Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Wes Borland saying the Malaysian 'lah' in this short clip.

This is a funny video of Wes Borland saying the Malaysian '-lah' in comfort of his own typical american accent. Its so hilarious!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Exploring the Epiphone in the 2nd hand shop..

After lunch at Ampang Point, I went to Buy Sell Trade (Ampang Point) outlet to check out the big sale they were having. What I spot at the corner of my eye when I entered the shop was the beautiful Epiphone Explorer in slight scratch and dusty condition. Only thing that needed was a polish up and some slight tweek here and there, it would be good as new. And its Mahogany body! :D

I was so in love with the price being labelled on the beauty. Went home and went on to youtube and checked out how the Epiphone Explorer would sound. There was a clip of a kid playing it. It was great! Its humbucking pickups are surprisingly good, one thing that caught my heart was the sustain of the guitar.

And I knew it would be great for a first electric guitar and it would suit my style of playing. For a first hand Explorer, it would cost more than RM1000+, but the used one was below RM500+ which is a good buy. The fretboard wasn't so wide, which would be great to play around with.....

Why bother to buy second hand guitars and why they're good? Its the wood aging process. You only need to bring it for a slight service to adjust the trust rod and maybe the bridge and all....

-This is the beauty right here-
It would make a bigger boom if I were to mod this guitar with EMG pickups...
Feel like booking this baby after my SPM...

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Symphonic Rhapsody Of The Night (1) : The Spark

I eat, drink, sleep, dream music for almost my whole life. And there are many issues on what sparked the inspiration behind my interest towards being in touch with the musical world. It changed my life, personality, environment and my world. Back in the day, I was most likely a messed up kid. I didn't have many friends in High School back then. I've always faced big obstacles which made me to nearly quit.

But the grace of music held my hand and said that its not the end. It was the renewal beginning of my journey to become a better person. Everyday, I'll be confined in my very own room listening to my favourite music and it helped me cheer up whenever I'm deeply down. I didn't know how to express myself or reach to my folks the way I wanted to because maybe at the time I lacked being in touched with them.

We always got along well, but it was always hard for me to tell them the real reason why I'm so drab and felt crap and I didn't know where was the help I needed to grasp on when I needed it. I even thought that it was world's end for me. I had negative intentions upon my own views on certain things during the captive retrospect of what was bothering me.

I kept an old diary which I've thrown it away back at the end of form 2, which contained all my stories and experiences which I've had and learned from. I felt that it wasn't worth keeping it, but the words I expressed were in my heart. When numerous unpredictable moments went on day by day, I've been having personal man-to-man conversations with my dad. And we slowly began to click with one another though I didn't agree with some of his opinions on what a man should do whenever he gets stuck with no where to go. But I learned to apply some of the advice he gave me. Whenever he cracks up the radio in the car, he would tell me which song was written by which artist/band. I was pretty much into 80's rock more than the whole other range of oldies which I've listened to. Basically, those moments helped me mature and automatically got to see 5% of the whole view. I've began to be there for my family ever since then.

There were ups and downs during the process but those were good life lesson experiences at the time. Every song I listened to, each had a certain meaning in my life. The pieces were slowly merging together. Then I slowly went on to writing lyrics. And the songs were relating towards my past experiences. Whatever controversy I had with anyone, I was in my own world where most of the people I know don't know much about whats going on in my head. My mind was maturing like vintage wine along the way. I learned to build myself without even knowing it as I progressed. I thought that I was still the same old average joe I was before. But I guess we humans aren't supposed to be subconsciously aware of every other bit of our growing process.

And I'm basically famous for my occasional tantrum break outs once I've reached over my limit of my own being. It can be really bad somehow. I try to hold it but somehow I feel as if I got schizophrenic or something. I wouldn't mean to hold it against my family because maybe I'm the youngest and was probably misunderstood, but I threw the thought away and believed that it was my own being, only thing I didn't confess that it was. And the things which got to relate with me was my music and nothing more or less. (Not that my family misunderstood me, but on some certain agendas).

And that was the very moment, I've ever thought of becoming an aspiring musician, because it did a favor for me once...

