Saturday, September 30, 2006

More Lily Allen Loots Coming Atcha!

Okay, so I seem to be having a Lily Allen craze this weekend. And it's been a slow week for music, so I just wonder 'How about picking up some traffic by posting more stuff from Miss Lily?' So yeah, more is more. Here are two 'Smile' remixes, the Digital Soundboy Remix is pretty bouncy, and two b-sides of 'LDN', The Kooks cover 'Naive' and the genius 'Nan You're A Window Shopper'. So if you haven't got them already, be sure to check them out. They're pop gems.

Lily Allen - Smile (Digital Soundboy Remix)

Coming Soon: Buffy Soundtrack Focus Part Deux, new "Weird" Al Yankovic video, and four rare live covers from KT Tunstall. She did have an impressive cover list: Radiohead, Beck, White Stripes and one artist you would've never thought of.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Lily Allen - 2 LDN Remixes

You might know that 'LDN' is being re-released as a single on iTunes UK this week. And although there' s no new b-sides we haven't heard ('Naive' and 'Nan You're Window Shopper'), there are indeed some new remixes and I'm using them as an excuse to do more posts on her. See that pic above? Classy!

Lily Allen - LDN (Switch Remix)
Not sure if it's an official remix, since it's not listed on iTunes, but it's a pretty crazy, loopy one for the clubs.

Lily Allen - LDN (Crack Wh*** Riddim)
This hip-hop remix mainly focuses on the 'crack wh0**' phrase in the song and uses it as the concept. The vocal distortion is pretty interesting, makes Lily sound like a bhangra banshee while singing the verse. A decent one.

Ciara - Promise

This is the high quality version of the song. So if you have downloaded the radio rip before, dump it and download this one instead. Like I said before, nothing groundbreaking, just a generic rb ballad with hot beats. Produced by Polow Da Don. I still think that Ciara's voice is a bit too thin for this kind of slow jam.

Ciara - Promise (High Quality)

Emo/Punk: New Good Charlotte Single, New Music Videos From My Chemical Romance

On Wednesday, something unpleasant happened, and like what any kids my age would do, I responded by getting my emo on and scrolling through my iPod, listening to a bunch of emo songs from such bands as Yellowcard, The All-American Rejects, Dashboard Confessional and so on. And I was awestruck by the fact that I've never created an emo playlist before. And lead me to this post.

Good Charlotte - Keep Your Hands Off My Girl
This is quite a departure from their usual sounds. I think Joel's talking to Haylie Duff.
Not really digging this, though. Good Charlotte has only one song in my iPod, and that one is 'The Anthem'.

AFI - Love Like Winter

Another Marc Webb gothfest. Here's how the video goes. Snowfall! So cold and loveless! Shivering! Black cloaked mysterious lady walks aimlessly in a forest. Lead singer Davey follows. She identifies the stalker, drops her hood and blows out her deadly gaze. Davey's drowned in the icy river. Fin. Predictable, typical gothic video. You can download an iPod compatible Quicktime video from the indispensable Shots Ring Out, the coolest music video blog around.

Download AFI - Love Like Winter Music Video (iPod compatible Quicktime 7 format), via Shots Ring Out

My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade

Directed by Samuel Bayer. I haven't watched it yet, but from the initial capture, it should be good.

Download My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade Music Video (iPod compatible Quicktime 7 format), via Shots Ring Out

Three Things That Make Me Smile Today

1. This. Seriously. Afer saying this, all my hipster credibility will probably evaporate, but I have a very unhealthy love for Sarah McLachlan. So when Paul at ZITY pointed me to this one, I almost jumped up with joy. I was craving for any new Sarah stuff, so this will make this winter a lot warmer. I'd go as far as declaring this the soundtrack of my 2006 Christmas. Am I creepy or what? October 10 is the release day. So just one week away, woot! The cover could have been better. Here's the tracklist.

1. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - Sarah McLachlan,
2. What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
3. River
4. Wintersong
5. I'll Be Home for Christmas
6. O Little Town of Bethlehem
7. First Noel/Mary Mary; the First Noel\ Mary Mary
8. Silent Night
9. Song for a Winter's Night
10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
11. In the Bleak Mid-Winter
12. Christmas Time Is Here - Diana Krall, Sarah McLachlan

2. That above is the cover for Kylie's new single 'White Diamond', due in November. Love the logo. The song's about her battle with cancer (which she triumphed), and she collaborated again with Scissor Sisters. The new album is rumored to be entitled 'Lessons', and will arrive in the new year. Congrats to her! Really looking forward to this. Looks like due to some side effects of her cancer treatment, her tears now shine and glow, too.

3. Just switched to Beta Blogger, which has some new nifty features. You can now customize your own templates, and finally, add labels to your post and such. They're currently beta-testing it now, so this could be the reason why Blogger has messed up
the last few days.

Coming Up: Some new emo/punk stuff, and two new Lily Allen 'LDN' remixes!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Something New From Damien Rice & The Magic Numbers!

Okay, new songs to make up for the problems in the last couple days.

Damien Rice - 9 Crimes (Updated-Working Link)
When I first heard this, I thought it was somebody's sick joke because the song starts with a female's voice. But it's real, because Mr. Damien joined the singing after a minute. If you like his mellow, folky music before, you're gonna like this new single. Apparently, this is more of a duet but I have no idea who the female singer is. His new LP entitled '9' will be released November 6.

The Magic Numbers - Take A Chance (Radio Edit)
New stuff from The Magic Numbers. I didn't expect them to be back so soon. This song's like a combination of 'Love Me Like You' & 'Lost Forever', and it's growing on me. Nice sweet indie pop. Oh and thanks to Paul at ZITY for informing me on this.

To those who can't download anything here for the last 2 days...

