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Lisa, I’ll See You When You Get Here…

Lisa Mitchell is an Australian singer who has been in the music industry for a few years now. She orginally started on Australian Idol, however only managed to make it to sixth position. She vanished for a while and then released an EP Said One To The Other after she had lost her Idol status. In 2008 she rose to fame in Australia with her single Neopolition Dreams which was featured heavily in commercials. She released her second EP Welcome To The Afternoon on May 30 2008. Now in 2009 she has just released her new album Wonder, which ironically reached sixth on the Australian ARIA charts.

You may be wondering why I am posting something so random like this, I know it’s not an album review or anything like that (although expect Lisa Mitchell to pop up on my blog in the near future). I just wanted to share an Australian singer who I really appreciate.

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One of my all time favourite video clips!

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And her new song, which is as catchy as anything swine flu…

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Opinions anyone?

Joshua



August’s Austere Soundtrack
August 1, 2009, 1:17 pm
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Here it is again… let’s see how I went:

Opening Credits

Under The Moon – Do As Infinity: If it was an eerie movie this song would fit perfectly, even though it doesn’t stand out to be an opening credits song, I can actually picture it being one.

Waking Up


be with you. – BoA:
Sorry BoA, but I just can’t see it happening.

Going to School


Hajimari – KOKIA:
Hmm, such a mellow song, it’s not like I’m going to a funeral or anything.

Falling in Love


How It Ends – DeVotchKa:
Words cannot express how much I love this song, while the lyrical matter may not fit perfectly (hmm now that I think about it, it could be interoperated that way) the arrangement is perfect.

Fight Song


Killer – The Hoosiers:
Perfect, nothing better than a song about a killer for a fight song.

Breaking Up


Bokura Bara-iro no Hibi – Chihiro Onitsuka:
Interestingly enough, this song was written about the days when love starts to fade… Chihiro has done it for me!

Prom


Sora – KOKIA:
Simply, NOT ENERGETIC ENOUGH!

Life is Good


SUPER MUSIC MAKER (SA’08S/A mix) – Ami Suzuki:
Despite me not being a fan of Ami, the atmosphere of the song is bright and chirpy and therefore fits.

Mental Breakdown


I’ll Do Anything – MAY:
Hmmm, sort of, but it’s lacking emotion.

Driving


Blue Skies– Blue October:
Aaaah, just picture looking at the blue skies whilst driving in the country side… nothing more picturesque.

Flashback


Happy Ending – BONNIE PINK:
Maybe, but I don’t really see it happening.

Getting Back Together


Thank you – Leah Dizon:
“Ooooh happy days for you and me, from the bottom of my heart”… yay something that fits~

Wedding


Don’t Let Go – Kate Miller Heidke:
It’s a bit mellow, but it’s a really sweet. And depending on the mood of the wedding the lyrics fit well.

Paying the Dues


Hey I’m Calling Up – Rie fu:
“Hey I’m calling up” to arrange the dues that you owe me. Yeah, that was lame.

The Night Before The War


~Yakusoku~ (Live) – JYONGRI:
Well it’s definitely in the right mood for war, however the lyrics don’t really match.

Final Battle


Is This LOVE? – Ayumi Hamasaki:
It’s aggressive enough, but still, it’s far away from the mood, however I can imagine this song in a battle in a video game or something like that?

Moment of Triumph


Scared of Lonely – Beyoncé:
Errrm… no. Just no.

Death Scene


Walking On Air – Kerli:
As much as I love this song, it just doesn’t fit.

Funeral Song


Soulmate – Natasha Bedingfield :
More about relationships than death, but I guess if you look at it with a different eye it could work.

End Credits


SCAR – Ayumi Hamasaki:
Ayumi… you failed me!

So lets see how I went ‘eh?

