Wednesday, August 30, 2006

New Act Week: Part 2: On The Indie Side

And here is part deux of the New Act Week two-post feature, with the indie scene. It was supposed to be posted last week, but didn't see the light til today. Well, one more week til summer's gone. Grab them all, all 6 acts I recommend checking out. Click on their names to get to their official site.
Oh and everyone here who have read this entry yesterday, please read again, as the entry wasn't finished then. I mistakenly clicked 'Publish' instead of 'Draft'. I was about to remove the introductory text from part 1 (because I copied the whole code). So sorry.

I'm From Barcelona
This band from Sweden is on top of my new indie discoveries now. Hailed from Sweden, they consist of 29, yes, 29 members, can play such instruments like clarinets, saxophones, flutes, trumpets, banjos, accordions, kazoos, guitars, drums, and keyboards. Emanuel Lundgren (the moustache man in the pic) is the founder, songwriter and lead singer for the group. Let's just say they sound like The Polyphonic Spree, but poppier and definitely great to sing along. Sweet harmonies, addictive lullabies. Their sun-kissed songs are just right for summer. Highly recommended two songs below.

I'm From Barcelona - We're From Barcelona
I'm From Barcelona feat. Loney, Dear- This Boy

Jim Noir

You may recognize his song 'Eanie Meany', for it was featured in Adidas campaign for World Cup earlier in June. This British man makes dreamy, '60s-influenced music that's short, mellow and child-like sweet. Which is good for relaxing in the afternoon. More than just coffee table music.

Jim Noir - Eanie Meany

The Hush Sound

Okay, let's forget the fact that this Illinois-based band was signed by Pete Wentz's Decaydence Records, and the lead female singer is quite hot. Musically, they're nothing like Fall Out Boy or Panic! At The Disco. They made catchy, upbeat piano-based rock, and the new album's got a fair share between the male and the female singer, as there are moments they join each other in harmonies. Kinda similar to Captain, which I mentioned before.

The Hush Sound - Magnolia
The Hush Sound - We Intertwined
The Hush Sound - Wine Red

As Tall As Lions

From Long Island, New York comes this band that's emo enough for the crowd, but still manage to be indie enough for the hip. I haven't heard much from this band, but this one song 'Ghost Of York' is quite well-crafted. If you have heard Pinback's 'Fortress', you can understand how the song feels like. There's just so much going on instrumentally in the background, that sometimes it's overwhelming to both focus on the singing and the playing. Good stuff.

Download:As Tall As Lions - Ghost Of York

Bel Auburn
Need I say more about this band? Somehow, now they seem so last two week. Anyway, this indie rock band from Mid-Ohio makes music that's really tripping. Quite suitable for a night sleep too. The music is rock, yes, but it's delicate and already great instrumentally, so I never really pay much attention to the lyrics. The great thing is, their whole album is available for download at their website, so if you want more, click on their name to get there. For a try, this is one of my fave tracks.

Download:Bel Auburn - Metropolitan (Watercolor)

Girl Talk

Once again, why bother explaining it all? Gregg Gillis is his real name, he specializes in mash-ups and has the ability to mix and match a bunch of samples of all kinds of music into one song without making it sound tacky. This is genius party music, people. Forget the silly stage name. See if you can name all the samples in these songs. The first two cuts are from his latest album 'Night Ripper', and the other two are from his two previous albums. Check them out, if you haven't.

Girl Talk - Hold Up
Girl Talk - Bounce That
Girl Talk - Unstoppable
Girl Talk - Secret Diary

Monday, August 28, 2006

Picks Of The Week #33

Lyrics Of The Week

When I heard a new song from "Weird Al" Yankovic is out, I hooray with joy for I think it's gonna be one hell of a comedy spoof song. I was wrong. The song is drop dead serious. It's about piracy, guys. How illegal downloading can hurt so many people we love. The message is clear, the lyrics is deep like the ocean, and the song's definitely a power ballad. So I think what's better than help Mr. Al to spread the message to others who lost their way. Dip yourself into this musical journey, learn by heart the words and promise yourself never to download leaked songs again even if it's a spanking new one from...for example...Lisa Scott-Lee, always buy copyrighted materials and support the artists you passionately 'heart'. The final part, I mean it. What? Read it up, then download the whole damn song. No, Mr. Al provide it for free, legally. Be sure to check out his new cd 'Straight Outta Lynwood' this September, featuring parodies of Chamillionaire, Green Day,
Usher, R. Kelly and Taylor Hicks! I know I will.

