The Music For Spring 2013′s Anime Season – Thoughts Thus Far

Spring Anime 2013Introduction: The spring season is, once again, upon us, and for a group of anime music fans, that means out with the cold, out with our spell of Western cartoon music (maybe?), and in with warmer weather (in theory) that envelopes us, leaving us with much good cheer. While the last season turned out to be rather lacking, the spring roster sees the return of many big names like Mina Kubota, Hiroyuki Sawano, Akira Senju, and Yasuharu Takanashi doing something that’s not Fairy Tail or PreCure! There’s quite a bit to cover, so let’s get things under way. [Read more…]

SpongeBob SquarePants OST – The Yellow Album – Review


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Album Title: The Yellow Album
Cartoon Title: SpongeBob SquarePants
Artist: Various
Catalog Number: 73974
Release Type: Compilation
Release Date: 2005
Purchase at: Amazon, Amazon MP3iTunes

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Jazz for Peanuts – Review

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Album Title: Jazz for Peanuts: A Retrospective of the Charlie Brown TV Themes
Cartoon Title: You’re in Love, Charlie Brown
This is America, Charlie Brown
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Artist: Vince Guaraldi, David Benoit, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck,
Don Grusin, Dave Grusin, Kenny G.
Catalog Number: PKD-30454
Release Type: Compilation
Release Date: 2008
Purchase at: Amazon, Amazon MP3, iTunes

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame Original Soundtrack – Review

Album Title: The Hunchback of Notre Dame Original Soundtrack
Cartoon Title: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Composer: Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz (lyrics)
Catalog Number: B000001M31
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: June 21, 1996
Purchase at: Amazon, Amazon MP3, iTunes

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Achieving Instrumentality Through Western Means and Not Anime

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With Aftershok’s post on Tamako Market’s opening theme, a chapter has closed on Anime Instrumentality’s existence. In a really niche fandom increasingly subject to such injustices as CDs being bundled with DVD/Blu-Rays, all manner of bootlegs that trick unwary consumers into not contributing to an artist’s welfare, and the slowness of anime OP/ED appearances on US iTunes, we feel left out in the cold, bereft of our core value: instrumentality. That is, the sense that we’re serving a higher purpose.

But if there’s something that unites us all, it’s an unyielding persistence that carries us on. So those anime companies are too high-minded, too hoity-toity, too elitist to sell soundtracks unbundled? They dare cram nonsense like drama tracks that are a jarring contrast to the sweet melodies in tracks previous? Very well! We shall set off in search of greener pastures that suit our idiom. [Read more…]

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