Spot on: 7
Hmmm: 6
Total miss: 7

I’ll make it… eventually, I’m deteramained not to give up… until I get a perfect score. You may see this quiz popping up every now and then, until I finally conquer this quiz and get 100%… yes I’m a perfectionist.

Joshua



June’s errrr… EPIC soundtrack~!
May 31, 2009, 8:35 pm
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So what do you have when you put your media player to shuffle and then place it next to a typical blockbuster movie scene; the soundtrack of life o’ course~! Big shout out to Josh from Shuffle and Repeat who gave me the idea (:

Opening Credits

Futari – Miyu Nagase: depends on the movie really, but I certainly know that I wouldn’t pick this for opening credits.

Waking Up

Reading Time With Pickle – Regina Spektor: One of Regina Spektor’s quirkier songs. Not the best song for waking up as it is slow and droopy.

Going to School

BARBiE BARBiE – Aira Mitsuki: The Asian Barbie doll song ‘eh? Doesn’t quite fit into the whole school theme, although it would be quite energetic while I walk to the bus stop.

Falling in Love

Standing Up – Tina Arena: NO! NO! NO! It needs to be mellower and more interesting XD. C’mon get some good songs already~!

Fight Song

Heartless – Kanye West: Yeah this song isn’t actually a bad one, especially for the consequent of the fight… “I did some things, but that’s the old me”. Seems like a good line for a fight to me.

Breaking Up

Lighting Strike – Snow Patrol: I love this song SO MUCH! Being nearly 17 minutes in length it’s one of the longest songs on my library. The subdued mood matches the breaking up, and also the mention about the different weather could be a metaphorical reference to the many feelings experienced when breaking up.

Prom

Under Babydoll – Nana Kitade: Nah, too much rock and the atmosphere is dark… not an atmosphere I’d like to experience at prom. NEXT!

Life is Good

See The Sun – The Kooks: The name pretty much says it all! The lyrics are sweet – “You can have it all and wrap it in the world.” Having said this it is also about the jealousy of someone else perfect life, so maybe not?

Mental Breakdown

Sakuranbo – Ai Otsuka: ROFL… COULDN’T HAVE PICKED A WORSE SONG!

Driving

Soba ni Iru ne – Thelma Aoyama: I was so hoping that Koda Kumi’s Driving would come on, but instead I was given this… which doesn’t fit the mood.

Flashback

Irreplaceable – Beyoncè: Hmmm seems to me that iTunes doesn’t want to work with me tonight… AARGH!

Getting Back Together

Emergency – Paramore: Lulz, *rolls eyes* once again a shocking song to suit the mood. Would’ve made a neat breaking up song though…

Wedding

Kiseki – Koda Kumi: Well it’s a love song, however personally I would want to be avoiding a song by Koda Kumi because her sugary pop just doesn’t suit the mood.

Paying the Dues

Tookumade – Do As Infinity: “Soo far away (from fitting the mood)” Yeah that sounds about right…

The Night Before The War

Runaway – Pink: Yeah this could work, it’s a nice song about insecurities and the lyrics “I’ll try to stay alive” fit pretty well.

Final Battle

Sunglass – Utada Hikaru: Umm yeah because a laid-back R&B song fully fits a dramatic battle… err no!

Moment of Triumph

I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write A Letter – Billy Williams: LULZ!

Death Scene

ReBiRTH – Ayumi Hamasaki: Despite the name being about birth this interlude by Ayumi Hamasaki actually fits REALLY well!

Funeral Song

Prologue ~ Trust You – Tainaka Sachi: Another instrumental that fits absolutely perfectly!

End Credits

Fully Alive (Acoustic Version) – Flyleaf: An emo song to end a movie? Hmm it could work in a few instances… or not? Lovely song though!

So lets see how I went ‘eh?

Spot on: 6
Hmmm: 5
Total miss: 9

Despite my low score that was actually really fun. I’m actually planning on making this a monthly feature now… hopefully my scores will improve XD!

Joshua



I Love Chihiro Onitsuka!

