Sunday, April 30, 2006

Picks Of The Week #21

Lyrics Of The Week

Next week, I'm gonna need words of encouragement to help me get through the exams. So I ran through my playlist and found this song with lyrics perfectly tailored for this case. Uplifting and optimistic, the lyrics are emotive enough to make you feel like flying to wonderland, where soul meets body.

Soul Meets Body
Death Cab For Cutie

I want to live where soul meets body,
And let the sun wrap its arms around me,
And bathe my skin in water cool and cleansing,
And feel, feel what it's like to be new,
'Cause in my head there's a Greyhound station,
Where I send my thoughts to far-off destinations.
So they may have a chance of finding a place where,
They're far more suited than here.

I cannot guess what we'll discover,
When we turn the dirt with our palms cupped like shovels,
But I know our filthy hands can wash one another's,
And not one speck will remain.

And I do believe it's true that there are roads left in both of our shoes, But if the silence takes you then I hope it takes me too.
So brown eyes I hold you near, 'cause you're the only song I want to hear
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere.

Where soul meets body.
Where soul meets body.
Where soul meets body.

And I do believe it's true that there are roads left in both of our shoes, But if the silence takes you then I hope it takes me too.
So brown eyes I hold you near, 'cause you're the only song I want to hear
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere.
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere.
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere.



Download This!

Imogen Heap/ Goodnight And go (Immi's Radio Version)

Finally released as a single, but in a new coat. You can download the exclusive Immi's Radio Version on iTunes. The same soaring, beautiful electronic sounds, angelic vocals from Imogen, with a little change from the original album version here and there. To enjoy the song at its best, wait til the dusk, then sit on your sofa and simply let the melodies caress your ears.


Flashback

The Chemical Brothers/ Let Forever Be

How does it feel like to let forever be? I'll leave the answer to you, and find out by yourself how it feels like to listen to this song while walking on the streets in a sunny day. The loud beats will keep your feet moving fast. A great electronic jogging song! (and don't tell me you never watch the music video for it. That is a must-see)


Music Video Of The Week

Gnarls Barkley/ Crazy

Since we already made this song the most downloaded song in history, I think there's no need for introduction or rave about how infectiously groovy it is. The music video is actually quite fabulous, too. You've got this kind of artsy poster animation morphing into one another constantly on a white background. The effects really give a vintage feel that definitely suits the song itself. And I posted it right below for you to watch, how convenient.




Contest Of The Week

This week, I found a cool contest giving you a chance to win a brand new soundtrack cd of Mission Impossible 3 or even way cooler, signed score sheets. Click on the link to enter.

http://www.soundtrack.net/contest/index.html?id=mi3

Saturday, April 29, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 33 Recaps

So, interesting night, huh? Simon gave apology to Katharine, admitting that after watching her performance again on tape, he realized he was wrong. Andrea gave a great vocal show-off, although I really don't like his kind of music. And Kellie got sent home. That's fine, after all she's got to this far, being in the top 6 is a big accomplishment for a small country town girl like her, and I've got a feeling her journey doesn't really end here. I bet we're gonna see more of this sweet blonde. Also for the first time, the top 2 was revealed. Katharine and Chris. Though we didn't know for sure who was on the top spot, my guess would be Katharine. She has made a big leap since the beginning of the show. She's just got the whole package: the Norahjonesy voice, the gorgeous face, the fun-loving personality. It seems that everyone's rooting on her now. Can't really say the same for Taylor Hicks, who's been losing his sparks. It's time he stopped playing around and concentrated on one captivating moment if he actually wants to win this game. Rant: Fox and airtime. You don't even let Kellie finish her talk and sing her way out to make time for the commercial. Rave: finally, a new acoustic version of 'Bad Day' for us to remember those moments. I started to get sick to death of the same old weary song played every week.You all won't seem to stop listening to that song, will you? Lots of 'Bad Day' equals lots of bad days for us, and that song just keeps sticking to the number one spot on the charts. Now's that the AIFX! Next week...we've got the top 5 battling again to stay out of the cruel elimination process. It's gonna be hard to vote now, so be wise. Keep your idolmania high with my idolicious recaps. By the way, in case you didn't notice, I put up a poll to let you decide who should be crowned the next American Idol. So pick and click! Zeon...Out!

