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23 January 2008 @ 10:55 pm
1. Miyavi's latest single, title track Hi no Hikari sae Tohokanai kono Basho de[陽の光さえ届かないこの場所で] featuring SUGIZO. that's one big, loud 'YES.' a definite must-listen. douzo.

2. Tohoshinki's Kiss shita mama, Sayonara[Kissしたまま、さよなら], for its too-sparse instrumentation, lyrical huh?, weird weird title, arbitrary inclusion on the album (i imagine JaeChun using the combined force of their pouting talents. et, voila! ...and this is why they call my imagination over-active), and Jaejoong's SAYONARAAAA. yay!

3. Minimoni were magical. Jankenpyon, Q.E.D. the magic lives on! life couldn't get better.

4. a dangerously! unromantic Valentine's mixtape. it will either get you in the mood, or totally out of it. ;D

5. LUNA SEA. because you're worth it.

6. Changmin's When I First Kissed You cover (O Tour solo). niiice.

7. Vienna Teng. just in general but Lullabye for a Stormy Night in particular.

randomly, SE7EN's live cover of One Last Cry. i really am not sure he gets the song, but he makes a great vocal exercise outta it. and here's Justin Timberlake's. just for good measure.

check out nueuphony's BFF: robot_rotation. they are groovey, fly, and so much more. yay!
 
 
13 December 2007 @ 12:09 am
because i have a soft spot for carols and hymns and other Christmasy things.

o1. Counting Crows - A Long December (Across a Wire: Live from New York)
o2. Vienna Boys Choir - Angels We Have Heard On High
o3. Yulia - Teehaya Noch (Silent Night) [SS mirror]
o4. melody. - Do You Hear What I Hear?
o5. Joni Mitchell - River
o6. Relient K - Angels We Have Heard On High
o7. Hanson - Silent Night Medley (O Holy Night, Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful)
o8. LUNA SEA - Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Live) *
o9. 동방신기 - 마법의 성 (Magic Castle)
1o. South Park - Merry Fucking Christmas
+ bonus. LUNA SEA - White Christmas (Live)
* link ganked from velvetgunfire

All but 1 are on mediafire. Enjoy~!
 
 
 
16 August 2007 @ 07:01 pm
sorry i'm swamped & have been internetless etc. etc. so don't have time to review these, but here are awesome albums everyone should check out, & i'll review them as soon as i have the chance.

LUNA SEA | EDEN
Utada Hikaru | Deep River
 
 
12 July 2007 @ 03:45 pm
NEVER FEAR! I have a lot of brilliant updates coming shortly. Let's start off with another assorted entry.

The Little Mermaid was my favourite fairytale, and I just re-watched the Disney version (which was weird, because nowdays I'm more familiar with the fairytale). Anyway, it cracked me up a bit. Now, SMTOWN's (SM TOWN is composed of all debuted performers on SM Entertainment) Summer album is out, and being a cover album it just so happens to sport an erhm, interesting rendition of Under the Sea. Some say "feeble yet creepy", I say "*amused*".

Micky Yoochun of TVXQ covered Brian McKnight's One Last Cry for his solo during the O tour, recently released on CD to precede the DVD release. SE7EN also covered it live and then released it recently, (actually, about ten thousand people have covered it) although he treated it as a vocal exercise while Yoochun's rendition is beautifully emo. His voice isn't fabulous but I think it works (and, well, I adore Yoochun so I would..).

Speaking of emo, The Last Time I Saw Richard by Joni Mitchell is one of my favourite nostalgic songs.

L'Arc~en~Ciel won Best Group Video for STAY AWAY well, quite a while ago now, and heaped on the Engrish in their acceptance speech. Hyde was especially grateful, man~. Very amusing.

Last of all, Chae Yeon is gorgeous, so here's her My Love music video. Dance-softpop type music, and the video has a sort of Beyonce-type ambition to it.
 
