The Graduate Music

January 30, 2010 at 6:38 pm (movies, music, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I just watched The Graduate and I must say that is an awesome movie.  Not to mention the music. Sadly the reason I watched it was because I saw the Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Costner movie, Rumour has it (watch isn’t very good, interesting, but not good) and found out that it was based on an older movie, the graduate which I was told was good.

I am now officially a Simon and Garfunkel fan especially for their lyrics.  I’m embarassed I wasn’t a fan before especially since I knew all about A hazy shade of winter (although I guess its because I do like the Bangles version better that I didn’t think of becoming a fan of theirs).

If you have not heard the Sounds of Silence and Mrs. Robinson listen to them now.

Seems the movie influence the lyrics of the Macarena with the line “I am not trying to seduce you.”

Kagehime

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Pop music about pop

October 9, 2009 at 12:26 pm (music) (, , , , , , , , , , )

There are quite a few pop songs out there about pop, but I’m only naming some of the ones that use pop in the title that I like.

Creature Pop Culture

Prince Pop Life  Sorry this is the remix.  Couldn’t find the original. If nothing else listen to the lyrics.

Pop Musik  Not the greatest song ever, but gets nicely stuck in the head which is what pop music tends to do.

Then there’s the Pet Shop Boys Pop Art album.  Which is awesome.

Know anymore pop pop music songs?

Kagehime

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Disturbia Lyrics disturbing

October 3, 2009 at 8:54 pm (music) (, , , , , )

It wasn’t Rihanna who wrote the lyrics to Distubia.

What’s wrong with me?
Why do I feel like this?
I’m going crazy now

No more gas, in the red, can’t even get it started
Nothing heard, nothing said, can’t even speak about it
On my life, on my head, don’t wanna think about it
Feels like I’m going insane, yeah

It’s a thief in the night to come and grab you
It can creep up inside you and consume you
A disease of the mind, it can control you
It’s too close for comfort

Put on your pretty lies, you’re in the city of wonder
Ain?t gon? play nice, watch out you might just go under
Better think twice, your train of thought will be altered
So if you must falter be wise

Your mind?s in disturbia, it’s like the darkness is light
Disturbia, am I scaring you tonight?
Disturbia, ain?t used to what you like
Disturbia, disturbia

Faded pictures on the wall, it’s like they talking to me
Disconnecting on calls, the phone don?t even ring
I gotta get out or figure this sh** out
It’s too close for comfort, oh

It’s a thief in the night to come and grab you
It can creep up inside you and consume you
A disease of the mind it can control you
I feel like a monster, oh

Put on your pretty lies, you’re in the city of wonder
Ain?t gon? play nice, watch out you might just go under
Better think twice, your train of thought will be altered
So if you must falter be wise

Your mind?s in disturbia, it’s like the darkness is light
Disturbia, am I scaring you tonight?
Disturbia, ain’t used to what you like
Disturbia, disturbia, disturbia

Release me from this curse I’m in
Trying to maintain but I’m struggling
If you can’t go-o-o
I think I’m gonna ah, ah, ah, ah

Put on your pretty lies, you’re in the city of wonder
Ain?t gon? play nice, watch out you might just go under
Better think twice, your train of thought will be altered
So if you must falter be wise

Disturbia, it’s like the darkness is light
Disturbia, am I scaring you tonight?
Disturbia, ain’t used to what you like
Disturbia, disturbia

Does anyone else found it at least a little disturbing that Chris Brown wrote these lyrics?

Kagehime

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The Fear took out Daniel

April 12, 2009 at 8:54 pm (music) (, , , , , , , )

 Natasha Khan and Lilly Allen share a few similarities. They kind of look alike mostly due to bangs and they’re both from the UK.  Their music is a lot different though.  Because Lilly has a small singing range she has to come up with really witty lyrics and go music to boot.  Natasha is not so range limited and her music is totally different. 

One other thing they seem to share is a similarity between the music videos.  It almost seems like The Fear bombed out the set for Daniel.  It’s like the creepy brightly colored balloon people from The Fear had their balloons popped and were painted black.  The teddyhanging  from Lilly’s trailer in the beginning was forgotten about .  All the items that had been consumed had been burned.  Maybe from all that color that was shot out all over the place.

Do you find the videos similar too?

Kagehime

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Gagaflutitis

April 3, 2009 at 5:24 am (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

 

 I admit I’ve searched way too much about Lady Gaga but there’s a reason and its that I got gagaflutitis or some such ridiculously named disease.  Gaga always talked about she’s going to give everyone the flu.  Apparently I caught it and sometimes its annoying even to me. 

So how did I caught gagaflutitis?

