Music Obsessions [October 2017]

Welcome to October’s Music Obsessions!

The first week of October is pretty much ending. I probably should have been last Sunday’s segment but as you can see, things have been running way ahead of me so its nice to get that extra moment to put this together. Its always a fun time since I’m getting a slight writer’s block. Regardless, I know the horror content has been a little thin the last few days but if everything goes well, there will be a review going up later today as well for a movie that I love so very much even if its made me creeped out also a lot.

We’re here for some music so here’s a few songs I’ve been listening to a ton!

One Day Live Your Life – Thomas Vent

I’ve been playing this game called Beat Fever and its where I found this song. Its super cool although can get a little repetitive at times. However, I do love these glitch funk type of music. Its just so happy whenever it plays. If you didn’t read my review of Beat Fever over at That Moment In, you can check it out HERE.

Wonder Woman – Miriam Yeung

For the HK pop selection, lets go with the recent release of this Miriam Yeung song called Wonder Woman. Its got some fun lyrics and the video is pretty cool. Plus, the song overall is very energetic. Its a great one. A surprising thing I’ve realized is that I can’t get into any newer artists in Hong Kong but these ones that I grew up with are still around and make great music that I can appreciate. 🙂

The Fever – Bassjackers vs Breathe Carolina & Apek

Awesome beat and a fun comic strip style story-based video! The Fever is really great. Plus, I love Bassjackers and Breathe Carolina a ton. They’ve always made awesome electronic music. I’ve been rather particular and this one is just so fantastic.

You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile – Annie (1982) Soundtrack

I reviewed a double feature of Annie of 1982 and 2014 version a week or so ago probably.  You can read it HERE. A lot of stuff here is very much delayed posting. Its what I’ve learned keeps the content going and makes sure that I’ve had time to think things through a little before reviewing. So a few Annie songs from 1982 has been playing on repeat and this one definitely is one that gets played the most. Its just so fun and the segment is adorable. The little girl is so awesome.

Power – Hardwell & KSHMR

Its quite an awesome last few weeks when I not only got new music from Bassjackers and Breathe Carolina and now there’s even Hardwell and KSHMR teaming up to do this new song called Power. They all make such energetic and B-A dance music.

Way Down We Go – Kaleo

So…apparently late to this Kaleo music thing but hey, I found it. Noah Mac sang it at the Blinds for this season of The Voice. He does a great job and it made me want to find the original and this one is my absolute favorite in the last few days! The band and the voice is so unique. They have a few other songs that I’ve liked a lot like No Good and I Can’t Go On Without You. I’ll probably showcase them in later Music Obsessions.

Finally…since I’ve been watching Season 13 of The Voice, and I’ve been liking a ton of the singers. Its an impressive roll right now with Anthony Alexander and Noah Mac really having unique voices however Dave Crosby came to audition and he’s on Adam team. If you don’t remember, Dave Crosby is the one who did the Disney songs with his daughter. He’s really awesome. It would be nice to see a subtly beautiful voice win The Voice. Maybe there has been since I’ve only started watching since last season. So lets end with that since he gets his daughter to perform You’ve Got A Friend in Me upon the judges request and he sings I Will Follow You in the Dark which happens to be one of my favorite songs.

That’s it for this month’s Music Obsessions!
Nothing really horror and scary and that’s why I’m getting a second post up in the afternoon!

What have you been listening to?

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Music Obsessions [September 2017]

Welcome back to September’s Music Obsessions!

Its rare to have My Weekly Adventures segment precede this one back to back. With the last month’s personal life taking me for a long time emotional ride, I’ve been drowning in a lot of music. There was a splurge of going back to some of the older stuff I used to listen which is mostly Hong Kong pop from 80’s and 90’s maybe even to early 2000s. Its been a lot of variety from EDM to hip hop to just about everything, making this month a pretty hard one to narrow down. Anyways, here’s the ones I’ve been going back to a lot.

Divination – KSHMR & No Mondays

Its always nice to start off these obsessions with some electronic music. I love KSHMR. They’ve had some incredible music and its fantastic. This one is pretty good also.

Kings and Queens of Summer – Matstubs

I have this feeling that I heard this on the radio but then, I’m not so sure. However, it was an accidental find but I like the beat a lot.

飛 (Fly) – LMF

I’m almost positive that I’ve shared LMF songs some time in the past however, there was a chat recently with my Game Warp co-host that brought about a talk about hip hop music and while Hong Kong hip hop is not a popular thing as there’s only a few selected few that have done well and are actually decent, LMF is the one that I’d like to say brought this genre to Hong Kong. They aren’t together anymore but they made some great music. This one is one of my faves. Once I start, I just listen to it on repeat.

