Saturday, February 25, 2006

Picks Of The Week #13

Lyrics Of The Week

Lately I’ve been listening to this song quite a lot. It’s just the lyrics I felt so related to. Simple, sincere but truly heartfelt and deeply bittersweet.

Strange And Beautiful (I’ll Put A Spell On You)
Aqualung


I've been watching your world from afar
I've been trying to be where you are
And I've been secretly falling apart
Unseen
To me, you're strange and you're beautiful
You'd be so perfect with me
But you just can't see
You turn every head but you don't see me

I'll put a spell on you
You'll fall asleepWhen I put a spell on you
And when I wake you I'll be the first thing you see
And you'll realize that you love me

Yeah
Ye-ah

Sometimes the last thing you want comes in first
Sometimes the first thing you want never comes
But I know that waiting is all you can do
Sometimes

I'll put a spell on youYou'll fall asleep
When I put a spell on you
And when I wake you I'll be the first thing you see
And you'll realize that you love me

I'll put a spell on you
You'll fall asleep
‘Cause I put a spell on you
And when I wake you I'll be the first thing you see
And you'll realize that you love me, yeah

Yeah
Ye-ah
Yeah
Ye-ah


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Jack Johnson/ Upside Down

The first single off the Curious George soundtrack, this song just gives us more acoustic goodness from Jack with feel-good guitar tunes and breezy vocals. This for sure will leave you curious for more.


Flashback

Muse/ Time Is Running Out

Haunting melodies, wailing vocals, melodramatic hooks, emotional lyrics. All that in one song. Let this one hell of a song fill your heart with darkness again.


Music Video Of The Week

Kanye West/ Touch The Sky

Kanye goes retro, becomes a flying man taking risks, with Pamela Anderson as his girlfriend. What more can you ask for? Go watch this!

Contest Of The Week

Enter for a chance to win this cool Goldfrapp cd, in case you'd like to have it free! They're a groovy electronica band, so take a litte time, answer the trivia and wait for your luck to call!

http://www.annecarlini.com/ex_giveaways.php?id=492


Coming Up: Since I’ve been so busy lately, I had to pull off my cd reviews feature, I still keep checking on the hottest records but I think I will start to write reviews for them as soon as this summer, so keep hanging around!

Friday, February 24, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 13 Recaps

So tonight, we've got the results of the 4 with the least votes heading home. Becky O' Monahue, Bobby Bennett, Stevie Scott & Patrick Hall. The end of the journey for Becky and Bobby wasn't surprising, I already predicted it right in the previous blog entry. However, I do feel a little sorry for Stevie and Patrick. There were those that were worse than them, they just had problems with song selections and both deserve another chance.
Two more weeks to go, and we'll come to the top 12. So keep watching, supporting the one you root for and vote like crazy if you want them to keep rocking the stage. Zeon...Out!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 11 & 12 Recaps

First, let's start with the ladies' night. It was off the hook. Like I said before, the female contestants this year are real strong, and they just awed me with their performances and their exceptionally good looks. Lisa Tucker was the gem of the night, she definitely brought the house down with such a soulful performance. Paris Bennett and Mandisa also moved their way into the audience's hearts, they were so on fire. Kellie Pickler, however, didn't do great as I had expected, but was still likable and heartfelt enough to come back next week. Chances are that Heather Cox and Becky O' Monahue could be voted out this week. Here are my ranks based on their performances last night:

1. Lisa Tucker
2. Paris Bennett
3. Mandisa
4. Kellie Pickler
5. Katharine McPhee
6. Ayla Brown


On the other hand, the guys' night was... alright. Not so many showstopping moments. Taylor Hicks was right on the tracks, though, I admit he's the best among the guys now. There was something so special about the way he sang, and that's what 'being unique' is all about. Chris Daughtry, Ace Young and Elliott Yamin also did a good job. The ones who will not be coming back next week could be Bobby Bennett and Bucky Covington. Ranks for the guys:

1. Taylor Hicks
2. Elliott Yamin
3. Ace Young
4. Chris Daughtry
5. Patrick Hall
6. Kevin Covais


See you tomorrow after the results came in. VOTE for the one you love, don't let them down!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 10 Recaps

