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오래가만이에오. [17 Nov 2005|08:16pm]
みんな!ごめんなさい!!!

We appear to be on a bit of a hiatus... but this semester has gotten quite rough for us. But we promise to be back once the insanity dies down a bit ^.^

More awesome music to come!
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18 [09 Oct 2005|03:09pm]
SPECIAL COVER UPDATE!

All files have been uploaded onto YouSendIt.com
Please leave a comment when you download and let us know what you took ^.^
If you absolutely love or abhor the songs, leave a comment and let us know. We cater to the masses.
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Remember: support the artists. If you like what you hear, go buy it!

Boris' Picks


Song: Dreams
Artist: Faye Wong (王菲)
Album: Chungking Express [soundtrack]
Genre: Rock, Cover
Language: Cantonese
Released: 2004 (released)
Official Site
Comments: Faye Wong's this super awesome C-Pop singer. This song is from the soundtrack to the 1994 movie "Chong qing sen lin", better known in English-speaking countries as "Chungking Express". She was also one of the leads (opposite Tony Leung <3) and was so cute in it. I totally recommend it times one million. But anyway, this is her cover of the Cranberries song "Dreams". The lyrics have been changed to Cantonese and it's so pretty! The instrumentation is nearly identical to the Cranberries version, but her sweet voice makes it so beautiful. Maybe even better than the original...
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Song: Dreams
Artist: The Cranberries
Album: Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Genre: Rock
Language: English
Released: 1993
Official Site
Comments: The Cranberries is an Irish rock band that had a couple big hits in the mid-90's (my personal favourite is "Zombie"). This song is from their 1993 debut album. The lead vocals (supplied by Dolores O'Riordan) are nearly as sweet as Faye Wong's, but they are a bit more gritty. One of my favourite 90's alt-rock hits (I grew up on this stuff!).
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Song: Yer Blues
Artist: Shiina Ringo (椎名林檎)
Album: Utaite Myouri (唄ひ手冥利-其ノ壱)
Genre: Rock, Cover
Language: English
Released: 2002
Official Site
Comments: This is from Shiina Ringo's cover double album. This song is a cover from the infamous Beatles' White Album. It's a brilliant cover because she totally makes it hers. She throws together all sorts of sounds into a cacophony of drums, guitars and everything, making a distinctly Shiina Ringo recording. Her voice is crazy gritty too. Such a great song.
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Song: Yer Blues
Artist: The Beatles
Album: The Beatles (White Album)
Genre: Rock
Language: English
Released: 1968
Official Site
Comments: Anyone who doesn't know who the Beatles are should come on out of the cave... Even though they broke up over 30 years ago and half of them are now dead, they still have had such an immense impact on virtually anything musical. Seriously. I took a class on the subject. But anyway, Lennon's vocals are brilliant... and screamy. So bloody passionate. The music itself is just your basic blues progression... with a whole lot of rock-and-roll mixed in. Definitely a throw-back to early Rock by Chuck Berry or something. Totally awesome.
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Song: Gloomy Sunday
Artist: Jaurim (자우림)
Album: The Youth Admiration (靑春禮讚)
Genre: Rock, Cover
Language: English
Released: 2005
Official Site
Comments: This song is from the Jaurim cover album that came out about a week ago (I work fast when it comes to Jaurim!). It's a cover of an Hungarian song (Szomorú Vasárnap) that countless people have sung (Billie Holliday, Sarah McLaughlin, Sarah Brightman, Sinéad O'Connor, Bjork... etc etc etc). It was written in the 1930's by Rezsô Seress (English lyrics are by Sam M Lewis) and has been come to be known as the "Hungarian Suicide Song" because it has been linked to dozens of suicides. It was even banned in Hungary! With good reason too... this may be the saddest song I have ever heard. Jaurim's rendition of it is absolutely brilliant and totally captures the utter despair and melancholy. The way the guitars or the orchestra mixes with Kim Yoon-Ah's voice is absolutely flawless.
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Song: Gloomy Sunday
Artist: Billie Holliday
Album: Lady Day: The Best of Billie Holiday
Genre: Jazz, Cover
Language: English
Released: 1941
Official Site
Comments: This is the version of Gloomy Sunday that made it a world-wide hit. Before this, its success was limited to Hungary. Sung by the infamous Billie Holliday, she conveys this incredibly sad theme in a powerful way. The instrumentation is only a small lounge band with brass and a piano, which is interesting to note the contrast between the two songs. One is like a requiem with guitars and violins while the other is like a funeral dirge. Brilliant song.
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Nicole's Picks



