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30 July 2011 @ 09:30 pm
I am sorry to say that as of now this journal is on an indefinite hiatus. Unfortunately the time and effort put into making this rotation must now be completely focused on college work, and I know it is unlikely that I will find time to post new songs during the semester. With that said, all of the mp3's will remain on the site for people to download. Please note that I have no intentions of deleting this journal, but my current lifestyle has made it impossible for me to stay committed to it at the current time. Whether or not plugg+ will be revamped in the future is uncertain, but I will probably use it to post other music related things. Thank you if you have followed this journal for awhile, and hope you have enjoyed the music~ 
 
 
28 July 2010 @ 10:12 pm
 
10August




Lee Jung Hyun ✚ 수상한 남자 (Suspicious Man)
AVAtar
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre K-Pop, Dance

album Lee Jung Hyun 007th

released May 11, 2010

mini review
 Lee Jung Hyun is a Korean music artist and actress who creates a unique persona for each of her albums. In "007th" she plays the role of a wanted criminal on the run, with the lead track "Suspicious Man" being the prime example. Unlike her previous albums that had an "angry" feeling to them, most of the songs on 007th are pop based with an in-your-face kind of confidence. The lead track is catchy and addictive (if you are into K-Pop music), while AVAtar (a pun on her English name Ava) is a more serious techno pop song.




Tesla Boy ✚ Spirit of the Night
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre  Electro Pop

album EP

released  TBD

mini review Telsa Boy are an electro styled pop group from Russia that formed in late 2008. Their sound can be heavily compared to 80s synth pop with a "modernistic style" created by combining retro sounds with new influences to create contemporary pop songs. The band's debut album Modern Thrills is set for release in early 2010.



Holy Ghost! ✚ I Will Come Back
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre
  Electronic 

album  Static on the Wire

released  May 18, 2010

mini review
 Holy Ghost! is a DJ duo from Brooklyn (NY) that remixed a number of notable artists music to great success. They received a great deal of promotion when their track "Hold On" was featured as a free iTunes single of the week. Their debut EP "Static on the Wire" was released on May 18th 2010. The group will be on tour with LCD Soundsystem May - June of 2010.



Mai Kuraki ✚ PUZZLE
Rating ♪♪♪♪ 4.5/5

genre
 J-Pop

album  Puzzle / Revive 

released  April 1, 2009

mini review
  Mai Kuraki is a popular Japanese pop and r&b singer who holds the record as the only female artist to have all singles consecutively debut in the Top 10 slot. "Puzzle/Revive" was used as the opening theme for the anime series Detective Conan and the theme for the Conan film The Raven Chaser. The single was a success and Kuraki's highest charting single in five years.




Night Bus ✚ I Wanna Be You
Rating ♪♪♪♪ 4.5/5

genre
 Dance, Electropop

album I Wanna Be You
released May 17, 2010

mini review
 The group's debut single blends genres of trance, house, and pop to new heights. The lead singer Jackson Kennedy describes the song by saying, "'It's the ultimate compliment you can give someone if you really love them, as in "you're so great, I wanna be you".



Crystal Castles ✚ Baptism
Crimewave (Midnight Conspiracy Remix)
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre Indie, Electronic, Experimental 

album Crystal Castles (2010 Album)

released May 24, 2010

mini review  Crystal Castles are an experimental band from Ontario who have been received with fairly high success. Their debut album was included in the "Top 50 Greatest Albums of the Decade by NME Magazine. Their music has been described as "the kind of music that you just want to follow like a cult, or hate, with every fibre of your being." They are the type of group whose reception depends upon the listener's willingness, and interest to venture into uncharted "emotional territory".



Yeasayer ✚ O.N.E.
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre
Experimental Rock, Psychedelic Pop

album  Odd Blood

released February 8, 2010

mini review
Yeasayer is an experimental rock group from New York that was first discovered at a music festival in early 2007. "O.N.E." is a good example of a summer song that is both upbeat and unpredictable. The band used rare synths and percussion instruments from around the globe to create the characteristic worldbeat sound of the album. The album was accepted with favorable reviews and was praised for it's merging of genres, and pop-influenced rhythms.



Miliyah Kato ✚ Bye Bye
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre
J-Pop

album  Bye Bye 

released  March 24, 2010

mini review
  Miliyah Kato is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter who has been active in the music industry since 2004. Her modern style of J-Pop is influenced by hip hop and r&b music. Her latest album Heaven to be released on July 28th 2010 contains her latest singles "Why", "Bye Bye", and "Last Love". 
 
 
 
09April


FEATURING:⎡ TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, GOLDFRAPP, AMI SUZUKI, MINI, YEAH YEAH YEAHS, MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS, JIMMY EAT WORLD, ICONIQ, PERFUME, DELPHIC ⎦




Two Door Cinema Club ✚ What You Know
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre Indie Rock 

album Tourist History

released March 1, 2010

mini review Two Door Cinema Club are an indie rock trio from Ireland that were formed in 2007 and released their debut album in 2010. They are one of my new favorite bands with a quirky and optimistic pop style of song writing. The album has been described as "an excited burst of short, simple indie pop songs driven by jangly guitars and punk rhythms". The album is set to be released in North America later this spring.