Today, the contestants had to face the judges, and it's either being in the top 24 or heading straight back home. Some came out of the elevator speechless, crying, some threw their hands up in the air laughing with glee. There's not much to talk about, anyway, but I'm glad the Brittentum brothers dropped out, they are probably watching TV in jail now, and the ones I like all got through, next week it'll be their moments to shine and persuade the public to vote for them. These are the ones I'll be rooting for:

  • Kellie Pickler (the strongest contender, in my opinion)
  • Paris Bennett
  • Lisa Tucker ( I've mistaken her name all these times! Finally got it right)
  • Katharine McPhee
  • Rebecca O' Monahue (she's hot)
  • Ayla Brown (hot, too)
  • Mandisa (like her personality)
  • Chris Daughtry
  • Kevin Covais (he seemed to be a nice, though nerdy, guy, could be the next Clay Aiken)

Can hardly wait!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 9 Recaps

In tonight's episode, the contestant had to work in a group of three or four, so this time it was all about teamwork. The drama continued, it wasn't easy reaching an agreement on choreography, singing parts and all with strangers, so that was hard for them, but somehow this is so deja vu to me, so watching this happen again kinda bored me. Garet the cowboy's finally sent home, he's so annoying, and the Britentum Brothers made it to the next round, both of them. I just can't stand them and their 'hissy attitude'. Yes, they can sing, but everytime they opened their mouth and talked something stupid, I just want to slap on their face, these two are so repulsively arrogant, they don't deserve to be in the final round because it's not just about the voice, personality also plays a big part.
And then came the moment when contestants were gathered in 4 rooms, waiting for the judges to come and announce their choices. You know what, when Paula and Randy stepped into room 4, in which Kellie Pickler is sitting, and she started to talk with a low, pessimistic voice, I'm really worried Kellie couldn't make it, but then it turned out alright, 44 of the best contestants all went through, I'm glad for them.
Tomorrow, it's gonna be real tough as the contestants get face to face with the judges and see if they're gonna be 'In' or 'Out'. Only 24 will make the cut, so stay tuned.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Picks Of The Week #12 - Special Valentine’s Day Edition

Valentine’s Day’s today! I know you lovebirds are going crazy, so I’m gonna give a little something to spread even more love in the air. The Special Valentine’s Day Edition of Picks of The Week. Well, I made a mix of my favorite love songs with various tastes, from old school to new school, r&b to rock, mainstream to indie, teenyboppers to rappers, each of all good stuff. So my advice is if you’re so in love, download and listen to the Love Me Version, if you’re heartbroken, then switch right on to the Love Me Not Version. May your Valentine’s Day fill with music picked by Zeon. :-)

Love Me Version

  1. Beyonce feat. Jay Z- Crazy In Love
  2. Gabrielle- Sunshine
  3. Keane- Somewhere Only We Know
  4. Audio Bullys- I'm In Love
  5. Counting Crows- Accidentally In Love
  6. The White Stripes- Fell In Love With A Girl
  7. Sixpence None The Richer- Kiss Me
  8. Anna Nalick- Forever Love (Digame)
  9. Sugababes- Too Lost In You
  10. The Turtles- Happy Together
  11. Diana Krall- The Look Of Love
  12. Faith Hill- This Kiss
  13. Coldplay- Yellow
  14. Shania Twain- When You Kiss Me

Love Me Not Version

  1. Damien Rice- The Blower's Daughter
  2. Brandy- Have You Ever
  3. The Magic Numbers- Love's A Game
  4. Bic Runga- Sway
  5. Joss Stone- Spoiled
  6. The Corrs- What Can I Do?
  7. Liz Phair- Why Can't I?
  8. No Doubt- Don't Speak
  9. James Blunt- Goodbye My Lover
  10. Kelly Clarkson- Where Is Your Heart
  11. Snow Patrol- Run
  12. Sheryl Crow- My Favorite Mistake
  13. Fiona Apple-Sleep To Dream
  14. Sarah McLachlan- I Will Remember You

Remember these words, you lovelorns, weep not for the memories.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Picks Of The Week #11

Lyrics Of The Week

Just listened back to this old song, so I decided to post the lyrics here for you guys to read, it’s kinda deep. Still I wonder why Lauryn never made a second solo album after the huge success of the debut. Looking forward to The Fugees reunion album.

