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  • ---To Europe and Back Again---->

    9 Nov 2008, 7:32

    So this past summer I spent 2 months in Europe...mostly Spain and England. I know I left a great deal out, but my time and my wallet were a bit tight :) Even so, I found so many new things that I just fell in love with. Spanish wine (...) spaniards in general, LIVERPOOL FC, the Welsh, and the intoxicating charm that is london. Amidst it all are my new top albums. Though I obviously didn't discover them all while i was in Europe as I was busy living, they definitely coloured my experiences during and after my reentry and readjustment. And fyi, they're in no particular order.

    1. Moby: Play
    My fave off this album is obviously Porcelain. I took genetics while I was in spain, and this definitely helped my concentration.
    Top Tracks: Porcelain, Inside, Honey

    2. John Lunn and Jim Williams: Hotel Babylon
    Ok, so I'm a BBC fanatic, and Hotel Babylon is my favorite show. Now I can say I've been everywhere that the opening credits highlight! Really though, it's just a spectacular compilation that really conveys that london vibe.
    Top Tracks: Walking the Line, Thames Light, Swimming Under Water

    3. Coldplay: Viva la Vida
    So if you really didn't like Coldplay's classic sound, you should definitely check out this album. It's totally different, and very worldly. It takes you from london to spain to Persia to Japan and back again. No getting "Lost" on this one.
    Top Tracks: Yes, 42, Cemeteries of London

    4. Stéphane Pompoungac: Hôtel Costes Compilations
    Mixed by Paris' top hotel DJ, they definitely have the European flavour. I've generally found volumes 1, 2, 3, 5, and 10 to be my favorites. I also look to them to find good new outlets in lounge music.
    Top Tracks: Cleopatra in New York (Nickodemus), London in the Rain (Variety Lab), Adore (I:Cube)

    5. Boozoo Bajou: Satta
    I find this to be a cajun twist on electronica. It's pretty funky and downright weird at times, but it's still really cool. Texas is pretty close to the Big Easy, you know.
    Top Tracks: Yma, Night Over Manaus, Satta

    6. Metropolitan Jazz Affair: Mja
    A modern twist on old-school jazz heavyweights. It's got horns, piano, and a swingin percussion line. I also have part of their newer album, Bird of Spring, but I tend to like the overall vibe of their freshman album best.
    Top Tracks: Covoron, Navarone

    7. Unforscene: Fingers and Thumbs
    This is like taking a trip around the world circa 1940, but simultaneously at present time too. It's an excellent fusion of electronica, social commentary, and just really cool voice clips from 60 years ago. Thanks to ProperlyChilled podcast for this discovery!
    Top Tracks: This Is London, Belly Full of Lead, The Journey

    8. Oscar Peterson: Oscar's Ballads 1990-2000
    Though we said goodbye to one of the all-time jazz greats this past December, I still search for new albums of his. This is one of the best, for me, rivaling even Jazz 'Round Midnight and Compact Jazz.
    Top Tracks: Harcourt Nights, Love Ballade, Nighttime
  • Una Exploración de Jazz: El Nuevo Estilo

    19 Ene 2008, 2:18

    So, si no pueden ver, yo escucho muchos tipos de música. Pero con las excepciones de John Mayer y Coldplay, mis favoritas pistas son del género de jazz. Realmente no sé por qué me identifico con este estilo...Supongo que es lo que oí durante el tiempo que me crecía (como Oscar Peterson y Miles Davis). De alguna manera, ahí hay
    algunos interpretes que necesitan escuchar y explorar:

    De-Phazz
    Kyoto Jazz Massive
    Oscar Peterson
    Art Tatum
    Gotan Project
    Röyksopp
    Céu
    Gabin
    Koop
    Tosca
    Minus 8
    Fila Brazilia
    Trüby Trio
    Nicola Conte
    Jazzanova
    Zero 7
    Nuspirit Helsinki
    Miles Davis
    Dave Brubeck

    Espero que gocen esta lista, y que expandan sus horizontes de música generalmente. Úsalo para agregar a su conocimiento y agradecimiento de música la misma. Jaja, y más que nada, me sentí como escribiendo en español. Ahora tienen pruebas verdaderas. Soy bilingüe! :]
  • Top 50. The Home of...

