[News + Random] This Week The Trend (18 Dec – 24 Dec)

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[GIG NEWS] Animals As Leaders – Live in Hong Kong & Taiwan

沒錯,傳言是真的!Djent 名團 Animals As Leaders 會於2月21日到香港 Hidden Agenda 和 14日到台北 Legacy 首次演出 (雖然其結他手 Tosin Abasi 去年曾到此作結他工作坊,但與此不同喔)!今次巡演更會帶同結他手 Nick Johnston 一同參與!票務細節即將公佈*

Rumors are true! Djent masters Animals As Leaders will perform in Hong Kong – at Hidden Agenda on 21st and Taiwan at Legacy 傳 音樂展演空間 on 14th – for the very first time in February! (even Tosin Abasi was in HK last year for Guitar Clinic event but this is full band! ) Famed guitarist Nick Johnston will also join this Asia tour with AAL! Ticketing details to be announced soon so stay tuned*

特別重溫 Physical Education 歌曲,AAL 表示特別回到學校為拍攝錄像。此曲來自樂隊的2015專輯 The Joy of Motion,當時更於首週成功進佔美國 Billboard 大碟榜第二十三位,以另類音樂來說成績算是不錯。

While we still need to wait for another 2 months, let’s revisit their 2015 single “Physical Education” with the video they shot in school! The song comes from the band’s album, The Joy of Motion. The 12-track album debuted at #23 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart.

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[FLASHBACK 2016] twenty one pilots – Heathens

距離2016年完結還有十多日,我們會重溫今年特別受注目的多個歌曲和現場時刻。首先有Twenty One Pilots 為 Suicide Squad 電影而創作的新曲視頻 Heathens,片段可見樂團在監獄中彈奏,亦加插部份未曾曝光的電影片段。歌曲令他們的事業更上層樓,而且更在不同音樂頒獎典禮得到提名或奬項。

2016 is counting down to the end. We’ll revisit a the special live moments and releases with you in the next two weeks. First, we have Twenty One Pilots’ new song “Heathens” for the Suicide Squad movie. The clip features the band playing inside the prison as well as unseen footage of the highly-anticipated movie. The dong also got them countless of music awards and nominations, including the Grammy Awards.

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[FLASHBACK 2016] Coldplay – The Most Streamed Artist On Spotify In 2016

Spotify 公佈 Coldplay 為本年度最多人在這個平台上聆聽的樂團。你今年聽得最多的又是那個樂團呢?

Spotify announced Coldplay is the most streamed band (via their platform) in the world in 2016. So which band did you listen to the most this year?

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[FLASHBACK 2016] Green Day – Still Breathing

今年可算是流行朋克回歸的一年,多個 Pop Punk 界名團均再次推出新作。其中 Green Day 10月7日出版的專輯 Revolution Radio 第一星期已售出九萬五千張,成功在美國專輯榜取得第一位。在多張單曲中,Still Breathing 可說是我們最愛的 —— 片中主唱Billie Joe Armstrong慢慢穿過街道,而低音結他手Mike Dirnt和鼓手TréCool則在倉庫裡彈奏歌曲,中間重疊穿插了其他人的生活片段,引人思考。

A number of pop punk veterans are making their comeback this year. Green Day dropped their latest album, Revolution Radio, on October 7 and had scored the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s 200 Chart, earning 95,000 album units in the first week. Amongst the 3 singles from the album, “Still Breathing” is our writers’ favorite. The clip shows frontman Billie Joe Armstrong slowly making his way through the streets while Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool were practicing in a warehouse, punctuated with scenes of others’ lives.

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[FLASHBACK 2016] Sum 41 – War

說起2016是流行朋克名團回歸的一年,其實除了 Green Day 外,Sum 41 也於十月五年來首個專輯 「13 Voices」。我們特別挑選當中較感性的單曲 War。 視頻在加洲沙漠停泊舊飛機的儲存庫拍攝,主將 Deryck Whibley 翻閱過去的事物 —— 日記、繪畫、衣服、結他、啤酒空瓶等 —— 讓過去與舊物一起燃燒。 Deryck 說:「飛機墜代表他挫敗的過去,而飛機倉庫象徵舊日的我作的一個葬禮。」

Pop punk veterans Sum 41 made their comeback this year with their first album in 5 years, 13 Voices. The video of their sensational single, “War”, shows the band performing in the middle of a California desert in an airplane graveyard. Singer Deryck Whibley, uncovers reminders of his past – a journal, old drawing, t-shirt, guitar, and empty bottle of alcohol in the wreckage – and burns them along with his past life. Whibley says that the crash site represents how he “crashed and burned” and that the graveyard was “a place for a funeral for my past.”

