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Feeling a need to post, because we are still getting joining requests after like, two years of inactivity. We're all kinds of dead over here, just to let you know.

However, two of us have a new music journal yonder this way: http://nsmusic.livejournal.com

So go, download and be merry.

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Playlist Pt 2 [08 Mar 2005|07:01pm]

Last Updated: April 17, 2005

Added Files listed in the beginning of the first playlist.

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Playlist [08 Mar 2005|06:57pm]

Last Updated: April 17, 2005

Got a new computer for Christmas, which actual room for more than three hundred songs. Procrastinated my ass off about posting this because I'm lazy. Now that it's up--and I have a decent list to pick themes from--updates should be more often.

Get requesting, honkies.

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[04 Mar 2005|09:55pm]

Quicky heads up to those have joined/looking to join: We're pretty open about members, because afterall, the thought of a huge group of people sharing music is pretty cool.

But herein lies the problem. People keep requesting to join, but when we let them in, they don't do anything. If you're seriously about participating, let us know. Post something, whether it be an introduction or a playlist. You don't need a rigorous update schedule--god knows we don't--but it'd be nice if you actually participated.

It's a closed community for a reason. Please don't ask to join if you aren't going to use the community.

To clarify: Everything is public. You aren't gaining anything but posting rights by joining, so you don't have to worry about joining to get access to everything.

So please keep this in mind before you click that "request to join" link. Thanks for the cooperation, guys.
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Update, kinda [23 Jan 2005|08:02pm]

I've got another update coming really soon, but I wanted to let everyone know I know have the Cowboy Bebop Limited Edition Box Set in mp3s format thanks to Radia. Here's the tracklist: http://www.jazzmess.com/merch/cds/box/index.html


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"And in a wide sea of eyes, I'd see one pair that I recognized..." [27 Dec 2004|09:19pm]

Theme: Romance (Subject line from "The Luckiest")

You’d think I would’ve done this update first, you know, before “Sex”, but ah well. Sorry for my inconsistency in “Composed, Performed, etc.” If I had more time, I’d look them all up. Enjoy!

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“The Luckiest” - composed and performed by Ben Folds, Rockin' The Suburb

This song is simply beautiful. Ben Folds’s voice isn’t generally held in high regards, but I like it because it brings a sense of real humanity in that it’s not perfect or makes you go “Wow!”. It fits this song quite nicely. Ben Folds is also a brilliant lyricist and piano player, so if you put those two together, you get songs you love, like this one.
“I don’t get many things right the first time/ In fact, I am told that a lot/ Now I know all the wrong turns, the stumbles and falls brought me here/ And where was I before the day that I first saw your lovely face?/ Now I see it everyday/And I know/ That I am... I am.. I am... the luckiest”

“YOU” - composed by ?, Performed by Tsutchie Feat.Kazami, Samurai Champloo O.S.T.

This is a Jpop song, sang in pretty good English. Don’t be turned away though, this isn’t a Para Para, Ayumi Hamasaki-sounding song, it’s pretty plain in sound and it works well like that. Like I said, the English is actually pretty good and her voice is nice. The lyrics seem cheesy, but mood of the song tones them down.
“It feels natural to be around you (I feel beautiful)/ You made it possible, you’re wonderful.”

“Echo” - composed by ?, Performed by Incubus, The Morning View CD

I’m not the biggest Incubus fan, but every now and then I hear a song by them that I really like, this being one of them. It’s a quiet song and has a little Asian-sound to it, but not too much.
“There?s something about the way you move/I see your mouth in slow motion when you sing/ More subtle than something someone contrives/Your movements echo that I've seen the real thing.”

“I Do” - Composed by Yoko Kanno, Lyrics and Performed by Ilaria Graziano, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, the second O.S.T.

