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rotation 01: The Rainy Day Ensemble 
3rd-Nov-2005 11:12 pm
jrocker
Raindrops, repetitive beats, comfy sounds, sleeping in on a cold day in a toasty warm bed, easy listening, your favorite book, slowly dying fires, taking your sweet time to do something... It's all rainy day music for this rotation.

All files have been upped using YouSendIt, Megaupload, Rapidshare, and Savefile. Kindly alert me if the YSI files have gone stale, and I'll reup them for you. ^__^

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track 01: Bonnie Pink- So Wonderful
Commments: Bonnie Pink is back with a new album, huzzah! *throws confetti* While I have yet to give the entire album (titled 'So Wonderful') a listen, here's the title track. Just ignore the fact that this song has already been posted on rotation sites/journals everywhere. ^^;; It's more upbeat than most of the tracks on this rotation, with a disco-Beegees beginning (that's a good thing) and a super-catchy beat. Ignore the fact that so many people have already uploaded this on their rotation journals. Just download! ^__^
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track 02: Brown Eyes- Love (I Wanna Fall in Love With You)
Comments: A midtempo rap song with a smooth, chocolate chorus that blends all of the artists' voices beautifully. I absolutely love everyone's performance on this track: no one's trying to outshine anyone, and the result is a warm, fuzzy song that deserves a place on your playlist. Every listen just makes me love the song more. The bells at the beginning remind me of Christmas. (How choruses can be 'chocolate', I have no idea. But apparently, I have considered 'chocolate' as a new adjective.) [/ignore me]
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track 03: Cafe Tacuba- Avientame
Comments: Off the soundtrack of the brilliant (omgGaelGarciaBernal!) film Amores Perros. It's an acoustic offering from the Mexican band, with the catchy guitar-strumming and violin complementing Ruben Albarran's silky voice, which reminds me a bit of Ken Hirai. ^__^ Extra info: Ruben's quirky, always changing his name with every new album Cafe Tacuba churns out (over eight to their name). He's been Nru, Sizu Yantra, Elfego Buendia... ad nauseum.
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track 04: Clazziquai- Tattoo
Comments: What's a rainy day themed rotation without Clazziquai? They OWN the genre when they're not doing remixes. Here's a less popular track (that doesn't mean it's not as good as the rest) from their debut album, Instant Pig. This seductive, R&B track shows off Horan's beautiful vocals (Alex gets most of the action nowadays, doesn't he?); one of the few Horan-only songs. Horan's amazing (and a psychology major too! ^o^). Must-download!
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track 05: W- Bubble Shower
Comments: Bubble Shower is the perfect example of a chillout song, with sounds of dripping water inserted into the melody. And the vocalist's voice is nice: soft, yet masculine (you could bottle it and we'd call it bottled sex and make a fortune selling it). I'm sorry if I'm sounding cryptic... just download. ^__^

**To my knowledge, there are two groups performing under the stage name W. One is the ex-Morning Musume duo of Ai Kago-Nozomi, who do Tsunku-pop. The other W is the Korean group who mix different genres like pop and 'groove' (much like Clazziquai, who appeared on the MV for their single Shocking Pink Rose) and incorporate them with strange noises.
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track 06: Dubmatique- Memoire
Comments: I don't know anything about Dubmatique, except that they're a French rap trio. Like the other rap tracks in this soundtrack, the beat's not heavy or frenetically-paced. I guess it's a plus if you like hearing French being spoken (for me it is. coughFrenchissuchaprettylanguagecough). And, by the way, is it a must for all these rap groups to feature female vocalists on their songs? And to have English choruses (or, at least English in their choruses)? Trend? Phenomenon? You tell me.
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track 07: Epik High- I Remember (70s Soul Remix)
Comments: Unlike Paris, I Remember doesn't have breathy, ethereal female vocals, a fast, shoulder-shaking beat, or whistles. It's not turntable-heavy like Lesson 2, either. I Remember is a languid song perfect for those lazy days, watching rain slide down your bedroom window. And Tablo's English is amazing because he graduated from Stanford. (insert gasp) When I listen to this, it always reminds me of the Dubmatique song. Probably because both begin with "I remember back in the days." ^^;;
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track 08: Barbie's Cradle- Everyday
Comments: Barbie's Cradle was a three piece pop-rock group from the Philippines, who made three albums before the lead singer Barbie Almalbis decided to pursue a solo career. Everyday is a sweet, poppy song that pretty much shows what Barbie's Cradle music is in general: wispy, cheerful, rainy day pop. Oh yes. This song is in English.
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track 09: Rip Slyme- Tasogare Surround
Comments: Sorry if you're not into the whole rap thing, for this is yet another rap song. Don't worry, like all the other rap songs on this rotation, it's a far cry from typical Western rap fare (50 Cent, Chingy, Twista, et. al). (I have a newfound respect for webmistresses who painstakingly comment on every song they rotate. ^^) I adore the instrumentation on this track; there seem to be so many instruments involved, like the maraccas, the wooden things that you hit (ugh, that sounded stupid, but I don't know what they're called), aside from the guitars and drums. And it's got such a catchy beat it's not even funny. My favorite Rip Slyme song to date. Haul ass to download!
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track 10: Cho Kyu Chan- I Sleep Better
Comments: This was supposed to be on the 'Science of Sleep' rotation, but I decided to put it here anyway. A pretty, guitar-driven song with a catchy melody. This is the only Cho Kyu Chan song I've heard so far, but I like his voice... it sounds kind of whiny here, but it's perfect for the song. ^__^
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track 11: Clazziquai- Color Your Soul
Comments: OMG more Clazziquai. And another song that's been rotated everywhere. But it fits the theme of this rotation, in that it's something I listen to on rainy days. I like the saxophone interlude. Alex totally owns this song, as usual, with Horan doing the backing. Their voice mixing is SO GOOD; it reminds me of Crosby, Stills, and Nash (ask your parents, they would know. ^^;; Graham Nash was famous in the American music industry for being fantastic at harmonizing).
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track 12: Yo La Tengo- Center of Gravity
Comments: Yo La Tengo is the husband-wife duo of guitarist Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, who have gained an underground/college radio following over the years. Center of Gravity is an eclectic piece of work with androgynous vocals, maraccas and a steady guitar beat. It's been my favorite Yo La Tengo song for a long time, and when I found out that the English professor I have a massive crush on loved them too, I only liked the song more. XDD
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track 13: ZE- Orange Day
Comments: ZE is a new Korean group that I checked out because absolutezero yonder at Z-Degrees had recommended them, dubbing them as 'the Korean Coldplay'. I downloaded some tracks off their album, and, while they're quite far from Coldplay, they certainly have their own style from current Korean rock bands. In Orange Day, it sounds like they've used a piano, aside from the regular drums-and-guitars. The song is gorgeous; I love the tone of desperation in the lead vocalist's voice when he sings the refrain. The tone used reminds me a little of the beginning of Stay by Nell, when the lead singer gasps out, "Stay..." I want to marry the lead singer's voice. Yummy.
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track 14: Bonnie Pink- Do You Crash?
Comments: Ah, the first rotation has come full circle, beginning with Bonnie Pink, and ending with Bonnie Pink. Another acoustic-guitar-driven track. While So Wonderful shows off Bonnie Pink's genki genki side, Do You Crash? displays her more mature side. This track is from one of her earlier albums, Heaven's Kitchen.
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Please vote for the next theme! You can pick from PLACES, REMAKES, and FOOD. Please get your votes in before November 20. Thanks! (And don't forget to leave a comment! ^__^)
Comments 
3rd-Nov-2005 11:47 pm (UTC)
very nice selections~