Song: Hito natsu no Keiken (ひと夏の経験)
Artist: Momoe Yamaguchi (山口百恵)
Album: 15sai no THEME Hito natsu no Keiken (15才のテーマ ひと夏の経験)
Genre: Pop
Language: Japanese
Released: 1974
Official Site
Comments: Momoe's 5th single and one of her classics. It was the one that made her REALLY popular and also the first one I was obsessed with. It has some rathar suggestive lyrics for 14 year old Momoe to be singing, but it's a great song. A subdued song which compliment Momoe's vocals wonderfully. Highly reccomended.
(also, this is actually from the best of album, because the album track has talking at the begining. But I like this picture better. Hehe.)
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Song: Hito natsu no Keiken (ひと夏の経験)
Artist: GO!GO!7188
Album: Tora no Ana
Genre: Rock
Language: Japanese
Released: 2002
Official Site
Comments: GO!GO!7188 is a 3-person rock group with Yuu (vocals+guitar), Akko (vocals+bass) and Turkey (drums). This is off their cover album which came out in 2002. This is also one of the only songs with Akko as the lead singer. They made one of my favorite songs completely rock, and a totally different song in some aspects. I love the backing guitar in the verses here.
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Song: Shuuchakueki (終着駅)
Artist: Chiyo Okumura (奥村チヨ)
Album: Golden Best
Genre: Pop
Language: Japanese
Released: 1971
Official Site
Comments: Chiyo Okumura is a popular late '60s singer, who became big with "Koi no Dorei". Yay, I love Chiyo! This is one of her more subdued songs, but very pretty. Her voice goes perfectly with the instrumentation. I love how she's able to go from subdued to strong with the same voice.
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Song: Shuuchakueki (終着駅)
Artist: Hibari Misora (美空ひばり)
Album: Box: Kizuna (絆)
Genre: Pop
Language: Japanese
Released: 1976
Official Site
Comments: Hibari Misora is a HUGE singer in Japanese pop history. She debuted in 1949 at the age of 12. Her carrer spanned from her debut to 1989, when she died.
I was looking over the "Kizuna" listing and recognized the kanji to this song, and I found out that she covered Chiyo. Which came as such a suprise to me. I like Chiyo's version better, but Misora's voice gives it a very different style, which I still enjoy.
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Song: Furimukunai de (ふりむくないで)
Artist: The Peanuts ( ザ・ピ-ナッツ)
Album: The Peanuts: Best of
Genre: Pop
Language: Japanese
Released: 1962
Official Site
Comments: The Peanuts are an identical twin duo who debuted in 1959 with "Kawaii Hana". They are extremely popular artists and icons in Japanese Pop history. This is one of their most popular songs, with a very '60s sound. It's a very upbeat and happy song, I highly reccomend it.
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Song: Furimukunai de (ふりむくないで)
Artist: Wink
Album: Wink Memories 1988-1996
Genre: Pop
Language: Japanese
Released: 1992
Official Site
Comments: Wink is a popular duo who debuted in 1988 with the single "Sugar Baby Love". They hit it big with their third single and had steady popularity until 1996 when they disbanded.
This was their 15th single and a cover of the Peanuts song above. Keeping the same bouncy flow of the song, but updating it with a very late-'80s early-'90s sound, fitting Wink's voices better than if had kepted the original sound, IMO.
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Song: Tango Noir
Artist: Akina Nakamori (中森明菜)
Album: Singles 27 1982-1991
Genre: Pop
Language: Japanese
Released: 1987
Official Site
Comments: Akina Nakamori was one of the heavy-weights in Jpop during the '80s. Every single of hers reached the first spot, and many as considered classics today.
This was her 18th single and still quite popular today. A very '80s sounding, slower paced song. The slow distinct beats mixed with Akina deep, beautiful voice make it a song which'll get stuck in your head. While not my favorite Akina song, it certianly shows how great a typical single of hers sounds.
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Song: Tango Noir
Artist: Nana Katase (片瀬那奈)
Album: Extended
Genre: Pop
Language: Japanese
Released: 2004
Official Site
Comments: Nana Katase was a gravure idol before she was picked up by Avex. She got mild success with her singles "GALAXY" and "TELEPATHY". In 2004 she released a cover album "Extended", covering various 80s songs, including this song. All of the songs have a very techno sound added to them, while using the regular '80s sounding beats, making for a very interesting mix. This is probably my favorite song I've heard off the album, I love how the slower pace of the song works with her voice and the new sound.
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[11 Sep 2005|02:00pm]
All files have been uploaded onto YouSendIt.com
Please leave a comment when you download and let us know what you took ^.^
If you absolutely love or abhor the songs, leave a comment and let us know. We cater to the masses.
And don't delete the files from YSI. If you do, we'll stop this. Don't ruin it for everyone else.
Remember: support the artists. If you like what you hear, go buy it!

