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ROTATION 03: Here they come, the beautiful ones 
5th-Dec-2005 09:32 pm
jrocker
This rotation (mostly) contains the names of fictional characters (a hefty bunch of them from literature, you'll see), but still famous.

track 01: Quruli- Amadeus
Comments: Quruli is a four-man rock band from Kyoto that sometimes mix techno and house elements into their music, producing a unique sound truly all their own. It has Shigeru Kishida on vocals and guitar, Tasshin Ohmura on guitar, Masashi "Moshie" Satoh on bass, and Christopher McGuire on drums. They have recently released their sixth album, entitled Nikki.

Quruli is one of my most treasured 'discoveries' this year, along with Suneo Hair and Nell. Amadeus is a more subdued (considering this came from The World is Mine, which had such gems as Go Back to China and Mind the Gap, this is REALLY different) Quruli effort, a slowish piece with violins and classical piano, and Shigeru's vocals interspersed throughout the song, a rare Quruli ballad. While this is not really the song to get you hooked on this fabulous group, it's still worth a listen.
Download: here || Official
Buy: THE WORLD IS MINE

track 02: BUCK-TICK- Mona Lisa
Comments: The beginning of Mona Lisa sounds like something a DJ would play during lulls at a club, or something you might hear at a strip club (Is it just me, or does it seem like every BUCK-TICK song I put up seems to give off the strip-club feel?). Then the drums and heavy guitars come in. Then the killer rapping, and eventually, Atsushi's panty-creaming vocals. The rap-rockness of the whole song reminds me vaguely of Psycho le Cemu's Chou Supa Happy, except Mona Lisa is definitely darker.
Download: here || Official
Buy: Mona Lisa Overdrive

track 03: Nell- Peter Pan is Dead
Comments: Nell is a Korean rock quartet composed of vocalist Kim Jong Wan, guitarist Lee Jae-Kyung, bassist Lee Jung Hoon, and drummer Jung Jae-won. They named themselves after the 1994 Jodi Foster film of the same name. They have four albums to date: Reflections of Nell, Speechless, Let it Rain, and Walk Through Me.

I love Nell. I really, really heart Nell. Part of the reason I love them so much is because of Kim Jong Wan, who manages to cover a wide range of emotions with his voice, from desperation and fear to passion and hope. And he conveys emotions so well that you sometimes feel what you think you're supposed to be feeling when you listen to the songs. I've compared the lead vocalist of ZE to Jong Wan, how both guys' voices tend to get all breathy and desperate-sounding, but I suppose that's an unfair comparison. ZE's lead vocalist (still no clue on what his name is) has a more mature feel to it, while Jong Wan's still has the angst of youth. Peter Pan is Dead is a catchyish Nell rock ballad, which shows off Jong Wan's desperatebreathyangsty vocals. The English at the end is so inspiring. Plus, JW's English is actually quite good. Oi you! Do yourself a favor and download this!
Download: here || Official
Buy: Walk Through Me

track 04: Angela- Ni Hao, Zhou Jie Lun
Comments: I couldn't get any information on the particular Angela that sings this song. I tried checking Angela Zhang's discography, but I couldn't find it on any of her albums. Ni Hao, Zhou Jie Lun, is a catchy dance track, with Angela rap-singing her lines, which makes the whole song work. I imagine it could be played at clubs and remixed with lots of heavy heart-thumping bass. And who is Zhou Jie Lun? Jay Chou, of course.
Download: here
Buy: It's a mystery to me. Inform me if you know who Angela is.

track 05: Harry and the Potters- Save Ginny Weasley
Comments: Harry and the Potters is an indie pop/rock duo formed by Joe DeGeorge and his brother Paul. They sing about all things Harry Potter, with amusing titles such as Luna Lovegood is OK, Cornelius Fudge is an Ass, and Stick it to Dolores. So far, they have released three albums as Harry and the Potters: their self-titled debut, Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!, and A Magical Christmas of Magic.

