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07:17pm 30/11/2005
  Bet you all haven't seen this poppin' up on your friends list in a while.

Well, I was gonna do an update with Jo about a month ago... BUT, my website expired. So, our friend J hooked us up with some new space.

THEN my screen decided to break and all I can see is dark gray, which super annoys me, and I don't like to do more than I have to on that computer. I'm going to have to call Dell and send it in and get it fixed.

But... if in the future... you would like an update... What kind of music are you looking for? I keep thinking about it. Maybe if we get some input there could be an update forthcoming soon.

Pick one from each section:

Languages:
1. Chinese
2. Korean
3. Japanese
4. English
5. Different Than All The Above (may include French, Spanish, Portuguese, Punjabi...)

Types (includes sub genres of the categories):
1. Rock
2. R&B, Hip Hop, etc.
3. Pop
4. Dance
5. Other (may include instrumental, sound-scape type tracks)
 
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Kuremachisu Mini-Update: A Seven Day Stretch in Japan   
10:41pm 23/07/2005
 
mood: okay
Azora here. I'm bringing you all a mini-themed update just to keep the party rockin'. "A Seven Day Stretch in Japan" is five songs released within the period of April 20th-April 27th. I thought it might be fun to do a flashback update - but not TOO much of a flashback. Most of these are singles that I hadn't even heard during this period anyway. So here we go.

7-24-05: I've found out that Kuremachisu has been listed as Music LJ of the Week over at zhongwenmp3. <3 Hee. I'm excited. For those of you that don't know, zhongwenmp3 is another music LJ that samples mostly Chinese music.

A Link to the Past - Not the Zelda game.Collapse )
 
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KUREMACHISU! COMEBACK: MIA, Maki Nomiya, Youmi Kimura, advantage Lucy....   
02:12pm 15/06/2005
 
mood: amused
KUREMACHISU! COMEBACK SPECIAL:
Music that Sucks Infinitely Less Cock than Ayu


Ayumi Hamasaki is to JPop what marijuana is to that exciting world of illict narcotics (which Zora & I do not, by the way, endorse in any way, shape, or form) - The gateway drug (and also, Zora points out to me as I write this, "the drug of inferior quality- why smoke pot when you can do a line of coke?"- I wouldn't know about that though, although she clearly does) and love it or hate it, along with BoA's new haircut (I mean, come on. Bangs? The girl's one claim to fame is that she only has two hairstyles and even less facial expressions. I fear a change at this late stage could be dangerous to her career, but that's a topic for an entirely different update), Ayu's demise has been one of the more hotly debated topics of the JPop world. Or at least, the JPop world outside Japan, where the crazier fanboys & girls seem to reside anyway.

First, let's get one thing sorted out. I -liked- Ayu. Loved her, even. I actually OWN 4 of her albums, which means I actually paid for all of them. At $35 a pop when I already had all the songs in mp3 format, that's no mean feat. She's just not one of my fandoms anymore, and that's because her music jumped the shark. Goodness knows her image didn't, she's still as beautiful as before, but somewhere along the line (hell, let's pinpoint. The last song of hers I actually liked was theme of a-nation '03, which at least, surely, deserves a proper title?) her music lost a little something that made it Ayu- her lyrics and songs were, to an extent, an image of human existance. They were deeply personal to her. And they're just not anymore. Now whether you blame this on Ayu or her management, for many former fans, the fact remains.

Now back to the marijuana thing. From marijuana, as you will well know if you paid attention in Drug Education, we addicts move on to bigger and better things! And that's what Zora & I aim to bring you with this update- a snippet of what we, at least, think is some of the better Asian music which you might be missing if you're still chilling in Camp Ayu. And if you ARE still a Happy Camper and we can't change your mind, do yourself a favour- frisbee your "MY STORY" CD in the general direction of the garbage can and buy yourself a copy of "I am..." or "Duty". Now THERE is some quality music.

Disclaimer: we mean no offense to anyone, except that at the same time, we TOTALLY do, because we're shameless attention seekers. If you send us hatemail for this one, Zora says she'll call you 7 kinds of dirty words. If you defriend us, you're too easily offended and, really, a bit of a loser, and we make no apology for insulting your fandom.

Asian Pop CocaineCollapse )

APRIL KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT COCAINE, WHERE OR FROM WHOM IT CAN BE PURCHASED. Thanks.
 
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Kuremachisu! Comeback   
04:36pm 16/05/2005
 
mood: excited
This weekend or next, depending when I finish song selections- Zora has picked hers already and I, as always, am much with the lag.

We have a special surprise theme for this update, which we have a feeling you guys will either love or hate, but it's going to be a blast for us either way!

Stay tuned, guys. We miss you heaps!

~Jo xxx
 
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Yeaaaah   
03:37pm 03/02/2005
 
mood: okay
I know, it's been a while. But sadly this isn't an update. I just wanted to let everyone know Jo and I are still alive. We just haven't had the time to update, like some other journals. Jo just got off holidays, and I switched classes at my school recently. I have four 85 minute blocks each day, and on January 22 that's our "switch date" where we get four new classes. So I've been trying to focus on my classes, get my homework done, all the while having to go to work at least 4 out of 7 days of the week. Oh yeah, and I've been working on a social life too. So I haven't had time, sorry!

Getting the information is a bit time consuming, but I feel it's pointless to just post a song without any information. I mean, if you know nothing about the artist or song, what's the chance you're going to buy their music? Hello?! You need to know what album, single, etc, it's on.

Because I can't say I really -promote- piracy. I want people to support the artists.

Anyway, I'm alive. So's Jo. We're just kickin' back.
 
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New Yurz, ft. some bitchin' tunes   
12:31am 31/12/2004
 
mood: excellent
* - If you download, please COMMENT. That's the only way we can tell what music you like, and it will help us choose music for future updates. This still goes for our new Friends-Only rule. And we like comments! :D
* - Please download only one song at a time, and DO NOT HOTLINK. Any hotlinking may result in a temporary suspension of files, and that means no downloads for anyone. Please remember, the internet is there to be shared, so respect others.
* - If you like the music, support the artists. These files are intended for sampling purposes only.
* - This week's songs will be removed: Whenever.




Azora.:* Because I'm cool, I update just in time to give you some hard tunes for the New Year. My songs are mostly rock oriented with a bit of funk, apart from the 1TYM song. And three of them are Korean. Rawk. *jams out* Oh, and I'm cheap and haven't included album photos.

Title: velvet
Artist(s): Thee Michelle Gun Elephant
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Sabrina Heaven [album]
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): http://www.universal-music.co.jp/tmge/
Genre: Rock
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Thee Michelle Gun Elephant is composed of Abe Futoshi (guitar), Ueo Koji (bass), Kujara Kazayuki (drums), and Chiba Yusuke (vocalist). The band's name was coined by a former bassist who mispronounced the name of The Damned's album, Machine Gun Etiquette (say it with me now!). Sadly, the band called ultimately called it quits and played their last tour ever, called "Last Heaven" before disbanding.

[REVIEW]

It seems like every time I really get into a band they disband! Ugh. Anyway, I don't think I've had a rock band jamming me this much since... Gosh. I'm not sure. Not immediately anyway. (I can name a couple rock soloists, but not a band.) I heard first of Thee Michelle Gun Elephant when I listened to Tokyo Ska Orchestra's Kanariya Naku Sora (if you're interested, request and I'll upload it), where Chiba Yusuke is featured as the MOST FABULOUS GUEST SINGER EVAH. It's on my list of favorite songs. He's just so dynamic. And it appears so is his band. This song starts out with this absolutely off-beat drum solo. And then comes Koji's awesome jazzy bass sound, which just drives into you... And after the intro, the rock god himself, Chiba Yusuke, sings in this gravelly voice... oh... To worship...

Title: Orun Ai
Artist(s): Jaurim
Language: Korean
Album/Single: Purple Heart [album]
Reviewed by: Azora
Genre: Rock
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Kim Yoon Ah, also a soloist, heads up Jaurim's lineup as their vocalist. Lee Soon Gyu plays guitar, Kim Jin Man plays bass, and Goo Tae Hoon hammers on the drums. Lee Soon Gyu and Kim Jin Man originally played in a band called CCR, but met Kim Yoon Ah and Goo Tae Hoon and formed Ugly Duckling. In 1997 they became Jaurim, having signed with a record company. Jaurim is actually a word made of three Chinese characters. Interpreted it can mean "Purple Rainy Forest", "Forest of Purple Rain", and my personal favorite, the artistic interpretation of "Violet Rain Falling Upon the Forest".