Friday, October 26, 2007

Stress and coffee

Been studying almost round the clock (Of course I took my usual 7 hour sleep) everyday for now till the BIG day comes and haunts me. And its really shaky when time goes by now. Well, I have to believe in myself that I could pass my major exam. The reasons why I don't wanna go to NS was because of serving the camp while waiting for results for three months. OOOO...the agony. Get really tired by the end of the day and yet worried sick about the result can be a real trauma. Many of my friends who are not chosen will have one heck of a holiday and will be earning a lot of money by just working which I wanted to do the same. Now the chance has slipped out of my hand.

This is the kind of feeling that shocks me through my body all the time. This is not the end of the world I know, but the path that has been waiting MIGHT fade away. Well, time to 'gamble' and start on my intensives. I mean really, what is the use of going to NS. I still am justified about that question. We're being treated like soldiers and to me, its more like child abuse than just some daily practical training. There was this guy, who did a mistake on something, he and his whole group got punished by the trainee, even though it was only the guy's fault. What in the humanity is that? I would actually stand up for my own rights on this one. Period.

To me actually, when will it be your wonderful days of three months worth of holiday just doing all the great stuff with your own great buddies than just make it a mere memory. I do not try to forget about this NS thing but I CHOSE not to think about it and focus real hard on my exams. So what if it kills me? I still need to stand on my ground. I finally knew the importance of what its like being independent and doing things on my own to achieve things I WANT in life. Not that I know the solution to do so, but the actions being taken to determine whether its successful or not. Thats what I believe in. If you doubt it, do it and see what comes up. Like Yoda once said to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars episode 5,"You must not try! There's no try! DO!"
Its more related to what the Nike quote has to put on like,"Just do it"

So, in this motive..I have to do it even though it kills me...call me crazy, but I think its what human beings are meant to do. Head strong wherever, whenever and whatever it takes me to. I am where it takes me. A man has a choice to where he wants to be lead, not for the sake of the opposition between the good and the bad. Because life is not always a bed of roses as we all know it. But only for the greater benefits of experiencing life itself to be able to walk after we learn how to crawl and run after we learn how to walk. Its the cycle of what life is all about....

Before I end this post. I want everyone of you fellow loyal readers of mine to watch this video (Its compulsory) to show you what its like when the moments are gone for our High School years and get on with life..

Lostprophets-Last Summer

Friday, October 19, 2007

Pork rice and group reunion gathering

Yesterday, I had an outing with a couple of my old buddies since primary school years and a new friend.
It was a good reunion, We had 'char siu' rice (BBQ Pork rice) and chicken at Taman Melawati. Elaine Ho, fetched me from my place and she brought along a friend of hers who I had met once before, Charlene. After that, we headed to Gombak to pick up Nicholas (also my old schoolmate). While we were on our way to Nick's house, Ho and Charlene were discussing a bunch of topics anything that were alien to me. Then Charlene asked, "Why so quiet?". Then I told her, "Nothing much to say. Then she cracked me up by saying, "Its okay, well...you can help say fish...cow or etc".
On Ho's driving, its kinda scary at first but fun. Here's why..
1. She does not avoid potholes
2. She says she drives carefully when Charlene is in the car with her (Sure or not?)
3. She drives pretty safe though. She can overtake cars and all...
4. If she had a Nissan Skyline...she can become a car drift champion.

After we picked Nick up from his house, we proceeded to Taman Melawati. While in the car, it was like a party zone. The bass speakers in Ho's car was so loud and we were cranking up one of Kanye West's songs. Nick started to jiggle and got high listening to the music. LOL.
We had a great conversation in the car. It kinda felt like going to a long holiday trip with your buddies in the car and telling all sorts of stories and jokes along the way.

We finally made it to Taman Melawati. I remember Nick and Lene telling Ho and I to stop speaking Chinese while we were ordering food because they could hardly understand at the time. (Sorry guys). Then Nick said, "Eh, J. I don't understand Chinese; I only managed to pick up English".

