above all things, to thine own self be true

Bueller? Bueller?

Logged on to The Hype Machine again. It's been a while because I can no longer write papers and reports or craft blurbs of text at work when listening to lyrics that make sense...I don't think I do a lot of the things I once did prior to joining this organisation. Has it really been only 3 years? It feels like a lifetime ago. But that's not the point.

The point is Jarryd James' "Do You Remember", Phoebe Ryan's cover of "Ignition/Do You..." (R.Kelly/Miguel Cover) and the joy of discovering new music, of artists that you have never heard before from places other than the radio.

And where else than LJ to post about new music found from blogs? Ah, almost feels like the old days.

So Rufus Wainwright is coming down to Singapore again. Apparently he was here last year for a jazz festival and according to a colleague who attended the event, he was "whiny" and threw a tantrum when people wouldn't stop talking when he was performing. LOL. Ah, Rufus. At least he will be having his own concert this round. barefootlawyer says we should attend his concert as he was "part of our [emo] adolescence". (Of course when I pointed out that we're still emo asses, I was promptly ignored. XD;)

Well then. Back to churning out that damn report.

The real winner of SG GE 2011 is...
Yam Ah Mee, the Returning Officer.

Slightly amused by the whole thing and so putting this post up as a sort of sticky for future reference.

Just saying
Dear World,

What will it take to have Benedict Cumberbatch play the role of Crowley in the Good Omens live series?

PS: Hell, it would be fricking awesome if he did end up as Aziraphale as well. Really.


Meet me in Ulduar
I can count the number of gamer friends I have in my RL social circles, much less the WoW gamer geeks. Still, the following videos are too good to not post.

Cut to spare you from Wall of VidsCollapse )

It's been a while...
It's been a while, but I am glad that Adele is back after disappearing from the music radar since "Hometown Glory".

Can't quite pinpoint what is is about her about her that appeals so much to me. Sure, she has a gorgeous voice, but there are plenty of female vocalists out there with "big voices". Her lyrics don't blow me out of the water either. So I am guessing it's her strange blend of folksy country blues and pop. That or I love the fact that she's a big girl with huge vocals with a bigger personality who just puts herself out there.

But what do I know, aye? Just listen to her latest album "21" if you have a chance. XD;

It starts of with "Rolling In the Deep", which has a vid with plenty of interesting visuals. However, my favourite has got to be "Rumour Has It" with its bitchy lyrics, even bitchier origins and Red Indian vibes blues... yes, seriously.

"Set Fire to the Rain" is one of those Big Vocals tracks and it's uploaded because I feel like it. (There's a cover of The Cure's "Lovesong" in her album as well, but it isn't quite my thing.)

Adele - Rolling In the Deep

Adele - Rumour Has It

Adele - Set Fire to the Rain

this icon hasn't never more apt
Was mucking around, browsing on the internet, wondering WTF is going on in Life, itching for a cigerette and half-listening to the Hype Machine's podcast (just another typical day) when I saw this on the Gaiman Boy's blog.

For some odd reason, that post made me feel better. Like somehow, even the Wise, the Contended, the I-Have-Lived-Longer-Than-You ones sometimes have no idea what to make of life as well and experience moments when the reality of our world doesn't seem so real after all.


A little late to the party...
but have I ever mentioned how much I love Neon Hitch? No? Then take it that I really do love the woman and her brilliant spins on some well-known tracks.

Only found out about her "Cooler Than Me (Mike Posner Vs Sia)" cover/mash-up when I was exploring The Hype Machine's 2010 Zeitgeist site*. The way she weaves her vocals around the Sia chords is brilliant, but makes the track all spin-worthy is after the 2:16 mark.

And I am out of words again.

*The Glitch Mob vs The Hype Machine remix is life-saving. It may have even gotten me to acknowledge that Kanye West is more than a twat. That's all I have say.

Imagine that you are the wood and the fire that consumes the wood.
The lyrics of Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie (feat Rihanna)" make some people I know scream bloody murder. I can't comment about the lyrics, but damn, if the melody doesn't latch itself onto your brain.

Some time today, I stumbled upon Rihanna's ""Love the Way You Lie Part 2 (feat Eminem)". Pretty sure this would be old news to most on my f!list, but is it just me or does the "stripped down version" (according to Rihanna anyway) sounds...less catchy? Even though the melody is more or less the same?

...I don't know if it's right to describe a song where a woman is abused "catchy", but there you go.

Et musique pour tous.
It's been a while since Stars came up with something so gorgeously wistful. And then someone had to take it to a whole new level. In a good way.

Stars - Dead Hearts (LightsoverLA Remix)

I would blather on, but a good chunk of what I thought about the track has already been written by a Space Age Bachelor.

... He also posted an amazing cover of The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" here.

howling at the moon

When he writes lyrics it’s like he’s seen a family film and then spliced it with a video nasty... It’s filmic; beautiful, yet very dark.

Not a fan of the video, but the melody and vocals more than make up for it. (What about the lyrics? I'm currently too tired to listen carefully. I do like the quote above though.)