• First Listen: Jamie Cullum- The Pursuit

    29 Oct 2009, 3:05

    Alright, I did it. I gave in and downloaded a leaked version of Jamie Cullum’s new album,The Pursuit. I had made myself a promise that I wouldn’t, that I would wait until I could get the physical copy in my hands before I listened to any of the songs, but upon realizing that there’s no US release date for the album thus far, I knew that I didn’t want to wait around while millions of copies floated around on torrent sites. As I reasoned with myself, I own all of Jamie’s albums- even the rare singles, and his DVD. I will buy The Pursuit when it comes to the US and add it to my collection without a doubt. I’m a good fan. I deserve this.

    Anyway, my first few listens have been awe-inspiring. It’s been so long for us fans to have new music from Mr. Cullum, and this is everything I’ve been hoping for and more. Jamie has truly outdone himself again, and created an amazing album full of perfectly crafted songs and beautiful remakes. From his sexy version of Rihanna’s Don’t Stop The Music right to the symphonic delight which is Wheels- each song truly pleases. I’ll be posting a proper review on my Epinions account in the weeks to come (I figure I’ll at least wait until the UK release date- Nov. 9th- to actually post a review on the album), but let me put it this way: leave it to Jamie Cullum to write a song about hooking up with someone at a club and still make it sound incredibly classy, sexy, and fun (Music Is Through).

    Through the years, Jamie Cullum and John Mayer have swapped places various times as my top artist. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again- while I easily place John Mayer as my favorite singer, Jamie Cullum is my favorite musician, overall. Meaning, he’s my favorite singer, favorite songwriter, favorite performer, etc.

    This month should be interesting for me, personally, seeing as how Mayer’s Battle Studiescomes out on November 17th. I’ve heard various snippets of his album as well, and it sounds really good, but I don’t know…right now I’m thinking that Jamie Cullum may just reclaim the top spot on my Top Artist chart.
  • Top Artists Overall Survey :)

    30 Ene 2008, 10:47

    1. How did you get into 29?
    Fiona Apple. Actually, wh0adanny turned me onto her. Unknowingly, I believe. He had some of her songs on his Myspace page at times, and I would go to his page to listen to Tymps or Oh Sailor before Extraordinary Machine came out. Then I bought the CD when it was released and fell in love.

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22? Jeff Buckley. Lover, You Should've Come Over. I was intrigued after hearing Jamie Cullum's cover (which I love). Buckley's original version of Lover is probably my favorite song. Really.

    3. What's your favourite lyrics by 33? The Fray. They actually write quite good lyrics. Probably, "The hardest thing and the right thing are the same". Or, "Say that we agree and then never change".

    4. What is your favourite album by 49? Natalie Cole. I've only heard/own one album of hers- which is Unforgettable, With Love. Good stuff.

    5. How many albums by 13 do you own? Ben Folds Five. So far only two. Whatever and Whatever Amen and The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner.

    6. What is your favourite song by 50? David Gray. Hmm...either Sail Away With Me, or Alibi.

    7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad? Imogen Heap. Hide and Seek can make me sad sometimes. Most of her music is upbeat/background stuff, so usually, no.

    8. What is your favourite song by 15? Castledoor. I love them! They should be higher up on my charts. I love every song I've ever heard by them, but my favorite, or at least, most played is Fall Apart. Which isn't even on their EP, but most definitely should have been.

    9. What is your favourite song by 5? Coldplay. So many! Shiver, Spies, Sparks, Parachutes (yeah, it's only 46 seconds, but it's the best 46 seconds!), Everything's Not Lost, The Scientist, Warning Sign, Amsterdam, What If, Fix You, X&Y (a favorite of the favorites), Swallowed In The Sea, Don't Panic....See? So many.

    10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy? Jason Mraz. Yeah! Geek In The Pink and Clockwatching always make me happy. :) So does Life Is Wonderful, but more in a "oh, now I'm gonna reflect about life and how good it is", sort of way.

    11. What is your favourite album by 40? John Mayer Trio. Try! Because it's the only album they've far ;)

    12. What is your favourite song by 10? Maroon 5. Perhaps Sweetest Goodbye? Or Little Of Your Time.

    13. What is a good memory you have involving 30? Massive Attack. Hmmm...I don't really know. Massive Attack isn't really happy music. It's more sensual, I-want-to-have-sex-while-listening-to-Dissolved-Girl, type music. Perhaps walking in the summer and listening to/singing along with Man Next Door. That's a happy memory :)

    14. What is your favourite song by 38? Gavin DeGraw. I hate picking favorites...I usually have more than one. Probably Overrated though. Used to be More Than Anyone, but now I associate that with a certain dumb boy and it just makes me sad.