Bonus materials for the die-hard fans:

Check out Katharine McPhee's rendition of 'I Have Nothing' again! Enjoy the cleavage! :-)



How about Chris Daughtry with 'Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?'



The Ford Top 6 Music Video



The Ford Top 7 Music Video from the previous week



As for next week, the Billboard theme will be done again! I love this theme, can't wait to hear what they pick!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 32 Recaps

Big show tonight. We got Andrea Bocelli and producer David Foster as guest vocal coaches, they were being kinda picky and strict to the contestants, but I think they've got all the right reasons to do so, because tonight's theme 'Classic Love Songs' is very hard to swallow. All these songs have been around for years, everyone knows them, and they're really vocally challenging. They also had to try to bring something new to the table. Listening to Andrea's comments in limited English didn't help much to predict how the performances would turn out. Katharine started off the night in color, literally. Somehow seeing her doing a big number in a revealing, garishly bright yellow dress (oooh, nice cleavage, by the way) really reminded me of Mariah Carey! So she's nowhere as brilliant as Mariah or Whitney, the song was too big for her, but she did manage to fulfill it in some ways. Next, Elliott brought tears to Paula's eyes (she looked real weird when she tried to show emotions), and I admit his performance was quite good. Forget his teeth, forget his goofy smile, this guy can definitely sing. After the first two performances, things got a little rough. I wasn't blown away by Paris, Taylor, Chris and so not by Kellie. Disappointing song choice for Taylor (and David said it was perfect, how accurate considering him an established producer). Paris was good, but not enough to capture my attention. Chris was okay, nice thing he got the acoustic crew to accompany him. And Kellie...what can I say...ugly hairstyle...inappropriate dressing...strange vocals. The song was way out of her league. As I said before, it's really hard that the show has got to this point, when every singer is quite good and losing anyone of them is a loss. However, I think this week the most deserving one to go home is Kellie. Sure, she's America's sweetheart, easy on the eyes and inspiring to the fans, but she just isn't great enough to the make the cut. Who knows, she might as well stay safe as we witness a better one gets sent home. All depends on the voters, which have been very unpredictable this season.
Since only 6 contestants remain in the competition, I'll rank them all based on their performances this week only:

1. Elliott Yamin
2. Katharine McPhee
3. Paris Bennett
4. Taylor Hicks
5. Chris Daughtry
6. Kellie Pickler


Join me tomorrow for the results. Zeon..Out!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Introducing...Zeon's Music Video Directorial Debut

Well, actually, not really the first one I made, just the first one that I uploaded online. I submitted it for the DIY contest of Yellowcard's Underdogs Team, where we're supposed to make our own video versions for their single 'Lights And Sounds'. Didn't take me much time though, I just gathered a bunch of footages I recorded a while back, edited them, mixed and matched a little. That little girl in the video is actually my little sister. The music video's kinda dark and emo, it tried to express the basic idea about stepping out of the dark corner and bathing yourself to the lights. There are 7 members entering their submissions and the others voted for their favorite. I ended up being at the fifth place, which is okay, but I still felt like I deserved a few more votes. Doesn't matter, so I'm going to post it here for y'all to see and judge my directing skills, as a little bonus feature for the blog. Feel free to give comments if you have anything to say. Here you go:

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Picks Of The Week #20

Lyrics Of The Week

Rainy days keep coming. A good excuse to bring out the sad songs and bite on them. Another one about rains coming your way, this time from one of my favorite bands, Travis.

Why Does It Always Rain On Me
Travis

I can't sleep tonight
Everybody saying everything's alright
Still I can't close my eyes
I'm seeing a tunnel at the end of all these lights

Sunny days
Where have you gone?
I get the strangest feeling you belong
Why does it always rain on me?
Is it because I lied when I was seventeen?
Why does it always rain on me?
Even when the sun is shining
I can't avoid the lightning

I can't stand myself
I'm being held up by an invisible man
Still life on a shelf when
I got my mind on something else

Sunny days
Where have you gone?
I get the strangest feeling you belong
Why does it always rain on me?
Is it because I lied when I was seventeen?
Why does it always rain on me?
Even when the sun is shining
I can't avoid the lightning

Oh, where did the blue skies go?
And why is it raining so?
It's so cold
I can't sleep tonight
Everybody's saying everything's all right
Still I can't close my eyes
I'm seeing a tunnel at the end of the lights

Sunny days
Where have you gone?
I get the strangest feeling you belong
Why does it always rain on me?
Is it because I lied when I was seventeen?
Even when the sun is shining
I can't avoid the lightning
Oh, where did the blue skies go?
And why is it raining so?
It's so cold
Why does it always rain on me?
Why does it always rain on....