Goldfrapp ✚ Rocket
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre
 Electronic 

album Head First 

released March 19, 2010

mini review
 Goldfrapp is an English electronic duo originating in London. Their third album 'Supernature' was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2007, and has sold over million copies worldwide. Like other songs on the album, "Rocket" is a journey back to the 80s with shiny melodies and smooth vocals. They are considered to be an electronic group however Goldfrapp uses a variety of different genres in their songs including glam rock, ambient, folk, and bossa nova. They are also influenced by surrealism and nature, as noted in the dream-like quality of their latest album cover 'Head First'. The album has been their highest-charting performance to date.



Ami Suzuki ✚ Can't Stop the DISCO
Rating ♪♪♪♪ 4.5/5

genre
 J-Pop

album Supreme Show

released November 12, 2008

mini review
  Ami Suzuki is a highly popular J-Pop artist who was discovered by Sony Music Japan in the late 90s and is now signed onto Avex Trax. Her style of music is considered to be "vastly different" from when she was first starting out as a songwriter. She is often considered to be one of Ayumi Hamasaki's first rivals, due to their similar music styles and tendency to reinvent themselves. Her most recent album 'Supreme Show" was produced entirely by Yasutaka Nakata of capsule. Without having listened to Ami Suzuki's older music, "Can't Stop the DISCO" is a catchy and well executed single for it's own genre.




mini ✚ Are U Ready?
Rating ♪♪♪♪ 4.5/5

genre
 J-Pop, electronic 

album Are U Ready? 

released March 3, 2010

mini review
 "Are U Ready?" is the first release from J-Pop artist mini. There's some clear Lady GaGa / electro influence on the track and overall she fits the genre very well. The song is actually pretty catchy and has some reinforcing lyrics "I believe in myself." The only downside is the major use of Auto Tune and heavy synthesizers to back up the vocals.



Yeah Yeah Yeahs ✚ Heads Will Roll
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre
 Indie Rock, Alternative 

album It's Blitz! 

released March 9, 2009

mini review
  The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are an American indie rock group from New York. They have been noted as "one of the most exciting bands of this decade". The album was consistently named one of the best of 2009 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for best alternative music album. "Heads Will Roll" is an undeniably catchy and awesome infused song that is most like-able for it's originality.



Marina and the Diamonds ✚ I Am Not A Robot
I Am Not A Robot (Passion Pit Remix)
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre
 Indie Pop

album The Family Jewels

released February 22, 2010

mini review
 Marina and the Diamonds is a Welsh singer of Greek descent, she gained mainstream attention after reaching number two on the BBC Sound of 2010 poll list (second to Ellie Goulding). Her stage name is derived from the translation of her surname which means "Diamonds" in Greek. In an interview the singer expresses the song "was me singing to myself. It’s me saying, stop being so ridiculous, you can’t let having a fear of failing hold you back and you’re just one person." The Passion Pit adds a little bit of funk to the original while still maintaining the songs identity.


Jimmy Eat World ✚ The Middle
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre
 Alternative Rock, Punk

album Jimmy Eat World (Bleed American) 

released July 18, 2001

mini review
Jimmy Eat World is an American alternative rock group from Mesa, Arizona. They received mainstream commercial success after their release of 'Bleed American' in 2001. The album has been certified Platinum having sold more than one million copies in the U.S. alone. "The Middle" is my motivational song of choice, one that has the ability to relate to anyone regardless of gender, culture, or beliefs. The song is built around the optimistic notion that things will and do get better as long as we believe they will.



ICONIQ✚ Crystal Girl
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre
J-Pop

album Change Myself

released March 10, 2010

mini review
 ICONIQ is the performing name of Ayumi Lee, a Korean and Japanese singer who is fluent in both languages. She received a lot of attention in the J-Pop world after the debut of her first album "Change Myself". Many of the tracks are highly enjoyable to listen to, ranging from typical J-Pop to r&b and electronic inspired tunes. "Crystal Girl" has a stronger rock / electro inspired feel that is a nice balance to laid back depth of the lead track "Change Myself".



Perfume ✚ Fushizen na Girl
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre
 J-Pop, Techopop

album  Fushizen na Girl / Natural ni Koishite

released April 14, 2010

mini review
 Perfume is a popular J-Pop / Techopop group that is produced by Yasutaka Nakata. They have released nine singles under their major label to great success. "Fushizen na Girl" is fun and upbeat blending incredibly well with their particular brand of pop.



Delphic ✚ Doubt
Rating ♪♪♪♪ 4.5/5

genre
 Alternative Dance

album Acolyte

released January 11, 2010

mini review
 Delphic are an alternative dance band from the United Kingdom. BBC Music reviewer Lou Thomas stated the album may ""might just be the first great album of 2010". They are currently featured as a "discover" artist on Myspace.
 
