addictdesu: (beebo)

What I said last year... came true.

I don't know how to start this genre-searching, artist-loving segment so let's just start from when. When I said last year that I'll augment my music exploration in 2016, although I was earnest I wasn't committed to doing that. The then-incoming year saw spotlight on NEWS, and my new KPop fandoms also started to get exciting--I thought, 2016 would be a year of settling on the artists I discovered on/before 2015. In short, no new fandoms please!!! Focus on your existing loves!!!

Well, it turned out that 2015 was just a taste test. Because in 2016, that's where the buffet began to be served.

Window shopping, genre hopping

For the true love of genres, I studied them. There were probably almost 10 times I hooked up *LOL* with Wiki-kun *LooOOoL* and other sites to randomly research about Rock and is subgenres, Electronic and its subgenres; refresh my knowledge of Classical music eras, etc. The result, I got better at identifying genres. It's a small dream of mine to hear songs and identify their precise genre in a snap. For example, knowing that Blood, Sweat and Tears by BTS is Tropical House just by listening to its first 10 seconds.

No one can deny (except EXO-Ls? hahaha) that this is the grandest KPop release of the year. I still didn't get into KPop boys, though.

Genre is like food; both are/have flavors, it's inevitable to pick your tastes. Power Pop is one. I think this is pretty apparent in my fondess for hyper, driven tracks. Progressive Rock, like Queen's (and Panic! At The Disco cover) Bohemian Rhapsody, is a genre I'd want to challenge, whether composed or sung, in the future. Aside from the fact that it's one of the hardest to pull off, it's the fulfillment of my vision of pieces so varied you hear symphonies the one minute, and Swing the next!

The original Bohemian Rhapody in 1975 and the 2016 cover. Asking the forbidden question: which version is better?

Skipping hundred more genres and subgenres, appreciating them from afar (thus, "window shopping" xD) as this post won't go into the technical side of things, let's head to the highlight--the songs and the artists.

I didn't just Panic!

In my six years of being a loyal NEWS fan, Panic! At The Disco is the only band/artist that reached the level of love I have for NEWS. (You can see my P!ATD-appreciation post here) But it doesn't mean that my bias treatment is the same. Instead of focusing only on P!ATD as I did on NEWS especially on the getting-to-know stage, P!ATD became the door for a genuine music enjoyment by means of actively searching for more.

I could say that I'm the musician with the least knowledge of songs. Despite my frequent assertions of open-mindedness to music, I admittedly don't listen to a lot of songs (IF we're talking about songs I choose to listen to. Otherwise, I've known a lot of songs from the TV, radio, karaoke, and other media since childhood! Haven't we all?) I tend to repeat only the ones I like, and I can do that for years.

Here's a comparison for a clearer picture. Tegoshi said he has over 10,000 songs in his music player. 500 is already too many for me. Brendon learns almost 500 songs a year. I could only go with 50-100. Tegoshi also said he loops songs for an average of 2 times. When I heard his solo Encore for the first time, I looped it for 2 straight weeks!

This means that while I'm very open to genres, I'm notoriously picky with songs. My exploration this year is my wildest so far. If it goes beyond on 2017, why not, right?

Artist Feature

And we've reached this point! There are many artist/bands I wanted to feature, but I'll only show whose discographies I've already dug (that says I've loved them enough!) Carry on~

Artists Feature )


These artists almost made it on the Feature list! I'd still like to mention them in a shorter, separate list (because I am really motivated when it comes to listing stuff :>)

Artist: Fall Out Boy
Why include? Because FOB bassist Pete Wentz discovered P!ATD and put the band under his music label. He is their literal senpai! Also, FOB is part of the "Emo Trinity", with P!ATD and My Chemical Romance.
I recommend: 20 Dollar Nosebleed (Feat Brendon Urie)

Artist: The Brobecks
Why include? I learned this band through Dallon Weekes, P!ATD's ex-bassist, wherein in The Brobecks he was the frontman. Although now inactive before even hitting it big, the band made cool alternative tracks.
I recommend: Love At First Sight

