox Part 171

Info on song found on en.wikipedia.org

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen from the album “Various Positions” (1985)

In order to honor the resent passing of Leonard Cohen, I have decided to review one of his most popular songs. The piece is work of musical genius, and it fills the listener with raw emotion. Cohen’s gruff crooning is filled with passion, and gives off a very melancholy vibe. When the lyrics grab hold of you, you are transported into a world of sadness and bittersweet happiness. It is a very unique piece, and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Tell me what you think of it in the comments’ section below. Happy Listening :D!

 

Save the day? I think not! Useless comic book characters. (Every other Tuesday)

Information on characters found on comicvine.gamespot.com, various DC and Marvel Encyclopedias, and from Jon Morris’ Book,  The League Of Regrettable Superheroes.

Hello fellow comic book fans! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to add more members to the roster of useless characters. Get ready to laugh and facepalm as we begin this ridiculous post.

  • Color Kid Real Name: Ulu Vakk  Gender: Male  Status: Good  Power: Can change the color of any object. Creator: DC First Appeared: Adventure Comics #342—-The Legionnaire Who Killed 1966

Color Kid is an alien from the planet Lupra who has one of the most useless powers imaginable. He was rejected from The Legion of Superheroes, and joined The Legion of Substitute Heroes. While his power does seem pretty worthless, it can come in handy in some situations. For example, The Green Lantern’s ring can’t pass through yellow objects, and Color Kid could change the object’s color. He could also distract colorblind enemies.

color 

 

  • Walrus Real Name: Hubert Carpenter Status: Bad Powers: Proportionate strength, agility, and speed of a walrus. First Appeared: Defenders# 131 1984 Creator: Marvel

The Walrus belongs to the strange breed of bizarre villains in the Marvel universe. He got his powers from his uncle’s experiments, and started on a crime spree. Unfortunately for Hubert, his newfound powers were incredibly useless! Humans run faster than Walruses, so it actually reduced his abilities. He became teammates with the equally useless White Rabbit, and they formed the Terrible Two. Their crime spree didn’t last long, as they soon got the crap beaten out of them by Spider-Man and Leap-Frog. It’s implied that they were beaten between huge fits of laughter! 

walrus