Tout laisser tomber – Raffy

The newest selection on this list goes to the new song by a Quebec artist/group called Raffy. They have very awesome and fun music. This new one is upbeat and positive and I like it a lot. It makes me happy when I listen to it. Can’t really ask for more.

I Do – Karen Mok

Karen Mok has been in some movies here and there and for those more familiar with Hong Kong movies may recognize her especially in some Stephen Chow movies. However, she is also a singer and a pretty unique one at that. I love her voice a lot. This is one of her newer tunes, I believe and the video is super cute. Its great.

Body Like A Back Road – Sam Hunt

I like Sam Hunt a lot. This song has a really nice beat. I’m not so sure about the lyrics but its a fun listen just for the music itself.

That’s it for this month’s Music Obsessions!
What have you been listening to?

Music Obsessions [August 2017]

Music Obsessions

And we’re in August!

I survived the incredibly crazy July and while I was out a lot and took a lot of other stuff a little easier on the blog (as you might have realized), I was doing quite a bit of stuff on the side and really having fun discovering new stuff. One of those main things is finding a Chinese singing show called Come Sing With Me where fans can interact with specific stars each week chosen by the show online, like live online karaoke and then the best ones are chosen to go to the show and then selected 3 or 4 are chosen to sing on stage with that artist and then eventually the artist will choose one fan to do a duet with. That is amazing, isn’t it? What I love most is that I can find all the episodes on Youtube so I’ve been catching up on it. While I’m not familiar with mainland China artists for the most part, they do invite Hong Kong and Taiwan singers and those were like a trip back in time to when music was almost the most important part of my life and it got me through some tough(ish) times. This show also introduced me to some cool songs and artists and a part of it will be snippets from that as well as other songs.

Let’s get started!

Kepler – Stefanie Sun

Stefanie Sun is a singer that I love singing to. A lot of her songs were my fave whenever I go to karaoke. It just connects on so many levels. This is a newer one and I’m glad that the song had a snippet that brought this to my attention. Love it!

S.O.S. – Dimash Kudaibergenov

This snippet is from a singing competition run by the same channel that airs the Come Sing With Me. This guy has a phenomenally beautiful voice. He kind of butchers the French and sings the wrong lyrics here in parts but on the Come Sing With Me show, he has improved on all of it. Regardless, I think just the way he can control his voice and the range he has is so great. I can’t wait to see what else he sings in the future. So far we’ve really only heard covers.

好心分手 (Set Me Free) – Candy Lo feat. Leehom Wang

The translation of this is Set Me Free. Now, I love Candy Lo, she’s amazing and I love the texture of her voice. Actually, this is a super cool combination of Mandarin and Cantonese together. I like fun songs like that which mix things up, plus I’m a huge fan of Leehom Wang. Yes, Leehom Wang is a singer before he was an actor. For those interested, he was in Lust, Caution and Blackhat.

Haze – Tessa Violet

I’ve been listening to Tessa Violet for a few years. She’s had some great covers and she’s been singing a lot more original songs and they’ve been all pretty good. I like this one the most so far.

妳太善良 (You’re Too Kind) – Chilam Cheung

One of the singers that I’ve loved since I was like twelve or something is Chilam Cheung. I go back to his songs every once in a while. It was actually through a video  when he was a guest on Come Sing With Me that got be back to listening so I figured that I’d share of his somewhat newer songs that I’ve enjoyed.

Come Sing With Me duet Single for Han Lei

I’ve actually only heard of this singer, Han Lei before but never heard anything until this episode. This duet he does with his fan that he chose is amazing. The fan he chose has an amazing voice and actually matches his song in this duet incredibly well. Plus, this song has beautiful lyrics. I actually had one day that I translated it to my husband. He doesn’t understand Mandarin at all but its just so romantic.

I’ve bombarded you all with enough songs!
Music has been my companion while lining up and writing up reviews the past few weeks!

What have you been listening to?

Music Obsessions: Canada 150 Special [July 2017]

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And we’re in July ALREADY!

For those of you following me, I  was on vacation and was on my way back home on Canada Day! That also meant that I couldn’t celebrate Canada Day the way that everyone else was. Instead, we had the chance to enjoy Canada’s beautiful landscapes as we traveled back from New Brunswick back to Montreal. It was a fantastic few days away and now I’m more relaxed and with the next week of staycation, I’m ready to really get back into gear and maybe hopefully create some backlog. Of course, I couldn’t give up a chance for my own Canada Day post. Its a day late but Canada 150 wasn’t something to pass up on.

