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+ [ w r i t i n g . j o u r n a l ] + [08 Feb 2015|11:13am]
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Hey, I've started a separate journal that logs my journey in writing. If anyone wants to read it go here:

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+ [ r e v i e w : 0 0 1 - d e e p . l o v e ~ a y u . n o . m o n o g a t a r i ~ [25 Feb 2009|09:23am]
[ mood | tired ]



Info | Ayu, a young prostitute has lived a meaningless life until she met a young boy named Yoshiyuki. They met when an old lady who taught her the meaning of life passed away, only briefly telling her of her grandson, Yoshiyuki. Knowing that the old lady wished only to see her grandson but is unable to grant the old lady her wish, Ayu then thought that she could take care of Yoshiyuki for her. Ayu and Yoshiyuki, despite his heart problems and her dark past love each other to the fullest. However, life wasn't easy for the both of them. Yoshiyuki's father forbids their relationship and kept them away from each other. But Ayu sacrificed herself by becoming a prostitute once again to earn money for Yoshiyuki's operation and to keep her promise to the old woman who changed her life.

Can Yoshiyuki's life be saved? Will Ayu finally be free from all her burdens? Will their love still remain even after separation?

(taken from drama-wiki)

Review | I just saw this drama over the course of about two weeks on youtube. There is no subtitles for it, unless you can read Chinese. There was also a problem with episode six, as the sound kicked out after a certain point, so I wasn't able to watch it. Each episode consists of half-hour segments with a total of thirteen episodes.

Furuya Keita is a singer from Avex boyband LEAD, and this is Iwasa Mayuko's first drama appearance. Overall, the acting from the people in this story was pretty good, although at times they were a little stiff, as in inexperienced and not at that range yet to deal with the heavy emotional scenes or the intricacies during soft, quiet moments. I felt that the person who played Reina forced her "cheerful" personality just a tad bit too much, but she delivered a respectable performance.

I was actually quite shocked when I watched this. I had never read the book or the drama prior to viewing, so I had no idea what was going to happen. It's a very dark, mature, adult drama that doesn't have many humorous or light parts to it. The pacing of it is much slower compared to the more popular, mainstream dramas that people seem to love. It deals with many taboo, or controversial subjects such as: prostitution, rape, drug use, teenage pregnancy, aids, suicide, and I'm sure there's a couple more that I missed.

One thing that stands out is that they don't censor much in this drama, (fade to black during sex scenes, imply someone's going to get badly hurt) or at least show as much as they can but still being tasteful. I found the characters to be likable. Ayu is a very detached, cold woman, who can't feel anymore, and I felt pretty bad for her that she had to endure so much pain during her life. Keita was a sweet boy, and something to lighten up and balance the drama with all of its heavy stuff. Reina, to be honest, was really annoying to me in the beginning, but gradually over time she grew with me and I came to care about her character just as much as the others. She is still very naive, and that was something that irritated me a lot, but then I'm sure it's what I was like when I was a teenager.

It took such a very long time to introduce the romance lead, and I kept waiting and waiting for him. It probably would have been better to introduce him in the earlier sections, so they could develop Ayu's and Yoshiyuki's relationship more, instead of alluding to him in the sixth episode. The dynamic between Ayu and the old grandmother who takes her in was wonderful and I think that part was done great. The old lady's warm and loving exterior convincingly manages to make Ayu feel again compared to Ayu and Yoshiyuki. I felt that their romance was a bit too understated, rushed, and perhaps not strong enough to give me the feeling that they really loved each other.

All in all, this was a pretty good drama. It addressed some of the topics pretty well, and is probably one of the rare Japanese dramas to have it focus so heavily in their story. If you have the patience to sit and watch through it, the results are satisfying. There are some problems, such as pacing, and maybe a bit of the story that gets a bit unrealistic near the end, but you'd be missing out on a good drama if you don't watch it.

Grade: 8/10

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+ [ r e v i e w . o o 2 : i t o u . y u n a - k o i . w a . g r o o v y . x 2 ] + [02 Feb 2009|09:06pm]
[ mood | lazy ]

Wow, after a long hiatus I'm back! Don't get too excited though. Updates won't be that frequent as I don't have that much time on my hands. Enjoy this update though!



Itou Yuna - Koi wa Groovy x2

[full single] Koi wa Groovy x2 (320 kbps)

    Tracklist
  1. Koi wa Groovy x2* (Love is Groovy x2)
  2. Mafuyu no Seiza* (Mid-winter Constellation)
  3. Miss You (Hawaiian Breeze Remix)
  4. Mafuyuu no Seiza (instrumental)


Favorite tracks have a * next to them.

Info: Koi wa Groovy x2 is Itou Yuna's newest single that was released on November 26, 2008, after Miss You. It will be followed by Trust You, to be released on March 4th of this year. The title track was used in promotion with GAP, but despite the tie-in with the largely known brand, this single was considered a flop, selling a mere 5,060 copies.

Review: Koi wa Groovy x2 is a detraction from the standard ballad tracks Itou Yuna releases, containing an up-beat tempo and her usual trademark strong vocals. She also released an English version of this song under her alter-ego "Christine Ito".