NOTE: The Namie Amuro and Veer Zaara links have been fixed!

Boris' Picks


Song: Nebomopeoblaka (Небомореоблака)
Artist: Zemfira (Земфира)
Album: Вендетта (Vendetta)
Genre: Rock
Language: Russian
Released: 2005
Official Site
Comments: Zemfira is pretty popular Russian rock singer. Her songs are generally pretty heavy and her voice is raspy. This one is the first song on her most recent album. It starts out with very blunt, heavy, deliberate beats and then she comes in with forceful vocals for the verse... but then it goes into the chorus when her voice gets sweet until it re-approaches the verse when she goes back into the heavier sounding voice. It's pretty cool. Check it out.
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Song: Kao Dao Tu Mi
Artist: Faye Wong
Album: Zhi Ai Mo Sheng Ren
Genre: Pop
Language: Mandarin
Released: 1999
Official Site
Comments: Faye Wong is freaking awesome. She used to be a Canto-Pop artist in the early 90's, but has since changed her style and her language - to Mandarin. As far as this song goes, it's interesting with the strings and the general mess and confusion of instruments in the background. Her voice is distorted and sounds beautiful during the chorus. Check it out and experience the awesomeness of Faye Wong
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Song: Calntsye (Солнце)
Artist: Nochnyi Snaipery (Ночные Снайперы)
Album: Detskii Lyepyet(Детский лепет)
Genre: Rock
Language: Russian
Released: 2002
Official Site
Comments: Nochnyi Snaipery was originally this Russian rock duo made up of Diana Arbyenina (vocals) and Svetlana Surganova (violin). Since then, the band's added members and the violinist Surganova has left the band. But this song is from their second album, so she's still around. I bought a post-Svetlana live album and really liked it... enough to find the older albums. And the songs are made so much better with the violins. This song is beautiful and sweeping. The singer actually reminds me a lot of Zemfira, but the style of the music is completely different due to the instrumentation. Pretty cool.
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Song: Veter i Noch (Ветер и ночь)
Artist: Nochniye Snaipery (Ночные Снайперы)
Album: Dyetskii Lyepyet (Детский лепет)
Genre: Rock
Language: Russian
Released: 2002
Official Site
Comments: This song is more upbeat than the previous one. The violin and the sweet vocals over the continuously repeating guitar riff is really beautiful. It's sorta repetitive, but I especially like when the singer goes into her lower register during the chorus. It has sort of a folky flavour. Very pretty.
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Requested re-uploads
Jaurim - Geu Rae, Je Gil Na I Ruh Ge Sal A Sser
Jaurim - HA HA HA SONG
Jaurim - Hey Guyz
Jaurim - Keunyeoa Danduli
Jaurim - VLAD


