YSLAR Updates: December ’14

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Wow. So it has been a while. It has been a long while. Like… it has been since Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” was fresh and relevant.

Yawn. Stretch.

So life is a thing that happens to most people. This caused me to be diverted from the music blog for a long while. What have I been up to? Well, a lot of stuff. What do I have planned for You Sound Like A Robot? Again… a lot of stuff. Read more after the break.

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VIDEO: Psy, “Gangnam Style”

Posted on September 28, 2012 by Beau B Wan.
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By now I’m sure you have seen or at least heard of the latest thing out of South Korea, Psy‘s new song / video / dance craze “Gangnam Style”…

Op - op - op - oppa Gangnam style!

Readers of You Sound Like A Robot know that I am generally a fan of music hailing from the Far East. A lot of good stuff comes from that side of the planet. I picked up on “Gangnam Style” almost two months ago. Since then I have watched it blow up across the internet and even conquer the difficult to topple American Billboard charts. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of tributes have popped up across the web. Psy has performed on mainstream television shows such as The Ellen Show, The TODAY Show, and Saturday Night Live. Watch the original video and some of my favorite versions after the break.

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VIDEO: NHK Earthquake Charity Song, “Hana wa Saku (Flowers Will Bloom)”

Posted on September 23, 2012 by Beau B Wan.
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So I was watching Japan’s international channel NHK World. Just now between two of my favorite programs, the super extreme Extreme Japan and the super cool Cool Japan, I saw this beautiful video called “Flowers Will Bloom”.

Japan's famous cherry blossoms

The song was produced by NHK to show support for the recovery efforts in the disaster struck areas of Tohoku, Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. The lyricist, composer, and all of the featured vocalists are either from the affected area or closely related to it. It is a very personal piece of music. The version of the song that aired on NHK World featured English subtitles, however the only version that I can find online does not. If you do not speak Japanese then that is ok. I don’t either. The great thing about music is that it is a universal language.

NHK World

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Posted on September 23, 2012 by Beau B Wan.
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I had the opportunity to catch Japanese pop punk rockers Uzuhi live late last month. Before the show I was not very familiar with the band other than the fact that they were Japanese and, well, pop punk rockers. It was an amazing show and just like that they gained a new fan.

Uzuhi, photo by Wilson Lee

The band’s name Uzuhi translates to “the sun” in Japanese. Like the sun itself Uzuhi seeks to extend itself over the world’s borders. Their goal is to bring everyone of our generation together using the power of music. As singer Gosha stated at the show “we are all human beings.” Very well said, my friend! The band currently resides in New York, touring the East Coast and often internationally as a four piece. Actually, make that a four-and-a-half piece…

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VIDEO: Ego Likeness, “Treacherous Thing”

Posted on September 9, 2012 by Beau B Wan.
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This post is actually a twofer. Post goth juggernauts Ego Likeness recently released a new single and music video called “Treacherous Thing”. They also played a show at the Atlanta convention Dragon*Con early this month. Check out both of these videos below!

Steven vs. Donna

“Treacherous Thing” is the first single from the Baltimore-based band’s upcoming album Know Thine Enemy. You can order the single on their store website. It features remixes from Stiff Valentine, Ludovico Technique, Cryogen Second, Exageist, Deathproof, and More Machine than Man. Watch the video after the break.

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MP3: mc chris, “apple lung”

Posted on September 8, 2012 by Beau B Wan.
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The long awaited sequel to hip hopper mc chris‘s 2009 mixtape apple tummy has finally arrived. Clocking in at twenty-two tracks apple lung is designed to impress.

mc chris

This release shares much in common with apple tummy. It has been made available via the internet for FREE from mc chris and, like last time, I am bringing it here to You Sound Like A Robot for your convenience! Download the songs below. There are many new remixes and a few new tracks that weren’t slotted for mc chris’ next full length mc chris foreverrr… so they made it on to apple lung!

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YSLAR Updates: September ’12

Posted on September 6, 2012 by Beau B Wan.
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Those of you who made it to Dragon*Con this weekend… I am jealous! It looks like it was quite a wild time.

Ego Likeness + Nathaniel Johnstone + The Crüxshadows

That would be the dancers from The Crüxshadows putting Nathaniel Johnstone and Steven Archer, half of Ego Likeness, in their places while Donna Lynch, the other half, watches disapprovingly. Or approvingly? It’s difficult to read that facial expression.

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VIDEO: The Crüxshadows, “Valkyrie” (Live at Dragon*Con 2011)

Posted on August 29, 2012 by Beau B Wan.
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I usually spend the whole month of August posting about the different bands attending Dragon*Con. However, I am unable to attend this weekend for the first time in almost ten years! So I decided to take this month off from that. I do want to bring your attention to the new release by The Crüxshadows though!

The Crüxshadows

Even though I won’t be in attendance for the con, any of you readers who will be should definitely check out The Crüxshadows. Swing by the merch table and meet some of the band members. Talk to some of the fans, you’ll probably end up conversing with a friend or two of mine! Buy their new album, As the Dark Against My Halo! And most importantly, consider attending their live performance late Sunday evening. I included a nice video below of the band performing “Valkyrie” from the new album at last year’s Dragon*Con.

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VIDEO: Random, “Buggin’ (The Metamorphosis)”

Posted on August 20, 2012 by Beau B Wan.
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Random released a new video today from his conceptual three-part album Language Arts. It is a unique tune based on the short story The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.

I think I'm turning into a bug

Although “Buggin'” was released today in video form, and it is a track taken from Language Arts: Volume 1, the followup volume will be released tonight! I’d like to take this chance to talk about the new piece of the saga as well. Language Arts: Volume 2 is a great collection of songs and does an excellent job of continuing the adventures of teacher / rapper / hero Random in this harrowing tale of ups and downs.

You can find the currently released volumes on Random’s Bandcamp page.

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VIDEO: MC Lars, “Flow Like Poe”

Posted on August 12, 2012 by Beau B Wan.
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I got to catch California based literary hip hopper (lit hop?) MC Lars live earlier this week. I have seen his shows before but it had been a while since the last one. Lars has since mastered the art of flowing like Poe.

E. A. Poe

Ah yes, Edgar Allan Poe. This year MC Lars released an EP dedicated to the literary giant appropriately titled The Edgar Allan Poe EP. I bought a copy of the disc at the show. I have never heard such an intelligent collection of songs on a hip hop album. Every track is grooveable and grabs you by the brain, seeping into it. You’re going to learn some things that you probably forgot from high school when you hear this EP. Watch the music video for the opening track, “Flow Like Poe”, after the break.

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