I can’t say enough good things about Yoko Kanno! Her teaming with vocalist (and lyricist in this case) Ilaria Graziano has amazing results. To tell the truth, I’m not even sure if it’s really romantic, it’s all in Italian and I can’t find a translation, but it sure as heck sounds romantic. Just amazing. Download it now.
“i do, i do emergere dal fondo per lottare e poi/ salire in alto più che mai/i do, i do guardare nel futuro e sorridere/ senza temere nulla più”
Sara’s Pick Of The Update

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Shinobi's back... [07 Dec 2004|09:45pm]

Hey, I'm back and fufilling a request. Expect a real update sometime soon. Notice: Yahoo is being crazy slow for some reason.

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"Real Emotion (Opening Karaoke)" - from Final Fantasy X-2

This poppy-upbeat song serves as the opening song for the game, and the choreographed dance that goes along with it is now a crowd pleaser at cons across the US. The only bad thing about this song (That I trimmed myself) is that there's no way to make the transition from the first verse and chorus to the gutair solo part, smooth. After listening to the song with vocals, I realized the transition isn't smooth there either, but it's less noticeable because of the singing. Tricky...

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I liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive [18 Nov 2004|05:35pm]

[ mood | lazy ]

If you haven’t figured it out by now, updates will no longer be on a bi-weekly basis. I’m sooooo lazy. And yeah, that direct download bit went down the drain, so we’re stuck with Yahoo Briefcase for now. Sorry, people.

Current Theme: Speak Like a Child (songs with child singers and whatnot)

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Title: Double Trouble
Artist: John Williams
Series: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Length: 1:34 / :53
Comments: Two versions of the song; the high quality official and the lower quality trailer ripped version. Only because I like the trailer version better, but didn’t want to deprive people of the clean, real version. Anyway, the classic Macbeth ‘Double Double Toil and Trouble’ ditty, which is a staple in crappy Halloween movies across the universe. I think the Olsen Twins even utilized it at one point. To the point, rehashed, but disturbingly catchy in that British choirboy sort of way.
Double double, toil and trouble / fire burn and cauldron bubble / double double, toil and trouble / something wicked this way comes

Title: Star-Stealing Girl
Artist: --
Series: Chrono Cross
Length: 3:48
Comments: Chrono Cross isn’t exactly my favorite game, but damn does it have pretty music. A melancholy piano piece that features a young child singing an incomprehensible tune (well, actually, it’s a kid going la la la, but that doesn’t sound as nice, now does it?).

Title: Nausicaa Requiem
Artist: Joe Hisaishi
Series: Nausicaa: Valley of the Wind
Length: 2:55
Comments: Nausicaa was the first Miyazaki film I ever saw and actually one of the first animes as well. Ok, so I’ve only seen Warriors of the Wind, with its painfully bad dubbing and hilarious 80s Sci-Fi novel VHS box, but I love it no less and am anxiously awaiting the 2004 dub to be released. Anyway, this is played somewhere around when the baby Ohmu is using its wiggy healing tentacle things on Nausicaa’s injuries. The actual “child” part doesn’t roll in until about 1:20 or so, but I couldn’t bear to cut any of the earlier music. Like Star-Stealing Girl it’s a very young child la la la-ing, and I actually think of this whenever I listen to SSG. It’s the original la la la song. Just a wee bit haunting, like, “Hello, Children of the Corn!” and the ending is painfully abrupt.

Title: Wo Qui Non Coin
Artist: Aoi Tada
Series: Cowboy Bebop
Length: 3:43
Comments: I’m not sure if I uploaded this one yet. o_o Ah well. It’s featured in Hard Luck Woman, and Ed hums in the episode trailer at the end of Brain Scratch as well. I believe it’s sung in Japanese, then again in French, something about a lost puppy? Cute.

ame no hi mo kaze no hi mo / mainichi sabo shite / ageru / dakara hayaku, hayaku kaete kite // rainy days and windy days / but everyday I know / I want you / so hurry, come back

Title: Clóe
Artist: Yoko Kanno, Chinatsu Yamamoto
Series: Arjuna
Length: 3:21
Comments: The intro of this reminds me of those Citizen’s Bank commercials that are “based on a true story.” Anyway, a very light hearted, very pretty song with of course a child singing, backed by a piano. To me the very epitome of innocence, but it could very well be the backdrop for a scene with exploding zombies.