 
08 March 2010 @ 04:55 pm

08March


FEATURING:⎡ SUPER JUNIOR, LENA PARK, YUKI, T.M. REVOLUTION, HOT CHIP, EMPIRE OF THE SUN, METRIC, TIESTO, RISE AGAINST, KLEERUP, KATE BUSH, CUT/COPY, TEARS FOR FEARS, ELLIE GOULDING, A-HA, AND THE WHITE PANDA ⎦




Super Junior ✚ SUPER GIRL
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre C-Pop, Dance, Electronica

album SUPER GIRL (EP) 

released September 2009

mini review Super Junior is an immensely popular boy band hailing from Seoul, South Korea. They are also the largest boy band in the world, consisting of thirteen members. During 2009 the group's third studio album 'Sorry, Sorry' became the best selling Korean-language album in South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, China, and the Philippines. Unlike previous albums which varied in degree of success, their new album showed a stronger musical influence from dance and r&b combined with their own original style. "SUPER GIRL' is an example of Super Junior's stronger hits that mix insanely catchy hooks ("oh, oh ~oh!") with simple but well executed lyrics. There is also a great amount of momentum that is built up and maintained throughout the song, making it one of the most exceptional songs I've heard lately. The overall feel of the song also translates well into the Korean version, but the sheer dynamic bliss of the original Chinese lyrics makes it all the more inviting.



Lena Park ✚ Fall In Love
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre K-Pop, J-Pop

album Fall In Love (Single)

released November 25, 2004

mini review Lena Park is an American born Japanese-Korean R&B singer. She is considered to be one of the best female singers in Korea earning the title of "R&B Queen" and is often compared to Japanese female artist Utada Hikaru for their mutual success and strong influence from American R&B music. "Fall In Love" is a beautiful song that is showcases her immense vocal talent and one-of-a kind sound.



YUKI ✚ Joy
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre J-Pop

album Joy

released January 19, 2005

mini review  YUKI is considered to be one of Japan's leading female vocalists. Her claim to fame occurred during the early 90s after the formation of the multi-genre rock band Judy and Mary. Although 'Joy' was not YUKI's best selling single, the song certainly defines her quirky yet charming music sensibility. This song is also personally notable since it was one of my first introductions to Japanese music. Even my sisters who were not really into J-Pop noted that it was one of the few songs they actually enjoyed due to it's catchy and light-hearted nature. It is also a prime example of J-Pop at it's best, and maybe even a future classic.



T.M. Revolution ✚ Heart of Sword ~Yoake Mae~
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre J-Pop

album Restoration Level 3

released February 21, 1997

mini review Okay, this is another J-Pop throwback song. T.M. Revolution (standing for "Takanori Makes Revolution") is a popular J-Pop artist who has made a significant contribution to the world of J-Pop, releasing a number of hit's throughout the late nineties. He has also the lead vocalist for the more recent J-Rock group Abingdon Boys School. In May of 1996 'Heart of Sword ~Yoake Mae~' was used as the third ending song for the anime series Rurouni Keshin. It is my favorite song of T.M. Revolution to date because it captures his signature style of J-Pop perfectly, there is a fair amount of synth used and the hook is so catchy that once you hear it you will probably never be able to forget it.



Hot Chip ✚ One Life Stand
Rating ♪♪♪♪ 4.5/5

genre Electronic, Dance

album One Life Stand

released February 1, 2010

mini review One album that has been attracting a lot of buzz in the indie world lately is that of the British band Hot Chip. The album has received generally positive reviews, many commenting that it is one of their most consistent and best albums yet. Part of the appeal of "One Life Stand" comes from it's ability to be a fairly laid back track while still delivering unexpectedly infectious hooks and highly understated lyrics "I only wanna be your one life stand". The pacing of the song is a bit slow for me, but for many it is just perfect. It's also one of those songs that has the odd habit of sticking with you.



Empire of the Sun ✚ Walking on a Dream
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre Electronic, Synthpop

album Walking on a Dream

released October 4, 2008

mini review Empire of the Sun is one of my favorite new finds of 2010. The album was noted as being one of the best during 2009 and received eleven nominations, including Album of the Year for the Australian ARIA music charts. Their sound can be compared to MGMT, only with a more dance influenced and sentimental style. "We Are the People" gained attention after being used in the 2010 superbowl commercial for VIZIO. All silly get-ups aside, Empire of the Sun have a few tracks that are definitely worth a listen.



Metric ✚ Help I'm Alive
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre Indie Rock, New Wave

album Fantasies

released April 7, 2009

mini review In 2009 Metric's fourth album 'Fantasies' found mainstream success and called attention to the shrinking role of major labels in the music industry. The album's lead track "Help I'm Alive" demonstrates their indie-rock sound very well, and the transitions in the song are fun and catchy. The song has generated mainly positive reviews from rock music critics. It was also the first song by Metric to chart in the United States, where it earned a spot at #17 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.



Rise Against ✚ Re-Education (Through Labor)
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre Punk Rock, Melodic Hardcore 

album Appeal to Reason

released October 6, 2009

mini review I have not posted a lot of rock music so far but hopefully the sheer amount of awesome in this song will make up for that. Rise Against is an American punk rock band from Chicago, Illinois. I had the great opportunity to see the band preform live in October 2008 the same night their album 'Appeal to Reason' was #1 on i-Tunes. They are a standout group in the rock scene in general for the lead singer's strong vocals and their 'activist' approach to song writing and promoting their live shows.