Phase 1  Radio Gaga

Once I was listening to the radio.  I’m in college so I usually just use my computer, but I was home for a short break  around december so I was listening to the radio.  I like dance music so I was happy that I lot of dancy songs were on the radio like Katy Perry Hot N’ Cold, Rihanna Disturbia, etc.  Then I heard just dance, didn’t know who it was by yet, but I was like yes dance music’s back.  Naturally I looked up just dance on my computer and found out it was by lady gaga and I was like “what kinda of name is that?” Then I watched the music video and I was like hmm different, but cool.  Then I  saw poker face and was like wow! I loved the song and the beginning of the vid with the great danes.  Then I went through all the songs that were available on youtube at the time and realized they were all good.  But then my computer messed up.  It would only play the beginning of music videos so I ended up watching the beginning of poker face and disturbia too dozens of times.  And actually my computer let me play love game completely for some reason.

Next thing I knew my computer crashed completely and I was left depending on the computer lab for computer use and tv (which I rarely just watch tv usually it has to be a show that I like).  So I was watching tons of mtv u and stuff.  The funny thing is I think it was the crazy beat in love game that kept me hooked, because I couldn’t get enough bass after hearing that.  And of course I found out how dirty the lyrics were early on.  And I had made the mistake of watching The Fame part 1 in a computer lab if you know what happens in that.  

Phase 2  Exams

Every exam period I usually watch tons of anime, but since throughout the year I started liking anime less and less I needed something to fill that void.  And so I listened to tons of Lady Gaga and watched all those fake vids people enjoy putting up.  I also starting looking up stuff about her like her age and where she was from and what’s her real name, etc. So then I decided that I was diffently getting the album The Fame during the Christmas break.  Usually I only like a few songs or so on an album but I liked all of Gaga’s so I had to buy it.  I also wanted to buy the Twilight album, because I had seen the movie and hey Muse is awesome.

Phase 3 The Fame

I bought The Fame on itunes and listened to it a lot during the break. Mostly uneventful I suppose.  Then I came back to school and was like whatever I’m over it. 

Phase 4 Pop ate my heart

That was not true Heard some more songs online.  And saw the acoustic pokerface version.  Awesome.  So then I wanted tickets to see her show etc.  Still haven’t gone and the shows been postponed here…

So how bad is my gagaflutitis? I talk about her pretty much all day to everyone I know whenever I find out something I think is interesting about her or heard a new song.

Why am I so addicted? For one I always go through a phase of liking some muscian or other, but its never been this bad because the musician is now either dead or old.  They are not in the process of possibly becoming a legend, they already have become one.

Another reason is that her ideas and pictures are very accessible online.  Three I think I just like crazy musicians in general, especially if they’re very good.  And look at her fashion.  I think its crazy cool.  That zipper eye on American Idol? How crazy was that? Another big reason is that I’ve found some awesome music, other than hers.  Like why wasn’t I listening to Queen before? Then I found Roisin Murphy formerly of Moloko, Ladytron who’s supposed to be working with Christina Aguilera, the Gossip, and some others.  Also, she changes enough or puts out new material enough to keep my short attention span occupied.  And quite possibly the biggest reason is that she writes her own lyrics and designs her own clothes.

The funny thing about these phases is that the one I was going through right when I first heard Gaga was David Bowie who is one of her idols. 

So am I obsessesed or going through a phrase? Probably a mixture of both.

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Flashback Connection: Layla

August 20, 2008 at 3:05 am (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Layla by Derek and the Dominos featuring Eric Clapton and Duane Allman on guitar in 1970 is one of my favorite songs. It was recently ranked number 13 on Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitar songs.  It’s a sad love song based on a Persian story by Nezami about the unrequited love between Layla and Majnun. Clapton had seen himself as Majnun who had gone crazy because the girl he loved married another.  He had an unrequited love (at the time) to George Harrison’s wife.  The song itself is so beautiful and sad.  The guitars seem to be crying which ironically Clapton had befriended Harrison while working on While My Guitar Gently Weeps which is number 7 on the rolling stones list.

It’s good to be well rounded.  It can help write or understand songs among other things. 

So here are the lyrics:

What’ll you do when you get lonely
And nobody’s waiting by your side?
You’ve been running and hiding much too long.
You know it’s just your foolish pride.

Layla, you’ve got me on my knees.
Layla, I’m begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind.

I tried to give you consolation
When your old man had let you down.
Like a fool, I fell in love with you,
Turned my whole world upside down.

Chorus

Let’s make the best of the situation
Before I finally go insane.
Please don’t say we’ll never find a way
And tell me all my love’s in vain.

Chorus

Chorus

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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