Download This!

Rihanna/ SOS

This one's supposingly on everyone's iPod now, but just in case you're missing the good stuff, fill it in to kick off your summer. The samples taken from the 80s hit 'Tainted Love' alone is a superb idea, and then you've got the seductive Caribbean flavor from Rihanna. Result: one hell of a pop song to get stuck in your head, getting you to call out for help from this guilty pleasure. And you just can't help dancing to it. That's what I call 'back to the future'.


Flashback

Jem/ Flying High

Another song that used to be featured on The OC. This is Jem when she first got started on her EP, so instead of the usual electronic vibe, things cut down to as simple as it can be, leaving only Jem's sweet vocals and an acoustic guitar. Singing about an unreachable crush, Jem can actually make the song quite tearjerking to those who are in the same situation, especially when she raised her voice to the part 'Just wanna hold you so tight'. In this case, less is more. This song's a real gem.


Music Video Of The Week

The Pussycat Dolls feat. Snoop Dogg/ Buttons

I've always wanted to add a PCD video as a Music Video Of The Week just to turn on the readers. Directed by Francis Lawrence, the video's quite simple, featuring only the scantily-clad dolls in basic dancing sets, giving them a fully-stretched opportunity to strut their stuff. Throw in some sexy choreography, nasty lyrics, and some quick rhymes from Snoop Dogg, and there you have it, a music video you shouldn't watch when your parents are around. This is their hottest video ever, so guys, glue your eyes in.





Contest Of The Week

Win signed Pink's 'I'm Not Dead' cds. More details on the link.

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

Friday, April 21, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 31 Recaps

The bottom three. Will it ever be predictable? Last night, we shockingly watched as Paris Bennett and Chris Daughtry entered the bottom three with, of course, Ace Young. In the end, Ace was finally sent off (which should be a relief, I didn't even bother to watch his encore), but I'm still pissed off by the results. I thought Chris Daughtry has such a strong fan base, maybe his rendition of 'What A Wonderful World' was deemed sentimental and cheesy by the rocker wannabe voters. I think he did a good job, but I never expected him to be in the bottom three. The other shocker is Paris. Come on, that jazz number she did was amazing. Very grown-up and classy. How could she get so few votes? Could it be the way she talked (which is pretty much like a cartoon character), the way she looked or the voters just went nuts? How come Kellie Pickler was still safe when her performance last night was the most horrible, bored-me-to-the-core? I started to get bothered by Kellie. Looks like this whole dizzy-blond-country-chick thing was a big gimmick, like a scheme to get people's attention. It was all cute at the first time, but then too much candy will give tooth decay. So now that Ace's gone, it would be hard to see any of the survivors (even Kellie) go. Next week, Andrea Bocelli will be in the house, so the theme's gonna be classical music. Watch out for that!
Stay tuned for more idolicious recaps. Zeon...Out!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 30 Recaps

I weren't quite able to manage to arrange my busy schedule to sit down and watch the whole night, so last night I missed 3 performances. So today, I tried to dig up the internet database and finally heard and saw all of the missing ones. I gotta say: this is one of the best night of the season. Rod Stewart did a nice job as a vocal coach (although he just seemed to have fun fooling around with the contestants), most of the idols found their elements and sway the audience with their crooning taken straight from the American songbook. Let's mention the stunning Katharine's excellent night closing performance. Very classy and elegant. She made the song so sweet and vulnerable and ended the night with a high note. Paris is also unbelievable. Listening to her singing made you feel like being in some lounge, chilling to the jazzy melodies. This song should be the one to be recorded on the upcoming American Idol compilation album. Chris did the unexpected and showed the other side of him. Elliott and Taylor were safe this week, that I can say. But not quite sure for Ace and Kellie, though. At first, when the camera rolled to Ace who was still in shadows, I thought he cut his hair short. Nah, he just tied it up on the back, looked ridiculous, like a cheap Italian mafia in a B-movie. His performace made me snooze, nothing special. Kellie even got me to yawn so much, her lame attempt at the song was off pitch and so boring. Although Kellie's clearly the worst this week (funny how she did so well last week and then became this week's worst), I think her fanbase wouldn't vote me off yet. Ace deserved to be booted this week.
Here goes my top 5 for the current week:

