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bip [29 Sep 2009|08:02pm]

Benjamin in Peru "Isolated Waves"  E.p.

Label : Summer Rain Records
Genre : Dub.Ambient.Electronica


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Audio Bullys - Generation [14 Dec 2005|11:33am]


Audio Bullys, a duo very often compared to The Streets, mainly because of the similar style and accent of london street music in their rhymes. in truth the only thing they have in similar is the style in vocal presentation; content wise, they're two completely different group. Audio Bullys delivers a smoother approach by using actual singing and more concise lyrics which came out to be more poetic, often about life and relationships, and sometimes fun and fame. musically, they have years of experience in production and DJing before their debut. attitude of live performers mixed with the comfort of bedroom DJs, breakbeat meets techno, they almost forbid the use of live instrument in their music. while their music dwells fine in front of an audience, they're not terribly dance heavy songs and just as brilliant in your bedroom.
Compared to their debut, they've ditched the childish effort in producing a rhyme, which seemed like all they did was shouted and tried to be cool without realising they were performing, which made it where it was good it was really good, but where it was bad it was like your nipples are being twisted (badly, in case you're into it). this time, they've gotten so much better. now, where it was bad it's tolerable, but where it was good it was like being rimmed by a guy who knows what he's doing.

here's a few recommended tracks from their latest album: GenerationCollapse )

anyway, a note before i finish:
sorry for not making a sound for so long, i was very flattered when one day i was updating my userinfo and found out i was made maintainer of this community. if you noticed/go there i have a community i started called remix_edit_dub, and that's not exactly lively, so don't hope i can make magic or anyhting. just saying.
anyway, my excuse for not being active is, to be frank, i thought this place was dead, plus there wasn't a lot that caught my attention (that's a lie, but those i noticed belonged to a side of music still too early for me to form an expert opinion). 2005 seems to be a tad boring, actually, more like annoying, with everything on the chart samples old stuff, or artists i like turning to the direction of a popular genre.
also, if you like, i can make some banners for the site. i wanted to put you in my userinfo but you have nothing other than a simple "killermusic". i'm rather gifted with digital arts, or so i'm told, i'm happy to help at area i'm good at. e-mail me at thisisaspace@gmail.com
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[10 Dec 2005|12:23pm]

How many songs?

iPod surveyCollapse )
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Music Videos [23 Nov 2005|01:05am]

Billy Joe looks like a model in "Wake Me Up When September Comes" (which has a really stupid video, by the way) and in all the other new Green Day videos--and we all know that he was a little pudgy when he recorded "Good Riddance"--but check him out in "When I Come Around". They all look so young and mascara-free! Oh man..that's my favorite Green Day video, minus all the Sims characters.

What are your favorite music videos?

(I know this community's kind of dead...and I'm sorry, I don't post much and when I do post it's normally not that meaningful...)
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Weezer, Foo Fighters and Hot Hot Heat Concert [11 Nov 2005|01:09pm]

Scott Shriner, ladies and gentlemen. Scott Shriner.

I saw Pat Wilson, Brian Bell, Scott Shriner, and Rivers Cuomo. Like in the flesh. Scott and Pat took turns singing a song (Keep Fishing and Photograph Song 2 by Blur). They have sweet voices, and Brian did the "gimmie gimmies" in Beverly Hills. Rivers Cuomo was dorky, but then again so was David Grohl...they'd flail around on stage, I think even Dumi dances better than them. Foo Fighters played all my favorites (My Hero, Times Like These, Best of You, All My Life) in their first half hour on stage, so I left right after at 10:30. It looked like they were going to play until midnight. David Grohl has a fowl mouth, but he is really funny and rebellious. He even improvized a song about "the Weezers hot cocks", right after admitting the Foo Fighters was responsible for hiring strippers to come on stage during "Buddy Holly". No one knew it was a prank, even though in retrospect, Rivers, Pat, Brian, and Scott did look suprised. They had their backs to the audience at one point, but they kept playing. They didn't miss a beat.

David Grohl was even the "volunteer" from the audience who played the guitar for Undone (The Sweater Song), but I didn't recognize him (I was in Section 111, Row 11, Seat 1). At one point he was playing so hard his black hoodie came down and the crowd in the club section started roaring. People thought his behavior was odd though, 'cause "Billy Bob" played the guitar really well, he was crowding Rivers Cuomo's microphone (Rivers even pushed him away), and at the end of the song he smashed the guitar into pieces. None of it made any sense until now.