    10 Dic 2007, 6:43

    America:
    John Mayer
    Maroon 5
    Incubus
    Oscar Peterson
    Jack Johnson
    Randy Rogers Band
    Cross Canadian Ragweed
    Aventura
    Pat Green
    Goo Goo Dolls
    Kevin Fowler
    Linkin Park
    Dave Matthews Band
    Frank Sinatra
    Gwen Stefani
    Matchbox 20
    George Winston
    Eli Young Band
    Hoobastank
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Shinedown
    Ludacris
    Cory Morrow
    Kenny Chesney
    Nelly
    James Horner
    Fulanito
    Fuel

    Britain:

    Coldplay
    Massive Attack
    Zero 7
    Oasis

    México:

    Maná
    Julieta Venegas
    Reik
    Camila

    Germany:

    De-Phazz
    Klaus Badelt
    Hans Zimmer

    France:

    Gotan Project
    Jean-Yves Thibaudet

    Puerto Rico:
    Don Omar
    Daddy Yankee

    Japan:
    Kyoto Jazz Massive

    Norway:
    Röyksopp

    Brazil:
    CéU

    Colómbia:

    Shakira

    Italy:
    Gabin

    Sweden:

    Koop

    Russia:
    Sergei Rachmaninoff

    So, I never realized how many different countries were represented, just on my last.fm page! There's 13! Granted, over half of them are from my home country, but that's expected. At least I'm branching out. Thanks, Last.fm!
  • The Year in Music: 2007

    8 Dic 2007, 7:16

    So, in this entry, I decided that I would look at the songs I listened to most this year, and record what I felt, and really what what made me listen to them so much this past year. I won't do every single song in my top 50 tracks, but just a select 10.

    1. Royksopp: In Space.
    [So, I just feel like I'm floating in space. It's so relaxing an stress relieving...and I've needed that a lot this year.]In Space

    2. Coldplay: The Scientist.
    [One of my all-time favorite coldplay songs. It was back in high school, and I guess still reminds me of those days. Just a good song.]The Scientist

    3. Gotan Project: Last Tango in Paris.
    [So, I kinda got in touch with my euro side of musical taste this year. It makes me feel like I'm on a damp cool back-street in paris somewhere. Any song that can take me on a journey like that is worth listening to.]Last Tango in Paris

    4. De-Phazz: Cut the Jazz
    [Again, euro side. First song I heard by them. Definitely one of the best. To me it represents branching out of my musical taste. No more top 40.]Cut The Jazz

    5. John Mayer: Slow Dancing in a Burning Room.
    [This is how I felt about love, and life in general a lot this year. I was going through a lot of change. So soothing, and the words sang true to me.]Slow Dancing in a Burning Room

    6. John Mayer: St. Patrick's Day.
    [My favorite JM song of all time, though the previous one runs a close second. It just paints a beautiful picture in my mind of love and happiness. The counter to Slow Dancing in a Burning Room.]St. Patrick's Day

    7. Maroon 5: Sunday Morning
    [Another great picture of love. It just makes me smile, and of course i love the upbeat vibe. It's happy stuff.]Sunday Morning

    8. Reik: Yo Quisiera
    [So, I just got into Reik this year. I don't really have a feeling or expression for this one. I just like it. That's all.]Yo Quisiera

    9. Kyoto Jazz Massive: Nacer do Sol.
    [When I listen to this song, I feel like I'm waking up to a brand new, fresh, and beautiful morning. It helps me relax, like most KJM, and to feel content about the day.]Nacer Do Sol

    10. Maná: Tengo Muchas Alas.
    [While it's a melancholy song, I always felt a sense of peace when I heard this song. No matter how bad things get, I can always get out of it. Things will always get better.]Tengo Muchas Alas
  • "And so," she said, "Things change."

    14 Nov 2007, 1:17

    1. What are you listening to right now?
    Amsterdam, by Coldplay.

    2. What song makes you sad?
    Well, probably those that make me think of times gone by. Like,
    -Wave on Wave, by Pat Green,
    -Iris, by Goo Goo Dolls,

    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
    Anything overplayed. And anything that involves screaming. Ick.

    4. Your all time favorite band?
    Wow, that's tough. I've changed soo much musically over the past few years.
    -John Mayer, and
    -De-Phazz.


    5. Your newly discovered band is?
    Kyoto Jazz Massive!

    6. Best female voice?
    I guess, Julieta Venegas. I don't listen to female artists much.

    7. Best male voice?
    Ah, my man, JM.

    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
    Lately, a TON of nu-jazz/lounge/downtempo.

    9. What do you listen to hype you up?
    Some oldschool rap. Like, 50 Cent and Ludacris from the 90s and early 00s.

    10. What do you listen to calm down?
    Either some coldplay or John Mayer. Sometimes Gotan Project.

    11. Last gig/concert you went to?
    Randy Rogers Band

    12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?
    Gotan Project.