With that in mind, this Music Obsessions is all about Canadian music artists and some of my favorite songs from before and now. The list really does go on but I had to make choices from what popped up in my head right away.

That Don’t Impress Me Much – Shania Twain

S’il Suffisait D’Aimer – Celine Dion

I Believe in You – Michael Buble

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back – Shawn Mendes

What are some of you favorite Canadian artists? Which songs do you like?

Music Obsessions [June 2017]

Another month has gone by and its been a rather fun music month over here. Maybe not quite as much as the last month since there were some great finds. However, May was pretty awesome as well. Hopping into June, we have some good music sitting around.

Let’s check it out!

Partners 拍檔 – Claire Kuo (Refresh Man Opening Theme)

Refresh Man is a Taiwanese series that I’m absolutely in love with. I was going to do the TV binge but I actually ended up starting to watch it again…so that is going to happen probably after the second viewing although I’m watching it rather leisurely. It showed me to Aaron Yan who I realized was an actor & part of a boy band that I caught on to about ten years when he first started and really liked but kind of fell of my radar when I took a break from Taiwanese series and music.

KO One – Tank (KO One Opening Theme)

The TV series that started out Aaron Yan and the boy band that he was part of, Fahrenheit, was KO One. Its this quirky fun series that I loved. It combines a lot of fantasy RPG/combat gaming things with a fun awkward humor that worked for me. I loved his character in it. I couldn’t believe that watching Refresh Man would be such a nostalgic trip back. Now, I have a few Fahrenheit tunes in my list as well as the KO One and the sequel’s theme as well. Although this wasn’t sang by Fahrenheit, Tank is a really great singer. His songs are always very powerful and a lot of fun. I’m hunting down one that I can’t remember the name of but I loved a lot. Hopefully, I’ll figure it out eventually.

Troublemaker ft Flo Rida – Olly Murs

An absolute odd bag this month. I heard this song on the radio and remembered that I used to like it. Its super catchy and even though I’m not a Flo Rida fan, I still like this song quite a bit. Its a lot of fun.

Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (Cover by VoicePlay feat. J None)

Not exactly sure what the original sounds like but I love VoicePlay. They have a great vocal balance in their group. They pull off some great acapella tunes.

There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back – Shawn Mendes (English + Spanish cover by Leroy Sanchez)

I like the Shawn Mendes original version. In fact, its been the first song in a while that I found through the radio. Shawn Mendes has been an young singer that has surprised me quite a bit in his songs and the music he makes. However, I have a soft spot for Spanish, the language in general is one that I love a lot. I still hope to get back to improving it. Either way, Leroy Sanchez is one of my new Youtube discoveries. He has a pretty good voice and his last few covers has been rather impressive. This one has been playing a lot.

That’s it for this Music Obsessions round-up!
What songs have you been listening to a lot lately?

Music Obsessions [May 2017]

Another month has passed us by! We’re almost at the halfway mark of the year! Wow!

Seeing as I’ve been busy, music has been my constant companion and surprisingly, this is when I found all kinds of really fantastic tunes that has been keeping me very upbeat and motivated and on the more tired days, given me energy. They are rather random choices so hope you enjoy!

Blind Heart – CAZZETTE ft Terri B!

By far, one of my favorite finds this past week. CAZZETTE has made some really great music and this one is definitely one I love a whole lot.

Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat (‘The Aristocats) – Charles Perry

The AristoCats is my favorite Disney movie. Perhaps its because I love cats a lot but then its just because I love the songs and everything. Its adorable and fun and super lighthearted. Plus, Everybody Wants To Be A Cat gets stuck in my head and makes me pretty happy most of the day afterwards. I never knew about this 2015 We Love Disney soundtrack with Disney songs sang by more popular artists. I honestly like this one a lot.

Still Feel Like A Man  – John Mayer

I’ve never heard much of John Mayer. Or I have but never quite acknowledged it but somehow I was reading something and landed on watching this one. I have to admit that other than the video being really fun to watch, the song is pretty catchy as well. John Mayer has a lot of charm but something about adding in dancing pandas and some quirky choreography works for me. At least it makes me so very happy to watch and incredibly pleasing to listen to.

Confessions nocturnes – Diam’s feat Vitaa

I may have shared this one before in some other segment over the last few years but I come back to listening to this song every once in a while. I like songs that have this conversation style to it while telling a story. I personally find this one pretty catchy but my husband disagree.

Attention – Charlie Puth

Not exactly a Charlie Puth fan. I’m really indifferent about him however, somehow I landed on this new song and its pretty good. I just know that if this reaches the radio, and after listening to it a billion times, it might get old. For not, the tune is pretty cool.