I missed part of the opening act, Hot Hot Heat, but the part I did catch was awesome. Steve Bays has such a stage presence. His voice is cute and his curly mop bops around when he sings.

Weezer, Foo Fighters, Hot Hot HeatCollapse )
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[29 Jul 2005|09:57am]

Great news - though I may be late!
When I went to Warped Tour a few weeks ago, I went over to the Dropkick Murphy's tent and they were telling me about the new GIVE 'EM THE BOOT DVD from Hellcat that is going to be released next week. I've been waiting for something on the Hellcat bands and it's finally here. Its supposed to have lots of live performances by bands like Rancid, Transplants, Horrorpops, Tiger Army, and a lot more. Joe Strummer and Iggy Pop are on it too...plus all the Hellcat bands. By far this will be one of the best music DVD release all year!
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[19 Jul 2005|10:41pm]

[ mood | sleepy ]

I made a soundtrack to my life as a freshman. It's a good way to kill a few hours and remind yourself why you like particular songs.

Following killermusic's motto, do what you want, you can organize your songs in any way you see fit. I grouped mine into the following categories:

1. Freshman Crush (songs you listen to when you like someone but can't bring yourself to do anything about it
2. Study Companions (songs you listen to while studying)
3. I Took It The Wrong Way (songs that egged you to jump off a bridge)
5. To Make Rainy Days Bluer (songs that I listened to in bad weather to make my mood even more rotten)
5. Drown out A-line Noise (iPod music for the noisy bus ride to and from school)
6. Made Me Giddy (for songs that make you feel like you can do anything)
7. Listened To In Shame (songs with lyrics/by artists you're ashamed of listening to)
8. Fuck Everyone (songs you listen to when you hate the world)

cut because it's more interesting if you write your own firstCollapse )

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Kasabian [14 Jul 2005|03:57pm]

Do you guys think that the names of some bands are just inappropriate?

Did you know the band Kasabian is named after a Marilyn Manson cult member (Linda Kasabian) who served as a getaway driver for a quadruple homicide? So what if her name "sounds cool", I think it's wrong to name a band after her. I don't mind the band or their music, but do you think it dishonors the victims and their families, to name a rock band after a woman who was an accessory to murder?

I was watching A&E on television, and it seems the cult members scribbled lyrics from Beatle's songs with their victims' blood on the walls. No one looks down upon the Beatles, after all, they can't help who listens to their music. But now it's the other way around. The rock band is associating themselves with the murderers. I think it's weird.
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The Black Mages - The Black Mages II: The Skies Above [03 Apr 2005|01:39pm]

I swear I meant to do this earlier, but I've been sick, really. :(

ReviewCollapse )
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[23 Mar 2005|12:11am]

i'm gonna writing a review for the latest album by the Black Mages, a final fantasy/nobuo uematsu tribute band, kinda. all they do is do metal covers of final fantasy songs.
but meanwhile, here's a community i started, hope you dont mind community promos

a community about anything concerning remixed music and the likes.
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iTunes [10 Mar 2005|04:19pm]

Last month I discovered the Music Videos feature on the iTunes Music Store, and it just blows my mind. I could see music artists AS THEY sing! How novel is that? There’s no way in hell I’m going to sit through one hour of rubbish on MTV or VH1 just to listen to 5 music videos, 4 of which are usually trashy R&B or rap videos. No no, no more 15 second ads on Yahoo! Launch to see a poor resolution video. Ok never mind, Launch has way more videos than iTunes, so I keep coming back to see Third Eye Blind’s “Jumper” (the song isn’t even available for purchase on iTunes). Not to watch the awesomely cool club scenes, just for the killer drumbeat.

Anyway, iTunes helped make and break my perceptions of certain artists, whom, until now, I’ve only judged by their sound. I guess that’s the way it should be, to like a band because they sound good, not because they’re good looking, but image is important. Sadly I look for heroes in my music artists. I look at mannerisms, how the band interacts with each other, and I judge them based on the image they project.