Artist: Justin Bieber
Why include? A pure coincidence, or by Tegoshi's influence? Nevertheless, I really like his new material and recent collaborations.
I recommend: Let Me Love You (DJ Snake feat Justin Bieber)

Artist: 4th Impact
Why include? A Filipina group of sisters (again!) that made it into the top 5 of X-Factor UK Season 12. I don't know if they already have original songs; anyhow, I got addicted watching their contest performances on Youtube.
I recommend: Their classic and viral audition hit, Bang Bang

Artist: Fifth Harmony
Why include? Im a year where both Fifth Harmony and Little Mix are equally relevant (more relevant than male groups like One Direction!), I prefer the sassier and sexier Fifth Harmony. Nothing personal, I just like their songs more.
I recommend: That's My Girl

Song Feature

This part is tricky. I don't have a clear basis for the list; if we go by my favorites for each featured artist above, my other favorites outside these artists won't be included. Same as if I give featured songs outside of these artists. To settle, this will be a random list of 10 songs that'll immediately pop in my mind *meaning this part is candidly written!!*, trying to be as artist-varied as possible without forfeiting my actual favorites! Here we go~
Song Feature )

Extras and Conclusion

In total, I actively listened to an average of 400 songs this 2016. This year-end feature is short of expounding the expanse of my music experiences and exploration *LOL a lot of "ex"-es there!*; for example I didn't mention my (almost) monthly Classical music meditation, where I listen to different instrumental pieces without searching for their names and composers, to keep my mind unwary of memorizing every artist and every repertoire. I started self-studying guitar, albeit it hasn't progressed from the few basic chords! I also had fuuuuuuun times with my young cousins as we formed a cover/jamming group, Panic! At The Discrew. Most of our silly covers a.k.a. shenanigans were stored in my tab, and were erased permanently when the gadget was formatted :'( Last summer, my family had plans of conducting singing tutorials at home, though it did not come to fruition (besides, I don't think I can be a reliable music teacher orz). What else? I have a pen, I have an apple... Uh! apple pen!

End the rambling with the rambling with a beat. ピコ太郎 (Piko-Taro)'s PPAP is just one of Japan's biggest contribution to 2016 in music!

This reminds me that I still have to hear Babymetal for even Brendon adores this kawaii Metal group. 2017 will be a blast! I have a feeling that next year will swivel to Japanese music in depth, a certain possibility made by the official start of MNL48 this December. Things are going fast, in fact. As for MNL48, I'll try to make a blog post from an outsider's perspective (not an AKB48 fan nor an MNL48 applicant).

Presently, the featured artists, songs, even the others that haven't touched the lists in this post, are my joys of 2016.
What's yours? *this sounds like a line from a commercial--insert commercial jingle* xD
addictdesu: (tegoshi black)
I gave the title "Delving deep into Japanese music" a second thought. Scrap this, the above title is better. xD

Last year I had the first try (rather, the first real try) of listening to JPop songs other than the songs from Johnny's... I had been so much impressed with J&A music that, in a JPop scale, I was contented with it and never had the will to research other artists and genres. But 2013 came, and I started the exploration with the more known girl groups: AKB48, MoMusu, E-girls. Out of the three I instantly took a liking to E-girls especially to its subgroup Flower.

But, man, I got stuck with them, I forgot moving forward. I have so much to listen to: American pop, OPM, classical, KPop and JPop. In JPop alone, I have Johnny's and E-girls. Plus the many Japanese songs by KARA, SNSD and IU. Do I still want to hear more, know more artists? I am an extreme lover of music but it's downright tiring to listen to a lot of songs at times.

