Friday, April 23, 2010

summer music post

This is the time of year is the Christmas to music lovers. New albums come out, along with summer tours. This is my favorite time of year for a music lover/concert fanatic. Some of my favorite musicians are coming out/came out with music.

M.I.A-album release date: June 29th

single "Born Free"
M.I.A is one of my favs. I've seen her twice in concert, and both times were amazing in their own special ways. Her albums "Arular" and "Kala" are in constant rotation on my itunes.

But her new single "Born Free" is different, which is what Diplo said of her new record in numerous interviews about this album. I'm not a huge fan of this song in particular. I don't think it's as creative as M.I.A can get, c'mon.....taking an entire song by Suicide and just singing over it? Now that's cheat.

I happen to like the song she put out via twitter a few months ago:

If this were an album by someone I never heard of, and just hearing "Born Free", I would shut it off and delete it.

Robyn-album release: June
This woman takes her sweet ass time making albums. It's been 5 years since her self-titled album. She's releasing three mini albums called "Body Talk", each being released when one set of songs is completed. The first of them leaked a few days ago. so me being impatient, I downloaded it as soon as possible. And I love it. Out of the eight songs, there is only one I don't like. Apart from that one song, this album is fantastic.

I can't wait for her to shimmy herself to New York and play a show :D

Other bands I love coming out with new material
LCD Soundsystem

Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles - Empathy from Jef Deng on Vimeo.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Taobaonow review

Wooooooow I didn't realize that I haven't updated in a long time. Between school and work, I haven't had much time to do anything. I just declared my major, art history, so I'll be even more backed up come next semester. I'm crossing my fingers that I get into the museum training course, since that's what I'm planning on transferring out of my school now to do.

Anyway, but custom fitted Kidsyoyo blouse came in from Taobaonow a few days. I couldn't be happier with what I go, and with Taobaonow's service. This review will be for Taobaonow's shopping service, one for the blouse itself will come later when I can take detailed pictures.

10% can't go wrong with that. Certainly better than the price jump that Qcute lists.
Ease of ordering:5/5 Everything is explained on their website. You put your order into an order form on their website, instead of being email based. Which I liked.
Communication:4/5 It takes a few days to get back to you. But when they do, whoever gets back to you answers any of your questions in a very polite manner. I had tons since this is the first time I have used someone other than Qcute or Mashimaro Girl(with whom I'm still waiting on an order I placed in January) to order something.
Custom sizing:5/5 They asked for VERY specific measurements. This is the most specific a shopping service has asked of me when I asked for something custom.
Shipping:4/5 Took a few days slower than EMS normally takes. They give you the option of having your item shipped through airmal or ems, but the price difference isn't much(maybe $4). So you're better off using ems.
Overall:5/5 I'm going to use them as my taobao shopping service from now on.