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Nicole's Picks



Song: Toj Den (Той день)
Artist: Okean Elzy (Океан Ельзи)
Album: Yananebibuv (Янанебiбув)
Genre: Rock
Language: Ukrainian
Released: 2000
Official Site
Comments: Okean Elzy is a Ukrainian band who debuted in 2000 with this album. There are currently 5 members, though this album was created with just 4 members.
I just picked up this album at a local Russian store, so please forgive my lack of knowledge on the band. This is the second song on the album, and I'm currently obsessed with it. I love the vocalist's raw vocals, and I love the sound of the song. It reminds me partially of a THE BACK HORN and LUNA SEA mix, so if you either of those bands, be sure to pick this up.
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Song: Dreaming I was Dreaming
Artist: Namie Amuro
Album: 181920
Genre: Pop
Language: Japanese
Released: 1998
Official Site
Comments: Namie debuted in 1992 with the SUPER MONKEYS. In 1995 she hit it big with "TRY ME ~Watashi wo shinjite~". She was picked up by super producer Tetsuya Komuro. She became a pop sensation through 1995 until 1998, when she released this best of album and went on ayear break to have her son, Haruto. Though her immense popularity waned, she has gotten popular with her recent album ("Queen of Hip-Pop") and singles.
This was a single that was released just before her haitus, and is only available on single and this best of album. At first I wasn't that fond of this song, but after watching the PV and a live peformance of it at the time, I fell in love with it. It's a very slow paced R&B infused song. It's one of my favorite Namie songs ever, and I highly reccomend it.
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Song: Hum To Bhai Jaise Hain
Artist: Lata Mangeshkar
Album: Veer-Zaara
Genre: Soundtrack
Language: Hindi
Released: 2004
Official Site
Comments: Veer-Zaara is a Hindi film that came out late last year to much acclaim. The soundtrack was specially made of songs composed by popular old bollywood composer Madan Mohan.
While I'm not as awed at this soundtrack as "Devdas", it's got some very pretty songs on it. This is one of them. This song strays from the general sound of the film of epic songs with duets, in that this is sung only by female single Lata Mangeshkar, and it's got a bit of a bounce to it. It's a nice song to listen to.
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dieciséis [04 Sep 2005|01:45pm]
All files have been uploaded onto YouSendIt.com
Please leave a comment when you download and let us know what you took ^.^
If you absolutely love or abhor the songs, leave a comment and let us know. We cater to the masses.
And don't delete the files from YSI. If you do, we'll stop this. Don't ruin it for everyone else.
Remember: support the artists. If you like what you hear, go buy it!