I've just finished reuploading most of the mp3s on the front page. I'm through with FileDen, now that I realize that eventually you're gonna have to reach the bandwidth limit. So practically, any mp3s I uploaded before on FileDen is dead, now. So much time and effort has blown away! Sigh...
For now, I'm gonna stick with zshare for a while. I like zshare in that you don't have to wait or type codes in, but files get deleted after 15 days with no downloads. I've been trying, which allows hotlinking and unlimited bandwidth, but the site's been messing up with me, can't upload anything up there.
So do you by any chance know a good file upload site that both has hotlinking and unlimited bandwidth? If you do, tell me so. Thanks.
Oh, by the way, if you really want any of the old stuff that I posted, email me at zeonmusic (at) gmail dot com (my spanking new email address) and I'll send it to you. Peace.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Picks Of The Week #36

Lyrics Of The Week

You know how it feels when an artist has been around for, like, a decade and you completely know nothing about them and then you hear a new song from a new release and think: 'Wow. Good new act'. You do further research and find out that the artist is a music veteran, back in the days when you were still listening to...S Club 7? That makes me feel mortified. And The Mountain Goats is the band I want to mention. The duo recently had a new album out called 'Get Lonely', whose songs focus heavily on the post-breakup subject. And this is the song that gets me into their music. Delicate acoustic guitar arrangements, airy half-falsetto and a painfully melancholy, detailed lyrics like these. Although the experience was ruined a little bit after watching how the lead singer awkwardly looks and lip-synches in the music video, it's still one of my favorite songs of 2006. Utterly beautiful.

Woke Up New
The Mountain Goats

On the morning when I woke up without you for the first time
I felt free and I felt lonely and I felt scared
And I began to talk to myself almost immediately
Not being used to being the only person there

The first time I made coffee for just myself, I made too much of it
But I drank it all just cause you hate it when I let things go to waste
And I wandered through the house like a little boy lost in the fall
And an astronaut could've seen the hunger in my eyes from space

And I sang
Oh, What do I do? What do I do? What do I do?
What do I do without you?

On the morning when I woke up without you for the first time
I was cold so I put on a sweater and I turned up the heat
And the walls began to close in and I felt so sad and freightened
I practically ran from the living room and into the street

And the wind began to blow and the trees began to pant
And the world in its cold way started coming alive
And I stood there like a buisness man waiting for the train
And I got ready for the future to arrive

And I sang
Oh, What do I do? What do I do? What do I do?
What do I do without you?

Download: The Mountain Goats - Woke Up New

Download This!

Jet/ Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Jet's back! The return of the tambourine! The Aussie rock band comes back with another stomping single in style of 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl'. Might not be as infectious, but still hella rockin' good. Headbanger. Their new album's entitled 'Shine On'.

Download: Jet - Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is


The Dandy Warhols/ We Used To Be Friends

I first heard this song from The O.C. and immediately fell in love with it. Starts out quietly, then the 'ah-ah' flows and ebbs, and the high-pitched, high-energy chorus kicks in! Just make me want to jump up and down! Best bit: The two-time hand claps. I'd turn this up loud whenever I walk on the streets and clap along. I'd label it 'poptastic rock song'.

Download: The Dandy Warhols - We Used To Be Friends

Music Video Of The Week

Paris Hilton/ Nothing In This World

Paris Hilton's actually releasing a second single (or third, if you count the horrible 'Turn It Up')! And am I cheap or is this song quite a little catchy pop song? Okay, let's not go further. The music video is a spoof of the underrated teen sex comedy 'The Girl Next Door', starring Elisha Cuthbert. And Elisha's totally cool with it by playing a brief cameo at the beginning of the video. So the 'trailer' thing's not a new idea (remember 'I'm Not Okay' of My Chemical Romance). And Paris doesn't seem comfortable doing what she's best at? Anyway, it's us tomfooleries that keep her fame machine running. Sigh... For your interest, the director is Scott Speer, who directed 'For You I Will' for Teddy Geiger. Watch out, Marc Webb!

Download: Download Nothing In This World Music Video (iPod MP4 Format) (via Fetch Me Some)

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Yet another linkspread...

A lot's been happening in the indie blogosphere lately:

  • Neiles Life is my new fave indie music blog. This guy's got too much free time on his hands. He's currently compiling his own list of Top 125 Albums Of All Time. And there are loads of mp3s to come with.
  • According toMusic For Kids Who Can't Read Good, Kunek is the new buzzworthy indie pop band.
  • Without Sound posted a quite cool indie love songs mix.
  • A lot of bloggers started to post their fall mix. The Late Greats has one, and The Yellow Stereo's got one too.
  • Speaking of fall mix, I'm shortlisting mine. Then I will proceed to making the artwork and uploading. There's gonna be 12 tracks, and here are some artists who will make it to the final tracklist: Bic Runga, Lene Marlin, The Moutain Goats & Death Cab For Cutie.
  • You can now hear the new James Bond: Casino Royale theme song by Chris Cornell, frontman of Audioslave, at Oxygen Chunks. It's decent. I think Sheryl Crow's one is still the best.
  • Sometimes I wish I could have a helping hand around running this blog. There's at least 10 indie bands still in line waiting for me to post about. And a lot of new singles. I'm just too busy with school work, it can get be hard to breathe sometimes. The texts here are gonna get shorter, sorry.
  • I decided to stay clear of Janet's new album. 'So Excited' just didn't convince me. Unless she can outsell Mariah's comeback, because I didn't dig Mariah's album that much either.
  • Some interesting news this week: Justin Timberlake and Timbaland will be teaming up with...Duran Duran! Now everyone wants a piece of this guy. Even Bjork wants to collaborate with him.
  • Gwen Stefani's second album will be released before 2007. Leftovers from L.A.M.B. and some new tracks. She's rushing it.
  • Britney has gotten back into the studio with J. R. Rotem (who's responsible for Rihanna's 'SOS'). About time already, now I can stop thinking of how daily conversations fly around her house, like this:

Britney: Yo, honey, what cha cookin'?

K-Fed: That hip-hop flavor mixed with a lil' bit of rock & roll!

B: Be careful, teddybear!

K-Fed: Playing with fire is my thang, baby!


K-Fed: Say Popozao, son! Say Popozao!...Muthaf//ker, say Popozao!

Sean: Muthaf//ker!!

  • Other news: Zeon's trying to be funny.

When Troubadours Like Ben Folds, Rufus Wainwright, Damien Rice, David Gray Cover Songs Of George Michael, Radiohead & The Killers...

That's one long post title.

These are some nice live covers from these scruffy-looking singer/songwriter guys. This time, I'll leave the comments up to you. But I can tell that they all sound quite nice, and the Killers cover is my most favorite of the bunch.

Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright - Careless Whisper (George Michael Cover)

Damien Rice - Creep (Radiohead Cover)

David Gray - Smile Like You Mean It (The Killers Cover)

Saturday Is For Soundtrack: Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Part 1: Choice Cuts

Buffy The Vampire Slayer is one of the best tv series I've seen. I can say that without hesitating. Drama, comedy, horror, action, adventure...the show's a blend of it all, with an outstanding cast. I feel bad that I didn't have the chance to watch it since the beginning. I was just surfing channels when I found out that they're having reruns at weekdays, and I was just clued to the tv screen, five times a week, for 7 seasons. Joss Whedon's the man.
Not only does the show provide great action and well-written dialogue, but the music selection is also quite phenomenal. That's why I decided to post a 4-part focus on songs used on Buffy. First part's about those songs played at the most memorable moments of the show.

Sarah McLachlan - Full Of Grace
Sarah McLachlan to Buffy is like Imogen Heap to The O.C. Her music only gets featured at the climacic end in season finales. And her song worked so well that every time I listened to it, I thought of the scenes. So this was played in the season 2 finale episode 'Becoming, Part 2', after Buffy killed her lover Angel and decided to leave Sunnydale. Sarah just does what she does best: singing heartfelt piano ballads that can move you to tears in a cold night if you're really in the mood. Beautifully-crafted song.

Sarah McLachlan - Prayer Of Saint Francis
Sarah's music returned to Buffy with this rarity, played at the season 6 finale 'Grave'. Although it's not as outstandingly good as 'Full Of Grace', it's still a short, bittersweet, melodic song, and really helped capture the moment.

The Sundays - Wild Horses
What I like about Buffy's song selections is that they don't simply choose new songs to promore artists who are having fresh new cds in stores. They choose what suits the moments best. This is a gem 1992 cover of the Rolling Stones' classic by a duo called The Sundays. It was played in episode 'The Prom' in season 3, when Buffy was having the last dance with Angel before he left town, and before she faced with the apocalypse at graduation day. This might not be the best cover version, but I love it for what it is. The acoustic arrangements are beautiful, and the female lead vocals sound so honest and fragile. It's a great choice for the prom's slow dance.

Next part: Some cool tracks off the soundtrack cd 'Radio Sunnydale'.

***Off topic: Oh, today, at a scholarship award ceremony, I saw the girl whom I used to have a crush on in my elementary school days. I think she didn't see, though. Didn't have the nerve to walk up and talk to her, for I was quite sure she wouldn't remember me. She still looks the same, like she did ten years ago. Wo, sweet brief moment there.

The Cardigans - Super Extra Gravity out in the US now, finally!

The Cardigans' most recent album 'Super Extra Gravity' finally got its proper release in the US this week (man, are you Americans late!). So to celebrate, I decided to let those of you who still haven't heard anything from the new album, or still have that awful misconception that they're a one-hit-wonder, these two singles.

  • 'I Need Some Fine Wine...' is an ace title, the kind that Panic! At The Disco would kill for. However, it's really edgy and dark, the lyrics is about struggles in long-term relationship and the music video features Nina swirling on the floor!
  • 'Don't Blame Your Daughter', in contrast, is a wistful, haunting, touching downtempo song. Nina's vocals sound vulnerable and pissed off at the same time. Very beautiful song. The music video's quite unique, too.
    two songs are really really good alternative music (I won't really categorize them as indie).

So I highly recommend you to give both of them a try.

The Cardigans - I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer

The Cardigans - Don't Blame Your Daughter (Diamonds)

Friday, September 22, 2006

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 2 Remixes & 1 Cover

Yeah yeah yeah, I so freaking love this band. It's a shame I only got into them after listening to 'Gold Lion', but I quickly caught up with their music. Their music is just awesome, raw art-rock, and Karen O is really kinda cute, in a creepy way. Recently, I've been cranking up 'Maps' mutiple times on my iPod, don't know why but these days I really felt like listening to this song. Here are two fantastic remixes that manage to turn their rock anthems into club-friendly, hip-shaking sizzlers. The Diplo Remix of 'Gold Lion' is a gem, very well done. The Faint Remix of 'Y Control' is also a great upbeat one.
To chime in, I give you their live cover of Sonic Youth's 'Diamond Sea' that they recently recorded for the iTunes Sessions. Ch-ch-check them all out, and show your bones!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control (Faint Remix)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion (Diplo Remix)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Diamond Sea (Live)

Pop Comeback: All Saints - RockSteady!

I was not much of a fan of All Saints back then. I really do love some of their synth pop singles like 'Black Coffee' and 'Pure Shores', but I wasn't a music junkie like I am these days.So, the deal is, after solo attempt failures, they're back. With an uptempo pop single that doesn't really sound like the 'old' them. From the first listen, I can get why PopJustice is all over it, and yes, the song's quite catchy. I think it gets better after repeated listens. Another comeback worth looking out for. Check their new song out, it's called 'Rocksteady'.

All Saints - RockSteady

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

D'ohlicious: Bart Simpson VS. The White Stripes!

God how I love The Simpsons. I've watched almost every single episode since the beginning, and now it's season 18 already, with no signs of stopping. Okay, so the quality has declined for a few years since the writers ran out of new ideas, but as long as it's still around, I'll still be watching it! The best animated show on TV Ever! If you don't agree, eat my shorts! Muahahahaha!
The cool thing about The Simpsons is its impressive list of guest stars. They even talked Meg & Jack of The White Stripes to lend their voice in last Sunday episode called 'Jazzy and the Pussycats'! Below is a clip from the aforementioned episode, in which Bart got to play the drums with The White Stripes and of course, caused some little trouble. It's a hilarious parody of their visually groundbreaking, Michel-Gondry-directed music video 'The Hardest Button To Button'. Check it out right now, on YouTube:

Download the Bart Simpson VS. The White Stripes Clip (iPod MP4 format)

Since this has something to do with music, I figured I should post it here! So it's totally related!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

When Tristan Prettyman Covers Songs Of The Cure, Britney Spears, And Oasis...

...Magic happens. All of that with just an acoustic guitar.

Tristan Prettyman - Just Like Heaven (The Cure Cover)
Remember when Katie Melua dared to do a cover of this song, and everybody was like 'This is amazing, I've never thought of it that way before'? Well, that one is DULL compared to this. It's the best cover version of the song around, and this may be oversaying, but at some levels, I do enjoy this version more than the original. Well, it's simply just Tristan's subtle vocals and her guitar, but she turned the song into a breezy, uplifting, feel-good tune and the way she altered the melodies are so lovely. Best bit: When she sang the 'You're just like a dreeeeeeeeeam' part. Damn dreamy. (highly recommended)

Tristan Prettyman - Toxic (Britney Spears Cover)
Live @ Canes Bar & Grill, 3/23/2004
Suft troubadour covered pop-queen-turns-fat-soccer-mom. Somehow this shouldn't work, but it does, she gave the song this humid, sensual, sexy feel without sounding too provocative. I know a lot of people aren't going to like this, but hey, I do.

