uno dos quatro

we don’t usually pay much attention to eurovision, but we have friends who do and it’s hard not to get sucked into their enthusiasm and share the joy of the contest. although it ended up not taking place this year, we were reminded of eurovision by our russian friends, who brought up their country song in a conversation:

i haven’t listened to all the others, but little big’s uno is a huge hit around here and would likely have our vote! all of little big‘s songs are, in fact, brilliant — we’re fond of their deliciously nonsense lyrics, catchy beats and especially of the videos full of theatrical antics.

if you need a break and something to distract you from the world right now, i’d recommend a trip to their youtube channel. enjoy!

in portugal music video


after spending a month in portugal, i had a song stuck in my head:

it’s an advertising for the 60 year anniversary of compal, a very well known portuguese juice brand. the ad is about the concept of fruitology, which they explain is the science, art and ideology of making fruit. it’s all to do with knowing your fruits inside-out, and experimenting with them. for some reason, i find the whole thing quite touching, and i get goosebumps every time i hear it!

after we saw this ad, we discovered a bunch of making of videos, which are delightful as well – particularly the second one, with the portuguese lady teaching the maori man how to sing her lines! :D


florence + the machine

“I said, hey, girl with one eye
Get your filthy fingers out of my pie
I said, hey, girl with one eye
I’ll cut your little heart out cause you made me cry”


yes she did.

Icelandic pop singer Bjork backed independence for Tibet during her concert on Sunday in Shanghai, eyewitnesses said on Monday. She shouted “Tibet, Tibet!” followed by “Raise your flag!” towards the end of her final song, “Declare independence.”

quote from shanghaiist.

we were there and it was really at the end of the concert. i had to ask someone beside me if she actually said “tibet! tibet!” because i guess my ears didn’t quite believe it too.

“It’s unlikely Bjork will be performing again in China any time soon, if ever. Bravo.”

quote from danwei.

eheh, at least we were there! :)

(image by mulder)

just life music

plastic jesus

“i don’t care if it rains or freezes
as long as i’ve got my plastic jesus
sitting on the dashboard of my car basket of my bike

it comes in colours pink and pleasant
it glows in the dark cause it’s irisdescent
i take it with me whenever i go far

so give me my lady madonna
dressed in rhinestones and sitting on a
pedestal of abalone shells

i’m driving 90 but i’m not scared
cause i’ve got my virgin mary
assuring me that i’ll never go to hell”

plastic jesus, jack johnson cover.

i’m so getting one for my bike, just so that i can sing this song whenever i ride it… i love singing when i’m driving (car or bike). makes me happy!