Boris' Picks


Song: Panda
Artist: Dungen
Album: Ta Det Lugnt
Genre: Rock
Language: Swedish
Released: 2004
Official Site
Comments: I got this CD for my birthday from my good friend Gloria. She works for a local music store and she said that this album has been popular lately. And since it's Swedish, she got it for me... because Sweden is awesome. This song starts out with a lot of weird drum beats and dissonance. The song doesn't seem like it's going to get together anytime soon... and the suddenly the dissonance ends abruptly and it goes into this absolutely adorable melody. I can't explain it. Just listen. It eventually gets a bit heavier and the last minute or so is more dissonance. I really like this song. Have a listen!
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Song: Connected
Artist: Ayumi Hamasaki (浜崎あゆみ)
Album: I am...
Genre: Pop, Dance
Language: Japanese
Released: 2002
Official Site
Comments: Ayumi Hamasaki (in case you don't know) is a crazy popular Japanese pop star. She's been around since 1999 and brought out her sixth album at the end of last year. In addition to 6 albums, she's had a mini album, a bazillion remix albums, best of albums... I am... is her fourth album and it has some goodies on it (but it's not her best). I really like Connected... mostly for the bass line and synthisizer. It reminds me a bit of early-90's dance music, which I basically grew up on. Other than that, it's a bit repetitive, but it's danceable. It's especially fun if you turn the bass on high and crank this tune in the car. The mirrors shake like crazy! ^.^
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Song: Gourmandises
Artist: Alizée
Album: Gourmandises
Genre: Pop
Language: French
Released: 2000
Official Site
Comments: Alizée is a French pop princess who had a bunch of big hits. When I visited France, the tour guide turned up some French tunes and the first one was another song from this album, Moi... Lolita. Since then, I've been an Alizée fan. Seriously. This song is the title track from her first of two albums and it's really brilliant. It starts out with this piano riff that plays throughout the song and slowly adds percussion and synth, then vocals and bass. And it continues like that for nearly the rest of the song. It's a simple song with a great beat and fun vocals. In my opinion, it's the best song on the album.
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Song: 2 + 2 = 5 [Live]
Artist: Radiohead
Album: Com Lag: 2+2=5
Genre: Rock
Language: English
Released: 2004
Official Site
Comments: Radiohead is awesome. They've been around since 1993 and have since recorded six albums, as well as countless singles and a couple live albums. This album is their most recent live album that was made exclusively for Japan. In fact, I believe that the package said "For sale in Japan only"... nevertheless I bought it for an exorbidant price in New York City. This recording is Live at Earl's Court in London and it's brilliant. The song is from their most recent album Hail to the Thief, but I never really paid much attention to the particular song until I heard the live. The energy that the band exudes with a live performance just makes the song so much better and infinitely more powerful. Yorke's vocals are absolutely beautiful and the way the music fits together is nothing short of genius. Yea. Radiohead is awesome.
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Song: Re Te (레테)
Artist: Jaurim (자우림)
Album: 2.5 (B 定規作業)
Genre: Rock
Language: Korean
Released: 1999
Official Site
Comments: Jaurim is a kick ass Korean rock band. This song is from their B-sides and remixes album. It's a very beautiful, very mellow song. Most of the song is just Kim Yoon Ah's voice accompanied with a guitar - very simple. There is some light percussion and synth that shows up every once in a while and it isn't until the chorus when they bring in the bass, lead guitar and any kind of heavy drums. And even then, it's not that heavy. It's a very sweet and pretty song. Check it out if you've liked the other Jaurim songs that I've been so keen to post.
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Song: traveling
Artist: Hikaru Utada (宇多田ヒカル)
Album: Deep River
Genre: Pop
Language: Japanese
Released: 2002
Official Site
Comments: Hikaru Utada was at one time the most popular singer in Japan, but she's had a demi-hiatus in the past couple years. But it's not really a hiatus... she just hasn't put out a Japanese album aside from a Best Of album. She tried to find a market in the US last year with her album Exodus, which basically floundered. Anyway. Traveling is freaking awesome. It's got an awesome beat and I've found myself dancing like a maniac while listening to it... all while I'm driving. No wonder people look at me strangely... It also has an absolutely fabulous video (directed by her husband - the director of the movie Casshern!). Hopefully, I'll be able to upload the video in a future rotation because the file's a bit... lost. But yea. Great song. Check it out. And if you stumble on the video, check that one out too! ^.^
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Nicole's Picks



