Caught wind of a new 4-piece band called Powann who just released their debut EP, BLUE. They've got a really upbeat sound that, despite how wee-pop-as-fuck-cutesy their vocalist is, caught my attention super quickly. (And I don't say that as a slight, I genuinely enjoy Moe's voice.) Their style of songwriting reminds me of Sweet Revenge, ableit more bright and bubbly than said group in sound. Worth checking out!
@wemibelec90: I didn't really mean that they had an immense amount of overlap, probably should have specified that. I just like SnC for the same reasons I do Charisma.com, which is that the act is pretty unique and carries a lot of attitude and personality in its vocals. Plus, Cinema Jack has more than made up for how middling DIStopping turned out to be. :s Also thank you ;-; It warms my heart to hear people appreciate that blog. I'll get back to it at some point... I really want to, I've just been really, really, really busy and I don't know if that will let up any time soon. Maybe I can settle on one album a week and force myself to do it, haha.
Also I've talked about daoko on my music blog but she's REALLY worth bringing up here. A far more laid-back and experimental type of rap, but one I found to be unbelievably compelling. Oh yeah, also, she's 16. Like... what.
Probably worth mentioning Moe and ghosts, too, since they're in the same ballpark as daoko. Their vocalist has really unique annunciation on her verses. Their debut album is just... hypnotic. Really long but man, what a listen. They also describe themselves as "a ghost coast hip hop group from Japan" so they're basically instantly likeable.
@euandewar: Shiina is amazing. Very good diversity in the vocal range and music arrangement make her albums really interesting to listen to.
I thought her most recent album was actually kind of disappointing. :( Her more recent features held my interest far more. All Gyakuyunyuu Kouwankyoku made me want to do was listen to Seiko Oomori. D:
@johncallahan: This goes to you as much as it does anyone else who was into Charisma.com: Check out Suiyoubi no Campanella ASAP.
Their albums have completely taken over my life right now. KOM_I's talking/rapping is amazing and their MVs are an absolute delight. Their most recent album, Cinema Jack, is like... top 3 on my best of list for this year, easily.
Bring someone with you who either knows cars or can haggle especially well. Both if you can. My sister was able to knock off like, 4K off her new Fiesta Titanium, hopefully you can get someone to pull an equally good deal for you.
If you're buying used, you might want to look into Japanese cars. The Shaken test over there has essentially made manufacturers ensure their cars are as durable as possible, hence why you kinda see old-ass Honda Civics still driving around like they're new. Both Honda and Mazda have the best record in terms of durability, IIRC.
But as someone who's only ever co-owned a car with his parents, I'll give my stupid advice that comes from nothing other than being a car nut: Feel matters a whole lot. Getting good mileage and a car in prime condition is great but it won't matter if you don't like driving it. Double that for when you have to take care of it. If you get a smile on your face every time you sit down in it and drive, you'll be way more inclined to keep it in good condition and that will pay off in the long run.