Sunday, December 31, 2006

2007

Yeah, I'm officially an hour into 2007, as in my time zone, according to the computer clock on the taskbar. Hands up in the air! Cheers!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

May I wish you readers and fellow bloggers the best of joy, luck, and success! May it be the best year ever, with lots of good music to come! Whatever your resolutions are for this year, two thousand seven, I hope you will conquer them, effortlessly and triumphantly! And keep visiting my blog!

My resolutions, well, I post them at another place, but I'm really going for them this time.

First thing is to get my high-speed connection back.

P.S. The year-end lists will surface later this week. Hopefully.

New Year's Eve Mini Mix

I have this all planned out for the New Year's Eve. Then there goes the breakdown. So here I present you the mini mix, without the mp3 links. Such a shame because these songs are really quite good. Just so you know, there's nothing wrong with your computer because they're supposed to be unclickable. Well, I was able to track down a guilt-free, officially hosted mp3 of one song, from Death Cab For Cutie, so enjoy, and have a good year, everyone!

And all of these songs below coincidentally have the phrase 'New Year' in their titles. Neat.

Death Cab For Cutie - The New Year
Camera Obscura - Happy New Year
Asobi Seksu - New Years
Sarah Blasko - Planet New Year
The Breeders - New Year

Sugababes - New Year
ABBA - Happy New Year (can't leave this one out)

And then there's the warm-sounding 'Fireworks' by The Whitest Boy Alive. Its title is named after that big, vibrant, blasting, short-lasted thing we all most of us like to see up in the skies at this time of the year.

I'll use two lines of its lyrics to conclude this unnecessary post.

"Patience is just another word for getting old
Resolution just as impossible as letting go."

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Uhm, bad news, guys...

Okay, so I've got bad news and good news. Which do you want to hear first?
Let's go with bad news first.
There was an earthquake in Taiwan, which lead to the slowdown of the broadband connection all across Asia. Most of the cable systems went kaput, and some websites are inaccessible.
So now the speed is like utter shit and it takes like forever to load a page. I'm barely hanging on. I want my internet back!
The good news is: it can take approximately a month for them to fix the problem >.< . So til then, I don't think it's likely I'll be able to upload anything new (let alone download something new). I'll try my best to post the year-end lists, but it doesn't seem as much fun reading them all without the bonus mp3s, does it?...sigh
It sucks hardcore, I know, but there's little I can do, beside babbling.

Such bullshit. Haven't I got enough of bullshit to cope with?

Monday, December 25, 2006

Zeon's Mixtape Vol. 3: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

It's Christmas Day! Jollywoohoo!

So yes, I finally got it done. Consider that an accomplishment. Here I proudly present: Zeon's Mixtape Vol. 3! I save the best for last, so this collection of songs consist of my favorite, traditional and original, from most of my favorite artists & bands of different types of music, all served for one purpose: making you feel festive & all warm up inside, and appreciating the spirit at this time of the year. You can tell I've put quite much effort into making this, so I hope you will enjoy the mix as much as I do.
So what did you do last night? Hope it all went great. Me, I had a good time, had a little feast with my family, then watched The Night Before Christmas, and finally listened to Sufjan Stevens' 'Songs For Christmas' box set, which was awesome! Today, I planned to listen again to the seasonal cds of Sarah McLachlan, Aimee Mann, Diana Krall, that Ally McBeal cd and more! I can only take them out once a year, you know! The rest of the week, I'll be spending time writing year-end lists and listening to records I should have listened to a long time ago but didn't because of the lack of time etc. I want to make sure I won't miss out on anything good for my list. So it's like work and play merged into one.

Well, I'll babble no more and leave you with the tracklist. Download them fast, there's not much time left. Hope this mixtape will be the essential soundtrack to your holidays! Thanks for those loyal readers who visit the blog throughout the whole year. If I haven't stopped by your blog and said Merry Christmas, it's probably because I'm too busy/lazy...but I wish you all the best. Okay, here we go...





