2008年12月28日 星期日

This Week's Tunes




Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Pershing
MP3: Think I Wanna Die







Dan Auerbach
Keep it Hid
MP3: I Want Some More






Paper Moon
What Are You Going To Do With Me? EP
MP3: What Are You Going To Do With Me







Fall Out Boy
Folie A Deux
MP3: What A Catch Donnie (Acoustic)

2008年12月27日 星期六

Franz Ferdinand - Ulysses


From their new album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

2008年12月21日 星期日

Christmas 2008

People living in North America or Europe might find this unbelievable, but today, in Taipei, the sun is still shining like mad and I'm actually wearing shorts! How I wish I could have a white Christmas~ For all my college and long-time friends, no matter where in the world you are right now, I wish you a very happy Christmas!

The Chipmunks with David Seville-The Chipmunk Song
Gene Autry-Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Frank Sinatra-Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Andy Williams-It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
John Lennon-Happy X'mas (War Is Over)
Judy Garland-Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Cheers!

2008年12月19日 星期五

News & Vidoes grabs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs posted a new song "All I Want For Christmas" on their MySpace page.
Block Party - One Month Off
Pitchfork pitches their 50 Best Albums of 2008, which is the most agreeable list I've seen so far.
◎ 20 Albums that Stereogum are most excited to hear in the coming 2009.
Mark Ronson named 99 of his favorite musical acts, leaving out one spot for a future band.
Jack White and Cate Blanchett interview each other for Interview Magazine.
Little Joy - No One's Better Sake

2008年12月15日 星期一

This Week's Tunes

So much has happened lately. Just as my life seems to be heading toward a dead end, amazing things happened. I've always been looking for a silver lining in these last few months of my student life; so many memories has yet to be made, so small portion of my dream has been fulfilled. The challenges I'm facing may not be as grave, still, I felt slightly overwhelmed by the fact that people could trust me enough as to give me such missions. Cheers!


Maia Hirasawa
Though, I'm Just Me
MP3: And I Found This Boy






Cat Power
Dark End Of The Street
MP3: Dark End Of The Street






Northern Portrait
The Fallen Aristocracy
MP3: Crazy






Anya Marina
Slow & Steady Seduction, Phase II
MP3: Move You

2008年12月11日 星期四

News & Vidoes grabs


◎ I'm definitely not the most excited one about Blur's reunion, just look at the graffiti on the London Millennium Bridge!
Rolling Stone's Top 100 Singles of the Year and Top 50 Albums list.
◎ Read the reasons behind SPIN Top 40 albums of the year.
NME also released their top 50 album list!
The Decemberists announced the track list for their new album "The Hazards of Love," due out March 24.
Eagles of Death Metal - Wannabe In LA

2008年12月9日 星期二

Blur reunited!

Blur confirmed to NME that they'll be reunited for a Hyde Park show on July 3 ! After the 2002 break, there were numerous rumors about them getting back together or that they're officially breaking up. This is the first time they've talk about an exact date and some more gigs in the UK, it's the moment all the Blur fans has been dreaming of for years.

"It just felt it was right again,"
declared Albarn of Blur's return. "It somehow feels like there's something for us to do again, we're not completely useless or pointless, we've got a reason to exist."

No doubt the show will have the hottest tickets in the world!!

2008年12月7日 星期日

My favorite albums of 2008

Looking back at all the albums I've been listening this year, many of them will surely be my beloved ones for years. Almost all the big names were on my list but ,at the same time, I was also feeling a bit awkward for the lack of diversity of my list....Anyway, with the releasing of Oasis,Last Shadow Puppets,Coldplay and Sigur Rós, it's been a marvelous year to music lovers of my kind. With great expectations, I can't wait for another new year of great music.