Tristan Prettyman - Live Forever (Oasis Cover)
Live @ Bowery Ballroom, 2/15/2006
Not the best choice of cover materials, but it's alright. Some dudes kept hollering in the audience while she was chatting. Suckers. Her talking voice is so adorable.

I think so far she has done only 3 covers. I'd love her to do more. Like, a studio version of 'Just Like Heaven'.

Name one indie act...

That you discovered through my blog, whose songs you actually downloaded and enjoyed. You can name more than just one, if you want to.

I'm just curious. That's all. Just wonder if this system actually works.

Feel free to drop a comment. Thanks. :-)

Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Big Review: The Summer Comebacks of '06

*Update: The links are back online.

Beyoncé - Deja Vu Feat. Jay Z
So let's put aside all that negative buzz about this being an obvious attempt to create a sequel to 'Crazy In Love'. It is, and Rodney Jerkins is no Rich Harrison. The horns, the bass line, the lyrics...the evidence is all there. But what if I judge it based on the addictiveness of the melodies alone? Terrific. I was hooked right from the first listen. It's shiny and joyful and just plain fun to sing on top of your lungs. In an era of uninspiring, cookie-cutting R&B/Hip-Hop that's just all over the place now, this song's a gem, a summer anthem, although it's not Beyoncé's best. I admit The Jay Z appearance is not necessary. Anyway, there's also a kickass Freemason Club Remix of 'Deja Vu' floating around somewhere, so you may want to check that out.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Christina Aguilera - Ain't No Other Man
This song is frustrating. It took me about 10 listens to get to like it, and once I finally felt the vibe, I've grown tired of it. Anyway, it filled the shoes of being the 'Crazy In Love' of 2006. Nice old school throwback, there's fair use of blasting horns here, and Christina does sound real happy with her man. Nice comeback. It's a shame not a single song on her double-disc is as great as this one.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Diddy Feat. Nicole Scherzinger - Come To Me
Uhmm, Diddy's back? Who cares? Did I miss him when he's not around, too busy boggling the minds of young, naive girls dreaming of a pop star career? Certainly no. So he's filthy rich, he's impossibly powerful in the business, and he can grab anyone to feature on his cd. But good guest stars don't equal good songs. This single is lame, even when he's got Nicole Scherzinger backing up. It tried hard to be a club banger, and never quite lived up to it. Just bored the hell out of me. And the music video is kinda unintentionally amusing. Diddy thinks he can dance. Funny.

Rating: 2/5 stars

Evanescence - Call Me When You're Sober
When you're one of the top-selling bands of the recent few years, you're expected to come back with a storming instant classic single, right? Not in this case. Somehow this just sounds like an odd fifth single off 'Fallen'. Disappointing. Lack of efforts. It's not that bad, just okay, but okay for a first single of a new album is not enough. That's why I still hesitate to check out 'The Open Door'.

Rating: 2/5 stars

Jamelia - Something About You
I already reviewed it before, so the texts below are just copy-and-paste actions:

"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 seriously HOT! When I use 'hot' with capital letters, I mean it."

Rating: 4/5 stars

Janet Jackson feat Nelly - Call On Me
Ugly. Real ugly. Pathetic. Jermaine Dupri is your husband, and all you two can come up is this? I can barely hear you sing. It doesn't make me hum (well, the tinkling samples are catchy, give you a point for that), doesn't make me move my feet. And the music eyes! Stop showing your abs, they're disgusting. Stop flapping your CGI silk at the screen. The Japanese must feel so humiliated and insulted, the way she skankified their traditional kimonos. Second single 'So Excited' is not so good either, so I'm sure I will not waste my time listening to that cd any day soon.

Rating: 1.5/5 stars

Jessica Simpson - A Public Affair
So, do I like this? Tough question. It rips off Madonna's 'Holiday' big time. It's bubblegum girlie pop. And it's kinda catchy. I don't like it much, but don't hate it either, and I'm never a fan of Jessica. But six-year-old girls (or the six-year-old girls inside some people) will dig this for sure.

Rating: 3/5 stars

JoJo - Too Little Too Late
JoJo's only 15, and she's EVIL. She's capable of doing such unimaginable things. All she does for a comeback is using the same formula of 'Leave (Get Out)' (acoustic guitar, girls-diss-boy, blah blah...), write some lyrics that's not appropriate for her age at all, and put a tune cherry on top of it. And yet it's quite addictive pop. See, she makes people feel ashamed of themvselves for liking her songs! She sends subliminal messages through music videos, encourages teenage girls to date dudes who look as old as their uncles, and use 'dumping the trash' as an excuse to soak wet in the rain and get their sexy on for the naked eyes of lusty neighbors. Now that's pure evil! So, truth is, the song's poppy and catchy in a commercial way. I can resist if I try, but I find it enjoyable...Damn! That evil, hot-legged underage girl, you should call and date me if you're reading this.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Justin Timberlake - SexyBack
Timbaland's back on top of his game right now, so when I heard this is his production, I'm very excited. First time listen: utter bullsh!t. And now, as the song grows on me, I can declare that the song's quite groovy and okay. I love the electro vibe, but it's just too repetitive and tuneless. 'My Love' is million miles better. Props to Justin to always try new things and put the unconventional in the mainstream chart.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Muse - Supermassive Black Hole
Yay, Muse! Doing danceable, Franz Ferdinand-esque rock! With a beat and a riff coincidentally similar to those of Britney Spears' 'Do Somethin''. And a chorus resembling 'Time Is Running Out'. So practically, the style is not that fresh. But I still love this song, though. The falsetto is smooth and eerie, and whoever thought a Muse song can be a floorfiller. Muse's still one of the best arena-rock bands around, it is.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Outkast - Morris Brown
Big Boi + a college marching band + silky hooks = good comeback. I dont't care much for the movie, but this song just exudes this kind of positive energy and puts a smile upon my face. An essential song for the summer.