It’s Gonna Be Me – N’Sync

I do have to be honest that the radio has a way of putting on good music every once in a while when they dive into the 90’s and while it makes me happy to listen to Backstreet Boys, I’ve probably mentioned before that I’m a N’Sync girl so it always makes me happy when that pops up. This past while, It’s Gonna Be Me has been popping up quite a bit. So yeah, added that also to my playlist.

What songs/music do you listen to to keep you motivated and/or energized?

What’s Up…#2: One of Those Days…

It has been a while since one of these What’s Up things. Actually, I had been putting them off as a buffer thinking that it had been so recent. Apparently, I was wrong. Either way, I was supposed to have a double feature go up today for Violet & Daisy and The Gift but it isn’t done. This week has been odd. Busy and crazy and yet not really  motivated to do much when I get home especially after working on my family’s income tax since I’m the numbers person in the house. It isn’t particularly complicated, just time consuming, especially when my real life job is of the number-crunching variety and it has been super busy as well.

Aside from that, this morning has been just really ridiculous. I don’t want to complain but its one of those, “Can I just crawl back into bed?” days. However, I do have one other post that needs to get up in a timely fashion for Game Warp stuff. If only Google Drive app didn’t want to be stupid this morning, it probably would have been fine. Okay, I’ll stop now.

Anyways, not really sure what to do for this What’s Up segment but let’s give it a go!

Watching & Binging

My Neighborhood

My Neighborhood

The Client List

Riverdale

Riverdale is in its last few episodes before Season 1 ends. I’m really looking forward to writing up that post, while I have a feeling, I need to rewatch Season 4 of Gilmore Girls at this point. I’m getting all the seasons mixed up together and its why those recaps aren’t up yet. The Client List is still happening but I took a break because I need to write Season 1 recap and Season 2 is having a pretty slow start. For something more light and fluffy, I’m watchingt his Hong Kong series called The Neighborhood. Its not great but it is a ton of fun to watch and a change in pace from the norm. Especially as I wait to go home and watch the next episode of Riverdale tonight. Actually, I haven’t finished Gotham Season 1 yet but I haven’t watched that for over a month, not sure it still applies as binging it 😉

Reading

Freshly started reading this graphic novel this morning! Titan: An Alternate History from AH Comics and also one that I picked up at Toronto ComiCon. So far, I’m about halfway through and it is pretty good. Very creative and the art is fantastic. There’s this really cool contrast. Anyways, not reviewing it now. I’ll do it soon once I’m done. It has been quiet on the reading front mostly because I’m waiting for my f-ing books to arrive and its one of the reasons that has me a little down. Although I’m a little better now. #firstworldproblems, am I right? 😉 Anyways, the resolution now is a replacement order which I’m going to pick up at an Indigo store myself because apparently our postal service can’t get these orders to me without any hiccups.

No complaints…I’m taking a deep breath…let’s continue! I am thinking of starting Ready Player One and Cinder now. However, there are 3 books that take priority to it because some of our darling bloggers and writers were kind enough to send them to me to review so I’m stoked about that.

See, I told you this would get positive. 😉

Playing
(and the list is so much longer…)

I’ve been absolutely obsessed with PinOut which is a mobile pinball game on a time limit. I actually beat it just the other day and went into overtime, which I have no idea what that means but I’ve been jumping back into it and trying to unlock a few more achievements plus its just a really nice game to pass short bits of time. On the other hand, I’ve been spending lots of time on Steam. April’s Game Warp featured game is Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition and I only have just a bit left. Battleblock Theater is one I finished Chapter 1. I don’t think I can do chapter by chapter playthroughs as it gets harder but the first chapter was decently fun and simple.

However, I did get a stream for Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series – Episode 1 which was released on Tuesday. I actually posted up the playthrough. I had to remove songs because it turned on copyright claims so I’m sorry if its boring and if you sometimes hear me snickering in the background. It was the footage from the stream.

I’ll be doing an overview and quick review of Episode 1 over at That Moment In soon. Its been a tad busy and a few things to roll out before.

Listening

I’m still following The Voice Season 12. There’s some pretty good talent although a good part of the ones I like are gone. My fave is Johnny Hayes who unfortunately got cut. How I stay positive is that even though he is cut at least I now know of his existence and that he actually is in a band and I’ll be following that. His voice and style is awesome. Seriously love it! 🙂

That’s it for today!
Writing this up has been fun and honestly, I’m feeling a lot better. But its time for a little chill session.
One of the reasons for some structural change here is to make it stay fresh and fun.
I’ll make up for the missing segments in the next weekend. Gotta get some of the backlog out.

What have you been watching, reading, playing and/or listening?