1. Katharine McPhee
2. Paris Bennett

3. Taylor Hicks
4. Chris Daughtry
5. Elliott Yamin

Next: My recaps for elimination night.

Monday, April 17, 2006

All Is Categorized!

Voila...my attempt to categorize all my posts has been successfully completed. Now you can view my posts all neatly boxed up in 4 different categories: American Idol Season 5 Recaps, Picks Of The Week, CD Reviews and Miscellaneous. Big thanks to Amit and his website http://www.labelr.com/ for letting me try this great feature. Y'all should try it if you want to get this feature which Blogger doesn't offer us. Took me about half an hour to add all the posts to their proper places, but it's worth it. Now you guys can browse my blog easily and search for what you need to read. It's great for both me and viewers. So things are in arrangements here now, and it feels great!

When I was rewinding back to the old posts, I found this very interesting comment, which I had no idea it existed there. Kinda made me feel a little bit guilty. Check that out and you'll know what I mean, here's the link:
http://zeonmusic.blogspot.com/2006/01/my-grammy-2006-picks-final-part.html

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Picks Of The Week #19

Lyrics Of The Week

Springtime. Raindrops just keep falling. This song's lyrics somehow perfectly depicts the everchanging, senseless teenage angst inside every young frustrated soul.

Only Happy When It Rains
Garbage

I'm only happy when it rains
I'm only happy when it's complicated
And though I know you can't appreciate it
I'm only happy when it rains

You know I love it when the news is bad
And why it feels so good to feel so sad
I'm only happy when it rains

Pour your misery down, pour your misery down on me
Pour your misery down, pour your misery down on me

I'm only happy when it rains
I feel good when things are going wrong
I only listen to the sad, sad songs
I'm only happy when it rains

I only smile in the dark
My only comfort is the night gone black
I didn't accidentally tell you that
I'm only happy when it rains

You'll get the message by the time I'm through
When I complain about me and you
I'm only happy when it rains

Pour your misery down (Pour your misery down)
Pour your misery down on me (Pour your misery down)
Pour your misery down (Pour your misery down)
Pour your misery down on me (Pour your misery down)
Pour your misery down (Pour your misery down)
Pour your misery down on me (Pour your misery down)
Pour your misery down

You can keep me company
As long as you don't care

I'm only happy when it rains
You wanna hear about my new obsession?
I'm riding high upon a deep depression
I'm only happy when it rains (Pour some misery down on me)

I'm only happy when it rains (Pour some misery down on me)
I'm only happy when it rains (Pour some misery down on me)
I'm only happy when it rains (Pour some misery down on me)
I'm only happy when it rains (Pour some misery down on me).



Download This!

Juanes/ La Camisa Negra

The first Latin song I like since Shakira's 'La Tortura'. As usual, I don't have the faintest idea what the hell he was singing (shame on me), but this acoustic-guitar-driven song's just so damn catchy. Listening to the guitar alone is worth it. A kind of slow jams to dance to.


Flashback

Finley Quaye feat. Beth Orton/ Dice

The first time I heard this song was on a season one episode of The O.C. (yes, I watch it, as a guilty pleasure). The song starts off with some decent guitar intro, then Finley's voice whispers the verse in your ears until Beth arrives to join him in sweet harmony for the chorus. There's a little tinge of electronica near the end of the song. In conclusion, heartwarming, cozy, stripped-down, feel-good ear candy.