o1. Koi wa Groovy x2
The song starts off immediately with some heavy beats and na-na-nas. Her singing is much different than for her usual songs. It's very strong, controlled, and deeper than usual. It's very upbeat and has a catchy chorus, which will get stuck in your head. The lyrics are happy and about hanging out with your girl friends. The bridge is probably where shows off her expressive range. It's a great poppy song and something that she pulled off wonderfully, compared to her other songs. It's a shame this single didn't sell that well because it definitely deserved a lot more sales.
Grade: A

o2. Mafuyu no Seiza
Ah, now here is the trademark ballad we're used to from her. It starts off with some beautiful piano, and moves into her singing, which is actually light and not one of those overly dramatic power songs. It gives the impression of winter quite well, and it's very pretty. Yet, it's got enough of a tempo to keep you from drowning in boredom. A bit more diversity in the arrangement would have been nice, but this song is nice enough as it is. I wish she would do more songs like this.
Grade: A-

o3. Miss You (Hawaiian Breeze Remix)
Okay, this song was pretty slow to begin with despite it being classified as a mid-tempo pop song. I hadn't cared much for it when I first listened to it, and this remix doesn't fair it much better. I dislike that they sort of lowered her vocals, and just added some drum snares, and some bongo sounding like background beat. It's trying to invoke some sort of laidback island feel, but all I get is some lazy sleep-inducing sound instead. The music they remixed it with is just the same beats replayed over and over again with little to no change. Not to mention this song drags on for FOREVER. Can you say boring? Call me not impressed.
Grade: C

o4. Koi wa Groovy x2 (instrumental)
I would have liked the instrumental for Mafuyu no Seiza to have been included as well but I guess beggars can't be choosers. I must say this track is interesting, very upbeat, and good for something to get you in the groove. The na-na-nas at random points does get annoying though.
Grade: B

Overall: This is an excellent single and well worth the download. I hope we get to see more of these type of songs from her, but that's probably not going to happen. Enjoy! This gets a solid A grade from me.
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+ [ p r o j e c t : b l u e . t r a n s l a t i o n ] + [16 Dec 2007|11:10am]
[ mood | sore ]

I'm about to undertake a new project that will allow to test my abilities of translation and also gave me practice as well. I will translate the book, "Koibana Ao" by Yoshi, which was used as an image song for Koda Kumi's "Flower" single. The book is relatively short, so I'm hoping it won't take to much of my time. I will still have music uploads but they won't be frequent as well as the translating process. From this point on, any translated chapters I make/or sections will be under a friend lock so you will need to add me if you want to read them.


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+ [ r e v i e w . o o 1 : y u i - c a n ' t . b u y . m y . l o v e ] + [01 Apr 2007|04:02pm]


YUI - Can't Buy My Love

Full Album Download (59.37 MB)(various kbps)

    Tracklist
  1. How Crazy*
  2. Rolling Star
  3. It's All Right
  4. I Remember You*
  5. RUIDO
  6. CHE.R.RY
  7. Thank You My Teens
  8. Umbrella
  9. Highway Chance
  10. Happy Birthday to You You*
  11. Winding Road
  12. Good-bye Days*
  13. Why?


Favorite tracks have a * next to them.

Info: YUI's brand new full-length album recently released after a string of successful singles; the highlight of which being, Good-bye Days, which was a tie-in for the movie タイヨウのうた (Taiyou no Uta), which she herself starred in as the lead role. A limited first press of the album contained video clips of Feel My Soul, Tomorrow's Way, LIFE, and TOKYO, songs which can be found on her first album, From Me to You.

Review YUI's second album is quite a step away from the direction the first album was going in. A majority of the tracks are upbeat pop tracks infused with catchy guitar riffs and chords. It is much more mainstream and easier on the average listener's ear. Yet, the slow acoustic ballads that has become YUI's trademark are also included in this album for the fans of old.

1. How Crazy
This was a great song to choose as the lead song into the album. It starts with a slow verse that suddenly a jump of faster guitar riffs quick in with YUI's singing escalating to the ending of the song with how crazy echoing in the background with a soft fadeout. I love the guitar in the song and YUI's fast singing.
8.5/10

2. Rolling Star
This was the single that broke her trend of pretty acoustic backed songs. It's very upbeat with a vigorous guitar that reminds me of High and Mighty Color or Uverworld. Rolling Star was a great track to follow the album opener as it flows very nicely, but it's a bit generic and could be called a standard pop/rock song. I didn't care for it that much when I heard it but how can you not love the upbeat chorus?
8/10

3. It's All Right
The next track relaxes the fast pace led by How Crazy, and Rolling Star but it is far from being slow. She again sings with a very rapid rhythm for the choruses. This song is alright, keeps you interested but it isn't a standout track.
7/10

4. I Remember You
The song YUI penned for タイヨウのうた said to be from the viewpoint of her love interest. It's one of those acoustic ballads she is well known for, also one of the lead singles for the album. Her melodic voice echoes throughout the track and is reminiscent of Good-bye Days. So if you liked that song you'll definetly find this track to your approval. One of my favorite songs in the album.
8/10

5. RUIDO
An interlude is used to break up the flow and set it up for the second half of the album. It has a great catchy riff but I really question why YUI ever put this into the album. Her rapid singing clashes terribly with the guitar as the interlude goes on and it's very annoying. Soon after the intro riffs go away you'll understand why. The saving grace of it is that it's very short.
6/10

6. CHE.R.RY
Aside from the strange title this is the last single used to promote this album. It's a nice upbeat pop/rock song with YUI's whispery voice resonating throughout the track in random places. This track is in the same vein as It's All Right, though I think I might like this one more than It's All Right.
7/10

7. Thank You My Teens
A mid-tempo song that is very relaxing. It's pretty average but it has a nice chorus that saves it from being run of the mill and ordinary that many of YUI's album tracks suffered from on her first album.
6.5/10

8. Umbrella
This song is another relaxing track and it reminds me of something another artist would do but the name escapes me for the moment. A bit ordinary but it has it's good points. Not something I would listen to over and over again but despite it's low score it is still infinitely better than RUIDO.
6/10

9. Highway Chance
The opening bars of the track reminds me of another song but I can't put my finger to it. The song starts off slow but all of a sudden jump in pace from the guitars and YUI's singing throws you for a loop for a bit. The backing instrumental track feels a little empty at time when she sings but it's still a great refresher after all the slow filler tracks. I like the climax of the song though.
7/10

10. Happy Birthday to You You
This is an upbeat song created from YUI's birthday, which was rather recent. It's a very happy song that is great to listen to when you're down. The guitar is very catchy and the chorus might seem silly when she sings happy birthday to you, you... but it's actually great and you seem to nod your head along with the beats. A great song, I enjoyed it surprisingly.
8/10