Is this okay, or am I shallow? I don’t really know.Collapse )
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Ima Robot [27 Feb 2005|12:43pm]

Found this review when I was cleaning my room today. It was part of a series that I worked on for my high school newspaper senior year. No one else on the staff wanted to include them in our paper, so hopefully now at least one can see the light of day now. I apologize for the lack of a picture for I lack the ability to add one to a livejournal entry. In order to fully understand this band you would have to see them. I mostly reccomend the video for Dynomite.

Artist- Ima Robot
CD- Ima Robot
Label- Virgin
Listen If You Like- Devo, Talking Heads or David Bowie

With their explosive self-titled debut, Ima Robot has produced a collection of songs that take you back to a time when new wave was ever popular. The band has been described as an art project gone wrong. Mainly for the look of lead singer Alex Ebert. Dynomite (the first U. S. single) opend the CD with a burst of energy that continues throughout the record. Other standout tracks include Alive, Dirty Life and 12=3 (Here Come The Doctors).
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Lit [20 Feb 2005|12:27am]

[ mood | working ]

A.Jay Popoff - Vocals
Jeremy Popoff - Guitars
Kevin Baldes - Bass
Allen Shellenberger - Drums


One day I was sitting in the car when this great song came up on the radio. It was one of those songs you’d hear and then have the urge to turn off the radio, because you know that none of the other songs you’d hear that day would be as good. The song was "My Own Worst Enemy" by Lit. I can listen to this song at 11:43 PM on this downcast, rainy February night and I can feel some of the exhilaration I experienced on that carefree summer afternoon waiting in that hot car.

Lit is a rock/alternative/punk band formed in 1990, and they epitomize the classic rock group from their tough-guy appearance down to their winning guitar riffs. All four guys are originally from Orange County, CA (so they evoke further images of summer…and fruit).

They lyrics are semi-humorous:

"Please tell me why
My car is in the front yard
And I’m sleeping with my clothes on
I came in through the window last night."

Another personal favorite is "Miserable". In this song, the guitars set a miserable (hence the song name), unhappy tone that accentuates singer’s A. Jay Popoff’s dejected voice.

Oooh, "Looks Like They Were Right" is second on my list of most played (count: 217) songs. The video’s awesome too. It uses simple filming tricks to jazz it up, not that the band needed any help, because they could rock out pretty damn well on their own. They’ve got spinning a microphone on a chord down (Listen to the last several minutes of the song…the base plucking makes you want to replay the song).

Yah. Next time you hear "My Own Worst Enemy" on the radio, it’s a rare occurrence honestly, roll down the window and turn up the volume.
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Jason Mraz [19 Feb 2005|10:54pm]

[ mood | tired ]

MRrrrraz. Acoustic, Folk?, Alternative, Pop, Reggae...

This man is beautiful. Everything from his voice to his lyrics to his wit...well he has his fair share of bad habits and childish notions (and you’ll know what I’m talking about if you read the journal on his official website).

But the melody of his voice backed up by his almost-clumsy guitar work is quite sweet. He has a knack for carrying a tune, writing a jingle, and just...twisting his way around words.

Jason Mraz gathers his inspiration from too many places for me to list here. Obviously the fellow thinks a lot about various things. His songs range from the self-affirmation to not worry his life away [The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)], random random thoughts [Curbside Prophet], and of course, experiences with love (or lack thereof) [You & I Both]. Every song has some humorous element, cultural or autobiographical reference, or some honest, straightforward truth.

Here’s a little biography. Born in Mechanicsville, Virginia on June 23, 1977. Dropped out of college and wandered the streets of Manhattan where he received advice from a psychic in central park (weird, I know...this boy is odd) to "experience youth in whatever way he can, even if it means going against what others say" (or something to that extent). Eventually moved to LA and performed at (the apparently famous :D) Java Joe’s in Ocean Beach where he gained notoriety.

But, why I like him remains an enigma. Sometimes I’m sick of the man. If you ever watched his short interviews on VH1’s I Love the 80s, you'll notice the way he speaks out of the side of his mouth and in a soft spoken whisper, and you'll wonder if he’s just faking it. I mean is that really his personality or is he trying to gain adulation from his legions of giggly teenage girl fans? I guess I have some hero-worshiping, popular-musicians-aren’t-perfect-people issues to sort out.

Mraz says it best in “Too Much Food”: It’s all about the wordplay all about the sound in the tone of my voice.