[REVIEW]

Excellent song from Jaurim's debut album, Purple Heart. It has a pretty hard rock-funk sound. Not as funk say, as disco, but it's got a bit of funk to it. The "hardness" is all in what I believe to be the bass. Kim Yoon Ah's vocals are deep enough, and gritty enough, but she doesn't lose her jazzy soul singing this song. Truly though, the guitars are what rock this song.


Title: "Round Down"
Artist(s): Imagination
Language: Korean
Album/Single: Imagination [album]
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): http://sangsang.melon.com
Genre: Rock
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Also apparently known as the SangSang band, Imagination is comprised of Venny on vocals, Showgy on bass, Mook (such a cute name!), and Jung Sang on drums. I know like, nothing about these people except for random things. Venny and Showgy went to Joong Ang University together though. And Jung Sang attended the LA Musician Institute.

[REVIEW]

I'm seeing a pattern here... RAWK. Anyway, I don't have the real title for "Round Down", which is in Korean and my Korean romanizer is being a ho and doesn't know what the characters stand for. If anyone wants to go to the site and do it for me, I'd love you. Like, a lot. Anyway, the beginning to this totally sounds like a James Bond theme song. It's pretty pimp. Mostly they do downbeat rock though from what I can tell from their album. This is a little harder in the beginning, Venny's voice being a bit gritty through some kind of filter. But it's got this cute indies rock band sound. It's a pretty upbeat rock song, all in all. You know you want it!!!! (Oh, the grammer nazi in me screams for using four exclamation marks.) Join the cult.

Title: 1TYM
Artist(s): 1TYM
Language: Korean
Album/Single: One Time For Your Mind [album]
Reviewed by: Azora
Genre: Hip Hop
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

They sing, they dance, and they rap so well! 1TYM are Danny Im (Taebin), Oh Jin Hwan, Teddy Park, and Song Baek Kyoung. They're also a part of the ever popular YG family. 1TYM are one of the biggest hip hop/rap groups in Korea today.

[REVIEW]

Probably the most popular song, 1TYM is the first song I was exposed to from this group. My editor is all in "touch" with her Korean roots (but can I really talk this way? I mean, I'm a white girl in a psychedelic Asian music filled world) and was listening to Korean rap (on low, because you know, it's a small white town, lol) and I was like, "Who are you listening to?" and she said, "1TYM". So, there we go. She's also hooked me onto Mashimaro. Anyway, it's catchy, and um, kind of reminds me of ICP in some places (just the electronic sounds and some of the chanting, don't worry - it's not dirty... at least not what I can understand... XD).
 
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Hm.   
08:08pm 26/12/2004
 
mood: okay
We were supposed to update today. Well, I haven't talked to Jo in the past few days, but I know that we both planned to update...

I'll get around to it when I get around to it. I'm going to relax and enjoy my holiday a little more.
 
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Just a quick note to say...   
03:05pm 13/12/2004
 
mood: cheerful
...that I added my songs to Zora's rotation a little while ago. So if you've already downloaded, you can check back and you may find something else you like. <3 Sorry for the delay & the Friends List floodage.
 
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December 12 ft. Emiko Shiratori, Matsu Takako, DOUBLE, Ayaka Hirahara...   
01:10am 12/12/2004
 
mood: okay
* - If you download, please COMMENT. That's the only way we can tell what music you like, and it will help us choose music for future updates. This still goes for our new Friends-Only rule. And we like comments! :D
* - Please download only one song at a time, and DO NOT HOTLINK. Any hotlinking may result in a temporary suspension of files, and that means no downloads for anyone. Please remember, the internet is there to be shared, so respect others.
* - If you like the music, support the artists. These files are intended for sampling purposes only.
* - This week's songs will be removed: We'll say Sunday, December 26th, 2004 - but you know how that goes.




Azora.: First off, all the biography info on my picks are coming off the top of my head. I don't feel like looking for bio info this time around, but I think I know enough. Anyway, this update has a bit of a midtempo theme. I'm on a midtempo theme for now, listening to Ayaka and Takako and just recently Chihiro Onitsuka. If the bio information looks weird, forgive me. But um, I'm tired and I don't really care today. ^^; Enjoy the downloads.

Jo.: I have been so lazy lately with the not-updating and so forth, but I'm on vacation now so once again I will try to keep my act together. Thanks Zora for keeping the place running like you always do ^.~ Anyway I tried to pick some slow songs this week to fit with Zora's mid-tempo idea. It's just random songs I picked & ripped off CDs (hint: copy protection= not as shiny as the record companies think). Ditto on the crappy bios this week thing. Enjoy, anyway. ^^ Sorry I'm a bit late. I also romanized that song title for you, Zora ^.~



Title: Risshuu ~Kaze ni Fukarete~ / The First Day of Autumn ~Blown in The Wind~
Artist(s): Emiko Shiratori
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Cross My Heart
Reviewed by: Azora
Genre: pop ballad/folk
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Emiko Shiratori's been around for a while. She sung at the Olympics in Nagano, Japan. She's more known today among gamers for her theme song for FF9, "Melodies of Life". Emiko also sings very well in English and seems to be fond of cover songs.

[REVIEW]

Yeah, I know, my info sucks. But I'm lazy. Anyway, I just got her Cross My Heart album which I've been LUSTING after since like, forever. The First Day of Autumn (I lack romanized track titles right now because my romanizing site is down) is a folky sounding pop ballad that sounds very much like a mix between Emiko's "popera" style as I've heard one person put it and country. It's more pop ballad than anything though, and is midtempo enough without being totally upbeat.



Title: The Shooting Star
Artist(s): Matsu Takako
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Itsuka, Sakure no Ame ni...
Reviewed by: Azora
Genre: Contemporary pop
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Matsu Takako is a well-known j-dorama actress and contemporary pop singer. She has released several albums and headed several of her own tours.

[REVIEW]

Yay for Matsu Takako. <3 Alright, this is a little more upbeat than midtempo, but it's a fabulous song. Definitely one of my favorites, even though it's an older song. The Shooting Star is partly responsible for me getting into Matsu Takako. It's got this groovy underbeat, but it's her smooth vocals that I'm loving. She just get carried away trying to show off her voice - it's just there. Anyway, it's got that great orchestra backing in some parts too... This is definitely one of my guilty pleasures right here. (Oh wait, no. That's actually enjoying BoA's English on the b-side to her new Christmas single, The Christmas Song. O.o!)



Title: Moon River
Artist(s): DOUBLE
Language: English
Album/Single: Life is Beautiful
Reviewed by: Azora
Genre: Jazz
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

DOUBLE is one half of an original duo. I can't remember their names (I don't think I've ever known them) but it used to be a duo of sisters. One of the sisters died the summer after their breakthrough hit, and the other one now goes on using the same name. DOUBLE normally does R&B infused pop and dance.

[REVIEW]

Ooh, I'm loving this. Moon River has been sung by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn before DOUBLE and fans of old-time jazz and old flicks will probably immediately recognize it. The Frontpage Orchestra is what you'll hear in the background, and they're absolutely amazing. DOUBLE isn't too shabby herself, and her English is pretty good. She says huckleberry a bit funny, but I suppose no-one's perfect. Everyone should hear me roll my R's for Spanish. My double-R's are non-existent. Anyway, good song. <3



Title: I
Artist(s): Ayaka Hirahara
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: The Voice
Reviewed by: Azora
Genre: pop
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Ayaka Hirahara hit the charts with a bang with her single Jupiter, and a voice that reminded more than a few of ballad singer Asuca Hayashi. She's released her newest album now, titled The Voice.