Music Video Of The Week

Franz Ferdinand/ L. Wells

How can watching a simple, black-and-white indie music video be so much fun? We've got no sight of the band here, just a cute girl (presumably Lindsey Wells, whom the song is dedicated to) hanging around Glasgow streets. It's like a tourism tv commercial, only more interesting, and accompanied with great music. Check it out, highly recommended!



For those who prefer watching it online, here's the link to download the Quicktime file.
http://66.98.234.71/files/mov/Franz_Ferdinand_HIGH.mov


Contest Of The Week

Moby Live Hotel Tour 2006 DVD giveaway! Only 5 people can win the dvd. So send your entry to enter.

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/contest02.html

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Zeon's Music Blog...Big Things Happen This Summer

As you can see, I just added two nice little features on my sidebar (Artists & Bands I Love, which freakin' took me about 15 minutes to put all the links there, and a poll, where you can rate my blog on a scale of 1 to 5 stars! (Feel free to speak your mind! I don't mind a bad rate, but there's always your trace...heh heh...just kidding) Also, it has just rained here, the weather's chilly and all, so I think it's just the perfect time to announce an important news here.

This summer, Zeon's Music Blog will get bigger, cooler, and zeonier than ever before.
1. I'm gonna add a whole new appealing daily (yes, daily!) feature to the blog, which will be supposed to run for this summer only, I haven't decided a clich├ęd name for it yet, but's here the idea: everyday, I'm gonna post 5 great, eye-popping music videos I think you must see via YouTube, directed by my favorite music video directors. There's gonna stuff you see before (the mainstream ones) and the stuff you should have seen (the indietastic ones). So look out for that.
2. CD Reviews. I haven't posted any since Jan 2006, due to the lack of time. However, this summer, I'm gonna let loose and try to post one review each day to make up for all the ones I'm supposed to write since the beginning of 2006, expect to read a lot of good recommendations (there's still a ton of tracks I put on hold).
3. Miscellaneous plans: I'm thinking about designing a banner for the blog with a Wo! factor, as soon as I figure out how to put that on the top of the blog. Possibly, an avatar (be glad, you'll get a chance to see my face in disguise). Maybe I should try to categorize my messy posts. (anyone has any idea how to do it, comment please!) Oh and this sounds great, the first edition of my mp3 mixtape is under construction. It should make it online in time for the summer. It's gonna be fabulous, I promise.

Almost forgot to mention this. Zeon's Music Blog is building the hype everyday, it has passed the 1000 visitors mark (seems so small compared to all those big bro music blogs, but I take it as an achievement). We have an average of about 35 visitors passing by my blog every day. So things are just gonna get better. Way better. All of this and more, coming this summer (damn it, just can't wait! Must get through final exams first!)

In the meantime, keep surfing my blog, there's a whole load of intriguing posts in the archives, and just click on any ads you're interested in, that will only help the blog, so big thanks to all visitors and frequent flyers who have been keeping this blog alive. See y'all next time.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 29 Recaps

So, one-hour result show. More time for ads. More cash for Fox. More emotional moments for the contestants. And we audience just can't help but keep watching curiously to see each contestant's family and friends give blessings for them.
For the first time since the final round, all 8 idols finally had the chance to sing together in a Queen medley, and they pulled it off fine. But they didn't have to show the 'golden moments' all over again, just getting the performance a full screen would be better. The rest of the show's quite boring, we have to sit through to see the contestants get teary-eyed, but isn't it great to see how their parents look like and how much they love their meddling kids (Insert 'Awwwww'). The encores are quite pointless, but finally Bucky was booted (Insert 'Woo hoo!'). I was rooting for Ace to get kicked but nah, maybe next week. Sooner or later, he'll get to this moment. It's down to 3 girls and 3 guys now. Next week, Rod Stewart will be in the house, so expect a whole lot more of crooning in the American songbook! Also FYI, Prince is scheduled to coach and perform on the show, stay tuned for that.
Zeon...Out!


PS: Bonus videos for you guys. Enjoy Kellie Pickler's rendition of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' again, or watch that new Top 8 Ford Commercial! No, I'm not gonna post the Bucky exit.




