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Glass Candy – "Feeling without touching" video

The lovely Ida No (vocalist) and Johnny Jewel (guitar/synth/producer) make up the Portland band, Glass Candy. They’ve released a few albums since they first formed in 1996. I remember being at a family get together a couple years ago, maybe Thanksgiving, and my cousin and I were talking about the music we’ve been listening to lately. She brought up Glass Candy, since she too lives in Portland, and suggested that I should check ’em out. The first song I ever listened to was “Love love love” (from the same titled album, released in ’03). After that, I checked out a few tracks from their 2007 “B/E/A/T/B/O/X” album (Kraftwerk cover “Computer Love” and “Digital Versicolor” are good).

What made me bring them up, is their video for the song “Feeling without touching” from their 2008 album, “Deep Gems“. It starts off with Ida’s slender silhouette dancing and shots of her behind some shower glass, while the electro-synth beat drops. With the steam in the shower, and her soft voice, it’s kind of sexy. Check it out after the jump…

Just, Go Back…

Miliyah Kato

Alright, my last post I was whining about how much I missed the music of the late 90s early 2000s, particularly Asian Pop music. I guess what I liked so much about A-pop at that time was the fact that everything was still innocent and new (compared to American pop, which was still fairly tame). I basically went threw some of the songs that I loved (and still do) from Korean pop stars and this post, I guess it’s only right to look at the old J-pop songs/vids I couldn’t get enough of. Mixed in here will be a bit of Chinese pop, but to tell you the absolute truth, I could never really get into Chinese and Taiwanese pop culture. Dunno why, since I do remember liking some suggested artists people threw at me, but on the whole, I only really became a fan of the ‘dancing diva’. Don’t know who I’m talking about? Then read on.

MPHO

I think I need to make space on my ipod. Yesterday, I accidentally became an insta-fan of MPHO ( pronounced mmm-po) while doing some online window shopping. Via Asos‘s digital fashion magazine I read up on MPHO who was featured as their ‘One To Watch’ in 2010, and after youtubing her single ‘Box n Locks’ I gotta say, I agree. The song is fun and danceable with lyrics defying stereotypes that I can relate to, and even more so, her voice is odd. The good kind of odd. Think Santogold or MIA. When I first checked out her video, it kinda didn’t like the look and almost closed the window (I was getting a lot of Brihannce, which isn’t her fault..more like the director’s fault). But I kinda stopped watching and started listening more and I actually really like the song. Clicking along I came across another video that does a good job of “getting to know Mpho” and after watching that, I think was when I officially said, ok, I’ll be your fan. haha Yeah, anywho, check out both the ‘getting to know you’ and her official  video for Box n Locks, and a cover of Heavyweight Champion of the World by Reverend and the Makers after the break and let me know what you think.

SoundCheck: Whale

whale3As Tiffology pointed out, we’ve been seriously slacking on our SoundChecks, and on my part, I think it’s because I haven’t come across any artists that I compulsively feel the need to share. You know how that is, you may hear something cool, but it doesn’t really push you to get on a soapbox and insist for your friends to listen…right? Well, that’s changed because I’ve recently fell in love with female vocalist Whale. Aside from doing her own thing, she’s currently the lead vocal for the collaborative group W&Whale, which consists of her, and the group W (Where the Story Ends).

Domino: DON'T STOP DA MUSIC

dominoI usually come across new music accidentally. Seriously, I’m the type of person that will be happy listening to the same songs over and over for months–granted the songs are well written and not just filler crap. But anywho yes; today while I was browsing through 「PATi PATi WEB」I stumbled across a newly formed girl group out in Japan named Domino. Now, if I’m not mistaken it really does seem that girl groups are making a comeback all over the world…ok, well,  in Asia they never really went away, but you get what I’m saying. I have to say that it’s kinda rare to find a girl group nowadays that isn’t over selling the sex, but I think that this girl group is fun, funky and fresh.

Interview: Emyli

In 2003, Emyli started her career in the Japanese music scene with her first album Flower of Life. Soon after, she began releasing several singles which included popular collaborations with artists such as M-Flo, Verbal and Shinwha. Her music is a mixture of pop and urban beats with a few ballads sprinkled here and there and like most talented young celebrities, she’s accomplished much within the short span of her promising career. If you ask her fans, and they’d probably tell you that Emyli is the most down to earth celebrity you’d ever know. They’d also tell you she’s got a great voice, and charisma to match.

She was kind enough to do an interview with me for CrayonBeats, and I hope you all enjoy it! On to the inteview:

Win A Date With Se7en

7Yeah, so about two weeks ago it was announced that two lucky fans will get the chance to win a date with international superstar Se7en. When I first read about it I was kinda like “Arf?! O_o” because it sounded a little weird. Probably because I don’t read teenybopper magazines anymore so a “Win A Date” contest threw me off. Also I’d been hearing some rather crazy talk about Se7en’s debut and I didn’t know what to believe…anywho, the idea has grown on me and I think it might actually be cool to hang out with Se7en for a day….

Jonelle Vette is great

vette1You know how you stumble upon some really good music, and you feel you must tell people about it or your head will explode? Well that’s how I’m feeling right now about Jonelle Vette aka VETTE.  I was on Facebook messing with a bunch of apps when I did the whole 10 free downloads thingy, and I just happened to choose this song called Bound by VETTE. I didn’t really have any expectations for it, but I gotta say, it’s pretty damn good. It’s got almost a blues-y feely but then it’s kinda alternative pop-ish..I like.

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[ARCHIVE] The Morning Of

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OK, so lately I know it seems as if I’ve been falling in love with numerous musicians/actors/singers/poets/artists/whatevers, but I can’t help it. I’m a lover. It’s what I do, and it’s just so easy to do with all of the awesome that’s floating around out there. And to prove that, this post is yet again about a band I’ve fallen in love with. Say hello to The Morning Of. “The morning of…..what,” you may be asking yourself; because I know I sure did. In short, it doesn’t matter what, lol. All that matters is you take a listen to their awesome.