• Upcoming Attractions 2008: Vol. 7

    18 Jul 2008, 07:42 by Le_THieN

    Disclaimer: This month’s free association space is going to be filled with an excess of extraneous drivel that you may or may not be interested in, so if you’re just here for the usual goods, use the [CTRL+F] on your tidy browser and search “JULY” so you can skip past the ensuing wall of text.

    For those of you who have already made the intrinsic observation that this month’s header image is not really all that different from last month, I firstly have to point out that I’m terrible at Photoshop. Photo-editing is a trade I picked up solely to spruce up these journals, so my expertise doesn’t extend much farther than having preset image dimensions and slapping on text wherever it’s convenient. If anyone out there who is more adept at this sort of thing wants to volunteer their talents for future endeavors, then by all means. Also, I apologize for featuring quite possibly the ugliest freak-folk band ever in this month's header image…
  • Upcoming Attractions 2008: Vol. 6

    23 Jun 2008, 07:16 by Le_THieN

    In trying to stay honest with myself, I have to admit that I’ve been operating on minimal activity mode these last few weeks since the semester let out. I’m still currently bumming around in-between part-timers, so most of my time is spent eating, intermittently working out, playing Mario Kart Wii or Super Smash Bros.: Brawl, and cruising the web. This wouldn’t be completely annoying if it weren’t for the fact that – especially for the last couple of weeks – I haven’t really been reading or researching anything particularly constructive online, either.

    Beforehand, I used to dedicate a lot of my online activity on, The New York Times and a couple select blogs by political pundits for their presidential election coverage. If I wasn’t doing that, I was usually scanning my 6 or 7 other music-related websites for miscellaneous news artists or album releases. But ever since Senator Barack Obama was able to clinch the Democratic nomination earlier this month…
  • [18/jun/2008] Junior's Hit Parade

    18 Jun 2008, 23:24 by juniorneves

    E ae tigrada (hahaha), depois de um tempo sem atualização, Junior's Hit Parade está de volta, a parada que EU faço!

    Mas não vamos com mai delongas.. vamos para o que interessa: música!

    » Posição 10

    Ah gente.. a música nova da Beyonce é incrível.. Upgrade U.. "partner let me upgrade" sem falar que a Beyonce grita mais nesta música do que uma vaca dando a cria, coisa que adoro (ela gritando, não a vaca parindo ok?)
    Merecidamente ela recebe a posição 10! (subiu 7 posições esta semana, estranho né?)

    » Posição 9

    Olha nem sei porque o Nickelback está no top.. nem me lembro de ter ouvido eles esta semana, mas o Last.FM não mente...
    Gosto da música Rockstar.. é mucho foda.. e o clipe também é um máximo, adoro quando usam pessoas normais nos clipes..
    Eles subiram 7 posições no top também.. mas não me pergunte como...

    » Posição 8
    Gwen Stefani

    Gwen é Gwen e ponto final.. pode não estar nem no TOP 5 mas é TOP.. atualmente estou num momento flashback e escuto muito Luxurious
  • Upcoming Attractions 2008: Vol. 5

    22 May 2008, 22:55 by Le_THieN

    I’m back in Dallas for a few more days, but I’m think I’m just going to use this intro space to free-associate with some segments of pop culture I’ve been recently exposed to; those of you interested in the albums portion of this journal should feel free to skip past this. Otherwise, here goes:

    As my massive legion of readers all know, my fallout with American Idol is a well-documented event in contemporary American history. Simply put, it was the show’s gradual nosedive into vocal mediocrity with each passing season that finally drove me to call it quits on the program before the start of Season 6. We’ve been experiencing a seemingly endless surge of vocal artists with the ability to sidestep technical shortcomings in their voices through dubious alternative means, and this lack of transparency often makes it difficult to approximate the true quality and potential of vocal talent, especially on a glorified karaoke pulpit like Idol. …
  • Top 50

    20 May 2008, 18:17 by megan17bg

    1. How did you get into 29?
    Black Eyed Peas - I don't even remember. I wouldn't really consider myself "into" them. There are a couple songs I used to like.

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22?
    Tantric - Mourning, I think... or Breakdown. It was Mourning that really got me into them.

    3. What's your favorite lyric by 33?
    Well, my favorite song by Godsmack is either Whatever or The Enemy, so it would be from one of those.

    4. What is your favorite album by 49?
    Nil Lara - I only know one of his songs. I listened to it enough to make him #49.

    5. How many albums by 13 do you own?
    Jonathan Larson - Just the Rent soundtrack. I don't think he has anything else.

    6. What is your favorite song by 50?
    Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)

    7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad?
    Skillet - Looking for Angels

    8. What is your favorite album by 15?
    Sanctus Real - The Face Of Love

    9. What is your favorite song by 5?
  • Upcoming Attractions 2008: Vol. 3 & 4

    22 Apr 2008, 02:17 by Le_THieN

    I’ve been struggling with my writing a lot lately, especially now since I’ve effectively decided to delay my ’07 year-end list ‘til after this semester’s finals are all said and done. Fortunately, positive feedback regarding some of my work has slowly been trickling in these last few weeks from people I would have never thought would have any vested interest in this sort of thing, so that is encouraging in the very least. Funny how people can get bored enough on Facebook to sift through someone else’s imported notes.