Save Ginny Weasley was the first song that got me interested in Harry and the Potters. It's a charming, catchy little number set in Book 2's timeline. While the brothers' voices don't stand out, the beat and lyrics make up for that. But of course all you Harry Potter fans have this already.
Download: here || Official
Buy: Harry and the Potters

track 06: Lords of the Rhymes- Nine Fingered Frodo
Comments: Who says Tolkien and rap don't go together? The Lords of the Rhymes are made up of two rappers, Quickbeam and Bombadil (who dress up like Ents), and DJ Radagast the Brown. Their songs are basically hobbitized/LOTRized versions of all the 'look-how-I'm-living-it-up-with-bling-women-and-Cristal' rap songs by Nelly/Chingy/whoever. But these, of course, are better. They are also very fond of Elf girls.

Nine Fingered Frodo is one of the best songs written about hobbits ever. Even if you don't like rap but are mad about Tolkien, or even if it's the other way around, check this out. ^^
Download: || Official
Buy: Lords of the Rhymes

track 07: My Little Airport- Gigi Leung is Dead
Comments: My Little Airport is a kitschy Hong Kong indie pop duo, with members P (Lam Ping, songwriter, guitars, keyboards) and Nicole Au Kin-ying on vocals. Their song titles remind me of the way Fall Out Boy name theirs (An example being I Can't Download Good AV --Adult Video-- Like Iris Does and Leo, Are You Still Jumping Out of Windows in Expensive Clothes?)

My Little Airport's music takes a few listens to fully appreciate. I'm not good with genres, but I think it's a mix of synth pop and punk. This (really short) song is mostly about a girl wanting to spend time with someone and not go to school, followed by several repetitions of 'Gigi Leung is deaaaddd..." Nicole's English is comprehensible at best. A download for the curious. I wonder what Gigi Leung thinks about this song. ^^
Download: here || Official
Buy: Because I Was Too Nervous at That Time

track 08: Tony Goldmark- Sirius Black
Comments: I love this song. If you wonder how Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy might fare as rappers ("HP and D-Mal in the house, 'yo..."), then do yourself a favor and download this song, which summarizes Harry's third year at Hogwarts quite nicely/accurately (Agnes Nutter, anyone?). Download it just to hear Draco (oh yes, this is not Tom Felton and Daniel Radcliffe, fangirls. Chill.) whine, "Professor, Potter here won't let me represent for the dark side." And hear Snape say, "Potter, if you don't let Malfoy kick it old school, it's detention." Plus it samples 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'.
Download: here
Buy: Rage Against the Mundane

track 09: ART-SCHOOL- Winona Ryder Android
Comments: ART-SCHOOL is a four piece indie rock band from Osaka, formed in 2000 with then-soloist Riki Kinoshita, who wanted to try his hand at forming a band. The other original members of ART-SCHOOL were Jun Ooyama (guitars), Hinata Hidekazu (bass), and Yuichi Sakurai (drums). They debuted at the Shitakitazawa Shelter in 2000 and released a couple of independent mini-albums before being signed to Toshiba EMI in 2002, when they released their first studio album, REQUIEM FOR INNOCENCE, with the single DIVA. Hinata and Ooyama left in 2003; Ooyama saying fatigue being the cause of his leaving, Hinata saying that he wanted to pursue other projects. He is now with Zazen Boys. Masafumi "Kenji" Tokada eventually replaced Jun, while Takeshi Uno replaced Hinata. In 2005, they switched labels to Pony Canyon (w-inds.' label), and released their latest album, Paradise Lost.

Winona Ryder Android starts out with a catchy, almost pop-py guitar riff, which lulls you into a strange sense of pop comfort. Then the whole song explodes, and then Riki-kun starts singing, almost screaming, his emotions laid bare for everyone to listen to and be affected by. Try not to headbang to this rock anthem.
Download: here || Official
Buy: Boys Don't Cry 1 2

track 10: Falco- Rock Me Amadeus
Comments: Okay, history lesson time. Falco (or Johann Hölzel) was born in Vienna, Austria, and studied at the Vienna Music Conservatory. Before rising to brief international fame in the 80s, he was the bassist of the Austrian rock band Drahdiwarberl. He is most famous (internationally, at least) for this song, which is inspired by the movie Amadeus. Far from falling into the so-80s trap of being a one hit wonder, Falco released eight albums and one remix album during his lifetime. Unfortunately for the music world, Falco died in 1998 when his SUV collided with a bus in the Dominican Republic.