11. Winding Road
A lot of artists seem to label their song "Winding Road" huh? From the title you can guess that it's going to be a slow song and it's just that. the song picks up around the choruses and the halfway mark of the song is great. It reminds me a little of Spiral of Lie from her first album just not as emotional or agressive.
7.5/10

12. Good-bye Days
The song that everyone knows from the album and also one of the singles used as promotion. It's a great acoustic ballad with very expressive chorus which she sings with a touch of emotive feelings. If you've seen the movie it was used for than you'd appreciate it a lot more. One of the great standouts and quite a gem of a masterpiece. My favorite track off the album.
9/10

13. Why?
The album loses a bit of its luster with this last track. I think it would have been better to end it with Good-bye Days but I suppose they added this song for a better closure. Another slow acoustic song that is quite average and ordinary. Good for use as background music but once you get into the song it's over and you think, "that's it?" (Or maybe it's because I was doing something else and wasn't paying much attention to it.) It's another one of those standard YUI tracks that are nice but that's just it.
7/10

Overall: A nice album, great improvement over her first, From Me to You, which was overshadowed and drowned out in slow sub-standard tracks. A nice balance between the upbeat and the slow and there's less filler this time. I wished that she would have sung another rocking emphatically expressive piece like Swing of Lie but I'm quite happy with this album. If you were to purchase this album you wouldn't be disappointed.

Album Score: 8/10
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A new revamped site. [01 Apr 2007|03:51pm]
[ mood | bored ]

It's been quite a long time since I've updated this site. It was supposed to be on hiatus but as life got underway I completely left it to the wayside and was in fact dead but now that I have a new computer and quite more time on my hands I've decided to revive it. Instead of uploading random songs or full singles/albums of my choosing I'm going to do something completely different.

This music journal is now going to be turned into a review station. I'll post an album or single and comment on each of the tracks and mark the standout tracks that I think you should hear. Pretty soon I'll have a post up, so please wait for that. I'll also accept request reviews for albums and/or singles but there will only be one single/album up for download in a post. No more.

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Journal Revamp [05 Dec 2006|01:41am]
[ mood | apathetic ]

Wow, it's been a very long time since I've been on here. I'm sorry, I've been busy and I've sort of forgot about this journal. You know how things take a backseat to life? Yeah, that's what happened. Anyway, I've decided to change this around for this journal. Instead of uploading random tracks, I'm going upload singles or album and review them simultaneously as well. I have enough music saved up to do so and I think it will work out fine. Anyway, I hope to get started on this during winter break.

I'll also review some dramas and movies I've watched as well, but don't expect any uploads for that. I'll try and find links on youtube or veoh if I can find them. Well, that's all. I hope to hear from you guys in the future! =D.

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宇多田ヒカル (COLORS) [24 Jul 2005|12:29pm]
[ mood | bored ]

Alright, finally I have time to update. Oh, and I've gotten off my lazy ass. Haha. Anyway, this update consists of only 宇多田ヒカル and her COLORS single. I'll have a bigger update next time.

Music Uploads

Rules

1. Do not hotlink my files or spread the links around and claim them as your own. If you're going to use my music files at least upload them to you own webhost and give credit where it is due.

2. Leave a comment if you downloaded anything.

Other Info

To download the songs left click the link and save to your hard drive. With exception to the megaupload link. It's pretty much like rapidshare. Downloading speed is slower but be patient.

The COLORS single has been zipped with WinRAR. So I don't know if it'll turn out differently if you use WinZIP.

You can request songs if you like. I'll try and see if I can fullfill them but just keep in my mind that my resources for getting the actual music is limited.

Also feel free to tell me if my translations of song titles are incorrect as I'm not fluent in Japanese or other languages. This includes the spelling as well (kanji, hiragana, katakana, etc...).

Removal Date: ??? Or whenever I feel like updating again =).






Her COLORS single which contains 4 tracks. Two songs, one remix, and the instrumental. Personally this is the only song from her that I actually really like. I think it's beautiful. I don't care for the b-side. Simple and Clean and its remix was used in the popular video game "Kingdom Hearts". Everything has been ripped in 320 kbps.

01. COLORS
02. Simple And Clean
03. Simple And Clean (PLANITb Remix)
04. COLORS (Original Karaoke)

COLORS single zipped
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Oh my goodness... [18 Jul 2005|01:59pm]
[ mood | bored ]

No, I'm not dead. I'm really sorry! I've been busy and rather impatient. I'm going to upload my 'COLORS' single. All the singular tracks have been uploaded but the big zip file hasn't and my internet connection always gets interrupted when I'm trying to upload it and it sort of pisses me off and kills my desire of uploading it for awhile.

Anyway, I'm going to make a list of all my CDs and songs sooner or later so you can request from them if you want too. I feel bad that I always make entries so far inbetween. I'll try to upload the rest of the single today. Maybe there'll be an update tomorrow. =).

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Sorry! [01 May 2005|10:24am]
I know I haven't updated in a really, really long time but I will eventually! I was going to update one weekend but my internet got cut off for a couple of weeks. Then the barrage of homework from school started. Ack! So sorry! I have no idea what to update for the next entry though. Should I upload music videos? I don't know. Or maybe an album? Just tell me what. I'll list my albums for you, and you can pick which ones you want me to rip and upload.

Edit: I just bought more singles. I've added them to the list.