Tiesto ✚ Feel It In My Bones (feat. Tegan and Sara)
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre Dance, Trance

album Kaleidoscope

released October 6, 2009

mini review Tiesto is a Dutch musician, DJ, and record producer who is best known for his work with fellow DJ Ferry Corsten and his solo releases. He was named the "World's No.1 DJ" three consecutive times by DJ Magazine, and was nominated for a U.S. Grammy Award in 2008. His new album 'Kaleidoscope' features a number of collaborations with popular musicians. I have not listened to the rest of the album, but 'Feel It In My Bones' is definitely one of the standout tracks. Tegan and Sara's lyrics blend amazingly well with the edgy dance beat making it incredibly enjoyable to listen to.



Kleerup ✚ On My Own Again
Rating ♪♪♪♪ 4.5/5

genre Electropop

album Kleerup

released June 1, 2009

mini review Kleerup is a Swedish artist who has produced a #1 single in the UK and co-wrote "Lay Me Down" with Cyndi Lauper. On self-titled album 'Kleerup' he saves some of the best for himself with "On My Own Again" is a light-hearted and cheery pop song with 80s influences. The album also includes one of his most successful songs "With Every Heartbeat" and "Until We Bleed" with vocals by the Swedish indie singer Lykke Li.



Kate Bush ✚ Running Up That Hill
Running Up That Hill (Within Temptation Cover)
Running Up That Hill (Placebo Cover)
Running Up That Hill (Chromatics Cover)
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre New Wave

album Running Up That Hill 

released August 5, 1985

mini review "Running Up That Hill" is a song by the British singer / songwriter Kate Bush. It has been the most successful of her 1980s releases and had a large impact on the future world of dance and electronic music. Originally called "A Deal With God" the song's name was changed to avoid religious connotations that may have prevented radio play. The song has been covered a number of times by other artists including Placebo, Chromatics, Within Temptation, and countless others. The song also inspired the single "Speed of Sound" by Coldplay.



Cut Copy ✚ Lights and Music
Lights and Music (Moulinex Remix)
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre Electropop

album In Ghost Colours

released March 22, 2008

mini review 'Lights and Music' is a positive and up-tempo melody that combines a number of different dance genres including indie rock, house, 80s, and some 60s influence. At first I thought it was just decent but the song has slowly grown on me since 2008 and is a great 'feel good' type of song.



Tears for Fears ✚ Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre Pop, Rock

album Songs from the Big Chair

released February 25, 1985

mini review Tears for Fears are possibly my favorite pop / rock duo from the 80s. Their dreamy pop songs have the impressive ability to still sound 'fresh' and modern in the present day. 'Songs from the Big Chair' is their best selling album to date and contains a number of successful international hit singles. Their most well known song is arguably "Mad World" which has been covered by many contemporary artists.



Ellie Goulding ✚ Under the Sheets
Rating ♪♪♪♪ 4.5/5

genre Indie Pop

album Lights

released March 1, 2010

mini review Ellie Goulding is an English singer / songwriter who rose to fame after gaining recognition through the BBC Sound of 2010 poll and wining a Critics Choice Award for 2010. She learned to play guitar and write her own folk-inspired music at the age of fifteen. "Under the Sheets" was the album's lead single that reached number fifty-three on the UK singles chart.



A-HA ✚ Take On Me (The Twelves Remix)
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre Dance, Electronic

album n/a

released February 2010

mini review "Take On Me" is one of those songs where even if the listener is unaware of the artist, it is likely that they are perfectly aware of the song. Remixing a song that is already well-known and loved can be a daunting task, but The Twelves did a fantastic job of adding a contemporary twist to the original.



The White Panda ✚ What Lonely Girls Do (Lil Jon & Eminem vs. Ocean Lab)
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre Mash-Up, Remix

album n/a

released n/a

mini review The White Panda are a remix duo that creates mash-up tracks by blending two or more songs together, usually by overlaying a vocal track of one song over the instrumental track of another. Most of their songs are combinations of dance and hip hop songs, resulting in high energy oriented dance music. Their mash-ups are done incredibly well, often seamlessly combining genres and creating a 'transformative' product. Their debut mix-tape 'Versus' is available for free download at their website. Just a word of warning for those who are easily offended, all of their songs are pretty intense XD
 
 

07December


FEATURING: ⎡ LIGHTS, T-ARA, DAISHI DANCE, TOMMY HEAVENLY6, OLIVIA, SHANADOO, JUJU, DRAGONETTE ⎦




Lights ✚ Ice
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre synthpop, New Wave, Indie Electronic
album The Listening 

released October 6, 2009

mini review Earlier this month the album by Canadian singer-songwriter Lights was one of my new favorite things. There are fun and quickly addictive songs such as 'Ice' and 'Savior' as well as down tempo songs 'Pretend', 'The Listening' that balance the album out nicely. While most of the album reflects a contemporary style, some songs such as "Second Go" have a distinctively 80s feel. Each song contains sensitive and introspective lyrics that allow the listener to be reflective of their own feelings and reminisce past experiences.



T-Ara ✚ Tic Tic Toc
Rating ♪♪♪♪ 4/5

genre K-Pop 

album Absolute First Album
released December 1, 2009

mini review -thats right, you guessed it! T-Ara is another female K-Pop group specializing in- (you guessed it again) dance pop. As much as I am trying to avoid posting generic music, the upbeat sound is momentarily very catchy and likable. I also can't help but associate the heavy dance / electro sound to Lady GaGa or the Brown Eyed Girls, or the similar title to Ke$ha's 'Tic Toc'. Compared to many other K-Pop songs that have been released recently this track does not seem as 'watered-down' and still manages to maintain it's identity.



