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  • Most listened to since 1999

    16 mai 2010, 17h36m

  • CONCERT: Jonas Brothers, Jordin Sparks, Honor Society, Wonder Girls

    13 août 2009, 22h52m

    On August 11th I attended the Jonas Brothers World Tour in Glendale, AZ. I didn't really go for the Jonas Brothers, as I'd never taken the time to listen to their music before. I did, however, want to see Wonder Girls perform live. When I looked into the concert, I decided it would probably be worth it just for Wonder Girls & the rest of the opening acts: Jordin Sparks & Honor Society. I really had a decision to make, however, seeing as how there was no concert near El Paso, TX. Sure, there's one in San Antonio (tonight, I think?), but that's actually quite a distance away. It came down to where I grew up - Sacramento, CA - and probably a) going alone & b) riding my bicycle...or Glendale, AZ. I figured my mom would enjoy some company, so I picked AZ. (I would have had nowhere to stay that was even remotely pleasant in Cali).

    So my mom and I arrived at the arena around 5:30. We walked around a little, sat a little, then finally got in line for T-shirts & whatnot. I picked up a Wonder Girls shirt & poster. Mom liked the shirt so she got one also. A few minutes later the doors opened & the lines moved fairly quickly. I was surprised, actually, at how fast we were able to get inside and seated. The whole ordeal probably took ten minutes. Maybe because we were there right when the doors opened, or because Jobing.com Arena has a rather efficient entry setup? Either way, once the doors opened, nobody was outside for long.

    Soon, the viewer thing that hangs in the middle of the arena, you all know what I'm talking about, started showing text messages that had been sent to a certain number. Quite a few of them requested the audience to scream - something my mom quickly disliked. I'm not sure if I've ever been in a situation that got as piercing loud as the concert, but it was not difficult to ignore it. At any rate, when the arena filled up & the lights were turned off, the screaming got louder. I mean...well...you can't ever imagine it - you'd have to live it.

    The MC for the night came out & introduced the first act: Honor Society. I was really expecting to see Wonder Girls first, I dunno why. I wasn't really sure what to expect of Honor Society. The only time I'd heard their music was just a very short preview when I found out they were performing at the concert. I figured I would like them but wasn't entirely sure...until they started to play. The music is pretty cool, really upbeat & high energy. The band was all over the tri-stage & just all around looked liked they were enjoying themselves through the whole set. I think they performed 4 or 5 songs, but I don't remember exactly. I know they performed Where Are You Now & See U In The Dark>, at least.

    Next up, Wonder Girls! I was so happy to finally see them perform. Mom was kind enough to record the whole performance on her camera, so I was able to actually watch them (as opposed to 2000 when I saw Carly Patterson doing gymnastics. I watched her through the camera -_-) The performance was all right. The girls looked gorgeous in their sparkleh gold & their hair & makeup throwbacks to the 60's & 70's. The volume of some of the microphones weren't all that great, though, and especially Yubin's as I think her voice was quite a bit louder than the other girls. I think I'll edit the video just a bit before putting it online anywhere - it's rather big at over 400mb. Once it's uploaded I'll share. ^^ Now, to be perfectly honest, Wonder Girls don't sound like Jonas Brothers, Honor Society or Jordin Sparks. It was kind of strange to hear 'Nobody' in the middle of all these other rock/pop songs, even tho Honor Society did sound like a mix of late 90's with late 80's at times. Anyway...

    Oddly, yet at the same time perhaps not so oddly, I was more excited to see Jordin Sparks than to see Wonder Girls. The video we took of Jordin Sparks comes in at around 750mb but doesn't include the whole performance. It was great to hear live performance of Tattoo, No Air, & Battlefield, etc. She performed with a lot of energy, probably more than usual as she was performing for her hometown. She moved around a lot, which was great. I really enjoyed her performance & wouldn't mind seeing her again if she was paired with acceptable artists. She really rekindled my interest in her music with how she sang. Oh, speaking of that... you know how a lot of people in the music industry can't even sing or hold a key? Jordin Sparks has an amazing & powerful voice. It was absolutely beautiful to listen to her sing! Once I get the video up, you'll see...