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[FLASHBACK 2016] Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities

今年其中一個最多人談論的專輯可說是6月推出的 The Getaway。當中的主打單曲 Dark Necessities 官方視頻由電影女演員 Olivia Wilde 執導。片段除了樂團演出外,故事主要描述四個滑板女生的日常生活。

One of the most talk-about album of the year must be Red Hot Chili Peppers’ highly-anticipated album “The Getaway, released in June 17. The video of lead single “Dark Necessities” is directed by actress Olivia Wilde with scenes featuring the band and four gorgeous skateboarders’ California-esque lives.

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[FLASHBACK 2016] ARCHITECTS Guitarist Tom Searle Passed Away At 28

今年多個音樂人不幸逝世,其中包括非常年輕的 Architects 結他手 Tom Searle 在八月敗在與皮膚癌長期抗爭,最終在28歲逝世。早在2013年,他被確診患上皮膚癌,更要把一部份小腿切除。手術一個月後他被確定已完全康復,但樂團今天表示,其實過去三年Tom一直與癌症抗戰。其實 Architects 歌曲 C.A.N.C.E.R. 是關於Tom與癌症搏鬥有關。他在訪談中提到:「我在確診皮膚癌後,切除小腿部分後撰寫此曲。當時在想『為什麼這會發生在人身上?』」樂團的最新專輯 All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us 在今年五月上市。不少樂團亦紛紛表示哀悼,包括曾一起巡演的 While She Sleeps 等,更有 Parkway Drive 樂迷在他們的現場演出中舉起「Tom Searle R.I.P.」的紙牌。(圖片在14年山海屯音樂節時攝 : @mohawkmajorie)

The world has lost many talented musicians in 2016, including Architects guitarist Tom Searle, who passed away after a long battle with cancer at the young age of 28 in August. He was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in 2013 and had removed part of his lower leg. A month later, he was given the all-clear but today, the band expressed that he had been living with cancer for the past three years. Indeed Architects’ song “C.A.N.C.E.R.” is about his battle with cancer – He told HMV.com in an interview: “I wrote it after I found out that I had melanoma, skin cancer on my leg, I had surgery to remove it and I wrote it after I’d had it removed. I thought ‘What do people do in these situations?'”The band’s most recent album ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ was released in May this year. Many bands and fans around the world had paid tribute to Tom in their own way. R.I.P. Tom. You will be missed. (: @mohawkmajorie at Heart Town Festival 2014)

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[FLASHBACK 2016] Goodbye To David Bowie

雖然已經過了接近一年,全世界仍為 David Bowie 去世而哭⋯⋯ 但原來他早已為大家寫上告別之言。據監製 Tony Visconti 表示 Bowie 的新作 Lazarus 的歌詞和視頻,甚至整個專輯,是個親自撰寫的墓誌銘,亦是對死亡將近的描述。在視頻中有多個鏡頭影着 Bowie 躺著,覆蓋眼睛,彷彿是他人生的最後排練。

他的最後一張專輯 Blackstar 在1月8日發布,當天也是其69歲生日。多月後有樂迷發現專輯的黑色封套,經陽光照射後,會顯示出星空圖案!Bowie 一生以藝術為中心,亦決定以藝術是跟大家說再見。希望在另一個星球會在遇見他吧!

Even it’s been almost a year, the world is still crying for David Bowie… and here is his goodbye note to all. According to Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti, the lyrics and video of Lazarus and the rest of the album were intended to be a self-epitaph, a commentary on Bowie’s own impending death. There are scenes of Bowie lying down with eyes covered as if it’s a rehearsal of his last journey. His last album, Blackstar, was released on his 69th birthday on January 8.

Few months after its released, fans discovered if you place the vinly package of Bowie’s final album Blackstar directly under sunlight, the blackstar artwork transforms into a field of glowing stars. Once the light source is removed, the stars fade away. Dear Bowie, see you on another planet!

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HOLIDAY PLAYLIST

特意挑選了 All Time Low 2011年出版的 Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass 來慶祝假期的來臨!

What’s better than celebrating the beginning of holiday with a pop punk song? Happy holidays people!

2016年最矚目的港台音樂現場,其中一個必要數到 Slipknot 前兩個月在台北的首次演出。送給金屬頭們一個浪漫的Christmas Light Show !

One of the most anticipated 2016 concert in Hong Kong and Taiwan must be Slipknot’s debut performance in Taipei. This christmas light show goes to all the metalheads out there!

有沒有樂迷們今年收不到聖誕禮物?不要緊, King Diamond 送你一首 1986年出版的重金歌曲 No Presents For Christmas。 (很愛這個 Intro!)

Anyone didn’t receive any Christmas presents this year? At least you got King Diamond’s 1986 tune “No Presents For Christmas”!

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Guess the song! 🌲 12月周圍也是節日氣氛,已歌詞和音樂裝飾來佈置也是一個不錯的選擇!

December is here! time for some festive lighting decorations *holiday mood*

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