The Sea Urchins - Pristine Christine

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Every now and then I will remember that this blog exists! Usually on misty or gloomy Saturday mornings when the cat's taken over my pillow and I just want to lie in as I flip through books and listen to pop songs all day. I guess today is one of those days. I just realised that I've never posted anything by The Sea Urchins, so here's Pristine Christine, their first release and my favourite.

1. Pristine Christine
2. Sullen Eyes
3. Everglades



Monday, September 16, 2013

Recently my colleague, who has awesome taste in music and dramas, introduced me to a lovely drama called Pan to Soup to Neko Biyori (Bread and Soup and Cat Weather). The drama spans only four episodes and is based on a book, which I immediately went out to get. I was also charmed by the ending theme of the drama, sang by Onuki Taeko, and ended up getting one of her best-of albums. These samples, however, are from the drama soundtrack, which is every bit as charming as the drama and book.  (Dropbox; links will be deleted in two weeks)

- フタリのウクレレソング (Futari no Ukelele Song - Mitsuishi Ken)
- パンとスープとネコ日和 (Pan to Soup to Neko Biyori - Onuki Taeko)


The Gentle Isolation - "Let's Go Slow"

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Buy: Lilystars Records


Mail from Cherry Red Records!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

So, Cherry Red Records is in my "okay to order" list now. Everything arrived safely, and faster than I thought it would take! Obviously I didn't want to take a big risk when ordering for the first time, but they had Sarah bands Blueboy and Another Sunny Day, and they had an offer where you get 10% off if you buy three cds, so. I'm so happy that I finally have these. (I'm still sad about not receiving the Heavenly stuff I ordered from K Recs T_T)


The Poppyheads - Cremation Town

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Because of CNY holidays, I've got a four-day weekend that I thought of spending reshelving my books and finishing a new issue of my zine. I finished the writing part of the zine, and I bought new shelves to clear up the rest of the books stacked on the floor. Today's the last day of my holiday and I just want to read and/or play otome games, while listening to pop songs. The perfect kind of lazy afternoon :)

1. Cremation Town
2. Pictures You Weave
3. Dreamabout


Pocketbooks - "Footsteps"

Saturday, February 9, 2013

One of my favourite pop songs. You can download a few songs for free, and purchase their music, from their website.


Buying CDs

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I know, not that many people still do this. At least, not many people in my acquaintance. In fact, I was tweeting about wanting to get Edith Piaf because I can't find her in my collection, and someone replied that it's available on iTunes. It's that simple. Isn't it? It's not just the music, I guess - my dad keeps bragging about his e-book collection and his Kobo, and quite a few people have told me to "go digital" with my zine. Even my best friend had asked me why I needed stationery still; everyone e-mails now. Sure, and I love e-mail. I love making my monthly e-newsletters, and I love chatting with my friends on twitter, and getting distracted from actually doing stuff by tumblr. But that doesn't mean I've stopped loving - or needing - the analog. I still write letters and postcards, I still work on my zines, I still have stacks and stacks of books on my shelves and on my floor and on my tables and chairs, and I still save bits of pretty paper "for future use", whenever I find them. I love paper. And pens! (Which reminds me - I also still prefer pen + paper RPGs to PC/console games, any time.) And even though my CD collection is nowhere near the size of my book collection - really, I don't actually own most of the CDs I love, due to them being hard to get hold of where I live - it's still one of my favourite things.

So, I buy CDs, instead of digital downloads. I prefer it that way. But where I live, decent CD stores are hard to come by. I don't actually know any, at the moment - all my favourites have closed down, leaving me with only Rock Corner. Which is pretty okay, I guess, except for the fact that a lot of the music I like aren't available. Usually I'd make up for this by waiting for my trips to Japan, and buy lots of music in bulk from secondhand stores there. I still do that now. It's just that last year I've also started to try shopping online as well, with mixed results:

Magic Marker Records
MMR has so many of my favourite bands, I guess it's the obvious choice for my first try. I ordered two CDs, by Dear Nora and All Girl Summer Fun Band, and then... kind of forgot about it. Standard shipping usually takes about 20-ish days, so I tend to forget these things. I received the CDs within the time they said I would, in perfect condition, and I received a sticker and a thank you note with them :)

Shelflife Records
I like Shelflife. My orders arrived safely, and for the 7" records they will include instructions to receive mp3 versions for your computer/player.

K Records
KRecs is another with a lot of my favourites, and I really, really wanted it to work out. I ordered a Heavenly CD with a KRecs tote. I received notification that the order was shipped, but it never did arrive.

How Does It Feel To Be Loved?
With this one, I was just hoping for the best. Because I absolutely love Pocketbooks, and want their Flight Paths album so much. They're one band I haven't been able to find during my trips to Japan. So I tried ordering Flight Paths, thinking that I would order the rest of Pocketbooks' discography as well as some of the other bands from the label if it worked out. I received the payment confirmation, but no notice of shipment, and my order never arrived. So now I'm hoping that one day I'll find Pocketbooks in Japan... one day.

Elefant Records
I love, love, LOVE Elefant. I was at another blog that recommended The School, so I went to their website and sampled some stuff. Liked them enough that I wanted their CDs, so I started browsing. Found out that they had Juniper Moon! And My Little Airport! After being indecisive for the longest time, I finally settled on Juniper Moon's El Resto De Mi Vida (one of my favourite albums) and The School's Loveless Unbeliever. They arrived earlier than expected, with a sticker and a bonus single by Camera Obscura! They definitely made a repeat customer out of me.

Oh, if only there's a YesAsia equivalent for my favourite Western music. They offer free shipping if you purchase above a certain amount, and I usually get my items in 3 days after shipping. I use them primarily for Arashi and BUMP OF CHICKEN, although lately I've been spending a lot on other bands' limited ed releases, since I couldn't wait until my next Japan trip for those.

Aaaand those are the places I've tried, that I still remember. Just thinking about it now makes me want to shop more - at Elefant or MMR, or try somewhere new! - but I'm actually on a CD ban until April, because I spent too much on CD/DVD pre-orders last month.


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