DAISHI DANCE ✚ Renovation. feat. 吉田兄弟 Inoue Akira & 井上鑑 Yoshida Brothers
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre house, electronic

album Spectacle
released October 7, 2009

mini review  Out of the various albums I've heard lately 'Spectacle' has got to be the most impressive and touching form of house / dance that I've heard so far. House music is characterized by prominent bass drums, synthesizers, electronic and pop effects. In Japan it combines elements of J-Pop, classical music, and dance. It is generally but not always more sentimental than traditional dance music. This was a difficult decision to make, but other stunning songs include 'Memory' sung by Mika Nakashima, 'Spectacle', 'Find My Way' by blanc., and 'There is a Light'. If you are going to listen to one album this winter this is the one! You can download the entire album here at 320kbps.



Tommy Heavenly6 ✚ I Love XMas
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre J-Pop, J-Rock 

album Heavy Starry Heavenly
released March 7, 2007

mini review Tommy Heavenly6 is the second alter ego of singer Tomoko Kawase who is also the lead vocalist for The Brilliant Green. Under her solo artist name she has released a number of successful albums and singles and is perhaps best known for her song "Lonely In Gorgeous" which was used as the opening theme for the anime Paradise Kiss. 'I Love XMas' is a cheerful and fitting christmas song that incorporates her characteristic rock / pop style that is ironically suitable for the holiday "I wish you a merry merry Xmas!"



OLIVIA ✚ Sailing Free
Rating ♪♪♪♪ 4/5

genre J-Rock, Pop Rock
album Sailing Free
released April 15, 2009

mini review This song took a long time to grow on me, but after months I still find it to be catchy and relevant. The few lines in english keep the song unique and interesting: "I don't know what to expect, I don't know what's coming next", "It makes me feel connected to everything." Having never listened to music by OLIVIA or similar J-Rock artists before I was not sure what to expect but the heavy rock beat is edgy and fun.



SHANADOO ✚ Next Life
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 4.5/5

genre electronic, j-pop
album Launch Party!!!
released November 25, 2009

mini review Shanadoo is a Japanese Eurodance group produced in Germany. Originally their style involved elements of Eurobeat and Para Para however their focus has now shifted to the Japanese market with an electropop sound very familiar to that of K-Pop. Having been familiar with their J-Pop/Eurodance style of music before this was quite an interesting surprise, but due to the current popularity of this genre of music it will hopefully only broaden their audience. 'Next Life' is a fun and energetic song that is very similar in style to groups such as perfume.



JUJU ✚ Present
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre j-pop
album Present
released November 25, 2009

mini review If you are looking for beautiful winter song that will not be in the spotlight this season then this is the song for you. 'Present' is a charming winter ballad with sentimental and inspiring lyrics and an equally touching pv. JUJU gained attention for her colaboration with Spontania and second album "What's Love?" making 2009 an incredibly successful year for her. 'Present' is a heartwarming song that talks about the "inner feelings of women."



Dragonette ✚ Pick Up the Phone (Richard X Radio Version)
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre Electropop
album Fixin to Thrill
released September 29, 2009

mini review Dragonette is a Canadian electopop group who have been around since 2005 but are more recently recieving attention for their new album "Fixin to Thrill". One of the standout tracks 'Pick Up the Phone' tells the story of Cherry and her companion who explains the ups and downs in their unrestrained romance. The original version of the song is just as catchy, with a slightly slower beat. As one YouTube commenter put it: "one is kind of heartbreaking and the other robust and glorified" This would be the glorified one.


Hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday season! Good luck with exams if you have not taken them already! ^^
 
 
 

06November



⎡ FEATURING: OU EST LE SWIMMING POOL, TEGAN AND SARA, SOWELU, CALVIN HARRIS, HOWARD JONES, YUNA ITO, EVERY AVENUE, KAT-TUN ⎦


This month is somewhat of a theme to the current place in my life. Since I'm very pressed for time this month I figured it would be even more insightful to include the most significant lyrics instead.




Ou Est Le Swimming PoolJackson's Last Stand
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 4.5/5

genre Electronic, Dance
album n/a
released 2009

It's (gone gone gone)
It's time for things to get better, it's time for things to move on -instead of this.
You (won't won't won't) be staying with me forever, cause this is my last stand.



Tegan and SaraHell
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 5/5

genre Indie Pop
album Sainthood
released October 27, 2009

I know you feel it too, these words get overused.
When we get up and over it and over them,
Up and over it and over them.
I know you feel it too, it all seems so untrue.
When you get up and over it and over them,
Oh oh, hell no. Oh oh, hell no.



SoweluMaterial World
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 5/5

genre Electronic, J-Pop
album Material World
released February 25, 2009

Please somebody else, I need to talk just a little

I wanna see, see, see that material world

But it’s far, far, as far as I thought

I wanna see, see, see, see

It’s far, far, far, far

I wanna see, see, see, see

I don’t even know where I’m headed



Calvin HarrisI'm Not Alone
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 5/5

genre Dance
album Ready for the Weekend
released August 14, 2009

God I can’t do this any more

Though I’ll be laid down on the floor

As many feet walk through the door

I’m not alone

If I see a light flashing

Could this mean that I’m coming home

If I see a man waving

Does this mean that I’m not alone

No?




