Yoko Kanno/Aoi Tada – Wo Qui Non Coin
(From the original soundtrack album Cowboy Bebop BLUE, Japan, 1999.)
The audio embodiment of cute yet melancholic. Even after all those years still one of my favourite songs featured in an anime; produced by Yoko Kanno, vocals by Aoi Tada, the voice actress of Ed. (And this song almost made me pick an entire rotation with songs dedicated to having lost one’s dog… almost ;) )
Cocco – Onsoku Punch
(From the single Onsoku Punch, Japan, 2006.)
Cocco’s back after 5 years (minus the Singer Songer project last summer) with a new single. Don’t let the first 30 seconds fool you: this is not some Avex techno-pop tune but sexy (mainstream) rock that leaves you wanting more.
Hotaru – Kaijin Nijuu Mensou
(From the maxi CD Kayou Suspense Gekijou, Japan, 2002.)
I’ve probably uploaded this a million times before, but… my mission will only be fulfilled once every single human being on this planet has heard this song. No. But! This is brilliant. Infectious might be an even more appropriate word. (And don’t let me get started on what a great band Hotaru were ;_;)
Remioromen – Shouwa
(From the album Asagao, Japan, 2003.)
Ah the old times, when Remioromen weren’t huge and sounded like a younger copy of Mr. Children. I still love them and am extremely looking forward to their new album out in May but I suppose I’ll always prefer their earlier stuff like this wonderful, (slightly emo-ish) song.
Maximo Park – A19 & Isolation
(From the album Missing Songs, UK, 2005.)
A19 is Maximo Park at their usual: retro greatness with amazing hooks; the John Lennon cover Isolation shows a more experimental side of the band.
The Strokes – Electricityscape & Ize of the World
(From the album First Impressions of Earth, USA, 2005.)
I had to overcome all my prejudices against this band because their new album is actually quite good and a lot more diverse than the two previous ones. Some songs on it are impossible to get out of your head; I especially like the contrast between the verse and the chorus of Ize of the World, the combination of addictive pop and angry hard rock; and no, there’s nothing wrong with the end of the song – just listen to the lyrics and you’ll understand the rather abrupt ending.
8 comments on East meets West, Old meets New
I quite liked your last rotation; this latest one also has many enjoyable songs. In fact, I think I didn’t hear one I disliked! I loved “Wo Qui Non Coin” and “Onsoku” for their (though very different from each other) melody; they each have their own special charm. But I have to say, my favorite song is “Ize of the World”!
Thanks for uploading this fantastic songs. :)
I took a couple of songs(almost all the songs except that Yoko Kanno one). ^^;; Sorry to be so greedy but thank you. Never realised the Cocco came back to the scene because I thought she never will again. >__>;; Thanks for the infos. :3
Not a bad rotation. I’d heard of the Strokes quite a bit in the past year, so I thought I’d pick those up. Also, I’m a bit of a fan of Yoko Kanno… (and Cowboy Bebop… lovely anime)
Keep it up! (Thinning out the rotation favorites has become quite common)
Hope you put up some more Bloc Party in the future… loved it!
I’m taking the Strokes songs. I don’t have any of their songs, but people seem to love them a lot, so why not? You always have such great variety. Keep it up! :D
I’ve downloaded the hotaru’s cause of your persuasive comment… ^__^
but turned out i like the song!! not really hard, but upbeat & i like the wolf-cat thing in the intro! good choice (^ ^)b
Thanks for the Strokes, very nice. I’ve always been a Cocco fan, so it’s nice to know she’s back. And Cowboy Bebop has so much amazing music! ^^
Interesting rotations… I took hotaru (I’ve never heard of them), mainly because of your enthusiastic comment and am listening to it right now. I can tell its one of those songs which will grow on me. I’m glad that you provide alternative music, I’m getting so sick of main stream stuff I do love some of the songs but then you eventually kill them off after listening to them a few times! Anyway thanks.
YAR! I love your mp3 rotation site. Probably one of the best I’ve visited so far! I like your layout making skills, too :D. x33