    Lastly, and honestly the least talented and less-exciting act, the Jonas Brothers. -_- Well! I wasn't sure what I was going to think of this band. I used to love all things Disney, and certainly still love quite a bit, seeing as how I still like most Disney produced musical acts (save for Ashley Tisdale & partially Jonas Brothers). I will say this... I don't care what anyone who happens to be 10-17 years old & female thinks about Nick Jonas but he can't sing worth crap. At least, he sucked major at the concert. Joe, on the other hand, has a good voice and were he the "lead" vocal more often, I bet they could shake the little girly attention and get some guys interested in their music. Their style, concerning the music, is really not unlike late 90's and early 2000's when you consider bands like Better than Ezra or Blink-182. Actually, Nick Jonas sounds similar to the lead singer of Blink-182, if Blink-182 hadn't hit puberty! (Btw, off topic, Blink-182 is returning with a new album & tour soon!!). So, that all being said, their two huge curses right now,when trying to seem like a legitimate band, are their affiliation with Disney & Nick Jonas. If they weren't a Disney project, they could be seen by some as a younger version of.. Green Day, even, if not as emo haha! I also fully believe this is what's keeping people from recognizing Miley Cyrus as being legitimate as well.

    Moving on. I'm going to say right now, myself & mom both felt that Jonas Brothers acted like they didn't even have to be there. They seemed bored with the crowd, bored with themselves, even. They walked around the tri-stage, once in awhile, and mostly for some planned action (such as spraying the fire hose). Otherwise, they generally stood (or sat, for a couple piano pieces) still. Nick Jonas always had this pompous look on his face, basically showing his "I'm so awesome" heart on his "so awesome" sleeve. Ironic when you consider how horrible he sounded.

    To these 'planned actions' I mentioned earlier. Two of the brothers went to one of the smaller stages, then were lifted up and moved in a circular motion above the crowd. They had two firehoses from which they sprayed water on, probably 1/3 the lower level. It would've been neat if the song they were singing at the time was more summer friendly, and if the wet t-shirt contest was legal. :P (There was no actual wet t shirt contest, but you have to consider, this is a bunch of teen/preteen females going to see Jonas Brothers and now they're all wet.. like all wet. You have to think there was something going on in the minds of whatever brother/friend/boyfriend had been dragged by their sister/friend/girlfriend.)

    Another feature, and for many more interesting, was the faux rainfall on the other stage. They were singing...Lovebug? As the rain fell around them, it turned into some of the words they sang. It was kinda cool.

    Somewhere between it all, and maybe the first real movement by any of the brothers, was a trampoline. In the center of the center stage, one of the brothers, I forget which (but believe it was Nick), jumped probably four times? The first was just a simple jump, the second was over one of the other brothers. The third, a microphone stand was set up and he jumped, then spread his legs around the stand. That was kinda neat, I s'pose. The last jump was a front flip which wasn't landed completely. Ah.. he landed on his feet, yes, but fell back a sec 'cuz he didn't have enough rotation. There was no worriedness as he was clearly perfectly fine, got right up & continued on.

    Still, through it all, the Jonas Brothers were not a very exciting act at all. The only thing that was really cool about their portion of the night was when Jordin Sparks came back out at the end to perform Battlefield while they played instruments.

    Oh.. the adults got a little entertainment, as the brothers sang a song by Barry Manilow, though I don't recall which. Mom stood up to enjoy that while I remained seated (as I did through most of the concert). Actually, I only stood for Jordin Sparks, really...

    There was certainly more but I didn't find enough interest to make comment. As a result of the concert, I find myself interested in Jordin Sparks again as well as anticipating the first album by Honor Society. I've decided, as mentioned earlier, that Jonas Brothers are a result of some talent being given to tween girls as gifts from Disney. A better label would've probably given them more mature fans (and less of Nick's voice). As such, I partially accept them as good music.

    After the concert, mom and I stood in line to have our pictures taken with Wonder Girls. I was hoping for more than just walk up, picture, leave, as I've never had that shortamount of time with any artist I've ever seen live (though, in truth, each previous meeting was in a more relaxed setting). I'll be honest... I feel a little awkward about it, now. HA but hey, I really hope they find the right audience - or rather that the right audience finds them. My mom likes them and the mother sitting next to her said they were cute enough for another song, even if they'd sang in Korean. And one other thing, how many non-Asians are selected to be part of their FAN*TASTIC thing? Just curious. I didn't submit but it seems there's certainly a racial preference there. I understand it'd probably make the girls more comfortable but they have to realize they've got fans from all races now that they're here in the states. I'm a little concerned they may be putting up a barrier between them and America with the selection process. Certainly a small issue and one that few might even recognize or consider, and I'm sure there've been plenty of FAN*TASTICS who weren't Asians. I mention it, still, because further promoting of this idea that they need/want/prefer Asians around them will do them deadly in the long run if it even becomes noticeable.