01 Sufjan Stevens - Put The Lights On The Tree
02 The Chipmunks - The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)
03 The Polyphonic Spree - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
04 Death Cab For Cutie - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
05 Erlend Oye - Last Christmas
06 Fiona Apple - Frosty The Snowman
07 Jack Johnson - Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer
08 Barenaked Ladies - Snowman
09 Ivy - Christmas Time Is Here
10 Feist - Lo, How A Rose E're Blooming
11 Aimee Mann - The Christmas Song
12 Dido - Chrismas Day
13 Kylie Minogue - Santa Baby
14 Diana Krall - Winter Wonderland
15 Ron Sexsmith - Maybe This Christmas
16 The Boy Least Likely To - Little Donkey
17 Travis - River
18 Bright Eyes - Blue Christmas
19 Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan - Silent Night.mp3
20 Sarah McLachlan - Song For A Winter's Night



Save your time and download the whole mixtape in a zipped file.


That's all for now. Comment if you'd like to let me know what you think about the mix...Be on the look out for my getting listy! There will be a New Year-themed mini mix, too.

P.S.: R.I.P. James Brown.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

About The UK Christmas No. 1s...


Apparently, I'm suffering an illness only ocurred at this time of the year called 'Christmas Laziness', so remember that lovely mixtape I keep telling you about? It still, uhm, needs some finishing touch. So I say first thing to do tomorrow morning is to upload it for you guys. You will still listen to festive music on December 25th, won't you? You will.

So this is the night before Christmas and I'm wishing you all a happy holiday and a happy new year! Merry merry Christmas! (actually I was gonna say something less cliched but I'm lazy like that)

In the meantime, you might want to head to ANABlog for they have two amazing posts up. One has all the mp3s of the UK Xmas no. 1s ever since the beginning of the chart, and one has all the mp3s of the contenders for this year's Xmas No. 1, so run over there and feel festive!

Update: Leona Lewis has officially become a little richer.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Zeon's All-Star Christmas Mini Mix - Indie Edition


Okay, so this is the last part of my Christmas mini mixes. This time, it's all indie goodness, so if you'd like something a little bit offbeat, left-field for Christmas songs then go for it. Hope you've enjoyed the mixes I put up.
So 4 days til Christmas Day then. It seemed like yesterday that I was looking forward to 2006...
I'll try to upload the final full-length Christmas mixtape tomorrow or so, and then I'll get round to those 2006 best-of lists. So much hard work for my so-called holiday break, and I'm just behind of everything.

In the meantime, check out the festive tracks below...Have a holly jolly Christmas, y'all!

Grandaddy - Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland
Pete Yorn - Do They Know It's Christmas
Hem - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
The Format - Holly Jolly Christmas
The Raveonettes - The Christmas Song
Hello Saferide - iPod X Mas

Download the whole mix as a zipped file.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Rock Central Plaza - Sexyback


Do we need another cover of SexyBack? Maybe we do. God, this song is getting all the cover attention it doesn't deserve. I mean, it's a good, not great song (though it does manage to get in your head for a while), but there are tons of better songs waiting to be covered out there, and this just seems to be the obvious ironic choice to go with.
Anyway, this cover of the Canadian indie rock band 'Rock Central Plaza' is pretty interesting. It's different from those that I've posted before. Way different. Let's say there's a country-twang feel to it. The guy's voice kinda sounds like drunk-pervy-stalker creepy. And I think there is a violin.

Now if I've got you all curious, here's a link so that you can have a listen to it:


Rock Central Plaza - SexyBack (Justin Timberlake Cover) (link via Pitchfork)


Visit their Myspace for more of their music

By the way, if you haven't read Pitchfork Media's Top 100 Songs of 2006, go there now. It's really quite a list. Ciara and Cassie's entries are higher than those of Beyoncé, Rihanna & Nelly Furtado. The Pipettes and Lily Allen scored two entries each. No Belle & Sebastian in sight (which is a crime). There's a pretty good chunk of electronica between those indie rock tracks. And considered this is Pitchfork, you'd never believe what their number one is. No, not TV On The Radio. Not Joanna Newsom. Clue: it's pop.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Zeon's All-Star Christmas Mini Mix - Punk Rock Edition