Don't Download This Song
"Weird Al" Yankovic

Once in a while maybe you will feel the urge
To break international copyright law
By downloading MP3s from file-sharing sites
Like Morpheus or Grokster or Limewire or Kazaa

But deep in your heart you know the guilt would drive you mad
And the shame would leave a permanent scar
'Cause you start out stealing songs and then you're robbing liquor stores
And sellin' crack and runnin' over school kids with your car

So don't download this song
The record store's where you belong
Go and buy the CD like you know that you should
Oh, don't download this song

Oh, you don't wanna mess with the R-I-double-A
They'll sue you if you burn that CD-R
It doesn't matter if you're a grandma or a seven year old girl
They'll treat you like the evil hard-bitten criminal scum you are

So don't download this song
Don't go pirating music all day long
Go and buy the CD like you know that you should
Oh, don't download this song

Don't take away money from artists just like me
How else can I afford another solid gold Hum-Vee
And diamond-studded swimming pools
These things don't grow on trees
So all I ask is, "Everybody, please..."

Don't donwload this song (Don't do it, no, no)
Even Lars Ulrich knows it's wrong (You can just ask him)
Go and buy the CD like you know that you should (You really should)
Oh, don't download this song

Don't donwload this song (Oh please, don't you do it)
Or you might wind up in jail like Tommy Chong (Remember Tommy)
Go and buy the CD (Right now) like you know that you should (Go out and buy it)
Oh, don't download this song

Don't download this song (No, no, no, no, no, no)
You'll burn in hell before too long (and you'll deserve it)
Go and buy the CD (Just buy it) like you know that you should (You cheap bastard)
Oh, don't download this song

Download: "Weird" Al Yankovic - Don't Download This Song

Download This!

Justin Timberlake feat T.I./ My Love

'SexyBack' was like...meh. It took me about 10 listens in three weeks to slightly like the song. But this second single is...phenomally hot. Electro hip-hop is Timbaland's new golden goose. It's more of a poppy, tuneful and upbeat song with catchy hooks. Even the rap verses from T.I. sound good. The lyrics is a little boyband-ish, but who cares? Although the production reminds me of Tim's old work for Aaliyah's 'Are You That Somebody' (the beat is barely the same, and instead of the baby cooing, he's got the distorted baby hee hees), it's a good choice for a single, and when this comes out on iTunes, pre-order it. It's worth your 99 cents.

Download: Justin Timberlake feat. T.I. - My Love


The Sounds/ Painted By Numbers

Confession: sometimes, I check out a new band based on their name. There's just so much going on out there. So sometimes, I miss out on great bands but boring names. The Sounds is a good example. I got a lot of buzz about them, but passed on them because of their horribly lame name. One day, I came across them again, and it's this song that turns me on to them. An savvy, bouncy dance rock song at its best. The new wave vibe is used wisely, and the lead singer can sing like any female singers fronting indie punk rock bands out there. Believe it or not, it's really club-friendly. Gotta mark 'The Sounds' in my 'Have To Hear More' list. Sweden is so the hottest good music factory right now. Oh, wow, I just realize that cover is see-thru. Wow.

Download: The Sounds - Painted By Numbers

Music Video Of The Week

Lily Allen/ LDN

This video made my week. Seriously. Now I must resist hopping on the streets while listening to this song. The idea is fantastic, Lily can't get any cuter, and the new version adapts the lyrics faithfully, while the original version's a fun look at London downtown. In this awesome music video, we follow Lily as she makes her way to meet a friend, everywhere she goes, it's all magical sha-la-la-land, and when she's gone, it gets dull and dark. Fun as hell. In fact, I love this so much I have to rip the youtube video off and post it here as an mp4, so that you Lily fans can download it and put it in your iPod, then scare the hell out of 'pedestrians' by walking like Lily and watching Lily while humming along.

