Welcome to Domo DJ, my first attempt at making an MP3 rotation site. I'm not a big fan of MP3 rotation sites, because usually they feature music that I don't like, so I decided to start my own in the hopes of filling a niche that the rest of you, similar to me, may be in. Anyway, the usual rules apply here. The files offered are seriously for evaluation purposes, because most of the music I'm posting is underground hip-hop, or music from a different language (may or may not be underground). For those unfamiliar with these genres/languages, I strongly urge you to check them out. Who knows, maybe you'll like them and support them in the future? Worst case scenario: you'll become a bit more cultured and have broadened your music tastes. Note that the songs are taken down after a week, but they are still archived in case you would like to see what I recommended in the past. To download, right click the link and choose "Save As" or whatever it says in your browser.
Weekly Note: More Japanese groups this time, however, this'll be the last update in a while. I'm going off to college and such (leaving in around 7 days), so I probably won't have time nor the ability to update till around September. For this set, I very highly recommend the Yoko Kanno/Maaya Sakamoto song, and the Oceanlane song, and strongly recommend the rest. Also, since last rotation's songs were somewhat popular, I've decided to keep them up during this rotation too. You can find them here, or in the archives section.
Special This Week: I uploaded the Beta to my Evo GT3 music video. It's far from done, but essentially, I've run out of footage. And I lack a PS2 right now, so I can't make more. It's about 90% done anyways, so check it out. It's 15 megs: Download Evo GT3 Drift.
August, 2004. Week 3.
.:' oceanlane / on my way back home / everlasting scene
.:' 3:56 / 3.61
The interesting thing about Oceanlane is that they sing in English completely coherently -- in fact, had I not told you that this entire set is composed of Japanese artists, you would have been none the wiser. They are that good people. Everlasting Scene's style is much like its American counterparts. Think Dashboard Confessional - Hands Down, except a bit more upbeat with a totally different vocalist. If you like Everlasting Scene after listening to it, I recommend that you pick up their album from Amazon.co.jp -- that is, if you don't mind the price and the shipping :o. Yesasia.com doesn't carry it.
peko / dirty gift / world my eyes ':.
5:58 / 5.47 ':.
World My Eyes is actually from the "I've" album, diRTY GiFT. I'd describe it as something like "good evening music," in that it's inobtrustive, yet upbeat with a very calming bass line. Also, PEKO provides vocals that aren't ear-piercingly high, but rather very smooth and refined. After hearing this, Leenie described World My Eyes as having a "Middle Eastern" style which, after having re-listened to the song a few times, I thought was quite aptly put. It's not quite techno, nor electronica, and definitely not pop. In fact, the only way I could really tell you which genre it's in is by telling which it's not. So do yourself and me a favor, and just listen to it :).
.:' swinging popsicle / transit / Q
.:' 4:34 / 4.18
Q comes off of Swinging Popsicle's latest album, Transit. Its pop-rock melodies with a female vocalist are staunchly similar to those of Bonnie Pink. The song itself is very dynamic, ranging from soft valleys in the verses, to bold mountains in the choruses. The landscape, however, is fairly traditional; percussion, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, though some hints of a guiro and a synthesizer add some color to the mix. Q itself is quite difficult to categorize, other than being J-pop. If you're even the slightest bit interested in Bonnie Pink, Swinging Popsicle is probably in your ballpark too.
yoko kanno feat. maaya sakamoto / 23ji no ongaku / here ':.
5:55 / 8.14 ':.
Here is perhaps one of the few ballads that I could stand to listen to. Why do I hate slow songs? Because the lyrics are usually so boring that they put me to sleep. Not Here though. With Yoko Kanno's brilliant composing and Maaya Sakamoto's incredible singing talents, it's a wonder that they haven't synergized sooner. Here is everything you'd expect from the two, and in fact, the style is much like Yoko Kanno's earlier work, Nowhere and Everywhere. In Here, Maaya tells the tragic story of a girl who finds herself alone in this world, trying to find herself. On a backdrop of acoustic guitars, cello, and piano, the emotions of the story are amplified so much so that you can't help but feel the tragedy of the story as well. Expectedly, 23ji No Ongaku is an excellent album that every Yoko Kanno lover should check out. Again, Yesasia.com/Amazon.com don't carry it, so your only resort is to find it at Amazon.co.jp.
.:' hy / trunks / song for
.:' 4:49 / 4:41
HY is usually regarded as Japanese pop with a splash of funk, but in Song For, they trade in their electric guitar rifts for piano chords, and slow it down a bit in this excellent ballad. That is not to say Song For is completely devoid of any instruments though, as acoustic guitar excellently complements piano during the verses, and during the choruses, violin and electric guitar add volume and texture to an otherwise one dimensional ballad. Unfortunately I don't know the names of the vocalists (because I can't read Japanese -- curses), but in Song For, the male vocalist takes a backseat to the female who, in my opinion, is better suited to fit the part in this particular song.