This morning’s playlist

Once again, another installment of what I listened to on the way to work.

1. Clubbed to death – Rob Dougan
2. I just don’t know what to do with myself – The White Stripes
3. Take my picture – Filter
4. Dreams – Van Halen
5. Invisible wounds (dark bodies) – Fear Factory
6. Teardrop – Massive Attack
7. Every day is exactly the same – Nine Inch Nails
8. The trick is to keep breathing – Garbage
9. Asleep – Emily Browning
10. Lovesong – The Cure

Review: AKB48: Kamikyokutachi

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In Japan there is J-pop and then there is J-pop! And one of the biggest groups to exist in Japan is AKB48. This is a girl group made up of 48, yes, 48 members in three teams, Team A, K and B. They have a great presence in Akihabara in the Don Quixote building in downtown Chuo Dori where they do regular concerts and signings. Formed in 2005 by super producer, Yasushi Akimoto and releasing their first single in 2006, AKB48 have steadily and consistently been building their fanbase around the world by the thousands as well as currently holding the world record for most members in one group! They have already released over 10 albums ranging from studio to stage albums with each one selling extremely well and charting with great success on the Japanese Oricon music charts.

One of these albums is Kamikyokutachi, which translates loosely as Goddess Tracks, is a compilation of their greatest hits previously released on other albums as well as two previously unreleased singles. There are some absolute corkers in here with tunes that will have you tapping your foot and nodding your head to the beat. Now keep in mind that J-pop, just like anime, isn’t for everyone but if you’re a J-pop Otaku, then you simply must have some AKB48 in your collection and this cd is a great place to start.

AKB48From my personal collection, Harajuku March 2010

Dripping in sugary sweetness, the high pitched voices are immediately infectious and catchy and will make anyone an instant fan eager to keep track after track coming. I dare anyone to skip past any of the tracks on this album as they are all massive chart toppers in their own right. Particularly worth mentioning are “River”, “Kimi no Koto ga Suki Dakara”, “Baby! Baby! Baby! Baby!”, “10nen Zakura” and Iiwake Maybe. But to be completely honest, on my very first listen through, I didn’t feel the need to skip any tracks and loved them all but I do like my J-pop very sweet and not so mature. I’ve included a You Tube clip of “River” just below just to give you an idea of what to expect. This cd, as most Japanese releases, also comes with a DVD disc which has three of their songs performed in a studio with multiple camera angles on offer which offers more than one viewing just to make sure you can appreciate all of their dance steps.This album also went to the top of the Oricon charts so you’re in great company by buying this and adding it to your music library.

Will AKB48 be for everyone? Maybe not but give the clip below a go and if you like it, maybe give their You Tube channel a look so you know what to expect and then when you’re ready head straight to Otaku Fuel and snap up this slice of J-pop goodness that will remind you why one of the things that Japan is known for, is their quirky and infectious anime sounding tunes.

Today’s morning playlist

And now another installment of what I listened to on the way to work πŸ™‚

1. Higher – Taio Cruz feat. Kylie
2. Sweet Dreams – Emily Browning (Sucker Punch soundtrack)
3. World (Hold On) – Bob Sinclair
4. Just can’t get enough – Depeche Mode
6. Jai ho – Pussycat Dolls
7. Teardrop – Massive Attack
8. Gears of war 2 symphonic suite – Eminence Symphony Orchestra
9. Fairyland – Ayumi Hamasaki
10. Hot stuff – Koda Kumi

Thanks for listening! πŸ™‚

This morning’s playlist and thoughts

Travelling to work this morning as part of my daily commute on the tram and was feeling decidedly melancholy and definitely in a slower mood music-wise. Maybe it was because I was reflecting on my current station in life, either way, it definitely showed in my music choice as I kept skipping and choosing tracks I normally don’t listen to on an everyday rotation. So here, on the tram, I thought I’d post this morning’s playlist πŸ™‚ In no particular order:

1. Against all odds – Montell Jordan
2. Purple rain – Prince
3. Exogenesis symphony – Muse
4. Right where it belongs – Nine Inch Nails
5. Please, please, please let me get what I want – The Smiths
6. The trick is to keep breathing – Garbage
7. Running to the edge of the world – Marilyn Manson
8. City girl – Kevin Shields

Quick thanks!!

Just wanted to get in a quick thank you to the people that have downloaded my latest dj mix, Beats by L. My MediaFire account is registering 8 downloads already and it’s just been 24 hours!! So thank you to the anonymous downloaders and music lovers, hopefully you’re enjoying it!! Once again, the link to my Beats by L mix can be found HERE. Thank you once again! πŸ™‚

Mixing and looping…

Those of you out there will know that I love to play with music and especially love my old school RnB, such as Bobby Brown, New Edition, Jade and so on. But the times they be changing so music must also evolve as do the dj’s that bring this music to the people. For the past 8 or so months, I’ve been playing with a music mixing program for both Windows and Mac called Mixmeister. Now I know purists out there will only believe that true mixing is on vinyl and vinyl only. They won’t even accept cd’s and mp3’s as a new age medium. And to them I say elitist snobs πŸ™‚ But in all seriousness, bottom line is I don’t have the room or the cash to buy such equipment unfortunately so until that comes around, software mixing it is, despite the limitations that come with it.