Everything Is Everything
Lauryn Hill

Everything is everything
What is meant to be, will be
After winter, must come spring
Change, it comes eventually
Change, it comes eventually

I wrote these words for everyone
Who struggles in their youth
Who won’t accept deception
Instead of what is truth
It seems we lose the game,
Before we even start to play
Who made these rules? We’re so confused
Easily led astray
Let me tell ya that
Everything is everything
Everything is everythingAfter winter, must come spring
Everything is everything

I philosophy
Possibly speak tongues
Beat drum, abyssinian, street baptist
Rap this in fine linen
From the beginning
My practice extending across the atlas
I begat this
Flippin’ in the ghetto on a dirty mattress
You can’t match this rapper / actress
More powerful than two cleopatras
Bomb graffiti on the tomb of nefertiti
Mcs ain’t ready to take it to the serengeti
My rhymes is heavy like the mind of sister Betty
L. Boogie spars with stars and constellations
Then came down for a little conversation
Adjacent to the king, fear no human being
Roll with cherubims to nassau coliseum
Now hear this mixture
Where hip hop meets scripture
Develop a negative into a positive picture

Now, everything is everything
What is meant to be, will be
After winter, must come spring
Change, it comes eventually

Sometimes it seems
We’ll touch that dream
But things come slow or not at all
And the ones on top, won’t make it stop
So convinced that they might fall
Let’s love ourselves then we can’t fail
To make a better situation
Tomorrow, our seeds will grow
All we need is dedication

Let me tell ya that,
Everything is everything
Everything is everything
After winter, must come spring
Everything is everything

Everything is everything

What is meant to be, will be
After winter, must come spring
Change, it comes eventually

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Morningwood/ Nth Degree

I was hearing so much buzz about this New York band, so I tried a few of their songs and I made myself a fan now. Indie rock never sounds this danceable before. The first time I heard this feel-good song, I immediately liked it so much that I just kept hitting the repeat button. If you haven’t, you must check this song out, M-O, M-O-R, M-O-R-N-I-N-G, W-O-O-D. (And if you turn out to love this band, join their fan community! The link is right beside!)

Flashback

Jimmy Eat World (or Mandy Moore)/ Crush

This song spoke this all-time issue so sincerely and truthfully that you can relate to this real much if you’re having a crush on someone. Plus, there are 2 versions of the song to double, the rough, rocking version of Jimmy Eat World and the candy sweet bubblegum pop cover of Mandy Moore.

Music Video Of The Week

Madonna/ Sorry

This video is like the sequel to ‘Hung Up’, so yeah, more 80s juices. The same dancer cast, a new purple corseted leotard, new groovy dance moves, and rollerskating. It’s just Madonna doing her thing, making soccer moms out feel so jealous.

Contest Of The Week

Go for this! You’ll stand a chance to get this cool KT Tunstall’s ‘Eye To The Telescope’ CD. What’s better than a free good CD?

http://www.shakefire.com/contests/kttunstall.html

Still to come: Special Valentine Edition of Picks Of The Week.