Singles

浜崎あゆみ - UNITE!
浜崎あゆみ - M
浜崎あゆみ - appears
浜崎あゆみ - AUDIENCE
浜崎あゆみ - A
浜崎あゆみ - Fly high
浜崎あゆみ - Boys&Girls
浜崎あゆみ - Free & Easy
宇多田ヒカル - COLORS
愛内里奈 - It's crazy for you
鬼束ちひろ - 私とワルツを
鬼束ちひろ - infection

Albums

浜崎あゆみ - LOVEppears
浜崎あゆみ - I am...
浜崎あゆみ - Super Eurobeat presents Ayu-ro-mix
浜崎あゆみ - Super Eurobeat presents Ayu-ro-mix 2
浜崎あゆみ - RMX WORKS from Cyber Trance presents Ayu Trance 3
愛内里菜 - POWER OF WORDS
片瀬那奈 - TELEPATHY
Gackt - THE SEVENTH NIGHT ~UNPLUGGED~
Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends

Anyway those are the singles/albums I currently own. Quite a small list =/... Anyway, sorry for the late entry and post me some comments on what you think.
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UPDATE: [Read below for list of artists] [27 Feb 2005|11:21am]
[ mood | tired ]

UPDATE: 山口百恵、鬼束ちひろ、女子十二楽坊、中島美嘉 [x2], Park Hyo Shin, Seo Young Eun, Janet Jackson, 島谷ひとみ, Do As Infinity [x2], 愛内里菜, 倖田來未, 北出菜奈, Love Psychedellico

This update is rather different than my others. The majority of it is a showcase on a song and their various covers. I'll give you the original song which you can compare to the covered version of it. Also it's like a normal entry of random songs I liked. Since this entry is rather long I ran out of webspace so many of the files are hosted on rapidshare.

I'm thinking of perhaps updating this livejournal once every month with music entries. How does that sound to you? Anyway enough of my talking on to the music shall we? =).

Music Uploads

Rules

1. Do not hotlink my files or spread the links around and claim them as your own. If you're going to use my music files at least upload them to you own webhost and give credit where it is due.

2. Leave a comment on which song you downloaded.

Other Info

To download the songs left click the link and save to your hard drive. For rapidshare files click on the link first and then wait until you are able to download them.

You can request songs if you like. I'll try and see if I can fullfill them but just keep in my mind that my resources for getting the actual music is limited.

Also feel free to tell me if my translations of song titles are incorrect as I'm not fluent in Japanese or other languages. This includes the spelling as well (kanji, hiragana, katakana, etc...).

Removal Date: ??? Or whenever I feel like updating again =).





Ii Hi Tabidachi




Artist | 山口百恵 (Yamaguchi Momoe)
Song | Ii Hi Tabidachi (Going Out On a Good Day)
Language | Japanese
Genre | Pop, Ballad
Bio | Yamaguchi Momoe was a very popular singer as well as an actress in the 70s and 80s I believe. She retired from the music industry at a very young age, surprising everyone because she was at the top of her prime.

Review | This is a nice song. Her voice is nice and soothing and while it could be almost a ballad I think it's more on the pop side albeit on the slow side. A good song if you want to listen to some of Japan's music industry back then.




Artist | 鬼束ちひろ (Onitsuka Chihiro)
Song | Ii Hi Tabidachi Nishi E (Going Out West On a Good Day)
Language | Japanese
Genre | Ballad
Bio | Onitsuka Chihiro is one of those popular singers in Japan who are not popular for their looks but for their voice. She is known for her beautifully written songs and her powerful voice. Recently she underwent surgery for cancer and then was promptly dropped from her label. She was later signed to another company which I believe was Sony.

Review | This is a beautiful cover of Yamaguchi Momoe's song. She changed the lyrics a little and song structure a bit. Onitsuka's version is much slower than the original making it a very good study or soothing music. This is the first song I ever heard from her and made me a great fan of hers. Do try. Also on a little note the file is labelled wrong as Ihii, it should be Ii Hi.




Artist | 女子十二楽坊 (Joshi Juuni Gakubou or 12 Girls Band)
Song | Iihi Tabidachi
Language | N/A
Genre | Instrumental
Review | Joshi Juuni Gakubou originally from China is a band made up of 12 girls who play various traditional instruments. They are known for giving their songs a traditional but yet modern flair. They are becoming vastly popular releasing albums in China, Japan, and lastly the United States.

Review | Joshi Juuni Gakubou! How can you not like them? Anyway, this is a nice instrumental version of Ii Hi Tabidachi. It's very similiar to the original following the same format with a slightly different flair. If you liked either versions of this song then you might like this one.


Yuki no Hana




Artist | 中島美嘉 (Nakashima Mika)
Song | Yuki no Hana (Snowflake)
Language | Japanese
Genre | Ballad
Bio | Nakashima Mika is known for her sultry voice along with her style of singing ballads as well as jazz-y songs.

Review | This is one of the first songs I ever heard from her and it's one of the ones that made me a fan of her. Her singing in her is just wonderful. This song is just beautiful and one of the better ballads I've heard from a singer. If you haven't heard of Nakashima Mika this is the perfect song to start with. You won't be disappointed. Stay tuned later for Nakashima Mika's 'new' single lower down.




Artist | Park Hyo Shin
Song | Yuki no Hana
Language | Korean
Genre | Ballad
Bio | N/A (Meaning I don't know anything about this artist)

Review | This song was used for a Korean drama which I watch but I can't exactly remember the title of. This is a pretty nice cover because it's interesting hearing this song from a guy's voice, though I still prefer the original. Maybe I'm just biased. I always thought the Korean language was very pretty when sung.




Artist | Seo Young Eun
Song | Yuki no Hana (Acoustic Version)
Language | Korean
Genre | Ballad
Bio | N/A

Review | And yet we have another one! This time it's sung by a girl. Her voice seems more frail and light then Nakashima Mika's. Well not as powerfully sung as hers. It's pretty I can say that much. It just consists of her singing with guitar and it's considerably shorter then the other two but still it's pretty nice.


Doesn't Really Matter




Artist | Janet Jackson
Song | Doesn't Really Matter
Language | English
Genre | Pop
Bio | Janet Jackson is one of the music industry's icons. Her career has spanned many years earning her many awards. She is more recently known for her "boob" incident last year at the Superbowl halftime show.

Review | I sort of like this song. It's a light upbeat pop song that's rather catchy. Though the ending is a bit weird. It would have been much better without the talking or laughter. I hope you guys read the notes if you don't know how to get songs hosted from rapidshare...