[REVIEW]

I could have been repetitive and posted the English version of Jupiter that I like so much, but I decided to go with my second favorite cutting off the album, "I". Ayaka sticks to the low notes, which is fine with me. It's a pop song that switches between all the tempos - low, mid, up- and even has a few of those dramatic electric guitars in the background. Anyway, it's good. I mean, I listen to it. Of course it's good. XP



Title: Never On Sunday
Artist(s): Maki Nomiya
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Lady Miss Warp
Reviewed by: Jo
Genre: Retro-pop/Shibuya-Kei
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Maki Nomiya is the ex-vocalist of now-defunct influential Shibuya-Kei group Pizzicato Five. Since the group's split in 2001, Maki has released 2 solo albums, written 3 books, featured on songs by S-Kei mainstays such as Towa Tei and Crazy Ken Band and started her own clothing label, mini-she by Maki Nomiya.

[REVIEW]

I know I wrote a proper bio for Maki at some point but I couldn't be bothered finding it. Anyway, Maki Nomiya is a goddess as far as I am concerned. I love her albums and the work she did with m-flo has become my absolute favourite song, not only of 2004, but of all time (any song which can amuse me for over 6 months earns that title). Her retro, 60's & jazz influenced pop isn't for everyone though. Never On Sunday was the first single off Maki's third (second post-P5) album Lady Miss Warp. It's a ballad that sounds like something Burt Bacharach might have done in the 60's, which is non-surprising since he's one of her favourite artists. It's not one of my favourites of Maki, but still good.



Title: Close to you
Artist(s): Ayumi Hamasaki
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: RAINBOW
Reviewed by: Jo
Genre: Pop/ballad
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Ayumi Hamasaki is one of Japan's most influential pop stars ever. In the 6 years she has been in the music biz, she has released six albums, a load of singles and hundreds of remixes, earning her the title of being one the most remixed artists in the world. Her sales often break records and it is rare for her singles to not go to number one. Her music covers heaps of genres, from pop to rock to techno and everything in between.

[REVIEW]

This song is a standard Ayu ballad and not one of my favourites, but it would be a bit lame to post something like HANABI since everyone has that already, so here you go, Close to you. It reminds me a bit of Christmas because of the bells I think. Speaking of Ayu, who here has heard the stuff off her new album? I used to be a massive Ayu fan but now I can't bring myself to care. Still, can anyone tell me if it's any good?



Title: SIGNS OF LIFE
Artist(s): SUITE CHIC
Language: English
Album/Single: When Pop Hits the Fan
Reviewed by: Jo
Genre: R'n'B
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

SUITE CHIC is a project made up of some of Japan's best and most influential DJs, MCs and producers. It featured people like VERBAL, ZEEBRA, michico, AI, and of course vocals done by Namie Amuro. Only one album was released, plus a remix album, but many fans hope a second will be made in the near future, and Namie has hinted towards it at various points.

[REVIEW]

I've liked this song since the first time I heard it. It's very ambient and relaxing. As for Namie doing an entire song in english- it sounds like a daunting prospect but it's not so bad. Her pronunciation is a little off, but the lyrics were written by a native english speaker (as with the backup vocals in the chorus) so the "signs of rife" aren't as annoying as they could be. VERBAL also acted as an English consultant for the entire album which is why the english is some of Namie's best. But I disgress. I like this song- some of the rhyming in the lyrics is a bit obvious, but I like the message- that you can meet someone who brings you back to life. Very nice ball
 
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Hm.   
10:50am 07/12/2004
 
mood: okay
If you haven't noticed, Jo and I didn't get to it this time around.

But, there are a couple options for the next update that I, at least, am thinking of offering. The next update will probably be this next Sunday.

1. A bit torrent of a video.
2. A bit torrent of an album.
3. A multimedia package concerning an artist (either a .rar file or a bit torrent, probably mirrored several times on yousendit.com). Will probably contain a single or two, maybe a wallpaper, things like that.
4. The normal rundown of various songs.

So, comment. Tell me what you think is a good idea. It might not happen, but it's good to have input.
 
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Nov. 21 ft. Yumi Shizukusa, Faye Wong, Cibo Matto, Les.R, hitomi   
11:38pm 20/11/2004
 
mood: okay
* - If you download, please COMMENT. That's the only way we can tell what music you like, and it will help us choose music for future updates. This still goes for our new Friends-Only rule. And we like comments! :D
* - Please download only one song at a time, and DO NOT HOTLINK. Any hotlinking may result in a temporary suspension of files, and that means no downloads for anyone. Please remember, the internet is there to be shared, so respect others.
* - If you like the music, support the artists. These files are intended for sampling purposes only.
* - This week's songs will be removed: We'll say Sunday, December 5th, 2004 - but you know how that goes.




Azora.:* - Well, here's the songs for this week. I decided to add two songs that weren't requested, one by Yumi Shizukusa, and one by Les.R. I actually planned to upload Yumi last update, but I forgot. I haven't seen anyone post this particular song by her (and if they have, of course, I don't care), and Les.R is a duo I recently got into. It's too bad I can't find any information on them. Jo might add some stuff later, or not. Just don't forget to comment if she does and you come back and download some more stuff. Enjoy!

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Nov. 6th ft. Tsukiko Amano, Emi Hinouchi, Ayumi Hamasaki x2, Stefanie Sun, OLIVIA x2, & Uhm Jung Hwa   
02:59pm 06/11/2004
 
mood: okay
* - If you download, please COMMENT. That's the only way we can tell what music you like, and it will help us choose music for future updates. And we like comments! :D
* - Please download only one song at a time, and DO NOT HOTLINK. Any hotlinking may result in a temporary suspension of files, and that means no downloads for anyone. Please remember, the internet is there to be shared, so respect others.
* - If you like the music, support the artists. These files are intended for sampling purposes only.
* - This week's songs will be removed: We'll say Sunday, November 21th, 2004 - but you know how that goes.




Azora.:* - ¿Qué pasa? What's up, all? All-Request Fortnight recieved a good amount of requests over-all, considering our "going public" phase. sunleth, rinkun, and cat_o_ninetails, I PROMISE to post your songs either between updates or November 21st. I have both Cibo Matto's and Faye Wong's song, and will be looking for hitomi's. But I don't know when I will be posting them. I decided to post it today so I don't have to worry about it tonight when I'm dead tired. This means you get two weeks and a day. :D Enjoy!

Everyone else can request for next time with our Request List.

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LAST CALL.   
04:52pm 05/11/2004
 
mood: okay
Alright everybody, last call for All-Request Fortnight. We won't be accepting requests after today.

Go here to see what songs we can offer. Some might be missing (the majority are still available though), but we'll try as much as possible to put them up.

If you have a song you'd like to request but we don't have it, you MAY request it, but there is hardly a chance that we'll put it up or have it. However, it doesn't hurt to ask.
 
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Well, well.   
08:50pm 31/10/2004
  Azora here.

I'd just like to let everyone know that we will be going public once again.

Friends-Onlying actually didn't help much. Instead it shut a lot of people out from sampling music from our journal. We did not get a better ratio of comments to downloads in any case, as I thought we would.

I'm still hoping that people will comment as they download, but I suppose I can't have everything and some people, no matter how many times you suggest it, will not comment. I don't want to take away from those who will though. Our next update will be November 7th, in any case, and will be an All-Request Fortnight post.

Everyone and anyone should request something! It just might be put up. :D The Request List is here. If we don't have what you've requested (or it was lost), the chances of it being put up are lower than average. However, we'll try to put up what you request.
 
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Kuremachisu! news.   
09:45pm 05/09/2004
 
mood: okay
Azora.:* Well, Jo and I have come to make a couple of decisions over the last few days about Kuremachisu. I would, first, like to tell everyone we won't be updating this week. Jo and I found that we just don't have the time. But, here are our decisions and the reasons why.

1. We will be updating fortnightly instead of weekly (every two weeks). This will allow us to manage our time more effectively. We have school, homework, our own interests other than Kuremachisu, and I have a part time job I work at 3-4 days a week. Our next update will be the 12th.

2. We will be making this journal friends-only. I've been pondering this since other journals have done it, and it's the only option right now. My bandwidth nearly got fried last month. I love doing songs for Kuremachisu, but I can't let my hostees down. They're more important to me. I'm offering them a place to host their sites that like, never has downtime. My site doesn't have downtime ever, as far as I know.


3. Number 2 probably wouldn't bother me as much, but I know there's a bunch of people out there not commenting. Those of you that do comment, don't take this the wrong way! We appreciate your comments so much! But I don't like people who don't comment. By friends-onlying this journal, I will know more or less who might be downloading the songs - and how many aren't commenting.