    They need to be comfortable with America.
  • "Touch" available at Amazon.com!

    20 jui. 2009, 0h11m

    I'm kinda surprised it happened so quickly, but Touch is available on Amazon.com. Apparently it's been there since June 25th. *shrug* It's my 5th actual cd but the first one I have put online at a well-known seller.

    Go check out the free previews available here on last.fm, then the full length preview of God or Ferns (Song for Der) at youtube. Then you can download songs from my other cds for free, or buy Touch. :)
  • Favorite Asian Albums

    12 jui. 2009, 22h04m

    I'm not counting anything I got too recently. Other than that, these are my top 3 favorite Asian albums for each language. :P

    Korean:

    1: The First Blooming - Kara - favorite song: 못 지킨 말
    2: So Hot - Wonder Girls - favorite song: So hot
    3: 2NE1 - 2NE1 - favorite song: I Don't Care

    Japanese:

    1: THE FACE - Boa - favorite song: Happy Birthday
    2: Kingdom - 倖田來未 - favorite song: Under
    3: delicious way - 倉木麻衣 - favorite song: NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP

    Cantonese:

    1: Kellylicious - 陳慧琳 - favorite song: 我的脆弱與堅強
    2: Super Model - 鄭希怡 - favorite song: 擔心他喜歡希爾頓
    3: Hotcha - HotCha - favorite song: 不要防晒

    Mandarin

    1: 庭竹 - 庭竹 - favorite song: 喜欢你
    2: 半熟宣言 - 楊丞琳 - favorite song: 愛我請shut up
    3: 特務 J - 蔡依林 - favorite song: 愛無赦

    English: (yes, the English releases by Asian artists...)

    1: This Is The One - Utada - favorite song: On And On
    2: BoA - Boa - favorite song: Energetic
    3: Exodus - Utada - favorite song: Hotel Lobby

    re: the English albums... I've got the above 3, as well as Love Exercise & Precious. I'm sure when Se7en and Wonder Girls get around to their English releases I'll have to reinspect my top 3.

    I've also recently acquired a few cds that might alter some of the above. While I added 2NE1's mini pretty quickly (while leaving out, for instance, After School, Girls' Generation, etc), I have quickly adapted and enjoyed their music immensely. Other releases will take some time but I am sure will rise pretty quickly, such as 蔡依林's 花蝴蝶, 庭竹's 不做小木偶 and 張懸's 城市.
  • "my debut album"

    16 nov. 2008, 9h41m

    1 - Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
    The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

    2 - Go to Random quotations: http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
    The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
    You can do this also to generate your album track titles.

    If you want to do this again, you'll hit refresh to generate new quotes, because clicking the quotes link again will just give you the same quotes over and over again.

    3 - Go to flickr's "explore the last seven days"
    http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/
    Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

    Put it all together, that's your debut album.

    Band Name: Synaptotagmin
    Album Title: They Had Courage Enough

    Tracklist:

    1) Injustice By Evil Means
    2) Idea In A Dress Suit
    3) Idiots Understand Their Language
    4) No Armor Like Ignorance
    5) And Ultimately Defeat Him
    6) You Just Trusted Yourself
    7) Pillar Of My Life
    8) Only Far More Expensive
    9) You Don't Give Up
    10) To Become Complete Yourself



    Only slightly more interesting than my actual debut album ;)

    Realiti3 - R3
  • Top 20 of 2007

    21 jan. 2008, 22h05m

  • The Language of Music (recommend me some!)

    4 jan. 2008, 20h20m

    I love me some non-English music. I love it whether it's French, Italian, Romanian, German, Japanese or Spanish.

    Well, not so much Spanish.

    Okay, generally not Spanish at all, but almost everything else.

    I guess it comes from a love of languages? (Except Spanish!) To my right, I have instructional books, tapes, cds and dvds for Persian, Japanese, Finnish, Russian, Romanian, Spanish (eek!), Italian and Mandarin. Elsewhere in the apartment you can find books for French, Vietnamese and Korean.

