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Tune-in: The Life Journey 旅行团

If you like Brit Pop and alternative music in general, check out 旅行团 (The Life Journey) from Beijing, China. They sing in both English and Mandarin, so really you don’t have to like Chinese pop or understand Mandarin to love them. You can check them out here http://www.myspace.cn/lifejourney

Here are some sample tracks:

回到巴巴拉拉的城堡 – The Life Journey

The Story Of Sun & I – The Life Journey

Take Me Away – The Life Journey


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Tune-in: Playlist of the Moment #19

Just because…

1. Car Song – Elastica

2. Selina – The Dukes

3. Rhumba De Havana – The Dukes

4. Smile – Elastica

5. Hey You – The Exies

6. The Saddest Song – The Ataris

7. Itu Kamu – Estranged

8. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

9. Layla – Eric Clapton

10. Isthmus Ivy – Ecrus Garage

So what’s my mood today? Feelin’ it?


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Tune-in: Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)

Self-explanatory.

Big girl you are beautiful

Walks in to the room
Feels like a big balloon
I said, ‘Hey girls you are beautiful’
Diet coke and a pizza please
Diet coke I’m on my knees
Screaming ‘Big girl you are beautiful’

You take your skinny girls
Feel like I’m gonna die
Cos a real woman
Needs a real man is why

You take your girl
And multiply her by four
Now a whole lotta woman
Needs a whole lot more

Get yourself to the Butterfly Lounge
Find yourself a big lady
Big boy come on around
And they’ll be calling you baby

No need to fantasise
Since I was in my braces
A watering hole
With the girls around
And curves in all the right places

Big girls you are beautiful
Big girls you are beautiful
Big girls you are beautiful
Big girls you are beautiful

Walks in to the room
Feels like a big balloon
I said, ‘Hey girls you are beautiful’
Diet coke and a pizza please
Diet coke I’m on my knees
Screaming ‘Big girl you are beautiful’

You take your girl
And multiply her by four
Now a whole lotta woman
Needs a whole lot more

Get yourself to the Butterfly Lounge
Find yourself a big lady
Big boy come on around
And they’ll be calling you baby

No need to fantasise
Since I was in my braces
A watering hole
With the girls around
And curves in all the right places

Big girls you are beautiful
Big girls you are beautiful
Big girls you are beautiful
Big girls you are beautiful

Get yourself to the Butterfly Lounge
Find yourself a big lady
Big boy come on around
And they’ll be calling you baby

No need to fantasise
Since I was in my braces
A watering hole
With the girls around
And curves in all the right places

Big girls you are beautiful
Big girls you are beautiful
Big girls you are beautiful
Big girls you are beautiful
Oh you are beautiful

Get yourself to the Butterfly Lounge
Find yourself a big lady
Big boy come on around
And they’ll be calling you baby

No need to fantasise
Since I was in my braces
A watering hole
With the girls around
And curves in all the right places

Big girls you are beautiful
Big girls you are beautiful
Big girls you are beautiful
Big girls you are beautiful
Oh you are beautiful

Get yourself to the Butterfly Lounge
Find yourself a big lady
Big boy come on around
And they’ll be calling you baby

No need to fantasise
Since I was in my braces
A watering hole
With the girls around
And curves in all the right places

Big girls you are beautiful
Big girls you are beautiful
Big girls you are beautiful
Big girls you are beautiful
Big girl you are beautiful

Big Girl (You Are Beautiful) – Mika


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Tune-in: Today’s Soundtrack #5

It’s been a while since I put together a playlist. Today’s soundtrack is for accompanying me as I clean out my room, take pictures of the things I want to sell & sort out my books. Ah… mostly toe-tapping to keep me moving and cheery!

1. So Happy – The Oddfellows

2. Sexual Chocolate – Hot Chip

3. I Want You – Electrico

4. The Bagman’s Gambit – The Decemberists

5. All Eternal Things – Trembling Blue Stars

6. Janie’s Got A Gun – Aerosmith

7. Y.M.C.A. – The Village People

8. Mailman Bring Me No More Blues – Buddy Holly

9. Sometimes I Don’t Get You – Yo La Tengo

10. Band on Every Corner – The Whitlams

11. Nok Pleng – Apartmentkhunpa

12. It Never Happened – The National

13. Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone – Elvis Costello

14. Bukan Rahasia – Dewa

15. Disco Infiltrator – LCD Soundsystem

16. Girls and Boys – Blur

17. Not For All The Love In The World – The Thrills

18. Rhythm Nation – Janet Jackson

19. Times They Are A-Changing – Bob Dylan

20. What a Day For a Daydream – The Lovin’ Spoonfuls

Don’t forget to learn more about the artists after you download the tracks!


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Tune-in: Playlist of the Moment #17

My one other frivolous New Year’s resolution for 2010 is to quit men – my ever-supportive friend Cal hopes I fail.

Here’s a playlist I put together as a reminder of all the bad dates/disappointing men in 2009. Up to you to decide what this all means. No, actually – just enjoy the music.