I remember that it was my dad who introduced me to this song when I was very young. It was in-your-face German rap with a pop melody, and possibly my first taste of music from other countries. When I saw the music video for it, which shows Falco in Mozart-era attire traipsing through a large mansion with other people dressed in Mozart-era fashion, I loved it even more. German rap is good. So download.
Download: here
Buy: Falco's Greatest Hits (and you thought he had only one) Falco 3

track 11: Weezer- Buddy Holly
Comments: The term 'geek rock' appealed to me, when, years ago, I downloaded my first Weezer song (I think it was Island in the Sun). I like Rivers Cuomo's whiny voice, although I'm not as rabid a fan of their music as I could be. Buddy Holly is a fun, upbeat rock song, a break from all the slow, angsty J-rock (coughART-SCHOOLcough) that has found its way onto this rotation. I use the term 'shoulder-shaking' very lightly.
Download: here
Buy: Weezer

track 12: Shifty- Lolita
Comments: Shifty used to be one of the rappers for the rap/rock group Crazy Town, and when they disbanded, he went solo. His first single from his debut album Happy Love Sick, a feel-the-vibes-of-summer offering, was Slide Along Side (which was just okay; I liked Crazy Town's work more than Shifty's solo stuff).

Lolita is a slick, catchy summer song that brings to mind house parties, dancing on beaches with cocktails or a beer in hand while flirting with a cute guy, and cold showers on hot, sticky summer days. I love it.
Download: here || Official
Buy: Happy Love Sick

track 13: ART-SCHOOL- Fiona Apple Girl
Comments: Riki Kinoshita absolutely rocks my socks and it's not funny. He used to be a slacker, drinking a lot, living off the money his mom sent him, and spending his days watching a movie a day. Now he's been described as 'artsy-fartsy personified', with the whole tall-and-skinny-angsty-writer-with-a-bowl-cut thing going for him. In the acknowledgments/shout-outs/thank-yous part of ART-SCHOOL's old CD jackets, he gave props to Arthur Rimbaud (the French poet), Chuya Nakahara (a Japanese poet), Kurt Cobain, and Martin Scorsese. Among the artists he listens to are Fountains of Wayne, Cat Power, and Death Cab for Cutie. In ART-SCHOOL's PVs, he looks so lonely and skinny that you can't help but want to hug him and take care of him. ^^

While Fiona Apple Girl isn't the ideal ART-SCHOOL song for the beginner (try Winona Ryder Android), it's good if you want to complete your ART-SCHOOL collection. Admittedly, it's an average ART-SCHOOL song, not one of their best, but try if you're curious. More people need to translate ART-SCHOOL songs so I can bloody understand what Riki-san's saying.
Download: here || Official
Buy: SONIC DEAD KIDS

track 14: Weird Al Yankovic- Jerry Springer
Comments: What's a name-themed rotation without Weird Al? This parody of what goes on during Jerry Springer shows is set to the song One Week by the Barenaked Ladies, which I also love. ^^
Download: here
Buy: Running With Scissors

VOTE FOR THE NEXT THEME!
(Come on guys. If you're going to comment anyway, might as well vote, right? ^__^)

(1) PLACES
(2) COLORS
(3) ANIMALS
(4) REMAKES


Please get your votes in BEFORE DECEMBER 20. I'll do a big rotation for the theme that wins.
Comments 
5th-Dec-2005 03:27 pm (UTC)
I took that Nell out of curiosity and then Sirius Black because I'm not sure where I've put mine. So, thanks :)

And I vote for animals.
5th-Dec-2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
I took "Save Ginny Weasley", which is AWESOME, I never knew there was this band! I immediately went searching for more of their songs. Also I took "Fiona Apple Girl", I really like ART-SCHOOL. I want to translate some of their songs, but I don't have a CD yet, do you know of anywhere on-line that might have kanji lyrics?
5th-Dec-2005 05:11 pm (UTC)
After scavenging around, I was only able to find the kanji for BUTTERFLY KISS, which was my very first taste of ART-SCHOOL. ^^