Artist | 島谷ひとみ (Shimatani Hitomi)
Song | Papillon
Language | Japanese
Genre | Pop
Bio | Shimatani Hitomi is a moderately popular singer in Japan. She just released her new "Crossover" album a few days ago.

Review | This is a cool cover of Janet Jackson's song. Follows the same exact structure with completely different lyrics. Nice and upbeat too... So if you like either artist or anyone of the songs I'm sure you'd like this song =).


Shinjitsu no Uta




Artist | Do As Infinity
Song | Shinjitsu no Shi (True Poem)
Language | Japanese
Genre | Pop, Rock
Bio | Do As Infinity is a rock band composed of 3 members with Tomiko Van on vocals. Popular they have done many songs for the anime Inu Yasha. They also compose songs for many other artists.

Review | Do As Infinity! Hehe =). Shinjitsu no Shi was used as an ending song for the popular anime Inu Yasha. The song incorporates ethnic Chinese instruments with a nice slow paced tempo. It's a nice relaxing tune.

Artist | Do As Infinity
Song | Shinjitsu no Uta (Real Song)
Language | Mandarin
Genre | Pop, Rock

Review | Heh, they covered their own song. This song was only found exclusively on the Hong Kong Overseas version of the Gates of Heaven I believe as a bonus track. They are absolutely VOID of correct pronounciation, the words they're singing is as if the words were in Japanese. Still it's nice. I prefer this version over the original even because it's a slightly bit faster then the first. I'm confused what is the actual name of the song? In kanji it's written as 真実の詩 so why is it also called Shinjitsu no Uta? Can someone tell me which one it is?




Artist | 中島美嘉 (Nakashima Mika)
Song | Sakura Iro Mau Koro (When the Color of Cherry Blossoms Fill the Air)
Language | Japanese
Genre | Ballad

Review | Ahh, Nakashima's 'newest' release. Well it isn't really her newest single since it came out about a month or two ago. This is a beautiful ballad with nice lyrics. The PV for this was very sad too. That warrants a watch if you get the chance. I prefer this song greatly over her 'LEGEND' song.




Artist | 愛内里菜 (Aiuchi Rina)
Song | Dream x Dream
Language | Japanese
Genre | Pop
Bio | Aiuchi Rina is probably one of Giza's more popular artist along with Kuraki Mai. She has done a number of songs for the anime 'Detective Conan'. Her singing voice greatly contrasts with her high on helium anime type of voice.

Review | Aiuchi Rina!!! (Sorry, I've gone a Aiuchi Rina spree recently...) This song was used as the them song for the latest Detective Conan movie I believe. It starts off slow but picks up the pace once it hits the chorus. I didn't like this song when I first heard it but now I absolutely love it. It's one of my favorites ^^;;.




Artist | 倖田來未 (Koda Kumi)
Song | CUTIE HONEY
Language | Japanese
Genre | Pop
Bio | Koda Kumi is more well known as the singer who did the songs for Final Fantasy X-2. Known as Japan's 'Christina Aguilera', she has reached a plateau in her career with her newest album 'Secret' hitting the number one spot on Japan's music chart.

Review | I tried to give you guys a normal picture of Koda Kumi, one where she wasn't being so err... 'insinuative'. I think she looks rather pretty in this picture don't you think? Anyway this song is a cover of the original Cutie Honey used for the movie of the same name. It's too bad I don't have the original. I rather like this song. Upbeat and catchy.




Artist | 北出菜奈 (Kitade Nana)
Song | Kesenai Tsumi (Unerasable Sin)
Language | Japanese
Genre | Pop, Rock
Bio | Signed with Sony Kitada Nana is one of the newest artists in the industry and also one of the youngest at age 16. She has yet to release an album but has three singles out as of now I believe.

Review | My gosh are her songs hard to find on the internet. Anyway, this is the first ending song for the highly popular anime Full Metal Alchemist. I absolutely love the background music in this song. This song is so upbeat and bouncy. If you liked FMA you probably like this song as well.




Artist | Love Psychedelico
Song | Last Smile
Language | Japanese, English
Genre | Alternative, Soft Rock
Bio | Love Psychedelico is a band known for their throwbacks to 80s music and what not. They release mellow soft rock that reminds me of Garnet Crow a little perhaps.

Review | Yes, this is the first song I heard from this band as well. It's rather long so you people on slow internet connections watch out! I love this song. It's so soft and relaxing. If you've never heard of this band you should definetly get this song.


HOLY COW I'M DONE! The longest entry ever. W00T! Tell me what you think and please LEAVE A COMMENT!
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Just a little message. [09 Feb 2005|06:27pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

Heylo. This journal has been more active as of recent hasn't it? Anyway, I'm planning to update by at least the end of this month with some new songs. Some songs I'm pondering about updating is in the list below.


  • Do As Infinity - 真実の歌 (Mandarin)
  • Love Psychedellico - Last Smile
  • 倖田來未 - Cutie Honey
  • 中島美嘉 - 桜色舞うころ
  • 北出菜奈 - 消せない罪
  • 愛内里菜 - Dream x Dream
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UPDATE: 浜崎あゆみ, Move, Xenogears, Harisu, Baek Ji Young [17 Jan 2005|04:18pm]
[ mood | tired ]

This is a pretty fast update isn't it? It's another update within the same month... Like wow! Haha. I just had more time on my hands and I felt like doing an update so this is what you get. Though I'll remind you I'm not a rotation journal because I don't update on a frequent or regular basis. I just do it when I feel like it which is probably months in between.

Music Uploads

Rules

1. Do not hotlink my files or spread the links around and claim them as your own. If you're going to use my music files at least upload them to you own webhost and give credit where it is due.

2. Leave a comment on which song you downloaded.

Other Info

To download the songs left click the link and save to your hard drive.

You can request songs if you like. I'll try and see if I can fullfill them but just keep in my mind that my resources for getting the actual music is limited.

Also feel free to tell me if my translations of song titles are incorrect as I'm not fluent in Japanese or other languages. This includes the spelling as well (kanji, hiragana, katakana, etc...).

