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Westview! Latest Monkey Majik Release

2 Feb

Track list
01 Angel
02 The Man You Were
03 Sunshine
04 夢の世界
05 魔法の言葉
06 Runaway
07 Disco Girl
08 Wonderland
09 Everything is going to be alright
10 the party’s over
11 One Day
12 Safari
13 If I knew
14 HALO

Angel is a really nice introduction to the album, pretty upbeat and even includes a little bit of Blaise’s “rapping” haha

The Man You Were pretty much summarizes itself in the first few seconds of the song, it’s a Maynard type song haha. It’s a reflective song I think, but definitely pretty catchy and it isn’t too repetitive.

Sunshine is a song that had been previously released on an earlier single and had been another opening to an anime called ぬらりひょんの孫. Probably one of the catchiest songs on the album and has a very different sound than most of the rest of the album.

夢の世界 is a “ballad” type song, I really like the intro to it as it begins with violin and piano. It’s definitely a nice slow, easy listening song that you don’t generally hear too much of from Monkey Majik.

魔法の言葉 is the pv song that was promoted before the album came out. I think it’s definitely the most catchy song on the album and has a nice balance of most of the favorite monkey majik elements and a most welcome speeding up after 夢の世界.

Runaway is a pretty typical more easy listening song that reminds me of a lot of songs on the album Thank You. Not a whole lot to say about it but it’s a decent song to just chill to.

Disco Girl is probably the most different out of all the songs because it feels more like a typical “rock” song. Regardless it’s a good song that lends a different feel than most of the album.

Wonderland is one of my favorites from this album, a fun fact that is the like first few notes of this song sound a lot like 空はまるで. It’s definitely an easy listening song that is just really good to relax to and seems to based partially off Alice and Wonderland but mostly seems to be a “love song” haha.

Everything is going to be alright and the party’s over just sort of have the same feel to them. Both are easy listening, not really a whole lot to say about them other than that..

One Day has this fun little techno intro to it, that sort of seems to hide in the background of the majority of the song. It’s pretty catchy despite it having a little bit of feel of easy listening of the past few songs.

Safari is… I don’t really know, I don’t like it too much… it just seems like a really strange song. Most of the song is in Japanese so perhaps I’m missing some really good lyrics but musically wise it’s kind of boring, I think.

If I Knew gives form to the reflective feeling that you get from the album’s title reference to eastview, in my opinion. Fairly catchy but continues the easy listening song streak haha.

HALO is another ballad song, which I suppose is fairly fitting for the last track of the album. It also would to seem to reference the beginning track with a similar reflective feeling as the last song. Not a whole lot to say about but as far as ballad type songs it’s not too bad.

Well there’s a short synopsis of the album haha. Overall, the first 5 songs are really pretty good and then Wonderland and One Day are my favorites from the last half of the album. As far as general album quality I’d give it about a 7.5/10, definitely worth a listen but I would not say it’s the best. Some of the songs on it are reaaalllly good, so yeah definitely worth a listen! =)

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full moon live

20 Jan

 

moumoons Full Moon Live has just ended and it was a short but wonderful live. It started around 9pm Japan time so it was about 7am our time when it began. The live was a quaint acoustic live and I think they should have more streaming lives like they did today. Come to think of it I think this was their 2nd live streaming if you count the opening act they did for Do As Infinity on the Free Souls Free Live concert but anyways more live streaming yes! especially when they have a new album coming out next month which is good promotion. Well nothing much to say gotta head to class so Later Days ^^ =D

【セットリスト】Setlist

1.moonlight
2.Sunshine Girl
3.一期一会
4.青い月とアンビバレンスな愛
5.リフレイン
EN.goodnight

Westview – Monkey Majik

19 Jan

Monkey majik’s new album westview is coming out in about two weeks. Coming after their tenth anniversary and best album which included some amazing live music! This title is a deliberate play on their first album title, eastview. Fairly recently the new pv to promote this album surfaced and while it may not be the best song they have ever created it’s definitely catchy enough that I think everyone should be excited for the upcoming album! Especially since it’s been awhile since the last album that included a lot of new songs anyway! Without further adieu Mahou no Kotoba!…

Latest Obsession

16 Jan


Well since I have some time on my hands and I haven’t posted anything about the latest crave I’ve gone through I’ll take this chance to do so lol. So not to long ago I finally got the chance to listen to the Florence and the machine (Florence + Machine) ( and no not because gLee covered Dog Days, I actually wanted to give her a listen too when I saw her perform at the 2010 VMA)  and I can say this album was amazing!!! Out of the 20 tracks of the album I can easily say that 15 tracks are my favorite, the remaining 5 (some are just demos or alternate versions) are ok but just not my favorite. Check out the tracklist and i’ll bold the tracks I really enjoy.