Rating: 3.75/5 stars

The Killers - When You Were Young
I was a minor fan of The Killers. I enjoyed all the singles from 'Hot Fuss'. But when I heard Brandon Flowers was growing a mustache and channeling Bruce Springsteen, I was confused. This single, it could've been better. The chorus could get more soaring and less bland. Like the epic intro riffs, though, and the music video's cinematically cool. Like I just said, could've been better.

Rating: 3.25/5 stars

Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
Good part: The song's damn catchy, and Jake's falsetto is irresistible, twisting you into this '70s dimension.
Bad part: It brings nothing new to the table. They need a change in their sounds, sure I can't sound like this forever.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Sidenote: Due to my spending much time for this feature, Picks Of The Week will be put off this week.

I'm running out of titles for this bunch of links...

Okay, weekly business...I'll be updating what's happening in the blogosphere as usual.

  • Statement: An indie lover who knows nothing about Feist is no true indie lover. Clearly, she's a Goddess. No need to tell how I feel when Heather of I Am Fuel, You Are Friends posted this whole live The Black Sessions in Paris 2004. 12 live tracks of feisty Feist, including 2 covers ('That Girl' of The Kinks and 'Fool Proof' of Ron Sexsmith). How did she manage to sound so damn great every time? I urge you to download them all now, if you want to prove you're indie enough.
  • Whenever I discovered an amazing cover on a blog, I tend to download, save them in my library, then wait til I feel like it and upload them again on my blog. This time around, I'm just lazy, so I point you to this alternative cover of Beyoncé's 'Deja Vu' by Leah Andreone, at Oxygen Chunks. It's quite good.
  • Chris Picks has a slick Jazze Pha remix of 'Ring The Alarm'. By the way, congrats to B for the chart-topping sales.
  • Zappin' It To Ya has three new b-sides of The Pipettes. Ha ha.
  • Fergie's album sucks. I only remember, like, 2 songs out of the whole.
  • The Scissor Sisters' second album, well, I can't say anything yet as I need a second listen. Just a bit disappointed, though.
  • I think I just got into indie pop bandBishop Allen. I'll try to make a post next week.

Shiny Toy Guns' New Song: 'Starts With One'!

I previously blogged about this band here, and I thought they're a cool electro-dance-punk-rock band. 'Le Disko' is a good song. Well, a new song just surfaced, it's called 'Starts With One'. This song featured vocals of the lead male singer, and it's more rock-oriented than 'Le Disko'. Still, it sounds ace, though. Check it out if you like their previous single.

Shiny Toy Guns - Starts With One

Saturday, September 16, 2006

A Little Conversation...

Noez: Oi, Zeon! Have you noticed there's been a huge increase on the stats lately?

Zeon: I totally have. What's with our post mentioned on Best Week Ever - the gossip blog of VH1, of all places?

Noez: Yeah, that's one highlight. We've also recently mentioned on the likes of Hotstuff Files, XO London and such.

Zeon: Proper exposure, indeed.

Noez: Let's not forget that we've been waiting for approval from The Hype Machine for like, what, a month now. Seems like we're not indie enough for them.

Zeon: And PopJustice still didn't accept our blog self-submission on their directory. They never update them, do they? Seems like we're not pop enough for them.

Noez: And I do want those premium ads so bad.

Zeon: Noez, remember we're not blogging for fame. We just want to share the power of great music to people, and we'll keep going both ways: pop and indie alike.

Noez: So I've just submitted us in this Digital Music Awards. Loyal readers should usher in to vote for us. It's unlikely we're gonna win, but we deserved to be voted, right?

Zeon: You have a point. You know, I'm thinking about making a flashy banner up there.

Noez: You're clueless of those HTML codes. So am I.

Zeon: Should we have a MySpace page, too?

Noez: Like, totally, I wanna add Lily Allen and Borat as my friend!

Zeon: So who's gonna do the add work?

Noez: Not me.

Zeon: I say we should hitch the stats a little higher.

Noez: How about posting a full album download link of Clay Aiken's wonderful new album of life-changing covers, acely titled 'A Thousand Different Ways'?

Zeon: Uhmm, no, we're not ready to sell out like that. Desperate soccer moms and creepy old men are certainly not the kind of audience we aim for.

Noez: See my comments for my comments on this subject!

Zeon: Don't. Do. That.

Noez: Okay, why are we posting this lame, self-absorbed conversation anyway?

Zeon: I don't know. This is such an anti-climax.

Noez: You're boring, and uncool, and not funny at all.

Zeon: Whatever. So long, alter ego.

Coming Up:
The Big Review: The Summer Comebacks of '06. Zeon rates 15 comeback acts and gives comments on who's hot, who's not.

Friday, September 15, 2006

It's My Birthday Today!

Yeah I turn 17 today, September 15! I know I should be all woo-hooing but after 17 years, I finally come to a conclusion that birthday is overrated. I've grown cynical enough to even take my birthday for granted and label it as 'just another day'. Well, I'm just back home from school and so far it's not like the best day of my life, not the worst either. I'm just not feeling bright right now, actually, a little pissed off. Anyway, I'm about to join my family at the dinner table and I should prepare to pretend to feel happy to make them happy. I'm just increasing good at fake smiling.

Okay, that is too gloomy. I just searched Wikipedia and found out that I share the same B-day with these 'celebrities':

Unexpected gift: My post was featured on Best Week Ever. Now that's fvcking sweet. The stats reached its highest peak yesterday, so it's all good.

I'm just not in the mood to make a cool birthday mix, so this song just popped out of my head out of the blue. I think only the title is somewhat related, but whatever, it's a cool electronica song.

Röyksopp - Only This Moment

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Franz Ferdinand Did Gwen Stefani, And The Magic Numbers Did Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand - What You Waiting For (Gwen Stefani Cover): So they turn this bombastic song into their signature dance punk sounds. I can say that it's a fun, tongue-in-cheek cover, and it's weird to hear words like these sung by Alex Kapranos: 'Harajuku girls...damn you've got wicked style...'. But overall, it's not all that jaw-dropping.

The Magic Numbers - Take Me Out (Franz Ferdinand Cover): In contrast to what Ferdinand did with Gwen's debut single, The Magic Numbers decided to unpunk, unplug Franz's debut single, turn it into a relaxing, airy, artsy acoustic song. Like what they did with Beyonce's 'Crazy In Love', only slightly better, in my opinion.

Sidenote: Tomorrow's the most important day in the whole year. May you wonder what will be happening tomorrow? Care to take a guess?