    In addition, my sister borrowed my copy of the Hindi dvds, and I've also taken 2 years of high school German. Just don't ask me to say much unless you give me a week to prep. :)

    Now, this all has a very interesting impact on my listening habits. What music do I listen to? Mainly English, yes, but what comes next? I think I will find out.

    Main rules:

    1) Jaci Velasquez counts as English, unless the artist tag had an accent mark, then it's Spanish.
    2) Boa is a strange one. I will count 1/3 of her music as Japanese, and 2/3 as Korean: I don't like her English voice, so I never listen. I know she has many more Japanese songs than Korean, but I listen to her Korean stuff more often.
    3) Kate Ryan will be 10% French.
    4)
    5) Taiwanese music will be counted with Mandarin, since I don't know the difference. Yet.
    6) I can only count the songs shown in my all time charts, so anything that doesn't show up there simply can't be counted.
    7) This list counts the 3212 songs that I could find on my list

    On to the list:

    1) Mandarin @ 20%

    Well, I didn't listen to any Mandarin until just before Mandarin class started this recent summer, so going from nothing to first is a pretty good run. This was mainly due to the enjoyable music of S.H.E, who sits at #5 of my most played list. Their album Play was my first Mandarin album.

    2) Japanese @ 18.4%

    I was thoroughly surprised when I started listening to Mandarin, that I all but completely forgot about Japanese. Now, most of the Japanese music I used to listen to, kinda sounds bad. I mean the voices, not the music... Still, 倉木麻衣 and her delicious way keep me listening.

    3) Romanian @ 16.8%

    I'm not too shocked to find Romanian up in third. While I did listen to Japanese on a regular basis, it was the music of Alina, Anna Lesko, Andra and Corina that held my attention during the 9 months I spent in Texas.

    4) Korean @ 14.7%

    After this, the percentages get crazy small. Korean pretty much started it all, even though Japanese was my foray into foreign music (followed by Russian). When, and I don't remember how, I first heard Boa, I fell in love. Then she released Atlantis Princess, and Korean was a permanent fixture on my list. After she switched to Japanese, I had to get my fix with S.E.S.'s last album. For now, I keep my Korean tracks to SeeYa and 카라 (KaRa).

    5) Middle Eastern & Indian @ 8.8%

    I group them together because of their similar music and vocals. I also can't tell the difference between Arabic, Punjab, Hindi, etc., so this is simply the best way. (Imagine "Asian" music combined into one.. oi! Yes, that would include this as well...). At any rate, this group is helped mostly by Aneela of Toy-Box fame, and supported by soundtracks to several Bollywood flicks that I fell in love with while in Texas.

    6) Finnish @ 3.8%

    What can I say? Varttina (not tagged, sorry), was pretty awesome and I did decide to add half the tracks of Nylon Beat. I really don't listen to Finnish much anymore...

    7) Cantonese @ 3.1%

    Thanks to my Jadeworld subscription on DirecTv, I get to wath fabulous Cantonese music videos. I've got a lot DVR'd, and from that I find the music I enjoy and listen to it. Cantonese is a recent addition to my Language of Music list. It is perhaps the most recent, come to think of it. Since I can't read Chinese characters very well yet, nor do I understand Cantonese (and the subtitles don't help hehe), I find few of these artists. One, however, that I've found and enjoyed is 鄧穎芝.

    8) Turkish @ 2.7%

    Last winter I purchased and listened many times over to Sultana's cd. I can't remember the album title offhand. It's pretty slick hip hop with few nice samples here and there.

    9) French @ 2.3%

    With a healthy does of Kate Ryan's French songs to add to my small collection of Assia and other French artists, a top 10 for my second least favorite language is pretty good.

    10) African @ 2.1%

    Thanks to the soundtrack to Tsotsi, I've got some nice tracks from the other southern continent.

    11) Thai and Swedish tie with 1.8%

    China Dolls, despite their name, sing in a lovely language called Thai. Sit that alongside Bubble Girls, and Thai ties with the only Swedish band I listen to: Garmarna

    13) Pacific Islands @ 0.9%

    I have no way to tell which island, which language, or what, so I group them together. I've been listening to Te Vaka, among others.

    14) Spanish @ 0.8%

    Jaci Velasquez, with just a small bit of help from some other band I can't remember, keeps Spanish out of last place. It was because of Jaci, not the language.