I Love Chihiro Onitsuka

Yes, so as you may have guessed from the image above this post is about my love for the singer/songwriter Chihiro Onitsuka.

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Chihiro OnitsukaChihiro Onitsuka was born on the 30th of October, 1980 in Nango, Miyazaki. She was strongly influenced by Western Artists such as The Carpenters and later on Jewel which is her main inspiration as a singer and songwriter.

Chihiro was originally signed under the label Toshiba EMI, however in 2004 she changed labels due to the fact that Toshiba EMI released an A-side album against her will. To this day Toshiba EMI still release material of Chihiro… I guess they must miss her huh?

Ironically her first single Shine didn’t even make to top 200 on the Oricon Charts, however her second single Gekkou which was of an entirely different nature, being a haunting ballad compared to an upbeat pop song, which honestly does not suit Chihiro. Her second single was followed by Cage and in 2001 followed by Memai/Edge which Best Lyrics Award at the Japan Record Awards.

Chihiro OnitsukaHer first album Insomnia was released on the 7th of March, 2001 and currently is her only number one material to date. It is estimated that sales topped 1.4 million. From then on her popularity has declined, however she still managed to release beautiful piano-driven ballads.

In 2002 Chihiro started a new era with the release of infection/LITTLE BEAT RIFLE. Despite being possibly Chihiro’s best and most emotional song to date infection was plagued with controversy. The Western world was getting over the grief and terror of the September 11 attacks, when Chihiro released a song with figurative lyrics about a “heart-shattering” explosion. Unfortunately the timing couldn’t have been worse and because of this promotion of infection was cancelled – one of the many mistakes made by Toshiba EMI. Chihiro released a sixth single Ryuuseigun which was then followed up with her second album This Armor

A mere nine months later and Chihiro released her third album Sugar High. With very little promotion Sugar High still managed to reach two onChihiro Onitsuka the Oricon. During the end of Chihiro’s Toshiba EMI days she released four singles Sign, Beautiful Fighter, Ii Hi Tabidachi Nishe e and Watashi wo Waltz wo. Then tragedy struck… Chihiro needed to have throat surgery (which is the worst type of surgery for a singer as it can permanently effect their voices) if she was to peruse her singing career. Chihiro’s voice is noticeably different and weaker on her fourth album LAS VEGAS however in later singles her voice seems to have improved.

Being the smart label that they are (cough cough) Toshiba EMI decided to release a best of album, entitled Singles Box against Chihiro’s wishes which in return Chihiro packed her boxes and broke the ties with the record label.

In 2004 she signed a label under Universal Music and released a breaking her folk barriers by released a rock inspired single Sodatsu Zazzou. Despite once again having little promotion (not even a PV!) the single reached 10 on the Oricon Charts!

And then…

…Chihiro seemed to disappear from the face of the planet…

Chihiro OnitsukaChihiro went on a three year hiatus in which she was stalked, at one point weighed only 36 kilograms, read comics and listened to Arashi and Tori Amos.
In 2007 Chihiro came back from the dead (or at least it seamed that way) and released two singles everyhome and Bokura Barairo no Hibi followed by her fourth and much anticipated album LAS VEGAS.

Currently after the release of LAS VEGAS Chihiro has released two singles Hotaru which was released in August, 2008 and X/Last Melody which was released on the 20th of May 2009. Another single Kaerimichi wo Nakushite is scheduled for release on the 25th of July 2009, which will hopefully be followed up by a fifth album.

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I discovered Chihiro Onitsuka purely by chance. The first song of hers I ever listened to was Gekkou and from then on I have been captivated!Chihiro Onitsuka Chihiro’s alto voice is STUNNING! Her head voice and most notably her chest voice is ~amazing~!

Waiting for Chihiro to release new material has been an excruciating wait, however it was worth the wait. X/Last Melody was released a few days ago (May 20 to be exact) and is amazing and shows a darker and aggressive side of Chihiro.