1. As What U Want – Cuckoo

2. Lemon Tree – The Crescendos

3. Lover’s Concerto – The Crescendos

4. Aurora – The Crescendos

5. Almost Crimes – Broken Social Scene

6. Not Now – Blink-182

7. Banquet – Bloc Party

8. Park Life – Blur

9. Ain’t No Other Man – Christina Aguilera

10. Lightbulbs – Cosmic Call


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Tune-in: Merry Christmas, y’all

Forget traditional Christmas carols. I don’t get half of them – culturally and religiously out of context for me. I celebrate friends, family and love.

And here’s my alternative playlist (according to iTunes, it’s exactly 1hr worth) – a selection of pop, punk rock, lo-fi and indie tunes!

1. Don’t Shoot Me Santa – The Killers

2. The Night Santa Went Crazy – Weird Al Yankovic

3. Sleigh Ride – Debbie Gibson

4. Anorak Christmas – Sally Shapiro

5. A Chipmunk Christmas – Alvin & The Chipmunks

6. Christmas Time Is Here – Alvin & The Chipmunks

7. I Saw Mommy Fucking Santa Claus – Weird Al Yankovic

8. Merry Christmas Baby – Bruce Springsteen

9. Please Come Home For Christmas – Bon Jovi

10. Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley

11. I Want An Alien For Christmas – Fountains of Wayne

12. I Won’t Be Home For Christmas – Blink 182

13. Man in the Santa Suit – Fountains of Wayne

14. Christmas Tree – Lady Gaga

15. Maybe This Christmas – Ron Sexsmith

16. Christmas Time for My Penis – The Vandals

17. Saving Up Her Wishes (For Another Christmas) – Celestial

18. Step Into Christmas – Elton John

19. Christmas is Cancelled – The Long Blondes

20. Merry Christmas – The Ramones


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Tune-in: Playlist of the Moment #16

Probably the most uninspiring selection to date. But I don’t care. I’m having a headache and this soothes me. I like, you should too. Don’t like, don’t download. kthxbai

1. 好嘴斗 – Kou Chou Ching 拷秋勤

2. Act Of The Apostle – Belle & Sebastian

3. The Stars Of Track And Field – Belle & Sebastian

4. Another Sunny Day – Belle & Sebastian

5. Seeing Other People – Belle & Sebastian

6. Me And The Major – Belle & Sebastian

7. White Collar Boy – Belle & Sebastian

8. Sugar – Bikini Kill

9. I Like Fucking – Bikini Kill

10. Zombie Song – The Besties

Oh Belle & Sebastian, why won’t you come to Singapore?


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Tune-in: Playlist of the Moment #15

Ate well today. I’m celebrating with the following playlist.

1. Could Have Been A Contender – Ally Kerr

2. If You Found This It’s Probably Too Late – Arctic Monkeys

3. Is She Me – Apartmentkhunpa

4. Mueng U Hoo – Apartmentkhunpa

5. Qing Ren De Yen Lei (Lover’s Tears) – Budak Pantai

6. Betcha By Golly Wow / Say Yes – Budak Pantai

7. You’ve Changed, Baby Girl – Amida

8. I’m Sleeping in a Submarine – Arcade Fire

9. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) – Arcade Fire

10. Rebellion (Lies) – Arcade Fire

If you download these tracks, it’d be best if you can go listen to these artists LIVE! Catch Budak Pantai (http://www.esplanade.com/whats_on/programme_info/happy_songs_for_a_great_recession/index.jsp) and Apartmentkhunpa (http://www.esplanade.com/whats_on/programme_info/club_m.i.a2010/index.jsp) in Singapore soon!!!


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Tune-in: Same same, but different

I wanted to do a post talking about different songs with the same name but I got lazy to write. Instead, let me leave you with the songs I picked. I believe this is a very interesting mix of genres and styles – talk back if you think I’m wrong. I’m very happy with the Asian representation in my selection below (x_0)

Time Flies – Lykke Li vs Time Files – Hiromi Uehara

Sunday Morning – The Velvet Underground vs Sunday Morning – Stroll

Sea Of Doubts – The Observatory vs Sea Of Doubts – Azure Ray

Rain – Calamity Pop vs Rain – Bishop Allen

Lollipop – The Crescendos vs Lollipop – Mika

Blue – The Caribbean Jazz Project vs Blue – Elastica

Beautiful – Slot Machine vs Beautiful – Athlete

All I Ever Wanted – Shinedown vs All I Ever Wanted – Depeche Mode

Alice – Pogo vs Alice – Arms and Legs

Enjoy, don’t destroy!


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Tune-in: The Dø

The Dø are hand-clapping, toe-tapping, head-swinging goodness from France/Finland. Quirky and fun if you dig acts like English band Psapp.

They can be found here:

http://thedo.info/

http://www.myspace.com/thedoband

And they sound like this:

Playground Hustle – The Dø

Tammie – The Dø

The Bridge Is Broken – The Dø