He has a new album coming out in late August called "Mr. A-Z". I'm counting down the months.
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SUM 41 [03 Feb 2005|12:23pm]

[ mood | okay ]

Deryck Whibley (Bizzy D): Guitar/Vocals
Dave Baksh (Brownsound): Lead Guitar/Vocals
Jason McCaslin (Cone): Bass
Steve Jocz (Stevo): Traps

Ok, so they're not the most attractive group of guys...

Formed in 1996, forty-one days into the summer before 12th grade, hence the name SUM 41.

Nothing seemed to add up when my friend introduced me to “Pieces” by SUM 41 several weeks ago. The morose, dejected tones in “Pieces” caught my attention, even though I’m more a fan of upbeat, cheerful music. But the vocals were so controlled, so perfect, his voice truly seemed like an instrument in it’s own right. Then there were moments when you can hear his voice strain; you can hear the passion. Well, I looked up their other songs, and to my amazement “Pieces” is their departure from the norm! They’re a guitar-grinding, bass slapping (haha I’m musically clueless), politically and socially aware, punk ass band from Canada. Who would’ve guessed?

But fear not, it seems that most of their songs, no matter how punk they are, have some sensitive elements—a gentle plucking of the guitar, a soft chorus, or somber vocals. And the lyrics—oh the lyrics! My favorite lyric is in “Fat Lip”: “Storming through the party like my name was El Nino”. Oh man…good times. The lyrics send a positive message about survival (no, I’m not kidding), although the group tries really hard to uphold a punk image on their music videos. They refuse to “become another casualty of society. [They’ll] never fall in line. Become another victim of your conformity. And back down”. If you’ve ever felt like giving up or giving in—if you’re tired of living—listen to SUM 41’s “Pieces” and “In Too Deep”. The message I got was to just deal with all the shit life throws at you.

Graphics of bomber airplane grace their web page and their fan club is called the “Goon Platoon”, but if you read why SUM 41 named their latest album “Chuck” then you can look past the militant, rebel façade and understand how socially conscience this group is. They traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to help film a documentary for War Child Canada (a charitable organization that aides children in war-torn countries around the world and raises awareness of children’s rights). Well, the group was caught in the middle of a two-day gunfight between warring factions, and a man named Chuck Pelletier, an ex-Canadian soldier and UN volunteer, kept the band and some 40 other hotel guests alive until they could all be safely evacuated. It’s crazy that SUM 41 can be so talented, good-hearted, and humorous, I really admire this group more than any other band (except their journal can be raunchy :( at times). This punk band actually gives a damn.
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Athlete - Tourist [25 Jan 2005|06:25am]

when i finally decided to ignore my logics one time, i went over to that shelf and picked up a cd, stormed toward the counter and generously spending a part of my student budget on the cd that was called Vehicles & Animals, by Athlete. all this is after having heard samples of the songs from adverts, then only have heard snippets of the album's first few tracks on the store jukebox (don't ask) about half an hour before purchasing. yes, i havent even listened to a single whole song by that group. i mean i did have the internet then too so it was really no excuse.
Anyway, so when i did that, eliminated every obstacle that stood in the way and finally music was being pumped into my ears, i was glad.
"HA! how did you like THAT brain? eh?" part of me said that to another part.
It's instincts, in theory everyone has them. You just know. You just know that this will be a band you'd like no matter what anyone says. You just know that blonde guy by the bar is going to get hurt tonight and he'll like it. You just know this is not where you'll spend for the rest of your life.

If you've listened to Athlete before, this isn't going to disappoint you. This Album, compared to the last, will have most of what you remember from Vehicles & Animals: the accent that is by far not perfect english, the vibe from the tunes which you'd find familiar, but the mood has gotten different. If you're expecting the same cheerful notes from V&A, i'm sorry this is not the album you're looking for.
well it's not all gone, really, the happiness has not all disappeared, there's the tracks Tourist and Yesterday Threw Everything At Me. Ok, it's hardly the same, i know, something seems to be missing.
The Bohemianism.
Shit, Yes! they dont seem to be nonchalant anymore, the whole thing is kinda sour, it's as if they've grown up!
Ok, having to break it down like this we forgot, this is still the Athlete we know, they havnt done anything like Air's 10,000 Hz, nor Moloko's Statue, they havent switch a sub-genre or two, which is fine by me.
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like electronica? like prodigy? then you probably have this anyway. [03 Jan 2005|10:09am]

