Former RATMs

If you like Rage Against The Machine (RATM) you might give One Day As A Lion and Street Sweeper a try.

One Day As A Lion is a duo comprising Zack de la Rocha (vocals and keyboards) and Jon Theodore (drums)

Next is Street Sweeper. Spearheaded by Tom Morello, guitar alongside Boots Riley. Since this post is about the ex band members of RATM I would not go in depth about their new collaboration partners. Tom Morello was involved in Audioslave and The Nightwatchman too. Just for your info, The Nightwatchman is a solo act of Tom as an outlet for his political views while playing radio friendly songs with Audioslave. It seems that besides Street Sweeper he is coming up with Freedom Fighter Orchestra. Busy bee he is. Here is Fight! Smash! Win! by Street Sweeper.

Right now, Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction and Street Sweeper just released 6 exclusive, unreleased tracks for free at NIN/JA

Finley Quaye – Even After All

It’s a Friday with lots of rain. Weekend is coming. Am going somewhere new again. That means am meeting some new people too. Let’s hope it would be enjoyable.
Meanwhile, listen to Finley Quaye. Keywords tagged was chillout, reggae, chill, sunny and indie. Suitable for rainy working days, Sunday afternoons or when you are the receiving end of a bong.
Need lyrics? Finley Qualey – Even After All

Da Da Da Da Da Dum

Caught myself humming to a familiar tune. Did not realize what it was before my colleague asked why am I so happy about. It was nothing in particular and I asked him whether he knew what song it was. And so I hummed louder. He shrugged his shoulders. I added in the “poot poot” for good measure and instantly he remembers. Nah… here is the song.

Oh I’m Popeye the Sailor Man
I’m Popeye the Sailor Man
I’m strong to the finich
‘Cuz I eats me spinach
I’m Popeye the Sailor Man

[backup singers]
He’s Popeye the Sailor Man
He’s Popeye the Sailor Man
He’s strong to the finich
‘Cuz he eats his spinich
He’s Popeye the Sailor Man

I’m one tough gazookas
That hates all palookas
That ain’t on the up and square
I biffs ’em and buffs ’em
And always out-roughs ’em
And none of ’em gets nowheres.

[backup singers]
If anyone dass’es to risk his fisk
It’s boff and it’s wham unnerstan’

So keep good behavior
That’s your one lifesaver
With Popeye the Sailor Man

[backup singers]
He’s Popeye the Sailor Man
He’s Popeye the Sailor Man
He’s strong to the finich
‘Cuz he eats his spinich
He’s Popeye the Sailor Man

[backup singers]
Popeye the Sailor Man!

A song written by Harry Nilsson which encouraged my spinach eating years.

Moosic and stuff

I am compelled to tell you all that I am having a blast soaking myself in the anarchy of sounds from C-Mon & Kypski, the Static Traveller album. It’s bloody good… and I needed to listen to another different genre anyway. There’s a Japanese album by Piana called Eternal Castle and might download an acoustic Korean album too if I feel like it. A jazz album is in and also Jason Mraz. He got a new single out too, a lovey dovey duet with Colbie Cailat. She was a fan and he roped her in to do “Lucky” together. But I prefer “I’m Yours”… the live version is so much better.
I have upload the second single for you guys to download… Download Jason Mraz – Lucky

Loaded most of the songs into my Samsung. Yes, I had bought the fellow and congrats to both Jun Yan and Lydia for winning their phones. They deserve it.

The 13 3/4 Adrian Mole makes me think of Justin Suarez from Ugly Betty. Especially of him going on and on about his spots. He and the intellectual in him. Not being understood by the world and all. Smarmy imp. Am already into Autumn. One more season to go.

Oh and what is the hell with the Technorati thing. It’s going up and down. Crazy. Can’t be bothered with it anyway.

Celebrate Earth Day with RDM Cuba

Just can’t resist myself from posting these songs, coincidentally it’s Earth Day so here is a compilation music that I overheard last week while hanging out with R in Coffee Bean. I loved the songs so curiosity gotthe best of me and I walked up to the counter and asked them what was playing. The guy told me it was called Rhythms Del Mundo Cuba. Went to the back and got me the CD cover.