Howard JonesThings Can Only Get Better
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 5/5

genre Rock, Pop
album Dream Into Action
released March 23, 1985

It may take a little time
A lonely path, an uphill climb
Success or failure will not alter it

And do you feel scared - I do
But I won't stop and falter
And if we threw it all away
Things can only get better



Yuna ItoIma Demo Aitai yo... (I Still Miss You...) feat. Spontania
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 5/5

genre J-Pop
album Dream
released May 27, 2009

I won't forget you, never, never
I can't go back
You'll always be close to my heart
Even now

The tears I'm shedding are like flower petals
Along with the wind they fan out
Memories



Every AvenueGetting Out
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 4/5

genre Alternative Rock, Pop Punk
album Shh. Just Go with It
released Febuary 19, 2008

I'm sick of being told what to do

Like it's never good enough for you


I never said that this would be easy,

But I don't think you were listening

I'm getting out

Won't take it anymore

Now I'm getting out

Future's at my door



KAT-TUNRescue
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 5/5

genre J-Pop
album Break the Records -by you & for you-
released April 29, 2009

I don’t wanna cry alone

Help me out Search my light

Please take me back home

I don’t wanna cry alone

Into blaze Lost in maze

Someone call my name
 
 
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05October


⎡ FEATURING: BROWN EYED GIRLS, YELLE, JAY'ED, SHAKIRA, PARAMORE, NOELLE, MIIKE SNOW, CLAZZIQUAI PROJECT ⎦



Brown Eyed GirlsAbracadabra
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 5/5

genre K-Pop
album Sound G
released July 20th, 2009

mini review If you have not heard of them already, Brown Eyed Girls are one of the many K-pop girl groups to emerge into the spotlight recently. They have quickly become incredibly popular particularly for 'Abracadabra' which is among the more memorable K-pop songs that have been released this year. Apart from standing out from other girl groups the chorus and catchy beat are the main drive behind the song's appeal.



Clazziquai ProjectTell Yourself
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 5/5

genre K-Pop, Electronic
album Mucho Punk
released July 14th, 2009

mini review Clazziquai Project is a Korean group that experiements with a variety of different music genres including electroic music, acid jazz, and house. They have been the most nominated group at the Korean Popular Music Awards II and recieved awards for 'Artist of the Year' and 'Best Soundtrack.' Their melodies range the relaxed and laidback to elavator-souding dance songs creating a very a well rounded and highly enjoyable album.



Miike SnowCult Logic
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 4.5/5

genre Electronic, Indie Pop
album Miike Snow
released May 12th, 2009

mini review One of the artists I recently discovered by chance is 'Miike Snow', a swedish group which is better known for their remix work as Bloodshy & Avant. Their sound has been positively described as "coolly emotional pop" with quirky yet clever lyrics. Their laidback style is oddly suitable for the bittersweet feelings of Fall. There is also a pretty catchy remix featuring the popular artist Drake.



paramoreCareful
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 5/5

genre Alternative Rock, Pop Punk
album Brand New Eyes
released September 29, 2009

mini review paramore is a well-known American alternative rock group possibly known best for their contribution of the song 'Decode' to the Twilight series soundtrack. Their latest album 'Brand New Eyes' topped the charts in many countries across the world making it the band's most successful album to date. I was lucky enough to see them live in 2008 and am glad to say their material is consistently strong in this album.



YelleCe Jeu
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 5/5

genre Electro Pop, French Pop
album Pop-Up
released September 3, 2007

mini review Yelle has been one of my favorite french pop artists for quite awhile now, her style is also somewhat quirky and questionable however her music is absolutely brilliant. There are a few songs that standout in particular from Pop-Up but 'Ce Jeu' is by far my personal favorite and one of the catchiest. It is also a song that is undeniably upbeat in nature despite the actual lyrics.



noelleRouman Hikou
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 4.5/5

genre Electronic, J-Pop
album Love Electro
released September 3, 2007

mini review noelle is a Japanese electronic artist that could be compared to perfume and capsule but with a lower voice and sound that is not quite as 'pulse pounding' as their music. None the less the album is very entertaining to listen to and there are a variety of covers comprised of popular Japanese albums done in an electro style.



ShakiraShe Wolf
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 5/5

genre Electro-pop, Dance-pop
album She Wolf
released October 9, 2009

mini review Shakira is a widely known Colombian artist who emerged as a musical prodigy in Latin America in the early 1990s. She is known for recording songs in both English and Spanish however she is also fluet in Portuguese and Italian. Her 2001 album Laundry Service was the second album I bought in my young music consumer history and she has continued to recieve recognition for her sucess up to the present day. Her 2009 album She Wolf shows a shift from more traditional pop oriented songs to a club like sound that is similar to that of Lady GaGa or Madona's. The biggest difference would be her unique twist of Latin and Middle Eastern influences which are still widely apparent throughout the album.



