Johnsons Motorcar To Shamrock To Merdeka

Cross-cultural Celtic rock band, Johnsons Motorcar will be rocking the stage exclusively at Malones in ushering to the Hari Merdeka this weekend.

Be ready to tune in to a pure form of Irish music by the band, which interestingly hails from Tokyo, Japan but come from diverse cultural backgrounds.

JMC in short, is made up of lead vocalist and fiddler Martin Johnson who is a native of Florida, guitarist Blacko Muiri (Dublin), bassist Coleman Bayliss (Australia) and petite lady drummer Rinamame, also known as ‘Beanie’ (Japan).

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Jars Of Clay – Flood

Jars of Clay, an alternative band no stranger to the 80′s babies where alternative and grunge and its peak.

Formed in 1993, Jars of Clay (JoC) consists of Dan Haseltine (vocals), Charlie Lowell (piano/keyboards), Stephen Mason (lead guitars), and Matthew Odmark (rhythm guitars).

JoC released their first full-length self-titled album, Jars of Clay, producing the hit single “Flood” in 1995.


*Jars of Clay (1995)*

“Flood” is one of the biggest mainstream hits by a band on a Christian label, coz JoC’s style is a blend of alternative rock, folk, Christian rock, acoustic, and R&B.

In 1997, JoC won a Grammy Award for “Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album” with their sophomore album, Much Afraid. The album earned platinum certification by RIAA.

Up-to-date, they have released 11 albums and probably still very active in concert touring and charity campaigns.

Here’s the MTV and lyrics of Jars of Clay – Flood.

Enjoy!

Jars of Clay – Flood

Rain, rain on my face
It hasn’t stopped raining for days
My world is a flood
Slowly I become one with the mud

[Chorus:]

But if I can’t swim after forty days
and my mind is crushed by the thrashing waves
Lift me up so high that I cannot fall
Lift me up
Lift me up – when I’m falling
Lift me up – I’m weak and I’m dying
Lift me up – I need you to hold me
Lift me up – Keep me from drowning again

Downpour on my soul
Splashing in the ocean, I’m losing control
Dark sky all around
I can’t feel my feet touching the ground

[Chorus]

Calm the storms that drench my eyes
Dry the streams still flowing
Cast down all the waves of sin
And guilt that overthrow me

[Chorus]

Lift me up – when I’m falling
Lift me up – I’m weak and I’m dying
Lift me up – I need you to hold me
Lift me up – Keep me from drowning again

ONE OK ROCK – The Beginning, Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Theme Song

ONE OK ROCK, is a Japanese rock band formed in 2005 consisted of vocalist Takahiro Moriuchi or better known as Taka Morita, guitarist Toru Yamashita, bassist Ryota Kohama, and drummer Tomoya Kanki.

It was originally a 5-piece band but Alex Onizawa left the group in 2009.


*Taken from their official website OneOkRock.com*

Although they released their first studio album, Zeitakubyo in 2007, and 6 singles over the years, I’ve only heard of them in this song, their 7th single, ‘The Beginning”, the theme song for Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X) Live Action Movie.

They were also famously known for the single “Re:make/No Scared” where the latter is being used as the main theme for Black Rock Shooter (BRS) video game.

For any Rurouni Kenshin fan, be it manga or anime, if you have watched or read the whole story you would definitely love this song as the lyrics are pretty meaningful when it applies to Kenshin Himura, the protagonist of Rurouni Kenshin.

Despite not understanding the meaning of the Japanese lyrics, the English lyrics are sufficient to tell the story of Kenshin Himura, his struggle and to adapt himself in the early Meiji-era, his after-life for being an assassin.


*5th studio album, Zankyo Reference – Taken from official website OneOkRock.com*

By listening and reading their lyrics, one can tell ONE OK ROCK is a rock band with heavy Western influence with major English lyrics and their style.

Some people may compare their style to the nu-metal of Linkin Park but for me, they are nothing like that and ONE OK ROCK is probably the next thing in J-Rock, ever since B’z, Mr Children, Luna Sea, Glay, and L’Arc-en-Ciel.

The Japanese music scene is a fast moving industry where unsuccessful artistes would be replaced in a short period of time, leaving a lot of them being a one hit wonder.