Let’s Talk About: Grammy 2006

On Thursday night (according to my time zone), like everybody, I tuned in to watch the Grammy 2006 night, expecting one hell of show. I wasn’t let down, though three hours seemed a little tiresome at times. Most of the performances were incredibly great, but the most impressive, breathtaking ones were from Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay, Kanye West and Jamie Foxx, John Legend, and the new rendition of Yesterday from Linkin Park, Jay Z and suprisingly, Paul McCartney. The tributes to Sly & The Family Stone and New Orleans were lame, though, the singers seemed out of place. And then I don’t feel the same for the winning results. They didn’t turn out to be exactly what I expected, since I only got 11 out of 27 predictions right (and 2 that I think should win actually ended up winning for real). How come U2 grabbed 5 Grammys? Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re a decent band, but I just don’t get the whole fuss. Since I haven’t listened to How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, I’ve got no right to judge but Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own is really a bad song, in my opinion. I know Bono wrote it in rememberance of his deceased dad, and it’s all supposed to be about connections, faith and all that jazz, but I just don’t understand why so many people love that song, while I don’t even like it. It’s funny how Maroon 5 won Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal with a live version of This Love, because the album version was released 3 years ago. I do appreciate Kelly Clarkson and John Legend’s triumphs, they totally deserved it. But so many artists got missed out. Coldplay is a great example, they didn’t bring home any Grammies because U2 stole them all from them. Being a big fan of Coldplay, I know that’s a bit biased but Coldplay got the rights to win all of their nominees. The same to Keane, Sheryl Crow, and Fiona Apple, they went home empty-handed because the winners were too strong to beat. That’s always the problem with Grammy, awards most of the time go to the elders. Don’t even get me started on the ones that deserved nominations but were left out in the end.

By the way, if you want to know about who won and all, click this link for the whole list: http://grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/Annual_Show/48_nominees.aspx

Saturday, February 11, 2006

American Idol Season 5 – Episode 7 & 8 Recaps

The final auditions were held in Boston, and it seemed like talents had already ran out. There were three outstanding girls, though, not that much but enough to outshine the other suckers. Rebecca O’ Monahue has an okay voice, but man is she hot. Ayla Brown is a good-looking athletic chick with a decent voice. Titiana Ward was also a good one. At the end, we’ve got 175 hopefuls flew their way to Hollywood to get their shots and that's what was revealed in episode 8.
At this round, each contestant chose a song from a list of 12 titles, including The First Cut Is The Deepest, I’ll Never Love This Way Again, Can’t Find The Moonlight, chose their chords, stood alone on the small stage and auditioned for the judges, who later picked the better ones to pass through for the next day. The good ones I mentioned in earlier recaps all did a good job. Big applause to Alisha Tucker and Kellie Pickler (who already got at least two fansites dedicated to her!), they both proved that they are real strong contestants. On the other hand, there were some that I don’t like much. The two twin brothers (the goatee ones) are so annoying, they kept whining about how good they are, they should get their asses kicked even though they did sing pretty well. That cowboy kid was just ridiculous, I think.
So next week, the stage auditions will be rolling with groups of three, and this time it’ll be all about teamwork. And then finally, in Jan 15, we’ll be getting the list of 12 guys and 12 girls ready for the chance to become the next American Idol. So mark your calendar, watch the show and then come back for new recaps. Have a nice weekend.

Coming Up: My thoughts about the Grammy night, and possibly a Valentine’s Day Special.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Let's Talk About: Lance Armstrong & Sheryl Crow Breakup

When I first read this news on a website, my jaw almost dropped. I just can't believe it. Lance Armstrong & Sheryl Crow split up? They seemed so perfect together. They were already engaged, and they made us believe they would walk down the aisle and live happily for years to come. I haven't got this reaction since Brad & Jen breakup. Sheryl Crow is one of my favorite artists, she's so talented that she has no signs of going downhill, and her new album is real great. And Lance, the ultimate Tour De France champion, is the starter of the LiveStrong campaign. This couple is so ideal, they've got millions of fans rooting for them and yet they can't work it out? If these two can't work it out, how can we ever make it? I know the celebrity world is way complicated, but this is just a letdown. You sticked to what you thought was right, and then things like this came along and destructed your belief. I just hope they're gonna think it over, figure out what's wrong and get back together. This can't be that bad, maybe after this Sheryl will find new strengths and inspiration to make another breakthrough album, maybe...Bad news, bad news...

I originally read this here: http://et.tv.yahoo.com/newslink/13828, probably all over everyone's mouths now.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Picks Of The Week #10

You've been waiting for this, haven't you? Yes, you have. It's been ten weeks since I put out this weekly feature, and still more good choices to come directly at you. These are the must-hear, must-see, must-take of the week.