Download: Lily Allen/ LDN (iPod MP4 format)

Saturday, August 26, 2006

New Act Week: Part One: On The Pop Side

As I promised, here you go, the first part of the New Act Week two-post feature, introducing 12 of the hottest new acts I digged recently, both on the pop and the indie sides. Let's start with the pop artists, first.

The Webb Sisters
Two good-looking sisters hailed from England, singing these glassy, shiny, polished acoustic pop melodies. Their debut single, 'I Still Hear It', is a little summer anthem I've been listening to. It's a catchy driving song, with sweet harmonies and lush arrangements. Nothing groundbreaking here, but they're just good at what they do, making these nice, sing-song pop tunes, and the infectious harp loop in this one alone is worth a listen. Recommended if you like: The Corrs, Fleetwood Mac, Wilson Phillips. Check out the song below.

Download:The Webb Sisters - I Still Hear It

The Puppini Sisters

Another girl group jumps on The Pipettes bandwagon, these London-based ladies (not actually real sisters) look like they had been frozen in a time machine from the sixties. They all look nostalgically beautiful, and each has their own schtick. However, unlike The Pipettes, what they do is take these popular songs from another time and cover them in a completely different style, a cabaret, 60s doo-wop girlie style. The Pipettes make you wanna get up and do silly hand moves, and they just make you want to relax to the smooth harmonies and sip a cup of tea. They can really sing, though. Check out their covers of the dance classic 'Sway', and suprisingly, a The Smiths cover 'Panic'. I think their novelty act concept is interesting, that's why I give you two songs. There's also a Kate Bush cover 'Wuthering Heights', if you want that one, holler at me and I'll upload it for you.

The Puppini Sisters - Panic
The Puppini Sisters - Sway


New electropop female-fronted band from California. So far I only listened to their first single 'Chelsea', but I kinda like their 80s electro sounds, they really bring something different to the US mainstream. The song's featured in the soundtrack of that chick flick 'John Tucker Must Die'. Their new album is entitled 'The Orange Album', and will be released in September by Wind-Up Records (Evanescence's label), so I'll see if they're more than just a one-hit-wonder.

Download: Stefy - Chelsea

Shiny Toy Guns

An electro pop rock band hailed from L.A. They recently got signed with Universal. Their new single 'Le Disko' is a fun, sassy, raunchy and catchy electro pop rock song, and the lead singer's voice is reminescent of other frontwomen of The Gossip or Morningwood. Recommended if you like Rogue Traders' 'Voodoo Child'.

Download:Shiny Toy Guns - Le Disko

A new London-based band that isn't afraid of being big softies. The sounds of Captain remind you of such 80s bands like Prefab. The band's got a male and a female singer, and in their first single, the two vocals blend sweetly in melodic hooks and a killer riff. Looking forward to their debut 'This Is Hazelville'. You'll like them if you like The Feeling.

Download: Captain - Broke

Stephanie McIntosh

Yet another Australian 'Neighbours' actress jumping into a music career. Steph's debut single is definitely super-catchy bouncy pop rock materials, the kind of song that can easily be picked by Kelly Clarkson or The Veronicas. It's hard to get the chorus out of your head. And it helps that she sings quite well, too. Great pop song. Get it. No, her hair does not really look like that. SHe's a blonde.

Download:Stephanie McIntosh - Mistake

P.S. No I'm not British. It's just that the British are just really good at making good pop music.

Saturday Is For Soundtrack: Step Up

So here's the basic plot: screwed up kid does community service, meets hot goody-goody ballerina girl. Together, they dance their way to a competition, and fall for each other. And every second chance begins with a first step. Whatever. I don't really care for this movie, I'll only catch it when it's out on DVD. However, I have to admit the choreography looks quite awesome, and the big names they have in the soundtrack is impressive. Disney just keeps getting richer, doesn't they?
The soundtrack already spawned out 3 singles, all of which is in Billboard Top 50 currently. I offer you the two singles from Ciara & Sean Paul, and a Kelis track. The Ciara one is just 1,2 Step rewritten, but still so damn catchy, while Sean Paul one got some help from the future-Mary-J-Blige Keyshia Cole, whhich really improve the song a lot. And the Kelis one is a throwback to the eighties.

