Archive for the 'Music' Category

Portishead is back

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

10 years! 10 years! Believe it or not, it’s been more than 10 years since the release of their 2nd studio album, Portishead. Meanwhile, you can still hear their debut, Dummy, in bars, stores, and cafes from time to time. It was a classic, IMO.

I have gotten the album, P3, for a while now, but I haven’t really listened to it, the truth is, I have been waiting. I wanted to wait for the moment that I could sit and listen from the beginning to end in one setting, without being distracted by people on the subway — and yes, I didn’t want to listen to it on the subway to begin with, that would’ve been a waste. I want to be dedicated.

And yes, I was also distracted by Madonna’s Hard Candy, which I was quite surprised with, as it turned out, and liked. Anyway, now after about 10 plays of Hard Candy, I, of course, have gotten tired of it. I got that out of the way first, so now I can give all my attention and dedicate my time to Portishead’s P3.

I am not a music critic, I really don’t know how to describe it except that I can say it’s a true delight to hear the familiar sound again. Do read Sal’s review on P3 (Third) on Slant Magazine.

They sang his song…

Friday, September 21st, 2007

My friend Ong dubbed the Thai version of Aladdin years ago, and of course, he sang the Thai version of A Whole New World, the theme song of the movie. He sent me the “pop” version of the song, sang by pop singers Bird and Amp. And apparently they can’t pronounce the word “new” correctly. You can To hear his beautiful voice, download the songs at

Old J-Pop

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

During lunchtime, I stopped by BookOff in midtown to pick up some old second-hand (who knows, might even be third-, fourth- or tenth-hand) Japanese CDs.

miho nakayama わがままなあくとれすMiho Nakayama’s Wagamamana Akutoresu [わがままなあくとれす] (1993)
I owned this but it’s sleeping at my parents’ house. Believe it or not, it’s only 3 bucks, why not? 3 bux to buy and rip, it’s so worth it. It’s hard to believe that this album is 14 years old! This is crazy.

eisaku yoshida 少年のいた夏“A”saku Yoshida’s 少年のいた夏 (1990)
Another 3-dollar CD. I bought it just because it’s there. I’ll probably listen to it 3 times, and I probably won’t even bother ripping it. This one was released 17 years ago. I kid you not. I recently saw a picture of Yoshida, and sure he looks old now. He used to have such a young cute face. Not anymore, and he’s now an old man.

Barenaked Ladies

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Barenaked LadiesWhile I was up in Québec, watching CBC‘s The Hour, hosted by the ever so adorable George Stroumboulopoulos, I learned about this great band. Anyway, Strombo was intereviewing Canadian group Barenaked Ladies, and wow, what a great found for me from the trip. They are cool, their music is fun, poppy and awesome! I have acquired their last 2 albums and have been listening to them ever since.

From The Hour‘s website,

Steven Page and Ed Robertson, live at the Hour. They have a new CD out, “Barenaked Ladies are Men”, and are about to launch a cross Canada tour, on January 31st, in Victoria – “The Barenaked Planet Tour”.

The band has developed a reputation for fighting copyright restrictions, like DRM, and they’re using innovative approaches to let fans do what they want with their music, for instance they’ve released their album on a USB stick.

They also are doing their part to stop global warming and are teamed up with an environmental group, Reverb. The idea is to develop a “Barenaked Planet” at each tour stop and cut the amount of waste and CO2 emissions they use on tour.

And since their latest album, Barenaked Ladies Are Men, is sold as MP3s on a USB drives, album art is available to be downloaded on the website.