Removal Date: ??? Or whenever I feel like updating again =).







Artist | 浜崎あゆみ (Hamasaki Ayumi)
Song | About You
Language | Japanese
Genre | Rock, Pop
Bio | Hamasaki Ayumi started off as a model/actress before becoming as a singer. She released her first single "Poker Face" in 1998 and soon thereafter her first album entitled "A Song For XX", which shot straight to number one. After a series of releases which earned her numerous awards and records she is a familiar face to the public earning her the title as the queen of J-Pop.

Review | This is the second track off of Hamasaki's newest album 'My Story'. It's a very quickly paced song with good background music. Her voice sounds much clearer and crisper in here as well. This I believe is one of the better tracks off her album. Do try and download it. It's very good =).

Artist | 浜崎あゆみ (Hamasaki Ayumi)
Song | Game
Language | Japanese
Genre | Rock

Review | This is the third track off of 'My Story'. This one is just as good as About You I think. It's start off slow and then BAM! Hits you in the face with a loud rock explosion. Well... okay maybe I'm exaggerating but that sudden change in music is a surprise. The song quickly speeds up thereafter and is rather loud. I absolutely love this song =). If you liked her 'Because of You' song then you'll probably like this. Now try it.




Artist | Move
Song | How To See You Again
Language | Japanese
Genre | Rock, Alternative
Bio | Move is better known as the group who does the songs for the popular anime Initial D. The band has gone through a variety of styles throughout their career which they seem to pull off very well.

Review | This is Move's newest single 'How To See You Again'. It is rather different from the previous stuff they have done but they've done a good job of it. I had the chorus stuck in my head. I bet once you hear this song it'll get stuck in your head as well... Well it did for me... Grr!

Artist | Move
Song | How To See You Again (Instrumental)
Language | N/A
Genre | Instrumental

Review | Here's the instrumental version of the single. I like it. It's rather interesting hearing all the different pace changes throughout the song. It's just some nice rock to listen too =).




Artist | Xenogears OST
Song | Light from the Netherworlds
Language | N/A
Genre | Intrumental, Techno
Bio | Xenogears is a game made by Squaresoft in 1998. It has gained popularity over the years hence it's re-issue as a Greatest Hits title. It was a largely controversial because of it's abundant use of religious themes and the such.

Review | Xenogears is one of the best games ever. Well, in my opinion anyway. This is the first track off the OST that it took me awhile to find. It's really neat-o. I liked it =).




Artist | Baek Ji Young
Song | Budam
Language | Korean
Genre | Techno, Pop
Bio | I don't know too much about this singer but that she was very popular until a home made porn video she did surfaced and her career was ruined after that.

Review | If you think this song sounds familiar to you then you've probably heard the shortened version of it on DDR. I love this song. It's really cool. Especially the violins in the background =).




Artist | Harisu
Song | Love Hurt
Language | Korean
Genre | Techno, Pop
Bio | Harisu is one of Korea's controversial stars. Originally she was a transsexual before getting surgery to become a woman. After releasing a few albums she has become moderately popular in her country.

Review | This song is kind of cool actually. The guy in the beginning makes me laugh. The song is quickly paced and it sounds kind of desperate. Well more like rejected love or what not kind of thing.


Wow that's it. I'm done. I was going to put in some more music but I decided against it. This took me ages to type up. Haha. The songs from the old entries don't work anymore. Now download them all people! ALL I SAY! OR I WILL NEVER SPEAK TO YOU AGAIN!
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REMIXES: 宇多田ヒカル, BoA [06 Jan 2005|08:41pm]
[ mood | crazy ]

Yes I am back. No, I am not dead yet. I'm sorry this update has only two songs for the length of time that I was away but I have recently become the owner of an mp3 player so now all the songs that were on my comp are currently on that. Though I'll try to add more songs on my next update before I delete them off of my computer.

Music Uploads

Rules

1. Do not hotlink my files or spread the links around and claim them as your own. If you're going to use my music files at least upload them to you own webhost and give credit where it is due.

2. Leave a comment on which song you downloaded.

Other Info

To download the songs left click the link and save to your hard drive.

You can request songs if you like. I'll try and see if I can fullfill them but just keep in my mind that my resources for getting the actual music is limited.

Also feel free to tell me if my translations of song titles are incorrect as I'm not fluent in Japanese or other languages. This includes the spelling as well (kanji, hiragana, katakana, etc...).

Removal Date: ??? Or whenever I feel like updating again =).







Artist | 宇多田ヒカル (Utada Hikaru)
Song | Distance (PLANITb Remix)
Language | Japanese
Genre | Remix, Techno
Bio | Utada Hikaru is one of the queens of the Japanese music industry. She originally released an English album entitled "Precious" under the alias 'Cubic U' when she was around 14 or 15. Later on she tried to break into the Japanese market as a R&B artist with her first single 'Automatic' and later with her first album 'First Love'. It was a smash hit selling millions and earning her new records in the process. She has released two more albums 'Distance' and 'Deep River' and to cap it off she created a Single Collection which was extremely successful. Attempting to break into the English market she made the album 'Exodus' under the name of 'Utada'. It didn't meet expectations to put it dutifully. Still Utada Hikaru reigns as one of the queens of the music industry with nearly everything she touches turning into gold.

Review | I don't really care or like Distance and its later counterpart Final Distance, the latter much more intensively, but I found this nifty remix of Distance. While not the greatest it picks up the speed and makes the song much more worthy of listening to me. While it does tend to get repetitive and slightly dull it's still rather an interesting mix.




Artist | BoA
Song | Be The One (K-Duto Groovediggerz Remix)
Language | Japanese
Genre | Remix, Techno
Bio | BoA was already a star in Korea when she decided to break into the Japanese market. Trained when she was younger in the field of linguistics she is able to speak Japanese rather proficiently. She has released 8 albums I believe altogether, Japanese and Korean included.