Chihiro is highly recommended to people who like… uh anyone really? I won’t make comparisons to other artists because the fact of the matter is that her voice is completely original and her arrangements are so ambient that she bends the rules of pop and rock to come up with emotional, heartwarming and heartbreaking songs about love, pain and loss delivered with mystifying arrangements and an exceptional voice.

Yes… I’m just slightly obsessed ^^

Chihiro Onitsuka

Joshua



Seperated At Birth?!?
May 15, 2009, 5:35 pm
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Meisa Namie Amuro

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When I first heard Meisa Kuroki’s music the first word that came into my head was ~NAMIE~! Both Meisa and Namie Amuro’s voices sound extremely similar, their musical style is the same and with the cover above I’m even starting to question whether they whether they are separated at birth?!

Anyhow both artists will be featured on Ironic Clown in the near future~!

Joshua



My Turn!
May 15, 2009, 4:09 pm
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I’ve seen this circulating through a few of the J-Pop blogs and thought I would give it a go… ^^

What was the first Japanese song that you ever listened to?

Well I know that everyone says this, but my first Japanese song I ever listened to was Simple And Clean by Utada Hikaru. However unlike the majority of J-Pop fans who heard this song first from Kingdom Hearts, I actually didn’t! My friend was showing me a song that she thought I might like, and yeah I liked it… and then the snowball effect happened…

Did it inspire you to like that group/singer, or did it turn you away?

Definitely inspired me! At first I would ONLY listen to Utada Hiakru and then eventually I started to branch out into different Japanese artists until it became an obsession.

What is the one song that you have been listening to for the longest time?

Haha, well obviously Simple And Clean, but the song that has never ever gotten old for me and I have listened to it for years now without getting bored of it is Keep Tryin’ and Dareka no Negai ga Kanou Koro.

What group/singer have you liked the longest?

Utada Hikaru for sure~! I still adore her, but she needs to release stuff more frequently than she does. Having said this pretty much everything she does release is of exceptional quality.

What is the song with the most plays on your iTunes player?

Surprisingly it’s not a Japanese song. It’s actually a song that released not too long ago, it’s Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Callait. Yeah I had an absolute obsession with it not long ago and left it on repeat for about a week!

Is that song your favorite?

Um, well I’m not really obsessed with it anymore, but I still love it because the lyrics are sweet.

If not, what is?

Well, at the moment I really like It’s All Love by Koda Kumi & misono, however I’ll eventually get over that, but for the time being it’s just so damn catchy!

Hmm for all time that’s a bit of a hard one. I absolutely love Rie fu’s Romantic because it’s just so unexpected and at the time I first listened to it I could relate to the lyrics a lot. Dramatic I know.

As far as English language music goes; Nicest Thing and Foundations by Kate Nash are two songs that I can listen for an eternity and never get over them

Is there any one group that you can listen to all/most of the songs by? If so, who?

I’ve got a confession to make… I don’t listen to any boy bands! Shocking I know. So I guess in answer to this I would have to say Perfume, because they are one of the only Japanese “groups” that I listen to… in short I prefer solo artists…

What is your favorite agency?

That’s a hard one mainly because an artist’s performance doesn’t usually have to depend on the label they have. For some reason I have this sneaking suspicion that Toshiba EMI isn’t a very good label because many people change labels when they are with Toshiba EMI

What is your favorite group/singer?

Again, that’s a tough one. I guess I would have to say my all time favourite Japanese singer would have to be Utada Hikaru, but I don’t listen to her that much. Some (not all) other Japanese artists I really like are; Rie fu, Faray, Chihiro Onitsuka, JYONGRI, KOKIA, MiChi, Miwako Okuda, melody., Perfume, Namie Amuro, Meisa, Eri Nobuchika, Koda Kumi, Yuna Ito, BoA, Thelma Aoyama… and yeah the list could pretty much go on forever…

My overall favourite English artist is Kate Nash, but I also love Regina Spektor, Adele, Jack’s Mannequin, Lily Allen, Beyoncé, Angus & Julia Stone, Flyleaf, Ela Soza, DeVotchKa, Gabriella Cilmi, The Hoosiers… once again this list could go on forever~!

