Song: Do or Die


Music is my rocks
Music is my addiction
I need music
– Echelon –

The first time I watched the music video for Do or Die by 30 Seconds to Mars—which was yesterday afternoon on a procrastination from my writing—I kind of have a flashback. The concept is pretty similar to Closer to the Edge, the first song of 30 Seconds to Mars that hooked me right away to the band. Both has similar concept of video clip, similar energy, addicting melodies and drumbeats.

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Song: Sotsugyou (GRADUATION)


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These days, from the long list of songs I loved in my winamp and mp3player playlist, there is only this song that I listen to on-repeat, almost non-stop: 卒業 (Sotsugyou or “Graduation”) sung by Yutaka Ozaki, a rock-and-roll rebel famous for his heartfelt lyrics and inglorious death.

Sotsugyou, released on 1985, was the single that brought Yutaka Ozaki into the limelight of Japanese music industry. It was a grand classic-rock kind of song and, for lack of better words to describe it, was antique. I admit to have a penchant for antiquate songs, such as the prior posted Ue wo muite arukou.
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Song: Ue wo muite arukou~ (or Sukiyaki)


credit: The cover art copyright is believed to belong to Toshiba-EMI.

Ue wo muite arukou. I have been listening to this song on repeat for days (I bet it’s going to last for months, too, like what happened to many others song that I loved).

I really love the song which was originally titled Ue wo muite arukou and sung by Kyuu Sakamoto. First released in Japan on 1961 and then two years later when released in United States it instantly became a big hit. There the song was given alternative title that stuck and widely known to many others until now as: Sukiyaki.

The song topped the pop charts for three weeks in 1963. It is the only Japanese language song to hit #1 in the US. It sold over 13 million copies

I hear it remained as, of yet, the only Japanese-language song that ever hit number one in US Billboard Hot 100 charts. CMIIW, though. 😀

I am sure nothing in the lyrics referred to Sukiyaki, a hot pot dish commonly associated with Japan. The theory is that probably Americans found it easier to pronounce Sukiyaki with their tongues, than the original title, and also made it easier to promote it.
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#ThaiFever: Pchy dan August Band

Yeah, mine!

Yeah, mine!

#ThaiFever atau demam Thailand sedang menjangkiti saya. Setelah sejak awal tahun 2004 saya kena gelombang Korea atau #HallyuWave, ini merupakan kali keduanya saya terjangkit perihal beginian.

Not generally but particularly saya lagi tertarik dengan film-film teen-flicks Thailand. Hal yang terjadi karena saya tidak sengaja nonton First Love (A Crazy Little Thing Called Love) yang nyes-nyes khas film remaja.. akhirnya penasaran deh sama film-film Thailand lainnya. Sebelumnya saya memang sudah mengakui bahwa film Thailand, khususnya yang bergenre horor, is something that could scare you out of your mind besides Indonesian classic horror movies (especially ones that starred Suzanna or Mr. P). Contohnya? Shutter is darn good, okay… I can’t get the last scene out of my mind for quite awhile. Merindingnya total!

Oke, terlepas dari film Thailand, saya juga lagi suka-sukanya dengan pria yang ada di gambar di atas. Namanya Witwisit Hiranyawongkul (พิช-วิชญ์วิสิฐ หิรัญวงษ์กุล’) atau kalo lidahnya belum terbiasa dengan ejaan yang rumit di atas, dia juga biasa disebut dengan panggilan sayang Pchy/Phit/Pitch/Pitchy.

I’m happy to make new mistakes in the process of creating new things. If something sucks, OK, but at least you tried. It makes your life worth living. – Pchy on BK Article, Apr 19, 2012.

Jadi siapa sebenarnya laki-laki dengan pose unyu di atas? Dia seorang musisi (penulis lirik lagu, produser musik(?), vokalis) dan juga aktor Thailand. Saya tidak begitu tahu tentang kesuksesan karirnya di Thailand, but I can vouch that the first movie he starred in, by the nameThe Love of Siam‘, is quite the bomb in Thailand and in general East and Southeast Asia. Saya juga menemukan bocah yang satu tahun lebih muda di bawah saya ini dari film itu, yang nanti akan saya review setelah utang tulisan yang lain selesai. Continue reading