After lunch, we decided to head for Ho's house just to check on her part-time maid. It was the first time I had been to her house. It was a nice place. Somehow it felt really bright and peaceful. It reminded me of something I saw in Beijing; trust me, if you were in her house, you feel like you're in a palace. So many statues and all.

After that, we headed up to her room and hung out there. Suddenly, her guitar popped-out and fell halfway. (No, I'm not dreaming) Then the guys asked me to play. Well, to be honest, I felt really nervous because I had company around me so with me holding the guitar and I had to go straight through baby-steps by warming up my fingers. Then Charlene suddenly said , "Play a song". I suggested, "Hotel California?". The guys said, "YES". So then I made an attempt to sing and pluck and I was kinda clumsy, because I never did a check by detecting the known chords for this song like I always do before I start playing. Its such a shame, and it must have sounded real bad, because I forgot the following lyrics like,"Hair grew heavy and my sight grew dim, had to stop for the night" and instead, I skipped to the part I said,"Warm smell of Collitas, rising up in the air". I was saved by the bell by Ho when she told us we gotta go and send Charlene back.

After that, the guys dropped me off and then Nick. It was a good day.

Hey guys, sorry that I did not take any pictures. Honestly forgot about it.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Occurances in a cynical movie

Last night, I was enjoying a bowl of noodles and watching 2 1/2 hours of the movie 'Superman Returns' on Television. Why am I suddenly talking about this movie? Well, one of the scenes had come up with an up heaving thought inside my mind which somehow made me think of my disturbing past. There turned out to be a scene whereby, Superman tried to push a huge mass of Kryptonite (A crystal in which makes Superman weak) from the ocean bed right up to space. His attempt on this mission was really stressful as he raises up the mass, the soil from the bottom started to fall and directly exposed Superman to the Kryptonite

His body grew weaker as his energy was affected by the crystals. He never gave up and kept pushing till he reached outer space and left the mass of kryptonite in space. Then, Superman fainted and fell right to ground zero from space which made a catastrophic bang when he hit the ground. He was then brought to the hospital in critical condition and the nurses and doctors tried to help him. The nurse inserted a syringe in between his ribs but the needle bent because his body was hard like steel. The doctors used the cardiac fibulator to save his heart as the monitor was showing that his heart rate was going down to none. But after one shot, the cardiac fibulator had an electrical disruption and the machine was fried because his body resistance was too strong. In the end, he sort of went into a come.

After a while, he was brought to the ICU. His ex-girlfriend, Lois Lane visited him along with his son who Superman never knew he had, and the son didn't know that Superman was his dad. He thought Superman was in a coma or completely dead. And then his son told Lois, "I like him.” Lois came to superman's bed and whispered in his ear that her son is actually also his son even though Lois was married to another man because the son had inherited some of his (Superman's) powers. After Lois and her son went back home, Superman once was awake and he decided to pay a visit at Louis's house to see his son. It’s amazing to see that there was a little bit of hope for a father to see his long lost son while he was fighting his life. The part where Superman nearly passed away really reminds the time when my mother's life was at stake in the hospital and it was running through my mind. And when the doctor announced her passing to me and the family, we broke down really badly. But I never wanted to cry because I decided my family doesn't deserve the cause and I should be with them at bad times. But for the movie, there was hope.

I guess all of us have hope, regardless of what we've experienced which can fatal sometimes. Life goes on, even for Superman...

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Not your everyday routine....

I've been having back aches and sudden heat around my body for two days. I felt really ill but I wasn't. I still can run and jump around like always do. First, I blamed the weather, then I blamed the water from the shower (Which I thought the water was contaminated). There was none of that. Till, my friend sent me an sms about IMS which stands for 'Irritable Male Syndrome'. Yes....I did have IMS. Its depressing really, you get all grumpy and you just refuse to talk to anyone around you. Now I know how girls feel when they have PMS. One thing I've experienced is that, it helps change your feel and awareness in the environment. And you feel much more matured. This was probably one of my worse ones so far. It has a really heavy feeling, it may even last for 30 hours to 30 days. WOW! How can I live through that? Got to stay strong and do regular meditations (Breathe-in...breathe-out) HAAAA! lol.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Stuff which I grew up listening to as a kid.....