Lyrics Of The Week

This song's lyrics kinda captured and reflected my feelings once. Heartfelt words you can relate to.

Sitting, Waiting, Wishing
Jack Johnson

Now I was sitting, waiting, wishing
That you believed in superstitions
Then maybe you'd see the signs
But Lord knows that this world is cruel
And I ain't the Lord, no I'm just a fool
Learning to love somebody don't make them love you
Must I always be waiting, waiting on you?
Must I always be playing, playing your fool?

I sing your songs I dance a dance
I gave your friends all a chancePutting up with them wasn't worth never having you
And maybe you’ve been through this before
But it’s my first time
So please ignore
The next few lines cause they're directed at you

I can’t always be waiting, waiting on you
I can’t always be playing, playing your fool

I keep playing your part
But it’s not my scene
Won’t this plot not twist?
I've had enough mystery.
Keep building me up, then shooting me down
Well I’m already down
Just wait a minute
Just sitting, waiting
Just wait a minute
Just sitting, waiting

Well if I was in your position
I’d put down all my ammunition
I'd wondered why'd it taken me so long
But Lord knows that I'm not you
And If I was I wouldn't be so cruel
Cause waiting on love ain't so easy to do

Must I always be waiting, waiting on you?
Must I always be playing, playing your fool?
No I can’t always be waiting, waiting on you
I can’t always be playing, playing your fool, fool.



Download This!

KT Tunstall/ Under The Weather

KT’s debut album ‘Eye To The Telescope’ is coming to the US on Feb 7, and considering how big she is in the UK now, she’s very likely the next big thing after James Blunt. But first, check out her latest UK single to see what the buzz is all about. Just an emotional, light, catchy, soulful acoustic song for a Sunday morning.


Flashback

Fiona Apple/ Paper Bag


Included in her second album in 1999, ‘Paper Bag’ is a nice, jazzy, melancholy number to fill up your loneliness in a cold, rainy night.


Music Video Of The Week

The All-American Rejects/ Move Along

Great rock song, great video directed by Marc Webb, with the lead singer singing in costumes changed in like, every second. The effects seem simple but very effective, but it may harm your eyes a little after watching.


Contest Of The Week

In celebration of the 78th Academy Awards, try your shot at winning a ‘Munich’ soundtrack cd. Click on the link below.

http://www.shakefire.com/contests/munich.html

Friday, February 03, 2006

American Idol Season 5-Episode 6 Recaps

Austin's probably got one of the worst auditions ever since season 5 started. The first half of the episode really turned into a horrific, though quite entertaining, staged freak show. The losers were just so pathetic. I know people enjoy seeing them try so hard to ridicule themselves on national tv, but why can't they spare more air time to show the actually good ones that passed through this round, the ones we only see running out of the door, screaming with yellow paper on their hands?
Okay, next week, we're gonna see them trying their hardest to perform on stage in Hollywood, there's only one audition place to catch, but first, let's review on the spotlights of Austin:

Jason: He's a real cool, likeable guy, although his voice isn't that much special, I think he's one of the few strong male contestants of this season so far.

Rick Hayes: So he majors in music and he proved that to the judges right away. Good job.

Ashley Jackson: So she's a fit model, she looks good, and her singing is okay. Pretty much the whole package. Better work it out more for a better shot.

That's it for this week. Come back next week for new recaps.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

American Idol Season 5-Episode 5 Recaps

The Las Vegas auditions were lousy. Why can't they air more of the ones that got the tickets to Hollywood, instead of a whole bunch of outrageous, shameless ones? However, I admit the stupid ones were quite fun to watch. Except the CSI spoof which was a bit too harsh on humiliating those losers. Very few auditioners shone through this time:

Mecca Madison: This girl's the deal of this episode. She's the 19-year-old belly dancer with one hell of a voice. So remember this name.

Heather Ward: She was anything but predictable. A black officer working with prisoners singing Redneck Woman and definitely pulled it off. Another good black singer entered the competition.

That's all for today's recaps. I'm back for more tomorrow, with the Texas auditions. Be watching.