Makes you want to be a Zombie doesn’t it?

April 22, 2010 at 11:19 pm (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Natalia Kills, a British-born Jamaican, is being compared to Lady Gaga and Rihanna.  I wouldn’t say she’s very Gagaish except that she says Space Cowboy just play that track which is also something Gaga has said and this one pic which kind of reminds me of a particular scene in Telephone in which Gaga wears the cigarette glasses. And like Gaga she works with Akon and Space Cowboy and is in Cherrytree records.  Ok I guess that’s a lot in common, but it still doesn’t make her Gagaish.

 

So far she seems far more like Rihanna in her Rated R phase. Zombie is a very dark track that starts off sounding like Mad House and she’s singing about being in love with a zombie for crying out loud its going to be dark. The  lyrics like ” Cold, cold, freezing, freezing Got my heart beating, beating” and  “Cause he chasing me nightlyAnd I want him to bite me” are disturbing enough to give you the creeps, but not to stop listening to the song.  The video reminds me of Russian Roulette and old video footage.  She kind of reminds me of Kanye with his videos Paranoid and Coldest Winter and his use of autotune. The over all effect of the song and video is a vintage horror movie with a rocking track.

Now enough with the comparisons. People do it too much, but really it can’t be helped.  A sound and image can call up similar sounds and images. The song’s good I think, but has a heavy use of autotune. I guess I have to wait to see how well she really sings. But Zombie’s a good start to the album Perfectionist that is scheduled for a 2010 release. With Zombie she shows crossover appeal to America, but we’ll have to wait and see. And her new single Activate My Heart seems good too.

Kagehime

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Rocking German Bands

September 20, 2009 at 10:04 pm (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Lately I’ve noticed a good number of German bands trying to make it in America.  The problem with a lot of bands trying to make it here is the accent and language.  Americans want to listen to their songs in English and don’t want it to sound foreign.  The countries that do the best with sending there music here are of course England and then Sweden.   There have been German bands such as The Scorpions who have made it big in America, but not many.  I would like to have more make it.  Here are a few that are making an attempt, as far as I can see.

Cinema Bizarre love songs (they kill me)  An anime inspired band that opened for Lady Gaga during her Fame Ball Tour.

Polarkreis 18  allein allein, the colour of snow  In the process of releasing their first album in America.

Tokio Hotel monsoon Had an English language album released and won some awards over here.

I also like oomph, enomine, and rammstein, but I don’t think any of these groups are making moves here.  Besides these groups are older.

If you listen to German rock.  Who are some of your favorites and what do you think their chances of making in America are?

Kagehime

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Music N’ Books

July 31, 2008 at 7:25 pm (books, music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Lots of times I have a song that becomes stuck in my head thats connected to the book I happen to be reading, because I often listen to music while reading.

While reading New Moon I had the song Owner of a Lonely Heart by Yes in my head and while reading Priestess of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Diana Paxton I had Viva la Vida by Coldplay.  Both songs are awesome and had a connection to the book I was reading. With New Moon, the lyrics of Owner of a Lonely Heart goes: owner of a lonely heart much better than owner of a broken heart.  That book had me agreeing with the song because Bella’s heart was broken and well I don’t want to give anything away. 

The book Priestess of Avalon connects Britain to Rome through the marriage (not official though) of the British priestess, Helena, and Constantius and their son Constantine. Both Constantius and Constantine became emperors so both ruled the world. There was a problem between the transtions of the old emperor with the new throughout the book.  Of course the Roman Calvary was involved with the story and the characters found themselves as fair as Jerusalem. And the story has that sadness of having ruled the world in past tense.  And of course there were missionaries in foreign fields because Constantine was spreading Christianity have a certain point.For Priestess of Avalon, Viva la vida has the lyrics: 

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing:
"Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!"
One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt, and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman calvary choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
Once you know there was never, never an honest word
That was when I ruled the world

It was the wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn't believe what I'd become
Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman calvary choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
I know Saint Peter won't call my name
Never an honest work
But that was when I ruled the world
(Ohhhh Ohhh Ohhh)

Hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman calvary choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
I know Saint Peter will call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world
(Oooooh Oooooh Oooooh)
Well there are authors like Stephanie Meyer of the Twilight series who write while listening
to music and create playlists for the books.
Here's her New Moon playlist which sadly does not include Owner of A Lonely Heart
although the list is really good and fitting without it:
  • “Do you realize?” – The Flaming Lips (B)
  • “Papercut” – Linkin Park (B)
  • “Hyper Music” – Muse (B)
  • “Apocalypse Please” – Muse (B)
  • “Time Stands Still” – The All-American Rejects (B)
  • “Empty Room” – Marjorie Fair (B)
  • “Unwell” – Matchbox Twenty (B)
  • “Pain” – Jimmy Eat World (B)
  • “Ride” – The Vines (B)
  • “Fix You” – Coldplay (J)
  • “Blueside” – Rooney (B)
  • “Over My Head (Cable Car)” – The Fray (B)
  • “Going Under” – Evanescence (B)
  • “Tautou” – Brand New (B)
  • “Be My Escape” – Relient K (B)
  • “Never Let You Down” – Verve Pipe (J)
  • “Sing For Absolution” – Muse (E)
  • “Ya Mamma” – Fatboy Slim (Generic action-scene music)
  • “D.O.A.” – Foo Fighters
  • “Stare” – Marjorie Fair (B)
  • “Memory” – Sugarcult (B)
  • “The Truth About Heaven” – Armor For Sleep (B)
  • “The Scientist” – Coldplay (E)
  • “Sound of Pulling Heaven Down” – Blue October (E)
Alternates:
  • “Drag” – Placebo (B)
  • “Like A Stone” – Audioslave (B)
  • “World Has Turned and Left Me Here” – Weezer (B)
  • “Best I Ever Had” – Vertical Horizon (B)
  • “My Immortal” – Evanescence (B)
  • “Not the One” – Collective Soul (B)
  • “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” – U2 (B)
  • “Rest In Pieces” – Saliva (B)
  • “White Flag” – Dido (B)
  • “Everybody’s Changing” – Keane (B)
  • “Unintended” – Muse (B)
  • “I Miss You” – Blink 182 (B)
  • “The Reason” – Hoobastank (E)
  • “Hate Me” (radio edit) – Blue October (E)

The List came from Stepheniemeyer.com. Go there and enjoy. 

Kagehime

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