When I'm in a cruising mood, my few listening selections would range from Js. Bach to Beethoven. One of the greatest composers ever known in the history of music such as Tchaikovsky, Johannes Brahms, JS Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven who inspired the creativity of many musicians around the world.
I would like to credit Wikipedia for their information regarding on the works of the musicians below...

-Johannes Brahms-
Brahms wrote a number of major works for orchestra, including two serenades, four symphonies, two piano concertos (See First Piano Concerto; Second Piano Concerto), a Violin Concerto, a Double Concerto for violin and cello, and a pair of orchestral overtures, the Academic Festival Overture and the Tragic Overture.

The work was composed in three major periods of his life. An earlier version of the second movement was first composed in 1854, not long after Robert Schumann's attempted suicide, and was later finished and used in his first piano concerto. The majority of the Requiem was composed after his mother's death in 1865. The fifth movement was later added after the official premiere in 1868. The complete work was then published in 1869.

Brahms's works in variation form include the Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel and the Paganini Variations, both for solo piano, and the Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn in versions for two pianos and for orchestra. The final movement of the Fourth Symphony (Op. 98) is also formally a set of variations.

His chamber works include three string quartets, two string quintets and two string sextets, as well as a clarinet quintet, a clarinet trio, a horn trio, a piano quintet, three piano quartets and three piano trios. He composed several instrumental sonatas with piano, including three for violin, two for cello and two for clarinet (which were subsequently arranged for viola by the composer). His solo piano works range from his early piano sonatas and ballades to his late sets of character pieces. Brahms also wrote about 200 songs and is considered among the greatest of Lieder composers (with Schubert and Schumann). His chorale preludes for organ, which he wrote shortly before his death, have become an important part of the organist's repertoire.

Despite his reputation as a serious composer of large, complex musical designs, some of Brahms's most widely known and commercially successful compositions during his life were aimed at the thriving contemporary market for domestic music-making, and are small-scale and popular in intention. These included his arrangements of popular dances, in Hungarian Dances, the Waltzes Op. 39 for piano duet, the Liebeslieder Waltzes for vocal quartet and piano, and some of his many songs, notably the Wiegenlied, Op. 49 No. 4 (published in 1868).

-Ludwig van Beethoven-

Beethoven was a German composer and virtuoso pianist.
He suffered from gradual hearing loss beginning in his twenties. He nonetheless continued to compose his masterpieces, and to conduct and perform, even after he was completely deaf.

Beethoven is acknowledged as one of the giants of Western classical music; occasionally he is referred to as one of the "three Bs" (along with Bach and Brahms) who epitomize that tradition. He was also a pivotal figure in the transition from 18th Century musical classicism to 19th Century romanticism, and his influence on subsequent generations of composers was profound.

Beethoven's first music teacher was his father Johann, a tenor in the service of the Electoral court at Bonn, who was reportedly a harsh instructor. Johann later engaged a friend, Tobias Pfeiffer, to preside over his son's training, and it is said Johann and his friend would at times come home late from a night of drinking to pull young Ludwig out of bed to practice until morning. Beethoven's talent was recognized at a very early age, and by 1778 he was studying the organ and viola in addition to the piano. His most important teacher in Bonn was Christian Gottlob Neefe,[4] who was the Court's Organist. Neefe helped Beethoven publish his first work: a set of keyboard variations.

Beethoven’s patrons loved his music but were not quick to support him. He eventually came to rely more on patrons such as Count Franz Joseph Kinsky, (d. 1811), Prince Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowicz (1772-1816) and Karl Alois Johann-Nepomuk Vinzenz, Fürst Lichnowsky, and as these patrons passed away or reneged on their pledges, Beethoven fell into debt. In 1807, Prince Lobkowitz advised Beethoven to apply for the position of composer of the Imperial Theatres, and the nobility who had newly been placed in charge of the post did not respond. At that time Beethoven considered leaving Vienna. In the fall of 1808, he was offered a position as chapel maestro at the court of Jerome Bonaparte, the king of Westphalia, which he accepted. In order to stop him from leaving Vienna, the Archduke Rudolf, Count Kinsky and Prince Lobkowitz, upon interventions from the composer’s friends, pledged to pay Beethoven a pension of 4000 florins a year. But the pension was not properly respected, and only Archduke Rudolf paid his share at the established date. Kinsky was immediately called to duty as an officer, did not contribute and soon died falling from his horse. Lobkowitz stopped paying in September 1811. Successors of the nobility did not continue the patronage, and Beethoven relied mostly on selling composition rights and a smaller pension after 1815.

-Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky-

Musically precocious, Pyotr began piano lessons at age five with a local woman, Mariya Palchikova, and within three years could read music as well as his teacher. In 1850, his father was appointed director of the St Petersburg Technological Institute. There, the young Tchaikovsky obtained an education at the School of Jurisprudence. Though music was not considered a high priority on the curriculum, Tchaikovsky was taken with classmates on regular visits to the theater and the opera. He was very taken with the works of Rossini, Bellini, Verdi and Mozart. The only music instruction he received at school was some piano tuition from Franz Becker, a piano manufacturer who made occasional visits as a token music teacher.

As Tchaikovsky studied with Zaremba, the critic Vladimir Stasov and the composer Mily Balakirev formed a nationalistic school of music, recruiting what would be known as The Mighty Handful (better known in English as "The Five") in St. Petersburg. As he became Anton Rubinstein's best known student, Tchaikovsky was associated by The Five with the conservative opposition. However, when Rubinstein exited the St. Petersburg musical scene in 1867, Tchaikovsky entered into a working relationship with Balakirev, resulting in the fantasy-overture Romeo and Juliet.

Tchaikovsky remained ambivalent about The Five's music and goals, and his relationship with its members was cordial but never close. Tchaikovsky enjoyed close relations with Alexander Glazunov, Anatol Lyadov and, at least on the surface, the elder Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Tchaikovsky wrote several works well known among the general classical public—Romeo and Juliet, the 1812 Overture and Marche Slave. These, along with two of his concertos and three of his latter symphonies, are probably his most familiar works, thanks in part to Tchaikovsky's considerable gift for melody, along with the emotional accessibility of his music.
Original cast of Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, St Petersburg, 1890

Tchaikovsky is well known for his ballets, although it was only in his last years, with his last two ballets, that his contemporaries came to really appreciate his finer qualities as ballet music composer. His final ballet, The Nutcracker, has become among the most popular ballets performed, primarily around Christmas time. He also completed ten operas, although one of these is mostly lost and another exists in two significantly different versions. In the West his most famous operas are Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades.

Tchaikovsky's earlier symphonies are generally optimistic works of nationalistic character. The later symphonies are more intensely dramatic, with the Fourth a breakthrough work; there Tchaikovsky found the symphonic method that matched his temperament to his talents. The most famous of these, the Sixth, is especially interpreted by many as a declaration of despair. These two symphonies, along with the Fifth, are recognized as highly original examples of symphonic form and are frequently performed.

In the ten years between the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, Tchaikovsky also wrote four orchestral suites. He originally intended to designate the Third Suite a symphony - but, as he told Taneyev, "... the title is of no importance". [8]. Tchaikovsky used the suites to experiment with new instrumental combinations.

Among Tchaikovsky's concertos, his First Piano Concerto is now the best known and among the most frequently played piano concerti. The same holds true for his Violin Concerto, but he wrote two other works for piano and orchestra and left another unfinished at his death. In addition, Tchaikovsky composed two concertante works for cello and orchestra — the Variations on a Rococo theme and Pezzo capriccioso.

-JS Bach-

Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Thuringia. He was the youngest child of Johann Ambrosius Bach, an organist at St. George's Church, and Maria Elisabetha Lämmerhirt Bach. His father taught him to play violin and harpsichord. His uncles were all professional musicians, whose posts ranged from church organists and court chamber musicians to composers. One uncle, Johann Christoph Bach (1645–93), was especially famous and introduced him to the art of organ playing. Bach was proud of his family's musical achievements, and around 1735 he drafted a genealogy, "Origin of the musical Bach family", printed in translation in The Bach Reader (ISBN 0393002594).

