Monthly archives May 2007

Waking Ashland – The Well

Waking Ashland 是我最愛的美國 Indie band , 好幾年前第一次聽他們的Hands On Deck以經迷上他們了。

等了2年, 他們的新專輯終於推出了, 當然第一時間上網訂啦。

It’s the second album of Waking Ashland.
Waking Ashland is a five piece rock band hailing from the San Fernando Valley in Northridge, CA. Formed in November of 2003 with the goal of performing a form of rock that was not driven by corporate interest, but by an intense sense of genuine emotion. The punk/hardcore roots of the instrumentalists create a collective personality rare among a saturated and processed rock/pop music scene. The band was formed by Jonathan Jones, Ryan Lallier, and Thomas Lee.

After a couple of months of writing, the band went in to Golden Track Studios in San Diego, CA to record their debut EP. Six days later the “I Am For You” EP was complete.
Since the bands inception, one of the top priorities has been to promote as much as possible and get the music out to the masses. Thousands of samplers,which contained three songs from the EP, were handed out all over the Los Angeles area; These samplers were met with a great response. This along with usage of internet promotion created a good buzz not only around Southern California but also around the entire nation.

The band began playing shows with a good friend, Robert, helping out on Bass.But in March of 2004 the last pieces of the puzzle were added to the band;Derek Vaughn, and Nick Rucker joined Waking Ashland.

Track Listings
1. Salt Lake Jam
2. Handful of Names
3. Your Intentions
4. Diamonds in the Hillside
5. Change
6. Sinking is Swimming
7. Mark Like Mine
8. Let It Ring
9. Looking Alive
10. Drought of 2001
11. Money
12. Take Me With You

現任成員:
Jonathan Jones – vocals, keyboard
Ryan Lallier – guitar
Nate Harold – bass
Tim Very – drums

已離團成員:
Andrew Grosse – bass
Thomas Lee – drums
Nick Rucker – guitar
Derek Vaughn – bass

他們成軍於 2003 年
成功堀起於 Myspace 以及 Purevolume
Myspace 點閱率高達 1,300,000 次
以及在 Purevolume 也是高達 1,200,000 次的點閱率
最新專輯 The Well 已經在國外發行囉!

發行過的專輯:
Composure (2005)
The Well (2007)

發行過的EP :
I Am for You (2004)
Telescopes (2006)

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Waking Ashland – “Hands On Deck”
Waking Ashland – Julian
Waking Ashland – I Am For You
Waking Ahsland Acoustic Performance(好可愛的live *u*)
Waking Ashland Studio update 12.6.06
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MSNShell

MSN Shell 是一個很好用的plugin, 它最好的地用途是令msn的廣告自動byebye

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Akeboshi

最近發現到一個叫Akeboshi 的音樂人,被可愛的貓喵彈琴cover吸引了,原來很紅,因為其作品《Wind》是《狐忍Naruto》的主題曲。

聽畢《Wind》,再聽【Yellow Moon】,不難發現Akeboshi 的民族音樂元素鮮明,以及其對節奏的處理是很到家的,再加上一把沉厚(佬味)的聲線,實在是個奇異的配搭。合以上三個元素組成的過癮曲目《Yellow Moon》是富有夢幻雄厚氣氛的典型日本動畫主題曲,偏偏我最喜愛這樣的氣氛,而且,精彩的是在鋼琴riff下,整體的氣氛是既悲亦壯的,當然多得 Akeboshi 的聲音帶給多愁善感的情緒,MV拍得好,尤像坐上一輛夢之火車。當然,這首作品毫無難度地再次成為《狐忍Naruto》的音樂。在悠揚的笛子下是另一首民 族感強烈的《One step behind the door》,出奇地亦是因為Akeboshi 聲音而添置了不經意的感覺與氣氛。

除了異國色彩外,在Hip-Hop節奏下的懶散《Peruna》中的鋼琴將層次豐富了;環迴鋼琴的《Hanabi》卻在其獨突的強弱音下表現得恰當的悲涼,或是Post-rock與House互混的《Deep End》的爽快,都是Akeboshi 帶給我的驚喜與刺激。

Akeboshi 是擁有獨突音樂觸感的音樂人,如果你喜歡一些佬味重的聲線,喜歡在不同音樂類型上亦有鋼琴聲在遞送愁感及美感的音樂的,大可以試試Akeboshi 。

官方網頁

Akeboshi (明星) is a male Japanese popular music singer. He is mostly known for the song Wind , used as the ending theme to the anime Naruto for the first twenty-five episodes.

Akeboshi was born in 1978 in Yokohama. He learned to play the piano when he was three years old. After that, he also learned to play the guitar. Akeboshi studied music in Liverpool. His time in England has influenced his music a lot.