Being a Japanese music fan, there’s no energetic or I would say awesome band around for a long time, even taking into account in the likes of Asian Kung-Fu Generation, UVERWorld, FLOW, Nico Touches The Wall, Abingdon Boys School, and many others, that can make an impact as deep as ONE OK ROCK.

ONE OK ROCK, comes from “one o’clock”. Due to the Japanese pronounciation of ‘r’ and ‘l’, it became “o’crock” or “o’krock”, which later separated to become “ok rock”.

So here’s the music video and lyrics of ONE OK ROCK’s “The Beginning” and a trailer of Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie.

Rurouni Kenshin Official Trailer 2

ONE OK ROCK – The Beginning music video

ONE OK ROCK – The Beginning

Just give me a reason
To keep my heart beating
Don’t worry it’s safe right here in my arms
As the world falls apart around us
All we can do is hold on, hold on

Take my hand
And bring me back

I risk everything if it’s for you
I whisper into the night
Telling me it’s not my time and don’t give up
I’ve never stood up before this time
Demo yuzurenai mono itta kono te wo hanasanai

So stand up, stand up (Just gotta keep on running)
Wake up, wake up (Just tell me how I can)
Never give up
Kuru wa shimi hodo setsunai

Just tell me why baby
They might call me crazy
For saying I’d fight until there is no more
Urei wo fukunda senkougankou wa kankakiteki shoudou
Blinded, I can’t see the end
So where do I begin?

Say not a word, I can hear you
The silence between us
Nanimo nai you ni utsuteru dake
I take this chance that I make you mine
Tada kakusenai mono kattate yori misekakete

So stand up, stand up (Just gotta keep on running)
Wake up, wake up (Just tell me how I can)
Never give up
Kanashimi to setsunasa

Just give me a reason
To keep my heart beating
Don’t worry it’s safe right here in my arms
Kudaketenaide saite jita kono omoi wa
So blinded I can’t see the end

Look how far we made it
The pain i can’t escape it
Kono mamajya mada owarase koto wa dekinai deshou
Nando kutabarisou demo kuchi hateyou tomo owariwanaisa
So where do I begin?

Nigirishimeta ushinawanu youni to
Te wo hirogereba koboreochisou de
Ushinau mono nado nakatta hibino dasei wo sutete…kimi wo

Just tell me why baby
They might call me crazy
For saying I’d fight until there is no more
Fureri ukanda senkougankou wa kangakiteki shoudou
Blinded, I can’t see the end

Look how far we made it
The pain i can’t escape it
Kono mamajya mada owaraseru koto wa dekinai deshou
Nando kutabarisou demo kuchi hateyou tomo owariwanaisa
It finally begins…

Matchbox 20 – Push

Matchbox Twenty (or Matchbox 20) is one of the pioneer alternative rock bands comprised of Rob Thomas (lead vocals, piano), Paul Doucette (drums, percussion, vocals), Brian Yale (bass guitar), Kyle Cook (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Adam Gaynor (rhythm guitar, vocals).

Their debut album Yourself or Someone Like You was released in 1996. “Push” is one of the successful singles from this album and was the first song I’ve heard from Matchbox 20, despite “Long Day” being their first single.

Rob Thomas explained that the man in the song (either himself or fictional) was the one being abused, either emotionally or physically, by a woman.

Several other singles including “3 A.M”, “Real World”, and “Back 2 Good” were pretty good but I didn’t really like the album after that, the Mad Season.

Lead singer Rob Thomas released a solo album in 2005 and I’ve never really liked the style as well. I preferred the style in their first album.

Anyway, here’s the music video and lyrics for Matchbox Twenty – Push.