4. We will be cutting down on the number of songs we post. This relates to Number 1. Jo and I will be doing 2-3 songs a week. Next time we update though, I will be putting up however many requests that I agreed to upload this week. I can't do it this week though. I don't know whether or not Jo will be doing the same. I don't speak for her. After that I'll be doing 2-3 songs though. This is in part to stop my bandwidth from being fried.

5. All music journals that we have friended will still be friended. I'm sure that you guys all comment simply for the fact that you expect comments.

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If you would like to view and download from future Kuremachisu updates, please reply to this post.
 
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Aug. 29th ft. RIKKI, Emiko Shiratori, WAX, and more to come...   
08:34pm 29/08/2004
 
mood: okay
* - If you download, please COMMENT. That's the only way we can tell what music you like, and it will help us choose music for future updates. Not to mention that you're a REJECT if you don't. And we like comments! :D
* - Please download only one song at a time, and DO NOT HOTLINK. Any hotlinking may result in a temporary suspension of files, and that means no downloads for anyone. Please remember, the internet is there to be shared, so respect others.
* - If you like the music, support the artists. These files are intended for sampling purposes only.
* - This week's songs will be removed: We'll say Sunday, September 5th, 2004 - but you know how that goes.




Azora.:* - Well, I've been a busy bee and so has Jo. I also start school again tomorrow, so I've been busy gathering stuff for the "big day". Jo's going to update later, and I'm only doing three songs this time around. I couldn't think of a fourth one, and we haven't gotten many requests lately, so I decided there would be only three. Since I'm starting school again, and since Jo is already in school, there might be some delays on future updates so you'll just have to bear with us.

Oh, and since I've been thinking how much our updates are taking up space on your Friends pages, I've decided that it'd be cool if the songs were LJ-cutted. You'll probably see this in the future from now on, but maybe not. It's still something I have to discuss with Jo. :D

Request List Here. Requestage, anyone?

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The B*tch is Back! HAHA. ft. Maki Nomiya, BoA, Emi Hinouchi, Miyavi, Ayaka Komatsu, Pizzicato Five   
11:03pm 23/08/2004
 

* - If you download, please COMMENT. That's the only way we can tell what music you like, and it will help us choose music for future updates. Not to mention that you're a REJECT if you don't.
* - Please download only one song at a time, and DO NOT HOTLINK. Any hotlinking may result in a temporary suspension of files, and that means no downloads for anyone. Please remember, the internet is there to be shared, so respect others.
* - If you like the music, support the artists. These files are intended for sampling purposes only.
* - This week's songs will be removed: We'll say Sunday, August 29th, 2004 - but you know how that goes.




Jo.:* I was going to go with "the B*tch is Back" but decided this would be more user-friendly. Anyway, I'm back! Yeah, it's been like a month, and I've been largely too lazy to get my act together, but I promise I will try hard to stay up-to-date from now on!
This week Azora "let" me pick all the songs. Actually I kinda asked but I think she was glad not to have to do it, haha. Anyway, I decided to pick 7 songs and then added an 8th because eight is a rounder number and also all the songs were in Japanese. So against my better judgement I am posting a Korean BoA song.
With this update I tried to represent where my musical taste is, overall- a bit of vintage jazz, r'n'b, and rock. The songs all ended up being a bit same~ish, but I don't have much Japanese music on my poor HD anymore.

Regarding the request list, I have decided that from now on, ALL REQUESTS FOR THE SUNDAY UPDATE MUST BE SUBMITTED BY FRIDAY. This is because a large part of the music on the request list is still on my laptop. I DO NOT HAVE DIRECT INTERNET ACCESS FROM MY LAPTOP. Because of this, I have to transfer files, which is a painful process and can be a bit of a pain in the ass if I have to do it a lot of times. So if you want to request something, please make sure you do it by Friday, so I can get whatever I need to off my other computer all in one go. If it's already past Friday, please leave your request until the following week. If you don't, we'll probably just ignore it. Thanks.

Thanks again to Zora for keeping everything running in my absence, and to every one of you for continuing to support Kuremachisu!

Much <3, Jo. xo

Azora.:* I thought "the B*tch is Back" was cute, so I put it in the subject. :P Anyway, enjoy songs ya'll. I have no input really.

Request List Is Here, As Always..



Title: Spark
Artist(s): BoA
Language: Korean/English
Album/Single: My Name (album)
Company: SM Town
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Jo
Link(s): http://www.avexnet.or.jp/boa/
Genre: Pop

[BIO]

BoA is a crossover star in Japan and Korea. At the age of thirteen, she was signed to SMTOWN records in Korea. She did so well in Korea they decided to market her in Japan. BoA released a Japanese version of her album ID; Peace B and was a hit. For every Korean album she has, there is a Japanese album and then some. She is also said to speak English fluently and is fond of making English versions of her singles as c/w tracks.

[REVIEW]

OK, it's no secret that I really don't like BoA. But I'm posting this anyway because I managed to d/l the first few songs from her "My Name" album from soulseek. It sounds very Britney Spears~ish to me (I'm sorry to the people who hate that comparison, but it does) and is basically just pop. The vocals are solid (I prefer BoA in Korean to Japanese or any other language for that matter), and the chorus is catchy enough to make you listen, but not exactly something that sticks in your brain. Standard BoA.



Title: Brand New Love
Artist(s): Emi Hinouchi
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Dramatiques (album)
Company: Tachytelic
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Jo
Link(s): http://www.tachytelic.co.jp
Genre: R'n'B

[BIO]

Emi Hinouchi was discovered by m-flo DJ Taku Takahashi. She is the first artist to be signed to his record label, Tachytelic Records, and has had one album and several singles as well as featuring on both the latest m-flo album (ASTROMANTIC) and the latest MIC BANDITZ album (Johnny Astro & the Diamond Crooks).

[REVIEW]

This is a cute Emi r'n'b number with a bit of a jazzy influence. Her vocals are awesome as always (I know I say it a lot, but I love this girl's voice) and her counting in Chinese at the start is very cute. <3 Emi!



Title: Cosmic Night Run ~Night at Nomiya Maki Show~
Artist(s): Maki Nomiya w/ m-flo & Crazy Ken Band
Language: Japanese/English
Album/Single: Dress Code, ASTROMANTIC
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Jo
Genre: r'n'b/Samba/Jazz
Link(s): http://www.missmakinomiya.com

[BIO]

Maki Nomiya started life as a model, but turned to singing in a band. She released her first solo album, Pinku no Kokoro, in the mid 80's. It was then that she was discovered by members of the band Pizzicato Five and was persuaded to join the band. The song "Twiggy Twiggy" from Maki's album was given the Pizzicato makeover and became instrumental to P5's success, both overseas and in Japan. Maki released her second solo album, Miss Maki Nomiya Sings, while still with the band, and stayed with them until their eventual split in 2001. The following year she released her third solo album, LadyMissWarp. She then worked on writing her autobiography (Cahier de la Mode) and working on her fashion line (Mini SHE by Maki Nomiya), as well as featuring on m-flo's latest album, ASTROMANTIC. Her most recent album Dress Code was released in July 2004.

[REVIEW]

This isn't actually the same Cosmic Night Run that is on ASTROMANTIC. I guess you could say it's more of a remix. It has quite a different feel and seems more relaxed, and the background track is less distorted than in the original. All the original vocals are still in place (including Verbal's two raps), but seems to play Maki's vocals up more. Overall, I thought Dress Code was a decent album, but this track is definitely the standout. Cosmic Night Run is one of my favourite songs and I couldn't be happier with this remix.



Title: Ashita, Genki ni Naare
Artist(s): Miyavi
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Ashita, Genki ni Naare (single)
Genre: Rock
Company: PSC
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Jo
Link(s): http://www.o-re-sa-ma.com

[BIO]

Miyavi is the former guitarist of the JRock band Due le Quartz. When he was with the band, he was known by "Miyabi" but made the change at the start of his solo career. His first single was Girls, Be Ambitious and his first album was Gagaku. While still technically an indies artist, his music is now distributed by a major label making him "semi-indies". His most recent album was released last year and was entitled "Galyuu".