1. Dog Days Are Over

2. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)

3. I’m Not Calling You A Liar

4. Howl

5. Kiss With A Fist

6. Girl With One Eye

7. Drumming

8. Betweeen Two Lungs

9. Cosmic Love

10. My Boy Builds Coffins

11. Hurricane Drunk

12. Blinding

13. You’ve Got The Love

Deluxe Edition

1. Bird Song Intro

2. Bird Song

3. Dog Days Are Over (Demo)

4. Falling

5. Hardest Of Hearts

6. Ghosts (Demo)

7. Girl With One Eye (Bayou Percussion Version)

Whats also interesting is the use of a harp in this album (as it shows up in most songs), its use creates a catchy melody that explodes into a joyful, exuberant chorus. Lyrically, Lungs finds Florence side-stepping mundane descriptions of the everyday in favour of flights of fancy. The track Howl is an excellent example of how she uses her lyrics to paint a dark picture but to descriptively sing a song about love. You are given the dark descriptions of a wolf (or a werewolf) breaking through the night prowling looking for something to hunt, to tear apart, but when put together with the other lyrics its a song about young lovers and the crave to be with each other.

Lol I’m trying to think of stuff to say but I have Felix and Orlando talking and I can’t really think to much LOL but alas this album is really good, you should check out the two songs I’m gonna post up they are my all time favorites. =D

Rabbit Heart ( Raise It Up)

Stop Motion Madness

7 Aug

I found this awesome video while surfing Stovila’s blog site 😀

I’m in love with the video and the song. Thanks Stovila for finding this work of art.

Its called “Her Morning Elegance”

Somehow it portrays my life currently just that socks don’t fly by, but it would explain why i am missing pairs in my drawer.

Detox with Updates!

3 Aug

Well as you can see I’m working on the new layout for the blog and so far I’m really liking how its coming out. Hopefully the background does not loop or tile around because I made it like 2000×1500 resolution, so hopefully no one has a REALLY HUGE monitor and it loops cause then it would look really weird lol. Also I have a concept, well actually several concepts for the new banner but I’m not sure what I will do exactly. Hopefully I will have it up by Wednesday, I’m not going to pull what I did with the Dexter layout cause I took forever on releasing that one.

Well other than the updates to the blog, Simon Curtis released another song! Well not really a complete song because its classified as a “demo” at the moment but whats been released is really good. The song is called “Detox” and it was written by Simon but (drum roll) produced by the AWESOME Bloodshy & Avant! These guys are really awesome producers and whats extra cool about this song is because it screams Britney Spears. Well not really scream Britney but the song intertwines lyrics and song titles of Britney Spears songs which is really creative. Whats also interesting about this is Bloodshy & Avant are producers for hit songs from Britney especially one of her biggest hit Toxic.

LOL Now that I look back on the blog, Last time I layout changed I introduced Simon Curtis here and now that I’m changing layouts again here comes another Simon Curtis post, Spoooky!!! anyways check out the song and the lyrics to it :3

Simon Curtis -Detox

You’re up against the people
Trying to take back your music
It’s like a reclamation;
You against the heat
You gotta get in the zone, You gotta get in the zone

Not that long ago I loved nobody more
“To make you happy” baby I thought you were born
I had to watch you play around with those boys
Anticipating when you’d make some more noise
I felt so lucky to have you in my life
I look the other way as you walk on by
But everytime I see you now I deplore
Please Mona Lisa baby hit me one more time

You just get so crazy
I thought you were stronger
Oh baby baby
Can’t wait that much longer

Don’t believe it, I just don’t believe it
Said you beat it, but I don’t believe
So what
Think you need it?

I don’t think you need it
Don’t repeat it
A detox, you need it
Don’t deny it, you just don’t deny it
Try to hide it but you can’t deny
So what
Don’t defy it
You can’t justify it
Rectify it, and detoxify it

You’re up against the people
Trying to take back your music
It’s like a reclamation;
You against the heat
You gotta get in the zone,You gotta get in the zone
And if you really wanna fight it
Saddle up and hit your rhythm
Reignite it
Try to hit it
In a minute
I’m a’ take you on, I’m a’ take you on

Now I can see that just a girl you are not
Don’t let me be the last to know when you’ve thought
Bout’ where you’re gonna go before the goodbye
I try and try but I can’t get satisfied
Sometimes I feel the answer you give is poor
I’m bout to tell you don’t go knockin’ on my door

8bit Rocks!

