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Artist Profile: Isabelle Huang Ling

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 5 comments

Isabelle Huang Ling (Chinese name: 黄龄) came highly recommended from various people on Baidu, who use the words ‘criminally underrated’ and ‘creative’ in a music industry that often prizes looks over actual performance skills. Her musical style is indeed very unique, and she possesses a plaintive yet rich voice somewhat reminiscent of older Chinese folk traditions. Her songs are a blend of pop, R&B, folk and ballads – quite versatile.

I admit, her songs take a while to get used to, due to Huang’s highly distinctive style, but I like them, so I thought I would share.

Download: [Mediafire]

Her signature song, and the eponymous single on her first album Itchy/痒 (released in 2007):

Live guitar duet for 夜来香/Fragrance of Night:

Just a reminder: my providing the songs here are purely for sampling purposes, if you do like her music, please support the artist by purchasing the album at Yesasia. This goes double for artists that are not as famous, so please don’t ‘hit and run’!

Rage Blackouts and Roman Polanski

Sunday, March 21, 2010 2 comments

I’ve been experiencing rage blackouts every time I’ve seen the Roman Polanski debate (why is this even a goddamn debate??) online, from the time he was arrested up to the outpouring of celebrity support until a few days ago when they announced that he might get off on the possibility of judicial misconduct.

People, this is a man, who, more than 30 years ago, used his position as a famous director to drug and force a 13 year old girl into having penetrative sex with him.

DRUGGED.

FORCED.

That means rape. What’s more, he admitted it at the trial. And yet some really famous Hollywood names have stood by him, as if to say that rape isn’t an issue because he also happens to have made Chinatown and a couple of other great movies.

Look, I’m not invalidating his achievements. But he committed a CRIME and was sentenced for it. His way of facing justice was to run away for more than 30 years, enjoying luxury and fame, and basically having all the amenities of upper class life at his fingertips. He had a wife and children, and possibly the only indignity he ever suffered was not being able to pick up his Oscars in person.

I’m sorry, what part of that was actually any sort of punishment for being a rapist?

If he’d already served his sentence and people were going after him in some witchhunt, I would understand everyone speaking up for him. BUT HE RAN AWAY.

And now they want him to face up to what he’s done, and like a coward, he’s staying at his chalet, waiting for a team of lawyers to rip into a woman who is so traumatized by the experience and the media’s derision that she’d much rather just forget everything and move on.

Yeah, good luck with that, Roman Polanski. You have money and fame on your side, but I hope you burn in hell.

I’ve maintained radio silence on the subject here because every time I try to write I end up with a bunch of capslock keymashing, not exactly conducive to uh, discourse. But really, I couldn’t stay silent anymore.

(And don’t get me started on Terry Richardson.)

Sources: Salon.com, Jezebel.com

Korea’s Little Sister’s Got It … In Spades

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Moon Geun-young’s always been interesting to watch and follow, simply because she’s a great actress. However, since she’s in her twenties, it’s not really appropriate to call her ‘Korea’s Little Sister’ anymore, though her image certainly continues to be cutesy and pure.

… but! I am glad to say that she rocks the mature sexy look as well. *is immediately shot*

Judge for yourselves:

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Tousle-haired, smoky-eyed, full-lipped devastation.

Versus

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‘Ah, I do love winter. And possibly unicorns.’

All the photos come from recently released promos of Cinderella’s Sister…

Robert Pattinson – I Love You!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 7 comments

Ooooookay, WordPress is being douchey and not letting me embed (again), so here’s a linky to the interview instead.

Highlights: “I was convinced… that Stephenie was convinced… that she was Bella… and it was like a book that wasn’t supposed to be published. And you’re reading like, her sort of sexual fantasy. […] I was like, This woman is mad. She’s completely mad, and she’s in love with her own fictional creation. And sometimes you’d like feel uncomfortable reading this thing. […] It’s kind of… like a sick pleasure.”

I have succumbed.

Seriously, the more he talks, the more I like him. He’s obviously not too happy at the prospect of having to do the rest of the books – and is probably trying his damnedest to get fired. It’s not going to work, though, what with the ruckus today over in Dallas. Shame.

In fact, he sounds downright stressed and that caffeine probably doesn’t help.