Maybe I’ve been listening to Green Bird a smidge too much.

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On a secondary note, some minor new shit added to the DVD list, as indicated in bold. And comment, plz. It makes us warm and fuzzy to know that people are actually downloading, and will encourage more frequent updates.

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[30 Oct 2004|11:23pm]

Finally, a real update! Despite the Halloween Holiday, I thought I’d stray away from that and do a “sexy” theme for this update. A reminder to request songs and give feedback! You can even use the lovely link buttons under the user info to spread the word.

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“Butterfly” - Composed by Yoko Kanno, Performed by M, Cowboy Bebop: Future Blues O.S.T. 4:57

This sultry song is composed mainly of what I believe is keyboard, as well as enticing vocals. “Butterfly” is very relaxed and easy to listen to. You're a love song/ Only halfway sung/ You're the knot that comes undone/ You're the daylight/ Dressed as darkest night/ The flight of a stringless kite

“Meet Me in the Red Room [Original Film Version]” - Composed by Marius/Daemion, Amiel DeVries, Performed by ?, Moulin Rouge Soundtrack 2 2:38

Unlike “Butterfly”, “Meet Me in the Red Room” is a boisterous and upbeat song. The lyrics aren’t very poetic, and are pretty scandalous, which makes this song a lot of fun to listen to (See: “Find all the euphemisms”). The song is credited as being performed by the London, Sydney, and Melbourne orchestras, but I was unable to find the powerhouse behind the sultry voice singing the lyrics. The only downfall of the song is the mix of moaning thrown in occasionally, but other than that, it’s definitely worth listening to.
The show can start as soon/ As I see money on the table,/ I have an empty space to fill,/ I'm willing if you're able.

“Zion” - Composed by Fluke, The Matrix: Reloaded O.S.T. 4:33

Only one thing comes to my mind, and given the scene it’s played in, it’s rather obvious: Sex. I find it hard to find well-done sexy songs that contain no lyrics, but this one prevails. There’s no really good way to describe what the sounds like, but the closet comparison that comes to mind is tribal beats meet trance. For those turned off by trance or techno, rest assured, as the trance tones though dominant are light in sound.

“Velveteen” - Composed by Yoko Kanno, Performed by Ilaria Graziano, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex O.S.T. 1 5:05

Another Yoko Kanno song makes its way into this week’s update. This song is one of my favorites, actually. For some reason, this song reminds me of a girl in a red dress looking out of her city apartment’s window surrounded by candles. Looking past my corniness, “Velveteen” is composed of entrancing synth-beats and lyrics sang in both English and Italian. Although I usually find the random use of other languages in songs as odd, in this case, it’s very well mixed and Ilaria Graziano has a beautiful voice.
seeing you in my tears/ in my own reflection/ I hear you in the wind that passes through me... Tu sei per me...iaria che respiro (You are for me... the air that I breathe)*
Sara’s Pick of the Update</i>

*( ) = Translated lyrics from Here

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Update Notice [24 Oct 2004|08:20pm]

Just wanted to let you all know, I'll have a Shiki update as soon as Briefcase decides to stop spazzing out, and them theme will be "Sexy". Ooh, seductive...

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[12 Oct 2004|10:15pm]

[ mood | productive ]

Apologies for the lack of updates. But we have a new Halloween layout up (that will probably stay put well into November, however, because I'm super lazy) feature Ed and Ein from Cowboy Bebop.

Also, we found a site to host mp3s from that we're going to give a try, so if all goes well you'll be able to directly download the music. We'll see how that goes. :)

That's it for now, but expect some updates real soon.