If you happen to be have a 'thing' for punk rock music, then you may want to celebrate your Christmas (if you want to celebrate it at all) in a punchier, grittier way than most people do, with riffs and drums and all.
Well, Zeon got it covered here at his blog. Normally, I wouldn't really get a kick out of listening to these bands, but it's the holiday season, and here they've done quite a good job of rocking up holiday songs, traditional and new. Good enough to make you nod your head and bodyrock to. So if this is your thing, feel free to try them out. If it is not, well, maybe give it a try? Rock on, dudes!

Next and Final edition: An Indie Christmas. And a nice mixtape coming after that.

Fall Out Boy - Yule Shoot Your Eye
My Chemical Romance - All I Want For Christmas Is You
Simple Plan - My Christmas List
The Finals - Last Christmas
Sugarcult - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town


One click and download the whole mix as a zipped file

Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Pipettes Christmas Party!


The Pipettes Christmas party, polka-dot style! If you know them, you already know how their versions of Christmas songs sound like, so you're in for a treat. You might as well scroll down and grab them right now!
FYI, 'In The Bleak Mid-winter' was their first ever limited single given out in concerts back in 2004, when Julia was still in and Gwenno hadn't joined the group yet. Rare item, indeed.

The Pipettes - White Christmas
The Pipettes - In The Bleak Mid-winter

Bonus:
Monster Bobby is the guitarist of the The Cassettes, their backing band, he formed the group and wrote most of their songs. He will release his own record next year and his synth-pop rendition of 'Silent Night' is just up for free exclusively on Pitchfork Media. His sound is different to that of The Pipettes, though, but check it out if you'd like to! Keep pulling shapes!

Monster Bobby - Silent Night

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Zeon's All-Star Christmas Mini Mix - R&B Edition


Yay, 9 days away from Christmas Day! I should be more fast-paced with my festive posts etc...
So here's the second Christmas mini mix, this time it's all sweet R&B-infused versions of holiday songs for you. Hope you enjoy them all, take this mix with you when out shopping for gifts or whatever ways you can think of. Me, I've got myself a nifty online gift certificate, but I'm not sure whether to spend more on some good-looking T-shirts or some rare cds...

Next mix: Christmas goes punk rock.

Lauryn Hill - Little Drummer Boy
Macy Gray - Winter Wonderland
Destiny's Child - 8 Days Of Christmas
Ashanti - Hey Santa
TLC - Sleigh Ride
Toni Braxton - Christmas In Jamaica (feat. Shaggy)


Or save your time and just download the whole mix in a zipped file at one click...

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Soundtrack: The OC Mix 6: Covering Our Tracks


Though not a big fan of the show itself, I've always been fascinated with the amount of amazing indie music being featured on the show. So far, many songs on the previous five volumes of the compilation series have made their endearing ways into my iTunes library, especially covers recorded the show like the stellar, better-than-the-original Jem cover of Paul McCartney's 'Maybe I'm Amazed' or Nada Surf's sweet remake of 'If You Leave'. So you know how excited I am when this mix 6's out. The idea here is to get indie bands covering indie songs, stripping them down in different ways. An idea like that would leave any fans curious, but in the end, things didn't quite work out to my expectations.
The point is, this is my least favorite of the series. So many missed opportunities. Most of the artists didn't seem whole-heartedly devoted to their jobs, and therefore didn't put much efforts into the covers. Most of them are just downright bland and mediocrely done. Like the cover of Super Furry Animals' 'Hello Sunshine' by Syd Matters that added nothing new to the original, or the disappointingly plain Lady Sovereign take on Sex Pistols' 'Pretty Vacant' which showcased little of her usual sass, and the alright cover of 'California' by Mates Of State (they've could done so much better). Am I seeing a sign of struggle here, fitting with the show's decrease in ratings?
However, there are a few highlights here that outshined the others. The best one has to be Goldspot's cover of Modest Mouse's 'Float On'. They took away the edginess and tossed in more light-heartedness to make the song more feel-good in an uplifting way. Now I'd tend to lean on to this version if I want to cheer myself up with the line 'And we all float on okay'. Also noticeable is the Tally Hall unique take on The Killers' 'Smile Like You Mean It', complete with some orchestration.
Too bad it's unlikely there's gonna be a mix 7. There might be, but next time, much less eagerness.