I was wrong to think of that though. I believed I was stressing myself because of 'forcing' to explore, when, the truth is I really wanted to know more. So now I'm starting again, with the female solo artists ate Jaelene and Jairel recommended:

So these are the most familiar ones:
Namie Amuro
Kumi Koda
Ayumi Hamasaki
Utada Hikaru

And the ones I somehow know:
May J.
Crystal Kay
Thelma Aoyama
Nishino Kana

And the others:
Miliyah Kato
Fumika Sato
Miho Fukuhara
Sally Miura
Sayaka Shionoya
Maiko Nakamura
Aya Kamiki
Maria Emi

Yeah I'll start now. I'm also planning to do a cover medley of the songs from the artists above! (If time permits LOL)

A bonus: A Tegoshi picture I kept staring at, and frequently using in my comments on FB yesterday *as in randomly putting this pic in my comments hehehee*. Because I'm biased like that!

addictdesu: (tegoshi black)
Happy birthday to my self-proclaimed daddy (because we proclaim that he is Tegoshi's daddy LOOOOL) and the one I forever ship with [ profile] mocoharuma, daddy HYDE!

I won't make a picspam nor a graphicpost nor a message, but I am including this awesome picture where the awesome he is with awesome SCANDAL members... Don't be disoriented because the one in the middle is really a HE. A beautiful, ageless he. And oh, don't be skeptical by the number of the word 'awesome' in this post, because with everything that he is you can fall in love. Swear. (!n my case I fell in love with his son!! HAHAHAHAHA)


Happy happy 45th birthday daddy Hyde! You're even older than my mom O_o


On the other side of the moon (I'm listening to Tegomass no Seishun... And Tsuki no Tomodachi suddenly pops out of my head, hence the moon!), I've been typing my review for TMnS album since yesterday, but I still can't post it today :( I hope I could tomorrow xD

It's been a week since the release, I haven't listened to anything except this album. I missed Tegomass dearly ;~; *cries* I'm looking forward to their concert in Feb. 15 (is this right?) Though I won't be online for I... I'm going to join a singing contest again. ♪♫ Auditioning for The Voice just this Sunday (I'm not spilling any details here, info is confidential!) gave me courage to join more singing contests without any inhibitions and so yeah *cries*, ipu-push ko na talaga tooooo~~!! Win or lose (thankfully I'm not a hates-to-lose person *rolls eyes at Tegoshi*), it's the experience that counts. I feel slightly bad at why this confidence came out only recently, but it's better late than never.

Speaking of better late than never, belated happy birthday to [ profile] spilledmilk25 (January 25) and [ profile] kumohime102 (January 29)! I know other people whose birthdays are around these dates but no I'm not enumerating them now. *death glare from my bias in Arashi--Sho, and my first best friend Hashibami :p*

How to end this post? The one I'm listening to right now:

Lalala~ lalala~ lalalalalalalala~ ♥
addictdesu: (KARA 2)

So after changing my LJ layout into a KARA-fied one, I finally get to post again dear journal! This is a semi-review of their latest Japanese album FANTASTIC GIRLS, a release that seriously shocked me because I didn't know about another Japanese release just this Wednesday when I thought they should be releasing a Korean material by this time (and they did! Aug. 21 with Runaway, and on September 2, FULL BLOOM!) This is what you call active. KARA's making my brain explode, they have so many things in store, new material, appearances here and there! Serve 'em right. ♥ But as much as I'm happy, I'm also worried and bothered that they (the management, producers, etc.) seem to be hurrying these releases--I mean, new releases almost every week? This is too much activity! *pants* But I guess, KARA can pull it off. As shown in the album I'll be talking about in this post, FANTASTIC GIRLS.

^ FANTASTIC GIRLS, Limited Edition C. Actually the songs are in LE-A but I love this jacket the most, so this is what I included :p


Done. This isn't a review...Yet. xD This is a short commentary that I hope would help you, random listener :)
If you want to download the album go to these links → MF || MEGA

addictdesu: (tegoshi wacky)

I'm not really in the mood for doing things in front of the PC but working here is now a rare chance because I might undergo an internet hiatus again. An indefinite one, since our internet connection will be cut soon--financial instability, 'tis the inconvenient truth.

I am depressed, maybe because of the reason above? Yet instead of using my remaining precious net time for something productive here I can't. Because... I am depressed.