Other Pattinson classics:

– “When you read the book,” says Pattinson, looking appropriately pallid and interesting even without makeup, “it’s like, ‘Edward Cullen was so beautiful I creamed myself.’ I mean, every line is like that. He’s the most ridiculous person who’s so amazing at everything. I think a lot of actors tried to play that aspect. I just couldn’t do that. And the more I read the script, the more I hated this guy, so that’s how I played him, as a manic-depressive who hates himself. Plus, he’s a 108-year-old virgin so he’s obviously got some issues there.”

– “Pattinson: Whenever we kiss, I just try to kill her all the time.
Stewart: And I love that. She’s a total sadomasochist, if you think about it.
Pattinson: And I’m just gay.
Stewart: Or impotent.”

– “I don’t do anything but go to screaming sessions anymore,” Pattinson said. “I don’t know what my actual life is now.”

– “As soon as [Robert Pattinson] comes into cash, [he] has a tendency to blow it all anyway. ”Not on cars, obviously,” he laughs. ”I have very, very low expenditures, but still I manage to spend it all. I guess Hot Pockets are more expensive than I thought.”

Source: Mainly the awesome Cleolinda.

Breaking News: Choi Jin Shil

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 1 comment

Umm. This was just posted at Dramabeans: actress Choi Jin Shil was found in her apartment, dead in an apparent suicide. Source link here.

I don’t know what to say. Besides the fact that so many beloved celebs seem to have died before their time this year, I was really surprised and saddened. By all accounts Choi was a strong woman who stood up to her abusive husband, got a divorce and added her two children (7 and 5 years old respectively) to her family register. It seems almost strange that a woman of such fortitude would succumb to suicide, though we should not and cannot judge her for something of which we will never know the full truth.

My heart goes out to her children, who are still so young, and recently gone through their parents’ divorce. I hope they remember the good times and understand the bad.

The world is less without her presence (and that of Lee Eon, and omg, still crying over that).

Hugs for all of ya,

Sevenses

ETA: Javabeans has posted an update over at her site.

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Revisiting Old Favourites

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 1 comment

So, watching the first two eps of Painter (zomm so good people, go watch it) reminded me of 青花瓷, or Blue Vase, which kinda sorta has painting and artistry in general as a theme. The vase and paintings he talks about are anthropomorphic – the beautiful woman who forever charms and beckons but is never possessed by the artisan.

Anyhoo, first impressions of Painter. It has pluses on plot (interesting setting and beginning), acting (Moon and Park do a greeeeat job), atmosphere (the right mixture of levity and a sense of impeding disaster), and the most vibrant palette I’ve seen in a while. Everything is just so lush – not sure if it’s because this series is visually oriented to begin with, or my inner eye for greenery has withered of disuse from living in a city, but dudes, this show is gorgeous.

The only thing I find a bit weird is the relationship portents in this show. Something tells me that the brother is feeling incestuous and Park is just old. (Ack, the Severus Snape and Hermione Granger kind of age difference.) But let’s not dwell on that. 😀

But don’t take my word for it! Go watch it yourself!

Download the song here.

Original lyrics and translation below:

Lyrics here >>

Vienna Teng Giveaway

Monday, September 15, 2008 Leave a comment

Okay, the download link is going to be offline after 24 hours, because I do love Vienna’s music ever so much and want her to sell lots of albums so she can continue to make awesomely good music. She has three albums out right now, Waking Hour, Warm Strangers and Dreaming Through the Noise.

Vienna can compose, write lyrics as well as sing, so you know, awesomeness quotient up there already – there is also the fact that she abandoned a career in computer science to pursue her love for music. (Plus I have respect for people who start a musical instrument at the age of five and keep going, dudes.) There’s not much more I can tell you that wikipedia can’t do better, so I will leave you here with some live performances of hers.

I love how varied her style is, I love the way she makes the instruments just as important as her voice (especially 1Br/1Ba – come on, have you ever heard of a violin having an orgasm before? I didn’t think so). I love how her songs are so livable, that they sound beautiful and don’t wear out with successive listening.

Gravity and Unwritten Letter #1, two favourites of mine, both from Waking Hour

Homecoming (Walter’s Song), this song always makes me want to cry, in a good way. From Warm Strangers

Blue Caravan, from Dreaming Through the Noise

Lullaby for a Stormy Night, from Waking Hour

Recessional, also from Dreaming Through the Noise

Judge the quality for yourselves,

Sevenses