    15. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy? Corinne Bailey Rae. Like A Star makes me happy.

    16. How many times have you seen 25 live? Justin Timberlake. On an HBO special....;)

    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23? Mika. Had to be Grace Kelly. Or, technically, Love Today on those Verizon commericals or whatever they were.

    18. What is your favourite album by 11?
    Aqualung. Memory Man. He keeps getting better and better :)

    19. Who is a favourite member of 1? Jamie Cullum. How about Jamie? Okay, okay...I love Seb and Geoff too :) Plus, Seb smiled at me at the end of the concert, though Jamie smiled at me, I'll stick with Jamie. :D

    20. Have you ever seen 14 live? The White Stripes. I would KILL to see the hotness that is Jack White live.

    21. What is a good memory involving 27?
    Jessica Simpson. Ha...yes, this summer listening to her after being with my boyfriend at the time. Sweetest Sin had a whole new meaning then :)

    22. What is your favourite song by 16? Jack Johnson. He should be higher up on my charts too! Anyway, either Constellations or Banana Pancakes.

    23. What is the first song you ever heard by 47? Harry and the Potters. Ha, I'm such a nerd. Uh, I think the first song I ever heard was The Human Hosepipe. Or Wizard Chess.

    24. What is your favourite album by 18? Charlotte Church. Enchantment.

    25. What is your favourite song by 21? Snow Patrol. Set The Fire To The Third Bar.

    26. What is the first song you ever heard by 26? Keane. Probably Somewhere Only We Know. Which is now my least favorite song by them.

    27. What is your favourite album by 3? Mandy Moore. Oh, definitely Wild Hope. Such a great's pretty much good all the way through, except perhaps Slumming In Paradise. Anyway, it's one of my favorite CD's in general. I also really enjoy Mandy's other album, Coverage. Basically, anything post her "bubblegum pop" days ;)

    28. What is your favourite song by 2? John Mayer. My love. Again, I'll have to make a list. Belief, Gravity (actually the JM3 version), Heart of Life, Stop This Train, In Repair, Clarity, Home Life, Wheel, Sucker, Hummingbird, Tracing, Say, Comfortable, Victoria, Quiet, No Such Thing, Why Georgia, Neon, City Love, 3x5 (a favorite of the favorites), Back To You, Not Myself, Slow Dancing In A Burning Room. :)

    29. What was the first song you ever heard by 32? Clay Aiken. Oh Lord....why is he even on here? Haha...well, I guess Bridge Over Troubled Water since that was his first recorded song. Or, actually, In, Not Of on his demo CD.

    30. What is you favourite song by 8? Kelly Clarkson. Wow, surprised she's so high up. Anyway, Be Still. It's so lovely.

    31. How many times have you seen 17 live? Ben Folds. Never. But it'd be a hella good show.

    32. Is there a song by 44 that makes you happy? Michael Buble. Feelin' Good! Such a great feel good song :)

    33. What is you favourite album by 12? Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. The Avenue Q soundtrack, duh.

    34. What is the worst song by 45? Relient K. Hmm...probably The Rest Is Up To You. Sucks.

    35. What was the first song you ever heard by 34? Amy Winehouse. Believe it or not, it wasn't Rehab. Me and Mr. Jones. Fell in love with the first listen.

    36. What is you favourite album by 48? Emmy Rossum. Not sure if the Phantom soundtrack counts, so I'll say Inside Out ;)

    37. How many times have you seen 42 live? NSYNC. Ha, never. I wanted to when I was thirteen but I didn't get the tickets for my birthday :(

    38. What is your favourite song by 36? Britney Spears. I am official embarrassed. But it's probably either Why Should I Be Sad? or Perfect Lover. I'm digging the new stuff these days.

    39. What was the first song you ever heard by 28? Lily Allen. Again, not the obvious, ever present, first single (Smile), but LDN.

    40. What is your favourite album by 7? Johnathan Larson. RENT. The OBC...none of that movie soundtrack shiz.

    41. Is there a song by 31 that makes you happy? John Williams. Sure. Hedwig's Theme ;)

    42. What is your favourite album by 41? Patrick Doyle. Wow, two Harry Potter composers back to back. Obvious the GOF OST.

    43. What is your favourite song by 24? Howie Day. Bunnies. Love it. Madrigals EP is so it just for that song.

    44. What is a good memory you have involving 46? Rufus Wainwright. Listening to his album at six in the morning while watching the sun come up this summer ('07).

    45. What is your favourite song by 35? Fall Out Boy. Get Busy Living Or Get Busy Dying. Good lyrics.

    46. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy? Sufjan Stevens. Chicago always makes me smile. :)

    47. What is your favourite album by 4? Josh Groban. Closer. Fantastic album.

    48. Who is a favourite member of 37? Hans Zimmer. Well, I don't know all the musicians in his orchestra, so I don't know.