i'm taking a whole bunch. thank you so much!
4th-Nov-2005 12:19 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome! Glad you like the music. ^^
4th-Nov-2005 12:51 am (UTC)
i love the music! thanks :D. hmm the next theme ... pastries! they taste so good :P
4th-Nov-2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I'm tempted to do the food rotation next if I don't get enough votes. ^^;; *wonders if she has a song about pastries*
4th-Nov-2005 01:21 am (UTC)
brown eyes! thanks
4th-Nov-2005 12:23 pm (UTC)
I know. I :3 Brown Eyes. ^__^
5th-Nov-2005 02:34 am (UTC) - Hey its Naoko ^^
Anonymous
Ugh, I'm a loser - I don't have a LJ account. xD I would make one buuuut... erm. Yeah.

xD Anywho~~~ I LOVE the songs you put up. *shakes fist* You got me so addicated to W. x_x

Lol, I think the lead singer of Nell is Kim Jong Wan or Nan... or something that rhymes with that. He also did a collab with Epik High and this other group I forgot the name of. >.<

Oh almost forgot! I'm gonna vote for Food because I have a feeling they're gonna be great picks. ^-^V Thanks!!
7th-Nov-2005 10:42 pm (UTC)
Pshh, that's okay. You make terrific websites to make up for the lack-of-LJ-account thingy. ^__^

Thanks! Well, that was the idea. I'm just sorry that I didn't download all the other songs off W's album when I had a chance.

He looks so geekily cute in all their MVs. Heehee. ^o^
13th-Nov-2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
I took most of the songs with MU link, lol.

Thank you ^__^

I'm voting for FOOD! Because food is good. Whoever say it's not should die >_> jk jk =P
15th-Nov-2005 11:33 am (UTC)
You're welcome! ^__^ I'm looking through my selection of FOOD songs right now, and I'm so amused at the wealth of songs with the words 'Honey' and 'Cherry' in the titles.
13th-Nov-2005 11:44 pm (UTC) - O-o
Anonymous
Gasp! I steal everything (except for Color Your Soul; already have that). :D I like! Uh... uh... I vote for places. :3 Thanks so much~
15th-Nov-2005 11:34 am (UTC) - Re: O-o
You're welcome! *tallies vote* ^__^
21st-Nov-2005 01:20 am (UTC)
Took Epik High and Clazziquai - "Tattoo". I also put your URL up on my mp3 rotation (Aqueous Transmission) since you were so good as to put my URL up here.
Thanks a million!
21st-Nov-2005 11:24 am (UTC)
Thanks for linking as well! ^^
22nd-Nov-2005 10:08 am (UTC)
this is old but dubmatique is a french-canadian rap group and they've dismemebered, i think, cuz one of the rappers did a solo project. if you want, i can probably download the song and translate it line by line for you :)
22nd-Nov-2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks for the info! ^__^ Sad to hear that they disbanded. No, it's alright, I don't want to bother you or anything.
23rd-Nov-2005 03:04 am (UTC)
wow! really nice journal you have here..

i'm taking ze's orange day.. haven't listened to korean music in a long time, so i'm giving it a try! thanks!
24th-Nov-2005 06:29 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Oooh, I downloaded a lot... Brown Eyes, Clazziquai, Epik High, and ZE... and I'll be back for W and Cho Kyu Chan once the SaveFile site is operational again. Great site. Thanks! --poonk
28th-Nov-2005 06:44 am (UTC)
Really liking your song selections. :DDD Bookmarking your journal! Can't wait to see the next round of songs. ^^
3rd-Jun-2006 01:44 am (UTC)
Hi am saving otsuka ai's smiley :).. tks soo much!
22nd-Jun-2006 08:56 am (UTC) - Link exchange req ^^
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