FYI, you can download the three music videos from Ciara, Sean, and Chris Brown on iTunes, for free. Don't believe me? Well, it's being given away in the Step Up podcast, with crystal clear quality, so get in iTunes, search for the podcast, and download them to your iPod before they realize their mistakes.

Sean Paul feat. Keyshia Cole - (When You Gonna) Give It Up To Me
Ciara feat. Chamillionaire - Get Up
Kelis - 80's Joint

P.S. There's been problems with ZShare today, so I switched to FileDen. Tell me if FileDen is any faster than ZShare, if not, I'll go back to ZShare, okay. Smell ya later.

The 200 Greatest Songs Of The 1960s

If I had to choose to be relocated in a past decade, I would choose the sixties over the seventies and the eighties. I don't know why, maybe because it seems so fun and sheeny back then, and sixties pop is just ace. Want proof? Pitchfork just did it once again by posting their new compiled list 'The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s', which got me all crazy when thinking that I'm gonna have to dig up 200 of these great songs and listen to them all. Then, somebody already did the hard work. Blogs Are For Dogs has found and posted all 200 songs in mp3s. That's just a hell lot. If you're not so keen on it, at least download the top 20. Now let the nostalgia.

Click here to read 'The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s' list compiled by Pitchfork Media.
Click here to download 'The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s'.

Brilliant Covers Alert! Two Kylie Acoustic Covers!

You know her, Kylie Minogue, the Australian pint-sized dancing queen who sang all these over-the-top, glossy music and recently won the battle over breast cancer, right? What would happen if you got her songs stripped down to just acoustic guitar and undistorted vocals? The result is: these two beautiful covers.

The first is an acoustic cover of 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' (Kylie's biggest hit to date) by French pop singer Helena Nanoguerra. She turns the bombastic floorfiller to a chill-out, breezy, laidback summer song. It would totally fit in a chillout compilation. Everything here is kept as simple as possible, just her sweet, cutesy voice and an acoustic guitar. It shouldn't work, but does, and we pop lovers are thankful for that.
Download: Helena Nanoguerra - Can't Get You Out Of My Head

The second is the much-talked-about cover of 'Hand On Your Heart' (Kylie's very first campy hit) by no one else but Swedish indie-darling folkster José Gonzaléz. Again, another cover that wasn't supposed to click but somehow working like a charm. He adds a touch of melancholy to the originally bouncy song, and it's just so beautiful and listenable. Interesting, to say at least.
Download: José Gonzaléz - Hand On Your Heart

Friday, August 25, 2006

Another batch of links...

Lately, there's been a lot of great stuff happening, but I was so busy I couldn't post them myself. So I gather all these great links for you guys to check out, in case you haven't:

  • Berkeley Place posted some kickass Gnarls Barkley live mp3s, including a cover of 'We Are The Champions. Very nice.
  • Zappin' It To Ya got an essential V festival mix up. Alternate versions of great songs from Keane, Lily Allen, The Feeling and more, all great British acts. While you're there, he's got some Keane b-sides and a remix, too.
  • New Ne-Yo-penned song from Rihanna called 'Happy'. It was written for Clinique 'Happy' Fragrance. It's alright. Beauty N' The Beat has it here.
  • Fetch Me Some Music got a studio track from Vonzell Solomon, remember her? Third-place runner-up from American Idol season 4? The track's called 'You Don't Impress Me'. Let's see if her post-Idol career can impress you. Well punned, haha.
  • Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé are all over music blogs. Johnny Ali's Blog got some preview tracks from JT and Bee for you. By the way, should I emphasize again that I do NOT upload full albums, don't ever ask me that, I give you a taste, if you like what you hear, then respect the artist, go out and buy a copy or two. Alright.
  • Finally, I found this great site which allows you to find out the number one singles in the US & UK at the day you were born. Unfortunately, I was born when Gloria Estefan's 'Don't Wanna Lose You' was toxicating radio stations as a number 1 hit. Unbelievable. Check this coolie out. (What the hell is a coolie? I don't know)

Monday, August 21, 2006

Feist Live On KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic!

