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Xiami Honors Zhouqu Mudslide Victims

Posted in China, Music by Elliott Back on August 15th, 2010.

Xiami, an ultra-popular Chinese music streaming site (think Spotify, Pandora, or Grooveshark) has set up a redirect of their entire site to, a black backgrounded page containing the inspiring message, “Close your ears, bless for Zhouqu.” Essentially, and online day of silence to mourn the mudslide victims:


For more information about the mudslide disaster in 舟曲, see China holds day of mourning for landslide dead:

Cinemas closed and coal miners stopped work as China observed a day of mourning Sunday for more than 1,200 victims of a mudslide a week earlier in a northwestern town, while authorities rushed to protect survivors from more flooding.

At least 1,239 people were killed as waves of mud and rock triggered by heavy summer rains crashed through Zhouqu in Gansu province on Aug. 8, knocking down houses and other buildings. The government says another 505 people are still missing.

南拳妈妈 Sucks Without 梁心颐

Posted in China, Music by Elliott Back on August 2nd, 2010.

So I was listening to Nan Quan Mama’s latest album, 決鬥巴哈 (Bach Duel?), and I am sorely disappointed. The big new thing is that Lara Veronin has left to persue her own endeavors, leaving just the two male cofounders in the band. Without her touch, the music sounds exactly like an insipid, juvenile Jay Chou knockoff.

南拳媽媽(梁心頤) – 下雨天 [揚聲KTV] –

Lara is now signed to Jay Chou’s label, JVR, hopefully to release her own album soon. In the meantime she has been collaborating with her mentor, Jay, on “Coral Sea” in “November’s Chopin” and the song “Snake Dance” from “Capricorn.”

Kirsten Dunst: I’m Turning Japanese Cover

Posted in Japan, Music by Elliott Back on February 23rd, 2010.

This odd little song by Takashi Murakami & Kirsten Dunst is called Akihabara Majokko Princess, but really it’s a cover of “I’m turning Japanese” originally by The Vapors. In any case, check it out, it’s electro-jpop weird, a mix of Ayumi and Cobra Starship:

Boa’s US Debut Album

Posted in Korea, Music by Elliott Back on March 29th, 2009.

BoA’s new US debut album–which is in English for the first time–just dropped on March 17, under label SM Entertainment USA. It started on the Billboard 200 at #127, a rather lukewarm reception. The main problem with the music on this CD can be reduced to poor English pronunciation (some lyrics are unintelligible), and heavy abuse of auto-tune/vocoder effect. Simply because more people are using the T-Pain effect doesn’t mean an actually decent singer, like BoA, should do so for US albums…


01. I Did It For Love (Feat. Sean Garrett)
02. Energetic
03. Did Ya
04. Look Who’s Talking
05. Eat You Up
06. Obsessed
07. Touched
08. Scream
09. Girls On Top
10. Dress Off
11. Hypnotic Dancefloor

So checkout BoA-BoA (Retail) 2009-NiSHiNO for the dirty download.

Koda Kumi Trick Album Cover

Posted in Japan, Music by Elliott Back on January 11th, 2009.

Trick is the title of the unreleased seventh album from our favorite J-Pop star Koda Kumi. The release date is January 28, 2009 in Japan–we’re looking forward to it! Until then, here’s a high resolution album art:

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