Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
For November, it's Black Betty! A song that some might vouch, has been around ever since the 1930s. There has been 21 cover versions of this song and yet no definite interpretation of what the song exactly means. Some sources say it's about a lady and her child, and some say its about a bottle of whisky (a common term used in England/Scotland).
Well, whatever it means, the song's got 'life'. It makes a good motivation song for designers, writers, and for the gym even. Many favour the version done by Ram Jam. For me...the bomb's the one from Spiderbait.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Very worth checking out.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Well, all I know is that according to The Observer she began her career with Gospel Songs and both her parents are Protestant pastors. Which came unexpected to me really, looking at her musical direction that paints kissing a girl and liking it, waking up in Vegas after a wild night.
Nevertheless, I'm just hooked to some of the tunes from this las. Can't get enough of Hot & Cold.
Monday, August 18, 2008
With all due respect to Malaysia trying to protect 'our children' but hey, don't you think they get that so called 'bad influence' by watching that artist's MTV? Oh please don't ban TV too!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Among other artists that were vying for the Bond theme limelight were Beyonce, Duffy, Amy Winehouse and Annie Lenox.
Personally, I feel that bad girl Winehouse would suit a Bond tune more.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
W. Livingston Larned
condensed as in "Readers Digest"
Listen, son: I am saying this as you lie asleep, one little
paw crumpled under your cheek and the blond curls stickily
wet on your damp forehead. I have stolen into your room alone.
Just a few minutes ago, as I sat reading my paper in the
library, a stifling wave of remorse swept over me. Guiltily
I came to your bedside.
There are the things I was thinking, son: I had been cross
to you. I scolded you as you were dressing for school because
you gave your face merely a dab with a towel. I took you to
task for not cleaning your shoes. I called out angrily when
you threw some of your things on the floor.
At breakfast I found fault, too. You spilled things. You
gulped down your food. You put your elbows on the table. You
spread butter too thick on your bread. And as you started off
to play and I made for my train, you turned and waved a hand
and called, "Goodbye, Daddy!" and I frowned, and said in
reply, "Hold your shoulders back!"
Then it began all over again in the late afternoon. As I came
up the road I spied you, down on your knees, playing marbles.
There were holes in your stockings. I humiliated you before
your boyfriends by marching you ahead of me to the house.
Stockings were expensive-and if you had to buy them you would
be more careful! Imagine that, son, from a father!
Do you remember, later, when I was reading in the library, how
you came in timidly, with a sort of hurt look in your eyes?
When I glanced up over my paper, impatient at the interruption,
you hesitated at the door. "What is it you want?" I snapped.
You said nothing, but ran across in one tempestuous plunge,
and threw your arms around my neck and kissed me, and your
small arms tightended with an affection that God had set
blooming in your heart and which even neglect could not wither.
And then you were gone, pattering up the stairs.
Well, son, it was shortly afterwards that my paper slipped
from my hands and a terrible sickening fear came over me. What
has habit been doing to me? The habit of finding fault, of
reprimanding-this was my reward to you for being a boy. It
was not that I did not love you; it was that I expected too
much of youth. I was measuring you by the yardstick of my own
And there was so much that was good and fine and true in your
character. The little heart of you was as big as the dawn
itself over the wide hills. This was shown by your spontaneous
impulse to rush in and kiss me good night. Nothing else matters
tonight, son. I have come to your bedside in the darkness, and
I have knelt there, ashamed!
It is feeble atonement; I know you would not understand these
things if I told them to you during your waking hours. But
tomorrow I will be a real daddy! I will chum with you, and suffer
when you suffer, and laugh when you laugh. I will bite my
tongue when impatient words come. I will keep saying as if it
were a ritual: "He is nothing but a boy-a little boy!"