Song: Rinne (輪廻)
Artist: Momoe Yamaguchi (山口百恵)
Album: This is my trial
Genre: Pop/Rock
Language: Japanese
Released: 1980
Official Site
Comments: Momoe is a very popular '70s soloist, and one of my favorite artists ever. Check here and various other posts for more background.
This is one of the first albums I pick up from her. It is her very last album to be brought out before she left the music business.
This is the first track off the album, and has been a favorite of mine since I first listened to it. A slow paces yet catchy song with an addictive beat. It really showcases how deep Momoe's voice was near the end of her carrer. I can't think of any other adjective to descrive this song other than completely sexy. I love this song and I love Momoe. I highly reccomend this song to everyone.
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Song: Jusui Negai (入水願い)
Artist: Tokyo Jihen (東京事変)
Album: Kyokiku (教育)
Genre: Rock
Language: Japanese
Released: 2004
Official Site
Comments: Tokyo Jihen is the band formed by Shiina Ringo and her band for the "Electric Mole" live tour. They recently lost guitarist Mikio Hirama and pianist Masayuki Hiizumi.
I love and adore Shiina Ringo, and it's only natural for me to love Tokyo Jihen. This is probably my favorite song on their first album "Kyokiku". It's the third track and really shows the talents of all members of the band. It's a fusion rock song (like most of Shiina Ringo/Tokyo Jihen's music) with bits of jazz mixed in. And a great mix of all vocals/guitar/bass/drums/piano, and quite a catchy song to top it off.
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Song: alone in my room
Artist: Ami Suzuki (鈴木あみ)
Album: Fun for Fan
Genre: Pop
Language: Japanese
Released: 1998
Official Site
Comments: Ami Suzuki debuted in 1997 on Sony being produced by Tetsuya Komuro. Became a very big artist and put out hits like "BE TOGETHER" and "all night long". She then sued Sony for mismanagement, and won. However she was then blacklisted, and was out of the music indrustry for 3 years. In early 2004 she then started releasing music independently and after her 2nd independent single peaked at 20 on the Oricon she for a record contract with big label Avex. She'll be releasing a new album, "AROUND THE WORLD", on October 5th.
Ami Suzuki, also known as Amigo, is one of my favorite artists. And "alone in my room" is quite possibly my favorite Amigo song. Though the opening often confuses me with Namie Amuro's very dancey "You're my sunshine", (another of my favorite songs) it soon shanges into a totally different kind of song. A very laid back and happy sound song, Ami's vocals give it a very unique sound. I highly reccomend this song.
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Song: IMITATION
Artist: LUNA SEA
Album: IMAGE
Genre: Rock
Language: Japanese
Released: 1992
Official Site
Comments: LUNA SEA is a band made up of Ryuichi, Sugizo, J, Inoran, and Shinya. They debuted in 1989 with their indie album "LUNA SEA", under the X. They then got picked up by RCA and released 6 albums under them under them before disbanding in 2000.
This is from their 2nd original album, first major record album, and my favorite by them "IMAGE". This is also my favorite song by them. It's very much like the entire album soundwise, but quite a different song. It has such a lovely beat and awesome background guitar. And Ryuichi's vocals are not quite as refined as they are in their later songs, and that makes it completely perfect for this sound. It's just an awesome song which I completely love. So get it and love it too!
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Song: Mannatsu no Tremolo (真夏のトレモロ)
Artist: Wink
Album: Memories 88-96
Genre: Pop
Language: Japanese
Released: 1996 (original in 1991)
Official Site
Comments: I haven't posted a Wink song since the very first update! I think I'm quite due.
Wink is a popular duo who deuted in 1988 with the single "Sugar Baby Love". Though it wasn't until their 3rd single, and a Kylie Minogue cover "Ai ga Tomaranai -Turn It Into Love-" that they really gained popularity. They conuinued with hits like "Samishii Nettaigyou" and "Sakihokore Itoshisayo" until 1996 when they disbanded.
This is one of my favorite Wink songs. A great loud and fast dance song that reeks of early 90s pop sounds. Mixed with Sachiko and Aida's light vocals, it's really a fun song to sing to.
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Song: Ballad of a Thin Man
Artist: Bob Dylan
Album: Highway 61 Revisited
Genre: Rock
Language: English
Released: 1965
Official Site
Comments: Bob Dylan is one of the most influential artists in music history. And he's awesome. That's all you really need to know. Hehe.
However much criticism Dylan gets for his vocals, I can never seem to have the same views. And this song is one of the songs that really prove how much his vocals match. His vocals here are very bitter sounding, and it does nothing but match and compliment the overall sound of the song. This is one of my favorite Dylan songs, interesting/random lyrics and all.
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SPECIAL UPDATE!! [26 Aug 2005|04:42pm]
So, today is my (Boris') birthday. As a result, I'm giving all of you a present! A very special Jaurim live video! (kick ass!)

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Songs: Mang Hyang (망향) and VLAD
Artist: Jaurim (자우림)
Album: 4
Genre: Rock
Language: Korean
Released: 2002
Official Site

Mang Hyang + VLAD Live wmv

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