[REVIEW]

This song is more pop-rock than anything else but I still love it, as it makes me feel all warm inside. The PV is also very cute. A lot of people have liked this song more than previous Miyavi singles because his voice sounds more mature and his singing is better overall. I just wish I could figure out what the english is. Overall it's a very nice, bright, upbeat Miyavi number.



Title: Kiss! Bang! (squared)
Artist(s): Ayaka Komatsu
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon DJ Moon Volume 3 (album)
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Jo
Link(s): http://www.amuse.co.jp/artist/ayaka_komatsu/profile.html
Genre: Pop

[BIO]

Ayaka Komatsu began her life in the limelight after she auditioned to be a model for the fashion magazine CANDy. After successful modelling with the magazine, she auditioned for the role of Minako Aino, Sailor Venus, on the live action series of Sailor Moon. (This has been fan-dubbed PGSM - Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon - which is basically a simplified translation of BSSM - Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon. It is also referred to as Live Action Sailor Moon or LASM by some people). She won the part. Since Minako is an idol singer, she had to sing for the role. She has sung 4 songs for the TV show, with Kiss! Kiss! Bang! Bang! being the most recent.

[REVIEW]

This is my favourite Ayaka song from PGSM. I'm a big Ayaka fan (Minako is my favourite character on the show, whereas in the anime I never liked her) so when I found out she had a new song called "Kiss! Bang! (squared)" I rushed to find it (partly because there's a Pizzicato 5 song of the same name).
Anyway it's guitar influenced pop and sounds like a cross between Ayaka's song "Romance" and Chieco Kawabe's "be your girl". It's very catchy and fun to sing along to.



Title: Twiggy Twiggy
Artist(s): Pizzicato Five
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: This Year's Girl (album)
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Jo
Link(s): n/a
Genre: 60s/Pop/Shibuya-Kei

[BIO]

Pizzicato Five originally started to form as far back as 1979, when university students Yasuharu Konishi and Keitaro Takanami first met at a local music society meeting. They recruited fellow society member Ryo Kamamiya and vocalist Mamiko Sasaki. Their first single, Audrey Hepburn Complex, was released in 1984. After Sasaki and Kamamiya quit the group, P5 hired up & coming vocalist from the band Portable Rock, Maki Nomiya. She sung on all their hits from 1990 onwards. The band officially split in March 2001. Pizzicato Five are the undisputed fathers of Shibuya-Kei- the style of ultra modern music coming from the Shibuya area of Tokyo and giving birth to such groups as Fantastic Plastic Machine and Puffy.

[REVIEW]

Since I mentioned this song earlier, and also since I love it so much, I decided to post it. In all honesty, many people might very well hate this song- it has an ultra-retro 60's feel to it and is decidedly jazzy. It is the song P5 are often remembered by, though, and shows of Maki's adorable vocals. I especially love the piano at the end.



Title: Marunouchi Sadistic
Artist(s): Shiina Ringo
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Muzai Moratorium (album)
Company: Toshiba-EMI
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Jo
Link(s): http://www.toshiba-emi.co.jp/ringo/
Genre: Rock

[BIO]

Shiina studied ballet and drama as a teenager, and was also the drummer in an all-girl band Marvelous Marbles. In 1995 she won a prize at a Music Quest competition. She has lived in England and debuted in 1998 with her single, “Koufukuron” and her album in 1999 Muzai Moratorium. She is known for trading styles of music left and right, and can be put in both Jpop and Jrock categories.

[REVIEW]

I'm not a Shiina fan, but I fell in love with this song from the first time I heard it- a live performance with Shiina's new band, Tokyo Jihen. After a frantic search to find out what it was, I finally managed to download it. I listen to it a lot. This song is basically a love song from Shiina to her favourite instruments. It's catchy, gentle, and shows of Shiina's eclectic voice.



Title: Give Me Up
Artist(s): W
Language: Japanese/English
Album/Single: Duo U&U (album)
Company: Zetima
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Jo
Link(s): http://www.helloproject.com/w
Genre: Retro/Dance/Pop

[BIO]

"W" is a group made up of ex Morning Musume members Ai Kago and Nozomi Tsuji. Since the two members joined at the same time, look similar, and have done almost everything together within the group- as well as being two thirds of the original members of Mini Moni- it was only fitting that they graduated together and remained together after the graduation. Their first album, Duo U&U, was made up entirely of covers of JPop songs from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. They also sang the theme for the new season of Doraemon.

[REVIEW]

This is probably the most underrated song on Duo U&U as well as being the only one I still listen to, other than Koi no Vacance. I didn't really like the album so much, but this song is great. I think it's a cover of a German song, originally, and from the beat you can tell it's probably from the 80's. It displays the girls' vocals, including proving that Nozomi actually is a good song. I just wish I knew who this song was originally by- if you know, please let me know too!
 
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Aug 15th ft. Yaida Hitomi, Faye Wong, Mina, Yumi Shizukusa, RIKKI, Cocco & Nobuo Uematsu   
01:14am 15/08/2004
 
mood: okay

* - If you download, please COMMENT. That's the only way we can tell what music you like, and it will help us choose music for future updates. Not to mention that you're a REJECT if you don't.
* - Please download only one song at a time, and DO NOT HOTLINK. Any hotlinking may result in a temporary suspension of files, and that means no downloads for anyone. Please remember, the internet is there to be shared, so respect others.
* - If you like the music, support the artists. These files are intended for sampling purposes only.
* - This week's songs will be removed: We'll say Sunday, August 22nd, 2004 - but you know how that goes.




Comment, or Sailor Venus will hunt you down and kick your ass - and Jo and Zora will be there, laughing and taking pictures.

Azora.:* - All of the songs will be up gradually. I got tapped to work tomorrow so I really don't have time to be putting up all the songs at once. I need to get
some sleep. However, I can tell you that most of the songs on the update will be Japanese. I'm trying to keep some kind of balance between the languages, or at least
the major ones that I have, but it's a little hard sometimes when there's things I want to share and they're all in one language. Heh. Anyway, comment and come back whenever -
maybe more things will be up then. Also, keep in mind, if you take something - comment, even if it has to be repeatedly. Hopefully all the songs will be up tomorrow, but I'm
not promising anything. You can look in the Subject to see some of who's coming.

Request List Here.



Title: Hitori Jenga
Artist(s): Yaida Hitomi
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Air/Cook/Sky
Company: Toshiba EMI
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): n/a
Genre: Rock/Jazz/Pop
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Yaida Hitomi never played a live show before she was signed. She sent a demo tape around when she was 21, which eventually found it's way to a record company, Aozora Records
and then to three of Tokyo's biggest radio stations. She plays many instruments, but often plays only her guitar during recording and shows, leaving the other instruments to a band called Diamond Head.

[REVIEW]

I've liked Yaida Hitomi for a while, but until recently haven't gotten to sample most of her work. Hitori Jenga is one of my
favorite songs already. I'm a sucker for songs with a clapping beat. Her voice is something too. It's almost nasal, but she keeps
enough control that she doesn't, if that makes sense. *shrug* I put down jazz too because
while this song isn't jazz, she gets this jazzy lilt to her voice at parts and something in the rhythm just makes me think jazz.



Title: Cold War (Lang Jeen)
Artist(s): Faye Wong
Language: Cantonese
Album/Single: Hundred Thousand Whys
Company: Cinepoly
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): http://www.sonymusic.com.tw/pop/fayewong/
Genre: Pop
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Faye Wong is arguably one of the most well known Chinese musicians in the world.
She began her career doing “normal” pop songs (fabricated maybe?) under the name Shirley Wong, but at one point decided to change her style and her name to Faye Wong.
She now does pop her own way - and it seemed to have made her only more popular.
Faye is probably best known to gamers worldwide as the woman who sang “Eyes on Me”.

[REVIEW]

This is a mostly piano song, with Faye's voice. This is also a cover of the popular Tori Amos song, "Silent All These Years". For some reason,
Faye renamed it. However, I still like it. The chorus is quite interesting, like a choir and Faye's voice is almost earsplitting in an angelic way.
I also decided to put this up because someone mentioned they liked Cantonese better than Mandarin, and Faye, contrary to what I first thought,
is more of a Cantopop singer than a Mandopop singer.