I am afraid I have visualized you as a man. Yet as I see you
now, son, crumpled and weary in your cot, I see that you are
still a baby. Yesterday you were in your mother's arms, your
head on her shoulder. I have asked too much, too much.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
So yeah...it's free folks. Available at www.nin.com .Their official website with a download map, live rehearsal videos, images from their official flickr site, and a NIN remix player. So really, other than just the free album in various formats, the site is worth checking out.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Almost 5 years of absence, and Dexter and the boys are finally out with an eighth studio album, produced by the master Bob Rock (Metallica, Motley Crue, The Cult, Skid Row).
Ah lookie here..download complete! .........
Alright. Here's the lowdown on each track.
Sounds patriotic with that oh so sweet sound of The Offspring
2) Trust in You
Nice guitar playing by Noodles, putting some nice effects to good use. it's got that familiar sounds from the Smash album.
3) You're Going Far, Kid
Doesn't really sound like a typical track from Offspring but sure sounds 'moshing'
This sounds like The Offspring i know, what's odd is there's a part where Dexter sounds like STP in Big Bang Baby. Love the intro. A song about war for sure - "I am the one camouflaged in guns, risk my life to keep my people from harm"
5) A Lot Like Me
A bad idea for the intro and verse. Trying something new with the piano?
6) Takes Me Nowhere
Don't think this track will take them anywhere
This one has commercial value
It's a sing-a-long song
9) Stuff is Messed Up
I have no idea why, but when they start going "lalalala..la.." it reminds me of Marilyn Manson
10) Fix You
Going sentimental now are we?
11) Let's Hear it for Rock Bottom
Very fresh, very nice. Love that fuck ala 311 verse riff
12) Rise and Fall
13) O.C. Life (Hidden Track)
All in all, I wished they had riffs that stood out more. But I'll have to say, the band did discover themselves 'cuz they really sound different in this one. I'll buy this legally anyday!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
CSI Vegas: Who Are You by The Who
CSI New York: Baba O'Riley by The Who
CSI Miami: Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Point here is, why are artists still using such cheesy lines? I could understand that lyrics sort of have a creative license of exegeration, but puke puke man, when it comes to same old cheesy lines - "i'd die for you", "i don't need money if I had you" - you wouldn't be by the girl of your dreams if you died to begin with...you wouldn't have enough money to buy a decent meal for yourself let alone a date if you didn't need money.
Honestly, I hope the day would come when artist or songwriters write lyrics that open a refreshing thought and not serve listeners with 'moldy cheese'.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
On 5th April 1994, 14 years ago...we were shocked when we heard the news. He was gone. He left us. His pain was unbearable. But here's to you Kurt...we raise our axes and salute you as you rock the heck out of the angels.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Nonetheless, John Legend was a good performance - he grabbed someone up on stage, thankfully without a boner this time. From the local platter, Reza Salleh put on a wonderful performance, introducing himself several times to the crowd (Reza, we know you by now!). Che'nelle ... well... I'm no big fan...but she sings so close like she does on record, one would question if she lip syncs. Meet Uncle Hussein was a crowd pleaser to some, with Era FM announcers giving away free t-shirts right before the performance.
Off stage, I'd say the ambiance was great. The setup of the Tuborg beer garden, the fire juggling performances, and the food by Planet Hollywood, it was all good work.
A shoutout to the horsies who put up with the noise - Thank You!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
But that night really made me realise that in this time and generation, the Malaysian music scene really has the potential. Two names i give you now, to look out for in the coming years - Reza Salleh and Yuna.
Reza Salleh is no stranger to the local music scene, thanks to his contribution to Laundry Bar's Moonshine music show. But who interests me the most is Yuna. She has sounds so very similar to Corrine Bailey Rae + Frente. I might be setting high expectations here, but this is really one talent to look out for. I had a few minutes with her to find out about her future plans. Sadly, she's not looking to be recording anytime soon due to studies. go check out Yuna's myspace.
All in all, it was a good start for the event of the year and most definitely a memorable experience for me. Here's a shoutout to Siao Ling and Chui Hoon for making all this happen.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Oh yeah most importantly, here's an updated copy of the Sunburst Music Festival KL 2008 schedule. Pick when to come see your artists or better yet, just be there from the start till the end... bring a mat, an umbrella, an extra t-shirt, friends and have a fun time.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
We've seen Radiohead revolutionize the ways of launching and sharing its last album. Now, even local band Butterfingers are going digital with their upcoming album, probably to cut a whole lot of cost on CD printing/packaging and distributionship costs.
