Miss Li from Stockholm

UK has a music free application that you can download and listen music for free legally. It calls Spotify. Listen free music while you are online, just like Last.fm, but more latest music and very easy to use. However, it only applies in the UK. Anyway, I have been using it for some time now.

Today, I discover an artists from Stockholm, who is same age with me called Miss Li. She just released a new album ‘Dancing the whole way home’. Miss Li’s style like Amy Winehouse – Jazz, Blues, Rock and Indie as well in a variety of style. I do like this album, and it is definitely worth putting into my ipod.

It’s amazing that she is young and so talented! I do like Swedish artists a lot, like Kent, The Cardigans, Club 8 and Jazz musician Lisa Ekdahl and Koop. They are all my favourite artists. Sweden is great place and it produces a lot of great artists and music. My favourite songs are:

  • I heard of a girl
  • True Love Stalker
  • Polythene Queen
  • Is this The End
  • Stuck in the Sand
  • A Daughter of a Son
  • The Boy in the Fancy Suit
  • Stupid girl

Moreover, Swedish people are incredible trendy in fashion too. We did plan to travel to Sweden before, but it is more expensive than London. I think I need to save more money so I can be there soon. Sweden is Rock!

Keane’s Concert in Shepherd Bush


John bought Keane‘s tickets for my birthday gift in March, and finally this is the night. We went there at 6 pm, and there were already many people queueing, and luckily we got the great seats to see them very clear. Surprisingly, there were many middle-age fans to see Keane as well.

The show was to celebrate 50th birthday of the Island Record Company. The island members took all the fans pictures and said it will post it their website, can’t wait to see myself in there. The show was started at 7 pm, and the warming brand was Ladyhawke, she sang about 8 songs, and she performed well, however, the microphone could be louder because audiences could not hear her voice clearly.

When Keane came out, the whole stadium was crazy with a lot of applause. Keane sang about many songs from first album Hopes and Fears including ‘everybody is changing’, ‘ We might as well be stranger’ , and ‘somewhere we only know’; then ‘crystal ball and ‘nothing in my way’; then many songs from third album as well including ‘again and again’,’perfect symmetry’ and ‘spiralling’…

Tom’s voice was absolute amazing and with his professional performance. He talked to audiences, even shook hands with audiences, and asked audiences to sing with him as loud as they could, (to be honest, every audiences could easy burst out everyone song from Keane). The background lights, the band performance and the atmosphere was stunning. It felt likes that Keane music was melting with audiences voices, and everyone was so indulging into their music and lost themselves.

Their music was so perfect and ‘ I lost my heart, I buried it too deep into the under the iron sea’. It was a remarkable concert and I wish they will continuously create great music.

I recorded one song on the spot only for one of Keane’s best fans from GZ – Syrinx Ye.


这个演唱会是为了庆祝 island 唱片公司50岁的生日而搞的,工作人员给歌迷各个都照了相做纪念,我也照了张,不知道去哪里看呢?7点就正式开场,第一嘉宾是ladyhawke,约翰蛮喜欢的新西兰女歌手,她长了8首主打歌,歌曲还不错,可惜麦克风不够大声,听不是很清楚她的声音。

当Keane出场时候,掌声雷雷,歌迷超级疯狂的叫喊。Keane唱了很多第一张成名著 Hope and Fear,每一首歌迷都跟着一起唱,然后唱了2首第2张专集under iron sea,唱得最多的是第3张专集,场面十分感人,歌迷的声音做为背景,和 Keane的声音融合在一起。

主唱的Tom的声音真的很棒,歌喉和歌底很好,加上他十分卖力和专业表演,和让大家感受到他对音乐的那种激情,从他的歌词和歌曲中流露出来。看得出他对歌迷很好,在场常和歌迷交流,惊奇的是,居然还跳下场和歌迷握手。现场的表演,灯光,气氛真的太完美了。当然我也和其他歌迷一样一起和Keane 合唱,虽然不算是他们的疯狂歌迷,但十分喜欢他们的所有的专集。

当场的气氛就象忘掉自我,沉溺在Keane的音乐中,就象歌词中 ’ 我的心遗失了,把它深深的埋在铁海中,埋在音乐的铁海中’…这场演唱会是我见过Muse之后最棒的一场show。希望他们继续创造好音乐给大家。

我录下下了一段片断献给最爱 Keane 的广州歌迷 - 叶嘉雯!

Imogen Heap

Yesterday I finished watching the last episode of HBO’s Six Feet Under – Everyone’s Waiting. The soundtrack was amazing and I am now trying to find the song ‘Lonely Little Petunia’, by Imogen Heap’s. While looking I discovered she had a MySpace website with some of her music, and lots of information.