A very small portion of the CD sales will go to APE = Artist’s Project Earth – the climate change awareness and disaster relief charity. Packaging is made out of recycle material, obviously. Then there are a few mini articles inserted inside.

Let the music do the talking. I am posting 2 videos. There is nothing much to see, but listen to the different version of the songs. First is by Coldplay – Clocks and the second is by Maroon 5 – She Will Be Loved
Hear them. Love them.
Here is the original site :
You can get the music CD in Tower Records. I have already checked it out.

Moshi Moshi Miyavi

Was rolling around the vast internet wetland and got myself stuck on a particular site that goes by the name Visual Kei. Their latest post is on Miyavi. Am no expert on this genre but it should be categorized as J-Rock. I actually had a brief discussion with my colleague before I made that statement. He is after all a big fan of J-Rock Kingdom and is actively involved in Malaysia’s J-Rock scene. FYI, he plays bass.

He also enlightened me on the term Visual Kei. It is something like what we would coin the Punk. It’s the image+style+attitude thingy. If you paid any attention, you will notice that their make up and hair and dressing is uniquely different. Given on a casual jamming session that is. I bet when they take on the stage, it will be all killer and no filler. No idea what it means, and yeah it came from Sum41. Damn their jamming studio is huge and the video should be a warming up session. Love the solo from the tap dancing fellow. It’s a waste that I can’t load the other videos. They seem to be missing. Am going to give it another listen for today.

PS. My J-Rock mad colleague has already shared his J-Rock collection. Might hold my horses now for I have several independent musicians on my playlist.

7 Samurais Session DVD Part 1 of 9

Watched a few more videos of Miyavi and he seems to adopt the percussive fingerstyle that McKee and Rodrigo Y Gabriela are comfortable in. The video below confirms it. Might sign up for a crash course in J-Rock, just to satisfy my curiosity.

Selfish Love

A Song That I Would Have Written

Yup. If I do, I would have written this piece. It’s a song by Jack Johnson, one of my favorite singer and I never felt much for this song previously but now it speaks volume. Would have written something like this if Jack had not done so earlier. Go through the lyrics and do not skip a single line and you would see me in there. But still it’s his experience and not entirely mine. There are certain words and lines that I can really relate. Enjoy.

Tips. Look out for the wordings in italic.

“Sitting, Waiting, Wishing”

Now I was sitting waiting wishing
That you believed in superstitions
Then maybe you’d see the signs
But Lord knows that this world is cruel
And I ain’t the Lord, no I’m just a fool
Learning loving somebody don’t make them love you

Must I always be waiting waiting on you?
Must I always be playing playing your fool?

I sing ya songs I dance a dance
I gave ya friends all a chance
Putting up with them wasn’t worth never having you
And maybe you been through this before
But its my first time
So please ignore
The next few lines cause they’re directed at you

I cant always be waiting waiting on you
I cant always be playing playing your fool
I keep playing your part
But its not my scene
Wont this plot not twist?
I’ve had enough mystery.
Keep building me up, then shooting me down
Well im already down

Just wait a minute
Just sitting waiting
Just wait a minute
Just sitting waiting

Well if I was in your position
Id put down all my ammunition
I’d wondered why’d it taken me so long
But Lord knows that I’m not you
And If I was I wouldn’t be so cruel

Cause waiting on love ain’t so easy to do

Must I always be waiting waiting on you?
Must I always be playing playing your fool?
No I cant always be waiting waiting on you
I cant always be playing playing your fool, foool

Download Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

It’s a nice song to sink into. Let me indulge in my moments of despair for a wee longer. Yesterday night I just fell flat on the bed and slept. It’s been more than a week since I had such a nice sleep on my own bed. Even forgot to take off my contact lenses, close the door, change my clothes and off the lights. Yeah Abner is that tired of it all.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela

They used to be in a heavy metal band together. Now it’s just down to two of them. If remembered correctly they went to to play in the streets and somehow managed to get to play with Damian Rice. And the rest is history. Will update if I have the chance.


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