Review | While I'm not really a fan of BoA I do especially like her Be The One song. Since I loved the original I just had to download this remix I found. It slows the pace of the song down considerably but it still retains some of its flavor that made it good. Why don't you try it out?

That's it for now. Maybe I'll upload something else for you sometime later when I get around to it. The songs from the last update are still up.
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UPDATE: 浜崎あゆみ、安室奈美恵、YeLLOW Generation [22 Oct 2004|05:18pm]
[ mood | tired ]

I'm so sorry I took forever for this update. Let's just say I was really busy with school and that I'm one lazy bastard? Sorry for those of you who don't like Hamasaki Ayumi because this update is mostly of her. (If you can't tell by now she's one of my favorite artists.) Also sorry for the lack of songs, I don't have much of a variety and I didn't think some of them would be good enough to be posted here.

Music Uploads

Rules

1. Do not hotlink my files or spread the links around and claim them as your own. If you're going to use my music files at least upload them to you own webhost and give credit where it is due.

2. Leave a comment on which song you downloaded.

Other Info

To download the songs left click the link and save to your hard drive.

You can request songs if you like. I'll try and see if I can fullfill them but just keep in my mind that my resources for getting the actual music is limited.

Also feel free to tell me if my translations of song titles are incorrect as I'm not fluent in Japanese or other languages. This includes the spelling as well (kanji, hiragana, katakana, etc...).

Removal Date: ??? Or whenever I feel like updating again =).






Artist | 浜崎あゆみ (Hamasaki Ayumi)
Song | Ever Free
Language | Japanese
Genre | Pop
Bio | Hamasaki Ayumi started off as a model/actress before becoming as a singer. She released her first single "Poker Face" in 1998 and has since become a popular face in the Japanese music industry.

Review | Ever Free is one of the more uncommon Hamasaki songs. This was a c/w on her Vogue single and it's not featured on any of her albums. It's a shame really because this is one of her best songs. Well I think so anyway. There's a long melodic intro of sorts and then it goes into the actual song which is pretty short. It's got a rather desperate feel to it.

Artist | 浜崎あゆみ
Song | Fly High (Orchestra Mix)
Language | Japanese
Genre | Pop, Orchestra

Review | This is a song from Hamasaki's second acoustic orchestra remix albums. Don't be mistaken this is not an instrumental. It's a remix song. The background has lovely wind instruments and the music fits very well with the rhythm of the actual song. Try this out you might like it.




Artist | YeLLOW Generation
Song | Lost Generation
Language | Japanese
Genre | Pop
Bio | I don't know much about them but they are a three girl group that's moderately popular. They've done a song or two I think for the anime Full Metal Alchemist.

Review | This is one of my favorite songs by this group. It's really good. Loud and full of emotion sort of thing. I think the lead singer's voice is sexy. =P.




Artist | 安室奈美恵 (Amuro Namie)
Song | The Speed Star
Language | Japanese
Genre | Pop, Hip-Hop(?)
Bio | Amuro Namie was a member of a group called the Super Monkeys before she left to become solo. She became a very popular star pre-Hamasaki years. She was in fact the queen during those times. She took a break from the entertainment industry to have a baby causing her popularity to decline. Amuro Namie has come back and is slowly gaining back her lost popularity. (Man, wasn't that the shittiest info on her ever?)

Review | This is part of her double A side single and let me tell me you I think it's pretty good. She's gone back to her urban/hip hop style like she did in her STYLE album... (That wasn't intentional).
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Hey... [18 Sep 2004|06:25pm]
I will update soon once I decide on what to update. So be patient I guess =).
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UPDATE: 浜崎あゆみ, 美空雲雀, Move, Chrono Chross, Rin', CoCo Lee [11 Aug 2004|03:16pm]
[ mood | bored ]

Music Uploads

Rules

1. Do not hotlink my files or spread the links around and claim them as your own. If you're going to use my music files at least upload them to you own webhost and give credit where it is due.

2. Leave a comment on which song you downloaded.

Other Info

To download the songs left click the link and save to your hard drive.

You can request songs if you like.

Removal Date: ??? Or whenever I feel like updating again =).








Artist | 浜崎あゆみ (Hamasaki Ayumi)
Song | Flower Garden
Language | Japanese
Genre | Rock, Pop
Bio | Hamasaki Ayumi started off as a model/actress before becoming as a singer. She released her first single "Poker Face" in 1998 and has since become a popular face in the Japanese music industry.

Review | Flower Garden is the hidden track on her I Am... album. Don't let the title of the track fool you. It's not a sweet sugary pop ballad but more instead of a fast paced rock song. Right in the middle of the song it breaks into rapping from Hamasaki. This is a pretty good song and I rather like it though after awhile it may become a tad bit irritating. Still it's a well worth download especially if you want to hear what she sounds like rapping ;).




Artist | Rin'
Song | Jikuu
Language | N/A
Genre | Instrumental
Bio | Rin' is a band composed of three girls that use traditional instruments in their songs.

Review | Not a good bio on them but nonetheless give them a try. Here's the first track off their debut album Jikuu. If you like Joshi Juuni Gakubou or 12 Girls Band as their more known as then you might like this group. The only difference is that they sing in their songs. This is a really interesting instrumental. It's more on the fast paced side and it's really cool. Try it. You might be surprised =).




Artist | 美空雲雀 (Misora Hibari)
Song | Makka na Taiyou
Language | Japanese
Genre | Enka
Bio | Born in Yokohama in 1937 Misora Hibari is the most prominent figure to ever come out of the Japanese music idustry. Almost everyone in Japan has heard or knows of her. She was the queen of the postwar era and has recorded many memorable songs and has appeared many movies as well. Sadly she died after a long battle with a debilitating condition in 1989 when she was only 50 years old.

Review | Yes you read that right. This is an enka song. It's really nice. Although I don't think it showcases Hibari's lovely vocals to well I like the chorus. It got stuck in my head after awhile. The sound is a little low on this file so you would need to turn up the volume a bit. If you've never heard of Enka music maybe you should try this one out although Kawa no Nagare no You ni is a better song from her.