Jay'edEverybody
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 5/5

genre R&B, J-Pop
album Everybody
released October 14, 2009

mini review Jay'ed is a crossover Japanese R&B singer born in New Zealand to a Japanese father and New Zealander mother. He is best known for his ballad 'Cry For You' and has collaborated with artists such as JUJU. I am so thankful to be able to include this song, since I was unable to find it online until just now XD 'Everybody' has a very mainstream sound with a memorable chorus and a variety of english phrases.
 
 
04September

⎡ FEATURING: MADONNA, CAPSULE, CHAIRLIFT, B'Z, KODA KUMI, OWL CITY, COBRA STARSHIP, AND FRIENDLY FIRES ⎦

</center>This month is a uplifting mix of danceable beats that will energize your school year. Please excuse the delay, I've been swamped with college work! ^^;



MadonnaCelebration
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 5/5

genre Dance-pop, House
album Celebration (Single)
released July 31, 2009

mini review If you liked "Just Dance" then this is going to blow your mind. "Celebration" is a modern-day dance track with simple but effective lyrics. Could be compared as the 2009 continuation version of 'Holiday'.



capsule ✚ Sugarless Girl
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 5/5

genre Electronic, J-Pop
album Flash Best
released August 26, 2009 

mini review capsule's recently released greatest hit's album "Flash Best" is undoubtedly a non-stop party from start to finish. The group share a similar sound with fellow Japanese group 'perfume' and french electronic artists 'Daft Punk' however their sound is distinctively unique. The live remix of "JUMPER" is equally amazing, which was the other song I was debating against using. Highly recommended! 



Chairlift ✚ Bruises
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 4.5/5

genre Indie Pop, Dream Pop, Electronic
album Does You Inspire You
released July 22, 2008 

mini review Chairlift are the masterminds behind Apple's 4th generation ipod nano campaign. Bruises is a soft and tender melody that is highly reminiscent of "1,2,3,4" by Feist. The group is charming and quirky in their lyrics that still manage to maintain a deep sense of emotional value. 



Owl CityFireflies
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 4.5/5

genre Synthpop, Electronic
album Ocean Eyes
released July 14, 2009

mini review Owl's City's sound can be described as the music that would result from eating a bowl of pure sugar (and it's not J-Pop). 'Fireflies' is incredibly light and airy but with clever lines such as: "cuz I saved a few! and I keep them in a jar" which manages to make me smile on every play. This song was also used for the July 14, 2009 iTunes 'single of the week' download. 



B'zDakara Sono Te wo Hanashite
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 5/5

genre J-Rock
album Dakara Sono Te wo Hanashite (Single)
released September 21, 1989

mini review
The B'z are a prolific Japanese rock duo that have produced 42 consecutive #1 singles and 23 #1 albums. This song in particular is their debut single which uses classic 80s inspired rock and strong chorus vocals. Their latest single "Ichibu to Zenbu/Dive" is currently number one on iTunes Japan and number three on the Oricon charts.  



Cobra Starship ✚ Good Girls Go Bad (feat. Leighton Meester)
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 4/5

genre Pop-Punk, Synthpop
album Hot Mess
released May 11, 2009

mini review 
Cobra Starship is an American rock band that is most well known for their album 'Viva la Cobra!' Their latest successful single shows a shift to a more experimental electo-pop sound but still stays true to their charismatic style.


 
Friendly Fires
Skeleton Boy (GRUM Remix)
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 1,000,000,000/5

genre Electronic, Dance
album n/a
released n/a

mini review 
Every once and a while I will stumble across a remix which I find to be so EPIC that it even dominates the original song. Personally I enjoy this version in contrast to the original due to the way the background music dramatically changes the vocals. A party starter for sure.



Koda Kumi ✚ Driving
Rating ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 5/5

genre J-Pop, Dance
album Trick 
released January 28, 2009

mini review Koda Kumi's 
"Driving" has become more or less my summer anthem to get my drivers license. The song is very similar to "Taboo" which makes it difficult to decide which to personally favor. Overall the track is so strong that I even went through the expense of listening to my iPod after having wisdom teeth surgery back in January (I know it doesn't sound that bad at the moment, but trust me.)

 
 
10 August 2009 @ 07:43 pm

03August

⎡ FEATURING: PASSION PIT, SONOMI, PHOENIX, M.O.V.E, THE BRILLIANT GREEN, MICHELLE BRANCH, PAULINE, SOUTAISEI RIRON, UVERWORLD ⎦



Passion Pit ✚ Little Secrets
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre electronic, indie
album Manners
released May 18, 2009

mini review I have to confess that during July I did not listen to the greatest variety of music that I usually do, mostly because I was obsessed with this group's album. Their first major album 'Manners' is made up of consistently strong melodies with equally impressive lyrics. The album has also received popular media attention, in July the group was the most blogged band on the 'Hype Machine' website and John Mayer described their song "Moth's Wings" as "one of the best songs I've heard in a long time." The mood of the album is somewhere between the optimistic energy that exists at the beginning of summer and a melancholic nostalgia at it's end. "Little Secrets" is a bright burst of energy with undeniable summer charisma and charm. If your looking for a great way to end the summer I highly suggest checking them out!



