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On many reissues, the photo is cropped so you can no longer see Paul or Ringo. The “3D” effect of the original album jacket’s lenticular image makes it especially difficult to see those two in particular.

unholyrhythms:

In the past couple years, it has become a rarity for me to post twice in one day but I cannot wait to share these tracks I found from Spookyboggie. The first track, “need u”, is great nightcore/nightstep refix of Vita Chambers’ “Fix You”. It’s absolutely gorgeous and accomplishes what so many nightcore remixes fail at - instead of merely altering the tempo it mutates the song into something new.

Running" is wow… just wow. Listen and LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Bonus: Running  

SNDCLD

File under: electronic, nightcore, this is my love

Red Velvet – “Happiness”

Yesterday, I posted about SM Entertainment group f(x)’s hit “Red Light,” and asked for the label to provide more different-sounding music.

And yesterday, SM Entertainment released the debut single of its first new girl group since f(x) debuted five years ago.

Again, like the f(x) track, “Happiness” is hardly groundbreaking, but it is different than the vast majority of kpop offerings. And also too, it’s catchy (even if the video does strike me as overbaked), with enough little sonic goodies included to reward multiple listens.

And plus, another uplifting/enlightened-ish lyric:

"Sometimes, you gotta be bold!

Just rock the world! Boo-yah

Lalala lalala lalalala (Happiness)

Lalala lalala lalalala

(Are you happy? Uh)

Worries Go Up

Feeling down, Change up

Trying to cheer up, Wind up

Great things will happen all at once, straight up

Every day, I’m more style up

Focusing on things that will make my feelings go up

Want me to share my secret to happiness?

In the morning, I wake up

And I tell my mom I love her

(Ah, my sweet daughter)

The happy feelings that follow me are so cute that I’m happy

(She’s talking)

Money and power

I feel bad for the adults who only chase after that

They are truly unhappy

The world is filled with happy things and great things

That it’s been a while since we stopped caring about

Money and power

I’m a little different

I just do what I want to do

If you just worry and become an adult

You’ll have regrets

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

My journal is filled with adventures to find happiness

I’m a little different

I believe in the power of optimism

Lalala lalala lalalala (Happiness)

Lalala lalala lalalala (I want it)

Lalala lalala lalalala (Let’s dream)

Lalala lalala lalalala

(Uh, are you happy? Uh)

I met my friend on my way to school

I’m happy that she ran over to me and linked her arm in mine with a smile

The groups of boys who are always joking around

I’m happy that they pay attention when I pass them

She may nag but my mom says she loves me the most in this world

Hey hey, take out those adults who only fight on TV

I like it more and more

I’m happy that I’m me

What makes me even happier

Is that you’re next to me

(Uh, What you wanna be?)

Money and power

I feel bad for the adults who only chase after that

They are truly unhappy

The world is filled with happy things and great things

That it’s been a while since we stopped caring about

Money and power

I’m a little different

I just do what I want to do

If you just worry and become an adult

You’ll have regrets

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

My journal is filled with adventures to find happiness

I’m a little different

I believe in the power of optimism

Lalala lalala lalalala (Happiness)

Lalala lalala lalalala (I want it)

Lalala lalala lalalala (Let’s dream)

Lalala lalala lalalala

(Uh, are you happy? Uh)

Shine on me, Let it shine on me

In my embrace, Let it Shine

Shine on me, Let it shine on me

In my arms, Let it Shine

Lalala lalala lalalala (Happiness)

Lalala lalala lalalala (I want it
)
Lalala lalala lalalala (Let’s dream)

Lalala lalala lalalala (Happiness)”

[trans. thanks to kpoplyrics.net]

f(x) – “Red Light”

I’ve been thinking about this great f(x) tune for several weeks now, and it’s probably my favorite song of the summer.

“Red Light” is the lead and title track off their latest album, and though it pushes their electro sound even further forward, relative to the kpop domain, it still managed to achieve “all kill” status, topping all 9 Korean charts, while earning #1 wins running the gauntlet of M! Countdown, Show Champion, Music Bank, Music Core, and Inkigayo.