14 Jun

I really do enjoy stumbling up things while browsing the web, especially when it involves music. SO I was looking around to see if there was a release of album art for Namie’s upcoming single and sadly I didn’t find squat but while on this website it had some album reviews on it so I decided to check it out. While browsing this persons website it had a review of Simon Curits – 8bit Heart and while I was reading it said his debut album was a free download so i figured  “HEY WHY NOT!”.

So I downloaded the album and I am really impressed! Some of the songs can get a lil wild with the lyrics (well not to wild or really dirty but I can’t look at some video game consoles the same anymore) but the album is a big collection of cutting-edge pop hooks, catchy electronic noises and storming, dance floor-ready synthesized beats that come together to celebrate the very essence of modern pop.  Also what impresses me is how he isn’t signed to a label yet, maybe he has cause I caught onto the album a month or two late but if he hasn’t signed to any labels I know for sure this album will surely get him somewhere.

8Bit Heart

1. BoyRobot
2. Don’t Wanna Be Alone
3. Fell in Love w/an Android
4. Super Psycho Love
5. 8Bit Heart
6. Diablo
7. The Neverending Elevator
8. Delusional
9. Joystick
10. Beat Drop
11. Brainwash
12. The Dark (featuring Jay-Z)
13. Victory

My fav tracks so far from giving the album one listen are SuperPsychoLove, Diablo, Beat Drop, Brainwash and The Dark. The other tracks are great also but these stood out the most and I guess caught my attention the most. The chorus in Super Psycho Love made me like it a lot, this is also the same with Diablo, in both tracks it gets so catchy that it just gets stuck in your head (well in my head xD). In the track Beat Drop the chorus does get played a lot, but the line “Tell the DJ drop the beat
don’t play some motherfuckin’ band”
and the sample of the opera singer/opera sounds made me like this one a lot.  Also in the track The Dark when Jay-Z makes his appearance the tracks direction just got serious and my reaction was like “AWWWW SNAP!” (lol thats really what did happened, Kevens as my witness xD) I also do like the song Joystick but in all honesty after hearing it, it makes me look at my video game consoles a whole new way and it feels naughty/wrong playing it/looking at it.

The album also has some song references from other hit songs that have been released. In “Diablo” the beginning line mirrors Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” but followed by “but this is not a Kelly Clarkson song and not how it ends”. In the same song, a line from “If U Seek Amy” by Britney Spears is copied then Curtis realizes and says “oh wait, this song isn’t mine”. In “Beat Drop” a clip from Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” is used as backing vocals on the last line of the second verse. Also on the wiki page for his album it mentions that  “Extracts from an interview with former KGB agent Yuri Bezmenov in 1985 are used as an intro and outro for “Brainwash”. “The Dark Crystal Overture” is also heavily sampled on the track The Dark”.

If anyone is curious and also wants to grab this awesome album you can visit his Official Site and grab it there. There are HQ pictures and lyrics for each track on the site to jam out too so xD enjoy.

Happy Day, Summer Day, Sunshines for you

27 Apr

O(≧∇≦)O!!!! It’s so addicting and good!!! the hook just gets to you and now its replaying in my head over and over and over again!!! I feel like playing this and skipping around joyfully, I might get shot or people will totally think something is really wrong with me but xD it’s that happy and cute and happy and bubbly good (and happy)xD. Also Yuka looks way to cute in this pv  ♪(((#^-^)八(^_^*)))♪ ダンス *stares more*

♪♪└(^^*)┐ ┌(*^^)┘└(^^*)┐ ┌(*^^)┘♪♪

I do wish there was more acoustic in it, when it does kick in it gives the song another layer of awesomeness, but I guess the current arrangement is completely fine BUT! moumoon is known for doing acoustics or English versions of the A-sides or good B-sides so hopefully next single or next album there will be a remake.  Happy Day Summer Day sunshines for you *whistles away*

Whats also interesting about this pv is how they really related it with the Anessa promotion that it ties with. If you look at the Anessa cm you can see similarities between the pv and cm. Some similarities you can point out are the clothes Yuka and Yu Aoi are wearing, walking in the hallway with the shadows overlapping the girls, the set itself are the same and possibly much more that could be pointed out.