In general I can listen to most artists if they have a good voice and interesting/catchy arrangements…

Joshua



Japanese Artists & Their English Counterparts
April 27, 2009, 2:32 pm
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After America, Japan has the biggest music industry in the world. So just for fun I have composed a list of Japanese artist who I think are similar to some of the people in the English/American music industry. Of course this is just for fun and the matches won’t be all that accurate, they just might happen to share a few similarities.

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Angela Aki & Sara Bareilles

Both of Angela Aki and Sara Bareilles use the piano to the best of their ability and make repetitive, yet catchy songs. In pretty much all of their songs piano is main instrument, however Sara Bareilles also uses guitar as well.

Angela Aki Sara Bareilles

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Koda Kumi & Britney Spears

Possibly the biggest resemblance between a music artist in Japan and a music artist in America is Britney Spears and Koda Kumi. Kuu is pretty much a spitting image of Britney Spears (not literally, but you get my drift…) and both share the same sexy image, and it helps when both of their newest album releases have a circus theme. Was this on purpose or was Kuu just being a Trickster? We’ll never know…

Koda Kumi Britney Spears

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Namie Amuro & Rihanna

Okay so Namie and Rihanna may not share all that much resemblance, however both have R&B roots and in recent albums have taken a more mainstream pop direction.

Namie Amuro Rihanna

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Leah Dizon & Paris Hilton

Undoubtedly Leah Dizon has much, much more talent than poor old Pairs, however they both are models trying to make a statement in the music industry, and both of them have voices that leave more to be desired. Leah has had mild success, while Paris’ attempt was a total fail.

Leah Dizon Paris Hilton

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Rie fu & Colbie Caillat

Rie fu and Colbie Callait share the same laid back, acoustic feel to their songs. Both at some stage have had a flower in their hair for a photo shoot and both have made a duet with an artist, Rie fu making a duet with Leo Imai and Colbie Caillat making a duet with Jason Mraz.

Rie fu Colbie Caillat

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Crystal Kay & Beyoncè

Heeeeeeey their names rhyme! As well as this, both Crystal Kay and Beyoncè have a distinctive R&B sound which is unique in both of their industries. In recent years both Crystal Kay and Beyoncè have branched out into the realm of pop music, rather than R&B.

Crystal Kay Beyonce

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ayaka & Gabriella Cilmi

ayaka reminds me of the Australian singer Gabriella Cilmi. Both have amazing voices (ayaka’s is better than Gabriella Cilmi’s, however both of their voices are above average) and both ayaka and Gabriella Cilmi make addictive mid tempo pop/rock tracks, plus they both are amazing when performing ballads.

ayaka Gabriella Cilmi

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KOKIA & Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell is a young Australian artist who was in the 1st season of Australian Idol. She came 6th in the competition, however a few years later she released her first EP Said One To The Other and like KOKIA’s music it’s folksy and alternative and unique. Like KOKIA, Lisa Mitchell has a distinctive voice.

KOKIA Lisa Mitchell

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JYONGRI & Jordin Sparks

JYONGRI tends to remind me of Jordin Sparks because their public image is squeaky clean and in my opinion have mildly similar voices.

JYONGRI Jordin Sparks

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Genki Rockets & Gorillaz

Both these bands are virtual meaning they are made up of fictional character(s). Both bands have a unique techno sound which isn’t matched by any other band in their respective industry.

Genki Rockets Gorillaz

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Well there you have it my first feature! I hope you enjoyed it, even if I did post some stereotypical and opinionated views.

Joshua