Title: Jjang (The Best)
Artist(s): Mina
Language: Korean
Album/Single: RE:TURN 2 MINA
Company: J-Entercom
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): n/a
Genre: Urban/Dance
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Shin Mina was first spotted at a 2002 South Korean Soccer World Cup game, cheering on the South Korea team. She was also crowned Miss World Cup for South Korea. Before being "spotted" for her looks, she was a backup dancer
for Park Ji Yoon.

[REVIEW]

First off, the only thing I dislike about Mina is that she was noticed by a couple of photographers during a game. She wasn't discovered for her singing or anything like that. But hey, however it happens, I guess.
This is quite Urban sounding, and very groovy. It's got a bouncy quality to it, very dancy. Jjang, the title, can mean
something like "The Best" or like the Boss. It's disputable. Mina sounds very good on this song, although once again, I'm not sure if she's a studio
artist or if she can actually sing. She's got the "urban" thing down anyway. Or at least pseudo-urban. She seems a little bit manufactured, but that does not
take the edge off of the groove for me.



Title: Kagerou
Artist(s): RIKKI
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Mitsu
Company:
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s):
Genre: Traditional/Contemporary
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

RIKKI is a traditional-contemporary artist. She performed the theme song for FFX, Suteki Da Ne, but also is an accomplished artist
on her own and has released several albums.

[REVIEW]

This is quite a sharp sounding song. RIKKI's vocals almost seem out of this world, and I'm not quite sure whether her voice
is digitalized in this song, or whether she really sounds like this. However, after hearing a live version of Suteki Da Ne, I'm
convinced this is her actual voice, no smoke and mirrors. The backing music is quite traditional sounding, but almost seems
electronic. It's, by all means, modern traditional music.



Title: The Place I'll Return To Somewhere
Artist(s): Nobuo Uematsu
Language: None.
Album/Single: Final Fantasy 9 OST
Company:
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s):
Genre: Instrumental/Medieval
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Nobuo Uematsu is the renowned composer at Squaresoft for the Final Fantasy games. He began playing the piano on his own at the age of 12 without
instruction. He graduated from the University of Kanagawa with a major in Music. He enjoys Japanese pro wrestling, drinking and making beer, and learning how to play
the fiddle. He was also named as on of the 100 innovators in Time Magazine for the piece, "Time 100: The Next Wave - Music".

[REVIEW]

This has a very medieval sound to it, and I love it. This is the opening theme song for FF9 - not THE theme song, that's Melodies of Life -
but this is the song they play on the opening screen for the game. It has this feeling of being more of a theme for the game than MoL is.
It has the whole Alexandria feel to it, and is a great pre-theme to the game. IMO, always, of course.



Title: COUNTDOWN (KAUTODAUN)
Artist(s): Cocco
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Bougainvillea, Best
Company: Speedstar
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): http://www.cocco.co.jp
Genre: Rock
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Cocco's real name is Makishi Satoko. Her first "album" was a three song EP, self-titled. One of the songs off
the EP was selected by Tower Records for their advertising campaign, and Cocco to star in them. She released four albums
before announcing her retirement from music. However, she has contributed to the Yutaka Ozaki tribute album and wrote a book.
Cocco is a very emotional person, and puts all her emotions into her music.
She finds it hard to be in the spotlight and cannot stand fame, shying away from it.

[REVIEW]

This song starts out just absolutely beautiful. A piano and violin intro. I remember when I first got my Best album, I was so silent
when I heard the beginning. Cocco's is so soft and calm that you don't expect the song to explode. And it does. She gets right in her
element quickly. The thing about Cocco is that she's so emotional, all the time, you can't help but love her for it. The violin does make
repeated appearances on musical breaks too, and that's what keeps the song together really. The music and Cocco's voice go back and forth between
calm and serious to hurried. This isn't my favorite song, but it's close, very close.



Title: TAKE ME TAKE ME ~N-Balance Mix~
Artist(s): Yumi Shizukusa
Language: Japanese/English
Album/Single: TAKE ME TAKE ME
Company: Giza
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): http://www.yumi-shizukusa.com
Genre: Remix/Urban/Pop
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Yumi Shizukusa, who briefly stinted on the Indies scene, is an Urban artist with Giza. She performed live with Mai Kuraki and Rina Aiuchi before her debut.

[REVIEW]

I thought I'd serve up a "new" take on one of my old Yumi Shizukusa favorites, the anthem-ish "TAKE ME TAKE ME". I <3 the original version, but
surprisingly, this remix from the single really gets things heated up. There's some extra drums, and this awesome guitar in parts. Of course, there's
a section devoted to a little bit of synthesizing, but not much, and it's not major synth anyway. Most of the song is kept intact here,
and I like that. I'm sure that the remix itself would have made a great single instead of the original version, but both are equally good. Yumi's different
from your average Urban artist, but that doesn't mean she bad at all - quite the opposite.
 
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Aug. 8th ft. Elva Hsiao, Matsu Takako, Ah Rae Ro, SAKURA, Chakra, Kim Yoon Ah, Rivermaya, Teresa W..   
02:28pm 08/08/2004
 
mood: okay
* - If you download, please COMMENT. That's the only way we can tell what music you like, and it will help us choose music for future updates. Not to mention that you're a REJECT if you don't.
* - Please download only one song at a time, and DO NOT HOTLINK. Any hotlinking may result in a temporary suspension of files, and that means no downloads for anyone. Please remember, the internet is there to be shared, so respect others.
* - If you like the music, support the artists. These files are intended for sampling purposes only.
* - This week's songs will be removed: We'll say Sunday, August 15th, 2004 - but you know how that goes.




Azora.:* - I didn't get many requests, only two or three - none of which I actually filled. Sorry. I'd like to point out something about the Request List that I have unfairly not pointed out. I will not be posting the same artist for 1-2 posts after I have posted them once, unless I change my mind. Then again, I don't often post "new" stuff anyway. That might change, it might not. Just keep that in mind, and to those who did request an artist featured on last week's post, I'm sorry I didn't clarify about requesting.

Request List Here.



Title: Qiangwei (Rose)
Artist(s): Elva Hsiao
Language: Mandarin
Album/Single: The Best of Elva: A Beautiful Episode
Company: EMI
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): n/a
Genre: Ballad/Pop/R&B
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Elva Hsiao is a Mandopop artist from Taiwan. She performs a variety of music, mostly pop and R&B, and has released several albums, including her
first compilation of 5 years - The Best of Elva: A Beautiful Episode. She also made a cameo in the hit movie Infernal Affairs, starring Andy Lau and Tony Leung.

[REVIEW]

For me, Elva's best songs have a piano in them. (Like Di Xia Tie, aka Subway - so good.) The piano intro in this song is so simplistic, but it's very nice.
The song picks up, and there's some percussion, and I can hear strings in the background as well. Elva's voice is strong here,
but not overpowering for the song. This is somewhere between a ballad and your regular pop song, but it manages really not to be either -
at least in instrumentation. Personally,the best thing about the song is not the instrumentation though, it's Elva herself. The chorus is rather
catchy too.



Title: Ai Ga Watashi Ni Oshiete Kuretakoto
Artist(s): Matsu Takako
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: homegrown
Company: Universal Music
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): http://www.universal-music.co.jp/matsu/index.html
Genre: Jazz/Pop/Easy Listening
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Matsu Takako is an artist currently under Universal Music management. She plays piano and performs music that can be described as "easy listening." She is
also a well-known actress, acting in Drama Series, movies, and stage productions.

[REVIEW]

This is my second favorite song after "Hana no Youni" from Takako's homegrown album. The music is
very jazzy sounding (to me) and Takako's voice is just -perfect- for this song. She doesn't manage to be too
deep nor too high. Her voice fits very well with the music. This is a somewhat soothing song, but the chorus totally
makes me want to sing along, especially when the (what seems to be) electric guitar comes in. It's just like, one chord, but
it totally MAKES the chorus. :D So this is... kind of dancy in a midtempo way. I'd dance to it anyway.



Title: Ah Rae Ro
Artist(s): Maya
Language: Korean
Album/Single: Vol. 2 - Rock Star
Company: YBM Seoul Records
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Genre: Rock/Pop/Latino
Link(s): http://www.soulmaya.net/
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Maya is a rising star in Korea. She reworked an immensely popular poem, by Korean poet Kim So Wol, "Azaleas" into a popular song. Maya performed
regularly as a guest singer at JK Dong Wook and Lee Hyun Woo's concerts. Maya also practices Judo.