    13. Most hated band?
    I don't listen to bands I hate. Therefore, I have no idea who I don't like, really.

    14. Song that makes you think?
    Well, define "think".
    To concentrate, I listen to Oscar Peterson, George Winston.
    To think about life, I listen to Gotan Project, KJM, and some Oscar Peterson too.

    15. Band that you think the world should love as much as you do?
    Wow. Definitely Gotan Project.

    16. Coolest music video?
    No music videos for me. Just imagination :]

    17. Music video with the most babe watch?
    See question 16.

    18. What “do you play/would you play” in the bedroom to spice things up?
    Haha, well, if it were more than a one night stand, probably something edgy, yet mellow, like Gotan Project, or some tracks of off the Miami Vice Soundtrack.

    19. Can you play a musical instrument?
    Piano and French Horn.

    20. Ever been in a mosh pit?
    Not a rocker, so no.

    21. Are you in a band?
    No.

    22. If yes, what kind of music does your band play?
    N/A

    23. Ever dated a musician?
    Well, sorta. An aspiring one.

    24. If yes, what kind of music did he/she/they play?
    Christian/Gospel.

    27. If no, would you consider?
    It depends on the type of music, and other things, of course.

    28. Do you wish yourself that you were a musician?
    I am one. Just not a professional one.

    29. Best chick band you know of?
    Blah. Chick bands = not great.

    30. Best guy band you know of?
    Incubus.

    31. Last song that you heard on the radio/cd…etc…?
    Stronger, by Kanye West.

    32. What do you think of Classical music?
    The root of all good musical things happening now.
    It's great. In moderation, though.

    33. What do you think of Country music?
    I'm from the country, so I like it.

    34. What do you think of Death metal?
    Icky. Me duele la cabeza.

    35. Last BIG band that you saw live?
    Chicago. Haha. With the PADRES. :]

    36. Are you a groupie?
    No!

    37. Do you listen to music in foreign languages?
    Yes. I only speak English and Spanish, but I have music in French, Portuges, german, Italian.

    38. What famous musician do you find sexy?
    John Mayer. Yum.

    39. Worst concert moment?
    N/A

    40. Funny Concert moment?
    N/A

    41. Sad Concert moment?
    Hmm. When Pat Green didn't play my song. Sad stuff.

    42. Best local act you can think of?
    Randy Rogers Band.

    43. If you were a musical instrument what would you be?
    A French Horn. Beautiful. Elegant. Majestic.

    44. Do you listen to the radio?
    XM sometimes.

    45. Do you watch music TV?
    No.

    46. Do you follow the music charts, like the top 40?
    Nope. I'm totally off of that now.
    Thanks, Last.fm.

    47. Have you meet any famous musicians?
    No...Someday though, JM, I will.

    48. Are any of your friends/family etc musicians?
    Well, my dad is. But once again, not professionally.

    49. Song that best describes your feelings right now?
    Paris, Texas, by Gotan Project.

    50. Song that describes your life?
    Slow Dancing in a Burning Room, by JM.

    51. Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?
    Nope. Who has time to do that?

    52. Does a musician’s physical attractiveness play a role in the music that you listen to?
    Nah, not really. I like them for their sound. Although it's a bonus when they're attractive.

    53. What famous musician do you want to marry?
    Wow, if you can't tell already. John Mayer.

    53. Favorite movie sound track?
    Pride and Prejudice.

    55. Any musician pet hates?
    Huh?

    56. What do your parents listen to?
    They listen to a lot of jazz and classical, plus some pop/rock bands from their generation, like Billy Joel and Chicago, and Earth Wind, and Fire.

    57. What are you listening to right NOW?
    Coldplay, Still.

    58. Do you wear band etc T-shirts?
    Not really.

    59. What do you think of people who do?
    Um, no opinion, really.

    60. What music sub-culture do you feel like you belong to?
    I don't think I really have one. I listen to soo many kinds of music, I could probably fit a little in almost all of them.

    61. What song is stuck in your head right now?
    Haha. The blue's clue's mail song. Does that count?

    62. Do you sing in the shower?
    Not anymore. I think I might freak out my roommates.

    63. If so, what? If not, why not?
    I used to sing whatever came to mind. I like to sing.

    64. Would you rather marry a musician or be one yourself?
    Either or is fine with me.

    65. What is in your walkman/discman right now?
    Who has one of those anymore?
    My Zen has my entire library on it.

    66. How important is your partners taste in music to you?
    Actually, yeah, it's important. It's one of the first ways I can find to connect intellectually with someone.
    I'm generally very impressed if they listen to any of the Euro bands that I do.