I’m not saying “Red Light” is the most experimental or progressive or challenging song to ever top the charts; however, relatively speaking, I’m hoping it’s more a harbinger for a more musically daring kpop (or girl-group kpop anyway… or SM Entertainment groups anyway), and not simply an outlier.

Also too, I like the lyrics.

“Aye aye aye aye wait a minute

Under the rule of the jungle

The weak gets devoured

Just push ahead,

Yeah push ahead

Oops, I got stepped on

Aye aye it’s a red light light

I don’t even know what’s wrong with the current situation

Aye aye it’s a red light light

Listen carefully to the whoever is trying to warn us

Red light

Try to breathe for a moment

Try breathing, try breathing Eh eh oh

This isn’t war

Open your eyes wide

Stop the collision from happening

(You’re going to be a witness to change)

In front of that caterpillar that got pushed around

(When everything sinks)

It’s turned on, red light

The vivid, red light

It gets bigger by itself

That red light

Boy

Your best excuse is just filled with doubt to me

Maybe it’s love

A very slow wave

A very slow wave

Aye aye it’s a red light light

Let’s find it for each other using light

That special emergency exit

Aye aye think about it

Why something made us stop

Red light

Turn around again, eh oh

Try to find what’s important

Open your eyes wide

Stop the collision from happening

(You’re going to be a witness to change)

In front of that caterpillar that got pushed around

(When everything sinks)

It’s turned on, red light

The vivid, red light
t
It gets bigger by itself

That red light

It’s taken too long for this miracle to come

But we wait for the blue light, we want it

Stop the flood (This is reality, listen to my voice)

Open your eyes wide (Look at the world in front of you)

The one who’s only been pushed (A bright light pushed you)

Caterpillar

That’s madness

It’s turned on, red light

The vivid, red light

It gets bigger by itself

That red light”

[trans. thanks to kpoplyrics.net]

소녀시대 – “I Got A Boy”

Plain and simple: this tune (these tunes?) has been in my head for days.

yvynyl:

Doprah - Stranger People

Call it ‘cloud rap’ or ‘odd pop’ or whatever, this song by New Zealand duo Steven John Marr and Indira Force supported by this incredible video by my pals THUNDERLIPS is slaying me tonight.

Played 9 times

A major influence, though a crucial piece of the resolution has been edited out here. I wish I had a more complete version.

[Edit: video embedding disabled by request :( … Link]

"Goin’ to Acapulco"

I’m going down to Rose Marie’s
She never does me wrong
She puts it to me plain as day
And gives it to me for a song

It’s a wicked life but what the hell
The stars ain’t falling down
I’m standing outside the Taj Mahal
I don’t see no one around

Goin’ to Acapulco–goin’ on the run
Goin’ down to see fat gut–goin’ to have some fun
Yeah–goin’ to have some fun

Now, whenever I get up
And I ain’t got what I see
I just make it down to Rose Marie’s
’Bout a quarter after three

There are worse ways of getting there
And I ain’t complainin’ none
If the clouds don’t drop and the train don’t stop
I’m bound to meet the sun

Now, if someone offers me a joke
I just say no thanks
I try to tell it like it is
And keep away from pranks

Well, sometime you know when the well breaks down
I just go pump on it some
Rose Marie, she likes to go to big places
And just set there waitin’ for me to come

The Turtles – “You Showed Me”

The Cure – “Lullaby”

I’ve just noticed, in light of Lana Del Ray’s “West Coast”, how the above tunes are suspiciously similar.

The Turtles’ “You Showed Me” was a hit when released as a single in 1969, but was written (and demoed) five years earlier by Gene Clark and Jim McGuinn.

In 1989, it was sampled by De La Soul for "Transmitting Live From Mars" on 3 Feet High And Rising. The Turtles successful sued De La Soul for using the sample without permission.

The Cure’s “Lullaby” just so happened to also show up in 1989, as the first single off Disintegration.