Bach's mother died in 1694, and his father eight months later. The 10-year-old orphan moved in with his oldest brother, Johann Christoph Bach (1671–1721), the organist at nearby Ohrdruf. There, he copied, studied and performed music, and apparently received valuable teaching from his brother, who instructed him on the clavichord. JC Bach exposed him to the works of the great South German composers of the day, such as Johann Pachelbel (under whom Johann Christoph had studied) and Johann Jakob Froberger; possibly to the music of North German composers, to Frenchmen, such as Jean-Baptiste Lully, Louis Marchand, Marin Marais; and to the Italian clavierist Girolamo Frescobaldi. The young Bach probably witnessed and assisted in the maintenance of the organ music. Bach's obituary indicates that he copied music out of Johann Christoph's scores, but his brother had apparently forbidden him to do so, possibly because scores were valuable and private commodities at the time.

At the age of 14, Bach, along with his older school friend George Erdmann, was awarded a choral scholarship to study at the prestigious St. Michael’s School in Lüneburg, not far from the northern seaport of Hamburg, one of the largest cities in the Holy Roman Empire. This involved a long journey with his friend, probably undertaken partly on foot and partly by coach. His two years there appear to have been critical in exposing him to a wider palette of European culture than he would have experienced in Thuringia. In addition to singing in the a cappella choir, it is likely that he played the School’s three-manual organ and its harpsichords. He probably learned French and Italian, and received a thorough grounding in theology, Latin, history, geography, and physics. He would have come into contact with sons of noblemen from northern Germany sent to the highly selective school to prepare for careers in diplomacy, government, and the military. It is likely that he had significant contact with organists in Lüneburg, in particular Georg Böhm, and that he visited several of them in Hamburg, such as Johann Adam Reincken and Nicolaus Bruhns. Through these musicians, he probably gained access to the largest and finest instruments he had played thus far. It is likely that during this stage he became acquainted with the music of the German organ schools, especially the work of Dieterich Buxtehude, and with music manuscripts and treatises on music theory that were in the possession of these musicians.

J. S. Bach’s works are indexed with BWV numbers, an initialism for Bach Werke Verzeichnis (Bach Works Catalogue). The catalogue, published in 1950, was compiled by Wolfgang Schmieder. The catalogue is organised thematically, rather than chronologically: BWV 1–224 are cantatas, BWV 225–249 the large-scale choral works, BWV 250–524 chorales and sacred songs, BWV 525–748 organ works, BWV 772–994 other keyboard works, BWV 995–1000 lute music, BWV 1001–40 chamber music, BWV 1041–71 orchestral music, and BWV 1072–1126 canons and fugues. In compiling the catalogue, Schmieder largely followed the Bach Gesellschaft Ausgabe, a comprehensive edition of the composer's works that was produced between 1850 and 1905. For a list of works catalogued by BWV number, see List of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Organ works

Bach was best known during his lifetime as an organist, organ consultant, and composer of organ works in both the traditional German free genres such as preludes, fantasias, and toccatas, and stricter forms such as chorale preludes and fugues. He established a reputation at a young age for his great creativity and ability to integrate foreign styles into his organ works. A decidedly North German influence was exerted by Georg Böhm, with whom Bach came into contact in Lüneburg, and Dieterich Buxtehude in Lübeck, whom the young organist visited in 1704 on an extended leave of absence from his job in Arnstadt. Around this time, Bach copied the works of numerous French and Italian composers to gain insights into their compositional languages, and later arranged violin concertos by Vivaldi and others for organ and harpsichord. His most productive period (1708–14) saw the composition of several pairs of preludes and fugues and toccatas and fugues, and of the Orgelbüchlein ("Little organ book"), an unfinished collection of 45 short chorale preludes that demonstrate compositional techniques in the setting of chorale tunes. After he left Weimar, Bach's output for organ fell off, although his best-known works (the six trio sonatas, the Clavierübung III of 1739, and the "Great eighteen" chorales, revised late in his life) were all composed after this time. Bach was extensively engaged later in his life in consulting on organ projects, testing newly built organs, and dedicating organs in afternoon recitals.[9][10] One of the high points may be the third part of the Clavierübung, a setting of 21 chorale preludes uniting the traditional Catholic Missa with the Lutheran catechism liturgy, the whole set interpolated between a mighty Prelude and Fugue on the theme of the Trinity.