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"There's Beauty In The Breakdown" [17 Sep 2004|01:02am]

This week’s update is special in that it’s dedicated to one band: Frou Frou. You may have heard them on the Garden State or Shrek 2 soundtracks. Imogen and Guy Sigsworth make up this singer-songwriter duo from England. Their unique style sets them apart from the current mainstream rush of hip-hop and Punk. Anyone who is interested in escaping to a different kind of music should give them a try.

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1. “Let Go” - From the Garden State O.S.T. and the Details CD 4:14

This song starts off sounding like it’s going to have an Asian style to it, but switches the sound to a quartet and mixes with a light synth beat. The mood of “Let Go” can be described as the feeling you get when you’re having a bad day, but are too tired to be angry. “Let Go” also has lyrics that showcase the duo’s writing skill.
Drink up baby down... Are you in or are you out?... Leave your things behind... 'Cause it's all going off without you... Excuse me too busy you're writing a tragedy... These mess-ups... You bubble-wrap... When you've no idea what you're like

2. “Old Piano” - From the Details CD 5:09

OK, so it’s not a part of the unintended weekly Yoko Kanno song, but it very well could be. It starts quiet with a simple piano melody that is later joined by a saxophone. The song sounds like something off of the Wolf’s Rain OST, with a little Bebop in it’s blood. The song’s consistency in volume and instruments make it easy to listen to and serves as great background music to writing or drawing.
What's that you're saying there... Oh well... Rain rushing window pain... Oh well... Can't see what space i'm in... Oh well... But i'm safe inside me here... Oh well

3. “Breathe In” - From the Details CD 4:28

“Breathe In” is the pop-iest song on the CD, but is far from being the overproduced, lyrical disaster that most pop songs in the mainstream are today. “Breathe In” is uplifting but manages to escape becoming an effervescent anthem of teenage love. If you’re looking for something simple but cheery, give this one a go.
I - read you - and god i'm good at it - i'm so spot on
Chord - shapes in air - go press that dissonance - if you dare
And you - breathing in - finesse an innocent
From her partying

4. “Close Up” - From the HMV Rock Playlist CD 4:21

“Close Up” is the hardest sounding song on this CD. This song sounds like it could come from a Garbage CD, but I prefer Imogen’s vocals to Shirly Manson. While most of the tracks are relatively quiet, this one is a little bolder and louder, which suits the duo just fine. This song also manages to escape the usual, “Angst-I love you, I hate you-” stereotype that reigns in this class of sound.
Is this a feeling of something About to happen?... Like snapping out of something i didn't realize i was in... Was I sleeping?... What?... How can you be so sure... If you've never been here before?... I don't understand,... It can't be that easy.
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“I Love Robot” [07 Sep 2004|07:34pm]

[ mood | Robotic ]

In honor of well, nothing, here is a tribute to our friendly robots. Hey, they’re not so bad...

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1. “Be Human” - Composed by Yoko Kanno, Performed by Scott Mathew, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Be Human OST, 4:05

A weekly dose of Yoko Kanno. I always tell myself I won’t do an update with another song, but there’s always one song of hers that fits. This song is appropriately titled since the lyrics were written from a robot’s point of view. I’m usually neither here nor there on Scott Mathew’s vocals, but they fit very well in this song.
If I only was more human... I would count every single second the rest of my life... If I just could be more human... I'd have so many little babies and maybe a wife

Sara’s Pick Of The Update

2. “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots pt.2” - Composed and Performed by The Flaming Robots, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots 2:57

If Robots listened to music, all the indie/punk ones would be listening to this song. It has a very hip-mechanical sound, but also features drums, taking the edge off a little, but not too much. It’s one interesting song, and far from the norm.

3. “Robot” - Composed by ?, Performed by t.A.t.U., ? 3:49

Everyone’s favorite fake lesbian duo returns! I’m not a big fan of their music, but this song is pretty fun and sung in Russian (Russian is fascinating, I think). This is worth a listen even if right afterwards you delete it.