Gone are the days of traditional radio premieres of an album release. And look whose next to jump on the bandwagon...R.E.M.
Their new album, Accelerate will be officially launched April 1, 2008 but before that, would actually debut on social networking sites with the iLike application (yes, that includes Facebook). Facebook members will be able to stream and share the album beginning March 24 people! So jot that down on your post-it notes folks. You'll also gain access to exclusive footage of the band talking about their album.
So, watch out for this legendary band's 14th album.
Monday, March 10, 2008
This time around, from a source at www.royalbutterfingers.net, the album would be distributed via the internet. Still have no idea if it's a malay skewed or english skewed album...either way it goes, I'm sure most of us will anticipate a rocking Butterfingers album.
Friday, March 07, 2008
By the way folks...those attending or are thinking of attending this huge event in a couple of weeks time might find this schedule handy. Have fun!
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Monday, March 03, 2008
Anyway, let's see what's EXCITING this time round in Malaysia as we welcome the whole entourage of pit crew, drivers, engineers, etc. to Sepang come March 23, 2008.
Johnnie Walker - Black Circuit Paddock Party (22.03.08) for Team McLaren
RM40 @ Zouk KL featuring Dj Steve Aoki Kid Millionaire
p.s. cool site
Toyota Speedzone Tour 08 (22.03.08) for Team Toyota
RM33 @ KL Tower featuring Mauro Picotto, Matt Hardwick, Jon Carter, Gianluca Fucile and Joey G
BMW Pit Lounge (19.03.08) for Team BMW Sauber
All I gather is that they've got a demo at Jalan Bijai, KL, a DJ from new York, and a meet-and greet session with the drivers. Their site wasn't informative enough. It just put me off.
We'll just have to wait and see...
Friday, February 29, 2008
The NME (New Musical Express) Awards 2008 saw Arctic Monkeys steal the show for a third year running. This year, the Monkeys bagged the Best Track, Best Video and Best British Band. NME Awards is one of those music award shows that give away awards for just about any reason...
Here are the list of winners (and losers in red):
BRITISH BAND Arctic Monkeys
INTERNATIONAL BAND The Killers
NEW BAND The Enemy
LIVE BAND Muse
SOLO ARTIST Kate Nash
ALBUM Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future
TRACK Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
VIDEO Arctic Monkeys - Teddy Picker
DANCEFLOOR FILLER The Wombats - Let’s Dance To Joy Division
MUSIC DVD Nirvana - Unplugged In New York
LIVE EVENT Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festival
HERO OF THE YEAR Pete Doherty
VILLAIN OF THE YEAR George W Bush
BEST DRESSED Noel Fielding
WORST DRESSED Amy Winehouse
ALBUM ARTWORK The Good, The Bad & The Queen – The Good, The Bad & The Queen
RADIO SHOW Zane Lowe (Radio 1)
WORST ALBUM Britney Spears - Blackout
WORST BAND The Hoosiers
TV SHOW The Mighty Boosh
SEXIEST MAN Noel Fielding
SEXIEST WOMAN Kylie Minogue
VENUE Wembley Stadium
BAND BLOG Radiohead - www.radiohead.com/deadairspace
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
As for other stuff 'bout the band, they're working hard in their Hive Studio in Los Angeles writing new material for their next album. Can't wait!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Anyhooo... here are the night's winners:
Critics' Choice Award: Adele
Best British Album: Arctic Monkeys for Favourite Worse Nightmare
Best British Single: Take That for Shine
Best British Group: Arctic Monkeys
Best British Male: Mark Ronson
Best British Female Solo Artist: Kate Nash
Best British Breakthrough Act: Mika
Best British Live Act: Take That
Best International Album: Foo Fighters for Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Best International Group: Foo Fighters
International Male Solo Artist: Kanye West
International Female Solo Artist: Kylie Minogue
So fellas, get your axes ready for this one! I know I am...