Goldspot - Float On (Modest Mouse Cover)
Tally Hall - Smile Like You Mean It (The Killers Cover)
Mates Of State - California (Phantom Planet Cover)
Syd Matters - Hello Sunshine (Super Furry Animals Cover)
Lady Sovereign - Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols Cover)

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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Zeon's All-Star Christmas Mini Mix: Pop Edition



Hope it's still not too late to make a few festive posts?
Okay, so for this Christmas, there's gonna be various Christmas mini-mixes to warm up your spirits, categorized by genres. The first one to come your way is a pop edition, then soon an R&B one will follow, then an Indie one, and possibly a Punk rock one. Then when the night before Christmas draws near, I'll add the finishing touch by posting a proper mixtape with my favorite songs (of course, just a way of saying, it's not like I'm gonna give you a cassette or anything).
To begin with, here's a collection of old and new holiday songs sung quite nicely by female pop artists. You may notice the absence of a male artist name. It's because I tried hard to find a relevant, decent version of a Christmas song by a decent contemporary male pop artist, but ended up empty-handed. Even considered including Clay Aiken, but then it wouldn't make much difference.
Anyway, enjoy the 6 tracks. Oh, and the honor of the catchiest new Christmas song goes to Aly & AJ, though their song is supposedly soundtracked to *cough* Santa Claus 3...

Aly & AJ - Greatest Time Of Year
Avril Lavigne And Chantal Kreviazuk - O Holy Night
Christina Aguilera - Have Yourself A Very Little Christmas
Kelly Clarkson - My Grown Up Christmas List
Kelly Clarkson - O Holy Night
Vanessa Carlton - Greensleeves

For those too lazy to click, I also uploaded a zipped file of the whole mix.
Zeon's All-Star Christmas Mini Mix: Pop Edition (RAR file)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Indietastic #4 - Leopold - Work


Sometimes, one click can bring about much. I was at Swedesplease to get a nice live version of The Cardigans' 'Don't Blame Your Daughter', and since I always consider Sweden to be the unstoppable great music importer, I got to the homepage to see if there's more to offer. Then all by chance, I stumbled across the Leopold post and decidedly gave them a chance by curiousity. I'm really glad I did. When I've got a feeling that a song's gonna be great just after its first 10 seconds, I can't be wrong. At least, I wasn't wrong this time. The song's just all that I like in an indie pop song. The first line of lyrics 'Don't wanna go to work, I just wanna have fun' got me good. Then the rest I can totally relate to ('that girl you never dare to talk to', 'crowds you don't walk through'). The arrangements are just so melancholy and lush with the piano and the guitars...This should be the kind of song you'd want to listen to when the alarm clock rings in 6 AM in the morning, and though you're about to have a long commute to work, you just sit there in your own bed, look at your toes and wonder about things you could be doing instead. I won't be surprised if one day it makes it to a volume of Grey's Anatomy/The OC soundtrack. Though I'm still in high school, there are times I feel that way, and on Thursday I'll have an important contest to enter, so far I've done little reviving all the things I've learnt. So under pressure. Wish me luck, you guys. Maybe cross your fingers for me, and if I do it well, I'll be so happy to award you with a good post or two this weekend!

Leopold - Work

By the way, their second album 'Friend For A Friend' is released in Sweden this week. Go here for more information about them or get to their MySpace to download three more songs.

Jerrica Benton Is Her Spy Name

Ooh, she's coming back with style, isn't she? It's nice to see it take a different, narrative approach rather than all those showy, typical r&b/hip-hop promo videos out there. The editing's a bit confusing, though, I had to watch it twice to get all the plot. She looks so stunning as an undercover sassy superspy that I'll forgive her for that little ugly night intruder wig she wore at the end. Mission accomplished, lady.