4. “Mr. Roboto”- Composed and Performed by Styx, Kilroy Was Here 5:29

You didn’t think I’d leave this out did you? Not much to say other than no, Queen did not write this song. Listen to it now.

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[24 Aug 2004|01:24am]

[ mood | drained ]

Part two of the joint update. Musicals is the theme, if you didn't catch that from Sara's post. Dur. Got six songs and a clip. Yep, a real, live clip.

Current Theme: Musicals/Broadway, as mentioned above.

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Title: Season of Love
Artist: Cast of Rent
Series: Rent
Length: 2:51
Rating: 4.5/5
Comments: I sang this song in sixth grade with the chorus, so it’s something of an old favorite. Touches down on what’s really important and the way people choose to live their life. Is it mundane, just another 500,025,600 meaningless minutes? Yeah, I’m trying to be all symbolic and deep, but I’m failing HADR.
500,025,600 minutes, 500,025,000 journeys to plan, 500,025,600 minutes - How do you measure the life of a woman or a man? In truths that she learned, or in times that he cried. In the bridges he burned, or the way that she died.

Title: Come What May
Artist: Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman
Series: Moulin Rouge
Length: 4:48
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Never actually seen the movie, but I have a few tracks from it, and picked this one so I wouldn’t overlap with Sara and Charlene. A very pretty track, if not a touch sappy. Nicole Kidman has a lovely voice, but to be honest, I think it’s Ewan that really carries this track. Who knew he could sing so well?
Seasons may change, winter to spring, but I’ll love you to the end of time. Come what may, come what may. I will love you until my dying day.

Title: What Is This Feeling?
Artist: Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth(and Galinda’s fanclub)
Series: Wicked
Length: 4:48
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Two roommates meet for the first time. Such new feelings! Is it love? Hahaha, yeah right. A very cute track, surprisingly bubbly, considering the theme. My friend Scott sent me this, so he’s to blame for getting me addicted to it. Galinda’s voice irritated me at first, but it goes with her character, so it kind of grows on you.
Though I do admit it came on fast, still I do believe that it can last. And I will be loathing, loathing you my whole life long!

Title: The Lonely Goatherd
Artist: Julie Andrews
Series: The Sound of Music
Length: 3:09
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Old school musical! I’ve never even seen tSoM, so picked this one up from a fan music videos. A perky, yodel-filled tracked about a girl and a goatherd. What the hell is a goatherd anyway?
Soon her Mama with a gleaming gloat heard: Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hmm hmm! What a duet for a girl and goatherd: Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo!

Title: What Would Brian Boitano Do?
Artist: Cast of South Park
Series: South Park
Length: 1:34
Rating: 5/5
Comments: More South Park goodness! Like Sara, I was never particularly fond of SP, but I did very much enjoy the movie. So, in honor of the Olympics, even if it is totally the wrong season, a song about an ice skating champion who apparently doubles as a super hero.
When Brian Boitano was in the Alps, fighting grizzly bears, he used his magical fire breath and saved the maidens fair. So what would Brian Boitano do if he were here today? I'm sure he'd kick an ass or two, that's what Brian Boitano'd do.

Title: Where Do We Go From Here?
Artist: Cast of BtVS
Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Length: 1:52
Rating: 5/5
Comments: As Spike dubbed it, “the big group sing” from Once More With Feeling. The characters, now with their secrets all out in the open, struggle to reconcile and figure out what they’re supposed to do. There’s a bunch of songs I could have picked from the soundtrack (and it shall not be the last you will see of it, either), but this one sounded particularly musical-y, and it shines the spotlight on the entire cast. Ridiculously catchy – find myself humming this all too often.
Why is the path unclear when we know home is near? Understand we’ll go hand in hand but we’ll walk alone in fear. Where do we go from here?


Holy crap! An actual clip! This week it’s a behind the scenes look at Once More With Feeling. I know, sorry, non-BtVS fans, but I thought it applied with the whole musical swing of things. Very funny glimpse at went on during rehearsals and such. Alyson Hannigan lipsyncing to “Mustard”? May be the cutest thing EVAR.