氷を砕いて歩こう 何も話さなくていい
何より 澄んでいるから 冷たく乾いた朝に
彼女は優しく死んだ 何一つかなえられずに
誰一人知らない場所で 声にもならない声で

光の中へ君は 触ろうと手を伸ばしたのさ
僕は思い出すんだ 永遠に触れなかった事を
Tonight Tonight

氷を砕いて歩こう 何も話さなくていい
もうすぐ感覚は消える 冷たく乾いた朝に

光を浴びて君は ずっと子供みたいさ
僕は思い出すんだ 永遠に触れなかった事を
Tonight Tonight

光の中へ君は 触ろうと手を伸ばしたのさ
僕は思い出すんだ 永遠に触れなかった事を
永遠に触れなかった事を 永遠に触れなかった事を
Tonight Tonight

...If you're interested. If you've got Soulseek, you could ask around the Jindie room over there. ^^ And, of course, jrocklyrics. Hope this helps. (YES, ART-SCHOOL LYRICS MUST BE TRANSLATED!)
5th-Dec-2005 05:39 pm (UTC)
Sorry to spam. Here's what you're looking for. Kanji aplenty. ^^ The wonders of LJ communities and Google. And obsessed ART-SCHOOL fans.

5th-Dec-2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'll start with this one! Do you have this song, and would you maybe be able to upload it, please? ^_^ I haven't heard it and the lyrics are good, so I'd like to.


6th-Dec-2005 12:33 am (UTC)
This is what I've got, it's just a rough translation but I hope it works for you!

let's walk crushing the ice it's all right not to say anything
because nothing is clearer in the cold, dry morning
she died gently without being able to satisfy anything
in a place not one person knows with a voice that didn't make a sound

into the light you reached out your hand to touch it
I remember how you couldn't ever touch it
Tonight Tonight

let's walk crushing the ice it's all right not to say anything
very soon our senses will fade away in the cold dry morning

Bathed in light you were always like a child
I remember how you couldn't ever touch it
Tonight Tonight

into the light you reached out your hand to touch it
I remember how you couldn't ever touch it
You couldn't ever touch it You couldn't ever touch it
Tonight Tonight
7th-Dec-2005 09:54 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I love the song even more. ^^ I hope the site helped you, too! I'll upload BUTTERFLY-KISS in a little while.
7th-Dec-2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
ART-SCHOOL- Butterfly Kiss. It's a fabulous song. This is a live, btw. Enjoy! ^^
5th-Dec-2005 04:59 pm (UTC)
P.S. I vote for colors.
6th-Dec-2005 12:19 am (UTC)
first time here, took both art school songs thnx!
6th-Dec-2005 01:22 am (UTC)
Anonymous
not usually my style of music but i was curious. thanks.

my vote - places
6th-Dec-2005 01:22 am (UTC) - Angela Song
Anonymous
It's Angela An You Qi. She won that Super Voice Girl singing competition in China.
6th-Dec-2005 01:26 am (UTC)
I took Harry and the Potters for laughs. >.> I can't believe that this is even serious.

XD

Anyway, I'm taking Angela. Thankyou
6th-Dec-2005 01:29 am (UTC)
Sampled Buck-Tick, Angela, and the Sirius Black song. Fun and eclectic stuff, here---thanks! ^_^ Do whatever you want for next rotation, though colors and animals most intrigue me. ^^
6th-Dec-2005 03:30 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Stole everythin' but Harry and the Potters. I'm an unfortunate geek who managed to steal it earlier beforehand. :P Oh. I vote for colors.
6th-Dec-2005 04:08 am (UTC)
Your descriptions make me want to download everything, but I took Nell, Art-School, My Little Airport (!!!) and the Potter songs.