 
 
東方神起 | 五線紙 Tohoshinki | Gosenshi
From Tohoshinki's (aka TVXQ, Dong Bang Shin Ki) recently released 11th Japanese single (Lovin' You) an upbeat pop track with slightly-amusing lyrics. I thought Yoochun was singing 流れながら but the lyrics seem to be 眺めながら? Who knows. Cute ♥. Jaejoong needs to be careful with his つづ[tsudzu]...I really thought he was saying すず[suzu]. And was confused. Of course the highlight is Yunho's ridiculous wikka wikka Engrish er, interlude. But it's a fun song, yo!

동방신기 | All in Vain Dong Bang Shin Ki | All in Vain
From the Air City OST. Yoochun sings lead vocals. Seriously beautiful song. Seriously.

마골피 | 비행소녀 Magolpy | Bihaeng So Nyeo
They didn't reveal her until her debut performance...which I think was a bit of a mistake. Actually it was the 80s styling that was their biggest mistake -__-;; I do like the song though, she has a great voice.

坂本美雨 | The Eighth Colour Sakamoto Miu | The Eighth Colour (ft. Sakamoto Ryuichi & SUGIZO)
I like this. Sakamoto Miu has a sweet soprano voice and the track has a dreamlike quality. It grows on you.


Anyone have a request?
 
 
05 June 2007 @ 11:38 am
YAY I CAN FINALLY POST AGAIN!

homg pvs! all sort of MQ/LQ, because i haven't seen them higher yet. mostly artists i've uploaded previously. click the thumbnails for fullsize.

Battle // Mal Hae!
     
Jiwoon, what. Did you do to your hair??? YOU ARE NOT ERIC! ::cries::
ASIDE FROM THAT, incredibly cute. It made me like the single. No, it really did >.> Chris is just a box full of cute.

Download .avi, 18mb

Evan // Namjado...ojjul soo opta
   
Oh so very the prettiest pv. It really is lovely. Actually, this is how I discovered Evan - a random pv download from clubbox.

Download .wmv, 31mb

Hou Xian // 单车恋人/Dan Che Lian Ren ('Biking Fantasy')
   
All I can say is "ooo, pretty". Cute video, nice song, as usual I feel the need to spread teh HOHO love. ♥

Download .avi, 32mb
 
 


Evan re-entered the Korean music scene a few months ago with the enchanting 남자도...어쩔 수 없다 (Namjado...Ojjul Soo Optda or Men too...are Useless). His debut solo album is a nice mix of lounge, hiphop, jazz and pop that beautifully compliments his smooth, downright gorgeous voice. Producer, former H.O.T member, Tony, does a commendable job packaging all the musical elements into a cohesive and listenable product.

남자도...어쩔 수 없다 is the stand-out track, both honest and beautifully sad, just too damn pretty to pass up, while Eternal Sunshine is its upbeat counterpart, definitely a song to smile to. 반 [Ban (Half)] has to be my other favourite, catchy and nicely paced. Some of the other tracks are negligible, the album loses a bit of it's velocity in ending with a string of ballads, but it is worth checking out for the stand-out tracks alone. I keep coming back to it. This is the first solo k-pop singer I've really hooked onto (except maybe Kangta).

I recommend this! Especially if you've never checked out k-pop before.

cover

Evan / Hard to Breath [Official. Unfortunately the correct title would be "Hard to Breathe"]
Release date: 2007.03.13 [1st album]
Buy it: Annyoung / YesAsia
Language: Korean with occasional English
Style: Something like soft-jazz-hippop (or, as the Korean summary puts it "Urban / POP/ Jazz").
Track list
[* Please correct me if I'm romancizing wrong. I'm sure I'm switching systems.]
01. Intro
02. This Song
03. 남자도...어쩔 수 없다 [Namjado...Ojjul Soo Optda]
04. Eternal Sunshine
05. 사랑은... [Sarangeun]
06. 반(Half) [Ban(Half)]
07. 날 위로하지 않는 밤 [Nal Wirohaji Anhneun Bam]
08. 위로 [Wiro]
09. Overcome
10. Where Is Your Heart
11. All About Your Love
12. Always In My Head
13. 우리 어쩌면 만약에... [Uri Eojjeomyeon Manyage]
Bit rate: 192kpbs mp3 (very good rip)
Download (70MB, zip)

Comments appreciated ♥
Requests welcome.
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26 May 2007 @ 06:54 pm
A friend sent me a heap of media (mostly dramas) on dvds last year, including a few random Korean albums. Me, (foolishly!) not being into Korean music past the whole "ooo, pretty looking lovely sounding boyband!" flailage, wasn't really that quick on checking them out. One morning getting ready for uni my playlist happened across this really, damn good hiphop. I almost missed my bus taking time to dump the album on Kurage, my trusty ipod, so I could listen to it for the rest of the day. To tell the truth, I've never been into hiphop. I've tried a lot of it out and not been fond of much, but this really caught my attention first listen.