I just discovered this stellar post by chance. It's got all the live acoustic performances Live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, back in June 2005. The whole show is wonderful, Feist really showcases how incredible as a singer and an artist she is. She performed all of her best songs: One Evening, Mushaboom, Inside And Out...and a new song called 'Honey'. Maybe I'm the last person to know this, but in case you haven't, I rush you to go there download them all now. To wet your appetite, here's a chatty live version of 'Inside And Out' (the song that got me falling in love with her) from the show.

Feist - Inside And Out (Live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic) (rbally link)

Oh, just a note, by the weekend, I'll be posting a grand post covering about 10 of the new acts I found exciting to share, both pop and indie. So stay tuned.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Picks Of The Week #32

Lyrics Of The Week

I just have to post the lyrics after reading this interesting piece of gossip. So rumor has it that at the time when Beyonce was recording her second album, Jay Z began to get too attached to Rihanna. So pissed off by that, she wrote this song as a hidden message to her rival and Jay Z. This marked the first time she said a foul word ('sh1t') in a song. It could be all made up crap, I know, but then again the 'half-million' reference was quite clear. Click here if you want to read all the juicy details. All I can say is that, B, she did just score a glorious number one, this new single'd better work.

Ring The Alarm

Ring the alarm
I've been doin' this too long
But I'll be damned if I see another chick on your arm

Won't you ring the alarm
I've been doin' this too long
But I'll be damned if I see another chick on your arm

She gon' be rocking chinchilla coats
if I let you go
In the house up the coast
if I let you go
She gon' take everything I own
if I let you go

I can't let you go
Damn if I let you go

She gon' rock the VVS stones
if I let you go
In the 'Bach or the Rolls
if I let you go
She gon' pocket everything I don't
if I let you go

I can't let you go
Damn if I let you go

Tell me how should I feel
When I know what I know
And my female intuition
Telling me you a dog
People told me bout the flames
I couldn't see through the smoke
When I need answers, accusations
What you mean you gone choke?

Oh. You can't stay you gotta go,
And your other chick spending your do'
This is taking a toll
The way the story unfolds
Not the picture perfect movie everyone would assume


Ring the alarm
I've been doin' this too long
But I'll be damned if I see another chick on your arm

Won't you ring the alarm
I've been doin' this too long
But I'll be damned if I see another chick on your arm

Tell me how should I feel
When you made me belong
And the thought of you just touching her
Is what I hate most
I don't want you but I want it and I can't let it go
To know you give it to her like you gave it to me, come on

She's sold half a million - Gold
She don't love [you] - that sh1t I know
I done put in a call
Time to ring the alarm
Cause you ain't never seen a fire like the one I'm gone cause

She gon' be rocking chinchilla coats
if I let you go
In the house up the coast
if I let you go
She gon' take everything I own
if I let you go

I can't let you go
Damn if I let you go

She gon' rock the VVS stones
if I let you go
In the 'Bach or the Rolls
if I let you go
She gon' pocket everything I don't
if I let you go

I can't let you go
Damn if I let you go

How can you look at me
And not see all the things that I kept only just for you
Why would you risk it baby, is that the price I done paid
Cause this is my show and I won't let you go
All its been paid for, and it's mine
How could you look at me
And not see all the things

She gon' be rocking chinchilla coats
if I let you go
In the house up the coast
if I let you go
She gon' take everything I own
if I let you go

I can't let you go
Damn if I let you go

She gon' rock the VVS stones
if I let you go
In the 'Bach or the Rolls
if I let you go
She gon' pocket everything I don't
if I let you go

I can't let you go
Damn if I let you go

Update: Forget what I told you. The rumor is untrue. What she actually sings is:
"She sold half-a-million, Gold/She don't love you, that sh*t I know". Sorry, B.

Download This!