Matchbox 20 – Push

She said I don’t know if I’ve ever been good enough
I’m a little bit rusty, and I think my head is caving in
And I don’t know if I’ve ever been really loved
By a hand that’s touched me, well I feel like something’s
Gonna give
And I’m a little bit angry, well

This ain’t over, no not here, not while I still need you
Around
You don’t owe me, we might change
Yeah we just might feel good

[chorus]

I wanna push you around, I will, I will
I wanna push you down, I will, I will
I wanna take you for granted, I wanna take you for granted
I will

She said I don’t know why you ever would lie to me
[ From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/m/matchbox-20-lyrics/push-lyrics.html]
Like I’m a little untrusting when I think that the truth is
Gonna hurt ya
And I don’t know why you couldn’t just stay with me
You couldn’t stand to be near me
When my face don’t seem to want to shine
Cuz it’s a little bit dirty well

Don’t just stand there, say nice things to me
I’ve been cheated I’ve been wronged, and you
You don’t know me, I can’t change
I won’t do anything at all

[chorus]

Oh but don’t bowl me over
Just wait a minute well it kinda fell apart, things get so
Crazy, crazy
Don’t rush this baby, don’t rush this baby

Dishwalla – Counting Blue Cars

Dishwalla, one of American alternative bands that rocked the alternative music era back in the early 90′s..

Dishwalla, a Hindi term for a person providing cable television to a neighborhood..Now it does sounds like what we usually call our Astro antennas, the “dish” or “wok”..

Their current members are J.R. Richards (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Rodney Browning Cravens (lead guitar), and Jim Wood (keyboards)..Pete Maloney (drums) left in 2007..

Their album “Pet Your Friends” gained short stint of success in the music chart thanks to the single “Counting Blue Cars”..

The track earned them a Billboard Award for “Best Rock Song” for 1996 as well as two ASCAP Awards for “Rock Track Of The Year” in both 1996 and 1997..

Here is Dishwalla‘s “Counting Blue Cars” lyrics and official music video by VEVO..

Dishwalla – Counting Blue Cars

Must of been mid afternoon
I could tell by how far the child’s shadow stretched out and
He walked with a purpose
In his sneakers, down the street
He had, many questions
Like children often do

He said,
“Tell me all your thoughts on God?”
“Tell me am I very far?”

Must of been late afternoon
On our way the sun broke free of the clouds
We count only blue cars
Skip the cracks, in the street
And ask many questions
Like children often do

We said,
“Tell me all your thoughts on God?
“‘Cause I would really like to meet her.
And ask her why we’re who we are.
Tell me all your thoughts on God,
Cause I am on my way to see her.
So tell me am I very far -
Am I very far now?”

It’s getting cold picked up the pace
How our shoes make hard noises in this place
Our clothes are stained
We pass many, cross eyed people
And ask many questions
Like children often do

“Tell me all your thoughts on God?
‘Cause I would really like to meet her.
And ask her why we’re who we are.
Tell me all your thoughts on God?
‘Cause I am on my way to see her.
So tell me am I very far?”
Am I very far now
Am I very far now
Am I very far now

Wong Fu Productions Live in KL, Malaysia @ Taylor’s University, Lakeside Campus

Youtube filmmaker sensation the Wong Fu Productions is coming to KL, Malaysia!

The guys at Wong Fu Productions consist of Wesley Chan, Ted Fu, and Philip Wang are making their way to Taylor’s University, Lakeside Campus nearby Sunway on 4th of February 2012..

The news of them coming down got ‘leaked out’ by Jin from hitz.fm, the DJ who hosts the Hitz Party show..

JinnyBoy tweeted,

“I’m really excited! Because WONG FU PRODUCTIONS are coming to MALAYSIA!! @wongfupro #wongfu4lyfe! http://pic.twitter.com/PsdAzVdQ

Check out the tweet HERE..


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Wong Fu, as it is known among Netizens, are famous for their Youtube short clips productions that are widely shared and liked on social media..Their Youtube Channel has more than 1-million subscribers and over 139-million video views on their 261 video (as of the time this post is being pbulished)..

They have also directed a MTV for Taiwanese artiste Wang Lee Hom’s song, “Still In Love With You”..

Although the tour poster is somewhat made public but there is no updates yet on the partners’ websites, except for ME Malaysia Facebook Page, mentioning that Wong Fu Productions are coming soon in 2012 (as of the time this post is being published)..

Admission fees for WONG FU 4 LYFE at Taylor’s University, Lakeside Campus is RM95 and RM150, for general admission and limited VIP seats respectively..

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UPDATED: (9th January 2012)

Wong Fu has confirmed in their site that the news of them coming down to Kuala Lumpur is true!!

Check it out HERE..