Prodigyremixed.com - Always Outsiders, Never Outdone

"omg! have you heard that latest prodigy album? i mean, can you believe it? i used to like them but this is just cowturd! i mean, i like a couple of tracks on it, i mean, they're fucking sweet! but after the fifth track you're thinking 'NOT THIS AGAIN!', i mean, what are they thinking? the whole album sounds exactly the same. i mean, please."

well think again, i mean, i know what you mean, that's why i know what i'm talking about, about this, i mean.
this album is a remix album of Prodigy's Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. no, this isn't a shitty remix/b-side thing to get extra money, and taking words from the website: "This online album features unofficial remixes and mash-ups by some of the UK's best bootleggers, giving you a chance to hear the Prodigy's new album as you've never heard it before." and get this, this is completely free to download, altho the bittorrent's low on sources as i've been informed, you can just easily fish it out on file sharing programs (coughemule/edonkey/overnet/andshitscough).
wanna send them some money as a thanks or something? great, check out their site for a list of charities. i mean, you've gotta love charities.
oh yes, the content. this remix album, if i may say, optimize what you'd love about Always Outnumbered, and the artists that contributed on the album each have unique taste and style than the others, so they don't ending up sounding all quite the same. altho this falls under the recent trend in dance music that there's often hip-hop oriented tracks in the thing, it's still all good right? i mean, it hasnt got annoying yet, has it?
so one minute you were listening to the prodigy's track Hotride, kinda like it got processed in a metalwork factory, the next you're hearing missy elliott pasted onto Medusa's Path, and before you know it, there's some bloke singing "I'm your venus, i'm your fire, your desire..." from your stereo, and you're enjoying it too! it even have Shoot Down dubbing an oriental rap song, to conclude it ingeniously.

oh c'mon, it's free, and for once it's perfectly legal.
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Lyrical Loony, I Am. [02 Jan 2005|08:24pm]

[ mood | tired ]

I love my song lyrics. I might just love the words, or I may love how they’re sung. You just have to listen and find out for yourself...

Something different, All the girls they seem to like youCollapse )

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I can be LACUBRIOUS around my POLYAMOROUS friend. [15 Dec 2004|12:47pm]

[ mood | happy ]

If you're the type who doesn't listen to the lyrics of a song, you might think Breaking Benjamin's "Polyamorous" is just a cool head-bopping rock ballad. But the rest of us must be wondering what the hell does "polyamorous" mean? Don't run to your Webster's Dictionary kids, try searching on the internet instead.

Polyamory is a fairly new word, without a definitive meaning (as of now). You can check on urbandictionary.com if you want a teenager's perspective of the word, or you can read this adult's definition, taken from PolyamorousNYC:

"The practice, state or ability of having more than one sexual loving relationship at the same time, with the full knowledge and consent of all partners involved."

Yay! I hope you learned a new word. You never know, "polyamory" might show up on the SATs one day. Knowing the meaning of this word sure makes Breaking Benjamin's song THAT MUCH FUNNIER. Got to love bands whose members all come from the town (Wilkes-Barre, PA).

You can even use new words on a date like "I can be lacubrious with you." It's just another word that m-w.com can't help you define. Yup, Jason Mraz is pretty awesome for introducing a new word to the english language in the song "I'll Do Anything". Jason Mraz says his friend actually created the word which means "easy to chill with" (THE DAILY PRESS, November 21, 2003). On a side note, Jason Mraz would be the most fabulous man alive if he weren't such a stubborn child who's convinced that smoking isn't bad for him as long as "he believes it makes him happy".

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i hope you're proud [15 Dec 2004|10:58am]

i was just looking for a community for fatboy slim after i've listened to his latest album and now i've gotten into them again. at the same time i was making coffee, i've left the kettle on and rushed back to my computer to read some community bios, where i've stumbled upon this.
the water's boiled, but because i liked your concept so much i had to sign up first and then ran back to preserve whatever fresh-boiled-ness i could.
in other words, you've made me forget about my coffee, i hope you're proud of yourselves.

by the way, there isnt an lj community for fatboy slim, that i can see anyway, shocking.

if you're interested in what music i'm into read my info page. there're too many reasons why i dont put every artist/group i listen to but you'll at least get an idea.
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