[MY FAVORITES ALBUMS OF 2008]


The Last Shadow Puppets
The Age of the Understatement






Ra Ra Riot
The Rhumb Line






Coldplay
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends






Beck
Modern Guilt






Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend






The Raconteurs
Consolers Of The Lonely






Sigur Rós
Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust





MGMT
Oracular Spectacular






Oasis
Dig Out Your Soul






Flight Of The Conchords
Flight Of The Conchords
[Foux Du Fafa]





The Magnetic Fields
Distortion





She & Him
Volume One






Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Down
We Brave Bee Stings And All
[Bag of Hammers]




[Other of my favorites:]
Bloc Party-Intimacy
Kaiser Chiefs-Off With Their Heads
Cajun Dance Party-The Colourful Life
Carla Bruni-Comme si de rien n'était
Fleet Foxes-Fleet Foxes
Glasvegas-Glasvegas
The Killers-Day & Age
Conor Oberst-Conor Oberst
Death Cab For Cutie-Narrow Stairs
Department Of Eagles-In Ear Park[In Ear Park]
Headlights-Some Racing, Some Stopping
M83 - Saturdays = Youth
Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
Deerhunter - Microcastle
Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cardinology
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?[Waving Flags]
Elbow - Starlings
Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight
TV On The Radio - Dear Science

cheers!!

2008年12月4日 星期四

News & Vidoes grabs


◎ The nominations list of the 51st Grammy Awards
Lily Allen - The Fear
◎ Check out the list of Uncut and Mojo's Top 50 album of 2008
Noel Gallagher is ready for a solo album and I'm ready to buy it.
Kanye West beat Guns N' Roses on Billboard's album chart

2008年12月3日 星期三

HANABI

It's frustrating ,facing a foreign language that you couldn't completely understand it. But when this language is accompany by the kind of music that can surpasses all the boundries and still somehow moved you, you fall in love with them anyway. This is exactly what happened when I first heard the Japanese band Mr. Children when I was in high school, the tender yet dramatic voice of the singer Sakurai(桜井和寿) was so distinct and the songs were so beautifully composed that I couldn't get them out of my head. You'll be surprised by the details in Mr. Children's songs and, at the same time, deeply touched by the atmosphere they created. The range of the issues Mr. Children disscussed in their songs were very wide, but the magical thing about them is that you don't have to understand the lyrics to know the theme, you can simply feel it! It's a rare kind of quality that you'll be happy to just find one such band in your life time. Mr. Children is about to release their new album Supermarket Fantasy, if you can get your hands on it, please do so.
Cheers.

MP3:
Mr. Children - HANABI

[official website] In Japanese

2008年11月28日 星期五

News & Vidoes grabs

Kanye West went on Letterman and a bunch of other appearances
The Killers loves feather jackets on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Q magazine's 2008 Top 50 album lists, so it's this time of the year again!
◎ Oh, and here's Blender's Top 33 list. Well,no comment on that.
◎ A reminder for people who had yet to purchase the Simple Life ticket, you can still pre-order it here or simply show up on December 6.

2008年11月26日 星期三

白碟四十周年


四十年前(1968)的十一月, The Beatles發行了被俗稱為白碟(The White Album)的同名專輯. 在經紀人布萊恩(Brian Epstien)死後,白碟是Beatles團員首次擁有全權掌握的作品. 如果要扯到保羅(Paul McCartney)在這段時間在Beatles工作上的控制,又會是另一個很長的故事; 所以現在暫且不提Beatles業務上的問題,白碟在音樂上的成就, 長達九十分鐘的雙碟內容就足以說明之. 生長於數位時代的我們可別忘了,1968年還是在使用唱盤的年代,兩張唱盤所組成的一張專輯,價錢當然也是要比一片裝來的貴,如果不是Beatles,唱片公司哪裡敢冒這種專輯可能落得乏人問津的風險. Beatles已經沒有在巡迴演出,多了一層神秘感所推出的白碟當然大賣,但隨之也出現了很多陰謀論(其中最知名的當然就是保羅已經死掉的傳聞,據說將白碟的"Revolution 9" 倒轉過來會聽到"Turn me on , dead man"的隱藏訊息).
再一次,我因我的年齡而感到羞愧與懊悔.初聽白碟的我只是個九零年代的十來歲小鬼,除了讚嘆之外也不懂錄音過程細節之奧秘,哪裡知道在白碟錄音過程中不但同時使用了Abbey Road錄音室的全部三間錄音室,製作人George Martin還要趕場同時幫團員們各自的作品錄音呢!白碟也許是以Beatles的名義發行,但專輯事實上是收錄了團員們各自獨立的作品,作者有歌曲的主控權,其它人只是每首歌的伴奏; 最明顯的例子就是保羅對"Back In The U.S.S.R."的各項樂器聲音有自己的標準和形象,錄到最後林哥(Ringo Starr)不爽走人,保羅只好自己將鼓給錄好.還有被視為喬治(George Harrison)最佳代表作的"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"裡的動人吉他獨奏其實是他的好友艾力克克萊普頓(Eric Clapton)所彈奏.而約翰(John Lennon)在錄音時總是有小野洋子(Yoko Ono)在背景當背後靈,不時還會在vocal中參一腳,讓其他團員不太能適應.
錄音的過程不見得如外人所想那樣團員彼此不斷鉤心鬥角,從許多demo中可以聽出他們一起jam時的笑鬧,還有對細節的討論琢磨. 白碟還有好多值得玩味的軼事, 在聽到"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da",還有約翰玩mono玩到停不了的"Revolution 9"時總是讓我會心一笑. 多麼希望我也有機會在四十年前的此時抱著剛發行的白碟坐在家中唯一的唱機前,專注的盯著歌詞就這樣聽上一整天! NPR也特地為白碟四十周年錄製了節目,裡面談到許多白碟錄音的趣事,讓人有回到68年的感覺呢!