Artist | Move
Song | Rock It Down (Pop Agressive Remix)
Language | Japanese
Genre | Eurobeat
Bio | Move is a rock/rap/techno/electronica group who became popular for having their songs on the anime Initial D.

Review | Yes Eurobeat! I love this stuff. This is a pretty good remix. Makes everything all fast paced and hyper. I especially like it when Yuri sings 'Rock it down!' That part sounds neat-o.




Artist | Chrono Cross OST
Song | ~Time's Scar~
Language | N/A
Genre | Instrumental
Bio | Really not much of a bio to write about is there? Chrono Cross is the popular sequel to the Chrono Trigger.

Review | Okay it's a bit odd seeing a song off of a role playing game but trust me this is very good. I thank my boyfriend for giving it to me. Anywho it starts off slow but then it immediately kicks into the orchestra. Download this one you won't be disappointed if you like instrumentals. =).




Artist | CoCo Lee
Song | d.is.co co non stop remix
Language | Mandarin
Genre | Techno, Remix
Bio | CoCo Lee is very popular in Taiwan I believe.She has a wide vocal range which the media has compared to Mariah Carey. She released an album in America to moderate success.

Review | Let me state on thing. This remix is awesome and is so cool! It's so catchy it gets stuck in your head after listening. It's more rather a combination of many different songs which I can't remember right now. I got tis off the soild07 forums =). Try it out. It's neat-o.

Okay that's it for today. Not as much as last time but I have gone on a mass deleting spree so my music files are rather sparse. I have more video files then music files as of right now if anyone would like to see them just leave me a comment and I'll gladly upload them for you. =).
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First Entry: 浜崎歩み, X Japan, Gackt, Usher, Dashboard Confessionals [24 Jul 2004|01:17pm]
[ mood | bored ]

Music Uploads

Rules

1. Do not hotlink my files or spread the links around and claim them as your own. If you're going to use my music files at least upload them to you own webhost and give credit where it is due.

2. Leave a comment on which song you downloaded.

Other Info

To download the songs left click the link and save to your hard drive.

You can request songs if you like.

Removal Date: ???







Artist | 浜崎あゆみ (Hamasaki Ayumi)
Song | Surreal (Marc Et Claude Remix)
Language | Japanese
Genre | Techno
Bio | Hamasaki Ayumi started off as a model/actress before becoming as a singer. She released her first single "Poker Face" in 1998 and has since become a popular face in the Japanese music industry.

Review | This is an awesome remix of Surreal. There is no trace of the original song left in this song. The techno reminde me of being chased by something big and scary and you have to run to save your life. Well, in the beginning anyway.


Artist | 浜崎あゆみ
Song | Rainbow
Language | Japanese
Genre | Pop, Rock, Ballad

Review | This was the hidden track off of Hamasaki's album 'Rainbow' and it appeared on her album A Best or A Ballads. I rather like this song. The melody is nice and mellow and makes for a good song to read by. This is not those ballads where the singer tries to impress you with their overpowering vocals. It's really light and more rather a pop song then a ballad.


Artist | 浜崎あゆみ
Song | Inspire
Language | Japanese
Genre | Rock, Pop

Review | This is Hamasaki's soon to be released new single. It's awesome to put it shortly. It's got a fast paced, hard grinding, aggressive feel to it. You need to turn up the volume a few notches to hear this song clearly. It's rather soft and you can hear Hamasaki's voice better when the music is louder. I just love the chorus. This is one of my new favorite songs from Hamasaki. You would probably have noticed by now that Hamasaki looks very different in the picture. That is her before she had plastic surgery and when she still worked as a model/actress. I think she looked prettier then don't you think?




Artist | Gackt
Song | Vanilla
Language |Japanese
Genre | Pop, Rock
Bio | Gackt originally started off as a member of the rock group Malice Mizer before going solo to start his own career. He released his first single 'Vanilla' and has become an instant hit since then.

Review | How can you not like this song? With it's funky music, suggestive lyrics, and Gackt's laughable English? This is a classic Gackt song and a must have. It's awesome =).




Artist | X Japan
Song | Drain
Language | Japanese
Genre | Rock
Bio | X Japan was a famous rock band in the late 80s and early 90s in Japan. They are called the founders of hard rock in Japan. Their songs range from touching ballads to hard rock. Sadly, they disbanded and won't come up with any new music as one of their members died froma questionable death.

Review | This is a cool song. It's rock with an edge to it and is awesome to listen to too. Give this a try if you've never listened to their music before. Granted this is not one of their more awesome songs but it's still great.


Artist | X Japan
Song | The Last Song
Language | English, Japanese
Genre | Ballad

Review | This is one of my favorite X Japan songs. It's a touching song and this is as the title says the last song the group made before they disbanded. Just as a warning this song is over eleven minutes so this is a rather large file to download. For those of you on slower internet connections you will just need to be patient. It's worth the listen.




Artist |Usher
Song | Yeah
Language | English
Genre | Hip Hop, R & B, Rap (?)
Bio | Usher has been around for awhile. He's rather prominent on the Hip Hop and R&B scene. Sorry, I don't know much about this artist.

Review | This is a really random song upload. I kind of like this song for the background music and the catchy lyrics of this song I suppose. Download this if you like this type of music.




Artist | Dashboard Confessionals
Song | Vindicated
Language | English
Genre | Emo, Rock
Bio | The Dashboard Confessionals are a popular emo band with singles such as Screaming Infidelities, Sants and Sailors, Hands Down, and others.

Review | Yes, a Dashboard Confessionals song. This is the best song to date that I've heard from them. The lyrics are not whiny and so emo inclined and it has a really catchy chorus. This is the ending song for Spiderman 2.


Okay that's it. I spent an hour writing this up and I had to this twice since uJournal deleted my entry the first time. Anyway, enough of that. Enjoy the songs. Just remember to leave a comment.
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