I would delightfully present you a future virtuoso guitarist (Who is from The Melt Method also) who has been inspired by the great Bach, managed to transpose the piece 'Toccata and Fugue' and this would likely be the new version. May I present you..Edwin Chan!!! *Applause*

Saturday, October 06, 2007

The usual, but new..

Just went and ate McDonald's for dinner and I think I'm gonna retire from it and move to Carls Jr. McDonald's is not as good as before somehow. The beef taste like plain paper and the fries are bad. Period. Lets move to another topic.

This is the new great taste! :)

Black Light Burns-Cruel Melody
(Get it now, while its still burning)

I was wanting to get Black Light Burns's album but I don't have the time to look for it, so I decided to download the whole album, it was worth it so, I'll buy the album after my SPM. I was downloading and listening to his music for a sample of how good the album was gonna turn out. It was superb! I'm of course listening to a pirated version because I burned it onto an empty cd, but I will get the original one because its worth a listen. I recommend it to any industrial rock, metal and experimental fans out there. Wes Borland made the right choice on leaving Limp Bizkit, but hey..his guitar work for Limp Bizkit's music was what kept the band's music together..a genius indeed.

Off to another topic...

Well...went to The Curve to get a box of donuts from Big Apple: Donuts and Coffee
because dad and the rest of the family were craving for donuts and my dad started to get hooked on those donuts when he accidentaly ate up my oreo donut. HAHAHA! You should see what the staffs look like at Big Apple, they looked like a bunch of Pac-men. (The impersonation of the game, Pac-man) With white uniforms and yellow caps. The place was packed with people today, and the way the big number of staffs started to work, they were like one big moving chain like what you see in Sushi bars.

'The pac-men staffs and the white ghost from the earlier days', the inside joke XD.



The golden chest of Big Apple donuts...hungry yet?

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Burning down alive... (Review of BLB continued)

Me with Wes Borland

Yes! Black Light Burns (BLB) are finally in the music scene and their music is very much new stuff and its really amazing for this year which beats Limp Bizkit to it. The band was found by Wes Borland who is the former lead guitarist for the sensational Limp Bizkit. Wes left Limp Bizkit in terms of personal problems regarding the band and he was beginning to feel sold-out at the time. However, he left Limp Bizkit and decided to form his own band and began experimenting new melodies and concepts in his music which he has formed unheard and exotic sounds in the history of music.

Sure, some of his songs sound a little indie-rock, just listen to the songs and you'd be the judge. When the album was finished, Wes Borland decided to hold guitar clinic sessions in South-East Asia, especially in Malaysia (KL and Penang). He was down to give guitar clinic sessions during the grand opening of BeatSpot Yamaha at The Curve on the 8th of March 2007 while presenting his signature guitar, the Yamaha CV820 WB. It was an honor for me to meet the man himself in person. He was pretty humble and nice when I greeted him.

-Yamaha CV820 WB-

He is a great example to famous musicians who would greet their fans in the future and indeed, his PR during his clinic sessions were great, very steady and smooth as it went. I wanted to ask him a few questions regarding the band, but the people who were waiting in line behind were anxious to greet him, so I didn't get the opportunity to give him a short interview about his music.

I hope he does a concert here in Malaysia anytime soon. His rich form of melodies gave in great inspiration and ideas for me to even consider my band as partially hardcore in TMM's music which I think it isn't wrong to have an aggressive charisma in music once in a while in the local music scene. Great to have you back Wes! You're a great inspiration at major central points to modern bands these days...

-Black Light Burns-

Presenting....Black Light Burns's debut video 'Lie'