SONOMI ✚ Everyday ☆エビデー☆
Rating ♪♪♪♪ 4.5/5

genre J-Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B
album Everyday ☆エビデー☆
released July 7, 2007

mini review SONOMI is best known for her r&b and urban influences and has collaborated with other r&b artists such as KREVA. "Everday ☆エビデー☆" is a carefree and spirited song that reflects the fun loving feelings of summer. It's catchy and upbeat lyrics are the perfect blend of optimism and energy that is sure to get the new school year moving in the right direction.



Phoenix ✚ Lisztomania
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre Alternative Rock, Synthpop
album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
released May 25, 2009

mini review Recently my mom decided to sell many of her old records to a local music shop in town in order to earn some extra cash. Instead of exchanging cash the record man gave my mom a deal in the store: $60 cash or $120 in store credit. My mom of course took the store credit -D-; Despite this poor fortune on my mothers behalf, we split the store credit between my mom and two younger sisters and purchased new music instead. While searching though possible cds (I swear I was there for over a half hour XD) I came across this album that was labeled with the description "Grind-a-minute pop that will bring your summer to it's knees. Probably the best record of the year. DO IT." Well, as you could imagine that pretty much did it for me. That and the fact that I was planning to buy the album anyway if I happened to find it since I was listening to previews on i-Tunes earlier that day ;D I'm proud to say that it is not disappointing, the infectious "Lisztomania" is a light-hearted and addicting tune that suits the mood of summer perfectly.



The Brilliant Green ✚ Rainy Days Never Stays
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre J-Pop, J-Rock
album Rainy Days Never Stays (Single)
released July 31, 2002

mini review The Brilliant Green are a well known J-Pop/J-Rock group that takes most of their influence primarily from Western music. Many J-music lovers may recognize the lead singer Tomoko Kawase as the charismatic and quirky Tommy February6 or Tommy Heavenly6 however her work in the Brilliant Green is much more subdued but none the less brilliant. "Rainy Days Never Stays" is an optimistic blend between pop and rock styles that is more reminiscent of The Beatles than typical Japanese mainstream music. In 2001 Time magazine dubbed the group as one of the top ten bands on planet Earth, and you will soon see why.



m.o.v.e ✚ Rage Your Dream
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre J-Pop, J-Rock, Techno/Trance, Eurobeat
album Electrock
released June 24, 1998

mini review m.o.v.e is a J-Pop group under the avex music label which is difficult to pin down to one genre. Their style can be described as a fusion between traditional J-Pop and J-Rock with Western influences from rap, electronica, and metal. During the release of their first album 'Electrock' the group gained popularity through the anime series 'Initial D' in which most of their songs were featured. "Rage Your Dream" is an uplifting theme that reflects m.o.v.e's original sound, 80s styled J-Pop and carefully crafted rhymes that are sure to encourage.



Soutaisei Riron ✚ Shinagawa Number
Rating ♪♪♪♪ 4/5

genre J-Pop
album Hi-Fi Anatomia
released January 07, 2009

mini review Despite their commercial success Soutaisei Riron (literally: 'The Theory of Relativity') is a group that for the majority is shrouded in mystery. During live performances the group rarely speaks and has never shown their faces in music videos, album covers, or even magazines. Their latest album 'Hi-Fi Anatomia' debuted at number seven on the oricon charts and was awarded the best album of the year by an association of Japanese record store employees. The group has a uniquely surrealistic approach to J-Pop, the vocals are light and airy, seemingly childish yet mature at the same time. If your looking for something more calming to listen to on the dl then this is the group for you.



Michelle Branch ✚ Sooner or Later
Rating ♪♪♪♪ 4/5

genre Country, Pop
album Sooner or Later (Single)
released August 11, 2009

mini review Alright I know, who doesn't know Michelle Branch? The american singer / song writer became famous during the early 2000's after releasing two best-selling albums, 'The Spirit Room' and 'Hotel Paper.' However more recently her focus has shifted after releasing her lead single "Sooner or Later" from her first county album 'Everything Comes and Goes' to be released later this year. Despite the shift from pop rock to up-tempo country songs "Sooner or Later" still retains the same characteristic traits Branch's songs have come to be known for and is still recognizable.



Pauline ✚ Allo le Monde
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre French Pop
album Allo le Monde
released October 1, 2007

mini review Pauline is a French singer, composer, and songwriter that specializes in uplifting pop music. Her smooth vocals and moving lyrics can be described as 'accessible' since they are relatively familiar with everyone. Literally meaning "Hello World" the speaker questions the state of the world and pleads for it to stay strong in hopes of a better future. As much as I wish this song was in English there is a certain amount of 'dramatic effect' that is added through the beautiful French words.




UVERworld ✚ Chance!
Rating ♪♪♪♪♪ 5/5

genre J-Rock
album Chance! (Single)
released October 26, 2005

mini review Similarly to m.o.v.e, UVERworld is a group that is known for their variety of musical styles ranging from rock, electronic, and beat-boxing. UVERworld's second single (Chance!) was used as the theme for the PSP game Bleach: Heat the Soul 2 and highlights UVERworld's unique style that stands out from other J-Rock. Many of their songs echo common motivational themes 'get chance!' and other uplifting messages that add some depth to their works. "Chance!" is one of the best examples of this trend and one of the strongest representations of their musical talents.

Good luck in the new school year!~
 
 
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