Akeboshi’s songs are mainly sung in Japanese, but there are some notable songs that are sung in English, such as Night and day , ‘Money’, and Wind . Another remarkable thing about Akeboshi’s music is that he rarely uses the basic 4/4 time measure. Wind and ‘Kamisama no Shitauchi’ for example, are both written in 5/8

More recently the song Yellow Moon (again used in Naruto) has added another great piece to the artist’s collection

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Yellow Moon
Akeboshi – Wind
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Loveholic

由康炫民(吉他)、李在鶴(貝斯)、Jisun(主唱)在2002年所組成的〈狂戀樂團〉,2男1女韓式新潮流行搖滾的組合,以他們時尚魔法的音樂征服了韓國樂迷的耳朵。詞曲創作一手包辦的〈狂戀樂團〉,更是受到許多電影、連續劇、廣告商的喜愛,紛紛選為背景襯樂、插曲以及主題曲。

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그대만 있다면 – Loveholic
LOVEHOLIC – SKY
Loveholic – 차라의 숲
Loveholic – 바람아 멈추어다오
Love Holic – After Love
Loveholic – maria
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200 pounds beauty OST

上星期六冇咩野做, 去在睇 “200 pounds beauty”

“200 pounds beauty”內容是說一個女仔唱歌好好但又肥又樣衰, 之後受在好大打擊之後去全身整容, 之後做左歌星咁囉。

女主角叫金亞中, 戲入面的肥婆原來都係佢演的, 勁!

最令我留意的是戲入面d歌ok好聽o架,

其中由Youme唱的 “Maria”, “星” 都好好聽, “星”有兩個版本, 另一個個版本由金亞中唱, 兩個版本都ok似, 不過Youme把聲比較有層次, 同有感情。

金亞中唱了2首歌 – “Beautiful Girl” 和 “星”, 都ok 喎。

推介歌有 :

Youme – “Maria”
Youme – “星”
Alex(Clazziquai) – Dance With My Daddy
金亞中 – “星”
金亞中 – Beautiful Girl 都ok

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Maria – Kim ah joongMaria – Kim ah joong
200 Pounds Beauty Movie Trailer
” STAR” Music Video sang by Kim Ah-Joong
Kim Ah Joong – Beautiful Girl (MV)
Loveholic – 原版Maria
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Dolores O’Riordan – Are You Listening?

十分懷念Dolores的歌聲, 聽到新專輯有種很感動, 有點想哭的感覺

回想很久以前練習guitar 時, The Cranberries 的每首歌都聽上數百次

新專輯Are You Listening每首歌每個音符每個拍子都十分動聽, 令人想一聽再聽

The Cranberries 的上一張專輯《Wake up and smell the coffee》要追溯到 2001 年,當時樂團宣稱他們大概將在 2004 年解散。在一份聲明中,主唱 Dolores 說:「The Cranberries 之後的時光是一塊白板——沒有壓力也沒有唱片合約。生命中的第一次,我完全自由了。我沒有顧忌,這便是我最先開始音樂生涯時所擁有的感覺。在這裏,一切都一目了然。」

「這張專輯喚醒了我的生命 —— 一次我終於完成了的旅行。就好像是我跨過了一座橋,踏上了一個偉大的嶄新的高原。我的生活和十年前相比完全不同,多了一種接納包容的美妙感覺。再次發行音樂作品,這也是一段激動人心的時光。」

這張專輯共收錄了 12 首歌曲,推薦曲目包括Angel Fire , Apple of My Eye , In the Garden, Ordinary Days , Watch the Stars 和 Loser 。

最新專輯《Are You Listening?》可說是Dolores的生活縮影,她表示,「會把專輯取名為《Are You Listening?》靈感來自與老公日常的相處,常常在我有些想法時,我講完我的想法,他又會再問我:『那是什麼?』我就會問他『你有認真在聽嗎?』他說:『有啊,那是什麼?』我會不斷的問他:『你到底有沒有認真在聽?』我不是想要找碴,只是想確認你有在注意我說話;只是想聲明,你如果有仔細聽我講話就會知道我講什麼,如果沒有,那當然不會知道。」讓人窺見Dolores和老公相處時可愛的一面。

這張由她籌畫了四年的專輯,這期間Dolores和她的家人經歷了生離死別,專輯中的首波主打單曲《Ordinary Day》發想來自於Dolores第三個小寶寶Dakota的誕生,而另外一首歌曲《Apple Of My Eye》則是很有力量的情歌,發想於Dolores和小紅莓一起巡迴演唱時,思念老公的心情。Dolores表示,「那真是很辛苦的一段時間,但表演還是要做下去,我真的不敢想像失去他,我的世界會變怎樣?我想每個人都有自己愛的人,一定要珍惜和所愛的人相處的每一天。」

此次新單曲《Ordinary Day》音樂錄影帶特地到布拉格拍攝,沒有華麗的特效,僅用布拉格唯美的場景襯托Dolores充滿力量的嗓音,將Dolores溫柔的一面以另一種方式訴說他特有的個性風格。MV一曝光在網路上更是造成全球廣泛的討論。

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Ordinary Day
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Js Theme v2.0 – Release at June 2007

Js Theme V2, Support WordPress 2.0+.  It will Release before July 2007.

I’ll make it better then the pass version.

This is the first wordpress theme made by myself.  I will not give it up :)

Here are the preview of  the pink & the blue style  :

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OS X Style Google Reader

我一向使用 firefox plugin sage 來讀rss, 而最近開始轉用google reader了,因為不用裝plugin 很方便,  google reader的不足之處就是介面不太好用,

但我終於找到解決方法了 :

FireFox Greasemonkey’s companion.

A style for Google Reader that styles it like Mail.app. Its not trying to be original or ‘better’ than the default theme, it’s just trying to make it look like a Mac OS X app!

首先要在您的 Firefox 瀏覽器安裝 Stylish 擴充套件。有了 Stylish 擴充套件後,可以使用 Stylish 將屬於 Firefox 使用的 greader.css 檔案內容新增來套用改變 Google Reader 的樣式表。

Download Here

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