    67. Hanson moves in next door to you, do you go introduce yourself, or do you arrange to beat them up?
    I pretend they don't exist. Hanson...eh. No big deal.

    68. Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll, you dig
    Haha, um, probably sex.

    69. Do you cook to music?
    At home I did.

    70. Do you sing in the toilet?
    No, generally I read! Haha.Wave on WaveIrisJohn MayerDe-PhazzKyoto Jazz MassiveJulieta VenegasColdplayRandy Rogers BandGotan ProjectOscar PetersonGeorge WinstonStrongerChicagoParis, TexasSlow Dancing in a Burning RoomPride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice
  • Just waiting for college...rather impatiently.

    24 Ago 2007, 5:35

    List your Top 25 on Last.FM

    1: John Mayer
    2: De-Phazz
    3: Coldplay
    4: Maroon 5
    5: Maná
    6: Incubus
    7: Gotan Project
    8: Don Omar
    9: Daddy Yankee
    10: Cross Canadian Ragweed
    11: Jack Johnson
    12: Aventura
    13: Camila
    14: Oscar Peterson
    15: Pat Green
    16: Randy Rogers
    17: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    18: CéU
    19: Röyksopp
    20: Goo Goo Dolls
    21: Julieta Venegas
    22: Gwen Stefani
    23: Shakira
    24: Dave Matthews Band
    25: Linkin Park


    Now answer the questions according to the numbers:

    What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
    Drive

    What is your favorite album by 2?
    Daily Lama

    What is your favorite lyric that 1 has sung?
    "...but don't believe me if I say I've got it down."

    How many times have you seen 11 live?
    Never! :(

    What is your favorite song by 7?
    Last Tango In Paris

    What is a good memory you have involving 20?
    Ahh...8th grade and Iris...

    Is there a song by 3 that makes you sad?
    What If...it's kinda pessimistic

    What is your favorite lyric that 14 has sung?
    He doesn't sing.

    What is your favorite song by 19?
    In Space

    How did you get in to 22?
    Hella Good, even though that was by No Doubt. And Rich Girl, I guess

    What was the first song you heard by 21?
    Me Voy

    What is your favorite song by 4?
    Sunday Morning. Someday that'll be me.

    How many time have you seen 10 live?
    Once, actually.

    What is a good memory you have involving 13?
    Mission trip to México...Abrázame..

    Is there a song by 23 that makes you sad?
    Nope. Shakira is not sad.

    What is your favorite album of 15?
    Carry On

    What is your favorite lyric that 9 has sung?
    Haha, um, "Give it all you got shorty, make an impacto!"

    What is your favorite song by 8?
    Salió El Sol

    What is your favorite song by 16?
    Somebody Take Me Home

    How many times have you seen 5 live?
    Never... :( :(

    What is your favorite album by 12?
    Don't have one. I don't even know how they got to be #12.

    What is a good memory you have involving 25?
    Summertime, in Stratford, and In The End..the good ole days.

    What was the first song you heard by 18?
    10 Contados

    What is your favorite song by 17?
    Dawn, although they're all pretty good.

    What is your favorite album by 24?
    Stand Up
  • 20 Artists: Now and Then.

    23 Ago 2007, 4:54

    20 Artists...
    How I found them, and how I feel about them now.

    1. John Mayer
    Fell in love with: No Such Thing
    Current favorite: Slow Dancing in a Burning Room

    2. De-Phazz
    Fell in love with: Cut the Jazz
    Current favorite: Belle de Jour

    3. Coldplay
    Fell in love with: Clocks
    Current favorite: The Scientist

    4. Maroon 5
    Fell in love with: This Love
    Current favorite: Makes Me Wonder

    5. Maná
    Fell in love with: No Voy a Ser Tu Esclavo
    Current favorite: Labios Compartidos

    6. Incubus
    Fell in love with: Aqueous Transmission
    Current favorite: Aqueous Transmission

    7. Gotan Project
    Fell in love with: Santa Maria (del Buen Ayre)
    Current favorite: Last Tango in Paris

    8. Don Omar
    Fell in love with: Ven Bailalo
    Current favorite: Salió el Sol

    9. Daddy Yankee
    Fell in love with: Gasolina
    Current favorite: Impacto

    10. Cross Canadian Ragweed
    Fell in love with: Boys from Oklahoma
    Current favorite: Fightin' For

    11. Jack Johnson
    Fell in love with: Banana Pancakes
    Current favorite: Constellations

    12. Aventura
    Fell in love with: Un Beso
    Current favorite: Los Infieles

    13. Camila
    Fell in love with: Abrázame
    Current favorite: Sin tu Amor

    14. Oscar Peterson
    Fell in love with: Corcovado
    Current favorite: Roundalay

    15. Pat Green
    Fell in love with: I Like Texas
    Current favorite: Wave On Wave

    16. Randy Rogers Band
    Fell in love with: Tonight's Not the Night (For Goodbye)
    Current favorite: Kiss Me In The Dark