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Justin Timberlake - Boutique In Heaven [Bonus Track]

Bonus track from FutureSex/Love Sounds. Nothing special, just an okay, pervy song. By the way, still haven't gotten around to this cd, something keeps holding me back. I'm just tired of all these new releases in fall, it's hard to find time to listen to them all. And I'm already picky.

Justin Timberlake - Boutique In Heaven

Monday, September 11, 2006

It's been 5 years...

Since the World Trade Center tragedy. Shock and pain. Unfortunated souls buried alive. Unsung heroes never return. Tears and flames. It all seemed like yesterday.

Today's September 11, again. Because I don't live in the US, I may not know what it's like to be there and witness all the suffering and be overshadowed by disbelief and loss. Let's just take a second or two remembering what happened, and make sure it will never take place again. Terrorism is just not the answer. Rest in peace.

It's hard to pick a song for this day. After searching my library for a while, I finally came up with this song, which I think speaks for itself. Also included is an unofficial version I downloaded a few years ago, in which the song got mixed with cuts of news report and interviews when the tragedy happened. Worth a listen.

Jewel - Hands
Jewel - Hands (WTC Tribute Unofficial Version)

p.s. I did sound a tad too sappy there, didn't I? Well, it's appropriate.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Picks Of The Week #35

Lyrics Of The Week

Tristan Prettyman's brutally overlooked and underrated. She got signed by major label Virgin and still she remained obscure like an indie act. an indie act. Her music could easily be put in the same category as that of Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz (her ex-boyfriend), but why nobody knows about her? Maybe for the fact that her songs are sometimes too breezy and light. Or that you have to be in a particular mood to enjoy them. They're not readymade for radio. Still, I'm a fan and will keep supporting her. She's such a cutie pie.
This is one of the songs on her debut album 'Twentythree', released last year. The melodies are simple and throughout the song, there's just her voice and an acoustic guitar. But it's just so soothing, the way her vocals soar so softly like a breeze and the poetic, cute lyrics she sings. It's one of those songs you'd want to hear when the sun goes down, in a beach house, in the summer. One day, I'll make her an artist focus post. She should get more buzz, that is.

The Story
Tristan Prettyman

Well I'm the icing on the cake
I'm the secret ingredient you're missing
Down the sidewalk but not complete
And I'm the reason that, baby you're tripping
On decisions you didn't make
I'm the chance you chose not take
And I'm the one you wish you were kissin'
Pray for clear skies tonight
You better start wishin'

So you write the title
I'll write the chapters
We could read a story of love gone disaster
You write the moral
And I'll write the lesson
We could read a love that kept us guessin'

Cause I'm in the question
You are in the reason
Soon this will change
Just like the seasons
My leaves will fall
While you're turning cold
And the colors are on the ground are so bright and so bold
And I'll make no motion
You'll hold me tightly
I'll look at you as you let me down lightly
Oh the story always ends up like this
Another opportunity that you're going to miss

So you write the title
And I'll write the chapters
We could read a story of love gone disaster
You write the moral
I'll write the lesson
We could read a love that kept us guessin'

Oh but I know you so well
When are you gonna come around
Oh I know you so well
When are you gonna come around,
Oh oh oh
You want it to be like this
Oh oh oh
I see how it is
Another opportunity that you're going to miss

Download: Tristan Prettyman - The Story

Download This!

Mew/ The Zookeeper's Boy

It's been a slow week in music, so with their cd finally released in the US, I pick out this ace song for download of the week. These Danish guys are weird. Male falsetto + explosive riffs = fantastic. How did they do that? This whole song is like a heavenly hymn. The kind you would expect to hear at church. But they craft it so well that the song's infectiously catchy and there's this ethereal vibe to it. It's hard to describe. Once you hear it, it's hard to get the chorus out of your head. Delicious art-rock, it is.

Download: Mew - The Zookeeper's Boy


Jennifer Paige/ Stranded

Remember back in 1998, there's this pop song called 'Crush'? So yeah, Jennifer Paige is a one hit wonder. After 'Crush', she put out a second album that no one cares about. However, that album did give us another good pop singel equal to 'Crush'. It's called 'Stranded'. The song's just irresistibly, shameless catchy with a very nice hook. Jen's got good pipes to carry the tunes, and it's just a song to listen to when you're walking on the beach in sunshine. Okay, I know, just download it, while I get over the fact that summer's over that start working on that autumn mixtape.

Download: Jennifer Paige - Stranded

Music Video Of The Week

Bob Dylan/ When The Deal Goes Down

Honestly, I'm not keen on the song. Neither am I on Bob. I respect what he does, and his consitency of still making music at the age of 64, and it's nice to see him on top again (and have a myspace). I just don't feel his music. In contrast, I do love this video. It pays homage to the sixties with the shaky home video camera style and the grainy, vintage, arty video effects. And the whole 5 minutes just focus on Scarlett Johansson frolicking around. She looks gorgeous as always. Such a talented, beautiful lady. I fell in love with her since I first watched Lost In Translation, and now this video just makes my crush on her worse. Stunning work.

Download: Bob Dylan - When The Deal Goes Down Music Video (MOV format)

Rihanna - We Ride Music Video

Music video for Rihanna's third single off her second album. It was shot in Miami by the same director who did 'Unfaithful', Anthony Mandler. Although I think the song's kinda weak (despite being produced by Stargate, the team behind Ne-Yo's 'So Sick' And Beyonce's 'Irreplaceable'), I quite like the video. Well-directed, well put together, Rihanna looks good. A nice piece of promotional work.

Download Rihanna - We Ride Music Video (WMV Format)

An Acoustic Cover Of Outkast's 'Hey Ya' From Obadiah Parker

It's great when a very obscure indie band get exposure not for their own songs, but for covering a monstrously popular hit and making it sound the way we never imagined before. Have you ever thought of hearing Outkast's 'Hey Ya' in acoustic? With just an acoustic guitar, this three-piece band somehow managed to turn it into a pretty, Jack Johnson-esque song and still able to pack an amount of energy and fun from the original. Stripped-down, lo-fi yet effective. You can visit them at their myspace.
By the way, from now on, I will concentrate a little more on covers, especially the indie-band-remakes-pop-hit kind. You guys seem to dig them quite much.

Obadiah Parker - Hey Ya

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Beck - Two New Singles, 'Elevator Music' & 'Nausea'!