Toby Lightman/ Holding Me Down

Toby Lightman's debut single 'Devils And Angels' was a catchy pop song, but then her album didn't do as well as it was expected, so I figured I'd never hear more of this talented singer/ songwriter. All of a sudden, her sophomore album 'Bird On A Wire' was released a couple of weeks ago, with new single 'Holding Me Down' paving the way. And this song's still quite good, with tuneful hooks. Toby proved she still can sing with her soulful, smoky voice. I know this song's a bit overlooked now, with all these pop giants flooding new albums every week, so I recommend you to check this out, if you like a good singer/songwriting pop song.

Download: Toby Lightman - Holding Me Down


Belle & Sebastian/ Ease Your Feet In The Sea

I prefer Belle & Sebastian at their quieter, more subtle moments to when they try to funk out. And this is just one of those great songs that suggest the perfect moment to listen right at the title. So yeah, ease your feet in the sea, feel the fresh air while the sweet, beautiful sounds coming out of the earbuds, soothing your spirit. Grab a hold of the summer when it still lasts.

Download: Belle & Sebastian - Ease Your Feet In The Sea

Music Video Of The Week

Thom Yorke/ Harrowdown Hill

I'm not a fan of Yorke's solo music, that I admit. But this video is just fantastic. Beautiful landscape shots and tricky visual effects. He sure knows hot to visualize a song. It's hard to describe, just watch it for yourself.

Download: Thom Yorke - Harrowdown Hill Music Video (MOV Quicktime format)

Lily Allen: B-Sides, Covers & Demos!

Some rare goodies by Miss Lily for y'all out there. Her sunny music's been helping me get through summer, but since there's two weeks left before I get back to school, guess I have to get all this stuff up before she becomes so last summer. Cheryl Tweedy is the b-side to 'Smile', as you notice, that's the name of the a Girl Aloud/Footballer's Girlfriend. And then there's the Kaiser Chiefs cover 'Oh My God'. And the brilliant parody of 50 Cent's 'Window Shopper', 'Nan, You're A Window Shopper', in which she slams and disses this poor unknown Nan with lines like: "Nan, You're A Window Shopper, take a look, but you never buy, 'Nan, You're A Window Shopper, take a bus, 'cause you still can't drive." It was supposed to be in the cd, but couldn't make it due to clearance issues. Love 'em all.

Download: Lily Allen - Cheryl Tweedy
Download: Lily Allen - Oh My God (Kaiser Chiefs Cover)
Download: Lily Allen - Nan, You're A Window Shopper

Cobra Starship - Snakes On A Plane (Bring It)

To celebrate the most hyped movie of the summer opening this weekend, what's a better way than posting its theme song? This should be the crappiest, most ridiculous movie ever released in years. Everything from it screams cheesy, from the title, the plot to the theme song. Cobra Starship is a side project of Midtown's singer Gabe Saporta, along with William Beckett of The Academy Is..., Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, and Maja Ivarsson of The Sounds. Yeah, each of the band members all have their own bands' tracks in the album. Like the movie, the song doesn't take itself seriously, opening with the instant classic quote from Mr. Samuel L. 'Badass' Jackson: "I have had it with these motherf**king snakes on this motherf**king plane!". It's hard to describe how it sounds like, kinda like a epic emo-pop-rock tune with a little rapping thrown in, something too much of a joke to be a soundtrack for Armageddon. Pretty catchy. Now go dumb yourself down and download it, while I'm penning a sequel idea for Snakes On A Plane. Let's see. How about Snakes In A Paris Hilton's 'Live' Concert?

Download: Cobra Starship - Snakes On A Plane (Bring It)

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Saturday Is For Soundtrack: Cuts From Girl, Interrupted & Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

New feature on Zeon's Music Blog, y'all!
I called it 'Saturday Is For Soundtrack'. Catchy, hah.
So here's the deal. Every week, I'm going to post a song or two from a movie's soundtrack that reminds me of the great, captivating moments.
And for the first pick, I give you not one, but two, from two movies I recently watched again on cable tv.

