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Feb. 8th, 2006 | 06:33 pm
music: gorillaz - dare

After doing a lot of thinking - okay, maybe five minutes of thinking - I've decided that I really don't have the resources for this journal. Until I have enough money to buy albums, I really can't introduce you to anything new.

I'll just be posting music in my personal journal when the mood strikes until I've got me me a job that pays enough that I can buy music.

Alas and all that.

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Hosting question

Jan. 29th, 2006 | 07:18 am

You guys don't comment much, but I'd really appreciate it if you respond this time. I don't want to do something you hate.

I've been using YouSendIt for hosting files because for most people (including me), it's faster and less of a hassle than the other file hosting services out there. Of course the trade-off is that songs are only available for a week.

I'd like to make the files available for a longer amount of time, so I've been thinking of switching to MegaUpload or something similar.

So, does MegaUpload totally not work for you? Are there other file hosting services that make files available for longer than YouSendIt that work better for you than MegaUpload?

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Like a lion kills an antelope / like a hammer hits a cantaloupe

Jan. 26th, 2006 | 10:08 pm

Molvania's heart-throb Zladko Vladcik had a brand new hit in 2005 -- a dark, powerful ode to Beelzebub. Fans of "Elektronic -- Supersonik" (the techno smash he released in 2004) will perhaps be leery of his new style, but I simply can't not be amazed at his incredibly flexible songwriting skills.

Never heard of Zlad? Blame Eurovision's contest officials, who disqualified him from participating both in the 2004 and 2005 contests. Because of them, few people outside of Molvania have heard Zlad's amazing songs.

» Click here for information, videos, and downloadable mp3

If you missed "Elektronik -- Supersonik", visit this page.
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They call the shots (but they're not in the line of fire)

Jan. 19th, 2006 | 07:16 pm

So look for truth, quit seeking forgiveness
You need to cut the noose, but you don't believe in scissors
You support the troops by wearing yellow ribbons?
Just bring home my motherfuckin' brothers and sisters

"Slow Down Gandhi" is mad at everyone, including you. We're all complicit in the crime; if he yells loud enough will we listen?

» Sage Francis - Slow Down Gandhi

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Dec. 12th, 2005 | 07:33 pm

At first, you think it will some kid's smart-aleck take on country or bluegrass - is that a banjo? But then start the electronic bleeps and bloops and the German spoken-word lyrics, and suddenly it's something a lot weirder. And sexier. For all I know, Sylvie Marks can be saying "I am a toad, a big fat warty toad", but the song remains very lickable.

This song has stayed on my favorites list since I downloaded it way back in 2004. It's about time that I put the album on my wishlist.

» Sylvie Marks & Hal9000 - Blütenspass

Found through Fluxblog.

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Reach out and touch faith

Dec. 7th, 2005 | 05:23 pm

Because guitars are more sinful than synthesizers any day.

Unexpected covers by Johnny Cash aren't that unexpected. This song was just waiting to happen - but more so than "Hurt" or the bajillion other covers that he did. It was destined. Just the idea - Johnny Cash covering "Personal Jesus" - seems perfect.

» Johnny Cash - Personal Jesus

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L'amour made in taiwan

Nov. 29th, 2005 | 05:29 am

In a futuristic France, a cyborg from Asia stalks the streets, seducing men and killing them when she gets bored. Beware, phallo-oppressors! Your brie can't save you now!

Okay, I have no idea what this song is actually about as it's in French (and probably Québecois just to spite me), but I can pretend that's what it's about if I want to.

» Sir Alice - L'amour Made in Taiwan

Found through Fluxblog.

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Vis aeternitatis que omnia ordinasti in corde tuo

Nov. 20th, 2005 | 07:22 pm

Garmarna is probably known best for their modern take on Swedish folk traditions, but they've also released an album based on the works of Hildegard von Bingen - called Hildegard von Bingen, predictably enough.

The album was only a partial success, musically speaking. Garmarna ditched their traditional Scandinavian tools and relied heavily on synth and drumbeats, which don't quite seem to meld with the medieval compositions.

This song, however, is beautiful. The impression of bells and strings and Emma Härdelin's powerful voice work well together here, and aren't overpowered by the tricks that ruin some of the other songs on the album.

» Garmarna - O Vis Aeternitatis

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The pianist and the reporter

Nov. 14th, 2005 | 01:43 am

This weird, sinister piece of electronic always makes me picture a war in some Southeast Asian country and a reporter in desperate search of a pianist with a story to tell. It will probably make you picture something entirely different.

I end up returning to this song once a month or so; it seems like one of those songs that I'll never be able to get away from.

» Bangkok Impact - The Pianist and the Reporter

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Banya, vodka, accordion, and salmon!

Nov. 5th, 2005 | 10:11 am

Last night:

erythros: HEY YOU.

Lyube is indeed horrible - however, their early songs are horrible in an utterly charming way. When listening to them, not being able to decide between cringing, dancing, and laughing, I often end up doing all three. Lyube is cheesy, Lyube is fun, Lyube is confusing.

Their first album was released not long before the fall of the Soviet Union. Later, Lyube mellowed out, became an easy-listening band for patriotic over-forties, but no one can describe their early songs like "Bat'ka Makhno" ("Father Makhno"), "Dusya-Agregat" ("Dusya the Machine") and "Ne Valyai Duraka, Amerika" ("Don't Fool Around, America") as easy listening.

In "Ne Valyai Duraka, Amerika" , Lyube longs for the days when it seemed like the Soviet Empire ruled the world, but in such a humorous, stupid way that you wonder how much of the song is self-parody. They're asking for Alaska back, of all things.

» Lyube - Ne valyai duraka, Amerika

transliterated Russian lyrics for those who would like to make absolute fools of themselves by singing alongCollapse )

My sincerest apologies to anyone who actually LIKES the song.

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