Justin Timberlake is set to star in the baseball flick, The Open Road and will be working alongside Jeff Bridges(Seabiscuit), Kate Mara(Brokeback Mountain), and Mary Steenburgen(The Brave One) as a young man trying to reconnect with his father, who is a legendary athlete, as he struggles to get him home to his ailing mother.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Seeing Things is produced alongside Rick Rubin, the man responsible for producing Johnny Cash's comeback back in the day. Let's see if he can bring out the "legend" in this Dylan.
1. Evil Is Alive And Well
2. Valley Of The Low Sun
3. All Day And All Night
4. Everybody Pays As They Go
5. Will It Grow
6. I Told You I Couldn't Stop
7. War Is Kind
8. Something Good This Way Comes
9. On Up The Mountain
10. This End Of The Telescope
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Anyways... you may need this for a definite sing-along when they perform "Itu Kamu"
Lyrics to Itu Kamu
Segala yang ku pasti akan aku capai tuk mengambil hati mu
Melepasi angkasa cinta ku
Sesudah aku melafazkan kesemua yang diperlu
Ianya seperti suluhan yang terang
Segala yang kau ragui akan ku padam habis dari hati mu
Mengingkari dalaman akal mu
Takkan puasku, mengiringi semua tawa dan tangisanmu,
Anggun jiwamu, pelita yg terang
Masih masih masih masih…
Tiada mengapa taupun sampai bila kerna cinta enggan kenal mengalah
Memanah masuk hatiku yang reti
Setelah kau nampak tetap ku masih menunjukkan erti hidupku
Yang mahu bersama kau buat selamanya…
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
They were nominated for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance by a Duo/Group in last year's Grammy's.
Monday, February 18, 2008
The festival (held in Bukit Kiara) on 15th March 08 will have four stages and 26 acts, and the organisers (Pineapple Concerts and Tuborg) hope to reach some 20,000 music fans.
With this lineup? I'd say it's possible but they definitely could project a better turnout if they really did finalise the deal with Velvet Revolver and Offspring to come as well.
But I am proud to say that this country is actually putting the effort in making things happen. The Fun after all can only start with the initiative of organisers. Thank you Tuborg! and Pineapple!
Klang Valley ticketing outlets are Hard Rock Cafe KL, Planet Hollywood KL, Rock Corner outlets, Music Valley (Ampang Point), Fantasy Music (Sunway Pyramid) and Connection, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Tickets priced at RM200 are available now at www.ticketpro.com.my or check out www.sunburstkl.com for a list of ticket outlets nationwide.
Oh...and here's the line-up:
George Clinton+Parliament Funkadelic
Gerhana Ska Cinta
Love Me Butch
Meet Uncle Hussein
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
The Album Leaf is actually a solo project by Jimmy LaValle who already has 4 albums up to date.
Fans of EITS and Mogwai would find his work to their liking - melodic, mellow, poetic, and deep. This post-rock/ambient/indie project simply sets you away to a dreamy realm. Good stuff.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Texan-post-rock outfit, Explosions in the Sky have announced that Malaysia be a part of their current tour (other than neighboring Asian countries, Taiwan and Japan).
This is definitely great news to the fans of their work - commercially well known for the Cadillac commercial and theme song for TV Hit, Friday Night Lights.
See image for details.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
To the land downundah! Future Music Festival 08 hits Australia come March, with a fantastic lineup of artists which include:
- The Chemical Brothers
- John Digweed
- Roger Sanchez
- Robbie Rivera
- DJ Yoda
- Kid Koala
- and more
Sounds awesome and like an event not to be missed. The festival kicks off:
- Sat Mar 1 – Brisbane
- Sun Mar 2 – Perth
- Sat Mar 8 – Sydney
- Sun Mar 9 – Melbourne
- Mon Mar 10 – Adelaide
Monday, February 04, 2008
Their third album, 'tastefully' named Third is due in stores April 14, 2008.