I have cranked out a few mixes from the old school which I’ve previously put on the interwebs and will do so again on this blog but for now I will put a link below to my latest mixing effort which I’ve called Beats by L πŸ™‚ First of all, a quick word about the actual music, it’s mainly current chart topping RnB with some past hits and some faster tempo dance tracks here and there just to give it constant beats to keep the feet moving! It’s a mix that took about 1 week to complete from selecting tracks to fine tuning the mixes and then volume and bass levels. Hopefully it’s complete and I’ve picked up on everything, occasionally a glitch slips through the cracks here and there but I’d like to think that I put a lot of work into this mix. Now the title…Beats by L. What does it mean and why that name? Well, I’m a huge fan of the Beats by Dre product range and can’t wait til I have my own headphones but until then I thought I’d give it a name that relates to my interests and likes. And who’s L? Well another of my passions is anime, I love it so much I have an @nime tattoo when I was in Japan! Excessive maybe but it looks good πŸ™‚ L is a major character from an extremely popular anime called Death Note. Follow the links to find more info on both L and Death Note. Being my favourite character I thought there’d be no other way to bring together two of my interests, hence Beats by L was born!

Enough of the background, here’s the tracklist!!

  1. Telephone – Lady Gaga
  2. Missing – Everything But The Girl
  3. Firework – Katy Perry
  4. Who Dat Girl – Flo Rida
  5. Like a G6 – Far East Movement
  6. Krazy – Pitbull
  7. Right Round – Flo Rida
  8. World Hold On – Bob Sinclair
  9. Come Fly Away – Benny Benassi
  10. Spinning The Wheel – George Michael
  11. I Know You Want Me – Pitbull
  12. Shiny Disco Ball – Who Da Funk
  13. Freefallin’ – Zoe Badwi
  14. Beautiful People – Chris Brown
  15. Who’s That Chick – Rhiana/David Guetta
  16. Poison – Nicole Scherzinger
  17. This Time (Dirty Bit) – Black Eyed Peas
  18. Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida
  19. Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) – Pitbull
  20. Higher – Taio Cruz
  21. Halo – Beyonce
  22. Beautiful Monster – Ne*Yo
  23. Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
  24. Fergalicious – Fergie
  25. Party Rock Anthem – LMAO
  26. On The Floor – Pitbull
  27. Sweat – Snoop Dogg/David Guetta
  28. Jai Ho – Pussycat Dolls
  29. Dirty Talk – Wynter Gordon
  30. Meet Me Halfway – Black Eyed Peas
  31. When Love Takes Over – David Guetta
  32. Hot N Cold – Katy Perry

Running time: 2:07:06 (Two hours of non stop cracking beats!)

L from Death Note

L from Death Note

And finally…how do you get your hands on this mixing goodness?? The link is right HERE

Hope everyone enjoys it and any criticism, hopefully constructive, please leave below as well as general thoughts. Thanks peeps! πŸ™‚

My J-Pop interests

I have a fairly eclectic taste in music ranging from Rnb, modern classical, hard trance and now J-Pop. I discovered J-Pop about 2 years agoΒ  through pop starlet, Ayumi Hamasaki. The below short description from Wikipedia:

Ayumi Hamasaki (?? ??? Hamasaki Ayumi, also ?? ?; born October 2, 1978) is a Japanese singer-songwriter and former actress. Also called Ayu by her fans, Hamasaki has been dubbed the “Empress of Pop” because of her popularity and widespread influence in Japan and throughout Asia. Born and raised in Fukuoka, she moved to Tokyo at fourteen to pursue a career in entertainment. In 1998, under the tutelage of Avex CEO Max Matsuura, she released a string of modestly selling singles that concluded with her 1999 debut album A Song for Γ—Γ—. The album debuted atop the Oricon charts and stayed there for four weeks, establishing her popularity in Japan.

Her music, like the rest of J-Pop isn’t to everyone’s satisfaction but one thing it is, is definitely catchy and infectious! I’d love to see her in concert one day as the various videos I’ve seen make it look like quite an experience!! I’ve included a vid below of one of her biggest hits, Fairyland, which was shot somewhere gorgeous. Great song with cool dancing!

Here you’ll see a brief interview with Ayumi Hamaskai as well.

In some future posts I’ll add some clips from the various J-Pop artists that I’ve found along the way from Koda Kumi to AKB48 πŸ™‚