    15) Portuguese @ 0.4%

    Matato'a performs in Hawaiian, but also in Portuguese. Their song Fusion Natural was one of the practice songs for the first Polynesian Dance classes I took.

    16) Vietnamese @ 0.4%

    With one less track played than Portuguese, Vietnamese suffers from being another one of my not-so-favorite languages.

    And that's it. All 16 languages that I've listened to since 1999, at least, as best as i can figure it.

    Any recommendations for foreign music you think I might like based on what I've written here?
  • Top 25

    11 nov. 2007, 11h03m

    List the Top 25 from your Overall Artists list.

    01. Realiti3
    02. Boa
    03. Dido
    04. Rollergirl
    05. Sarina Paris
    06. Ayla
    07. Kate Ryan
    08. Natalie Imbruglia
    09. Milky
    10. Billie
    11. S.H.E
    12. Vengaboys
    13. Angel City
    14. Moodswings
    15. Jennifer Paige
    16. Heather Nova
    17. 倉木麻衣
    18. Avril Lavigne
    19. Anna Lesko
    20. French Affair
    21. ATC
    22. Magna Canta
    23. Newsboys
    24. Jaci Velasquez
    25. Aquagen

    What was the first song you ever heard by 6? Ayla

    - Easy enough, it was Ayla part II

    What is your favorite album by 2? Boa
    - Probably Atlantis Princess

    What is your favorite lyric that 1 has sung? Realiti3
    - "I'd like to tell you now I got a question for y'all, but I don't, so I can't, so I won't, now that's all." This was part of a random faux-rap session between four friends, the final lyric.

    How many times have you seen 11 live? S.H.E
    - Never, but I've got their LIVE in TAIPEI vcd. :D

    What is your favorite song by 7? Kate Ryan
    - Oh gosh this is such a tough choice! I think I'll have to go with Scream For More. Ah... the memories!

    What is a good memory you have involving 20? French Affair
    - Hm.. Maybe it was just singing Comme Ci Comme Ca with a friend.

    Is there a song by 3 that makes you sad? Dido
    - Oh geez... Life for Rent, No Angel, Sand in My Shoes... etc

    What is your favorite lyric that 14 has sung? Moodswings
    - erm.. I guess the whole of Rainsong

    What is your favourite song by 19? Anna Lesko
    - Inocenta

    How did you first get into 22? Magna Canta
    - I can't recall if it was via Amazon.com or the late Tower Records, but I was browsing music and listening to songs and I thought, wow... this is amazing.

    What was the first song you heard by 21? ATC
    - Another easy one, Staci from the roller rink did a performance to Around the World... :)

    What is your favorite song by 4? Rollergirl
    - Oh wow this is so difficult.. it really changes each time I listen to her. So I'll just go with I Keep On Rollin', the one I've listened to the most.

    What is a good memory you have involving 13? Angel City
    - Love Me Right (Oh Sheila)...Eddie, Todd, Dan and myself cruisin' down the freeway blastin' good time dance music and singing as loud as we dared.

    Is there a song by 23 that makes you sad? Newsboys
    - Entertaining Angels

    What is your favorite album of 15? Jennifer Paige
    - Her self-titled debut...

    What is your favorite lyric that 9 has sung? Milky
    - "...and I want just a little, time to be with you."

    What is your favorite song by 8? Natalie Imbruglia
    - Right now? Probably... Shiver. So pretty. Also, Big Mistake.

    How many times have you seen 5 live?
    - haven't...

    What is your favorite album by 12? Vengaboys
    - The Platinum Album

    What is a good memory you have involving 25? Aquagen
    - More nighttime driving down California freeways...

    What was the first song you heard by 18? Avril Lavigne
    - Complicated. Anyone who says otherwise was either late to the party or they're too young for their own good.

    What is your favorite song by 17? 倉木麻衣
    - NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP

    What is your favorite album by 24? Jaci Velasquez
    - Her self-titled.

    How many of your top 25 have you seen live?
    - Jaci Velasquez
  • Catching up with my iPod

    21 sept. 2007, 10h05m

    Since I'm not terribly mix n match savvy, I am manually setting up playlists in WMP to include all the songs I've been listening to on my iPod over the last several months. This means I'll be seeing a lot of repeated songs - such as 20 plays of Calabria 2007 in a row.

    Bare with me?
  • why does this not work?! :\

    1 juin 2007, 23h54m

    Why is it that the asian music shows up as question marks? :(