But since I am depressed (and I talk a lot even when depressed), I'll ramble in here. Thank you livejournal for being my refuge at this moment. As the title of the entry states: I want to give this post some sense. This is not sarcasm yo! Dearest f-list you can read and relate and react because what I'll ramble deals with "relatable" things (?) and a good amount of fandom. As usual. :)

NEWS album saikou! )

Speaking of I can never make up my mind, this is a quality a typical Gemini has. And do you know what the Gemini's other weaknesses are?

  • Superficial

  • Impulsive

  • Restless

  • Devious

  • Indecisive

I'm all of that.
Another reason why I'm depressed.
I can never get any work done, although some people see me as a hardworking person... (Well, at a glance, I may seem hardworking because I want to do EVERYTHING at the same time!) It's just in a glance. The truth is, I'm vey lazy. And has no definite direction in life. AND TEGOSHI F*CKIN HATES THAT KIND OF PERSON.


Okay I'm not gonna start with the sobbing session xD Let's continue with this zodiac-'fun'.

So why with the zodiac sign in this post? I'm now obsessed with astrology oh god. Because it's awesome and it tells a lot. Believe it or not, astrology is freaking accurate (warning: please don't depend your life on this, as I'm also trying not to depend on the 'stars'. Even though I'm now addicted to astrology I swear I'll not make this the basis of my life okay. Just continue reading for the sake of fun. ^^)

I'll put the list of each signs' typical personality/characteristic here. You might be amazed when you read your own.
Aries )

Taurus )

Gemini )

Cancer )

Leo )

Virgo )

Libra )Scorpio )
Sagittarius )

Capricorn )

Aquarius )

Pisces )
If you read (or at least scroll down unto this part) thank you! I would like to explain further into each of the signs (especially Gemini *my sign*, Scorpio *Tegoshi*, Cancer *my mom & Massu & Shige*, Libra *because I found out that I also have a Librean influence*) but there's not much time left. Shall log-out any sooner and damn I don't wanna go away now 'cause I'm enjoying this topic! >< Fuu~

they (Scorpio) sometimes possess penetrating eyes which make their shyer companions feel naked and defenseless before them.



Lastly, this isn't about NEWS or astrology anymore but about my other fandom KARA. I'll be turning a year in the Kamilia fandom this Wednesday! I still don't have plans though.

Expect more KARA in my mind (and probably on my posts here and on ny other blogs) because aside from my birthday as a Kamilia, this Wednesday is also important to ALL Kamilias: Han Seungyeon's (my KARA bias *though I don't really have a huge bias for my biases except for rockin' scorpio Tegoshi hahaha*) 25th birthday! And the release of Thank You Summer Love, KARA's 9th Japanese single!

Actually, too many things are happening in the fandom, I'm stating to get all tired and confused. Much more when our net connection will be cut. So where will my life go now??? *wails*


Adding a random collage: my FB's cover photo:
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(L-R: The scorpion, the crab, the bull and the other crab. Oh, all animals. The twins in me are delighted. xD)
addictdesu: (KARA 2)
Refer to this article : KARA is worst at first (LOL I just gave the title, forgive me unnies!)

If too lazy to read the article, well here's the summary: KARA was voted by vocal experts as the worst singing KPop idol group. Yes. But I'm not surprised. Me as a hardcore Kamilia *well, getting there. Hihi! ^.^* honestly thinks that KARA's vocal ability is not as good as the other groups; they lack power, stability (sometimes), and range.

...from the vocal expert Leya *gets whacked* )
addictdesu: (tegoshi wacky)
This pic posted by mama [ profile] katrinasacay at [ profile] massuaday makes me miss listening to JPop and KPop so baaaad~

Because of the "Love is..." at Tegoshi's cloud, I remembered one of my favorite KARA songs with the same title; oh how I miss listening to that song!... And all the other songs! *cries discreetly*

Just in case you are curious why I don't listen to any song today, it is because...

because... )


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