:D

I'm going for animals! Though I'm probably fine with anything. Love your choice of music ♥
7th-Dec-2005 12:58 am (UTC)
took buck-tick and the first art school. your themes are great! i vote for animals next. who doesn't love animals?
7th-Dec-2005 07:09 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Ran off with Quruli because the few other songs of theirs I've heard were great! And I agree, Nell and Art-School are really exceptional-- the new Art-School album "Paradise Lost" is amazing! Thanks. --poonk
7th-Dec-2005 08:31 pm (UTC)
Lol, good rotation. You've got some really good artists up here that aren't that big.^^ As for the next theme...I'd have to say Animals. But after that would be colors, because I'm pretty sure that there aren't that many songs about animals...
7th-Dec-2005 10:22 pm (UTC)
Oh... I took a lot. XD Let's just say I snagged everything except Amadeus, Mona Lisa, Save Ginny Weasly, Nine Fingered Frodo (because there was no link ;_;), and Lolita, mostly because I already had them. XD Thank you so much! ♥

Annnd... I vote for colors. :D Songs with colors in their names make me happy. XD
8th-Dec-2005 12:10 am (UTC) - hello
Anonymous
Thanks for all the musik :))
i totaly vote for PLACES
but for your next layout can you mention which language it is? I understand names are included in the description..but..
9th-Dec-2005 05:50 pm (UTC) - Re: hello
Alright, I'll start doing that from the next rotation onwards. Thank you for the suggestion. ^__^
8th-Dec-2005 03:15 am (UTC) - Awethome
Anonymous
Took Angela and Rock me Amadeus; thanks ^_^
10th-Dec-2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
These are awesome. :D;


I was wondering...Do you/can you put up more Clazziquai songs? I'm having a hard time finding them and I can't wait till Christmas to get the CD. :D; So um...>>; can you post more? :D;
11th-Dec-2005 06:36 am (UTC) - Absolutely.
Of course! I'm more than happy to spread the Clazziquai love. Which CD are you getting? (So I'll know what not to put up.) And do you have any particular song in mind?

I'll post them during the next rotation. ^__^
12th-Dec-2005 07:07 am (UTC) - Re: Absolutely.
I have no idea which one(s) I'm getting. :D; I told my mom what I wanted and she said she'd get them for me so yay ^____^
11th-Dec-2005 02:03 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Thanks for the rotationnnnn

I vote for....places.....but I just really wanna hear more Nell.....:P
11th-Dec-2005 03:27 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Taking Angela (An You Qi) and Clazziquai from previous rotations.
My vote is (2)colors
17th-Dec-2005 05:53 am (UTC)
Anonymous
I came back for the Harry Potter and LotR parodies because I think my friends would find it quite amusing. Thanks. --poonk
19th-Dec-2005 01:09 am (UTC)
took all i think! thanks! um....places.
22nd-Dec-2005 08:57 pm (UTC) - Oy sorry x_x
Anonymous
Ah, sorry I haven't been replying much lately! School gets to ya I guess. And since azn.nu is being weird too, I've been having to straighten out those problems stuff. @_@

Anywho, lovely rotation as usual ;) Hehe, I'll come back a little later to download somemore because I'm getting braces in a couple of hours. x___x

Sincerely,

Naoko
http://sayokyoku.blogspot.com
2nd-Jan-2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
nabbing some songs. thanks!
2nd-Jan-2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
p.s. do you have the download link for the Lords of the Rhyme- Nine fingered Frodo?

poll: animals or remakes--can't decide. :)
3rd-Jan-2006 05:49 am (UTC)
It's a funny story, actually, but to keep it short, the file isn't on my computer anymore.

I'm currently downloading it... again, from the group's site (because they are very nice people and offer their stuff for download, FREE), and then I'll put it up on the current rotation so everyone can get in on the fun.

But you can download the song (and two more, plus remixes and their music vids) on their site, if you want. ^^
11th-Feb-2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
Ok, I know this rotation was from a while ago, but I just stumbled upon your site and since these are still downloadable, I was dl-ing through them just now and I noticed your Angela song. The singer is a fairly new one from Taiwan, I believe. Her Chinese name is An You Qi and her name happens to be Angela too. She released her first album, called An You Qi, or Angela in 2004 (or 2005?).
1st-Feb-2007 11:11 am (UTC)
Hey this post is really old but i was hoping you'd help me out XD

i've been looking for sirius black by tony goldmark for ages and now i found it here but when i try to download it, it says the file doesn't excist...could you upload it again? :D

If not, can you tell me where i can download it?
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