Skeeter Davis/ The End Of The World [Girl, Interrupted OST]

This is an old school pop song from the sixties. Angelina Jolie got her Academy Award For Female Supporting Role for this movie, and Winona Ryder, Brittany Murphy also starred as these psycho girls. Very good arty movie. It was played when Daisy was found dead hanging herself in the bathroom. The song really helped build the intensity of the scene. The melodies are so haunting and melancholy that every time I heard this late at night, I just picture this whole scene again in my head, imagine the sounds coming from a gramophone, and I've got chills down my spines. It's that good. If you're in the mood for depressing music from decades ago, download this one. Unfortunately, you're not supposed to like it unless you're over 60 years old. So guess I just gave away my age. Kiddin'!

Download: Skeeter Davis - The End Of The World

Beck/ Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes [Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind OST]

A wistful, mellow number from Beck produced by Jon Brion for this Michel Gondry-directed indie arthouse movie, starring Jim Carrey (no, it's a drama), Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Woods. It's a great, weird movie with some crazy visual effects (it's Gondry, people), a zig-zag, hard to follow structure, good scripts, and a good theory that makes you think: what if we can erase the memories of the ones we love, and we never know they used to exist and bring so much joy to our lives? Anyway, this lo-fi song is great for night driving. Fact: It's a cover of a Korgis song.

Beck - Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes

New Music Videos: Beyonce, Jamelia & Hilary Duff!

Beyonce - Ring The Alarm

Wow, that was fast! New music video from Beyonce already! She must rush things up due to poor sales of 'Deja Vu'. Apparently, this video is way better than Deja Vu. It's got this Basic Instinct vibe, and the rage throughout the video goes along great with the song. Good editing job, nice crazy acting from Miss B. I especially like the refrain part with that close-up shot, add a halo in and she'd look like a goddess. Although Sophie Muller did a formidable job of breaking Beyonce out of the scantily-clad-girl-dancing-in-clubs stereotype of music videos, I still miss the fantastic lighting works and skin-smoothing technique of Jake Nava. Jake & Beyonce need to reunite and make another kickass video, seriously.

Download Beyonce - Ring The Alarm Music Video (WMV Format)

Jamelia - Something About You

Cool video! Gotta love the photography style! Nice locations. It sure helps translate the song well on screen. Jamelia looks stunning than ever(kinda like a Naomi Campbell's cousin). It's safe to say this is Jamelia's best video so far.

Download Jamelia - Something About You Music Video(iPod Format)

Hilary Duff - Play With Fire

Okay, so did Hilary shot this in a mirrorhouse while waiting for Haylie at the town fair? It's just not all that. It was directed by Alex & Martin, who was responsible for U2's music video for 'Vertigo', but the effects looked cheap. Hilary seemed awkward and uncomfortable trying to fit in this new image: 1. She can't dance, 2. She doesn't look any sexier with brunette hair and her scarily skinny face. Just a cookie-cutter TRL video.

Download Hilary Duff - Play With Fire Music Video (WMV Format)

Friday, August 18, 2006

Leaked tracks from Kelis & Jessica Simpson!

Are you one of those creepy people who used your time at work/at home searching like crazy everywhere to get advanced music from cds that haven't been released yet? Well, Oxygen Chunks got 3 leaked songs from Kelis's upcoming album 'Kelis Was Here' (which I'm really looking forward to), and 3 from Jessica Simpson's 'A Public Affair' (including that Dead Or Alive cover 'You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)'). So go ahead, you know you want it.

Click here if you want more Kelis.

Click here if you want more Jessica Simspon.

New R&B/ Hip-Hop Music From: John Legend, Cee-Lo & Outkast!

John Legend/ Save Room

New single from R&B current golden boy. He's talented, that's undeniable, but I think this new song can hardly top 'Ordinary People'. 'Ordinary People' is the peak of his career, and it's not easy to outdo that. However, it's still a decent, laidback R&B love song with pretty tunes and soulful vocals as usual. Nice to have you back.