Wednesday, April 12, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 28 Recaps

Wow, I really need to take a breather, 'cause tonight is one hell of a kickass night. Queen's music got everyone rockin'! Good song choices, real loud, saliva-spitting vocals! The contestants gave so much energy into their performance. I was really highly entertained. I never thought I would ever say this, but do you know who I chose as Queen of the night? Kellie Pickler! She was on fire! Forget about the styling disaster (that big messy hairstyle and eyeliners definitely didn't make you edgier, Kellie), but I think it's safe to say that her sexy, showstopping performance for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is undoubtedly her best one up to this day. Big round of applause for her. Chris Daughtry effortlessly did his thing, although the song choice is weird and weak. I wonder if that silly mike stand kick of Taylor was included in the choreography too, that cracked me up. This guy's adrenalines were going high, always the one that had the most fun. I'm gonna say he made a good song change. Katharine also belt out big notes with her performance. Paris and Elliott did their songs justice. Too bad Mandisa wasn't here tonight, she could have done something incredible (see, I'm still not over it). One day they'll have to show us the footage of her practicing with Queen. Okay, to the Suckers Group (which is now only labeled onBucky & Ace). Bucky, fat-bottomedly boring...Pass! Ace...so gonna go home tomorrow, come on, you made a slow motion hand waving to illustrate the lyrics 'Waving your banners all over the place"?
One of the best shows of this season. Keep rockin' on, idols!
Tomorrow: an one-hour results show. I'm so curious, what are they up to? I'm pretty sure Queen's gonna perform live on the Idol stage. Can't wait!

So here go my ranks for this week:

1. Kellie Pickler
2. Taylor Hicks
3. Katharine McPhee
4. Chris Daughtry
5. Elliott Yamin

Agree or disagree? Feel free to let me know what you're thinking by submitting a little comment.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Picks Of The Week #18

Lyrics Of The Week

First, props to Mary J. Blige for giving a real strong, touching and soulful cover of the U2 classic song. Secondly, props to Bono the Activist for writing such captivating, thoughtful lyrics like this.

One
Mary J. Blige feat. U2

Is it getting better
Or do you feel the same?
Will it make it easier on you now?
You got someone to blame

You say one love, one life (one life)
It's one need in the night
One love (one love), get to share it
Leaves you darling, if you don't care for it

Did I disappoint you?
Or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
You act like you never had love
And you want me to go without

Well it's too late, tonight
To drag the past out into the light
We're one, but we're not the same
We get to carry each other
Carry each other
One...

Have you come here for forgiveness?
Have you come to raise the dead?
Have you come here to play Jesus?
To the lepers in your head

Well, did I ask too much, more than a lot?
You gave me nothing, now it's all I got
We're one, but we're not the same
Well, we hurt each other
Then we do it again

You say
Love is a temple
Love is a higher law
Love is a temple
Love is the higher law
You ask me to enter
Well then you make me crawl
And I can't be holding on
To what you got
When all you got is hurt

One love
One blood
One life
You got to do what you should
One life
With each other
Sisters and my
Brothers
One life
But we're not the same
We get to
Carry each other
Carry each other

One...
One love


Download This!

Jewel/ Again And Again

Jewel's back after the not-so-succesful reinvention of 0304, and in this new single she returns to her roots, singing that kind of sweet, cute, folky pop she does best with her sugar-coated, innocent vocals. The song's catchy, although it might not be as good as her previous singles, it's still worth checking out.


Flashback

Telepopmusik/ Breathe

As I told you before, recently I've regained my newfound interest in electronic music, especially the kind of frosty, deep, icy, chillout one. This is just one of the songs that turned my head around. Totally appropriate for listening while gazing out the window, looking at the rain heavily fall down (which is what I've been doing since it's been raining a lot lately). And then you can just breathe with the song, breathe with the breathy vocals. Quite a nice way to kill time, huh.


Music Video Of The Week

Gorillaz/ El Manana

When this phenomenal virtual band releases a new video, you know there's gonna be some big-budget, awesome animated effects, which is no exception to this one. It's almost like a real short film. Actually, the video's quite different from the previous ones, no hip-shaking, no spooky Shaun Ryder head, no kid choirs, and it was presented in widescreen format. You've got more shots of the floating windmill island of Noodle, then suddenly all these helicopters came. Well, not gonna spoil it for y'all, but the ending's quite questionable. Watch it right below.