Two new Beck tracks from his upcoming album The Information, due out this October. Nothing really earth-shattering, but good old consistent Beck with nice production values, creative hip-hop beats well-mixed together and some really catchy hooks. Personally, I like 'Elevator Music' more than 'Nausea'.
The cool thing about his new album is it will come with a blank sleeve and booklet and a sheet of stickers for people to make their own album art. It will also come with a disc of videos - one for each track on the record, according to Wikipedia. Now that's something to look forward to.

Beck - Elevator Music
Beck - Nausea

Time For Another Quick Music Update

Okay, not much going on when I was schooling this week. Just three new albums from Jamelia, Stephanie McIntosh (pictured above) and Evanescence that I, erhmmm, happened to, erghmm, find, in, erhmm, places. You know the places. I haven't leaned to The Open Door yet, but based on first listen, I do like Jamelia's album more than Beyonce's 'B'Day'. I was a bit let down by Steph's debut though, it's just too samey. Here are some interesting links for the week:

Just a side note. This blog's stats have dropped dramatically after just a few dates not updated. Should I sell out and post that new single by * cough * Clay Aiken? That Mariah song 'Without You' cover? Nah, I'm not ready to stoop to that low.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Summer Ends...That Sucks

  • Okay, I've got bad news and good news for ya. What do you want to hear first?
    Bad news: Summer's over. I know, so unfair, so cruel. I'm officially back to school tomorrow. That means: less frequency of updates, I'll probably only be able to post in weekends. This year, I'm a senior, have to take it seriously. Bloggers have lives too, you know. I wish I can say that doing all of this, giving you all great music, is profitable, but I can't make a living out of this, at least for now, so please help me spread the word. I hope more visitors will come more often to this great blog.
    Good news: I'm not giving it all up. These I can be sure I will do:
    -A review of the summer comebacks of 2006, who's hot, who's not. Mp3s included.
    -Two mixtapes: an autumn one and possibly a Christmas one.
    -Year-end 'Best Of': Best Singles, Best Albums, Best Music Videos, like what I did last year, but at a certainly higher level, since I really evolved in my musical taste. Gonna be a long list to compile.
    -I'll still be updating 'Saturday Is For Soundtrack' & 'Picks Of The Week'. That's for sure. Expect that every now and then, I will post a bunch of links to what's happening around in other music blogs.

    So thanks for being with me. I don't know why I chose that cd cover for this post. Just like the summer feel of it, great artwork. Wow, I really do hope I'll make it through another year, big plans for future and all...
    Here's a twee track to go along with the spirit of school tomorrow. Better not oversleep tomorrow, at the first day of the school year. Must. Not. Mess. Up.

    Im From Barcelona - Oversleeping

When The Magic Numbers/ Snow Patrol Covered Beyoncé's 'Crazy In Love'!

'Kay, to celebrate Beyoncé's belated birthday yesterday and her album release today, here's 'Crazy In Love' like you never heard it before. I'm sure Beyoncé's fans don't know much about these two indie bands, but they did a great job covering her breakthrough hit in a rocker kind of way. Ever thought of hearing those blasting horns as guitar riffs? Ever thought of hearing those mouthful of lyrics through a guy's voice like Gary Lightbody? Well, give it a try. I really do like these fun remakes.

The Magic Numbers - Crazy In Love
Snow Patrol - Crazy In Love

Monday, September 04, 2006

Jamelia - Beware Of The Dog! HOT!

Wow, been waiting for this one so long! It's got the hit factor written all over it. The song used a sample from Depeche Mode's '80s hit 'Personal Jesus', so yes, it's got this whole vintage electro-rock vibe just like Rihanna's 'SOS'. But it's hard to compare the two, this one is catchy and bouncy in its own way, but a club-banger for sure. Jamelia's comeback will be hotter than ever. Check this nice song out!

Jamelia - Beware Of The Dog

Alesha - Knock Down! Second Single!

Alesha's next attempt at the UK top 10. This song is reggae-influenced and the sample is really similar to that of Kelis's 'Trick Me', probably just at another chord. This song's quite alright, but with 'Lipstick' only entering the chart at #14, I doubt if this second single will make any difference. But it's still a quite okay summer song, still looking forward to her debut album, anyway.

Alesha - Knock Down

Picks Of The Week #34

Lyrics Of The Week

This trio from Los Angeles was supposed to be featured in my New Act Week post, but somehow I just completely forgot to put them in my list. But I just can't let it go, this song's so great I have to post it here. Despite being such a short song (about 2 minutes), it's a very charming, subtle, delicate song. The lead singer's sweet and soft voice just transfer the lyrics about long distance relationship smoothly. The best moment to listen to this song's probably an evening in fall, drinking coffee in your house while watching the sunset.

We Used To Talk
Hello Stranger

We used to talk
And after filling an ocean full of sailors who were going to some undiscovered place
We talked
About a storm that's growing but we’d survive it knowing we’d keep each other safe
Like the waves that wash away the footprints on the shore
We used to talk a lot but we don’t talk much anymore
We used to talk
And after filling a million books with page after page of inspirational thoughts
We talked
About all the scenarios where we could be the heros avenging evil plots
It's what we don’t expect or what we choose to ignore
We used to talk a lot but we don’t talk much anymore
How long
Can these conversations go on
Before the inspiration is gone
Even Atlantis sunk into the ocean floor
We used to talk a lot but we don’t talk much anymore
We used to talk
How in a hundred years we would still be sitting here just chattering our bones
We’re not
I’m sitting here in silence and though I’ve tried it, it’s hard to talk alone

Download: Hello Stranger - We Used To Talk

Download This!

Nerina Pallot/ Sophia (Radio Edit)

I joined the Nerina bandwagon kinda late. When I first heard 'Everybody's Goint To War', I thoughtlessly labelled her as 'just another rock chick gone political'. Hell, was I wrong. It was only until I caught a listen of her new single Sophia that I realized how talented she is. Guess many people have misjudged her, considering her debut 'Dear Frustrated Superstar' flopped, and then 'Fires' first release also failed to chart. But that should be changed. This radio edit version was simplified to only her vocals and the piano, and it really helped show how good a singer she is. Her range is fabolous, hear how she flips up and down so effortlessly like a knife cut through butter. Her voice somehow reminds me of Sarah McLachlan. The song's a really pretty, bittersweet, grown-up ballad with strong, affectionate melodies. God, I just love this song. Pop lover should check out this one, seriously.