Imogen’s first album, I Megaphone, was released in 1998. It took her another seven years to follow up with 2005’s ‘Speak For Yourself‘. The British vocalist was far from idle during the interim, having formed Frou Frou with Guy Sigsworth. I then realised that the song ‘Let Go’ (theme to the movie Garden State) is also by her. Amazing! This album, like Frou Frou’s electronica / pop hybrid, also carries a more sweeping and dynamic singer/songwriter aesthetic and presents Heap’s bold-yet-breathy vocals lounging on a bed of electronic effects. Some songs have been used in the popular series The O.C

Heap is an amazing talented composer, singer, and producer as well. Her music is a beautiful work of art; the songs become more and more addictive the more you play them. Her music makes me think. If I travel on a journey it’s the best CD that to pick. She has a dreamy, light, soft voice, before she blasts you with drums and guitars that slowly turn up the volume. It opens your imagination; it opens your inspiration; it brings your memories – sadness, joyful, bitter of life.

Thanks to Imogen Heap for giving us all these remarkable albums and her contributions to music. “Music can be like perfume,” suggests a Frou Frou. “It’s almost a scent, you know, where the right smell changes an environment and makes life more bearable.” So right.

昨天刚看完(六尺之下)的专集看到Imogen Heap’s 的歌曲,上网找了她的歌曲,最终在她的空间听到她的4首歌,首首都很精彩,Imogen 原来是英国乐队Frou Frou其中的主唱,1998年出了个人专集 I Megaphone,事隔7年2005年出了专集‘Speak For Yourself‘’,这张专集真是精品,有点流行电子风格,带有轻快摇摆,柔美,Launch的风格,它那天使般的声音和独特的风格,美国电视剧常拿她来做插曲象明珠台的The O.C…

她的音乐才华是种艺术,自己作词作曲包监制。 听她的这张CD让我沉思,让我沉迷,去哪里旅游我一定带上它。她的音乐让你感到自由,让你飞翔,打开你想象之窗,给你生活的灵感,让你体验到生活带给你的喜和悲。感谢她对音乐的创作,就像Frou Frow其中一员说:音乐如香水 – 一种气味, 适当的气味可以改变环境,且让生活显得更可忍受一些。(或音乐几乎就是一种香水,散发着迷人香味,改变您的环境,让您的生活更加美好)

Death Cab For Cutie

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Death Cab For Cutie was formed in the tiny college town of Bellingham, WA. PLANS this album was released in August 15 2005. I listened to this album accidentally on the radio and realized that is was on the TV series ‘The O.C’. Rock music for me is kind of bringing my rebellion out and releases it into music. After listening to the whole album I like it so much because it makes me think about our age, our generation & our life; it gave me inspiration; I can feel the resonance in the music, which produce perfectly for our age.

PlANS concerns itself with the gap that waits in front of us all; aging and eventual death. “All of us in the band are starting to turn a corner and realize our youth is basically over,” say 29-year-old Gibbard. “That’s not a fall by the way side. I am becoming an adult. For me, that means being aware of the slow process of losing people in your life.”

PLANS is a beautiful and mature album from a group that itself is still evolving. Death Cab For Cuties is that rare band that isn’t afraid to tackle the big thought, to wrestle with the complex, never black and white realities of human interaction.

PLANS is the sound of growing up of gaining friends and losing them, of realizing, perhaps of the first time, the weight and consequences of every decision we make, of every heart we touch. It’s an album about growing old that can grow old with us.

I highly recommend it to everyone.

About songs:

On Different Names For The Same Things It’s a song about traveling by yourself in a foreign country and the frustration of being isolated by language; even when you are surrounded by people. The lyrics are very simple and short, but it brings a lot of resonance for frequent travelers.

On Brothers on a Hotel Bed contains a warm and wistful melody and is another reflection on age and aging.

On Soul Meets Body It contains lyrics about death (‘If the darkness takes you, how it takes me too’) in to one of their most romantic love songs.

Every one and every song’s lyrics it’s a theme of life or something that might happen when we are getting old. All the songs I have listened to over and over again and it’s made me think of a lot of life and growing up. The generation of 70th or 80th it’s baby boom generation; It’s a very special generation that we actually got everything we need in physical and need more spiritual to fulfill our life. Allow me to call this generation of a “ Transatlanticism” it’s just exactly like the previous album of Death Cab For Cutie call “Transatlanticism”. If Transatlanticism was an inhale, PLANS is the exhale” said Death Cab member McGerr.