Contest Of The Week

Want to win copies of the Punk Rock Mix Tape CD and even more? Enter this cool contest. Deadline: April 21.

http://www.interpunk.com/showcontest.cfm?contestname=324&Key=892924&

Friday, April 07, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 27 Recaps

What the hell was going on last night? Totally ourageous. Unspeakably inexplicable. Shockingly unexpected. I still can't figure out what was the voters thinking. Such a shame. Getting Mandisa kicked out of the show last night was the biggest mistake America has made this season. Okay, I agree her song choice wasn't really smart and the song kinda sucked, and country definitely wasn't her thing, but come on, this show isn't about voting for the song you like, it's about voting for the singer with the best vocals and personality. So even if your favorite singer didn't choose the right song, you should still stick to her, right? We all know Mandisa is a big big girl, but she stands up as a big big brave girl, she's spunky and fun-loving and can sing her ass off. Last week, I had to witness Lisa walking away, and this week, even Mandisa, my favorite to win the competition now, follow Lisa's footsteps too. What's happening? Feels like I can't stand to watch the show anymore when the talented get booted and the suckers (Ace & Bucky) keep sticking their asses on the safe seats. Mandisa wasn't the only suprise, though. How come Elliott and Paris got in the bottom three? They both had excellent song choice and did the songs justice, especially Paris. I just don't get it. Does that anti-Idol campaign 'Vote For The Worst' finally pay off? This is just confusing, I have no idea what's going on in your head, America. You're gonna think back and regret someday for the unthinkable thing you're capable of doing tonight. Mandisa, you walk out proud, with all that bling bling on your neck shimmering on your face! Keep pursuing your dreams, Mandiva!

Y'all, let's pay a tribute to Mandisa by rewatching her exit last night. I think they're gonna stay there for a while before YouTube tried to remove it.



I've also got the Ford music video 'Just One Look' for you guys. Enjoy!



Next week's theme: Queen. Get ready to rock on with my empoweringly idolicious recaps. Zeon...Out!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 26 Recaps

Tonight, we witnessed many things happen for the first time since the start of the season. For the first time in this season, Randy's more flamboyant than Paula. For the first time in this season, Paula got booed. For the first time in this season, Ryan got a quirky beard. For the first time in this season, Chris sang something else outside his genre. And for the first time in this season, Bucky actually did a decent performance.
So tonight's theme is country, so obviously we've got a guest star, who of course will give a performance tomorrow, and he's Kenny Rogers. The star of the night once again is Paris Bennett, who made a perfect choice singing country hit song 'How Do I Live'. Mandisa and Elliott also rocked the stage. Taylor Hicks was disappointing, though, the song choice was so mediocre, it didn't show his vocal range and personality at all. We got extra cheese from Chris and Ace, who both tried to belt out corny ballads. To be honest, I got enough of Ace trying so damn hard to croon and make the girls drool at the same time. Sooner or later, he'll be voted off, like Kellie (who performed okay even though tonight she was right in her comfort zone), he stayed on the show this long mainly because of his looks more than his singing ability . However, that's not gonna happen tomorrow, because I think Katharine was the weakest tonight. She could've done better than that. Way better.

So here are my top 5 for this week:

1. Paris Bennett
2. Mandisa
3. Elliott Yamin
4. Taylor Hicks
5. Kellie Pickler

Stay tuned for my recaps for the elimination night.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Picks Of The Week #17

First, let me clear things up. I hope no one fell for my fake news headlines yesterday. They were intended as an Aprils Fool practical joke. So if you did believe it (screw you!), you can go 'phew!' now. They're all made up crap, none of them is true (or maybe...who knows).

Lyrics Of The Week

Beautiful song. Heartfelt lyrics. Sometimes I do wonder where my sanctuary is to hide away. This song's like a big warm hug helping you get through neverending nights.