Download: John Legend - Save Room

Outkast/ Hollywood Divorce (Feat. Lil' Wayne & Snoop Dogg)

Another leaked track from their upcoming album Idlewild, with guest rapping from Lil' Wayne and Snoop Dogg. This song is alright, it's conventional compared to other Outkast songs but the topic is rather interesting. It'd be so ironic if there happened to be a video for this to air on MTV, since they just unleash their latest curse to famous reality tv Hollywood couples. First, Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey. Second, Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro. And recently, Travis Barker and that Miss USA wife file for divorce. Who's next? Ashley Parker Angel and his obscure wife? Oh wait, they're not famous at all. Hahah, can't help it!

Download: Outkast - Hollywood Divorce (Feat. Lil' Wayne & Snoop Dogg)

Cee-Lo/ Ophidiophobia
This is a soundtrack cut from the everbuzzing cult movie Snakes On A Plane. It's funny how the movie's still not released yet but there have been millions of fans spreading the hype everywhere for the last few months? And the parodies are endless, the last thing we need is a mocking porn title. Back to the song, I guess you guys are well aware that Cee-Lo is the Gnarls in Gnarls Barkley. So the style of this song is very similar to Gnarls Barkley's music. Kinda catchy. In case you didn't know, 'ophidiophobia' means fear of snakes, of course, and there are snake hissing sounds at the intro. Imagine it being played when Samuel L. Jackson is kicking snake's ass. Hey, I want to see this movie, too!

Download: Cee-Lo - Ophidiophobia (link from Spine Magazine)

Friday, August 11, 2006

Jamelia - Something About You! All-New Single!

Now this is an authentic comeback. The US folks may not know about her much, but this R&B chanteuse's last album is a major success in the UK, with 5 top ten hits from it. If you haven't listen to her biggest hit 'Superstar', you should now, because it's got everything a US Top 40 hit needs, and even more, catchy, fresh and club-friendly.
But that is the past, back in 2004. Now Jamelia's ready to invade the charts again, with a brand new single entitled 'Something About You'. PopJustice's review was just teasing me with curiousity, so when I finally get my hands on the track, I was so excited.
When the beats first start off, I thought I was gonna hear a decent r&b song,but I was wrong. The song's kinda rocky, not like real rocky but more like lite Kelly Clarkson-rocky. There are guitars and all. I don't know how she did it, but in this song, pop, r&b, and rock just inertwined. Infectious chorus. Good vocals. Radio-ready. This song's so gonna be big, at least in the UK. So remember I'm the one that introduce you to her! This song's seriously HOT! When I use 'hot' with capital letters, I mean it.
According to PopJustice, another new song of her called 'Beware Of The Dog' is their fave pop single of the year. I'm so jealous, they've already listened to the whole album!

Download: Jamelia - Something About You
Bonus Download: Jamelia - Superstar

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Beyoncé - Ring The Alarm!

Finally, it was leaked. So far what I've got is only a radio rip, so be patient and wait for a higher quality version. A club banger, for sure. It's been getting rave reviews everywhere on the blog community. Have a taste. This will be her second single off 'B'Day', and a music video has already been shooted by the same director who did 'Deja Vu'.

UPDATE: A high quality cd rip version is now available. Upload credits go to moho from Oxygen Chunks.
Download: Beyoncé - Ring The Alarm (High Quality)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

I'm baaack!

Hell, I had just gone through a week and a half without Internet access. And I made it out alive. Think about it. It was like living in an abandoned warehouse, like I'm a two-hundred-year-old vampire with a soul, but never can I see the light of day. Wow, I've got a lot of catching up to do. Too much great music I missed! Sorry for the lack of updates, people. I was just composing a Picks Of The Week when all of a sudden my computer crashed down. This is like the third time in three months. It's all good now, finally get the pros to fix it, let's hope it will stay okay for at least a few months.
I'm back in the game! Will post updates with cool new stuff soon! I've got a hell lot of ideas already. First, I'm finally able to finish the draft, so check out the picks below.
And by the way, it's August, so if you haven't, rush to the post about my summer mixtape and download all the great 16 summer anthems I love. An autumn mixtape will be posted soon some time in October.
You're not reading, are you? I know you guys have been downloading that Evanescence a whole lot!