Abbey Road Studio,攝於2008年9月

2008年11月23日 星期日

This Week's Tunes



Oh No Forest Fires
The War On Geometry
MP3: It's Not Fun And Games Until Someone Loses







Eulogies
Tempted To Do Nothing EP
MP3: Two Can Play (featuring Nikki Monninger from Silversun Pickups)







The Kindness Kind
The Kindness Kind
MP3: Beautiful Souls







Phil and the Osophers
Toward Conquering The Invisible North
MP3: High Art







We Landed On The Moon!
These Little Wars
MP3: Re: Your Letter







Little Joy
Little Joy
MP3: Keep Me In Mind




Praying for a real winter.
Cheers!

2008年11月21日 星期五

News & Vidoes grabs

◎ 33 is considered old to Chris Martin, thus Coldplay should breakup before being too old.
◎ Watch Radiohead catch some Weird Fishes
Beach House - Used To Be
◎ I also like Day & Age, but not so much to say it's the greatest Killers album.
The Fireman launch their official website and MySpace page

2008年11月19日 星期三

News & Vidoes grabs

◎ First listen!! The new record of Paul McCartney as The Fireman via NPR music!!
Glasvegas - Please Come Back Home
Coldplay got Lost with Jay-Z
◎ So, the legendary 14 minutes Beatles song was real!

2008年11月15日 星期六

This Week's Tunes




Beerjacket
MP3: Drum







Land Of Talk
Some Are Lakes
MP3: Death By Fire







Yves Klein Blue
Draw Attention To Themselves
MP3: Polka







Creaky Boards
Brooklyn Is Love
MP3: Brooklyn







Gramercy Arms Gramercy Arms
MP3: Looking At The Sun








The Postmarks
By The Numbers
MP3: 11:59






Aaron Thomas
Follow The Elephants
MP3: Aw C'mon







Now, Now Every Children
Cars
MP3: Not One, But Two

2008年11月13日 星期四

News & Vidoes grabs


◎ Thrilled to see not one, but three Jack White at the same time in the Raconteurs video Old Enough.
Deerhoof -Basket Ball Get Your Groove Back
◎ "A Crippling Blow," another new Killers song!
Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of all time list, for my own interest: John Lennon at #5, Bob Dylan#7, Paul McCartney #11.
Matt Helders of the Arctic Monkeys told The Guardian that they might finish recording this month! Can't wait to see them back on tour together again(especially to see that Alex Turner could also dress casually).

2008年11月6日 星期四

News & Vidoes grabs


◎ See how Thom Yorke, Mark Ronson and Death Cab have to say about President Obama.
Jenny Lewis and Elvis Costello performed live on Letterman.
The Killers was Human again on Jools Holland.
Deerhoof - Offend Maggie
Crystal Castle's Alice Glass top NME's Cool List , Alex Turner up from 6 to 4 with white shirt and little black tie.
Kings of Leon - Use Somebody

Sigur Rós - Við spilum endalaust

This Week's Tunes



The Happy Hollows
Imaginary EP
MP3: Tambourine








Kathleen Edwards

Back To Me
MP3: In State






Illinois
The Adventures of Kid Catastrophe
MP3: Hang On







Escape Act
Loosely Based On Fiction
MP3: Everyone Got Shot







Tracy Shedd
Cigarettes & Smoke Machines
MP3: Whatever It Takes







Paramore
Twilight OST
MP3: Decode