Always On Your Side
Sheryl Crow & Sting

My yesterdays are all boxed up and neatly put away
But every now and then you come to mind
Cause you were always waiting to be picked to play the game
But when your name was called, you found a place to hide
When you knew that I was always on your side

Well everything was easy then, so sweet and innocent
But your demons and your angels reappeared
Leavin' all the traces of the man you thought you'd be
Leavin' me with no place left to go from here
Leavin' me so many questions all these years

But is there someplace far away, someplace where all is clear
Easy to start over with the ones you hold so dear
Or are you left to wonder, all alone, eternally
This isn't how it's really meant to be
No it isn't how it's really meant to be

Well they say that love is in the air, but never is it clear,
How to pull it close and make it stay
Butterflies are free to fly, and so they fly away
And I'm left to carry on and wonder why
Even through it all, I'm always on your side

But is there someplace far away, someplace where all is clear
Easy to start over with the ones you hold so dear
Or are we left to wonder, all alone, eternally
But is this how it's really meant to be
No is it how it's really meant to be

Well if they say that love is in the air, never is it clear
How to pull it close and make it stay
If butterflies are free to fly, why do they fly away
Leavin' me to carry on and wonder why
Was it you that kept me wondering through this life
When you know that I was always on your side


Download This!

Prince/ Black Sweat

Super squeaky song! Annoying screeches in the loop as the background music. Prince's squeaky vocals get in your ears from start to finish, telling you to 'work it to the black sweat'. Somehow all of this combined makes one upbeat, funky, weirdly catchy, Outkasty song.

Flashback

Frou Frou/ Let Go

Recently, I've been listening to chillout electronica quite a lot, and this is one of the songs I came across. Featured in the 2004 soundtrack for 'Garden State', the song is just deeply exquisite with breathy vocals and groovy, relaxing tunes. If you haven't heard it yet, I highly recommend it.


Music Video Of The Week

Coldplay/ The Hardest Part

New music video from Coldplay. Directed by Mary Wigmore, the video used a clip from a short-lived 80s program "Attitudes" on the Lifetime Network, and had the band digitally inserted. It featured some what-the-???? aerobics acts with two contestants who have a quite big generation gap. Check it out and you'll know what I mean. Although the video completely, utterly doesn't go with the song at all (the song's mood is supposed to be...moody when the video's actually trying to be comedic), it's still fun and a bit freaky to watch. The great thing is, I have it attached to my post, so you can watch it right here on my blog! Woohoo!



Contest Of The Week

Stand a chance to win all 21 volumes of the Now! That's What I Call Music compilation series! Deadline: April 28. So enter now!

http://www.shakefire.com/contests/now21.html

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Real Shocking News!

What a day! Here I am surfing for some entertainment news and all of a sudden all this stuff just popped right up at me. These shocking news should be everywhere now. These I read from very authentic, trustworthy sources.They were just unbelievable. Just when you think you've read it all...I'm gonna try to sum up them for y'all. Be prepared to jump off your seats, yes they're that jaw-dropping!

Taylor Hicks' Actual Hair Color Is Red.
Yes, the old soul American Idol contestant confessed that he was actually born a redhead. He said he dyed his hair because he wanted to feel different and unique and that grey suited his soul better. Looks like it paid off. But finally, he decided to stop lying and shine the light on the truth. We'll have to wait to see the voters' reactions. It's gonna be outrageous!

Paris Hilton To Collaborate With Cyndi Lauper.
Cyndi Lauper will be featuring in Paris' debut single titled 'That's Hot (Keep Shakin' It)'. She said she was a big fan of Paris, so when Paris invited her to rap on the track, she agreed right away and the two had a very good time in the studio. The music video for the song will be directed by Hype Williams.

Kelly Clarkson To Guest Star On The Simpsons.
It's official. Kelly Clarkson will have a guest appearance palying herself in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons, in which Lisa and Homer will be against each other in a singing contest called 'Springfieldian Idol', which is of course a spoof of American Idol. Kelly will be one of the judges, and there will be a scene where Homer's singing to 'Since U Been Gone' in the car.

Crazy Frog Will Have A New Album
Expect it to hit stores this fall. This time, the frog will take on more contemporary hits like 'Milkshake', 'Goodies', 'Right Thurr', 'Speed Of Sound'...with some serious collaborators such as Lil' Jon, Chris Martin, and t.A.t.U! Also for first time Crazy Mosquito will also be introduced.

Too much, hah? You can take a breath now.