Played 39,971 times

captainharrison:

dreambeatles:

forgetbacktome:

Imagine by John Lennon sped up and Band On the Run by Paul McCartney slowed down.

this is amazing

Not only is this incredibly good, but it shows how they still composed with/for each other despite the end of The Beatles

perpetua:

I am playing around with a new checklist quiz format at BuzzFeed, and decided to start off by making a canon of pop music from the past 40 years. I looked around and found it weird that there haven’t been many lists like this made elsewhere. If nothing, it’s kinda neat to just scroll down and look at it like a chronological history of pop music.

The greatest-hits-albums-are-for-housewives-and-little-girls quotient for this list seems a bit high here. Really underscores how non-album-oriented pop was even in the album-oriented era. Maybe that’s why there’s not many lists like this.
I know for myself there is pop I intensely adore and pop I intensely loathe, so I’m interested in knowing if there were any “objective” criteria for curating the list – not for the sake of criticism, but for the sake of ongoing discussion of definitions of “pop,” “greatest pop albums,” “most perfect pop records,” &c. Can there be any consensus beyond the obvious (i.e. – lots of folks bought these records)? This is something of keen interest to me.

perpetua:

I am playing around with a new checklist quiz format at BuzzFeed, and decided to start off by making a canon of pop music from the past 40 years. I looked around and found it weird that there haven’t been many lists like this made elsewhere. If nothing, it’s kinda neat to just scroll down and look at it like a chronological history of pop music.

The greatest-hits-albums-are-for-housewives-and-little-girls quotient for this list seems a bit high here. Really underscores how non-album-oriented pop was even in the album-oriented era. Maybe that’s why there’s not many lists like this.

I know for myself there is pop I intensely adore and pop I intensely loathe, so I’m interested in knowing if there were any “objective” criteria for curating the list – not for the sake of criticism, but for the sake of ongoing discussion of definitions of “pop,” “greatest pop albums,” “most perfect pop records,” &c. Can there be any consensus beyond the obvious (i.e. – lots of folks bought these records)? This is something of keen interest to me.

Played 213 times

everygreatsongever:

The Stooges: “1970” (Funhouse, 1970)

Scott Asheton died the other day. I’ve hardly written anything here this year, but I couldn’t let that pass without some sort of tribute. Asheton was the drummer for a lot of bands, but the one that really matters is the Stooges.

Formed in Ann Arbor in 1967, when the band hit the Detroit rock scene, it was truly something different for its time. Iggy Pop gets a lot of the credit for that. He was hte wild frontman, after all, and it’s pretty much impossible to spend much time around someone who’s been on the Detroit scene for more than 20 years without hearing some sort of weird story about him.

But Iggy getting shirtless and bloody and confusing the hell out of people is just a fraction of what made that band special. Asheton and his guitarist brother Rob each brought a sound to the band that hadn’t been heard before, and on record, where you can’t see any of the flailing, their presence is arguably greater and more important than Iggy’s to what the band left behind. (Dave Alexander was great too, but it’s honestly harder to carve out a space that’s totally your own as a bass player.)

I wanted to feature a track from their second album, because Don Gallucci’s production on Funhouse really puts Asheton’s drumming right in your lap, dry and unadorned. “1970” in particular is Asheton at his best, holding down a shuffling rock beat, but doing it in a way that simultaneously grounds and contributes to the sense of chaos and madness at the heart of the song. He rarely just pounded out a straight beat (ironically, the tightest conventional rock beat on the whole album is on “Loose”).

His drumming created the sense that everything could fly apart at any minute, but that we were going to keep surging forward as long as it held together. It was a little like the rivets on an airplane wing rattling out of place as the pilot barely avoided catastrophy by sticking a rough landing. If you wanted to be an effective rock drummer after Scott Asheton, you had to learn more tricks than just throwing in a fill here and there.

Asheton was great at what he did. He was influential—Mogwai even named an album after his “Rock Action” nickname—but he was also the kind of musician other musicians liked to work with, as evidenced by his extremely long CV. He’ll be missed.

douglaswolk:

mirrormaskcamera:

The original hand-written Oblique Strategies by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt, 1974

(via BRIAN ENO/ DARK SHARK)

Auto-reblog for being one of the greatest influences on me.

Wow

(Source: kadrey)