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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



I’m Back!
August 1, 2009, 1:02 pm
Filed under: Announcements & News

Yes, that’s right I have officially returned. Sorry for such the long delay… let’s just saying moving was… uggh… “eventful”, not to mention extremely hectic and at some stages disastrous, but nevertheless everything has returned to normal and so I have returned to you! Thanks for your support!

Joshua



Moving House Today!
June 6, 2009, 9:57 am
Filed under: Announcements & News

Yes, that’s right I’m moving house today and currently the only piece of furniture that’s not dismantled is the computer desk. We are also chaging internet plans at the new house (yay! more gigs) but this might take a while, so therefore I may not be able to post for about two weeks. But FEAR NOT! I shall return…

In the meantime let’s watch people fail at life;

I’ll be back in a jiffy~

Joshua



Salyu (Lily Chou-Chou) – Kokyu
June 3, 2009, 9:06 pm
Filed under: Lily Chou-Chou, Salyu

Salyu (Lily Chou Chou) - Kokyu

Track list:
1. Arabesque
2. Ai no Jikken
3. Erotic
4. Hikousen
5. Kaifuku Suru Kizu
6. Houwa
7. Tobenai Tsubasa
8. Kyoumei
9. Glide

Kokyu is Salyu’s debut album, however it is not recognised as an ~official~ Salyu album because it was released under the artist name of Lily Chou-Chou for the movie All About Lily Chou-Chou. It was released on the 17th of October, 2001.

When the producers of the Japanese movie All About Lily Chou-Chou, also known as Riri Shushu no Subete decided that Salyu should play the fictional pop goddess Lily Chou-Chou, who helps insecure teenagers survive school-life through her melodic voice, they made the right decision. If you are familiar with and of Salyu’s later work you will be aware of her distinctive voice, but with Lily Chou-Chou her voice is much different. It sounds calmer, smoother and although it may not be as strong it still is pleasant to listen to.

If you’re not into slow moving and droopy music then unfortunately this album may not be for you, but if you are one whom likes emotional and somewhat depressing music then this album is a must listen. While Salyu in this album may be bland in terms of her singing she manages to capture the overall depressing mood of the album. In no ways is Kokyu a happy album. It’s subtle and melodramatic, but nonetheless brilliant. While some songs such as Kaifuku Suru Kizu may bore because of the lack of climax and interesting arrangement the majority of the album is presented nicely through simple arrangements and and sullen vocals.

By far the most depressing and best song on the album is Hikousen which is a piece of art in its own right. Only consisting of the lyrics “I miss you” and a few Japanese lines it is the epitome of the album. The arrangement, the vocals and the lyrics all come together as one and create one of the most hauntingly depressing, yet beautiful songs of the decade. I’m not joking… it’s that good!

If you’re looking for something that shies away from mainstream then look no further. Kokyu shall we say, is a very “different” album. It’s not a feel good album that will make you think the world is full of flowers after you listen to… quite the opposite actually. I wouldn’t describe Kokyu as a pop album, instead it fits better into the alternative album and I must say there’s no other albums out there quite like this.

While Kokyu has its ups, it’s not complete without its downs. On the most parts the arrangements, while simple, are interesting to however there is the odd occasion where the arrangements can get boring. The same can be said about Salyu’s vocals. In Houwa Salyu’s vocals are modified to make them have a more rugged; however this makes the arrangement take over and drown out the vocals which isn’t a pretty thing. Kyoumei although presented better also suffers the same fate in terms of arrangements drowning out Salyu’s voice.

Kokyu worked on a personal level for me, the album had an emotional edge which could not possibly be present in a mainstream album. Some songs (mainly Hikousen) where heartbreaking and oh so hauntingly beautiful. All I can say about albums like Kokyu is that there simply aren’t enough released.

Salyu has proved that you really can make an album appeal on a personal level. She has released something that is totally original and that can’t compare to any other out there. It’s a shame that she hasn’t released any more albums as emotional as this. As I have said earlier Salyu may not have very powerful vocals on this album, but the vocals she’s displayed on Kokyu work well with the music, however in a few instances they let her down as do the arrangements that sound her voice. Putting it simply; if you’re into a emotional and original album then look no further.

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Hits
Arabesque | Ai no Jikken | Erotic | Hikousen |  Tobenai Tsubasa | Guide

So-so:
Kaifuku Suru Kizu | Houwa | Kyoumei

Misses:
N/A
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Overall Rating:
4 Stars
4 stars 

Lily Chou Chou

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