While we're at it, here's a new remix of her comeback single. New album won't be out til March.

Amerie - Take Control (Remix)

Monday, December 04, 2006

Soundtrack: Happy Feet


There are penguins. Really cute CGI penguins. Thousands of them. Tapping their feet on ice. No wonder why they beat Bond off the number one spot, for two weeks in a row. I myself don't even know what the plot really is about, and I'll probably end up seeing it (because I have to go to look after my little sister, of course!). I wouldn't mind, though, since these penguins have quite a good taste in music and pick such catchy songs to dance to.


The Brand New Heavies (feat. Jamalski) - Jump N' Move
Make it the one song if you were to pick just a track from the soundtrack album (there's also a new Prince song, but I'll pass that). I first heard it from the first theatrical trailer and had to say that it is an insanely catchy, upbeat reggae number. Just make me want to get up and, well, jump and move. Family-friendly music somehow sounds a whole lot of fun.

Brittany Murphy - Somebody To Love
Brittany Murphy's the next in the line of Hollywood actresses to pursue a serious music career, and so far she's made all the right choices. Look at her producer line-ups: Paul Oakenfold, Chris Cox, Max Martin, Timbaland...This girl's got more commerical potential than Scarlett. And it's a bless to know that she can actually sing (judging on her bombastic collab with Oakenfold 'Faster Kill Pussycat'). So I guess, in the meantime, while waiting for that debut to come out in 2007, we can listen to a bland Queen cover of 'Somebody To Love' instead. Not so painful to listen to, her voice is fine, but it's just nothing exciting.

Gia Farrell - Hit Me Up
Say hello to the next manufactured teen pop star, who paves her way into the hearts of Hannah Montana-watching, Hilary Duff-worshipping teenagers through the soundtrack of 'Happy Feets'. Good marketing move. Her image is kinda cheesy, bubbly, clean-cut, too Disney-ish and she said she sang "soulful pop", but I think they know what they're selling. This debut single is a bouncy, Radio-Disney-ready pop ditty, which for sure appeals to her target audience but for me, she's not the next 'JoJo' or anything. We'll see.


Buy the soundtrack

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Indietastic #3: Mates Of State - Like U Crazy



The same old typical routine happened to me. Band was in buzz, checked out a couple of songs, wasn't into them, put them aside. Then new video came out, hesitatingly gave them a second chance, and got surprisingly convinced. Though 'Like U Crazy' remained my only favorite song from them, I was grateful for it.

The song may sound a little overwhelming at first, but it should start seeping through your brain and get stuck in it the second time around.
First, the lush piano arrangements from start to finish is like a huge pool you want take a deep dive in. It builds up and maintains that nostalgic, bittersweet, '50s doo-wop vibe of the song. The vocals may sound a bit hectic, but once you get used to them, you may realize that they make the song sound unique that way. And the lyrics just go along so well with the melodies. Those catchy 'I I I like U crazy', and the soaring chorus are just perfect for singing along. They just sound so convincingly in love together (of course, since they're husbands and wives). If one day I decided to bring a CD player standing on the streets singing a song to proclaim my love for some lady on the balcony, and annoy the hell out of passers-by (though I'd never do that, so cheesy & clichéd), I'd sing over this one.

Mates Of State - Like U Crazy

Bonus points for the lo-fi, black & white, space Titanic-esque music video.



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Coming Up:
I know I've been under the radar lately, but December's finally strolling down and therefore, there should be some proper Christmas music coverage, huh? I'm not sure what songs to choose, though, it seems everyone has posted what I have up my sleeve. Mixtape should be ready by mid-Dec, and some minimix will also surface each week. Also more Indietasticness, and I'd better start compiling those Best-Of lists before it's too late...

Friday, December 01, 2006

World AIDS Day - December 1

Just a quick note.
Today is World AIDS Day.

Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise.

Just be smart, stay safe and stay alive, people.



For more information, visit World AIDS Day website, or add it to your MySpace. (Yeah, you can do that)