Apologies on the quality – had to squish a twenty-five meg file into five teeny tiny megs.

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"Why are you all so happy?" "Because our lives suck!" [23 Aug 2004|06:29pm]

We decided to all do a joint theme, this theme being Musical, so here are my picks.

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1. “What Do You Do With A B.A. In English?/It Sucks to Be Me” - Composed by ? Performed by the Original Broadway Cast 5:55 From Avenue Q

This is the opening song to the Tony Awarding Winning Best Musical: Avenue Q, show about modern society as told by puppets. The soundtrack from this Sesame Satire is hilarious and fresh. Most of the characters are introduced in this song about lost dreams, hopes, and the comradery of living on an avenue with a bunch of friednly losers.
Sara’s Pick Of The Update

2. “My Strongest Suit” - Composed by Elton John, Performed by Sherie Rene Scott 5:15 From Aida

Although I don’t like the majority of the music from Aida, this is one song that I do apprecaite. Sherie Rene Scott belts this song about her character’s passion for fashion in a diva-like voice. I actually perfer silly songs like this one to the usual mopey, sad, love songs.

3. “It’s Easy, Mmmkay” - Composed by ?, Performed by Trey Parker from South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut

I personally like South Park ever since it got a little less “Let’s see how far we could push it” to actual smart comedy, and the movie was smart comedy. I had a lot of songs to chose from but since I’m sure everyone’s heard “Uncle F*cka” and “Blame Canada”, and I find Mr. Macky singing very amusing. This lesson about replacing swear words with better words is something we can all learn from.

4. “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” - Composed by ?, Performed by Sarah Brightman 5:54 From Evita

There are a lot of versions of this song, including the famous Madonna cover from the movie version, but Sarah Brightman’s voice suits the song very well, I think. Do I really need to explain why this is in the update?

5. “Elephant Love Song Medley” - Composed by Various, Arrangment by ? , Performed by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman 4:13 From Moulin Rouge

I had avoided seeing this movie for a long time because it just looked so weird, but I’m glad I finally watched it. This is one of my favourite songs from the soundtrack because of the arrangment of famous songs pertaining to love. Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman sound great together, so that certainly helps. See Charlene and Radia’s Updates for more Moulin Rouge songs

Extra Songs
1. “If You Were Gay” 2:30
2.“Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist” 5:27
- Composed by ? Performed by the Original Broadway Cast From Avenue Q

More songs from Avenue Q! More entertainment this time dealing with touchy subjects like homosexuality and racism all in 2 fun songs! Enjoy!

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[21 Aug 2004|11:04pm]
Heh. A little late on this one. I've been caught up trying to shake off artist block, so.. yeah. This week's theme is "Past Cowboy // Future Cowboy", and features music from Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop. Both have wonderful OSTs that I'm very fond of. While in the case of the former, I really haven't seen too many episodes, but I'm quite excited to see it when it's offically released in the United States. Just a quick reminder, you can catch Cowboy Bebop on Adult Swim, while you can track down Samurai Champloo on different torrent trackers and P2P applications, if you look hard enough.

These files can be retrieved via Yahoo! Breifcase, using shikin0uta as a username, with addictedtoyou as the password. To get the mandatory disclaimer out of the way, these are for trial purposes only and should be deleted after twenty four hours. Songs can be found in the "PART II" folder. Thanks. ^^ NOW, ONTO THE MP3s..:

I) YOU - kazami - Samurai Champloo Music Record MASTA - 4.6MB - 4min 58sec
I feel beautiful when I'm around you..I'm safe and comfortable.
A nice, mellow vocal track. I haven't previously heard of kazami, but her vocals are smooth. This song is completely in English, but listening to her pronounciation, it's simple to tell that English may not be her first language. I will, though, mention that it does not sound like flat out Engrish. -shudder- I wouldn't let that take any points away from the song, though, because it offers a nice detour from other things you find on the two Samurai Champloo OSTs. It's a nice change of pace, I think.

