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I’m still a young guy, and I’ve only been seriously exploring music for about ten years or so. During that time however, I’ve had a lot of favorite bands/musicians: some of them composers, some of them rappers, and some of them power metal groups (please don’t ask). It was only when I discovered King Crimson about three years ago that I finally settled down in my search for the best, though. Everything from the warm, mellotron-laden progressive rock of their debut to the stark, futuristic music found on Crimson’s recent albums struck a cord with me, and I was in love before I knew it. Exploring the band’s extensive catalogue, which is filled with studio gems and absolutely searing live releases, has proved itself to be enjoyable enough, but with KC’s last album released in 2003, I began to wonder if we would ever get a new CD, which would be the first one released since I became a fan.
My prayers were answered a few months ago, when King Crimson announced the acquisition of Porcupine Tree’s drummer, Gavin Harrison, with the intention of recording new material. I was overjoyed. Not only would my favorite band be releasing a new album, but they would be playing with two percussionists—a set up that hearkens back to previous Crimson lineups in the 70s and 90s. I didn’t think that it could get any better until I read the front page of Discipline Global Mobile today. King Crimson will be touring this year. This summer. Right near me. I can hardly contain myself.
The dates for the mini-tour are as follows:

I want to make it to one of the New York shows. There hasn’t been any word on ticket prices yet, but I can’t imagine them being outrageously-priced. Even then, I’d be willing to pay anything to see one of the most powerful and influential bands of all time in action. Summer cannot arrive soon enough.

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It’s that time of the year again: the moment when some person makes a collage of all the promo pictures for the upcoming season of anime, everybody stares at this giant image, and then we all judge the books by their covers. Well, that’s what I do at least. I rarely follow the production of a series actively. I just wait for shows to come out and watch what looks or sounds interesting. Of course, with all the sites in Japanese, it is hard to tell just what is interesting right away. I usually rely upon friend’s suggestions and word of mouth to compile a small list of shows worth following each season.

There are, however, at least two anime on this list that catch my attention right away. The first item that I noticed was a third season of Gyagu Manga Biyori, which immediately brought a smile to my face. I saw the first season of this wonderful series just last year, and it had me tearing up in laughter with its simplistic art style and obnoxiously bizarre sense of humor. I’m trying to remain optimistic, hoping that some kind translation group will pick GMB up, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it remains ignored this spring, considering how the second season was never subbed past the first three episodes. The other show that I am looking forward to is the anime adaptation of Golgo 13, which is based off of an already popular and long-running manga series about a professional assassin. I have not read any of the manga yet, (despite the fact that many volumes have already been released in America) but I do remember catching one of the Golgo 13 original video animations on television once, and finding its main character incredibly badass. I hope that a group picks this up as well, because it has the potential to be a great, mature action series.

There are most likely some other fine shows on this list as well, but nothing else really jumps off of the page at me. I will probably end up watching two or three additional anime this spring, but only after word of each series has made its way to me. If you are one of the three people who reads this entry (hey, I only started blogging here this month) and you are excited for an upcoming series, please leave a comment and let me know. I love getting suggestions.