    17. Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Fell in love with: Dawn
    Current favorite: End Credits

    18. CéU
    Fell in love with: 10 Contados
    Current favorite: 10 Contados

    19. Röyksopp
    Fell in love with: In Space
    Current favorite: In Space

    20. Goo Goo Dolls
    Fell in love with: Iris
    Current favorite: Iris

    Spirit of the Sun
    Daily Lama
    Continuum
  • .:.Boredom on Easter weekend.:.

    6 Abr 2007, 22:58

    Sort by Title
    First Title: #1 <-> Nelly
    Last Title: You're In Love, Charlie Brown <-> George Winston

    Sort by Artist
    First Artist: 3 Doors Down
    Last Artist: Zero 7

    Sort by Time
    Shortest Song: Opening <-> Linkin Park (1:07)
    Longest Song : Too Far Gone <-> Cross Canadian Ragweed (11:33)

    Sort by Album

    First Album: 4 <-> Kumbia Kings
    Last Album: You & Me <-> Lifehouse

    Top 5 Most Played Songs
    Clocks <-> Coldplay
    The Scientist <-> Coldplay
    Yellow <-> Coldplay
    Speed of Sound <-> Coldplay
    Mariposa Tracionera <-> Maná

    First 5 Songs That Come On Shuffle
    Guy Like Me <-> Pat Green
    Sunday Morning <-> Maroon 5
    Rest in Pieces <-> Saliva
    Like A Stone <-> Audioslave
    Fall to Pieces <-> Contraband

    Search
    heart, how many songs come up ? 13
    death, how many songs come up ? 6
    love,how many songs come up ? 40
    you, how many songs come up ? 93
    satan, how many songs come up ? 0
    jesus, how many songs come up? 1
  • .:|Shuffle me crazy |:.

    10 Mar 2007, 4:28

    1. This Is How We Do .:. Bigtymers
    2. Round About Midnight .:. Gotan Project
    3. Act A Fool .:. Ludacris
    4. Anywhere But Here .:. Cross Canadian Ragweed
    5. Nothing Left To Hide .:. Mat Kearney
    6. You're In Love, Charlie Brown .:. George Winston
    7. Are You Gonna Be My Girl .:. Jet
    8. Wonderful .:. Everclear
    9. Lose Control .:. Missy Elliot
    10. Right Thurr .:. Chingy
    11. Shut Up and Dance .:. Aaron Watson
    12. Cafe Coco .:. De-Phazz
    13. Tipsy .:. J-Kwon
    14. She Let Herself Go .:. George Strait
    15. Confessions .:. Usher
    16. Georgiana .:. Pride and Prejudice Soundtrack
    17. Just A Matter Of Time .:. Randy Rogers Band
    18. Unwell .:. Matchbox Twenty
    19. Songs About Texas .:. Pat Green
    20. Un Beso .:. Aventura
    21. Drops of Jupiter .:. Train
    22. Never Know .:. Jack Johnson
    23. My Front Porch Lookin In .:. Lonestar
    24. When It Rains .:. Eli Young Band
    25. I Hate Everything About You .:. Three Days Grace
    26. Broken .:. Seether
    27. Burning Bright .:. Shinedown
    28. Butterfly .:. Crazytown
    29. City Love .:. John Mayer
    30. Boogaloo .:. Cooder Graw
    31. Last Tango In Paris .:. Gotan Project
    32. Almost .:. Bowling For Soup
    33. Lovers and Friends .:. Lil' Jon
    34. Have You Ever .:. Incubus
    35. Pachuco .:. Kumbia Kings
    36. Runnin' Down A Dream .:. Tom Petty
    37. Pretty Girl .:. NB Ridaz
    38. The Joker .:. Steve Miller Band
    40. Back At One .:. Brian McKnight
    41. Freebird .:. Lynyrd Skynyrd
    42. Faint .:. Linkin Park
    43. Pearl Snaps .:. Jason Boland
    44. Constellations .:. Jack Johnson
    45. Feelin' Way Too Damn Good .:. Nickelback
    46. Hard Man To Love .:. Kevin Fowler
    47. Dirty Little Secret .:. All-American Rejects
    48. Mariposa Tracionera .:. Maná
    49. Bless The Broken Road .:.Rascal Flatts
    50. Amsterdam .:. Coldplay