Download: Nerina Pallot - Sophia (Radio Edit)


Emilie Simon/ Desert (English Version)

Emilie Simon is a French electronic artist. Her self-titled debut album was released back in 2003, and this English version is included in the bonus disc. Personally, I prefer the English version to the French one, as it is more stripped down and also I can understand what she's singing. This is just a great chill-out song, with just enough elements of electronic, so it feels real. Emilie carries the song lightly with her feminine, childlike voice. The song's definitely more than just an average coffeehouse/lounge record. Really beautiful.

Download: Emilie Simon - Desert (English Version)

Music Video Of The Week

Franz Ferdinand/ Wine In The Afternoon

Franz Ferdinand can't stop breeding out new music videos, can they? Last time, for their double singles 'The Fallen/ L. Wells', they made 3 videos, including the b-side. And now they did the same, making another one for b-side of 'Eleanor Put Your Boots On', 'Wine In The Afternoon'. The idea is simple, portraying these two lovebirds and their daily life in a small town. The way they capture it is just so lovely. Well, I'm not sure but looks like the presumably Lindsey Wells starred again in this video. She's just so cute. She's part of the reason why I chose this as Video Of The Week. Just watch it.

Another Music Round-Up...

May I say that it was one hell of a show. Okay. Get there and make yourself a fake ticket to fool dummies, like what I just do. Let's get to what's been happening around other blogs this week.

For the indie crowd:

  • Pitchfork Media recently premiered a new song from The Decemberists called 'Summersong'. Decent one.
  • Last week, Good Weather For Airstrike posted a real cool video for The Knife's 'We Share Our Mother's Health'. Quite scary animation there.
  • Swoon had three rad tracks from The Rapture's latest record. Nice upbeat punky music.

For the pop people:

  • Johnny Ali's Blog had a Japan bonus track of B'Day. It's called 'Creole'. It's alright.
  • Lily Allen did it again. Her PR team must be uber cool to put on this contest, where you can download a 256 mb worth of LDN sliced in seperate layers, remix them yourself, then send them to and stand a chance to win one of Lily's self-designed Nike IDs. The only catch is that you have to live in the UK. Whatever, if you care, download the zip file and start protooling! I'm working on it, too. Could be an exclusive.
  • Fetch Me Some Music got that duet Nicole from PCD did with opera singer Vittorio Grigolo called 'You Are My Miracle'. Yah, Nicole, I know you've got good pipes and love collaborations, but really, is this necessary? A pussycat doll sings opera, lol.
  • New Muzic got a bunch of VMAs 2006 live performances in iPod format. Yeah, you know you definitely want that.
  • Kevin Federline just made his music video debut. Thanks God he's finally here to save us all. Kevin's the best thing that ever happened to rap since like ever. This video is amazing, there's no doubt he's superdupertalented, and this song is a number one hit for sure. And you'd be insane if you still haven't figured out that I'm being sarcastic. Here's the video in case you REALLY DO care.

Final word: Take time and do my little poll there. If I know more about your favorite genres, I'll be able to post more of what I think suit the readers best. Okay.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Video Music Awards 2006 Performances!

Yay I just happened to have all of the VMAs performances this year, including the pre-show, in ridiculously high quality. Each file is about 100 MB, but don't worry since the host is also ridiculously fast. Clicking on the link will take you to the host file, you wait for about 10 seconds (kinda like Rapidshare) and you'll have access to the files. One more thing, the file is zipped, so you need WinRAR to unzip them. Credits to the original uploader. Now, what you waiting for?

Fergie - London Bridge (VMA Pre-Show On The Rock)

My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade (VMA Pre-Show On The Rock)

Justin Timberlake Feat. Timbaland - My Love/SexyBack (Opening Act)

Shakira Feat. Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie

Pharrell Williams / Ludacris / Pussycat Dolls - Money Maker

T.I feat. Shoulder Lean/What You Know

Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins, Not Tragedies

The All-American Rejects - Move Along

Beyoncé - Ring The Alarm

Busta Rhymes/ Missy Elliott/ Timbaland - Hype Williams Tribute Performance

Christina Aguilera - Hurt

The Killers - When You Were Young

By the way, the results this year are hugely disappointing. Panic! At The Disco won Video Of The Year? Come on. Chamillionaire as Best Rap Video? James Blunt as Best Male Video? Give me a break. How come Madonna, Kanye, and Nelly Furtado went home empty-handed? Inexplicable.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Saturday Is For Soundtrack: 50 First Dates

Time for confession: I love this movie. It's just really good at what it is, which is being a cute, funny romcom date movie. The plot is interesting, the cast is well-casted, there are plenty of those Adam Sandler stupid-hilarious moments as well as the romantic moments. And it dropped this big Drew Barrymore crush on me. Don't forget the quite good soundtrack. The idea of the cd is to gather all these young artists to remake these songs from the '80s. But due to that concept, many great songs used in the movie were left out. Here I give you the 311's cover of The Cure's 'Love Song', which is quite listenable. And then there's the classic summer song from The Beach Boys, 'Wouldn't It Be Nice', which is originally included in their classic album 'Pet Sounds', which just got its 40th anniversary special re-release. Finally, a true tearjerker, The Flaming Lips' 'Do You Realize'. Do yourself a favor and download these awfully good songs now.

The Beach Boys - Wouldnt It Be Nice
311 - Love Song
The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize

Sufjan Stevens - Chicago (3 Alternate Versions)

I'm never really into Sufjan Stevens' music, don't know why, maybe that whole 'Christian child-man crafting beautiful, instrumentally rich acoustic folk songs' thing just doesn't appeal much to me. But he's indeed a respectable artist. I haven't listened much to his music, but 'Chicago' must be his best song yet by far. It's just an awesome nightdrive anthem, imagine turning it on at midnight and driving down the highway with it. It's 6 minutes long, and still worth every second. Anyway, I'm not gonna post the original. Here are the three alternate versions from his recent stopgap album 'The Avalanche'. It's amazing how he can alter a song that's already great and make it sound different yet still great. All the three versions I like, but the Mulitple Personality Disorder is the best one out of them. Check them out, really nice stuff.

Sufjan Stevens - Chicago (Acoustic Version)
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago (Adult Contemporary Easy Listening Version)
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago (Multiple Personality Disorder Version)