(I would put both videos from youtube but Youtube/Avex Trax and their copyright issues LOL its just annoying. Avex you have your own channel update it faster xD /facepalm)

Good ol Music

25 Apr

Weeeeee I got me new music *YAY!!!!!* and I always forget to post the stuff up here… Yea this is hella late but still worth mentioning 😛 (prepare for semi big post =D). Let the post BEGIN! (well again, but on topic I suppose)

OK! Angela Aki (Alex look your making a new set off money and not sharing the wealth) is back with a new single and I WAS LATE on getting it V_V so I finally nabbed it once I knew there was an actual single out.

1. 輝く人 (Kagayaku Hito, Better People)
2. The Chase
3. Without You (Mariah Carey cover)
4. 手紙~拝啓十五の君へ~合唱バージョン (Tegami with Chorus)

So basically the single is a 1st I think/believe that the A-side Angela doesn’t play the piano but full acoustic only. I have a feeling possibly in the next single or something there will be a piano version, thats just her thing I guess. 輝く人 is a really nice song the chorus is really strong and you can check it out here in the PV for it =D

The pv reminds me of Kokoro no senshi and tegami when that upbeat part kicks in LOL but still a great song =D. Another track I really liked was the Without You cover. Majority of off her covers are really good and since Aki is really good at ballads this was easy breezy for her (lawl Utada reference). 手紙~拝啓十五の君へ~合唱バージョン is just the same track as before but now its just vamped with the vocal background chorus no big difference.

OH! also there is new Do As Infinity to come! *weeee*

Do As待望のニューシングル『∞2』が6/16(水)に発売が決定しました!!
再結成時からスタートした『∞』シリーズ第2弾は、今作品もミニアルバム級の豪華4曲入り!!
現在放送中のTVCM「Battle of 6 BOATRACE」の主題歌となっている「Everything will be all right」。
またそのCMにて7月から切り替わる楽曲「1/100」を両曲収録!
そして昨年実施した「Do!Creative!!」第2弾で選考された2曲を含む全4曲を収録しております!!

Basically… they are continuing with the ∞ series and 「Everything will be all right」is in the single plus 2 of the four tracks are winners of the Do the Creative contest so this looks like a really interesting single to come. Also they posted a nice screen cap of both Van and Ryo during filming of the PV with a little caption “DoAsInfinity 伴ちゃんよりコメントです。「順調にPV撮影は進んでおりま〜す。皆さん楽しみにしててね!」” Basically stating that fliming of the PV is going great and everyone look forward for its release.

For some reason I get a Spanish vibe from this don’t know why but I do, we will just have to see once the song is out and the PV also.

Update! – The track list is out and here it is.

『∞2』
2010/6/16 on sale
¥1,300(tax in)
AVCD-31843

【収録内容】
M1) 1/100 ※2010 BOAT RACE TVCMソング-‘09年12月~
M2) Everything will be all right ※2010 BOAT RACE TVCMソング-‘10年7月~
M3)HARUKA
M4)パイルドライバー (Pile driver), (odd name but thats what I got)

Next is moumoon’s next single! (and I think the site literally just changed cause I was on it a min ago and it was still on the Refrain layout and now its Sunshine girl layout. anyways the tracklist

1.Sunshine Girl
2.メドレー(2010 Summer ver.)
3.Sunshine Girl -Instrumental

Release – 2010/05/12

The new single is being used to help promote an Anessa product and the promo cm is out and you can hear a longer preview of the song on the Official Website or check out the 30sec cm that they have out…

Yuka so cute *drools…..* OK! =D =D =D back on track, it was pretty cool they have a new single out so fast after releasing a mini album about a month ago. Also there is another single floating around that is also said to be released on 2010/05/26 and its called Jugoya no Tsuki o Mite Haneru Usagi or A Rabbit Leaping at the Sight of the Full Moon or Let’s dance in the moonlight, I’m leaning toward the lets dance in the moonlight mainly because they album cover is out and this is whats been released

1. Let’s dance in the moonlight

There is some info about this little guy/single. Mainly what is known is that a popular fashion brand Mono Comme Ca is set to be released in May and this rabbit here in the cover art is names “15” which is pronounced Ichigo (which also means strawberry) and moumoon is set to work and create an original single for this little rabbit.

Other than these things I mentioned I would have posted stuff about the Rie Fu’s album and the moumoon mini album but that was released a while back and I’m just being lazy now xD.

How Telephone should be!

12 Apr

Yep yep this is how Lady Gaga’s Telephone video should be 😛 Watch only if you want a GOOD laugh 😛

Fabulous