II) aurian dance - Nubajes + Fat Jon - Samurai Champloo Music Record DEPARTURE - 3.9MB - 4min 10sec
One of my favourite tracks off the two soundracks for this series, there's a jazz-like feel to this song. One of the songs that plays down the hip-hop feel of the show, this song features various string instruments amid a constant, but well blended, rough beat. Very relaxing, though I think it sounds better through headphones than a set of speakers. :p Personal opinion..

III) Fingers - Yoko Kanno - Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' On Heaven's Door OST: Future Blues - 4.1MB - 4min 24sec
For my Bebop section of this upload, I really tried to at least one thing that you don't really see all too often. Actually, upon updating this, I found this lying in the folder I have this OST, gave it a listen, and enjoyed it very much. Honestly, this reminds me of something you'd hear on a "smooth jazz" station, but with a hint more piano. Not that that's a bad thing, mind you. There a light bits of what seems to be windchimes(?) throughout the track, along with a discreet (but rough) beat. Light vocals kick in about halfway through, and contribute to the somewhat lonely feeling that this song creates.

IV) Wo Qui Non Coin - Yoko Kanno / Aoi Tada - Cowboy Bebop: Blue - 4.3MB - 3min 43sec
ame no hi mo kaze no hi mo, mainichi sabo shite, ageru...
My favourite Ed-ism song. Japanese with pseduo-French. I would translate the French part if it didn't seem to slip in one ear and out the other sounding like one huge glob that doesn't make sense. xD; But then again, this is Ed that we're talking about, so I doubt it's supposed to, anyway? A really cute song, if nothing else, for Aoi Tada's vocals. Which will, most likely, be stuck in your head for quite a while. The background music on this give it a very light and childlike feeling, and you can't help but smile a little bit after hearing it. Very good to listen to if you're slightly depressed. It never fails to perk me up a little bit.. CHAR'S PICK OF THE UPDATE
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[18 Aug 2004|04:15pm]

[ mood | sore ]

Few days late, but again, computer troubles, this time on my other brother’s computer, where the majority of my music is stored. Had to scrounge for a theme this week.

Current Theme: Acoustic Guitars (the entire song may not rely entirely on acoustics, but it will be featured at the very least)

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Title: Duvet (Acoustic Version)
Artist: Boa
Series: Serial Experiments Lain
Length: 5:13
Rating: 4.5/5
Comments: Doesn’t have the same oomph as the original, what acoustic version does? If you liked the original, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll like this version. Unless you like...don’t like guitars or something.

Title: Could You Bite The Hand?
Artist: Steve Conte
Series: Wolf’s Rain
Length: 3:39
Rating: 3.5/5
Comments: As much as I love Steve Conte, this isn’t my favorite of his songs, I was unsure about it at first, but it sort of grows on you. Frantic guitar playing and lyrics that seem to come more from the heart than the mind. If you’re looking for a super clean song, steer clear, but otherwise, give it a shot, I’d say.

Title: Hold On
Artist: Jet
Series: Spiderman 2
Length: 4:03
Rating: 4.5/5
Comments: Ridiculously catchy song that plays while Peter is getting ready to see Mary-Jane’s play. I really enjoy this one, though the segment that goes from 2:25 to almost 3:00 minutes with them just singing “hoooooooooold ooooooon” kinda feels like a cope out.

Title: Deep Forest
Artist: Do As Infinity
Series: Inuyasha
Length: 4:05
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Second ending for Inuyasha. Good song. Uh....that’s....all?

Title: Waltz For Zizi
Artist: Yoko Kanno
Series: Cowboy Bebop
Length: 3:29
Rating: 4.5/5
Comments: My friend tells me this sounds like a floatin’-down-the-lazy-river tune. I think it sounds like Christmas in Venice. Either way this is a major song for mellowing out.