Epik High is: two MCs (Tablo, Mirtha Jin) and DJ Tukutz. (Learn more about them at wiki.) With Tablo's Masters in English Lit (from Stanford), Mirtha Jin's background in poetry, and DJ Tukutz previous immersion in the underground scene, as well as their mixed cultural experience, Epik High is pretty much a dream team.

Review High Society is Epik High's second album (they've just recently released their 4th) and seems to follow the title concept pretty successfully. What I find especially attractive about Epik High is that they tackle important contemporary issues without letting the issues weigh their songs down musically, without resorting to shock-tactics, and usually by use of a character-type first-person narrative (c'mon, we all love stories).

High Society combines strong hiphop beats, sampling, turntable scrathing with strong vocals (Tablo and Mirtha Jin complement each other extremely well) as well as guest spots from a whole host of additional artists. The album has a strong urban flavour and a lot of energy to it, and evokes feeling of "realness" you often get from really good hiphop. The tracks are catchy and interesting and just a lot of fun to listen to (I recommend 뚜뚜루, High Skool, and 평화의 날).


Epik High : High Society
Release Date: 2004.06.25 [2nd Album]
Languages: Korean, English, brief Japanese
Style: Hiphop

Track list
01. 신사들의 산책 [Sinsadeurui Sanchaeg (Good Morning)]
02. High Skool
03. 평화의 날 [Pyeonghwaui Nar]
04. The Sunrise Interlude
05. Lesson 2 (The Sunset)
06. My Ghetto (Feat. 김연우)
07. The Basics (Feat. Unknowndjs)
08. 신사들의 절약정신 [Sinsadeurui Jeoryagjeongsin (Good Afternoon)]
09. Lady (타이틀곡) [Taiteulgok]
10. 피해망상 Pt.3 With Tbny
11. 11월1일 (Feat. Wanted) [11wol 1il]
12. 뚜뚜루 [Ttutturu]
13. 혼자라도 (Feat. Clazziquai)
14. Daydream (사직서[Sajikseo])
15. Open M.I.C. (Feat. 은지원, Tbny, Tweak, Dynamic Duo)
16. 뒷담화 [Dwisdamhwa]
17. 신사들의 몰락 [Sinsadeurui Morrak (Good Evening)]
18. I Remember (70s Soul Remix) with Asoto Union & Kensie
Bit rate: 160kbps
Download (70MB, zip)

Comments appreciated ♥ requests welcome.
 
 
music♪: Epik High | Fan
 
 
05 May 2007 @ 12:50 pm
Leftover.

The percussion + the guitar + the lyrics = amazing. Aside from Thursday, my favourite post-hardcore band.

Alexisonfire (self-titled)
Release Date: 2002.09.09 (first studio album)
Genre: Post-hardcore (sometimes called "emocore", could be classed as screamo)
Label: Distort Entertainment
Language: English (they're Canadian)
Similar to: Thursday, From First To Last


01. .44 Caliber Love Letter
02. Counter Parts & Number Them
03. Adelleda
04. Daggers Through The Heart Of St. Angeles
05. Polaroids Of Polar Bears
06. Water Wings (And Other Poolside Fashion Faux Pas)
07. Where No One Knows
08. Kennedy Curse
09. Jubella
10. Little Girls Pointing & Laughing
11. Pulmonary Archery
Bit rate: 192kbps MP3 CBR (my rip)
Download (57MB, zip)


+ random clip from k-variety show
070414 Star King — Junsu with mini-Junsu (Inhwan)



..anyone have a request because i'm low on ideas right now. see my last.fm for the sort of stuff i have.