[REVIEW]

This song has a Latin feel in the beginning, reminding me of Italian restaurants and Spanish fiestas, but is actually
a jazzed up rock song by this Korean artist. The chorus is the part I love best about this song "Ah Rae Ro" - she says it several times
really strongly, and you can't help but sing along. She rolls her R's a lot too, which makes it sound cool. It's just a fun bouncy rockish song.
I think if you like Latin influences, or the Italian restaurant/Venice feel, you might like this song for the background music.



Title: Surf
Artist(s): SAKURA
Language: Japanese/English
Album/Single: Lana
Genre: R&B/Jazz
Company: Toshiba EMI
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): http://www.aloha.co.jp/NEO_ALOHA/html/ARTIST/SAKU.htm
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

SAKURA performs pop and R&B/funk music. She plays the guitar, writes lyrics, and also composes. She is fluent in English, as well, and has
lived in Sweden.

[REVIEW]

This song starts out very jazzy, and does retain some of that influence throughout the song, but I think of this
as being more R&B. The beginning is one of my favorite parts. SAKURA does this really jazzy "da da dun dun" and it's just the
big pickup. She mixes quite a bit of English in the song, as well. This has a very "bum" feel to it, like a beach-band song. But
the chorus, as it seems today, is the killer. "Let me show you..." It's in English, and SAKURA's voice is very soulful in this song.
Mm. SAKURA. <3 She's one of my favorites. The end gets in her Hawaiian theme as of late, with some tap-clapping and what sounds like a ukele. Neat.



Title: Ex-Boyfriend
Artist(s): Chakra
Language: Korean/English
Album/Single: Vol. 4 - Tomato
Company: Kiss Entertainment
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): http://kiss-ent.com/artist/artistinfo.php?aid=kiss-chakra
Genre: Club/Hip-Hop
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Chakra is a popular 4-woman group composed of Eani, Hwang Bo, Ryeo Won, and Eun. They perform mostly techno-infused dance music, and have released 4 albums.
Ryeo Won is also an actress, Eani placed third in the Miss Korea '97 contest, Hwang Bo rapped for the Bros., and Eun is a beauty model.

[REVIEW]

This song, to me, sounds very American. It's got a heavy club beat, and some of the singing is very low and just the tiniest
bit gritty - it's like a club anthem. I really like the girls' voices though. They mix very well, and while I prefer "strong voices" I like
how they all don't have strong voices, which makes for a good mix. The higher voices in the background add depth to the lower voices. The reason why I've
also got "hip-hop" added to the genre section is that it's very hip-hoppish as well, but definitely is a club song.



Title: Bul Ah Neun Young Ho Neul Jahm Shik Hahn Da
Artist(s): Kim Yoon Ah
Language: Korean
Album/Single: vol. 2 - Glass Mask
Company: T-Entertainment
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): n/a
Genre: Classical Pop
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Kim Yoon Ah is the vocalist for Korean rock band Jaurim. She has released two albums on her own.

[REVIEW]

I was going to do a different song, girl talk, which is different from most of the songs on her album Glass Mask, but
decided against it instead. The majority of songs on Glass Mask have a 1920's jazzy, but classical, feel to them, and this song
is no exception. Kim Yoon Ah's voice is strong, and she really can hit all the notes - but she's no Mariah Carey if that's what you're thinking.
Her voice almost has a haunting feel to it, and this song has a haunting melody.



Title: 'Wag Na Init Ulo Baby (Don't Be So Hot-Headed Baby)
Artist(s): Rivermaya
Language: Tagalog/English
Album/Single: Tuloy Ang Liaya
Company: BMG Records Pilipinas
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): http://www.rivermaya.net
Genre: Easy Rock
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Rivermaya is a popular Filipino rock band with a musical career spanning over a decade.
The members are band frontman Rico Blanco, guitarists Michael Elgar and Kakoi Legaspi, bassist Japs Sergio, and drummer Mark Escueta.

[REVIEW]

This song is great. I like the title alot, it's funny. The song itself is kind of funny too. It's about (what I'm assuming)
to be a girlfriend, and she's always mad and "hot-headed", and he tells her that it's catching and that she should calm down. He loves her,
but he wants her to chill. Heh. In the beginning, there's a sound like a foghorn, but as you listen you realize that it must be a trumpet. It becomes then
a simple melody, with synth sounds and what I think are bongo drums. And of course, that trumpet comes back too.



Title: Tang Swings
Artist(s): Teresa Wong
Language: Instrumental
Album/Single: Modern Tang Allures
Company: n/a
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): n/a
Genre: Classical/Traditional/Contemporary
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Teresa Wong is a ehru soloist who began training at the age of six. She has also studied piano and Chinese zither.
Teresa attended the Central Music Academy when she was 17 and when she graduated,
was selected to perform in the China Central Orchestra.

[REVIEW]

An anonymous person requested some traditiona/classical/contemporary music, so I started looking for some other
than the artists I have on my list (mostly for my sake - I <3 this kind of music). They said "not Chinese" for some odd reason, but I decided to put up some Chinese music anyway. Hopefully they'll like this even though it's Chinese. If not, oh well, I like it. The intro actually reminds me of "Ami" from FF8, but then Teresa starts playing. This is
a very beautiful song. It starts out slow, but works up to midtempo. Teresa's style kind of reminds me of some of the other
new traditional/contemporary groups out now. She dresses very modern, and she's a very talented musician - but sometimes incorporates
more modern beats in the background. This has an electronic thump to it, but there are also some other traditional instruments that
I can't identify, as well as metal drums in the background. However, if you're like me, you like modern traditional music that focuses on
the traditional instrument itself, and Teresa Wong's music does just that. It's not overdubbed with a club beat.
 
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Aug 1st ft. Rin', Bonnie Pink, Tsukiko Amano, Tommy february6, HIBARI, MOJOFLY, Miz, Ko...   
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* - This week's songs will be removed: We'll say Sunday, August 1st, 2004 - but you know how that goes.




Comment, or Sailor Venus will hunt you down and kick your ass- and Jo and Zora will be there, laughing and taking pictures.

Azora.:* Dang, it's August already. Almost time to go back to school. Ugh. Until Jo gets her computer back on it's non-existent feet, like she said, I'll be doing the update by myself. I don't plan on taking a break, but who knows. I have a couple of requests filled right now, including Hitomi Shimatani's Perseus - it's just not uploaded yet. [edit] Tommy february6's song also needs to be uploaded. Oops. I'll upload them later on today when I get the time. So, whoever requested those songs, you'll have to wait. It's coming though. I just don't have the time right now. I'll be using various icons now, maybe, because it doesn't seem right to use our Kuremachisu! icon without Jo. ;-;

So, get downloading, and don't forget to comment. Otherwise Venus is gonna kick yer' sorry ass. :P I'm still contemplating what next week's theme will be, if there will be one at all. I just got some new WAX stuff in , from WAX's third album - but it hasn't been added to the request list. Keep checking back if you're interested in.

Request List Here.

// Perseus by Hitomi Shimatani
In: Japanese
From: Perseus [Single]
On: Avex
Requested by: ketsune
Type: Dramatic Pop/Dance
Link: http://www.avexnet.or.jp/shimatani/

[BIO]

Hitomi Shimatani debuted in July of 1999. Since then, she has released roughly 12 singles, 3 albums, and one mini-album. She draws from many musical influences, including Spanish, dance, and enka.

[REVIEW]

The “type” was pretty hard to pick out on this song. It’s fast paced, but it doesn’t have a fast enough pace to be considered a club song. It’s more of a dramatic pop, but it’s not a ballad either. There’s elements of classical music and traditional music in the background too, but they aren’t noticeable enough to be thought of as part of the genre. Hitomi’s got a somewhat throaty voice here, but it doesn’t feel out of place at all. It’s a song with an element of “hurry” in it. I believe this was my second Hitomi Shimatani song I heard. My first was Viola - another excellent song.