Title: Name (Acoustic Version)
Artist: Goo Goo Dolls
Series: --
Length: 3:47
Rating: 5/5
Comments: I’m probably delusion, but Johnny Rzeznik sort of sounds like a coherent Kurt Cobain. Again, a case of if you liked the original, you’ll probably like this one. My only problem with the track is that he drags out the syllables a bit too much. Gah.

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Also, the Pirates of the Caribbean DVD is back in my hands, therefore clips from it are once more open for request.

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Surrounding Sorrow [17 Aug 2004|09:37pm]

This Week’s Theme: Surrounding Sorrow

Playlist Update I uploaded T.M.Revolution’s “Seventh Heaven Album”. To request a song, leave a comment either on this entry or on my Playlist.

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1. “Rain and Storm” - Composed by Yuji Kajiura, .Hack//Extra Animation O.S.T.

Yuji Kajiura is one composer who is quickly earning a good reputation as an anime composer. Besides her work on .Hack, she has also worked on the show Noir, once again showcasing her composition talent. .Hack//Sign is full of angsty and sad scenes, and this song captures that spirit in one beautiful piano instrumental. This song clocks in at about 3:01, which I think could’ve been cut a little shorter, but it’s not that drawn out.

2. “Trinity Definitely” - Composed by Don Davis, Performed by ?, The Matrix Revolutions O.S.T. 4:15

Unlike “Aeris’s Theme”, my fifth song for the update, this song conveys tragedy in a silent way. Although I don’t like repetition of lyrics, repetition of song melodies I don’t mind at all. This song has repetition of what I dubbed the “Neo and Trinity” song, a very beautiful melody that Don Davis can make triumphant in one song, and then tragic like in this version of it. This piece ends in a way that makes understanding what happened in the movie self-explanatory.

3. “The Will” - Composed by Taku Iwasaki, Performed by ?, Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal O.S.T.

This song comes from one of my favorite animated movies: Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal. The movie is a prequel to the Rurouni Kenshin series, based on the story of Kenshin’s past from the manga (drawn and written by Nobuhiro Watsuki). The story is very depressing and this haunting piece fits it well. Unlike the music of the series, Taku Iwaski presents a soundtrack full of wonderful songs to listen to. Coming in at 2:11, the song is rather short, but very memorable.
Sara’s Pick Of The Update

4. “Shiro” - Composed by Yoko Kanno, Performed by “Sessions In Japan” Orchestra, Wolf’s Rain O.S.T. 2:04

Here is another piece from Wolf’s Rain (the first being “Tip Toe Waltz”), and Yoko Kanno never fails to deliver. This tragic piece is used numerous times in the series, fitting all the bittersweet scenes it accompanies. This track is also faster than what you would expect, seeing as how songs of sadness are usually very slow.

5. “Aeris’s Theme (Arranged Version)” - Composed by Nobuo Uematsu, Arranged by Shiro Hamaguchi, Performed by ?, Final Fantasy S Generation Soundtrack

The original version of this song is beautiful, but when I heard the arranged version of it on the S Generation CD, I feel in love with it again. Shiro Hamaguchi does a wonderful job of arranging Nobuo Uematsu’s compositions, and this is one of his best works, I think. The melody of this song repeats itself, but when it comes to the second time, the energy and drama of it escalates into a heart wrenching climax that slowly fades into a calm. Although this piece may seem long at 5:02, not a second of it is drawn out or wasted.

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[11 Aug 2004|01:37am]

Added some button links under the user info for your linking convenience.
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Requested Songs [10 Aug 2004|08:10pm]

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1. "Poor Faye (High Socks)"
2. "Poor Faye (Lip Cream)" Composed and Performed by Yoko Kanno, Cowboy Bebop Limited Edition CD Box Set

Both of these are nostalgic songs played in the show during Faye's flashbacks. I personally like them both.

To Request a song from me, either leave a comment on my playlist or post and tell me the name of the song.

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