    49. What is the first song you ever heard by 43? Plus One. Well, I was given the CD by my mom, and the first song I ever heard was the first track on The Promise, so Written On My Heart.

    50. How many albums do you own by 20? Incubus. Two so far- Morning View and Light Grenades. More to come, I'm sure.
  • My Life's Soundtrack (FINALLY! One of these surveys worked well!)

    2 Nov 2006, 22:07

    So, here's how it works:

    1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
    2. Put it on shuffle
    3. Press play
    4. For every question, type the song that's playing
    5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
    6. Don't lie and try to pretend your cool... and alot of the songs fit with the setting

    Opening Credits:
    Something Special- JC Chasez (why, YES my life IS Something Special!)

    Waking Up:
    Daylight- Coldplay (wow...this is working out great! haha)

    First Day At School:
    Feel Good Inc- Gorillaz

    Falling In Love:
    Bennie and the Jets- Elton John (okay, this is just weird...I really like that song, and it always reminds me of falling in love because of My Girl 2...haha, yes I'm a dork!)

    Fight Song:
    Vultures- John Mayer (wow...Jal and I both had fight songs by John Mayer! But I thought he was a lover?!)

    Breaking Up:
    Don't Panic- Coldplay (if you know this song, its' a bit ironic, haha)

    Nothing New- Ashlee Simpson (AHAHAA! Yeah, prom wasn't THAT exciting!)

    O' Sailor- Fiona Apple ( life isn't that depressing)

    Mental Breakdown:
    Honestly- Cartel (Aww, this song is too happy for a breakdown. I guess a guy and his fickle ways drove me to insanity. Well, that makes sense, actually)

    Mi Mancherai- Josh Groban (Oh, I love this song. But it's too slow for driving...I'd probably get in a wreck cause I fell asleep at the wheel or something, ahaha).

    Fired- Ben Folds

    Getting back together:
    Kate- Ben Folds Five (haha...well this song IS about pining for someone. I have better "getting back together" songs on iTunes than this one though!)

    Hogwart's Hymn- GOF soundtrack (Beautiful piece, but it's SAD! I don't want a sad wedding!)

    Birth of Child:
    Flagpole Sitta- Harvey Danger (Ahahaha..."I'm not sick, but I'm not well"...guess that would be how I felt after giving birth, eh?)

    Final Battle:
    Whenever You Call- Mariah Carey (Uh, okay?)

    Death Scene:
    You Belong To Me- Michael Buble (that's weird. Who belongs to me? Maybe God is saying that to me as I die?)

    Funeral Song:
    Overkill- Colin Hay (ROTFLMAO! That's so awesome! Anyone that's heard this song or watches Scrubs will find the humor of it. I mean, the first line is "I can't get to sleep"...I should really have this played at my funeral, lol).

    End Credits:
    Oh Well- Fiona Apple ( that's a bit cynical!)
  • iTunes Survey...

    8 Sep 2006, 12:11

    Total number of tracks: 675...still recovering lost songs :(
    Total Length of Music: 2.2 days

    Sort by Song Title:
    -First Song: (I'm No) Superman- Laslo Bane
    -Last Song: Zak And Sara- Ben Folds

    Sort by Time:
    -Shortest Song: Tune Up #3 (:24)- RENT
    -Longest Song: Down Once More (12:48)- Phantom Of The Opera

    Sort by Album:
    -First Album: A Rush Of Blood To The Head- Coldplay
    -Last Album: World Service- Delirious

    Sort By Artist:
    -First Artist: 311
    -Last Artist: Zero 7

    Sort By Genre:
    -First Song: A Groovy Kind Of Love- Phil Collins (80's Pop)
    -Last Song: Ordinary- Train (Rock)

    Top 10 Most Played Songs:
    1) Broken- Cassie Steele
    2) Caring Is Creepy- The Shins
    3) New Slang- The Shins
    4) In The Waiting Line- Zero 7
    5) The Best Of You- Foo Fighters
    6) Such Great Heights- Iron and Wine
    7) Gravity- John Mayer Trio
    8) Still (Reprise)- Ben Folds
    9) Over My Head (Cable Car)- The Fray
    10) Waiting On The World To Change- John Mayer

    First five songs that comes up on Shuffle:
    1) Photograph- Jamie Cullum
    2) Hey Jude- The Beatles
    3) Summertime- Charlotte Church
    4) Back To You- John Mayer
    5) You're Beautiful- James Blunt

    Search ....
    "sex", how many songs come up? 2
    "love", how many songs come up? 40
    "you", how many songs come up? 89
    "death", how many songs come up? 1
    "hate", how many songs come up? 3
    "wish" how many songs come up? 2