// Release by Rin’
In: Japanese
From: Yachiyo no Kaze [Single]
On: Avex
Requested by: black_winter, taiirei, ayuvolution :D
Type: Traditional/Contemporary
Link: http://www.avexnet.or.jp/rin/

[BIO]

Mana Yoshinaga, Tomoca Nagasu, and Chie Arai form Rin’. With their traditional instruments (biwa, shakuhachi, koto, sangen, and jushichi-gen), they sing and perform contemporary traditional music.

[REVIEW]

I’m actually more of a fan of the instrumental tracks Rin’ has, but I need to give their singing more chances. It’s not bad, but I prefer them just to play. This song is the c/w to Yachiyo no Kaze and I really love the instrumentation. I don't know if it's "less well-known" or not, but it seems to me that people always have the single and not the c/w track, so I figured this would work. It reminds me of a pine forest, with a creek, and birds singing - and no, I’m not comparing their voices to birds. Anyway, Release is a decent song.


// I’m in the mood for dancing by Bonnie Pink
In: English
From: Last Kiss [Single]
On: Organon
Requested by: lyttostarlite
Type: R&B/50's pop/Dance
Link: http://www.bonniepink.jp/

[BIO]

Asada Kaori, better known to fans and the public as Bonnie Pink, is a singer-songwriter who has released 11 albums and a long list of singles. She released her first album in 1995 under her real name, but then met The Cardigans’ producer Tore Johannsen - and recorded her first two albums under the name Bonnie Pink. She also idolizes singer-songwriter, Aimee Mann.

[REVIEW]

This is kind of a mixture of R&B, pop, and a Motown wannabe’s first single. This song is pretty repetitive, but Bonnie’s voice isn’t bad at all and I think the lyrics are kind of sweet. This almost reminds me of some of No Doubt’s “earlier” stuff from their Tragic Kingdom CD. There’s a bunch of Oooh-oooh-ooh’ing too, in the back. This song is also completely in English, and Bonnie’s accent is great. There’s no mistaking this as anything other than the c/w song this is though.

// ChOOse mE or Die by Tommy february6
In: Japanese/English
From: Tommy airline [album]
On: Sony Music
Requested by: Anonymous
Type: Retro Pop/Electronica
Link: http://www.sonymusic.co.jp/Music/Info/Tommyfebruary6/

[BIO]

Tomoko Kawase, the lead singer of popular three-piece band The Brilliant Green, also releases music under her aliases Tommy february6 and Tommy heavenly6. Tommy february6's music tends to be more 80's and electronica pop driven, while Tommy heavenly6's music is whatever is popular at the moment. Tomoko also has a group she mentors, called Tommy angels.

[REVIEW]

I like most of Tommy february6's stuff, and Choose me or Die (I am not typing it out funky again) is the song that first turned me onto her music. This is a pretty retro sounding song, like the majority of Tomoko’s music put out under this alias. There are lots of electronic sounds, and she’s got some really cute lyrics in this song. “If you don’t love me I’ll kill you,” etc. However, I really hate how she spells her titles. It’s like one of those annoying people I’d like to kill, that type “lyke dis and LoVE To uSe thE stiCKY cAPs” style. Ugh. Cringe. This is a catchy song though.

// ½ Wishing by MOJOFLY
In: English
From: Mojofly [album]
On: n/a
Requested by: shirenu
Type: Easy Rock
Link: n/a

[BIO]

MOJOFLY is a Filipino rock band. Lead singer Katrina “Kitchie” Nadal provides her raspy, jazzy voice for the instrumentation by the band. The group was formed by ex-Hungry Young Poets bassist Ricci Gurango after his split with HYP, and the other band-mates are Jun Jun Regalado III and Ray Golamco. In 2003, Kitchie decided to leave the group so she could attend to her studies. The replacing vocalist is Lougee Basabas. Kitchie has also now decided to write/sing songs as a solo artist.

[REVIEW]

Another kind of sad song by MOJOFLY, but it’s a really good one again. It has this kind of stellar beginning, with these weird electronic sounds, but then it moves on. This is with Kitchie, still, as the vocalist. <3 I’ve gotten used to Lougee’s singing on the other song I have, but I still <3 Kitchie. Anyway, this song’s got a nice guitar melody and a good hook. Great chorus. “In the loneliness that haunts me like your killer melodies. But the more I try to reach you, the more I start to see...” Good stuff, folks. I guess I really can’t analyze this one.

// Got It by Miz
In: Japanese/English
From: Waiting For [Single]
On: Victor Entertainment
Type: Rock/Pop
Link: http://www.jvcmusic.co.jp/miz/

[BIO]

Miz is a newcomer to the Jpop scene, hailing from Hokkaido. Her first single, “New Day” was featured as a CM song. “New Day” made it to the top ten on the Oricon, Japan’s “Billboard Charts”.

[REVIEW]

I actually like this song better than the single. The guitar riffs in the beginning are great, and remind me somewhat of FeFe Dobson. But just for a second there. Miz moves into her own territory quickly. I like the chorus “I would if I could say no, but I can’t let go.” Miz’s English isn’t as good on this song as on “New Day” and “What’s It To You?!” - they probably let down the bar of excellence since she did so well on the Oricon for her debut. She’s got a great voice though - I’d love to get a sample of her singing live and see whether the studio is glossing her up or if she really sounds like this.

// Sekaiju no Kodomotachi ga (KAORI meets I.S.O) by HIBARI
In: Japanese
From: Sekaiju no Kodomotachi ga (BRISA BRASILIERA) [Single]
On: Universal International
Type: Pop/R&B
Link: http://www.universal-music.co.jp/defjam/hibari/

[BIO]

HIBARI is singer KAORI’s solo project. HIBARI debuted with the single “Back In Love Again”, an R&B song reminiscent of Hikaru Utada’s earlier works.

[REVIEW]

This takes most of the Brazilian influence out of the original title song on the single and instead focuses on the R&B-ish influence that HIBARI exuded on their first single, Back In Love Again. (I lost that song, I’ve got to go find it again. I liked it a lot.) In place of the frisky Brazilian beat, there’s a tap-beat-tap and some more back-up voices. It’s a very good version of Sekiaju no Kodomotachi ga, IMO.

// Heat by Koda Kumi ft. Megaryu
In: Japanese
From: Chase [Single]
On: Avex
Type: R&B/Reggae/Dance Hall
Link: http://www.avexnet.co.jp/koda

[BIO]

Koda Kumi is the older sibling of Misono, from the popular band Day After Tomorrow. She debuted with her single “Take Back” in 2000, which also reached No. 18 on the Hot Dance Chart in the U.S after it’s release in 2001. She voice-acted for Lenne in FFX-2, sang the two theme songs for FFX-2, and is also a model for Christian Dior in Japan.

[REVIEW]

This song starts out feeling reggae/dance hall-ish so I wasn’t sure what to think of it. It keeps the dance hall beat throughout the song though. The rapping is by Megaryu, someone I’ve never heard of. He’s either annoying or endearing, one of the two. Koda’s vocals are pretty much basic here, nothing original or new. She does a pretty cool rap near the end though, kind of like Megaryu’s rap earlier in the song. Other than that, I’m not really impressed with that song - but since this is Koda’s c/w to her new single “Chase” I thought I’d post it.

// Kame (Tortoise) by Tsukiko Amano
In: Japanese
From: Same (Shark) [Single]
On: Pony Canyon [Japan]
Type: Rock/Lounge
Link: http://www.otokura.com/amano/

[BIO]

Tsukiko Amano plays refined alternative rock. Much of her music features guitars and orchestral backings, along with her soft-yet-strong voice. Tsukiko isn’t afraid to experiment; in one song from the album Tenryu, she spoke through an entire song. She tends to name all of her albums after Western actresses: Meg & Lion, Sharon Stones, and Winona Riders. Her album Tenryu seems to be the exception thus far. Her lyrics are also fairly notorious for being hard to find on the internet (although you can find them now at Cori’s Jpop Lyrics).

[REVIEW]

If I’m not mistaken, I think Tsukiko puts a new song on every single. After all, Winona Riders is a collection of all of her c/w’s from previous singles. This still has a rock feel, but there’s more of a “lounge” overtone. Maybe something that would be played at a club or a laid-back lounge. The guitar feels kind of jazzy here, and so do Tsukiko’s vocals. There’s an awesome drum beat too, and I can hear piano as well.as well.
 
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