    Anyway, I actually had impressions and a header image made out for the month of March, but between spring break and not being very motivated to do anything school-related for the first couple of weeks back in class, I ended up playing catch-up for the rest of the month and missed out on getting it posted. Sans a couple of early standout albums, I haven’t been completely captivated by anything that’s dropped this year. …
  • iTunes meme

    20 Feb 2008, 05:37 by soulsteelgray

    Instructions: Open up your iTunes and fill out this survey, no matter how embarrassing the responses might be.

    How many songs total: 5324 songs, 44.88 GB
    How many hours or days of music: 15 days, 3 hours, 20 minutes, and 36 seconds
    Most recently played: Stephanie - LET' S GO!!
    Most played: JC Chasez - You Ruined Me (180)
    Most recently added: Simple Plan - Time to Say Goodbye

    Sort by song title:
    First Song: The Brilliant Green - ☆FALLING STAR IN YOUR EYES
    Last Song: UVERworld - =

    Sort by time:
    Shortest Item: m-flo - Ping (0:04)
    Shortest Song: Masaya Matsuura - Lose Heart (0:08)
    Longest Song: Eric Whitacre - Ghost Train (19:20)
    Longest Item: WAT - 自転車 <Instrumental> (39:48) Freakin' super secret talk at the end.

    Sort by album:
    First album: V6 - ∞ Infinity ~Love & Life~
    Last album: S Club 7 - 7

    First song that comes up on Shuffle: Koda Kumi - feel me

    Search the following and state how many songs come up:

    Death: 5
    Life: 126
    Love: 408
    Hate: 7
    You: 571
  • Upcoming Attractions 2008: Vol. 2

    14 Feb 2008, 03:35 by Le_THieN

    …yeah. Still no year-end list. I suck. But here’s some cool stuff to look forward to!

    Oh, yeah. Happy Valentine's Day. I GUESS.


    5 February
    1.Hot Chip – Made in the Dark
    2.Sheryl Crow – Detours
    3.Foxy Brown – Brooklyn’s Don Diva
    4.Jack Johnson – Sleep Through the Static
    5.Lenny Kravitz – It’s Time for a Love Revolution
    6.k.d. lang – Watershed

    Made in the Dark started losing precious steam the moment it started to senselessly indulge in mindboggling indie rock slow-jamming and teeth-pulling lyrical banality. I often forget whose voice is which, but both Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard have asininely unbearable deliveries, especially since their voices don’t seem to be as heavily mixed on the slower numbers. ‘Ready for the Floor’ is the sole standout here (making this, by default, their best album to date), but the rest is unfortunately passable.

  • Final stats before the first reset

    10 Feb 2008, 23:30 by soulsteelgray

    I've decided to reset my charts and stats due to retagging all of my MP3s. Hence, here's some of my final stats concerning play count and the like.

    Total number of tracks scrobbled (July 15, 2005 to February 10, 2008): 14,535

    Last song scrobbled: JC Chasez - You Ruined Me

    Top artist for the week of February 3, 2008-February 10, 2008: Stephanie (42)

    Overall top artist: 宇多田ヒカル (766)

    Overall top track: JC Chasez - You Ruined Me (176)

    Eclectic score: 74/100

    Super-eclectic score: 491/1000
  • Top 20 artists survey

    9 Feb 2008, 08:30 by soulsteelgray

    Post the top twenty bands/artists on your profile name:
    - the first song you heard of theirs
    - the song that made you fall in love
    - and your current favorite

    1. 宇多田ヒカル
    - Traveling. I heard a clip of it on her official site around the release of .
    - traveling
    - Automatic. Weird how I'm getting so retro with her.

    2. Angela Aki
    - Home. I first saw a clip of the PV on her official site right before the single was released and I knew that I had to download it.
    - HOME
    - Ooh, toughie. It's probably サクラ色 or たしかに -piano version-.

    3. 柴咲コウ
    - いくつかの空. Go go Chakushin Ari. Ha ha.
    - いくつかの空
    - Sweet Mom. I used to think it was a pretty boring song, but one day I happened to listen to it and my entire perception of the song changed. I don't know why.

    4. Spice Girls
    - Wannabe. Come on, whose first song from the Spice Girls wasn't Wannabe?
    - Wannabe
    - Hmm, I dunno. I haven't listened to them in awhile. The Lady Is a Vamp, I suppose.

    5. JC Chasez
    - Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love). Oh, top 40 radio, you're so funny.